The Gospel According To Culture - Part 1

We're now witnessing a significant worldview revolution in which the primary moral foundation of our culture is changing from Cultural Christianity to Humanism. Neither worldview represents the Kingdom proclaimed by Jesus, but this change affects every facet of society and the Church.   

Cultural Christianity teaches us to behave according to God’s commands, or at least to look like it. This worldview emphasis right appearances, often to the neglect of meaningful heart change. Ultimately, Cultural Christianity is based in the power of humans to behave, and thus is doomed to fail. Increasingly, people see the flaws and are rejecting it en masse.

Unfortunately, walking away from one flawed worldview has led many to walk straight into the arms of another. Humanism is less overtly spiritual and it’s rise is displacing the role of Christian teaching in society.

Humanism begins and ends in man. It teaches that the purpose of life is to find our true selves, to live our best lives, to do what feels right—all while doing good to others. It embraces tolerance and empathy while rejecting objective morality, as long as you don't hurt anyone else. Humanism appears moral, but if you affirm it, then you completely undercut the Gospel. Humanism strives to live the Second Greatest Commandment while rejecting the First.

This has profound implications for the Church, all of which need to be discussed, but more than anything we need be aware that is happening. I'm not worried by what is occurring in the world around us—the Church always thrives on the counter-culture edge, but I am deeply worried by what is happening within us. I believe large numbers of Christians have embraced humanism, and I fear most don't even realize it.

The differences between the Humanist ethic and the Kingdom ethic are both subtle and profound. Both desire to serve others. Both embrace compassion for those in need. Both desire to protect the marginalized. We agree on a lot, especially how we should relate to people. This masks the massive difference between the two competing worldviews.

Humanism rejects the Divine, believing people are born inherently good. You are welcome to have faith if it works for you, but there is no Greater Power to whom we all must give account. The role of God is limited to how He might support you; there is little concern for your need to obey Him. This philosophy is internal, being true to self, and horizontal, living a socially responsible life.

By contrast, the Christian life is vertical. We are accountable to God, independent of man, and believe life and beauty are found in Him alone. Sin is man's attempt to live apart from God, and it always leads to death and destruction, both in us and in others. Christians believe every person is born with a sinful nature. Though we may have a desire to do good, we are incapable of actually living it.

The Christian view of man's condition is terribly depressing, but I submit that a mere cursory view of human history is even more so and lends credence to this belief. As a result, we believe sin must be dealt with before mankind can reach its full potential. The Cross and Resurrection provide the only doorway by which mankind may enter to rediscover our true self.

For many issues, there is little obvious distinction between the competing beliefs, but I believe this is changing. Sexuality is perhaps the greatest flashpoint today, and with each successive generation, the gap between the two will continue to widen. I fear too many believers attempt to straddle the ever-growing cultural rift in order to maintain relevance on each side of the cliff. Make no mistake, you will have to choose. This is the same choice every generation has faced, just with a different context: Who is your Lord? Is it the surrounding culture? Is it you? Or is it Jesus?

Humanism is doomed to fail. It sounds good. It has the appearance of virtue, especially in the age of online philosophical warfare that prioritizes nice sounding arguments and catchy "clap backs" over real virtue lived out in real life, dealing with real people. Humanism doesn't conquer sin and as a result cannot lead mankind into goodness.

If we embrace the right to live true to ourselves then we will never be genuinely good to others because we are fundamentally flawed. We may desire it, we may intellectually affirm it, but we are powerless to live it. The First Commandment is first because only by embracing it, do we have any hope of living the Second.

A solid foundation is the most important part of the house; everything else rests on its strength. A foundation problem will only worsen with time as the plumbing, wiring, walls, and more all gradually feel the increased strain. Every day you wait to fix the problem increases the cost. Start today! Stop seeking affirmation from the world and resolve to let the Word of God define your perspective.

Take a moment to examine your worldview: How much of it is rooted in humanism? How anchored are you in the Gospel?

We can no longer expect society to affirm and prop up our beliefs. Cultural Christianity is a relic of the past, and revival is now our only hope. Fortunately, for the Church, this is a wonderful place to live.

Getting Out Of Debt - What Is God's Plan For Our Finances?
These days it seems like nearly everyone is in debt and / or talks about getting out of debt. It's almost like debt has become an accepted way of life. But if you are a Christ follower, you know deep in your heart that debt is not God's plan for your finances.

"The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender."
Proverbs 22:7 ESV

Think about the second part of that Psalm for a minute "the borrower is the slave of the lender." Most of us who have debt really do feel enslaved to paying it off and getting out of debt. Whether we have student loans, credit card debt, or owe on our favorite store credit cards, those monthly payments hold us in bondage.

The good news is, there is a way out and a way forward.

Sure, there are tons of books, articles and blogs on this topic. And there are financial courses available to help you walk through the journey of getting out of debt. But what if we want more than just to become debt free? What if we want to know what God's purpose is for our money?

"God has either already planted or wants to plant an adventurous dream inside each of us dreams to have an impact and to change the world! But, in order to see these God-sized dreams accomplished, we must REALIGN our lives with God's way of doing things. God s original purpose for our money is to know Him and make Him known!" - Josh Lawson, author of REALIGN

So first, we have to start with where our beliefs about money began to form. Believe it or not, they start when we are very young. Once we identify how some of our money-related beliefs even began, our thinking then needs to undergo a transformation based on the Word of God.

Whether your situation is...
  • living paycheck to paycheck
  • buried under massive student loan debt
  • due to job loss or reduction
  • because of unexpected life change
  • or any other reason under the sun
... it's time to go on a money adventure. It doesn't matter how much money you have or don't have right now. Or how much debt you might have. You just need to have a desire to realign your finances based on God's plan for your money. Getting debt free is great, but realigning ALL of your finances - past, present and future - is the only way to lasting, fulfilling financial peace and having the ability to be generous.

In REALIGN: Finding God's Purpose For Your Money, husband and wife team Josh and Jenny Lawson, take you on a life changing adventure. They grab you by the hand and help you address your financial issues starting from the inside out. You'll learn to...
  • put God in His rightful place where we are living for His Kingdom and not our own 
  • recognize the need for God s leadership and daily input in our financial decisions
  • deal with your whole self, not just your finances
  • live more simply and say no to materialism, greed and gluttony 
  • look at the foundational issues and sins that cause poor financial decisions 
  • live open-handed and be willing to give everything away

Imagine a year from now, not only seeing some real progress in whatever your debt goals are, but also understanding why you think what you think about money and how it impacts all financial decisions. Then taking it all a step further and learning how to manage your money God's way.

Anyone in any financial sitation can benefit from REALIGN. Afterall, you're learning God's plan and purpose for your money!

Josh and Jenny Lawson REALIGN Your Finances

Out Of The Blue

If you or someone you love, have had an "out of the blue" cancer diagnosis that changed everything, keep reading. 

Millions of people are impacted by cancer, whether fighting it themselves or coming alongside a loved one who has been diagnosed.

But how many people consider cancer to be a gift? 

Greg Murtha was a 46 year old husband, father and business leader in peak physical condition when an "out of the blue" diagnosis struck. At the time, Greg said...

"From the outside looking in, I had it made. As the Chief Connections Officer at the Halftime Institute, I recruited high-profile people from around the world for an organization I cofounded with Bob Buford, whose groundbreaking book Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance inspired many to make that move. My beautiful wife, Tracey, and I lived in upscale Brentwood, Tennessee, with our young son, Jackson.

Before moving to Brentwood, we were founding members of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, where we spearheaded the follow-up ministry
and led two small groups. An immigrant family of four from Zimbabwe, Africa, lived with us. Neighbors viewed us as wonderful humanitarians. Church friends enjoyed doing life with us."

Greg loved to run in the picturesque Crocket Hills Trail in Middle Tennessee. But one chilly December morning, after an 11 mile run, everything changed. A short time later Greg and his wife, Tracey, heard 5 words that turned their world completely upside down...

“Mr. Murtha, you have cancer.”

"Tears started streaming down my face. While I wasn’t sure what the future held, I was certain nothing would ever be the same. Out of the blue, my well-planned life had been radically interrupted."

From that moment, Greg began a five year journey through cancer. From developing what he called a "cancer battle plan" to having 2 heart attacks, multiple surgeries, 75 rounds of chemo (an unofficial Guinness Book of World Records milestone) and a myriad of other incredibly difficult experiences, Greg endured it all with... peace in his heart.

Peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

"Strange as it sounds, I view cancer as a gift. I thank God for it because it means I’m not the man I used to be. Sure, this interruption to my well-planned life was jarring. And chemo is hell. But I’m thankful for cancer because it has given me the ability to focus on what matters.

God radically changed my plans, but the worst diagnosis is the best thing
that ever happened to me because it changed my heart."

Greg began to write Out of the Blue during his 4th year of battling cancer. Writing a book was never on his to-do list but he felt promted by God - even as a man with a weak heart and Stage IV cancer - to write it.

Greg wrote Out of the Blue to help others learn to embrace interruption - any interruption - as an adventure, rather than as adversity.

"Out-of-the-blue interruption has taught me when I focus on what God leads
me to do, I get to play a pivotal role in the ultimate story - His story - and that’s where I’ve found life. That’s where the adventure begins."

Greg challenges anyone who reads Out of the Blue to...

  • Celebrate every day you have on earth
  • View interruptions as opportunities to play a role in God’s ultimate story
  • And do what God prompts you to do

Whether you have cancer, know someone with cancer or are touched by any other life altering illness, read Out of the Blue. It will inspire, encourage and fill you and your loved ones with great hope.


Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow!’

- Hunter S. Thompson

Realigning Finances: Seeking First and Starting Fresh

The start of a new year is often the perfect time to pause, reflect, and set new goals. Take advantage of the opportunity to start fresh and begin anew by looking at your finances for the upcoming year. Not sure where to start? Josh Lawson offers practical advice and tips for managing your money with a Kingdom mindset in his book REALIGN.

In his book, Josh suggests the first step in realigning our finances is to “realign our beliefs.” Whether we recognize it or not, each of us holds onto a core set of beliefs, which determine the external “fruit” of our lives. “What you believe about yourself and the world around you determine how you will interact with your money,” writes Josh. “You may not realize it, but what you believe about yourself, God, and money is already manifested in your actions.”

Once we examine our own beliefs and core values, it’s time to examine our end goals. “All too often financial teachings and our personal financial goals communicate that the ultimate objective is to have enough resources to do whatever you want to do, whether it’s to buy a bigger house, a luxury car, or have a nice nest egg set aside for retirement,” Josh explains. “Rather than focusing on building the Kingdom of God, we are seeking self-gratification and security in our finances.”

Instead of chasing after comfort and security, God’s Word says to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” so that “all these things will be given to you” (Matthew 6:33). Josh writes about his own journey learning to trust God with his finances by seeking the Kingdom first. Oftentimes it’s tempting to believe “we can control our finances and save enough money to create a little buffer zone of comfort” and eventually “avoid much of the pain life brings,” confesses Josh.

When we choose to value our own financial gain or security above God’s Kingdom, we miss out on His purposes and plans. “Instead of saying ‘yes’ to the great adventures God is calling us to, we end up settling for second best,” warns Josh. Although a great level of trust is required, choosing to seek His Kingdom first allows us to experience God’s best.

If you are looking for financial help, try reading Josh’s book or attending one of the REALIGN classes. Many people have been challenged and transformed through Josh’s teaching, including Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Robert Herber, author of The Partying God, and Todd Harper, President of Generous Giving. REALIGN is available on our website or through Amazon.
Realigning Finances: Begin With the End in Mind

Overwhelmed by Christmas shopping? This time of year it’s tempting to succumb to the stress of finances, especially when credit card debt seems normal and even unavoidable. Yet what if there was another way to look at your finances this season?

Josh Lawson, author of REALIGN, offers personal experience and advice for those seeking a Kingdom perspective on money and finances, especially for those under financial stress. “Everyone has a story, and if we peel back the surface-level problems of debt, anxiety, and money fights, we’d realize there is more brokenness than we would like to admit or probably even realize,” offers Josh.

Financial brokenness is much more common than many of us believe, which means none of us are alone. Come January many families will wake up wondering how their credit card bill got so high, wishing they would have thought through their spending choices the month before. Although Christmas encourages a spirit of giving, unfortunately, it oftentimes also encourages of culture of debt.

In the introduction of his book, Josh references a principle in Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, encouraging readers to “start with the end in mind.” This is a simple strategy, yet has been incredibly effective in helping young adults, singles, and couples learn to manage their finances. It begins with “asking ourselves where we want to end up and then aligning our lives and behaviors to get us there,” Josh explains. “Every day of our lives we are taking steps, whether knowingly or unknowingly, in a particular direction. The question then becomes which direction are we going?”

This Christmas season resolve to start with the end in mind. Where do you want to be financially come January 1st? Which direction are you going to go this season? Once you identify this, start working backwards to determine your shopping and gift budget for the month (or next year).

If you are looking for financial help, try reading Josh’s book or attending one of the REALIGN classes. Many people have been challenged and transformed through Josh’s teaching, including Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Robert Herber, author of The Partying God, and Todd Harper, President of Generous Giving. REALIGN is available on our website or through Amazon.
Parenting Though Peer Pressure

When Jimmy and Laura Seibert first became parents, they knew they’d have to face the reality of peer pressure, even at an early age. Laura recalls their days as college pastors counseling students through wounds they had experienced years before that were still affecting their lives in a significant way. Peer pressure can be damaging if kids aren’t prepared to stand alone, knowing you’ll always have their back.

“Peer pressure is powerful. Everyone wants to be loved and fit in; at times I still struggle with that as an adult. But we believe living a ‘normal’ life will not change the world,” explains Jimmy in chapter ten of Parenting Without Regret. “Anyone who commits to radically following God will feel abnormal.”

Because Jimmy and Laura recognized the powerful influence friends can have on the lives of children, they set out to create a safe environment at home, in which their kids knew they were loved and supported. Laura explains that both she and Jimmy experienced the negative effects of peer pressure growing up. “We saw firsthand the truth of 1 Corinthians 15:33: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ As a result, when we started raising our own children, we committed to doing whatever we could to help them develop positive friendships.”

From the beginning, Jimmy and Laura committed to knowing and investing in their children’s friends, even when it meant extra time and attention. Laura remembers feeling tempted to clean or read when her kids had friends over at the house, but instead of using the time for herself, she often took the time to listen to how they were playing and stepped in when necessary, especially during the early years.

“There’s no way any parent can control every detail of life, or should even try, but we chose to pay attention to whom our children spent their time with and where they were. This was a significant time investment for us, but sparing our kids the wounds that so deeply affected us was completely worth it,” explains Laura. The answer was not to control, but to listen and support.

In Parenting Without Regret, Jimmy tells the story of his ten year old daughter attending a birthday party sleepover. He received a call from his daughter a couple hours into the party asking if he and Laura would come and pick her up to spare her from an uncomfortable situation. Jimmy and Laura left right away to pick up their daughter and apologized to the parents for having to pick up their daughter so early unexpectedly. Yet they knew it was worth supporting their daughter, so she knew they’d be behind her no matter what.

“Training your kids to deal with peer pressure is important, even though it may lead to rejection. It requires courage to walk away and be willing to sit alone,” writes Jimmy. Sometimes this means helping your children set boundaries and preparing them for rejection, while simultaneously providing love and support. Friendships are important, and can be both a positive and negative influence in children’s lives. Choose to invest early and train your children to have a positive impact on those around them, rather than be negatively impacted, causing scars and wounds sometimes years down the road.

Read Laura and her husband Jimmy’s book Parenting Without Regret to hear more stories, practical advice, and Christian insight into the seemingly daunting task of parenthood. You can purchase the book on our website or through Amazon.
Celebrate Family This Thanksgiving

Regardless of how ready (or not) you feel, the holiday season has begun. And although it may seem too early or as if Christmas was just a few months ago, it’s time to start preparing for two of the biggest holidays of the year. Take some time this week of Thanksgiving to be thankful, especially for those you are enjoying your Thanksgiving meal with. This year, resolve to protect family time together before the chaos of the next month begins. Jimmy and Laura Seibert write about learning to value family time in their book Parenting Without Regret. Now that their kids are grown, it makes coming home so much sweeter.

“The relationships in your family are some of the few that will last a lifetime,” writes Laura. “Though it requires effort and sacrifice, there is no substitute for raising a family that truly enjoys each other.” Jimmy and Laura chose to make family time a priority as their children were growing up, often reserving one day out of the week for a family night together.

The Seibert’s second daughter, Lauren, recalls the time she spent with family as a child. “My parents repeatedly said, ‘Everyone else may move or leave, but family will always be there for you.’ Hanging out with our family was fun and central! Our greatest memories of growing up were being together and having fun with our family. Now that we are older, my parents and siblings are my first go-to.”

In Parenting Without Regret, Jimmy and Laura tell stories of family vacations, family nights together, and traditions they formed throughout the years. Jimmy offers some practical advice for parents looking for creative ways to spend time with their kids. “To this day, our kids feel more comfortable with each other than with anybody else on the planet. Because we valued their relationships, they valued their relationships. Things like daily meals, games, praying for one another, resolving conflicts, and being on mission together created a family that truly enjoys one another.”

No matter if you’ve prioritized family time in the past or not, try setting aside some time to be together this week. Your kids will remember the time you spent, just like Lauren and her siblings. Your choices now may be creating memories and developing relationships your kids will be thankful for later. And in the end, remember that God created families and intended for these relationships to be significant and long-lasting.

“God designed family to be a place of belonging; He intended for it to be a safe place of support where each other is truly known,” Laura shares. “Live intentionally now to build deep relationships. Choose to prioritize time together over the countless other distractions. Years from now, when all your kids are grown, you will never regret the hours spent building deep friendships. Your investment today will last a lifetime.”

Read Laura and her husband Jimmy’s book Parenting Without Regret to hear more stories, practical advice, and Christian insight into the seemingly daunting task of parenthood. You can purchase the book on our website or through Amazon.


Parenting Without Regret: The Parenting Book This Generation Needs

When bestselling author and speaker Francis Chan was originally introduced to Antioch and Jimmy Seibert, he was encouraged by and drawn to Antioch’s vision and values - so much so that he traveled to Antioch Waco several times and even sent teams from his own church to partner with Antioch overseas as a part of Engage the Crisis. Chan was invited to speak at Antioch’s global mission conference, World Mandate, two years ago and plans to speak again at the conference in January 2017.

Last Spring when Jimmy’s latest book, Parenting Without Regret, was published Chan endorsed the book, and having been challenged personally, he encouraged parents to purchase the book themselves. “As a father of seven, I found myself thinking, ‘Amen!’ throughout every chapter. Lots of helpful insights that I plan on implementing in my own family. I am so grateful for the example of Jimmy and Laura as parents and Christians.”

Jimmy and Laura confessed early on that neither of them walked into marriage with a perfect experience or idea of family. Jimmy explains that no matter what your family background may be, healing is essential. And when we intentionally begin from a place of wholeness, then we can begin to parent without regret.

“We all need a work of restoration. No parenting tips will fix your brokenness. We all need to look inward first and let the Holy Spirit transform our hearts,” offers Jimmy. Because of this commitment to find Jesus in the midst of brokenness first, Jimmy and Laura set themselves apart as individuals and as parents. Rather than parenting out of their own experiences - good and bad - they chose to parent based on a Biblical foundation.

“We have found that many people tend to parent out of what they saw was wrong in their own families,” Jimmy explains in the first chapter. “Whatever your past is there has to be an agreement in marriage to not react to the past, but to lay a healthy path to the future. It was our Biblical commitment that would lay the foundation for how we would see life and do life together.”

Now many are being encouraged to follow Jimmy and Laura’s example by meeting with Jesus first, and allowing Him to do a work of wholeness and healing. “I hope that many many parents will read this book and follow their example,” Chan exhorts. “This is the exact kind of parenting book this generation needs.”

To read more about Jimmy and Laura’s parenting experiences, visit our bookstore or Amazon to purchase Parenting Without Regret: Raising Kids With Purpose, Not Perfection.
Embracing Motherhood

Ever wondered how you’re going to survive being a parent? Laura Seibert writes about her first babysitting experiences as a twelve-year-old in her book Parenting Without Regret and confesses her fear of motherhood, even after the birth of her first child. Yet after meeting with God and hearing Him speak about this great mission and privilege, Laura shares about how her perspective began to shift as she embraced her role as a parent and mother.

In a recent Inspired to Action podcast, Kat Lee encourages listeners who may identify with the feeling of fear in regards to motherhood and affirms Laura’s experience and legacy as a mother. “There are few people I could recommend with more integrity, just having watched Laura’s life (and) having seen her children grow up.” Now almost on the other side of motherhood, Laura has “this wonderful legacy in (her) kids.”

Many moms or young singles may be hesitant to admit their hesitancy toward motherhood, yet Kat explains that she “really appreciated (Laura’s) vulnerability because it’s not something we hear all that often.” It’s freeing to hear someone talk honestly about the struggle to “change your identify and really understand God’s heart for being a mom.” Laura shares about both in the book, Parenting Without Regret.

In the book and during the podcast Laura explains how she grabbed hold of her own vision for her new role as a mom. Laura confesses being inspired by successful women in careers and other stages of life, yet as she began to dialog with God about this, she sensed Him affirming her role as mother - the only mother her kids would and could ever have. “Other people can ‘mom’ your kids, but you are their mom… and nobody else can be that. That was revelation to me.”

Kat affirms this idea in the Inspired to Action podcast after hearing from Laura. She says “It’s a common thing to be a mom, but there is a richness and depth to it that I don’t think everyone gets to experience.” If moms will truly learn to lean into God during this time of redefining identity and rhythms, gain vision for their new role and allow God to speak promises of hope over their children, it will set their children up for the long haul.

In addition to gaining personal vision and revelation, Laura also shares about gaining this vision for the sake of her kids. “Kids are so discerning. They know when you don’t like being somewhere… they feel it.” After the birth of her first child, Laura determined to change the way she shared with others - especially her kids - about her job or role as a mother. She recalls changing her tone of voice and placing emphasis on the word ‘mom’, rather than replying she was “just a mom” when asked what she did for a living.

In the book, Laura shares how, in the moment, it’s rare to find glimpses of the kind of fruit your investment in your children will bear, yet the role of mother is irreplaceable. Kat ends the podcast encouraging listeners to grab hold of this truth. “As a mom… we will never be unimportant in our kids lives.” Furthermore, in any other job or sphere, our role could easily be replaced, but no one else has the privilege of being a mom to your kids, no matter how good of a parent you think you are.

Read Laura and her husband Jimmy’s book 'Parenting Without Regret' to hear more stories, practical advice, and Christian insight into the seemingly daunting task of parenthood. If you missed the Inspired to Action podcast, you can listen to it here and purchase the book on our website or through Amazon.

To read more about Jimmy and Laura's parenting experiences, visit our bookstore or Amazon to purchase Parenting Without Regret

When You Call: A Cry From the Next Generation

For many college students at Antioch Community Church, hearing radical testimonies and stories of God’s power on display is normal, and even expected to some degree. If you stick around long enough, you will eventually hear Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert tell stories from his experiences overseas in his early 20’s. So when the opportunity arose for students to travel to Europe to engage what’s been labeled the greatest refugee crisis of all time, over 200 students from Waco alone jumped at the opportunity.

Associate College Pastor Maddie Phenix considers her experience volunteering this past summer an opportunity that brought “so many of the passions and real purpose” that she was made for to life. “It was an honor and privilege to attempt to live out so many of the stories I have read and heard about in the past 8-9 years of being a part of the Antioch family. Having the opportunity to be on the front lines of what God’s doing in the nations was the adventure that my soul has been craving…”

It seems as though a new generation is rising to live radically for Jesus, no matter what He says or where He calls. In his book Passion and Purpose, Jimmy shares about his experiences early on when He started saying yes to Jesus in a radical way. Now many college students and young adults are following His footsteps - this time to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a broken people in great need.

A few weeks ago the Antioch College Worship Band released a new album, “When You Call.” Many of the songwriters and musicians who contributed to the album experienced God’s call in Europe this summer while serving refugees from the war-torn Middle East, inevitably marking them forever. The songs are a representation of the heart cry of the upcoming generation and describe the longing to say yes to Jesus in every circumstance - even overseas in the midst of sobering reality. Now 10% of the proceeds of the album are being donated to Antioch’s work with refugees in Northern Greece.

Songwriter Caleb Seibert describes the album: “There was just something so right about singing songs of absolute surrender to Jesus, telling Him again and again that we will say “yes” with everything in us any time He calls, because what we have found in Him is so much better than anything we could find in the world.” Since the live recording last Spring, Caleb has moved to Northern Greece to continue volunteering with Antioch’s relief organization, Acts of Mercy.

In many ways, the students who participated in the relief effort, Engage the Crisis, created stories of their own and deeply resonated with the songs included in the album. Singer Arden Beckham explains how much one song in particular meant to her throughout her time in Europe.

“The song ‘Yes Lord’ absolutely came to life in me this summer. The words of the chorus were basically my cry the entire three months we were there… Every single day God gave us fresh purpose and showed us the fruit of simply saying yes,” explains Arden. For several band members, the album captured the theme of surrender to Jesus and provided language for the responses welling up in their own hearts.

When asked about her experiences overseas in relation to the album, Arden shares “laying down our lives, risking looking foolish, pressing in when it doesn’t make sense, and then being absolutely desperate for more of Him… all these things rose up in me throughout my time in Greece… These revelations, truths and emotions are all things we hope people will experience personally when they listen to the album.”

The album released on September 30th and is available for purchase in iTunes. Join the hundreds of college students following the lead of those who have gone before and choosing to surrender their lives to Jesus. Whether it’s through volunteering overseas or reaching out in your local sphere of influence, our hope is that these words inspire you to say yes to Jesus.

To get a closer look into Antioch’s relief and development efforts in Northern Greece, follow Engage the Crisis and sign up for their newsletter. And to read the stories that played a part in inspiring it all, visit our bookstore or Amazon to purchase Jimmy Seibert’s book ‘Passion and Purpose’.
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