Daniel 8: Greatly Disturbed & not Understanding

In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that had appeared to me earlier.“ – Daniel 8:1

If you’ve never read the book of Daniel, let me encourage you to do so. As this verse points out, there’s a lot of context to this prophetic word… a lot of time has past since Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego had been taken captive. We’re a long way from the fiery furnace and the lions den. Daniel is fulfilling a significantly different role in this nation at this point, and even these prophetic words build on the ones that come before.

Since this is a huge passage of Scripture, be encouraged to grab your Bible and read Daniel 8 for yourselves. Are you finished? Okay, let’s move on…

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Christmas is for “Nobodies” (like us)

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” – Luke 2:8-14

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MORNING WILL COME: one year later…

One year & two weeks ago MORNING WILL COME was born. And what a year it has been.

I had intended to post a credits & thank you page, & little devotionals from each song, but before I got around to it I started a process that led me to Mississippi & back (quite literally). Now that I have a moment I’m sitting here looking back over the past 12 months, acknowledging some of the surprising things God has done with this release. [Read more…]

Help finish MORNING WILL COME with Saint Lewis!

MORNINGWILLCOMEBack in 2011 we started a unique adventure. Following the release of our alt-worship album, “Songs from the Hope Farm“, it was our heart to impact the broader church with songs that weren’t simply an expression of our own creativity, but songs written for congregational singing. The first single from that project was “Your Mighty Hand“, which has been led at hundreds of churches around the world – that’s when we knew: “God is in THIS!” The concept for MORNING WILL COME was born – a collection of upbeat worship songs that help people wrestle with that tension between the sometimes harsh realities of life & the goodness of God.

We followed up with “Your Will“, which made it into the iTunes Top 100 (#72) the day it was released! Next was “When this Day Ends“, in partnership with McKendree Augustas (of Kari Jobe’s band) & Mark Siegel (then with Matt Maher). Last year we released “You won’t Stop” through Ascension Music‘s City Worship Project, which has since overtaken “Your Mighty Hand” in the CCLI charts! 

The end is in sight! All that’s left to do is mix/master (in one case, re-mix/master) “Joy in the Morning“, “Morning will Come“, “You won’t Stop (remix)“, & “Wandering Heart (reimagined)“. Each song fits within the same theme: sometimes life is hard, but God is good & HE has it all under control!

Would you consider joining us in this final push over the top? If so, click here to partner with us! THANK YOU!

NEXT: Fresh New Worship – July 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 12.14.00 AMI not only have a deep love of Jesus, & His people, but I enjoy serving God & His people through Gospel-centered song. I dig through everything that is released – from labels & independent – & find those unique gems you might otherwise overlook. Here are my picks from July – I pray they help you more effectively serve your people.

What new songs have you recently introduced? Share in the comments below!

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