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Newsong Keeps Going Strong with Give Yourself Away

Co-writes with Matthew West, Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt and album producer, Charlie Peacock (Switchfoot, Sara Groves), help propel the veteran group into its third decade of ministry with Give Yourself Away.

The Passion in Music

This Easter, Christians owe it to themselves to become better acquainted with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Part and the other art inspired by the Passion—art that can help us transcend the doubt and nihilism of our age.

Worship at Other Churches

Nobody had ever rolled around on the floor calling out praises at my church, as far as I knew. But I had to admit it was intriguing...

  • Whitney Von Lake Hopler |
  • February 27, 2010 |
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The Passionate Prayer Life of Jesus

Jesus wasn't lukewarm or apathetic about prayer. He was on fire and fervent about it, modeling a lifestyle of prayer. We must follow his example.

  • Debbie Przybylski |
  • February 24, 2010 |
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Hope is Alive in Steven Curtis Chapman's Beauty Will Rise

Though Steven Curtis Chapman has always related to his fans, he's never gotten as personal with his extended family of listeners as he does on Beauty Will Rise, his first recording since his daughter died in a tragic accident in 2008.

Can Singing about the Gospel Become Rote?

In my experience, the church is always in danger of neglecting the gospel in its songs. What do you do when worship is running on empty?

"Churchianity" Revealed

There is a lot of religious garbage in our so-called conservative and evangelical churches, wrote the late Vernon McGee.

  • Dr. J. Vernon McGee |
  • February 17, 2010 |
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Until the Whole World Hears Ups the Musical Ante

While their hooky pop/rock melodies and made-for-church worship lyrics have maintained an arena-sized audience since day one, Casting Crowns' latest ups the musical ante a bit, with poetic verses and interesting musical riffs.

George Matheson ~ "Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go"

Weeping, a friend once told me that if her marriage was based on nothing more than physical attraction, it would not last. Someone once summed this realization up thusly: "Love starts with a smile - Grows with a kiss - Ends with a tear."

  • Lucy Neeley Adams |
  • February 10, 2010 |
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What are we Singing: Friend of God

David spent great amounts of time alone with God in wide, open spaces. During these times, I imagine he came to realize that humanity is not insignificant, but very significant to God.

  • Eva Marie Everson |
  • February 03, 2010 |
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Product Recall: Worthless Worship

May we never come to the place where the joy, wonder, and enthusiasm goes out of our worship. What we do for the Lord Jesus Christ should never be a weariness.

See the Red Sea: Nothing is Impossible With God

The book of Exodus shows, over and over again, that nothing is impossible with God. Nothing!

Faith-Based Music: Critics' Picks 2009

From Leeland's Love Is on the Move to Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane to Jars of Clay'sThe Long Fall Back to Earth and more, these are our choices for the best faith-based albums of 2009. Read on and see if some of your favorites are listed, too.

"God Only Cries for the Living": Lyrical Musings on Tragedy in Haiti

Images from Haiti have been heartbreaking. A missionary from a church near my home was one of the victims pulled from under the debris. I heard a song this week reminding me how temporary life is not just in Haiti, but everywhere.

Love Hurts

Sometimes tough love is necessary to get to what lies beneath the surface so that the root issues in a person's life can be dealt with.

Shane & Shane: Scriptures Unplugged

Using the pop-producing sensibilities of Pete Kipley and Jason Hoard to get the heart of their songs on tape, Shane Barnard shares with CCM what makes Shane & Shane's newest recording, Everything Is Different, so, well … different.

How Can We Have an Awakened Heart?

Many people are losing heart in these days. Trials overwhelm them and situations in life threaten to distract, discourage, and disillusion. But God wants us to have a heart fully alive and filled with his destiny and plans.

  • Debbie Przybylski |
  • January 09, 2010 |
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Prayer or Gossip?

How much do we really need to know about a person's needs or a particular situation in order to pray effectively?

  • Dr. L. Joseph Rosas III |
  • January 06, 2010 |
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A Soul Poured Out

There are many lessons we can learn from Hannah, but today I’d like us to look at herresponse to the problems that burdened her heart.

Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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