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4 Christian Songs That I Learned Something From

I know that Christian music can be bad.  Many songs try to have a message and lose the essential parts of a song in the process.  Some songs however, present a powerful message, a new way of thinking, and encourage us to fight the good fight.  I hope that some of these songs might do just that for you.  Enjoy!

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What Do I Know of Holy
by Addison Road

When asked what the greatest commandment of all was Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself'” (Luke 10:17).  A way to think about this is knowing God.  Addison Road sings a great song about our limitations of knowing the Creator and our own short sightedness in “What Do I Know of Holy.”

I made You promises a thousand times
I tried to hear from Heaven
But I talked the whole time
I think I made You too small
I never feared You at all No
If You touched my face would I know You?
Looked into my eyes could I behold You?

Chorus:
What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

I guess I thought that I had figured You out
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How You were mighty to save
Those were only empty words on a page
Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be

Another great resource is the book Knowing God by J. I. Packer.

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What It Means To Be Loved
by Mark Schultz

This song is a picture of what it means to be a parent, and to love your child.  A song about hope, and overcoming the odds.  Powerful things happen when we bring our concerns to God in prayer!

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What Faith Can Do
by Kutlass

This song is powerful to me because I have had the exciting experience of faith moving a mountain.  Remember Jesus’ words, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”  (Matthew 17:20).

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

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Praise You In This Storm
by Casting Crowns

Great truths about God and holding fast to him even in times of trouble.  This song reminds me that God does not always “step in” and make everything better even if we would like Him to.  God uses trials in many ways, always for our good.  As such we should praise Him in every storm!

I was sure by now, God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it’s still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I’ll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Do you have a favorite Christian song?  Share in the comments below.

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Radical – Book Review

Title: Radical, Taking back your faith from the American Dream

Author: David Platt, Wikipedia Bio

Topics: Discipleship, Missions, Christian Living

ISBN: 1601422210

Purchase: Amazon.com ($5.33 + Shipping)

My Rating: ★★★★★

Culturally speaking, there is a growing frustration with “church as usual” amongst many Christians today. While it is easy to criticize the church in America, David Platt reminds us that we are part of that church. In his book, Radical, he seeks to raise our awareness of many cultural “blind spots” that we as Christians in the United States tend to miss.

I really like this book. I think that Platt does a fantastic job of humbly addressing the complacency that is present in the church. He doesn’t take an angry tone, but rather addresses the disparities between our cultural definition of what it means to be a Christian and what Jesus said it means to be a Christian. As the title suggests, Platt does call our attention to many Bible passages in which Jesus calls potential followers to literally sell all that they have and to follow Him. When we read accounts of those who are “radical” in their faith, we tend to just say, “The Lord has called me to do something different.” I love Platt’s approach; as he asks two vital questions:

  1. “What if God did call you to live a radical faith?” and,
  2. “What does it look like to live a radical faith?”

I love the fact that he asks both of these questions. So often, we have so many justifications for not doing radical things on our faith that we end up doing nothing but justifying ourselves. But Platt doesn’t just raise our awareness of the issue of inactivity amongst Christians. He seeks to provide direction in what it might look like to be active as a Christian. I love this aspect of the book! His main purpose is not simply to bemoan the state of the church in America. His main purpose is to motivate his reader into action. His book isn’t just a bunch of whining – it is in fact the opposite. Instead of simply bashing the Church in general, he seeks to lift our imaginations and see what we could do as Christians if we all lived radical lives. His true passion, as seen throughout the book, is to see the Church in America recognize its potential to impact the entire world.

Accordingly, he ends the book with a chapter which contains a five-point, one-year-long specific challenges for Christians in general that will help each one find his or her own individual “next step”:

  1. Pray for the entire world. Cultivate a heart for the nations. He suggests the book Operation World as a starting place.
  2. Read the entire Bible. Get used to hearing God speak to you.
  3. Sacrifice one’s money for a specific purpose. To give sacrificially, and personally (not just generally) to others (possibly just one person). To allow a generous heart to grow inside of yourself as you sacrifice that which you own for the benefit of others.
  4. Spend time in another context. Widen your view of the world and others by spending time serving in a place outside of your city, or even outside of your nation. He suggests spending 2%, or roughly one week, serving elsewhere.
  5. Commit your life to a multiplying community. Be a disciple who is both being discipled by others and making disciples. Be connected in your faith to others.

Whether it is your view of discipleship or your view of international missions, this book will make an indelible mark upon the way that you think. There is just too much to write about this book for it all to fit into one blog post. I highly recommend that you go read it!

Expand Your World

When someone asks you about the most significant part of your faith as a Christian (if you happen to be one), what comes to mind first? I think at least the majority of us, if not all, would point to our quiet time with God. To be a Christian seems so innately tied to that time when you can be alone with God – reading the Word, listening to praise music, praying, journaling – whatever it looks like. Is that it though?

Recently, I read a blog post by a guy named Tullian Tchividjian (whew, what a name!) on the Resurgence Blog, titled “Spirituality isn’t Inward.” (It’s a great post, so go give it a read!). This post rocked my world. I totally hadn’t even thought about the idea that the truest form of spirituality isn’t what I do in my quiet time with the Lord, but how my faith impacts and interacts with others. In the post, he references James 1:27, which states:

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world”

Woah. So God views my actions towards others and my actions with regard to sin to be the most “pure and undefiled” expression of my religion.

Tullian raised the point that “Sin turns us inward, the Gospel turns us outward.” Isn’t that so true? As I focus more and more upon myself and the inward pursuit of conquering sin and “growing” in my faith, I actually cease to “grow” and my world shrinks around myself. Jesus came and didn’t call us to a faith that causes us to be obsessed with ourselves and our inner triumphs and failures. He called us to a faith that actually does something. A faith that interacts with others, not just between myself and God.

Matthew 5:14-17 says: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Could it be said better than that? Don’t “put a bowl” over your faith, but let your world expand to include the lives of others. Don’t just focus upon yourself to the point of shrinking your world, but focus upon the lives of others as well, allowing your world to grow as you shine the light of Jesus to others.