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Wolves at the Gate: Dust to Dust

What will you gain?
What will you earn?
What is your claim?
From dust we come
And dust we return.

If I loved wealth
I’d find the root of evil.
If I lust for power
I’d lose my soul.
If I sought fame
I’d be a thief
Of all Your Honor
Honor, Glory, and Praise.

Hollow and hopeless and cold
Is value in fame and in gold.
The truest of treasures
Is to be found within His fold.

Oh how lost I would be
If my faith unwound.
(And I lost the Lord)
Oh how empty my soul
Would ever be found.
(If I gained the world)

If you’re seeking after treasures
Designed by human hands
You’ll come and find to realize
Your soul it demands.

If I loved wealth
I’d find the root of evil.
If I lust for power
I’d lose my soul.
If I sought fame
I’d be a thief
Of all Your Honor
Honor, Glory, and Praise.

What is your wealth?
What is your fame?
What is your goal?
If you gain the world
But lose your soul?

Oh how lost I would be
If my faith unwound.
(And I lost the Lord)
Oh how empty my soul
Would ever be found.
(If I gained the world)

The joy in knowing
I’m blood bought by the King.
My truest treasure is
I’ll know my King!
Know my King!


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Needtobreathe bounces back after crisis point

Needtobreathe is still one of my favorite bands today. But after seeing them in concert about two years ago, I thought they were just another “Christian” band that made it mainstream and were slowly fading away from having anything to do with God. I still remember the surprise and the feeling of disbelief I had when I listened to their first couple songs off their new album, Rivers in the Wasteland! I remember thinking, “Did they just sing about God?!”, and pressing repeat to play the song over again. I have learned that at their concerts they go into a little bit more detail of what caused the change, either way I am glad they are back and ready to go! 

Bo Rinehart describes Needtobreathe’s latest release, April 15’s “Rivers in the Wasteland,” as “the toughest record we had to make.”

Rinehart says after 14 years together, he and band mates Bear (his brother) and Seth Bolt were feeling the stress.

“We were trying to chase our opportunities as much as possible. There are only so many things we can control, and you never know if you’re going to get a good break or what’s going to happen that’s out of your control,” Rinehart says.

Over the years, the South Carolina rock band — which plays tonight at the Gillioz Theatre — has seen considerable success. Every year since 2008, the band has been nominated for a GMA Dove Award. Every year since 2009, Needtobreathe has taken home awards for nearly every category in which the band has been nominated, including five wins for Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year and three wins for Group of the Year.

But the pressure just got to be too much, Rinehart says.

“It was a downward spiral from there. We put a lot of added pressure that we didn’t need,” he says. “…We just kept hitting a wall and at some point we had to take a break and slow things down and regroup and figure out what was most important.

“Early on as things started to get bad, you start to blame one another. We, of course, went down that path. It took us a minute. We finally had to step back from the project for a couple of months before we started realizing we needed each other and our identity didn’t need to be Needtobreathe. Our identity is in Christ,” Rinehart says.

Rinehart says that realization changed everything for “Rivers in the Wasteland,” which is ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart.

“I think it crossed all of our minds that this could end any second. I think really embracing that concept and that idea was what allowed us to step away from it fully for those three months and get our heads on straight.

“We wanted to know if we backed away from this right now, would that be OK?” he says.

They realized it would be, that there were more important things than the band.

“I began writing songs immediately once that release and surrender came. I felt that was the freedom I needed to keep going,” Rinehart says.

It also liberated the band from overworking the sound in the studio.

“We just really wanted to make a record that was as honest as we could be. The best way we could do that was to allow ourselves to be more vulnerable so some of the errors and mistakes would show up in the music,” he says.

Rinehart says the result was worth the journey.

“I think the excitement is back. We’re completely ready, we’re anxious. This is the first time in a long time that we’ve been sitting at home jotting down what we need to do during the sets,” he says. “We have a love for what we do. The show will be fun. It’s going to be loud at times, it’s going to be intimate at times, but I think we’re ready for putting on a show that’s the best of Needtobreathe and what we can do.”

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116 Clique: Gospel Music (Romans)

It’s the Book of Romans right here, y’all
Here we go

I’m not ashamed of the gospel y’all,
It’s the power of God, which can save us all
In the gospel the righteousness of God’s revealed,
And who lives by faith, the righteous will.

Awake from your slumber eyes
A letter from the wise
The book of Romans
The Christian faith summarized
By Paul upon serving the Christ Jesus
Called to be an apostle
Set apart from the gospel
Chapter 1:16 and 17 is the thesis
Cuz our sins are colossal
Hearts are harder than fossils
That’s everybodys plight
Can’t solve it, Goodnight
How do sinners get right
In a holy God’s sight
Amazing is the answer, see
Romans states it candidly
The first three chapters
God’s case against humanity
Whether it’s idolatry
Or religious hypocrisy
No one can possibly
See the charges and say it’s not for me.
Everybody’s guilty
Everybody’s filthy
Before God on judgment
Is where everybody will be
For those who believe in Jesus
Who suffered and died
Yo it feels so good to be justified Yeah

Yo, at the cross
The wrath of God was spent on Jesus
On behalf of all who repent and believe this
We receive his
Perfect righteousness (by faith)
In exchange, believers cursed lives are his
Behold the blessedness
For Earth’s cold residence
Chapter 4, Paul defends it from the Old Testament
Up to this point we saw the need for justification
In Chapter 5, and following we see its implications
In service, in purity we yearn for maturity
And powered by Christ who gives eternal security
Slowly but surely he removes every vice
Raised to newness of life
Through our union with Christ
But Chapter 7 finds us
Struggling with sin
Its bugging us within
But he loves us ’til the end
Even with complications
Through sins occupation
For Gods concentrated
There’s no condemnation
The Holy Spirit inside
He comforts like no other
He convinces us we’re God’s children
Even when we suffer
Nothing in creation
Could ever separate us (never)
From the love of God
In Christ Jesus who saved us
In Chapter 9, we see God is sovereign in his mercy
His dealings with Israel shows he’s working out his purpose
By the end of 11 it’s Jew and Gentile together
United in Christ to his glory forever (forever)

Yo so in view of Gods mercies
We remove our worldly uniforms and throw on crucified jerseys
Holy and acceptable, Ruled by the divine
Jesus, being transformed by the renewal of the mind
Yes, you was designed, obedience to the scriptures
With love as the key ingredient in the mixture
The Godly man’s picture, under the new covenant
Mindful of God, we submit to the government
Not passing judgment, on weaker brothers
Instead we spread love to ’em to keep ’em from stumbling
When we do this, God will truly then smile
Because Christ is glorified through Jew and Gentile
The God of peace, at his judgment seat
Will soon crush Satan under our feet (No Doubt)
This is just an overview, go and read Romans through
And I pray the God of Romans will grab a hold of you

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