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I hope that “Lavish” has inspired you towards thinking further about these biggest themes – most of all about the significance of Jesus Christ and the enormity of His claims. A spiritual revolution began for me when I recognised the lavish love that drove Jesus to die on a cross in my place, said “sorry” for […]

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Listen to “Show me”

An appropriate response to the revelation of a God who is there, I sometimes close concerts with this song – my quiet prayer that others would take the words of this Psalm as their own. That you, too, would surrender your life to the glorious Jesus who died for you, rose from the dead and […]

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Listen to “Wedding Song”

Weddings resonate through the Bible. Jesus even supplied the wine for one of them! The final scene of history is described as a wedding feast – Jesus in perfect relationship and celebration with all of humanity who have accepted His approach to us. Could it be that all love takes its definition – its shape […]

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Listen to “You’re that one”

Lullaby-like and with another of Lester’s sublime arrangements enveloping a picked guitar, this song is about the touch on a person’s life of the love of the King of Heaven. “How great is the love lavished on us…” Have you experienced this? I could never deserve to hear the King of Heaven address me in […]

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Listen to “His Name”

The guards give instructions for prisoners to return to the wings. He starts away. Now he turns back and smiles, “I’ve never been so free…” A few millennia ago, there was a forwards-projecting myth – a “prophecy” – that spoke of One who would come to make the broken unbroken, to mend, heal, restore, renew. […]

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Listen to “Hide”

There’s an ancient story about a prophet who, exhausted, shelters in a cave. Earth-shaking phenomena ensue and seem to turn the world upside down but he realises, it is all emptiness if God is not there… “And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face […]

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Listen to “Lavish”

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are!”* Each verse recounts how John speaks of this eternal love expressed to us: a love that calls you child, that is untamed by years and that reaches into history to […]

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Listen to “Broken Man”

In our affluent and distant situation, we still hear echoes of their heart-cries and even here they resonate. These blues songs are marked by a clarity and immediacy emanating from lives that were cruel and yet were somehow often filled with a sense of transcendent hope. A hope perhaps due to their echoes of “Gospel” […]

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Listen to “A Place?”

“another ‘her’ who had not made the same mistakes that she had made…” The film echoes with a longing that fills so many of our own souls: for guilt to be taken away – a yearning for forgiveness. It was after watching “Another Earth” that I wrote, “A Place”. The refrain is filled with the […]

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Listen to “A Hill”

The focus of the song reels to the hill where state-sponsored executions take place: Skull Hill – Golgotha. But today the dying One is innocent, bringing about what some would say is the most significant revolution ever to sweep human – even cosmic – history. From discordant harmonics played on the guitar to a backing […]

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Listen to “Saviour?”

Down at street level wandering under an overpass – perhaps pushing a trolley or wearing a sandwich board – there’s the obscure, eccentric old man. Prophet-like, he speaks of “One”. As I ride away on a double-decker in the mess and chaos of a night bus in the rain, I reflect back on these characters […]

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Listen to Calling…

L1 - Calling - Andy Mayo - Lavish Stories and Songs

Nick Beston is playing the saxophone throughout this album. We first became friends after creating a pop-up jazz café in a bus in New Cross, South London. He has an incredible sense of melody and harmony: the centre of our five-piece band when playing these songs live. It is Nick’s notes that open this album… […]

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