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Classic Christian Music Artist Sales

Several CCMRewind artists continue to impact the week’s top-selling Christian albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan in Billboard.

At Number 3 in scanned sales this week is newsboys, God’s Not Dead. The project has been on the charts for 20 weeks and moves up three spots from last week when it was number 6.

TobyMac has a project titled Dubbed & Freq’d: A Remix Project where various producers have tweaked some of his most popular recent titles. The project was released on March 26, 2012 and debuted on the Billboard charts last week at number 3. This week it slips two spots to number 5.

Classic Christian Music Radio from the 1980's, 90's and early 2K's.CCMRewind artists Natalie Grant, Third Day, Nichole Nordeman and former newsboys front man, Peter Furler can all be found at the number 7 spot, up three from last week as part of the WOW Hits 2012 (Deluxe Edition)” offering. The project has been on the charts for Twenty Eight weeks.

For a year and a half Third Day has been up and down the sales charts with “Move [+Digital Booklet]“. The project peaked at number 1 and is still all over Christian radio.

On March 26, 2012 former Gaither Vocal Band member, Guy Penrod released “Hymns“. His third solo release after leaving the group. It debuted at number 5 and is currently at number 16.

The soundtrack of the Dolly Parton and Queen Latifa film, Joyful Noise: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [+Digital Booklet] featuring CCMRewind artist Kirk Franklin stays in the top 25 at number 21 after 31 weeks.

And finally…MxPx…the punk trio that helped launch Tooth N Nail records back in the early and mid 90’s with the project Pokinatcha and others released Plans Within Plans on April 2, 2012 and it just debuted at number 23.

As a wrap up I wanted to select one song from one of the Classic Christian Music Artists mentioned above. It was a tough choice but I thought I would share Nicole Nordeman, To Know You which was the top song in all the country back in 1998.

We all come to a point in our walk where we realize just how small our faith is and that we need some sort of boost, evidence or proof that Jesus is indeed real. I’m sorry to say that in most instances, I’ve never seen the proof because the proof would erase my faith and it is my faith my ability to believe what I could not witness and cannot explain that make me know Him.

The following verses share the story of the only ones who actually saw Jesus and believed.

Rejoice! We are blessed to know Him in Spirit and still hope in His return!

To Believe

John 20:19-31
19-20Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.

20-21The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”

22-23Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

24-25But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”

But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”

26Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”

27Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”

28Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”

29Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

30-31Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.

To Know You

It’s well past midnight
And I’m awake with questions that won’t
Wait for daylight
Separating fact from my imaginary fiction
On this shelf of my conviction
I need to find a place
Where You and I come face to face

Thomas needed
Proof that You had really risen
When he placed his fingers
Where the nails once broke Your skin
Did his faith finally begin?
I’ve lied if I’ve denied
The common ground I’ve shared with him

And I, I really want to know You
I want to make each day
A different way that I can show You how
I really want to love You
Be patient with my doubt
I’m just tryin’ to figure out Your will
And I really want to know You still

Could not understand how You could
Truly free us
He struggled with the image
Of a grown man born again
We might have been good friends
Cuz sometimes I still question, too
How easily we come to You

No more campin’ on the porch of indecision
No more sleepin’ under stars of apathy
And it might be easier to dream
But dreamin’s not for me

Anthem Lights urges Christians to shine for Christ

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Wherever Anthem Lights performs, the musicians remind students and young adults to reflect the light and love of Christ into their schools and communities.

“As followers of Christ, we are supposed to be in the world, but not of this world,” band member Alan Powell said. “The self-doubt, insecurity and struggles that today’s students face come from messages that the enemy has sent to cause people to doubt God’s purpose for his children.

“God created us in his image. There’s nothing to doubt about that. As believers, we are called to share the message of the gospel while shining Christ’s light and love into a dark world.”

In addition to Powell, the group is made up of Chad Graham, Caleb Grimm and Kyle Kupecky. Since releasing their self-titled debut album, the band has been keeping a busy touring schedule.

Through their music and message, the group hopes to offer more than just a concert. They hope to provide a life-changing encounter with God.

“We want to help people understand who Jesus is and connect on a deeper level with him,” Kupecky said. “There are such mixed messages in our culture coming from music, movies and TV. That’s why we want to share a message that speaks to their soul, to encourage them and support them as they grow in Christ.”

Graham agreed, add-ing: “We want to use the gifts that God has given us to get this message out to people who need it. We want them to know that their life can have purpose and meaning in Christ. We all struggle with the idea of perfection, and we all stumble and fall, but the purpose for our life never goes away. And God never, ever gives up on his children.”

In December, the group is joining fellow musicians Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Selah and Francesca Battistelli, along with pastors/ authors Max Lucado and Randy Frazee on “The Story Tour.” This tour—designed to take audiences on a musical journey through the Bible—will be at the American Airlines Center in Dallas Dec. 2.

“We’ve had the opportunity to meet so many people and hear how they are being impacted by the songs,” Powell said. “It’s our desire to reach people for Christ and to help make an eternal impact on their lives.

“We want people to know that there is hope, meaning and purpose found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. People don’t need to chase other things that are going to leave them empty and searching for more. There is fulfillment found in Christ.”


A Few To Follow on Twitter

Twitter is a way to discover, connect and keep up with some pretty cool people and organizations including Christian musicians, singers, bands, and artists in real-time.

We’ll start with a few of the CCMRewind artists you’ll find.

Bryan Duncan: @bryan_duncan
One of the funniest and sometimes most conflicted Classic Christian Music artists, Bryan Tweets about his life present, past and future.

Toby McKeehan@therealtobymac
The former DC Talk rapper and successful solo artist tweets in a low-key and accessible street-style. He posts tour photographs; daily Bible verses, and gives shout-outs to fellow musicians, friends, and fans.

Natalie Grant@NatalieGrant
The Dove Award-winning vocalist candidly and sweetly interacts with fans who ask questions, jokes self-deprecatingly about herself, talks about her Lasik eye surgery, and publicly promotes causes like anti-trafficking organizations.

Rebecca St. James@RebeccaStJames
The Grammy Award-winning singer tweets about purity and worship. She often mentions poignant Bible verses, mentors young girls, gives links to her books, and loves on her husband.

Mac Powell@macpowell
The Third Day rocker tweets wordplay jokes, roots for Georgia football, posts pictures of his guitars, goofs on his long hair, promotes tour dates and gigs, and doles out a hearty share of Southern charm.

Dan Haseltine: @Scribblepotemus
The Jars of Clay leader frequently tackles heavy philosophical discussions on his Twitter, holds theological debates with followers, posts behind-the-music blog posts, and jokes with his band mates.

And now, a couple faith related Tweeters that are worth you getting to know if you don’t already!

Matthew Casteel @holyoatmeal
Helps moms and dads teach their kids the Bible through the coolest acoustic Scripture Memory songs. You can learn more about him by following him or check out the website http://www.holyoatmeal.com

Joey I.L.O.: @joeyilo
Joey is just getting started on Twitter but he is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS so, be one of the early followers of one of America’s best stand up comedians.