David Haasis

Thoughts on “Immeasurably More” by Rend Collective

By David Haasis / June 1, 2016

What are some of your highest thoughts on the greatness of God? Try to stretch those thoughts further, what is your picture of God? Well, the good news is that no matter how lofty your thoughts, they will fall short of the greatness of God. It may seem a little strange to call that good news, but it means that God is always better than we can even imagine. This cool thought is the topic of our next new song “Immeasurably More” by Rend Collective.

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Thoughts on “Boldly I Approach (The Art of Celebration)”

By David Haasis / September 23, 2015

Are you good at celebrating? Is it something you do often? What have been some of the biggest moments of celebration in your life? Is celebrating one of the first thoughts that come to mind when you think of living life for God, Christianity, or the Gospel? Or are you more likely to think of…

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Thoughts on song “More Than Conquerors”

By David Haasis / April 22, 2015

I find one of the most brilliantly encouraging portions of the Bible to be in Romans 8:31-39. In these verses, the apostle Paul (the author of Romans) uses thought provoking questions to build up an argument that “nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” I encourage you to read through these verses and consider all that Paul is communicating. You may also want to read Romans 4:5-8 and Romans 5:17 and think about how they relates to the verses in Romans 8. It will help you understand and connect more with our next new song, “More Than Conquerors” by Rend Collective which gets its title from the words in verse 37.

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Thoughts on “Come As You Are”

By David Haasis / February 11, 2015

Have you ever gone through tough times in Life? Do you ever have things going on in life or not going on that feel like they are holding you back or weighing you down? If so, the song “Come As You Are” by David Crowder, Ben Glover, and Matt Maher brings encouragement for the struggles we face in life. It invites us to cast the burdens we have on the Lord (Psalm 55:22) and find the healing only God can provide. There is something really powerful with how the music communicates the message of the song, so I’ll just let you listen to the song to get the overall message, but I will share a few thoughts to help everyone connect with the song in our services.

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Thoughts on the Song “Tapestry”

By David Haasis / October 30, 2014

A few weeks ago Phil started a new sermons series titled The Great Mystery of the Church. As he mentioned in the first sermon, the purpose of the series is to “elevate our thinking about what the church is and what is ours as the church and how it affects the way we live our lives.” This Sunday we are going to introduce a song, “Tapestry” by Hillsong United, which celebrates and conveys these very same ideas. The song uses poetic lyrics along with a unique sound to instill wonder for the mystery of what God is doing in and through his people.

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Love is War

By David Haasis / June 20, 2014

If you keep up with the New Song Blog, you may have noticed that I’m a fan of intriguing titles and lyrics that say much more than the words say alone. So, I can’t say I was disappointed when the leaders of the Worship Community chose a new song to go along with current sermon series (The Path of Discipleship) and it turned out to be “Love is War” by Hillsong United. The title alone stirs up many thoughts, and the lyrics weave imagery related to both love and war throughout, taking a journey that depicts some of the unexpected fights we face in following Jesus and reminds us of what God has done to help us in these fights.

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Jesus Only Jesus

By David Haasis / February 27, 2014

One of the things I love about Jesus is the way He answered peoples questions. Many times he wouldn’t give a direct answer but would either ask a question or make a statement that would help lead someone to the answer. I think this is a brilliant way to teach; though it can be frustrating when you are the one asking the question. It encourages someone to learn how to answer their own questions and helps them understand the key factors that go into answering their particular question. Jesus gave one of these indirect answers when John the Baptist sent people to ask whether Jesus was the Messiah. Instead of saying, “yes,” He told them to tell John what they saw and heard, the blind seeing, dead rising, etc (Matt 11:4-6). Similarly to this response by Jesus, our next new song, “Jesus Only Jesus,” uses questions to guide us in understanding who Jesus is and some of the questions are based on this passage in Matthew.

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We Will Run

By David Haasis / February 6, 2014

This year we are going to try something new in planning our services. Currently, for most services, our worship leaders plan the journey of a worship set with prayerful consideration of a focus or theme, taking into account the current sermon series and other things going in church life. We will continue to plan services this way, but we are also going to start periodically planning services that specifically focus on remembering and responding to the whole story of the gospel. Traditionally this follows the pattern: God is holy, we are sinners, Jesus saves us from our sin, and Jesus sends us on a mission. On Sunday we are going to follow this pattern and introduce a new song, “We Will Run” by Gungor, to go along with an aspect of the gospel that many times does not get as much emphasis, repentance.

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King of Heaven

By David Haasis / December 20, 2013

This summer I heard a song that I immediately thought was a perfect song for celebrating Christmas. It is titled “King of Heaven” and is the last track on Hillsong United’s album Zion. Although it isn’t necessarily a song only for Christmas, the theme definitely relates as the song poetically portrays the wonder of God becoming man (John 1:14).

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Scandal of Grace

By David Haasis / October 24, 2013

The word “scandal” is often found in news headlines. It points to a story about some shocking behavior being revealed and usually stirs our curiosity. We want know all the details and be shocked ourselves. Since talking about a scandal in church would usually not be a good thing, it may make it seem a bit strange that the title of our next new song is “Scandal of Grace” from Hillsong United’s Zion album. However, just as with a news headline, the title draws us to consider the shocking and controversial nature of the message of God’s grace, and if we don’t understand the scandal, we probably don’t understand grace as well as we should.

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