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

 

7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk. Desire.

7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk.  Desire.

Good Saturday to you. I’m reading through a bible plan in my Bible reading app and wanted to share just a few thoughts from it.  I’m into day 5 of this 30 day plan.  It’s very easy and simple to digest, quick to start the day with which is good but there are some days, I have to admit, that I’m yearning for more.  Here are a few highlights:

– We must let go of the good to grab hold of the better.  From Psalm 84:  “Better is one day with God than thousands elsewhere.”  Spend time with God.

– How do you have a day with God?  You live with an ongoing, unending awareness of His presence. From Colossians 3:  “Since You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.”  Earthly things.  These things will pass.  They are good for a minute. We need to store our treasures in heaven.

– How do you begin to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence?  You begin developing the habit of constant communication with God through prayer.  From Luke 18: “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus told his crew that prayer is important, that prayer is essential in his ministry. How many times does it say in the New Testament…then Jesus went off to pray.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop the habit of instant obedience to God.  Tough one.  Instant obedience, undying obedience. We are human.  We have this nature that says it’s all about us, all about me.  We have needs, wants, desires and to be honest, they usually revolve around us.  In John 14, Jesus says this, “If you love me, keep my commands, and I will ask the Father and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth.”  Long for obedience.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop a daily desperation for God.  A daily desperation. I love that word. Desperation.  When you are desperate for something, you will do anything to get it. You will move mountains to get it. That’s what God has done for us, He has moved mountains to get to us.  Let’s return the sentiment.  Desperation for God. David says in Psalm 63, “You God, are my God, earnestly I seek you, I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water….I will praise you as long as I live.”   How dry and parched are you for God? How desperate do you need his living water?

That’s only the first 5 days.  I need to develop a habit of constantly striving for God.  Relying on God.  Trusting in God.  Hoping in God.  I need to be desperate for Him and His goodness in my life.  I encourage you to do the same.  Long for Him, in the midst of the tragedy and the joy, Father I pray that you are the center of it all.  Amen.

 

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

12.12.14 – I Will Follow

12.12.14 – I Will Follow

I know there’s something just beyond the headlights
somebody i’m supposed to be
i know there’s got to be a reason that I’m here
but right now it’s so hard to see
this road feels like it’s leading me nowhere
but nowhere is still somewhere you want me to be

I wrote those words over 10 years ago.  They were the start of the song “I Will Follow” and the start of my christian music career.  I had no idea where God was going to take me or my talents.  I knew that i needed to get out of the musical life that i was leading.  For those of you who don’t know, before i started this i was “the wedding singer” with over 1200 weddings under my belt, i could perform & run a wedding blindfolded.  it was a living for a while and a lot of fun but man did it get boring and monotonous.  there’s only so many times you can play YMCA & Disco Inferno before it takes its toll….

So i decided that i wanted to leave that behind and be dave pettigrew in the world, representing what i believed in.  I wanted to lead people closer to Jesus.

that first verse of “I Will Follow” was basically a prayer.  i didn’t know what God had in store for me and to be perfectly honest, i still don’t. every day i live these words.  roads that i take feel like they lead me nowhere….but in every nowhere, there is someone there that needed me there, that needed to the hear the words i spoke or the phrase that was sung.

God wants us in the nowhere’s.  He wants us to feel lost sometimes.  being lost makes us depend more on Him and lean more on Him.  if we knew where we were going all the time, where would our dependency on God fit in?   there are many nights when myself and the band feel like nothing is happening.  where we ask the question, “why did we even show up tonight?”  then, inevitably, i’ll get an email or a phone call, or someone will reference that night and say that it was life-changing for them.  that one phrase or verse that i said, or one song that the band played, changed their whole outlook.  the lesson that is always  learned….God uses us even when we don’t think He’s using us.  He’s always working behind the scenes. We need to keep our eyes open and watch Him work in and around us…….heavy.

matthew 28:20 – i am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Jesus promises us that He’ll be with us, no matter what.  He’s the something beyond the headlights, He’s the somebody we’re supposed to be, He’s the reason that we’re here.  He has put us on the path that we’re currently on.  yes, we can make wrong turns, detours, we can hit dead ends but in the end, He’s with us wherever we go.

i got a few emails over the past month from a few folks that are really struggling, that are really trying to find a way through certain situations and feeling that God is nowhere in the mix.  Agreed, frustrating without a doubt, but….God will never leave us or forsake us.  He is with us till the end of the age.  That is a promise that our heavenly Father makes to us.

proverbs 30: 5-6 – every promise of God proves true, He protects those who run to Him for help.

jeremiah 31:3 – He love us with an everlasting love.

I know it may feel like the road you’re on is leading you nowhere….but God wants us in the nowhere sometimes.  These seasons of life teach us, teach those we come in contact with and make us stronger.  My prayer is that we all see the God in every situation that He puts us in.   That we will seek His will, seek his guidance and then when He does show us the way, we will follow.  Prayers up for us all.