Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: We Are God's Workmanship

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

This is another verse that never fails to speak to me in a different way each time I read it. We are His workmanship created for the good that God prepared for each one of us beforehand. There are a number of points in this verse, and I will state three of them. The first point is that we were crafted perfectly and uniquely by God in His own image. Second, the purpose of our creation was and is for us to do good works. Lastly, God planned our works and future before we came into being. With the three of these in mind, how could we do anything else besides putting our trust in God and striving to fulfill what He prepared for our lives? Each of us has something that God has specially purposed. I encourage you to seek what God prepared for your lives in order to fulfill those good works. ~Jesselyn

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Overcome" by Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp just recently released this new music video for his single "Overcome" from his 2010 album We Cry Out: The Worship Project. The video features footage from a live performance of the song. In "Overcome," Jeremy sings about the awesomeness and glory of Jesus Christ who suffered for us and overcame death! "God's only Son / Perfect and spotless One / He never sinned / But suffered as if He did."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Album Review: "When Dawn Breaks" by Without A Poet

Release Date: March 30, 2012
Genre: Post Harmonic Indie Rock
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Without A Poet is a new Christian rock group from Eugene-Springfield, Oregon. The band consists of Andrew Beaird (Lead vocals/Guitar), Joshua Rainey (Drums), Seth Magee (BGV/Guitar), Andrew Causey (BGV/Bass), and Jordan Poet (BGV/Keys) who refer to their style of music as Post Harmonic Indie Rock. Founded in 2010, Without A Poet released its debut EP When Dawn Breaks in March of 2012.

When Dawn Breaks opens with “Can’t Be Won” which features a lot of guitar-plucking as Andrew sings about falling to the pleasures of life, calling himself weak. The first thing I noticed about this song was Andrew’s amazing voice which listeners will be sure to enjoy. Towards the end of the song, he sings “Am I doomed to walk alone, or are You with me?” I think this is something many Christians find themselves asking God at some point in their spiritual journey, and the answer is that God is always there to help us. In “Product,” the band admits the times they have failed, saying, “We have all wandered farther from Your will.” They then ask of the Lord to “show Your goodness still” amidst their failure.

“Aston’s Blindness” talks about the blindness we have that causes us to sin, but during the chorus, the band sings of dawn breaking and daylight coming to clear our minds. The next song “The Voyage” is a slower

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: Faith

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." -Hebrews 11:1

This verse really challenges me concerning my faith. The definition of Christian faith is plainly stated here. It is an expectancy of the thing that is hoped for and the conviction of the unseen thing. Faith is a crucial part of every Christian's growing walk with God. If we do not have faith, we cannot possibly believe that the Bible is real or that God even exists. Jesus said that if you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains. Therefore, faith is a powerful part of our Christian lives. Without faith in God, how can we call ourselves His children? I challenge you to deepen your faith in God, by truly reading His Word and waiting on Him, that you may see miracles performed by Him. ~Jesselyn

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Lord Have Mercy (ft. Tedashii & No Malice)" by Lecrae

Lecrae just released a new video for his song "Lord Have Mercy" which will be on his upcoming album Gravity. The song and video feature fellow Reach Records artist Tedashii and No Malice who many will remember hearing on Lecrae's mixtape Church Clothes. The hook on "Lord Have Mercy" is from "Darkest Hour," the track on Church Clothes that featured No Malice. This song is really dope and both Tedashii and Lecrae do a great job delivering their verses! Be sure to pre-buy a copy of Gravity which release September 4th!