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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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: http://www.daveonfacebook.com . 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.

To join us on Monday nights, feel free to click this link:  http://www.daveonfacebook.com and scroll down about halfway on that page and click the live stream.  We’ll see you on Monday night at 8:30pm where we can talk more about this and more about a daily walk with God.  Thanks for reading.

 

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

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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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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Leading worship next weekend…

IMG_51401.14.16 – Happy new year!  Thanks for reading this note. A real quick update.  We are leading worship for a bunch of high school kids up in Lake Champion, NY next week.  We are SO looking forward to this.  The last time we were up there we were with a bunch of junior high kids and it was amazing.  To be able to help shape these kids faith, to be able to lead them in worship & worship with them is just incredible.  Please pray for us, pray that God would move in these kids even before they get there.  Pray that their hearts would be opened as they walk into the sessions and as they sing with us.  Thanks guys, so amazing to have you with us.

This coming weekend would be impossible without our monthly supporters.  Lake Champion isn’t close & the camp has a very low budget.  This weekend was going to cost us money but because of our monthly supporters we’re able to meet every gas, toll, wear & tear and any other need that comes up.  So if you’re a monthly supporter, you are helping to change lives in Jesus name this weekend.  I can’t thank you enough for that.  If you want to become a monthly supporter, head over to the SUPPORT page on this site or just CLICK HERE and click on get access.  Great incentives to join us that are described on that page.

We’ll give you updates as we go through the weekend on our Facebook page.  CLICK HERE to like that page and get the updates.  Until then, thanks!

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.

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/922592461129012/
HERE’S AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE NIGHT:  https://montclairdispatch.com/dave-pettigrew-performs/
MORE INFO ON THE CHURCH HERE:  http://www.montclairchurch.net/

 

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The Weekly Walk – 7.22.15

7.22.15 – The Weekly Walk – devotions.

Hey everyone.  Thought I’d share more devotions. Please follow us on Instagram to get these daily.   Here are a few highlights from the last week or so.

7.22.15 – taken from the song “Tear Down the Walls” by Hillsong.  

“This life is yours and hope rising as your Glory fills our hearts, let love tear down these walls.” – John 14:6 says this, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no ones comes to the Father but through me.” When we say this life is yours, do we really mean it? There are tons of entries on Google when you google the phrase “are you all in?”. Sports teams, corporate speakers, self help books….the list goes on and on. Jesus makes it simple. He’s the way, the truth and the life, He’s the only way to the Father. Hope rises when we trust Him. His glory fills our hearts. What does that mean? His glory. He is worthy to be praised, to be honored, to be set apart from anyone or anything else, He is king. Today, as you go through your day, ask “are you all in?”, and what does it mean for you. Prayers up for each of us as we seek Him.

7.21.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.” – There’s a passage in Mark chapter 4 where Jesus and the disciples are out on the water. Jesus was sleeping in the front of the boat and this storm comes rolling through and almost sinks the boat. The disciples of course are freaking and wake Him up. “Don’t you care if we drown?”, they ask. Jesus looks up and says to the wind and the waves, “Quiet, be still” and it goes completely calm. He looks at the disciples and says, “Why are you so afraid, do you have no faith?” – it’s an amazing story, one that has me shaking my head often, do I really have that kind of faith. I try to. I want to. But in the midst of the storm, can I say that I do. I lean on God daily, I call on Him daily. But this is a kind of faith that is difficult to swallow. Right now, someone reading this is going through a storm, going through some kind of struggle, depression, addiction, pain or suffering. All I can say is this, Jesus is there, with you, saying to you, be calm, be quiet, watch as I calm the waves and silence the wind in your life. It may not seem like it but He is. It may be a long road or a short one you’re on but He is there with you. The question I’ll ask is this “Why are you so afraid, do you not have any faith?”

7.19.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Saviour’s love.” – When we are weak, He is strong. When we have troubles, we can find peace in His arms. When we are worried, we can find relief. When we are hurting, we find in Him healing. When we are tired, He gives us strength. When we are lonely, He holds us. When we are lost, He makes us found. Take a moment at the end of your day and just sit, be silent for a moment and just think on who God is. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.

7.16.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, what could stand against us”. – Romans 8:31 says this “what then shall we say in response to these things. If God is for us, than who can be against us.” – As we go through our days today and each day, we are constantly pushed down, told we’re not good enough, told that we’re not working hard enough, not strong enough, not skinny enough, the list goes on. Know this today, God is for you. God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is there with you through every struggle. I’ll say it again just as Paul said it in Romans, our God is for us, who can stand against us. Take heart and joy in that fact today, no matter what the world throws at you today, God is greater than all of it.

7.15.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“Water You turn into wine, open the eyes of the blind, there’s no one like You, none like You.” – John 2 recites the story of Jesus turning water into wine. 38 other miracles are recited in the gospels. Jesus was in the business of miracles, of making people believe in miracles. Believe in the impossible. There are miracles that we come across every day. Jesus lives in these moments, these daily miracles. He wants us to seek these miracles out and praise Him for them. In the society that we live in, we’re made to believe that everything has to have an answer, there has to be a science to every event. There has to be a reason. Maybe sometimes there isn’t, maybe sometimes it truly is God saying, this is a miracle that I’m sending down to you. Maybe. Do you believe in miracles.

I hope you enjoy these short devotionals.  I encourage you to follow me on either Instagram or Facebook to get these updates & join the conversation.  Thanks so much for reading!  Have a great week.