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: 

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

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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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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David Dunn, “Masterpiece”

Contemporary Christian singer David Dunn has released his new single, “Masterpiece,” off his new album “Yellow Balloons.” The BEC Recordings artist collaborates with former Group 1 Crew frontman Manwell, adding an urban touch to Dunn’s new release. In the past, Dunn has displayed a remarkable openness to different sonic landscapes, and with “Masterpiece,” he adds another great piece to his impressive discography.

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Matt Maher, “What a Friend”

Contemporary Chrsitian singer Matt Maher has released “What a Friend,” which is counter-intuitive to what I expected from that title! Expecting a hymn, I instead got a rollicking praise anthem–WHAT?! Yeah! “What a Friend,” penned by Maher with Adam Palmer, MAtthew Hein, and Abbie Parker, brings together what sounds like a Hammond B3, a gospel choir, and a frantic tempo for a home run single across the board. Great track from his new album, “Echoes.”

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