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All Things Work Together – Lecrae
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This highly anticipated major label debut from Lecrae is his first album since January 2016’s mixtape Church Clothes 3, and it doesn’t disappoint. Beginning in October, 2016, six songs were released in advance of the album’s release, building excitement. The album title is taken from Romans 8:28: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Lecrae has stated that the idea of the album is that the dark times have worked together for him to become the person he is today.
This hard-hitting and honest album is strong from start to finish and features Lecrae collaborating with many different artists. It is a mature work, Lecrae’s best album, and my top album of the year thus far.
Here are a few brief comments about each song on this strong release:

Always Knew – This song was produced by Ramon “REO” Owen and written by Owen and Lecrae. He dedicates it to those, especially the Lord, who have helped him through the highs and lows. Key lyric: Listen, I know God did it, can’t take the credit, paid off all of my debts, but I still feel so indebted.   
Facts
– This song was produced by Dem Jointz and written by Jointz and Lecrae. In hard-hitting lyrics, he states that he’s been waiting for the right time to tell us how he feels. He loves God and Jesus, who died for the world, not just the USA. Key lyric: I ain’t really changed, it’s the same rebel.  
Broke
– This song was produced by Boi-1da and T-Minus, written by Perfekt, Nikhil “Kromatik” Seetharam, Boi-1da, T-Minus and Lecrae and features Perfekt. The song looks at how money may have made him richer, but the struggle got him richer than he’s ever been. Key lyric: Being broke made me rich
Blessings
– This song is produced by Pluss and features Ty Dolla $ign. It was written by Pluss, Verse Simmonds, Swoope, Ty Dolla $ign and Lecrae. The song is about gratefulness and appreciating the little things in life. It features a slow beat that sounds better every time you hear it. Key lyric: If you woke up this morning it’s a blessing.  
Watchu Mean
– This song is produced by the Go Grizzly. It features Reach Records newest signee Aha Gazelle, and is written by Gazelle and Lecrae. This song has a great vibe as Lecrae and Gazelle go back and forth lots of sports and musical references.
Hammer Time – This song is produced by Metro Boomin and features 1k Phew. It is written by Boomin, 1k Phew and Lecrae. The song samples MC Hammer’s 1990 song “U Can’t Touch This”.  The song has an infectious beat. Key lyric: I ain’t perfect, I’m just purchased.  
Come and Get Me –  This song is produced by DJ Dahl and Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II and they write it with Lecrae. It features a great beat throughout. He knows the devil is trying to stop him. He states confidently he’s not scared of the haters, he only fears the IRS and God. What he’s saying is nothing new. Key lyric: Look, I’ve been trying to tell them since 04’-05’ (that’s Real Talk). Still, you know these people doubt me every time.  
Lucked Up –  This song is produced by Tariq Beats and DJ Khalil and they write it with Nija Aisha-Alayia Charles, John Groover, Michael R. Cook Jr. and Lecrae. This is a love song for his wife, and features vocals from Nija Aisha-Alayia Charles.
Wish You the Best
–  This song is produced by Tane Runo and written with Joseph Hill, Natalie Lauren, Tane Runo, Verse Simmons and Lecrae. It features vocals by Verse Simmons. The song is about a former girlfriend and his sincere regrets. Key lyric: I wish you all the love you could imagine, and I wish you everything that never happened.  
Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination) – This song was produced by Wordsplayed and Alex Medina.  It features vocals by Childish Major, and was written by Wordsplayed, Medina, Major, Sufjan Stevens, Markus Randle and Lecrae. It was released in October, 2016, almost a year before the album was released. The song, which features horns and a slow beat, details Lecrae’s personal struggles with depression and a crisis of faith as a result of a number of losses and the reaction of others toward his response. Key lyric: I’m glad that Jesus ain’t American, and that’s why I care again.  
I’ll Find You
– This song is produced by Danny Maiic and DJ Frank E and features an excellent collaboration with Tori Kelly. It is written by Johnny Yukon, DJ Frank E, Maiic, Sasha Sloan, Natalie Lauren, Kelly and Lecrae. Lecrae has stated that the song is about hope in the midst of that pain, and is intended to encourage people to hold on and tell them we are here waiting, hoping, praying, and fighting with them. It was the fourth song released ahead of the new album.  The song speaks to both human support and a faith in God to help during life’s most difficult times.  Key lyric: They say fear haunts, and pain hates. I say pain strengthens, and fear drives faith.  
8:28
–  This encouraging title song is produced by Ayo the Producer and Keyzbaby. They write it with Lewis Sky and Lecrae. Sky provides additional vocals. It’s going to work out. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow. Key lyric: The Master Artist makes your mess a masterpiece regardless.  
Cry For You
–  This song is produced by Taylor Hill and Swoope. They write it with Lecrae. It features strong vocals from Hill. It is a slower song, focusing on transparent, honest lyrics. Like Paul in 2 Corinthians 12, he prays for the thorn/pain to be taken away.  Key lyric: But crooked sticks draw straight lines, just look at me.  
Worth It
–  The final song is produced by Swoope, who writes it with Natalie Lauren, Jawan Harris and Lecrae. It features vocals from Harris and Kierra Sheard.  It is about grace and optimism. Don’t worry. God is here. The song features a short sermon clip from Tony Evans. Key lyric: It’s just hard to believe it all but for grace.    

  • Rich Mullins’ “Calling Out Your Name”. Watch this video of Andrew Peterson covering Rich Mullins’ song “Calling Out Your Name”.
  • A Legacy of Love: My Rich Mullins Story. And speaking of Rich and Andrew, Andrew Peterson writes “If you had told me twenty years ago, on the day that I found out Rich died, that I’d be standing on this stage tonight, surrounded by such good friends, playing these songs for a sold-out crowd, I wouldn’t have believed you. But here we are. If you had told me that night at the church piano in 1992, as I wept like a man who was longing for his home, that God would let me sing for him for these twenty years, I wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t think God could be that good, that generous to the likes of me. I wouldn’t have thought that love could stoop so low. But here we are.”
  • Sara Groves to Release Hymns Album. Sara Groves will release her 13th studio album, Abide With Me, November 17. The record will include songs carefully selected from Groves’ personal list of hymns, with each song having provided a source of healing and comfort to the singer/songwriter throughout the years.
  • How Can Believers Cultivate a Culture of Family Singing? Watch this four-minute video from modern hymn-writer Keith Getty.
  • The Joy of Jesus. Mac Powell, Matt Maher And Ellie Holcomb Record Rich Mullins’ never-released Song “The Joy of Jesus” on the occasion of 20 years since Mullin’s death. Listen to it here.
  • Trouble No More. Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981, featuring music from Bob Dylan’s “Gospel Period” (when he recorded Slow Training Coming, Saved and Shot of Love), will be released on November 3. The release will be available as a two-disc set and a deluxe package containing eight CD’s along with a DVD of previously unseen live footage. Trouble No More contains 14 unreleased songs that Dylan played onstage or in rehearsals.
  • “You’re the Best Thing About Me” Video. “The new video for U2’s “You’re The Best Thing About Me,” directed by Jonas Åkerlund, sees band members reveling in the sights and sounds of New York City where, as a young Dublin four-piece, they played their first U.S. club gig in December 1980, beginning a love affair with the city which has endured for almost 40 years. Shot in September while the band were on tour and featuring U2 in performance, the video is a fitting backdrop for “You’re The Best Thing About Me” – Bono’s love letter to his wife Ali – and serves as a visual tribute to New York, a serenade to the city’s iconic symbols of American compassion and liberty.”
  • The Cross Has the Final Word. Watch the lyric video for the new song by the Newsboys featuring their former lead singer Peter Furler.
  • Lecrae on GMA. Lecrae and Tori Kelly recently appeared on Good Morning America to sing their hit “I’ll Find You”.

  • And the scars of the cross make Him more, not less, glorious. Andrew Peterson
  • When we put God into the details of our lives, life fills with beauty. Chris Tomlin  

One Day (When We All Get to Heaven) by Matt Redman

This week’s song of the week is “One Day (When We All Get to Heaven)” from Matt Redman’s excellent new album Glory Song.  This beautiful song incorporates the 1898 hymn “When We All Get to Heaven” written by Eliza E. Hewitt.  Listen to it here.

One day You’ll make everything new, Jesus
One day You will bind every wound
The former things shall all pass away
No more tears

One day You’ll make sense of it all, Jesus
One day every question resolved
Every anxious thought left behind
No more fear

When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory

One day we will see face to face, Jesus
Is there a greater vision of grace
And in a moment, we shall be changed
On that day

And one day we’ll be free, free indeed, Jesus
One day all this struggle will cease
And we will see Your glory revealed
On that day

And when we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory
Yes, when we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
And when we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory

Yes, one day we will see face to face, Jesus
Is there a greater vision of grace?
And in a moment, we shall be changed
Yes, in a moment, we shall be changed
In a moment, we shall be changed
On that day

When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory
We’ll sing and shout the victory

We will weep no more
No more tears, no more shame
No more struggle, no more
Walking through the valley of the shadow
No cancer, no depression
Just the wonder of Your grace
Everything as it was meant to be
All of this will change
When we see You face to face
Jesus, face to face

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Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 37 years, a St. Louis Cardinals fan, a manager at a Fortune 50 company, a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and Colossians 3:23 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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