Since the release of the first record, Noah has ministered through concerts, conferences, camps, revivals, and retreats throughout Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Arkansas, Texas, along with two tours in Canada.
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Crossing the Barriers| Posted September 30, 2015
Atlanta based artist Noah Cleveland and his wife are aiming to cross boundaries with their organization Be Loud Ministries, a goal they approach in part through the universal language of song. The latest step in that pursuit is the Church Without Walls EP, a collection of six tracks with a clear mission to erase divisions and welcome everyone into the family of God.
The title track "Church With No Walls" lays down the mission statement: "let the world hear us say we are the church, the church with no walls / shout to this city, come one, come all." This song is also one of the stronger musical moments in the collection, with a unified sound ready for a corporate declaration. "My Savior Lives" is another declaration song, explaining the true value of the resurrection and rejoicing in that victory.
"Lifeline" has a strong theme of viewing Jesus as our lifeline no matter the circumstances of life, though musically this one seems to struggle to find its footing between electronic elements and a more traditional AC sound that don't quite mesh (a challenge "Falling Into Place" also faces). Some of the strongest writing on the project closes it with "You're My Hope," a song which speaks to life's disappointments and doubts with the lyrics "when I feel alone in the valley and shadows start to surround me / You're the light that keeps me hanging on. / You're my hope, and Your Word will never change / You're my hope, You alone stay the same."
Noah Cleveland's mission to take the news of the redeeming power of Christ beyond the walls of a church building and into a world hungry for His love is clearly worked out through this collection of songs. This EP could be a powerful ministry resource for those working in outreach ministry. Noah does still seem to be working on creating a coherent sound, as at times the musical arranging seems somewhat scattered. However, with a mission this powerful and such strong truths embedded in the core of his work, that development promises to follow.
Song to Download Now:
"Church With No Walls" (Get it on iTunes here.)