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  • TO BUY, OR NOT TO BUY? ... TREEBEARD'S RULE
    the only good song s on the album I m sure you have a few such discs just taking up space but how do you decide if an album is worth buying Try Treebeard s Rule It works like this When you listen to a CD in the shop listen to the second half of the CD first If you would buy the CD on the strength of those songs it should be OK to go ahead and buy it One of the inside tricks of the music industry is to put the best tracks at the beginning or close to the beginning of an album which means that the not quite so good songs are in the second half of the CD So if you think that the not so good songs are good enough to buy the rest of the album should also be And if applying Treebeard s Rule convinces you not to buy a full album you could buy the song or two you want from an online digital store such as Nokia Music Store Of course defining what is good and not so good is mostly a personal choice based on your specific taste that

    Original URL path: http://www.ccm.co.za/blog1.php/to-buy-or-not-to (2015-12-05)
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  • AUGUST RAIN: FOCUSED!
    years and one thing they all have in common is that they all suffer They suffer in different ways yes but they are all experiencing pain and sorrow We seek to tell them of the one who can take all of that away A man who can take upon Himself their sin their hurt their shame and their suffering We want people to hear the good news There s enough crappy bad news going around as it is We want to share something that makes people cry tears of joy in spite of their grief We want to sing about things that make people smile when all hell has entered their life We want to dance for the Most High like there s no tomorrow In all of this we want to keep things real Life isn t peaches and cream Life is tough Sure life has ups but it also has downs no matter who tells you otherwise But the Savior is standing there ready and willing to walk with you every step of the rugged way Just put all your faith in Him He ll carry the load for you So when you listen to our latest album

    Original URL path: http://www.ccm.co.za/blog1.php/august-rain-focused (2015-12-05)
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  • MAT KEARNEY: ONE BLACK SHEEP
    to TREEBEARD To buy that CD or not to buy try TREEBEARD S RULE MAT KEARNEY ONE BLACK SHEEP From his new album Just Kids 04 24 2015 News Music Videos Permalink No feedback yet This section can only be

    Original URL path: http://www.ccm.co.za/blog1.php/mat-kearney-lemgone-black-sheepl (2015-12-05)
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  • MAAK DIE LEWE MOOI saam met CARINDé
    with full details to TREEBEARD To buy that CD or not to buy try TREEBEARD S RULE MAAK DIE LEWE MOOI saam met CARINDé 09 1 2014 Music Videos Permalink No feedback yet This section can only be displayed by

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  • UNSPOKEN: UNSPOKEN TESTIMONIES TO GRACE AND LOVE
    He is the biggest blessing Just to know him to love him It s what changed my life 11 years ago and what continues to change my life now That decade of life change follows a dark valley in Mattson s life when he was addicted to drugs and alcohol He found freedom during a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and he heralds each new day as a chance to learn anew the sufficiency of God s grace A series of songs tells his story and the story of so many who find new life in Christ Who You Are marks the first step when we come to the cross and realize we can be changed Next in Lift My Life Up we encounter the step of surrender saying to God have Your way in me Then we let God do his great work in us and He starts a fire in our souls that cannot be quenched Start a Fire their latest radio single is already kindling excitement in listeners and motivating them to live out a series of Scriptural truths As he started writing the powerful song Lowry drew from Matthew 2 Timothy and James to exhort listeners to stir up and rekindle the fire that s in us to keep burning the gracious gift of God Mattson says Our desire for that song is that we wouldn t settle in our salvation but that we keep an open heart for what God wants to do through us Continuing the theme is another song of bold encouragement Good Fight Unspoken gets a groove on as the lyrics speak God s truth I m never gonna leave you always gonna see you through to the other side Keep fighting the good fight The tempo slows on the next track as the album reflects on the essential element in this journey of faith in Call it Grace Some may call it foolish and impossible But for every heart it rescues it s a miracle It s nothing less than scandalous this love that took our place Just call it what it is Call it grace Ultimately we need daily discipline to stay close to God because we are unsteady while He is unchanging Tomorrow is a fresh look at a new day and a new chance to leave the future in the hands of God It s only when we seek God first that everything falls into place and our fears for the future vanish The concept is also cleverly expressed in Bury the Workmen We were in a church service Lowry recalls when the pastor said this quote Bury the workmen but the work will go on It reminds me of Mark 13 31 which says heaven and earth will pass away but his word will remain forever The idea became a powerful blues song that chronicles the work of Stephen James Peter and ultimately Jesus and the eternity of God When the band didn t feel like

    Original URL path: http://www.ccm.co.za/blog1.php/lemgunspoken-l-emg-some-things (2015-12-05)
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  • COLTON DIXON: MORE OF YOU
    TREEBEARD To buy that CD or not to buy try TREEBEARD S RULE COLTON DIXON MORE OF YOU From his new album Anchor due on 19 August 2014 07 29 2014 News Music Videos Permalink No feedback yet This section

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  • E-BLAST FROM CROWDER On The Creation Of NEON STEEPLE
    the entirety of our lives and that special part of the earth s surface our kinfolk still reside upon Yep a heck of a thing to up and leave a church we had helped start with a few dear friends a church we had called home for sixteen or so years This place from which this music had been born that somehow joined you and I Home is an arresting idea It is not coincidental that Neon Steeple the collection of sound recordings previously mentioned carries just such an idea It is also not coincidental that the displacement from and longing for home is an oft explored and well developed theme in all manner of transcendent endeavors of literature and drama and painting and architecture and of course to a tremendous extent the Holy Scriptures Paradise Exile Promised Land Creation Fall Redemption Orientation Disorientation Reorientation as Walter Brueggemann put it Or Equilibrium Tension Resolution as I just heard it described today by my Scottish friend Jeremy Begbie The longing for belonging is a mighty powerful thing I was sitting in the front of a tour bus in the jump seat right next to the driver watching the white lines of the interstate stop reflecting the light of the headlamps and start reflecting the light of the sunshine You ll find me there most mornings It was the last tour of The David Crowder Band and I had no idea what was coming next I just knew there was a period a full stop at the end of that sentence We were topping a hill while the sun was breaking over tree tops on a tiny West Virginian coal town It was cinematic Quaint The dominant architectural feature bathed in sunlight pointed to the sky determined and defiant was a steeple We don t build churches like this anymore Now they look like office complexes Now days we insure there is approachability a commonness a familiarity Here in the early morning sunshine I imagined a harder time where life and death lived closer together When a simple structure in the middle of a town could point to something higher more transcendent a thing coming that would make it right A thing so overt that you couldn t miss it When earth is groaning there s something lifting the gaze upward A monument to the dream of God a thing unmistakable sitting in the middle of town In that moment topping a hill in rural West Virginia with new sunshine in the morning air I knew I wasn t done making music and I knew I wanted whatever I made next to feel like that A thing pointing upward in the middle of all this Neon Steeple is a collection of songs and sounds looking forward to the past and counting the present as sacred It is a search for home It is a collection of choruses that believe that this is not all there is It is displacement and tension and

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  • TOP 25 GOSPEL SONGS - 2014 EDITION
    these reviews is to give my opinion as well as the reasoning that got me to that point This way I try and draw the reader to a place where he or she is armed with enough information to accept or reject my conclusion based on the reasoning that I have displayed Or something like that anyway see I m getting a little clever already With the brand new Top 25 Gospel Songs 2014 Edition it feels to me unnecessary to wax lyrical about the merits or demerits of the collection to speak about the flow of the songs or the value for money that the album offers I really can t think of a bunch of clever things to say about it because I m too busy singing along I have not heard a better collection of Gospel songs on a 2 CD set in a long long time Tamela Mann Tye Tribbett Jonathan Butler John P Kee Israel Houghton Fred Hammond and many many more artists share their talent and passion on this awesome collection The track choice is superb as it has been on the other albums in the series Great songs great series The one and

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