Reconcile – One Step Closer
free download of “Never Stops” here.
there’s been a lot of “cyphers” droppin’ this semester at various schools around texas, but this cypher is distinctively different. this cypher isn’t promoting self or bragging on possessions, but it is promoting Jesus Christ, who is our possession (and we are his) – and that’s who we boast in!
so sit back and enjoy 10 minutes of God-glorifying hip hop by a bold fellowship of believers at UNT (the DisCyphers) who decide to enter into culture and reconcile what we know as, the cypher!
you still think God can’t use hip hop? i laugh.
We love our community and we love Jesus and we desperately want both our loves to meet each other! We are believing that just as Jesus sent 70 people to share the Good News and heal the sick, He will also send out 70 of us (or more) into the Cuney Homes community to share the gospel and meet the needs of our community.
We will meet at the Center for Hope (3015 North Macgregor Houston, Texas) at 11:30 at the Security Desk. We will be both sharing the Gospel and finding out the needs of the community. No experience is necessary, just a love for people and a desire to be used by God. PLUS, ITS FREE! LOL. If you know some folk who are interested in coming out with us — please share.
Want to make a video like everyone has already? Yes! It’s never too late! Peep the instructions below!
“WHO TOLD YOU?” CONTEST…
Answer 1 or both of these questions in your video: When did you first hear the Gospel? When did you first share the Gospel? Share your story & experience in a short, 1-2 minute video.
(1) Upload your video to youtube.
(2) Tag it #sendingtheseventy
(3) Send the video link to email@example.com
Let’s get this thang viral! Check out the videos here and spread them on all of your social networks! Be sure to add #SendingTheSeventy! Let’s go!
We are all at the age where we’ve experienced “love,” waking up next to the wrong person, thought about getting married and being involved in relationships! Tomorrow night will give us all the opportunity to discuss these relevant topics and to seek common ground and a solution on the issues that may arise from each experience. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and opinions on The Morning After!
Hosted by Symone Parker and Andre Kohn with a panel of intelligent and opinionated individuals, this event should be one to remember!!! Come out and share your experiences with others!
Date: Tuesday, April 12
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: KIVA ROOM (on the University of Houston campus).
This room is located in Farish Hall, College of Education.
We hope to see you all and to hear what you all have to say on these topics!!! #themorningafter.
where was God when the earth decided to quake, subsequently putting a bloody red dot on a nation who has the 3rd-largest economy – giving life to an astronomical tsunami to further showcase everyone’s greatest fear: death?
where was God when the faults in Port-au-prince, Haiti decided to quiver, leaving thousands of Haitians dead while some lay on the street – while some cry on the streets – even while more live on the streets?
where is God now in this sick world? today, countless diseases disperse without our permission. to name a few: cancer, cholera, lupus, alzheimer’s, asthma, diabetes, ebola, polio, aids/hiv – all of which have no outright cure.
where is God in the family that is falling apart? where is God in the life of the individuals who are being raped, beaten, solicited, abused, trafficked for sex, neglected, ignored, taken advantage of, misunderstood, silenced, and most of all … unloved?
most will look around and observe the obvious sufferings of the world and quickly reason within themselves, “there is no God.” but some look around and see the sufferings of the world and say, “i can’t believe God suffered with us.”
the answer to the question, “if there is a God, where is He during all of this suffering?,” isn’t automatically, “since there is suffering there cant be a God.” the answer is simply Jesus Christ.
the answer is that God saw the world suffering because of our sin, and stepped out of His heavenly habitat and became flesh in the likes of a man named Jesus Christ. to suffer. for us.
the answer is that God in a “skin suit” (eric mason), Jesus Christ, left his realm of absolute perfection, where no suffering nor natural factors of this fallen world exist, and pitched a tent down here on earth for 33 years, and yet did not sin, so that he could rightly suffer. for us.
He not only remained perfect while suffering was all around Him, but Jesus Christ suffered himself, suffering the greatest punishment of all time; suffering the death we should have died while bearing all of the sins of those who believe – for those who caused Him to suffer, us. Christ suffered through our shame, guilt, wrongdoing and emptiness. for us.
the God of the universe. suffered. for us. pause.
the Creator has suffered greater than anyone in creation. so the next time it is asked, “if there is a God, where is He during all of this suffering?” the tense-transcending answer is, “He was on the cross. suffering. for us.”
Romans 5:3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Generally speaking, if the topic of discussion is Christian music and Frontline, one would likely think the dialogue is about the influential Christian record label, Frontline Records, that changed the game and created a legacy for Christian music during the late 80’s and early 90’s.
However, last week at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, Frontline Movement (a trio from Houston, including Reconcile, Corey Paul, & F.O.E.) hit the stage near the Hip Hop Hope Unity concert’s end, and literally woke up the crowd with a performance of their raw song titled, “U Rydin”.
If you watch closely at about the 4:20 mark, you’d notice Corey Paul trying to corral Reconcile & F.O.E. to re-introduce themselves after what was seemingly the end of their set. Little do they know, the performance was so dope and the crowd was so energized, that the DJ encored the track! Wow!
Personally, I remember when Reconcile gave me an exclusive listen to “U Rydin”, months ago. It was on a Thursday night of fellowship with our fam @thecitygoodhope as we waited for our food at IHOP. After giving the song a listen, I distinctly remember looking over at him and saying, “Bro, this is really good … like anthem or soundtrack music, good!” I’m not sure if he took me serious then or not, though. I wonder if he’ll take the comment below from a well-respected journalist serious?
Frontline — a movement already buzzing — has already undoubtedly figured a couple of things out that could lead them to making a much greater impact from the “Christian Hip Hop” arena. The artists are working closely, building with each other and off of each other, making relatable music, as well as taking their light to the streets (on the Matthew 5:14-16 tip) after the music stops.
Download “U Rydin” for free here.
See more from Frontline Movement here.
Stay tuned with us for the official “U Rydin” video.