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In Remembrance - Memorial Day



Matt Maher - Rise Up (Official Music Video)



  • 2014-04-05T01:04:00


  • 2013-02-10T01:28:28

I love this. Thank you there are so many people that are broken. What a great song.

  • 2012-04-30T21:10:58

I couldn't help but comment on this in response to someone who posted that because this song does not use the word "Jesus" than there is a problem. It is from the heart one praises God...not through "Christianese" lyrics only.

  • 2012-04-30T21:07:15

" And all the lambs roar like lions, and all the prisoner breaking their chains, and all the poor find their treasure Cause heaven is coming this way"...If you don't see Jesus through the message of this song you need to read your Bible more! These are all references to truths found in scripture. Perhaps a basic literature appreciation class where one would understand about allusion, metaphor, imagery would help. The name "Jesus" does not appear in many of the songs sung by believers used to praise Him or proclaim his glory. The song "Amazing Grace" has an awesome message and even the lost know who and what it is in reference to.

  • 2012-04-28T15:26:36

di donc mn grd u parl en parti q d BD ta qel ag?

  • 2012-04-20T02:20:44

I will agree that my favorite songs lift Jesus up and glorify God. But there are still good songs that christians sing and they are so much better than what you hear on regular radio or tv. As for the hug from the little girl, that was love. Sometimes we need our family to understand what we are going through. We have all been there, when we thought of the troubles and not the fact that the Lord is always with us to see us through, to lift us up.

  • 2012-04-14T17:44:05

Mentioning the name of JESUS does not make a song MORE Christian. Music is art, and art speaks profoundly in ways words do not. The name of JESUS is holy and shouldn't be "used" to make something Christian. The meaning, the heart, the intention, the spirit of something done can be it's strength and message. "On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ Or recorded songs in your name...? Brother Doug: Matt is creating art, not just "Christian music", and he is doing so for the glory of God. I do hope a Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim and especially a Hare Krishna watch this beautiful video and sing this song or a song like it. We will have made progress in the name of Jesus! Being Christian means something way more that a pop quiz - giving the right reasons said in just the right way. We had years and years of Christian music simply pasting the name of Jesus on a song and saying "We just made CHRISTIAN music". Christian art should speak deeply, widely, passionately and beautifully about God, family, healing, beauty and faith - and YES, ultimately point to the difference that the incarnation of Christ makes in our world and in our lives. Rock on Matt. Bless you Doug!

  • 2012-04-08T19:50:47

I understand now and I love it every song makes my hear live close to Jesus God bless you.

  • 2012-04-08T18:46:59

Chris Faddis - Well said!!!

  • 2012-04-07T15:33:17


  • 2012-04-05T19:22:56

Doug, Does every sentence of every Christian's life need to actually say the word Jesus? I'm not sure how you could not know that Matt is talking about Jesus here. I think you're looking for something to complain about here. As you said You wish people would look for the amount of times the name of Jesus is mentioned. Well perhaps it isn't mentioned in this song. But I can certainly hear the name of Jesus in Matt's words. I can also hear it in the rest of the album. Does someone really have to repeat Jesus' name over and over in a song for it to be Christian enough? Do you have that same rubric for Christian conversation? Should I say btw. I love Jesus as much as possible so people know that I'm living in the light of Christ? Or should I "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching..."? I don't get sense from this song that Matt is trying to hide the fact of rising up to Christ. Give a guy a break. His job is to write music that people will want to listen to, that will lead people to God and that will encourage and inspire them. This isn't a worship song, it's a Christian song about having faith in tough times. The video is a representation of that... and I don't know about others - but I have a little girl and her love sure does sometimes remind me of the hope I have in Christ. There are many times where she has helped me to rise up.

  • 2012-04-05T12:07:51

Pray for the starving Africa.

  • 2012-04-05T10:40:09

Christians in the West should remember no one is trying to kill them for their faith in Jesus nor their nations are suffering from starvation like some atheistic or pagan nations, and be thankful.

  • 2012-04-05T10:29:59

All of us have to learn to wait on God for sometime during our lifetime. It's the most beautiful and worthwhile time in Jesus though mingled with pain. Never forget to enjoy being with the family members especially your children. The kids grow away while we care about our financial situations all the time - the biggest tragedy.

  • 2012-04-05T03:26:25

Doug, I think I get where you're coming from. There are quite a few "Christian" songs these days, that are purposefully vague in their lyrics. Perhaps some do so, to be seeker-sensitive (R.C. Sproul has a good Youtube clip on the seeker-sensitive movement that comes to mind here). Others, perhaps, are seeking broader-based commercial success, and thus dilute their message. Still others might be seeking to provide Christians with entertainment that has a more positive message than what the world offers. God looks on their hearts. That said, I'd rather do what is written in Colossians 3:16, 17: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word our deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

  • 2012-04-05T00:41:14

powerful song and video.