Stuart Townend: Keep You Here

Songwriter Stuart Townend (In Christ Alone, How Deep the Father’s Love) wrote a song about his older brother Phil, who has terminable cancer.  This ten minute video includes the song and an interview with his brother, who also sings on the song, accompanied by members of their families.

1 Corinthians: A better way, a much better way

Now I’m going to show you a better way, a much better way.

Love’s great-hearted; love is kind,
knows no jealousy, makes no fuss,
is not puffed up, no shameless ways,
doesn’t force its rightful claim,
doesn’t rage or bear a grudge,
doesn’t cheer at others’ harm,
rejoices, rather, in the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things,
love hopes all things, endures all things.
Love: the Bridge to God’s Future
Love never fails.

Selections from 1 Corinthians 12 and 13, New Testament for Everyone

Danny Silk: Fear and Love

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“This is because fear and love are enemies. They come from two opposing kingdoms. Fear comes from the devil, who would like nothing more than to keep you permanently disconnected and isolated. Love comes from God, who is always working to heal and restore your connection with Him and other people and bring you into healthy, life-giving relationships.”
― Danny Silk, Keep Your Love On

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Tom Wright: The personal presence of God

In The Day the Revolution Began, Tom Wright writes about the story-line in Scripture about the personal presence of God:

One item of furniture in the tabernacle becomes important in the New Testament, and we must glance at it briefly here. The ‘ark of the covenant’ was a special box containing, among other things, the tablets of the law that constituted the covenant between God and Israel. Much as a new householder might place the title deed, insurance certificates, and other vital documents in a fireproof safe or the rulers and elders of a city might keep its founding and guiding charter in an official chest, so God’s people were to keep in this box those things that spoke of and symbolised the union of God and Israel and hence the purposes that God had for Israel.

Lauren Daigle: Rescue

This is Rescue, the new video from Lauren Daigle, who wrote You Say, the song we are enjoying singing at Explore.

Lauren Daigle, Rescue

The full words are:

You are not hidden
There’s never been a moment
You were forgotten
You are not hopeless
Though you have been broken
Your innocence stolen

I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS

I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It’s true, I will rescue you

Ian Morgan Cron: Francis of Assisi taught me

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“Francis of Assisi taught me that if we spent less time worrying about how to share our faith with someone on an aeroplane and more time thinking about how to live radically generous lives, more people would start taking our message seriously.”
― Ian Morgan Cron, Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale

Oceans

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) 

Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm