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3-song worship EP features popular Bethel hit, “Ever Be”
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Aaron Shust’s new single “Ever be” will be available next month, February 2016! Click here to read about the meaning behind this powerful song.

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Aaron Shust has been on a radio tour this last week, and still has a few sessions to go! Tune in to listen to him debut his new single!

January 25th: KTSY – 8am, KGTS (KEEH) – 12:30pm
January 26th: KCMS – 8:05am
January 27th: KSBJ – 7am, KVNE – 3pm
January 28th: KLTY – 11am
January 29th: KZTH/KJTH/KLVV – 8am, KXOJ – 11:30am

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Available Feb 2016!

Available Feb 2016!

Over 15 years ago I stood before Sarah Marie Lopez and, in front of a room full of friends and family, we vowed to love each other whether life got better or worse, whether we were healthy or sick, whether we had money or didn’t have a dime to our names.  We vowed that only death would be able to put an end to that love.  I know that the love we have pledged to each other, for each other, is only a shadow of the love we will have for each other in the life to come: an unadulterated, pure love we will have for everyone! (One of the reasons I sing “Come Quickly, Jesus!”)

And that love is only a mere shadow of the love the Father has for us, His children!  He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to Him in repentance.  And He calls us His Bride!  He uses the example of marriage in both the Old and New Testaments to illustrate His level of commitment to us!

“As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you!” (Isa 62:5)

“I will betroth you to Me forever” (Hos 2:19)

“I made My vow to you and entered into a covenant with you”, declares the Lord God, “and you became Mine.” (Ez 16:8)

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her…that He might present the church to Himself in splendor” (Eph 5:25)

“The marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready”  (Rev 19:7)

What is the vow, the pledge, the covenant of commitment that our Lord has given to us?  There are many statements of promise and hope found in His Word to us, but my favorites are, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut 31:6) and “I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Matt 28:20)

Never have I heard this imagery captured so beautifully than in the song Ever Be.  I fell in love with this song last year when I first heard it and am reminded of the verse that says that we only love because He first loved us! (1 John 4:19)  It’s because of His incredible, enduring love that we have any and every reason in the world to sing our heartfelt praises in response!

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Ever Be

Bobby Strand, Chris Greely, Gabriel Wilson, Kailey Hailigenthal

 

Your love is devoted 

Like a ring of solid gold

Like a vow that is tested

Like a covenant of old

 

Your love is enduring

Through the winter rain

And beyond the horizon

With mercy for today

 

Faithful You have been

Faithful You will be

You pledge Yourself to me

And it’s why I sing 

 

Your praise will ever be on my lips

 

You father the orphan 

Your kindness makes us whole

You shoulder our weakness

Your strength becomes our own

 

Now You’re making me like You

Clothing me in white

Bringing beauty for ashes

For You will have Your Bride

 

Free from all her guilt

And rid of all her shame

And known by her true name

And it’s why I sing

 

Your praise will ever be on my lips

 

You will be praised

You will be praised

With angels and saints

Singing Worthy are You Lord

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Oh, Social Media, you provide such wonderful opportunities and such awkward moments.  Just like real life and real people provide.  It’s interesting the advice one receives about how to approach Social Media; sometimes it’s “you should be very involved and interactive with your followers” and other times it’s, “the best way to handle that is not to respond at all.”  And there may be some truth to both.  I know Jesus occasionally was silent when asked questions, and sometimes he answered, told stories, asked more questions or…flipped tables.  But there is, in fact, that time for silence.

Personally, I don’t feel called to debate.  I don’t like it, the way it’s normally done at least, I don’t feel it’s very beneficial.  I’m 40, I’ve been in a few debates in my day, they have yet to end up, in my memory, with one party saying, “Wow, my thinking has now changed”.  People agree to disagree, are disappointed in each other, pray for each other to change his/her thinking to their own thinking, and then rarely speak again.

For some people, I do believe it is good for them to speak about theological idiosyncrasies: apologists like Ravi Zacharias astound me as I listen to them defend their faith.  Some dabble in the political realm and my head begins to spin as I hear them declare who is right and who is the devil’s hand puppet and I say, “Come quickly, Jesus! Bring Your rule and reign!”  But I have never felt those were my issues to debate.  I resonate with passages in the Psalms that share my desire to sing of the love and the greatness of God.  Wherever I am, however I feel and with whomever I stand.  Whomever.

I was once invited to sing at a high profile church whose approach to worship, life and theology differed from mine.  I had all intention of declining the invitation: how could I associate with an organization that might cause people to think I agreed with them?!  Then, someone challenged me and I’ll never forget it.  They said, “If you believe that is a dark place, and that you carry the Light, why would you not bring the Light into that darkness?”  I sang at the church, and were it still meeting today, I would do it again, I will carry the Light (to the best of my ability and understanding) wherever life takes me.

I’ve also been on the other side of the coin, where people believe I am an instrument of darkness and the Light needs to expose my manipulation.  Knowing that makes me want to be very careful whom I accuse of being “dark”.  I check every action with Scripture, and yet I know God moves in crazy, new ways all the time!  I’ve seen things happen that I attribute to God’s work, yet there is no story in Scripture that I can point to and say, “See, it happened here too!”

I am not skilled to understand God’s ways nor His plan.  (Sounds familiar!)  A former pastor of mine always says, “Major on the majors and minor on the minors.”  Even then, we all have differing opinions on what is major and what is minor.  I won’t, however, at this point in my life, spend time discussing whether or not certain churches are getting it right or wrong, I just don’t feel comfortable doing that.  I’ll stand beside them as they choose to sprinkle or dunk, genuflect or jump around, speak in tongues or remain silent, slurp grape juice or employ wine intinction.  Eventually I draw the line of course…and so must you.  So must we all.  And we must choose with care where that line in the sand is drawn.

Then let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

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Someone asked me today how I would describe God’s love.

My favorite expression of God’s love is found in one of Jesus’ stories (parables): the prodigal son. Prodigal means lavish or extravagant. This son, one of two, demanded his inheritance early, was given it, and extravagantly wasted it. He sheepishly returned to his father who without hesitation, proved himself to be lavish and extravagant in his forgiveness. The father ran to his son, gave him a new robe, sandals and a ring, killed the fattest cow and threw a feast in his son’s honor: a dishonorable son. But the father didn’t stop there. He also showed love, patience, forgiveness, compassion and invitation to his oldest son, the “good son” who never left home and followed the rules…but who had an unforgiving, prideful attitude toward his wayward little brother. God is like that father: a Good Father, loving both the wayward and the self-righteous, forgiving without hesitation.

Regardless with whom we would most identify, God’s love is like the father who forgives, embraces, accepts and celebrates his children!

 

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Aaron Shust’s “Unto Us” Christmas Tour is about to begin! Grab tickets here while you can!

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Aaron has been writing for this album since the beginning of last year, and it seems that his patience has paid off! Click here for more information!

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unnamedBefore I write any song with another songwriter, I try to spend a full hour alone in the Word, reading one of my favorite devotionals, asking God for some direction as to what we should write about during our four hour window.  It’s incredibly cool to see how often the concept that is laid on my heart is the same concept share with the other person.  Not always the case, but fun when it happens that way.

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By April 21st, I was pretty sure I had all the songs for the new album.  I’d written 35 at that point and certainly had my top favorites.  But I had a writing session scheduled with Kyle Lee and I really enjoyed writing with him previously so I thought, “what harm could come of writing again?”   I remember receiving a text from my manager, Jeff, during my prep time that day as I was sitting (here) in my back yard by my unlit fire pit, while the rising springtime sun warmed my face. I told him how excited I was because I knew what we were going to write about that day!  I had turned to The Book of Revelation, but a gentle breeze took me one page back to Jude…

AS_lyric27I glanced at the passage I had underlined about Michael the Archangel, then I noticed, in the bottom corner, another underlined verse, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, to Him who is able to present you faultless before His presence with exceeding great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen.”  That was it!  We were writing Jude’s Doxology!

AS_lyric28Lo and behold, it ended up being the album’s first single! SiriusXM The Message just added it to their playlist August 23rd, exactly 10 years to the day that my first album Anything Worth Saying was released!

It perfectly summarizes the theme and celebrative feel of the album, gathered around His Throne, we lift our eternal praises to the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ: the only God our Savior!

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TO THE ONLY GOD

AARON SHUST / KYLE LEE

 

VERSE 1

To the One to is able

Able to keep us from falling (Jude 24)

To the One to is faithful

To finish the work that He started (Phil 1:6)

 

VERSE 2

To the One Who has cleansed us (I John 1:9)

Washing away every sorrow (Isa 53:4)

To the One Who has saved us (Titus 3:4-5)

Giving us hope for tomorrow (Jer 29:11)

 

PRE CHORUS

We will sing / We rejoice / In Your Name (Psalm 5:11)

All our heart / All our soul / All our praise (Psalm 71:23)

 

CHORUS

To the only God our Savior

Glory and majesty

Power and authority (Jude 25)

To the only God our Savior

You call the sinner friend (Matt 11:19)

Your love will never end

Amen Amen Amen (Jude 25)

 

BRIDGE

To the Sovereign God

To the King of Kings

To the One Who reigns

Over everything (I Tim 6:15)

To the Promised hope (Isa 9:1-7)

To the Spotless Lamb (I Peter 1:19)

To the Risen One (Matt 28:6)

The Great I Am (Mark 14:61-62)

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This Friday, August 28th, Dove Award-winning artist Aaron Shust will release his new studio album to the public! The project was recorded in Nashville and was produced by Crowder’s renowned drummer, Christian Paschall. The project will be available at all online music outlets!

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AS_lyric23Triumphant Conquerer is one of my favorite songs on Doxology.  It pumps me up, to sing of the absolute strength of our Lord Jesus Christ!  Corey Voss brought the first verse and a melody for the chorus to the table on February 11 of this year, and we set out to write a song that captures the majestic and victorious nature of our King of kings.

 



There is a scene in Ridley Scott’s movie Gladiator portraying the new (and villainous) Caesar Commodus returning to the city of Rome as the conquering hero in a grand procession; trumpets blast, rose pedals fill the air, the mob shouts their approval, some their disapproval, all while Commodus proudly stands on the back of his chariot, receiving glory, honor and praise for a victory that, in actuality, his father won.

 

AS_lyric24Often times, throughout history, when a king would return victorious to his people from battle, he would actually have, in tow behind him, the conquered people, military and even the defeated king.  This is the picture we see when we read Colossians 2:15!  Rick Renner, author of one of my favorite devotionals and a master of the Hebrew and Greek languages interprets this verse as follows:

 

[Jesus] completely stripped principalities and powers and left them utterly naked; nothing was left at their disposal with which to retaliate.  He boldly, confidently, loudly, blatantly, and publicly exposed and displayed this now-defunct foe, leading a gallant triumphal parade in celebration of the enemy’s defeat and His victory!

 

AS_lyric25Our King Jesus is, in fact, the Triumphant Conqueror!  From His victory at the Cross to His crowning glory when we all gather around His Throne and He, once and for all, makes a mockery of the sin that now so easily entangles, the Mighty Warrior will be forever praised by a symphony of angels, stars, galaxies and humanity, “He alone is worthy!

 

 

 

 

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TRIUMPHANT CONQUEROR

Aaron Shust/Corey Voss

 

Verse 1

Heaven is singing

Of all Your wonders       (Rev 15:3-4)

Angels declaring

Of all the goodness of God   (Rev 5:11-12)

And they will never cease to praise (Rev 4:8)

 

Verse 2

Creation trembles

At just a mention (John 18:6, Jam 2:19)

The King Eternal

Makes darkness vanish and hide (Rev 21:23, 22:5)

And we will ever sing His praise   

 

Chorus

Triumphant Conqueror (Heb 2:7-9, Ex 15:1)

Forever glorious (Psalm 72:19)

Our Lord Victorious (Psalm 45:4)

You Are Worthy (Rev 4:11)

Our Mighty Warrior (Ex 15:3)

The banner over us (Ex 17:15)

Our Lord Victorious

You are Worthy

You are Worthy

 

Verse 3

The stars and galaxies

Lift up a melody

Infinite anthems ring

Echo the glories of God

And they will never cease to praise (Ps 19:1)

 

Verse 4

Here on the earth beneath

We join eternity

With grateful hearts redeemed (Col 3:16)

We crown You King and Lord of all (Rev 6:2)

and we will ever sing Your praise

 

BRIDGE 

We’re singing Holy Holy

Oh Holy Lord Almighty (Rev 4:8)

For there is no one like You (I Sam 2:2)

Worthy Worthy

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