On February 10, hundreds of students, alumni, staff and guests who traveled from surrounding states gathered on the campus of Christ For The Nations to be a part of the 42nd annual live worship recording. Live recordings are always a highly anticipated event at Christ For The Nations, as worship is one of the foundational pillars of their ministry.
The dream of CFN’s founders, Gordon and Freda Lindsay, was to reach every tribe and nation with the message and power of the Gospel. One of the ways this vision has come to pass is through the worship music that is written by students of Christ For The Nations. Over the years, songs from Christ For The Nations have been translated in many different languages and have been sung all around the globe, touching thousands of lives.
Worship songs have a unique ability to capture the atmosphere of God’s presence and recreate it in homes, churches, cities and even countries. Phil King, one of the songwriters and worship leaders featured on the album, gave voice to this: “This live recording is an extension of what we experience every day in chapel. The whole reason we hit ‘record’ is to capture it and send it out.”
CFNI's 42nd live album, Melody of Love, is focused on two major themes: Songs like, There Is No One Like You, Melody of Love, Take Us In, and Incredible Love, talk about passionate pursuit of God and knowing the depths of His love for us. The second part of the album features songs such as Every Tribe-Every Nation, I Give It All, Burn Spirit of God, and Let The Nations Rise that encourage us to share this love with the world and to lift the name of Jesus in every nation.
Melody of Love is a compilation of 13 songs, most of which were written by CFNI students and alumni. Phil King, Maddy Hunt, Jordan Stewart, Hannah Holland, Robert Quintana, Nischelle Reagan, Faith Schneider, Kiplin Batchelor, Stephen Azan and others, in cooperation with a featured guest, Leeland Mooring, brought this project to life.
The title track of the album, Melody of Love, was birthed as a result of prayers and collaboration. It started with the line that Leeland played: “I hear you singing over me a melody of love.” Maddy Hunt, David Moore and Phil King contributed their ideas and this beautiful anthem about the unstoppable affection of God for His children was created. It begins with the words, “You have searched and known me, set Your eyes upon me. I am undone …”
Another song, Burn Spirit of God, that quickly became a favorite among CFNI students, was literally born in the shower. Phil King was getting ready to go to bed after a long day, when God dropped into his heart, “Burn Spirit of God, come fill my lungs with praise. Burn Fire of God, come seal my heart with a flame.” This song talks about offering ourselves as a living sacrifice to God and placing our lives on the altar where His fire sets us ablaze.
Incredible Love was written by two friends, Kiplin Batchelor and Stephen Azan, former CFNI students who now serve on staff at Christ For The Nations. They prayed and asked the Lord to give them a revelation of His love. Kiplin recalls, “As we were exploring the theme of love in the Bible, we were astonished to realize that love had existed before Adam and Eve met in the garden. We exist because the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Who are love, said, ‘Let’s create ...’ That’s where these lyrics came from—‘Before the universe was formed, the Trinity sat enthroned in Love … Love has always been, and love will always be …’ This song carries the message of God’s incredible, selfless, timeless love that is not defined by gender, skin color, the level of your education or social status. This love gave His life for you, and it still pursues you, even when you’re at your worst. We believe it will encourage you to love deeper.”
Some of the songs in this album came from deep places of overcoming and finding healing. Such is the song Take Us In, written by Jordan Stewart. Jordan was raised in a Christian home and was faithfully serving God, while keeping a terrible secret that impacted every part of her life. At five years old she was molested in the school bathroom. She confesses, “I was broken and depressed. I even contemplated suicide a few times.” One night Jordan sat in honesty and vulnerability with the Lord about the things that caused her so much pain. Right then she felt an urge to go to the piano, and as soon as she started playing, Take Us In came forth. God used this song to speak healing and restoration over her life. Over the years, Jordan has seen it minister to many people, helping them experience salvation and deliverance.
“Nine years ago, I was singing Take Us In from brokenness. Now I’m singing it from freedom. This song reminds me of what God has done for me. It says, “You have broken the divide and You silence every lie, You trade our shame for robes of white.”
The two major themes that can be traced throughout the album are God’s passionate pursuit of our hearts and our response to His call, which is expressed in our willingness to lay down our lives to make Him known. These themes are tied closely together—when we taste God’s goodness, “Fill me, send me, I’ll go” becomes our willful choice and a joyful response.
Phil King says, “When I was a little kid, I used to hold the globe and weep over it, saying, ‘God, use me to touch the nations of the Earth.’ I felt such a strong, supernatural, fiery love for them. On the night of the recording, when we sang all these songs about going out and touching the nations, laying down our lives for the Great Commission, it was amazing to see CFNI students coming from over 60 countries to worship together. It was a dream come true.”
The purpose of Christ For The Nations is to reach every tribe and nation with the message and power of the Gospel. They have been recording live worship albums for 42 years, and their songs have been translated and sung all around the world, touching thousands of lives and bringing God’s presence into countless homes, churches, cities and countries.
"As you listen to Melody of Love, we pray that your heart will be open to hear the love song that’s coming from the Father’s heart. We pray that this recording will help you hear the Melody Of Love coming from the Father’s heart."
Mark your calendar for the album release on May 5 and preorder Melody of Love today at cfnmusic.com/42.