‘Do You Be­lieve?’ sound­track speaks of God’s pur­pose

The al­bum gives com­pre­hen­sive sam­pling of Chris­tian faith

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION - Tracey Evi­son Tracey Evi­son, a mu­si­cian and ed­u­ca­tor on P.E.I., writes this col­umn for The Guardian ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day. She can be con­tacted by email at trevo­rand­tracey@pei.sym­pa­tico.ca.

Chris­tian films have seen a resur­gence in re­cent years. One of the most re­cent re­leases was “Do You Be­lieve?” from Pure Flix En­ter­tain­ment.

Over the past few weeks I had the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to the sound­track from this film. The “Do You Be­lieve? - Sound­track” con­tains 10 ti­tles used in the film. The ti­tle track, un­sur­pris­ingly, is the News­boys an­them, We Be­lieve, a beau­ti­fully crafted mu­si­cal creed of Chris­tian­ity.

The al­bum opens with Au­dio Adren­a­line's Love Was Stronger. An en­er­getic pop num­ber, it speaks to how the love of God can over­come all our strug­gles: “I was a child of wrath....but love was stronger/ I tried re­sist­ing grace, the Son of God still took my place, 'cause love was stronger/ You are stronger than my sins you car­ried to the cross, res­ur­rect­ing love.”

Here for a Rea­son by Ashes Re­main is another pop/rock num­ber that re­minds the lis­tener that “You are not for­got­ten/ You are not alone....Ev­ery time that you wake up breath­ing/ ev­ery night that you close your eyes...there's pur­pose for your life....you are here for a rea­son.”

7eventh Time Down re­peats the ques­tion asked in the film's ti­tle with the rock num­ber, Do You Be­lieve.

The sound­track also con­tains sev­eral wor­ship num­bers. Phil Wick­ham's You're Beau­ti­ful, ob­vi­ously speaks of the beauty of God and His cre­ation. Laura Story's O Love of God re­minds lis­ten­ers how God's love is able to touch ev­ery part of us and make us new. How Sweet the Sound, from Citizen Way, uses ref­er­ences to Psalm 23 and the iconic Amaz­ing Grace as they sing: “Yea though I walk through the val­ley/ I know that You are al­ways right be­side me/ And I will fear no evil/ You're my rock and my strength/ You com­fort me/ Amaz­ing grace how sweet the sound/ I hear You singing over me/ I once was lost but now I'm found...And it's a beau­ti­ful sound.”

Other tracks on the al­bum in­clude Chas­ing the Sun by Safe Haven, Break Ev­ery Chain from The Dig­i­tal Age and Dead Man Walk­ing from John Tibbs.

All in all, the “Do You Be­lieve” Sound­track is a com­pre­hen­sive sam­pling of the Chris­tian faith. It speaks of God's love, our pur­pose, pro­vides us with a state­ment of faith, and re­minds lis­ten­ers that God's love over­comes our sins and shame. The al­bum is also a lovely com­pi­la­tion of some of the best artists in Chris­tian mu­sic.

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