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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I’ve been thinking lately about the difference between things that are sacred and things that are secular. We Christians love to put things into neat little boxes. I think this somehow gives us a sense of security and assuredness that we are living our lives correctly.

With music, art or books we try especially hard to place each person’s creative work into the appropriate category. Of course, to do this we need rules – lots of rules. Here are some examples:

-If you sing about Jesus, then you are a “Christian artist”

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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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“Pure” and “love” are not two words that we often put together. Maybe it’s because most of the love we experience is anything but pure. As flawed people, we rarely love without somewhat impure motives. We have probably all loved someone because we wanted something from them, and I’m sure we’ve all been loved because someone only wanted something out of or from us.

We often feel we have to earn someone’s love by training ourselves to give them what they want. Unfortunately, this kind of love isn’t pure at all, and it doesn’t come close to reflecting God’s true heart…

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Only God is Able

Reuben Morgan —  May 28, 2013

It was never really about the numbers. Even though there were 24,000 hands lifted high throughout the 97 minutes of 136 decibel worship, nothing could compare to the planet-shaking power of the three little words that were burned in our hearts that night: God is able.

This was the recording session for God Is Able. The venue was full of people working to the best of their abilities, but like every one of the live Hillsong album recordings that had gone before, this one had its own unique balance that left its own unique impression upon us. As 12,000 hearts were carried back out into the night, we knew that the evening had taught us a valuable set of lessons…

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As worship leaders, many times the responsibility of purchasing sound and lighting equipment with the church budget falls upon us. Church music has become a major target audience for most gear manufacturers and is a growing market while other markets are shrinking.

Churches are becoming much more tech savvy and, in some cases, worship rooms rival the best music venues in the country.

As pastors and stewards of God’s resources, it is our responsibility to make “God inspired” decisions on spending church money. The following guidance might prove helpful when you get ready to make that next A/V purchase…

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The quality of worship music has advanced tremendously in the last ten years. We have better sound, lighting, video and room acoustics than ever in history. Conferences and the internet have allowed worship leaders to get access to unlimited songs, teachings on worship and training for musicians.

But another trend has risen up along side our advancements. It seems that we’ve gotten so good and slick in our musical presentation that we (the congregation) find ourselves watching at times instead of worshipping…

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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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The Story is helping people in churches everywhere experience Scripture like never before. Carefully selected verses from the Bible are organized chronologically. From Genesis to Revelation, your church members will come to understand God’s story and how their stories intersect with it.

Affordable, flexible, and easy to use, churches are using The Story not only as a powerful church-wide experience but also in individual ministries, such as small groups, Sunday School, and in youth ministry…

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