Born and raised in Greenville, TX, Bart Millard discovered music after a high school football injury landed him in the school choir. Just a semester into college his father passed away, and Millard, feeling a change was needed, followed his youth pastor's praise band to Lakeland, FL. It was during this time that he formed the ultra-successful Christian rock group MercyMe and relocated to Oklahoma. His first solo album, Hymned No. 1, which fuses raditional gospel, Texas blues, and the Southern hymns of his youth, was released in August of 2005.
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This is as up-to-date as it gets. If a new song hits the airwaves and it starts trending fast, chances are you will be able to spot it here. If an old song suddenly spikes because of a unique current event, you'll see that here as well. So get out a bag of popcorn and hit refresh every 10 minutes to watch the race. Listen on Spotify.
Sadness, frustration and anger are emotions not often embraced as inevitable parts of life—or of our spiritual journey. What do you do when you find yourself in a season of lament? There is good news that most of us know but few choose to embrace: lament is a necessary and healthy spiritual condition, an exercise of faith that can lead to eventual joy and peace that words fail to capture. Lament. This long expression of deep pain or sorrow isn't a sign of a *lack* of faith or spiritual weakness. It's a soul-strengthening exercise.
With all this new worship music coming out every week, and church buildings are opening up again, choirs are more important than ever. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, or charismatic, a worship choir puts the focus on people who want to actively lead worship -- with their voices and their faces. We have made sure that all the best worship songs have choir sheets with parts to sing for soprano, alto, bass, and tenor voices. If you can make room on your team for a choir, (or even just want to break into parts) these worship anthems will raise the roof in your church!
Some songs are loud and vivacious. There are also times where songs provide an opportunity for thoughtful contemplation on the lyrics being sung. These songs get updated weekly.
God intends for us to use our speech wisely. The answer isn't found in becoming tongue-tied and saying nothing. God gave us the gift of speech for a good reason. God intends that we use our tongue to communicate with others and build relationships. When something isn't going right in a relationship, God intends for us to use our tongue to build bridges of understanding. Find songs and hymns that are meant to be vehicles of truth, reconciliation, and healing