Dove award-winning group Selah recently spoke about why there is power in leaning on Jesus in the midst of pain and "brokenness." The trio also shared why they believe millions of people around the world are still drawn to their music after nearly two decades in ministry.
Todd Smith, Allan Hall, and Amy Perry dropped their ninth studio album "You Amaze Us" on August 19, weeks after making Christian radio history when their title track debuted at #1 on Billboard's Christian Soft AC chart.
In the song, which has been #1 for nine weeks, the acclaimed contemporary Christian trio sings about God's grace and the remarkable power of faith during dark times. The song was written as a "reminder," according to Smith, for those in need "wondering if God really does care."
"I think it's usually during your darkest times that's when you lean on Jesus. I think when you've got nowhere else to go. You've got several different choices as to what you can do," Smith told The Christian Post exclusively.
"But typically when I'm humbled, when everything has just been pulled out from underneath – that's when I'm most open to 'Lord I need you' and so [the] lyrics are just reminders to people who are in a dark place and who are wondering if God is there and if he really does care," he explained. "He knows who you are and you need to lean on Him while you're walking through this horrible situation."
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This is a wonderful article, and there is some great music in it, too, by the Christian singing group Selah. I recommend that you go and listen to their song: You Amaze Us. The Jesus in this article is the same Jesus that all of us love; some of us are Christians, and some of us are not, but Jesus loves us all the same.
Jesus does amaze us, doesn't he? When you consider who he was and why he came here…the monumental purposes behind his incarnation as the babe of Bethlehem...and at the same time, he said: "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. The Son of Man came not to be ministered to, but to minister and to bestow his life as the gift for all. I declare to you that I have come to seek and to save those who are lost.”
His loving heart overshadowed all that he did, all that he said. His primary concern was the welfare of the individual. His mission to the individual was to restore self-respect
169:1.3 “You have been taught that divine acceptance comes after your repentance and as a result of all your works of sacrifice and penitence, but I assure you that the Father accepts you even before you have repented and sends the Son and his associates to find you and bring you, with rejoicing, back to the fold, the kingdom of sonship and spiritual progress. You are all like sheep which have gone astray, and I have come to seek and to save those who are lost.
171:6.3 "... turning to the crowd assembled about them, Jesus said: “And marvel not at what I say nor take offense at what we do, for I have all along declared that the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.”
Maybe those passages are a little different than the Biblical quotes that you're used to, but that's because these passages are from The Urantia Book. Jesus has not changed at all, but in The Urantia Book, Jesus is elevated and explained; his life is detailed for us, and all the missing pieces of his life are finally in place.
That's right - The Urantia Book is a book about Jesus – and a lot more; but, from the beginning of the book, it is one long introduction to the pinnacle of experiences - both for our world, and for Jesus of Nazareth; that experience was the incarnation of the Creator Son - the very architect of our universe - into the fleshly tabernacle of the human Jesus.
And the crown of The Urantia Book is an amazing narrative of the real life and teachings of Jesus, told in over 700 pages of rich detail and insight into the Master's religious, family, and ministry life.
How did he save the lost? What did he do? How did he minister? The pages are rich with stories that will soothe your soul and lift your spirits. Stories like:
Jesus Takes a Lost Child Home
Jesus Helps a Runaway Lad
The Young Man Who Was Afraid
And these character portraits of the Master and his ministering style:
As Jesus Passed By
The Acme of Religious Living
The Urantia Book is not all that different from the Bible as far as the story of Jesus goes. There are differences; for example these stories above are known nowhere else but in The Urantia Book. They are a part of a period of time in Jesus’ life (age 28) when he was traveling, and he enjoyed a very personal ministry to many, many people. This is a time in Jesus’ life that no one has known about until now.
If you are a person who wants to know more of Jesus, and you are unafraid to look into a new way to see Jesus - more of Jesus - then you will truly love The Urantia Book’s restatement of Jesus' life. It is part of the celestial records, made at the time of his visitation to earth, and they are presented to us at this time in our history so as to give modern humanity a new grasp on the Savior through a retelling of the real story. Knowing the full life of Jesus is the most thrilling discovery one can make.
The Urantia Book states:
196:1.3 To “follow Jesus” means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master’s life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
It's in there...