“Bible Tour 2016” Underway with Aaron Shust

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Grab your tickets HERE before they’re sold out!

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Aaron in Lakewood, NJ

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On March 19, Aaron has a show at The Strand in Lakewood, NJ. Dave Pettigrew will be opening and the show begins at 8pm. You can purchase tickets here.

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New Lyric Video for “Ever Be” is Live

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Check it out here!

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New EP Ever Be is Available Now!

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Aaron Shust released his 3 song EP! It includes Bethel’s “Ever Be”, a hymn re-write called “God Evermore” and a new song, “Fear Not”. Check it out!

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Surprise EP Releasing This Friday, 1/29

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3-song worship EP features popular Bethel hit, “Ever Be”
Check back tomorrow for download links.

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New Single & Radio Promotion!

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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.

Radio
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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EVER BE – A Devotional

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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Social Media: My Awkward Friend

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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For the Love of God…

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 “Unto Us” Christmas Tour 2015

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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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