Archives For Josh Pauley

This is the beginning. All of last week’s hard work culminated in Sunday’s worship service. Now, it’s time to choose the songs for the next service. If you’re like me, choosing songs either happens quickly and effortlessly, or it becomes a few grueling hours of going through possible songs and trying to narrow down options.

I tried to think about times in the past when the setlist came together really well. I recognized there were three key elements that had to happen. It almost never fails that when I am able to apply all three of these, the process is much easier…

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Children Of Light was written by Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram, Pat Barrett, and Jesse Reeves. Even though the song came out of the 2013 Passion Conference, Kristian and Jason began writing the song at the beginning of 2012. When it was time to begin writing and pulling songs for Passion 2013 they revisited the song, but it felt like it still wasn’t quite finished. That’s when Jesse and Pat were pulled in to help. Pat had written a hook that he had not been able to use in a song yet. They liked Pat’s hook so much that they reworked their version of Children Of Light to fit. The funny part of the story is that Pat had almost entirely given up on it!

The inspiration for Children Of Light comes from Ephesians 4-5 where we are encouraged to live as children of the light. It says, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth).” It is a powerful thought to think about what God can do through His followers when we walk as children of light. In obedience to Him, we are all called to let the world know how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Christ…

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Today’s New Song Cafe is a classic favorite hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy as reimagined by Matt Maher and featured on the album, Jesus, Firm Foundation. In this song Matt explores the interesting paradox of God being holy and set a part from humanity while also being Immanuel, God with us.

When Matt sat down to work on this song, he and his wife and just had their son, Connor. He found himself surrounded by the mystery of the beginning stages of human life and how Jesus entered the world in the same way. God went through the same process of being in the womb and being formed…

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Worship Band in Hand is a mobile app that can take your worship team to the next level. If your worship team is missing a drummer, electric guitar player, or any other instrument, Band in Hand’s band tracks give your team a chance to use just the instruments it needs and mute the rest. All band tracks are professionally recorded using top-notch musicians in first class studios. They’ll always sound incredible and make your band sound more powerful.

Worship Band in Hand is also great for practice. You can mute all tracks but one to focus on a new part to learn or mute just one instrument and play along with a full band…

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Holy Mystery, written by Brett Younker, Ben Fielding, and Mia Fieldes, is a song that expresses a longing to know God more. It comes from a place of searching for the holiness of God and a deep desire to see the world overcome by His glory.

The song was born out of Luke 7, where Jesus heals the widowers son. In The Message Bible, Eugene Peterson says, “They realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them and they were quietly worshipful and noisily grateful.” The work of Jesus is mysterious. We can’t understand it. Often, when He begins to work in our lives, our response is to stand in awe before Him. Then it is usually followed by moments where we can’t help but praise Him. Where our hearts feel like they are going to jump out of our chest…

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David Crowder*Band delivered their last album Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]) in January 2012. It marked the end of the era that brought songs to the church like “O Praise Him,” “Everything Glorious,” “No One Like You,” and many more.

All This For A King: The Essential Collection from DC*B releases today and to celebrate we wanted to give you 10 free songs from Crowder. Many of these songs discuss the glory of God, which we felt was appropriate since Sunday was the beginning of the Pentecost season on the Christian calendar…

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