"This Heavenly View - Songs for Worship, Celebration and Reflection" is a collection of original songs produced by Victorious Life Christian Church. Brian Barker wrote the songs and has been leading worship at Victorious Life Christian Church in Troy, New York since 1986. Brian has written close to a hundred original songs for worship.
Savior of the World - This song is a bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus that is well suited for congregational singing in churches looking for contemporary worship songs with rich, Christ-centered lyrics.
This Heavenly View - The title track of the album, This Heavenly View is a personal song about discovering a glimpse of God while hiking in the Adirondack mountains, witnessing the birth of my children and driving to work through my neighborhood in North Central Troy. It was written at a time when one of my best friends was serving in the Iraq War and both my father and my pastor had recently passed away. It is a reminder to me that through Christ, we know a God who is familiar with suffering and is willing to meet us there.
Thank You Song - This song speaks for itself as we have so much to be thankful for, both materially and spiritually speaking. An easy song for churches to learn and sing as a congregation to help cultivate gratitude as an expression of worship to God.
Better Than Life - Inspired by Psalm 63:3, this song is a a declaration that God's love is better than life as demonstrated by Jesus laying down his life for us. It calls us to live a life of love in response to His grace.
My Redeemer Lives - Is a contemporary remake of the classic hymn by Samuel Medley, written in 1775. I don't know if Sam would approve of my remake of his classic hymn and I don't pretend to have improved it in anyway; but I will say that I had fun writing and singing it! My it help yet another generation sing about the glories of our resurrected Lord.
In Beauty Glorified - Written with the help of my wife, Dena, In Beauty Glorified is inspired by the hymn "Crown Him with Many Crowns" and is a declaration of how the struggles of this life are made beautiful as they become testimonies of God's grace and healing.
Will I Recognize You? - This song asks if we will recognize the Lord Jesus as we encounter those who are in need. It is a reminder to me, living in a distressed neighborhood with many struggling in poverty of the need to see Christ in the least of those around us.
Prayerful Rant - Inspired in part by the hymn "Give Me Jesus", written by Fanny Crosby in 1879 and in part by trends in evangelical pop culture; this song is written to both polemical and prayerful. May the lyrics promote honest and productive discourse among His church.
The Cost of Intimacy - This song was written the year my daughter, Micaela, was born. Little did I know then that she would sing this song twenty years later, as an adult, for this recording. It goes without saying that this brings me a wonderful sense of joy.
Theme of Our Praise - Inspired by Psalm 45:1, this song is a proclamation that only the cross of Christ provides the true inspiration for singing in worship and living the Christian life.
Brian Barker resides with his wife, Dena, and their seven children in Troy, New York and has served as an elder of Victorious Life Christian Church since 1988. Brian oversees the worship arts and several outreach ministries of Victorious Life and serves on the board of directors for Arise & Build Community Ministries. Brian has a passion to see our inner cities renewed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the faithful service of prevailing local churches.
"This Heavenly View" is an extension of Brian's passion for calling attention to the plight of our inner cities and the need for local churches to help renew, re-build and restore our struggling communities and serve the poor. Proceeds from the sale of "This Heavenly View" will support Arise & Build Community Ministries; a faith-based not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping urban families. The mission of Arise & Build Community Ministries is to direct a wide array of Christian community development programs and services to help meet the varied needs of urban households. You can learn more about the work of Arise & Build Community Ministries at www.vlcctroy.org.
Victorious Life Christian Church is a community of Christian believers compelled by the love of God to serve and renew their city through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Based in Troy, New York, Victorious Life serves individuals and families throughout the Capital Region. We are ordinary people from all walks of life, with imperfect and often messy lives, who desire to know and love Jesus Christ and be transformed by His gospel. As a community, we are growing and learning to serve one another, our city and others around the world.