Day 18 – Christian Music Challenge 2.0

Day 18 of  the Christian Music Challenge 2.0

Below, Watch Featured Artist: Rend Collective

Why It’s Important to Win the Battle for Our Mind

18. Why it’s Important to Win the Battle for Our Mind from AlMenconi on Vimeo.

 Watch Rend Collective sing, “You Will Never Run” here…

Source: Youtube – Rend Collective – You Will Never Run

Today’s Christian Music Challenge

Featured Artist: Rend Collective1

Rend Collective (formerly known as Rend Collective Experiment) is a Northern Irish Christian experimental, folk rock, worship band originating from Bangor, Northern Ireland. The current lineup consists of Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson and Steve Mitchell. Their first studio album Organic Family Hymnal was released on 28 September 2010. Their second studio albumHomemade Worship by Handmade People was released on 10 January 2012. Both records were released by Kingsway. Their first live album Campfire was released on 29 January 2013 with Integrity. Their fourth album, The Art of Celebration, was released on 14 March 2014. Their fifth album, As Family We Go, was released on 21 August 2015.

The band was established under the name of Rend Collective Experiment between 2002-2003 at Bangor Elim Church, during a point which drummer Gareth Gilkeson described as “a bunch of us trying to figure out life.”While the group comprises over 15 members, the band tours and records with 6 members. The remaining members are there for support and to encourage the band “spiritually, musically, and missionally.” They explained noticing a sense of hostility from the modern culture towards the church and Christians therefore sought to create music that would draw such individuals spiritually and encourage them to come back to church.

Rend Collective was on the And If Our God Is for Us… Tour with Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels in the Spring of 2011. They toured with Kari Jobe on the Majestic Tour.

More recently, Rend Collective has toured with the RESET Movement, as part of their musical ministry involving Lacey Sturm (formerly of Flyleaf); spoken-word artist Propaganda; worship leader Dave Lubben; DJ Efechto; International House of Prayer worship artist Matt Gilman; and singer/songwriter Morgan Harper Nichols.2

Lyrics

“You Will Never Run”
by Rend Collective

You will never run away
You’re forever mine
You will never run away
You’re by my side
Love wide as galaxies
Love deeper than the sea
Countless as all infinity
Love like a shooting star
Tearing apart the dark
Shining for all eternity
Shining for all eternity
You will never run away
You’re forever mine
You will never run away
You’re by my side
You will never run away
You forever shine
You will never run away
You’re by my side
Love stronger than the grave
Love rolled the stone away
Rising with endless majesty
Love takes us by the hand
Love is the wildest dance
You are the joy and fight in me
You are the joy and fight in me
You will never run away
You’re forever mine
You will never run away
You’re by my side
You will never run away
You forever shine
You will never run away
You’re by my sideHearts open wide
Hands lifted high
Over the clouds up into the blue sky

Hearts open wide
Hands lifted high
Over the clouds up into the blue sky

You will never run away
You’re forever mine
You will never run away
You’re by my side
You will never run away
You forever shine
You will never run away
You’re by my side3

1. Rend Collective. Retrieved from Rend Collective website: http://rendcollective.com/

2. Rend Collective. Retrieved from Wikipedia website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rend_Collective

3. Rend Collective. “You Will Never Run” Lyrics. (2015) Retrieved from AZ Lyrics website http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollectiveexperiment/youwillneverrun.html

The Christian Music Challenge 2.0 Devotional is our 30-day series of short video devotionals to encourage you to understand God’s purpose for Christian music and to incorporate it in your daily life.TheChristianMusicChallengeThis devotional is based on Al Menconi’s book, The Christian Music Challenge, which in turn was inspired by the biblical principle found in Isaiah 26:3 that reminds us to keep our mind focused on Christ and biblical principles, causing us to experience the peace of God. This is NOT salvation but simply a means to help us grow in our faith.
We developed the wristband as a reminder to continually focus on transforming your mind while you are going through the devotional.
We developed the tee shirt to encourage all participants to engage the public. It will get people wondering until they read the Scripture reference under “washed.” Romans 12:2 commands, “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
That’s what the Christian Music Challenge will help you do. Brain Wash, Wash Brain = Clean Brain. We are all about renewing our minds, which is helping us to become transformed to the likeness of Christ.
We strongly encourage all parents and teachers to read the Christian Music Challenge book. This will help you understand the pressure your children are experiencing daily and enable you to communicate values to your children.

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