Cory Asbury, “Reckless Love”

Praise and worship leader Cory Asbury, who worships with Bethel Music, has released Reckless Love, his debut solo single, which has taken Christian AC radio by storm. Written by Asbury with Caleb Culver and Ran Jackson, Reckless Love is a personal paean to how passionately God pursues us in our sin, and how His love and grace are sufficient and powerful enough to reunite us with Him. This week on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, Reckless Love rockets to No.2, and I smell a No.1 song in this young man’s future.

Lyrics after the jump.
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The Luther Burger: Enjoy at Your Own Risk

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you one of the most decadent sandwiches known to Western civilisation: the Luther Burger.

So-named because it was supposed to be the favourite sandwich of acclaimed R&B singer Luther Vandross, the Luther Burger is food porn at its most obscene.

The picture you see on the left, as a matter of fact, is how I put it together in less than a minute. This is the fastest way to get the fix: buy ready-made ingredients and materials, and assemble the burger in the quickest way possible, in order to enjoy it in the most indulgent way possible.

So if you like what you see, and you’d like to replicate it in your own home, here’s the easy-peasy way that I went about it.

One-Minute Luther Burger 

Ingredients:
One Jollibee Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Yum (this picture featured the Champ version, which, quite honestly, is an embarrassment of riches)
One Krispy Kreme Amazing Glaze original glazed donut, two if you’re feeling nasty)
Doritos Cheese Sauce, to personal preference

Directions:
1. Cut the donut in half. Slather cheese sauce on the bottom half.
2. Remove the bacon and burger patty from the rest of the bun. Place it on top of the bottom half of the donut.
3. Top with the other half of the donut. Enjoy.

I’m sorry, were you expecting the burger to be made from scratch? *grin* Sure thing! I actually have a fantastic burger patty recipe, but I haven’t made it lately. Once I do, I’ll update this post!

Enjoy, everyone!

Hollyn, “Lovely”

Contemporary Christian singer Hollyn has topped Billboard’s Hot Christian AC/CHR chart for a ninth week the week of February 10, 2018 with her latest single, “Lovely.” Written by Hollyn, Bryan Fowler & Toby McKeehan–y’all know him better as tobyMac–and featured on her album “One-way Conversations,” “Lovely” is a great mid-tempo jam that will encourage anyone struggling with feelings of self-worth, reminding us all that God sees us as valuable. If we’re in a bad place, it is worth it to purposely seek out God and simply be in His presence, as Hollyn reminds us with “I’ma soak in it.” Great track.

[Verse 1]
They say picture perfect, filter do your thing
They floating lies, make this young girl doubt what she think
Not showing enough, not sexy enough, no way
Too dark, too light for us, nah, that look ain’t gon’ play

[Pre-Chorus]
Words are bouncin’ ’round my head
I can’t stop their echoing
Trippin’ on that negative

[Chorus]
But You call me lovely
You say I’m wonderfully made
Your river floods me
Your Words feel like a serenade

I love that You are thinkin’ of me
All of those voices fade away
When You call me lovely
Lo-o-ovely

Lovely, You call me lovely
You call me lovely
And I’ma soak in it
And I’ma soak in it
And I’ma soak in it

[Verse 2]
No I ain’t even gonna fake it
Don’t wanna leave without no make-up
This ain’t made up
When I ain’t made up

Always wonderin’ what they thinkin’
So afraid of what they sayin’
When I ain’t fixed up
Got me mixed up, no-no

[Pre-Chorus]
Words are bouncin’ ’round my head
I can’t stop their echoing (echoing)
Trippin’ on that negative

[Chorus]
But You call me lovely
You say I’m wonderfully made
Your river floods me
Your Words feel like a serenade

I love that You are thinkin’ of me
All of those voices fade away
When You call me lovely, (hey!)
Lo-o-ovely

And I’ma soak in it (soak in it)
And I’ma soak in it (soak in it)
And I’ma soak in it (soak in it)

[Bridge]
The way You love me
The way You know me
The way You always got the time for me
I’ma soak in it
I’ma soak in it

The way You see me
The way You keep me
And I know that I don’t make it easy
I’ma soak in it (I’ma soak in it)
I’ma soak in it (I’ma soak in it, soak in it; hey!)

Oh-oh-oh-ohh
I’ma soak in it (I’ma soak in it)
I’ma soak in it (I’ma soak in it)

[Chorus]
And You call me lovely
You say I’m wonderfully made
Your river floods me (oh, Your river floods me)
Your Words feel like a serenade

I love that You are thinkin’ of me (thinkin’ of me)
All of those voices fade away
When You call me lovely, hey! (You call me, You call me)
Lo-o-ovely

[Outro]
You call me lovely
Lo-o-ovely
You call me lovely
Lo-o-ovely …

Ryan Stevenson featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe, “No Matter What”

Contemporary Christian singer and rapper Ryan Stevenson has combined forces with MercyMe’s lead vocalist, Bart Millard, to come up with his new single, a throwback-flavored encouragement anthem titled “No Matter What.”

“No Matter What” starts (and ends!) with le old school vinyl record scratch, and segues into a 50s-style ballad. Inspired by 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “No Matter What” follows up “The Gospel.”

“As we were working on this new record,” says Stevenson, “a reoccurring theme I felt the Lord continually whisper to my heart was ‘beloved identity.’ I, like many of us, grew up in the church- a religious environment, where we weren’t necessarily nurtured and taught about Gods grace, patience and compassion. As I continue to grow and experience life, the truth I continue to encounter is ‘I am His son, no matter what.’ It is easy to fall into the trap of performance based relationship with God when we’ve been taught in religious environments that He’s mostly disappointed with us. This song hopefully will encourage all of us that even though we struggle, Jesus is overseeing the process.”

What an inspiring track!

NO MATTER WHAT Lyrics
Ryan Stevenson featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe

A lot of us grew up believing
At any moment we could lose it all
And at the drop of a hat
God might turn his back and move on
A lot of us feel like we blew it
Thinking that we’re just too far gone
But I want you to know
There’s still a hope for you now

No matter what you’ve done
You can’t erase His love
Nothing can change it
You’re not separated
No matter what

There’s never been a better time to get honest
There’s never been a better time to get clean
So come as you are
Run to the cross and be free
Oh be free

No matter what you’ve done
You can’t erase His love
Nothing can change it
You’re not separated
No matter where you run
He’s always holding on
You’re still a daughter
You’re still a son No matter what

Don’t know what you’ve been taught
Don’t know what you’ve been told
All I know is my God
Will never let go of you
And I don’t know what you’ve seen
Don’t know what you’ve been through
All I know is my God
Will never let go of you
He’ll never let go

No matter what you’ve done
You can’t erase His love
Nothing can change it
You’re not separated
No matter where you run
He’s always holding on
You’re still a daughter
You’re still a son
No matter what

Zach Williams, “Fear is a Liar”

Contemporary Christian singer Zach Williams has released his new single, “Fear is a Liar.” The follow-up to Williams’ Top 5 hit, “Old Church Choir” (and its No.1 predecessor, “Chain Breaker”), “Fear is a Liar” has a markedly different vibe from the two previous singles. The Southern soul vibe that tinged the first two singles takes a step back for a more Christian AC vibe that will absolutely take radio by storm.

With its encouraging theme and production pedigree–“Fear is a Liar” was co-written by Williams with bonafide hitmakers Jason Ingram and Jonathan Lindley Smith–I am confident that “Fear is a Liar” will be a Top 10 hit. The song is gorgeous. I found myself listening to every note, not even daring to breathe, because the emotion and truth in this song is powerful! Everyone needs to hear this song!

FEAR IS A LIAR Lyrics
Zach Williams

When he told you you’re not good enough
When he told you you’re not right
When he told you you’re not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you’re not worthy
When he told you you’re not loved
When he told you you’re not beautiful
That you’ll never be enough

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar

When he told you were troubled
You’ll forever be alone
When he told you you should run away
You’ll never find a home
When he told you you were dirty
And you should be ashamed
When he told you you could be the one
That grace could never change

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar

Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel
Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps

Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar

Brandon Heath featuring Tauren Wells, “Got The Love”

Contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath has tag-teamed with fellow Contemporary Christian singer Tauren Wells to produce an uptempo praise party jam that has me so excited for the start of 2018. Titled “Got the Love,” it is serious ear candy on a global scale. Plus, this video is in line with Heath’s initiative to try to make songs that would be accessible to the hearing impaired community! DELIGHTFUL!

GOT THE LOVE Lyrics
Brandon Heath featuring Tauren Wells

[Verse 1: Brandon Heath]
I got fire in my soul
Could it be a miracle
Burning supernatural
People everywhere I see
From LA to NYC
Don’t know what’s come over me

[Pre-Chorus: Brandon Heath]
Feet feel a little bit lighter
Head’s up a little bit higher
Sunshine, a little bit brighter
‘Cause I got the love

[Chorus: Tauren Wells]
Once you feel that deep down healing
There ain’t no ceiling
When you’ve got the love
Once you find it, just can’t hide it
Your world ignited
When you’ve got the love

[Post-Chorus: Brandon Heath & Tauren Wells]
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love

[Verse 2: Brandon Heath]
Love won’t leave you love is true
I see clouds and love sees through to the best in me and you, you
There is nothing we could say
That could take this love away
Yours and mine forever stay, stay

[Pre-Chorus: Brandon Heath]
Feet feel a little bit lighter
Head’s up a little bit higher
Sunshine, a little bit brighter
‘Cause I got the love

[Chorus: Tauren Wells]
Once you feel that deep down healing
There ain’t no ceiling
When you’ve got the love
Once you find it, just can’t hide it
Your world ignited
When you’ve got the love

[Post-Chorus: Brandon Heath & Tauren Wells]
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love

[Bridge: Tauren Wells & Brandon Heath]
Oh my, for goodness sake
Nothing in the world make you feel this way
Love will make you do the impossible
Hurt you so good, need a hospital
Geronimo, hearts ’bout to blow up
Solid gold when you got the good stuff
You can shine like the stars above
But you ain’t got a thing if you ain’t got love, oh
It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got love

[Chorus: Tauren Wells]
Once you feel that deep down healing
There ain’t no ceiling
When you’ve got the love
Once you find it, just can’t hide it
Your world ignited
When you’ve got the love

[Post-Chorus: Brandon Heath & Tauren Wells]
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love (when you’ve got the love)
When you’ve got the love

[Outro: Tauren Wells & Brandon Heath]
When you’ve got the love
When you’ve got the love
When you’ve got the love
When you’ve got the love

Tina Campbell, “Too Hard Not To”

Gospel singer Tina Campbell, best known as one half of gospel duo Mary Mary, has released “Too Hard Not To.” I know that the track was released more than a few months ago, but I literally just got to listen to it now, and it is breathtaking.

What makes “Too Hard Not To” absolutely gorgeous is the combination of the subject matter and Campbell’s beautiful voice. Tina often has had to live in the shadow of the commercial and critical success of her sister, Erica, who has scored several Top 10 hits on the gospel charts, but with the release of “It’s Still Personal,” her new album, we are getting a good like at where Tina is coming from, and she is certainly a force to reckon with.

“Too Hard Not To” benefits from beautiful production and Tina’s stellar voice, true, but at the end of the day, it’s the subject matter that brings this song to the fore. We need more forgiveness in the world, and it’s all about mindset and attitude when it comes to the kind of forgiveness that changes lives. So when Tina sings, “Some say it’s too hard to forgive, I say it’s too hard not to,” you really believe it and want to. Stunning.

TOO HARD NOT TO Lyrics
Tina Campbell

[Verse 1]
Maybe you feel entitled
‘Cause this should have never, ever happened to you
And maybe you’ve tried to let it go
But letting go just ain’t never easy to do

[Pre-Chorus]
And maybe you feel you’ll end up with another broken heart
Trying to face something that seems way too hard

[Chorus 1]
But it’s too hard to hold on to all of the pain
And it’s too hard to relive it over and over again
It’s too hard when the memories have control over you
Some say it’s too hard to forgive
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to

[Verse 2]
Maybe you’re trying to handle
Losing someone that you thought would be there
And maybe you’re feeling anxious
‘Cause it left you lonely, confused and so scared

[Pre-Chorus]
And maybe you feel you’ll end up with another broken heart
Trying to face something that seems way too hard

[Chorus 1]
But it’s too hard to hold on to all of the pain
And it’s too hard to relive it over and over again
It’s too hard when the memories have control over you
Some say it’s too hard to forgive
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
It’s too hard…

[Bridge]
Some things so senseless and some things so selfish
Try to come and tear your world apart
Someone so loving and someone so selfless
Will help you when you’re ready to restart

[Chorus 2]
It’s too hard to hold on to all of the pain
And it’s too hard to relive it over and over again
It’s too hard when the memories have control over you
Some say it’s too hard to forgive
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to forgive
Lord, help me to forgive
Because it’s too hard not to

Hawk Nelson, “He Still Does (Miracles)”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock band Hawk Nelson has returned with a hot new single titled “He Still Does (Miracles),” which finds the band experimenting with a sound that combines their rock sensitivities with some EDM touches that will no doubt find the veteran band winning new fans the world over.

Written by Daniel Biro, Micah Kuiper, David Niacaris, and Jonathan Steingard, He Still Does (Miracles)” is a declaration of the power of God to work miracles not just in our lives, but all over the world. Even the video itself is a stunning review of the many great works of the hand of the Creator of the Universe, and it’s so inspiring! Overall, a great effort from one of Contemporary Christian music’s most innovative and enduring bands.

HE STILL DOES (MIRACLES) Lyrics
Hawk Nelson

When you’re at the end of the road
And it’s not the one that you would’ve chosen
When you’re at the end of your road
And you’re holding on, but feel like you’re fallin’
With every option exhausted
You’ve tried everything you know
You saw a light, then you lost it
But there is still hope

Like the fire in the night
Like the ocean parted wide
Like the grave, empty inside
You will see He still does
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles

Even if you don’t see it now
Without a doubt, He’s already moving
There is not a pain that you hold
He doesn’t know, and He isn’t using
With every option exhausted
You’ve tried everything you know
So reach for something beyond it
‘Cause He is our hope

Like the fire in the night
Like the ocean parted wide
Like the grave, empty inside
You will see He still does
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles

A broken heart can be restored
A broken soul can be reborn
And greater things are still in store
For us, for us

Like the fire in the night
Like the ocean parted wide
Like the grave empty inside
You will see He still does
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles
Miracles, miracles, (He still does) miracles (He still does), miracles
Miracles, miracles, (more than you can dare to dream) miracles, miracles
Miracles (more than you have ever seen), miracles
Miracles, (There’s still more, there’s still more) miracles
Miracles, miracles
(Miracles)

Danny Gokey, “Masterpiece”

Contemporary Christian singer Danny Gokey has released “Masterpiece,” the newest single from his latest release, “Rise.” A track about how God’s plan for us gives us the grace to go through whatever difficulties we’re experiencing in life so that our lives would reflect His work, Gokey takes his brilliant rough-edged tenor and infuses an urgency into the vocal delivery of “Masterpiece” that exceeds even the usual power he brings to his music. And when he goes into that falsetto–chills. Gorgeous.

MASTERPIECE Lyrics
Danny Gokey

[Verse 1]
Heartbreak’s a bittersweet sound, know it well
It’s ringing in my ears and I can’t understand
Why I’m not fixed by now
Begged and I pleaded, take this pain but I’m still bleeding
Heart trusts you for certain
Head says it’s not working
I’m stuck here still hurting
But you tell me

[Chorus]
You’re making a masterpiece
You shaping the soul in me
You’re moving where I can’t see
And all I am is in your hands
You’re taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see you’re making a masterpiece

[Verse 2]
Guess I’m your canvas
Beautiful black and blue, painted in mercy’s hue
I don’t see past this
But you see me now, who I’ll be then
There at the end, standing there as

[Chorus]
Your masterpiece
You’re shaping the soul in me
You’re moving where I can’t see
And all I am is in your hands
You’re taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see
You’re making a masterpiece
You’re making a masterpiece

[Bridge]
Heart trust you for certain
Head says it’s not working

[Chorus]
You’re making a masterpiece
You’re shaping the soul in me
You’re moving where I can’t see
And all I am is in your hands
You’re taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see you’re making a masterpiece

Micah Tyler, “Different”

Contemporary Christian singer Micah Tyler has released “Different,” which is a bonafide hit for Tyler, bringing this praise and worship leader his first Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart. Co-written by Tyler with Kyle Lee, “Different” is a powerful cry of desperation that will speak to anyone struggling with difficult situations in life. With a truly moving chorus and heartfelt lyrics, “Different” will help anyone desperate to put words to the pain they are experiencing. A phenomenal follow-up from one of Christian music’s future stars.

DIFFERENT Lyrics
Micah Tyler

I don’t wanna hear anymore, teach me to listen
I don’t wanna see anymore, give me a vision
That you could move this heart, to be set apart
I don’t need to recognize, the man in the mirror
And I don’t wanna trade Your plan, for something familiar
I can’t waste a day, I can’t stay the same

I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different
In me

And I dont wanna spend my life, stuck in a pattern
And I don’t wanna gain this world but lose what matters
And so I’m giving up, everything because

I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different

I know, that I am far, from perfect
But through You, the cross still says, I’m worth it
So take this beating in my heart and
Come and finish what You started
When they see me, let them see You
‘Cause I just wanna be different, yeah

I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Oh is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different
I just wanna be different
So could You be different
In me

Phil Thompson, “My Worship”

Gospel recording artist and Ashmont Hill vocalist Phil Thompson has released his debut solo recording, “My Worship.” As powerful as anything that the Boston gospel group has done in the past, “My Worship” is an anointed and directly vertical worship anthem that many churches will appreciate using for communal worship. I personally think it’s breathtaking.

MY WORSHIP Lyrics
Phil Thompson

You Lord, You are worthy
And no one can worship You for me
For all the things You’ve done for me
And no one can worship You for me

Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship
Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship

You Lord, You are worthy
And no one can worship You for me
For all the things You’ve done for me
And no one can worship You for me

Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship
Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship

Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship
Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship

And I will not be silent
I will always worship You
As long as I am breathing
I will always worship You
And I will not be silent
I will always worship You
As long as I am breathing
I will always worship You
And I will not be silent
I will always worship You
As long as I am breathing
I will always worship You

Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship
Here’s my worship
All of my worship
Receive my worship
All of my worship

You Lord, You are worthy

Tauren Wells, “When We Pray”

Contemporary Christian singer Tauren Wells’ “When We Pray” is rising quickly up Billboard’s Christian Songs chart, the official follow-up to Wells’ No.3 hit, “Hills and Valleys.” The Provident Label talent has scored several hits off the album of the same title, and I’m confident that the song will perform very well, possibly ready to become Wells’ latest Top 10 hit.

WHEN WE PRAY Lyrics
Tauren Wells

When We Pray

People hurting, people broken
Beaten down and feeling hopeless
Wonder if it’s gonna always be this way
Who will speak up for the captive
Show some love and heal a past that
Binds the wounds we think will never go away

But what if we could be a people on our knees
As one before the King
‘Cause we believe

All the world starts changing
When the church starts praying
Strongholds start to break
Oh, when we pray
Prison walls start shaking
At the sound of praising
Nothing stays the same
Oh, when we pray
Oh, when we pray, oh

I see revival rising
I see hope on the horizon
As a generation stepping out in faith

Because we will be a people on our knees
As one before the King
Yeah we believe

Let Your kingdom come, Lord
Let Your will be done

All the world starts changing
When the church starts praying
Strongholds start to break
Oh, when we pray