Rivers album

Rivers Pic Pink
This album was conceived on the shores of the Waikato River where it exits Lake Taupo by the Taupo township in NZ.  I walked there one morning after the final concert of the ‘Sanctuary’ Tour May 2014. I was deeply impacted by the depth and rich blue/green colour of the water and how it seemed the perfect metaphor for the Christian walk. The Holy Spirit has the ability to reach into our inmost beings, to touch us, to cleanse us, refine us, redefine us, lead us, and even comfort/counsel us in our most testing times.

Since that time I have done many bible studies on various aspects of water in scripture. The result is this new collection of songs. Essentially, a collection of songs about faith and the different aspects of our Christian walk. The songs have been written in different countries: mainly Australia, NZ and Eastern Europe. The song ‘Peace Will Come’ was written in Zalaszántó, Hungary 2016 as an anthem in response to the tumultuous history many of the Eastern European countries have had.  ‘Run To Me’ was written on a 4-day songwriting retreat on the Sunshine Coast Australia.. a winsome call from the Father to us his children. ‘Sebbys Song’ is a poem written by Belgian poet Hannah C Fairchild in response to the loss of her son.  ‘Hole In My Heart’ is yet another  paen about how the Lord can help us in the midst of brokenness.  ‘I Found Grace’ is a song written in response to the scripture ‘Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord’.  Genesis 6.8  
Noah lived in a time of ungodliness and violence as we do, and Jesus mentioned this time ‘as in the days of Noah..’  Matthew 24.37

My hope is these new songs will be a a blessing and encouragement to many. In these days of global media, and YouTube in particular, I believe these songs can and will reach multitudes with the message of the Good News of Jesus, and that it is possible our lives can be transformed as we surrender to him and lay our burdens at the foot of the Cross (Matthew 11.20), as we are cleansed by his blood (Hebrews 9.22), filled with his Spirit (Acts 2.4), and as we receive the peace of Christ which passes all understanding.  (Philippians 4.7)

If you would like to pre-order this album or make a donation towards recording costs go to:   www.julesriding.com/store

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