Great Christian Music You Should Know


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.

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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!
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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.

4.3.17 – The Weekly Walk. Peter.

4.3.17 – The Weekly Walk. Peter.

I was reading this morning in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John about Peter.  Jesus, took Peter, James & John up to the Mount of Olives to keep watch while He prayer.  He leaves them for a bit to go off and pray and comes back and finds them sleeping.  He wakes them up, goes off and prays again and comes back to find them sleeping….again!

Isn’t this so true of our human nature.  Sometimes problems, situations and crossroads in our lives make us just want to step aside, fall asleep and not deal with them. Jesus’ response to them was “Watch and pray so that you may not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  Our everyday walk with Jesus reminds us to wake up, keep watch & continuously be in prayer.  Not so that things can work out our way but so that we don’t fall into temptation.  Into other minefields and other situations that lead us away from Him and the walk that we should have with Him daily.

We know the story, a small army of men come to take Jesus away, he heals one of the men after their ear is cut off, which for me would be reason enough to fall to my knees and worship right there on the spot.  They accuse Jesus and find Him guilty of his statement that He is the Son of God.

Meanwhile, the backstory on Peter is this.  The night before Jesus had said that He will deny Him three times.  While Jesus is in this trial, Peter is hanging out outside warming himself by the fire.  A servant girl says to him, aren’t you the one who was with the Nazarene.  Peter denies it.  Someone else states the same thing and he denies it again.  Finally a third time he is accused of being a friend of Jesus to which he denies it a third time.  The rooster crows and Peters weeps bitterly for his denial.

This is Peter.  This is the one who walked on water to reach Jesus only a few days prior.  The one who had complete faith in Him as he stepped out of the boat and walked on the water to reach him.  I can’t define what happened here and why the denial.  I have to chalk it up to human nature and Peter’s humanness.  It’s hard to fathom and something that I’m wrestling with this morning as I type this.  How,  if just a few days ago he was walking on water, could he now deny knowing Jesus, not once but three times.  I think of my own walk with Jesus.  Do I deny Him after I’ve seen Him work so mightily in someone’s life?  In my own life?  Sadly, the answer is yes.  Denial happens all the time.  Small compromises, small statements, small sins that compound and tear us away from Him and the goodness that He has for us.  We as human beings are lost without His grace.  Lost without His mercy.  I struggle daily with trying to be a better man, husband, father, leader, christian, the list goes on.  Peter, in this act of denial, teaches us all an incredible lesson in humanness.  We are all subject to it and all in need of a Savior.  Someone who, even though we deny Him, sometimes on a daily basis, will still walk up to the cross and let the nails be driven in, let the cross be lifted up, and let his body be broken, because He loves us that much.  Jesus tells us, “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give to you.  I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

“I do not give as the world gives.”  

For that statement alone I am thankful.

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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The Weekly Walk – 1.20.17 – Nothing to Prove

1.20.17 – The Weekly Walk – Nothing to Prove

Last Monday night we had a great Facebook Live worship service online.  If you haven’t tuned into these yet, they happen usually every Monday night at 8:30pm at this URL: . I recommend that you check it out.  We worship together, pray for each other and just hang out for a few hours.  It’s a great time of worship…on your couch!

This past Monday I spoke about a book that I had read a while ago called “More Jesus, Less Religion” by two guys named Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton.  The chapter that we were discussing was called “Nothing to Prove”.  I wanted to just speak a little more on this topic and what was discussed.  The chapter starts with this quote, “The more we experience the work of the Spirit within us, the lower will will bow before God’s throne, admitting our utter dependence on Him.”  I love this. As we experience more of Jesus in our lives, the more we realize that He’s in the midst of so many things.  Our day to day lives, sometimes mundane, sometimes repetitive.  How can we possible see Jesus in the repetition of our days?  Step back, think for a minute about where you’re at.  Your house, your clothes, your job, all that you do each day, the ability to move, as in, walk.  These are God given gifts.  These are great reminders of Jesus moving in our daily lives.

The authors go on to talk about how we as people, as a society, focus on our worth.  The way the world thinks of us versus the way that God thinks of us.  From the book, “the more we focus on the world’s standards and values, the more negative we feel about ourselves.  God has a different system, and if our faith is in Him, we can feel tremendous relief.  Christ talked about the worth of an individual…..”. He goes on to discuss the story from Mark 10:31 where Jesus talks about the worth of a sparrow.  At the time, sparrows were sold for about a half a cent each.  Almost worth nothing, yet, God in all His infinite power and love, cares for them and knows when one of them fall to the ground, before they hit the ground.  Amazing.  If God cares that much for a sparrow, how much more does He care for you and me.  The final quote from this chapter that really drives this point home is this, “The fact that God sent His Son to die for us should be an overwhelming affirmation of the worth each individual.”

So good.  Jesus didn’t just come here to tell a few great stories & heal a few people.  He came here to save the world.  No small task.  God in His wisdom, sent Him as the Savior of the world.  I can’t help but thank Him, often, for this gift.  So.  What does this mean for us?  For me, it means that I can’t find my worth in what the world says, how many likes we get on Facebook or Instagram, how many friends I have, how many people like me in general.  It’s about finding my worth in Jesus, in what He did for me on the cross.  To lay down your life for someone, that’s the greatest act of love.  That’s what He did for all of us.  That’s love.  That’s someone I want to know.

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3.14.16 – Trust.

  3.14.16 – the weekly walk – Reading a little in Jesus Calling tonight.  January 22 is about trust.  “Strive to trust me”, it says, “in more areas of your life.” I’m up for that I think but am not always willing to do it.  Sometimes i think I have all the answers, not needing help.  Then, something will happen or an email will come in that shows me  who is really in control.  God takes good care of us like a father does.  He knows what’s best for us.   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will keep your path straight.”  Proverbs 3:5&6, love these verses.  Let’s try to live them a little more.  Trust Him a little more.  Let’s not waste time or energy regretting the past but let’s live for the future, live for what God has in store for us.  Pray that you would hear his voice and follow His lead.  Pray that doors would open and then be willing to walk through them when they open.  Soooo hard to do.  God, tonight, let our prayers be bold, let our hearts be open to hear you and give us the confidence and the courage to follow.

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.





10.2.15 – wednesday night worship – happening 10/7/15 in montclair

10.2.15 – so amazing how God works.  we’ve been praying for a venue and a community to embrace a wednesday night worship service…for like 3 years. it’s finally happening.  next wednesday night, 10/7/15, we’re getting together at the Montclair Community Church at 143 Watchung Avenue in Montclair, NJ to worship, pray & just hang together as a community of believers.  we hope you can join us.  it’s going to be pretty relaxed with some great music, a quick message & some prayer.  be sure to join us for the first one & then the first wednesday of every month!  see you there.





9.22.15 – weekend wrap up – on tour with kutless

9.22.15 – hey everyone, thanks so much for coming out to the shows in Lake George, NY & Swansea, MA. these were fantastic evenings of worship. so many new friends made, can’t thank you guys enough for supporting the band and join the #thereishopemovement. here are the videos from the nights, enjoy them. see you on the road soon!

here’s the show in Swansea, MA – 9/13/15

and here’s the show in Lake George, NY on 9.12.15

and here’s a pic of some of our new friends:


thanks again guys.  so amazing to have been there with you.  check out the videos, listen to some music on the music page & sign up for the email list for a free download.  thanks for being a fan.  you guys are amazing!

see you soon….

East Islip, NY – March 7, 2015 – wrap up

3.8.15 – East Islip, NY – wrap up

hey everyone.  what an amazing evening we had in East Islip, NY this past saturday.  packed house, spirit moving, people singing, coffee drank, cake eaten….man, so good.  here was the set list:

we will remain
how great thou art
it is well
the love of jesus
even if not
i still haven’t found what i’m looking for
there is hope
we can be the love
teach me how to drive
don’t give up on me
christ is enough
where the spirit of the lord is
i will rise
amazing grace
lean on me

so many great moments.  thanks to all who came out.  it was so good to hear & see so many people just closing their eyes, worshiping, focusing on Jesus, letting the night fade into their souls & letting the distractions of life be pushed aside so that folks could just focus on God.  it’s so healing to do this, to just let it go for a minute so that God can speak to us, so that God can renew us.  Try to do this every day, take 5 minutes and just let God renew your soul, renew  your heart & re-focus your mind so that you can do what you were made to do….share His love with others & represent Him here on this earth.  So powerful.

Here’s some fan shot footage of “The Love of Jesus”:

and here’s some footage from “Even If Not”:

thanks for watching, listening & reading.  most of all, thanks for supporting this music & this ministry.  lives change because of your support.

see you out there soon…..