Songs for Christmas (1) Acapella

Songs for Christmas (1) Acapella

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With so much Christmas music to sort through, we were a little stymied on how we should organize the playlists for this month. We thought we’d begin by sharing the acapella (or mostly acapella) songs that we enjoy. We apologize for the disparity in volume levels between songs—choral recordings are generally miced differently than acapella groups. Just be quick on the volume…

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Songs of Thankfulness

Songs of Thankfulness

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Because of Thanksgiving: Spotified the former thanksgiving playlist. _________________ We thought about changing things up on you and making today’s Playlist Tuesday be “Songs About the Perichoretic Trinity” but then thought, “Wait it’s thanksgiving–we should probably do a playlist on that instead.” Actually, that’s not really what happened…but we did at least feature the Trinity in the first song! The…

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Songs of Prayer (1)

Songs of Prayer (1)

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  Reposted in Spotify _________________ I am not an experiential kind of guy. When I do become emotional it is as a result of some pretty intense thinking—about God, a person (say, Liz :-), or a situation (be it good or bad). Thus, it is rare for any song to give me goosebumps or move me in a significant way…

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Songs of the Cross (1)

Songs of the Cross (1)

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Here are “Songs of the Cross,” now in Spotify. As I left work this evening, I was met at the door with a torrential downpour. Let me tell you, running through Niagara Falls kind of kills the mood to praise God. I have a cold, I was soaked, I was frustrated that I didn’t get more done, and was somewhat unsettled by a…

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Songs About Jesus (5 & 6)

Songs About Jesus (5 & 6)

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Playlist Tuesday, remastered in high-fidelity! (or not, enjoy!) Today’s playlist is somewhat low-key and is meant to be so. It is meant to furnish quiet and reflective kindling for intensive (as opposed to explosive) worship. The playlist tells the story of Christ, whose sacred head was wounded on Calvary, the ultimate gory and wonderful display of God’s love for you…

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Songs About Jesus (3 & 4)

Songs About Jesus (3 & 4)

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Recreating some playlists for you! There are many, many songs written about Jesus. We chose to group the songs in this playlist by their description of one of Jesus’s many roles. His majesty, power and love can be traced through a number of the songs. We hope that they will encourage your heart and remind you of our great savior!…

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Songs of Faith (1) and Songs for the Fearful (1)

Songs of Faith (1) and Songs for the Fearful (1)

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Here are two more reworked and re-posted playlists. ________________________________ I do realize that today is Wednesday but in my defense, I had every intention of posting this playlist yesterday! However, this computer is currently sharing a room with my 10 month old nephew and last night, at the urgent plea of my sister, I decided not to risk waking him…

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Songs for Suffering (3 & 4)

Songs for Suffering (3 & 4)

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REPOST: Songs for Suffering 3 & 4 ______________________________ Recently one of my pastors preached a message from the book of James that centered on finding joy in the midst of suffering. He made the point that “counting it all joy” can only be done once we begin to recognize the power of our invisible God.  This reminded me of Songs…

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The Gospel as Adoption

The Gospel as Adoption

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God is very big. And I don’t mean big in the sense of large, but big as in larger-than-life big. He is imposing in his grandeur (in fact, whom else would you use the word “grandeur” for?); He is magnificent, imposing, and overwhelming. As I was listening through the Old Testament again, I was reminded about how very small we…

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Why Your Labor is (Really!) Not in Vain

Why Your Labor is (Really!) Not in Vain

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My pastor was preaching out of John 4 a few weeks ago. As he does so often, Jesus powerfully speaks into real-life situations with words that upset the status quo. Humans are a competitive lot and Americans are all the more so. This competitive nature encourages us to take our identities in the winning or in the losing (even though…

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