Thanks for coming by to check out the new music you'll begin hearing on Vision from today.
Hymns have always had a very special place throughout Christian history, they've remained steadfast and much loved for many centuries and that is predominantly because they're rich with the Word of God. The Word of God – which is Christ come in the flesh – is the very anchor upon which our hope and faith hold to, without it we are blown about by every new trend and fashion that comes with every new generation and era.
But for those who hold fast to Christ, which by sheer definition means holding fast to the Word, He is a firm, unshakable, immovable foundation; a foundation that promises to make us stand when everything else falls down.
Our Messiah will never fail us, betray us, forsake us or forget about us. He will always remains our Firm Foundation.
Attaboy: 'Guide Me' from their Motion Toward The Miles CD, released on 7 Spin Music last year.
'Guide Me' is about the journey of life, as we grow up we make decisions that we think will make us happy and take us where we want to go, but the truth is, our own decisions always leads us to get lost, even if we meet with worldly successes, we still end up lost. When we're born we don't arrive with a road map for guidance.
What Attaboy want to communicate in this song is that while this life doesn't come with a road map, our Father has provided one for us if we'll take it and this map directs us to the Saviour and it reads, 'GOD is the WAY, the TRUTH, the LIFE and the LIGHT' and if we follow this road map we'll never get lost...even if we don't know where we are...and we'll never have to travel the road alone because HE will always be with us.
And how can we know that we can trust God and His road map? Just take a look at the creation all around us...it screams that there is an Almighty Creator, and in the middle of all its magnificence and complexity, directing the steps of His children is not too difficult a task at all.
Allan Scott: 'Perfect Love' from his Blameless & Free CD, released on Radioactive Entertainment 2012.
Did you know that in the Old Testament Temple there were no seats at all? The priests were never able to sit and rest when they were in the Temple because their job was never finished. Every day more sacrifices and offerings had to be made on behalf of themselves and the people, constantly having to shed blood to cover their sin...but the sins were never completely taken away, they were merely covered over.
Yeshua, our eternal High Priest, offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins and after 3 days lying dead in the grave He rose back to life and then sat down at the right hand of the God the Father. Why did He sit down and rest? Because the sacrifice He made on our behalf was more than enough to not just cover sin, but to completely wash it away as though it had never been and He no longer needs to make further sacrifice. His sacrifice was perfect and it was enough. (Heb 10:14)
For those of us who love and believe in Christ, His sacrifice makes us blameless and free, and it demonstrates to us more powerfully than anything else ever could what real perfect love looks like.
Praise & Worship - 7-8pm & 12-1am each day
Desperation Band: 'Our God Is Coming' from their Centre Of It All CD, released on the Integrity label 2012.
The 'blessed hope' for every believer is founded in the truth that our God, our Messiah is coming back. We don't know when that will happen, but we know that every day that passes brings us closer to that day and the closer we draw to Him, the precious this hope becomes. The more we love Him, the less we love this world and the more glorious His imminent return becomes to us.
Paul said in 2 Tim 4:7-8 says, 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.'
And Peter said in 2 Pet 3:9-14, 'The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blames.'
The one thing we can be absolutely assured about is the fact that our God is coming!
Youth Hour - 9:45-10:45pm Sat
Press Play: 'Let It Out' from their World Anthem CD released last year on Dream Records
'Let It Out' is about being bold about what we believe and not being ashamed of who we worship. Being a Christian is what we are, not something we do from time to time.
We have salvation from our God and a joy and peace inside that the world doesn't understand, that it can't take it away from us and isn't dependent on what we have or what we experience.
So rather than by embarrassed by Christ, just be bold and let it out...we never know who we might reach for the Gospel.
Well, that wraps up another week of new music here on Vision, take good care and I'll have some great music to share with you again next Monday.
Welcome to another week of New Music on Vision, I have a sneaking suspicion that you're really going to like these songs!
Casting Crowns: 'Already There' from their Come To The Well CD, released last year on the Reunion label.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi about having joy in Christ; they were going through a lot of sufferings and they were quite poor as well, and Paul wanted to encourage them in their faith to not look at what was going on in front of them and be discouraged about it.
Paul wanted them to understand that God was completely aware of what they were going through and would walk with them every step of the way, and that God would use their circumstances for their good and His glory. Even though they themselves couldn't see the purpose in their sufferings at that particular time, God already had everything planned out.
The interesting thing about this letter is that Paul wrote it from prison! Paul knew that God was in control of every moment of his life and ministry and Paul knew that he could trust God implicitly because God was the One orchestrating everything.
God is sovereign and already knows what's waiting ahead of us and has promised to be with us along the journey as well as already waiting at the finish line for us to finish the race He's called us to. He's already there!
Citizens: 'Made Alive' from their self-titled CD, Citizens released this year on the BEC label.
Mars Hill Music has entered a partnership with Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings to share the variety of worship bands coming from Mars Hill Church, located in Seattle, WA. Mars Hill Music's first full-length CD release will be out this March and will feature Citizens. The band's self-titled LP follows the debut EP Already / Not Yet, which climbed to the top position on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart. This album presents fresh new interpretations of gorgeous old hymns as well as original songs.
Citizens are a high-energy indie rock worship band born in the heart of Seattle's University District...so it's very much born out of the grungy/pseudo-intellectual university scene. Citizens has quickly built a reputation for their dynamic hymn arrangements and high-intensity anthems. Zach Bolen who leads the band is passionate to see everyone worship Jesus as Lord.
Made Alive is about the miracle that takes place when God takes the dead heart and soul of a sinner who is in darkness, alone and enslaved by sin and completely without hope and makes that dead heart and soul live and become a completely new person, all because of the great love and mercy of Christ.
Sixteen Cities: 'Glorious' from their Love Is Making A Way CD released in 2011 on the Centricity label.
This song happens to be the bands favourite song from this whole album because it's just an honest, raw worship song from their heart and it declares the glory of God.
The lyrics are very simple, in fact you could almost say they're a little bit child-like in that they haven't tried to be lyrically 'clever' or 'creative', they've simply written a song that just expresses how they feel. Lyrics like;
"I remember when the light came rushing in
And my life with You began
It was all so different
I remember how You opened up my eyes
And I felt just like a child
Seeing stars the first time
I believe that You are here with us
And I will put my trust in You, and that's enough"
Youth Hour - 9:45-10:45pm Sat
Finally, for this week and new song during the Youth hr with Steve Monro. This song is by Julianna Zobrist called 'Behind Me' from her Say It Now CD released in 2012 on the Over The Line label.
'Behind Me' has layers of electronic synthesized rhythms and lyrically Julianna delves into the fact that as Christians we are made a new creation in Jesus – hence we should not live in the ways of the world anymore, they are to be put behind us '...can somebody tell me how to move on with this life and truly be free, I'm going crazy, trying to find my way again, I gotta leave it all behind me...'
Jesus wipes our slates clean and that is so fantastic! What a great thing to celebrate!
And that's another week of New Music info on Vision over, have a great week and take care if you're out on the roads this week. There are lots of crazy people out there!!!