RIVERS was conceived on the shores of the Waikato River near Lake Taupo NZ. I walked there one morning after the final concert of the ‘Sanctuary’ Tour May 2014. I was impacted by the rich blue/green colour of the deep crystal clear water. It seemed a metaphor for the Christian walk. The river of the Holy Spirit has the ability to cleanse us, wash us, touch us, refine us, redefine us, lead us, comfort us and counsel us in the trials of the journey of life.
Since then I have done many bible studies on water in Scripture. The result is this collection of songs. Essentially, songs of faith and the various aspects of our Christian walk. The songs have been written in different countries: Australia, NZ and Eastern Europe. The song ‘Peace Will Come’ written in Zalaszántó, Hungary 2016 as an anthem in response to the tumultuous history of Eastern European countries. ‘Run To Me’ written on a 4-day songwriting retreat on the Sunshine Coast Australia, a winsome call from the Father to us his children. ‘Hole In My Heart’ is a paen (heart cry) of how the Lord can help us in the midst of turmoil and brokenness. ‘I Found Grace’ written in response to the Scripture ‘Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord’. Genesis 6.8 Noah lived in a time of ungodliness and violence as we do, and Jesus mentioned this time in Matthew 24.37.
My hope is these 11 songs will be a a blessing and encouragement to multitudes. In these days of global media, and YouTube in particular, I believe the songs can share the message of the Good News of Jesus, and that it is possible to be transformed as we surrender to him (John 15.5), lay our burdens at the foot of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1.18), as we are cleansed by his blood (1 John 1.7), filled with his Spirit (Ephesians 5.18), and as we receive the peace of Christ which passes all understanding (Philippians 4.7).
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