We feel the brokenness of this world every day, don’t we? Maybe you feel it in your relationships, in a struggle you’re facing or even in your own body. Something is off here. We don’t quite feel at home. We are always yearning for something more because we were made for something more. “For this world is not our permanent home,” Hebrews says, “we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Heb. 13:14).

This world is not what it was meant to be

All this pain, all this suffering

There’s a better place waiting for me

In heaven

Our real home has not yet come, but we are given a taste in scripture of what it will be like: “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:3-4).

In heaven, every chain is broken, every fear is gone. The things of this world that enslave us today—our sin, our circumstance, our mortality—will have no hold over us in eternity. Whatever feels broken here, will be made whole in our eternal home.

In the daily grind, it’s hard to remember this isn’t all there is. We get lost in the shuffle and in the mess of it all. This is why we have to intentionally stop and remind ourselves of the hope we have in Jesus, the freedom that is to come and the home that we were made for. Knowing this, we can boldly sing:

 Hallelujah, hallelujah

I am goin’

I’m goin’ home

"Home" by Chris Tomlin

Devotional by Andrea Lucado

 “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Psalm 32:1, NIV)

 Funny thing about the Bible… When you start reading it, you slowly begin to recognize yourself in the characters of the story. With prayer and conviction, we often swallow the lump in our throat as it dawns on us: We are Adam and Eve, trying to cover our shame. We are Peter, denying Christ when the gospel becomes counter-cultural. At our worst, we are the same ones who nailed Him to the cross. Our sin held Him there.

 "I’m the one who held the nail / It was cold between my fingertips / I’ve hidden in the garden / I’ve denied You with my very lips"

 It’s humbling, isn’t it? The gap between our depravity and His holiness is infinite. Our sins are oftentimes more than we can bear and greater than we can count. The canyon between who we are and who we were created to be gets wider by the day, it seems. Yet, God promises that the outstretched arms of His Son are more than enough to bridge that great divide.

 The Bible plainly confirms this truth: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NIV)

 Forgiveness rushes in like a balm to our souls, allowing us to bask in the liberty a relationship with Christ provides. Forgiveness is such an extravagant gift. However, it comes with great responsibility. If we seek the Father’s forgiveness, He always promises to forgive His children, but He also expects us to be just as quick to forgive.

 There’s the rub. We desperately want to be shown grace, but when it comes to extending that same grace to others, we’re quick to dole out judgement instead of the mercy Jesus desires us to reciprocate. With so many viewpoints at war in today’s society, it’s easy to focus on the things that divide us. It’s easy to point fingers and hurl insults. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that differing opinions equal differing sides of the equation. It’s easy to desire revenge and far more difficult to turn the other cheek.

 Christ never said forgiveness would be easy. If anything, it’s perhaps one of the hardest things we’ll ever do this side of eternity. Yet, He asks us to never forget the sacrifice He made that covers all sins.

 “Be kind and compassionate to one another,” He commands, “forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32, NIV)

 He extends forgiveness so that we’ll give it away to others. And it’s in that exchange where we find true freedom. Just like anything else He bestows upon His children, forgiveness is a lavish gift we don't deserve. Yet, the Giver gives it away freely and often. And He invites us to do the same.

 "You look at me, arms open / Forgiven, Forgiven / Child, there is freedom / From all of it / Say goodbye to every sin / You are forgiven"

 

Forgiven,” by Crowder

devotional by Lindsay Williams

We are so excited to announce the anticipated release of Passion’s newest album “Worthy Of Your Name”! This record includes powerful songs from some of our generation’s most influential worship leaders. We pray that you and your congregations are encouraged and inspired by the rich Gospel truths declared in these songs. 

Below you’ll find song pages + resources along with New Song Cafés*. Enjoy! 

Song Pages:

Glorious Day (feat. Kristian Stanfill)*

Worthy Of Your Name (feat. Sean Curran)*

 How Great Is Your Love (feat. Kristian Stanfill)*

 Build My Life (feat. Brett Younker)*

Holy Ground (feat. Melodie Malone)*

Heart Abandoned (feat. Kristian Stanfill)*

Forgiven (feat. Crowder)*

Your Cross Changes Everything (feat. Matt Redman)

This We Know (feat. Kristian Stanfill)

Rule (feat. Hillsong UNITED and Crowder)

God Of Calvary (feat. Chris Tomlin)*

 

Blessings, 

The Worship Together Team

We are thrilled to announce the release of Kari Jobe’s newest record, The Garden. We have been so refreshed by the Spirit filled messages in this record and pray you and your congregations will be as well. Below you’ll find song pages + resources along with four exclusive New Song Cafés. Enjoy!

Song Pages

The Garden

Let Your Glory Fall*

Heal Our Land*

Lover Of My Soul

Speak To Me

Fall Afresh*

I Will Sing

Miracles*

Closer To Your Heart*

Oh The Power*

The Cause Of Christ*

* New Song Cafe

Blessings,

The Worship Together Team

As we approach the new year, we wanted to reflect on some of the most popular new worship songs launched in 2016. To celebrate, we are giving away FREE charts for each song for you to use in your services. We are grateful for another great year and are looking forward to what 2017 may hold. Enjoy the resources!

Song Pages

What A Beautiful Name // Hillsong Worship

King Of My Heart // John Mark McMillan & Sarah McMillan

Lion And The Lamb // Brenton Brown

In The River // Jesus Culture

Fierce // Jesus Culture

Real Love // Hillsong Young and Free

Alive In You // Jesus Culture

Grace To Grace // Hillsong Worship

Jesus // Chris Tomlin

Miracles // Jesus Culture

My Victory // Crowder

Awake My Soul // United Pursuit

Blessings,

The Worship Together Team

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