Top 5 Worship Album Reviews & Posts of 2015

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#1 School of the Rock: 5 Keys to Building Great Youth Worship Teams

  • Are you a Youth Pastor or a Youth Leader? In this article you will find almost everything you need to know how to build great worship teams!

#2 10 New Worship Albums for Summer 2015 

  • Here you will find 10 of the top worship albums of the year with a short description for each & links to purchase them on iTunes!

#3 7 New Worship Songs for Spring

  • In this post, we focus on 7 of our favorite inspirational & diverse worship songs of 2015 with descriptions & links to purchase them on iTunes!

#4 Autumn: 9 New Worship Albums for 2015

  • This is our most recent worship album review with links to purchase 9 of the newest albums of the year!

#5 15 New Worship Songs for 2015

  • In this post you will find an eclectic mix of powerful worship songs released near the beginning of 2015!

Autumn: 9 New Worship Albums for 2015

rend-collective---as-family-we-goAs Family We Go” by Rend Collective

Favorite Song: “You Will Never Run”

In a Word: Eclectic 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/as-family-we-go/id1015750760

“Before all Things” by Eleven22 WorshipEleven22-Worship-before-all-things

Favorite Song: “I’m Not Alone”

In a Word: Electronica

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/before-all-things/id1027548987

amanda-cook“Brave New World” by Amanda Cook

Favorite Song: “Heroes”

In a Word: Peaceful

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brave-new-world/id1030012835

“Brighter” by Fearless Bandfearless-bnd

Favorite Song: “Brighter”

In a Word: Crazy

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brighter-single/id1024764880

71QfKbA2r-L._SY355_“Grand Symphony” by Ricardo Sanchez

Favorite Song: “Take Over”

In a Word: Fun

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/grand-symphony/id1039598865

“Mighty” by Kristene DiMarcoPrint

Favorite Song: “Be Still”

In a Word: Moving

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mighty-live/id1018519133

Open-Heaven-Flat“Open Heaven/ River Wild” by Hillsong Live

Favorite Song: “O Praise the Name”

In a Word: Anthem

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/open-heaven-river-wild-deluxe/id1039603106

“Pocketful of Faith” by Tim HughesPocketful_of_Faith_by_Tim_Hughes

Favorite Song: “Only the Brave”

In a Word: Hopefull 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pocketful-of-faith/id1008846475

ShoutYourName_Cover“Shout Your Name” by OneThing Live

Favorite Song: “In the Presence of the Angels”

In a Word: Stirring

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shout-your-name/id999157351

10 Must Have Worship Albums for Summer 2015

Keep 2015 going strong with these new inspirational worship albums & songs!

“Everything and Nothing Less” by Chris McClarneychris_mcclarney_everything_and_nothing_less

Favorite Song: “Everything and Nothing Less”

Recorded live at the 2015 Jesus Culture Sacramento Conference, this album features a guest appearance by Kim Walker-Smith & beckons awakening

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everything-nothing-less-live/id995118124

xteVqUiY“Singalong 3” by Phil Wickham

“Favorite Song: “Carry My Soul” 

This acoustic driven collection includes some past worship hits along with Phil’s latest favorites & features Kari Jobe, Shane & Shane & Jeremy Riddle

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/singalong-3-live/id992235105

“For Every Curse” by Daniel Bashta51pWAp+-voL._SL500_AA280_

Favorite Song: “Still I Will Praise You”

Daniel’s voice is uniquely amazing & his latest offering  features several epic praise anthems that will stir the listener to praise through the pain

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/for-every-curse/id973237490

MattRedman_UnrbokenPraise_web“Unbroken Praise” by Matt Redman

Favorite Song: “It Is Well With My Soul” 

Releasing June 16th, renowned worship leader & song writer “Matt Redman’s” newest project was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios & features 11 new songs

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unbroken-praise-live/id995118166

“Psalms LP” by Robbie Seay Band

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Favorite Song: “Psalm 18 (I Love You O Lord)”

Taken straight from the scriptures, this melodic & record  will ignite within the listener a new love for the Psalms as songs and prayers

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/psalms-lp/id955940927

Empires_(Official_Cover)_by_Hillsong_UNITED“Empires” by Hillsong UNITED

Favorite Song: “Here Now (Madness)”

With an eclectic-synth-laced sound, Hillsong UNITED – one of the worlds most renowned worship bands, celebrates the grace & good news of Jesus on their newest project

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/empires/id976349771

“Let It Be Jesus” by Christy Nockels91nMCrcQaTL._SL1500_

Favorite Song: “My Anchor”

Part of the “Passion Worship Movement,” Christy’s beautiful voice & passion for Christ & worship shine through on this redemptive record

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/let-it-be-jesus-live/id982617845

derek-johnson“Real Love” by Derek Johnson

Favorite Song: “Power in the Cross” 

Part of the Jesus Culture family, Derek delivers a home-run with this edgy-guitar driven collection of hope-infused songs

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/real-love/id973718320

“Acoustic Sessions” by Kingdomkingdom

Favorite Song: “Redeemer” 

Natives of NorCal, Kingdom has crafted an acoustic driven record with a uniquely fresh sound that speaks of redemption & victory in Christ

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/acoustic-sessions/id993279249

Elim-100_Elim-Sound“Elim 100” by Elim Sound

Favorite Song: “I Will Give Thanks” 

With 15 tracks & a modern folk style, this album features some of the best worship leaders from across England, Scotland & Ireland & inspires praise with a variety of style & voices

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elim-100/id984580174

Serving Saul: 6 Survival Tips When Serving a Wounded Leader

sauldavid“So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.” 1 Samuel 18:9

No it’s not right, but it’s a reality. You have dedicated your life & sacrificed everything: family, fortune, time, sleep, rest, comfort & more to do one of the toughest, most demanding jobs on the planet – ministry. But each life changed by Jesus makes it all worth it! Yet suddenly things have become tougher, much tougher. Your leader is wounded, & out of his hurt, he is now hurting you. You feel dis-honored, un-appreciated & ill-equipped. The one person who should be exemplifying the Fruit of the Spirit such as love & kindness, is instead manipulating & controlling you out of his own fear & insecurity. In this atmosphere of mistrust, mole hills turn into mountains & differing views are interpreted as disloyalty.

He who should have your back now has you in his cross hairs & seems to even be working against you behind the scenes. You love the people you serve & do your best to wear the plastic smile in public & show your support for the vision, but the truth is that in secret you are exhausted. Each week the burden you bear becomes heavier & your day off can’t come quick enough. It feels like you are being crushed under the weight of a garbage truck while being suffocated from it’s smell.

In your pain, you cry out “Why God?! Why is the happening to me?!” But this is not the question to be asking right now as you don’t have the time or energy to be asking it! You see, your real enemy Satan desires to use this experience to wear you down, take you out & is plotting to make you just another statistic, just another pastor who “Burnt Out” never to be heard from again. So the proper question to be asking now, the question who’s answer your survival depends on is… “How God? How do I make it through this season without quitting the ministry, without quitting my marriage or without quitting my faith?!

If the above scenario sounds like I’m describing your life & ministry, then you are probably serving a wounded leader. The good news is this: you are not alone, you will make it through & you will be stronger for it! Pulling from my own past ministry experiences as well as from studying the life of David, here are 6 survival tips to make it through this tough season…

#1 Faithfully Play Your Harp with Skill (1 Samuel 18:10-11 & 19:9-10)

  • You don’t get to give the King personal harp concerts if you are not really skilled! Even though Saul would snap at random & fling spears with the intent to kill, David was faithful to go back & play his harp to the best of his ability. This brought peace to the King’s troubled mind & in turn, brought peace to the kingdom.
  • As tempting as it may be, don’t take shortcuts or shift into cruise mode! Despite the pain, stay faithful to serve Jesus, your leader & church to the best of your ability using the gifts God has given you! This will bring peace to your leader’s mind & make God smile!

#2 Don’t Allow the Spears to Penetrate Your Heart (1 Samuel 18:10-11 & 19:9-10)

  • David was faithful, but he wasn’t ignorant! He knew God had a divine plan for his life having been anointed to be the next king! Therefore, David guarded his heart & life by keeping his eyes wide open & being ready at a moments notice to jump out-of-the-way of Saul’s insecure spears!
  • Just as you would be cautious to care for a stray, wounded Rottweiler, so be compassionately cautious around a wounded leader. Remember in this season that God is the one who has chosen you & He will perfect that which concerns you! Guard your heart from the spears of accusation, anger, depression & un-forgiveness by fixing your eyes on Jesus & refusing to come into agreement with any of Satan’s lies or word curses spoken against you!

#3 Seek the Help of Jonathan (1 Samuel 20:1-42 & 23:16-18)

  • Jonathan was a trusted friend. He knew what David was going through as he himself had personal experience dodging Saul’s spears! Jonathan spoke from a platform where he had both parties best interest in mind. He encouraged & comforted David by speaking life over his situation & helping him to navigate through some very sticky moments.
  • Remember that God uses people! It’s imperative that you find a trusted friend or mentor to talk with on a regular basis who has gone through what you are going through & who can give you wisdom, hope & help you see things from a different perspective!

#4 Flee to the Safety of the Cave Before it’s to Late (1 Samuel 19:18, 22:1-2 & 24:3)

  • David eventually had to get out of dodge when his life & future were in major danger!
  • It’s not God’s will that you live in a constant state of misery! As much as you love the people you minister to or the city you live in, it’s probably time to transition out at this point. The reality is that your ultimate job is to fulfill your pastors vision for the church, & when you can no longer do that – it’s go time.

#5 Leave Vengeance in the Hands of the Lord (1 Samuel 24:1-15 & 26:1-15)

  • After being hunted like a fugitive & surviving multiple attempts on his life, David refused to take Saul’s life & usurp the throne even when it was right there for the taking! This is one of the reasons why God called David “A Man after my own heart,” because David understood that all authority comes from God.
  • God will not be mocked, he will give you justice & your leader will eventually reap what they have sown. So take the high rode & refuse to retaliate. Remember that all authority comes from God – even wounded authority. When you honor authority, you honor God. When you honor authority, you communicate to God that you are ready to be trusted with with more responsibility! And this is usually when your breakthrough comes (i.e. #6)…

#6 Prepare to Ascend the Throne (2 Samuel 2:4)

  • God was faithful to fulfill his promise as David not only became Israel’s next king, he became Israel’s greatest king! Saul’s ceiling of leadership became David’s floor. In learning what not to do, David became a stronger leader for it took a bunch of misfits & turned them into a special ops army of giant slayers!
  • Forget what is behind & strain toward what is ahead! Take note of what not to do & become the wise, secure & empowering leader you desire to have! He who promised is faithful! Your best days are ahead! Believe it, declare it & begin to take steps of faith to prepare for it!

7 New Worship Songs for Spring

Keep your new year going strong by worshipping with these inspirational & diverse anthems!

robbie-seay-band-155160-psalms1 “Psalm 118 (Your Steadfast Love)” by Robby Seay Band

Taken from Psalm 118, this song is a celebration of God’s steadfast love

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/psalm-118-your-steadfast-love/id955940927?i=955940958

2 “Even So Come” by Passion/ Featuring Chris Tomlin passion-even-so-come

A soul stirring anthem that celebrates & anticipates the return of the King of Kings

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/even-so-come-feat.-chris-tomlin/id971504477?i=971504482

2627ad8f94060bfccc71e7a9584eb5a0.1000x1000x13 “Energy” by Hillsong Young & Free

This synth driven feel good song celebrates the God’s sovereignty & will make you wanna dance

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/energy/id956776435?i=956776562

4 “Grace on Top of Grace” by Fellowship Creativealbum-art-aliveinus

A hand clapping, foot stomping celebration of God’s grace & freedom

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/grace-on-top-of-grace/id978730283?i=978730284

a0270310381_105 “Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul” by Pacific Gold

This eclectic piano laced hymn is a cry for God’s help in times of trouble

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dear-refuge-of-my-weary-soul/id966605428?i=966605574

6 “Our Salvation” by Derek Johnsonderek-johnson

A guitar driven anthem that praises God’s salvation & holiness

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/our-salvation/id973718320?i=973718321

Davis7 “Victory” by Davis the Band

A joyous celebration of Christ’s Victory on the cross & the freedom that comes through His Word

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/victory/id962460241?i=962460482