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

 

Daily Dose of Worship – Running in Circles – 6.5.16

6.5.16 – Daily Dose of Worship – Running in Circles

Shot from my very humid and sweaty 5k this morning. A fenced in track, 1/4 mile. Reminder of so many situations that we get into. We run in circles. We fence ourselves in. We get trapped. We don’t ask for help. God tells us that he wants to be involved, he wants to walk us through these situations. I was just reading in Job where he says “who are we that you would be mindful of us, that you would even care about us.” Amazing. The God of the universe wants us to run forward, not in circles. He wants to be there with us. He doesn’t want us to build fences but tear them down. Build bridges of love, of compassion, of mercy and of grace. These are all traits of our Father which in turn should be traits of His followers. Today, stop running in circles, find the gate that opens the fence that allows you to walk through to the next level. Pray. Forgive. Love. Share. Give. We are here to do this. Prayers up for a change in all of us.

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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.

The Weekly Walk – this week’s walk – 4/18/15

4.18.15 – The Weekly Walk – this week’s walk

Hey everyone, hope you had a great week.  It was long and intense for me.  I had that “stop the world and let me off” feeling a lot this week…but….we push through don’t we, we lean deeper and deeper into God through prayer & lean on Him more.  That’s what gets us along.  So i posted a few things this week that got some good responses…one was on Facebook and it simply said…“You are loved, don’t ever forget that”.  Lots of engagement with that post.  I think there are so many of us that get bogged down in a week like the one that I just had and forget that simple thought….Jesus loves us, plain and simple.  Please don’t ever forget that and when you do, say a quick prayer and have God re-assure you….He will.

I also posted an interview that I did with Breathecast here in NYC.  If you’re not familiar with Breathecast, you should be, especially if you’re into Christian music at all, which i assume if you’re reading this post, you are.   They are the top online site destination for cool interviews & exclusive performances with some of the best christian artists out there. You can check them out HERE.  I was honored that they contacted me and had me come down to the studio.  I sat down with Jeannie Ortega, a great artist in her own right, you should check her out HERE.

We sat and talked about christian music, about God in New York City, about what it’s like to worship, lead worship & a bunch more.  It was a great morning and i encourage you guys to check out their sites & check out the interview below:

I also performed the song “Even If Not”.  Check out this exclusive performance below.

Download the song “Even If Not” by hitting iTunes or clicking HERE to visit the DP store.

Appreciate you reading & watching.  Please leave a comment on the youtube videos & be sure to subscribe to the davepettigrew channel on Youtube.

Have a great week!
dave

 

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”.

12.28.14 – Anchors

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“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.  
It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (an anchor), reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus,
running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us. – Hebrews 6: 18-20 (msg)

I was reading a short study on Anchors this morning. Questions came up:  Who has been an anchor in my life? How have these anchors helped me through whatever good times or bad times I’ve gone through?  What does it truly mean to have God as an anchor in your life?

Interesting questions that got me thinking.  I can easily say that my grandparents & my parents were the first anchors that I had, i think a lot of us could agree with that point as well.  I remember my grandfather, as i held his hand while we were walking, would stop & pray.  We would not be at our destination yet, but he would stop and pray, gentle whispers of praise to our God, at least that’s what they looked like to me.  Both my grandparents were anchors of faith, they were heavily involved in the church & God was definitely a huge part of our lives growing up, for that i’m forever grateful.  My parents were the same way, always helping us walk closer with God. That’s what parents are supposed to do right?  That’s what i’m trying to do with my kids.  It’s harder than I thought and  I respect my parents much more now that I’m older and dealing with the same issues that they dealt with as we were kids growing up.  Throughout all of my school years, they were there, anchoring me close to home, close to God so that I wouldn’t drift away, wouldn’t go down the wrong paths.  That’s what an anchor does, keeps you from drifting, it keeps you close to safety, close to where you’re supposed to be.  Without an anchor in our lives, we drift, we just float aimlessly.   As i’ve gotten older, i’ve found that i need these anchors in my life.  My wife is my current anchor, setting me straight when i need to be, keeping our house an amazing home, just being who she is.  Such great stuff going on right now and i’m forever grateful.

When you think about how God is an anchor in your life, it gets a little tricky because God isn’t someone who can pull you back physically or say to you “stop, you’re making the wrong decision here”, but….those we call our anchors in our lives, i believe, are appointed there by God to speak His words of wisdom & guidance to you as you go through this life. Think about your life, go back through the years and think about times that you’ve needed your anchor, your saviour, your God to pull you through.  Who was there, your family, your friends…yes, but in and around them God was present through it all.  He walks with us every step of the way and uses others to be our anchors.

Who is your anchor, have you thanked them lately for being your anchor, for keeping you close to home?  Take the time today or this week to thank them.

Prayers up for us all that God would continue to anchor us closer to His shores as we continue to search for Him.

Respond to this post by clicking HERE and commenting on the post entitled ANCHORS.  thanks.

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.

 

8.25.14 – Run with us for clean water around the world…

8.25.14 – hey everyone, hope you’re week is going great.  please give me a minute of your time.

We need your help. we’re running a Clean Water 5K on August 30th and want you to run with us by donating as much as you can to help give clean water to kids around the world and to help us save lives.

Partner with us as we continue the fight against water born diseases in third world countries. 1 in 9 people don’t have access to clean water. this is a major problem. one we want to change. we here in the United States couldn’t even dream of a day without clean water but for millions around the world, this is a daily concern. every morning they wake up wondering where they are going to get clean water. we want to change this. we want to help. you can help too.

give life. give hope. give help. every dollar raised goes directly to the building of clean water wells.

join us. help those who need our help. don’t sit on the sidelines as others desperately call out for your help.

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