Wishful Thinking

People have asked if this new passion for identity and grace shows up on the upcoming MercyMe album “Welcome To The New”…April 8 by the way (wink)

Yes. Hence the title of the album and the name of this blog “TheNewBart”

But just in case you’re not sold, here’s a song from said album.

Thanks to our awesome label, Fairtrade Services, for being totally cool with me letting the cat outta the bag. Well, actually it’s more like giving the cat visitation rights. Then it’s BAG IN THE BAG CAT!!!!

Wishful Thinking

verse
Lord is it possible
To get this far
and just now understand
who You are?

feeling foolish
Yet relieved as well
cuz what i bought before
I just can’t sell

pre
but now
my eyes are open wide
if this is wrong
i don’t wanna be right

chorus
could it be that on my worst day
how you love me simply will not change
what if it’s really not about what i do but what you did
oh what if
this ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is

verse 2
i guess i’m better late
than not at all
or did you plan it this way
all along

cuz without struggling
grace is hard to see
so maybe I’m right where
i’m supposed to beo

Breakdown
But now
My eyes are open wide
If this is wrong
Please Lord do not make me right

chorus
Now I know that on my worst day
The way you love me it ain’t never change
it’s never really been about what i do but what you did
Yes it is
this ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is

Proper I.D. Required

Did you know the enemy most likely has a better grasp of who you are in Christ than you do?

Roughly 2 years ago, a couple of dear friends helped me realize this. Daily they would remind me who I am in Christ. Constantly telling me I’m holy, righteous and redeemed. And you know what? Over time I started to believe it. Maybe that’s what it means to set your mind on things above.

Here are the scriptures my buddies were constantly pouring over me.

I believe if you stand around truth long enough, it just might change you. So by all means, stay a while. The truth has certainly changed me!
My Identity in Jesus Christ

John 1:12 – I am a child of God (Romans 8:16).

John 15:1,5 – I am a part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of His Life.

John 15:15 – I am Christ’s friend.

John 15:16 – I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.

Acts 1:8 – I am a personal witness of Christ for Christ.

Romans 3:24 – I have been justified and redeemed.

Romans 5:1 – I have been justified (completely forgiven and made righteous) and am at peace with God.

Romans 6:1-6 – I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule in my life.

Romans 6:7 – I have been freed from sin’s power over me.

Romans 6:18 – I am a slave of righteousness.

Romans 6:22 – I am enslaved to God.

Romans 8:1 – I am forever free from condemnation.

Romans 8:14,15 – I am a son of God (God is literally my “Papa”) (Galatians 3:26; 4:6).

Romans 8:17 – I am an heir of God and fellow heir with Christ.

Romans 11:16 – I am holy.

Romans 15:7 – Christ has accepted me.

1 Corinthians 1:2 – I have been sanctified.

1 Corinthians 1:30 – I have been placed in Christ by God’s doing; Christ is now my wisdom from God, my righteousness, my sanctification, and my redemption.

1 Corinthians 2:12 – I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things freely given to me by God.

1 Corinthians 2:16 – I have been given the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19 – I am a temple (home) of God; His Spirit (His life) dwells in me.

1 Corinthians 6:17 – I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.

1 Corinthians 6:19,20 – I have been bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God.

1 Corinthians 12:27 – I am a member of Christ’s body (Ephesians 5:30).

2 Corinthians 1:21 – I have been established in Christ and anointed by God.

2 Corinthians 2:14 – He always leads me in His triumph in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 – Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – I am a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:18,19 – I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – I am the righteousness of God in Christ.

Galatians 2:4 – I have liberty in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life.

Galatians 3:26,28 – I am a child of God and one in Christ.

Galatians 4:6,7 – I am a child of God and an heir through God.

Ephesians 1:1 – I am a saint (1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2).

Ephesians 1:3 – I am blessed with every spiritual blessing.

Ephesians 1:4 – I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before Him.

Ephesians 1:5 – I have been adopted as God’s Child.

Ephesians 1:7,8 – I have been redeemed and forgiven, and am a recipient of His lavish grace.

Ephesians 2:5 – I have been made alive together with Christ.

Ephesians 2:6 – I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven.

Ephesians 2:10 – I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do His work that He planned beforehand that I should do.

Ephesians 2:13 – I have been brought near to God.

Ephesians 2:18 – I have direct access to God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19 – I am a fellow citizen with the saints and a member of God’s household.

Ephesians 3:6 – I am a fellow heir, a fellow member of the body, and a fellow partaker of the promise in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:12 – I may approach God with boldness and confidence.

Ephesians 4:24 – I am righteous and holy.

Philippians 3:20 – I am a citizen of heaven.

Philippians 4:7 – His peace guards my heart and my mind.

Philippians 4:19 – God will supply all my needs.

Colossians 1:13 – I have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ.

Colossians 1:14 – I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been canceled (Colossians 2:13,14).

Colossians 1:27 – Christ Himself is in me.

Colossians 2:7 – I have been firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up and established in Him.

Colossians 2:10 – I have been made complete in Christ.

Colossians 2:12,13 – I have been buried, raised, and made alive with Christ, and totally forgiven.

Colossians 3:1 – I have been raised with Christ.

Colossians 3:3 – I have died, and my life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:4 – Christ is now my life.

Colossians 3:12 – I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (1 Thessalonians 1:4).

1 Thessalonians 5:5 – I am a child of light and not of darkness.

2 Timothy 1:7 – I have been given a spirit of power, love, and discipline.

2 Timothy 1:9 – I have been saved and called (set apart) according to God’s purpose and grace (Titus 3:5).

Hebrews 2:11 – Because I am sanctified and am one with Christ, He is not ashamed to call me His.

Hebrews 3:1 – I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling.

Hebrews 3:14 – I am a partaker of Christ.

Hebrews 4:16 – I may come boldly before the throne of God to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

1 Peter 2:5 – I am one of God’s living stones and am being built up as a spiritual house.

1 Peter 2:9,10 – I am a part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God’s own possession.

1 Peter 2:11 – I am an alien and stranger to this world that I temporarily live in.

1 Peter 5:8 – I am an enemy of the devil. He is my adversary.

2 Peter 1:4 – I have been given God’s precious and magnificent promises by which I am a partaker of the divine nature.

1 John 3:1 – God has bestowed a great love on me and called me His child.

1 John 4:15 – God is in me and I am in God.

Dear Younger Me

There’s a new song on our upcoming release I’m very excited about. It was a very emotional one to write, but I feel it will minister to many people. Even though I can’t let you hear it yet, I can let you read it. Ha

If you could go back, what would you say to your younger self?

Dear Younger Me

Dear younger me
Where do I start
if i could tell you everything that I have learned so far
then you could be
one step ahead
of all the painful memories still running thru my head
i wonder how much different things would be
dear younger me

dear younger me
i cannot decide
do i give some speech about how to get the most out of your life
or do i go deep
and try to change
the choices that you’ll make cuz they’re choices that made me
even though I love this crazy life
sometimes i wish it was a smoother ride
dear younger me

if i knew then what i know now
condemnation would’ve had no power
My joy my pain would’ve never been my worth
if i knew then what i know now
would’ve not been hard to figure out
What I would’ve changed if I had heard

dear younger me
it’s not your fault
you were never meant carry this beyond the cross

you are holy
you are righteous
you are one of the redeemed

set apart
a brand new heart
you are free indeed

every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
every moment brings you closer
to who you were meant to be
Dear younger dear

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Seattle, WA

So here’s the deal Seattle. Guess what we did today. Yep, when you’re in Seattle, what else makes sense except Seattle By Segway. I mean, who wouldn’t do that right?

Seriously though. What an amazing town, an amazing day and an amazing crowd. This is hands down one of our favorite places to come and tonight was no exception. Thanks for making tonight so cool. You guys always deliver.

Spokane, here we come.

Dallas, TX

Dallas Texas. Well one thing is for sure. Everything is bigger in Texas, and you guys are no exception. We had a SOLD OUT crowd and you people were as loud as we’ve ever heard. What an amazing night to capture on video.

We had all kinds of family at the show last night and you guys made us proud to call Texas home. We’ll be back again next year for sure. Thanks for making it such a memorable night.

Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan, you know how to host a party. Tonight was nothing short of fantastic. The place was packed, you guys sang your hearts out and we had a blast. Thanks for making this a place we look forward to coming to every year.

We’re still making a few tweaks to the set so, if you came to the show tonight let us know what your favorite part was in the comments. We’re already having a blast on this tour and we’ve only just begun.

The Rock & Worship Roadshow 2013

We absolutely can’t wait to kick this thing off again. The Rock & Worship Roadshow is back in 2013 and this year it’s going to be bigger than ever. We’ve got some amazing thing planed for this year to make it more special and more interactive than ever.

For now, you can start helping spreading the word using the Twitter/Instagram tag #RWRS13. Also, if we’re coming to your town head over to this PROMOTIONS PAGE and download your city MEDIA KIT.

See you on the road.

*****NOTE******
This year the Dallas, TX show is a little different. Due to circumstances beyond our control ALL tickets are reserved seating in Dallas and must be purchased here –

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Rock-Worship-Roadshow-tickets/artist/1648284

Please plan accordingly.