Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Romans 5:6-8

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:6-8
Still powerless...that is such a good depiction of us. We are powerless to go to Heaven. We can do nothing to be saved. At the Lord's perfect timing for us, Christ died so that we can live eternally. As stated, no one would lay down his life for another man. I believe that a spouse, sibling, or best friend will only go so far for anyone. Test this by asking yourself if you would die, truly die, for someone you love. No one on earth can ever love another as much as God loves him. Christ did the unthinkable to be CRUCIFIED for everyone. God showed us that He loves us so much that He would send His Son to do that for us sinners. I am so grateful to God for sending Jesus to do such a thing for me of which I can never repay. ~Jesselyn

Monday, August 29, 2011

Free Song: "Only The Beginning" by Downhere

GroupRight now you can grab a free download of one of Downhere's songs from the new record! To get "Only The Beginning," just go to grouptune.com's offer page here and click the "Buy Now" button. You will not have to pay anything. The website is also used to buy music off of, so they use a "Buy Now" button, but the cost is "$0." While you are there, you can also read how to enter a contest to win a free copy of the entire album!

Song/Video of the Week: "The Light In Me" by Brandon Heath

If you listne to Christian music radio, you probably have heard Brandon Heath's single "The Light In Me." The song talks about God lighting a flame in our hearts, changing us from what we were before. The featured music video on this post takes a while to understand how it connects with the song. However, it finishes with a really nice ending, and Brandon Heath's voice makes the song great to listen to!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Artist Alert: Newsboys Giving Away 200 Copies of Upcoming Worship Album

Newsboys is giving away 200 copies of their upcoming worship album to 200 lucky fans! The worship album God's Not Dead will be released on November 15, 2011, but you could win a copy of it by going here and entering your information. Before you sign up for that contest, please first note that although the giveaway is being promoted by Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips, it is not being held on Newsboys's website. It is instead being held on the official website of "The Music Boat," a Christian Music cruise that will be featuring big Christian music artists such as Chris Tomlin and MercyMe and is being hosted by the Newsboys. The cruise will set sail November 7-11 of this year and you can go to their website to reserve your spot. Anyway, to register for the giveaway, you must give your email address, mailing address, and cell phone number. However, there is no privacy policy posted on that page, so I have no idea about the security of your information. I just wanted to let you know about that since I am advertising the contest on my blog and do not want to be blamed at all for any negative outcomes from it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: 2 Samuel 5:23

"So David inquired of the LORD, and He answered, "Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the balsam trees."-2 Samuel 5:23
This verse was right after a previous battle with the Philistines which David had won by the help of God. He did not feel arrogant or triumphant to fight the second battle without inquiring of the Lord. He did not venture upon his own strength. Instead, he waited until God told him with clear instruction what to do. We need to learn not to make a step without God's sign. We can avoid so many bumps in our lives if we seek the Lord before making any moves. We must pay attention to God leading us; if He is silent, wait until He speaks. Those who move without God would later rather have waited for His instruction. Let us act as David did and not make any big move without first inquiring of the Lord. ~Jesselyn

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Album Review: "This Is What We Believe" by Aaron Shust

Genre: Worship/Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

While writing songs for the new album, Aaron Shust was going through struggling times in his personal life. His two-year-old son Nicky was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, a rare condition that caused Nicky to be unable to take in nutrition. The Shust family was informed that Nicky would have to be on steroids for the rest of his life. This fact made them very uncomfortable, for they knew that those steroids could have some bad side effects. However, later tests on Nicky suddenly came back normal and showed that Nicky no longer had any problems and, in fact, seemed to have never had any at all! The Shusts had experienced a miracle, and the event had taught Aaron to put his trust in the Lord. Quite appropriately, This is What We Believe features many songs about God’s love towards His children as well as the hit single that reflects what Aaron had to go through during tough times.

The album begins with the title track “This is What We Believe” which is a worship song with the declaration that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who “takes away the sins of the world.” Aaron Shust uses the verses to praise the Lord and sing of His majesty. Following the title track is the first single off the album, “My Hope is in You,” written by April Geesbreght. It begins with a piano intro

Free Music: "We Are Free" by Aaron Shust

GroupThe song "We Are Free" from Aaron Shust's new album This is What We Believe, which releases today, is available as a free download on grouptune.com! Not only will you be able to get this song; you can also download for free the chord chart and lead sheet for the song! Now, you can listen to the song as well as learn how to play it, all for free! Go here to get your free download. You will have to click the "Buy Now" button, but you will be spending absolutely nothing. You may need to create an account on grouptune which is easy and free. Enjoy your free song from Aaron Shust!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Someone Worth Dying For" by MIKESCHAIR

This week's song/video is a very encouraging song from MIKESCHAIR. It begins by asking the question that some people may find themselves asking as well. Am I someone worth dying for? The answer, of course, is "Yes!" I find this song to be one that many people can relate to, especially due to the lyrics in the first verse. The first single off the new record A Beautiful Life, its music video has already been released which I am sharing to you via Klove's youtube channel. Check it out and let me know what you think of both the song and the video!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Giveaway: "I'm All In" CD by Robert Pierre

I'm All In by Robert Pierre | CD Reviews And Information | NewReleaseTuesday.com
Announcing my first ever giveaway from Justin's Christian Music Spot!!! After telling you all about many other giveaways, it feels great to finally offer my own. I will be giving away a copy of Robert Pierre's latest album I'm All In. I reviewed this album last month and gave it a solid 4 out of 5 stars! Now, you have a chance to own it for yourself. Here are the rules for entry into this giveaway:

For each entry, leave me a comment letting me know what you did. Give me your email address in one of your comments so I can contact you if you win. The winner will be chosen by random using random.org. And now, how to enter: First off, you leave a comment on one of my other posts (must be a new comment) and let me know which post it was. (One entry)
For additional entries, do any of the following things:
1. "Like" Justin's Christian Music Spot on Facebook (One entry)
2. "Like" Robert Pierre on Facebook OR follow @robert_pierre on Twitter. (One entry)
3. Write a blog post about this giveaway. Be sure to leave me a link to your post in your comment. (One entry)
4. Follow this blog with Google or Twitter. (One entry)
5. Tweet about this giveaway OR post on Facebook about it. This can be done daily! Just leave one new comment each time you tweet or "facebook" about this giveaway as well as a link or username so I can see it. (One entry each)

Here is a sample tweet:
Enter 2 win @robert_pierre's latest album "I'm All In" in Justin's Christian Music Spot's giveaway! Ends September 5! http://bit.ly/pOiUp4

This giveaway will end on September 5, 2011! The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the notification email. If the winner has not replied by that time, the prize will be given to someone else! Be sure to get in as many entries as possible. If you want to enter and try to win the CD for a friend, that is okay! Just leave me your friend's name and address if you win. Thanks, and good luck to everyone!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Corinthians 4:18a

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen."-2 Corinthians 4:18a
During our Spiritual journey, we are mostly looking forward to that Glorious Day. Looking into the  future, the faithful eye can see pain and fears taken away, sin and death destroyed, and the soul made pure and perfect. Even grander is the sight of the Celestial City with golden streets, bejeweled gates, and joyful praises sang by all unto the King. Does not the thought of this future relieve all fears and doubts? Life is short; eternity is forever. Death of the body is so brief; the eternity of the soul is so long! It is a beautiful thought, so it can be surprising to find other people who do not believe. Heaven is indeed something unseen, and it requires faith for one to believe that one day we will all be there. Therefore, keep the faith, and fix your eyes on what we cannot see! ~Jesselyn

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Do Everything" by Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman is known for fun songs and the music video for his latest single "Do Everything" is just that! The video is really funny, too, and very well made. Watch the video, and you will see what I mean.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Album Review: "On Fire" by Peter Furler

Release Date: June 21, 2011
Genre: Pop/Rock/Worship
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Peter Furler shocked us all in 2009 when he announced his departure from Newsboys, after leading the band for 24 years since its formation in 1985. With a songwriter/singer of his talent, it is not surprising that he has returned to the music industry in a solo career. For many, it was like the return of the old newsboys-joining back with Sparrow Records and teaming up with Steve Taylor once again for songwriting. However, a question also came up: would Peter Furler be as successful as he was when he was still with the Newsboys? By listening to this album, the question is answered easily.

The new record begins with the upbeat song "I'm Alive." It talks about getting excited and feeling free now that God is in us. The first single "Reach" is the second track on the album and is a very encouraging song about God's great love for us. Though there are so many people in this world, He still cares about each and every one of us, as said in the chorus, "So many people in this world/But I hear You calling out my name." One of my favorite songs on the album follows "Reach." "Glory to the King" was written after the funeral of Peter's grandmother, and it speaks of the day when we will

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Song of the Month: "Strong Enough" by Matthew West

This just might be my favorite song from Matthew West and is currently one of my favorites to hear on the radio. The music video was made about the recent tornadoes that had blown through the country and had destroyed so many houses and towns. Matthew gives a word of encouragement at the beginning of the video and durin the actual song, pictures and videos are shown of the wreckage and of workers helping in the cleanup.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Artist Alert: Matt Maher Celebrates Newborn Son

Christian singer Matt Maher is a Dad! He announced yesterday on his Facebook page:
(Michael) Conor Maher
born 8/1/11 at 2:06 pm
7lbs 9 oz

Big congrats to Matt Maher and his family!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Make a Move" by Royal Tailor

Big thanks to Jay from Jay's Musik Blog for suggesting this song for me to use as this week's song/video! He describes it as a "techno/disco track that provokes dancing." And he is right about that. This is a really catchy song that I'm sure you will enjoy listening to!

Bible Verse of the Week: 2 Chronicles 7:14

"If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
-2 Chronicles 7:14
God is merciful and forgiving. However, here is the boundary of that forgiveness: If wrongdoing is committed, it will not be forgiven until the wrongdoer humbles himself enough to repent to the Lord directly and turn from his sin. Prayer is a sign of humbleness unto the Lord. If one cannot even pray to God for forgiveness, he should not expect any! At the same time, here is God's promise that we will truly
receive forgiveness when we seek repentance with humility.~Jesselyn 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Giveaway: "Hundredth Blog Post" via The Christian Music Junkie

My friend Courtney from The Christian Music Junkie is holding a special giveaway in honor of her 100th blog post! Four prizes shall be given:
Grand Prize-"Crazy Love" CD and "Light Sides" acoustic CD from Hawk Nelson and a Hawk Nelson signed poster!
Second Prize-"97" book by Justin Lookadoo
Third Prize-Hawk Nelson's Summer EP and "I Heart Hawk Nelson" T-Shirt (Large)
Fourth Prize-Hawk Nelson's Summer EP and signed Hawk Nelson postcard
To read all the details on how to enter, go the official contest page!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: 1 Corinthians 10:23

"'Everything is permissible'-but not everything is beneficial. 'Everything is permissible'-but not everything is constructive." 1 Corinthians 10:23
It is clearly stated here that everything is permitted. We are given permission to do anything we want. However, not everything is profitable. While many actions are lawful, how many of those things have good outcomes? People do so many things, but so many of them end regretfully. God grants us the permission and the ability to do whatever is pleasing to us, but He also makes it clear that a lot of pleasurable things are unedifying. As Christians, the Bible gives us discernment to know what is right and wrong. Therefore, we should guard our actions. Just because so many things are here for us to do, that does not mean that we have do to all of them! We should be using the Bible as a reference for our actions.~Jesselyn

Free Music: "Light the Way" by Robert Pierre

Robert Pierre - I'm All InLast week, I reviewed Robert Pierre's new album I'm All In. In case you do not remember or just have not read it yet, my number one song on the album was "Light the Way." Well, newreleasetuesday.com is currently offering this week a free download of that song on their website! First, you must be registered on the site which is easy and free. Go here to register and then head over to the free music page and scroll down to find the Robert Pierre download. Be sure to check out the other free downloads NRT is offering right now as well!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Free Music: "Get on Outta Here" by Family Force 5

Family Force 5For a limited time, Family Force 5 is offering their latest single "Get on Outta Here" for free on their Facebook page! The single will appear on the band's upcoming album III which will release on October 18, 2011. To download the song, first like the page and then go here. Next to one of the songs is a "Download" button. Click the button to begin downloading the song. Note: You will have to allow pop-ups on the page for the button to work.

Song/Video of the Week: "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)" by Switchfoot

"The Sound" is one of Switchfoot's most successful singles off the Hello Hurricane record in 2009. The song was inspired by John M. Perkins, an activist for Civil Rights. A clip of Perkins is shown in the beginning of the music video before the video switches to the band performing the song. This was my favorite rock song from Hello Hurricane and hit number #1 on many radio charts.