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Even When I’m At My Darkest – By Ascend the Hill

Even When I’m At My Darkest by Ascend the Hill from their album, O Ransomed Son

Before I took a breath you knew me
You called me by my name
Even when I’m at my darkest
You know me all the same

Every hair on my head you’ve numbered
And every thought within
Even when I cannot see you
I feel you closer than my skin

In my darkest dreams they find me
My failures haunt me in the night
Broken image of creation
Twisting, turning, hiding from the light

Then I heard a voice so clear
Like deep calling deep and I could hear
I felt your spirit drawing near
Breathing life in me; destroying every fear

My spirit woke with a hopeful plea
Each fighting breath resonating in me
You broke the chains to set me free
You gave me a song to lift my eyes and sing

Lift up your head
Lift your head, ’cause help has come
Lift up your heart
Lift your heart, His will be done
Lift up your hands
Lift your hands and praise the one
Lift up your song
Lift your song O Ransomed Son

Before I took a breath you knew me
You called me by my name
Even when I’m at my darkest
You know me all the same

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“How Deep” by Sovereign Grace Music

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How He Loves (A Story) – John Mark McMillan

“How He Loves” – 2005 originally by John Mark McMillan

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If his grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way…

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us…
Oh, how He loves us…
Oh, how He loves us.

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There Is No Sin That I Have Done – By David L. Ward (Music Video)

There Is No Sin That I Have Done

On the Album “Merciful to Me” by Reformed Praise
Written by Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
© 2008 ReformedPraise.org
http://www.reformedpraise.org/songs/m…

—- LYRICS —-

There is no sin that I have done
That has such height and breadth
It can’t be washed in Jesus’ blood
Or covered by His death.
There is no spot that still remains,
No cause to hide my face,
For He has stooped to wash me clean
And covered me with grace.

There is no wrath that I will know,
No wormwood and no gall;
For though such wounds and grief I earned
My Savior bore them all.
There is no work that I must add
To stand before His throne.
I only plead His life and death
Sufficient on their own.

There is no love that I desire
But Jesus’ warm embrace.
While now I know His love by faith
I long to see His face.
There is no song that I will sing,
No melody but this,
That my Beloved, He is mine,
For He has made me His.
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I’m Not Alright – By Sanctus Real

Realism Lyrics: “I’m Not Alright”

If weakness is a wound that no one wants to speak of
Then “cool” is just how far we have to fall
I am not immune, I only want to be loved
But I feel safe behind the firewall

Can I lose my need impress?
If you want the truth I need to confess

[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
And all I go through, it leads me to you
It leads me to you

Burn away the pride
Bring me to my weakness
‘Til everything I hide behind is gone
And when I’m open wide with nothing left to cling to
Only you are there to lead me on.

‘Cause honestly, I’m not that strong.

[Chorus]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move
Closer to you [x3]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move

[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
I’m broken inside, broken inside
And all I go through leads me to you
Leads me to you

I’m not alright
I’m not alright
I’m not alright

That’s why I need you.

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Drifter by DecembeRadio ( Music Video)

In my messy spirituality, I have been a drifter and a prodigal son many times – for days, months and even years. My faith journey has not been one of living a so-called victorious life, but living in brokenness – struggling with my sinfulness, fighting against my many sins, feeling my humanity daily, experiencing many dark nights of my soul; and stumbling, limping or just failing consciously, and in the midst of all that messy life experiencing the faithfulness, goodness, grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ towards me! In the midst of my sinfulness and brokenness, I look to Christ, and Christ Alone who lived perfectly the victorious life for me. Christ is my victory!

Question: What about you, have you been a drifter and a prodigal son in your faith journey?

I used to have a home
A place i started from
A place to call my own
Bright lights and late nights
The devil took me on a midnight ride
Left me out in the desert on my own
Now i feel alone
I need a hand
To help me find my way back home

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

Sometimes i think about the past
The road that i was on
The one that lead me home
I’ll walk on another day
I may wonder but i never stray
Cause i found out the hard way sin don’t pay
Now i feel alone
I need a hand
To help me find my way back home

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

And when i feel the night is closing in
And i can barely breathe the air
I just remember that i’ve got a friend
Who really cares
Oh who really cares

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

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The Bible Is Not About You

The Bible is not about you and me, is about Christ FOR you and me! Christ the Savior for sinful humanity! Christ for the failing and sinful Christians. Christ for the messy Christians who don’t live a perfect life, but a continuous broken life. Christ for preachers who still recognizes their own sinfulness and their continuous need for the Gospel. Again, the Bible is not about your personal morality, legalistic spirituality, your so-called personal “revelations” or your pietism! The Bible is about the Person and Work of Jesus Christ throughout the whole Bible in prophecies, shadows, types, and fulfillment.

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The Surprising Grace of Disappointment: Finding Hope when God Seems to Fail

The Surprising Grace of Disappointment: Finding Hope when God Seems to Fail Us – By John M. Koessler

“Disappointment is a feeling everyone knows well – failed relationships, buyer’s remorse, unmet expectations. In a broken world disappointment surrounds us, but Christians know that Jesus will never disappoint us, right? Wrong. John Koessler explains how Jesus disappoints everyone. He never fails, but he does disappoint.

We come to Jesus with false expectations, demanding or expecting things he doesn’t promise and then when he doesn’t deliver we are disappointed by Him. But Koessler explains how this can be the best thing for us even though it doesn’t feel good. He describes how this sort of disappointment takes our wrong expectations and sets them straight, bringing us closer to Jesus and into a deeper understanding of his very surprising grace.”

– @ Pedro’s Bodega, http://astore.amazon.com/stressfreel07-20/detail/0802410561

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In Christ Alone

I was raised singing the old hymns of the church throughout the ages. I still enjoy and love the old hymns. Why do I love the hymns? Because I love biblical theology! They have theological depth. They confess, teach and proclaim solid biblical truths. They are saturated with Christ-centered, Cross-focused, Gospel-driven and Spirit-empowered lyrics. They also remind and reaffirm to us the character and attributes of God, the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, the reality of our sinfulness, redemption and grace.

I highly recommend these website links that have solid Gospel-centered, Christ-centered music, such as:

> http://www.gettymusic.com/
> http://www.igracemusic.com/
> http://www.thousandtongues.org/
> http://www.sovereigngracemusic.org/
> http://redmountainmusic.bandcamp.com/

Keith Getty is a Northern Irish composer, best known for pioneering modern hymns. Many of his songs are co-written with his wife, Kristyn Getty, and veteran British songwriter Stuart Townend. The most widely used of the Getty-Townend hymns are “In Christ Alone”, “The Power of the Cross”, and “Speak, O Lord”. Keith and Kristyn Getty are currently living in the United States where they write music and tour. -http://www.gettymusic.com/

Grace and Peace,
P.R.

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God’s Own Fool by Michael Card (With Lyrics)

This song expresses the paradoxes of the Christian Faith which is centered on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. This song was written by Michael Card who is a musician, author and theologian. > http://www.michaelcard.com/
> https://www.facebook.com/BiblicalImagination

Defining Paradox

A paradox [is] a statement that seems absurd or self-contradictory but… turns out to be true.” A paradox consists of two truths that, when laid side by side, appear to contradict. However, upon further reflection, they prove to be compatible. “While real contradictions are impossible to reconcile, paradoxes are merely difficult to reconcile.”

“The Christian faith is full of paradoxes primarily because the Christian faith is rooted in divine mysteries. Paradox is the language of mystery – the best way to speak of divine mysteries.” – Richard J. Vincent

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Michael Card “God’s Own Fool” Lyrics:

Seems I’ve imagined Him all of my life
As the wisest of all of mankind
But if God’s Holy wisdom is foolish to men
He must have seemed out of His mind
For even His family said He was mad
And the priests said a demon’s to blame
But God in the form of this angry young man
Could not have seemed perfectly sane
Chorus
When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong
And so we follow God’s own fool
For only the foolish can tell-
Believe the unbelievable
And come be a fool as well
So come lose your life for a carpenter’s son
For a madman who died for a dream
And you’ll have the faith His first followers had
And you’ll feel the weight of the beam
So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say I believe
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see
Chorus
So we follow God’s own Fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable,
And come be a fool as well

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