Victory Christian Fellowship - Experience The Fire: Praise Music From Victory Christian Fellowship

Monday 1st April 1996
Victory Christian Fellowship - Experience The Fire: Praise Music From Victory Christian Fellowship
Victory Christian Fellowship - Experience The Fire: Praise Music From Victory Christian Fellowship

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LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mark Coates

Anybody who knows their jazz fusion will know the name Tom Scott, a superlative keyboards man. What they might not know is that Tom is a Christian and that with members of his church, Victory Christian Fellowship in Fresno, California is the major creative force behind two superlative contemporary worship albums. For me 'Experience The Fire' is the best live praise album I've heard. I found it impossible to sit passively listening to it and I was dancing, meditative and at times responding with love and worship. This album changes in style and tempo and takes you on a journey of spiritual response from the gutsy and uncompromising "Experience The Fire" and "By The Blood Of The Lamb" to the prayerful "I'm Your Temple" and "Lord You're Beautiful To Me" (my favourite track). The lyrics are all by Tom Scott except "You Give Me Shelter" (which is written by Geoff Bullock) and are powerful, faith building, easy to understand and identify with. Another track that stands out is "You Give Me Shelter" - sung in blues style it's refreshingly different, check it out. "Fire, Rain On Me" features some strong vocals by Deby Contrestano and that brings to mind perhaps my biggest irritation with this CD - the lack of information on the cover. That said, onto the next track "Come On, Get Up" with its upbeat tempo it's hard not to be at least foot tapping to this one. "You Are Beautiful" is a lovely worship track that evokes images in my mind of hundreds of worshipers expressing their love to Jesus at the end of a praise and celebration evening. "Roll Back The River", another highly enjoyable track to finish what in my mind is a praise and worship album from the top drawer and to borrow a phrase from my five year old son, "I love it, just love it."

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Reader Comments

Posted by Pastor J. Parkisua in Narok Town Kenya @ 15:49 on Dec 16 2012

I am praying for and your ministry,Cheri H and I as prayer partners have been equally praying for you in our daily intercession. I note she has gone through tough times too but the lord is delivering her from all this.

God bless you man of God even as you come over to kenya later next year.

Posted by Kim Miller in Atwater, CA @ 23:26 on Feb 9 2010

I am trying to track down a CD of "Experience The Fire" from Victory Christian Fellowship. I have the music book, but no CD. How can I purchase one?

Posted by Susan Young in Manhattan @ 16:35 on Nov 18 2009

Hi there,
Looking for music to make a cd. Is it possible to hear your songs?
God bless,

Posted by Robert in Reade @ 06:04 on Mar 18 2009

Tom or Debbie please get ahold of me at robert.reade I would like to catch up on old times maybe get together for a p/w jam session. :) lol. Love you guys.

Posted by Pastor LeeAnne Pruit in Pentress, WV @ 17:11 on Jun 14 2008

How can I contact Tom Scott? I have been trying to track down chord sheets for the songs on Experience the Fire. He isn't listed on CCLI.

Reply by jack in pismo beach ca @ 21:53 on Jul 5 2008

he is at Northwest church Fresno, ca

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Posted by ralph in san francisco @ 07:56 on May 10 2008

Yet another church in scandal. practically everyone there has moved on...even Tom Scot

Reply by Deby Contrestano in Fresno, CA @ 21:06 on Feb 26 2009

That is true. But Tom Scott and myself still are worshippers in Fresno, CA.
I am at Celebration Church in Clovis on Shaw btwn peach and villa avenues.
Tom Scott is at a church in Clovis, pastored by Sam & Kim Beckworth.

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