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Song Of The Day | Christina Grimmie – In Christ Alone

Christina Grimmie was killed during an autograph session after a performance in Florida this past Friday.

Christina, a YouTube sensation who went on to success as a Top 3 contestant on The Voice, described herself as a “full-on Christian who loves Jesus” and loved the Bible.

Several outlets are reporting that the motive behind her murder may have been her outspoken faith in Christ.

The Santa Monica Observer shared what T.J. Wilkins, another Voice competitor, wrote: “What I’ll remember most about you is our conversation about faith and the love of Christ.”

Christina wasn’t shy about sharing her faith, or tweeting it:

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Christina’s family with final expenses. To date it has surpassed the goal of $4000, raising over $123,000 – a testament to the love so many people had for her.

Our prayers, thoughts and love are with Christina’s family and close friends.<3

 

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Teen’s Original Song About Hope Goes Viral

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Minnesota teenager Molly Kate Kestner‘s senior solo is touching hearts and tearing up eyes all across the world.

Her original song about a girl who questions God, and life, after her alcoholic father abandons her, has been viewed by almost 4 million people and shared by thousands more (including this blogger.)

It’s a song of hope as she eventually finds the true meaning of love, in spite of her difficult and painful circumstances.

Check out His Daughter and let us know what you think!


Thanks to Chaneika Aunjalique for sharing this video.

People Change…

The desperation in this song is a painful reminder of a conversation I had with a dear friend out West. When “D” first shared what was happening in his marriage, we talked almost every night for several months. I remember asking him one night, “how are you doing, man?” He stopped for a second and came back with, “I’m not ok, Matt. Not ok.”

When I heard this song the other day, those words grabbed me by the throat. Word for word almost, these lyrics mirrored that conversation.

My heart hurts for them, their kids, and several other families I deeply care about who are dealing with great pain at the moment. It hurts for my own family.

But I want to encourage all of us with a reminder to take heart. To not believe the lie that there’s no hope, no point, no chance. That it’s over.

No matter how big a miracle you think it would take, do you honestly believe that God can’t? We serve the God of the impossible. There are no limits.

Don’t believe the enemy’s lies that people don’t change. Or that God can’t move in an instant, no matter how improbable.

Take what happened to Saul. Nobody believed that guy was gonna change. But God…

Acts 9:1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers.

Look how things changed just a few verses later.

Acts 9:18, 20-22 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God! All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains…?” Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.

People change.

In fact, we should all be changing. Daily. Renewing our minds, moving closer to Christ, growing in grace.

If there’s something that you know needs to change, I encourage you to start today. Talk to your pastor, or a trusted friend who’s truly following Jesus, and figure out what your next step should be and begin!

And don’t miss the change in people around you. Skepticism really is an unwillingness to believe. Cynicism at it’s core is doubt.

God specializes in changing people. Drastically. Suddenly. It shouldn’t surprise us. And when they don’t change on our timetable, sometimes God’s trying to change US!

God’s plan is ALWAYS for restoration. The entire Bible is a story of restoring what’s broken and bringing what’s dead back to life.

Things don’t have to stay as they are. Take a step of faith. Yes, following God requires risk, but it’s always the safest thing we can do. (Take a minute to read the intervening verses in the above chapter and I’ll share some thoughts on that soon.)

Trust God. Press on.

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SOTD: Once And For All | Lauren Daigle

Today’s Song of the Day is a stunningly beautiful new song from up and coming singer/songwriter Lauren Daigle called Once And For All.

Be lifted high
As my kingdoms fall
Once and for all

This is an intimate prayer of total surrender. Intensely personal, yet I can hear churches around the world singing it together.

“Oh Lord, I give my life to you.I trust in you, my God!”
– Psalm 25:1-2 (NLT)

Sometimes, we as believers try to carry our “junk” all by ourselves. It may be that we feel like we don’t want to bother God with our hurts. Or we bring most of it to Him, except for the stuff that we’ve buried deep in our hearts because it hurts so much.

The thing is, God cares about us more than we know. He loves us more than we can imagine. When Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary…and I will give you rest,” HE MEANT IT!

This song acknowledges God’s sovereignty and His love. It reminds us of the power in Jesus’ sacrifice and sings of finally letting go of those things that have weighed us down and kept us from going all in with Him, once and for all…

I hope it moves you as much as it does me.

On Lauren Daigle
Lauren Daigle is a special artist. She is a truly gifted songwriter and phenomenal singer.

You’re getting an early listen to a woman I am convinced will be one of the giants of Christian music, as both an artist and songwriter, before long. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for Lauren and am looking forward to more new music soon!

We first featured Lauren back in November, 2013 [Come Alive]. If you missed it, I highly recommend you give it a listen! She is SO good and the song is so powerful!

SOTD: Broken Together | Casting Crowns

“The only way we’ll last forever, is broken together.”

Our Song of the Day is from the brand new Casting Crowns album, Thrive.

This is a must listen for all couples!

Note: I’m in the process of assembling some resources for struggling couples. Please look for that post here in the next couple of days.

Christmas SOTD: O Holy Night | Josh Groban

Growing in Grace Today’s 25 “Christmas Songs of the Day.”

This has become the definitive version of this song (although, I’m only featuring this one because there isn’t any video of Courtney Chizmadia and the Grace Worship Team’s 2013 rendition!) Did you know that this song was originally declared “unfit for church services” and BANNED in France? It’sbeen sung all over the globe for over 165 years and Josh Groban delivers a performance for the ages!

In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

John 1:14 says,

#24- Dec 24, 2013 – Josh Groban | O Holy Night

So the Word became humanand made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
– John 1:14

See previous Christmas SOTD

Christmas SOTD: Most Beautiful Time Of The Year | Beckah Shae

Growing in Grace Today’s 25 “Christmas Songs of the Day.”

Let’s have some fun…

#17- Dec 17, 2013 – Beckah Shae | Most Beautiful Time Of The Year

See previous Christmas SOTD