Quite arguably one of the best bands that CCM has to offer, Tenth Avenue North started their career on Reunion Records way back in 2008 with their chart topping album Over and Underneath. Now 8 years and another 4 albums later, we see the quintet release one of their most emotive and encouraging albums to date, Followers. One of the most underrated and heartfelt bands over the last 5 years, Mike Donehey, lead singer, has always had something great to communicate across to us all through video devotionals about the band’s songs over the years. And while their most recent 2014 album Cathedrals only spawned 2 devotional videos (of their singles “No Man is an Island” and “Stars in the Night”), as opposed to the 5 from The Struggle (“Losing”, “Where Life Would Never Die”, “The Struggle”, “You Do All Things Well” and “Worn”), we are nevertheless blessed with what the band have to say for these two tracks. “No Man Is an Island” was a reminder to always live in community with one another, as we remember that we were never meant to live our lives outside of fellowship and relationship with our fellow man- we were meant for community just as God Himself is a community (of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit); while “Stars in the Night” was also a comfort- that as we focus our eyes on Jesus and remind ourselves that in the darkest of nights; it is the stars, or rather, the One who created the stars, that will lead us on, from despair into hope, from uncertainty into moments of clarity, from indecisiveness to direction and focus.
This message Mondays post in particular is devoted to Tenth Avenue North, as was my previous Message Mondays post about the band way back in January where I unveiled the 5 videos from The Struggle (Worn, Where Life Will Never Die, Losing, The Struggle, You Do All Things Well), and allowed us all for open discussion about these devotional videos. So Rather than writing an expose today, I will provide youtube links to devotionals that lead singer Mike Donehey filmed about songs from Followers (What You Want, Afraid, Overflow, I Have This Hope, Control). All these 5 devotionals have impacted me in my walk with Christ recently, and hopefully you can be encouraged as well. So without further ado, here are the devotionals that can be viewed below. Let us know in the comments how these devotionals have inspired you today. Enjoy watching. Check these songs out on iTunes/Spotify. And have an edifying and encouraging week ahead. Til next time.