Until The Whole World Hears

Dropping today is the new Casting Crowns CD – “Until The Whole World Hears”. I’ll be posting meaningful lyrics on Twitter as I listen throughout the day. So far what I have heard is pretty good. Here’s a video preview of the CD from Mark Hall.

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Heaven Is The Face

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I was getting caught up on my reader feeds today and found this article on StereoTruth.net. I have no idea what this song will sound like, but the lyrics are sure to go right to the heart strings. Below are the lyrics (as posted on StereoTruth.net) to the new song by Steven Curtis Chapman. According to their site, it is set to hit the radio November 3rd. Something tells me there was real healing in this for Steven Curtis Chapman. Something also tells me there will be healing for many, many others as well.

Heaven Is The Face by Steven Curtis Chapman

Heaven is the face of a little girl
With dark brown eyes
That disappear when she smiles
Heaven is the place
Where she calls my name
Says, “daddy please come play with me for awhile”

God, I know, it’s all of this and so much more
But God, You know, that this is what I’m aching for God,
You know, I just can’t see beyond the door
So right now Heaven is the sound of her breathing deep
Lying on my chest, falling fast asleep while I sing
And Heaven is the weight of her in my arms
Being there to keep her safe from harm while she dreams

And God, I know, it’s all of this and so much more
But God, You know, that this is what I’m longing for God,
You know, I just can’t see beyond the door
But in my mind’s eye I can see a place
Where Your glory fills every empty space

All the cancer is gone
Every mouth is fed
And there’s no one left in the orphans’ bed
Every lonely heart finds their one true love
And there’s no more goodbye
And no more not enough
And there’s no more enemy (no more)

Heaven is a sweet, maple syrup kiss
And a thousand other little things I miss with her gone
Heaven is the place where she takes my hand
And leads me to You
And we both run into Your arms

Oh God, I know, it’s so much more than I can dream
It’s far beyond anything I can conceive
So God, You know, I’m trusting You until I see Heaven in the face of my little girl

Happy Dance

This song just came on in my home office and caused me to get up and do a little happy dance. You should have seen it. On second thought, be glad you didn’t….

By the way, Darrell Evans has a new CD out. Hope to grab a copy and review soon. Until then, I’m going to hit repeat and “dance like no one is watching” again. Feel free to join along at home.

33 Miles

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I have a feeling I am late on the bandwagon here, but I am becoming a big, big fan of the band 33 Miles! They just released their second CD which has the song “One Life to Live” on it. They deliver music that will have you celebrating our position in Christ one minute and moved by the emotion of the journey the next. There are several songs on both of their CD’s that are in constant rotation for me right now in the midst of some healing.

My good friend Jen recently asked me who I would compare them to. The closest I could think of today was Rascal Flatts. If you haven’t heard of them, take a few minutes to download either of their CD’s today. You’ll be glad you did.

There Will Be A Day

The new Jeremy Camp CD, Speaking Louder Than Before,  hits the streets on November 25th! Most of you know I’m a pretty big fan of Jeremy Camp. The first release from the new CD is called “There Will Be a Day”. If you have not heard it yet, I highly recommend going over to iTunes and downloading it. You can also hear it at his web site (HERE). Incredible song. The video below is a behind the music look at what Jeremy was thinking when he wrote it.

Coming August 19th

For you fans of MercyMe out there and more specifically their lead singer Bart Millard, here’s some good news. Following the success of his first Hymn collection CD, Bart is releasing a follow up called “Hymned Again“. It hits the streets on August 19th. Bart and I are very close. Okay, maybe not, but he did leave a comment here once.  If you’re reading this Bart, feel free to say hello again! Here is the track list for the new collection:

1. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
2. Down At The Cross
3. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
4. I Saw The Light
5. I Stand Amazed
6. Victory In Jesus
7. Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
8. Brethren We Have Met To Worship
9. Grace That Is Greater
10. What A Day That Will Be
11. Jesus Cares For Me
12. *Track List Is Subject To Change Before Street Date

Alive and Transported = FREE!

Like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”, I just went to the mailbox and exclaimed “It’s here! It’s here! The new Toby Mac is here!” Thanks to my friends at EMI CMG and Wired for Sound, I get to share the wealth with 2 lucky people! “The Boy” and I had to arm wrestle to see who got to listen to it first. We compromised. I’m listening to it and he is watching the DVD. That’s right…it came with both! So here’s the contest.

Between Now and Next Friday (June 6 – June 13) I will be accept comments to the following 2 questions:

1. How many times have you seen Toby Mac Live?

2. What is your best Toby Mac story?*

I will determine the 2 top comments and my friends at EMI will ship them a copy of “Alive and Transported” free of charge! Again, I’d like to thank EMI CMG for the opportunity to offer the latest (and rockin’) CD/DVD from Toby Mac. It doesn’t disappoint.

Toby Mac has made the transition from his days with DC Talk to successful solo artist. His sound and ability to adapt to todays music scene make him an artist that will be around for a long, long time. My kids love his music and if you see my driving you will probably catch me “bobbin’ that head” to several songs as well. The song “Lose my Soul” will always hold a special place in my heart.

So let’s hear it….what’s your Toby Mac story?

NO STRINGS…JUST FREE TOBY MAC!

*Your answers can include Toby’s time with DC Talk.

Love This Song!

Soon as you hear it on local radio, you will love it too. Call and request it if you haven’t heard it out there yet. The latest from my guys at MercyMe.

“You Reign”

New Release Tuesday

iTunes is $9.99 richer today thanks to the release of “Glory Defined: The Best of Building 429“. I am rockin’ it as I type this. There’s something about this band that I really like. Their last CD, “Iris to Iris” is very high on my list as one of the best CD’s of 2007. If you’re a fan of Building 429, this is a nice addition to your collection. If you don’t have any of their CD’s, this would be a great place to start.

It’s no surprise that this band is originally from North Carolina (Gods Country). As for the name “Building 429”, it comes from Ephesians 4:29

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” ~ Ephesians 4:29 – NIV

You Carried Me” by Building 429

The Week Ahead

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1. “90 Days in Heaven” landed at the library today. I’ll pick it up tonight.

2. The new Michael English CD hit the streets last week. Review coming soon

3. Tomorrow is Primary Day in Ohio. Get out and vote.

4. Really looking forward to the Casting Crowns concert on Thursday.

5. Pray for my friend and brother Stef this week. Especially on Thursday. Refuse to Lose brother!

6. I’m honored to be a part of Daily BlessingsFriday’s are Full of Blessings” starting this Friday.

7. What can be better than UNC vs. Dook on Saturday night at 9:00. Short of the rapture…you know where I will be. Revenge will be sweet and yes…I’m still bitter.

The Only Thing That’s Good In Me

200px-michaepose.jpgLet me begin by thanking Kerri for her recommendation of the new Michael English book “The Prodigal Comes Home” a few weeks ago. I started reading it on Friday and couldn’t put it down until I finished it last night. I am still thinking about it today. It’s not a fairy tale story. I won’t give away details, but I recommend this book to anyone. To those that struggle with addiction, self-doubt, Religion vs. Jesus, failure, doubt and self control…this book is a must read. It’s a story of Gods endless pursuit of our heart and His matchless grace.

Michael has also released a new single called “The Only Thing That’s Good In Me”. After reading his book, the lyrics take an entirely new meaning. The two parts that spoke to me directly were:

“If you would walk the hallways of my heart
And see things as they really are
I wonder if you might be surprised.
Seeing faded walls of pride and fear
Rooms I filled with faithless tears
Corners where I’ve stood in compromise”

“The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus
The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus
I’ve lived long enough to know
No matter what this life might show
The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus”

I’ve learned over the years that the web and blogs can make this big ol’ world pretty small. That being the case, if you know Michael English, or have any way to contact him, I post this message below to him directly.

Michael – Thank you for being transparent. Thank you for putting your struggles, failure, battles and long road home in print for others to read. I pray that you continue on your road to healing. I pray that God uses your journey to bring others into a loving relationship with him. I pray for his strength and power as you walk each day in a renewed relationship with him. Thank you again.

The Only Thing That's Good In Me

200px-michaepose.jpgLet me begin by thanking Kerri for her recommendation of the new Michael English book “The Prodigal Comes Home” a few weeks ago. I started reading it on Friday and couldn’t put it down until I finished it last night. I am still thinking about it today. It’s not a fairy tale story. I won’t give away details, but I recommend this book to anyone. To those that struggle with addiction, self-doubt, Religion vs. Jesus, failure, doubt and self control…this book is a must read. It’s a story of Gods endless pursuit of our heart and His matchless grace.

Michael has also released a new single called “The Only Thing That’s Good In Me”. After reading his book, the lyrics take an entirely new meaning. The two parts that spoke to me directly were:

“If you would walk the hallways of my heart
And see things as they really are
I wonder if you might be surprised.
Seeing faded walls of pride and fear
Rooms I filled with faithless tears
Corners where I’ve stood in compromise”

“The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus
The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus
I’ve lived long enough to know
No matter what this life might show
The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus”

I’ve learned over the years that the web and blogs can make this big ol’ world pretty small. That being the case, if you know Michael English, or have any way to contact him, I post this message below to him directly.

Michael – Thank you for being transparent. Thank you for putting your struggles, failure, battles and long road home in print for others to read. I pray that you continue on your road to healing. I pray that God uses your journey to bring others into a loving relationship with him. I pray for his strength and power as you walk each day in a renewed relationship with him. Thank you again.

"Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman

img_3666.jpgI have been waiting and waiting for the last 2 weeks for a good opportunity to post this song. My buddy Clay gave me one tonight. You see, tonight at 6:30, Clay and his wife Christine entered a whole new dimension. They welcomed a little daughter into this world. This isn’t their first child, but it is their first little girl. Now it starts. Now songs like this one from Steven Curtis Chapman take on a whole new meaning. Congratulations Clay and Christine. Get your dancin’ shoes on. Here’s your long distance dedication!

Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman from the CD “This Moment

“Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman

img_3666.jpgI have been waiting and waiting for the last 2 weeks for a good opportunity to post this song. My buddy Clay gave me one tonight. You see, tonight at 6:30, Clay and his wife Christine entered a whole new dimension. They welcomed a little daughter into this world. This isn’t their first child, but it is their first little girl. Now it starts. Now songs like this one from Steven Curtis Chapman take on a whole new meaning. Congratulations Clay and Christine. Get your dancin’ shoes on. Here’s your long distance dedication!

Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman from the CD “This Moment

The Golden Compass

movie_goldencompass.jpgI have received several emails regarding the upcoming release of a movie called “The Golden Compass” and the controversy surrounding it. Being the way I am wired, I went digging for myself as well. Below are some things I found on the web regarding this film and what makes it so dangerous.

From Pluggedinonline.comQUOTE: “Clergymen who kidnap children. Witches who aren’t wicked. Even a pair of sexually ambiguous angels. If you thought Harry Potter was blasphemous, wait till you get a look at the His Dark Materials trilogy.” —Entertainment Weekly‘s preview commentary on New Line Cinema’s $150 million adaptation of The Golden Compass, the first story in Philip Pullman’s series of “theologically trippy novels,” which is due in theaters Dec. 7 [Entertainment Weekly, 8/24/07]

From Rotten Tomatoes: The Golden Compass, opening December 7, was adapted from the His Dark Materials series of books, a bestselling trilogy by author Philip Pullman that incorporates every ingredient necessary for a shot at box-office fantasy gold, including magic, monsters, and a battle between the forces of good and evil. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Pullman’s books also include a fair amount of what has been perceived to be anti-Catholic rhetoric; in the first book, for instance, the church is in the business of kidnapping children and conducting some rather unpleasant experiments on them.

Read even more about the film at Snopes.com

Based on what I have read, many feel that Phillip Pullman’s screen adaptation of the film has been “dumbed down” a bit to draw children into reading the much darker books. While the visual presentation looks stunning, I think I’m gonna pass on the Golden Compass. Here’s the best source for things such as this when unsure –

From Ephesians 5:8-16

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

New Movie Alert

140x140_release_date.jpgMaybe I have been so wrapped up in the MLB playoffs that I totally missed this one, but I have not seen any promos for the new Ten Commandments computer animated film at all. My son came running in the room this morning to tell us all about it too. My guess is that it was advertised on either Nickelodean or ABC Family as those are his channels of choice in the morning. Below are some links for the movie site, a trailer and a song from the film by Jeremy Camp. If we get out to see it this weekend (unlikely), I will post a review next week.

Official Movie Site – HERE

Movie Trailer – HERE

Jeremy Camp Video – HERE

Official Movie Review – HERE

2 Cent Reviews…

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I’m calling this segment “2 Cent Reviews” because that’s about what they are worth. However, if you were just dying to know what I thought of some new releases, here you have it. I’ll give a brief thought or two plus my pick for best tracks. So, without further delay…

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds – “Playlist” – First off, I will never forget the Babyface CD “Tender Lover”, but that’s a whole different post. This is a bunch of cover songs from back in the day. The one that caught my attention and led me to download it was “Please come to Boston“. It would be my pick. There’s a few good remakes on this CD. Some are a bit overdone. I give it a 3 out of 5.

Mark Harris – “Windows and Walls” – If you are a fan of Mark Harris, you’ll like this CD. The can’t miss songs are “Writing on the Wall” and “In a moment or two“. Both deal with time going too fast and the kids. Great songs. 3 out of 5.

Kenny Chesney“Just Who I Am” – I like this CD. If you’re not a fan of his, you will think it sounds like all of the other Kenny Chesney CD’s (which is does). Lyrically, this is very much a country CD. There are some really good songs though. “Demons“, “Don’t Blink”, “Got a little crazy” and “Wife and Kids” are my picks. 4 out of 5.

Mandisa – “True Beauty” – From her run on American Idol to her appearance on Tobymac’s “Portable Sounds” CD, I have always liked Mandisa’s voice. “Only the World” hit the radio in a big way too. So I figured it was worth a listen. Not a bad first CD. It’s not really much my style of music, so I can’t really give it a fair review. The best bet on the CD is a song called “God Speaking”. It’s a song about divine moments, connections and seeing God in the ordinary. Beautiful song. 3 out of 5.

Rascal Flatts – “Still Feels Good” – What can I say? Rascal Flatts is Rascal Flatts. Good CD. Need to listen to it a little more before I can really rank it. I was looking for that one big hit (think “Skin” or “God blessed the broken road”) and didn’t find it. There is one song called “It’s not supposed to go like that” that is pretty close. Otherwise, I might need to get back to you on this one. I’ll give it an incomplete for now. The truth is I rushed my listening to it so I could get to….

David Crowder Band – “Remedy” – Based on some blogging buddies and other blogs I was reading today, I have a feeling everyone is probably typing a review of this CD at the same time that I am. This has been highly anticipated and for good reason. Folks….”it’s all of that and a bag of chips”! Great CD. Worth the wait. Crowder is awesome. 6 out of 5! There is not a bad song on the CD. But if I had to pick my favorite from the bunch….”Remedy“. Go get it TODAY!

To quote Ferris Bueller… “You’re still here? Go on, go get Crowder, it’s over…Go…”

Don’t Blink

9801111.jpgYou just knew I couldn’t let a milestone like my son riding a bike without training wheels go by without some post about them growing up too fast. I was all set to just let it slide by and maybe even deny it a bit. Then I heard the song “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney. I should have known better. It’s certainly not a song for those of us parents that are already dreading how quickly our kids are growing up.

If that wasn’t enough, I received an email this morning from someone I highly respect and whose wisdom I cherish. The words were a replay of everything that was running through my head last night. Below is a quote from the email –

“Have you and Heather pondered the implications of this achievement? His explorable, travelable world has now taken a big step, expanding and growing outside your house and yard. Celebrate his accomplishment…but hug him close. He’s growing up right before your eyes!”

The final confirmation of all of the above came this morning when he announced that he would like to ride his bike to school. He’s mobile now. Amazing how much can change when we finally get wings. As the Pam Tillis song says…

“You do what you gotta do, then you let that pony run”

Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney from Just the Way I Am

Don't Blink

9801111.jpgYou just knew I couldn’t let a milestone like my son riding a bike without training wheels go by without some post about them growing up too fast. I was all set to just let it slide by and maybe even deny it a bit. Then I heard the song “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney. I should have known better. It’s certainly not a song for those of us parents that are already dreading how quickly our kids are growing up.

If that wasn’t enough, I received an email this morning from someone I highly respect and whose wisdom I cherish. The words were a replay of everything that was running through my head last night. Below is a quote from the email –

“Have you and Heather pondered the implications of this achievement? His explorable, travelable world has now taken a big step, expanding and growing outside your house and yard. Celebrate his accomplishment…but hug him close. He’s growing up right before your eyes!”

The final confirmation of all of the above came this morning when he announced that he would like to ride his bike to school. He’s mobile now. Amazing how much can change when we finally get wings. As the Pam Tillis song says…

“You do what you gotta do, then you let that pony run”

Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney from Just the Way I Am

Coming Soon –

Here are some CD’s which are soon to be released –

September 11th –
Kenny Chesney – Just Who I am

September 25th
Mark Harris – Windows and Walls
David Crowder Band – Remedy
Tree 63 – Sunday!
Rascal Flatts – Still Feels Good

October 23rd
Steven Curtis Chapman – This Moment
Carrie Underwood – Carnival

November 30th
Mercyme – All That is Within Me

Note: You can preview “All That is Within Me” at Mercyme.org. “Finally Home” sounds like another moving song.