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Casting Crowns Concert Connects Compassion, Christ & Children

April 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

12BC1362-D894-4726-BCC7-A8E68B245EB9My wife and I attended the Casting Crowns concert at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ last night. This post is about how we came home from that event with a new child and a deep, deep respect for the individuals in that band.

The concert alone would have made the night amazing. If you’ve never been to a Casting Crowns concert, you should consider it. While it mostly appeals to Christians, it’s an experience that reaches into one’s soul whether you have deep faith or just love and compassion for people, especially children.

All of the musicians in the Casting Crowns band are youth ministers at churches in the Atlanta area. They spend Sunday through Wednesday at home working at their church and ministries and then hit the road to play concerts all over the country Thursday through Saturday. They are humble, loving, grace-filled people who don’t act like your typical superstar performers.

In fact, Mark Hall, who is the lead singer and writes most of their music is about as ordinary a guy as you’ll ever meet. His songs are inspired by his own journey, his recent battle with renal (kidney) cancer, his relationship with God, his interaction with the youth he ministers to, and the family and friends that surround him.

His heart is definitely worn on his sleeve through his lyrics and he pours every ounce of it into everything he does in the name of Jesus. That includes a deep commitment to a Christian child sponsorship organization called Compassion International.

Deb and I were so moved by his stories about work with that ministry and his family’s dedication to their own numerous sponsorships through CI that we decided to sponsor our own child and we signed up for that program while at the concert.

As part of that commitment, we received Mark’s new book which is a 6 week daily devotional guide where each week aligns with one of the songs on Casting Crowns’ new album, The Very Next Thing. The purpose of the book being to get each of us to do “that very next thing” that will move is closer to God and help us live out our faith. I began reading it today and will be following it daily for the next six weeks to help myself move forward in my own faith journey and spiritual growth.

So while we left our house last night looking forward to simply being entertained, we arrived home inspired, transformed and as joyous sponsors of a young girl from Africa. We’re now looking forward to writing a letter of introduction and staying updated on the progress CI makes in her village through donations motivated by Christian recording artists who lovingly support Compassion International.

Sometimes God does his work so beautifully and perfectly that you don’t even realize you’ve been blessed and invited to make a difference in this world.

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