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    We were born as strangers in a strange land. Our lives are but a vapor in the grand scheme of millenniums. But theres far more to life for us, as Christians. Were citizens of high heaven! (Philippians 3:20, The Message).
    The trouble is, we dont often live like we know it!

    For Chris Lockwood and Jason Barton of 33Miles, its that pursuit of a Christ-focused, heaven-minded life that fuels everything they do, especially their music. Intensifying the message of their previous release, One Life, 33Miles shifts musical gears with Today, amplifying the truth that to make every day count, weve got to live with eternity in mind.

    Nothing we can accomplish in business, no amount of educationnothing compares to Jesus, says Chris, But how our salvation translates to how we live today is the question. To wake up every day and make the choice to live with heaven in mind, to not let the circumstances of this day override that choice. Its easier said than done, but getting up every day and trying makes it more and more possible.

    Produced by Ian Eskelin (Stellar Kart, Francesca Battistelli, Starfield) and Nathan Nockels (Passion, Point of Grace, Watermark), Todayreleasing October 5 on INO Recordsfeatures 10 pop progressive, but church accessible songs to remind us that we are meant for more than life on autopilot.

    One Life was such a broad stroke, obviously one that touched people, but we wanted to narrow that down to our everyday reality, Jason says. So it came down to, What are we doing to live for Christ today, to make a difference? A lot of people live for the future, and a lot of people live in the past, but very few people tend to look at their lives and think about what life can be like right now.

    That message had been immanent for the Dove-nominated group over the past few months, as one of their original members, keyboardist Collin Stoddard, followed Gods calling into worship ministry full time. For five years, its just been the three of us, says Chris. But I think God had been preparing Collins heart, just as hed been preparing us. As his heart was headed elsewhere, our sound began to change.

    If you listen closely, youll hear influences well beyond the Rascal Flatts stereotype applied to 33Miles in days past, a wall of sound reminiscent of artists like Coldplay, Train and One Republic. But that wall never overshadows the message.

    Musically, we may be pushing the envelope in terms of what might be expected, Jason says, I think theres a good balance of what we know works. We didnt reinvent the wheel here. The classic sounds are still there, the harmonies, and the lyrical content is still strong and clear. But its definitely a step forward.

    From the vibey fun opener What Grace Looks Like, to the soaring first single, Where I Wanna Go, an 11th hour selection that seemed to add the missing exclamation point to the entire CD, to the powerful benediction of Worth the Wait, Today features some of the groups most personal songwriting to date.

    For example, Live, a song Jason wrote for his sister, boldly declares: Youre worth enough that he died for you / His heart burns with love and desire for you / Dont be afraid to receive / Dont be afraid to believe that you can live... live!

    My sister is a school teacher, he says. She lives in our hometown, and is just one of the most beautiful people in the world, with such a big heart. But over the last five years, shes started to lose her enthusiasm for life. Shes been in and out of bad relationships, and somehow she just got caught up in the lie that shes alone in all this, she began to give up. I wrote this song for her to say, This is not what you were created for! You were created to live! That is the message Jesus died to deliver: God wants us to live life to the fullest.

    No Greater Love, holds a special place in Chris heart, in part because it moved him more than any song in recent memory. The cross is at the heart of Christianity, so it saddens me that there are so few songs about the cross. I didnt really pursue this song; it pursued me. Every time I tried to put it aside, I couldnt let it go. Just trying to picture myself there, watching the torture of our Lord, brought me to my knees to ask, Who am I that you would come and die / I dont understand / Why the God of all the universe would become a man / to redeem the mess that I have made, take away the shame of what Ive done / There is no greater love...

    Hold Me Up, is a powerful reminder that Christians arent expected to have it all together. Our strength comes in learning to rest in Gods hands. I dont need to wait until Im on the floor falling apart to let him have it, Jason says of the message. There will be times when circumstances beyond our control hit and knock us to the ground, but if we allow God to hold us up, we can get through.

    Perhaps as much as any song on Today, Where I Wanna Go, the first single released in August 2010 to a wide reception on Christian radio, carries the message of the entire collection, challenging believers to live like the future resident of heaven you will become, as one of Jasons friends recently posted on Twitter.

    We need to regroup and refocus, to unplug from all the distractions that keep us from living like we know who we are, Chris explains. Despite our circumstances, we are people of faith. And like all those listed in the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11, we have to live today as citizens of heaven. They didnt receive the fruition of all they believed in, all theyd struggled to accomplish. But they kept the faith because they knew they were meant for the world to come. That should be our goal: to live with eternity in our hearts.

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    ittigr (3)
    Great sound | Posted October 05, 2013
    Love their sound. Very different!

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    :) | Posted August 26, 2013
    Good music

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    Awesome | Posted July 05, 2013
    I love their music

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    33 MILES | Posted November 15, 2011
    i really love 33 miles' music, the lyrics and the meaning ... so good.. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS..

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    Awesome | Posted October 12, 2011
    I love, love, love, your music it is such a blessing to listen to. God bless

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    they rock! | Posted February 20, 2011
    "What grace looks like" was/is like my going to work anthem...i blasted it to and from work for days on end! :P

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    Hold on... | Posted February 17, 2010
    It's just amazing how the group was able to come up with this encouraging music...It's uplifting!

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    :) | Posted August 10, 2009
    Yall are amazing

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