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The Promise with Michael Card


John Stonestreet interviews beloved Christian musician, Michael Card, on the meaning and power of Advent — the season of His coming!

During the Advent season, we celebrate Christ’s coming and the fact that He is with us. No one has articulated that point more powerfully than musical artist, Michael Card. His classic album, “The Promise,” is a beautiful celebration of our Savior. We’re glad you’ve joined us for this special edition of BreakPoint This Week as we welcome Michael Card to walk us through his powerful masterpiece. Gather your family and friends to celebrate with us, and explore the meaning of this season: the fulfillment of God’s promise to mankind.

Michael Card, a musician whose career spans over thirty years, thirty-one albums and twenty-four books, has long been a household name for Christian families who love worshipful music all year round. But this bestselling musician and award-winning author holds a special place in many of our hearts and homes during the Christmas season, when we listen to his work for its depth and scriptural perspective on one of the most wondrous moments on the Christian calendar: the birth of Christ.

The Lord God said when time was full
He would shine His light in the darkness
He said a virgin would conceive
And give birth to the Promise
For a thousand years the dreamers dreamt
And hoped to see His love
The Promise showed their wildest dreams
had simply not been wild enough

So run the lyrics to the title track of Card’s album, “The Promise.” Other pieces, like “Joseph’s Song,” imagine and capture what key figures in the biblical narrative must have thought and felt during the events surrounding our Savior’s birth:

How could it be this baby in my arms
Sleeping now, so peacefully
The Son of God, the angel said
How could it be
Lord I know He’s not my own
Not of my flesh, not of my bone
Still Father let this baby be
The son of my love
Father show me where I fit into this plan of yours
How can a man be father to the Son of God?
Lord for all my life I’ve been a simple carpenter
How can I raise a king?

“What I wanted to do with ‘The Promise,'” explains Card, “was really to show the connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament. And not simply in terms of prophecy, which is clearly a huge part of understanding Christmas, but the fact that there were specific recipients of that promise.”

Today, as then, there are recipients of the promise of Christ’s coming, and everyone who embraces the Christian view of reality is among them. We hope you greatly enjoy this special broadcast, and that you enter this season with the songs of Advent on your lips and in your heart. We also hope you’ll pick up a copy of Micheal’s acclaimed album, “The Promise,” and take advantage of a unique resource we at the Colson Center have just assembled on the Worldview of Advent.

This broadcast first aired on November 24, 2012.



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