Who's at Your Table?

Every day, you and I encounter someone that we don’t agree with, whether that be at work, at school, on Facebook, in our friendship circles, or within our families. Jesus encountered a similar situation at a well in Samaria. Jews typically had nothing to do with Samaritans, yet Jesus, a Jew, spent time with a woman He found there. 

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Mytra Layne
At the Table / Song Story

What inspired you to write the music/lyrics for this song?

For most of my life I lived with a flawed view of God.

After experiencing a deep pain, a total shattering of myself, I felt I had no where to turn. But, in that shattering, instead of shunning me, the Father rushed in to hold me close and my view of Him was forever changed.

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City Church Worship
Our Champion Reigns / Song Story

What inspired you to write the music/lyrics for this song?

"Our Champion Reigns" was honestly one of the most difficult songs that we have been a part of writing. It took us literally 6 months to actually finish the song. It started off strong, and then as we continued writing, we just really felt like we were settling lyrically.

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City Church Worship
Awaken Me / Song Story

What inspired you to write the music/lyrics for this song?

I wrote the main portion of the chorus as a cry of my heart to my creator. I was reflecting back upon a very difficult season where I recall specifically shouting out to God "Fight for me, you promised that you'd fight for me!!" with my voice breaking and tears streaming down my face.

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City Church Worship
Rejoice / song story

What inspired you to write the music/lyrics for this song?

This song was definitely not inspired by the birds, mountains, or the skies. It’s one of those songs where I found myself in my secret place, worshipping the Lord and initially, I wasn’t sure where these words even originated.

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City Church Worship
The Sparrow

Matthew 10:29-31

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Humans miss the mark.

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Jake Edgeman
Unlikely

I heard this saying years ago, not sure who said it originally, but it has stuck with me:

“God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”

At a young age, my older brother got his first guitar and began playing blues and
rock music. I remember being across the hallway from him and listening to him learn how to play the instrument.  He quickly caught on and before long he was playing songs and guitar solos.

I thought it was the coolest thing.

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Casey Whitaker
Manna - "What is it?"

Manna literally means “What is it?”  

The story of Manna begins in Exodus 16 and is last mentioned in Revelation 2.  It has been, and always will be, a mystery for the ages.  Not because it hasn’t been explained to us but because it will always be “What is it?” to our flesh.  In order to understand its purpose, we must have the mind of Christ given by the Spirit.  This is only the beginning.

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Jake Edgeman
Grace 101

There are many principles in the Christian life that are at the basic level simple yet have profound impact. These are the things we take for granted.

For a lot of us, this happens with grace.

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Shannon Chapman
The Stranger That Adopts Us

The Netflix documentary-series Chef’s Table is a show that follows some of the world’s top chefs from 2015.  Specifically, it allows the chefs to tell their stories and their philosophy of creating food and experiences for their customers.  Dominuique Creen, a French chef in San Francisco, tells the story of being molded and shaped by her adoptive parents. She even named her restaurant “Atelier Crenn” after her adoptive father. In one of her more striking statements about running her restaurant, she says (with a beautiful French accent):

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Jake Edgeman
The Fantasy of Best (pt. 2)

All you have to be, is YOU.

Thank God that this is true for everyone.  That there isn’t some other person with my face, my brain, my-self that I have to be.

In part 1 of The Fantasy of Best, I found that it was necessary to analyze the location that we find ourselves occupying at any given time/space, and the fantasy of being somewhere better.  We must be in the NOW, because that is where the hope, promise and Truth of Christ is found for our lives.  There is a future, that is certain.  But, the promise of that future is realized in faith and hope NOW.  That is the key to the realized connection with the Father, by the Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ.  

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Jake Edgeman
Come and See

We all want to be invited into something bigger than ourselves, and we long for our lives to be filled with significance and purpose.  This longing to feel significant is so real to all of us, but the problem is that we typically don’t know what that purpose is or even how to find it! What if I told you that finding your purpose is directly connected to inviting others to experience the greatest story ever told, the story of Christ?   

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Shannon Chapman
A Resolution, Sort Of

I hate resolutions…don’t you? They’re so hard to keep, and I hate quitting! More than that, they’re cliche! I’m the person who is usually starting my work out regimen or healthy diet three weeks before January 1st, just so I don’t have to call it a resolution! The word “resolution”, in my opinion, has been overused and overrated, so instead, I am calling this verse my focus for this year (again).

John the Baptist declared in John 3, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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Mytra Layne
The Fantasy of Best

“This has been a terribly difficult season.”  

My wife and I have found ourselves saying something similar to this over the last few months.  It would seem that everything was crumbling around us, or at the very least a tough hill to climb.  Nothing was working the way that we had planned. 

One thing; after another thing; after another thing.  It was becoming an epidemic! 

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Jake Edgeman