Great Christian Music You Should Know

10.9.17

hey everyone,

Hope you’re well.  I’ve been digging into Spotify lately and have started a new playlist called:

Great Christian Music You Should Know

I update this playlist often and add new songs often.   Here’s the current playlist:

Clean Heart – Matt Maher
Point To You – We Are Messengers
The Lion And the Lamb – Big Daddy Weave
Resurrecting – Elevation Worship
Walking on Water – NeedToBreathe
Canyons – Corey Voss
God Who Moves the Mountains – Corey Voss
My Victory – Crowder
All In – Matthew West
O God Forgive Us – For King & Country
Wonder – Hillsong United
Your Love Awakens Me – Phil Wickham
Whole Heart – Brandon Heath
My Defender – Jeremy Camp
Good Life – Love & the Outcome
Broken Things – Matthew West
Won’t Let Me Go – John Tibbs
God is on the Move – 7eventh Time Down
Tears – Matt Hammitt
I Surrender – Rhett Walker Band
Heartland – John Tibbs
Safe in My Father’s Arms – Sanctus Real
Rise – Danny Gokey
You Redeem – Aaron Shust
Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
Bulletproof – Citizen Way
I Won’t Let You Go – Switchfoot
Gates – Love & the Outcome

So.  Check out the list, Follow the list, Listen to the list.  Thanks for being here.

Be sure to follow davepettigrew on spotify as well:

Shoot me an email at dave@davepettigrew.net and let me know what I should add to this playlist.

Thanks!

dave

 

10.7.17 – the weekly walk. speechless.

10.7.17 – the weekly walk.  speechless.

It’s rare that I drive home in silence after a show.   I’m usually listening to an audio book, podcast or some bob seger or some other great driving music.
This past Wednesday, after our show in Montclair, NJ I was left speechless and needed the silence to help me process all that happened.
Quite a few things happened on Wednesday that I will never forget.  To give you a little background.  We have just come off a very, very busy September with a ton of gigs, lots of work and just general overall non-stopness that gets overwhelming at times.  I walked into the gig that night not expecting much, was thinking that this might be the last Wednesday Night Worship we do because attendance was going down, we were getting busy, wasn’t really feeling it etc.
I unloaded the car, sound checked and waited.  6 people show up just before 7:30pm.  I feel as though my feelings were right.   This was probably the last one.  Then a few more trickle in and by the time we’re 15 minutes into the night we’ve got 25 people there.  OK.   I’ll take it.  Not overwhelming but it’ll work.  We get about 4 songs in and a feeling starts to hit me.  Something is really happening in this room.  There are moments in the night where I can feel the hair standing up on my arms, where I’m being led to sing certain words and phrases and not just “end” songs.  There’s a presence that I feel and I can tell that the crowd is feeling it as well.
We get through the 4th song and there’s a guy in the front row who turns around and walks to a guy about half way back in the crowd, says something to him and gives him a hug.  Both of them then come to the front row together and worship.  Loud.  Jumping. Hands raised. Hearts lifted.  At this point, I don’t know what’s going on, I’ll find out after the show.
We get to the prayer time towards the end of the night and Jeff prays with one of the guys in the front row.  A woman comes up to me and asks for prayer.  Her son has been dealing with addiction, with suicidal thoughts, the family needs prayer.  Lots going on.  So we pray together.  Praying that love would invade her home.  That the love of Jesus would break through all that’s going on and that hearts in her home would be drawn to him and drawn to each other.  Prayers for peace.  Understanding.  Love.
We finish the night.  It feels good.  Something happened here tonight.  Just can’t put my finger on it.
I’m talking with a few folks in the back by my table.  Someone comes over and sponsors a child.  Amazing.  Someone comes over and buys some merchandise.  They make a donation.  This is turning out to be a really good night.
Then the guy in the front row comes over and introduces himself to me.  He says that during the 4th song God told him to go and talk to the guy halfway back in the crowd and give him a hug.  The guy half way back in the crowd told him that he had just been praying to God and saying, “God, if you’re real, have that guy in the front row come back here and talk to me.”  Within a minute, the guy in the front row turns around and goes back and talks to him. Go read that paragraph again because you need to understand what happened here.  God spoke to the guy in the front row after the guy half way back in the crowd asked God to make that specific guy talk to him.  These guys didn’t know each other.  Never met.  Didn’t pre-plan this.  God moved in both of their hearts & made this happen.
Further backstory,  the guy halfway back in the crowd had been having suicidal thoughts and has been trying to find a reason to keep it all going.  I speak to him after and tell him to remember this night.  He says there’s no way he could ever forget it.  He said this has changed things.
This is what happens on our gigs.  This is how God moves among his people.  This is why we do what we do.  All we’re trying to do is create a space for God to move and that’s exactly what we did on Wednesday night.
So, needless to say, we are not stopping Wednesday Night Worship in Montclair.  We are going to continue this as long as we can.  A life was literally saved on Wednesday night.  Praise God!
Thanks for reading. Thanks for being a part of this ministry.  If you want to join us, join us at http://www.joindavesband.com so that we can do this more.  So that we can see more lives change and get more people worshiping.
The takeaway?  Never underestimate what God can do in the midst of our own doubt.  In the midst of our own selfishness, God moves. In the midst of our own exhaustion, God moves.  In ways that I could never imagine, God moves.  God uses us when we least expect it.  So expect to be used.  Be open to being used and be drawn closer to Him through it all.
I still get chills when I think of this night.  Hopefully that feeling never leaves. I want to see God move more.  I want to see Him change more lives.  We need that.
Amen.

2.15.17 – The Weekly Walk – Psalm 46

2.15.17 – The Weekly Walk – Psalm 46.

Hey everyone, hope you’re well and the week is going great.  We had a great time on Monday night at Monday Night Worship.  We had over 50 people tune in to our Facebook live stream.  If you missed it, you can watch it by CLICKING HERE.

There were a lot of prayer requests & there was just a lot going on so, please take a minute and pray for each other as we do each week.  Appreciate you guys.

We spoke briefly about one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 46.  It starts out like this….

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.  
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea
though the waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”

then towards the end it says this…

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire
He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

I really do love this passage of scripture. It was particularly relevant on Monday night as we were reading the prayer requests and praying for people.  There are a lot of folks, myself included, who are dealing with some wars in their lives.  We need God to step in and break the bow and shatter the spear. We need Him to step in and hold us, even in the midst of the mountains falling in our lives and the earth giving way, every day for some of us.

I take refuge in this passage.  It reminds me that God is not giving up on us. It reminds me that He is here in the midst of it all.  I know it’s hard to see Him sometimes in the midst of the struggles, in the midst of the waters foaming and roaring.  I’ve felt very distant from God on more than one occasion but in the end, through the battles, we find that He’s been with us all along.  This is faith.  This is the true definition of faith in the unseen.  We walk through wars every day, we see battles being fought every day. Walk down the street, you’ll see battles.  I’m in Chicago this week and have seen so many people fighting as I walk down the street.  Fighting for life.  Fighting for freedom. Fighting for something more.  Some don’t even realize what they are fighting for.  I know that even in my own life and family, we are fighting for things.  We are fighting for healing. We are fighting for strength.  Salvation.  The list goes on.

The only response to this is to take refuge in the One who stands with us.  Jesus.  He loves us with a love that we can’t even begin to describe.  The battles we fight each day are not fought alone. He stands with us.  He walks with us.  He is victorious in it all.  He fought and defeated the grave.  He can fight and defeat what we are going through.  Have faith.  Trust.  Hope.  Seek Him.  He will show up.  He will draw near to you as you draw near to Him.

Praying for each and every one of you as you fight your battles today.

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Worship in the Adirondacks


9.8.16 – So happy to be a part of this festival next Saturday, 9/17.  We’ll be playing a set on Saturday afternoon and then our band will back up Paul Baloche for his set in the evening and then Jeremy Camp finishes out the night.  This will be a GREAT day of worship.  Join us.  http://www.worshipintheadirondacks.com

2.15.16 – The Weekly Walk – Verses to think about.

wecanbethelove2.15.16 – The Weekly Walk

I was out running this morning in Fort Lauderdale, FL which was a really nice break from running in the 10 degree weather that we’re having in New Jersey.  As i came to the end of my run I came across a lake and just stood there for a minute praying and thanking God for all that’s going on these days.  We’ve seen so many answers to prayer in the last few weeks & have felt God’s presence in so many things.  It’s truly been amazing to watch God work.  We’ve seen answers to prayer, kids drawn closer to God, connections made and so much more.  This morning i wanted to focus on a few verses that really made me think:

1. Jeremiah 17:10 – I, the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.

Such a kick in the gut as I thought about what this really means.  I pray that my actions and my deeds would be worthy of the name of God.  That what I do is always a reflection of Him and that as we continue to reach people, hearts would be moved closer to Him.  My constant prayer is that all that we do is done only to lift up the name of Jesus.  We fall, we mess up, we get sidetracked, but the bottom line is that all I want is for my deeds and actions to be pleasing to God.

2. John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I wrote about this verse in an entry on Instagram yesterday.  Jesus in dying on the cross, in giving his life for us on the cross is the greatest example of love this world has ever known.  So thankful for Jesus.  For the work on the cross.  For forgiving us.  For loving us.  For wanting us.  For showing us mercy.  For showing us grace.  For not giving up on us even though we give up on Him.  For caring.  For holding us as we fall.  For picking us up when we fall.  For being.  For giving.  For just being.  I’ve been reading a book by Craig Groeshel called “#struggles” and it has been pretty life changing.  I’m about half way through the book and this quote comes up.  “True compassion demands action.”  Ugh.  absolutely incredible.  We can’t just say that we want change, we need to be the change.  I’m going to write more about this as i continue to process this book but….Jesus gave his life for us, his love of us is never ending, never changing.  Our job is to show the love of Jesus to others.  If we have compassion for others that means we take actions, physical actions.  We give time, money, help to others.  We don’t just say we’ll do it, we actually do it.  I think when john was talking about this love, he wasn’t talking about taking a bullet for someone although that might be the case in some instances, i think he’s talking more about literally laying down your life…what is life?  time.  money.  strength.  What’s does the word “life” mean to you?

3. Galations 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

This is a tough one.  As an indie artist, it’s all about perseverance, not giving up and continuing to push into places where no one wants you.  As we continue to spread the message of Jesus to people that need it, we continue to get people that say no to us, that don’t want us involved.  Doors continue to close.  Finances are messy and we never have enough to get stuff done.  It’s a business but also a ministry.  I could go on and on with this conversation but i won’t.  the bottom line is that this verse in Galations is extremely encouraging.  We can’t get tired of doing what we do.  We can’t give up just because doors close.  we have to believe in it.  we have to look for other doors.  we have to keep pushing because the message that we’re preaching is too important.  we’re giving people life by giving them the message & hope of Jesus Christ.  So, if you’re up against closed doors, pray about what you’re doing, pray that the message is true & honest & that the right motivation is there.  God, as we continue to push further and further, i pray that we don’t become weary in doing good.  that we continue to push further and further into places and people that need you.  As we continue to do what we do, pray that God continues to guide us.  Support us as we spread His message.

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Hunger. Thirst. Shake me up.

12.28.15 – Hunger. Thirst.

The United Pursuit band has a songs called “Set A Fire” that i used to play a lot when i led worship at a church in Morristown. The chorus goes like this “Set a fire down in my soul that I can’t contain that I can’t control, I want more of You God.” Ah, an easy chorus to sing, a hard chorus to live. Do we really want more of God? Do we want Him to come in and shake up our comfortable lifestyles, our thoughts, our lives as we currently know them? This is the question. I’m trying to answer with a resounding YES but find it hard to say yes that quickly. I’m praying for more of Him. I’m wanting to start the year out closer than ever to Him but sin gets in the way, as it does for us all. Sin separates us from God. By grace we are saved. Daily, a search for righteousness continues. I love this verse in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” As we enter a new year, let’s make a commitment to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Make a commitment to seeking Him first, and having everything else be second. So hard to do. My hope is that lives will change and hearts & minds will be opened. Praying for you guys. Please return the prayers on my end. Pray that God would lead us closer to Him as we seek Him. Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” Seek ye first the kingdom, then everything else will be added. Look forward to worshiping with you all this year as we play around the ti-state area and lead people closer to God through worship & through the words that are sung & preached at each show. See you all in 2016. Be sure to follow us over on Instagram to get more of these daily devotionals. http://www.instagram.com/davepettigrew

The Weekly Walk – 7.1.15

7.1.15 – the weekly walk – devotions.

hey everyone!  hope you’re well.  i thought i’d share a few recent posts to Instagram here on the weekly walk.  I’ve been trying to keep up a daily video devotional on Instagram that we then feed over to Facebook & Twitter.  If you haven’t joined us on Instagram, please do:  http://www.instagram.com/davepettigrew – thanks.  Here are 3 days worth of devotions for this week.  Enjoy & let me know your thoughts by clicking through to Facebook & commenting there.  Here’s the address:  http://www.facebook.com/davepettigrewmusic

have a great week!

DAY 1:

Like the rising sun that shines awake my soul, awake my soul and sing. From the darkness comes a light. – I’ve been running for the past year. It’s hard. There are mornings, like today, where I just don’t want to get up. I wonder if the sun ever feels that way. There must be days where it doesn’t feel like shining. It’s job everyday is to be happy. It doesn’t have the option of not shining, sure clouds can get in the way and stop it from shining on us, but it’s still shining. Our souls get tired too but we need to take a lesson from the sun. There are days where we don’t want to get up, where we don’t want to shine, when we just don’t want to “be the Christian” that we know we should be. God, today, help our grumbling, our complacency, help the clouds to part before our eyes so that the sun rising in our souls can shine the light of Jesus on all those we come in contact with. Help our unbelief in ourselves….let us be thankful that you still believe.

DAY 2:

In our hearts Lord, in our nation, awakening. Holy Spirit, we desire…awakening. – It’s Sunday morning. When I was a kid, I remember waking up on Sunday mornings hoping that my parents would sleep in so that we could skip church. Then I would hear the footsteps coming towards my door and my mom or dad would say “come on, wake up, we’re heading out in 30 minutes.” An awakening on a Sunday morning. I would slowly rise and get ready. I’m thankful for those mornings. Thankful that I had someone who loved me enough to take me to church. This morning I hope my kids are a little more excited than i was. I think they enjoy it most of the time. As adults we need to be excited, anticipating Sunday so that we can get up, go to church and learn more about Jesus. We need a spiritual awakening, a moment where our mind resets itself and we feel that pull towards our Savior. Take a moment this morning and every morning this week. Pray for a spiritual awakening. A return to Jesus. A return to prayer. A return to God. You won’t regret it. 

DAY 3:

There’s only grace, there’s only love, there’s only mercy and believe me it’s enough, your sins are gone. – I’ve been leading worship all week long for a group of kids from Virginia. Last night we had a great session. We worshiped, we learned more about God, we learned that we need to dig more into the word of God every day, that we need to fellowship more, eat pizza together more. Most importantly we learned that God loves us just the way we are. His grace, His mercy, His love…..these are the things we need to focus on. Not how we don’t understand God, not how we are never going to be good enough for Him, because we aren’t. We are saved by His grace, by His mercy. Our sins are gone because He first loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. Today, stand tall knowing that the God who created the universe wants a little company, wants to have a conversation with you.

1.31.15 – The Weekly Walk – With us?

godwithus

1.31.15 – The Weekly Walk – With us? hey everyone,  hope the week was great.

we’ve been continuing our studies through Rob Bell’s Nooma videos.  This week was titled Trees and it starts off with the question “How is it that our world can be filled with such beauty and such order and such good, and yet at the same time filled with such heartache and such pain?”

i’ve covered this question extensively in other blogs and in a lot of my song writing.  the world is an incredibly beautiful place. but it can also be an incredibly lonely place filled with hurt & pain.  in my songs “even if not” and “closer to you”, we examine this concept more.  “i know my God will rescue me, but even if not, i will worship You tonight”.  “are you really listening, are you really there, do you have the answers, do you really care?”.  these are the questions that these two songs ask and question a lot of us ask every day.  where is God in the beauty, where is God in the pain?  the answer is that He’s there in both of those places and everything in between.  He’s surrounding us every minute, every hour, every day, waiting for us to call out to Him more and more and more. but..what if it still doesn’t feel like He’s there…..

“God says, ‘You can live how you want, or you can live how I created you to live.’ It’s almost as if God says, “it’s your choice”.  it’s still our choice.  ask yourself the question, what does it mean to live the way God created you to live?  God is in the every day, in the every minute.  why does it seem like He’s not there, why does it seem like He doesn’t care.  I find myself asking these questions often.

I live a very ordinary life, God exists on the pages that i read, but doesn’t usually exist in reality…..on most days.  Then i start to think about my days, about the events over the course of the day.  how one decision here made the difference there, how one prayer in the morning resulted in an answer weeks later.  the point i’m making is that we need to be in it…..to be in it.  we can’t expect God to show up when we’re not even asking Him to be part of our day.

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in times of trouble” – and i’d like to add….an ever present help in times of “joy” “pain” “doubt”…insert your own feelings here…..

i challenged my band last week.  we prayed that we would “partner” with God on a daily basis as we roll through our weeks.  have we failed in that partnership, absolutely.  have we forgotten to do it some days, absolutely.  does God forgive us and want us to continue trying, absolutely.

Rob continues, “I need a God who’s now.  I need a God who teaches me how to live now.  I need a faith that’s about today, that helps me understand the world that I live in today.”   Does our faith make our lives easier as we go through our days, or do you get more frustrated?  i definitely get frustrated, i definitely sometimes wish that God would be sitting on my bed one morning when i wake up and say “good morning dave, let’s walk together today and i’ll show you how i work with you every day”.  that would be cool…and scary at the same time. but.  in reality, that’s what He’s doing, that’s where faith comes into play.  God is waking up with us every morning.  He’s there when we eat breakfast, lunch, He’s with us when we work at our jobs, when we cry about how our kids are screwing up, when we drive to the supermarket to get food to feed our families.  He’s there.   Think about that for a moment.  Think about your days.  When was God there.  If you can’t think of a moment, think about when you asked Him to be there.  This isn’t a one way conversation, those don’t work.

Prayers up for all of us that we would invite God into our days, into our moments.

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means “God With Us”.

The Weekly Walk. Drive. 9.29.14

9.29.14 – The Weekly Walk.  Drive.

About 10 years ago i released an album called “somebody i’m supposed to be”.  this was my first foray into the christian music world and i had no idea what i was doing or where it would lead me.  fun, but i think it worked.  the album began with three songs that were songs that turned into prayers, “teach me how to drive”, “closer to you” and “i will follow”.  we’ll talk  about the others soon but today i want to focus on “teach me how to drive”.

at it’s core, it’s a song of surrender.  surrendering whatever it is that’s holding you back, keeping you away from God and just saying, “my hands are off the wheel, lead me”.

CHORUS:
“then i let go of the wheel, took the stop signs out of my life
i think i like how it feels, sitting on the passengers side
took my foot off of the gas, so you can teach me how to drive”

when i was writing it i had no idea, really, of what i was trying to say.  i wanted to convey the idea of surrender and i think i mostly got there.  this notion of letting go of the wheel, i still wrestle with even today, 1o years later.  it’s such a hard thing to completely surrender.  to give it all away so that God can take over.  i don’t think we’re wired that way.  personally, i need to know that i have some say in what’s going on but, when you get right down to it, i don’t.  as i’ve gotten older & i see things unfold, i see God’s hand on so many different aspects of my life, the decisions made, and the outcomes, all perfectly put together. incredible.

the song started as a prayer.  i was trying to look into the future, to see where it was all going and where the music would take me.  ever try to do that?  “find me a crystal ball because baby, i’m going to see the future, be the future & own the future.”  oh, what tangled webs we weave as we go through life.  if we knew the future, i don’t think it would help, bottom line, i think we’d still screw it up.  🙂  so the prayer was; “God, i want to let go of the wheel, i want you to be in the driver’s seat & i want to sit in the passengers seat, i want to be led by you to do the work that you’ve given me to do and i want you to bless these efforts, the songs, the mission, everything.”  this is all about me right 🙂  not quite.    as we’ve gone through these past 10 years, i’ve found that it is indeed all about Him.  leading people closer to Him.  it’s not about a great show or selling merch or any of that stuff.  it’s about, at the end of the night, seeing heads bowed, people kneeling with tears in their eyes as they worship.  it’s about God completely using the talent He’s given us to do the work that He has charged us to do.   Not what we want to do but what He wants us to do.

Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. 

This verse is kicking my butt this week.  Seek Him with all of your heart?  Let go of the things that get in the way?  I sometimes feel like i’m too stubborn to even consider this type of surrender.  Is this type of surrender convenient for me?   That’s what i’ve been asking myself.  Hysterical, that’s not the question.  There shouldn’t even be a question.  I want to seek Him, i want to experience this type of surrender, to be led this way.   This requires sacrifice, obedience, discipline.  I pray for that now.  I pray for the ability to seek Him more and to not feel “guilty” if i don’t.  God is love. God is mercy. God is grace.  These are the things to focus on. Our imperfection is made perfect in Him.

BRIDGE:
All my life I’ve been searching
Trying to make it on my own
You took the wheel and now I’m home

I pray that for all of us.  As we surrender more and more of our lives to Him.  That we would let go of the wheel, stop searching, stop trying to make it on our own and let God permeate more and more of our daily walk.   Have a great week.

The song “Teach Me How To Drive” is on the album “Somebody I’m Supposed To Be” and is available by clicking HERE.  Enter promo code BLOG to get 50% off the album.