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2020

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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2020

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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2020

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
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Home

January 10, 2020—

Often our days feel rushed and filled with anxiety. Today’s song of the day is a reminder to relax and find peace in God: “Home” by Casting Crowns.

So I won’t fear what evil brings

For You are with me

And You lay my anxious heart to rest

When I am with You

Amid the worries in life, let us remember that we have nothing to fear—for God is with us.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Since God will be my shepherd
Oh, I won't need a thing
He leads the way before me
Restores my soul to sing
You lift my head from sorrow
And turn my mourning into joy

So I won't fear what evil brings
For You are with me
And You lay my anxious heart to rest
When I am with You

Oh, even through the valley
Oh, You are holding me
Your beauty is overflowing
Your face is all I see
You lift my head from sorrow
And turn my mourning into joy

So I won't fear what evil brings
For You are with me
And You lay my anxious heart to rest
When I am with You

I am home in the house of God
Yes, I'm home
I am home in the house of God
Yes, I'm home
I am home in the house of God
Yes, I'm home
I am home in the house of God
Yes, I'm home

So I won't fear what evil brings
For You are with me
And You lay my anxious heart to rest
When I am with You
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2020

Even When You’re Running

January 5, 2020—

At times we feel like we’re running away from God, and the distance to Him and His Church seems insurmountable. Today’s song by Casting Crowns assures us that God is always close to us, “Even When You’re Running.”

He’s no stranger to your heartbreak

He knows now it feels to lose, oh

From the garden to the cross

He’s been chasing after you

He’s chasing after you

In the difficult and trying times of our lives, let us remember that God understands every bit of our suffering—just as He watched His Son suffer and die in front of Him on the cross, He sees Jesus’s face reflected back in each of us.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Do you feel Him in your heartbeat
Even when you're running
You try to drown Him out with your life
But you still here Him calling
With a voice you've never heard
But it sounds like home, home
You try to shut it out
But you feel it in your bones
And it won't leave you alone

His love is inescapable
His presence is unshakable
Right now you don't believe it's true
A better day is coming
And you don't need another place to hide
He'll find you in your darkest night
His love is holding on to you
Even when you're running
Even when you're running

As a kid you said your prayers
Now they're bouncing off the ceiling
They took your world away
When you trusted Him for healing
He's no stranger to your heartbreak
He knows how it feels to lose, oh
From the garden to the cross
He's been chasing after you
He's chasing after you

His love is inescapable
His presence is unshakable
Right now you don't believe it's true
A better day is coming
And you don't need another place to hide
He'll find you in your darkest night
His love is holding on to you
Even when you're running
Even when you're running

Your fear isn't dark enough
Your pit isn't deep enough
Your lie isn't loud enough
To keep Him away from you
The Father made the way for you
The Son killed the grave for you
Let His Spirit come alive in you
Are you tired of running?
The Father made the way for you
The Son killed the grave for you
Let His Spirit come alive in you
Are you tired of running?

His love is inescapable
His presence is unshakable
Right now you don't believe it's true
A better day is coming
And you don't need another place to hide
He'll find you in your darkest night
His love is holding on to you
Even when you're running
Even when you're running

It's time to stop running now
You don't have to have it figured out
All you need to do is turn around
And the Father will come running