From time to time we will post a list of music we like, titled “What We’re Listening To.” We hope to give a specific theme to each list to make it a little more exciting and we want you all to join in with us too! So look over our lists and then leave your own list in the comments. We can’t wait to see what you are listening to as well.

The theme this time is On An Endless Road Trip. Here’s the criteria for each list…

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What if your church couldn’t pay you for leading worship, would you do it anyway? Would there be a noticeable difference in the quality of the worship?

This question has generated much discussion here on the blog. Many of you have commented with strong opinions on the idea of getting paid to lead worship or any other type of ministry. Seems like this is a topic that needs to be fleshed out further…

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Anchor by Hillsong LIVE

Josh Pauley —  July 30, 2013

Anchor was written by Ben Fielding & Dean Ussher. Though inspired by Hebrews 6:19 that says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul…,” it had a more personal connection for Dean when he first heard it. Just a few months earlier Dean and his wife had lost a baby and the very passage that Ben had used to start the idea for a song was what they had used to get them through that tough time in life. They knew once they started that they had to finish the song.

We have an unshakable promise through the hope of the cross. When men swear by something, they swear by something higher than themselves to seal their promise. Because there is no other name higher than the name of God, He put an end to all arguments and sealed our hope of everlasting life with Him by the sacrifice of His Son…

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Worship and Creative Director of The Vine Church in Hong Kong, Tom Read shares his experience of leading worship for a diverse congregation. As a UK native, Tom focuses on bridging the gap between Western and Eastern culture. He also gives insight into the software, apps and instruments he uses in his songwriting and planning as well as the importance of using creative and nonconventional methods of worship…

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The Same Power was written by Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert. The inspiration for the song is taken from Ephesians, where it says, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seats Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the Heavenly realms.”

The thought that we share in the same power of God that raised the dead to life, made the blind to see, healed the sick, and commanded the lame to walk is incredibly empowering. When we walk in faith and believe that the power of Christ is alive and operating in us we have the opportunity to share in the story of God…

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Scott Cash began writing God Of Brilliant Lights while sitting in his yard one beautiful, sunny afternoon. As he sat there he began to think of the privilege and responsibility we have to be God’s light to the world. In his head, he had an image of God using us to take light and tear through darkness and then see His light flowing throughout the world and spreading love and hope and life to people that haven’t experienced those things.

In the meantime, Aaron Shust was finishing up his album in the studio with Scott’s brother, Ed Cash. Towards the end of the process Ed asked Aaron to listen to one more song and see what he thought. When Aaron heard the song he immediately knew he had to help finish adding the bridge and put it on his record. So that’s what he did…

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Social media has been a terrific discovery for sharing information and keeping large numbers of people up to date on current and future happenings. Christians have fully embraced the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for personal and ministry applications.

Like any other technology, social media outlets are amoral. What we choose to do with them will determine whether they bring hope or discouragement. The danger of social media is that often we are willing to post a comment or information that we would never share with someone face to face…

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Along with writing songs and leading worship, I work as a therapist, journeying with men and women, who seek deeper emotional and spiritual growth. It’s my “day job” and such an honor. The therapeutic journey varies from person to person, however, lately, I’m seeing a common chord.

As a kid, my whole family would pile in our old-school station wagon (you know the one with the wood paneling on the sides) and truck it all the way from Mobile, AL to the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado to go skiing. I remember thinking it was the longest distance in the world. There were lots of pit stops and sleepy stretches, (especially in TX) where the only vehicles we’d pass were UPS trucks. Boring!!! But oh how I would love the last few hours of that drive when patches of crunchy white snow became more regular and my hand tested the car windows to finally find freezing. We were not in Alabama anymore. It was glorious…

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Here’s My Heart is a great example of the journey of a song. Chris Tomlin originally began the song from a phrase he had written in his notes, “Here’s my heart, Lord. Speak what is true.” Then he sat down with Louie Giglio and Jason Ingram to build upon the hook and continue the song. Because they appreciated the simplicity of what it was stating, they spent a lot of time trying to put to words what God says about each of us without complicating the message.

The interesting point about this song is that once it was written they sat with it for about two years because they just couldn’t get it to a place where they felt like it worked. Chris had tried to lead it for Passion City Church and it had felt lifeless. He had tried to rework it and still couldn’t get it to a place where it felt right. Eventually, though, he gave it to Brett Younker to lead one Sunday for the church and they saw a huge response, like the church had never heard the song before…

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Whether you’re on stage, in the congregation or running the sound, you’re always doing something with your hands. While many worshippers can’t wait take their place in the congregation to “lift up holy hands and sing,” there are also those who’d rather stuff them in their pockets or pump one in the air. But for those who have no idea what what to do with your hands, this one’s for you. We’ve put together a few different options for you to tryout during your next worship service…

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