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The Greatest Songs, We Write from Brokenness

When Paul and Silas were beaten and jailed for the crime of healing a young girl and freeing her from slavery in Philippi, the Bible says "at midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." (Acts 16:25 NKJV) When (the future) King David had lost his family, his wife, his mentor (Samuel), his home in the palace with King Saul, and his best friend (Jonathan), he hid in a cave, scratched out a meager life alone for a …

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When It Comes to Worship, Don’t Hold Back!

Christians like to talk about church music and call it worship. Church music usually is a means by which Christians worship. But worship is much more than music. We even have our own "worship wars" in which we decide what "style" of worship is right, wrong, or most biblical. I still see the phrases "contemporary worship" and "traditional worship" plastered on church signs, as though worship can be defined by such descriptors. In our debates about the biblical nature of …

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Neil Greenhaw’s Newest Single Is Out

I had the rare privilege of reading the lyrics to Not Holding Back when Neil was writing them, and then heard the song during it's time in production. I can tell you that Neil agonized over this song, making sure its theology was well rooted in Scripture and that its message was needed by today's church. I've watched Neil lead Grace Hills in worship, but I've also had many behind-the-scenes conversations with this genuine, authentic worshipper. I can tell you that he means …

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The Natures: A Bushel of Really Cool Music!

This weekend, The Natures performed at Saddleback. Pastor Rick preached on The Word of Forgiveness, a sermon he intended to preach as part of his "Seven Words from the Cross" series leading up to Easter, but was unable to do so then. It was a message of forgiveness from the guilt of sin. The Natures sang their song Come On and Celebrate which includes the lyric "Jesus done washed my sins away." Don't judge the music by the grammar - their style is modern folk, earthy, and …

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