Favorite Christian Songs (and Why!)

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  1. Joshua Rhodes

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    Not necessarily worship songs, but list your favorite songs that speak to your heart and challenge you, or maybe even break you. I listed one in another thread called "Clear the Stage" that is one of those songs for me. Here's another, that reminds me of how foolish the gospel must look to the world.

    God's Own Fool
    Michael Card
    Copyright (C) 1985 Mole End Music

    It seems I’ve imagined Him all of my life as the wisest of all of mankind.
    But if God’s holy wisdom is foolish to men, He must have seemed out of His mind.
    For even His family said He was mad, and the priest said, “A demon’s to blame!”
    So God in the form of this angry young man could not have seemed perfectly sane.

    When we in our foolishness thought we were wise,
    He played the fool and He opened our eyes.
    When we in our weakness believed we were strong,
    He became helpless to show we were wrong.
    And so, we follow God’s own fool, for only the foolish can tell,
    Believe the unbelievable and come be a fool as well.

    So come lose your life for a carpenter’s son, for a madman who died for a dream,
    Then you’ll have the faith His first followers had, and You’ll feel the weight of the beam.
    So surrender the hunger to say you must know, have the courage to say, “I believe,”
    For the power of paradox opens your eyes and blinds those who say they can see.

    When we in our foolishness thought we were wise,
    He played the fool and He opened our eyes.
    When we in our weakness believed we were strong,
    He became helpless to show we were wrong.
    And so, we follow God’s own fool, for only the foolish can tell,
    Believe the unbelievable and come be a fool as well.
     
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    This is another by Ross King, written to an unsaved friend, obviously after a talk about spiritual things. What do you think?

    Foolish to You
    Ross King
    Copyright (C) 1999 Ross King

    What’s that did I hear you say you think that I have fallen into?
    A fairy-tale world of fools where the weak go to hide?
    I know that it looks that way, but you haven’t seen my point of view;
    You think it’s narrow, but it’s wide.

    It’s foolish to you because you are dying,
    But to those who are saved it is the wisdom of God,
    You’ve been here so long now, you’re starting to believe your very own lies,
    But the truth is the foolish are wise.

    What’s that did I hear you say you think that I’m not really living,
    Tied up by some lofty set of rules?
    You think my boat is sinking, but I hope your change your way of thinking
    And climb aboard and sail this ship of fools.

    It’s foolish to you because you are dying,
    But to those who are saved it is the wisdom of God,
    You’ve been here so long now, you’re starting to believe your very own lies,
    But the truth is the foolish are wise.

    It is one Truth, it is absolute, it is wisdom and light.
    His name is Jesus, He died to save us, He is Life!

    It’s foolish to you because you are dying,
    But to those who are saved it is the wisdom of God,
    You’ve been here so long now, you’re starting to believe your very own lies,
    But the truth is the foolish are wise.
     
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    An oldie but goodie...from the late Keith Green. This song has always spoken to me, about how I am glad that it is not up to me, that God will never let me fall away, even when I stray from his path.



    I Don't Want To Fall Away From You

    After all the things that you have shown me
    I’d be a fool to let them slip away
    In doing things I know I shouldn’t do
    But I don’t want to fall away from you
    From you

    After all
    I’ve only grieved your spirit
    And then I don’t know why you stay with me
    But every time I fall your love comes through
    And I don’t want to fall away from you

    When the light is gone
    And good times are getting old
    There’s no one left to count on
    And all my friends are cold
    When I thirst for love oh lord
    You’re a fountain to my soul
    My soul
    My soul
    Oh lord
    My soul

    In a way my life is full of burdens
    But in a way you carry them from me
    Jesus
    Cause no one understands the way you do
    And you know lord
    I don’t want to fall away from you

    Well every day I pray to start anew
    Cause I don’t want to fall away from you

    No lord
    I don’t wanna fall away from you
    No lord
    I don’t wanna fall away from you

    From you...lord
     
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    Here is another 70s oldie, but one that has always made me reflect on the limitless love that God showed to me, one so undeserving. Boundless Love by Farrell & Farrell.

    Boundless Love

    Boundless love, unending joy
    This is my life, it's what I know
    I can't believe that He selected me
    Jesus, my Lord, it's You, I owe

    He keeps me when I'm weary
    He can hear me when I pray
    He's even there beside me when I fall
    His love surrounds me even when I go astray
    I guess I'd have to say that He's my all

    Boundless love, unending joy
    This is my life, it's what I know
    I can't believe that He selected me
    Jesus, my Lord, it's You, I owe

    When my world falls all around me, I call upon his name
    Just in time He takes me by the hand
    His ways are perfect just like His son who bore my shame
    I don’t even have to understand

    Boundless love, unending joy
    This is my life, it's what I know
    I can't believe that He selected me
    Jesus, my Lord, it's You, I owe
    Jesus, my Lord, it's You, I owe
    (key change)

    Boundless love, unending joy
    This is my life, it's what I know
    I can't believe that He selected me
    Jesus, my Lord, it's You, I owe
    Jesus, my Lord, it's You, I know
     
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    Yet another. One that reminds me that although we all have different trials in life, and we don't always get a yes to our prayers, God is in control, working his refinement in our lives until he calls us home. Even when we don't think his answers are fair, they will ultimately result in our eternal life with him.

    Home Free
    by Wayne Watson

    I'm trying hard not to think you unkind
    But Heavenly Father
    If you know my heart
    Surely you can read my mind
    Good people underneath the sea of grief
    Some get up and walk away
    Some will find ultimate relief

    Chorus
    Home Free, eventually
    At the ultimate healing we will be Home Free
    Home Free, oh Ive got a feeling
    At the ultimate healing
    We will be Home Free

    Out in the corridors we pray for life
    A mother for her baby, A husband for his wife
    Sometimes the good die young
    It's sad but true
    And while we pray for one more heartbeat
    The real comfort is with you

    You know pain has little mercy
    And suffering's no respecter of age, of race or position
    I know every prayer gets answered
    But the hardest one to pray is slow to come
    Oh Lord, not mine, but Thy will be done

    Let it be...

    Chorus
    Home Free, eventually
    At the ultimate healing we will be Home Free
    Home Free, oh Ive got a feeling
    At the ultimate healing
    We will be Home Free

    Home Free, eventually
    At the ultimate healing gonna be Home Free
    Home Free, oh its more than a feeling
    At the ultimate healing
    Gonna be Home Free
     
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    I love that song! :applause:
     
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    One of my favorite Christian songs:

    NATURE AND GRACE
    by John Michael Talbot

    Deep within me
    There lies a true distinction
    Between the things I would
    And what I really do

    I cannot believe that
    I am so unusual
    Isn't this the common sorrow
    Within me and you
    For nature will see
    Only its own advantage
    It considers only how
    Another might be used
    Grace will bring a new humility
    To comfort those afflicted
    And to help those once abused

    CHORUS:
    Nature might seek its fair consolation
    But it never offers it help without
    Its price of reward
    Grace finds reward
    In another's consolation
    Learning in this paradox
    The power of our Lord

    Nature will seek to be exalted
    In authority
    To argue its opinion
    And to have all the world conform
    But grace humbly comes in a silent
    assuredness
    Speaking only to conform
    A man unto his Lord

    CHORUS

    Learning in this paradox
    The power of our Lord
     
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    Grace
    Laura Story
    Copyright (C) 1996 Silars Bald Music

    My heart is so proud, my eyes are so unfocused;
    I see the things You do through me as great things I have done.
    And now You gently break me, and I cry just like a baby,
    You hold me as my Father, You mold me as my Maker.

    And I ask You, “How many times will You lift me up when I keep on letting You down?
    And each time I will fall short of Your glory, how far will forgiveness abound?”
    And You answer, “My child, I love you, and as long as you’re seeking My face,
    You’ll walk in the power of My daily sufficient grace."

    At times I grow weak and feel a bit discouraged,
    Knowing that someone somewhere could do a better job.
    For who am I to serve You? I know I don’t deserve You,
    But that’s the part that burns in my heart, and keeps me hanging on.

    And I ask You, “How many times will You lift me up when I keep on letting You down?
    And each time I will fall short of Your glory, how far will forgiveness abound?”
    And You answer, “My child, I love you, and as long as you’re seeking My face,
    You’ll walk in the power of My daily sufficient grace."

    You are so patient with me, Lord.

    As I walk with You I’m learning just what Your grace really means.
    How all of my transgressions were paid at Calvary.
    So instead of trying to repay You, I’m learning to simply obey You,
    By giving up my life to You for all that You’ve given to me.

    And I ask You, “How many times will You lift me up when I keep on letting You down?
    And each time I will fall short of Your glory, how far will forgiveness abound?”
    And You answer, “My child, I love you, and as long as you’re seeking My face,
    You’ll walk in the power of My daily sufficient grace."


    This song is a quiet reflection of what it means to walk daily in grace. It was played for me at a time when I thought no measure of grace could cover what I had done. Now I know that like Corrie ten Boom said, "There is no pit so deep or dark that God's love is not deeper still."
     
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    Not my favorite but makes me think - I love almost everything Rich Mullins has sung

    [SIZE=+1]Screen Door[/SIZE]​


    [SIZE=+1]Rich Mullins
    Matthew 7:15-20, Hebrews 6:9-10, James 2:14-26 [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=+1]It's about as useless as
    A screen door on a submarine
    Faith without works baby
    It just ain't happenin'
    One is your left hand
    One is your right
    It'll take two strong arms
    To hold on tight
    Some folks cut off their nose
    Just to spite their face
    I think you need some works to show
    For your alleged faith

    Well there's a difference you know
    Between having faith
    And playing make believe
    One will make you grow
    The other one just make you sleep
    Talk about it (yeah)
    But I really think you oughtta
    Take a leap off of the ship
    Before you claim to walk on water
    Faith without works
    Is like a song you can't sing (sing)
    It's about as useless as
    A screen door on a submarine [/SIZE]
     
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    I need to start listening to the radio and not my CD's so much, cause I've never heard those songs I don't think. And they look good. :)

    It's hard to choose, I enjoy so many...
    Here's one from Casting Crowns I love, the words explain why. I love this group. :thumbs:


    Artist: Casting Crowns
    Album: Casting Crowns
    Song: Life Of Praise


    I will love You, Lord always
    Not just for the things You've done for me
    And I will praise You all my days
    Not just for the change You've made in me
    I'll praise you for You are holy, Lord
    And I'll lift my hands, but You are worthy of so much more


    Chorus:

    For You are awesome, God of the Nations,
    Lion of Judah, Rock of the Ages, Alpha, Omega
    You're worthy of all praise
    More that these hands I'll raise
    I'll live a life of praise


    I will serve You Lord, always for You are my strength
    When I am weak
    I will never be afraid for You are my rock and You protect me
    But I'll praise You for You are holy, Lord
    And I'll lift my hands, but You are worthy of so much more


    :praise:
     
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    Here's another Casting Crowns songs, one of my favs. This is a CCM group that has solid, thought-provoking lyrics, which is why I enjoy listening to them.


    "Praise You In This Storm"

    I was sure by now
    That You would have reached down
    And wiped our tears away
    Stepped in and saved the day
    But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

    As the thunder rolls
    I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
    "I'm with you"
    And as Your mercy falls
    I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
    And takes away

    I'll praise You in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    For You are who You are
    No matter where I am
    Every tear I've cried
    You hold in Your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise You in this storm

    I remember when
    I stumbled in the wind
    You heard my cry
    You raised me up again
    My strength is almost gone
    How can I carry on
    If I can't find You

    As the thunder rolls
    I barely hear You whisper through the rain
    "I'm with you"
    And as Your mercy falls
    I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
    And takes away

    I lift my eyes unto the hills
    Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord
    The Maker of Heaven and Earth
     
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    :thumbs: Great powerful song shadow:applause:

    Bro Tony

    PS---I love Casting Crowns
     
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    me too.
    This is one of my favorite ones to sing and my teens at church really like it as well.
    REFINER's FIRE
    V1:

    Purify my heart, Let me be as gold and precious silver
    Purify my heart, Let me be as gold, pure gold
    Refrain:
    Refiner's fire, my heart's one desire is to be holy
    Set apart for You, Lord
    I want to be holy.
    Set apart for You, my Master
    Ready to do Your will.

    V2: Purify my heart, Cleanse me from within and make me holy,
    Purify my heart, Cleanse me from my sin deep within
    (Repeat Refrain)….ready to do Your will….ready to do Your will….
     
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    Can't go wrong with Scripture, huh? Our praise band does this song with a digeridoo, guitars, drums, keys, bass, drum loop, and a djembe. Kind of fun.
    Romans 12:1-2
    I urge you, brothers and sisters, I urge you, brothers and sisters,
    I urge you, brothers and sisters, In view of God’s many mercies:
    Offer your minds and your bodies, Offer your minds and your bodies,
    Offer your minds and your bodies, Your lives, your actions for service.

    This is reasonable, this is thankful, this is spiritual…
    This is worship.

    Don’t let the culture conform you, don’t let the culture conform you;
    Don’t let the culture conform you, Let God renew and transform you.
    Just learn of Him & His purpose, Just learn of Him & His purpose;
    Just learn of Him and His purpose, And everything good and perfect.

    This is reasonable, this is thankful, this is spiritual…
    This is worship.
     
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    http://www.spiritinthesky.com/clp_spirit.ram


    http://csk44.com.ne.kr/P_%20Put%20Your%20Hand%20In%20The%20Hand[1971]%20Ocean%20.wma

    http://csk44.com.ne.kr/P_%20Put%20your%20hand%20in%20the%20hand%20_%20Joan%20Baez.wma

    http://csk44.com.ne.kr/P_%20Put%20Your%20Hand%20In%20The%20Hand(live)_%20Anne%20Murray.wma

    Ricky Skaggs on Mandolin

    http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~dobb8314/Music/WayfaringStranger.mp3

    http://www.marstalent.com/sounds/tommy_james_crystal_blue_persuasion.wav



    Just the many Christian songs I like .

    The reason being they were able to cross over and be a good testimony to the world.


    artist in order

    Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the Sky

    Put your hand in the hand by Ocean
    same song only with Joan Baez
    another cover by Anne Murray

    Emmylou Harris with Ricky Skaggs which is my favorite Wayfaring Stranger

    another rendition more fast paced by Aarika Ravelle

    Eva Cassidy did this as well.

    Tommy James, Crystal blue persuasion
     
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    I enjoy that old song, "Blessed Assurance" because we use to sing it when I had first came to know Jesus and of course it brings back a lot of precious memories. :thumbs:
     
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    I like Agnus Dei / Worthy. Great song to just reflect on God's holiness while worshipping.
     

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