Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT): For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
Third Day's career has spanned many seasons in my life. They formed when I was learning to add 2+2. They lasted through my teenage years, through getting married, and through having a child of my own. And after 25 years, the seasons are changing for Third Day.
Matt Maher started the night with a small acoustic worship set. This tour is special to him, partially because as he was starting to listen to Christian music, he was given a Third Day CD that had a huge impact on his life. Matt shared that not only was that Third Day CD so impactful, Third Day was one of the first bands he toured with as his career in Christian music was beginning.
After Matt, Mark Lee and Mac Powell from Third Day had the opportunity to introduce their new solo ventures. In the past few months, Mark has released his new book Hurt Road and the Unshakable Heart EP. Unshakable Heart was released within the week of the concert, so the music was a first listen for many of us. Mark also took some time to talk about his book, in which he tells the story about how God used one of the most painful events in his life to put him on a path that turned into Third Day.
Mac Powell introduced us to Mac Powell and the Family Reunion. Mac described their concerts as a gathering of family in Christ and having a good time. Just like a good family gathering, there's a little bit of music for everyone. We were reminded of the wisdom that every family has the crazy cousin/uncle/relative and if you're not sure who that is, it might just be you! The first Family Reunion album is now available for pre-order and will release June 29.
After a short intermission, Third Day came out for their final set in Dallas. With 31 No. 1 radio hits and a number of fan favorites, how do you pick a set list? The obvious answer is to go track by track, starting with their debut album and go all the way through Revival. Easy enough, and the crowd soaked every moment in.
Third Day took the audience through their history, album by album, picking one or two songs from each. As they played through the set, memories from the songs and the time period they were released came rushing in. I hadn't thought about some of the songs and memories in quite some time. Eighteen songs later, when the set came to a close, it felt like only a few minutes had passed. I think everyone in the auditorium was deep in a heart of nostalgia.
When the lights dimmed after the last song, the room lit up with a thousand phone flashlights as the crowd wasn't ready for the night to end. Third Day came back out and played two more songs before they said their final goodbyes. The night ended on a note of worship with the whole auditorium singing along to "God of Wonders" and "Agnus Dei."
This concert was an excellent transition of seasons for Third Day. Their music will have a lasting impact on many. As my friend said: "Who knows, maybe we'll be on a boat in 15 years for a Third Day reunion!"
If you're curious about the set list they chose, or want to relive the show, check out the list below.
Jake is a longtime fan of Christian music, Jesus Freak Cruiser, a techie, and a softball player. He lives in Texas with his wife and daughter.
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