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Lecrae partners with John Legend for this rap-hop/rap song, whose lyrics are almost Psalm-like. It's a honest cry to God for support and help in times of need. Lyrics below:


Tell me that you'll never let me down

'Cause you're my final breath before I drown


I'm drowning, I'm drowning

Lost in this world with these waves all around me

Deep in the darkness, where it's heartless

I don't know if I can make it

I'll be honest, and I'm fading, I'm fading

Trapped and I feel like it ain't no escaping

Down to the bottom

All these problems got me drinking

Might drown in this bottle

All this drama got me thinking


If I had one call would you answer it?

Or would you take back all of your promises?

'Cause I don't know who to turn to, or who to trust

I don't know who to turn to, or who to trust, so . . .


Tell me that you'll never let me down

'Cause you're my final breath before I drown


You're my last resort when it's too late

You're the only one who takes my pain away

So tell me that you'll never let me down


Come save me, come save me

Cause I've been in way over my head lately

Shame got me sinking

Gone off the deep end

Heart ache took my breath away

Now I'm barely breathing aye

I'm hoping, I'm hoping

'Cause this the only thing that keeps me sober

I feel like I'm losing it

Like "What am I doing here?"

I need you to bail me out

I need you to pull me in

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(The following is a fictional and satirical news article).


Garrett Winterberg, a senior level engineer and inventor for Mangotech in Silicon Valley, claims to have finally perfected his side technological project and wants to make it available to churches all across the world. What is this alleged ministerial breakthrough? Preaching tracks. And we were able to sit down with him for an interview.


Similar to music tracks, he explained, preaching tracks offer professionally pre-recorded sounds (but in this case, monologue) so that small churches can better replicate the megachurch experience that so many Americans assumedly crave. With preaching tracks, ministry leaders can download sermons by some of the nation’s most reputable preachers, and a pastor can customize what portions of the sermon, if any, he/she wants to memorize, lip-sync, or modify. (The pastors who have allowed their sermons to be utilized for this program have agreed to receive royalties and will not have any sermon modifications attributed to them).

Winterberg, however, admits that he still needs to discuss with his business partners the marketing logistics of his product, especially the pricing, though he is very excited to launch the product. While small church pastors may no longer have to write sermons, their ministry leaders may be reluctant to pay $100 (Winterberg’s first proposed price) for a sermon. First, the congregation will only want to hear that sermon once in their sanctuary, and, secondly, they may be able to find the same sermon (or very similar) for free on a podcast. Song tracks, however, do not cost as much and can be used more than once.


Some of Winterberg’s consultants have expressed concern that, similar to church worship music, preaching tracks will give an unhealthful amount of financial and creative power to the thinktanks of a small minority of large churches. Wittenberg’s fellow congregants have expressed even more concern, worrying that the advent of preaching tracks will discourage small church and solo pastors across the country in their roles in original and relational homiletics. It is seen as another step toward technology replacing occupations — this time, the pulpit. His response?


“No church leader was complaining about too much technology during the pandemic,” replied Winterberg, in the interview. “Through technology, we are capable of doing so much more for the Church. And this is simple and scientific business: we find who’s doing something visibly well, and then we analyze and replicate. I’m happy to have invented something that will help more small churches, hopefully all around the world, to follow our American megachurches’ winning formula.”

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Today (July 21) is Belgian National Day. Songs2Serve is a Netherlands-based intercultural music ministry with whom I've had the privilege of serving. One of their songs, with demo video, sheet music, lyrics and even slides available for free on their website, is "Jehova Est Ton Nom." This song is in Dutch, German, French and English, the four main languages of the country of Belgium.

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