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Review of Glory Song by Matt Redman

Glory Song by Matt Redman CD Review

I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to review this CD. I have been a huge fan of Matt Redman’s since I first heard him lead worship at Passion 2003. His music always finds a way to encourage me in my walk with Christ as he writes in a manner that truly allows God to speak to the listener. There have been numerous times I have used Redman’s music for personal times of worship and it is always an encouraging time. In Glory Song, Matt produces another work that will be used to make much of Jesus.

One of my favorites from Glory Song is the song Gracefully Broken.

And multiply, God, all that I am

And find my heart on the altar again

Set me on fire, set me on fire

 

Here I am God

Arms wide open

Pouring out my life

Gracefully Broken

 

My heart stands in Awe of Your Name

Your mighty love stands strong to the end

You will fulfill Your purpose for me

You won’t forsake me, You will be with me

This song is a reminder of the fact that grace does more than just save us, it breaks us and helps us remember how much we need God’s love and grace to bring us to Himself. In various chapters in the book of Psalms we are reminded of God’s steadfast and unending love. This song speaks to that truth as well.

Another song that hit home was Questions (You are Faithful).

In all of our questions,

All of our searching

When we are wrestling

You don’t let go

In all of our fears and doubts

All of our anxious thoughts

When we are restless

Still we are held

Lord I believe

But help my unbelief

 

The questions come

But You remain

The battles roar

But still You reign

And I believe

One thing will never change

You are faithful

You are faithful

Every one of us will go through difficult times where we question whether God is still with us. We will go through times where we will have questions that many times might seem to go unanswered. This song is an amazing reminder God is always faithful and He will never leave us, in our darkest times and our times of deepest searching and questioning, He is still there.

There are other songs I could include but I will stop with these two. Give this CD a chance as it will definitely be worth it.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for a sample of the product in exchange for this review. Opinions on this post are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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The Irresistible Community

irresistible community

We as humans are built for community. We are hardwired to have friends and people in our lives that we do life together with. We are not made to live this life on our own. This is why when we see people who isolate themselves, we would not say they are living life to the fullest. We would agree they have withdrawn from reality and the world around them. By choosing to follow Christ, we become part of a community, part of the body of Christ. It is impossible to fully be a Christian and not involved in a community of believers in some way. You might disagree with that but as you read through the Bible, you see that God intended for us to be in community. God Himself is about community in that He created us for relationship with Him. Unfortunately, today we have become so “connected” through social media and the internet through smartphones and other devices we have actually become disconnected. And this is the world we live in today, a world full of people who desire community, some without fully knowing it, but who are in some ways running away from community. There are even people who call themselves Christians who are not involved in a community.

Bill Donahue addresses this issue head on for followers of Christ. In The Irresistible Community, he tackles what Christian community should mean, be about and what it should look like. Jesus has extended a call and offer for all people to follow Him and be involved in a community of Christ followers. It is only through this community that we are able to experience all God intended life to be about. The title itself helps us to understand that when Christian community is lived out and done right, it is attractive, even to those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. If Jesus was attractive to the “sinners” around Him, shouldn’t His church be the same way? Shouldn’t we be living in such a way that it causes those around us to wonder what we have?

The title of this book includes the tag line “An invitation to life together” which is what I believe God wants us to do, live life together. But how do we do that? How do we live life together? We are all messy and we have lives that cause people to not want to know us so shouldn’t I keep people at a distance? Dr. Donahue helps the reader understand how life can be done together in community and done in a way so people are drawn to it and not turned away from it. The Irresistible Community is divided into 3 parts: join the fellowship of the table, practice the ministry of the towel and live in the circle of truth. To truly experience community the way God intends, each of these 3 parts has to be included.  I have experienced this in my own life, when I am involved with a group of Christians, our lives have been greatly impacted when we have times of fellowship around a table, make time to serve together and then also allow the truth of God’s Word to guide us, community happens and there is nothing greater in this life. Unfortunately today, this has been lost, even in the church. The church should be a community of people who understand the church is who they are, it is not simply a building or something they do on Sundays or special holidays.

Read this statement which is taken from the back cover of the book:

Using the relationship of Jesus to His disciples in the upper room, Bill Donahue presents a simple but compelling approach to community life. Using a table, a towel, and the truth, Jesus created an “irresistible community” where everyone found a place to belong, lived fully in the truth, and served others with joy. (Back cover)

As you read this book, you will find yourself longing for this type of community wherever you are. Why does this longing grow within us? Because it is why we were created. Bill Donahue addresses the topic/issue of Christian community in a thought provoking manner that will challenge but also encourage and inspire you to look for community in your own life. Though living in community is not always easy, he helps us see that there is more life to be experienced in community than can be experienced outside of it. This book is one that I would highly recommend anyone currently serving in Christian ministry to read as well as those who see themselves in some type of ministry in the future. This book would also be a great asset for any church planter. Go get a copy for yourself, or a friend or your pastor, it will be well worth it.

Disclaimer: In accordance with FTC regulations, I received this book from Baker Books in return for a review of the book.