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COVID-19 Relief Efforts for The Brisben Center

Many Fredericksburg locals struggle with homelessness and because of COVID-19 The Brisben Center needs help to serve them.

Creative2, a small marketing agency serving the DMV area is extending a call to unite to Fredericksburg businesses in an effort to raise funds for The Brisben Center.

Brittany Henry Ministries agreed to join in their matching efforts.

A message from Brittany Henry,

“I felt a strong burden on my heart to help lead the charge in giving for those who have lost their homes. It is but for the grace of God that my family has a roof over its head and it is my desire to come up in faith and giving.

Please join me in supporting The Brisben Center and the families that rely on them for survival. The Fundraiser starts now and will run until the end of the month.”

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Jesus: A Life Long Pursuit

“And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).

God wants us to seek Him and the good news is, “those who seek Him will find Him (Prov 8:17)”. He delights in our seek and beckons us to come. However, the kind of seek He is looking for is fervent and all-encompassing. Furthermore, it is life-long.

We must be committed to a lifelong, whole-hearted, pursuit of intimacy with Jesus. Then we will pray to Him and He will be found by us.

I think many times we seek the Lord and become discouraged when we don’t hear from Him right away. If we are not getting a response perhaps it is because we are half-heartedly seeking. Sometimes we may not realize that our whole heart isn’t in our praise, song, or prayer.

Ask yourself:

  1. Am I having devotions that are void of devotion?
  2. Have I offered God the works of my hands but not my life?
  3. Am I preferring leisure and comfort to the wholehearted pursuit of intimacy with Jesus?

Intimate worship springs forth from an intimate relationship. An intimate relationship with God must be sought like precious gold. When we seek the Lord we can’t do it casually we must do it passionately with all our might.

I’ll tell you like the saints of old used to tell me, “Ninety-nine and a half won’t do!”

Brittany Henry

Use what you have

There’s a thought process involved when we consider our dreams and what we can achieve. As believers, it’s important that we include the Limitless One in that process of thinking.

For God has said, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it (Psalm 37:4-5 NASB).”

I submit that it’s not just righteousness and salvation that He will bring about in our lives but it’s also fruitfulness that He will bring about in our lives.

Fruitfulness is the inheritance of the Children of God and reaping of that which we sow is a biblical principle that applies to both the just and the unjust.

So what am I saying?

Commit your way to the LORD and by faith use what you have because God is all you need!

The thought process that occurs when we consider where we want to go with our artistry and in our careers usually includes thinking about what we need to reach our goals, obtain our dreams, and fulfill our calling.

A lot of times the things we THINK we need to go, be, and do are barriers to our progress. The things we think we need can become like prison walls.

I dare you to step out on faith with what you have in your hand and watch God work. If you don’t have something you think you need that probably means you don’t need it to get to where God is taking you.

What has God called you to do today?

Leave the excuses behind and get busy. Commit your way to the LORD and use what you have in your hand.


But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

James 2:18 NASB


About the Author

Brittany Henry’s recent single “Whatever It Is” was released worldwide across all digital platforms on June 22, 2020 and has already garnered nearly 18,000 streams on Spotify alone. The single is a song about holding on to faith in God through pain and trauma. She wrote and produced it using nothing more than what she had in her hand. 

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Diversity in Worship with Music

Brittany Henry | Worship Leader & Free Lance Writer | @BHMtweetz

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The church must learn to enjoy more than what popular Christian culture feeds it. The church should choose to expand its musical palate so to speak. 

There is a prevailing ideology that says, “only things that sound like Phil Wickham and Chris Tomlin are worshipful.” Even worse, this way of thinking suggests the kind of songs they write and sing are the only ones fit for congregational worship.

Some stations are notorious for neglecting to play music from different cultures. If you think there are no other culturally different yet appropriate music for their stations in existence you are sadly mistaken. There are. They just don’t play much of it, if any, often. 

“If you, like me, have paid even a small amount of attention to who is writing the evangelical church’s song, you will have noticed that it is mostly white men. My recent study of Christian Copyright Licensing International’s Top 25 charts from the past 30 years revealed that the majority of songs sung by the American evangelical church today are written by collaborations among men. Big names produce top songs, which are marketed by publishing companies to make a large impact. The Billboard Top Christian Songwriter charts reflect this: names of white men routinely make the list, with a small number of women and people of colour appearing alongside them. In a blog post for the Center for Congregational song, David Bjorlin argues that consumerism has marked congregational song: only two companies, Capitol and Bethel, are responsible for administering the majority of the CCLI Top 100 lists. Congregational song is curated to promote only certain voices.” THE OVERLOOKED AUTHORSHIP OF “WAY MAKER” BY SINACH

Sure, things are getting better but there is still a lot of work to be done. Especially when it comes to the integration of every tribe, nation, and tongue in our worship services. 

As a black female alto voice, it is almost nearly impossible for me to sound like a white man with a high voice (Kristian Stanfill. Phil Wickham. No shade intended.) And why would I want too? I’m fearfully and wonderfully made with a purpose only I can fulfill. 

I enjoy using songs by white male artists on occasion. I don’t sound exactly like them though and I purposefully do not practice to sound exactly like them. I make it my own.

Isn’t that the beauty of unity in the Body? That we are all different yet loving the same God. So, why is there not more creativity in our worship with music?

People from all different creeds and cultures coming together as one doesn’t mean obliterating individuality and uniqueness. There is something unique about each individual that the Body needs and this naturally breeds creativity in the beauty of holiness.

When we deprive our congregations of that we stifle growth. Some don’t realize that keeping the church from “changing” is essentially keeping it from growing and I don’t mean growing in numbers.  

Sure, all change is not good and we should absolutely guard against ungodly secular changes. However, it is important that we understand that not all music outside of the societal Christan norm is less godly than white popular Christian music. 

Furthermore, suggesting the body is not capable of learning or is somehow not capable of worshipping differently is just an excuse. The congregation can do anything we in excellence lead them to do. They can learn the words, they can learn to clap, they can learn how to respond to intimate moments as one body without feeling awkward. 

Every church has its own culture and preferences and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if your preferences generally exclude songs written or performed by persons who are not white, they might be unknowingly biased. 

Yes, everyone likes different things but it’s important that we as the body of Christ make an effort to include worship music by different cultures in our lives. This is a choice and it means making a conscious effort because the mainstream Christian culture isn’t always going to promote it. 

I believe many church leaders would say they are not opposed to diversity in their worship services. However, they don’t integrate any diversity into the service and push out anyone who tries to do so. 

“We are so comfortable with our own voice that our worship rarely brings in music from other cultures,” said The Center for Congregational song, guest blogger Anneli Loepp Thiessen.

“Now, we need a language that is not our own. We need the voice of a woman in Nigeria who is able to talk about a miracle-working God in a way that we will not.” 

Let’s not wait for another emergent situation to move beyond the popular Christian culture of the day, to start expanding our musical palates and integrating diverse worship language into our services. 

We needed “Waymaker” long before the pandemic hit and we will need more songs like it long after it’s over. 

Brittany Henry is a worship leader and freelance writer who lives in Fredericksburg Virginia with her husband and two daughters. To learn more about her ministry please visit BrittanyHenryMinistries.org

Prayer Walk

Black, Brown and White Unite in Christ for Justice

Brittany Henry | Worship Leader & Free Lance Writer | @BHMtweetz

White Christians supported black and brown Christians on a prayer walk for peace and justice.

The bond of unity amongst believers can not be broken and the spirit of blindness in the white evangelical church has been shaken. 

“We know God that you hate hands that shed innocent blood. The blood of George Floyd cries out and comes up before you. The blood of the innocent murdered in our streets comes up before you,” said a white Christian attendee who prayed.

Some people in the peaceful gathering prayed with her saying, “Amen” in agreement. One of the black women shouted out during and after her prayer saying, “Yes! Call it out! Pray that prayer lady. I give you two high fives.”

Prayer Walk in Fredericksburg Virginia led by worship leader Brittany Henry and Pastor Andie Cork Sr.

The black community of believers in Christian churches have felt the weight of the violence against blacks in the United States and constantly wrestle with the physical manifestation of evil against people of color.

Black Christians want to respond as ambassadors of Jesus and know that it looks like more than prayer gatherings. They are hurt and angry about the silence of their white brothers and sisters who feel it’s too political to call out the sin of those in power while they groan under the tyranny of unjust authorities. 

They are also hurt and tired of other white Christians refusing to acknowledge that prejudice and systemic racism exists. 

The church’s response to the excessive force used against peaceful protesters and unrighteousness done to people of color doing everyday tasks is essential to physical change and healing. 

Worshippers and intercessors are needed to help push back against the source of the physical wickedness in the earth. However, God requires truth in the inward parts and many black Christians feel that means acknowledging the system isn’t merely broken but was actually created in a way that enables the oppression of people of color. 

“This is not political. We want to gather and pray. That is all we want to do here today,” Pastor Andie Cork, Sr. of Mount Peniel COGIC said before he led the group on to Caroline street for the prayer walk. 

Together, Christians from all different denominations and nations, walked side by side down the street praying the Lord’s prayer and singing songs of worship. The public and brutal death of George Floyd opened the door for needed conversations and for palatable hearts willing not just to pray but also to listen.

Originally Published in the Lancaster Bible College Focus

Whatever it is new single

Whatever it is

We do not seek Him in vain!

SINGLE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ON JUNE 22,2020.

During these difficult and tumultuous times, many succumb to hopelessness and fear but I have come with a message of hope. The Lord is still in the prayer answering business!

“I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’; I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right (Isaiah 45:19 NKJV).”

The prophet Isaiah speaks on behalf of God to the coming pagan king, Cyrus. Cyrus was anointed and appointed by God to deliver the children of Isreal from Babylon. However, there was nothing special about Cyrus that caused God to move.

There was something special about God’s heart for His people. He loved them with an everlasting love and He heard them crying out to Him for deliverance. Today, God is the same. He loves His people and He will answer them.

“It is a wicked thing to think God ever says to His people, “Seek Me in Vain,” David Guzik said in his commentary on Isaiah 45.

God wants us to bring our troubles to Him, Whatever they are! When times are at their worst cry out to God even more. HE WILL ANSWER YOU!

This is the Word of the Lord for you today and every day that you are breathing! Whatever it is, He wants you to bring it to Him BECAUSE He will set it right, if not in this life, then in the life that is to come.



“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart (Jer 29:13 NASB).”

“And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Heb 11:6 NASB).”

Brittany Henry singing

The Garment of Praise

Praise is a Weapon

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified (Isaiah 61).”

The garment of praise is not just flowery descriptive language or just some cute metaphor.  It is a literal offensive and defensive weapon. This weapon can be used against literal demonic powers. 

Similarly, the spirit of heaviness is also not just a pretty metaphor. It is a real spirit or demonic power that causes the children of God, both those of obedience and disobedience, to feel downcast. 

The spirit of heaviness may be the same as or exist in addition to the chemical imbalance and physical/emotional infirmity depression, that requires medication. We can be physically infirmed and at the same time be spiritually oppressed. Now, whether or not we can be physically infirmed with a chemical imbalance causing depression and NOT at the same time spiritually oppressed by the spirit of heaviness I do not know. 

What I do know, however, is that praise is a weapon and you can use it to put the spirit of heaviness to flight. Freedom is the inheritance of the Children of God and if the spirit of heaviness has made himself at home in your space you have the power and authority to kick him out! 

Kick the spirit of heaviness out of your space today by beginning to praise God. Every time you feel heaviness start to come on start praising. The garment of praise is your weapon and to wear this garment you must adopt a lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving.

Yes, you may get weary but remember, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength (Isiah 40:30-31).”

Lastly, please remember, you don’t have to feel feelings of happiness to praise God. However, when you start to praise you might feel happy because you took the time to think about how truly good God is and has been to you.

Brittany Henry is a worship leader anywhere there are thirsty hearts and ears that want to hear. To learn more about her ministry you can visit BrittanyHenryMinistries.org

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Unleashed

COVID-19 was unleashed on the nations but so was the Gospel.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely (Revelation 22:17 KJV).”

This is what it always was about, taking the Gospel message out beyond the inner courts. Now we have no choice.

I chose the picture of this hungry child and the woman giving him water because it gets my attention every time I see it. What has the Gospel Artist become? What has become of the industry? What has become of our churches?

I do not own the rights to this image and I am not sure who does.

We are all called to more than what we have been. What kind of worship leader am I, who is only effective on a stage? In the last three months, I’ve taken my guitar and my voice out to new places.

I took my instrument, my voice, and my spiritual gifts to the hospital where I sang healing and peace over my own children. I took it to my brother’s house where I sang healing and peace over him, his home, wife, and kids.

The picture floating around the internet of this starving child drinking water should hit home for all of us in more ways than one. We can’t sit in our safe houses, Netflix and binge eat, while the world starves.

There are many in the world starving physically but there are also many starving spiritually. Now, this Gospel we sing and preach is unleashed. And it’s for whosoever will.

Brittany Henry

How to endure the tough stuff

“Those who have the New Jerusalem in their eyes must have the way to it in their hearts.”  Matthew Henry’s Commentary

Consider Jesus. Consider the believers who have gone before us and how by faith they obtained such great testimony. How did they do it?

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:1-2 NKJV).”

They let their faith drive. They took no care for what terrain faith would drive them through because their eyes were set on the place faith was taking them. The believers of old were able to endure the rough terrain, hardship, and difficulty because they were acquainted with the joy set before them. 

Walking by faith and not by sight
Walk by faith and not by sight
  1. Get the New Jerusalem in your eyes and in your heart

Our heavenly home should be real to us. We should be able to feel it coming just over the horizon. Imagine Him coming with the clouds. “King of Kings” written on His thigh with armies of angels at His side, imagine the New Jerusalem coming down from God. 

The Kingdom of our God becomes more tangible and real in our hearts the more we look at it. 

We must read about it, meditate on God, and enjoy sweet communion with Him. Taste and see how good He is, lose ourselves in worship, and find ourselves in worship.

With the fullness of our God and the hope of finally uniting with Him, the one we adore in our sights, we can endure it all. That is not to say we will want to endure it all but we should know that whatever it is, we can make it through.

Jesus endured it all and He did so for the joy set before Him. The coming joy that helped Jesus endure the tough stuff, the cross, the persecution, the shame wasn’t just the streets of gold that adorn our heavenly home. In fact, one might put it this way, “He didn’t want heaven without us.”

The joy that helped Jesus endure the tough stuff was the thought of being with us. It was knowing that He would save us all with this one act forever. It was foreknowledge of the sweet communion with us to come that helped Him endure the suffering to obedience to the father.  

  1. Don’t accept the suffering of life and the chastenings of your Father without pausing to enjoy the sweetness of His fellowship

WORSHIP. Take the time to commune with God. Worship is intimate. Drink of Him all. Commun with Him in prayer. Commun with Him in the Word, commune with Him in worship, commune with Him in other believers. Neglect one part and eventually you will feel it. This is the well of living water that we come to drink from often. This is how we endure the tough stuff.

  1. Love the way to Zion

“Having placed their happiness in God as their end, rejoice in all the ways that lead to him, all those means by which their graces are strengthened and their communion with him kept up. They not only walk in these ways, but they have them in their hearts, they ley them near their hearts; no care or concern, no pleasure or delight, lies nearer than this. Those who have the new Jerusalem in their eye must have the ways that lead to it in their hearts.”

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Psalms 84

The tough stuff is one of the ways our graces are strengthened and our communion deepened. Let us not despise it. We must learn to take this pilgrimage in stride. It’s a marathon not a sprint and the Holy Spirit is the one who helps us keep pace. 

  1. Grit your teeth and obey

I know this is a less popular one that is not often talked about but just doing it because you know that is what God wants might be a thing. And that is all that I can say about that. 

  1. Rest in complete assurance of the reward for your sufferings

Lastly, consider this, God honored Him. God has exalted Jesus to the place of the highest authority. He sits at the right hand of the Father forever making intercession for humanity. Nothing comes to the Father but through Him. 

Can we not also perceive that we will receive the reward for our suffering also. We will be honored when we have completed our course. We will see our God face to face. He will have us and we will have Him. Finally.

Now, we know that while we are enduring hardship it doesn’t always feel like some grand quest for the Kingdom, that’s why it’s important to unite ourselves with other believers who can hold us up and strengthen us when we are going through the tough stuff

Brittany Henry is a worship leader anywhere there are thirsty hearts and ears that want to hear. To learn more about her ministry you can visit BrittanyHenryMinistries.org