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The Village: Kids - Jesus Came To Save Sinners The Village Church has just released a new children’s CD and you can download it for FREE here.

“Jesus Came to Save Sinners” contains five original songs that teach children about the character and nature of God and His plan to save sinners through Jesus Christ. These songs correspond with the five foundational truths – Jesus Came to Save Sinners, God is Good, God is in Charge of Everything, God Wants to Talk with Us, God Made Everything – taught each weekend in our preschool ministry, The Little Village. The mission and vision of The Little Village is “to partner with parents to build a firm spiritual foundation for their children.” Our hope is that these songs will be an effective tool in engaging your children with the truth of who God is as you endeavor to obey the biblical call to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

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Recommended Adoption Music

Here are a few of my favorite songs/musicians that have a heart for adoption and orphans. If you know of others that should be included please share. Many of these would be great resources for including in your Orphan Sunday activities this weekend (If you do the DMC song or play it in your church let me know how that goes!)

Steven Curtis Chapman A dad of three adopted girls and three biological children, Steven Curtis Chapman has become a leading advocate for adoption. I’ll put money that most churches doing some music this Sunday for adoption will include a SCC song. One of his most popular is “When Love Takes You In,” exploring the journey from an adoptee’s perspective. I’m very excited about his new album that just released today which is his first since the death of their daughter Maria. Check it out here.

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Aaron Ivey – Aaron and his wife are adoptive parents and have been in the process of adopting two children, Amos and Story, from Haiti for the past two years. Story just came home the other week! Amos is still waiting. Aaron travels the country and the world with his band promoting justice issues and the glory of God through worship. He also leads worship at the Austin Stone Community Church.

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Sarah Groves – I have loved Sarah Groves music since her first CD came out. For special music in our wedding we had friends sing her song “He’s Always Been Faithful.” Over the last few years Sarah has become more vocal about justice issues and put out this video about a trip to Africa – ‘I Saw What I Saw’

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Meredith Andrews – Meredith has had a passion for orphans and adoption since she was young and has a great testimony of how God has used her family. This passion is reflected in her music. Read a great article about her passion for adoption here.

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Darryl McDaniels aka DMC (of Run DMC) – It wasn’t until he was 35 that rapper Darryl McDaniels (of Run DMC) learned he’d been adopted. In “Just Like Me,” he transforms Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”—a folksong about a failed relationship between a parent and child—into a message of hope to adoptees everywhere. Fellow adoptee Sarah McLachlan collaborates on this hip remake.

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Sons & Daughters by Sovereign Grace Music – These songs are meant to direct our attention to the unfathomable love God has shown us in adopting us through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5). We are now part of God’s family—in Christ we will forever be the objects of God’s particular and passionate mercy and love. Great for use in corporate worship.

Though I Was Born an Orphan by Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward – Eric and David wrote this hymn specifically for churches to use in worship. They write, “If God the Father has blessed us with this great and altogether undeserved adoption, we will show like care to “orphans and widows in their affliction.” In application of the Gospel, Christians become people who display the greatness of their Father through their care for those in need.”

Here is Love

A good friend shared this song with the iFast58 group this morning and I want to share it here. I remember first hearing Fernando Ortega’s version in college. This was a popular worship song during the Welsh Revival. Apparantly folks would sing it spontaneously, over and over as the Spirit would move. God has used it mightily in my life and I pray it will be an encouragement to you.

From my friend:

He can take a little picture of a boy whose face is sitting in a file and set his lonely heart in a family.

He can provide funds for a generator… and all the other things that need to happen to get an organization running.

He can turn hearts of those you haven’t even met with yet.

He can heal the sick, the broken, the tired and weary.

He can bind the hearts of people who live nowhere near each other and use those people for His purpose.

Oh, how He loves us… aren’t you glad?!?!

Click here to play the song ‘Here is Love.’

Here is love, vast as the ocean
Loving kindness as the flood
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom
Shed for us His precious blood
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion
Fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast a gracious tide
Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love

No love is higher, no love is wider
No love is deeper, no love is truer
No love is higher, no love is wider
No love is like Your love, o Lord