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Five Ways to Incorporate Worship in Your Time with God

God is the same at church as He is at home. Yet, frequently I will hear people say that their worship at home just isn’t as powerful as it is at church.

HERE ARE FIVE TIPS TO HELP MAKE YOUR PERSONAL WORSHIP TIMES AS IMPACTFUL AS CORPORATE ONES:

1.Be intentional about what you worship to //

There are thousands of worship songs out there, and you aren’t going to know them all. Worshipping to songs that are unfamiliar is hard. Pick ones you know.

Personality and emotions play into how we worship. Be aware of your natural bent to a certain type of worship. It’s okay to worship to Hillsong Young & Free if you’re feeling a little happy, wild and crazy. But if your worship playlist is all high energy, party songs you might miss a place of intimacy with God. In contrast, if your playlist is all worship songs that make you cry, you won’t ever celebrate God in worship. Jesus is the fullness of happiness, joy, comfort, love and sympathy rolled into one person. The way we worship Him and the songs we choose should reflect all ends of the spectrum of His character. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out these Spotify playlists our worship department has created.

2.Remove distractions //

Whether you realize it or not, our Auditorium is set up in a way to direct our focus toward God. It’s probably not feasible to put giant projector screens on your home walls or have spotlights directed at the worship leader on your TV. However, you can take some practical steps to remain undistracted in worship. Start by putting the phone down. Don’t look at those emails and texts you missed last night – they can wait. Find somewhere you can be uninterrupted. Get away from the roommates, family members and other people who might distract you. Oh, and save the coffee for Bible time – it’s hard to sing with coffee in your mouth.

3.Lead yourself //

When JMG starts rocking out on his guitar on Sunday morning, we all know the presence of God is about to show up. Unfortunately, James Mark can’t show up to your home every morning, but we can all learn how to lead ourselves in worship. Leading yourself in worship is all about responding to what God is doing. One way to do this is to declare the truth of God or Scriptures that relate to what you are worshipping to. Take for example the song, History’s Anthem off the new AntiochLIVE album. The bridge says, “Your faithfulness is history’s anthem, Your constant love the song of creation.” Take a few moments to declare out loud ways that has been true in your life.

4.Be expressive //

God wants our whole heart, mind, soul and body. If one of these is left out, we’re missing out! If my heart, mind and soul are celebrating God, I shouldn’t cross my arms and put my pouty face on. In his book The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis writes letters from the perspective of the demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood. In one of those letters Screwtape writes, “The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.”  If we feel the Holy Spirit prompting us to do something, we should do it. That could be bowing in reverence, dancing for joy or putting our hands up. Let’s not let fear of action numb our ability to feel.

The Hebrew words for worship often had actions built right into them. Here are a couple examples:

  • Yadah – to give thanks or worship with extended hands. This word is used 64 times in the Bible -most famously is in Psalm 100:4. Our thanks should be given with outstretched hands.
  • Hallal – to act wildly or crazy especially in praising or boasting. While this word isn’t used as frequently in the Bible it still shows us that even wild dancing and shouting can be considered worship.

5. Switch things up //

Habits can be a very good thing. However, habits can also lead to monotony, and God is anything but monotonous. Make intentional changes in your morning time with Jesus routine to keep experiencing freshness in your relationship.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Change your location. Don’t go to that same recliner with your guitar every morning. Try going outside or into a different room.
  • Don’t always put worship at the same spot in your time with Jesus. Do it first, after Bible reading or after prayer.
  • Try reading/meditating on the lyrics before listening to the song

Donald Miller wrote in Blue Like Jazz, “I don’t think there is any better worship than wonder.” However you choose to incorporate these tips into your everyday, remember God is a God worthy of our wonder. May we never lose our wonder.

By Nate Emerson – Worship Staff

Nate serves as the administrator for the worship department and plays keys for the worship team. 

Arms of My Father //
A Worship Devotional

I don’t know about you, but I hate failing. I don’t like disappointing people or having to confess when I have sinned. You know the feeling in the moment right after you fail? Guilt. Disappointment. Shame. The feeling that you let others, yourself or God down. For me this temptation creeps in – the need to prove my earnestness to live rightly. To set strict boundaries. To try to live extreme the other way in order to earn my way back into good graces.

THE SONG, ARMS OF MY FATHER SITS SQUARE IN THAT POST-SIN MOMENT FOR ME.

When I feel like I am so far away from God and I don’t deserve His love because of my own actions, in that moment the lyrics to the bridge come crashing in on me.

No veil stands between us.

No sin separates us.

I am Yours forever.

No more condemnation.

No more separation.

I am Yours forever.

I remember sitting at the baby grand piano in my home in one of those post-sin moments and singing this bridge over and over with tears streaming down my face. Truth started to sink in.

IT’S NOT UP TO ME TO PROVE MY WORTH.

I don’t need to fix myself or recoup what has been lost. God, my Father, is standing with arms wide open beckoning me to come close to Him again. This song is an invitation to allow the grace of God to be enough. For Him to come tear down our walls and simply receive His love.

IN RESPONSE:

Wherever you are right now, pause for a moment. Where are you trying to prove you are worthy of love and value? Allow the truth of the gospel to wash over you and set you free. NOTHING can separate you from the love of God today. God is not waiting for you to prove that you are worthy of His love. He freely lavishes it. And He is inviting you right now to come in close and simply receive His grace.

By Owen Wible – AntiochLIVE

History’s Anthem //
A Worship Devotional

It is always a surreal feeling when you hear about people encountering God through a song you helped create. It still blows me away. Somehow God, in His infinite wisdom, has wired us in such a way that even a simple melody can propel our hearts toward Him. Music moves us in a way that almost nothing else can.

But the song, History’s Anthem, is more than a melody –

IT’S A HEART CRY WE FIND THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE.

Let’s dive into the lyrics and explore what they say about our Father, His character and the praise process He invites us into on a daily basis.

There is an anthem, rising in our hearts

Born from our stories, Your presence through it all

A heart-cry of freedom, lifted up in praise

A song of redemption, in wonder of Your ways

We see the theme of this song right off the bat. It alludes to the natural, almost compulsive cry of thankfulness that rises up in the people of God when we pause and think about His faithfulness in our lives. We can’t help it. It’s our natural response. It’s what happens when we take time to remember.

Throughout the Old Testament, the people of God were instructed to pause and remember what God had done. Early on in the Bible we see Abraham and his descendants setting up memorial stones, or altars, as they traveled around the land of Canaan to help facilitate this process. These memorials served as physical reminders of powerful encounters the people had with God. When their descendants saw these stones, they remembered stories of God’s faithfulness (See Genesis 13, Genesis 28, Joshua 4 and Judges 6 for examples).

One of my favorite stories about a memorial stone is found in Joshua chapter 4. The Israelites had just crossed the Jordan river and stepped into the Promised Land. God had, for the second time, parted a large body of water so His people could walk into their inheritance on dry land. It was an absolute miracle! I’m sure the people were rushing forward into the Promised Land with some mixture of excitement and fear. Interestingly, Joshua immediately stops them, instructing a man from each of the twelve tribes to take a stone form the Jordan River and lay them together on the other side.

“When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you? Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:6-7)

IT IS RIGHT TO PAUSE AND REMEMBER.

The people of Israel regularly made time to do just that, whether it was through setting up altars, reciting their history around a table, engaging in festivals or even eating yearly feasts. Why? Because it was impossible to look at their history and not run smack into the faithfulness of God.

And I suspect the same can be said for each of our lives.

You have been faithful

You are always good

Your ways are constant

Your promises are sure

Even in fire You have never left us

Steadfast forever, You will never fail

This chorus is a simple declaration, inviting us to speak out loud what the Lord has done for us. It reminds me of what David says in the first few verses of Psalm 33 –

“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy. For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.” Psalm 33:1-5

I love that this Psalm doesn’t allude to our feelings in any way. It simply says, “it is fitting for the upright to praise Him,” and to do so in an extravagant way. We can all choose to worship. I can say from personal experience; I don’t always feel like worshipping. But something funny happens once the declarations start rolling – it just gets easier and easier.

PRAISE BEGETS PRAISE. THANKFULNESS BEGETS THANKFULNESS.

It’s contagious. And it’s what our Father deserves.

I’ll follow You

With total abandon

I trust Your heart

You know where You’re leading

Your promise is the ground I will stand upon

To me, the bridge of this song culminates in the natural progression of the praise process. We spend the verse and chorus reminding ourselves of His faithfulness in our lives and choosing to declare His goodness out loud. We soon begin to realize, “Oh yeah! That’s right! He has been faithful to me. He has rescued me from the junk I couldn’t get out of. He has been extremely kind to me. He hasn’t failed me yet. Can you believe He has been this consistent?”

I CAN FEEL THE TRUTH SINKING IN AGAIN AS I WRITE THIS.

And our natural response to all of this thankfulness is to trust Him again. David says as much in Psalm 25:1-3 –

“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for You shall ever be put to shame…”

David had been through some difficult stuff, but he chose to find and remember God’s faithfulness through it all. And this faithfulness compelled him to lift up his soul to God again, to find God as His source of trust.

Your faithfulness

Is History’s Anthem

Your constant love

The song of creation

Let Heaven shout

You will never fail

THE SAFEST PLACE WE CAN EVER BE IS FULLY SUBMITTED TO THE WILL OF GOD IN OUR LIVES.

Why? Because His track record is flawless. He has never failed in all of history. He is too good. His way is perfect. His plans are flawless. His faithfulness is sure.

All of creation testifies to this. Our own stories reflect it. And one day, we will join with all of heaven as we declare that truth together.

IN RESPONSE:

Take a moment to worship through History’s Anthem. As you do, try to follow this simple, four-step, praise process –

  1. Start by pausing and remembering. Remind yourself of His faithfulness. Bring it to mind.
  2. Begin to thank Him out loud for whatever you thought of. Even if you don’t feel like it or it doesn’t seem overly profound, begin to declare His goodness in whatever way you can.
  3. Now, from that place of gratitude, take a moment to surrender your life – even today and its complexities – to Him again.
  4. End by thanking Him for always being more than enough.

By Caleb Seibert – AntiochLIVE

Caleb is one of the song writers on AntiochLIVE’s new album, History’s Anthem. Originally from Waco, he is now attending school in Austin, and is a part of Antioch Austin. 

Song Story –
Almighty One

I’ve thought about how to approach writing this song story quite a few times now. The struggle of how to approach this somehow seems like it might feel more noble if it were because I had something complicated I was trying to say very precisely or something uniquely profound that I just didn’t quite know how to communicate.

Now, far be it from me to insinuate that something out of the book of Revelation isn’t uniquely profound, but to be perfectly honest I struggled with this song story mostly because I didn’t really feel like the story of this song had much to say.

We’ll come back to that initial thought here in a bit, but for now let me just say that if you’ve ever heard the song Almighty One and read the book of Revelation then you already have a pretty good idea what this song is all about.

In chapter 4, a chapter titled The Throne of Heaven, John describes four creatures in the throne room of heaven who endlessly declare, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty. Who was, and is, and is to come.” The scene is profound, startling, beautiful and an all-around fear of God kind of moment.

I remember when I first wrote the bridge of this song, it was a little different and a bit wordier back then. The cadence didn’t quite flow off the tongue quite as well as it does now, but the heart of it was the exact same.

I WANTED TO SING THE SONG OF HEAVEN.

I was enthralled by this idea of how the very throne room of heaven was and is worshiping God who appears like jasper and ruby, is encircled by a rainbow that shines like emerald, and is surrounded by flashes of lightening and rolls of thunder. I wanted our church to join in with the same words that are being said to God in the throne room of heaven. I wanted to join in with those same words.

As an artist, an artist who is a Christian and sometimes even a Christian artist, I hold to this belief that the art that I create has no reason to be anything other than excellent. Compromise is a something of a dirty word. If the art I create is inspired by and for the Creator of every last thing that is beautiful then how could I even begin to settle for anything less than impeccable? In a certain way of thinking using words that someone else wrote as the lyrics to a song seems like a bit of a shortcut, which you’d be able to argue toes a line very close to compromise.  I didn’t feel that way with this song though.

IF THOSE WORDS WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE SUNG IN THE THRONE ROOM, THEN SURELY THEY WERE GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME TO SING.

I’m particularly moved by the thought of singing along with heaven, worshiping an immeasurably powerful, unspeakably worthy God who deemed those words acceptable to be sung around his throne. For me it was enough to borrow from John and feel pretty fine about it.

So that’s how the song started, and I’d love to say that a few hours later it was finished. But nothing could be further from the truth. There were many moments during the writing of this song that I thought it wouldn’t actually ever get completed, that it would forever live as this little tune I’d written late one night in my living room. Truthfully, that would have been fine. There are lots of full songs, choruses, bridges, verses, etc. that will only ever live as melodies I sing by myself, alone, forget about and find months later in the voice memos app on my phone.

BUT I BELIEVE GOD HAD A BIGGER PLAN FOR THIS SONG.

Even though it took about a dozen or more writing sessions, four different verses, three different choruses and two versions of the bridge, all in various combinations, the song did eventually get finished.

Over the course of those writing sessions I remember saying over and over again things like, “I feel like this song is all about the bridge, if we can make the bridge work then we’ll have the song.”

I’m so thankful to have written this song with James Mark Gulley and Thomas Wilson, and I’m equally thankful that they share my incessant feelings about compromise. Multiple times throughout the creation of this song I thought we had something that we could put the “finished” stamp on. Then we’d rehearse it or play it in a service and one of them would come back to me and say something like, “I don’t know something just doesn’t feel right. I think we need to rework that.”

This song was a very long process. At one point or another, we each questioned whether or not the song would get finished.  But here we are today, the song finally has the “finished” stamp and I am truly proud of the effort that went into it so our church could join in with the song of heaven.

Now we’re back to where we started at the beginning of this post. A few days ago, I believed the story of this song was so simple it didn’t really seem worth telling. I wrote a version of this song at my house about worshiping like heaven. It was just OK. We wrote and wrote and wrote and finally here we are.

I’ve read a decent amount of song stories, particularly song stories for worship songs and sometimes it feels like these things have to self-contain a devotional worthy of your morning quiet time while trying to explain how the song came about. I was daunted by writing this because I didn’t feel like I had that.

Just like Almighty One though, sometimes it takes writing, and writing, and examining, and reworking to really mine out the heart of something.

SOMETIMES YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MINING FOR AND SOMETIMES YOU FIND IT ONCE YOU GET THERE.

Writing songs for the church is an interesting thing. There’s a pressure to be profound, to write songs out of life-changing moments and the truth, at least for me, is simply that sometimes that’s just not the case. The original seed of a song that would eventually become Almighty One was very much a product of the mundane. Sometimes I sit with a guitar and try to put melody and words to the things I feel like the Lord puts on my heart. More than a year later, after much effort, the help of a dedicated community and choosing to believe that this thing the Lord had spoken was actually something valuable, what began as a product of the mundane the Lord turned into something beautiful.

In that way the story of this song comes into focus, and I can’t help but be reminded of Luke 16:10 –

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…

Sometimes when I look back I’m able to see things that happened in my life with fresh perspective. Dots that previously seemed unrelated all of a sudden become connected in a way that declare the faithfulness of God that seems impossible to have missed.

Almighty One is a song  we fought for. There were times it seemed like it wouldn’t happen, but we pressed on. Just like He promised, the Lord was faithful in return. Thank You God for a promise of much when we’re faithful in the little. Thank You that You were faithful, You are faithful and You will be faithful.

Listen to Almighty One on AntiochLIVE’s new album, History’s Anthem

By Brooks Whitehurst – AntiochLIVE

God of the Breakthrough – A Worship Devotional

“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with You; were I to speak and tell of Your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” Psalm 40: 1-5

We can all relate to the image of being trapped in a pit, helpless and hopeless. Life is full of difficult circumstances that are out of our hands.

THANKFULLY IT’S THERE, IN THE UNCONTROLLABLE CHAOS, THAT WE MEET THE GOD OF THE BREAKTHROUGH.

Our God is a miracle worker and a rescuer by nature. I wrote about this in the God of the Breakthrough song story, but here are just a few quick examples: He created everything from nothing (Genesis 1), delivered His people out of slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12), empowered David to defeat Goliath (1 Samuel 17), healed the sick (Matthew 8), calmed storms (Matthew 8) and raised Jesus from the dead (Matthew 28). He has always been a supernatural God who breaks through human impossibilities, and it’s still who He is today.

When we sing God of the Breakthrough we make a bold declaration about our need for a supernatural God. It’s not a song for the prideful, but for the humble—those who know their need.

HUMANS ARE FASCINATED BY MIRACLES, BUT WE DON’T WANT TO NEED A MIRACLE.

In fact, more times than not, I think we’d prefer to not need God at all. Needing God means trusting in someone else rather than ourselves. It means we aren’t in control. But as long as we live in this sin-tainted world, let’s face it—we’re going to find ourselves in circumstances that are totally out of our hands. And it’s in those moments where God breaks through and His glory shines brightest.

WHEN WE GIVE UP CONTROL, WE ALLOW GOD TO BE GOD.

Surrender is the most freeing place to be, because in surrender the world rests in God’s hands—not yours. Surrender brings peace, joy and life. Rather than obsessing over what could go wrong (which is what being a slave to fear looks like), you’re free to enjoy each day as it comes, leaving the ultimate outcome to God. This is what Jesus addressed in His sermon on the mount:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  (Matthew 6:25-27)

Of course, unless we’re convinced of God’s goodness, we can’t fully surrender control to Him. But on the cross, God proved His character to us once and for all. It’s there that we see God’s ultimate breakthrough. It’s there that we learn how outrageously good God is.

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)

IN RESPONSE:

  • If it’s true that nothing is impossible for God, that He’s extravagantly good and that He’s on our side, why not give Him control? What if instead of dreading the challenges of life, we viewed each one as an invitation to behold God’s miracle-working power from a front row seat? What if we saw each mountain as a breakthrough waiting to happen?
  • It can be difficult to have this outlook on a life you can’t control. But perspective is based on what you meditate on; and ironically, that’s the one thing you actually can control. What is your thought life like? Are you mostly dwelling on the mountains of life? Or are you feeding your soul on God’s character?
  • Testimonies of what God has done are so incredibly important in the fight to maintain right perspective. I’ve begun a discipline of writing mine down, and I’d encourage you to do the same. Dwelling on God’s faithfulness in the past gives us hope for the future, and it shatters the discouragement that can so easily creep into our lives day by day.
  • So what area of life do you or someone you know need a breakthrough in? Put your trust in Him, as Psalm 40 says. Wait for His deliverance. Is there anything you’re holding onto for safety? Let it go. True safety is resting in God’s hands.
  • And in the waiting, let’s take time to meditate on the ways God has been faithful—not all the ways things could go wrong. We’ll probably find ourselves with a lot more peace and faith the next time a mountain appears.

By Thomas Wilson – Associate Worship Pastor

History’s Anthem
Release Night

On Friday we came together to celebrate the release of AntiochLIVE’s new album, History’s Anthem, and it was the best kind of family night! Our band led us in worship as we declared and celebrated the faithfulness of God.

History’s Anthem is a collection of the anthems of our church, and it is available on all digital outlets. Get your copy today!

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NIGHT:

A special thanks to Corey O’Connell for helping us capture the night!

Song Story –
Where Else Can I Go

One day I sat down at the piano and started to play a couple of simple chords. I was hurting. I was frustrated – no, I was ticked. I’d had enough of some people. I felt very much like everyone else’s life around me – no matter their struggle – was easier than mine. Happier than mine. And I needed something to stir me from my tendency to emotionally wallow in the mud of my own dejection. Deep down I wanted to be close to Jesus, to press into His Spirit’s presence. I just needed a spark. I don’t know what you do when you get to this place, but when I remember who I truly am, I play music. And I hope to express something honest to God. The first words I sing or speak are usually not very poetic. Frankly, they’re usually not very nice either. But they are real. And these words came out that day:

            Where else can I go

            What else can I do

            But fall down to my knees

            And worship You

Fast forward a bit in time.

One day I sat and talked with a friend, and somehow the topic of new songs came up. I had a couple that came to mind, so I pulled out the guitar and began to play one. The working title was, Where Else Can I Go, which was also the first line of the chorus. About halfway through the song I looked up from my fingers on the fretboard for the first time and saw my friend. Shocked, I almost skipped a beat. Tears were flowing down their face. Freely streaming, eyes shut, mouthing the words along with me. They were silent, but the message was loud and clear. I became emotional as I sang the rest of the song. When I finished singing, my friend couldn’t speak for a moment. When they finally regained their voice, they spoke through the tears flowing across their lips.

“Thank you. We need that. We need those words so much.”

Because this is a close friend of mine, I know what they are going through in life. And it’s extremely difficult. Much more difficult than what has been weighing me down. Don’t get me wrong here: I don’t mean to diminish my pain by comparing it to someone else’s. That isn’t healthy and more pragmatically, it doesn’t work.

NO ONE GETS TO A PLACE OF HEALING OR RESOLVE THROUGH COMPARISON.

This is what I mean: sometimes God allows us to view the pain of someone else’s heart as a way of opening our perspective. Pain has a way of gradually narrowing, limiting and squeezing our perspective until all we can see is what we do not have. We need someone who is truly good and strong to lift our chin so we can see above our own inability to change things. And God will sometimes lift our chin by letting us see someone in a desperate place who is still expressing gratitude. My friend has been through the valley of the shadow of death, and those tears were not cheap.

THEY WERE THE EXPRESSIONS OF A TENDERNESS FOR JESUS THAT WAS WROUGHT IN THE PLACES OF PAIN.

In that moment, I said to Jesus again, “Yes, Lord. You are enough. I don’t need everything to change to my liking. I need You.” I was convinced that day that this was a song our church needed to sing.

In this life Jesus promises we will have trouble, but He will never leave us. Neither of these things are considered a “maybe.” It’s not a matter of if we will go through something that really shakes our world – it is when. And it’s not a matter of if Jesus will be with us – He always will. At the end of the day, we have to decide whether we’re going to live like Jesus is enough and say, “my heart is in Your hands” and trust that He is good no matter what.

IT’S NOT WRONG TO GO THROUGH A HARD TIME. IT’S WRONG TO GO THROUGH IT ALONE.

Peter was the first to speak up when Jesus asked His disciples whether they were going to leave when the going got tough. His iconic reply has been passed down from generation to generation, and they still ring with desire, loss and ruthless devotion. “Lord, where else can we go? You alone have the words of eternal life.”

Jesus is the rock, the foundation, the cornerstone and He is immovable. But He is not merely a grand cosmic entity; He is my Father. So what does it look like to galvanize our commitment to stay His through the storm? We have to go beyond mere thoughts and turn this into a conversation with Jesus. Our thoughts are incomplete if not given voice. This is truly vulnerable because it is intensely human, weak from the start. And that’s what He is after. To our perfect, loving Father these offerings from our heart are intrinsically valuable. He wants to convince us deep down that He truly prefers to be near us.

He is with us in the fires of life, just as He was for the three Hebrew friends in the book of Daniel. The winds blow hard, but He uses it to strengthen our roots like trees. When I am afraid and weary as I go through the storms of my life, I can choose to see that He has always been a miracle-worker, peacefully walking on the waves as the seas rage around Him. And when I have no words to sing, there is always His name… the most powerful name ever uttered on earth and in heaven. Of course I want my problems to go away, but there is a deeper longing within me: I do not want to be alone. And the greatest news is that I don’t have to be. I would rather go through the valley of the shadow of death with Him than stand on the mountaintop by myself clinging desperately to my own fragile expectations.

If you’re going through a stormy season, I pray Where Else Can I Go is a song that will help you lift your chin and start a conversation with Jesus.

AntiochLIVE is releasing a full-length album titled, History’s Anthem, on June 8th. These tracks are a declaration of God’s faithfulness and goodness throughout history. The album is now available for pre-order, and you immediately get two songs, including “Where Else Can I Go”,  off the album when you pre-order. Check it out here

By James Mark Gulley – Worship Pastor

Song Story –
God of the Breakthrough

When was the last time you needed a miracle?

Maybe it’s been a while, and you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be in desperate need for God to move. Or maybe you need a miracle today. For me, it was about six months ago. Within the span of a few weeks, multiple close friends and family members suddenly needed God to move in big ways.

It felt like I was constantly in survival mode because everywhere I turned someone needed breakthrough. One moment, I was fighting in prayer for someone who was in the hospital. The next moment I was interceding for someone’s financial breakthrough. And then I was praying for a desperate situation in another country where friends were serving as missionaries. In the middle of it all, writing God of the Breakthrough was just another way I fought to stand my ground in prayer.

In 2 Samuel 5, there’s this short but beautiful story about God delivering His people from a huge army. These breakthrough stories are all throughout the bible, but I love this particular one because it actually highlights a new name for God. “’The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.’ Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim (which means ‘Lord of breaking through’).”

IN OTHER WORDS, BREAKTHROUGH ISN’T JUST SOMETHING GOD CAN DO. IT’S WHO HE IS.

For me, that changes everything, because over time, I’ve come to realize it’s not God’s actions, but His character that I can rely on. He rarely does things how I expect Him to. Although His actions aren’t always predictable, His character absolutely is; His nature—His heart—never changes.

So if breakthrough isn’t just something God does, but it’s who He is, we’re talking about a whole new level of confidence and faith.

Of course, when and how God breaks through is another story. God’s ways are higher than ours. But the fight of faith isn’t about mustering up enough inner strength or willpower to twist God’s arm so He achieves a specific outcome for us. It’s so much deeper than an external circumstance. The battle we face every day is to trust His heart—even in the face of insurmountable odds—and believe for the impossible.

In our moment of need, can we trust that He is a God of breakthrough? We absolutely can. And praise God, because we’re always going to need breakthrough somewhere. Jesus told us plainly, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Our fight will not be over until Jesus returns and makes everything right again. But until that day, we can hold onto His promise in the second half of that verse, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I love that in 2 Samuel 5, “God of the breakthrough” was also the name of the Israelites’ physical location of victory. It’s as if the testimony of God’s past victory became a landmark that would forever remind the people of God what He’s capable of.

Testimonies of what God has done are so incredibly important. I’ve begun a discipline of writing these down, and I’d encourage you to do the same. When we remember what God has done in the past, it gives us hope for the future and fuels our faith.

TESTIMONIES SHATTER THE LIES AND DISCOURAGEMENT THAT CREEP IN DAY BY DAY.

In fact, the song God of the Breakthrough is a testimony in itself of the ways God met me six months ago. Every time we sing it, I remember the people I prayed for in that season. And although I can’t say that I’ve seen the full breakthrough in every situation, I have seen Him do so many miracles. And remembering who God is always gives me faith to believe again.

So when the mountains loom large in front of us, I pray that this song would stir our faith again to believe for more. I pray that we would never forget what God has done, and that we’d never forget who He is. Because breakthrough is not just something he does, it’s who He is.

God of the Breakthrough is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and more. Check it out! 

By Thomas Wilson – AntiochLIVE

WILDFIRE Song Story

“You’re kindling a fire / Reviving my desire / Spirit come fan the flame.”

About a year ago I had this desire to write a song of rowdy, reckless worship. You know, the kind of song that makes you want to start running in place when the music starts. The kind of song that creates expectancy right out the gate.

I was sitting in my room and started strumming the guitar rapidly on a G Chord. And I found the words rolling off my tongue, “Come in like a wildfire!” I realized that was exactly what I wanted to say, and we built the rest of the song around this phrase.

When I sing, “Come in like a wildfire,” I don’t imagine lighting a candle. I don’t imagine pre-heating an oven. I think of some dry brush in the middle of a forest on a hot summer’s day that catches flame, and all of the sudden, lights up everything near it. It starts a fire that cannot be stopped. (I also picture those three fire emojis that are so descriptive and pungent with meaning for us millennials 🔥🔥🔥! )

John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11, “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone [Jesus] is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (NLT)

THAT IS THE HEART CRY OF THIS SONG.

We are asking for the fire of God that empowers, emboldens, purifies, refines, restores, cleanses and sends out with force. We’re asking God to burn in our hearts individually and in our midst so much that it cannot be contained. The disciples experienced this in Acts 2 when they first encountered the Holy Spirit and His power. The fire of God came on them, then they turned outward to the world and saw 3,000 people give their lives to Jesus. Now that’s a wildfire! This is a what a move of God looks like. He touches one, or a few hungry ones, then they spread the fire by sharing the gospel and inviting more into the flame, and a wildfire begins.

JESUS IS STILL LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO BAPTIZE WITH THIS WILDFIRE. LET’S BE THOSE PEOPLE.

I long to burn with passion for Jesus and His purposes in the earth. And I want to stay burning. It’s songs like this that revive passion within me. I hope this song will do that for you!

AntiochLIVE’s latest single, Wildfire, is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and more beginning March 2nd. Be sure to check it out!

By Brandon Seibert – AntiochLIVE

World Mandate 2018 Setlist

Have you wanted to listen to the songs we sang at World Mandate again? You can!

CHECK OUT THE COMPLETE SET LIST FROM WORLD MANDATE 2018:

  • Tremble – Mosaic MSC
  • How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin
  • Wildfire – AntiochLIVE (Unreleased)*
  • Lion and the Lamb – Bethel Music
  • Light – AntiochLIVE
  • Unchanging – AntiochLIVE
  • Almighty One – AntiochLIVE (Unreleased)*
  • Came to My Rescue – Hillsong Worship
  • Arms of My Father – AntiochLIVE
  • All In All – AntiochLIVE
  • Reckless Love – Cory Asbury
  • Glorious Day – Passion
  • God of the Breakthrough – AntiochLIVE (Unreleased)*
  • Cornerstone – Hillsong Worship
  • Surrounded (Fight My Battles) – Upper Room Music
  • Yes Lord – Antioch College Worship
  • Jesus I Come – Elevation Worship
  • I Will Raise – AntiochLIVE
  • Build My Life – Housefires
  • Jireh – AntiochLIVE*
  • History’s Anthem – AntiochLIVE
  • So Will I (100 Billion X) – Hillsong United
  • To You Be the Glory – AntiochLIVE
  • Miracles – Jesus Culture
  • No Longer Slaves – Bethel Music ft. Jonathan David and Melissa Helser
  • Spirit Break Out – Worship Central

Also, check out this playlist to find all of the songs in one place!

*denotes that the song is not available on Spotify and not on the playlist.