Onething Live: Love Makes Us Strong released last April 15 through digital and physical retail outlets everywhere with New Day Distribution. The thirteen songs on the album have been recorded live at International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) last December (Dec. 28-31) in the annual Onething young adult conference. It is the eighth Onething album that recorded the most powerful and memorable songs in the event. The album features the artists Misty Edwards, Laura Hackett Park, Jonas Park, Jon Thurlow, Jaye Thomas, with special guest Audrey Assad and more. Worship leaders of IHOPKC have been featured on the album for the first time namely: Brenton Dowdy, Lauren Holmes, Christina Reynolds and Chris Tofilon. The album is not only to praise God but it encourages the listeners to come closer to God and seek Him as we listen to the songs.
Songs on Album
You Shine, composed by Chris Tofilon, has a good introduction to the album. When I was listening to it, I felt the solemn worship just like the praise and worship in the church that I am attending. I like the song because it magnifies God, His clothes, His character, His difference with the idols that manmade and an everlasting God. While listening to this song, it reminds me a lot of passages in the Bible about what and who the God we serve is. One of the verses that I remember was”They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.” (Psalm 115:6 ESV) It is one character of God that differs to the others. Before the end of the song, it encourages us to go closer to our Lord. It also made me sing while listening to it for the first time.
Victorious In Love
A very good composition of Lauren Holmes that motivated me while listening to it. The song said so much how God is victorious in our life and that God is always with us in time that we need Him. It encourages the listeners that nothing is impossible to God. The song reminded me of one of the motivational verse in Matthew 19:26 that says, “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (ESV) The lyrics said so much to encourage every listener to keep holding on to God no matter what. Victorious In Love helped me in my quiet time with God because the song focuses on Him.
Enthroned On Our Praises
This is another song that magnifies God in the album that is composed by Brenton Dowdy. The song feels very light to sing that focuses on praising God. Enthroned On Our Praises is a good music to listen to while you are reading your Bible. The first part is slow and a little quiet, but then it goes up a little lively for more intimate praise with God. It emphasizes that there’s only one victorious God and it reminded of a verse in Psalms that says, “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” (Psalm 98:4 ESV) The song says so much in worshipping God through singing with one song and that song is Enthroned On Our Praises.
Even So Come
Other than praising and worshipping our Lord Jesus, this is a song that talks about longing for our Lord to come. Composed by Chris Tomlin, the song made me sing with a very smooth melody. It reminded me the last chapter in the book of Revelation that the church (we) is waiting for His return and in the verse Revelation 22:20 it says, “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (ESV) This is a short song but I like the way how the lead singer, Laura Hackett Park, encourages the people to sing with her.
Love Makes Us Strong
A continuation from the previous song Even So Come that you won’t easily notice if you listen to the songs in order. It made me continuously sing with almost the same tune. Love Makes Us Strong emphasizes that love binds all people together as we wait for the second coming of Jesus. It reminded me of a verse in the Revelation that says, “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelation 22:17 ESV) So let us come and unite with love as we wait for the return of our Lord. There was no pause, but there was a little transition from the previous song. Laura Hackett Park continuously encouraged everyone to sing with her but then she closes the song with a slow fade at the end.
Even Unto Death
For a very solemn praise and worship in church and quiet time with God, this is a good song to listen to. The music is a little slow, but then it focuses on Jesus and how much He loves us. The last part of the song highlighted that whenever you feel humiliated by the world or in times of trouble, God will be always with you. It also highlighted to me the verse in Psalms 43:4 that say, “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy, and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. (NIV). My joy and my delight have been mentioned in the song as well. The words and music were composed with a good teamwork of Audrey Assad and Matt Maher that come up with this good song.
Jon Thurlow magnifies that God is the answer to our circumstances and to our hopeless, breaking and aching heart. The melody is quite slow with the sound of the keyboard as background, but then there were times that the words come fast that repeated saying “Jesus is the answer.” The song emphasizes that Jesus is the answer if we seek Him and how victorious Jesus was overcoming death to save us from our sins. It made my devotion time relaxed with this song and lightened up my Bible reading because of the smooth melody. Try listening to this while you are reading some heavy meaning passages in the Bible to make you chill a little.
I Belong To You
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 ESV) This is the verse that comes up in my mind the first time I heard this song. I thought of this verse because there’s a line that says “You loved me first.” It is an emotional song and the pace is slow. The good voice of Jonas Park is emphasized than the slow music and made me remember that I belong to God. This is a very good song to play for deeply seeking God.
Draw Near is a good song to listen to when you would like to soak in God’s presence and if you would like to come closer to God. The lines of the song say, “We came here to meet with you and we won’t leave until we do” made me remember when Jacob wrestled with God that he didn’t let go until He blesses him in Genesis 32:22-32. James also wrote, Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 ESV) This song made me feel that I would like to come closer to God and won’t let go.
Ever Present Help
Justin Rizzo and Samuel Hood team up with this song made a great praising song that tells everyone to keep trusting God. While listening to this song, it reminded me that God is not just God who can do turn every bad situation into good and a good father, but a friend. God is a truly everlasting friend who can comfort us in times of need and loneliness. While listening and singing this song, I came across with my Bible in Deuteronomy that says, “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV) This verse and the song were awesome that God used not only His word, but the lyrics of the song to remind me that He will always be with me and to keep holding on to Him.
Jesus, You’re Beautiful
Jon Thurlow’s live singing this song made me feel like I want to see the face of Jesus. The background singers and the audience were clearly heard while Jon Thurlow was singing. This is one of the songs in the album that encourages me to seek Jesus more because it sings about his eyes, hair and voice. Just like in the book of Psalms that says, “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4 ESV) The author of this Psalm is also seeking God just like what it says in the song.
I Shall Not Want
I Shall Not Want is a very solemn and emotional song with a beautiful voice of Misty Edwards that I can feel what she feels when she sings the song. It reminded me the first verse in Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd; I Shall Not Want. (ESV) Listening to this song live performed in a youth congregation made me feel that I am in a prayer meeting in the church. The song is slow paced that will make you feel the song and will make you focus on praising God even at home or while you are travelling.
Who Is Like The Lord
Christina Reynolds made a very good finale on the album that tells the listeners that no one is like the Lord God that we serve. While listening to this song, God reminded me a verse in Psalms that says, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:3 ESV) The verse and the song talk the same thing that God is great. The tune of the song and the lines are repeatedly sung that it is easy to catch up for more praising after reading His word.