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In the wake of so much tragedy, my best friend, Paul Haugen has released a song that he wrote a few months ago. It is meant to bring hope and inspire and I pray it does those things for you. Enjoy.

“I wrote this song a few months ago after the divisiveness on my Facebook feed had reached a high point. I had this sense in me that in spite of all of our differences and strongly held beliefs there was and is a connective tissue that holds us together; that there’s this thing inside of us that makes us so much better together than we could ever be apart. I believe that connective tissue is hope. I think we all want better. We all want change. We just are really bad at listening sometimes. I remembered a time in my life where I felt safe and I really want that for my kids. What really scared me was thinking about how long it had been since I felt that way and the thought that my kids might grow up in a world without that feeling of safety. I wanted to write this as my stake in the ground declaring that I believe we can be more; that we can be better. So this is me hoping that we find a way to love one another and maybe find a little bit of hope.” – Paul Haugen

End of White Flag

December 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

This past Sunday we ended our White Flag series with the song… you guessed it… White Flag. One of our Production Volunteers captured it on video. Here’s the end of the service from his vantage-point. (Thanks for posting the video, Abel.)

Waiting for the End

November 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

Today at Two Cities Church, we opened our service with a Linkin Park song called Waiting For The End. The video above is from rehearsal. I love the lyrics:

“This is not the end, this is just the beginning…”

It’s fitting because we at Two Cities are just getting started and today was pretty epic. People gave their lives to Jesus, surrendering to His will in their lives and saying, “I’m not going to run from you anymore.” I simply don’t have words for the many emotions I felt today. All I know is, we are in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Two Cities Church.

We love to have a great time with popular music. It’s actually one of our goals to do a popular song every week. We want to be able to connect with anybody who walks in the door right away through music. It’s part of our church-plant culture. This past Sunday was no exception, we played Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips. Enjoy Paul Haugen and Jill Douty singing together during rehearsal before service.

You can play our entire playlist here on Spotify or download them on iTunes.

Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips
This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
Cornerstone – Hillsong Live
Say Something – A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera

Our next service is March 16 at 5pm, for details click here.

An Atheist Prayer

January 9, 2014 — 4 Comments

“Thoughts in a prison” an atheist prayer by Micah Prewitt.

I came across this song the other day. It’s by a friend of mine, Micah Prewitt. I haven’t seen him in years but he did help out with the music in a student ministry I was leading a few years ago. He now lives in France pursuing music. But his gut-wrenchingly honest song got me thinking…

You don’t have to be an atheist to cry out words like these. There’s probably a time, no matter what you do or do not believe, that you’ve faced a question like this one, “Are you real or are you no?”

Many people face this question when they feel forgotten or overlooked by God. Some people face a faith crisis when circumstances seem to be out-of-whack with what we’ve been taught about God or His character. It doesn’t take much research or googling to see all the awful things happening in the world and so it doesn’t take a genius to know at some point we’re all going to face this kind of question and perhaps say a skeptical atheist prayer.

In fact, it takes a lot of courage to ask a question like this. Especially if you’ve been raised to believe in God. But it also takes a lot of courage for a life-long atheist to pray that same prayer, coming from a different perspective. Here’s my challenge to you all:

  • If you’re an atheist and you’ve never prayed. Pray it. Just try it. Pray it as if you’re actually talking to someone. Ask, “Are you real? If so, show me.”
  • If you’re an atheist who has prayed this before. Try it again. I dare you. Ask, “Are you real? I know I’ve asked before and I didn’t see any evidence that you’re real. So, I’m giving you another chance to show me.”
  • If you’re a Christian and never had a faith crisis, you’re faith is on shaky ground. You’ll have a faith crisis one day and if you have the courage to ask God this question and you come out the other side with your faith intact, your faith will be undeniably solid.
  • If you’re a Christian and you’ve been through this whole process, I challenge you to pray, “God, I know you’re real. I know you’re there. Help me live as though I truly believe that.”

No matter who you are. No matter what you believe. There’s a time in your life where you’re going to face the God question. You’re going to say a bit of an atheist prayer, “Are you real or are you no?”

So tell me. Has your faith weathered the storm? Have you come out stronger? Have you lost faith altogether? Be honest. I want to hear your story.

The Best Carol Ever!

December 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

Merry Christmas Eve!

Sometimes Christmas carols can get a little old, especially when you’ve been listening to the same ones for over a month everywhere you go. But North Point Community Church in Atlanta, GA has solved that problem with “The Best Carol Ever”.

I present to you, “Christmas in Bevelton”

Ho Hey Sample Clip

December 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

At Two Cities we play popular music at the start of our services for the purpose of creating common ground with everyone in the room. Here’s a sample of that music from our second service that took place on Nov 17, 2013.

Keep up-to-date with our events by clicking here.

Meet Mauro & Chelsea

August 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Mauro and Chelsea DeBenedetto are a part of our launch team at Two Cities Church. I met them just a couple of months ago. They didn’t know anyone on the team and are now they’re very involved. They also just released two singles available on iTunes [read about that here]. Enjoy their story.

#WeAreTwoCities

Future Musician

August 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

Tonight Brynn was introduced to a keyboard. I was immediately impressed with her precision. She may be a future musician.

iTunes-Mauro-and-Chelsea
Remember when I told you about Mauro & Chelsea?
Today Mauro & Chelsea’s two songs you should buy on the iTunes store.
They were produced by Joel Piper and they sound awesome.
Soon their kickstarter project will go live and I can’t wait to see what happens after YOU fund their project.
Go show them some love and purchase their two singles here.
I bought mine today and you should too.
I mean it’s $2… go get it, now.