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Behind The Song | Passion's “You Are The Lord”

Friday, March 5, 2021

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…” Exodus 34:6

It’s been said that worship starts with a revelation. God reveals who He is to us and we respond in worship. The Scripture is the definitive source to understanding who God is and what He is like. It’s when we have a clear vision, we can navigate the uncertainties of life.

Even early on in the story when God’s people were at a crossroads, God revealed Himself to Moses on the mountain top. In Exodus 34, God says that He is the Lord. He alone is God. There is no one like Him. There is nothing that rivals Him. He alone is the Lord, and in His greatness, He is also a good God. He goes on to tell Moses that He is gracious, kind and compassionate. He is patient and forgiving and out of His goodness He will bring about justice in the world. God was going to take care of Moses and His people.

In my own journey over the last year, there have been setbacks and disappointments. The world feels very uncertain and I found in my worship that I was hungry for a song that was not centered on me and my problems. It almost felt counterintuitive. I know God cares about me and my problems, and I don’t want to minimize and not deal with them, but I feel like I tapped into a greater power by saying to God, “In the midst of it all, You are the Lord. The disappointment or hurt is not the Lord. The unknown is not the Lord. Jesus, You are the Lord.”

I have actually found that when I look up and set my heart and my mind on God, I am transformed into His image. As I behold Him, I become like Him! He is not only changing me, He is also changing my perspective and giving me a renewed sense of hope.

The ultimate act of His power and goodness is revealed to us through the cross and the resurrection. Because Jesus alone has brought us from death to life, He alone is worthy of all our worship in every season. As Jesus followers, I pray our lives in the good and hard times would reflect the greatness of His glory and the goodness of His redemption to the culture around us. I hope we can be strong and shine bright.

- Brett Younker (Passion)

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Behind The Song | Passion's “Breakthrough Miracle Power”

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1b-3

2020 put a different kind of pressure on me as a songwriter. As a creative person and especially as someone who wants to help give other people truth to sing to God, I felt a responsibility to show up more than ever and write songs that could help us all make sense of what was happening. Some of what I felt was good and inspired me to be more vigilant and aware, but some of it was toxic and translated to a lot of striving and overthinking.

At one point early on in our quarantine, I remember sitting on the floor in my closet (which is not an inspiring space) with my guitar, our 4 kids raging just outside our bedroom door, Kerri and I about to lose our minds, and there I was feeling all the pressure to come through with “THE” song that would heal the world.

I don’t have to tell you that nothing good came from my closet sessions. I had too much of myself and my ego wrapped up in that moment to do anything good for anyone else. It took some time but eventually I put my phone down, stopped watching what everyone else was doing, and decided to just embrace the slow down.

I started going for walks with my kids and sitting on our front porch with my wife. I started reading way more. I turned 37 and celebrated with friends as they drove by our house to wish me a happy birthday at a distance. Most importantly I took Jesus up on His invitation to come and just be with Him.

As my calendar slowly cleared, so did my headspace.

“Breakthrough Miracle Power” came to me through my friend Jon around this time. Patrick Mayberry and Bede Benjamin-Korporaal had written a good bit of the song already and it just about knocked me over the first time I heard it. In a season of uncertainty, these lyrics were calling us back to something solid.

After sitting with it for a bit, this little refrain came out while I was sitting at the piano one day…

As long as you’re in it
The story’s not finished
I know you’ve overcome
So I know I’ll overcome

Wrapped up in this simple bridge was a truth I had re-learned after a complicated few months: Jesus is the author of the story, and He’s a really good writer. Our prayer for you is that through the truth in this song, you will remember who you’re singing to and what He’s capable of. He is the Overcomer, and we are beneficiaries of His victory.

So… “let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”

- Kristian Stanfill (Passion)

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New Releases from Passion

Monday, January 4, 2021

Passion released a pair of singles right as the world turned 2021. "Breakthrough Miracle Power" combats the dichotomous nature of feeling held back by personal inadequacies and knowing that God moves mountains. "You Are The Lord" declares the sovereign role in our lives only Christ can occupy. Both singles are available now!

"The last few hours have been filled with so many defining moments, but these two songs felt like a stake in the ground for us of truth, declaring who God is, that there is hope, and that He is always working. We couldn't leave this moment without sharing them with you all to declare over your year."

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Passion - "There's Nothing That Our God Can't Do (Radio)"

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The radio version of "There's Nothing That Our God Can't Do" from Passion Music is out now! Worship leader Kristian Stanfill shares, "Whoever you are, whatever situation you find yourself in - remember today that when Jesus is in the equation, anything is possible. Your best days are ahead of you in Jesus' name; there's nothing that our God can't do."

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New Album from Passion - Roar

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Passion released their highly anticipated new album, Roar (Live From Passion 2020) today! The album was recorded December 31, January 1, and January 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia and features features stand out songs such as "There's Nothing That Our God Can't Do," "Way Maker (Ft. Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes)," "King Of Glory," and "It Is Finished/Surrounded." Kristian Stanfill shares, "What was captured on this record are moments that none of us really could have planned. God breathed on those days at Passion 2020. We believe that this album is saturated with Jesus, and we hope that people get a sense of who He is and the hope of salvation through Him.”

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Passion - "Way Maker (feat. Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes)"

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Recorded live at Passion 2020, "Way Maker" is available now! Led by Kristian Stanfill of Passion Music, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes joined in singing our this powerful song. Cody Carnes shares, "What a moment this was at Passion 2020 this year. So glad it’s out in the world now! Kari & I are so honored to be a part of our dear friends’ Passion Music's new record!" Original Master MultiTracks and other worship leading resources are available now!

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Passion Music - "King of Glory (Live)"

Friday, January 3, 2020

Dropping on New Year's Eve, the night before Passion 2020 conference begun, Passion Music released their new song "King of Glory (Live)." Passion Music shares, "It’s pretty fun, we love it and hope you do too!" This anthemic song is full of celebration and encouragement as the lyrics ring out, "Don’t lose heart oh my soul, Oh my soul. Don’t give up there is hope," and "Lift up a shout of praise / There is a lion roaring / Jesus the king of glory!"

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Passion - There’s Nothing That Our God Can’t Do (Live)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Passion has released a brand new single featuring the vocals of Kristian Stanfill. "There's Nothing That Our God Can't Do" is released ahead of their largest event in history, Passion 2020, a gathering of college students with more than 65,000 people in attendance. Passion 2020 will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on December 31, 2019 through January 2, 2020. As this song has been led on the road throughout the fall and on Sundays at Passion City Church, it has become an anthem looking toward Passion 2020. As Passion releases this song, one of their prayers is that God would help those who sing it and hear it to really understand the depth of trust they can have in God.

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