The line "not just salvation but recovery" jumped out to me as an album title because of the following reasons:
1.) I firmly believe that this is true. True healing and true recovery cannot happen without Jesus; and true Christian faith where one walks the walk and not merely talks the talk requires personal growth and a willingness to change certain aspects of oneself as God calls us to. In my case, certain aspects of my life required change because the way I had learned to cope with life was not leading me to where I wanted to go! (Let alone where God wants me to go)
2.) All of these songs, with the exception of "New Man", are all original songs specifically written out of the inspiration of God healing me or God calling me over these last few years (2013-2015). And even "New Man", while written by my friend who gave me permission to use this in this album, was specifically written for me at my baptism, a core aspect of my journey.
3.) Each song represents a different key part of my journey. "Believing that He can help me" and "New Man" are declarations of faith; both "Jesus Calls Us" and "Messenger Song” focus on God calling me (and others) out to whatever it is that He has prepared for us; "Advent Song" is both a declaration and an anticipation of what is to come; and "Hear what the Spirit says" and "God is catching you" are both encouragement/healing songs, reminders of God's love and care and promises.
My hope is that this album is an encouragement to people on all ends of the faith spectrum, to people at any point on their respective journeys. Salvation through Jesus Christ is still essential; it is also very important to not just stop there. My own salvation story has many gradations of accepting more of Jesus even after the first acceptance, including necessary healing that is still in progress as of the release of this album.
released December 22, 2015
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