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Waiting On The Night To Fall

April 9, 2020—

Today’s song of the day by Casting Crowns is a valuable warning that when we are not vigilant, sin and temptation creep up on us: “Waiting on the Night to Fall”

He knows you have the answers

But truth lies dusty on your shelf

And the sword that you could slay him with

Has become an ornament and nothing else

Today, as we approach Jesus’s death on Good Friday, let us remember why He had to die for us and resolve to fight back against the dark, with His help.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

There's an old man living
In the back of your woods tonight
You forgot he was even there
But you've never slipped his mind
He's living off of scraps of you
You never knew you left behind
And as the sun goes down
He rises with a smile

He's waiting on the night to fall
The old man's coming to call
But you don't see the writing on the wall
He'll never step out in the light
No, he's just biding time
And while you slumber
He's gonna come and take it all
He's waiting on the night to fall
He's waiting on the night to fall

He knows you have the answers
But truth lies dusty on your shelf
And the sword that you could slay him with
Has become an ornament and nothing else
You could put him back down in his hole in the ground
But he knows you never will
He's been around so long
You got used to the smell

He's waiting on the night to fall
The old man's coming to call
But you don't see the writing on the wall
He'll never step out in the light
No, he's just biding his time
And as you slumber
He's gonna come and take it all
He's waiting on the night to fall
He's waiting on the night to fall

He knows he'll never have your soul
But he will gladly rob you blind
While you're feasting at his table
He'll tie your hands and numb your mind
He'll take you farther than you want to go
He'll keep you longer than you want to stay
And it will cost you
More than you ever thought you'd pay

He's waiting on the night to fall
The old man's coming to call
But you don't see the writing on the wall
He'll never step out in the light
No, he's just biding his time
And as you slumber
He's gonna come and take it all
He's waiting on the night to fall
He's waiting on the night to fall
He's waiting on the night
He's waiting on the night to fall
The old man's coming to call
But you don't see,
You don't see, the writing on the wall
Oh, he's waiting on the night
He's waiting on the night to fall
He's waiting on the night to fall
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Oh My Soul

April 2, 2020—

Today’s song by Casting Crowns is a comforting reminder that God is with us in the midst of suffering and anxiety: “Oh My Soul”

And even now

He is breathing on your dry bones

And there will be dancing

There will be beauty where

Beauty was ash and stone

This much I know

Today, let us take time to center ourselves in the only thing that is true and eternal, so we have a firm foundation in this world.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Oh my soul
Oh how you worry
Oh how you're weary
From fearing you lost control
This was the one thing
You didn't see coming
And no one would blame you though
If you cried in private
If you tried to hide it away
So no one knows
No one will see if you stop believing

Oh my soul, you are not alone
There's a place where fear
Has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how
You can lay this down
'Cause you're not alone

Here and now
You can be honest
I won't try to promise that
Someday it all works out
'Cause this is the valley
And even now
He is breathing on your dry bones
And there will be dancing
There will be beauty where
Beauty was ash and stone
This much I know

Oh my soul, you are not alone
There's a place where fear
Has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how
You can lay this down

I'm not strong enough, I can't take any more
(You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
And my shipwrecked faith will never get me to shore
(You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
Can He find me here, can he keep me from going under?

Oh my soul, you are not alone
There's a place where fear
Has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how
You can lay this down

'Cause you're not alone
Oh my soul, you're not alone
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Just Be Held

March 30, 2020—

Today’s song by Casting Crowns is another reminder that in a time of overwhelming crisis, we don’t need to be in control—we can trust in Jesus and “Just Be Held”

Your world’s not falling apart

It’s falling into place

I’m on the throne, stop holding on

And just be held

Today, let us remember that even when we give up and break down, we can entrust all our troubles to Jesus, as He guides us and the whole world.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on
And when you're tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There's freedom and surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you're on your knees
And answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on
And just be held
Your world's not falling apart
It's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on
And just be held
Just be held
Just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You'll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the Cross
You'll know I always have and I always will
And not a tear is wasted
In time you'll understand
I'm painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

So when you're on your knees
And answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on
And just be held
Your world's not falling apart
It's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on
And just be held
Just be held
Just be held

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you'll find Me
And where you are, I'll hold your heart
I'll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won't let go

So when you're on your knees
And answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on
And just be held
Your world's not falling apart
It's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on
And just be held
Just be held
Just be held
Just be held
Just be held
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If We’ve Ever Needed You

March 21, 2020—

Today’s song by Casting Crowns is a light in the darkness, reminding us to call out to God for His help, strength, and comfort in these trying times: “If We’ve Ever Needed You”

If we’ve ever needed You

Lord it’s now

We are desperate for Your hand

We’re reaching out

Today, let us pray that in our time of crisis, God comforts and protects His church—He assures us of His presence and watches over each one of His children.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Hear our cry
Lord, we pray
Our faces down
Our hands are raised
You called us out
We turned away
We've turned away

With shipwrecked faith
The idols rise
We do what is right
In our own eyes
Our children now
Will pay the price
We need Your light
Lord, shine Your light

If we've ever needed You
Lord it's now
Lord it's now
We are desperate for Your hand
We're reaching out
We're reaching out

All our hearts
All our strength
With all our minds
We're at Your feet
May Your Kingdom come
In our hearts and lives
Let Your church arise
Let Your church arise

If we've ever needed You
Lord it's now
Lord it's now
We are desperate for Your hand
We're reaching out
We're reaching out
We're reaching out

If we've ever needed You
Lord it's now
Lord it's now
We are desperate for Your hand
We're reaching out
We're reaching out

If we've ever needed You
Lord it's now
Lord it's now
We are desperate for Your hand
We're reaching out
We're reaching out
We need You now
Revive us now
We need You now
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If We Are The Body

March 9, 2020—

Today’s song by Casting Crowns reminds us we must not attempt to exclude others from our faith due to our personal feelings—He calls them all: “If We Are The Body.”

Jesus paid much too high a price

For us to pick and choose who should come

And we are the Body of Christ

Today, let us pray for the awareness and acceptance that Jesus calls everyone to Him, no matter how we feel about each one—and strive to lead everyone closer to Him.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

It's crowded in worship today
As she slips in
Trying to fade into the faces
The girls' teasing laughter
Is carrying
Farther than they know
Farther than they know

But if we are the Body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the Body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way

A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat
And quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgemental glances
Tells him that his chances
Are better out on the road

But if we are the Body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the Body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?

Jesus paid much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the Body of Christ

If we are the Body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the Body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
If we are the Body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the Body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
Jesus is the way
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One Awkward Moment

February 25, 2020—

Often when we are asked about our faith or encounter an opportunity to share it with others, it’s all too easy to make excuses and dodge a seemingly awkward moment. Today’s song by Casting Crowns explores “One Awkward Moment” and encourages us to share the Good News we know to be true, even if we don’t seem ready.

Walk in her shoes,

You’ve heard the lines,

You know the pain

But He’s still the truth,

He’s still the life,

He’s still the way

Today, as we prepare to enter the season of Lent, let us pray that we will deepen in faith and come to share the faith with others.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

She's a castaway
Stranded on the island of her yesterdays
Freedom was her ocean but she got swept away
Little princess dreaming got lost somewhere in the waves
Left behind
She's been going at this all alone since she was nine
"But God loves you, He's got a plan for you,"
She's heard all the lines
But when she opens up her heart nobody's got the time

Could this be the day that you come to the rescue
She's desperate for the light but she's never gonna ask you

One word, one hand
Tell me is that too high a price?
One awkward moment
Could be the one that saves a life
Your hurt, your scars
God will use to open up her eyes
One awkward moment
You'll see the Gospel come alive
Come alive

Who are you to save?
You've got shipwrecks of your own
You're too young in your faith
She's a smart one, she will see right through your masquerade
You're scared that what you don't know might push her away

But don't cave to the weight of the fear that you're feeling
'Cause she's standing right here and you're here for a reason

One word, one hand
Tell me is that too high a price?
One awkward moment
Could be the one that saves a life
Your hurt, your scars
God will use to open up her eyes
One awkward moment
You'll see the Gospel come alive
Come alive

Walk in her shoes, you've heard the lines, you know the pain
But He's still the truth, He's still the life, He's still the way

One word, one hand
Tell me is that too high a price?
One awkward moment
Could be the one that saves a life
Your hurt, your scars
God will use to open up her eyes
One awkward moment
You'll see the Gospel come alive
Come alive

Walk in her shoes, you've heard the lies, you know the pain
(Come alive)
But He's still the truth, He's still the life, He's still the way
(Come alive)
Walk in her shoes, you've heard the lies, you know the pain
(Come alive)
But He's still the truth, He's still the life, He's still the way
Could this be the day that you come to the rescue
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This Is Now

February 12, 2020—

As we live our lives from day to day, the strength and conviction of our faith can wax and wane against our will. Today’s song by Casting Crowns, “This Is Now,” follows the apostle Peter’s crisis of faith, and the call to return that Jesus extends to each one of us.

Just when I thought my sin had closed the door

I see my Savior standing on the shore

With arms wide open

Just like the first time You called my name

You said that was then, and this is now

Today, let us pray for God’s eternal grace upon us—to protect us when we struggle, and bring us safely home to Him.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Standing at the water's edge
I dropped my dreams when I dropped my nets
No hesitation, no regrets
I followed You but that was then
And this is now
You washed my feet and You changed my name
I swore I'd never be the same
But just like the tides I guess people change
'Cause that was then
And this is now

I wish I could go back but I don't know how
I remember when I stood my ground
I swore I'd never let You down
I want to be that man again
But that was then
And this is now

I watched the blind man lift his head
And look his Savior in the eyes
I heard a dead man take a breath
Dropped to my knees as I watched him rise
And I felt the sea beneath my feet
As I stepped out on the angry waves
But You saw the storm raging within
You reached out and calmed me then
But this is now

I wish I could go back but I don't know how
I remember when I stood my ground
I swore I'd never let You down
I want to be that man again
But that was then
And this is now

Just when I thought my sin had closed the door
I see my Savior standing on the shore
With arms wide open
Just like the first time
You called my name
You said that was then
And this is now

My child I bore your cross, I wore your crown
When you couldn't come to Me My love came down
So take My hand
I'll lead you out
'Cause that was then
And this is now
My child I bore your cross, I wore your crown
You couldn't come to Me so My love came down
Take My hand I'll lead you out
You'll never be that man again
'Cause that was then
And this is now
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Follow Me

February 7, 2020—

Jesus invites each of us to follow Him personally—we are no different than Christ’s first apostles. Today’s song by Casting Crowns reminds us of Jesus’s constant call to us: “Follow Me.”

If at the end of yourself, just follow Me

You may lose everything, just follow Me

I will give you new life, just follow Me

Follow Me

Today, let us pray for the faith to believe that God will provide everything we need—and the courage to trust in Him alone.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

At the end of myself
I'm empty and dry
I have nothing to give
But surrender inside
Let down your nets
This is not the end
From now on you'll be
Fishers of men

Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me

At the end of myself
Judgment calls out my name
I've been looking for love
But I'm swallowed by shame
Throw away all your stones
Find forgiveness in Me
Let Me be your new passion
My daughter, you're free

Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me

At the end of myself
I've done things my own way
This world gave up on me
Now it's death I do pay
You know who I am
I'm sin's sacrifice
Today you will be
In paradise

Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me

Who is this man who calmed the seas?
And who is this man who loves the least of these?
I am the promised One
God gave His only Son
And those who believe
Will live eternally

At the end of yourself, just follow Me
If you lose everything, just follow Me
I will give you new life, just follow Me
Follow Me
If at the end of yourself, just follow Me
You may lose everything, just follow Me
I will give you new life, just follow Me
Follow Me
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Dream for You

January 29, 2020—

Sometimes we build the most elaborate plans and dreams, only to watch them crumble before us. But maybe this is not the failure we think it is—today’s song by Casting Crowns reminds us that it is God who is steering us towards His “Dream for You.”

I’m stronger than you think I am

I’ll take you farther than you think you can

You sing and call me great I am

So take your stand

My child if you only knew

All the plans that I have for you

Just trust me I will follow through

You can follow me

Today, let us pray for the courage to let go of our plans and let God lead us towards His—He loves us like none other, and watches our every step.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Hey David, I hear you've been dreaming
About being a big-time shepherd some day
You're gonna prove your brothers wrong
You're gonna sing your shepherd song
To the cattle on a thousand hills
But I've been thinking
I'm having trouble with a giant down the road
You're the one who's going to face him toe to toe
Wipe that grin right off his face
And whip this army into shape
I'm gonna turn the nation back to me
And David you were right about one thing
Your little shepherd songs are gonna make the whole world sing
And I'm gonna make you king

So come on, let me dream
Let me dream for you
I am strong when you're weak
And I'll carry you
So let go of your plan
Be caught by my hand
I'll show you what I can do
When I dream for you
I have a dream for you

Hey Mary, I heard you've been dreaming
Making plans for your big wedding day
You and Joseph are gonna be
The picture-perfect family
Maybe a couple kids down the road
But I've been thinking
Even before time began
I had a picture-perfect plan
Of how to save this broken world
Through the life of just one man
I'm gonna send my only Son
And Mary you're the one
You were right about one thing
You're gonna have that family
And you're gonna raise a king

So come on, let me dream
Let me dream for you
I am strong when you're weak
And I'll carry you
So let go of your plan
Be caught by my hand
I'll show you what I can do
When I dream for you
When I dream for you

I'm stronger than you think I am
I'll take you farther than you think you can
You sing and call me great I am
So take your stand
My child if you only knew
All the plans that I have for you
Just trust me I will follow through
You can follow me

So come on, let me dream
Let me dream for you
I am strong when you're weak
And I'll carry you
So let go of your plan
Be caught by my hand
I'll show you what I can do
So come on, let me dream
Let me dream for you
I am strong when you're weak
And I'll carry you
So let go of your plan
Be caught by my hand
I'll show you what I can do
When I dream for you
When I dream for you
When I dream for you
I have a dream for you
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Awaken Me

January 23, 2020—

When we experience a vibrant connection with God, it can be extremely difficult to cope when He seems silent and distant. Today’s song by Casting Crowns expresses the spirit of these moments when we search and listen for God, but cannot hear Him: “Awaken Me.”

Lord, what were you saying?

I must have fallen asleep

Could’ve sworn I heard You talking

Oh, maybe it was just a dream

It sounded something like redemption

An echo from a younger day

Lord, how long have I been drifting?

My tears have fallen as I pray

Today, let us quiet ourselves and search for God’s presence within our hearts, in prayer, reading, and reflection—that we may feel Him and know He is there.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Lord, what were you saying?
I must have fallen asleep
Could've sworn I heard You talking
Oh, maybe it was just a dream
It sounded something like redemption
An echo from a younger day
Lord, how long have I been drifting?
My tears have fallen as I pray

Lord, wake up the sleeper
I lift my head, I lift my head
Your search light's found me
Here at my end, I'm at my end

Is it the fear of falling down again
Oh, that keeps me sitting here?
I'd rather wander in the shadows
Than have to look into the mirror
There's so much madness all around me
They wear their darkness on their sleeves
But now my blinded eyes are open
And I see the darkest part of me

Lord, wake up the sleeper
I lift my head, I lift my head
Your search light's found me
Here at my end, I'm at my end

Lord, let Your fire make holy
These lips unclean
Shine down in all Your glory
Awaken me

Lord, let Your fire make holy
These lips unclean
Shine down in all Your glory
Awaken me

Lord, wake up the sleeper
Lord, let Your fire make holy
These lips unclean
Your search light's found me
Shine down in all Your glory
Awaken me
Lord, let Your fire make holy
These lips unclean
Shine down in all Your glory
Awaken me