December 16, 2010

C. S. Lewis and The Dark Power in The Universe

"One of the things that surprised me when I first read the New Testament seriously was that it talked so much about a Dark Power in the universe - a mighty evil spirit who was held to be the Power behind death and disease, and sin. The difference is that Christianity thinks this Dark Power was created by God, and was good when he was created, and went wrong. Christianity agrees with Dualism that this universe is at war. But it does not think this is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel.

Enemy occupied territory - that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. When you go to church you are really listening in to the secret wireless from our friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious to prevent us from going. He does it by playing to our conceit and laziness and intellectual snobbery. I know someone will ask me, 'Do you really mean, at this time of day, to re-introduce our old friend the devil hoofs and horns and all?' Well, what the time of day has to do with it, I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns. But in other respects my answer is 'Yes, I do.' I do not claim to know anything about his personal appearance. If anybody really wants to know him better I would say to that person, 'Don't worry. If you really want to, you will. Whether you'll like it when you do, is another question.' - "Mere Christianity", C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity, Copyright renewed © 1980 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd., HarperCollins Edition 2001, pg.45-46.

December 13, 2010

Petra - Petrafied: The Best of Petra CD

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1. Why Should the Father Bother?
2. Yahweh Love
3. The Coloring Song
4. Praise Ye the Lord
5. More Power to Ya
6. Let Everything That Hath Breath
7. Not of This World
8. Not by Sight
9. Hollow Eyes
10. Thankful Heart
11. Whole World
12. This Means War!
13. Don't Let Your Heart Be Hardened
14. All Fired Up
15. First Love

November 21, 2010

Christian Music Profile: Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962 in Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.) is a Christian Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, and Actor. After starting his career in the late 1980s as a songwriter, Chapman has turned into one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing more than 20 albums to this date. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, his latest in 2009, are also an industry record. As of 2007, Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has 9 RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.

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Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they have adopted three children from China and have started a charity organization called Show Hope (formerly called Shaohannah's Hope), that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans through its international orphan care work as well as adoption aid grants to help put more orphans from overseas and the U.S. in loving, forever families. In 2009, Show Hope finished building Maria's Big House of Hope, a medical care center in China that provides holistic care to orphans with special needs. He is also a contributor to Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith of British rock band Delirious?.


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November 18, 2010

Christian Music Profile: Guardian

Guardian is an American Christian Metal band. The band released six studio albums, three additional albums in Spanish—and toured extensively worldwide. The band was founded in 1982 under the name Fusion, by bassist David Bach and singer Paul Cawley. They added drummer Rikk Hart and guitarist James Isham shortly after. In 1984, they recorded a six song EP called Rock In Victory. Some time later, they replaced Isham with David Caro. Caro arrived just in time for one of the first shifts in the band's trajectory. 

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The band managed to strike a record deal with Enigma Records in 1985 after Eric Blair, (who worked for Stryper) pushed the Rock in Victory EP to Enigma Records President, Wesley Hein. When they found out there was a band going by the same name, they changed theirs to Gardian. They released another EP, Voyager in 1987.

Some time later, Caro left due to personal issues and was replaced with Tony Palacios. David Caro currently plays guitar at his church in Hesperia, CA. The band added the "U" to their name and in 1989 released their first album,First Watch, produced by Stryper's Oz Fox. This release featured a melodic metal sound in the same vein as Stryper or Van Halen and was followed by extensive touring through the United States and Japan. When the tour finished in 1990, Cawley and Hart left the band.

The New Guardian

Bach and Palacios asked to be freed of their Enigma contract, requesting a more Christian label. After they were released, singer Jamie Rowe and drummer Karl Ney joined the band. They started working with new producers Dino and John Elefante on their second album, finally releasing Fire and Love in 1991 under the Pakaderm label. The response to the album was overwhelming and one of the videos was included in the MTV's Headbangers Ball rotation. After touring with Stryper in 1992, the band released their third album, Miracle Mile in 1993. The album was a departure from their first two releases as the band began to integrate Rhythm and Blues elements into their music. The album quickly rose the charts, and reached the CCM Top Five.

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Guardian – “Power of Love” from the album “Fire and Love” (1990)

Christian Music Profile: Iona

Iona is the name of a progressive Celtic rock band from the United Kingdom, which was formed in the late 1980s by lead vocalist Joanne Hogg and multi-instrumentalists David Fitzgerald and Dave Bainbridge. Troy Donockley joined later, playing the uilleann pipes, low whistles, and other instruments.

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By the time Iona released their first self-titled album in 1990, drummer Terl Bryant, bassist Nick Beggs (formerly the bassist of Kajagoogoo), Fiona Davidson on Celtic harp, Peter Whitfield on strings, Troy Donockley on Uillean pipes and percussionist Frank Van Essen had joined the band. The first album Iona concentrated mostly on the history of the island of Iona, from which the band got its name.

Iona returned in 1992 with The Book of Kells, a concept album with several tracks based on pages from the book of the same name. Terl Bryant took over on drums and percussion for this album after the departure of Frank Van Essen. Fitzgerald left the band that year to pursue a degree in music. Beyond These Shores, the band's third album, was released in 1993 and included guest musician Robert Fripp. The album was loosely based on the legendary voyage of St. Brendan to the Americas before Christopher Columbus, but the band did not intend for it to be viewed strictly as a "concept album".

Journey into the Morn followed in 1995, a more accessible and rock-oriented album loosely based on the hymn "Be Thou My Vision", which was performed in Gaelic at the beginning of the album and again near the end. Máire Brennan, lead singer of Celtic/New Age band Clannad, was brought in to help Joanne with the Gaelic pronunciation, and she sang backup vocals.

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November 8, 2010

Christian Music Profile: Phil Driscoll

Phil Driscoll (born November 9, 1947 in Seattle, Washington), is a Contemporary Christian singer, composer, and (perhaps best known as) a trumpet player. He has a music and speaking ministry. Driscoll won a Best Gospel Performance Grammy for a duet with Debby Boone on "Keep the Fire Burning," and has been nominated for two additional Grammy's for Best Pop Album and Best Gospel/Pop Album. He also has won numerous other national awards for his music, including the Christian Country Music Association Award for Best Musician and Canadian Country Musical Association's Musician of the Year.

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In the 1970s, Driscoll was touring and recording with major music acts, including Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Joe Cocker—as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra. After becoming increasingly involved with illegal drug use, Driscoll became a Christian on Christmas Day in 1977. He then gave up using drugs, and dedicated his musical efforts to furthering the Christian faith.

In 1981, Driscoll recorded his first album, "Ten Years After," sharing his new-found Christian beliefs. In 1983, he released "I Exalt Thee," winning a GMA Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.


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November 7, 2010

Sarah Masen - Carry Us Through CD - Available For A Limited Time!

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Sarah Masen shines on this collection of thought-provoking music. Charlie Peacock's production is sparse and pure and timeless, bringing the focus ever on Sarah's voice, her words. And the voice speaks as much as the lyrics do, and the lyrics have enough substance to satisfy listeners, and just enough space between the lines for multiple layers of feeling and meaning to seep and shine through.

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This is clearly an unheralded Woman of God, in an era in which the "heralded" "Women of God" are at least 95% hype, stagecraft, makeup, and rehashed sunday school content. Not Sarah, she wrestles with demons, the REAL demons we all face, not the cartoon characters invoked by the Benny Hinns of our sad, sad time. She has enough fire within to find glimpses of God where the light don't shine, to sing through laughter and tears at the same time, not for Nashville-production-effect, but because singing through these paradoxical states of expression is what it is all about when you are both a solid Christian and a solid artist. And she's both, thank God Almighty.

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1. Seasons Always Change
2. The Double
3. Wrap My Arms Around Your Name
4. Carry Us Through
5. 75 Grains of Sand
6. Jenni's Face
7. Fragrance of Pink
8. Stories In My Pockets
9. Beautiful Dream Visions
10. Tears Like Flowers

FROM SARAH MASEN WEBSITE: Carry Us Through, Sarah’s second re:think records release, was born somewhere in the creative tension between folk and pop with visible shimmerings of modern rock blues and gospel reflecting light here and there from the surfaces of the songs. Produced by Charlie Peacock, the project is layered, crafted, and accessible, and yet, unlike her first record, Carry Us Through has moments that seem unstructured melodically or rhythmically. If you pull back a step, though, you suddenly see how those brief moments of
nonstructure fit perfectly into the overall structure. And that, Sarah says, is reflective of life, of our weakness, undoneness, and failed attempts woven back in to the larger unseen pattern of sanctification and redemption that God ordains for our lives and for His creation. And, as she says in the hauntingly worshipful song Wrap My Arms Around Your Name, it is not an
on-again off-again thing, rather Salvation is forever taking place.

One gets a sense of greater maturity from Sarah on Carry Us Through, both in the subtlety and diversity of the music, and in the focus of the lyric. There is a profound awareness of the brevity and frailty of life balanced by a holy courage to live, to love, to believe, to feel, to worship, to drink
deeply of each moment without trying to possess or control it.

It seems I said to Sarah that you have given up control, or recognized that you, that we, that no one ever really has any control-and yet, whereas most people come to that realization through some tragedy, you seem to have come to it from the opposite direction, from the devastation of love.

Yes, she replied, the more we open to love, the more we feel, and the more we see what we have to lose, but we must keep opening to love more and more despite the fear of pain and loss, for greater love is always the path that God leads us along.

In the rolling reflective opening cut on Carry Us Through (Seasons Always Change), Sarah writes "There’s goodness and there’s pain / and the heart goes round again / and for now it never ends / and so you take another day / because the tenderness it breaks us / and we learn to love that way..."

and that too I think is a good summary of what this album is about.

But she says it most directly in the song Carry Us Through, and I suppose that’s why, of the ten titles on the new project, she finally settled on this one as the umbrella to represent all the rest.

"We grab existence by our defeats / And somehow laugh when we are weak / Were being made strong from underneath… / Don’t be afraid to pray just like a child / Lord carry us through."

The more you love, Sarah says, the more you feel the frailty, but the more you love, she says as well, the more you feel the grace of God.

Even the songwriting process has mirrored for Sarah, in smaller form, the
frailty and grace that she has come to recognize in and around her. I’m so
afraid sometimes when I sit down to write, she says, that nothing will be
there, that nothing will happen, that the well will be dry. It feels like
stepping into a void. There’s a mystery that happens in the creative
process, but I don’t know how to make that mystery happen. It always seems
to happen when I’m not looking. It hits me when I’m not aware. We’re all
involved somehow in Jacob’s wrestling with God, in looking for truth, in
praying for it, in trying to figure out what all of this beauty is for. As I
seek to pray my way through confusion and create my way through self-doubt,
I’ve found that my efforts to do something-and this is true not just of
songwriting but of all of life-I’ve found that my efforts to do something
are always met by God, but almost never in the way that I thought.

Release Date - 03/01/98

Leaders of The Christian Faith: Billy Graham

William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. KBE (born November 7, 1918) is an American evangelical Christian evangelist. As of April 25, 2010, when he met with Barack Obama, he has been a spiritual adviser to twelve United States presidents going back to Harry S. Truman, and is number seven on Gallup's list of admired people for the 20th century. He is a Southern Baptist. He rose to celebrity status as his sermons were broadcast on radio and television.


It is said that Graham has preached in person to more people around the world than any other preacher in history. According to his staff, as of 1993 more than 2.5 million people had "stepped forward at his crusades to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior". As of 2008, Graham's lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion.


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November 6, 2010

Christian Music Profile: Kenny Marks

Kenny Marks was one of the mainstay artists in CCM from his debut album in 1982 'til the end of the decade. Songs such as "Make It Right", "The Party's Over" and "Right Where You Are" were regularly in circulation on Christian radio and are still considered by many today to be CCM classics. His music had an AOR/Bryan Adams vibe to them which carved him a niche in the industry. He continued to release albums up 'til 1995, exploring a more melodic ballad driven sound.

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Kenny Marks is an award-winning recording artist and songwriter, is well known on 6 continents for his passionate songs about real life. His vivid musical portrayals of the human condition gave voice to songs of unusual intensity in the world of Christian Music. He has been quoted as saying…”My songs are written from a horizontal perspective, person-to-person, with a vertical connection…God has His own way of speaking into each of our lives”.

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October 24, 2010

Devotional Classic: THE OLD CROSS AND THE NEW by A. W. Tozer

This article first appeared in The Alliance Witness in 1946. It has been printed in virtually every English-speaking country in the world and has been put into tract form by various publishers. It still appears now and then in the religious press.


by A. W. Tozer 


ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental.

From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique—a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before.

The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam's proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually.

The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the religious product is better.

The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, "Come and assert yourself for Christ." To the egotist it says, "Come and do your boasting in the Lord." To the thrillseeker it says, "Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship." The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.

The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.

The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends, He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more.

The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is no commutation and no escape. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear or beautiful to the eyes of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life.

That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die.

We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in God's just sentence against him.

What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God's stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die.

Having done this let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ.

To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of approval upon this message from Paul's day to the present. Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers, the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to God's approval.

Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power.

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August 31, 2010

Christian Knight Comics Coloring Kit: Power Unleashed


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The collection that started it all, The Christian Knight Comics Coloring Kit: Power Unleashed! features 20 pages to color, draw and other activities. Includes a set of 8 crayons (red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, brown and black).

An assortment of Christian Knight characters are showcased including Mr. Christian, Revelation, Desertwind, The Christian Knight and more. All feature biblical references, lessons, games and pages about faith, wisdom and the power of God.
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August 6, 2010

Christian Music CD Sale! David Meece, Rebecca St. James, Michael W. Smith and More!!


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Chonda Pierce - Having a Girls' Nite Out - Available For A Limited Time!

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Track Listing:

1. Girls Nite Out
2. Men and Duct Tape
3. Mother Cracks Me Up!
4. Mother's Prayer
5. Take My Life, Please!
6. You in Me
7. I'll Tell the World

Yes Lord: Saints In Praise CD - West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir

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Track Listing
1.         Celebration Medley    
2.         Praise the Name of Jesus    
3.         Saints in Praise    
4.         Adoration Medley    
5.         Bless the Lord Medley    
6.         Press Toward the Mark    
7.         It's Good to Give Thanks    
8.         Communion Medley (Part 2)    
9.         You Are Worthy of the Praise    
10.         Keep on Praising Him


Darrell Evans - Consuming Fire CD - Available For A Limited Time!

This album was recorded live in two sessions, in Kansas City, Missouri and Amarillo, Texas. Darrell's take on the worshipping congregations was to say they were intense, reaching out to God, turned to His direction even before the first musical chord was struck. For any worship leader reading this, you know that this is a total blessing.

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The title track, as with most of Darrell's songs on this album, has an economy of words and is infinitely singable. Both 'Consuming Fire' and 'Jesus, I Come to Follow' have rhythmic grooves and will serve the Sunday morning worship well if done in the same electric style. Kate Miner backs up on both tracks.

As far as Darrell's up-tempo songs go, 'Blessed Be the Lord', 'My Everything' and 'Field of Grace' are all great songs. I especially like 'Fields of Grace'. The song came to Evans as he felt God asking Him to dance with Him. As invasive as this was to his comfort zone, and admitting that he didn't even know how to dance, he did know how to shout and spin around. So he did; he danced with God right there in the end zone of a football field. This is a tremendous song to help break down the walls of pride and self-focus in our lives.

'Exalted' features Charlie Hall on vocals and is a wonderful song with excellent guitar work, and again, simple, but powerful lyrics. 'My Reward' was written and sung by Paul Baloche and is a very melodic, mid-tempo song that props up the eternal rewards against the temporal ones. This song is a definite keeper.
This marvelous work will give the worship leader some diverse material from which to choose. It will also serve well as private worship in the home, car, etc… This CD and its live performance make this great project to buy. Get it now while the supply lasts! - Review by John Ausmus


David Meece – Count The Cost – CD

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1. Gloria
2. Making My Life Brand New
3. Falling Down
4. Pressing On
5. Some People They Never Believe
6. Count The Cost
7. I Don't Know What I'd Do Without You
8. Today Is The Day
9. And You Know It's Right
10. Replace It With Your Love


Grits - Grammatical Revolution CD Available For A Limited Time!

Nashville-based Christian rap group Grits (an acronym for "Grammatical Revolution in the Spirit") consists of Teron "Bonafide" Carter and Stacy "Coffee" Jones, who debuted in 1995 with Mental Releases. Factors of Seven followed in 1997 (on the dc Talk-associated label Gotee), and Grammatical Revolution appeared in 1999. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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Track listing
1. Lil' Man Intro
2. Ima Showem
3. They All Fall Down
4. Strugglin'
5. C2k
6. Time Is Passing
7. Supreme Being
8. Man's Soul
9. Count Bass D
10. Soundcheck
11. Stop Bitin'
12. It Takes Love
13. Return of the Antagonist
14. I Still Know What You Bit Last Summer
15. Millennium
16. The End


Johnny Q. Public - Welcome To Earth CD - Available For A Limited Time!

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Johnny Q. Public was a Christian alternative rock band from Springfield, Missouri. Although their sound was wholly modern, it was influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin and Cream. In addition to their music they were known for their Charismatic theology, which they would dramatically display through audience participation at their live shows.

Their follow up record, Welcome to Earth, was released by both Gotee and Roadrunner records.Its sound shifted toward pop with hints of hard rock. HM magazine likened it to the Newsboys, stating that the band could easily receive radio play in both Christian and mainstream markets. In support they toured with Bleach and Skillet.

Track Listing

1. Sliver (3:13)
2. Body Be (3:48)
3. Already Gone (3:48)
4. What Am I (3:32)
5. Move (4:12)
6. Violin Song (3:33)
7. P. K. (3:48)
8. Hey Johnny (5:25)
9. Talk Show (3:31)
10. Beautiful Face (4:05)
11. Today (2:53)
12. Welcome to Earth (9:46)


Jody McBrayer - This Is Who I Am (2002) - CD

One of Avalon's distinguished voices, Jody McBrayer makes his solo debut on This Is Who I Am. Following his musical roots of soul and R&B, Jody delivers a modern album that is sure to captivate new fans, as well as excite core Avalon fans.

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1. This is Who I Am
2. Take A Step
3. Never Alone
4. To Ever Live Without Me
5. Shake It
6. Love Can Break Your Fall
7. I Never Knew
8. There For Me
9. Unspeakable Joy
10. The Only Thing That Matters


Jonathan Pierce Mission CD- Available For A Limited Time!

"Mission" is Jonathan Pierce's second solo album and it doesn't disappoint. It is more vocally ambitious than "One Love," his first album. A few of the cuts (such as "Hold Me In Your Arms) let us see the fun side of Jonathan's music, while songs like "Farther Than Your Grace Can Reach" show us the softness and power of his voice. His remake of "Praise the Lord" is amazing and "I Belive In Christ" follows in the same vein. My favorite track is "To Be A Christian." This song depicts what being a true Christian is all about. It would have had great potential if it had been released as a single. This is a great album that will encourage the listener to be all they can for God. Enjoy it!

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1. Single Grain of Faith
2. Hold Me in Your Arms
3. Praise the Lord
4. With All My Heart
5. I Believe in Christ
6. Farther Than Your Grace Can Reach
7. Together
8. Mission of Life
9. You Carried Me
10. To Be a Christian
11. Single Grain of Faith - (Remix)


Jonathan Pierce - One Love -Available For A Limited Time!

This former member of The Imperials and the Gaither Vocal Band proves on is first solo effort that he can hold his own with no problem! This is pure pop with a fresh sound. The title track "One Love" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1996 Dove Awards and set the standard for all of his future singles. There are some beautiful slow ballads on this album (i.e. I Rely On You) that showcase Jonathan's amazing vocal ability. Stevie Wonder's "Heaven Is Ten Zillion..." is a perfect mood lifter and though you might find it an odd choice for a "white boy," it works beautifully with the rest of the songs on the album. The most beautiful track is definitely "Healing Hands." This is a wonderful collection of songs in its own right, but it is also a great setup for his other two albums.

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Jonathan Pierce - Sanctuary - Available For A Limited Time!

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Jonathan Pierce's third album, Sanctuary, features guest appearances from the Katinas, the Christ Church Choir, and the Christ Church Youth Choir. Phil Naish's production work gives the set a smooth, accessible, yet soulful feel. ~ Heather Phares

Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California; Mole End, Masterfonics, and The Tracking Room, Nashville Tennessee.

Personnel: Jerry McPherson (guitar, acoustic guitar); Sonny Lallerstedt (guitar); Tim Pierce (electric guitar); Concert Master, Carl Gorodetzky (strings); Phil Naish (piano, keyboards, programming); Vance Taylor (piano); John "J.R." Robinson (drums); David Hamilton , Mark Hammons, Jan Folkson, Mark Hammond (programming); Darwin Hobbs, Ann McCrary Smith, Rod Fletcher, Gale Mayes-West, J.D. Cunningham, Nirva Dorsaint, The Katinas, Michael Mellett, Kim Keyes, Gary Pigg (background vocals).


Leslie Phillips - The Turning - CD – NEW! AVAILABLE NOW!

"Featuring the songs “Answers Don’t Come Easy” and “Love is Not Lost”

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Nicole Nordeman - Wide Eyed – CD

The classic Christian music collection: Nicole Nordeman – Wide Eyed – CD

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Petra Praise - The Rock Cries Out – CD - ON SALE NOW!

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Petra did not just mean "Rock". It meant "Strength". At least, for a lot of young Christians in the 80's and early 90's. An idea was formed to have Petra do a praise and worship album in pure ROCK! They pulled it off completely in the early 90's. With this album, many found strength to get through each day. Knowing that God would see them through and that all praise, any style, belongs to him. Its funny, after all these years, these songs still hold true to their purpose: Praise God in both times of tribulations and times of joy. Great songs on here include "King of Kings", "The Battle Belongs To The Lord" and "Take Me In"
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Pete Stewart - Pete Stewart CD - Available Now!

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He's back. Even though his band broke up underneath him, this man has gotten right back out there with a solo album before our tear-soaked tissues could dry up. Pete Stewart is back. Some may know him from the late hard rock band Grammatrain which broke up last fall (hence the tear-soaked tissues). But Pete didn't let that stop him. Only a month or two after the break-up, Pete ventured into the studio with dc Talk's Michael Tait producing, to record his first solo project on Forefront Records.

The ultimate highlight on this project isn't the duet with Michael Tait in "Uphill Battle" (which is fantastic and comes in as a very close second), but is the rocker "Don't Underestimate Me." It's a pop/rock song that sort of carries a "Grammatrain Lite" sort of vibe. An instant favorite.

This album, when I first heard it, didn't seem all too spectacular, but after multiple listens, this project has grown on me and is working its way into my daily CD rotation. It's still not Grammatrain and is still somewhat of a tease to hear Stewart's vocals gracing a completely different kind of musical backdrop.
- Review date: 2/14/99, written by John DiBiase

Track listing

1. Out of My Mind
2. Better Off
3. Uphill Battle
4. Worship Song
5. Little Country Church
6. Don't Underestimate
7. Spinning
8. Up in the Sky
9. Reason Is You, The
10. One, The
11. Waiting For the Son


Plus One – Obvious CD - Available For A Limited Time!

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The remarkable group known as Plus One burst into the music world as a hot boy band with a twist -- the twist being a Christian message mixed in with the teen idol good looks, sexy smiles, and smooth vocal harmonies. Gabe Combs, Jeremy Mhire, Nathan Walters, Jason Perry, and Nate Cole make up Plus One. Each member is from a different location in the United States and was selected from tons of talented competitors.

With style and tunes in the vein of those from the Backstreet Boys and N Sync, Plus One was a brainstorm project idea that came to life in an amazing way. The group worked with producer and songwriter David Forster, who has won more than a dozen Grammy Awards during his career and is the chairman for Atlantic/143 Records. Other big names on the production team were Eric Foster White, Buster & Shavoni, Chris Farren, and Bradley Spalter, who have worked with many prominent and popular artists such as Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Brandy, and the Backstreet Boys.


Randy Stonehill - Love Beyond Reason - CD - ON SALE NOW!

Randy Stonehill has changed musical styles throughout his career and you could never doubt his love for God. This collection features his duet with Amy Grant, "I Could Never Say Goodbye" which is ONLY AVAILABLE on here. The rest of the album is pure pop. A most inspiring song on this CD is "Hymn" and this CD also includes Stonehill's version of "Your Love Broke Through"

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Rebecca St. James - God – CD – NEW!

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Rebecca St. James - Live Worship - CD – NEW!

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Russ Taff – Walls of Glass – CD Featuring "We Will Stand"

A great collection of songs. Russ Taff, a member of the famous Imperials group decided to go solo in the early 80's. On "Walls of Glass", his debut album, Taff used his inspiring voice and songs to uplift and set the tone for his career in the 80's. With songs like "I Want To Change" and "We Will Stand".

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Sarah Masen - Carry Us Through CD - Available For A Limited Time!

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Sarah Masen shines on this collection of thought-provoking music. Charlie Peacock's production is sparse and pure and timeless, bringing the focus ever on Sarah's voice, her words. And the voice speaks as much as the lyrics do, and the lyrics have enough substance to satisfy listeners, and just enough space between the lines for multiple layers of feeling and meaning to seep and shine through.

This is clearly an unheralded Woman of God, in an era in which the "heralded" "Women of God" are at least 95% hype, stagecraft, makeup, and rehashed sunday school content. Not Sarah, she wrestles with demons, the REAL demons we all face, not the cartoon characters invoked by the Benny Hinns of our sad, sad time. She has enough fire within to find glimpses of God where the light don't shine, to sing through laughter and tears at the same time, not for Nashville-production-effect, but because singing through these paradoxical states of expression is what it is all about when you are both a solid Christian and a solid artist. And she's both, thank God Almighty.


SonicFlood CD - Available For A Limited Time!

In 1999, Gotee Records released the self-titled debut album from SONICFLOOd. Composed of members Jeff Deyo, Jason Halbert, Dwayne Larring, and Aaron Blanton, the band combines praise and worship with Christian rock and alternative styles. The project features both original songs from the band, such as "Holy One" and "My Refuge," and re-recordings of popular worship songs. The re-recordings, which are altered to have a stylistic approach that reflects Sonicflood's musical flavor, include Matt Redman's "The Heart of Worship" and Delirious' Martin Smith's "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever." Special vocal contributions are made by Out of Eden's Lisa Kimmey-Bragg, DC Talk's Kevin Max, and Rocketown Records' husband and wife team, Wilshire. ~ Ashleigh Kittle, All Music Guide

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Title Listing

1. Invocation
2. I Have Come to Worship
3. Holy One
4. I Want to Know You
5. My Refuge
6. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
7. Holiness
8. Carried Away
9. Something About That Name
10. I Need You
11. Open the Eyes of My Heart
12. The Heart of Worship


Sandi Patti - Make His Praise Glorious CD -Available For A Limited Time!

A fiery blast of praise and worship sings out on this 1988 album. The title track is a fresh version of Psalm 150. "Love Will Be Our Home," written by Steven Curtis Chapman, is a wonderful celebration of family and inclusivity. Not only is this a great listening album, but all of the songs are possible numbers for local worship service consideration. "In Majesty He Will Come" is a thrilling follow-up to "We Shall Behold Him."

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Seven Day Jesus - The Hunger CD - Available For A Limited Time!

The Hunger is the first album of the band Seven Day Jesus. It was released in 1996.

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Track listing
All songs written by Brian McSweeney, except where noted.

1. "A Time to Heal" - 3:35
2. "Strength" - 3:46
3. "Flybye" - 5:02
4. "Forgive Me" - 4:45
5. "Forgive You" - 4:16
6. "Pavement" - 3:59
7. "The Hunger" - 3:23
8. "Restrained" - 5:04
9. "Delightful You" - 4:15
10. "Ashamed" - 4:43


Seven Day Jesus CD - Available For A Limited Time!

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Seven Day Jesus was formed by childhood friends, singer and guitarist Brian McSweeney, rhythm guitarist Chris Beaty, bassist Wes Simpkins, and drummer Matt Sumpter. They began as a cover band, but soon began writing their own music.

Looking to break-out, the band released several albums, before being signed by 5 Minute Walk, an indie label in California. After releasing the critically acclaimed album (Hunger) in 1996, they were signed to Forefront. In 1998, after a change in line-up, they released their eponymous album and changed their style significantly. The album spawned several hits.

Track listing
All songs written by Brian McSweeney, except where noted.

1. "Down With The Ship" - 3:01
2. "Always Comes Around" - 3:59
3. "Butterfly" (McSweeney, Douglas Kaine McKelvey) - 2:52
4. "Everybody Needs Love" - 4:45
5. "Who I Am" - 3:27
6. "End Of My Rope" - 3:52
7. "Sea Of Forgetfulness" (McSweeney, McKelvey) - 5:45
8. "I Will Find You" - 3:41
9. "My Friend" - 4:14
10. "You Are The One" - 4:19


Smalltown Poets - CD -Available For A Limited Time!

The alternative CCM group Smalltown Poets was formed in Tifton, GA. by singer/guitarist Michael Johnston, keyboardist Danny Stephens and drummer Byron Goggin, high school pals who'd played in bands together throughout their formative years (including Villanelle, which released an independent-label album titled Pinwheels and Orange Peels in 1996). In the spring of 1996, the lineup grew to include guitarist Kevin Breuner and bassist Miguel DeJesus; a year later, the Smalltown Poets signed to Chordant to issue their self-titled debut album.

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Track Listing:

1. Prophet, Priest, And King
2. If You'll Let Me Love You
3. Everything I Hate
4. I'll Give
5. Anymore
6. Who You Are
7. Scenario
8. There's A Day
9. Monkey's Paw
10. Trust
11. Inside The Bubble

Streams in The Desert CD – Point of Grace, 4Him, Cindy Morgan

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From CCM Magazine:

Producers Loren Balman and Brent Bourgeois have incorporated an array of talented vocalists, songwriters and players, yet have managed to develop an album of material that is not merely a collection of disparate songs and styles around a common theme, but rather a musical experience that cohesively hangs together.
The gift of Streams is the acknowledgment that life is difficult, but that we are not alone.
Unexpected couplings provide the record's musical surprises. There's Clannad's Mare Brennan singing the Peter Gabriel role in his classic, "Don't Give Up," joined by former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald singing the Kate Bush part. It won't make you forget the original, but it does sound great. Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson brings vocal air to Bourgeois tune "The Only Thing I Need." Amy Grant joins with Delirious on the English rockers' song of plaintive praise, "Find Me in the River."

Elsewhere, the musical offerings vary but never compete with the rather brooding, bittersweet vibe that owes its rich musical coloring to the presence of the Irish Film Orchestra throughout. After the vocal tracks, four instrumental offerings close out the disc from the Irish orchestra. The lush sound is neither sweet nor melancholy. It embraces the richness of human experience and the longing for the wholeness that we only know in God's love.
Brian Quincy Newcomb (c) 1999 CCM Communications, Inc.

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The Waiting – Unfazed CD – Available Now

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The Waiting is one of Christian music's best rock bands: musically accomplished (Todd Olsen's guitar and Brad Olsen's increasingly commanding voice stand out), lyrically sharp, fully able to match an interesting thematic idea to terrific hard pop/rock. The Olsen brothers, born in New York, moved to Atlanta in their early years, eventually attending college there. Their father convinced them to record their first demos, which eventually turned into 1991's Tillbury Town. Having met Clark Leake (bass) and Brandon Thomspon (drums), the group quickly improved and were eventually signed to R.E.X. for 1995's Blue Belly Sky, a masterpiece of rock and worship music. Singles like "Mercy Seat" did well on Christian radio, drawing the attention of Sparrow, who signed them for their third album, The Waiting (1997). The album spawned three number one Christian radio singles, Grammy and Dove nominations (including one for the remarkable "Hands in the Air"), and Sparrow re-released Blue Belly Sky with additional tracks to fill the gap between product. The group, having done some serious woodshedding, culled Unfazed (1998) from as many as 40 songs written with outside writers; the sonically rich CD spent six weeks at number one on the Christian charts, and a single ("Speak") was released to regular rock radio to little effect. Still, the CD garnered great reviews even in Billboard magazine, and the group had grown into one of the sharpest, tightest units around. ~ Doug Dwyer, All Music Guide

Track Listing

1. Unfazed
2. Easy To See
3. I Am
4. The Company You Keep
5. I Need You
6. Make It Disappear
7. So Much Of Me
8. Give it Up
9. Speak
10. Too Many Miles


Blue Belly Sky - The Waiting CD - Available For A Limited Time!

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Blue Belly Sky, the first album by the Waiting to receive much attention, is a sharply focused set of songs combining rock, pop, astonishing poetic imagery, and worship. The fusion is confident, resulting in a set that bears repeated listenings. Todd Olsen's guitar catches real fire here, foreshadowing the heady sonics to come on future releases. Outstanding tracks are "Look at Me," "Mercy Seat," "Staring at a Bird," "Dead Man," and "Is This the Day?" Later re-released on Sparrow with four additional tracks are the nice but marginal "Still So Pretty" and the Jackson Five cover "I Want You Back," the very good "Nobody's Love," and outstanding cut "Dead Man." ~ David Dwyer, All Music Guide


Wayne Watson – Home Free CD - Collector's Series - Limited Time!

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A native of Wisner, Louisiana, CCM singer/songwriter Wayne Watson originally planned to pursue a career playing baseball, but while in college he began dabbling in music, and after graduation regularly performed in area churches. While leading worship at a Christian youth camp, the father of one of the children videotaped Watson's performance and sent it to a Nashville industry rep; his debut LP, Workin' in the Final Hour, followed in 1980. A series of albums like 1982's New Lives for Old, 1984's Man in the Middle and 1985's Giants in the Land followed before his breakthrough record, the Grammy-nominated Watercolor Ponies, appeared in 1987; Watson also notched well over a dozen Dove Award nominations, and launched a number of CCM chart-toppers including "The Class of '95," "Be in Her Eyes," "A Beautiful Place." "Walk in the Dark," "More of You," "It's Time," "Home Free" and "Almighty." In 1995 he signed to Warner/Alliance to issue Field of Souls; The Way Home followed three years later. Appropriately, his song "For Such a Time as This" was used as the theme for the 1999 season premiere of CBS's popular series Touched by an Angel, reflecting Watson's own growing popularity in the secular music arena. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Track listing:

1. Freedom
2. Almighty
3. When God's People Pray
4. Home Free
5. Out of Control
6. Just Never Say It Enough
7. Sticks and Stones
8. It Not for Love
9. Teenager in the House
10. The Things God Loves


Wayne Watson - Giants in The Land – CD – AVAILABLE NOW

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July 1, 2010

Within Without - Poetry Inspired By The Hymns of Faith


I come to thee
With outstretched arms
And hands lifted high.

I come to thee
O Lamb of God,
To be rid of my soul’s afflictions.

I come to thee,
O Lamb of God,
Just as I am.

Trouble and toil
Every child may know
But I run to You
To find peace and rest.
Thy promises are true,
Thy mercy endureth eternally.

I come to thee
Broken and battered
By conflicts and doubts.

O Lamb of God,
Thou has loved me
More than I deserve.

I am sinful and hopeless,
Born into iniquity.

O Lamb of God,
Change my heart,
Renew my spirit.
Make me whole again.

Within I am without You.
Without You, I’m nothing within.

O Lamb of God,
I come to thee.


©2010, 1999 Christian Knight Publishing Group. All Rights Reserved. 


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Awesome Wonder - Poetry Inspired by The Hymns of Faith


If the heavens declare Your glory,
Then the stars display Your majesty
And the earth showcase the firmament of Your power.

How great, how magnificent doth all thy works reward You.
How great, how wonderfully doth thy word goeth forth unchanged.

Then sings my soul:
My savior.
My God.
My rock.
My fortress.
My present help in a time of trouble.
My future is held in Your hands.
My strong tower.
My wise counselor.
My creator.
My redeemer.

To thee only have I to praise.
To thee only have I to thank.

For the creativity that surrounds me
And everything done to lead me back to You.

What is man that You take account of him?
Who am I to know Your love so dear?
I stand in awesome wonder
At the beauty of You.

Holy and righteous.
Perfect and just.

How great thou art.


©2010, 1999 Christian Knight Publishing Group. All Rights Reserved. 



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Every Hour Here - Poetry Inspired by The Hymns of Faith


O God, merciful and mighty,
In this quiet solitude,
I discover the peace that passes understanding.

Outside is wickedness,
Around the world lies chaos
And temptations close in fast.

I need thee every hour here
And so much more
Pass the hour here.

If you didn’t love me,
All that I have would fade away.

If you do not guide me,
All that I am would cease to be.

Come quickly Lord,
Reign over me, show me thy mercy.
Teach me thy will.
Bless me now, my savior.

I will walk this world with Your words
To light my every step.

I will run to Your sanctuary
And remember the sacrifice
You made for these souls who scorn You still.

Every hour upon the hour,
I need thee every hour here.

Time means nothing
When I look into your sky.


©2010, 1999 Christian Knight Publishing Group. All Rights Reserved. 



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June 26, 2010

PRAYERS & DEVOTION: Jesus, Break These Strongholds – Rachel Scott (1981-1999)

Jesus, break these strongholds.

Tear down the strings of sin.

Release me from my pride.

Rescue me from these games.

Restore me from the hurt.

Renew my heart again.

Tear down this bondage.

Destroy this burden.

Give me love, give me peace.

My life, my love, my wants.

My needs, my passion,

My strength, my faults,

My sin, my friends,

My foes, my family,

My all….

Is now Yours.

- Rachel Scott, October 15, 1998, Martyr of Columbine

May 13, 2010

Songs of Devotion: "Right Here" by Jeremy Camp

"Right Here" by Jeremy Camp


All the world is Watching
All the world does care
Even when the world weighs on my shoulder now,
These feelings I can bare
Because I know,
That you’re here,

Everywhere I go,
I know your not far away,
Your right here
Your right here, yeah (x2)

All these thoughts I’ve wasted,
All these thoughts I fear,
Even when these thoughts have faded,
I still know that you’re here,
So I can rest my hope in you

(Repeat Chorus)

Many of times that I have felt alone,
Many of times that I have the
world was crashing down upon me,
You always stood here by my side,
You were always there …..

Everywhere I go,
I know your not far away,
Your right here
Your right here, yeah (x4)

May 11, 2010

Songs of Devotion: "Creed" by Rich Mullins

CREED by Rich Mullins (1955-1997)

I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth
And in Jesus Christ
His only begotten Son, our Lord
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
He was crucified and dead and buried

And I believe what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God and not
The invention of any man

I believe that He who suffered
Was crucified, buried, and dead
He descended into hell and
On the third day, rose again
He ascended into Heaven where
He sits at God's mighty right hand
I believe that He's returning to
Judge the quick and the dead
Of the sons of men


I believe it, I believe it
I believe it
I believe it, I believe it

I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth
And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son,
Our Lord
I believe in the Holy Spirit
One Holy Church, the communion of Saints
The forgiveness of sin
I believe in the resurrection
I believe in a life that never ends


I believe it, I believe
I believe it, I believe
I believe it, I believe it