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Because He Lives (Cover by Jason Manlapaz, Easter 2020)

 

The world needs hope right now and the words of this song are just so powerful!  Please join in with all of God’s children and sing out loud about the love of God!  #HappyEaster #Heisrisen #BecauseHelives

“Because He Lives” by Matt Maher

I believe in the Son
I believe in the risen One
I believe I overcome
By the power of His blood

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen

Let my song join the one that never ends
Because He lives
I was dead in the grave

I was covered in sin and shame
I heard mercy call my name
He rolled the stone away

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
Every fear is gone
I know He holds my life my future in His hands

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen

 
 

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Were You There (Good Friday 2020)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nail Him to the tree?
Were you there when they nail Him to the tree?
Were you there when they nail Him to the tree?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they nail Him to the tree?

Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?
Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?
Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Were You there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were You there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were You there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were You there when they laid Him in the tomb?

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2020 in Conversations with God, Worship Leader

 

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O Holy Night (2019)

And just like that, another #ChristmasEve has come and gone. Welcome to our world Lord Jesus! Merry Christmas everyone! Maligayan Pasko! What songs did you sing at church this Christmas Eve?

I am so thankful that a member of the congregation captured this on their phone. I love how the congregation sang in harmony!!! #OHOLYNIGHT #Christmasmusic 

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2019 in Worship Leader

 

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Be My Vision (Original Song) by Jason Manlapaz

I wrote this song a few years ago for my friend who had just graduated from seminary and was ordained for her first call in the ministry of the ELCA in Seattle, Washington.  Her favorite hymn is “Be Thou My Vision,” so I created a contemporary reflection on the text of this most beloved hymn.  She is also of Japanese descent so I found this chord progression from Japanese pop music.

I always pray to follow God’s vision and not my own, even if/when it may not be what I am comfortable with.  Pray, listen and follow the direction that God has for your life because our vision does not allow us to see what God has in store.  I hope you like the song and if you do, then please share this post!  To God be the glory!

“Be My Vision”
By Jason Manlapaz
© 2016 Jason Manlapaz Music Publishing

“Be my vision
Lord of my heart
My strong tower
Never failing
Be my vision
Oh ruler of all”

#Originalsong #ContemporaryChristianMusic #BeMyVision #Share

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2018 in Worship Leader

 

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Shackles

“Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance!
I just want to praise You!  I just want to praise You!
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands!
I just want to praise You! I just want to praise You!”

This song by Mary Mary has been one of my all time favorite praise songs since I was in high school!  As the years go by, the words have taken an even deeper meaning for me as I had to journey through life’s challenges and valleys.

“Everything that could go wrong
all went wrong at one time
so much pressure fell on me
thought I was gonna lose my mind
but Lord I know You wanna see
if I will hold on through these trials
but I need you to lift this load
cause I can’t take it no more”

We’ve all been there right?  When everything thing that could possibly go wrong does.  But you know what?  Even then, in our darkest hour, God is is with us.  Even when we feel alone and abandoned, the Lord is right there beside us.

“Been through the fire and the rain
bound in every kind of way
but God has broken every chain
so let me go right now”

Revelations 2:10 (NIV) Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

James 1:2-3 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

In these past 6 months, I had to leave all that I have ever known because I was not safe there.  And the Lord has provided for me and my family beyond what I could ever have imagined.  I did not step out in faith.  I leapt.  I jumped because I had to and the Lord caught me and has kept me safe.  This is what it means to trust in the Lord and not rely on your own understanding or knowledge.

Isaiah 55:11 (MSG) “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

So, whoever you are and wherever you are in this life, all that I can say to you, from one child of God to another, is that God is there for you now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

 

 
 

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Step out in faith

Step out in faith

Gracious and Almighty God, we’re here because, “relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done” (C.S. Lewis) and we “receive (our) nourishment by serving the will of the One who sent (us)”(John 4:34). Speak to us. Say something that compels us to hear truth that forces us to stop looking down on others and start looking above ourselves. We’re all sinners. And that’s ok because Grace covers all. So call us out from death and shame and encourage us to step out in faith onto the solid ground of the Living Word of God.

It’s time to release our fears and to be the church; “a community of healing not hiding, embracing not excluding, of life and not death” (Rev. Mike Kinman). “And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for (us) to wake up from (our) slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). We do all of this, in the name of the Living God, Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Conversations with God

 

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Invite us into a new journey

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Lord, invite us into a new journey today, a journey where we can see the parallels and connections to our life and Your Word. Reanimate our faith, and stir in us the desire to be guided by Your truth.   Raise our consciousness by building our vision on the strength of Your Word because we were never meant to be self-sufficient. We don’t have it all together. That’s why we’re here. Our limitations are only a reminder on why we need community with You and with each other.

“(You) Lord are close to the brokenhearted. (You) save us when we are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Impact how we live, how we lead and how we love so that we “may we be fearless and excited for all the newness that is to come” (Rev. Jon Dephouse).

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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