"There is a Mountain" Devotional

"There is a Mountain" Devotional

While the world’s economy rewards those who trust their own goodness, God’s economy of grace rewards those who recognize their spiritual poverty. God honors the poor in spirit, the spiritual beggars with open hands, acknowledging their need for salvation. He invites the hungry, the thirsty, and the one without money to His feast, saying “come, buy wine and milk without money and without price (Isaiah 55:1).”

Only those who realize their brokenness rejoice when He comes to bind the brokenhearted. Only those who realize their captivity rejoice when the prison door swings open. 

Christmas Giveaway: Give the Album FREE to anyone in ministry!

Now through Christmas (while supplies last!)... tell them they are remembered: Send an overseas missionary or someone in full-time ministry the Blood + The Breath album for FREE! It's on me!

Being in full-time ministry can be lonely and hard, especially during the holidays. Is there a pastor,  a missionary, a worship leader, a YoungLife or Cru friend, a church staff member, etc. that you could remember and honor this Christmas season? Who comes to mind? I'd be glad to send them a digital copy of the album, plus a note from you! Just fill out the form below, or complete these four steps:

  1. E-mail me at info@carolinecobb.com
  2. Include their name, location (if not secure) and e-mail
  3. Include an optional personal note
  4. I'll e-mail them their unique download and your note, as a gift from you.

I've done this giveaway twice in years past, and it has been such a joy to see you remember these folks. I have a limited number of downloads I can give away, so act fast!  

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a Home & a Hunger Now Available!

a Home & a Hunger Now Available!

a Home & a Hunger: Songs of Kingdom Hope is a journey through scripture, beginning with the Fall and the first “hunger pangs” in Genesis 3, and ending in Revelation, when God will make His home with us forever. It tells of exile and Eden, of restlessness and rest, and of God’s beautifully “upside-down” kingdom.

"Wake Up" Devotional

As I prepare to record a new album, I am planning to publish devotionals and song stories for each of the songs from my last album, the Blood + the Breath. This post is the fifth in that series.

"Out" by  Mandy Thompson  Used with permission.

"Out" by Mandy Thompson Used with permission.


SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 15
Devotional by Nick Smith, Family Pastor at White Rock Fellowship in Dallas, Texas

Few Christians today, if any, would deny the resurrection of Christ like some were doing in Paul’s day – Paul pretty well put that debate to rest with this passage. Our lives, though, oftentimes tell a different story. Even though we give mental and verbal assent to the resurrection of Christ as a propositional truth, we often live more like Epicureans focused on present pleasure than like Christians focused on eternal rewards secured by the resurrection of Christ. We are distracted by the pursuit of comfort and material blessing in this life instead of fixing our gaze upon the eternal glory that awaits us and far outweighs anything this life can offer.

But let’s back up for a second. As Paul says, if this life is the end of the story, then pursuing happiness in this life is exactly what we should do. Instead of following Christ, we should “eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.” In fact, Christians should be pitied. Why? Because following Christ is a call to death that makes no sense without the promise of a greater reward in eternity. And, as Paul’s logic lays out for us, if there is no resurrection, then there is no eternal life and no reason to live for anything beyond the present. Our faith is worthless. There is no Gospel. So, we may as well, like the Epicureans, live it up now, seeking as much pleasure and comfort as we can get. (See vv. 12-19, 32). 

But, if Christ was resurrected, then everything changes. Our faith is not futile. Sin is abolished. The curse is removed. Life eternal is procured. And, living for Christ makes all the sense in the world! As a result, no longer do we need to seek ultimate comfort in this life. Instead, we are empowered to seek first the kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33). Our gaze can shift towards that day when Christ will return and the kingdom of God will be consummated. We do not have to waver in our work for the Lord because we know it is not in vain. No matter what discomfort or suffering or tribulation comes our way as we “work” for the Lord, we know a far better day awaits us than this temporary prelude. We deny ourselves comfort in the present because - in the twinkling of an eye - the trumpet will sound and all things will be made new! (See vv. 20-26, 51-58).

We do not know exactly what the resurrection will be like, but Paul tells us that what is currently perishing will be raised imperishable; what is currently sown in dishonor will be raised in glory; what is currently sown in weakness will be raised in power. Paul is not implying that our spiritual souls will fly away to some ethereal heaven as a non-physical, Platonic sort of being. Rather, our physical bodies will be perfected, raised in glory and power. (See vv. 35-49). Until that day comes, we will undoubtedly struggle in our flesh and be tempted to get distracted by the concerns of this world. We must wage war against these desires, but we need not despair when we stumble. We can rest in the grace of God and pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to sanctify us, waking us up more and more to the glorious truth we find in 1 Corinthians 15. 

So, as we wait for that glorious day, to my slumbering soul that is so quick to wander, I say...Wake up, wake up, listen for the trumpet sound! Live right now in light of the resurrection! For, as Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”


  1. What concerns or fears in the present hold you back from living with reckless abandon for God?

  2. Meditate on the truth that one day we will be raised immortal with Christ to live eternally. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. How does that change the way you look at your current life? 


Through one man death it came
Running like a virus through our veins
Sin it comes and takes the reigns
Builds its kingdom on the backs of slaves

Through a second man Adam’s better son
Death it dies, and life it comes
Every power under his feet
Death is dyin’ in defeat

Wake up, wake up
And listen for the trumpet sound
For a dead man rose up from the ground!
Rise up, rise up you dry bones in the dirt
For the Son of God has risen up first!

I tell you this mystery
Death itself will lose its sting
When the dying dress in the deathless life
And we are changed in the twinkle of an eye

Sown in weakness, raised in power
Sown in dust, death and dishonor
Raised immortal, never again to die
Death is swallowed by life 

"He is Risen" Devotional & Song Story

As I prepare to record a new album, I am planning to publish devotionals and song stories for each of the songs from my last album, the Blood + the Breath. This post is the fourth in that series.

“Resurrection” by  Jim LePage . Used with permission. 

“Resurrection” by Jim LePage. Used with permission. 


Scripture Reading:
John 20, Romans 3:23-26, 1 Corinthians 15, Hebrews 10:19-22, 1 Peter 1:3-5. 
Devotional by Jonathan Hicks, Pastor of Groups at Highland Park Pres in Dallas, TX

As Christians, we often take Jesus’ resurrection for granted. We have heard about it so many times that we repeat the words “Jesus is risen” mindlessly. They glide through our minds so often that maybe they don’t sink into our hearts.

Today our everyday language has become so full of hyperbole we are left scrambling for superlatives when we finally come across something worthy of them. Surely, we must start by saying the Resurrection is truly miraculous. Jesus was crucified. He died painfully and fully (this was not a Princess Bride case of being “mostly dead”). We can only imagine the despair, fear, and confusion that Jesus’ followers felt at his death. “How could he die?” “He was supposed to be the Messiah.” “Has God’s plan been thwarted?” The Church now celebrates the days when Jesus lay in the grave as “Good Friday” and “Holy Saturday,” but as the disciples lived them they were dark and hopeless days.

I once attended an Episcopal Holy Saturday service. For the first hour and a half of the service, the church was dimly lit and the mood was somber. We heard readings from the Old Testament about how God would deliver His people and send a Savior. And we waited (not always patiently). Finally, the moment came when the priest stood up and boomed, “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” Even with no microphone, these words echoed forth. The congregation responded back, “The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!” Then, all the people in the congregation pulled out bells and rang them loudly exclaiming “Alleluia!” (meaning “Praise God”) as if they were hearing for the first time the news that Jesus has risen. The sudden noise of shouts and bells surprised my wife and I. It was a vivid reminder of the amazing truth that Jesus is indeed risen.

That whole service had been building in anticipation to the moment where we rejoiced at Jesus’ resurrection. Because if we do not remember the hopelessness of when Jesus lay in the grave, we will not understand the indescribable joy and hope of His resurrection. God’s plan was not thwarted, quite the opposite. Instead once and for all Jesus struck down sin and death, and secured new life for us.

The Resurrection is essential to what we believe as Christians. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that if Christ has not been raised, then we are still in our sins and our faith is futile. Jesus’ resurrection testifies that Jesus was God and that He was able to pay the infinite penalty that our sins deserved. It is also the testament to Jesus’ ultimate victory of death. And if Jesus has been raised, then all of us who are in Christ will one day also be raised with him. Death does not have the last word. Jesus has spoken and said that he is coming back and we will one day see him face to face. Come quickly Lord Jesus!


  1. Why is the Resurrection of Christ essential to Gospel and therefore to the hope that we share as Christians?

  2. Read through John 19-20 as if you were there with the disciples. What would you have felt when at the news of Jesus’ death? What about when you heard (and then saw) that Jesus had risen from the grave? 


He is risen, He is risen,
And the stone is rolled away
He is risen, He is risen,
Proven by the empty grave

Touch his wounds, his hands, his sides,
And leave all your doubts behind
He is risen, He is risen, He is risen and alive!

Death is beaten, sin is vanquished,
God’s just wrath is satisfied
Christ is risen, Christ exalted,
Seated at the Father’s side

His body torn, our living way,
Our living hope, His body raised
He is risen, He is risen,
He is risen from the grave!

He is risen, He is risen,
This is all my hope and stay
He is risen, He is risen,
He is risen from the grave!

Jesus risen is returning,
We are longing for the day
When the King will bring the kingdom,
For this blessed hope we wait

The trumpet sounds and we are changed,
And we will see him face to face
Jesus risen, Jesus risen,
Jesus risen from the grave

The trumpet sounds and we are changed,
And death itself will pass away
We are risen, with him risen,
Fully risen from the grave
We are risen, with him risen,
We are risen from the grave

Written March 29, 2012
Words and music by Caroline Cobb


I wrote this song when I was 7 months pregnant with Harrison. I was literally “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” when I nailed down the first version of this song, which I think is pretty hilarious. I also posted a video of myself singing this song - huge pregnant - on YouTube. Bad idea?

At this point, the Kickstarter campaign had finished up, and I was whittling down the songs that would go on the album. I knew that the album would tell the story of redemption, but I was missing a song about the resurrection (kind of a key event, right!?). I had written one other song about it, but didn’t feel like it was strong enough.

Most of the songs for this album come from a specific passage of scripture or a specific story, but for this one I had to bring in several passages. The resurrection has so many beautiful facets - it has affected us in so many ways - and I wanted to include as many as I could.

- Caroline

John 20, Romans 3:23-26, 1 Corinthians 15, Hebrews 10:19-22, 1 Peter 1:3-5 

"Your Wounds": Devotional

As I prepare to record a new album, I am planning to publish devotionals and song stories for each of the songs from my last album, the Blood + the Breath. This post is the third in that series.

Artwork by Gustave Doré. Public Domain. 

Artwork by Gustave Doré. Public Domain. 


Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Devotional by Derek Baker, associate pastor of First Presbyterian in Ipswich, MA

Kelly noticed as she pulled out of the gas station there was an 18-wheeler on her bumper. At first, she thought she was imagining being followed. She tried to slow down and let him pass, and speed up and create distance, but he stayed right behind her. The truck’s headlights flooded the car. Her heart raced as her fear grew. She pulled off the highway at the next exit into another gas station, but the trucker followed her still. Slamming on her brakes, she jumped out of her car, and ran toward the store. Simultaneously, the back door of her car flew open, and out leapt a man who had been crouching in the back seat since she had filled up only minutes before. As the carjacker ran toward a nearby field for cover, the trucker tackled him and called the police. When the truck driver approached Kelly he said, “I saw him sneak into your car back there, but there was no time for me to warn you before you drove off. I had to stay close behind you with my high beams in your car so he’d know I’d see him if he tried anything. I did it to save you. It was the only way.”

When we read this passage, we should feel like Kelly did on that night: scared... confused, but wonderfully grateful. This is an unexpected way to save. But it was the only way. All of Israel’s history had been pointing to a coming Savior. The Jews called him “Messiah, Anointed One.” Isaiah and others expected a king. We find a kingly description of the Savior in the first verse of this section: “Behold, my servant shall...be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.” But then for the next 13 verses, we are left confused, even scared. This Savior-king has an appearance that is “marred beyond human semblance” (52:14). He is compared to a young, tender plant in your garden that seems so tiny and weak you wonder if fruit will ever come from it; a root growing out of dried ground that you only notice when you stumble over it (53:2). He’s despised and rejected by men (53:3). This is the exalted Savior-king? Exalted by God, but dismissed by us humans. How many in our day find Jesus insignificant--paying no attention to him until moments of trial or near death? But for the Christian, we dismiss him: too busy to read and pray; forgetting that our every moment is dependent upon Him; failing to see Him working even now.

When C.S. Lewis’ wife was died of cancer he reflected that we may at times wish we could bear another’s pain for them, but we never know if we really mean it, since it is never allowed. He then wrote, “It was allowed to One we are told, and I find I can now believe again that He has done vicariously whatever can be so done. He replies to our babble, ‘You can not and you dare not. I could and I dared.’” Do you believe and marvel that he was diseased for you? It is the only way.

But in the middle of our confusion and fear, as in the middle of Isaiah’s horrifically beautiful description, we should be left wondering in gratitude, because this was the only way to save us. We notice from Isaiah 53:4-6 that there is an unfair exchange taking place between us and Him. It is our sickness He carried, our pains He bore, He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities and by His wounds we are healed. He was diseased for us.

But Isaiah doesn’t finish there. In the end, this suffering Savior-king is exalted because he makes many righteous as he bears their sins. He is seen as a conquering king, but doesn’t keep the spoils for Himself. He shares them with those whom He saved (53:11-12). Do you believe this? It’s His wounds, our healing; His stripes, our peace; His suffering, our hope. If you already trust in Him, will you stop and marvel anew? Allow yourself to be confused, scared, grateful......saved.  It was the only way.


Oh man of sorrows, Hated and despised
So marred, so ugly, We all turned our eyes

Like sheep we’ve wandered, Going our own way
It pleased the Father, To crush You in our place

Your wounds, our healing,
Your stripes, our peace
You carried our sorrows, You carried our griefs
Your suffering, our hope

You poured out your soul, Unto death
So we could be counted, Righteous

Sinless one who takes our sins
Dying one our death condemns
Bearing our guilt though innocent
But the grave can’t hold you in

Written August 11, 2011 for The Scripture to Music Project.
Words and music by Caroline Cobb. From Isaiah 52:13-53:12. 

New Album Coming Soon, Thanks to Kickstarter Backers!

Hello! My name is Caroline Cobb, and I'm a singer-songwriter that loves to tell God's stories from scripture through music. I am so excited to let you know that a new album is coming soon, thanks to a successful Kickstarter, backed by many of you. We are calling the new album A HOME + A HUNGER, and it's centered around the theme of kingdom hope.


It all started in 2011 when I began to work on crazy goal to write a song from every book of the Bible in a year. And wow, what an incredibly transforming and rewarding season of writing. In 2013, I released the Blood + the Breath using many of those songs. That album traced the big story of redemption from creation to Christ's return, by parachuting into biblical scenes like the Passover, or Isaiah's description of the suffering servant, or the story of Jesus's agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Since 2013, I've played concerts and led worship with the hope that my songs could help people journey through the redemption narrative in scripture and walk away wanting more of Him and His Word. His big Story anchors my small story, and it's filled with incredibly good news. I love to get to share it through music; it's a privilege.


While the last album looked back at the "climax" of the Story and what we are redeemed from (Jesus's death and resurrection redeems us from sin and death!), the songs for the new album seem to look forward to the end of the Story and how we are redeemed to a certain kind of kingdom and King. Beginning with the fall into sin and ending with a song from the last chapters of Revelation, the album touches on several themes under the umbrella of "kingdom hope": the hunger we feel as "sojourners and exiles" (1 Peter 2:11, Heb 11:13), the hope we have in the future kingdom when He makes His home with us forever, the humility with which Jesus made His home with us, and the "upside-downness" of God's economy of grace. Here is the song list so far, to give you an idea:

Song List (listen to clips on Instagram at #ahomeandahunger)
(1) There is a Mountain (Intro song drawing from Isaiah) / (2) Eve's Lament (Genesis, the fall) / (3) He Has Made a Way (Red Sea story in Exodus) / (4) All is Vanity (Ecclesiastes) / (6) Fullness of Joy (Psalm 16) / (7) Pave Every Road (John the Baptist & Isaiah) / (8) Emmanuel (Every Promise Yes in Him) / (9) Only the Sick Need a Physician (gospels) / (10) The Two Lost Sons (gospels) / (11) We Draw Near (Hebrews) / (12) Behold, God Makes His Home with Us (Revelation 21-22). 


First, my hope for this new album (and the last album too), is that it would help you rehearse God's Story of redemption and hope in your everyday lives - while you're washing dishes, working at your desk, driving carpool - and that it would be a tool for you to tell others about this Story. 

Second, I pray these songs give hope. I pray they give hope to those who are suffering, as it reminds them of their true, eternal home. I pray it gives hope to those who are feeling condemned under the weight of their sin, as it reminds them of what kind of King Jesus really was, and who will inherit His kingdom. In the past 3.5 years of writing, I think I was drawn to these passages because I personally needed to be reminded of the hope of the gospel in both of these areas. 


This spring, I'll be recording in Nashville with producer Gabe Scott (Andrew Peterson, Jenny & Tyler). I know Gabe will stretch me, understand the vision and ideas behind the album, and help these songs become better than I could even imagine on my own. We will be working together in March, April and May, and I hope to release the album by the end of June. 


If you were part of the Kickstarter campaign, THANK YOU! I can't wait to send you the pre-release and all of your other rewards. It is such a gift to have community around me as I step into this process, and I will do my best to make an album worthy of your patronage! If you would like to stay up-to-date on the album release, sign up for my newsletter via the form below and I'll keep you in the loop. 

Here we go!!!

The Passover Song: Devotional

As I prepare to record a new album, I am planning to publish devotionals and song stories for each of the songs from my last album, the Blood + the Breath. This post is second in a series of many. 

Devotional written by Greg and Ginger O'Brien

Hundreds of years passed while Israel was under Egypt’s heavy yoke of oppression and slavery. They groaned and cried out for help. Could this unbearable burden be relieved? The LORD God heard their cries and He acted. In mercy He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (v 24). God raised up Moses to deliver his people. God sent the signs, the wonders, and finally the plagues so that Israel’s oppressor might know that the Lord is God. The final plague was the death of the firstborn in every house in Egypt. This great plague of God’s judgment would set the Israelites free from slavery’s grip.

There was one thing Israelites were to do: God instructed each Israelite household to take a spotless lamb, kill it, and take its blood and smear it on the door frames of their houses. The blood would be a sign and would cause the LORD to “pass over” them, not allowing death to come to their firstborns. 

The people of Israel obeyed and did everything God instructed them. Were they full of faith that the blood on their door frames would cause God to pass them by, or did some of them lack faith and fear that death would come to them as well? Full of faith or wavering, they obeyed. And God spared them from the curse of the plague that night. Israel’s hope was not in the measure of their faith, but in the greatness of their God who keeps His covenant with His people. But, death did come to Israel that night, yet not in the same way it came to the Egyptians. That night every house in Egypt was a house of death and judgment – either of a lamb, or a firstborn. The blood of the lamb absorbed that judgment for the Israelite households. 

God did indeed pass through the land that night. But, while passing through in judgment he did more than simply pass over the houses with blood on the doorposts. Two Hebrew words in Exodus 12 have been translated as “passover:” ābar and pāsah. The first is the action of God passing over the land to bring judgment. The latter is used to describe God’s action in preventing the destroyer from entering homes with blood on the doorposts. “For the LORD will pass through (ābar) to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over (pāsah) the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you,” (Ex. 12:23).

From consideration of the use of pāsah in other places in the Old Testament, it seems the word would be best translated as ‘hover over, or cover over' (Meredith Kline, The Feast of the Cover-Over). Why is this significant? God did not simply see the blood of the lamb smeared on the doorway and harmlessly pass over their homes. Instead, he shielded them from death. When he saw the blood of the lamb He Himself “covered over” the house, interposing Himself between the destroyer and those inside. So, “the lamb was their covering and the LORD was their covering. Both are true because the LORD became the lamb (Kline).”

Thousands of years later, we find ourselves in the exact same story. We are slaves not to Egypt, but to sin. We, like Egypt and Israel, all deserve death because of our rejection of God, our choosing of our own way. That first passover lamb did not bring the Israelites ulimate salvation – it did not cleanse them of sin. It was a shadow, a type, of the fulness of which would come in the true Passover Lamb.

Jesus, the Son of God, is the Lamb of God, providing the cover-over for the sin of His people. Jesus himself received death’s inflicting blow on the cross, absorbing God’s judgment. Thereby, he covered over those who trust in Him, shielding them from the dark night of God’s final judgment. The cross of Christ became the doorposts on which the blood of the Lamb was painted. The Lamb is our covering and God is our covering. Both are true because, in Jesus, God became the Lamb. 

Questions for Reflection:
1. Do you trust that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to save you from your sin? Do you feel like God will not be merciful to you because your faith seems wavering or small? In light of the meaning of Jesus being the Passover Lamb, how should this apply to your fears and thoughts?

2. Read Revelation 5-7. How does the Passover help you to know Jesus more? 

Words + Music by Sean Carter + Caroline Cobb

There’s a promise in our veins
But it’s faded by all these years in chains
Send a prophet, send the plagues
That by sunrise we will no more be slaves

Take the lamb, take the blood
And paint it on our doorways
At night death will come but pass us by

This is all our hope and peace

In the morning we will rise
Taste the freedom we thought we’d never find
We will dance now in the streets
Once held captive now we shall live as kings

Lift your head, your voice
And sing of your salvation
Of the blood of the lamb that gave us life

Now by this we’ll overcome
Now by this we’ll reach our home

There’s a poison in our veins
And it leads to death we cannot escape
Send a ransom a perfect Son
Remedy the curse with His precious blood

And the Lamb that will come
His cross will be our doorway
And the red of His blood ill make us white
And daughters and sons
Rejoice in resurrection
And death swallowed up in endless life

Glory, glory this I sing
All my praise for this I bring
Naught of good that I have done
Nothing but the blood of Jesus


Artwork by Chris Koelle, www.chriskoelle.com Created for Desiring God’s Job the Film, http://www.jobthefilm.com 

Artwork by Chris Koelle, www.chriskoelle.com
Created for Desiring God’s Job the Film, http://www.jobthefilm.com 

"Garden": Devotional + Song Story

As I prepare to begin recording a new album, I am planning to publish devotionals and song stories for each of the songs from my last album, the Blood + the Breath. This post is the first in a series of hopefully many over the next few months.

written by Caroline

"Garden" contrasts the beauty of creation - the colors, the food, the perfect relationship God and men, between Adam and Eve - with the warped ugliness of the Fall. And, the last chorus begins with the all-important word“but”. Man has sinned, but God promises to breathe life again through Eve's offspring, the One who would crush the serpent's head (Gen. 3:15). So begins the story of redemption.

When I was doing vocals for this song in the studio, I kept singing the bridge (describing man’s fall into sin) with a little too much “attitude”. Josh the producer stopped me and said that my tone shouldn’t be one of anger, but of sadness. After all, I was singing from the perspective of a loving God. The tender way I had been singing the verses (describing creation), should translate to the bridge as well. God wasn’t helpless, but He must have been sad as He watched His creation choose sin and death.The next few vocal takes were so different, even more tender - I was in a totally different headspace.

This God - with His tender love for Adam and Eve in their sin (and for us!), with His promise to redeem us through His own Son - this is a God worthy of our worship.

written by Cheryl Fletcher

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1-3

It begins in a garden. A garden created by God, filled with streams and barrel cactus and Joshua trees and reptiles and cats of all sizes and shapes. An exquisite garden for his image-bearers to enjoy and tend and fertilize. Everything is theirs. But the Creator gives a warning. “You can eat from the 492,000 trees in this place but don’t eat from that one. Avoid it and you will show that you trust me. Eat from it and you will die.” 

But, they had to have what they could not have. And this radiant garden becomes a garden of rebellion. 

But even in this giant failure there is grace and hope. The penalty is covered. There is a promise: One will come who will die in their place. His name is Jesus. Satan might bruise his heel but he will crush Satan’s head (Gen. 3:15; Romans 16:20). 

Jesus will enter a new Garden and rather than rebel, he will submit. 

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden of Submission, Jesus says, “Your will, Father, not mine.” And that act leads to the Garden of Redemption: Calvary. 

“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.” John 19:41 

In the Garden of Redemption death is conquered! New life is offered. Resurrection is accomplished. And nothing is ever the same. 


1. In what ways are you most tempted to rebel against God today? Remember, sin is not just actions but also attitudes. 

2. Take a minute and write down a list of the beautiful things God has created, and all that He has provided for us. As you reflect on this list, how does this make you feel about these ways you are tempted to rebel? What do you need to say to God? 

3. Read Romans 8:1-4. What does it reveal about what Jesus accomplished for you in his death? 
Devotional by Cheryl Fletcher
Pastor to Women at Christian Assembly Church - Los Angeles, CA

GENESIS 1 AND 2 (SEE ALSO GEN 3 + 11, EX 32 + ROM 1)

Beauty from void, dark to light
Sun for the day, stars for the night
For you I’ll plant a garden, fill it with light
Food for your mouth and color for eyes, and…

I will breathe into the dust
The breath of life and all my love
And when you open your eyes
You will see and be satisfied
Because I will be with you
I will be with you, I

Fall asleep; I’ll make for you a love
Love like a shield, like a home, like a dove
You are free, but ever enthralled
And I, I will be your all, and…

I will breathe into the dust
The breath of life and all my love
And when you open your eyes
You will see and be satisfied
Because I will be with you
I will be with you, I

Pick the lies right off the tree
Your eyes are opened but not to see
Build a tower to the sky
You think you know, you think you’re wise
Melt your gold down to a god
Sell your soul to pay for your facade
Trade your truth for silence
I’ll let you loose if you want it


I will breathe into the dust
The breath of life and all my love
And when you open your eyes
You will see and be satisfied
Because I will be with you
I will be with you, I

New Song for Christmas: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

Out today: a brand new Christmas song, featuring Sean Carter.

Sean and I recently sat down to record an old Christmas carol called "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" for The Gospel Coalition. The story behind the song is so meaningful, and the lyrics so relevant today that we decided to release it as a single. 

Henry Longfellow wrote the original words for this carol when the realities he saw all around him in the Civil War - death, war, division, darkness, the near-fatal wounding of his own son - seemed to mock the angel's song of "peace on earth, good will to men".

When we look around us - at the tragedy of Syria, division and unrest in our own country, racism, terrorism, death, the sorrows we may be experiencing in our own lives - we feel that same dissonance. Where is God? Where is the peace on earth He promised through Christ's birth? 

"For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men"

I love Longfellow's answer to this question in the last verse of the song, for in it lies our ultimate hope and peace:

"Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead nor doth He sleep!
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men"

You can hear the full story behind Longfellow's original poem, written by Justin Taylor, on The Gospel Coalition podcast and buy the single on iTunes. We hope it is as meaningful for you as it is for us.


A Song for the Suffering: Do Not Lose Heart

The Story Behind "Do Not Lose Heart"... 
Just a little over two years ago, my husband received a crushing phone call. His dad, Joe, had been diagnosed with the more aggressive onset of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and would only have 12-18 months to live. This disease, made famous by the "Ice Bucket Challenge," has no cure and there is no real way to fight it. Your brain stops sending signals to your muscles - even to the involuntary muscles that you use to swallow and breathe. Slowly, your body deteriorates, and you lose the ability to walk, talk, stand, and eat. We were devastated.

On the surface, there is no real hope here: no hope of "overcoming the odds" or getting treatment or fighting the disease. And yet, the Bible says there is a hope. As we looked ahead to the suffering we knew his dad would face, and as I searched scripture for what comfort Joe might have in this hopeless situation, this song began to form. 

Based on Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 4, "Do Not Lose Heart" speaks about the eternal, unwavering hope we have, even in the most difficult of trials. It is a hope achieved for us by Jesus's death on the cross and victorious resurrection. We do not lose heart, even when our flesh fails and we grow weary with suffering, because we know Jesus - who also suffered - has conquered death and is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all compare. As believers, we have a living, eternal hope that does not change when our circumstances change. 

This was a truth that sustained Joe until his last day. We lost him just this past April, and we grieve his absence. But because Jesus is risen and alive, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. One day, He will return and even death, that last enemy, will be soundly defeated.  

Life has been heavy and hard lately for a lot of people I know, and the world around us often feels chaotic and dark. I pray that this song will remind you of our great hope in Jesus, even in the midst of trial.

"Do Not Lose Heart" was featured on The Gospel Coalition's compilation album When Trials Come: Resurrection Songs for a World of Suffering. I had the privilege of curating the songs for this album, specifically with the theme of hope in suffering and the book of 1 Peter in mind. The album features Jenny & Tyler, Shane & Shane, Sandra McCracken, Jackie Hill Perry, Blair Linne, The Gray Havens, Page CXVI and many others.

This song was made possible by my very generous friend Kevin Cathey, who produced, engineered and played keys on the track. Also generously contributing their talents and time were Rob Antle on drums, Marshall Hampson on bass, Ronnie Jenkins on electric guitar, and Linzy Westman with BGV's.

Why Call It "the Blood + the Breath"?

Have you ever heard of a word cloud? If you’ve spent much time reading blogs, you’ve probably seen one before.

Basically, word clouds take a source text and then create a “cloud” image, giving greater prominence to words that appear in the source text most frequently.

One day, just for fun, I sat down at my computer and created a word cloud using all of the lyrics that I had so far for the album. I noticed that words that conveyed death and sacrifice (“blood,” “grave,” “death,” “wounds,” “suffering”, etc.) and resurrection and life (“risen,” “breath,” “life,” “hope”, etc.) appeared over and over again, and my wheels started turning.

At this point, I didn’t realize that all of the songs centered around the theme of redemption.  I started playing around with ideas for titles and came up with the one we have now: “The Blood and the Breath”…

And then I realized with excitement that every song was basically telling the same story. Every, single song on the album falls into one or both of these categories: blood (death, sacrifice, atonement) and breath (life, resurrection, Spirit).

And every, single song points to Jesus.

BLOOD first appears in the Bible in Genesis 3, when first sacrificial blood was shed because of sin entering the world.

Throughout the Old Testament, Christ’s sacrifice is prefigured: Abraham’s near sacrifice of his only son Isaac, the passover lamb in Exodus 12, the sacrificial system, the promise of the “suffering servant” in Isaiah 53. Ultimately, the word “blood” refers to the blood Jesus’ sheds for us on the cross, which has purchased us from death to life.

Most of the songs on the album allude to the cross, but “The Passover Song”, “Your Wounds”, and “Gethsemane” especially do.

BREATH is a symbol of creation and new life in Genesis 1 and 2 and the “recreated” life that God gives us through Christ.

“Breath” refers to Jesus’ resurrection, foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament and the great hope of the New.  The word signals the promise of our bodily resurrection on the last day (see 1 Corinthians 15 and “Wake Up”).

Historically, the Holy Spirit, God’s deposit on and guarantee of our new life in Christ, is called the “breath of God”.

“Garden”, “Dry Bones”, and “Breath of God” specifically speak of the “breath of life” and/or the Spirit.

AT EASTER, the words “blood” and “breath” converge, and the story of redemption reaches a great climax.

The Easter story – our redemption through Jesus’ cross and resurrection – undergirds every song on this album. 

Singing Psalm 34:4-6 for The Verses Project

Artwork by Amy Fuller.

Artwork by Amy Fuller.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
— Psalm 34:4-5

I had the opportunity to write a song for Psalm 34:4-5 for The Verses Project this summer, and it was an amazing process. The Verses Project is a collaborative effort by a number of artists and musicians including Robbie Seay, Latifah Alattas (Page CXVI), Charlie Hall and many others to put Bible verses to (good, not hokey) music, for the sake of memorization. It's run by a group of friends: Joel Limpic (a worship pastor at Park Church in Denver), Ryan Pikas (a worship pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City), and Chris Clark (a worship pastor at Redemption Church in Edmond, OK).

I recorded the song with my good friend Kevin Cathey engineering and producing, Rob Antle on drums, and Garth Jantzen on bass.

Listen here.


Behind the Album Cover Art

The story behind the album’s cover artwork, from designer Nicole Rim:

“I was really excited to have another opportunity to collaborate with Caroline in designing her new album, “The Blood + the Breath.”  I’ve been so encouraged by these simple yet profound songs that are seeped in Scripture and tell of the redemption story that God has written for us.

The title of Caroline’s album really conjured up so much imagery from the Bible and from her songs, so I had to figure out what to distill. Caroline really helped in this process, as she knew she wanted something bold and simple with red and blue as the primary colors.

The Blood: In order to represent the redemptive theme running throughout the songs, I wanted to take two very powerful stories that dealt with a lot of blood: The Passover from the Old Testament and the Crucifixion from the New Testament. Using Caroline’s very own bold, red paint stroke, I placed it on a wood, grain background, alluding to the grue- some but necessary actions that would bring life. This connection of the Old and New seemed fitting as Caroline’s songs would constantly point to the greater story of redemption.

The Breath: I wanted to contrast the bold imagery from ‘the blood’ with a more airy, amorphous, watercolor image that would symbolize the breath of God and the life that He brought and continues to bring, even through death. I also wanted to incorporate some of Caroline’s lyrics on this image which, again, points to that redemptive story of salvation.”

Nicole Rim is a graphic designer for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Check out her photography here and her design work here.

VIDEO: "The Passover Song" feat. Sean Carter

Please watch and share this brand new, live performance video of “The Passover Song” featuring my friend and co-writer Sean Carter.

You can download the recording of this performance, along with 3 other Easter-themed songs from both Sean and I, over on NoiseTrade for free.

I pray this video and song will remind you and your friends of the great hope you have in Jesus, the cross and the resurrection during this Lent and Easter season!

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Remembering 11/11

Today is a big day for me.  It’s a day of celebration, a day of remembering God’s faithfulness.  A day to laugh and wonder at the amazing journey He has taken me on in the last 3 years.  A journey that started with a little goal I made 3 years ago this November…

In November of 2010, I gave myself a crazy goal: write a song for every book of the Bible in one year, before I turned 30 on 11/11/11. I called it The Scripture to Music Project, and it was one of the most fulfilling and amazing things I’ve ever done.  Week after week, I was digging into a different book of the Bible, trying to figure out which story or passage to concentrate on, trying to discern how to tell that story in a creative and yet faithful way. During this year of writing, the redemptive story that God has authored for us in Scripture became vibrantly beautiful to me, both in its personal details and its panoramic fullness.

A house show in Houston

When I finished my goal, I knew I wanted to share these songs and this Story with everyone I could. So, in January of 2012, I left my super supportive husband Nick at home and hit the road with my little girl Ellie (then 18 months) in tow to play house shows in cities all across Texas. I was also about 4 months pregnant with our little boy Harrison. Night after night, people sat and listened to the story of Scripture through song. And night after night, people told me how encouraged they were, how they wanted to dig back into the Bible, and how they loved hearing the old stories in a fresh, new way. And this got me thinking…

What if people could actually take these songs home? What if you could own an album that creatively traced the story of Scripture from beginning to end? What if you could listen to stories from the Old Testament during your morning commute to work, and stories from the New Testament while you were waiting in the carpool line to pick up your kids from school? And what if you could give this same CD to a friend who was completely unfamiliar with God’s Story?

A few months later, I launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds needed to record a studio album. It would not be an album made up of arbitrary songs, but an album that would share God’s story of redemption, from beginning to end, using many of the songs I had written during my 29th year.  It was a big risk, a huge step of faith for me.  I had many tear-filled conversations with my husband on our couch after Ellie went to sleep for the night, wondering “what if I fail? wouldn’t it be easier just to forget about this? how can I do this while still being a stay-at-home mom too?”

My fears and self-doubt nearly kept me from beginning this journey.  Eventually, this became my prayer: “If I fail, let it be to your glory. If I succeed, let it be to your glory. Your will be done.” I launched the Kickstarter campaign on April 11 and we met our goal in just 5 days.   

And, oh the journey we’ve been on since then… I feel so privileged to be a vehicle for God’s redemptive Story through these 12 little songs.  If you know me well, you know I’m not a slick, rock-star type.  You might also notice that I’m not the most polished singer or the most skilled guitar player.  I’m a stay-at-home mom of two kids, and one more on the way, who spends much of her time nuking chicken nuggets and changing diapers and reading kids’ books (which is an amazing gig!).  And yet, God has used me and used these songs as I have faithfully tried to take the next small steps of faith I know to take.

So, today I celebrate.  Today, I remember.  Today, I am grateful.

Studio Journal: Week 1

On January 20, my little family left for Colorado.  The very next day, I drove to Shane & Shane’s studio near Dallas for my first day of recording.  After years of work on these songs, and months and months of waiting to get started, the day had finally come!  I felt a little bit nervous, but mostly just ready.  Everything turned out better than I could have even imagined.
Here are some highlights from that first week:

    • The studio… it’s in the middle of the woods, which I loved.  There was this little ridge you could hike up to, and I loved going up there to clear my head while we were on breaks.  It was beautiful.
The view from the top of the ridge.

The view from the top of the ridge.

  • Watching Ian Fitchuk (musician) and Josh Moore (producer, musician) work together, building the songs layer by layer.  First, Ian would play some guitar while Josh played piano.  Then, Ian would play drums while Josh would track the bass.  It was so effortless for them and it would only take them a take or two to nail the parts.  Meanwhile, I was sitting there amazed.
    • “Dry Bones” is this really gritty, dark blues song about Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones (Ez. 37).  Before we started tracking this song, Josh read Ezekiel 37 in the very, very creepy voice of Tom Waits.  Seriously.  And then we made up a new genre called “zombie blues”.  And that was that.
Me, Josh & Ian.

Me, Josh & Ian.

Josh & Ian doing their thing.

  • Hearing “All the Stars”, a song about God’s promises to Abraham, come together. Josh had talked to me about wanting to really have an almost Coldplay(ish) build in this song, and I had to write a bridge part to make sure that could happen. We pulled it off and it sounds so cool.  It’s an uplifting, upbeat song, and I tend to write slow, sad ones… can’t wait for you guys to hear this one.
  • Getting to meet Shane & Shane, who own the studio.  I tried not to geek out too much – they are just really cool people and I’ve loved their music for a long, long time.  They even sat down and listened to a song or two and (I think) they liked them!

Meanwhile, Ellie made her first snowman in Colorado. Was sad to miss that, but glad she was having fun!


Into the Studio!

In just two weeks, I’m finally headed into the studio to record a new album.  This album is the result of over 2 years of work, and I cannot wait to see these songs come to life.

The story behind this album really begins at the end of 2010, when I gave myself a crazy goal to write a song for every book of the Bible by 11/11/11.  Now, through the help of an amazing Kickstarter community – and by God’s grace – I’m finally getting to make a record using of a few of the songs from that year of writing, plus a few new ones too.

Beginning with creation and ending with the second coming of Jesus, this record will trace the biblical story of redemption: the “scarlet thread” that ultimately points to Jesus’ death and resurrection.  It will be called The Blood & The Breath: Songs that Sing the Story of Redemption.

I’m excited about making this album for a million reasons, but mostly I’m excited for people to have an album that will tell this story.  There are so many stories in the Bible, but they are really all telling the same bigger story: the story of redemption, the story of a loving God who rescues us from sin and death through Jesus.  And this is the story that gives meaning and hope to our own.

In some ways, I feel really ready.  In some ways, I feel really inadequate.  But I’m praying that God will take my work and my weaknesses and use it.  2 Corinthians 4:5 says “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  This is my hope and prayer for this album.