14 de janeiro de 2010

Vale a pena ouvir #1

O novo CD do Casting Crowns, lançado em 17 de novembro do ano passado "Até o mundo inteiro ouvir" traz a marca registrada da banda, letras com conteúdo e uma pitadinha de rock music.

Títulos das músicas com comentários (em inglês):

  • Until the Whole World Hears
  • The title track comes from my mentor in student ministry, Roger Glidewell. He always closed his e-mails with the phrase "until the whole world hears." Our goal is to live our lives telling others about Jesus - until the whole world hears. John the Baptist was the voice crying out in the wilderness, eating grasshoppers, and speaking into the world about their sin. Speaking out in the wilderness is never popular, but in the body of Christ. we've got to do it in love. ["Until the Whole World Hears" also includes the voices of the congregation from Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church, where Hall has served as Student Pastor for eight years.]

    Matthew 5:16 / Matthew 28:19-20 / Mark 16:15 / John 9:5 / Hebrews 13:20-22 / James 2:19 / John 1:1-42 / Matthew 24:14

If We've Ever Needed You
  • This is a song about repentance: personal repentance and corporate repentance as the church. I'd been trying to write all day, but I felt like I was tying words in knots. I went to bed, couldn't sleep, was up and down until about 2:30 in the morning. My wife, Melanie, sat up in the bed and said, "You just need to say, Speak, Lord, for your servant hears!" And then she rolled over and went back to sleep! I knew she was right, so I went downstairs to the piano. That's when I realized I'd been humming a tune in my head for hours, so I pounded out the chords, and the first verse just poured out. That's when you know it's bigger than you, when you know you didn't come up with the lyric. I'm not that creative! When God whispers in my ear - that's a God-line.

    Matthew 9:36-38 / Deuteronomy 6:5 / Judges 21:25 / Isaiah 29:13 / Matthew 15:8 / Matthew 22:35-37 / Joel 2:12-19

Always Enough
  • Several months ago, we lost a soldier in Afghanistan who was part of our home church. His son is in our middle school ministry, and it really rocked us. You know it's going on, but then it happens right there and it kind of opens your eyes to the reality. Casting Crowns was on the road and couldn't be there for the funeral. This song really came together that day. When life is hard and tragedy comes, you discover how real Jesus is to you. Your friends and your church try to help, but, at that moment, Jesus can't be Plan B. He's got to be it; He's got to be enough. When things that are constants in our lives are stripped away, that's when we have to know He's "Always Enough."

    Psalm 63:1,10 / Psalm 121:1-2 / Psalm 124:8 / Jeremiah 32:7 / Ephesians 1:19-21 / Matthew 8:23-27 / Psalm 10:14 / Psalm 68:5 / Psalm 82:3 / Psalm 146:9 / Isaiah 40:29 / Habakkuk 3:18 / Luke 1:47 / Galatians 2:20 / 1 Chronicles 16:25 / Psalm 145:3 / Revelations 4:11 / Isaiah 26:3 / Psalm 10:14

Joyful, Joyful
  • The last verse of the hymn ‘Joyful, Joyful’ gets left off a lot, but it deals with the relational part of our faith. Paul said in Philippians 2, ‘If you have any encouragement of love, any joy, any peace, make my joy complete by being like-minded in considering others better than yourselves.’ There’s a part of joy that I believe doesn’t happen until we’re at peace with God and at peace with the people around us. So musically and lyrically we start honing in on that one line at the end of the song – that
    joy comes when we are at peace with God first and at peace with the people around us second.

    Psalm 29 / Acts 7:2 / 1 Chronicles 16:34 / Nehemiah 1:5 / Psalm 25:7 / Psalm 36:5 / Psalm 86:5 / Psalm 4:7 / Psalm 33:1 / Psalm 68:3 / Psalm 100:2 / Psalm 145:7 / Habakkuk 3:18 / Luke19:37 / Romans 12:12 / Colossians 1:10-12 / 1 Thessalonians 5:16 / Philippians 2:1-11 / John 15:11 / Philippians 4:4-7

At Your Feet
  • We share the gospel at all of our concerts. When we give people the opportunity to respond to God, there’s a thing we say in every prayer: ‘I lay my past at Your feet, and I’m walking away from it. I lay this day at Your feet, living it in Your strength and Your wisdom. I lay my future at Your feet, and I’m going to follow You through it.’ This prayer of salvation has become the song “At Your Feet.” And Juan and Hector add vocals to this song too.

    2 Corinthians 9:8 / Exodus 15:2 / Psalm 81:6 / Psalm 116:16 / Psalm 142:7 / Philippians 4:19 / Psalm 55:22 / Psalm 51:9-12 / Jeremiah 19:11 / 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 / Galatians 2:20 / 1 John 1:9

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
  • The hymn "One Day" was a big hymn for me growing up. All I knew was hymns until probably 21 or 22 years old; that’s what we had in our church. The chorus: "Living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away," that has just been a part of me from the start. As a youth pastor, you want your students to hear the theology of the hymns and sometimes you have to play it a little different way.

    John 1:1 / John 1:14 / John 2:11 / Isaiah 40:5 / Isaiah 7:14 / Luke 1:26-38 / Ephesians 5:2 / John 3:16 / 1 John 3:16 / 1 John 4:9 / Romans 5:9 / 1 Corinthians 6:10-11 / Psalm 103:12 / Matthew 26:28 / Ephesians 1:7 / Colossians 1:13-14,19-20 / Psalm 49:15 / Galatians 4:4 / Philippians 2:8 / Acts 2:23 / Romans 6:4 / 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 / Colossians 2:12-15 / Isaiah 53:6 / 1 Peter 2:24 / Matthew 28:1-10 / Revelations 1:18 / Revelations 22:12 / Revelations 22:20

Holy One
  • This song is based on Psalm 63. David had a desperation for God; he said, "My soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land." This was a big moment for David; he knew this world could not fill him. But because he had experienced God in the sanctuary, he knew God’s power and knew that "Your love is better than life." In order for us as believers to get to that point, we also must realize that we live in a dry and weary land.

    Psalm 9:11 / Psalm 63

To Know You
  • Romans 8:29 is a huge verse that redefined a lot of things for me several years back, and it says that God is conforming me into the image of His Son. His goal for my life is to make me like Jesus - to bring Him glory. Everything else is rubbish, Paul says, compared to knowing Him. And if my life goal is really to know Him and to honor Him, is He going to steer me off a cliff? No. Is this easy to say and hard to do? Yeah. But that doesn’t make it untrue. That’s good stuff because it takes the pressure off of me. There are no forks in my road; my road is knowing Jesus.
    We always include Scripture in the CD packaging for every song. For “To Know You” we actually have Scripture noted after every line. Every line in the song is a different thing Paul said about a different situation and a different thing he was dealing with or fighting against or having victory over.

    2 Corinthians 1:3-5 / 2 Corinthians 4:18 / 2 Corinthians 5:11-12 / Ephesians 4:20-24 / Philippians 3 / Philippians 4:12-13

  • Recently we traveled to New Zealand and played in the Parachute Festival. We met the Parachute Band and right before we went on stage, they played a song called "Mercy." Just hearing Omega [Parachute Band’s lead singer] sing that song, and what God had brought him through, just really bonded with us. As worship leaders - we all lead worship in our own church - you’re always looking for songs that connect with the body of Christ. We worked together with Parachute Band to add some verses to it. Megan’s beautiful voice just leads this song out; it’s going to be a great song for the church.

    Psalm 6:2 / Psalm 30:2 / Psalm 116:1 / Psalm 147:3 / Isaiah 57:18 / 1 Timothy 1:12-17 / Ephesians 2:4-7

Jesus Hold Me Now
  • The Prodigal Son is a big story for me. I always thought it was amazing how they never mention his name. That’s because I think he has a lot of names and one of them is Mark. There are so many times in our lives when we run to the far, distant lands and try to make things work on our own. And God, sometimes through consequences, shows us that this is not the way life is going to work. I keep coming back to the dad in the story. For me, he’s a picture of God. He’s not just sitting up on the porch, waiting for us to grovel. He’s coming after us.

    Luke 15:11-32 / Psalm 51 / Psalm 119:50, 76 / Isaiah 57:18

Blessed Redeemer
  • "Blessed Redeemer" is a special song for us. For years, we have led worship every Sunday at our church back home in Atlanta. Juan, Melodee, Chris and I lead on Sunday mornings and we thought it would be such a neat moment to have our actual church serve us as a part of this record. Our congregation of about 1,900 people on a Sunday morning sang this song. It really brings it back home for us. This is not something we’re doing - we’re not going off and being a worship band. This is what we do every week, and having our church be a part of it was really nice.
    “Blessed Redeemer" is one of those songs about the plan of salvation. It’s the gospel. It’s the story of Jesus and the life that He lived and the life that He gave and the life that He gives to us

    Exodus 15:2 / 2 Samuel 22:50 / Job 19:25 / Psalm 19:14 / Psalm 52:9 / John 19 / Romans 3:25 / Revelations 4:12 / 2 Corinthians 5:21 / Ephesians 1:7-10 / Colossians 2:13-15 / Hebrews 10:10-14

Shadow Of Your Wings
  • "Shadow of Your Wings" is a secret song that you’ll sort of just happen upon in the record. Early on in my ministry, I put together a band called New Life Rookies. It was all teenagers in the youth group, and everybody just had guitars, and we started meeting and playing. This was one of the first songs we started playing together and it comes from Psalm 63, where "Holy One" comes from. So what "Shadow of Your Wings" is, is what eventually became "Holy One." But just for nostalgia, we thought it would be fun to put it on the record. It was probably the first up-beat rocker song I had ever written, and it’s pretty fun.

    Psalm 36:7 / Psalm 42:1 / Psalm 63

    Shadow Of Your Wings is a song I wrote for my youth group years ago. Based on Psalm 63, this is a song that eventually became Holy One. We thought it would be fun to throw it on the record. It's definitely different from Crowns' style, but it's a lot of fun with a bunch of teenagers. :)

Descontrolada (Unglued, de Lysa TerKeurst)

São os adolescentes que andam na calçada como se fossem donos da rua e ainda têm a coragem de me xingar porque um deles esbarrou em mim. ...