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Apr 19, 2005
"I Am Free" Worship CD by Ross Parsley

"I Am Free" is the wonderfully fresh worship experience (Integrity Worship CD) by Ross Parsley. This worship experience is free from the usual rut most contemporary worship finds itself today. Ross takes songs and allows God to show up, created divine intersections with us, transforming our lives. Ross is not afraid of giving control to the Holy spirit and to allow his heart and mind to enter into that place where we stand face to face with Jesus and worship him in majesty, honesty and power.

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The opening song, "Hear us from Heaven" is a plea for God to come and change us. "
Hear us from heaven,
touch our generation,
we are you people crying out in desperation.
Jesus, Jesus, we cry out"
Hear us from Heaven.

So much of contemporary worship is missing this desire to have God in our midst, changing us, making us new, filling the desperation in our lives. Ross's passion is so clear in each song. As you sit and listen, you are brought in to the very presence of God. What more could a worship leader want---.

Other songs, like "More than I can Imagine" are songs that encourage us to give God our everything. That in God's hands our lives are made purposeful and powerful. Each phrase lead us to a deeper sense of who God is and what God can do in our lives.
"You are more than I imagine
greater than the heavens
deeper than my heart could ever dream
You are more than any treasure
beyond what I can measure
everything I will ever need
more than enough for me

Ross also captures the passion of the past with a trilogy of two great hymns ("How Great Thou Art" and "Fairest Lord Jesus") and the Jared Anderson song ďAmazedĒ. In the use of these songs in this order, Ross bridges the past and helps this generation capture the power of ancient words in relevant melodies and rhythms.

Of all the songs, the title track (I Am Free) stands out for me as an expression of full blow, sold out souls on fire for Jesus who are now ready and free to live for the Master with their whole hearts, minds, souls and bodies. This tremendous song of praise will be a favorite, sung around the world as an expression of Godís greats love for those who have followed Jesus. You canít listen to this without your heart jumping, your feet tapping and your soul flying.

Ross is Worship leader at New Life Church, Colorado Springs ( )