my healer

24 07 2008

if you have not yet heard the buzz surrounding the song “healer” yet, you soon will.

“healer” was written by mike guglielmucci, who wrote it after a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2006. the song was recorded live by hillsong this year, with mike guglielmucci leading, and appears on the upcoming hillsong live worship cd, this is our god, which releases august 5.

there are many praise reports that have been a result of how this song has impacted people’s faith and how God has moved miraculously in people’s lives.  check out this site to see the live performance, the story behind the song and to share prayer requests and praise reports of your own.

i encourage you to share this with everyone you know who is in need of a healer… whether in their body, their emotions, their finances, their relationships, their mind…   Jesus is our healer and he is all we need.

i think it’s very important that we don’t just see Christ as “a” healer, but as “my” healer.  it is very personal.  sure, he is both… but for me to be able to see him as being that personally available to me changes the way i will pursue and grab ahold of him… because he is my healer. that’s really dope if you think about it.

do you believe he is a healer or do you believe he is your healer?  nothing is impossible for him who believes! anything can happen!

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hook hands

14 07 2008

one of my favorite blogs, stuff christians like, has a post today about “the top 10 hand-raising worship styles.”  they list out and name the top styles or approaches people typically take to raising their hands in church.  it’s really good stuff.  if you, like me, have spent most of or all your life around one of the brands of christianity who are particularly prone to hand-raising during worship, prayer or randomly at any other time of the service when you feel like you want to… you might really get a kick out of it.

what made it even funnier for me is that I actually had an experience yesterday that cause me to think about this exact same thing.

i was in dallas for the weekend and was able to go to church at gateway, where i attended when i lived there.  it felt really good to be there with good friends.  during the worship set, the praise team was leading “healer” (amazing song. if you haven’t heard it yet, you soon will). it’s a powerful song of faith, hope and confession.

during the big “i believe you’re my healer, i believe you are all I need” chorus, about 75% of the hands in the place went up, including mine. it was real, and i was passionately engaging God at that very moment.  so much so that i didn’t open my eyes and take down my hands until somewhere in the middle of the next verse. when this happened, I suddenly became aware that I seemed to be the only one with my hands still raised. until, that is, the next chorus came. then, UP they all go again.

i’m not sure that it is a “style” as much as it is a phenomenon… but i call it “hook hands”, because while the verses are nice, they are apparently just too wordy and it takes too much energy to focus on singing all those words… but nothing can get the hand raisers to unite like a good, solid hook!  it’s a corporate statement that seems to say, “yeah, we all agree with that“…”shout to the lord”, “forever”, “blessed be your name”… you name it. =)

people are funny, man!  what styles are popular in your church?

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