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Worship 2: What's on Your iPod?By Evan Nehring
In our quest to passionately pursue God, we have all these great little gadgets to help us along! So, what's on your iPod? Or maybe it's your CD player, your Android phone, your Pandora mix, or whatever gadget you prefer.
I'll start us off...
My iPhone Worship MixFirst of all, I haven't spent a lot of money on new material for a few years. That's just a function of home budgeting and liking to eat here and there. One of the websites/apps that has been a Godsend is Pandora. I know there are other music services out there, but this is my choice for now. That said, here are some of the streams I've bought into.
The Passion Stream
The Passion conferences are much more than a worship movement, but man do they worship! Matt Redman, Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels, Charlie Hall, David Crowder Band...and so many more. These folks LAY IT OUT before God in worship. You can't not do the same.
The Vineyard USA Stream
Well, I'm a Vineyard guy, so that's a good place to continue. Vineyard Music USA has a great slate of artists. Jeremy Riddle, Ryan Delmore, Chris Lizotte, David Ruis, Brian Doerksen, Dave Fife...some of the composers I've enjoyed. Great projects have come out of Vineyard churches all over the country.
The Vineyard UK Stream
Across the pond, the Vineyard stuff from our Brit friends has always been great. Who doesn't remember "Come, Now Is the Time to Worship"? Brenton Brown, Kathryn Scott, Nigel Briggs are some of the composers.
The CCM Stream (Christian Contemporary Music)
I love the classic tunes I've collected for thirty years. Phil Keaggy is not primarily a "worship" artist, but his music pulls my heart to God like no other.
Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael Card, Fernando Ortega, Fusebox, Lindell Cooley. Do you resonate with any of these?I've been listening to the radio
And when I do there's something I listen for
A grain of truth that makes me long
For more of You
(Phil Keaggy, Play Thru Me, from the album Play Thru Me)
The Hillsong Stream
While I haven't been into Darlene Zschech and the Aussie gang as much in recent years, I know this music has been very influential and meaningful to millions of people. Hillsong United is the edgier brand.
When I bump into these songs in church, I jot them down in an iPhone app so I can remember them later. And how can you beat downloading songs for a buck?!
That's a sampling of what's on my iPod...er, iPhone. What's on yours? I'd love for this post to be a reference list for all kinds of great worship streams. Whatcha got?
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