- Angels We Have Heard On High – Chris Tomlin (G)
- O Come All Ye Faithful / We Adore You – Paul Baloche (G)
- God With Us – Mercy Me (G)
- Part 2 of Directionally Challenged – Listen Here
- Oh You Bring – Hillsong (G)
- Cannons – Phil Wickham (G)
This is the 5th post in a series of favorite albums by our STORYCHURCH band members.
Josh Grossmann plays bass for the STORYCHURCH band. There was that time that Josh auditioned for a vocal part but unfortunately we needed people on our sound desk more urgently. So more recently Josh has been running our front-of-house audio from time to time.
Check out the video of Josh’s vocal audition here.
You also know Josh as our in-house graphic design extraordinaire. He has brought his talent to many of our STORYCHURCH sermon series’ making them something very special and memorable.
I knew Josh would not disappoint when he compiled his list of most favorite albums. Not only am I surprised you could actually buy all of these on Amazon, but most of them had at least 2 customer reviews.
- Starflyer 59 – Gold
- Manu Chao – Clandestino
- Murder By Death – Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them?
- Soda Stereo – Comfort y Música para Volar
- Daniel Amos – Horrendous Disc
- Glen Galaxy – Thankyou
- Love – Forever Changes
- Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
- Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power
- Sparklehorse – It’s a Wonderful Life
- Luxury – Luxury
- Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) – Chris Tomlin (A)
- I Will Follow – Chris Tomlin (A)
- The Same Love – Paul Baloche (A)
- Message - Directionally Challenged Podcast
- Because Of Your Love – Phil Wickham (G)
- Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle (G)
I always feel really limited when it comes to selecting Christmas songs for our set lists at STORYCHURCH. It’s not that there’s not enough to pick from, it’s just difficult to pick out songs that lend themselves to a worship service. Thankfully there are some albums out there that make it a bit easier. These are some of the albums I turn to for inspiration.
- Lincoln Brewster – Joy To The World
- Future Of Forestry – Advent Christmas EP
- Phil Wickham – Songs for Christmas
- Paul Baloche – Christmas Worship
- Chris Tomlin – Glory In The Highest
- Hope Chapel Worship – Yuletide Kind of Love
You probably have heard of most of these already, except maybe for Hope Chapel’s (Apex, NC) Christmas album. My friend Wahba sent me the album recently and you should check it out. Great arrangements and grooves to many of your favorite Christmas songs.
Have I missed any that you would recommend?
- Happy Day – Tim Hughes (A)
- Everlasting God – Brenton Brown (A)
- Here For You – Matt Redman (A)
- 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (G)
- God With Us – Mercy Me (G)
People in London are asked what Thanksgiving is.
I’ve always loved taking psychometric-type tests. I’ve used them mainly to prepare for job interviews, where I’ve had to talk about myself (don’t worry, current bosses, I am not interviewing).
At STORYCHURCH we use a psychometric test (sounds scary, but it’s not) to help people select an area in which to serve. It’s so interesting that these tests can reveal so much about us.
According to the book, Strength Finders, here are my top five strengths below. The idea presented in the book, is that you work prodominently in the areas where you are strongest.
If you know me, feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with the findings of the assessment.
What the book says about Connectedness:
Instinctively, you may work in earnest to help people identify some of the interests, experiences, or friendships they share. Chances are good that you consider people more important than things. The value you place on humankind guides your decision-making. It also influences what you say and do as well as what you choose not to say and do.
By nature, you sometimes work long and hard to enhance humankind’s quality of life. Perhaps you realize any improvements you make for individuals or groups somehow benefit you. Maybe you accept the fact that you must rely on other people to reach your goals. Because of your strengths, you usually come away refreshed after conversing with future-oriented thinkers.
You probably inspire many of them with your passion for projects or causes that benefit humanity as well as the environment. You likely feel restless when your life lacks a noble purpose. Driven by your talents, you occasionally help people realize they are part of the human family. With your guidance, perhaps they understand that their lives are intertwined with people they will never meet.
What the book says about Belief:
Chances are good that you are naturally compelled to admit the truth. If someone asked you or told you to intentionally mislead someone, you would reply, “I cannot and I will not do that!” It’s very likely that you want only the very best for your family. This is a top priority for you. Your desire to provide for loved ones is evident in what you say and do every day.
Because of your strengths, you feel better about yourself when you are honest and forthright with people. Telling untruths and omitting important facts violates your personal code of ethics. By nature, you conclude that your life is more meaningful and you are happier when you can dedicate yourself to something of importance to humankind. It can be something simple rather than something grand.
You sense your acts of kindness influence individuals to perform good deeds. You are likely to inspire generosity in many people. Instinctively, you feel much better about yourself and life in general when you have a worthwhile cause or project to which you can dedicate your mind, body, and spirit.
What the book says about Learner:
Driven by your talents, you occasionally sign up for rigorous courses of study rather than enroll in easy classes. This might satisfy your need to master things that do not come naturally. Perhaps you trust you can handle unpleasant or difficult assignments. Maybe the struggle to expand your knowledge, broaden your skills, conquer your limitations, or fix problems motivates you to welcome academic challenges. It’s very likely that you might have extra energy to work hard when you are acquiring information to broaden your knowledge base.
Perhaps you want to deepen your understanding of certain topics, opportunities, problems, solutions, situations, events, or people. Because of your strengths, you may acquire certain kinds of knowledge more easily when you can talk with others about ideas, concepts, or theories. To some degree, thoughts come alive for you when questions are posed and answers are proposed. You might have a delightful time thinking out loud and listening to intelligent people express themselves. You might document or store in your mind bits and pieces of information. Perhaps you want to refer to these insights or facts when an opportunity presents itself.
By nature, you may prefer to read, write, and ponder philosophies, theories, or concepts that interest you. You might prefer to be alone with your thoughts rather than engage people in small talk at a social event. Chances are good that you may be a solo performer. You might be determined to broaden your knowledge or acquire new skills. Perhaps you are drawn to the process of education.
What the book says about Responsibility:
Instinctively, you sometimes volunteer to do things rather than wait to be asked to assume more duties. Because of your strengths, you sometimes feel twinges of guilt when certain tasks are done carelessly. Perhaps you want to be associated with quality. You might be disappointed in yourself when you compromise some of your beliefs about right and wrong.
Driven by your talents, you are happier with your own life when acquaintances or friends acknowledge your constructive behavior. They probably count on you to handle important as well as mundane tasks. Some automatically trust you. Why? They realize you are serious about meeting deadlines, keeping promises, and paying attention to details. It’s very likely that you sometimes are honest with yourself about yourself.
You might be candid about your limitations when you are talking with certain individuals. Perhaps you are comfortable admitting you need to do some things better, more completely, or more perfectly. By nature, you place a premium on doing everything correctly. Whatever you are involved in or associated with must typify — that is, symbolize — accuracy and precision. Your high standards demand exactness.
What the book says about Harmony:
Driven by your talents, you may describe yourself as practical or realistic. Perhaps you labor earnestly to find specialists who might help you figure out the right responses to questions. “Why reinvent the wheel?” you ask when they already know what to do. Instinctively, you sometimes turn to knowledgeable and experienced individuals to help you pinpoint areas where you need to do something better. Perhaps you seek their counsel about personal or professional matters. You might trust that their answers are correct or that their solutions are feasible — that is, doable and suitable.
Because of your strengths, you may appreciate experts who assure you that your thinking is sound, your actions are correct, or your behavior is appropriate. By nature, you occasionally infuse a spirit of friendliness into your work or study groups. Your personal warmth and congenial disposition may cause others to be a bit kinder or more generous. Some people find it is easier to collaborate with their teammates or classmates if you are involved. In your absence, however, they might notice a difference in people’s willingness to cooperate. Chances are good that you may count on specialists to help you arrive at the correct solution, decision, or conclusion. When you choose to work alone on an assignment, you periodically turn to people with expertise for direction.