Behind the Music – “14:30” with The Worshiper

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The Worshiper’s Nathaniel Steelman gives us a preview of the band’s upcoming single “14:30”.


Hey, my name is Nathaniel Steelman, I front the band ‘The Worshiper’. We recently wrapped up one our most intense and toughest studio sessions. It was a grind but it will definitely be the most rewarding session of our career. On January 9th we will be releasing our single, 14:30, our first song through our new family Raging Storm Records.

This song is the most biblical song to come from our platform thus far. That being said, it also weighs on my heart more than anything we have previously released. 14:30 is the story of Jesus walking on water. Peter stepping out to meet Jesus on the water. Peter being filled with fear and doubt after seeing the raging storm around him. (There may or may not be a pun somewhere in there.) This song deals with my personal struggle to have full faith in God when life is beating down on you with stress, anxiety, and hopelessness. It’s so easy to doubt God’s plan when you are focused on the storm and not Jesus’s hand reaching down to pull you above.

I remember prior to touring last summer, I was living in fear and focused far too much on my day to day struggles. I simply wasn’t giving the lord my heart and putting my faith in him. I remember the day we set off for our very first tour. I reached out and took hold of Jesus’s hand that had been waiting to pull me above the water I was sinking in. For the next couple of weeks it felt like I was walking on water with Jesus. It was so surreal. I am 100% sure Jesus was living with us in that van for over 2 weeks. Then when I returned home, I realized I could have been walking on water with Jesus this entire time, in my daily routine. It felt so good. It feels so good. Jesus is there waiting for you to reach out and trust him. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. Every normal day becomes an adventure.

That is what this song is about. It is never too late and you’ll never sink so low that you cannot reach His hand.

 

 

 


Behind the Music – “Tear Down the Walls” from BoughtXBlood

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Alvin Triplett from BoughtXBlood eplains the inspiration from their song “Tear Down the Walls” off the Rebirth // Reanimate album.


I wrote the lyrics to TDTW after I turned on the TV and watched this group of people who call themselves a church, protesting and saying God hated (insert whatever sinner you can think of here). I saw opinions being stressed over sound doctrine. As an assistant to my father, who is a pastor, and also as an ordained minister myself, I continuously check myself to make sure I am preaching and teaching the truth. Jesus never built walls to keep people out.

I honestly believe that when Jesus said He would destroy this temple and rebuild it in three days, that not only was He speaking of himself but also that He would break down the barriers that kept us from being able to touch God the Father. That’s where “we can rebuild what we tear down today” came from in the chorus. If churches can get away from this easy “believeism” they have adopted as truth and get back to preaching the way Jesus intended, that we would see a mighty move of the spirit.

We need to tear down the walls of self and build the walls of safety only found in the arms of Jesus.


Extended Family – Anticurse Apparel

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Wesley Moore of The Worshiper in his “Dead to Sin” tee

Over the recent months, RSR has had the pleasure of getting to know the folks at Anticurse Apparel, a clothing company endorsed by both BoughtxBlood and The Worshiper. Artist rep Jon Lockett reached out and asked them to tell us a little about their brand and their mission.


We started this brand in early 2017 to explore ways of reaching people for Christ, and to encourage those who are out there doing just that. Using the gifts that God has given us, we want to glorify Him and connect with others in our own unique way. We believe in the preaching of the Gospel and we hope this brand will help that cause. Our prayer is that God will ultimately use this brand to reach non-believers with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by encouraging believers to share their faith and to be encouraged by the message of hope Anticurse embodies.

 

The name Anticurse was meant to describe a picture of Jesus. Because of man’s original sin, we’re all born under the curse of sin and death. No one is able to meet God’s requirement of keeping perfectly His law. Jesus came and did this for us, fulfilling the law and becoming the ultimate sacrifice for our sin. He died on the cross for our sakes, and on the third day He rose from the dead. Jesus is the only antidote for the dire situation that all mankind finds himself born into (Galatians 3:10-14). Jesus is the only answer to this curse of death. Jesus is the Anticurse.

 

Our main tag line, “Three Spikes, One God, All Love” describes who Jesus is and what He did for us. What this means is that Jesus wasn’t just a good guy who came to show us how to be better people. Jesus actually went to the cross and died for us. Jesus is actually God. God is actually Love.

 

We are called to go and preach the Gospel and make disciples (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19). We hope that in some way this brand will help in bringing about conversations and opportunities to share the Gospel verbally with non believers and to encourage those that already do believe.

 

Please visit anticurseapparel.com for more info.
BoughtXBlood proudly repping Anticurse Apparel at Creation East 2017

Behind the Music: “To Whom It May Concern” from Atlas Rhoads

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Tim Riordan of Atlas Rhoads explains the inspiration behind their acoustic music video for the son “To Whom it May Concern.”


The Bride has dragged her veil through mud and smeared it across the face of her dearest, Jesus Christ. We are told, “LOVE. ABOVE ALL, LOVE.” But the world doesn’t see that, it sees the mud dripping from our veil.

“To Whom It May Concern” was originally written to a specific person, and rooted from a place of sadness and pain over the secular perception of the Christian Church. Why does Christianity have such a broken and distorted identity? Our true essence is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But millions across our planet would say otherwise.

This song is an apology for my actions.. and for the global Church. It’s a screaming plea that the goodness and beauty of the Savior not be judged by His saved children. It’s a conversation with anyone who has experienced anything but love from those who claim Christ. We claim Christ in our brokenness and because of our muddiness. He sees it all, every bit of our sin, and pursues us still. But until glory and full restoration, we will fail to reflect the perfection of our pursuer. Forgive us.