“Touch the Sky” – Hillsong United

Here’s a great video of the Australian Christian band Hillsong United performing their recent single “Touch the Sky” on the Today Show.

Two years ago I had a chance to see Hillsong United perform live in Pittsburgh. They are a phenomenal group who have brought the message of faith and hope in Christ to millions of people throughout the world with their music.

Beth Croft: “To Worship is to Change”

Here’s a video of British praise & worship leader Beth Croft speaking about the transforming and evangelizing nature of worship, as a sacred act that leads to both interior change and exterior transformation, when the love and power of God, the intimacy of our interior lives with Christ Jesus, are taken into the world; when we allow ourselves to be used for our purpose, as God’s living instruments; first with prayer, then with evangelization.

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Beth explains well how one without the other does not work. It is worship that fills us up with the anointing of the Holy Spirit and allows the Word of God to speak through us; without it we are empty, defeating the purpose of giving. We cannot give what we do not have. On other hand, when our interior lives are strong, or growing, through worship, through the encounter with Christ, through an honest effort of forming intimacy with the Lord, then what comes through it — in encountering others — can change lives: bringing the Eternal into those lives.

My favorite version of the popular praise song “Set a Fire” is sung by Beth, who has a beautiful and anointed voice. Check out the song:

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Enya

My favorite Advent song, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” calling for the arrival of Christ the Messiah, preparing us for his holy birth—performed here with haunting beauty by Enya. Here’s a nice video of Enya talking about the song, reminiscing how she first sang it as a young girl in her choir and how it’s always been one of her favorites.

Anointed Music – “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher

This Labor Day weekend was very entertaining. Sunday I went with my fellow seminarians to a Matt Maher concert in Pennsylvania. Here’s a video of one of Matt’s newest singles — “Lord, I Need You” — such a powerful song. Matt is a very gifted Catholic music artist who has performed for the Pope before and venues throughout the world. So many of his songs are anointed, touched by the Spirit, bringing you closer to the Lord, allowing your soul to feel a greater depth of intimacy with Christ Jesus, our King and Savior. Please enjoy!

Kristene DiMarco of Jesus Culture – “Spirit Break Out”

This past Saturday I attended a free concert offered by Kristene DiMarco of the popular band Jesus Culture in Chicago, at the UIC Forum. I made a video (freshly posted) of a powerful song — “Spirit Break Out” — that Kristene performed at the concert. Such an anointed soul and such an inspired song, glorifying God – enjoy!