“Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal.” (Come As You Are)
My latest musical marinade is Crowder’s Neon Steeple album. The power and comfort of this album is just what I needed. I grew up Country, so Crowder’s steel guitar, banjo, Case IH hat, and twang fit nicely with my roots. But it is his words that really seal the deal.
He asks God to speak truth directly into his heart:
I am found, I am Yours
I am loved, I’m made pure
I have life, I can breathe
I am healed, I am free
You are strong, You are sure
You are life, You endure
You are good, always true
You are light breaking through
You are more than enough
You are here, You are love
You are hope, You are grace
You’re all I have, You’re everything
Guard your heart, and be careful who and what you allow to speak to it. Let God speak that Truth into your heart today! That will give you the security to overcome anything. Anything!!
Quotes from Mr. Crowder’s website:
About the church family:
As it goes with hypocrisy, judgement, dogmatism, and all the rest of it that Jesus put to death, it’s hard to see in yourself what you readily see in others. And into my cynicism and anger my friend began to dream aloud,
“What if church really was like family.
What if we pretended the, ‘brother and sister, son and daughter,’ stuff was real.
What if relationships were thought to be rare and valuable things.
What if it was just a bunch of people that loved each other and were simply trying their best to follow this Jesus we read of in scripture.
What if we pretended, the ‘love your neighbor as yourself,’ thing was a better way to live.
What if we got in the mud for each other at two in the morning? …
What if we pretended we are all sinners.
What if we pretended grace is real.
What if the word ‘pretend’ felt less powerful than the word ‘believe’ because we did actually believe.
This is the essence of Christianity:
About the Message of the Bible:
“The meta-narrative of scripture is about innocence lost, it is about displacement, about things not being right and a search for belonging and home and forgiveness and reconciliation, the tension of death and life, what it means to be alive. The story is not about making bad people good, it is about making dead people alive.”
Anyone who says “meta-narrative” is suspect in my mind, but he finished strong. And his beard gives him the necessary credibility to use hyphenated words whenever necessary.
If you are interested in a blend of banjo, techno, and KLOVE songs, Neon Steeple is for you. Buy it!
Try it before you buy it – the accoustic-ish version of a few of his songs:
A couple of his songs:
Troubles come for everyone
Death has no respect for love
Roll the stone, I won’t be found
Ain’t no grave will hold me down
I WILL RISE!
God invented music. I like music. Teach your kids to appreciate good music.
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