Music Monday🎶Jason Gray

"The wound is where the light gets in"

" A while back I read a quote by the Persian poet, Rumi. He wrote, “The wound is where the light enters you.” That just sounded like one of the truest things I ever heard, you know. It’s actually a theme I’ve explored in a lot of my music, the idea that it’s in our brokenness that things come alive in us. As a person with a speech handicap, I had to learn early on to stop looking for perfection, obviously. I’ve been pressed over the years to talk about it. The verse that says it’s in our weakness that the strength is perfected, and this is an idea we say amen to and are excited about, but we betray ourselves with our language when we say things like, “Hey, you know what? God’s going to use you in spite of your brokenness or in spite of your imperfections.” I think it’s truer to say that He uses us because of our brokenness. Our imperfections. Those become the places where we meet with the Lord most intimately, and they become places of transformation in us. I’ve had a lot of songs address that over the years. I remember reading once that Rich Mullins once said a preacher has one sermon that he preaches differently each week. I do tend to believe each of us is entrusted with some piece of truth that becomes our core message throughout our lives."

–Jason Gray

Jason Gray meets people all the time who feel that their weaknesses and handicaps keep them from doing great things. But Jason encourages them that God's grace and power flow strong through our brokeness and weakness.

The Wound Is Where The Light Gets In
Jason Gray
I was halfway up the mountain when the rocks I held gave way
I came tumbling like an avalanche to the bottom where I lay
And with the taste of blood and the twist of bone my healing could begin
'Cause the wound is where the light, the wound is where the light
The wound is where the light gets in
I have stood there like a hostage with a knife held to my vein
Captive to the poison that I took to numb the pain
'Cause everybody wishes they were born with thicker skin
But the wound is where the light, the wound is where the light
The wound is where the light gets in
It's tricky how the heart works
When the break ups and the big jerks
Make us never wanna hurt that way again
Maybe I'm naive
But in very scar I see
The place where love is trying to break in

Music Monday🎶 Being On Fire For God

Darren Mulligan of "We are Messengers"

Discovering musicians who have honesty and passion laying the groundwork for their music challenges one to seek the truth within ourselves. Hearing the Message from songs inspired by God moves one to open the heart to those "messengers set on fire" by the Holy Spirit and if the person's spirit is touched, it can not stay still; it moves to spread God's love everywhere, touching souls and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are Messengers:

One young Irishman struck by God's love could not turn back to his darkness once the light of the Holy Spirit captured his soul.

Darren and Heidi Mulligan and their children

His story inspires us to look deeper, to let go of selfishness and to respond to the Truth of our lives- that we are God's Beloved children. Mercy from God poured into Darren Mulligan and his song became the voice of Jesus.

Darren Mulligan:

" I am a Christian daddy, a Christian husband, a Christian racquetball player. I'm a Christian voter, I am a Christian gardener. Whatever I do, I do it in His name. I have no issue with bands that say, 'You know what, I'm an artist who believes in Christ but we're not Christian artists.' I get why you say that [but] I'm not ashamed of Him, what He has done for me, I will never…in my life ever turn around say, 'I'm not a Christian anything.'"

He concluded, "Everything I do is imbued with His goodness. The fact that I can breathe today — I'm a Christian breather. I don't deserve to have breath in my bones but He said you can breathe today Darren. And He said, you can go and hold your wife's hand today. And so I'm a Christian hand-holder and that's a stupid thing to say, but it's the truth."

“I Will Sing, Sing A New Song”

One of the most iconic rock bands of our time has undoubtedly made a profound impact on our world. What drives them to move, work, and make changes toward justice is passion that comes from The Source who is All in All, The Giver of Life, The One Who is Peace, and Justice Himself.

Not that U2 goes undercover as a Christ-centered band, or shies away from speaking Christ's words in their music, but truth in action speak louder to them than any label.

No, we most likely will not find "Joshua Tree" in our local Christian store, but Paul Hewson's lyrics cover multitudes of Psalms, raising a soulful majestic voice pleading in earnest for justice from God. And not just a generic worldly god that has been watered down by popular culture but a real God- the God of Abraham and Our Father; the Holiest of Holies, the name of Jesus- the Holy Spirit.

Yes, U2 passionate as they are -unashamedly bold in word and behavior, unapologetically announce raw emotion; pleading mercy and justice for ALL God's people.

Bono recently was interviewed by David Taylor of Fuller Studios* concerning the beautiful themes of the Psalms.

Here is a link to the interview:

*FULLER studio provides free resources for churches, communities, and individuals committed to a deeply formed spiritual life. Guided by an editorial team and advisory board, FULLER studio produces and curates content drawn from our outstanding faculty as well as from the worldwide Fuller community, translating this wealth of scholarship into high-quality videos, podcasts, articles, and the award-winning FULLER magazine.

Music Monday with Phil Wickham🎶

Interviewed by Chelsea Patterson

“Can you talk about the new album [Children of God] and your heart behind it?”

Phil Wickham: “I have to go back about two years to a situation I went through where I lost my voice, and found out that I had a polyp on my vocal chord that made it so hard to sing. The surgeon said that I needed to go through 6-8 weeks of silence for my vocal cords to heal, and then up to 4 months of therapy. They said they thought they could get my voice back to normal, but there was a small possibility that something could go array, and that I wouldn’t be able to sing professionally again.

In the silence of that time, when I was waiting to see if my voice would be okay, I was frustrated and anxious. I had a loss of identity, and I remember thinking “God, I know I’m supposed to trust you, but I desperately need your guidance.” There have been a handful of times where I’ve felt clearly that God was speaking to me. In this season, God was communicating to me about my identity in Him. It was very simple, but it hit me in a big way. God was reminding me that He was my Father and I was His child. I know this concept already, but my eyes were opened in a new way. The fact that the God of the universe loves me enough not just to save me, but to adopt me into His family and appoint me as a co-heir is life-changing.”

Also quoted in the particular interview Phil reminds us of who we are as Christ-followers. God’s children: 

If you’re a Christian, you have everything you need shake the world for God’s glory! Philippians 2:15 says, “…that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”  

Jesus has cleansed us and made us new, in order that we may shine His love to the world. That’s not just jargon or a motivational speech. The child of God has real power to bring Jesus to people. We should be the first to be generous, a servant, loving, kind – we should operate with Jesus’ character and love. That’s what changes the world.”

Here’s today’s pick from Phil’s latest “Children of God”