Hot off the press is Hillsong Young and Free’s newest album "Youth Revival". We are especially excited about this upbeat, encouraging, and worshipful album! Below, we wanted to share some thoughts from Alexander, Aodhan, & Laura that capture the heart of the album.
"YOUTH REVIVAL could look like a contagious awaking among a people who defy the cultural grain. When the world would try and pull us this way or that way, we would choose to stand in who God has called us to be" -Alexander Pappas #YOUTHREVIVAL
"YOUTH REVIVAL could look like a generation of young people who know what they're about.. They're not swayed by the "cool" things or caught up in the opinions of their peers but are defined by what they know.. And that is Jesus. A confidence in themselves strong enough to shift and redefine youth culture.." -Aodhan King #YOUTHREVIVAL
"YOUTH REVIVAL could look like so many hearts finding their salvation in all of its fullness and beauty... the whole world could not help but pay attention to it, the history books would forever record it and future generations would be changed because of it." -Laura Toggs #YOUTHREVIVAL
Be on the lookout for free resources and New Song Cafes to come from many of these worship songs!
As you prepare for Easter, finding the perfect set list can be really difficult! We thought we'd make the process easier by including a list of some of our favorite (and most relevant) Easter worship songs. Included in this list is are New Song Cafe's as well as FREE lead sheets and many other resources.
The Bible is not discreet about our relationship with God. It is clear. God is our Father; we are His children. In fact, God is identified as our Father 265 times in scripture. Most of those are found in the New Testament because through Christ, we have a new identity as an adopted child of God.
Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” Galatians 4:7 says, “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”
You're a good, good Father
It's who You are, it's who You are, it's who You are
And I'm loved by You
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am
The word “father” invokes up all sorts of images for people. For some, “father” is associated with warm memories, laughter, family trips or long conversations on a front porch. For others the word is associated with absence, rejection, hurt, or pain. At times, we have greatly distorted what the role of a father was intended to be.
This is why it’s so important to understand that God is not only our Father, but He is a good Father.
You may believe you are a child of God, but do you believe, really believe to your very core, that you are loved by God? This can be a difficult truth to grasp, even for the most fervent believer. Guilt, shame and sin can prevent us from believing in and experiencing the love of God. Bitterness and past experiences remain in our hearts and minds and over the years, we grab hold of a lie that He wants good for others, but not for ourselves.
Oh, I've heard a thousand stories
Of what they think You're like
But I've heard the tender whisper
Of love in the dead of night
And You tell me that You're pleased
And that I'm never alone
This sort of thinking is counter to what scripture says about God as our Father. Think about how the Father figure of God is described and what this says about His character:
He embraces the prodigal son, and the older brother—He is loving, accepting and patient. (Luke 15)
He takes care of the sparrows but says He cares much more for his children than the sparrows—He provides and is attuned to our needs. (Matthew 10)
He goes after every single lost sheep until it is found—He pursues a relationship with us and doesn’t ever get tired of looking after the lost. (Luke 15)
The two truths that have the most transformative power in your life are that you are God’s child and God is a good Father. Tell yourself that today, over and over. It’s who you are, and it’s who He is.