Last year one of the most powerful songs I discovered was Kirk Franklin's “Intercession”. The song appears on Franklin's 2015 album entitled “Losing My Religion”.
I have been a fan of Kirk Franklin's music for close to twenty years. Kirk Franklin is a rare multi-faceted artist. He is a skilled songwriter, musician, lyricist, arranger, musical director, vocalist and producer. Over the years Kirk Franklin has produced music that captivates and inspires me. More often than not music is a form of entertainment but an artist like Kirk Franklin is able to utilize his music as so much more.
The song “Intercession” is a low key track compared to much of Kirk Franklin's more up tempo output. The song opens with Kirk Franklin's impassioned plea, "Jesus please mention my name when you talk to your father today". The raw emotion throughout the song is a rare thing. There is minimal studio gloss or overdubbing. It is solely Kirk Franklin's voice set to a soft piano. The song slowly builds, eventually adding a bit more instrumentation and more voices. The level of the song may come up a bit as it progresses, but Kirk Franklin's emotionally raw vocals remain.
I must be honest, this song brings me to tears nearly every time that I listen to it. Kirk Franklin presents a stripped down song with lyrics that are so real and so true. The song is a simple prayer to The Lord in a time of honest brokenness. It is also an acknowledgement of a need and appreciation for Jesus. I am sure that every Christian can relate to the truth and honesty heard throughout the song. Here are a few of the song's rich lyrics.
“I'm not that good
Don't pray like I should
Yet I'm amazed you get me through
Jesus please mention my name
See I got some bad news today
Be nice if you can carry this weight
What else to do
The safest place to hide is you
You are the door I now walk through
Jesus that's why I need you
That's why I need you
Can't help but love you”
Many of us are intimidated by prayer. Somehow we believe prayer needs to be lavishly poetic and full of scripture references. In a church setting there may well be a time and a place for such prayers. Many times in life simplicity and honesty may be all that we need. Kirk Franklin's, “Intercession” illustrates how easy prayer to the The Father can be. Open, brutally honest and simple; I need you because I can not do life on my own. I truly appreciate Kirk Franklin and the powerful message of this song. I may be a sloppy, cried out mess by the time the song is over but I feel closer to Him in the process.
From time to time we all need to sit alone in Gods presence and have a good cry. We need to simply cry out to Him and let it all out. Life can be extremely challenging at times, even when we are walking with Him. Sometimes we need to shut out everything else and focus on God. On who He is and what He has done for us. Sometimes all it takes is a simple prayer to make things better. Throughout 2018 the song “Intercession” brought me tearfully into His presence and I am all the better for that time.
Troy Tennard is an Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.
How do we rise after we fall into sin? What do we do after spiritual adultery has left us broken, guilty, and distant from God?
As you may be able to tell from these questions, this blog is about self reflection. It's about how we, as "Christians," rise to glory and often fall short of it. Romans 3:23 give us a view into the all to familiar fate of a Christian walking in faith, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." It boldly states that no matter what we do we may be a bit behind when it comes to our walk with God. After all we are all sinners.
As we take a deeper look into why the constant absence of perfected christianity often misses us we have to realize that this topic itself is one for personal reflection. In my ability to try and be as transparent as possible I have to reflect back on the day my mother passed away.
It was sudden, surprising, and heart breaking on New Year's Day in 2017. Around 6 p.m. I got a call from the medical examiner who informed me of my mother's passing. I have to be honest, anything he said after the words "deceased" and "car wreck" I ignored. My heart was racing and I was emotional. I didn’t directly blame God until after it was all over and I had the time to really sit and think. It was then that I began my downward spiral. Depression hit and I began to hate everyone. It was a whirl wind of pain.
My Rise was the day I got baptized months before her death. My Fall was the moment I let my doubts and questions intertwine with the reasoning of a man whose heart had taken a turn for the worst. I neglected my duties as a husband and a son. Although my mother was gone, I knew I wasn’t making her proud here on earth. I was gone. Where was God amidst all this suffering? How can we find hope when we are drowning?
We have to see suffering as a source of compassion. Jesus' suffering means that he can identify with us in every way. 2 Corinthians 1:5, "For just as the sufferings flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort over flows." God comforts us in our sufferings. I was no where near ready for God to console and comfort me. I refused His hand and allowed myself to hit rock bottom. Remember, there is no Rise without a Fall. I took matters into my own hands and wouldn't open my eyes to see the impact on those around me. G.K. Chesterson stated "We become taller as we bow, we become lowlier when we instruct." I was too afraid to meet God where I knew I could find Him.
"But yet the comfort of God that we receive for our current sufferings is but a foretaste of the hope that awaits us one day," Ed Cyzewski
When you try and find the source of the reason we Rise and Fall as christians we ignore the reality of it. We cannot blame the people of the church for there is no direct correlation linked to the people of the church and you as an individual failing as a Christian. We cannot blame God. In reality we only have ourselves to blame. It has been predestined, we are all going to sin and when we sin we become less like Christ. Some fall to drugs, addiction, pain, anger, etc. However you describe your failure as a Christian, Faith itself dares us to fail.
In the end we cannot look to the world to pick us up as we Fall. Falling is an all too common instinct. The most popular quote, "It is not how we Fall, it's how we Rise," lends a hand in exploring the way to finding the clouds again. God expects us to Fall. Even as individuals in this world our downfalls can lead to an uprising. It is when we become accustomed to failure that we breed a sense of weakness and fear.
God promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Our help is much closer to us than we think. We just have to Rise and meet God where he stands. The bond forged through the pains of life, is intentionally designed and a vital connection. When I Fall, I have confidence I will Rise. My pain is the key to my comfort.
The message in whole is about Confident Contrition and Rugged Remorse. Contrite because we sin and still have a savior. Remorse because we fall short of His glory. Rugged because grace makes us bounce back. Self-renunciation is thought to be and indeed can be very near the core of Christian ethics.
We have to acknowledge the Fall and begin to Rise. The day my mom passed I lost a part of me. I fell hard. I had to get back to basics. I had to find God and Rise. God doesn’t intend for you hit rock bottom and stay there. He wants you to have faith in Him and Rise above whatever caused you to stumble and fall. I had to see past the blame and pain and realize the glory in the passing of my mother. I had to humble myself. That is where elevation takes hold. The Rise and Fall of Christians as we know it is not a genocide.
We can withstand the trials. We have to keep the faith and seek God through our short comings. So, I ask you to evaluate your Rise and Fall to give praise to God. It is then you will see that how we Fall is not going to be how you Rise.
Phillip "Philly" Rosas is Executive Writer for Omnigod Music.
Imagine this…. all the world’s dopest Christian Hip Hop and Gospel Artists all in one ship cruising the Bahamas, Puerto Rico or Mexico? Each artist of one heart and soul with the intention to minister the Gospel of Christ through music and reach the lost.
Can you imagine the ship flowing to and fro and the audible sound of Christ’s Gospel being heard through the speakers?....The ocean filled with the presence and Glory of God!!?
Genesis 1:2 says.. Now the earth was formless and empty,darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
He (The Spirit) was waiting for God’s command of "Let There Be...." But creation and life all started with His spirit Brooding/Hovering on the Surface of the deep, and when God spoke those commands Everything came into being..ships hadn't even been invented yet. Noah through obedience to God’s Word built the Ark and had all of different types of animals with him...imagine how wild that cruise would have been?!
Let me tell you something that will make your jaw drop and a "Wooow or Amen" come from deep within your hearts and be heard from the rooftops or your place of work? Whether that be an office or factory...you could even be at home with your family around the table eating your food or even McDonald’s or Burger King. If you are in the process of eating make sure your mouth is empty before you read on so let’s have a "Selah" (Pause and digest what you've read) as the last thing you want is to spray your neighbor or whomever is around your table with chewed up half eaten food and ain't it bad manners to speak with your mouth full? Haha Even more to shout "Praise God!"..Ok here it goes...You no longer need to imagine about this now because... THE FIRST EVER CHH CRUISE JUST HAPPENED!!
“It was the most incredible move of God amongst CHH artists that I’ve ever seen” says MadeSacred of OmniGod Music. “RightWay Management Sound was able to acieve what we’ve all been dreaming of….An actual vacation full of performing artists! It was unreal and I can’t wait for the next cruise!”
There is an excitement and expectation of the amazing work that Christ is doing in CHH. The Holy Spirit is hovering over the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Mexico and other cruise-line paths. Many CHH and Gospel artists are already preparing themselves not only for the next cruise, but for what God is gonna do through them and on that ship.
The waves may crash over the side of the ship as it rocks with the Bass and Treble. But with the dancing, singing and rapping of these talented Artists….passengers aboard will have nothing to fear because Jesus will be there. Picture this.. Jesus...relaxed in a deck chair rocking Bermuda swim shorts...shades on and a tummy full of delicious food prepared by the incredible kitchen staff on a Carnival Cruise Ship!?
So prepare yourselves for the cruise of a lifetime! Get your shorts, sunscreen and glasses ready. And keep an eye out for those dates as you tune into omnigodmusic.com and rwmsgroup.com
We love you all and cannot wait to board that ship with the best people on Earth!
Any Donations/Contributions are welcome.
Jesus is the captain of the ship so you’re in for a thrillingly inspiring Journey.
Mark Bl4zing is Operations Supervisor U.K. and Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.
"3G," by Salt of Tha Earth is an album with a purpose. The 3G's in the title stand for: God, Growing, and Grinding. The songs play in that order. Salt came with some fire on this as well as a message.
With God being first on the list song number one, "Nothin But the Blood," speaks about God interceding in Salt of The Earths life. He gives God the glory and proves that the blood of Christ is just as powerful as the Word speaks. He also touches on suicide which was prevented by God. A fate that was not meant to be.
Growing which is second on the list is heard in "Dangerous Ground" the number two track on the album. It speaks of the dangers of being lukewarm, stagnant, and stuck in the middle. Salt of Tha Earth then states in the song, "You Can't Play Both Sides, You Either With it or You Aint." He encourages his listeners to keep growing instead of being stuck. This is an all to familiar place that we need to grow out of.
Grinding as last but not least is heard in the third song on the album. "Never Gave Up" is a song that proves what grinding can do for you. The song speaks on the hardships of grinding in this walk with Christ. "Been through the fire, never giving up during the storm."
Throughout all this we are left with Perseverance, Consistency, Humility, Loyalty, Hard Work and Praising through all circumstances. If you ask me this is a recipe for success.
Phillip "Philly" Rosas is Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.
First of all, praise is due to God for His mercy and healing.
Freddie Lopez came to me for a review to his single "Dear Gracie" featuring Monica Hill Trejo that he wrote for his daughter Gracie. As a father myself I can’t imagine his heart ache during the time his daughter was sick. Being a friend and brother my heart was with him as were the hearts of his other friends and family.
"Dear Gracie" is a transparent heart felt song. In this track Freddie and Monica, whom I have heard sing on countless tracks, have a sense of praise. In the midst of all the pain and prayer Freddie found it in himself to go to God and give it all to Him. You didn’t have to look far to see that Gracie endured more than pain through the flu.
Watching the news you could see it wasn’t just a normal cold. At 2 years old Gracie's lungs collapsed. She had the first of numerous surgeries, multiple IV's and was placed on life support for the better part of a month or more. Gracie was being watched by doctors, nurses and God . With prayers from everyone, hope for Gracie's recovery was never out of sight.
Her family spent days and nights by her side at Primary Children's Hospital keeping us all updated. Facing the image of their daughter on life support after complications from Flu and Pneumonia their faith was not rocked.
This is even more apparent on this track. A praise filled song to God. Freddie and Monica paint a perfect picture of what it is to be faithful and confident in God's will for His children through the storm. This testimony is far from over. Gracie's story hasn’t ended with a song or even this review. She continues to live on.
"Dear Gracie" should be an anthem for all who endure the storm to survive and speak praises to God. We love and are so supportive of this family. Our prayers are always with them and OmniGod will always be here for them.
Phillip "Philly" Rosas is Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.
Ever wished there were more dope rap songs that you could send to your Mama? I know I have.
My Mama has always been my rock, and has been praying for me well before I met Jesus and made the decision to walk with Him. It's because of my Mama's prayers that I am even alive still today. And I am sure Trip C Tha Block Bishop and Daz Dillinger would agree.
The two have teamed up with Will Gatlin to create one seriously dope track that shows great appreciation for their Mama's prayers!!
Daz went in and did what he has always been known to do best... Trip C is one of my top artists and I must say, his flow matched the beat perfect and I'm sure his Mama is proud!! Will Gatlin is the man, so it's no surprise that he outdid himself as well.
To all the Mama's out there, we thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your continued prayers!! Your crown is waiting on you in the Kingdom of Heaven and it is well deserved!!
WE LOVE YOU MAMA!!!!
MadeSacred is President of OmniGod Music.
Christian Hip Hop, also known as CHH is what we are looking at today! If you are asking yourself "why the stigma behind this certain subject?", you should probably come to a conclusion that the answer to that question is not one to be assumed or brushed away. The truth is, there isn't an officially professional answer. There is a debatable discussion in between the lines of the so called "stigma." I took it upon myself to really dig deeper, not because I want to judge or create controversy but because I too am a fan of this particular genre of music. As for the origin of Hip Hop, that in itself, is something I will discuss in part two of this article. Lets begin shall we?
If you know CHH then you know it is a genre based on Hip Hop, but with a twist. CHH is about the Gospel which makes sense considering it is "Christian" Hip Hop. Hip Hop, which is derived from a history of self worth and political ambition, is a genre that was not accepted into the church for years. Now it is being embedded into the Christian community. Should this be a shock to you? No! Music is a movement in itself. It is impossible to think that all walks of life would not be present to infuse their own style of the gospel and footprint into such a community.
There is more to this story, but knowing all we do for God and His commands for us, why are so many walking away from the label of "Christian Rapper." Is it truly better to address them as rappers who are Christian? Either way the play on words cannot be good for the advancement of the Kingdom. I've spoken with a couple of artists involved in this genre. These artists are fixtures in the community as well as obviously hurt and disconnected human beings. You see, to have walked away from any such calling on your life has to come with it's reasons and if you are at all worried about the state of the Christian community then this should be insightful.
I had the chance to speak with a plethora of artists, some of which you may or may not know. Some swayed on the side of love being the most omnipresent factor to their answer. I think its important to tell you that what brought me here was the shocking statements from the artists I used to see all the time being very active in the community and who made an impact no doubt, yet months later they are posting statements to their social media sites denouncing either their faith or resigning from the all too "judgmental" genre we call CHH.
CHH has been called disgusting, dead, and confusing. Therefore, you can see why such division has made it's way into the community. Artists who understand the calling on their lives state "Alot of the things God set us out to do aren't the most comfortable." We have seen artists leave due to lack of support, money and reach.
Matthew Twine of Ministry Minded Media says this about reach.. "How and why would God expand your reach if you are not even attempting to touch the people that are literally within arms length of you?'' His question to every artist is, "Are we focused on entertaining or building relationships?"
Sevin of Hog Mob Ministries speaks boldly on this topic and the hurt we as Christians are inflicting on the Gospel itself. In reference to self gain and misuse of the platform God bestowed upon artists he states, "Using freedom to do what we are doing to each other is disgusting, we are taking this beautiful bride and trying to turn her into a whore." His plea is that we find our identity in God and not our audience.
The question still remains, why the separation and division? I have been told it is due to wealth, stage and label signing. Why denounce the "CHH" label just to sign to a record deal? Is this the Great Commission? Or are we stepping out of line just to make money?
Whether it be about the amount of support or money, some still stand firmly on the belief that their stage is "God's stage to control". But with a lack of support from other artists, many are flocking to the record label dream.
Is it that they believe they can reach the masses without the "Christian Rapper" label? Far be it for me to assume that your effectiveness could be based off of one label in a community that has lost its way from the original purpose of even uttering one word of the Gospel onto a beat that was more than likely produced by a believer. What stands to be said is that some have left this genre due to the actions of christians in the community. A lack of inner support and deceitfulness have almost destroyed what is still a new genre.
This dirty stigma is clouding something that could be so beautiful if we worked together. If you have to see the growth in self worth before you see that souls are lost and need saving, then you have already placed a mark on your brand. If you live for people's acceptance, do you die by their rejection? I didn’t want to call out artists or even name artists who see it differently, this is really a call for soldiers to stand firmly and mend the self inflicting divide that has been placed upon the Christian community before it is too late. Judging by some actions, it may already seem that way.
If you haphazardly infringed upon CHH because of ill gotten pipe dreams, you thought that Bizzle would be calling you, or better yet Reach Records would be at your door step, please know that you have been mistaken. Selfish reasoning can lead to your destruction. If you are looking for support in a genre that isn't based off of money then you are in the wrong genre. Of course dreams, aspirations and even success can be found through doors open by Christ if your heart is right.
Entrepreneurship is always welcomed and encouraged. No one said that growth and success would happen over night but when it does, God gets the glory. If you are in this genre because you love it, I pray you find that fire before it gets fanned out. At one point, people like me looked to your music for guidance and understanding. God called us to be set apart. I personally believe that respect is still needed for artists that have taken the leap from faith.
I leave you with this quote from C.S. Lewis, "One of the great difficulties is to keep before the audience's mind the question of Truth. They always think you are recommending Christianity, not because it is true but because it is good... One must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing that it cannot be is moderately important."
As for your gift and why God chose you, C.S. Lewis says
So I urge you, instead of trying to figure it out... be supportive. Don’t worry about being relevant. Relevance is not what will save lives. Be present and loving. I hope you find meaning and reasoning behind this and it helps you to be insightful. I definitely took a lot out of it. We should not step away from a lane that was paved by the Creator.
Embrace it and all that comes with it.
The one thing that observers of CHH can see from the outside looking in is a lack of faith, trust, support and remaining true to the calling on your life as an artist. I recently brought the state of CHH up in our OmniGod Group Chat. The discussion was well needed because as believers we see the down fall of a genre. A culture that was once a strong presence in lives that relate to what the artist is doing. One thing my Content Manager Ruby mentioned to me about the "easy" response she sees is "when we are being tested as believers and artists, immediately we run. We get mad and instead of leaning on God, we lean on ourselves to do things our way, rather than taking the responsibility. "God gives the victory".
Let me fight forward and see what He has for us." The one question that really needs to be addressed is, "why do we crumble so easily?" This debate can cause confusion and doubt. Once that sets in, it can lead to baby believers walking away. It is important that we set aside the notion that not being supported by our own community is not the main reason you do what you do.
I was on facebook and I saw a CHH artist that walked away from it all because he found more support from the world than from the CHH community. I watched as he crushed his old cd's and cursed God's name. This was upsetting and made me question the motives of artists in CHH. I read my bible and came across a scripture trying to understand it all. We have to keep in mind that God calls His believers to be unified instead of continually fighting our own.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven."
Not only does God fix the standard and withhold or dispense satisfaction, he also appoints "seasons and times." Earthly pursuits are good in their proper place and time but unprofitable when pursued as the chief goal. God has a calling and purpose for everyone. If you leave that purpose due to lack of support from the community, then you are doing it for the wrong reason. God has a time and place for you coming up. The key is to relax and don't react in haste to negative emotions or doubt.
Psalms 35:5 "Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him."
In other words give your all to God and completely trust that He sees your work and purpose. Faith in the calling on your life has to be acted upon and we can't just be expectant of the blessing. Faith without works is dead may seem cliché but there is definitely truth in it.
Last but not least, you have to believe in yourself and the plan God has for you. Live this with love. Your heart has to be in it.
1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abide faith, hope and, love, these three but the greatest of these is Love."
You see, loving what you do will cover the emotions of not being fully compensated for your efforts. Love is the key to understanding what you do and why you do it. In all we do, keep the same mind and judgement. The source of true unity is God's word which establishes the standard of truth on which true unity rests.
R Alan Woods stated this,
We need truth and unity in CHH. The Ministry and the business. Without true understanding of purpose, you as an artist will never truly be satisfied with what you do. Walking away can only hurt you. What you lack in faith, you will never gain in acceptance from a world that is willing to elevate you and not the Son of God. Jesus is the reason for your calling. If you answered His calling you should live it out fully.
As an observer I can tell you that the action of some artists is upsetting to say the least. However, one artists actions don’t speak for all the artists that remain living true to God's Word. We encourage you to keep fighting the good fight.
In conclusion, allow your fruit to be shown as faithful and abundant.
Your walk is your walk. Don’t allow the misplaced judgement of others to push you out.
Phillip Rosas is an Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.
"DatPiff" is a popular mixtape site offering a plethora of music. Searching it you will find OmniGods very own Greg Bonzo also known as "DaBonz" along with his mixtape titled "The Game Changer." When given the awesome task of reviewing this mixtape I was excited to see what was to come.
Greg is Chief Technology Officer for OmniGod Music. He specializes web development. But after hearing his mixtape, I am now familiar with his skills in the studio. While Greg is a huge factor to OmniGod and alongside much of our other staff members, he has another job, a family and a life so it's no surprise he has a mixtape under his belt as well.
"The Game Changer" is a mixtape that offers a lot of insight into Greg's life journey. Most artists write to relate, I believe he was actually in tune with an audience that he knew definitely would. This mixtape is a 16 track album with 2 bonus tracks. It was worth every minute spent listening to it.
Lets begin with the "Intro" which is a great production and right from the jump the vibe is set. The momentum of the intro led me to number three "Blind". As I said before artists like Greg write to relate and he does this throughout the whole project. "Blind" was a song I could relate to. Regardless of how you view this song and its meaning "Blind" hits home. He spits a line that is in fact relevant to this day. "Jesus is the light but the world is blind". Without holding back he spoke his mind and I liked it.
"Image" is a song I thought needed to be heard. "Image" spoke about the music scene both as Secular and Christian. While this is not totally untouched it also isn't spoken of often. "Image" lays insight to this and more.
I really enjoyed the honesty and transparency behind the lyrics of every song. Greg hit a lot of important subjects and kept each Christ centered. I am a firm believer of music relating to life while also focusing on Christ.
With two bonus tracks this album is worth the time it takes to search, vibe, and meditate on. "The Game Changer" did just that for me. It is more than a title it’s a move to actually switch it up. Give your life to God and watch it all take a turn for better.
Life isn't met with out hardships. Sometimes you need a miracle to change the game. I am honored to be able to do what I do. Albums like this are what dictated the game changing for me. As you listen to this album think back on what changed it all for you .
Download "The Game Changer Mixtape" Here!!
Phillip Rosas is a Lead Review Writer for OmniGod Music.
I once heard a story of Mike Tyson, a professional boxer. Before every fight his trainer use to tell him "your looking good, I believe in you!!"
Mike, because of his trainers encouragement, won every fight.
Are you in a struggle or a fight?
God believes in you and has equipped you with all you need to fight. The Devil is in the corner of the ring and we have to keep fighting!! Brother, Sister, The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Satan does not want you to be successful or God focused! He wants to rob you from your salvation. He wants your full attention!! I write this knowing the battle, going through a battle to fight for my Salvation and family.
I know I have to use the tools God has given me to fight against the enemy!
Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
We are equip for the fight! We are only strong through Christ. He is the one who equipped us with this armor.
We have to live in the truth!
Imagine Brother or Sister if you're wearing a belt around your waist to hold up your pants or skirt and your belt broke. You would be embarrassed or ashamed. That is what the devil wants. To remove your belt of truth and make you ashamed. To replace that belt for his lies!! He is the father of lies.
We have to be accountable through our battles. It defeats
his tactics. He wants us to be ashamed and live in his lies and deceit.
The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
That's accountability and Satan hates it. It is hard because we may feel a fear of rejection or thoughts that "If I tell them my struggles or sin they will distant themselves from me" but know those are lies of the devil! Don't fall into that web of lies. If we're confessing our sins we are being accountable. Maybe we had a drink, smoked, gossiped, lied, or were deceitful taking drugs but remember Brothers and Sisters when we are accountable to confess our sins not only will we receiving forgiveness from our Father God but we defy and push back the powers of darkness!!
When we're struggling with sin or trials, battles if we're truly honest we don't want to be around people. We isolate our or want to be on our own because we're afraid to have fellowship in case people may see through us to our sin or trials, these battles. When we're transparent and confess our weakness we're able to have fellowship with one another.
In 1 John 1: 5-7 we read, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
Verse 7 tells this "We are able to have fellowship with one another IF we WALK IN THE LIGHT!!"
We need to be on the front foot ready to be accountable. If we stay isolated we are more easily attacked.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Lions attack prey that are on their own. They will never attack groups of prey. They wait until they see an animal on its own isolated then attack. EXACTLY LIKE SATAN.
When we're together we're strong. When we're alone we are weak. We don't need to fight alone! We have each other and even more than that we have a Supernatural Powerful Victorious God who is on our side and has equipped us with what we need!
When God fills us with His Holy Spirit and we receive the gift of tongues it strengthens our spirit. Spiritually we have to be strong.
1 Corinthians 14:4 "The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church."
Brothers and Sisters lets fight through the struggles and trials together. Let's be transparent and authentic. A beautiful quote from a Brennan Manning says this. "It's better to be naked in truth than clothed in fantasy."
We have the victory in Jesus' name. NEVER give up. If Jesus said to the father "I'm Not Going to the cross for these people" then we wouldn't have life or a future in Christ. He took the 36 lashes. He took the Nails through His wrists and thorns on His head for ME and YOU. Jesus knew what our sin was. He knew our weaknesses, our trials, our Battles, and more before He went to the cross.
If you're struggling with sin or any battle right now find a friend to pray with you. Be transparent.
If you're not a christian and want to break out of whatever your trapped in pray this prayer, "Father I come to you an unclean sinner and know that through Jesus there is life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. I want to be clean and live a good life through Jesus. Jesus I invite you into my heart. Forgive me for my sins. I accept you as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name. Amen
Let's stand together in the victory of Christ, united, and reclaim what Satan may have stolen! Let's regain the ground he took and be God's Man/Woman. In Jesus name!!
God believes in you. He looks into your eyes and says "I Believe in you, your My child and your Fit for the fight your looking good"
In Jesus Name!!
Mark Gent is an Executive Blogger for OmniGod Music and President of OmniGod Music Group U.K.
Most people don’t understand the connection between Hip Hop and Christianity but it is there! Some will tell you that it doesn’t belong in the same category but a gift like this can be given and who are we to question it. Those who spend their days and nights proclaiming the name of Jesus through music ministry don’t care to waiver, because they know their purpose.
This brings us to Vincent Tesoro. This gritty and transparent artist is in it for the souls. He states this in his profile on the OmniGod Music website saying, "My words need to be heard because we live in a dying world and I know I can connect with the hearts of people that are dying inside."
Starting his career in Pathway Movement but eventually deciding to go independent Vincent brings to the world his debut album with a style that is hard, direct, and relatable. This alternative feel is nothing normal to the Christian genre. "A Worldly Heaven" is an 18 track album. Packed with heart checks and deep thoughts I dare not compare it to any other artist.
Vincent Tesoro brings the truth of his pain from the jump with his intro track called "Walk the Line." Displaying all this and more in tracks like "Mirror of Weakness," which to me seems like a song of reflection. His song "S.W.A.T." speaks of a rather strong and controversial subject, showing that he isn't afraid of the truth.
I honestly loved the vibe of this album and the best thing about it is his outro track. He finishes up with a little promotion from his mother which seals the deal.
I think artists who leave it all on the table and let the Lord speak through them are refreshing. I truly believe in this album as well as artists like Vincent Tesoro. Please take time to get to know him and listen to his music. You won't regret it!
Phillip Rosas is a Lead Review Writer for OmniGod Music.
The moment I started watching The Weeping Gate’s new video “Thyself Inimical”, I was struck by the imagery. The juxtaposition of old and new as well as comfort and wealth to a bare hard empty prison was awesome. From the quiet palm muted sounds, to the exploding chunky blazing death metal drifts as she climbs the stairs. All the way to the haunting melody of the piano/keyboard through the track….I was swept away. I loved the way the song was presented in the imagery all the way through to the end to the reveal showing that she was the monster, her own enemy.
Now while I am not the biggest fan of Death Metal, I was impressed how well put together the song was. The keyboard melody and female vocals throughout, giving it a very haunting melody and softening the brutal riffs of the guitars. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there are 2 male vocalists seemlesly singing the harsh death growl style of vocals, as I had not realized it was 2 guys.
Overall I'd say this band is going to be huge and this video is a must see for any metal head regardless of what genre they prefer. I know I definitely will be keeping eyes on these guys. This is some of the best goth influenced melodeath I've heard in awhile.
Isaac Patterson is an executive writer for OmniGod Music.
Heavy and aggressive, yet beautiful and hypnotic. This is an apt description for Your Memorial’s self titled EP. The metal music of Your Memorial is full of contrasting elements. Instead of pulling the music apart these elements come together to elevate it to something wonderful. The band has created five new, incredibly heavy songs filled with color, texture and contrasting dynamics.
Vocalist Blake Suddath spends a great deal of the EP with his voice dialed up to ten. His vocals are delivered with extreme aggression. There is no doubt that Suddath is giving everything that he has behind the microphone. Every word is delivered with maximum force. Guitarist Willie Weigel provides clean vocals and brings a bit of melody to the songs. The contrasting vocal styles brings a great deal of depth to the songs.
At times the music of Your Memorial is just as aggressive as Suddath’s vocals. The EP is filled with a variety of heavy, groove laden, palm muted guitar riffs. This is a band that is not shy about being a heavy metal band. There are heavy metalcore elements in the band’s music. But to strictly label them as a metalcore band is not a fair assessment. Your Memorial also mixes in influences from thrash metal, groove metal and post rock.
At times Your Memorial will musically flip the switch on the listener. There are some beautiful moments when the aggression falls away. Passages of dreamlike, cleanly played guitars fill the air. No distortion or testosterone fueled vocals, just a brief moment of calmness. There are other outstanding low key musical moments to be found. At times Willie Weigel has the opportunity to sing over some of the quieter sections. This of course sets the stage for Suddath’s raging return. These contrasting musical moments work to increase the dynamics of the heavy sections.
I would be doing the band a great disservice if I did not mention bassist Mike Helms and drummer Tommy Weigel. A band is only as good as its drummer. Tommy Weigel handles the drum grooves quite skillfully. Far too often singers and guitarists receive too much credit for a band’s success. I am taking nothing away from Suddath and Willie Weigel. Both band members are worthy of a great deal of praise for their efforts. However, it would be difficult for them to do what they do so well without the band’s other half. Helms and Tommy Weigel lay down tight grooves and rhythms that allow Suddath and Willie Weigel the freedom to effectively play their parts.
Self titled releases usually belong to a band’s debut release. For Your Memorial this is not the case. Their self titled EP is actually the band’s swan song. After this release and a final tour the band, after eleven years, will be disbanding. All good things must come to an end. For their final release the band has put together a collection of exception songs. Your Memorial will be going out on an extreme high note.
Troy Tennard is an executive writer for OmniGod Music.
I met this real cool man named Craig while at my wife's family's church in upstate New York a little while ago and we got to talking about OmniGod Music and what the future holds. During the conversation I mentioned that beyond music, we will be getting heavily involved with film. He brought up this really cool place in Atlanta called The Thunderdome and I was instantly intrigued!!
Today I received an email from Craig and I was so incredibly happy to see that he had included in that email the link to The Thunderdome!!
This is one of the coolest idea's I've seen in awhile!! Check it out.......
WHO THEY ARE:
Founded in 2010, The Thunderdome is an artist residency in Atlanta. They are a group of young filmmakers who are Christians- striving to grow in film, faith and friendships. They collaborate on work, share their equipment and experiences, and grow into the artists God created them to be.
WHAT THEY DO:
As full-time freelance filmmakers, they do it all - write, direct, shoot, edit and whatever else needs to be done. They have different strengths and different goals, but each of them is capable of taking a project from conception to completion. Throughout their time at The Thunderdome, they have done work for companies like Chick-Fil-A, ESPN, Papa John's, Zaxby's, the Weather Channel, Reach Records, the Atlanta Falcons, Home Depot and many more.
To learn more about The Thunderdome and their team of film makers, visit atlthunderdome.com.
MadeSacred is President of OmniGod Music Group.
I can remember when I was a small child and used to get involved in group games after school with the pupils and teacher. We used to play musical chairs or pass the parcel but the main one that I used to like was "Chinese Whispers.”
This is how we played it:
How to play ''Chinese Whispers''
Depending on the number of people (11 is a nice number), put the players in a suitable formation that is comfortable for everyone. Usually a circle or similar shape, with the players tight against the edge of the wall.
One person decides on a word or phrase to whisper into the ear of the person next to them. It does not matter what word or phrase is chosen.
The person who had the word/phrase whispered to them now passes it to the person next to them in the same way as before, and so on down the team of people.
When it gets to the last person they have to say what they think was whispered to them out loud. If it is correct, then you may do some kind of celebration to reflect the joy of getting it right.
On the other hand it may be the complete opposite or have metamorphosised into something totally unrelated and somewhat baffling.