{Giveaway} The Afters – Live on Forever CD

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I am loving this new album, Live on Forever, from The Afters.  Already familiar with some of their songs from Christian radio, I was excited to receive their latest album from FlyBy Promotions to review.  The more I listen to the music & lyrics, the more meaningful they become as I reflect on my own life and how the Lord has been my strength & hope.

The Afters – Live on Forever Bio:

It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

GIVEAWAY – I have a chance for you to win a copy of The Afters – Live on Forever CD.  To enter, just leave a comment…perhaps a favorite verse or favorite song.  For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11pm PST. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.)

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 12)

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Here we are at Day 12 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I have been sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.  Thank you so much joining us!  I hope these past 12 days have been an encouragement to you.  Merry Christmas!

Audio Advent Tips
To round out Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas, Philip Morlan shares wisdom on teaching your family the truth about what Christmas is…

 

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Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through TODAY, Dec 10th.

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

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***Christmas Ordering Deadlines:***
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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 11)

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Here is Day 11 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
Jessica Morlan of Seeds Family Worship talks about the joys of singing Christmas carols together as a family.

Jason Houser shares a global giving idea: Seeds 12 Days of Christmas – Day 11 from Seeds Family Worship on Vimeo.

 

Give Seeds this YearImageProxyThis year, start a new tradition and give scripture music from Seeds Family Worship. The ministry exists to connect families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word by providing relevant resources, engaging events, and biblical coaching on discipleship in the home.

Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through December 10.

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

They have added great new Seeds apparel to their online store. Check out all the ways to wear Seeds as a family.ImageProxy-1

***Christmas Ordering Deadlines:***
Dec. 10th for Standard Shipping – FedEx Ground, USPS (domestic only)
Dec. 18th for Expedited Shipping – 2nd Day, Next Day Delivery
Note: All delivery services remove guaranteed delivery times close to Christmas. These shipping dates are estimates. Orders placed after specified dates may likely be delivered to destinations within continental U.S.
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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 10)

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Here is Day 10 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
Philip Morlan of Seeds Family Worship talks about how his family strives for simplicity during Advent.

Jason Houser talks about doing Advent imperfectly: Seeds 12 Days of Christmas – Day 10 from Seeds Family Worship on Vimeo.

Check out their latest newsletter, an Advent Devotional for your family.

Give Seeds this YearImageProxyThis year, start a new tradition and give scripture music from Seeds Family Worship. The ministry exists to connect families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word by providing relevant resources, engaging events, and biblical coaching on discipleship in the home.

Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through December 10.

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

They have added great new Seeds apparel to their online store. Check out all the ways to wear Seeds as a family.ImageProxy-1

***Christmas Ordering Deadlines:***
Dec. 10th for Standard Shipping – FedEx Ground, USPS (domestic only)
Dec. 18th for Expedited Shipping – 2nd Day, Next Day Delivery
Note: All delivery services remove guaranteed delivery times close to Christmas. These shipping dates are estimates. Orders placed after specified dates may likely be delivered to destinations within continental U.S.
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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 9)

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Here is Day 9 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
Jessica from Seeds shares advice on how to explain your family’s approach to Advent to extended family.

Jason Houser shares a video of a funny family Christmas memory.            Seeds 12 Days of Christmas – Day 9 from Seeds Family Worship on Vimeo.

Give Seeds this YearImageProxyThis year, start a new tradition and give scripture music from Seeds Family Worship. The ministry exists to connect families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word by providing relevant resources, engaging events, and biblical coaching on discipleship in the home.

Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through December 10.

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

They have added great new Seeds apparel to their online store. Check out all the ways to wear Seeds as a family.ImageProxy-1

***Christmas Ordering Deadlines:***
Dec. 10th for Standard Shipping – FedEx Ground, USPS (domestic only)
Dec. 18th for Expedited Shipping – 2nd Day, Next Day Delivery
Note: All delivery services remove guaranteed delivery times close to Christmas. These shipping dates are estimates. Orders placed after specified dates may likely be delivered to destinations within continental U.S.
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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 8)

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Here is Day 8 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
The rush of Christmas planning can turn into idolatry. How do you deal with it?

Philip Morlan of Seeds Family Worship shares how his family deals with all-to-common idolatry of Christmas.

Read Seeds Family Worship’s post, Advent Week 1: Our Coming Hope.1485930_10153557670455527_1883344645_o

If you have not yet begun your Advent journey, you can begin today.  =)  Here are some resources that are mentioned in the post above to help you get started:

Good News of Great Joy. Daily Reading for Advent, by John Piper

Focus On The Family: Celebrate Advent

Christmas Devotionals from Dallas Theological Seminary

 

Give Seeds this YearImageProxyThis year, start a new tradition and give scripture music from Seeds Family Worship. The ministry exists to connect families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word by providing relevant resources, engaging events, and biblical coaching on discipleship in the home.

Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through December 10.

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

They have added great new Seeds apparel to their online store. Check out all the ways to wear Seeds as a family.ImageProxy-1

***Christmas Ordering Deadlines:***
Dec. 10th for Standard Shipping – FedEx Ground, USPS (domestic only)
Dec. 18th for Expedited Shipping – 2nd Day, Next Day Delivery
Note: All delivery services remove guaranteed delivery times close to Christmas. These shipping dates are estimates. Orders placed after specified dates may likely be delivered to destinations within continental U.S.
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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 7)

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Here is Day 7 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
Jessica Morlan of Seeds Family Worship tells about how her brother and his wife gave her kids a gift that encouraged giving.

Give Seeds this YearImageProxyThis year, start a new tradition and give scripture music from Seeds Family Worship. The ministry exists to connect families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word by providing relevant resources, engaging events, and biblical coaching on discipleship in the home.

Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through December 10.

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

They have added great new Seeds apparel to their online store. Check out all the ways to wear Seeds as a family.ImageProxy-1

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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 6)

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Here is Day 6 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
What Advent activities do you do as a family? This audio clip shares a great simple idea for multiple ages.

Day 6 of the Seeds Twelve Days of Christmas: Jason Houser talks about how his family changed their perspective on gifts with a giving list. What works for your family?
Seeds 12 Days of Christmas – Day 6 from Seeds Family Worship on Vimeo.

Give Seeds this YearImageProxyThis year, start a new tradition and give scripture music from Seeds Family Worship. The ministry exists to connect families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word by providing relevant resources, engaging events, and biblical coaching on discipleship in the home.

Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through December 10.

Cyber Monday Deals at the Seeds Music Store. Everything is 25% off today only (December 2) when you use the coupon code: Cyber25

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 5)

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Here is Day 5 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
Jessica Morlan of Seeds Family Worship share her family’s approach to gift-giving during Advent.  What’s your family’s approach to gift giving? 

Give Seeds this Year

ImageProxyThis year, start a new tradition and give scripture music from Seeds Family Worship. The ministry exists to connect families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word by providing relevant resources, engaging events, and biblical coaching on discipleship in the home.

Use the code GiveSeeds2013 for a 20% discount off all regularly priced CDs and apparel through December 10.

Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

They have added great new Seeds apparel to their online store. Check out all the ways to wear Seeds as a family.ImageProxy-1

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Seeds Family Worship: 12 Days of Christmas (Day 4)

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Here is Day 4 of Seeds Family Worship’s 12 Days Of Christmas!  I will be sharing their special ideas for Advent, with the purpose of connecting families to Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

Audio Advent Tips
Be sure to check out our daily audio Advent tips. Yesterday we talked about saying “no” to things at Advent. Today, we consider the things worth saying “yes” to as a family.

Happy Thanksgiving from Seeds! Enjoy this special message from the Houser family…Seeds 12 Days of Christmas – Day 4 from Seeds Family Worship on Vimeo.

20% OFF – Don’t forget about the 20% discount off regularly priced merchandise during the promotion using the promotion code GIVESEEDS2013.  Grab some scripture-based music from their music store.  Each album package includes two identical full-length CDs.  You can tear the CD cover in half and share a complete packaged album with a friend!   When you place an order, please select my name under “Additional Questions” on the check out page and I will receive credit for your purchase.  =)

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