Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Judges 2:1b

"I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land that I swore to give to your forefathers. I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you.'" Judges 2:1b
The statement "I will never break my covenant with you" has such a reassurance. It was, and is, God's promise to NEVER break any covenant. God had sworn to the Israelites and kept His promise although it was years afterwards. It is so securing to know that God will never break a promise. What a privilege it is to actually have the Lord say such a declaration! What a peace it is to know that everything that the Lord says and promises will be fulfilled! It lets us know that we can rely on Him, and being able to rely on God greatly strengthens our trust in Him. Man does not always keep his promise, but the Lord's promise will stay true forever! ~Jesselyn

Monday, July 25, 2011

Album Review: "I'm All In" by Robert Pierre

I'm All In by Robert Pierre | CD Reviews And Information | NewReleaseTuesday.com
Genre: Pop/Worship
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I will admit that I am new to Robert Pierre's music. The first "album" I heard by him was the Robert Pierre EP I reviewed for this blog earlier this year. Though I have not heard much of Robert Pierre's music, many of my friends have, and said some great things about him. This made me very interested in hearing his music, and after learning more about him, I was surprised at how successful this 18-year-old man already was. He leads worship on Sunday mornings for his 800-member church in Orlando, Florida, and only just graduated from High School last May!! Robert Pierre has already released two full albums and will release a new album I'm All In on July 26th, which I shall now give you my take on.

I'm All In kicks off with the title track, an upbeat song about God being the peace, joy, and love inside us. Pierre sings that he wants to be "all in" with God and says that the Lord's love is "overwhelming." The following track "Who R U" is very guitar-driven and demands the answer to the question "Who are you?": are you on God's side or not? "Are you standing on the truth when opposition stand against you?"

"Light the Way" is a slower, more worshipful, tune that is very encouraging and reminds Christian that when we are going through trying times, God is always there to help us. The chorus contains

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "My Hope is in You" by Aaron Shust

Aaron Shust's latest single "My Hope is in You" was June's Song of the Month on this blog. Now, after the release of the official music video, it is no surprise that it is this week's song/video! The video features Aaron playing the piano while singing and also includes an interesting, but rather tough, story plot.

Free Music: "Faster and Louder" by Peter Furler

On FireIf you have not heard Peter Furler's debut solo album, you don't know what you are missing! I just got my copy a couple weeks ago, and it is amazing! Peter, former lead singer/songwriter for the Newsboys, has not lost his touch in songwriting and singing. His songs have great lyrics and great tunes. I am working on an album review for his latest project right now (hopefully I'll finish it by early August), but for now, you can get one of his songs for free from iTickets.com! First, you must register (for free) here, and then go to the downloads page to get "Faster and Louder" for free! Hurry! This offer ends on Tuesday!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Romans 8:30b

"Those He predestined, He also called." Romans 8:30b
How could anyone lean on his own understanding after Christ is the One Who granted us salvation? First of all, we are called to Holy life. Jesus said that we must be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. If we are indeed called and live in sin, we can fully rely on God to help rid us of the sin. We need to strive for the prize for which God has called us heavenward through Christ Jesus. Is this truly the ultimate prize that one would want to win above all else? Only God can give the wonderful Heavenly calling. We, as Christians, have received that calling as all of His people have received it. I would not trade that calling for anything, and I pray that no Christian would. So let us remember that calling; and let us also live like we have it, for we do. ~Jesselyn

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "The Way" by Jeremy Camp

First of all, big thanks to my pal Jay for suggesting this song to me to us for this week's song/video. This song is a hit on Christian radio right now, and that is no surprise. Jeremy is always great at songwriting and "The Way" is a great example of it. Check out both the video and song!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Artist Alert: Skillet Working On New Album

After the great success of their last album Awake, Skillet is now working on a brand new album. This news comes from the twitter page of John Cooper, lead vocalist of the band. On June 21st, John posted this: "We r rehearsing new music today for the first time. Playd 7 new songs. Getting ready for a new album!" That is all the information I have right now, but as I get more news about this exciting alert, I will be quick to inform you!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Album Review: "10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman

Genre: Worship/Live
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Matt Redman is known worldwide for the significant impact he has made in modern worship. The songs he has written, which include “Blessed Be Your Name” and “You Never Let Go,” are sung in most churches around the world. His most recent songs include “Our God,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award, and he is a co-founder of the Passion City Church. Redman returned from his home in the UK to Atlanta, Georgia to record his live album 10,000 Reasons. The live performance took place in February 2011 during LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective, a large gathering of worship eaders.

10,000 Reasons begins on a strong note with “We Are The Free” which is an upbeat song that declares he fire in our hearts for God and the glory of the Lord. It is followed by the slower “Here For You” with lyrics that shout praises to God. In the second verse, Redman sings, “Let our shout be Your anthem.” This line seems to send a message of us being God's nation and even His army, and it is very exciting to hear sung.

The topic of God's glory is carried on to “Holy”, Redman‟s favorite song on the record, which proclaims Jesus' holiness and power, calling Him “God most holy and God most worthy.” During the

Artist Alert: Lecrae to release Rehab Special Edition album (Rumor!)

Rapzilla.com, the lead Christian rap/hip hop website on the planet, is reporting a rumor that Lecrae will be releasing a special edition album of the Rehab series on September 27, 2011. The special edition would feature both the Rehab and Rehab: The Overdose albums as well as a special DVD. According to Rapzilla, the release date would make sense as it would come right before the Rehab Tour. I will keep you updated as more news of this rumor is released to the public.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Song of the Month: "My Hope is in You" by Aaron Shust

The Song of the Month for the month of June is Aaron Shust's latest single "My Hope is in You." I enjoyed this song so much that I can't wait for the release of Shust's entire album This is What We Believe. I will be reviewing the album for ChristianMusicReview.org, so stay tuned for that! For now, enjoy listening to the song!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Joshua 1:7

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go." Joshua 1:7
God is very concerned with our inward feelings and thoughts. He desires for us to be of good courage. Doubts and fears may be thought of as little things, but I do not believe that God considers them so little. He desires for us to be of good courage: without anxiety and doubt. He dislikes us to be sad but to rejoice. Christians are courageous when we glorify God by the trials that we endure. Being fearful dishonors God. What kind of example is that to a non-believer? Being downcast will cause Satan to overcome you. We should be joyful in our Savior where there is so much reason to be joyful. Spurgeon said, "Work is light to a man of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness." Those who toil, rejoice, and believe have success. Those who sow in hope shall reap in joy. That is my preposition to
you: be strong and very courageous. ~Jesselyn

Monday, July 11, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Just Like You" by Lecrae

One of the favorites off Lecrae's hit album Rehab was the single "Just Like You." The song talks about Lecrae trying to find a father figure whom he can look up to and try to be like. However, when he was younger he looked to the wrong people for role models. Finally, when he became a Christian, God became that father figure for him. This music video for "Just Like You" is tied in with Lecrae and other Reach Record artists's new project Man Up. To find out more about this project, go to the official website: www.manup116.com.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: John 17:17

"Sanctify them by the truth: Your Word is truth." John 17:17
Santification starts with regeneration. The Holy Spirit fuses into us Christians the principle of becoming a new creation in Jesus. Therefore, we, as Christians, persevere to abound in good works to the glory of our Father in Heaven. The source of that sanctification is the Word of God. It brings the doctrines and principles that we read to appliance in life. The sanctified works bring great pleasure to God. However, we cannot grow in sanctification if we do not read the truth. Holding fast to the truth shall, indeed, make us sanctified by the Holy Spirit. ~Jesselyn

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Newsboys Return To The Studio (via God Tunes Reviews)

This post comes directly from our brother site God Tunes Reviews. Read Sam's report on this latest news about the Newsboys and be sure to check out the entire God Tunes Reviews site. Note the new header and be sure to click on "The God Tunes 20" tab at the top to vote for you favorite songs in the God Tunes Reviews top 10 list! Also, go to and "like" the official God Tunes Reviews Facebook page. Finally, check out the latest video by God Tunes Reviews featuring Sam Gardiner himself who will tell you about the latest updates to the website as well as let you know about a new video review coming up! Read this report and then watch the video below it.

On Sunday, Newsboys lead vocalist Michael Tait returned to the studio to track vocals for their next studio album! Seth Mosley from Me In Motion, who co-wrote on Newsboys' Born Again project, announced on his Twitter page (@sethinmotion); "Here we go! Day 1 tracking some out of this world vocals with @michaeltait7 @newsboys record coming up!!". So, could Newsboys be continuing the tradition of releasing an album once a year? Could we see a new full length studio project from the band by the end of 2011? Thanks to Jesusfreakhideout.com for providing me with this information.

Giveaway: "Live in Concert CD/DVD" by Manafest via The Christian Music Junkie

My friend Courtney from The Christian Music Junkie (another music blog like this one with reviews and music news) is currently holding a giveaway! She will be giving away the CD/DVD special album by Manafest simply called "Live in Concert." The DVD features an entire live concert by Manafest as well as bonus features. To find out how to enter, go to the giveaway page on Courtney's website. While there, be sure to check out all the other cool stuff on her site as well!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Welcome to the Masquerade (Live)" by Thousand Foot Krutch

TFK recently released their new CD/DVD album. Though I was unable to watch it, my friend Josh at least saw this track on the DVD and suggested that I use it for this week's Song/Video! After watching it, I can see why. The song is the concert opener and is really cool! Check it out!