Learning to Cast

Casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

Merrriam-Webster defines “Cast” this way: (1) to throw off or away (2) : to get rid of : discard

We all have our own “cares” we carry around with us – financial worries, concern for our children, uncertainty about the future, etc…. They distract us from the here & now and weigh us down. If I’m worried about something or someone, it can consume me and it keeps me from being effective for the LORD and enjoying the moment. God says to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us. He doesn’t say just give me the big stuff or the things you think I can handle. Nope, He says to cast them all. We all know that isn’t always easy to do, and once we do it is easy to take them back and try to figure them out and fix things ourselves. It doesn’t mean we are to do nothing, but it does me we shouldn’t worry about all the things we can do nothing about. I pray God will give us wisdom to walk this walk and teach us how to cast! Any anglers out there who could give some lessons????

Hope For Hurting Hearts Documentary

Everyone has to deal with crises in life, including Christians. And sometimes, the reality of life can seem unbearable. But we can rest in the knowledge that God loves us, He weeps in our times of pain, and He can be glorified through suffering. Narrated by Dr. James Dobson, Hope for Hurting Hearts tells the stories of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, Nick Vujicic, and their families dealt with times of trial. Each of these individuals has stood at a “spiritual crossroads” marked by challenging and painful circumstances, and each has chosen the road of trusting, following, and glorifying God.

You will be encouraged by these intimate accounts, which give a glimpse into God’s perspective on suffering, and declare that there truly is Hope for Hurting Hearts.

Run time: 75 minutes

For more information, go to www.harvest.org.

Harvest America 2013

CHALLENGE: CONNECT WITH GOD FIRST!

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“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
How many of us reach for our smartphone or iPad first thing in the morning to check the news, facebook, email, etc…? I know I’ve been guilty of that.

Here is a challenge for us to seek God first:

Before checking your email, before getting on Facebook, before checking the headlines or your messages…
CONNECT WITH GOD – Read the Bible & Pray.

Will you accept this challenge for one week?????

No More Easy Christianity…

As I got up this morning, read my Bible, asked God to guide and bless this day, then headed to work at this Christian radio station, I never once looked over my shoulder to see who was watching or following me. I wasn’t concerned that my Bible would be confiscated (if I was, would I have read it more fervently?). I didn’t wonder if my family or I would be arrested or beaten today because of our faith. No, it was a pretty easy morning. I realize it may not always be that way in this country, and I realize that it isn’t that way today in many parts of the world. But how much do I really care and pray for those who are threatened, harmed or imprisoned right now because of their belief in Jesus Christ? How much I take for granted….how easy my Christianity…. May God burden me to pray everyday for my persecuted brothers and sisters…

PERSECUTION ALERT: Christian Vietnamese couple beaten, threatened

Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the authorities and that the couple will be strong in their new faith in Christ.

Learning to Walk

“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.” Psalm 143:8

Have you ever seen a toddler learning to walk? The take a tentative step or two and then plop down on their diaper-padded bottom. Up again. Another few wobbly steps, then plop! There are moments of frustration and pain, excitement and pure joy as they learn to put one foot in front of the other. Pretty soon they are toddling across the whole room, and before long, walking mastered, they are onto new adventures like climbing up the steps, jumping on the bed, etc…

I sure wish my Christian walk was that simplistic. How I wish I could learn to walk once and for all without stumbling and falling so often. I wish the pain and frustration of my failures wasn’t so stinging. I wish I could walk this Christian walk without acquiring so many bumps and bruises along the way. It seems like, after all these years, I should have this mastered. My life should be bursting forth with the fruit of the Spirit-love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. I should always respond with grace and kindness, but nooooooo. Too often I find myself sitting in frustration on the ground and having to get back up (by God’s grace) to take another step.

I am so thankful for God’s patience with me. And that when I fall, He gently picks me up and sets me back on my feet again. Most amazing is that in spite of all of my imperfections, He still loves and uses me. Learning to walk the Christian walk is a lifelong process…

What is “good?”

Romans 8:28 (And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.) is becoming more and more meaningful to me. I guess early in my Christian faith my idea of “good” was much different than it is today. So my idea of Him working all things together for good was much different, as well. As I’ve walked through valleys of suffering and seen unimaginable pain in the lives of those I love, I have seen how God has worked in a much deeper way and has worked good through the darkest of times. Not a Disneyland type of good, but a real, deep, purposeful and eternal good.

God does work in ALL these things for good. We can trust Him – even in the worst of times. -darla

Are You Connected to the Power Source?

You push the “ON” button. Nothing. You turn a couple knobs. Still Nothing. You give a tap. Then another, this time a bit harder. Nothing! Frustration and aggravation mount as you become more perplexed as to why things just aren’t working. Finally, it dawns on you! Is it plugged in? That’s it! The cord in dangling there, but not connected to the power source. I’m sure you’ve already made the connection with our spiritual lives. Sometimes we try so hard to make things happen in our lives, but we are disconnected from God – our “power source.” How can we expect to grow in our faith and fruitfulness if we are not “plugged in,” spending time with God and in His Word. If frustration and aggravation are mounting in your spiritual life, check your connection to the divine Power Source. He promised to give us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) -darla

Ron Hutchcraft: “Boston – Running Again”

Audio Blog Intro copy: Bill, the 78-year-old runner in the orange tank-top. He was almost to the finish line when the bomb went off. He was blown to the pavement by the blast. With assistance he crossed the finish line second in his division. We can also cross the finish line when we’ve been knocked down. Because He did. After He got hit with the most savage blast anyone has ever endured. Continue Reading

Praying for Boston: Prayer Guide


From Ron Hutchcraft Ministries:

Virtually every official or news anchor who reports on the Boston Marathon tragedy asks us to pray. Scripture asks, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Then it answers with this incredibly reassuring reality: “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord is on His heavenly throne” (Psalm 11:3-4). Prayer allows us to go to that Throne from which the galaxies are governed and focus all the resources of a loving God on the people and pain of Boston. As we focus on what the Bible reveals of who God is, we will know how to pray powerfully, effectively and decisively.

• God of all comfort and all peace, pour out that comfort and peace on the wounded, the grieving and all our anxious hearts (2 Corinthians 1:3).

• God who heals us, bring healing to every victim.
“I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).

• God who gives wisdom, give supernatural insight and direction to every doctor, nurse, surgeon or caregiver who is treating the injured.
“God… gives wisdom generously” (James 1:5).

• God who “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” – supernaturally energize and renew the exhausted medical and law enforcement personnel in this crisis (Isaiah 40:29).

• God “who loves justice” (Psalm 11:7), guide those who are seeking justice as they investigate and analyze. Help them get it right and get it soon.

• God who heals the brokenhearted, move in very close to those whose lives and families have been shattered.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted…He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 34:18; 147:3).

• God of all grace, pour out Your all-sufficient grace daily on those who have seen or experienced awful things, on those whose bodies have been broken, on all those who have suffered loss.
“The God of all grace…after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong…My grace is sufficient for you” (1 Peter 4:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

• God of hope, may Your people – who know Your hope – “overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” … may they be Your light in this darkness…may they be Jesus’ personal ambassadors in this vulnerable and painful time (Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 5:20).

• God of all compassion, send a tsunami of Your love to all who’ve been touched by this tragedy…and bless those who are the hands and feet and voice of Your love (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

• God who “so loved the world” that You “sent Your one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9), help many turn their hearts to Your Son in this vulnerable and turbulent time.

The Lord’s work the Lord’s way (in the Lord’s time)

So, this is where I am…..trying to figure out how to do the Lord’s work the Lord’s way in His timing. In ministry, as in life, we need to make sure we are doing what the Lord wants us to do – nothing more, nothing less. We can get so busy doing all the things we think we should be doing (or what others think we should be doing), that we haven’t sought and followed God’s direction. More often than not, I find myself trying to do too much and not doing anything well. Ugh! There is so much potential and there are so many opportunities! I want to do it all, but I’m pretty sure God doesn’t want me doing it all! It is so important to seek God’s will and direction for what we are doing – not only the big picture – but also for each day. What does He want me to do today as He paints that big picture through me? Let God put the what on our to do lists, so we are sure to only do “the Lord’s work.” More next time on the Lord’s way.

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7:48 pmForgive Me
by Tenth Avenue North
album Islands - EP
 
7:44 pmLive Like He's Alive
by Jonny Diaz
album Let It Fly
 
7:40 pmYou're My Hope
by Noah Cleveland
album
 
7:37 pmEdge Of My Seat
by Tobymac (W/Cochren & Co)
album The St Nemele Collab Sessions
 
7:32 pmOpen Up The Heavens
by Meredith Andrews
album Worth It All
 
7:29 pmFootprints
by Matt Hammitt
album Footprints
 
7:25 pmNo Impossible With You
by I Am They
album Trial & Triumph
 
6:56 pmDead Man Walking
by Jeremy Camp
album Dead Man Walking
 
6:53 pmThe Gospel
by Ryan Stevenson
album The Gospel
 
6:48 pmDown
by Jamie Kimmett
album Prize Worth Fighting For
 
6:44 pmRed Letters
by David Crowder
album
 
6:41 pmRemember
by Riley Clemmons
album Riley Clemmons
 
6:36 pmMistakes
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
6:33 pmFearless
by Newsboys
album Untied
 
6:29 pmYour Love Changes Everything
by Big Daddy Weave
album When the Light Comes
 
6:24 pmCarry Me
by Calling Glory
album Life & Spirit
 
6:20 pmGood Grace
by Hillsong United
album People
 
6:17 pmKings & Queens
by Audio Adrenaline
album Kings & Queens
 
6:13 pmNot Alone
by Jamie Grace
album One Song At A Time
 
5:54 pmYou Can
by Building 429
album
 
5:49 pmHow Great Is Your Love
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
5:44 pmReason
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
5:41 pmForever On Your Side
by Need To Breathe
album
 
5:37 pmI'm Gonna Let It Go
by Jason Gray
album I'm Gonna Let It Go
 
5:31 pmThis I Know
by Newsboys
album United
 
5:26 pmDefender
by Francesca Battistelli
album Own It
 
5:23 pmLazarus
by Sanctus Real
album Lazarus
 
4:56 pmHeaven Help Me
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
4:53 pmBeliever
by Rhett Walker
album Believer
 
4:46 pmThe Future
by Tenth Avenue North
album No Shame
 
4:43 pmWide Open
by North Point Inside Out
album Wide Open
 
4:39 pmEcho (with Tauren Wells)
by Elevation Church
album Paradoxology
 
4:34 pmFaith
by Jordan Feliz
album
 
4:30 pmFather
by Jeremy Camp
album Father
 
4:26 pmI Refuse
by Josh Wilson
album See You
 
3:55 pmI Can Wait
by Mikeschair
album All Or Nothing
 
3:53 pmSmile
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Smile
 
3:49 pmPrize Worth Fighting For
by Jamie Kimmett
album
 
3:43 pmMended
by Matthew West
album Live Forever
 
3:40 pmAll The People Said Amen
by Matt Maher
album All The People Said Amen
 
3:35 pmIn The Hands Of God
by Newsboys
album In The Hands Of God
 
3:31 pmLet It Be Love
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
3:28 pmListen More
by Hannah Kerr
album Listen More
 
3:25 pmRise
by Danny Gokey
album Rise
 
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by JJ Weeks Band
album All Over The World
 
2:52 pmAlive
by Big Daddy Weave
album
 
2:49 pmYou Are The Truth
by Greg Sykes
album No Greater Love
 
2:43 pmTill I Found You
by Phil Whickam
album Till I Found You
 
2:38 pmStrangers
by Love & The Outcome
album These Are The Days
 
2:34 pmHigher
by Lincoln Brewster
album God of the Impossible
 
2:30 pmEyes On You
by Mosaic MSC
album
 
2:26 pmFear No More
by Building 429
album
 
2:22 pmInto Your Hands
by Matt Maher
album Echos
 
2:18 pmThe Maker
by Chris August
album The Maker
 
2:12 pmThe God Who Stays
by Matthew West
album The God Who Stays
 
2:08 pmNo Such Thing
by Hawk Nelson
album Miracles
 
2:04 pmJust Want You
by Sarah Reeves
album Just Want You
 
2:01 pmI Still Believe
by Thrive Worship
album I Still Believe
 
1:56 pmGrave
by Cochren & Co
album
 
1:53 pmBreathe In Breathe Out
by The Afters
album Life Is Beautiful
 
1:49 pmWhen We Love
by Love & The Outcome
album Love & The Outcome
 
1:44 pmLet Faith Move You
by Jonny Diaz
album Sweetness and Sorrow
 
1:40 pmI'm Listening
by Chris McClarney W/Hollyn
album Breakthrough
 
1:36 pmAmerican Jesus
by August Rain
album American Jesus
 
1:32 pmStart Right Here
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
1:29 pmWord Of Life
by Jeremy Camp
album Word Of Life
 
1:25 pmReal Love
by Blanca
album Real Love
 
12:56 pmSparrows
by Jason Gray
album Where The Light Gets In
 
12:52 pmTell Your Heart To Beat Again
by Danny Gokey
album Hope In Front Of Me
 
12:49 pmThis Is What We Live For
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
 
12:44 pmJust Say Jesus
by 7eventh Time Down
album Just Say Jesus
 
12:41 pmInvisible
by Stars Go Dim
album Better
 
12:37 pmThe Lords Prayer
by Citizen Way
album Love Is A Lion (Fall '19)
 
12:32 pmReady Or Not
by Britt Nicole
album Gold
 
12:29 pmThis I Believe
by Hillsong United
album No Other Name
 
12:25 pmGonna Be There With Me
by Third Day
album Revival
 
11:53 amJesus Loves You
by Sanctus Real
album Jesus Loves You
 
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by Newsboys W/Peter Furler
album United
 
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by Mercy Me
album Lifer
 
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by Switchfoot
album Native Tongue
 
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by Tenth Avenue North
album Greater Than All My Regrets
 
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by Building 429
album Fear No More
 
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by The Neverclaim
album The Joy
 
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by Noah Cleveland
album Warriors
 
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by Nichole Nordeman
album Every Mile Mattered
 
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by Hawk Nelson
album Made
 
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by Mack Brock
album Heart Wide Open
 
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by Casting Crowns
album
 
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by Austin French
album Why God
 
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by We Are Messengers
album We Are Messengers
 
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by Zach Williams
album
 
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by Tauren Wells
album Hills And Valleys
 
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by JJ Weeks
album Choices
 
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by Big Daddy Weave
album Turn On The Light
 
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by Josh Wilson
album OK
 
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by Jamie Grace
album The Happy Song
 
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by Elevation Rhythm
album Never Walk Alone
 
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by Jeremy Camp
album The Answer
 
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by Laura Story
album I Give Up
 
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by Sidewalk Prophets
album Something Different
 
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by Remedy Drive
album Commodity
 
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by Matthew West
album All In
 
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by Cochren & Co
album One Day
 
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by Steven Holland
album Broken Not Dead
 
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by for KING & COUNTRY
album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong
 
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by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
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by Michael W. Smith
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by Koryn Hawthorne
album Overcomer Soundtrack
 
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by Newsboys
album United
 
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by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
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by Jamie Kimmett
album Prize Worth Fighting For
 
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by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
 
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by Kutless
album Believer
 
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by Danny Gokey
album Rise
 
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by Third Day
album Move
 
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by Love & The Outcome
album You Got This
 
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by Sanctus Real
album Framework
 
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by Avalon
album Keeper Of My Heart
 
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by I Am They
album Trial & Triumph
 
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by Building 429
album Live the Journey
 
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by Ginny Owens
album Love Be The Loudest
 
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by Big Daddy Weave
album Beautiful Offerings
 
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by Hannah Kerr
album Listen More
 
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by Shawn McDonald
album Brave
 
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by Matt Maher
album Echos
 
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by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
 
7:42 amHoly Water
by We The Kingdom
album EP Fall 2019
 
7:38 amSmoke
by Plumb
album Exhale
 
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by Steven Curtis Chapman
album Worship & Believe
 
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by Jason Gray
album Where The Light Gets In
 
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by The Afters
album The Beginning and Everything After
 
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by Finding Favour
album Say Amen
 
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by Matty Mullins & Jordan Feliz
album Unstoppable
 
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by Chris August
album The Maker
 
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by Matthew West
album All In
 
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by New Vision Worshp
album Lord I Will Follow You
 
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by 7eventh Time Down
album Brand New Day
 
6:35 amIf We Only Knew
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
 
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by We Are Messengers
album Power
 
6:26 amFace to Face
by Mat Kearney
album
 
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by Casting Crowns
album
 
5:56 amAnchor
by Skillet
album Save Me
 
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by Shawn McDonald
album Brave
 
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by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
 
5:45 amRescuer (Good News)
by Rend Collective
album Rescuer
 
5:42 amMore
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
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by Matthew West
album The God Who Stays
 
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by Laura Story
album I GIve Up
 
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by Hawk Nelson
album
 
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by Tenth Avenue North
album The Light Meets The Dark
 
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by Tauren Wells
album Miracle
 
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by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
5:14 amChurch (Take Me Back)
by Cochren & Company
album
 
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by Hillsong United
album
 
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by Unspoken
album Reason
 
4:48 amThe Same God
by Building 429
album Live The Journey
 
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by Tim Timmons
album
 
4:40 amCould've Been
by Matt Hammitt
album
 
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by David Dunn
album
 
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by Calling Glory
album Holding On To Me
 
4:27 amYou Never Let Go
by Matt Redman
album Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection
 
4:24 amUndeniable Love
by Charlie Rey
album Charlie Rey
 
3:57 amSay Yes
by Josh Wilson
album That Was Then, This Is Now
 
3:53 amGather Round Now
by Third Day
album Revival
 
3:48 amEven When You're Running
by Casting Crowns
album
 
3:44 amHis Love Will Find A Way
by True Story
album His Love Will Find A Way
 
3:40 amFaith
by Jordan Feliz
album
 
3:37 amDead Man Walking
by Jeremy Camp
album Dead Man Walking
 
3:32 amMiddle Of Your Heart
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Crave
 
3:29 amMore Than Anything
by Natalie Grant
album
 
3:26 amBeautiful Story
by Newsboys
album United
 
2:56 amA Million Ways
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
2:52 amSave Us
by JJ Weeks Band
album All Over The World
 
2:48 amWide Open
by North Point Inside Out
album Wide Open
 
2:41 amAbide
by We Are Messengers
album Honest
 
2:38 amBecoming
by Jason Gray
album Order
 
2:34 amEcho (with Tauren Wells)
by Elevation Church
album Paradoxology
 
2:29 amThe Strength To Let Go
by Switchfoot
album Native Tongue
 
2:26 amFind Rest
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
1:54 amOvercome It All
by Planetshakers
album Heaven On Earth, Pt. 3
 
1:51 amChild In Your Arms
by Ryan Stevenson
album No Matter What
 
1:46 amThis Is What We Live For
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
 
1:42 amBlessing I Can't See (W/Brooke DeLeary)
by Building 429
album Fear No More
 
1:38 amI'm Listening
by Chris McClarney W/Hollyn
album Breakthrough
 
1:29 amWhere You Begin
by Mandisa
album Overcomer
 
1:26 amShould've Been Me
by Jeremy Camp
album The Story's Not Over
 
1:23 amDown
by Jamie Kimmett
album Prize Worth Fighting For
 
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by Tenth Avenue North
album No Shame
 
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