Phil Wickham, “Great Things”

Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Phil Wickham has released his new digital single, “Great Things.” In the past ten years, Wickham has consistently made singalong pop anthems that speak life to his fan base, including the number one hit, “This is Amazing Grace,” and his last carrier single, “Your Love Awakens Me” (off the album “Children of God.”

With “Great Things,” Wickham has crafted yet another catchy, radio-friendly praise track that sings of the great things Jesus has done. Easily singable and almost skillfully designed for congregational use in churches, “Great Things” continues to broaden Wickham’s crossover appeal, and is yet again another example why this journeyman remains to be one of Contemporary Christian music’s finest, if not underappreciated, male vocalists of his generation.

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Sanctus Real, “Confidence”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock band Sanctus Real has returned with its new single, “Confidence,” featuring new lead singer Dustin Lolli, who replaces the now-solo-artist Matt Hammitt. Written by Lolli with Ethan Hulse, Matthew Armstrong, and Chris Rohman, “Confidence” is an explicitly biblical track on how God is the source of our strength and confidence, citing several heroes in the Bible who were known for accomplishing great feats, thanks to their God-given strength and faith.

Vocally, I think Lolli and Hammitt are as different as night and later that night. However, long-time fans of the band who understand Hammitt’s reasons for leaving may be comforted by the knowledge that he was replaced by a singer who can match Matt’s vocal chops and then some. I think “Confidence” is a fantastic track, and ushers in a remarkable new direction for the band’s new chapter.

CONFIDENCE Lyrics
Sanctus Real

I’m not a warrior
I’m too afraid to lose
I feel unqualified for what you’re calling me to
But Lord with your strength
I’ve got no excuse
Cause broken people are exactly who you use.

So give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence

You took a shepherd boy
And made him a King
So I’m gonna trust you and give you everything
I’ll be a conquerer
Cause you fight for me
I’ll be a champion claiming your victory

So give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence

I’m gonna sing and shout and shake the walls
I won’t stop until I see them fall
Gonna stand up, step out when you call
Jesus, Jesus
I’m gonna sing and shout and shake the walls
I won’t stop until I see them fall
Gonna stand up, step out when you call
Jesus

Give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence
Give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence
I’ll face my giants with confidence

MercyMe featuring John Reuben, “Grace Got You”

Contemporary Christian supergroup MercyMe has released easygoing chill track “Grace Got You” to Christian AC. Featuring Christian rapper John Reuben, “Grace Got You” has quite the pedigree, having been written by hitmakers Benjamin Glover and David Arthur Garcia with the band’s Bart Marshall Millard, rapper Reuben, and Solomon Olds, formerly of Family Force 5. Garcia and Glover have written for Mandisa before, so I’m familiar with this sonic landscape, and I LOVE IT. The encouraging message of the song will definitely resonate with many people, and I’m excited to see how this song will perform, especially in the wake of the brilliant yet criminally underappreciated “Happy Dance.”

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Matthew West, “All In”

Contemporary Christian singer Matthew West has released his new single, All In. An inspiring song about how we throw ourselves full-faith into the destinies that God has for us, All In will speak life to many of us who are struggling with our faith in the face of trials. It’s a great anthemic song that should receive a great response not just from Christian AC, but from many believers out there who need a soundtrack for their latest undertakings.

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Honey Lemon Ginger Chicken Tenders

My children are currently with my in-laws for the next few weeks because their summer vacation has started. While I will miss them, of course, the good news is that I get to control what I eat and do over the next four weeks. I’ll still see them every weekend, though, and I chat with my wife daily.

Sepanx is real.

Meanwhile, I’m finishing the meat in the refrigerator, then stocking up on luscious fruits and vegetables for the next month. I’m so excited, fam!

Tonight, my friends from the office will be taking me out for a goodbye dinner, so all I had to take care of was breakfast and lunch. For lunch, I used The Recipe Critic‘s brilliant Honey Lemon Ginger Chicken Tenders recipe, and turned it up a notch with a lot more garlic! I prepared this with some steamed buttered cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Overall, a great dish!

Ingredients
  • 2 boneless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon rice bran oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Secret coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, sauté olive oil, minced garlic, and ginger for about two minutes.
  2. Add honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch and bring to a boil.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and add to a medium skillet. Cook about 4-5 minutes until no longer pink in center and the outside is starting to brown.
  4. Add the sauce to the chicken and toss to coat.
  5. Serve with buttered vegetables.

Joshua Micah, “Heart Stops Beating”

Contemporary Christian singer Joshua Micah has followed up his smash single, “Who Says,” with a midtempo EDM jam titled “Heart Stops Beating” that is so hot, I like it so much more than any of his previous singles! Written by Joshua with Joshua Schiffman and Benjamin Bright, “Heart Stops Beating” is a

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