For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:5-11)
I just recently came across a brand-new band called The City Harmonic. Their website has a great description of their music:
When listening to The City Harmonic, you instinctively turn up the volume and join the chorus as the music dynamically bounces from sparse intimacy to soaring celebration and back again. It’s a musical metaphor for the band that plays it—with their feet in the dirt and their eyes toward the heavens. It isn’t long before you find yourself singing along and not because you ought to, but because you want to.
Here is their song, Manifesto, a great declaration of belief in the Almighty, Triune God. Amen!
I’m usually not a big fan of Bebo Norman, but I found his arrangement of Amazing Love (written by Graham Kendrick) very stirring.
My Lord, what love is this
That pays so dearly
That I, the guilty one
May go free!
Amazing love, what sacrifice
The Son of God, given for me
My debt He pays, and my death He dies
That I might live, that I might live!
And so, they watched Him die
But oh, the blood He shed
Flowed for me!
And now, this love of Christ
Shall flow like rivers
So come wash your guilt away
Heather Williams’ (a “new-to-me” artist) song entitled “Hallelujah” is one of those songs that, although powerful enough by itself, becomes even more stirring when you know the background of why it was written. With that in mind, the first video below is Heather telling of how she wrote the song after her little baby died. Watch this video first then listen to the song. Hallelujah!
(You’ll need to click through to YouTube to watch. It’s worth the click.)
Last week, I featured a song by a new (to me) artist named Josh Bates. Here is another of his songs called The Perfect Day. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the perfect day!
Edit: Similar to last week’s video, you’ll have to click through to YouTube to watch. But it’s worth the click.