Worship

Laura Story and her husband encountered a life-threatening illness early in their marriage. She may have written the song Blessings in just thirty minutes, but she needed to go through five years of ups and downs, trials and grief, to get there. This hit song has now gone on to inspire countless Christians who have been struggling through their own trials in life.

In this interview from the Haven Today archives, Laura talks about the story behind this song, as well as how she incidentally became an award winning singer-songwriter in the first place. She’s appeared on Haven Today several times now, but this 2011 interview was her first time speaking with Charles Morris. It’s our prayer that no matter what you may be going through today, you might experience God’s blessings through this all about Jesus conversation.

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Brenton Brown is a smart and capable person. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study politics and philosophy at Oxford University, he would have every reason to believe himself strong enough to conquer every obstacle in life. But in 2003, both he and his wife were diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A debilitating condition, this also led him to co-write the well known praise song: Everlasting God.

Brenton has worked with just about every big name in Christian music, including the Gettys, Big Daddy Weave, Stuart Townend, Chris Tomlin, and more. He was a high achieving person who’s future was stifled by illness. And yet, for a man struggling through chronic fatigue, Scriptures describing an everlasting God who will not become faint or grow weary were exactly what he needed to get through the day. It turns out, we all need this everlasting God.

In this episode of the Great Stories Podcast (originally recorded in 2013), you’ll hear more of the story behind this song, as well as a conversation concerning the worship wars within the church.


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  • Learn more about Brenton Brown’s past and present projects at his website.
  • Now that you’ve learned the story behind the modern classic praise song Everlasting God, discover the story behind your favorite hymns with this interview and this book.
  • Watch the following video Charles Morris shot with Brenton at his home in the Malibu hills. A home that burned down five years later because of devastating wildfires:


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You may not know his name, but you’ve definitely sung his music. Known for writing songs like “In Christ Alone,” “How Deep the Father’s Love,” and “The Power of the Cross,” Stuart Townend has given the church many modern hymns that will draw believers closer to Jesus for years and years to come.

In this conversation, you’ll hear him discuss what goes into writing a memorable hymn that is theologically sound and has the power to resonate in the hearts of worshipers of every generation around the world.


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Is there enough joy in your life? What about the lives of your children? When we turn to the book of Philippians, we’re struck by two things: it’s all about Jesus. And it’s all about joy.

On today’s episode, Charles Morris has a conversation with Randall Goodgame, creator of Slugs & Bugs and the catchy Sing the Bible albums. Randall has been writing music for more than a decade to help kids know the Bible better. Here, Randall talks about the joy he has found in Jesus, as well as how he wants to help you and me and the kids in our lives experience this joy as well.


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The song has been sung by tens of millions of people all over the world. A song about heaven, wondering what it will be like. “I Can Only Imagine” was written by Bart Millard for his band, MercyMe. It wasn’t a huge hit at first, but the Lord had plans for this special song.

On today’s episode of the Great Stories Podcast, you’ll hear an interview that Charles Morris did with Bart at his home in eastern Texas back in 2006. And you’ll hear first hand how the song ended up catching him and his band by surprise. Bart also opens up about other challenges he’s faced in life and how Jesus has been his comfort through it all.


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According to Time magazine, Chris Tomlin may be the “most often sung artist anywhere.” Whether in a contemporary church service or over the radio, you’ve probably sung along to some of his most well-known songs, including “How Great is Our God,” “Our God,” Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies),” and Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).”

We recorded this interview after Chris released his album Love Ran Red (2014), which premiered the single “At the Cross.” Listen in as he describes what goes into writing and performing songs that bring people around the world closer to Jesus.


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Gospel music may seem like an antiquated genre, but there are some younger musicians breathing new life into this age-old style of singing about Jesus. The Erwins are among the best up-and-comers in the industry today. A grammy-nominated group, here they discuss with Charles Morris how they grew up on the road singing gospel songs with their traveling evangelist father. They also perform some of their music a cappella on this special episode of The Great Stories Podcast.


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We believe music is one of the greatest tools God uses for children (and adults!) to worship and learn about Jesus. For Randall Goodgame, the singer-songwriter behind Sing the Bible Vol. 1 & 2 and everything Slugs & Bugs, this is exactly his mission as he seeks to profoundly impact the culture of the home with these Gospel-centered, silly, and extremely catchy songs.
Below are just a few of the songs from Randall’s recently released album called Sing the Gospel. As Randall puts it, we pray this music inspires you and your family to sing together, laugh together, and think deeply together about the meaning of life and the nature of God.
 

God Made Me


 

Stop (Listen to the Lord!)


 

I’m Adopted


 
stgcd_medium3d.vxt2prwb27u6ty6guutku64gh3hacbf6Randall Goodgame’s desire is to help children of all ages understand the Gospel through songs that delightfully get stuck in your head. If you’ve been looking for a way to help the children in your life understand the Gospel better, then look no further. Sing the Gospel is exactly what you need.
Here’s Randall’s take on it:
“The riches of the Gospel are immeasurable. We get to be in God’s family! We are transformed from within! Our sins are forgiven, our wounds are made beautiful, and our joy never ends. Last year, our friends at The Good Book Company in the U.K. requested that we curate a collection of the Slugs & Bugs songs that explore these different aspects of the Gospel, and the result became ‘Sing the Gospel’ – a Slugs and Bugs collection.”
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How do you define worship?
For many of us, worship is what we do when we sing to God in church. Others would define it as the entire church service. Some would simply say we worship God by living our day-to-day lives as believers who seek to honor Christ.
None of these answers would be wrong. In fact, each could make one very complete definition of worship. The problem is, we don’t often realize the implications of what we are doing, who we are worshiping, or why we should do it in the first place.
We need a refresher.
The word “worship” is derived from the old English word weorthscripe, which refers to worthiness, or the acknowledgement of worth. Basically, we worship God because He is worthy of our
 

praise

adoration

exultation

admiration

gratitude

honor

reverence

and veneration.

 
Why is He worthy of these things? Because He is our
 

Creator

Provider

Savior

Comforter

High King

High Priest

and Lord.

 
The point? It’s not about us. It’s all about God, the object of our worship.
When we don’t fully understand why we worship, we begin to take it lightly. We begin to treat the singing of hymns and praise songs as just another thing we do once a week.
But worship needs to be more than that. It is an activity that should be at the center of our lives.
One of the best calls to worship I’ve seen comes from Psalm 96:

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

. . .

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness. (Ps. 96:1-3,11-13)

We worship God when we are focused on Him, and it’s when we intentionally spend time with the Creator of the universe that we bring Him glory. This is the true meaning of worship.
 
Corum Hughes works on the production team for HAVEN Today and is the managing editor of the All About Jesus blog. His passions include running, biking, reading, watching movies, and seeking Jesus in places He is seldom sought. Corum lives with his wife in California.
 


 
 

Just as parents love to see their children spending time together and loving one another. How much more our Heavenly Father must love it when His kids come together in worship—loving each other and loving Him!

Here are two great songs from Tommy Walker’s Generation Hymns 2a remarkable album that truly captures multi-cultural, multi-generational worship.

It Is Well

Blessed Assurance

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In recent years, hymns have often times divided the generations in church worship. This project is a humble attempt to present these treasures of our faith in such a way that they will bring the generations together again.

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