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  • MARC MARTELL OF DOWNHERE SPEAKS OF REDISCOVERING GOD
    happen from time to time because one of the people in this relationship is a sinful human being So that s normal and expected I know that when I ve reached that complacent place with God it s not too long before I notice a deep longing in me where I really miss Him and the newness I once felt with Him That alone is proof to me that I belong to Him and when I m not spending time with Him things are just not right His Spirit is always calling out to his children inviting us into the amazing journey that is life with Him I would encourage those people to listen to that longing and not let it die out BREATHEcast Tell us about the album What sets this one apart from the others Is there an underlining theme MM On The Altar Of Love OTAOL is musically a continuation of the last two albums Thematically it follows Ending Is Beginning perfectly That was an album about coming to the end of yourself and finding that God meets you at that very place The new album picks up where we left off Sort of saying So I ve come to end of myself now what This is our most joyful record to date We ve stayed away from any sort of finger pointing and gone back to the basics of our faith OTAOL is full of songs that explore the newness and freshness in realizing that knowing God changes everything BREATHEcast It was mentioned in one of your blogs a while back that there have been five kids added to your families since your last album With touring and the demands of the industry how do you all balance family life MM I remember when we were first starting out having a meeting where we promised each other that family would always come before Downhere I think keeping to that promise has been one of the main reasons why we ve been able to stay together for so long We have some pretty strict and fine tuned guidelines for touring and balancing home and away time There has been plenty of trial and error there and it s still not always easy but I think we have as healthy of a balance as any hard working touring band can have BREATHEcast You have had numerous releases now What s the most helpful advice that you can offer new bands that are just starting out MM Make sure you like each other you re going to be getting real cozy And yes we do like each other Make sure that you all agree on why you re doing it in the first place Hint some reasons are better than others That would be the main thing Another lesser piece of advice I ve been learning lately is to remain a music fan This is so important for your creativity and growth as an artist A tendency as a

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  • GRAHAM KENDRICK: 30 YEARS, 30 ALBUMS - AND STILL ON FIRE!
    out with a natural talent but it has to be developed and crafted What are the main challenges you face as someone who writes worship songs Artists should always be at the cutting edge of seeing things in a new way If you re going to be a creative person in church the challenge is to be able to communicate the ancient truths in a fresh way Words can wear out with use and it becomes difficult to actually know what they mean anymore so we need fresh words Language is changing in the world faster than ever because of communication means we take for granted Internet texting and technology New words and concepts are constantly coming in You go to church and it s the same ones people were using 50 years ago Sometimes we don t even think we just use the words If I just sing You are worthy you are worthy to you or I that might sound complete but actually it s not a complete statement You are worthy of what Words carry a feeling with them because we ve used them so often before Words become loaded with meaning Certain words are associated with certain experiences of worshipping God and being in his presence For us they carry that association but for someone else they might not What has helped you to write great songs One of the best things that ever happened to me in my lyric writing was I went to college and one of my subjects was English language and literature I had to read a lot of books and critique a lot of poetry but I was given the skills of critiquing language My lyric writing went on in leaps and bounds because I was able not just to write something but to look at what I d written You ve been talking about getting more worship songs based on stories into church Tell me more about this I think we have a very narrow idea of what music and songs in church should be these days The popular style of worship has all become vertical We ve neglected the more communal stuff Particularly Western culture which is very individualistic as you usually end up with songs which are about me and God There s much more than that and telling stories is part of it A lot of the Psalms are talking about the story of the Israelites the events like crossing the Red Sea There s a whole story and a history Old Testament worship is the retelling of a story which then has a response added to it Since Christ has come the story has gone on and suddenly exploded into amazing 3D belief It s an amazing story God came to earth God has been among us and this is what it looks like Because that happened people believed him preached the gospel and formed churches Here we are a couple of thousand years later we

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  • 5 LESSONS FROM THE THIRD WORLD
    hear me out all the production and lighting are great they are NOT bad they are just NOT the heart so no hurt feelings okay I really dig production as well and it s fine as long as Jesus is first So much we focus on the vibe and the right song that we miss God If the anointing isn t there we have nothing it s all a waste We must as leaders present Jesus for who he really is Everything Meaning we should lay it all down before going into leading a worship service and for once actually make it really truly all about Jesus 2 Worship is Not Just the Time Between Announcements and the Sermon For so long I really believed that worship was a four songs mid service and two songs at the end oh and that they were directly about God Worshipping God is everything no matter how good or bad the day our number one focus should be about Him and His sovereignty No we don t always feel like worshipping but think about this you have air in your lungs your heart is pumping blood your kidneys are filtering tons of deadly poisons out of your blood We have every reason to worship and not just those six songs on Sunday Worship is our lives Your shift at Starbucks you job at an art gallery washing cars making sandwiches etc No more part time worshipers Let s go for it constantly and always Let everything that has breath 3 We Must Not Worship Circumstantially We have so much in our country of plenty I m sitting on a jet airplane as I write this on my Apple device most of us probably used the restroom this morning INSIDE our homes When I was in these countries this past year I saw people worshipping like crazy and it changed me Yes their worship was bad and loud but it wasn t about that it was about WHY they were worshipping They have nothing their every day is comprised completely of things you and I take for complete granted yet I walked into a worship service in Uganda and saw them giving singing and shouting to Jesus Why Because they realize that our every breath is reason enough to worship our King 4 We Were Made to Worship Hosea 6 6 says I want you to show love not offer sacrifices I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings The Israelites were messing up again and as they began to repent God says this Crazy Through all our mess God wants us to know him What a crazy thought Brennan Manning says We were made for union with God It traces all the way back to the beginning where we were designed to obey and worship Jesus Everyone not just leaders not just the people in your church but EVERYONE 5 Worship Is Combat There are so many scenarios in

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  • Sending a message - CCM.CO.ZA
    Music Videos Questions or problems Send a mail with full details to TREEBEARD To buy that CD or not to buy try TREEBEARD S RULE This section can only be displayed by javascript enabled browsers 2015 by Treebeard Co Contact

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  • JASON GRAY: WITH EVERY ACT OF LOVE - The Official Video!
    details to TREEBEARD To buy that CD or not to buy try TREEBEARD S RULE JASON GRAY WITH EVERY ACT OF LOVE The Official Video 03 7 2014 News Music Videos Permalink No feedback yet This section can only be

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  • AUGUST RAIN: SHOW ME YOUR LIGHT featuring MAC POWELL
    to TREEBEARD To buy that CD or not to buy try TREEBEARD S RULE AUGUST RAIN SHOW ME YOUR LIGHT featuring MAC POWELL Such a cool music video 02 27 2014 Music Videos Permalink No feedback yet This section can

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  • CROWDER: THE STORY BEHIND "I AM"
    RULE CROWDER THE STORY BEHIND I AM You should have heard the latest single from Crowder formerly of the David Crowder Band on your radio station already If not bug them to playlist it Here he tells the story behind I Am Haven t heard the song Here s a lyric video Crowder s new album Neon Steeple will be available all around the world on 27 May 2014 02

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  • JASON GRAY: WITH EVERY ACT OF LOVE
    OF LOVE Jason Gray s new single With Every Act of Love is an amazing song and it s beginning to get a lot of airplay in South Africa Here he tells the story behind the song If you don t know the song here s a lyric video You can also see Jason doing a live version of the song at Sagebrush Community Church in Albuquerque New Mexico by

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