That's another beautiful old spiritual - one of my favorites too. Jeremy Camp's version is good, and I also like Fernando Ortega's version, which may be more appealing for people who like a mellower sound.
I beg to differ. And maybe I'll tell you why sometime. In the meantime, tell me why you said that. I'm....pretty sure, given your lack of Faith in Him, that He didn't tell you that. So......do you like any of those songs?
I love them! And I'm lucky enough to be married to a husband who sings and plays guitar, so he took all my favorites and sang and recorded them himself for me...it's my favorite thing to listen to at Christmas!
I think he has talent. It's not my favorite style of music or lyrics, but the message is about God and how He can change people, so it's cool! It reminds me of the time my son "mixed" a tape for me when he was a teenager. He was into listening to some of the rap music and such, and he gave me a tape for my birthday. At first I wasn't sure about it, but I listened to the whole thing and the message was how much he loved me and was beautiful. Praise God for His gifts to everyone who tunes their ears toward Him!
“God Is Always Greater” by Dan Burgess this song is an awesome praise for the Greatness of God...Here are excerpts of the lyrics...
When we’ve gone as far as we can go. When we’ve fought as hard as we can fight; When we’ve climbed beyond our hopes and dreams And still can’t make it right. When we’ve spent all our will to believe, When we’ve lost our desire to carry on; When we’ve been through all we can endure, There’s one hope we stand upon.
God is always greater, God is always greater; No matter how great we think Him to be, His love is always greater. God is always greater, God is always greater; No matter how deep or great the need, God is always greater.
When we’ve won every race to be won, When we’ve claimed every honor and prize; When we have it all but still can’t keep The tears from our eyes. When we think we’ve seen all God can do, When we’ve learned all He’s capable of; We need to know we can never fully grasp The measure of His love.
May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, And may love be the root of your life; That you may grasp the breadth, the length, the height And the depth of the love of Christ!
I would have to agree with Brenda on "The Lighthouse." One of the best songs, whether gospel or non-gospel written. Have played and performed the song with a couple of groups. "I Can Only Imagine" and "Word of God Speak" by MercyMe are two I would add to the greatest songs category.
It's been a long, long time, I've been searching for my home. At night I close my eyes, wonder which way I should roam. ... When Jesus comes to relieve me, and I feel He's coming soon to receive me, When Jesus comes, please remember, He's coming for you too.
It's something I do enjoy, so it didn't feel like any effort at all. (But "you're welcome" anyway - )
If you think of any more snatches of the lyrics, who may have sung it, or when it may have been especially popular, I can look some more.
@ Virgil again - I was just listening to Petra, "Not of This World" (one commenter compared them to Pink Floyd) and "Coloring Song," where the songwriter had actually dropped a comment on YouTube. Petra's harmonies are incredible. Stellar. There's hardly a word powerful enough to describe them.
I am listening to a new Casting Crowns song titled, "Jesus, Friend of Sinners." I have no idea why I can listen to it as it is on a yet to be released CD titled, "Come to the Well." It is a great song.
I'm getting seriously sidetracked at YouTube. I don't always check there for music, and I should.
- - - Michael W. Smith leading a large group in You Are Holy (Prince of Peace); - - - Ancient of Days sung by a black gospel choir; I couldn't find their name; both of these songs are way up there on my list.
You're right about genres. I took Brenda's title to be generic, rather than precisely the gospel genre(s). It's true that a whole lot of my favorites are Christian Rock.
About the Casting Crowns song: they have sung it in concert, even though the album has not been released yet.
I'm going to check the other new-to-me songs mentioned here, but I think I'm sort of hijacking this thread, so I'll hush for a while. Good night, all.
I just went to listen to that one. I don't know how I've missed it in the past! You're right, it really is great. Powerful.
Another terrific one by Casting Crowns - Who Am I?
Another wonderful traditional hymn - It Is Well with My Soul.
And Southern gospel - O What a Savior, especially sung by Ernie Haase and the Cathedrals.
Like Paul Robeson's profound bass, Ernie Haase's high, powerful, and sweet tenor does something awesome to this song. I've listened to three different versions tonight (different years), and each one is amazing and full of strong feeling. [Edit - Two of the versions are actually "Ernie Haase and Signature Sound."]
I've heard most of those songs. I don't worry about the genre, I guess; I call 'em all Gospel songs. I especially like Mighty to Save and Holy of Holies (and it reminds me of Worthy is the Lamb, which I love) and I'll Fly Away (my Mom's favorite song) and Ain't No Grave (was my Dad's favorite song!). So cool that y'all posted those!
I love when naysayers come and write that Jesus did not sing, shout, run, jump etc. . . When the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they sang and rejoiced. Those that Jesus healed shouted and leaped giving praise and glory to God.
Even the lame man who was sitting at the porch of the Temple leaped and praised God after his feet were healed.
When the prodigal son returned there was singing and rejoicing. Everyone was happy except for his older brother.
The point is not whether or not Jesus rejoiced, ran, leaped, sang, etc. . . Those He touched did those things. If He was to touch any of you today, would you do these things?
Yeah it sure is. I can't get through most of the songs without dancing (privately; I can't dance well); and in church I can barely get through 'em without crying. I turn into a ball of emotional mostly-happy mush.... I think it's awesome that they have a good effect on 'most everyone including non-Christians as you said.
I liked that one a lot, too. In fact, I liked each one in different ways. I love the nature pictures in the first one - many of them seem almost like the temple that is mentioned in the song. They create a worshipful mood, to me.
But I agree that the voices in the last video are very beautiful. If I'm not watching the pictures, but only listening, that is the one I would choose for sure.
I have always loved singing that one too. When my former praise band would sing this, when we started the "Holy, holy..." part, we would begin almost in a whisper, drums very soft, and then just keep building throughout the refrain. It was very moving.
Sounds good to me! I don't know where they are located, but a great amount of wonderful contemporary praise music is under copyright to Hillsongs Australia. I don't know if there is any one mega-church that produces a lot of it, or if it's many different churches. But they are wonderful songs, in any case.
And I think Darlene Zschech (sp? somebody help!) is from Australia - I'm pretty sure. She wrote and performed one of the best-loved: Shout to the Lord.
I would welcome non-believers in my choirs (I'm not leading one right now, but anyway... ). I hope you do join one. It can be very uplifting in a lot of ways.
Oh, I love that song! Definitely one of the greatest.
PS - When I went to view that video, I did some rummaging around while there and found some more music by Buddy Greene, an absolutely amazing musician. This is not a Gospel song, but a great performance absolutely worth watching: Buddy Greene, Harmonica Master
Yes, I saw that. He is an awesome musician! But I really like his voice even better I think. I think he's as good as Mark Lowry (who is awesome!) Buddy's has a softness as well as the deeper tones; he reminds me of the guy who sings that really good patriotic song.....oh shoot...I can't think of his name OR the song right now, lol, but I think it's also Green....
OH oh oh I got it. Lee Greenwood is who he reminds me of.
Ah, paar, always nice to see you, buddy. I was wondering when you would make another appearance.
I guess we need to post a link to the Magnificat (sung by Mary). Or songs derived from the hymn to Jesus in Philippians. Or the Psalms - many of which Jesus would almost certainly have sung at the synagogue. Or Moses' song from Exodus 15 - a great group song even today.
Even if we don't know the tunes they used, we can enjoy singing these words from the Bible along with new tunes; and we can sing new words too, because we are following the Biblical injunction, "Sing unto the Lord a new song." And, from the letter to the Ephesians, "be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord."
It's a wonderful way to overflow with the joy of the Lord.
Love it. Loved almost everything Elvis did too.....I say "almost" because he did some....ahem....pretty suggestive shows and provocative songs too. I remember when I was a teenager, I bought an Elvis album. It contained, of course, the song Hunk of Burning Love. My parents let me listen to it a few times, but I took the hint when I heard Mom kinda quietly say something like Well huh burnin' love, that doesn't sound so nice. My Mom kept me in check by showing me both the Love of God and by appealing to my sense of right and wrong during my teen years. Guess that's why I kept returning to the right way after so many years, that verse about training up a child in the way they should go, and when they're old they won't depart from it. Praise God and Amen for Godly parents! I think Elvis kinda missed his true calling; he got sidetracked during his adult years for a while. And I hope he's in Heaven, 'cause I think he must've Loved the Lord, at least at some point in his life, and I hope he called out to Him before he died. Elvis rocked! But God is the One who's totally awesome!!!
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