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Tenth Avenue North

It’s been a while since I made a music recommendation. For those of you NOT in the know, I’m a big music fan, but not much the Christian variety. I buy my fair share for church purposes, but don’t always enjoy it as much as other music. Anyways…. last week I downloaded an album from a band that I had never heard of. Tenth Avenue North. They have a new album out called Over and Underneath.

I like it. I sincerely like it. It’s a traditional pop/rock band, and most of their music is super easy to listen to. I was listening to the album last night as I was running, and one song totally broadsided me. As I’m running I just felt this awesome feeling that I should pay attention to the words. I mean I felt like God told me to listen to the words, and if I didn’t I would be disobedient. And listen I did, and get goosebumps I did. It has been a while that God spoke so clearly to be through a song. By clearly I mean that I forgot where I was for the 3 minutes I was running, and could very well have ran through traffic and caused an accident. The song that so strongly got my attention was the song Times, track #7. It’s a singer talking to God, and God responding to singer song. It totally read my mail. Here are the lyrics to the last verse.

i hear you say “my love is over,
its underneath, its inside, its in between
the times you doubt me, when you can’t feel
the times that you’ve questioned ‘is this for real?’
the times you’ve broken, the times that you mend
the times you hate me and the times that you bend
well my love is over, its underneath
its inside, its in between,
these times you’re healing
and when your heart breaks
the times that you feel like you’ve fallen from grace
the times you’re hurting
the times that you heal
the times you go hungry and attempted to steal
in times of confusion and chaos and pain
i’m there in your sorrow under the weight of your shame
i’m there through your heartache
i’m there in the storm
my love i will keep you by my power alone
i dont care where you’ve fallen, where you have been
i’ll never forsake you
my love never ends, it never ends

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

1 Comment

  1. Matt McKee · June 29, 2008

    my brother has been raving about this group for at least a month. Now you are writing about them as well. I guess I am really going to have to check them out.