BREATHE DEEP: SURVIVAL IS JUST THE BEGINNING
We need salvation more than life itself…
— Lincoln Brewster
The Genesis account of Creation captures
one of the most colorful, creative, insightful
profiles of God. As a painter flings paint
across a blank canvas, God flung stars into
being, planets into orbit, life into existence.
He created an atmosphere to protect
our planet and gravity to keep us on it. He
created plants, land, bodies of water, birds,
fish and animals, endowing each living thing
with the natural instincts to seek those
things that sustain life — oxygen, food, water.
When God crafted man and woman in
His own image, however, He elevated His own design. Endowing mankind with logic,
rationale, free will and emotions, He gave us
all an option.
We can survive. Or we can live —
abundantly, fully, with vision and purpose.
Lincoln Brewster knows a lot about
“My life started upside-down,” he says. “My
mom and my biological father got divorced
when I was very young… my step-dad, who
was a commercial fisherman, was a really
abusive alcoholic; so when we moved in with
him, it manifested in my life and my mother’s
and sister’s lives negatively. I think the
turning point for me was when I became a
Christian at 19. There was a lot of alcohol and drug abuse and addictions, but music was
always my outlet.”
One of the most esteemed guitar players
in the industry, and widely recognized as
a trail-blazer of modern worship, Lincoln’s
outlet has not only offered healing and hope
to his own heart but to hearts around the
world. Today, eight albums and more than
two decades in, Lincoln’s music conveys the
redemption and grace he has in Christ more
clearly than ever.
“Musically, I feel like I’m in a new season. I
feel like I have a renewed passion for what I
do,” he says.
Make no mistake — renewal, much like
refinement, isn’t a painless process. Just as
his music helped him understand, cope and
grow from a rough childhood, this newest project helped him understand, cope and
grow during a season that could have
completely undone his family and himself.
“Over the past year, Lincoln and his wife
of 20 years, Laura, spent a good portion of
their time in and out of hospitals after she
was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Throughout her treatment, they both
struggled to reconcile the circumstances.
Exhausted and weakened by the situation,
however, their greatest peace emerged when
they allowed themselves to feel sadness,
anger or frustration and instead of trying to
hide it from God, to give it to Him.
“It’s frustrating that, often, when tough
times come, the idea of sadness or weakness
seems like a foreign concept to a lot of
Christians,” Lincoln shares. “I go back to the shortest verse in the Bible — He wept. Jesus
cried, and I believe He was sad that His friend
died. I see Him displaying sadness, which
can be emotionally healthy. He’s showing us
that there’s one way to grieve — and that is
to grieve. The important thing is not to stay
there. It’s important to bounce back and find
Music has frequently been the means by
which God has delivered healing to Lincoln’s
heart. And it is Lincoln’s music, especially as
of late, that has done the same for others.
“The week before Laura went in for surgery,
some of our closest friends lost their 21-yearold
son in a car wreck,” Lincoln shares. “It was
insane, scary and painful; but it’s the type of
pain and sorrow that’s part of the journey.
You have to embrace it. A few weeks after the
funeral, they sent me a picture of their car
radio that read, ‘Lincoln Brewster: Made New.’
It was a good sign.”
The first single from the project, “Made
New,” indicates that this new season of
hope, creativity and ministry is more than
semantics. Though life has been a relentless
gauntlet of tragedy, loss and frustration
for Lincoln and his family, it has also been
a wide-open canvas. Daily, Lincoln chose
to find ways to partner with God and the
masterpiece He had already set in motion.
And daily, God passed him the brush and
allowed him to paint his own altar, be it
before His throne or another’s.
“When Moses went up the mountain to
get the Ten Commandments, the children of
Israel needed to worship so badly, they made
the golden calf,” Lincoln says. “We are built
for worship. Usually, we worship everything.
It’s a focus issue. With all the great things
that are emerging with a greater focus
on worship within the church, we end up
worshipping the worship. When the way we
worship becomes more important than why
we worship, we’re missing the boat. People want to have moments with God. On this
album, I pushed the boundaries to try and
create something new.”
Sonically, lyrically, he has accomplished
just that. But on another level, Lincoln has
discovered and shared a new paradigm
through which to live life — one that perceives
God as a necessity, not an accessory.
“The idea that I need God more than
oxygen was just the highest altitude I could
reach,” he says. “We need the Lord in our
lives, and we need His salvation more than
Like countless people around the world,
Lincoln’s life has been hard. His early years
were damaging; his current years are
challenging. And while he has had basic
necessities — food, water, air — he would be
the first to say that his survival has hinged
upon one thing alone — his God.
From day one, man was not created in
order to be able to survive alone. Unlike
those of animals and plants, our lives
cannot be reduced to scientific formulas or
equations. Much like Jesus demonstrated in
His days on earth, we are a complex, messy,
inconclusive mash of emotions, desires, hurts
and dreams. We are created for love and to
love. We are created to worship. And, while
oxygen moves our lungs in and out, keeping
us alive, it is only within the grace and
company of the Lord that we truly live.
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