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2020

The God Who Stays

April 8, 2020—

Today’s song of the day by Matthew West assures us that no matter what we have done in this life, the God we worship is “The God Who Stays”

No enemy can separate

No power of Hell can take away

Your love for me will never change

I’m Yours forever

Today, let us remember that despite our enormously imperfect lives, our perfect God is always waiting for us with open arms.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

If I were You
I would've given up on me by now
I would've labeled me a lost cause
'Cause I feel just like a lost cause
If I were You
I would've turned around and walked away
I would've labeled me beyond repair
'Cause I feel like I'm beyond repair
Oh, but somehow You don't see me like I do
Somehow You're still here

You're the God who stays
You're the God who stays
You're the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You're the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done
Could separate my heart
From the God who stays

I used to hide
Every time I thought I let You down
Always thought I had to earn my way
But I'm learning You don't work that way
'Cause somehow You don't see me like I do
Somehow You're still here

You're the God who stays
You're the God who stays
You're the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You're the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done
Could separate my heart
From the God who stays

My shame can't separate
My guilt can't separate
My past can't separate
I'm Yours forever
My sin can't separate
My scars can't separate
My failures can't separate
I'm Yours forever
No enemy can separate
No power of Hell can take away
Your love for me will never change
I'm Yours forever

'Cause You're the God who stays
You're the God who stays
You're the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You're the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done
Could separate my heart
From the God who stays
You're the God who stays
You're the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You're the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done
Could separate my heart
From the God who stays
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Mended

March 12, 2020—

It is easy to feel unworthy of God’s boundless love, even as we struggle against Him. Today’s song by Matthew West reminds us of how our Father sees us: “Mended.”

You see your worst mistake

But I see the price I paid

And there’s nothing you could ever do

To lose what grace has won

So hold on it’s not the end

No, this is where love’s work begins

I’m making all things new

And I will make a miracle of you

Today, let us look inside ourselves and see the beauty of God’s creation—and take comfort that He sees His Son reflected in each of our faces.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

When you see broken beyond repair
I see healing beyond belief
When you see too far gone
I see one step away from home

How many times can one heart break?
It was never supposed to be this way
Look in the mirror but you find someone
You never thought you'd be
Oh, but I can still recognize
The one I love in your tear-stained eyes
I know you might not see it now
So lift your eyes to Me

When you see broken beyond repair
I see healing beyond belief
When you see too far gone
I see one step away from home
When you see nothing but damaged goods
I see something good in the making
I'm not finished yet
When you see wounded I see mended

You see your worst mistake
But I see the price I paid
And there's nothing you could ever do
To lose what grace has won
So hold on it's not the end
No, this is where love's work begins
I'm making all things new
And I will make a miracle of you

When you see broken beyond repair
I see healing beyond belief
When you see too far gone
I see one step away from home
When you see nothing but damaged goods
I see something good in the making
I'm not finished yet
When you see wounded I see mended

I see my child, my beloved
The new creation you're becoming
You see the scars from when you fell
But I see the stories they will tell
You see worthless, but I see priceless
You see pain, but I see a purpose
You see unworthy, undeserving
But I see you through eyes of mercy

When you see broken beyond repair
I see healing beyond belief
You're not too far gone
You're one step away from home
When you see nothing but damaged goods
I see something good in the making
I'm not finished yet
When you see wounded I see mended
I see mended
I see mended
I'm not finished yet
When you see wounded I see mended
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2020

Hope Returns

February 27, 2020—

Today’s song by Matthew West reminds us to hold on and trust in God when we struggle to find faith: “Hope Returns.”

When your world is crashing

When your knees hit the ground

When your heart is asking,

“What do I do now?”

Just when you think it can’t get worse

Hold on, that’s when hope returns

As we continue in the season of Lent, let’s remember to call on Jesus to keep us strong during these forty days, to bring us closer to knowing Him and His will.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

So this is how it feels when standing strong
Turns into barely even holding on
The plans you had are shattered on the floor
And your fear tells your faith
There's no use in praying those prayers anymore

When your world is crashing
When your knees hit the ground
When your heart is asking,
"What do I do now?"
Just when you think it can't get worse
Hold on, that's when hope returns

Like a new sun breaking
Through the darkest night
Like a whisper saying,
"It'll be alright"
I know you're tired, I know it hurts
But hold on, that's when hope returns
That's when hope returns

I know it's hard to see the other side
Through all the "Where are You's", and "Don't know why's"
And I know it looks like hope is in the grave
But He's still on the throne
So be still and know
That He's still rolling stones away

So when your world is crashing
When your knees hit the ground
When your heart is asking,
"What do I do now?"
Just when you think it can't get worse
Hold on, that's when hope returns

Like a new sun breaking
Through the darkest night
Like a whisper saying,
"It'll be alright"
I know you're tired, I know it hurts
But hold on, that's when hope returns

Hold on, 'cause hope returns

When your world is crashing
When your knees hit the ground
When your heart is asking,
"What do I do now?"
Just when you think it can't get worse
Hold on, that's when hope returns

Like a new sun breaking
Through the darkest night
Like a whisper saying,
"It's gonna be alright,
I know you're tired, I know it hurts"
But hold on, that's when hope returns
That's when hope returns
Hope returns
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All In

February 17, 2020—

Sometimes our progress in faith moves in fits and starts, as distractions in our lives take precedence, and we grow comfortable where we are. Today’s song of the day by Matthew West, “All In,” challenges us to commit fully to our mission on this earth and work passionately for the world to come.

I believe that one day I will see Your Kingdom come

And I want to hear You say,

“Welcome home my child, well done”

So I step to the edge and I take a deep breath

I’m not turning back around

‘Cause there’s no turning back now

Today, let us pray for the faith and courage to live for Christ alone—and the strength to persist in His name until we see Him in Heaven.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

My feet are frozen on this middle ground
The water's warm here but the fire's gone out
I played it safe for so long the passion left
Turns out safe is just another word for regret
So I step to the edge and I take a deep breath
We're all dying to live but we're all scared to death
And this is the part where my head tells my heart
We should turn back around
But there's no turning back now

I'm going all in
Headfirst into the deep end
I hear You calling
And this time the fear won't win
I'm going, I'm going
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in

I believe that one day I will see Your Kingdom come
And I want to hear You say,
"Welcome home my child, well done"
So I step to the edge and I take a deep breath
I'm not turning back around
'Cause there's no turning back now

I'm going all in
Headfirst into the deep end
I hear You calling
And this time the fear won't win
I'm going, I'm going
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in
All in
I'm all in, I'm going
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in

All to You Jesus I freely give
As long as there's breath in these lungs I will live
With reckless abandon
My heart in Your hands
I surrender it all
I'm going, I'm going all in

I'm going all in
Headfirst into the deep end
I hear You calling
And this time the fear won't win
I'm going, I'm going
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in
All in
I'm all in, I'm going
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in
All in
I'm all in, I'm all in

I believe that one day I will see Your Kingdom come
And I want to hear You say,
"Welcome home my child, well done"
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The Beautiful Things We Miss

February 1, 2020—

Sometimes we spend our days caught in a routine, rushing through life and wishing time would pass more quickly in order to get to the next exciting moment ahead of us. Today’s song by Matthew West reminds us of the danger in this hurry: “The Beautiful Things We Miss.”

I don’t want to miss it

I don’t want to look back some day and find

Everything that really mattered

Was right in front of me this whole time

Today, let us pray that God will keep our eyes focused on the world in front of us, and the countless moments of beauty and joy He’s arranged for us to find.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

She puts on her makeup
And the last dress she remembers
That turned his head
That time he said, "You look beautiful"
At six the front door opens
And he doesn't even notice
Kisses her cheek, "Baby when do we eat? I'm starving"
Oh, the beautiful things we miss

I don't want to miss it
I don't want to look back some day and find
Everything that really mattered
Was right in front of me this whole time
Open up my eyes Lord
Keep me in the moment just like this
Before the beautiful things we love
Become the beautiful things we miss

She hides out in her headphones
Texting on her cell phone
Daddy's girl, built a world
Behind her bedroom door
While he was working hard and providing
Bigger houses still get divided
Just yesterday she was on his shoulders
But today she's older, why do we get older?
Oh, the beautiful things we miss

I don't want to miss it
I don't want to look back some day and find
Everything that really mattered
Was right in front of me this whole time
Open up my eyes Lord
Keep me in the moment just like this
Before the beautiful things we love
Become the beautiful things we miss

We don't get to rewind
There's no such thing as next time
Help me remember, help me remember
We don't get this back
They were right when they said don't blink
It all goes faster than you think
Oh, help me remember, help me remember
The beautiful things we miss

I don't want to miss it
I don't want to look back some day and find
Everything that really mattered
Was right in front of me this whole time
Open up my eyes Lord
Keep me in the moment just like this
Before the beautiful things we love
Become the beautiful things we miss

Open up my eyes Lord
Open up my eyes Lord
I don't wanna miss it
No I don't wanna miss it
Open up my eyes Lord
Open up my eyes Lord
Before the beautiful things I love
Become the beautiful things I miss

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Strong Enough

January 27, 2020—

When we are caught in the vice of habit or addiction, it seems the struggle to escape is more than we can handle. Today’s song by Matthew West reminds us that whatever we face in this life, God is “Strong Enough” to help us overcome.

I know I’m not strong enough to be

Everything that I’m supposed to be

I give up, I’m not strong enough

Hands of mercy won’t you cover me

Lord, right now I’m asking You to be strong enough

Strong enough

Today, we pray that God will lend us His strength and courage to overcome whatever stands between us and His will—our faith in Him is the firm foundation on which we rest.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

You must, You must think I'm strong
To give me what I'm going through
Well forgive me, forgive me if I'm wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up, I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord, right now I'm asking You to be strong enough
Strong enough, for the both of us, yeah

Well maybe, maybe that's the point
To reach the point of giving up
'Cause when I'm finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well that's when I start looking up
And reaching out

I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up, I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord, right now I'm asking You to be strong enough
Strong enough...

'Cause I'm broken down to nothing
But I'm still holding on to the one thing
You are God and You are strong when I am weak

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don't have to be strong enough, strong enough
I know I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don't have to be strong enough, strong enough

I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up, I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord, right now I'm asking You to be strong enough
Strong enough, strong enough
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Truth Be Told

January 6, 2020—

We often conceal our internal struggles from the world and our Christian family around us. Today’s song of the day expresses both our worries and the hope we have in God: “Truth Be Told” by Matthew West.

I say, “I’m fine, Yeah I’m fine, Oh I’m fine, Hey I’m fine”

But I’m not, I’m broken

And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control

But it’s not and You know it

Even when we put on a mask before the world, let us remember that there’s no hiding from God—He knows us and watches over us and comforts us throughout our lives.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Lie number one:
You're supposed to have it all together
And when they ask how you're doing
Just smile and tell them, "Never better"
Lie number two:
Everybody's life is perfect except yours
So keep your messes and your wounds and your secrets safe with you behind closed doors

But truth be told
The truth is rarely told

I say, "I'm fine, Yeah I'm fine, Oh I'm fine, Hey I'm fine"
But I'm not, I'm broken
And when it's out of control I say it's under control
But it's not and You know it
I don't know why it's so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There's no failure, no fall
There's no sin You don't already know
So let the truth be told

There's a sign on the door, says
"Come as you are," but I doubt it
'Cause if we lived like that was true
Every Sunday morning pew would be crowded
But didn't You say church should look more like a hospital?
A safe place for the sick, the sinner and the scarred
And the prodigals, like me

Well, truth be told
The truth is rarely told
Oh, am I the only one who says

"I'm fine, Yeah I'm fine, Oh I'm fine, Hey I'm fine"
But I'm not, I'm broken
And when it's out of control I say it's under control
But it's not and You know it
I don't know why it's so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There's no failure, no fall
There's no sin You don't already know
So let the truth be told

Can I really stand here unashamed
Knowing that Your love for me won't change?
Oh God, if that's really true
Then let the truth be told

I say, "I'm fine, Yeah I'm fine, Oh I'm fine, Hey I'm fine"
But I'm not, I'm broken
And when it's out of control I say it's under control
But it's not and You know it
I don't know why it's so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There's no failure, no fall
There's no sin You don't already know
Yeah I know
There's no failure, no fall
There's no sin You don't already know
So let the truth be told
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Day One

January 1, 2020—

It’s a New Year, a new decade, and the start of Project 95. That means there’s one clear choice for today’s song of the day: Matthew West’s “Day One.”

Well, every single day Your grace reminds me

That my best days are not behind me

Wherever my yesterday may find me

Well, I don’t have to stay there

As we begin this year, let us remember that we are not who we were yesterday—we are redeemed by Christ, and each new day is a chance to turn away from the past and set out on the path He’s prepared for us.

Thanks for listening today, and happy New Year.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Well, I wish I had a short term memory
Wish the only thing my eyes could see
Was the future burning bright right in front of me
But I can't stop looking back

Yeah I wish I was a perfect picture of
Somebody who's never not good enough
Well I try to measure up but I mess it up
And I wish I wasn't like that

I wish I wasn't wishing anymore
Wish I could remember that nobody's keeping score
I'm tired of throwing pennies in a well
I gotta do something, here goes nothin'

It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

Well, every single day Your grace reminds me
That my best days are not behind me
Wherever my yesterday may find me
Well, I don't have to stay there
See my hourglass is upside down
My someday soon is here and now
The clock is tickin'
And I'm so sick and tired of missing out

I wish I wasn't wishing anymore
Wish I could remember that nobody's keeping score
I'm tired of throwing pennies in a well
I gotta do something, here goes nothin'

It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

It's day one
And here comes the sun
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy's new
Every morning, every morning
I will fix my eyes on You

Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy's new
Every morning, every morning
Sun's coming up, the beginning has begun

Yeah!

It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

I'm starting over, I'm starting over
Starting over, I'm starting over
Starting now, I'm starting over
I'm starting over,
Starting over, I'm starting over
Starting now, I'm starting over