One of the highlights of this past weekend at the Resolved conference was definitely the times of worship. The worship was led by a group that they brought together for this conference and named “Enfield”. They are named after the town in Massachusetts where Jonathan Edwards preached the message “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Since the theme was ‘Heaven and Hell’, they wrote a series of songs that are centered around the topic of Heaven.
This album is mostly a product of two young men at The Master’s College. David Zimmer and Ryan Foglesong are not only extremely gifted musicians (drums and bass respectively), but incredible lyricists. Together, they penned many of the songs. For a little background, this past summer they played in a band “Chasing Cadence” at the Jr High Camp at Hume Lake along with a friend that used to be on our youth staff. Then, in the fall, they played at our Battle of the Bands and ended up winning the thing in what turned to be somewhat of an unbalanced competition. That week, I also got the privilege to get to know David, who was a part of the missions team from TMC’s Outreach Week that came to our church and helped out.
One of the things I especially appreciated about these two, along with the rest of the band (including Paul Hoover filling in on electric guitar for the weekend) was their obvious passion for worship. It was such a blessing to see a stage full of passionate, gifted musicians, focusing their talents and gifts to lead others before the throne of God. Because they worked so hard at their respective gifts, God blessed that in an amazing weekend and they were able to minister to over 3,000 college aged students.
It’s contemporary worship, without the 7-11 lyrics. They are carefully crafted lyrics, desiring to propel believer’s minds towards Heaven and the things that are above. They contemplate Heaven itself, and the tiring battle of living a life in exile. They also include adapted songs, such as “Finally Home”, adapted from “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand”. One of my favorites is their version of “Wayfaring Stranger”. I’ve been thinking of a way to describe it, and it’s a bit blues, country, and folk rock. Lead singer John Martin does a great job on this track. There are also a few hymns given face lifts, “Wondrous Love” and “Fairest Lord Jesus”.
Together, the album is one that lifts the spirits, drags the mind to Heaven, and inspires the heart to long for the day when we will see our Savior and live for Him forever. The music is exceptionally well done musically, whether it be percussion, strings, piano, or guitars. John Martin’s wife, Lisa, provides back up vocals reminiscent of Danielle Young in Caedmon’s Call, which is high praise coming from a huge Caedmon’s fan. I would say that this cd is a must buy for believers longing to long for Heaven. It can be purchased on I-Tunes for $9.99, as well as Amazon’s mp3 section for $8.99. If you’d like the actual cd and case (which I have to confess is very well done), you can purchase that at the Resolved website along with charts for the music.
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