If you have been an avid fan of this site, you probably would have noticed that we have posted many WOW Hits predictions at strategic points during the year for a particular installment. Recently we’ve posted ‘fantasy WOW Hits tracklists’, and so far, we’ve written a few for CD’s(we’ve done so previously for WOW Hits 2009, WOW Hits 2013, WOW Hits 2004 and WOW Hits 2011!), as well as a potential DVD (WOW Hits 2019 DVD!)
Because since 2012 there haven’t been any WOW Hits DVD’s released at all (instead there are youtube playlists)- I’ve decided to once again write a potential list for a fantasy WOW Hits DVD. This time it’s for WOW Hits 2015. Anyway, so without further ado, here’s my own list for WOW Hits 2015 DVD! Enjoy reading, and coming up with your own ‘official lists’!
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The past few weeks I’ve been wrestling with a very complex issue, one that I’d like to share a bit with you now, and hopefully create some healthy discussion. I’ve been wondering lately, and this issue has been more out in the open since the news of Burt Reynolds’ passing; why do some celebrated, popular and well-respected celebrities die young/before their time/not naturally? And by some extension (which could have the same answer/s), why do celebrity couples split up, when they obviously made vows that they meant at the time for ‘til death do us part’? in fact, maybe I’d go so far to ask the question about everyone, not just celebrities. Why do people die young, before their time, and not naturally; and why do seemingly happy couples split up after a long while? Confused as to why I’ve been wrestling with this? Let me explain a bit.
Continue reading FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: WEEK 24 (What If We Were Real by Mandisa)- How would the world look like if we were more real, honest and vulnerable with each other?
And all who thirst will thirst no more
And all who search will find what their souls long for
The world will try, but it can never fill
So leave it all behind, and come to the well
Casting Crowns- The Well from Come To The Well (2011)
Over the past few years of me working in a café, I have picked up a few things that I have noticed from various customers. Sometimes I see parents looking at their phones while their kids run amok, while at other times I am witness to some of the most personal and awkward conversations ever as potential customers argue at the counter before ordering. But another aspect of life within the shopping centre that we are covertly ministering to, that I’d like to touch upon just for a brief while; is that no matter who the person is, no matter what is going on in their day, no matter how the person is feeling; one thing is for certain- and that is that everyone at one point or another buys a bottle of water. This notion has always stayed true for the past few years, but I have been made more aware of the fact over the past week, particularly when, as I was writing up a drinks order list, I realised that every week we buy more water than each of the other drinks that we sell.
Continue reading FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: WEEK 23 (Come to the Well by Casting Crowns)- What satisfies us more- water or Jesus?
Over the past few weeks while Mum has been recovering from her fall and subsequent operation (which I detailed in a blog about suffering a few weeks ago!); I have noticed something that I reckon needs to be briefly talked about. Something that we as a people are prone to fall into the trap of- and it’s the lie that Church can only happen on Sunday, or Church only deserves to occur on Sundays. And that something was highlighted by our church family. Though we haven’t been at church for a while (many years in fact since we’ve regularly gone, since we’ve bought the café!); our church family still felt that we were connected enough to the body enough for them to deliver meals to us during the initial stages of Mum’s healing. The pastor and the pastor’s wife used their initiative, created a website app thing (take them a meal) where people could sign up and put their names to dates, write down dishes, and do tangible things- be the hands and feet of Jesus that way and have fellowship with us. Now not every single person from our church came to visit, or cooked, but I reckon that’s beside the point. What mattered was that in our time of need, we were being thought of, we were being appreciated, and we are being loved, no matter if we had religiously been to church every week, or in our case had ‘backslidden’ and become an irregular member. Though Mum didn’t really have high hopes for our church family in showing us God’s love, we were pleasantly surprised overall at the amount of love we were shown. And this brings me to what I have noticed.
Continue reading FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: WEEK 22 (Crave by for KING & COUNTRY)- Church isn’t a building- it’s the people; so why do we act as if our Christian life is only limited to Sunday mornings, during ‘church’?
Welcome to the latest installment of our most recent blog series Top Tens. Last time, we unveiled 10 artists and songs that in our opinion should have been included on the official WOW Hits 2019 track listing, but weren’t. This time, on this special post, and in keeping with a similar theme, I will take an educated guess and list 20 songs that should be shoe-ins for WOW Hits 2020 (key word- should… I wrote a similar post last year and only 3 out of the 20 made it on WOW Hits 2019- better than 2/20 for the year before though!). Some songs that I will predict for WOW Hits 2020 are released right now, so audio slides/lyric videos/music videos/song stories will be below, but others haven’t been released yet and I am just predicting based on the artist. Some are singles, and some songs aren’t singles yet (but could be!) Will these tracks be there in a year’s time? Only time will tell.
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Welcome to the latest instalment of our Top 10 blog series. It’s been a while since we last posted Top Tens on this site (check out the last post here!)- last time, we delved into 30 inspiring collaborative multi-artist songs. This time, in light of the recent WOW Hits 2019 song reveal on Spotify and Capitol Christian Music Group (you can view the list here and here), I will unveil 10 songs from 10 artists that I think should have been in within the track list of 39, but weren’t, for one reason or another. What I will say is this- there are millions of popular radio singles and CCM songs releasing every year, and to fit them all into 39 spots is impossible. There will be songs that will miss out. Simple as that. However, these songs that I post below were, in my opinion, definite shoe-in’s for inclusion, and deserved to be present. Why they were omitted, I will probably never know.
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If you have been an avid fan of this site, you probably would have noticed that we have posted many WOW Hits predictions at strategic points during the year for a particular installment. Up until now, we’ve only done so for CD’s (we’ve done so previously for WOW Hits 2009, WOW Hits 2013, WOW Hits 2004 and WOW Hits 2011!), so this time I thought I would change it up and write my ‘fantasy’ list for a WOW Hits DVD.
Since 2012 there haven’t been any WOW Hits DVD’s released at all (instead there are youtube playlists)- so this ‘WOW Hits DVD’ I am writing a fantasy list for doesn’t exist at all. Not on the internet… but I guess it’s fun to think about what could have been on a WOW Hits DVD post 2012 if they did make one. Anyway, so without further ado, here’s my own list for WOW Hits 2019 DVD! Enjoy reading, and coming up with your own ‘official lists’!
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Hands up how many of you have had a family member or close friend pass away suddenly or had a terminal illness or a freak accident, within your lifetime? Is that everybody? I mean, is that everybody in the whole wide world? Yep, I think I can see every single hand raised… But I mean seriously, death is something that we know is happening (though we may not know when!); and that we know for certain is around the corner, whether we like it or not. The saying goes that ‘two things are certain- death and taxes’; and society is right on that front. Because no one knows the day or the hour that each one of us leaves this earth. It may be in 80 or 90 years, or it could be, shudder to think…tomorrow. And for me personally, I have seen the effects of loved ones, friends and acquaintances, people that I know, or knew of, dying; and boy, it ain’t pretty.
Continue reading FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: WEEK 21 (All Things New by Steven Curtis Chapman)- Why death can be just around the corner, and why we need to live life as if every day is our last day on earth!
If you have been an avid fan of this site, you probably would have noticed that we have posted many WOW Hits predictions at strategic points during the year for a particular installment. But this was only for WOW Hits 2015 onwards (basically from when this site was active four years ago until now!). So it’s time to once again revisit another older WOW Hits and be nostalgic, and see if the track listing is really the ‘year’s best’ or not (as we have done previously for WOW Hits 2009, WOW Hits 2013 and WOW Hits 2004!). So…you can view the official track list of WOW Hits 2011 on Wikipedia, and then my fantasy list below (which include some tracks the same as the official list, and some tracks different)! Enjoy reading, and coming up with your own ‘official lists’!
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When we’re travelling down a road for whatever reason, what do you reckon is the most important? The destination; or the journey? The end result; or the things you do and the people you meet along the way? This tension and figuring out the best way to approach the Christian life is the central theme to Building 429’s brand new album Live The Journey, which releases in about a month. And while I reckon Building 429’s smash hit “Where I Belong” as well as several other singles such as “Unashamed”, “Ocean Deep”, “Impossible”, “We Won’t Be Shaken”, “Press On”, “Listen To The Sound”, “Always”, “Fearless”, “You Carried Me” and of course their debut single “Glory Defined” form a formidable group of some of their biggest hits; I reckon so far you can group every single song from Live The Journey in that group as well. Because in my opinion- I think that Live The Journey will be the band’s most popular and impacting album they’ve ever recorded.
Continue reading FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW – BUILDING 429’S “LIVE THE JOURNEY”