Pat Barrett, “The Way (New Horizon)”

Housefires lead singer Pat Barrett has released an acoustic version of his beautiful worship ballad, “The Way (New Horizon).”

The song, which was originally done by Housefires, was written by Barrett with Daniel Bashta and Ben Smith. Easy to sing and wonderfully worshipful, it’s a gorgeous song that should be added to many churches’ worship playlists.

THE WAY (NEW HORIZON) Lyrics
Pat Barrett 

Through every battle
Through every heartbreak
Through every circumstance
I believe that You are my fortress
Oh, You are my portion
And You are my hiding place, ohI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
The way, the truth, the lifeI believe
Through every blessing
Through every promise
Through every breath I take
I believe that You are Provider
Oh, You are Protector
You are the One I love, ohI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
Oh, You are
Oh, You areAnd it’s a new horizon and I’m set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
All my fears and doubts, they can all come too
Because they can’t stay long when I’m here with You
It’s a new horizon and I’m set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
All my fears and doubts
They can all come too
Because they can’t stay long whenI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You areIt’s a new horizon and I’m set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
And all my fears and doubts, they can all come too
Because they can’t stay long whenI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
And I believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You areSongwriters: 

Needtobreathe featuring JOHNNYSWIM, “Forever On Your Side”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock group Needtobreathe has released “Forever On Your Side,” an intensely catchy track featuring JOHNNYSWIM.

Lead vocalist Bear Rinehart sounds incredible on this track, which is aiming to match the phenomenal performance of the band’s recent No.1 hit, “Brother,” featuring Gavin DeGraw. His bandmates Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt, Josh Lovelace, Randall Harris, and Micah Nichols do a phenomenal job of putting together a radio-friendly CCM track that can easily cross over.

FOREVER ON YOUR SIDE Lyrics
Needtobreathe

I won’t pretend that we can control the night
Or what kind of road we’re on
Or where we will see the light
But right now I’m talking to ya
I’m looking into your eyes
Right now I’m trying to show ya
That we’re gonna be alright
Oh I don’t know what’s around the bend
Oh, all I know is that my love, it knows no end

All these pieces they fall in line
Because I’m forever on your side
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

They’ll beat you up
But don’t let em keep you down
You’re always tough enough
And I’ll always be around

All these pieces they fall in line 
Because I’m forever on your side 
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time 
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

Oh I can’t promise that a day will never come
Where the ground beneath us falls out and we got nowhere to run
Oh but you won’t be alone when the water starts to rise up
No you won’t be alone my darling when the rains come

All these pieces they fall in line 
Because I’m forever on your side 
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time 
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

Crowder, “Red Letters”

Contemporary Christian singer David Crowder has released “Red Letters” from his new album, “I Know A Ghost.”

What I love about this song is that Crowder’s distinctive voice is on full effect on this passionate ballad. Lyrically and thematically, “Red Letters” is one of his best. Actually, Crowder’s been on point lately–his “All My Hope” with Tauren Wells was my second-favourite song of 2018–and “Red Letters” is a phenomenal follow-up.

RED LETTERS Lyrics
David Crowder

LYRICS: There I was on death row
Guilty in the first degree
Son of God hanging on a hill
Hell was my destiny
The crowd was shouting crucify
Could’ve come from these lips of mine
The dirty shame was killing me
It would take a miracle to wash me clean

Then I read the red letters
And the ground began to shake
The prison walls started falling
And I became a free man that day

Felt like lightning hit my veins
My dead heart began to beat
Breath of God filled my lungs
And the Holy Ghost awakened me
Yeah, the Holy Ghost awakened me

When I read the red letters
And the ground began to shake
The prison walls started falling
And I became a free man that day

For God so loved the whole wide world
Sent his only Son to die for me
Arms spread wide for the whole wide world
His arms spread wide where mine should be
Jesus changed my destiny

Thank You, God, for red letters
When the ground began to shake
The prison walls started falling
And I became a free man that day
The prison walls started falling
And I am a free man today

MercyMe, “Best News Ever”

Contemporary Christian supergroup MercyMe’s new single, “Best News Ever,” is one of the group’s most singable singles in a while.

Written by MercyMe frontman Bart Millard with Barry Graul, Ben Glover, David Garcia, Michael Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran, Robby Shaffer, and Solomon Olds, “Best News Ever” offers listeners a truly catchy melody. 

Its message of hope in Jesus is just what the doctor ordered for Christians needing an extra boost of encouragement.

BEST NEWS EVER Lyrics
MercyMe

Some say, “Don’t give up”
And hope that your good is good enough
Head down, keep on working
If you could earn it, you deserve it
Some say, “Push on through”
After all, it’s the least that you can do
But don’t buy, what they’re selling
It couldn’t be further from the truth

What if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever

Some say, “Don’t ask for help”
God helps the ones who help themselves
Press on, get it right
Otherwise, get left behind
Some say, “He’s keeping score”
So try hard, then try and lean on God
Hold up, if this weren’t true
Explain to me, what the cross is for

What if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news ever

So won’t you come
Come all you weary and your burdened
You heavy laden and you hurting
For all of you with nothing left
Come and find restWhat if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better

What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news everIt’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news ever
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever

Josh Wilson, “Borrow (One Day at a Time)”

Contemporary Christian journeyman Josh Wilson has released “Borrow (One Day at a Time)” from his latest release, “Don’t Look Back.”

Wilson’s strength has always been in strong singalong melodies and relatable lyrics, and “Borrow (One Day at a Time)” doesn’t veer far from that tried and tested formula. I imagine that “Borrow” takes inspiration from the old adage that we are living on borrowed time–James 4:13-14 comes to mind, how we “are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”–and encourages us to live life for the fullest and for God’s glory. 

I particularly like the bridge in which Josh speaks to a wide range of people to encourage them. It’s very inclusive, and I enjoyed listening to it immensely. Overall, another fine inclusion to Wilson’s impressive discography of singles.

BORROW (ONE DAY AT A TIME) Lyrics
Josh Wilson

One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

Sometimes I feel just like I did in the 8th grade
All alone, insecure, and so very afraid
Seems like everybody else they got it figured out
While I’m stuck here, in another nervous breakdown
Life crashes like a panic attack
The fear of the future breaks me in half
I try so hard but it’s a losing fight
I fake a smile in the day, and fall apart at night

I’m lying awake cause I just can’t sleep
I toss and I turn but can’t find no peace
I keep praying to God, He keeps telling me
Don’t worry, don’t worry

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

I wanna learn to hold my life a little looser
Live in the moment instead of in the future
Let tomorrow worry about itself
And be here right now, trust all is well

Cause the flowers and birds they don’t worry a bit
And a good God takes good care of them
And he loves you and me so much more than this
So don’t worry, don’t worry

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

To the weary moms and worn out dads
And the middle school kid who’s always picked last
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To the downcast and doubters and misfits like me
To the addicts who are fighting through recovery
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To the struggling saints on the narrow road
When you’re anxious, depressed and feeling alone
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To all of God’s children, let’s never forget
We’re forgiven and free, but we are not home yet
We gotta take it, we gotta take it
One day, one day, one day

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

 

Elias Dummer, “Heartbeat”

Former The City Harmonic lead vocalist Elias Dummer has released a new song, “Heartbeat,” the second of three preview songs from his upcoming   his new Integrity Music album, “The Work (Volume 1).”

Thematically and musically, “Heartbeat” is a bit of a departure from most of the singles released by Dummer’s former band. Most known for songs like “Manifesto,” “Mountaintop” and “Holy,” The City Harmonic had great singalong melodies, tinkling piano lines, and hypnotic drumbeats that invited listeners to sing along in worship.

While the introspective tone of “Heartbeat” underscores its theme of following Jesus, the pleasing, simple acoustic arrangement highlights the finger-picked electric guitar and Dummer’s strong voice. Fans of TCH needn’t worry, will appreciate the soaring arrangement that kicks in after the song’s easily singable chorus.

HEARTBEAT Lyrics
Elias Dummer

Give me Your heartbeat
Give me heaven
‘Til everything I do
Follows the rhythm of Your footsteps 
As I walk after You

Give me a faith that says to mountains
“Move,” and that’s what they’ll do
Give me You, my Jesus, You

Take these hands
Help them open doors to heaven

In my heart, Jesus, make Yourself at home

Whatever it takes
Change what You need to change
I’m Yours
‘Cause Jesus, You are worth it
Everything You’re asking for

You alone are worthy of my worship
Breathing in and out to bring You praise
With every single heartbeat
With every single heartbeat
You alone are worthy of my worship
Breathing in and out to bring You praise
With every single heartbeat
With every single heartbeat 

Whatever it takes
Change what You need to change
I’m Yours
‘Cause Jesus, You are worth it
Everything You’re asking for


Whatever it takes
Change what You need to change
I’m Yours
‘Cause Jesus, You are worth it
Everything You’re asking for

Banana Cream Mini-Pies

The other night, my brilliant wife put together these banana cream mini-pies that rocked my family’s world.

Luscious? Check. Delicious? Check.

I brought a couple of these with me to the Canberra graphic design studio where I work, and I didn’t share. Sorry, boys. 

Years and Years and Jess Glynne, “Come Alive”

 

British musicians Jess Glynne and Years and Years have come together for a phenomenal reimagining of “Come Alive,” one of the great songs from “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack.

Lifted off the new “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” album, which finds established singers putting their own spins on songs from the film, “Come Alive” has been given a funky new life, thanks to the musical stylings of Years and Years frontman and Michael Jackson vocal doppelganger Olly Alexander and the always brilliant Jess Glynne, who is pretty much my spirit animal.

Altogether, one of the best songs to come out this 2018. So cool, it almost answers my need for Canberra air conditioning.

COME ALIVE Lyrics
Years and Years and Jess Glynne

Olly: You stumble through your days
Got your head hung low, your skies a shade of grey
Like a zombie in a maze
You’re asleep inside, but you can shake awake

Olly: ‘Cause you’re just a dead man walking
Thinking that’s your only option
But you can flip the switch and brighten up your darkest day
Sun is up and the color’s blinding
Take the world and redefine it
Leave behind your narrow mind
You’ll never be the same

Olly: Come alive, come alive
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright
Reaching up to the sky
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that you were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive

Jess: Oh ah, yeah
I see it in your eyes
You believe that lie that you need to hide your face
Afraid to step outside
So you lock the door, but don’t you stay that way

Jess: No more living in those shadows
You and me, we know how that goes
‘Cause once you see it all, you’ll never, never be the same
Little bit of lightnin’ striking
Bottle up to keep on shining
‘Cause you can prove there’s more to you
You cannot be afraid

Olly and Jess: Come alive, come alive
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright
Reaching up to the sky
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that you were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive

Jess: Come one, come all, come in, come on
To anyone who’s bursting with a dream
Come one, come all, you hear the call
To anyone who’s searching for a way to break free

Olly and Jess: Come alive, come alive (Come alive)
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright (Go and light your light)
Reaching up to the sky (Reaching up to the sky, yeah)
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
(Dreaming with your eyes wide open)
And you know you can’t go back again (Go back again)
To the world that you were living in (No no no no)
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive
When the world becomes a fantasy (Oh, a fantasy)
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
(You’re dreaming with your eyes wide open)
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that we were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So come alive