The Angel of the Lord (by, Hillsong)

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I have everything I need.
Mercy and love follow me.

Though I walk through the dark valley of death, I will
Not be afraid for He’s here.

The Lord’s my refuge, no evil can come near me,
Dwelling in His secret place.

I put my trust in Him, He is my shield, I will
Let His peace rule in my heart.

Surely, the Angel of the Lord is around me.
I have no cause to fear, my God will not forsake me.
I am my Father’s child, no enemy can touch me.
I will not die but live, to tell what He has done.

He has ransomed me, He gave me all authority,
Power, love and a sound mind.

Strong in the Lord and the power of His might, I will
Put on His armour and stand.

This song has been on my mind. I’ve loved it for years, because it celebrates all we can do as we follow Christ. It is perfect for declaring when life throws you a rough situation (like, right now, for us). I’m pulling it apart, phrase for phrase, singing it, & believing it. Some things you gotta speak until they are rooted in the soil of the core of your being.

Another great one we’ve been singing around our house lately is (a ‘lil more juvenile! But still, great words), “He’s got the whole world in His hands”.  It always makes me think of Gramma Janis who sings it to our precious ones. You can just sing that song for days, filling in the blank with whatever your mind is on.

He’s got ________________in His hands (x3)

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

So, what’s your mind been on? Comment! Gimme some love. Name a thing or two that you could write in that blank today.

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Hillsong’s “Healer” – Born from deceit, but thrives in churches still

This last weekend, one of the songs we sang at church was “Healer” by Hillsong…no, by Planet Shakers…actually, by Mike Guglielmucci! I hadn’tthis-is-our-god-3 heard the song since Hillsong’s newest CD came out like 5 months ago. So I’m up there on stage, singing away, reading the words line by line, and the Spirit was just movin’ like a smooth wave over our church!  The words are full of power and truth. Half way through the song, I remembered the circumstances of how/why the author wrote it…the “tragedy” and all the deception that was exposed about his alleged terminal cancer. But that didn’t keep the tears away. Judgement and anger may have quenched the fire, but when my focus remained on those words, those words were all that mattered.

Deception and sin are no match for the power of the Holy Spirit at Work in the hearts of His people. When we worship in spirit & truth, then His Spirit & His Truth dwells in us. And when that happens, there’s no room for dissention or lies…so our enemy is kicked…to…the…curb.

You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in You (x2)

I believe You’re my Healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You’re my Portion
I believe You’re more than enough for me
Jesus You’re all I need
My Healer, You’re my Healer

Nothing is impossible for You (x3)
You hold my world in Your hands

raising the bar, pt.2 “bless those who curse you”

luke 6:27, 28; romans 12:20, 21

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” “…if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head…Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

raise the bar:

we are “set apart”! we are sanctified. we can’t afford to treat people who’ve have done us wrong (or for that matter, like mike guglielmucci, shamed the Christian faith), how the world would treat them. then what makes us any different than the world!? for Christ’s sake! literally. for the sake of Jesus, who gave up his throne in heaven and eventually gave up his dignity & his very life-blood. for the sake & glory of Jesus who forgave us our every sin, we need to strive as one body to live above the standards of your average joe…even your average Christian joe.

one major way we can do this is by forgiving beyond what we think we can, by praying. how about somethin’ like, “Lord, i wanna see _____ the way you see them. even though they did this, give me compassion for them & help me see past my own hurt. give me your eyes for them. your heart for them. forgive them.” or if you can’t muster up all that with sincerity, then heck, start with a simple, “God, show ____ your love today”. what if two weeks of that consistent prayer leads to actually meaning it…which leads to real forgiveness…which leads to freedom and maybe even restoration and salvation?! itellyouwhat. get ready to take the limits off of His blessings when you act in obedience.

Q 4 U:

when’s the last time you blessed someone who cursed (or mistreated) you? do you think it’s tougher, the closer that person is to you?

we’ve all been judged or shamed. we remember the pain. or do we? does the extent to which we give grace to others depend on how long ago it was given to us?

hillsong with another new power-packed ballad, desert song

is your soul in a dry season…a desert? i just thought i’d break from my short series on “raising the bar” to highlight some great songwriting. Continue reading

hillsong’s new live cd: THIS IS OUR GOD, releasing aug. 5th!

you gotta love hillsong church’s passion & commitment to write & sing a new song unto the Lord (17 yrs & counting)! we can pick this cd up in about 2 weeks, 2 days.

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Hillsong Music and Integrity Music will release Hillsong Live! This is Our God, the unprecedented 17th annual live worship CD on August 5, 2008, featuring Hillsong Church’s Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Darlene Zschech and Marty Sampson. A companion DVD will also be released that day…

Joel Houston, Hillsong’s Creative Director, views this live installment as a message to God. “…It’s not about highlighting the darkness; it’s about becoming the light that diminishes the darkness. It’s the gospel and we’re all in this together,” he says.

Complete song and songwriter list for Hillsong LIVE: This Is Our God is:
1. “Your Name High” (Joel Houston)
2. “Run” (Joel Houston)
3. “Desert Song” (Brooke Fraser)
4. “This Is Our God” (Reuben Morgan)
5. “He Is Lord” (Ben Fielding)
6. “High And Lifted Up” (Mike Guglielmucci, Darlene Zschech)
7. “Stronger” (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)
8. “Healer” (Mike Guglielmucci)
9. “You Are Here” (Dave George, Grant Pankratz)
10. “You Deserve” (Matt Crocker, James Dunlop)
11. “Across The Earth” (Reuben Morgan, Matt Crocker, Mike Guglielmucci)
12. “Where We Belong” (Joel Davies, Reuben Morgan)
13. “Sing To The Lord” (Matt Crocker, Mike Guglielmucci)
14. “You’ll Come” (Brooke Fraser)
15. “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (Helen Lemmel/Traditional)
16. “With Everything” (Joel Houston)

Hillsong Live Recording Projects Discography:
1992 The Power of Your Love
1993 Stone’s Been Rolled Away
1994 People Just Like Us
1995 Friends in High Places
1996 God Is in the House
1997 All Things Are Possible
1998 Touching Heaven; Changing Earth
1999 By Your Side
2000 For This Cause
2001 You Are My World
2002 Blessed
2003 Hope
2004 For All You’ve Done
2005 God He Reigns
2006 Mighty To Save
2007 Saviour King
2008 This is Our God

-from CMSpin News

worship to a new song…from hillsong: “HEALER”

UPDATED 8/21: what i’ve learned about this song’s writer is disappointing…but it doesn’t change the fact that God doesn’t change. the lyrics still ring true. the most impacting way to glorify God is through our lifestyles. and the most impacting time? when we are in our most broken state.

i’m praying that through this controversy, the essence of true grace be realized in churches & Christians worldwide. for more on this story, i’ll just “ping” you over to chris from canada who’s posted some really great thoughts & discussion…and has more time than myself, to write on this.

how ’bout this week, let’s think about what God’s Word says: pray for those who hurt you.

7/9: how can we not worship HIM!? every time we do, truth rings in our hearts & our faith is strengthened.