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“Hallelujah – Julia Westlin (ACAPELLA)”

“Hallelujah – Julia Westlin (ACAPELLA)”

It is a song that many know, but few know much about. The meaning of “Hallelujah,” a popular masterpiece of music, is perhaps best understood through its complex history.

This song has a long and fascinating story behind it–one that is marked by a tragedy eerily befitting this mournful masterpiece. It was an under-appreciated work of a poet/songwriter in the 80s, and became the iconic song of a legendary musician, who faced a tragic early death. Now it’s one of the most covered songs of all time. It has been adapted, re-interpreted, and re-written countless times. Through its evolution and constant re-interpretation, the meaning and significance of “Hallelujah” has gained even more substance.

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ABOUT JULIA WESTLIN

Born in Sweden, Julia Westlin is a YouTube Star known for her unique and beautiful a capella covers. Now living in Canada, where she continues to perform, she agreed to meet with us for an exclusive interview to give us a different perspective on how her story began.

Music came to you at a very young age. Self-taught, you’ve been singing and playing many instruments, including piano and guitar. How did this all start?

Art and music have always been my big passions. When I was a kid, I was known as the girl who was always drawing. I never had any problems entertaining myself. My father is a very talented artist and he encouraged me and my brothers to create. I was always singing, dancing and doing all kinds of theatric stuff — being in my bubble with a lot of imagination. My mum used to say that I couldn’t walk normally through a room without making it a Show Tune. But in school I was extremely shy, and I was classified as the “silent” person even though I had a lot to say. I just couldn’t get it out, so I drew and wrote a lot instead. source

 
 

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SUNG BY A CHILD: “O Holy Night”

SUNG BY A CHILD: “O Holy Night”

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“For God so loved the world (people and all that he created), that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever shall believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. John 3:16

Many men still do not believe… But Christ our King and redeemer is coming again, soon… in a cloud. And, every eye shall see. He will wipe the tear from every eye. There will be no more sorrow and no more pain…. Hallelujah!

The Book of Revelations, the Apocalypse

 

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Bethel Music Moment: Spontaneous Worship – Steffany Gretzinger + Josh Baldwin

Bethel Music Moment: Spontaneous Worship – Steffany Gretzinger + Josh Baldwin

Through worship, we sing out our testimonies. Testimonies of His faithfulness, His redemption, His pursuit. “When I was almost lost to religion, You set me free. There’s grace to be yourself in worship. Let it all go. He’s faithful.” Watch a recent moment of spontaneous worship with Steffany Gretzinger and Josh Baldwin at Bethel Church. Youtube.com

 

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Praising God in Christ Jesus “K-Anthony – Billboard (Official Lyric Video)” 

Praising God in Christ Jesus “K-Anthony – Billboard (Official Lyric Video)” 

The two core themes running through K-Anthony’s life are music and his solid faith in God. They have shaped him profoundly and created the path he follows. His infectious blend of music styles and lush harmonies with strong lyrical content speaks to his deep faith and his mission to bring his message to audiences. The title track off of his first album coming out in 2017, Billboard, tells it all “I’m a Billboard, A Billboard for Christ”.
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RESTING IN GOD

RESTING IN GOD

…not things in the world or of the world.

Pure Glory

by Hazel Straub

God loves us and calls us to trust and rest in him. No performance, fear or striving, trying to succeed, by our own efforts. He makes everything possible, as we fully trust and depend on him. Focusing our eyes, on Jesus, in trusting believing faith. Our Savior and Redeemer’s love casts out fear, when we rest in him.

For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
My fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged. (Psalm 62:5-6 AMP)

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“Arms of Love” Sung By Misty Edwards



Biography

Misty Edwards has been a worship leader and songwriter at the International House of Prayer since its inception in September 1999, and currently serves on the leadership team.


Misty is committed to pursuing the Lord by living in obedience to basic scriptural principles. “My focus is to go deep in the Scripture. To live out the first and great commandment to love God wholeheartedly, which leads to Jesus’ second commandment, to love others as ourselves, stay faithful in the place of prayer, fast more, give more, and live the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle to the highest degree, even in my weakness,” says Misty.

She has been actively writing songs since she was a teenager, and continues to grow in this art, while encouraging others to do the same. “I write songs by looking right at Jesus from my heart, and actually singing to a real person who is listening and moving at the sound of my voice,” she says. Through worship leading at conferences and her faithful years of leading in the prayer room, which is streamed live, 24/7, around the world, Misty’s music has impacted thousands. She desires that in worship believers would encounter Jesus intimately: “I pray that the songs I write would bring people not only into an intellectual understanding, but a true heart connect with God, who is bending over the balcony of heaven listening to them singing words that move Him and impact Him.”

One of Misty’s passions is to see singers and songwriters fulfill their role as forerunners, by bringing a message concerning God’s personality and the return of His Son. She believes God is raising up musical, prophetic theologians who will write songs like King David, declaring the knowledge of God in the context of knowing the times and the seasons. She believes music is the most powerful way to get a room of people to join together with one heart, one mind, and one voice. “When songwriters write songs after God’s heart,” Misty says, “it will cause a corporate people to agree with the Lord, which will usher in His presence and prepare His Bride for the great and terrible things that are about to come upon the earth.”


http://www.ihopkc.org/music/featured-artists/misty-edwards/

 

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The Movie EXODUS “God Gave This Land To Me” song and trailer …

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Exodusis a 1960 epic film on the reclamation of Israel made by Alpha and Carlyle Productions and distributed by United Artists. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, the film was based on the 1958 novel Exodus by Leon Uris. The screenplay was written by Dalton Trumbo. The film features an ensemble cast, and its celebrated soundtrack music was written by Ernest Gold.

Widely characterized as a “Zionist epic”,[3][4] the film has been identified by many commentators as having been enormously influential in stimulating Zionism and support for Israel in the United States.[5][6][7] While the Preminger film softened the anti-British and anti-Arab sentiment of the novel, the film remains controversial for its depiction of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and for what some scholars perceive to be its lasting impact on American views of the regional turmoil. It would also become famous for Preminger openly hiring screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had been blacklisted for a decade for being a communist and forced to work under assumed names. Together with Spartacus, also written by Trumbo, Exodus is credited with ending the Hollywood blacklist.

Plot summary

The film is based on events surrounding the ship Exodus in Cyprus in 1947 and then on events in Palestine during the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948.

Nurse Katherine “Kitty” Fremont (Eva Marie Saint) is an American volunteer at the Karaolos internment camp on Cyprus, where thousands of Jews – Holocaust survivors – are being held by the British, who will not let them go to Palestine. They anxiously wait for the day they will be liberated. Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman), a Haganah rebel who had been a captain in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army in the Second World War, obtains a cargo ship and smuggles 611 Jewish inmates out of the camp for an illegal voyage to Mandate Palestine before being discovered by military authorities. When the British find out that the refugees are in a ship in the harbor of Famagusta, they blockade it. The refugees stage a hunger strike, during which the camp’s doctor dies, and Ari threatens to blow up the ship and the refugees. The British relent and allow the Exodus safe passage.

Meanwhile, Kitty has grown very fond of Karen Hansen (Jill Haworth), a young Danish-Jewish girl searching for her father, from whom she was separated during the war. She has taken up the Zionist cause, much to the chagrin of Kitty, who had hoped to take young Karen to America so that she can begin a new life there.

During this time, opposition to the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states is heating up, and Karen’s young beau Dov Landau (Sal Mineo) proclaims his desire to join the Irgun, a radical Zionist underground network. Dov goes to an Irgun address, only to get caught in a police trap. After he is freed, he is contacted by members of the Irgun and is interviewed by Ari Ben Canaan’s uncle Akiva (David Opatoshu). Before swearing Dov in, Akiva forces the boy to confess that he was a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz and that he was raped by Nazis. Due to his activities, Akiva has been disowned by Ari’s father, Barak (Lee J. Cobb), who heads the mainstream Jewish Agency trying to create a Jewish state through political and diplomatic means. He fears that the Irgun will damage his efforts, especially since the British have put a price on Akiva’s head.

Karen has gone to live at Gan Dafna, a fictional Jewish kibbutz near Mount Tabor at which Ari was raised.[8] Kitty and Ari have fallen in love, but Kitty pulls back, feeling like an outsider after meeting Ari’s family and learning of his previous love interest, Dafna, a young woman tortured and murdered by Arabs, who is the namesake of the Gan Dafna kibbutz. Leaving Kitty, Ari promises to help find Karen’s father, who is eventually found ill in a hospital in Jerusalem and does not recognize Karen, because of his being shell shocked from the concentration camp experience, where he cannot speak.

When Dov Landau bombs the King David Hotel in an act of terrorism, leading to dozens of fatalities, Akiva is arrested, imprisoned in Acre fortress, and sentenced to hang. Seeking to save Akiva’s life, as well as to free the Haganah and Irgun fighters imprisoned by the British, Ari organizes an escape plan for the prisoners.

Dov, who had managed to elude the arresting soldiers, turns himself in so that he can use his knowledge of explosives to facilitate the Acre Prison break. All goes according to plan; hundreds of prisoners, including Akiva, manage to escape. Akiva is fatally shot by British soldiers while evading a roadblock set up to catch the escaped prisoners. Ari is also badly wounded. He makes his way to Abu Yesha, an Arab village near Gan Dafna, where his lifelong friend, Taha, (John Derek) is the mukhtar. Kitty is brought there and treats his wound and Ari and Kitty’s romance is rekindled. Meanwhile, the doctor at Camp Dafna, is arrested by the British troops when they find that the camp has stored illegal weapons under the surface of the pavement.

An independent Israel is now in plain view, but Arab nationals commanded by Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, plot to attack Gan Dafna and kill its villagers. Ari receives prior warning of this attack from Taha, and he manages to get the younger children of the town out in a mass overnight escape. Karen, ecstatic over the prospect of a new nation, finds Dov (who was out on patrol outside the town) and proclaims her love for him; Dov assures her that they will marry someday. As Karen returns to Gan Dafna, she is ambushed and killed by a gang of Arab militiamen. Dov discovers her lifeless body the following morning. That same day, the body of Taha is found hanging in his village, killed by Arab extremists with a Star of David symbol carved on his body. A swastika and the sign saying “Jude” is written on the walls of the village, indicating the Arabic hate of the Jews. Karen and Taha are buried together in one grave. At the Jewish burial ceremony, Ari swears on their bodies that someday, Jews and Arabs will live together and share the land in peace, not only in death, but also in life. While the other people shovel in dirt at the grave site, Dov angrily just steps on the shovel and leaves, refusing to accept Karen’s death. The movie then ends with Ari, Kitty, and a Palmach contingent entering trucks and heading toward battle.

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