I recently heard a sermon that talked about consumption. The saying “you are what you eat” can be taken as so much more. What if it said “you are what you consume”? Do you watch a ton of TV, listen to negative talk radio, or spend too much time on your smartphone? Is your life consumed with family and good, or are you consumed with things that don’t matter?
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I have someone in my life that is consumed with things that are not important. Instead of playing with the kids, they play on their phone. Instead of enjoying a family meal, they are watching TV. They are missing out on the most important parts of life… family, friendship, love.
One thing I always do is listen to Christian music. I find that, no matter what is going on in my life, listening to Christian radio puts things into perspective. Just paying attention to the words will bring clarity to life’s situations. I am able to remember the love of Jesus for me. My kids learn about Jesus’ love for them through the words of Christian music as well. There is nothing quite so touching as hearing them seeing “church songs” (as Jemma calls them) and spreading the love of God amongst themselves.
One of our favorite bands is Tenth Avenue North and we are loving their new album, Cathedrals. The songs make me smile and bring joy to my life.
It all began with Over And Underneath, the debut record from Tenth Avenue North that introduced the bands signature style of intellectual melodic pop/rock. It was also the start of the bands story song, communicating that Christ is both over and underneath. Hes higher than the heights of our purity and lower than the depths of our depravity. Tenth Avenue North then released their sophomore effort, The Light Meets The Dark, continuing the story with songs that were both poignant and powerful.
Lead singer, Mike Donehey, explained this next step in their musical journey. Okay, now if you believe that you are messed up, let people see how messed up you are, are you ready to confess? Are you ready to have all your masks taken away? The message of The Light Meets The Dark was that we are more than the sum of our mistakes, were the sum of the Fathers love for us. The next chapter continued on the bands third record, The Struggle.
This collection of songs explained that once we know that we dont have to save ourselves, we are freed up to be honest about our struggles. We can admit that we feel worn, and we need redemption. We are free to struggle, but hallelujah, were not struggling to be free. The band was struck by John Dunns memorable quote, no man is an island. With these new songs, Tenth Avenue North encourages us to get off our self-made islands of isolation, to break the chains of shame that have kept us there, and find communion with God and each other. Tenth Avenue North encourages us to realize Gods spirit doesnt dwell in buildings; He dwells in us for WE ARE HIS CATHEDRALS. Deluxe Edition Includes 3 Additional Songs.
I encourage you to listen to Christian music from time to time and be sure to check out the new album from Tenth Avenue North! From now until 12/24, you can purchase Cathedrals from Family Christian for only $6.99 (with coupon). You will love it!