One of the most popular Christian songs ever is “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. The song was written by Bart Millard after a tough time in life. In the movie of the same name, “I Can Only Imagine”, it tells the story of how Bart was abused as a young man. His mother abandoned him and his father beat him up regularly. After graduating from high school, he left and ended up joining a Christian band, MercyMe. After a few years on the road, he really struggled to connect with audiences and was challenged to really search his heart as to why he wasn’t connecting. After travelling home to visit his father, he realized that his father had changed. His father had started reading the Bible and praying, and really was transformed. Bart had to find it in his heart to forgive his father. Bart Millard had a father wound that needed to be healed. He then found out that his father had a terminal illness, and was able to spend the last days of his father’s life caring for him. And it was out of that time of healing and restoration that he ended up writing the song “I Can Only Imagine”. What a great story of redemption and tranformation for Bart’s family, knowing that his father would be in heaven forever, with a new body. Walking by the side of his Saviour. That’s how the song “I Can Only Imagine” came about.
Brian Houston is the Global Senior Pastor for Hillsong Church. He shares about the early days of Hillsong Sydney, about the impact their music is having around the world and about the massive growth of their church in many nations. He also shares about how his 3 children are all serving in ministry & his passion to encourage others to step out into their calling for God. hillsong.com
Pastors Dave & Shelly Drage are responding to a call on their lives to GO and ENCOURAGE the churches of Australia. Dave believes God has called him to walk! He is walking the Approx 14,500km of the National Highway One around Australia. While Shelly leads the support team in the 4WD! Visiting the towns and cities along the route, they will stop and share with churches and communities the message of the gospel. Listen in to hear about their music, their message & about the time Shelly spent in prison & how it’s helped bring them closer to God. www.unitedwalkwithjesus.com.au
Mark Lee from Third Day shares about how the band formed, how his survival after a car crash helped him draw near to God & music. He also shares about the songwriting process and songs he’s written for other bands that have reached the world! www.thirdday.com
Stephen Atkins is an Aussie Singer/songwriter who’s performed over a thousand shows all over Australia. He was a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards and has University degrees in music and theology. His passion to share the gospel & connect people to God has seen many lives transformed. Listen in to his amazing story of redemption though the ups & downs of a life on the road. www.stephenatkins.com.au
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