Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Blood

When we deal with the subject of the blood, we are not dealing with some gory residue of ancient human superstition. When we talk about the blood of Christ, we are dealing with that which the Scriptures refer to as precious for its transcendent value to address human sin, need, failure, and bondage. Its value is related to the inestimable price of human liberty from the bondage of spiritual torment. The blood of Jesus is the central economic factor in all human order. So central is it that the Bible says Christ’s blood will theme our praise forever. --Jack Hayford

The Story Behind Endless Hallelujah

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Story Behind "This I Believe"

This I Believe

What an incredible song!  "This I Believe" is based on the Apostle's Creed with a modern worship expression.  It is a powerful setting of some of the most essential beliefs of the Christian faith.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Story Behind the Power of the Cross

The choir will be singing this wonderful song about what Christ has accomplished through the cross.  It speaks of his sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sin, and the lavish love that was shown to us because of that sacrifice.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Is Amazing Grace

This is a wonderful new song from Phil Wickham and Jeremy Riddle. I can't wait to lead our congregation in this great song of praise!

Hymn of the Royal Wedding

About "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah" In 1738 Williams heard a sermon by the revivalist preacher Howell Harris, a fiery Welsh layman who had been influenced by the Methodist movement in England. It was through this sermon that Williams discerned his calling to go into the ministry. The revivalists realized that the Welsh language was lacking in hymns-the church in Wales was still primarily singing metrical psalms in their worship services. In order to promote the creation of hymns, Harris put together a hymn-writing competition between the different preachers. As Louis Benson relates, “the prize fell easily to Williams Williams, who had the poet’s passion and a gift of verse-writing. Therefore it was not very long before he was recognized as poet laureate of the Welsh revival.” Williams would go on to write many hymns in both Welsh and English. “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” appeared in Welsh in 1745. Twenty six years later, in 1771, a Rev. Peter Williams translated the first verse into English, prompting William Williams to translate the rest of it into English as well. It is also known and sang as "Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer" For all of the "Royal Watchers" it was also sang at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate. You can click on the following video

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Story Behind "I Lift My Hands"

This is an amazing story of how God can use the darkest moments of our lives for our good, and for His glory.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Story Behind "When the Stars Burn Down"

The following is from an interview with Jennie Riddle the writer of "When the Stars Burn Down", and the writer of "Revelation Song" I don't want to use the word sequel, because that sets an expectation I don't want to initiate, but the story of "Revelation Song" wasn't finished. That song gives us a picture of Who Jesus is and makes us yearn for Him and reach out to Him. "When The Stars Burn Down" gives you the clear understanding that it's all for real, we are actually going to see Him! Everyone wanted me to title the song "Blessing And Honor." In my mind, if all people got was the song title, I want that moment to hit them. Which Bible verses are connected to the message of the song? Matthew 24:31: "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." ...and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." ...and 1 Corinthians 15:54-55: "So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting?'" ...and Revelation 5:11-12: "Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!'" How can Christians apply that message as they reflect on this song? Somewhere in the middle of singing this song comes the realization that it could be right now! We don't know the moment when it will happen. It's going to be in the twinkling of an eye. That realization makes you cry out, "God I'm ready now!" Or, it makes you wonder if you are ready. That's the reality. I want to be found doing what I'll be doing for all eternity when He comes. He is coming. He is coming! I want this song to have that fruit. I want the Bride of Jesus to say, "Come quickly, Lord." What this song can do is awaken people's ears to the sound of the trumpet coming. Turn their eyes to watch. Bring them to a place of saying this world is not my home. I hope the song helps cracks open people's hearts to the realization that Jesus could come at this very moment. It puts everything into perspective, how you'll spend your time. Our Bridegroom is coming! There's going to be foolish ones, and I don't want to be among those. It's easy to put off for later what we know we ought to be doing now. The reality is why did five virgins run out with lamps with no oil? In their wedding dresses? Why would you do that? I believe it's because there is a pre-existing expectation that someone else will fill your lamp with oil.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fall 2013 Listening

Here is the listening tracks for the choir for Fall 2013.  Just click on the following link to download individual songs.  Looking forward to a great fall

Click here for Fall 2013 music

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Healing Is In Your Hands

To find out more about the song Healing is in Your Hands, just click on the following link.  This incredible song about the healing power of Christ is our anthem this Sunday.  The Story Behind Healing is In Your Hands  You can also click on the following link to listen to original recording from the Passion album "Awakening"  Healing Is In Your Hands from Passion

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Story Behind "I Will Sing of My Redeemer"

Philip Paul Bliss (1838-1876), was a well known teacher, evangelist and soloist. He wrote many hymns, including Almost Persuaded, Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, and Wonderful Words of Life. He also composed the melody for Horatio Spafford's It Is Well with My Soul.

Bliss and his wife Lucy traveled extensively, spreading the Gospel in song. In December, 1876, they were taking a much needed break; spending Christmas Holidays with Bliss' parents, in Pennsylvania. On the 28th, after receiving a request by telegram from D.L. Moody, the couple left their two children with grandparents and traveled by train to attend an evangelistic meeting in Chicago.

While ministering at the meeting, Bliss spoke these words to the congregation: I may not pass this way again, after which he sang,I'm Going Home Tomorrow. His words and song would prove to be prophetic.

On the 29th of December, 1876, Bliss and his wife boarded a train back to Pennsylvania. The winter snow and ice made for dangerous travel. As their train was crossing over a river in Ashtabula, Ohio, the bridge suddenly gave way and all the carriages fell into the freezing waters below. Bliss escaped through a window, only to find that Lucy had somehow been left behind in the burning wreckage. Although he was advised against it, Bliss headed back into the fire, saying: "If I cannot save her, I will perish with her." The young couple did not survive.

Of the 160 passengers, only 68 survived the disaster which took the lives of Lucy and Philip Bliss. The few remains retrieved from the accident site were placed in a common grave marked by a monument, in the Ashtabula Cemetery. Another monument was erected in Pennsylvania, in memory of Philip and Lucy Bliss.

Found among Bliss' belongings on the train were the lyrics to I Will Sing of My Redeemer. In 1877, the hymn was set to music by composer and evangelist James McGranahan.  That same year, singer and musician George Cole Stebbins (, made a recording of I Will Sing of My Redeemer - one of the first songs ever to be recorded on Thomas Edison's new invention, the phonograph.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good Christian Men Rejoice

One of the most uplifting of the ancient carols, “Good Christian Men, Rejoice” is the product of two men who were persecuted for their religious convictions, endured and died in relative obscurity, never accepted by the church they loved. Though both vowed to serve the Lord and take the message of salvation to a lost world, both probably believed they had accomplished little of lasting value as they struggled to follow their call. For Heinrich Suso and John Mason Neale, nothing could have been farther from the truth.  Heinrich was largely insulated from a world where only a precious few did more than endure each passing day. Poverty and disease were everywhere. The aptly named Dark Age was a time of cruelty, prejudice, and despair. A separation of people into social classes meant the very small, elite branch had almost everything and the rest of society had nothing.
Sadly, there was no movement between classes; if you were born without means, you were doomed to live and die that way. And if you were born, for every laugh there were a thousand cries. Suso, who could have risen through his family ranks to a ruling status in his native land, instead chose to be a servant. Accepting a call to the priesthood, he became a Dominican monk. If all he had done was serve in parish, he would have probably remained unknown. Yet in 1326, the priest felt moved to write the Little Book of truth, a vibrant defense of progressive thinking in the church. In his work, Suso justified taking the gospel and opening it in a way that would brink hope, compassion, and understanding to the common people. But instead of being hold up as a man who truly understood the message that Jesus had brought to the earth, the priest was tried for heresy.  Rather than still his voice, Suso felt a call to continue what he saw as a divine war. A year later, the unrepentant monk continued his battle with figures of authority by penning the Little Book of Eternal Wisdom. Unlike most religious books of the time, this one was essentially a practical work written in simple language. It wasn’t for clerics of professors, it was for the common people. This was a radical concept. Who would dare think that simple people would have an interest in understanding God and the message he brought to the world in the form of Christ?
Unable to control the priest and afraid that his radical thinking might cause a revolt, in 1329 the Pope condemned Suso. Eventually the German King exiled him. Suso fled to Switzerland. For a man born of noble blood, exile was the ultimate humiliation. Over the course of the next few years, the well-meaning priest suffered vicious persecution and slander. Yet, even in the face of death threats, he refused to turn this back on the church, his calling or his desire to share the gospel with the masses.
Wanting to bring joy to the practice of the Christian faith, Suso preached of the happiness he found in walking with God. Many wondered how such a reviled man could find such blessing in life. He explained that God gave him peace and inspiration during every walking hour, and even while he rested. It was during the latter that the priest was given a vehicle to carry his message to the people.
One night, Suso found himself immerse in a dream so real that he became a part of it. In his day the priest saw countless angels not only singing, but dancing. He listened as they sang, and eventually joined with them in “an ecstatic dance.” When he awoke, he not only remembered the dream in vivid detail, but also recalled the words and the music. Feeling led by divine guidance, Suso picked up a quill and in and recorded “Good Christian Men, Rejoice” to paper. Until his death in 1366, he continued to reach the common man with this song and its message.
'Good Christian Men, Rejoice' Was as radical a hymn as Suso’s thinking was progressive. Christian music of that era was usually solemn, based totally on Scripture, and never written in the common language. Suso had broken all three rules. His song embraced the joy of being a believer and enjoined a spirit whole any child could understand. Although it was not immediately accepted by the church itself, the German people quickly and enthusiastically took the song to heart. They believed that just as Suso had been a priest to the common people, his song was a song for them as well.
It would be more than 150 years before the carol inspired by a priest’s dream found its way to print, but just because it wasn’t published didn’t mean that the song didn’t inspire other writers in Germany – including Martin Luther – to compose hymns in the common language for the common people. Suso’s radical thinking became part of the primary foundation for a revolution in the way most people viewed their relationship with Christ. Even the Catholic church would come to realize that the priest had been right, and in 1831 the Pope canonized Heinrich Suso.