Music Monday: I heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Since yesterday Christmas began, it’s time to crack open the Christmas Music! Today is one of my favourites, “I heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, by┬áCasting Crowns:

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth good will to men

And the bells are ringing (peace on earth)
Like a choir they’re singing (peace on earth)
In my heart I hear them (peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep (peace on earth, peace on earth)
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men

Then ringing singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men


Music Monday: Come To The Well

Today’s song is a live version of my favourite song from the last album from Casting Crowns:

Leave it all behind x4

I have what you need,
But you keep on searchin,
I’ve done all the work,
But you keep on workin,
When you’re runnin on empty,
And you can’t find the remedy,
Just come to the well.

You can spend your whole life,
Chasin what’s missing,
But that empty inside,
It just ain’t gonna listen.
When nothing can satisfy,
And the world leaves you high and dry,
Just come to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more,
And all who search will find what their souls long for,
The world will try, but it can never fill,
So leave it all behind, and come to the well

So bring me your heart
No matter how broken,
Just come as you are,
When your last prayer is spoken,
Just rest in my arms a while,
You’ll feel the change my child,
When you come to the well

The world will try, but it can never fill… leave it all behind

And now that you’re full,
Of love beyond measure,
Your joy’s gonna flow,
Like a stream in the desert,
Soon all the world will see that living water is found in me,
Cuz you came to the well

Music Monday: Glorious Day

Happy Easter!

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine


Music Monday: The Blessing

Today’s song is the title track from the superb debut album from John Waller, “The Blessing”. If you listen carefully, you might be able to identify the other well-known Christian singer joining him on this song…

Let it be said of us…while we walked among the living
Let it be said of us…by the ones we leave behind
Let it be said of us…that we lived to be a blessing for life

Let it be said of us…that we gave to reach the dying
Let it be said of us…by the fruit we leave behind
Let it be said of us…that our legacy is blessing for life

This day you set life, you set death right before us,
This day every blessing and curse is a choice now
And we will choose to be a blessing for life

Let it be said of us…that our hearts belonged to Jesus
Let it be said of us…that we spoke the words of life
Let it be said of us…that our heritage is blessing for life

For your Kingdom, for our Children
For the sake of every nation

Music Monday: Broken Together

While I was in the car the other day I got to listen to┬ámy Casting Crowns collection. Here’s one of the more somber tracks, “Broken Together”, from their latest album, “Thrive”:

What do you think about when you look at me
I know we’re not the fairytale you dreamed we’d be
You wore the veil, you walked the aisle, you took my hand
And we dove into a mystery

How I wish we could go back to simpler times
Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light
Now on this hallowed ground, we’ve drawn the battle lines
Will we make it through the night?

It’s going to take much more than promises this time
Only God can change our minds

Maybe you and I we’re never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together

How it must have been so lonely by my side
We were building kingdoms and chasing dreams and left love behind
I’m praying God will help our broken hearts align
And we won’t give up the fight

FYI, we’ll be taking a bit of a break from Contemporary Christian Music for the next few weeks and digging back into some of the classics…

Wise Words on Wednesday: Whispered Prayer


God is on His throne, but only a whisper away…

– Mark Hall, Lifestories

Wise Words on Wedneday: Speck Inspectors


Seeing something so clearly in others’ lives because you’ve seen it in your own life is what makes sin easy to spot in the lives of others.

– Mark Hall, Lifestories

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