Welcome to 'Songs of Hope'.
I've been motivated over the past few years to share a number of songs with my local community (as well as friends and family). They express something of the love, hope and life I have found in following God and belonging to His people. He is the source and reason for the songs and as it says in the book of Psalms, He is my song (118:14).
As you’ll hear, the majority of the songs were not recorded in a professional recording studio but in a spare room at home, the house of a good friend or during a service at church. My wife Elisa sings the harmonies and all the instruments (apart from the acoustic guitar which is me) are played by friends from my church who have been happy to help. For this I am thankful.
It’s my prayer that these songs would be an encouragement to you and bring hope concerning the life and love that God has for each and every one of us. I would love to have the opportunity to connect further with you so please feel free to send me an email.
I wrote this song to encourage and remind ones of the amazing grace available from the Lord when we are facing physical ailments and sickness. He has come to aid us, to help us, by pouring out His grace that we might be overcomers right in the middle of difficult circumstances. My thoughts were particularly towards ones whose disability and sickness were chronic and to encourage their hearts that He will continue to pour His grace as they abide in fellowship and receive the love and care of the ones about them.download mp3
It is my personal testimony that God reveals His love to me both personally as I pray and receive His word but equally as I have entrusted my life into a context of fellowship with other Christians. The depth of friendship and love I have found among His people is unparalleled. It is the Lord's desire for every believer to be found in a humble place of relationship with other Christians. This is why He said "where two or three are gathered in my name there I am." His life is found in fellowship.download mp3
Its clear that there are so many searching for genuine love, genuine relationship and genuine meaning in life. This song simply says that this search ends when we entrust our lives to Jesus Christ and find a place of fellowship with other believers. He is the only answer to our longing and His mercy is great towards us.download mp3
Close friends of ours from church have a dear little girl who is undergoing a season of surgery and recovery. As I prayed for them one evening, I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write a song that would encourage them for the days ahead. I was confident that the Lord would strengthen them and give them grace to bless others around them, even in their difficult circumstance.download mp3
I know that God has called me to love, not just from my own effort or emotions, but with His love. His love is deep and goes beyond my own affections or empathy. My prayer is to love with His love - deeper love.download mp3
My intention in writing this song was to be straightforward about the love and call of God the Father towards each one of us. No-one is born by accident. Everyone is known, planned and loved by the Father, and all have a place in his heart.download mp3
When our expectations of life are shattered we must not dismiss these circumstances as being “just another day” but rather a unique and precious moment to turn to God.download mp3
The direction and encouragement I need from God usually comes to me from those around me. This may sound a little crazy but He truly does speak to me by the simple words, passing comments or reflections of Christian friends. These words bring God’s life to me and lead me in the paths He has for me.download mp3
It would be a great tragedy to live our whole lives and never become the unique person God desired for us to be. It is easy in life to let the 'seasons' pass us by, but thankfully He gives us the opportunity to wake up and redeem (ie. grab a hold of) the life He has for us.download mp3
There have been times in my life when I believed that I could do something good for God, thinking that I could be the source of love or goodness. But it has been a comfort for me to learn in the past few years that I don’t have to strive to do ‘good’. I simply need to ask God to place His love in me. He is the only source of love.download mp3
This is a great old hymn that has been very precious to me for many years. I recorded this hymn as a song of comfort for the family of an older friend who had passed away. There is no need for me to give any great explanation with the words of the song expressing so beautifully the sure consolation of God.download mp3
I wrote this song when praying for a friend who was facing a devastating time in his life. As strange as it may sound I believe God in His mercy had brought this season to my friends life so that he would see how much he needed God. I knew this was the case because I had seen God work this way in my own life to humble me and have me rely on Him. Godís love towards us can be difficult but we must remember that His love is perfect towards us.download mp3
I’ve come to realise that only God can grant real peace. His peace has been available to me as I have entrusted the difficult circumstances of life to Him. Whenever I have known trouble, fear or anxiety I have found peace as I hand everything over to Him. He has never failed me.download mp3
You and I can’t let our past disqualify us – things we’ve said, things we’ve done – rather we need to receive the love and life God is offering us. He has always loved us even before we were even aware of Him. When we do begin to believe in His love for us He will draw us into connection with other Christians.download mp3
I have never been able to bring about true change in my life by my own efforts. Only God has been able to do this in me. He is the only One that has been able to break the selfish patterns of my life and create real change. This is not a once off process but daily I am asking God for change in my life and He is answering me.download mp3