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Cochren & Co. Lead Singer Talks Moment God Changed His Life: ‘Presence of God’

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Cochren & Co. Lead Singer Talks Moment God Changed His Life: ‘Presence of God’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Michael Cochren of the Christian band Cochren & Co. is reflecting on the moment God transformed his life.

The singer grew up in a Christian household, but once he entered high school and college, he began to go through the motions of his faith.

“So, I’m at this Bible study that I’ve been going to, just going through the motions…just really indifferent, like it’s great, it’s fine, this is just, you know, whatever,” Cochran began to say on the “Snapshot Testimony” podcast.

“One night in particular, a guy was talking, and I honestly don’t remember what he talked about. I mean it had to be the Gospel, it had to be something great, but I don’t remember. I just remember slowly zoning out of the moment and like introspectively, like, seeing my filth, like really clearly,” he continued.

“Like God had taken the scales off my eyes, like the eyes of my heart,” Cochran added. “I’m sitting there and, you know, just years of going through the motions, years of faking Christianity, years of giving lip service to him when it’s convenient but not having a real heart connection and a real desire to please and live for him and glorify him. All of that was coming into my mind, flooding me and past relationships I’d been in.”

“I felt like I was in the presence of God. In that moment, in that little chapel at that school,” he said.

“I’m sitting there in my car, just broken and crying and praying, and I’m like, ‘God, I get it. I want it to be real. I’m done with the faking it. I’m done with the pretending. I’m done shrugging off any conviction that I felt in the past. I’m done,'” he added.

Once Cochren’s relationship with God was renewed, his heart was set ablaze to make music that brought glory to God.

Now, his band Cochren & Co. tours the country singing songs “with hope-filled lyrics and timeless melodies.

Through music and social media, Cochren and Co. is on a mission to share the Gospel.

He often shares photos on his Instagram with Bible verses as the caption.

One post included Ephesians 1:7, which says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Cochren and Co.:

“There have been seasons where I just feel like I am in my element,” Cochren began, referencing his music career. “But I think the overarching pulse on it has been the grinding. I feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do, but it’s not easy.”

Cochren talked about his song, “Thank God for Sunday Morning.” The lyrics read, “Neon lights and stained glass windows/Old bar stools and back row pews/I ran to one more than the other/But I couldn’t out-run you.”

“I remember I was like, ‘Guys, I want to write a song about the mess that I was in those early years of faith and serving my church.’ the musician recalled. “I would literally be out doing God knows what on a Saturday night, and then I would stumble in and sing a hymn at my church on Sunday. What a mess and how gracious God was to be patient with me in the mess, knowing what He was doing in my life.”

“That was my story,” he declared. “The literal sense but also the metaphorical of like, I was trying to find that peace in all of the stuff that doesn’t give you any peace.”


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