I Found Grace – 2003

This song was written by Roger Bennett, and was recorded by Legacy 5… included on their album, London.

Roger Bennett (born March 10, 1959) grew up in Strawberry, Arkansas. He was raised in a Missionary Baptist home. In 1979, Roger fulfilled his lifelong dream of being a part of professional Southern Gospel music when he was invited by Glen Payne and George Younce to join the legendary Cathedral Quartet. Though he left the group for 2 years (1987–1989) to serve as the president of Journey Records, Roger was the group’s pianist at the time of the quartet’s retirement in 1999. Roger also served as the Cathedrals’ lead singer for the final 3 months of the group’s farewell tour in 1999, following the passing of long-time lead, Glen Payne.
Following the retirement of The Cathedrals, Roger and fellow Cathedrals member, Scott Fowler, launched the Southern Gospel group, Legacy Five.

Legacy Five’s original lineup consisted of tenor Josh Cobb, lead Scott Fowler, baritone Scott Howard, bass Glenn Dustin, and pianist Roger Bennett. Bennett supplied a fifth vocal part in some songs, but, when he sang, it was mainly on the verses.

This song celebrates the amazing grace of God.
Bible Reference… Ephesians 2:8,9; Hebrews 4:16; Titus 2:11-14

        CHORUS:
        O, I found grace, at the foot of a rugged cross on Calvary.
        I found grace, grace with the awesome power to set the captive free.
        I found grace… sustaining grace. I found grace… redeeming grace.
        Yes, I found grace… fulfilling, indwelling grace; His loving grace.
        Yes, I found grace… amazing grace to meet my need. (Repeat)

I sought for wisdom in the ways of this world, but no wisdom could be found.
I sought for meaning in the words of great men, but their words just let me down.
Not seeking justice for the things that I’d done,
my soul needed mercy and I found it in God’s Son. (CHORUS)

Give up the search, it’s a useless dream your chasing;
you’ll find no peace until you seek His face.
The answers right before you at the foot of the cross;
you’ll find that it’s a holy place.
Confess your sins and lay them all down.
Pick up your cross and let Jesus turn your life around. (CHORUS)

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His love Goes On Forever

This song was recorded by FFH… included on their album, Ready To Fly.

FFH (Far From Home) is a Contemporary Christian band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the United States.
The group formed as Four For Harmony, an a cappella group. Over time, they developed a vocal acoustic pop style, similar to that of Avalon, and changed their name to Far From Home. But, that name was being used by a secular duo, so they became known as FFH.

I first heard FFH on a compilation CD… and enjoyed their worshipful style and themes.

This song celebrates the love of God.
Bible Reference… John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 8:37-39; 1John 3:1; 4:9-11

I’m gonna sing, I’m gonna shout, I’m gonna let the reason out
that His love goes on forever.
I’m gonna take it all the way; I’m gonna praise Jesus’ name
’cause His love goes on forever.

        CHORUS:
        His love reaches to the highest mountain. His love stretches to the lowest valley.
        His love will never fail me; it’s always there, surrounding me.

I’m gonna give, I’m gonna grow, I’m gonna let the whole world know
that His love goes on forever.
I’m gonna be a shining light; I’m gonna lift His name up high
’cause His love goes on forever. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        His love, it has no end… it’s long, it’s wide, and it’s deep.
        His love has found a way into the very heart of me. (Repeat v.1 & CHORUS)

I’ll Join The Rocks – 2003

This song was recorded by FFH… included on their album, Ready To Fly.

FFH (Far From Home) is a Contemporary Christian band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the United States.
The group formed as Four For Harmony, an a cappella group. Over time, they developed a vocal acoustic pop style, similar to that of Avalon, and changed their name to Far From Home. But, that name was being used by a secular duo, so they became known as FFH.

This was probably the first FFH song I’d heard, on a compilation CD. I enjoyed them… and researched earlier songs… adding them to my iPod, too.

This song is a song of praise to God, our Creator.
Bible Reference… Isaiah 55:12; Luke 19:37-40

The time has come for me to leave this place of complacency,
and step out across that line
to the place where I can leave all that I have behind
and give You this heart of mine.
But, what if I’m the only one to break the silence?
What if I’m the only one to crack the ice?

        CHORUS:
        I’ll join the rocks with their singing!
        I’ll join the ocean as it harmonizes with the shore!
        I’ll clap my hands with the mountains, as all creation cries for more!
        I’ll never stop, if I’m the last one living!
        Your song goes on and on, and I must testify!
        I know that I was born to worship!
        So, if all the singing seems to stop… I’ll join the rocks!

My ship is sailing now into an ocean and I can’t tell
what’s on the other side.
But, I know if I don’t leave my heart will never forgive me
and I’ll be left behind.
But, what if I’m the only one to see there’s more to this?
What if we have just begun to scratch the surface? (CHORUS)

CODA:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

John Saw – 2003

This song was written by Sandy Knight, and has been recorded by many artists. Gold City took it to its highest success, but the version I most often listen to on my iPod is sung by the Easters… included on their album, My, Oh My!

Sandy Knight is a Southern Gospel singer and songwriter. She sang with the Roy Knight Singers. Her compositions have been recorded by many Southern Gospel artists through the years. She owns her own publishing company, Sandy Knight Music.

Jeff Easter and Sheri Williamson met in 1984 during the Albert E. Brumley Sundown to Sunup Gospel Sing in Arkansas. At the time, Jeff was the bassist for the Singing Americans, while Sheri was performing with The Lewis Family. They married 10 months later. Jeff and Sheri traveled and performed as part of The Lewis Family, until they decided to pursue a duo career in 1988. Since then, they have released several albums and have been nominated for various awards.

This song describes the Revelation John saw… and recorded… in the final book of the Bible.
Bible Reference… Revelation 21,22

       CHORUS:
        John saw jasper walls; oh my, oh my, what a vision!
        John told of shining streets of gold where all God’s saints shall forever stroll.
        I’ve wondered time and again; how could it have been
        to gaze upon that heavenly throne?
        But, I’ll wonder no more when I step on that shore
        to walk upon the golden ground that John saw.

John saw a land (I know I’ll share). He saw a river (flowing there).
John tell me more. John tell me more! John tell it all!
John saw a throne (so bright and fair); he saw the gate (with beauty rare).
Someday, I want to walk the Golden Ground that John saw. (CHORUS)

John heard a voice (from Heaven say), “I’ll brush the tears (all tears away)!”
John tell me more. John tell me more! John tell it all!
He said, “No death (shall enter there), no grief or pain (for us to bear)!”
Oh, how I long to walk the Golden Ground that John saw.

Just in the midst (of Paradise), John saw a tree (a Tree of Life).
John tell me more. John tell me more! John tell it all!
The sun and moon (no longer shine); the Lamb of God (shall be the Light)
forever shining on the Golden Ground that John saw. (CHORUS)

Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus) – 2003

This song was written and recorded by Chris Rice… included on his album, Run The Earth – Watch The Sky.

Chris Rice is an American singer and songwriter who works in the contemporary Christian music, contemporary folk and adult contemporary genres. He became a recording artist in 1996 after signing a contract with Rocketown Records.
A native of Clinton, Maryland, Chris grew up as the second of 4 sons born to bookstore owners. His parents, and other adult mentors, influenced Rice’s Christian faith and his early work with youth and college students.
Having taken only 3 years of piano lessons as a child, Rice did not aspire to a career in either music or student work. But, frequent invitations to speak and lead music at his church’s youth group events led to more such invitations throughout his college years. While leading music and coaching high school soccer teams he began writing songs. What began as weekend and summer work with youth and college students soon turned into a full-time career during his twenties and thirties, and prompted Rice to write and perform mainly on the guitar.
For those 2 decades, Rice spent his time as an itinerant speaker and songwriter/
musician, playing for high school and college conferences and camps nationwide. This schedule prepared Chris for his career as a signed recording artist, touring the country with a full band.

This song is a hymn of encouragement… inviting us to focus on Jesus.
Bible Reference… Colossians 2:6-8; 3:2; Hebrews 12:1,2

Weak and wounded sinner, lost and left to die,
Oh, raise your head, for love is passing by.
Come to Jesus! Come to Jesus! Come to Jesus, and live!

Now your burden’s lifted and carried far away,
and precious blood has washed away the stain. So,
sing to Jesus! Sing to Jesus! Sing to Jesus, and live!

And, like a newborn baby, don’t be afraid to crawl.
And, remember, when you walk sometimes you fall. So,
fall on Jesus! Fall on Jesus! Fall on Jesus, and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely and steep and filled with pain.
So, if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
cry to Jesus! Cry to Jesus! Cry to Jesus, and live!

Oh, and when the love spills over and music fills the night,
and when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
dance for Jesus! Dance for Jesus! Dance for Jesus, and live!

And, with your final heartbeat, kiss the world goodbye.
Then, go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
fly to Jesus! Fly to Jesus! Fly to Jesus, and live!
Fly to Jesus! Fly to Jesus! Fly to Jesus, and live!

If We Are The Body – 2003

This song was written by John Mark Hall, and was recorded by Casting Crowns… included on their self-titled album.

Mark Hall (born September 14, 1969) is the lead vocalist for the Georgia-based Contemporary Christian music group, Casting Crowns, a seven-member group composed of worship leaders. Hall himself is also youth pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA.

Casting Crowns is a Contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth pastor, Mark Hall – who serves as the band’s lead vocalist – as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. They later moved to Stockbridge, Georgia, and more members joined. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. The band has won a Grammy and a Dove Award.
In keeping with The Great Commission of Matthew 28:19,20, Hall describes their music as a “ministry of discipleship”.

I first heard Casting Crowns while I was pastor of West Fork First Baptist Church. Their songs often serve as a conscience for the church…

This song points out the sin of our partiality… the fact that too many believers are “respecters of persons”. Jesus died for all… and we are to love all. After all, we are much more alike than we are different!
Bible Reference… James 2:1-10

It’s crowded in worship today as she slips in, trying to fade into the faces.
The girls teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know… farther than they know.

        CHORUS:
        But, if we are the body why aren’t His arms reaching?
        Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching?
        And, if we are the body why aren’t His feet going?
        Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
        There is a way, there is a way

A traveler is far away from home; he sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row.
The weight of their judgmental glances tells him
that his chances are better out on the road. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        Jesus paid much too high a price for us to pick and choose who should come. (CHORUS)

Here I Go Again – 2003

This song was written by Chris Mosher, and was recorded by Casting Crowns… included on their self-titled album.

Mark Hall (born September 14, 1969) is the lead vocalist for the Georgia-based Contemporary Christian music group, Casting Crowns, a seven-member group composed of worship leaders. Hall himself is also youth pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA.

Casting Crowns is a Contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. They later moved to Stockbridge, Georgia, and more members joined. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. The band has won a Grammy and a Dove Award.
In keeping with The Great Commission of Matthew 28:19,20, Hall describes their music as a “ministry of discipleship”.

I first heard Casting Crowns while I was pastor of West Fork First Baptist Church. Their songs often serve as a conscience for the church…

We’ve all felt those butterflies in our stomach when we hear the Holy Spirit nudge us to share our faith with another. But, we’d rather talk about the weather or our favorite sports team… forgetting that eternity hangs in the balance for the one we should share with.
Bible reference… Matthew 5:15,16; 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Acts 13:47; 20:24; Romans 1:16; 1Peter 3:15

Father, hear my prayer; I need the perfect words…
words that he will hear and know they’re straight from You.
I don’t know what to say; I only know it hurts to see my only friend slowly fade away.

        CHORUS:
        So, maybe this time, I’ll speak the words of life with Your fire in my eyes.
        But, that old familiar fear is tearing at my words. What am I so afraid of?
        ‘Cause here I go again; talking ’bout the rain
        and mulling over things that won’t live past today.
        And as I dance around the truth, time is not his friend;
        this might be my last chance to tell him that You love him.
        But, here I go again. Here I go again. Here I go again.

Lord, You love him so, You gave Your only Son.
If he will just believe, he will never die.
But, how, then, will he know what he has never heard?
Lord, he has never seen mirrored in my life… (CHORUS)

What If His People Prayed – 2003

This song was written by John Mark Hall and Steven Curtis Chapman, and was recorded by Casting Crowns… included on their self-titled album.

Mark Hall (born September 14, 1969) is the lead vocalist for the Georgia-based Contemporary Christian music group, Casting Crowns, a seven-member group composed of worship leaders. Hall himself is also youth pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA.

Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American Christian music singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist for adoption.
After starting his career in the late 1980s, as a songwriter and performer of Contemporary Christian music, Chapman has since been recognized as one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing over 20 albums. Chapman has also won 5 Grammy awards and 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His 7 “Artist of the Year” Dove Awards, his latest in 2009, are also an industry record. Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has 10 RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.

Casting Crowns is a Contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth pastor, Mark Hall – who serves as the band’s lead vocalist – as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. They later moved to Stockbridge, Georgia, and more members joined. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. The band has won a Grammy and a Dove Award.
In keeping with The Great Commission of Matthew 28:19,20, Hall describes their music as a “ministry of discipleship”.

I first heard Casting Crowns while I was pastor of West Fork First Baptist Church. Their songs often serve as a conscience for the church…

This song asks a convicting question: “What if the church really did as Jesus asked us to do?”
Bible Reference… 2Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 16:18
What if the armies of the Lord picked up and dusted off their swords,
vowed to set the captives free, and not let Satan have one more?

What if the church, for Heaven’s sake, finally stepped up to the plate,
took a stand upon God’s promise and stormed Hell’s rusty gates?

        CHORUS:
        What if His people prayed, and those who bear His name
        would humbly seek His face and turn from their own way?

And what would happen if we prayed for those raised up to lead the way?
Then, maybe, kids in school could pray and unborn children see light of day.

What if the life that we pursue came from a hunger for the truth?
What if the family turned to Jesus; stopped asking Oprah what to do?

He said that they would hear His promise has been made;
He’ll answer loud and clear if only we would pray.

        CODA:
        If My people called by My name, if they’ll humble themselves and pray…
        If My people called by My name, if they’ll humble themselves and pray…

Three Wooden Crosses – 2002

This song was written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson, and was recorded by Randy Travis… included on his album, Rise and Shine.

Kim Edwin Williams (June 28, 1947 – February 11, 2016) was an American songwriter who wrote hits for Randy Travis, Joe Diffie, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and many others. Williams was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1994, won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year award (for “Three Wooden Crosses”) in 2003, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Doug Johnson is an American record producer and songwriter. He has written over 40 songs, including “Three Wooden Crosses”, which won the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Song of the Year award.

Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American country music and Christian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.
Active since 1978, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 16 that reached the #1 position. He is known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.
By the mid-1990s, Travis saw a decline in his chart success. In 1997, he left Warner Bros. Records for DreamWorks Records and then for Word Records, where he began recording more Christian material. Although the career shift produced only one more number-one country hit “Three Wooden Crosses,” Travis went on to earn several Dove Awards, including Country Album of the Year 5 times. In addition to his singing career, he pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and television series.
Travis has sold over 25 million records and has won 6 Grammy Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 9 ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, 8 Dove Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

This song tells the tale of 3 people who die in a tragic accident… and asks the question: Why were they the only 3 who died? The surprise ending is a good twist…
Bible Reference… Job 9:12; Psalm 115:3; 135:6; Proverbs 16:9; Acts 18:21; James 4:15


A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher,
ridin’ on a midnight bus, bound for Mexico.
One’s headed for vacation, one for higher education,
and two of them were searchin’ for lost souls.
That driver never ever saw the stop sign, and eighteen-wheelers can’t stop on a dime.

        CHORUS:
        There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway;
        why there’s not four of them, Heaven only knows.
        I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you;
        it’s what you leave behind you when you go.

That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres;
the faith and love for growin’ things in his young son’s heart.
And that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children;
did her best to give ’em all a better start.
And that preacher whispered, “Can’t you see the Promised Land?”
as he laid his blood-stained Bible in that hooker’s hand. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        That’s the story that our preacher told last Sunday,
        as he held that blood-stained Bible up, for all of us to see.
        He said, “Bless the farmer, and the teacher, and the preacher
        who gave this Bible to my mama, who read it to me.”

        TAG:
        There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway…

The Man Comes Around – 2002

This song was written and recorded by Johnny Cash… included on his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around.

Obviously, much could be said about Johnny Cash… and you already know much about him. But, the barest of biography would include the following data:
John Ray Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author (February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, AR – September 12, 2003, Nashville, TN). He was married to country singer, June Carter-Cash.
Though his personal life has been well-documented, his spiritual life is, too.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977.
He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 (Performer).
This song was written several years prior to the release of the album; but, Cash updated it for the album. It is one of the last songs he wrote before his death. Both sung and spoken, the song makes numerous Biblical references, especially to the Book of Revelation.

One of the more interesting Bible studies I’ve led was at a men’s breakfast; we parsed the many Scriptural references in this song, and discussed the meaning of this song.
Bible Reference… Revelation

(Spoken) And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder: one of the four beasts saying,
“Come and see.” And I saw. And behold, a white horse…

There’s a Man goin’ ’round, takin’ names;
and He decides who to free and who to blame.
Everybody won’t be treated all the same. There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down. When the Man comes around.

The hairs on your arm will stand up at the terror in each sip and in each sup.
Will you partake of that last offered cup or disappear into the potter’s ground…
when the Man comes around?

        CHORUS:
        Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers, one hundred million angels singin’;
        multitudes are marching to the big kettle drum.
        Voices callin’, voices cryin’, some are born and some are dyin’;
        it’s Alpha and Omega’s Kingdom come.

        CODA:
        And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree; the virgins are all trimming their wicks.
        The whirlwind is in the thorn tree; it’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

‘Til Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom;
then the Father Hen will call His chickens Home.
The wise men will bow down before the throne,
and at His feet they’ll cast their golden crowns. When the Man comes around.

Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still. Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still.
Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still. Listen to the words long-written down,
when the Man comes around. (CHORUS)

        TAG:
        In measured hundredweight and penny pound; when the Man comes around.

(Spoken) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, and I looked and behold:
a pale horse. And his name, that sat on him, was Death.
And Hell followed with him.