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

 

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.

5.20.15 – The Weekly Walk – Prayer.

5.20.15 – The Weekly Walk – Prayer.

Hey everyone, hope your weeks have been going well. we’ve been playing some fantastic shows & it’s been great speaking to all of you before & after the shows.  one thing i’m hearing is that there is a lot of hurting going on in this world and in our area.  families are in trouble, people are in pain, sickness abounds, people are losing loved ones, general feelings of loneliness & despair.

i’ve been praying for each and every one of the prayer requests that have been coming in & i want you to continue to send them along.  God calls us to stand together as a church body & support each other.  We can do that through email, social media & through joining together at our shows and praying.  I’m going to make a commitment to take time each and every day to pray for every request that comes through my inbox.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I’ll take this moment in this blog to direct you to another blog, the Desiring God blog.  Click HERE for an article on prayer.

It’s hard sometimes to pray because we don’t feel as though God is listening or if He is, we don’t feel like He’s answering.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Keep praying, keep believing.  I’m praying with you.  My band is praying with you.  Be encouraged.  God is with us.

3.26.15 – The Weekly Walk – why do we go to church?

3.26.15 – The Weekly Walk – Why do we go to church?

Hey everyone,  hope your week is going well. I got together with the band last night and we discussed the topic of church.  What is church, where is church, why do we go, what happens there?  It’s an interesting question.  We watched Rob Bell’s Nooma video called “Sunday” which really starts to open up a bunch of questions.

What is church?  For some people it’s a building, it’s usually white, it usually has a steeple and it usually contains really uncomfortable seats that help keep you awake while a pastor preaches in a language that sometimes you don’t understand.   For some people it’s not a church building at all but a school, or a hotel, or a warehouse somewhere.  For others, it’s something else.  For me & for the band, we really decided last night that church is not where you go or how uncomfortable the seats are, it’s about where God is.  Where God wants us to be.  We had church last night in my basement because that’s where God was.  We have church every night that we go out and lead a crowd in worship  because that’s where God is.  We have church when we head out to feed the homeless with an organization called the Relief Bus on Friday nights, because that’s where God is.   The church is people, getting together, because that’s where God is.

Another thought that rolled through our discussion last night was why do we go to church? Is it because it makes us feel better, is it because our parents tell us to, is it because we need to check that box off every week so that we “get into heaven”.  Is it because we feel obligated to go…guilt?  The answer, truly, is no.   Those are all very wrong motivations to go to church.

Church is about our hearts.  God wants our hearts, He wants us to want to be with Him.  He wants us to want to love like Jesus.  He wants us to care for others like Jesus.   He wants us to want to live a life that reflects Jesus.  It’s not about an obligation to go to church, it’s about wanting to go to church, wherever that is for you, because you want to be closer to God.  Closer to Jesus.  Closer to the well that will never run dry.  Closer to the living water.

The bottom line is being a follower of Jesus.  

Check your heart.  Check your motivations.  Check why you’re going to church.  Live an authentic life for Jesus.  When you screw up, and we all do, He’s still there waiting for us.  Ready to hold us in His arms and say, “that’s cool, I died for you, I died for that sin…that’s how much I love you”.   Take that love and bring it out to the world.  There is nothing that will ever separate us from the love of Jesus in our lives.  Nothing.  Be the church that God wants us to be.  Be the love that God wants us to be.  It will make a difference.

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
oceans
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…..

1.31.15 – The Weekly Walk – With us?

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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. Closer. 10/18/14

10.17.14 – The Weekly Walk. Closer.

Thanks for your thoughts & feedback on the last post regarding the song, Teach Me How To Drive.  it’s amazing to see how this music relates to so many different aspects of our lives.

This week I wanted to walk through the second cut on the album “Somebody I’m Supposed To Be”.  It’s called “Closer To You” and from the first opening lines, it’s a very tough song to write about, sing & listen to at times….

Sometimes I feel like You’re a thousand miles away
And deep inside I fight this war
The phone line must be down, do You hear me when I pray
Or am I just a thorn that you ignore.

The struggle continues.  We continue to search for & need God, even when it seems like he’s not listening.

We’ve been playing this song out for over 9 years now.  The response that I’ve gotten has been really incredible.  Emails & conversations at shows have been deep.  This is a song that I wrote down on paper, played through the opening lines & chorus, and then basically threw into the trash can.  I didn’t think this would resonate with anyone.  Then the more that I thought about it, I thought about how much it resonated with me.  Surely there are others out there who feel the same way.

I didn’t base this on scripture at all when it was written.  Since then I’ve found numerous Psalms that have this concept included within the text.  The song could easily be based on Psalm 77.  The Psalmist pleads with the Lord;

“I cried out to God for help, I cried out to God to hear me.  
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;  at night I stretched out untiring hands,
And I would not be comforted.”

After a friend hipped me to this scripture, it all made sense.  This struggle has been going on for thousands of years.  People crying out to God, yearning for answers, for responses, for any kind of input into their lives.  Myself included.  Sometimes it’s frustrating being a Christian.  Sometimes God doesn’t answer, or let me put it this way, sometimes God doesn’t answer the way that we want him to answer.

I was reading Brennan Manning the other day.  This really kind of sums it up “Because we approach the Gospel with preconceived notions of what it should say rather than what it does say, the Word no longer falls like rain on the parched ground of our souls”.   Heavy, heavy words.  So true.  Hard to admit, but when we get down to it, truth.

The chorus of the song goes on to plead:

Are you really listening, are you really there
Do you have the answers, do you really care
I’m lost inside a maybe, what else can I do
Help me find a way, lead me closer to You

So this is the bottom line.  Being drawn closer to God even though sometimes it feels like He’s nowhere near us.   I approach this in another song as well called “Even If Not”.  We are here, God is up there.

Kind of.

It’s not until we believe that He is here with us, that he’ll start working with us.  We need to exercise our faith to grow.  We need to communicate with God more.  This is a two way conversation.  I can say with conviction, that He is here.  Even on the days when it feels like He’s not.  He is.  Walking with us, walking beside us.    Take the time, daily, to be drawn closer to Him.  Read the bible more, spend more time in prayer.  Worship more.  Change will come.

I pray that each of us is drawn closer & closer as we let God permeate our daily walk.

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The Weekly Walk. Storms. 8.27.14

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8.27.14 – The Weekly Walk.  Storms.

We’ve been meeting as a band and talking through some concepts & working through some Rob Bell / Nooma stuff in an effort to think more about God, more about the plans that He has for us and about why it all matters & where it’s all going.

The first night we talked about storms.  storms in our lives and storms that recur in our lives and storms that we haven’t yet weathered.  Think about this.

Think about the storms in your life that you’ve weathered.  even though it may not have felt like it, God was there, pushing you through whatever they were.  He continues to push us through them now.  Does it feel that way?

Tough question.  if we’re honest with ourselves, we ask the question that this question asks which is, why on earth do we have to weather storms in the first place. Life walking with God is no easier than life walking without God.  Life is just that….life.  Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it scars, sometimes it feels like there is no one at all who is “walking” with us.  Here’s the give though, Jesus is walking with us, has walked through everything we’re walking through and plans on staying with us as we walk through whatever it is we’re going through.  Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” I’ll take it & trust it.

Meditate on this verse from Matthew 7 for a minute:  “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had it’s foundation on the rock.”

Our rock is Jesus.  no other way to put it.  He should be the foundation of our lives as we wake up every day and as we lay our heads down to sleep every night.  think about Him as you go through your days this week, say a quick and silent prayer as you go through the job that you may not be liking, let him seep into your thoughts as you work through the mundane.  he wants to be a part of every minute of every day.  see and realize the every minute miracles that we encounter every day.

Remember that we all cry out to God.  we all need to wrestle with Him sometimes.  He expects it of us.  Every relationship has it’s ups and downs, it’s misunderstandings, it should be the same with God.  we need to be human with him because he made us that way.  Frustration sets in sometimes as things don’t go our way, as things hurt.  we need to keep remembering that this isn’t all about us.  there’s a larger picture here, we’re part of a larger world, a world that is suffering.  i came across this saying this past week, “someone, somewhere is praying for something that you are taking for granted.” read that quote again.

What does the garbage in your life look like?  does it stop you from crying out to God, from having a deeper relationship with Him? Think about that.  Take a minute and answer that question. Honestly.  So many things stop us from having a deeper relationship with God.  We need to know that He forgives us and wants us to get past the junk, so that we can be closer to Him.

Pray this week, call out to God.  Cry out to God.  Take a few extra minutes each day and just breath Him in.  You won’t regret it.  He’s the God who can’t wait to be with you, the God who is longing to be closer to you and to have you want more of Him.  Rest in that.

Every day I think so small, not seeing who you are and how you surround me. 
There are so many times I fall, but from my knees I learn to see, how high You carry me.

from – “The Love of Jesus”

8.7.14 – Notes from the Road : opening for Brandon Heath

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8.7.14 – hey guys.  thanks to everyone who made it out to the Brandon Heath show last Friday night.  such a great night.

i had the chance to sit & have dinner w/ brandon.  very down to earth, easy to talk to and a genuinely nice guy.  the folks at the Good Will Church were just fantastic.  very hospitable and really took care of us.  thanks to them and all of the volunteers that helped out at this show.  finally, huge thanks to the folks at The Lighthouse Events for bringing so many great christian music shows to the area.   Support their ministry by going to these shows.  Check out upcoming events at http://www.thelighthouseevents.com.  thanks.

Set list for our 25 minute set was as follows:

Hallelujah
God’s TV
We Can Be the Love
Even If Not
The Love Of Jesus

Purchase the music from the show by clicking HERE:

Crowd was really into it, singing along and worshiping with us.  So good.

We took some video from the night, here it is:

Here are a few pictures:brandonheath6 brandonheath7brandonheath1 brandonheath2 brandonheath3 brandonheath4

thanks again for all of your support.  see you at another show soon!

 

notes from the road – April 5, 2014 recap

4.10.14 – hey everyone, hope the week is going well.

i wanted to take a few minutes and recap the show from last weekend.  we played at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Franklin Square, NY.  This is a beautiful old church in a great town right by the Belmont Race Track in Nassau County, NY.  Saturday evening was a full band show featuring Tommy Hayes on Guitar, Frank Di Minno on drums and Jeff Constantine on bass.  They had an old baby grand piano in the room so we rolled it out and set it up.  It was a little out of tune but that made it all the more better.  By the end of the night, this piano was fighting me all the way.  As some of you may know i’m a pretty heavy hitter on the keys & an old piano that hasn’t been played in a while tends to go further and further out of tune the more you play it.  It was great.  So many great memories from this night, so many amazing moments.  People with hands raised, singing loudly as they worshiped.  So good.  Here’s a the set list from the night:

How Great Thou Art
It Is Well
Hallelujah
God’s TV
The Love of Jesus
Even If Not
Don’t Give Up On Me
Closer To You / How Great is Our God
There Is Hope
We Can Be the Love
Proof of You
Why Won’t You Love Me
Christ Is Enough
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is
God With Us
Oh Lord You’re Beautiful
Amazing Grace

It was an amazing evening of worship. Thanks to all who came out.  Such a great night.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO OF “HOW GREAT THOU ART”

 

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