Monday, February 25, 2019

New Songs for Need Talks

There are two new pop songs that could be helpful in helping kids understand our brokenness and need for the cross and resurrection. You could use them during a need/sin talk or even to launch a Campaigners discussion.

John Mayer's "I Guess I Just Feel Like"


I guess I just feel like
Nobody's honest
Nobody's true
Everyone's lying
To make it on through
I guess I just feel like
I'm the same way too

I guess I just feel like
Good things are gone
And the weight of my worries
Is too much to take on
I think I remember
This dream that I had
This love's gonna save us
From a world that's gone mad
I guess I just feel like
What happened to that

I guess I just feel like
The joke's getting old
The future is fading
And the past is on hold
But I know that I'm open
And I know that I'm free
And I'll always let hope in
Wherever I'll be

And if I go blind I'll still find my way
I guess I just felt like
Giving up today


Mayer wrote the song last year backstage before a concert. After he played it, he said "Thank you for listening to that new song -- which is decidedly not a hit, let me just say. There's nothing hit-like about it. But sometimes you've just got to tell the truth with a guitar and then you can get back to playing some hit songs." Reminds me of this Tom Brady interview from a few years back: "There's got to be more than this."


Jon Bellion's "Stupid Deep"




What if who I hoped to be was always me?
And the love I fought to feel was always free?
What if all the things I've done, yeah
Were just attempts at earning love? Yeah
'Cause the hole inside my heart is stupid deep, stupid deep

What if where I've tried to go was always here?
And the path I've tried to cut was always clear?
Why has life become a plan, yeah
To put some money in my hand?
When the love I really need is stupid cheap, stupid cheap

What if who I hoped to be was always me?
And the love I fought to feel was always free?
What if all the things I've done
Were just attempts at earning love? Yeah
'Cause the hole inside my heart is stupid deep, oh, stupid deep
What if who I hoped to be was always me?
And the love I fought to feel was always free?
What if all the things I've done 
Were just attempts at earning love?
Though the hole inside my heart is stupid deep, oh, stupid deep

The love that our middle, high school, and college friends seek isn't "stupid cheap." While salvation is absolutely free and costs us nothing, it cost Christ everything - as he gave up his life on the cross. If you use this song for a need/sin talk, you could explain that and tie it back in with the cross talk. You could also tie it back in with the appropriation talk and talk about how salvation is free and costs us nothing, but following Jesus actually costs us everything. (Mark 10:17-27, Matthew 16:24-26).

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Thanks to PJ Barclay and Will Orr for passing these along!


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