This past week the new Chris Tomlin album came out. There’s a track on the album that I heard on a Passion live album about eight months ago, “God of this City.” I remember thinking that the song was catchy, but I guess I questioned why it was written. God is not the God of my city or my nation – both of those are pretty secular if I take a good look at them.

Then I went to the Orange Conference.

Reggie with the help of a church near Scranton, PA told a story of churches that worked together for the greater good of the “city.” God was done with the redemptive story in the lives of dying churches. They all pulled together and are growing with leaps and bounds for the Kingdom of God. The story was amazing, especially since I have some friends who attend there and one who’s on staff.

Then the band came up and sang “God of this City.” And I got it. I broke down and realized that God’s not done with Grand Rapids either. I was encouraged to get back and get to work….

Here are some stats for you:
Grand Rapids Population is roughly 200,000.
About 75,000 families in Grand Rapids are unchurched
Meaning about 50,000 kids who basically have no idea who Jesus is.

God’s not done with Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I listened to the song again this week when I purchased the new album for walk-in music for our kid’s environments. I was sitting at my desk and got all filled up and realized something: This is why I put in 60 hours this week.

God’s not done with Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He’s not done with New York City, Williamsburg, Barrie, Seattle, Cedar Rapids…
Name your city: there is still work to do…

This week has been crazy. Work that was planned. Work that wasn’t. But all work that is leading up to this evening and tomorrow morning. Fall launch series are happening all over the world. Thousands of Christian leaders have put in long weeks because of the fact that there is something so much more at stake than just good programming. I’ve got 50,000 kids who need Jesus.

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Here are the lyrics:

You’re the God of this city
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You Are

For there is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

Greater things have yet to come
Great things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things are still to come
And greater things are still to be done here

You’re the Lord of Creation
The Creator of all things
You’re the King above all Kings
You Are

You’re the strength in our weakness
You’re the love to the broken
You’re the joy in the sadness
You Are

Greater things have yet to come
Great things are still to be done
In this city
Where glory shines from hearts alive
With praise for you and love for you
In this city

Greater things have yet to come
Great things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things are still to come
And greater things are still to be done here

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