My Epic: Behold, Album Review

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The Metalcore label, Facedown, has a found a real gem with My Epic, and they’re not even a hardcore band.  I discovered this band through the Christian music website, Indie Vision, and with a sale on Facedown records for $2.99, I took a chance and bought it. What I found is easily one of the best worship albums I have heard in a very long time.

My Epic are a fairly unknown indie band that mixes beautiful atmospheres with sometimes hard hitting guitar distortion, yet even though the music can sometimes be heavy, it never loses its beauty. Lead singer Aaron Stone has a soft, gentle voice that can be an acquired taste for some, but it gets the job done more than sufficiently. The music itself is unlike anything I’ve heard from any worship artist (the only comparisons I can draw from it are probably Ascend the Hill and the Ember Days). It has a celestial quality to it that, from the first song, seems to take you straight to the throne room. It feels drenched with anointing, and that’s not just a way of saying it’s good.

But a warning to those who have never heard of the band, they are very difficult to get into. Where most worship artists give you songs you love off the bat, My Epic gives you songs that you need to dig into in order to appreciate and fall in love with. Behold is an album that requires patience, since most of the songs don’t have a chorus, and may seem to drag on for eternity. For myself, I see that as a massive high point to the album, as every song strays from the typical song structure of a verse, chorus, and bridge. A perfect example of this is the song Hail. It’s a song filled with awe and trembling as Aaron sings  Your words destroying everything; the earth collapses under me. How could I stand against Your voice?
Empty throat, all I make is noise. And eventually responds to the chorus of majesty.

To point highlights would take all day, since there isn’t a song I don’t love. The worship that these guys give is pure and unadulterated. Confession is a good example of this. A song that talks about seeking treasures in the world, when they are nothing. The chorus (one of the only songs, along with Curse, that has a chorus) says, and in the end may l die as the thief my greatest joy that You’d hang there with me
blessed further still if my flesh could be made an object of grace
to walk behind, to die beside, then wake to find my Lord, my love in paradise.

Lyrically my absolute favourite is Curse. It tackles the belief so many Christians have that if they were alive when the Lord was being crucified, they would weep and cry along, when in reality, we’re putting Him on the cross and feeling nothing. At the heart, it’s about pride, and Aaron hits you in the gut with the words You are not a corpse and we’re not a movement You’re alive and we’re the flesh You’ll wear till the worlds end. We think we can make a change, yet it’s only God in us that provokes the change in others.

Royal is the heaviest song on the record, and again it is filled with such an awe of the glory and character of Christ that brings you to your knees. And even though Christ is incredible, He still loves us and shows us grace.

While I could go on about each song, if there’s one song you must hear, it’s easily Zion. I can honestly say that this is one of the most beautiful worship songs in existence right now (not counting hymns of course). It is filled with such a longing for our savior that rings out to the listener and makes him/her cry out in worship, which is exactly what I did. Take a listen:

The album ends with Arrive. The final bookend of the record that joins hand in hand with the trilogy of songs that is the backbone of the whole record: Arise, Approach, and Arrive. Easily the most musically grand and exciting and ends the album on a joyful and victorious note.

Overall, I can not speak highly enough about this album. It’s all at once beautiful, heavy, intimate, and just anointed. It’s the first album ever where I would finish playing it through and would want to play through it again. It’s that good. My advice, if you have other worship albums on your to buy list, put this on the top if you haven’t already got it. My Epic is epic indeed.

5/5

 

Jeremy Camp: Reckless, Album Review

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Jeremy Camp is easily one my favourite artists in the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) genre, with his amazing albums including Stay and Restored. And now, in the beginning of next year, Camp is releasing a new album titled, I Will Follow. So I thought I’d go back and look at his previous record, Reckless, and the musical direction he has taken over the years.

Camp began as a rock singer with his album, Stay. To this day it remains his most hard hitting album, both musically, and emotionally, even getting close to metal with his song Take My Life. Easily my favourite album out of Camp’s career. His later albums and everything after that until Speaking Louder than Before were good, but didn’t exceed the greatness of Stay, and slowly but surely, the rock sound began do disappear.

One thing to note is that Camp has never really been an original artist. His music brings clear comparisons with other Christian and secular rock artists, even in his early days, except he did it the best. But those comparisons have turned from artists such as Creed and Matchbox Twenty, to Christian artists Chris Tomlin and Tim Hughes. Unfortunately, in my opinion, neither of those Christian artists bring anything original to the table.

With Reckless, Camp has turned to the genre nearly every Christian rock artist has conformed to, and that’s Worship (yes, it’s a genre). And like much of the worship out there, musically, it’s all done before. With Reckless, Camp has forsaken all that has made him brilliant in the past, and has turned to mediocrity. You won’t find any hard hitting emotional tracks like I Still Believe or Walk By Faith, neither will you find hard rock songs like Take My Life or Breathe. Keyboard has taken the lead, and it all sounds overproduced and gleamed over with a plastic, polished finish.

The album begins with a trilogy of up tempo numbers with Reckless, The Way You Love Me, and Free. While these songs are okay, they’re mostly forgettable, especially Free. While I was hoping for one of those amazing Camp ballads with Paradise, it quickly turned into another up tempo worship number in the chorus.

We Must Remember is one of my favourites off the record, and is a definite highlight. It begins slowly, building to a magnificent climax. It’s about remembering what Christ did for us and our position in Him.

The record then, unfortunately, spirals back down with Shine, Come Alive, and My God. Lyrically passionate, musically bland and without a lot of depth, often relying on overdone worship cliches to carry them along.

But without a doubt, the record ends on its highest note with Without You. A song of pure surrender and devotion. I felt a bit of the passion that was felt with Stay on this song, and I often times come back to this and We Must Remember.

Over the years, I’m sad to report that Camp has declined, and Reckless is probably the weakest of his discography yet. But what hasn’t declined is his passion for God, and that’s one of the reasons Camp is such a highlight in the CCM genre. He’s doing it for God, not for a label, not for money, and not for fame, for the glory of God.

Overall, this album will, and has, appealed to the masses and to fans of Chris Tomlin and the likes, but for those who want a little more artistry and depth will want to look elsewhere.

2/5

In addition, after listening to the new single off the up-coming album, He Knows, I have to say it sounds completely in the same vein as this album. In fact, I actually thought it was a song off Reckless when listening to it.  If this is the musical direction Camp wishes to pursue, I respect him and pray that more and more people will be touched by it, but for me, I might have to jump out of the camp. It’s sad, because I know he is capable of so much more.

The Fray: How to Save a Life (Saving Those Who Are Lost)

I’m going to break the norm today, and instead of doing an album review like I’d usually do around this time, I’m going to write a post around a classic, and one of my favourite songs, How to Save a Life, by the band, the Fray.

The song is about a friend committing suicide and the person lamenting over why he didn’t save him and show him love. It’s a pretty depressing song, but it serves as a reminder to love those around you. Christ loved the lowly and broken, but in our society today, it seems we favor the rich and famous over the poor and weak. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen in churches as well.

A few months ago we were at a prayer convention (I won’t name the pastor) and mid-way through, he called the owner of a company to the front, while another person (who had been supposedly sleeping) was kicked out. The family walked out without a word, but I could tell from their faces they were severely embarrassed and broken. Yet after that I was watching the man the pastor had previously called out, and when he looked like he was nodding off, nothing was said.

I felt grieved for the family who walked out that night, and from what I knew, the pastor didn’t even know the family. They could have been broken, coming to the conference in order to find some hope, some love, yet because it looked like they were nodding off, they were no longer welcome.

The truth is, there are broken people everywhere we go, but they’ve mastered the art of hiding their true feelings from the world, and when I see the state of the world we live in, I don’t blame them.

Christians, we need to love, not only those who the world favors, but the ones the world shuns. We need to be the embodyment of Christ, because each time we reject one of His children, we turn our backs on the work on the cross. We turn our backs on Christ Himself.

The Armor of God: The Belt of Truth

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The next part of the armor of God I’ll look at is the Belt of Truth. Alright, what is the Belt of Truth? The belt obviously keeps everything in tact, and keeps everything from falling. We all know how embarrassing that is! But I think we should ask, how much of what we’re hearing is the truth?

Everyday we’re shoved advice in our minds from people we know and by some we don’t know. But how much of it is the truth? How much do you hear Christians say that’s the truth? How much do you hear your pastor preaching every Sunday that’s the truth? What if what you’ve been learning is all a lie?

It’s a scary thought, but that’s where the Bible comes in. The thing is, I don’t trust what a lot of people say, so I read the Word for myself. Why don’t I trust what people say? Because in this day and age, there is so much focus on theology and the study of Scripture that we have forgotten the one who brought us Scripture in the first place. We’ve become so focused on finding the truth, that we look everywhere, including Bible college and theology class, and forget our relationship with Christ.

In our search for truth, we’ve left the Way, the Truth, and the Life behind. When Jesus is the greatest truth, why are we still searching?

When we put on the Belt of Truth, I see people making Jesus, not only the center, their entire lives. I see people standing for Jesus and His ways.

The song Radical by Disciple says, “It’s easy to find someone who will compromise, but it’s not easy to find someone who’s willing to stand. The road to Hell is wide, but to Heaven it’s one way, one truth, one life!” The road to Heaven is not the study of theology, it’s only through Jesus Christ.

Theology can’t save anyone, only Jesus can raise a life from the dead. And yet sin is running rampant in the church, the very place theology is taught. I fear theology has separated us from Christ. As we’re taught Scripture, we feel we’re the ones who can make a difference. You hear every church say “We’re the movement that will change this generation!”

I want to share a song by the amazing band, My Epic, and their song, Curse. I think this sums up our life objective brilliantly.

Here are the lyrics:

“Am I of stone or flesh
to see You slain again
to watch you writhe and bleed
yet never once weep.

I always thought that I would have fought had I been alive.
I would have stay to the end, wept at Your feet, and died by Your side.

Yet again they beat You down and tear You
Limb from limb
but I keep my peace and my distance

How can I claim to love You
when here Your body lies strewn
I dwell amongst the pieces
and never feel moved.
To grieve as my own, the state of it
and give more than just passive dissent.

I swore at the start, “Oh heart of my heart”, we’re one in the same.
But then I kept You confined, and clearly defined, and now I don’t feel a thing.

Yet again, they beat You down
and tear You limb from limb
and we wash our hands then
raise them up in remembrance
“Bless You Lord, leave us be, rest in peace”

You’re not a memory we celebrate
You’re not a martyr that we venerate
and G-d forgive us if the church forgets

You are not a corpse and we’re not a movement
You’re alive and we’re the flesh You’ll wear till the worlds end

Resurrect

I feel the weight and worth in all of this
that we are Your embodyment.

Resurrect theses hearts of stone
to beat with Yours again
for greater works as we
walk as one in Your likeness
so that men can behold and believe.

You are not a corpse and we’re not a movement
You’re alive and we’re the flesh You’ll wear till the worlds end.”

So lets stop our search for the truth, because we found Him long ago.

The Armor of God: Breastplate of Righteousness

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I’m especially excited today as I begin a new series. This time I’m going to be looking at the Armor of God. As with the Lord’s Prayer, I’ll be looking at each section at a time and taking you through what they mean to me.

So the first in the series is easily one of my favourites: the Breastplate of Righteousness. What does it mean to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness? We can go further and ask, what does it mean to put on the Armor of God? As the Bible says we should. My honest opinion is that we don’t have to pray it everyday, but to believe it and live it. Armor is worn by warriors and soldiers, and they wear it in every battle. Only when we put on the armor could we stand against the attacks of the enemy.

Alright, so what is the Breastplate of Righteousness, and what is its purpose? As with all the parts of a soldier’s armor, we have to look at the enemy in order to understand. One of the many lies the devil throws at us is that we aren’t righteous, and on our own, we aren’t. Of course the devil wants us to look at our own righteousness, because when we do, our salvation will depend upon our performance, and not on His.

The truth is this, we have been made righteous through the blood of Jesus. The Breastplate of Righteousness is not of our own, but of Christ’s. We are the righteousness of Jesus.

If we wear our own righteousness, and put our trust in it to protect us, it will always fail. The enemy will always find weak points, and he’ll take every advantage he can find.

We have to believe that we have been made righteous by Christ’s work on the cross, and not our own.  That’s what is means to wear the Breastplate of Righteousness.

When we wear the righteousness of Christ, there can be no error in the fight.

The Lord’s Prayer: The Hold of Temptation

Well, here we go, the final of the Lord’s prayer series. I hope this has helped you discover the meaning behind what we pray and how we take that same prayer into our own lives. In the final part, we pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

The prayer ends with a cry. “Lord, I’ll follow you, but don’t let me fall into the temptations of my flesh, but deliver me from evil.” I want you to focus on that final word in context of the verse. Evil.

In my latest novel in progress, I focus on this virus that eats us from the inside out. Everyone believes this virus comes from an outside source, in other words, the devil. But in reality, the virus is our own flesh nature. It’s ourselves. The evil the disciples are crying to God to save them from is themselves.

Sometimes we place so much of our failures on the enemy, when most of the time the true fault lies with ourselves. This is where the miracle of the Gospel comes in!

Everyone has that one temptation, that one sinful desire they can’t shake. They try, but each time they give in they fall back down to earth. I want to give you some good news today. You’re free. What that means is that God’s grace is strong enough to catch you when you fall. Tenth Avenue North puts it best in their song, the Struggle. “Hallelujah, we are free to struggle, but we’re not struggling to be free!”

The good news is that when we fall, there’s grace, but that same grace is strong enough to free you from any hold your flesh has over you. You no longer have to sin, because sin and death was defeated on the cross. And what has replaced that sin? God has promised greater things than what our flesh has promises us.

You see, we don’t need to try to resist whatever temptations we’re facing, we just need to set our eyes on the greater pleasure that the Lord has promised, that He has given us fellowship with Himself. So in the end, it’s not that our temptations are too strong, they’re too weak. In this day and age, we’re too easily satisfied. We rush to grab whatever new technology that comes out, and in a month, it’s old, or something else will come up. The flesh works the same way.  No longer after you gave in the desire is back for more.

So in the end, rest in the knowledge that He has freed you, and live to seek Him. I promise that He will bestow upon you far greater pleasure than what this world can ever provide.

Sanctus Real: The Dream, Album Review

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If there was one band who has constantly produced good music throughout their career, it would easily be Sanctus Real. The first band I ever called my favourite back in 2010 when Pieces of a Real Heart was released. There has been so much music flooding my ears since then, some of my favourite bands have been put to the side. Sanctus Real isn’t one of those bands. And now with the Dream, I’m pleased to announce that they will continue to be one of my favourites.

Sanctus Real began as a hard rock band with their first record, Say it Loud, in 2002. Their second, and one of my all time favourite albums, Fight the Tide, came in 2004. Another hard rocker with Matt belting out some of the best vocals in rock I’ve heard. In 2006 The Face of Love was released, and it was here that they began to slow down. While The Face of Love was still heavy, it was a darker record overall. In 2008 We Need Each Other hit the shelves and it brought the hard rock from Fight the Tide back, at least for half of it. It remains to this day my second favourite record from them. Their next release, 2010’s Pieces of a Real Heart, brought a more pop/rock sound to the table. It remains to this day their best selling, but for me, it’s my least favourite, and even though that was my first record by them, it was good enough to make me pursue their other albums. In 2013, after their tour bus was burnt down in a blaze, came their softest record yet with Run. Despite slowing things down quite a lot since Fight the Tide, it was a brilliant record. Now just shy of two years later comes the band’s seventh record, the Dream.

After multiple listens (I never review an album after one listen) I have come to the conclusion that it is indeed better than Run and Pieces, and just as good as We Need Each Other.

The album begins and ends with some of the best songs Sanctus Real has ever written in my opinion. It starts off with the title track and it sets the tone for the songs to follow. The whole concept of this record is that the dreams we have in our lives (wealth, travelling, pursuits) isn’t what our hearts truly need to fill us. The dream, Matt says in the song, “is You.” Christ is what we’ve been looking for all along, we’ve just never seen it because all the things of this world have blinded us to our desperate need of God.

Before this album released it was promised that it would venture back to their roots (their rock side), which of course made me really excited. Though there isn’t anything heavy here, there was a few instances of some rough electric guitar thrown in, albeit it was sometimes hidden behind the bells and whistles of production. Despite this, the promise was, in a way, fulfilled. It’s more up tempo than Run was, and comes just shy to their 2010 record.

Musically it’s mostly pop/rock with some folk thrown in for good measure, and though it’s a tried genre, Sanctus Real manages to keep it from sounding generic or done before. They keep it fresh and relevant. A good example of this is the lead single, Lay it Down. A fun, foot stomping anthem that shouts out, “Those problems you’re worried about, they can’t keep you from living now. Shake it off and lay it down, at the cross where your freedom’s found!”

Other highlights include Head in the Fight, Easier on My Heart, Ride it Out, Bend not Break, One Word at a Time, and my personal favourite, and one of the best songs these guys have written, On Fire.

On Fire tells how we once were completely passionate for the Lord, but the trials and demands of life have diverted our eyes. Matt sings in the chorus, “You were fire, and church was more than a place, people were more than faces, and Jesus was more than a name.” It’s a truly powerful way to end the record, following  with the first instrumental track the guys have ever recorded.

Lyrically is sticks pretty much to the standard of CCM, but one thing that sets them apart from the others is their honesty. As heard in their song, The Redeemer, from Pieces of a Real Heart, they’re not afraid to “Wear a tattered heart on my sleeve.”

Digging into this record one will find a lot of musical and lyrical treasure. And though fans of their harder stuff will likely still be dreaming of the day they’ll return, fans of their softer sound will fall in love with this album. For me, these guys impress no matter what they play. And if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in intensity, it’s their passion and love for God, and that’s what it all comes down to in the end. The true dream. Jesus.

4/5

The Lord’s Prayer: The Freedom of Forgiveness

Right, it’s been a while now since we’ve gone through the last part of the Lord’s prayer, so it’s time to continue! Last time I went through, “Lord, forgive us our sins.” Today I’m going to talk about, “As we forgive those who have sinned against us.”

If you thought the last parts of the prayer were difficult to truly pray then this takes it up another level. A lot of people have unforgiveness buried deep in their hearts, and most refuse to let it go. Forgiving someone who has wronged or hurt you is hard. I understand how hard it can be to forgive that person who broke your heart, but let me give you a question: Who broke Jesus’ heart?

If you pointed to others, you’ll be right, but there’s one person you forgot: yourself. We were the ones who put Christ on the cross. It was our sin that drove those nails through his wrists and feet. But here’s where the true grace of God comes in. Jesus says in His dying, rasping breath, “Father, forgive them!” Jesus was covered from head to toe in His own blood, and nails were being driven through Him, yet He pled for their forgiveness.

See, Christ has forgiven us, and when we can’t forgive others, what we’re basically saying is that Jesus is wrong. We can accept Christ’s forgiveness because we deserve it, but the one who hurt us doesn’t. He shouldn’t have died for them. Jesus says that if you don’t forgive others, He will not forgive your sins. Jesus gave us grace, yet we can’t give it to others. The Christian life is summed up when we love the unlovable and forgive the inexcusable.

The act of forgiveness can be summed up in the act on the cross. Jesus absorbed our pain, and gave us grace instead of judgement. To forgive, we need to die. We need to lay it down: our judgments, our bitterness. Absorb the pain, and let grace take hold.

I know it’s hard, but His grace is sufficient. And if it’s enough to save me, it’s enough to save whoever broke your heart.  “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it,”-Mark Twain.

Christ loves them unconditionally, and He’s given them grace beyond measure, just as He has for you. So lets surrender it all to the one who surrendered it all for us; because if He lives in you, who can hurt you?

 

Disciple: Attack, Review

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One band I have been really getting into lately is Disciple. With my first album from them, O God Save us All, I was impressed, but with this newest release, Attack, they’ve taken it to a whole new level. This is Metal at its finest. It isn’t the chugging, hardcore of modern metal, it’s melodic and just outright cool. It’s a hybrid between metal and hard rock, and it works.

The concept of the album is found in the title alone. And coupled with that awesome cover, one can easily come to figure that it’s about warfare of some sort, and they’ll be right. Attack is all about standing strong and bold against the enemy.

It begins with the lead single, Radical, which begins with Kevin shouting, “”Til the day I die I’ll be a radical!” The first thing one notices is these guy’s rock solid faith. With explicit Christian lyrics such as, “It’s easy to find someone who will compromise, but it’s not easy to find someone who’s willing to stand.” Overall, this song just gets the heart pumping with a passion for Christ until it slows for the worshipful bridge, “Not just my mouth, but let my hands speak the glory of God.” It picks back up before it ends with a earth shaking scream from lead man Kevin Young.

The next two songs, Attack and Dead Militia take the warfare aspect even further. Both are hard rocking and fit their concepts perfectly. Both also contain some of my favourite lyrics. Attack is sung from God’s perspective, getting His son ready for battle and telling Him that He’ll be there. “So hang on every Word I say, don’t let them take you by surprise!” Dead Militia is easily one of my all time favourite metal songs. This time it’s a song directed to the enemy, with sometimes violent lyrics such as, “We are the thunder and the chorus of war, we are the hammer that will break of their horns!” And it ends in victory, “The earth will lift its hands in hallelujah to God!”

Scarlet takes full advantage of the Gospel and Disciple presents the perfect song to show to an unsaved friend. It’s bit softer than the previous tracks, but still offers some crunching guitar. Another incredible highlight

Another favourite of mine, the Name, takes the old hymn “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,” and turns it into a full on metal worship anthem. Beginning with fast guitar work, Kevin screams, “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, how I have proven Him over and over!” The chorus is second best to Dead Militia. “I will not be afraid to speak your name, I don’t care if they drag me up in chains, no power of Hell can shake my faith!”

As usual with a band of this intensity, the lyrics are full of Scripture, and in the lyrics sheet, each line of each song is coupled with a Scripture passage where the line came from. It proves that these guys only write from the inspiration of Scripture, and it shows. On songs like Angels and Demons, the chorus shouts, “Nothing can tear us apart, no Angels, no Demons, or dangers, no enemies!”

The second ballad of the record (the first being Unbroken) comes in with Yesterday is Over. About leaving the past behind and “Letting His love take over you.” A truly inspirational song and yet another one of my favourites.

Crazy is probably my least favourite on the record. It just doesn’t grab me like the others. That’s not to say it’s a bad song, but compared to the others on this record, it sadly falls short.

The final ballad, The Right Time, ends this amazing record off with a simple song about God saving us in His perfect timing. Kevin sings, “With God it’s never too late.”

Overall this is easily one of the best metal albums of the year (second to Wolves at the Gate’s VxV) and it gives me strength to fight in the battle God has called us into. Easily one of the top three albums of the year, and it’ll be interesting to see where it ranks at the end of this amazing year of music!

4.5/5

A Life of Prosperity

Today, I’m going to talk about prosperity. Doesn’t that make you want to stop reading? I’m sure we’ve all heard the messages. “God wants you to prosper.” “Live for Him and He will bless you.” And my personal favourite, “The Lord will richly bless your financial life.” We’ve heard it all before, and honestly, it’s starting to grow old.

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First of all, where did the prosperity message come from? It seems to be a new message that has stemmed out only a few years ago. Billy Graham, Smith Wigglesworth, John Wesley, all the pastors of the old age who’d given themselves wholly to the Lord never preached this prosperity message, at least not in my knowledge. So why is it that all we’re hearing this new message?

First, let’s look at the state of the modern church. When you think of a church, do you still picture the small wooden building, polished wooden pews lining the auditorium in even rows, and an altar up front? Or do you picture a large, stadium like complex, where thousands of people gather to sing, worship, and listen to a preacher speak through a microphone? Unless you go to one of the former types of churches (and there aren’t many of them left) you’ll more than likely be picturing the latter type.

The sad truth is, church has become an institution. Instead of finding inspiration from the Holy Spirit, we find inspiration in theology classes. Instead of a singer with a single guitar on stage singing to the Lord, we now have a full rock band singing for the audience. Instead of a preacher speaking of God’s love and grace, he now speaks of God’s blessing and inheritance. Prosperity. Not that those things are bad, but we’ve let them take the focus off of Christ, and onto the business. More money equals bigger upgrades, and it goes on and on. If you’re having trouble believing, just go and buy Hillsong pastor Brian Houston’s book, We need more money.

So far I’ve shown you the state of the church, but what good would this post be if I left it at the fact they they’ve turned their focus from God to money? So I’m going to give you my take on it.

The Bible does say He will bless us. It says that He wishes that we may prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers. The thing is, we believe that money and worldly possessions are where our prosperity lies. The truth is, God doesn’t see prosperity that way.

If I asked you, “I want you to give away everything you have,” what would you do? Notice I say have, not own. That includes those around you. You’d give away your possessions before you gave away your wife, or your brother, or your children, wouldn’t you? The Lord doesn’t say He’ll bless your life with money or material possessions. He will bless your life with Himself.

Christianity is a relationship, and relationships aren’t found in material gifts, they’re found on acts of love and commitment. Jesus gave His life on the cross in order to cut off the separation between us and God. True prosperity is living in the freedom of His love and grace. Living in His presence and reflecting His heart to those around you.

Prosperity is found when we give it away. We don’t need more money, we need more of Christ. The greatest gift of all, is Love.

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