“Greater” by MercyMe

This is one of my absolute favorite songs for praise & worship! Not only is it upbeat & catchy beyond belief….the message of the song is definitely one that is not to be forgotten. I find this especially true when dealing with judgemental Christians who don’t believe &/or understand things in the same way that I do. This song helps to remind me that it does not matter what anyone else thinks about how I connect with/view God & the Divine, it only matters what He thinks. My personal relationship with the Lord is just that…personal. So long as I have a relationship with the Divine, & it is hurting no one else, the exact dynamics of that relationship are no one else’s business.

As of late, I’ve sadly been dealing with “pushy Christians” who seem to forget the fact that I’M ALREADY SAVED, JUST THE SAME AS THEM! Lord Jesus Christ took my sin & has made me righteous in the eyes of the Father & there is nothing that I or anyone else can do (or not do) to change that fact. In fact, I find it rather insulting when Christians act as though we can somehow “undo” our salvation through Jesus Christ. He stated “It is finished” & that is that. No one, especially me, is above Lord Jesus Christ. So how could I possibly undo His greatest work?

Anyway, I’m getting off-track now. The fact of the matter is that all of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord & saviour are saved. End of story. There’s no “undoing it”. If you’re a “pushy Christian” who loves to spend their time pointing out the flaws of everyone else in order to “save them” please try to remember that, if the person you are speaking with is a fellow Christian, Jesus Christ has already beaten you to it. 😉

~ Rebecca Laurasia

“Alive” by Natalie Grant

This is one of my favorite songs about Lord Jesus Christ. It’s very powerful & focuses on all that He did for us through His death & resurrection. It also makes plain the type of unbelievably loving God we have. I will freely admit that I cannot listen to this song without being overcome with the Holy Spirit. This is because I once lived in an extremely dark place spiritually. For many years I truly believed that Jesus Christ & the Christian aspects of the Divine wanted nothing to do with me. When He finally did come for me I was absolutely astonished. And I am still sometimes amazed to this very day by how He loves & accepts me without any judgement. The lyrics to this beautiful song are….

“Who but You, could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies and dream of me?
What kind of Love is writing my story till the end with Mercy’s pen? Only You.
What kind of king would choose to wear a crown that bleeds and scars to win my heart?
What kind of Love tells me I’m the reason He can’t stay inside the grave?
You. Is it You? Standing here before my eyes, every part of my heart cries.

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome. Death has lost and Love has won Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before. I am His, because He is alive.

Who could speak, and send the demons back from where they came with just one Name?
What other heart would let itself be broken every time till He healed mine?
You. Only You could turn my darkness into dawn. Running right into Your arms.

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome. Death has lost and Love has won Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before. I am His, because He is…

Emmanuel, the promised King, the baby who made angels sing.
Son of Man who walked with us; healing, breathing in our dust.
The author of all history. The answer to all mysteries. The Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave.

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome. Death has lost and Love has won!
Alive! I am His, because He is alive. Alive! Alive! Alive!”

I’m including a beautiful lyric video for this song, which is great when used for group (or solo) praise & worship sessions. I pray that this song reminds all of you just how loved you are by our Savior, Jesus Christ.

~Rebecca Laurasia

“Oceans” by Hillsong United

This an absolutely wonderful song about trusting Jesus no matter what is happening around you or how impossible your circumstances look. It is based on Matthew 14:24 – 31, the story of Jesus calling Apostle Peter to walk out to Him on the tumultuous sea.

The scripture reads as follows (I use the Amplified version of the bible, so it may differ slightly from your own)…

“24 But the boat was by this time out on the sea, many furlongs distant from the land, beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them.

25 And in the fourth watch [between 3:00—6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright.

27 But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid!

28 And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.

29 He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus.

30 But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]!

31 Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

The lyrics to the song itself are….

“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

[6x]
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine”

Here are two different videos of the song, the first one live & the second acoustic. The power of this song to draw you closer to the Lord is undeniable as you will discover while watching these videos.

~ Rebecca Laurasia

Welcome To Our New Blog!

This is the “sister blog” to Romans 14:13 Interfaith Fellowship, which can be found at http://romans1413interfaithfellowship.wordpress.com. Last year I was inspired by the Lord to create a blog in which to share the things that He has taught me, & that was why I had started an Interfaith blog. Being a new Christian, who had been a Pagan for nearly 30 years, it was a natural choice. In recent months though I have felt the Holy Spirit nagging me about the blog. I wasn’t sure if I needed to scrap it & start over – which I really did not want to do or even felt right about doing. However, after much prayer & meditation, the Lord impressed upon my heart that it needed a “sister blog” which dealt solely with the Christian path. And so, here we are.

At first I will be copying some of the most pertinent posts from Romans 14:13 Interfaith Fellowship into this blog. I hope that you all enjoy this new blog as much as you continue to enjoy the first one. God bless you all.

~ Rebecca Laurasia