Elevate Music Festival is one of Arizona’s leading Music events. A three day festival produced by Celebration Concerts and Extreme Faith Productions, in it’s fourth year, it continues to produce a full weekend of uplifting and fun Christ centered music. Katrina, one of the festival concert goers, gives her synopsis of the weekend and the impact it had on her life.
The overall message of LOVE was brought into a vivid lyrical picture through a spectrum of musical artistry and talent that embraced the hearts and souls of believers, giving fuel that ignited a spirit of revival in both young and old.
ELEVATE Day #1: The VICTORY!
The same message of Victory was communicated through all the songs the artists sang this first night, artist such as Mia Koehne, I Am They, Shaun Groves, Moriah Peters, Plumb and Third Day. Pastor Dave Shepardson, in his sermon, challenged believers to let God, the Champion of our lives, carry our loads and to live in victory instead of filling our lives with business that gives a numbed falsification of pride and independence. We are nothing without Jesus Christ, our Champion, our Victorious Hero!
ELEVATE DAY #2: The LIGHT
God lights up the sky with His love for us. It shines through us and touches others. This was the mutual message expressed through the talents of The Afters, Johnny Diaz, Josh Wilson, Brandon Heath, and Matthew West on the second amazing night of worship. The LIGHT was shown in action through families touched by ministries including Compassion International and Matthew West’s personal outreach to families.
Pastor Dave Shepardson powerfully challenged believers to evaluate their hearts for the “lukewarm” condition; to check their “light status.” Are we hiding it, fearing it, ashamed of it, or denying it? If so, that would be a “lukewarm” heart condition.
Instead, the crowd was encouraged to let their light shine in this world, gaze upon the light from His glorious presence, and watch the giver of truth and life bring forth transformation in the reality of a changing world in need of a Savior.
ELEVATE DAY #3: The CALLING
The artists, Mikeschair, JJ Heller, Matt Maher, Brian Weaver, Colton Dixon, and Steven Curtis Chapman, on day three stitched together a beautiful tapestry that portrayed the intricacy of how God works through us when we completely surrender to Him and allow the Father of the Universe, to be our “First Love.” Pastor Dave Shepardson simply stated that the greatest of all the commands was to LOVE the Lord your God with all your hearts, soul, mind and strength.
Faith was ELEVATED in June of 2015 in the the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. A true metamorphosis through the amazing unfolding of a symphony of praise!
The Elevate Music Festival will take place again next year June 24,25, and 26 of 2016. Tickets go on sale January 11, 2016, and will be available at www.elevatemusicfestival.com
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Katrina L. O. Swanson
“Jesus is my Abba Daddy, the only father-figure I have ever known! I am married to the man who makes my heart sing, and a mother of 2 boys (17 and 19) who put the bounce in my step. Teaching Kindergarten is my calling and my mission; artistry is my leisurely escape! It is in stillness before the Lord that I find refuge and strength…Psalm 46:10!”