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Bethel Live "Be Lifted High" - CD Review & Free Download

By Barry Westman on February 14, 2011

On February 15th, Bethel Live releases its all new, full-length recording Be Lifted High on Kingsway as a CD/DVD combo. I had the chance to listen to this live worship recording recently, and I can honestly say it is one of the best worship albums I’ve had the chance to listen to in a long time!Especially on the first six songs, there is such a sense of continued uplifting worship, I just broke out in worship, sitting right there in the coffee shop wearing my headphones. I’m so excited to share these songs with our congregation, and use them in our own worship experiences. There are so many great, usable songs for corporate worship!

Recorded live at Bethel Church in Redding, CA, this album features worship leaders Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, William Matthews, Amanda Falk and Steffany Frizzell. Be Lifted High includes 13 songs recorded live over a series of Bethel Church worship services and features the passionate, genuine and spontaneous worship of the church. The DVD also includes personal stories from the artists of how worship has changed their lives, including Brian Johnson sharing in detail for the first time the story of how the power of praise freed him from years of spiritual torment. Bethel Music, formed as an organic extension of Bethel Church, represents the worship of the church.

Here are just some of the songs that stood out to me:

You Are Good” (Brian Johnson and Jeremy Riddle)

This is an upbeat song of praise that really caught my attention. I can easily see using this song as an opening to a worship service!

One Thing Remains” (Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black Gifford)

To me, one sign of a great song for congregational worship is that when you hear it for the first time, you feel like you already know it, and that’s the case with this song. The marriage between the words, the rhythm and melody is so seamless that I could sing along the first time I heard it, and the music wasn’t a barrier to my worship. Great song!

Furious” (Jeremy Riddle)

The lyrics to this Jeremy Riddle song speak of the intensity of God’s love for us “His love is fierce, His love is strong, it is furious”. The intensity of the rhythms in this song match the intensity of the lyrics, moving this song along at a “furious” pace.

Be Lifted High” (Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Tim Hughes, Jeremy Riddle)

The title track of this album is another very singable chorus for the church. “Lord, release the sound of heaven | Let it rise in every nation | We will join the anthem singing | Be lifted high | Be lifted high | Higher and higher, Lord”

God I Look To You” (Jenn Johnson and Ian McIntosh)

I have to say, though, that my favorite track on the album is this song – “God I Look To You”. It’s such a simple song, as are several on this album, but it’s such a powerful song! The verse is a prayer for vision and wisdom, the chorus is a declaration of love to the Lord, and then the bridge is a soaring anthem for the church to sing - “Hallelujah, our God reigns!” Those words linked with that melody should find its way into churches everywhere to be sung by the Church! My favorite part of the whole project!

This project is definitely worth checking out! It has been on repeat in my office all week! For more information about this album, go to www.bethelmusic.com, where you can also download the chord charts for all the songs on this album.

Barry Westman

Be Lifted High (Live) - Bethel Live

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Barry Westman

Barry Westman

Barry has served in worship ministry for 20 years, currently serving as Worship Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was born and raised in Minnesota, husband to Tina, and father to three beautiful children - Chad, Emily and Olivia. He usually leads worship from the keyboard and loves to play board games!