Love’s Been Following You – 1996

This song was written and recorded by Twila Paris… and was included on her album, Where I Stand.

Twila Paris (born December 28, 1958) is a Contemporary Christian Music singer-songwriter, author, and pianist. Since 1980, Paris has released 22 albums, amassed 33 #1 Christian Radio singles, and was named the Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year 3 years in a row. Many of her earlier songs are found in church hymnals or otherwise sung in church settings. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
As a child, she released her first album, Little Twila Paris, in 1965. The album included songs drawn from among those she sang with her family in their evangelistic outreaches.
Paris released her first full-length album, Knowin’ You’re Around, in 1981, and along the way she has written books, recorded children’s music, and created worship songs.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Paris released mainly contemporary Christian pop songs. But in recent years, she has focused on recording new versions of some of her worship standards and writing new praise and worship music. She now lives in northwest Arkansas.

I first heard Twila Paris while attending college, and I thought she was done recording. But, her career had a revival which allowed for her to write more praise and worship music.

This song reminds us that God is always for us… and after us… and on our side.
Bible Reference… Psalm 86:15; Romans 5:8; 8:37-39; Galatians 2:20;
1Peter 5:6,7; 1John 3:1; 4:8-11

I know sometimes it’s hard to believe it, but Love’s been following you.
From where I stand I’m able to see it, and Love’s been following you.
All through the stormy night, didn’t you see the Light?
Goodness and mercy, right there behind you; Love’s been following you.

Some days your heart just couldn’t be colder, but Love’s been following you.
All you have earned just makes you feel older, but Love’s been following you.
You think that no one cares. Still, Love is always there.
He would go anywhere just to find you; Love’s been following you.

        CHORUS:
        Love has been following you. Love’s been following you.
        Love has been following you… following you… following you.

Somehow the road just seems to get longer, but Love’s been following you.
Wait for the One who will make you stronger, ’cause Love’s been following you.
Wherever you go from here, run far away from fear.
Keep one thing very near and believe it’s true… (CHORUS)

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Anything – 1996

This song was written by Patrick Denis Andrew, Joel Hanson, and Mike Andrew;
it was recorded by PFR… included on their debut album, The Late Great PFR.

PFR is a Christian rock group from Minnesota, founded in 1989 as the Joel Hanson Band by Joel Hanson, who was a camp counselor at Camp Shamineau, a Christian youth camp in Minnesota. In 1991, the band, then known as Inside Out, was signed by Brown Bannister. After signing, band member Patrick Andrew suggested they change the name to “Pray for Rain” after a line from a poem. In 1992, the band released Pray for Rain. Shortly after releasing that first album, an existing band (an instrumental group who did soundtrack work) known as Pray for Rain threatened a lawsuit, leading the band to settle on the name PFR. That first album was reissued with a slightly modified cover to reflect the change.
Having changed musical direction with each album, PFR moved into an edgier, heavy sound for their fourth album. While the album was well-received, the band shortly afterward announced that they were splitting up. In 1997, The Late Great PFR was released, a greatest hits album.

I first heard this song on a compiulation CD for high school seniors… and really liked it.

This song reminds us that nothing means anything without Jesus.
Bible Reference… Psalm 37:4; Matthew 6:33; John 15:5; Philippians 4:19,20; Colossians 1:15-17

Nothing I could say would matter anyway; just a vain display with me in the middle.
No more empty words will anymore be heard; all my rhymes and verbs mean very little.
Like whispers thrown against the wind… empty phrases caving in…

        CHORUS:
        It doesn’t mean anything without You; just words that I say without You.
        Without Your Spirit to sing of this change of the heart that You bring,
        without You it doesn’t mean anything.

Nothing I’ll ever do could ever hold a candle to
the love displayed when You said You forgave me.
And what I know of love is that I’m not deserving of
One You call Your Son, once sent to save me.
Like love holding the hand of hate, You choose to love me anyway… (CHORUS)

        2nd CHORUS:
        It doesn’t mean anything without You; just a nice melody without You.
        Without Your Spirit to sing of the hope and the joy that You bring,
        without You it doesn’t mean anything. (CHORUS)

        TAG:
        Anything… doesn’t mean anything.

Phil. 4:6 – 1996

This song was written and recorded by Linnae Reeves… included on her self-titled album (her only album).

I could find no information about Linnae Reeves, but a review written at the time by Tony Cummings wrote of her only album:
It seems that the American scene is now crowded with little girl lost-voiced singers.  But there’s always room for another one, particularly when she makes such an impressive debut as Linnae Reeves. The sleeve tells how Linnae writes “songs about my faith in God and Christ – it’s the biggest thing happening in my life,” and certainly they come across with such luminous integrity that even a disengaged listener is drawn into Linnae’s world of wide-eyed optimism. Producer David Kershenhaum gives the singer a nicely textured set of accompaniments, mixing acoustic guitar with some socking rhythms. Does it have enough memorable hooks to make it a US radio smash? I’m not sure, but ‘Linnae Reeves’ is certainly a quality product.

I first heard this song – and Linnae Reeves – on a compilation CD. So, I bought this CD and listened to it over and over and over again.

This song is a Scripture song… and reminds us to trust God when we’re tempted to fret and feel anxious.
Bible Reference… Philippians 4:6,7

Your dream’s wearing thin; you think you can’t win…
you don’t understand why you just keep keeping on.
But I know how you feel. Trust what the Lord says; only rely on His Word.

        CHORUS:
        Be anxious for nothing; in all things give thanks to the Lord above
        and know that every good and perfect gift comes down from Him.

So many times I thought that I would take things
in my hand and just do as I plan.
Then, when I’d fall, I’d rediscover I could only rely on His Word. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        Set your heart on things above, not on things of this world.
        He knows your desire.
        Now you only feel cold and lonely; there are good days ahead.
        You’ve got to remember all the things He said.

Don’t throw up your hands, start to give in,
wallow in pity, or give place to sin.
In all of your plans, acknowledge the Savior; you can rely on His Word. (CHORUS)

Hand It Over – 1996

This song was written and recorded by Kevin Moore (Keb’ Mo’), included on his album… Just Like You. This album was Keb’ Mo’s second album, winning him his first Grammy award.

Kevin Roosevelt Moore (born October 3, 1951), known as Keb’ Mo’, is an American blues musician and four-time Grammy Award winner. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America”. His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop and country. The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name.

I first heard Keb’ Mo’ while passing by a TV one day while he was a guest on Rosie O’Donnell’s show, Rosie. He was great!

This song describes the blessing of turning burdens over to God in prayer.
Bible Reference… Job 22:7; Psalm 4:1; 17:6; 145:18; Jeremiah 29:12;
Matthew 7:11; Romans 8:26; 12:12; Philippians 4:6; 1Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:13; 1John 5:14-16

 

If your problems won’t go away, and you’re worried both night and day,
hand it over. Get on your knees and pray.
If you’re sick, feeling low; got no money… got nowhere to go,
hand it over. Get on your knees and pray.

        CHORUS:
        Hand it over! Hand it over!
        Give it up. Give it over.
        Hand it over; get on your knees and pray.
        Ain’t no mountain you can’t climb.
        Ain’t no answer you can’t find.
        All you need is a hand to hold.
        I’ll heal your body and feed your soul.

If the road is dark and you can’t find your way, just let the Spirit light the way.
Hand it over! Get on your knees and pray. (CHORUS)

It’s Still The Cross – 1996

This song was written by Luke Garrett, and – while he sang it – it was made most popular by Gold City… included on their album, Preparing The Way.

Luke Garrett’s roots in Christian music go back to a small church in Coweta, Oklahoma, where he made a decision for Christ at an early age. Though the Lord had truly touched him as a child, he struggled through his high school years with committing himself daily to God. He experienced a turning point in his spiritual life when, while attending UCLA, he won the Frank Sinatra Performance Award for most popular vocalist. He then realized that every note he would ever sing was a gift from God. At that time, Luke recognized the Lord’s calling on his life and His commission to use his voice for the glory of God.
Luke graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in history. Shortly
thereafter, his family moved to Texas where he served on the music staff of First Baptist Church, Dallas. While there, he signed a recording agreement with Home Sweet Home Records. He wrote and sang several songs… until he suffered a massive heart attack in 2016. He is now rejoicing in the presence of his Lord and Savior.

The Mississippi-based Christianairs were renamed Gold City at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve to begin the year 1980. The group was an instant success in the industry, appearing on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention in October 1981. Over the years, the group developed a trademark style that relied on heavy brass arrangements for their more driving songs, and moving lyrics for their inspirational anthems.
The group enjoyed many roster changes throughout the years. The 1996 version of Gold City was made up of David Hill (lead), Jay Parrack (tenor), Mark Trammell (baritone), Tim Riley (bass), and Shane Jenkins (piano).

Luke Garrett was a regular at Arkansas Baptist State Convention events. I will always like his version best…

This song reminds us to keep the main thing the main thing. It should always be about the cross!
Bible Reference… 1Corinthians 1:17,18; Galatians 6:14; Philippians 2:8; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 12:2

It’s not conservative or liberal, however they’re defined;
it’s not about interpretation or the judgment of the mind;
it’s the opposite of politics, power or prestige;
it’s about a simple message… and whether we believe.

        CHORUS:
        It’s still the cross! It’s still the blood of Calvary
        that cleanses sins and sets the captives free.
        It’s still the name… the name of Jesus
        that has power to save the lost. It’s still the cross.

We can water down theology and preach a word to suit our needs;
we can justify sweet subtle lies that are wrapped in noble deeds;
we can alter our convictions to adapt to social whims;
but we cannot change the gospel or the truth contained within. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        Though some may say it’s man’s religion or ancient history,
        the cross of Jesus still remains the price for sin that sets us free. (CHORUS)

Driving Nails – 1988

This song was written by Bruce Carroll, Kevin Thomas and Mickey Hiter; it was recorded by Bruce Carroll… included on his album, Richest Man In Town.

Bruce Allen Carroll (born December 5, 1953), is an American CCM singer and multi-Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist.
Carroll first began performing in a trio with his siblings at age 12; he played folk music in various venues in and around Texas in the 1970s. In 1979 he became a born-again Christian and eventually moved to Nashville. Signing with Word Records, Carroll became a successful Christian music singer, releasing several albums which sold well in the genre and winning seven Dove Awards. Two of his albums won Grammy Awards for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, or Bluegrass Gospel Album.

I first heard Bruce Carroll while in Seminary.

This song imagines different occasions in the life of Jesus… that might have been tracked according to the driving nails Mary might have heard throughout His life.
Bible Reference… Luke 2:19,39-52; 23:26-43

Since that blessed night in a manger, she watched her baby grow;
it seems like yesterday He was in her arms… where did the time go?
He learned His Father’s trade as she marveled at it all.
The sweat dropped from her little Carpenter as He made the timbers fall.

        CHORUS:
        She can hear the driving nails up on the hillside,
        and she prays that His spirit will not fail.
        She watches as a young man undertakes His Father’s will,
        as she stands and listens to the driving nails.

In the streets of Jerusalem a child can disappear;
she was frantic as she looked for Him, until she began to hear
the hammers up at the temple. She called Him as she ran;
surprised she found Him teaching like no ordinary man. (CHORUS)

Darkness covered all the land in the middle of the day.
She began to tremble as the earth began to quake.
Hammers, nails & timbers of the carpenters trade
made the sound that pierced her soul as the Cross was being raised. (CHORUS)

In Remembrance Of Me – 1996

This song was written and recorded by Cheri Keaggy… included on her album, My Faith Will Stay.

Cheri Keaggy (born Cheri Louise Anderson; August 29, 1968) is a gospel singer and songwriter, with a musical style of Contemporary Christian music. She was previously married to her high school sweetheart, Eddie Keaggy, the nephew of the CCM pioneer artist, Phil Keaggy.
She was discovered by Charlie Peacock when Eddie, a sound engineer, did a concert for him. Peacock produced her first two albums.

I first heard Cheri Keaggy while pastoring Lake City First Baptist Church in Lake City, Arkansas. Her lyrics are very thought-provoking, and she is certainly easy to listen to. This song was often sung accompanying Lord’s Supper Services.

This song quotes the words of Jesus in that upper room on the night before His crucifixion… and sets the stage for the Lord’s Supper.
Bible Reference… Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19,20; 1Corinthians 11:17-34

This is My body, given for you.
This is the cup that holds the blood of the new covenant.
This is forgiveness, simple and true.
This is the way that I have made for you.

        CHORUS:
        Before you eat, before you drink…
        take a long look inside and tell Me what you see.
        He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
        Do this in remembrance of Me.

This is the bread of life, broken for you.
This is the cup that holds the wine of the new covenant.
This is the love of Christ, poured out anew.
This is the Son of God who died for you. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        I will remember the cross that You bore for me.
        I will remember the crown that You wore for me.
        I will remember the reason You suffered and died…

He’s Not Just Another Face In The Cloud – 1996

This song was written by Ronny Hinson and was recorded by the Hinsons… included on their album, One More Hallelujah.

The Original Hinsons (sometimes referred to as The Singing Hinson Family) were a multi-award winning Southern Gospel group that was formed in 1967 and was active until 1994.
Consisting of siblings Ronny, Yvonne, Kenny and Larry, they first sang together in 1967 after being asked to sing during revival services at a small church in Freedom, CA. Though they had never sung together as a unit, they soon found themselves a popular favorite in churches and concert appearances along the west coast of the United States. Though the Hinsons became an extremely popular touring group, they were considered radical for their concert style, which was far more ministry oriented than most of the more established professional groups. Always innovators, the group recorded several albums in the 1980’s that changed the face of their industry with an eclectic mix of songs and styles ranging from traditional southern gospel, contemporary Christian, and what would soon become known as Country gospel.
Throughout the years, the family roster changed as different members left and joined. In 1994, the original Hinsons came together for a Reunion tour. During the tour, lead singer Kenny Hinson was diagnosed with kidney cancer. After a long battle he died in 1995.

You’ve heard the saying, “Just another face in the crowd”. This song plays off that, but reminds us that Jesus is unique… special… above and beyond any other face one might look to. His Second Coming will verify that!
Bible Reference… Acts 1:10,11; 1Thessalonians 4:15—5:4; 2Peter 3:8-10;                                                            Revelation 1:7,8

He’s not just another face in the cloud!

When Jesus finally makes His grand Appearing,
and those who wait to see Him finally do,
all the clouds will roll aside – we will join the ones who died –
and the world will see what we already knew!

        CHORUS:
        He’s not just another face in the cloud.
        For soon we’re gonna hear His trumpet loud.
        So, don’t find out too late, when millions congregate;
        He’s not just another face in the cloud.

No, He won’t be wearing thorns that pierced His forehead.
And His lips will not be parched by salty brine.
No blood to stain or streak; not one bruise upon His cheeks,
For He’ll be coming back as King of kings this time! (CHORUS)

I Cry – 1995

This song was written by Elliott B. Bannister and Michael Vincent Hudson , and was recorded by Russ Taff… included on his album, Winds Of Change.

(Elliott) Brown Bannister III (born August 15, 1951) is a contemporary Christian music producer and songwriter. Bannister released one album of his own, but is best known for his work in the audio engineering, recording, and production industry. He has won 25 Dove Awards and 14 Grammy awards, and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He has written many songs, most notably for Amy Grant, who he taught in his Sunday School class at Belmont Church of Christ (TN).
Mike Hudson has been a common songwriting partner with Brown Bannister, but he also written many songs on his own.

Russ Taff (born November 11, 1953) is an American gospel singer and songwriter. He has sung a variety of musical styles throughout his career, including: Pop Rock, traditional Southern Gospel, Christian Country music, and Rhythm & Blues. He first gained recognition as lead vocalist for The Imperials (1977–81). He has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and occasionally tours with Bill Gaither in the Gaither Homecoming concerts.

I first heard Russ Taff as lead singer for the Imperials; his voice is distinctive and you’ll always know it’s him. But, as a solo artist, he tried Christian Country… and this song fit in that genre.

This song reminds us that, as believers, we always have a God who cares to whom we can cry out.
Bible Reference… Exodus 2:23; 1Samuel 7:9; 1Chronicles 5:20; Psalm 61:2

When peace cannot be found and sleep won’t visit me tonight,
a restless mind that I can’t tame; I walk the floor, I call Your name.
Finally, silence… and the tears begin to fall.

        CHORUS:
        I Cry… and You’re the one who hears me calling.
        I fall… so easily, but You’re there to catch me.
        Say the words that heal me; I’m safe when I’m with You.
        You touch my eyes and I can see.

Oh, the comfort that You bring when nothing else can reach inside.
Sympathetic friends are all around; their soothing words fall to the ground.
In the silence, I feel You here with me. (CHORUS 2x)

Crucified With Christ – 1995

This song was written by Don Koch, Dave Clark, and Randy & Denise Phillips; and was recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean… included on their album, Trust.

Since the early ‘90s, Don Koch has produced records for every major Christian record label with total sales in excess of 10 million. He won Dove Awards for Inspirational Record of the Year two years in a row. The songwriter-producer has worked with the top Christian acts. He has won Dove awards for Song of the Year and Inspirational Song of the Year. He has also had many #1 songs in the CCM market.
Dave Clark’s impressive songwriting credits include hits that cross musical boundaries from contemporary Christian music to southern gospel. Many of his songs have reached the #1 spot on the Christian music charts. Clark was recently named Director of Creative Development, A&R and Publishing for Lillenas Publishing Company. Dave has been awarded the prestigious ASCAP Living Legend Award and recognized for his outstanding career success as a songwriter.

Phillips, Craig and Dean (rendered as Phillips, Craig & Dean on albums) is a contemporary Christian music trio composed of pastors Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean.
In 1991, Randy Phillips went to several record companies with a solo album he had. StarSong, a Nashville-based company, urged him to form a male vocal group. He then called two friends who also happened to be pastors and had also recently made solo albums.
Since forming in 1991, the group has sold over two million units. They have also received 10 GMA Dove Award nominations, winning 4, including Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 2007, and Inspirational Album of the Year in 2010.

This song is a testimony from a believer, describing his salvation story.
Bible Reference… Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20; 5:24

As I look back on what I thought was living, I’m amazed at the price I choose to pay.
And to think I ignored what really mattered
‘cause I thought the sacrifice would be too great.
But, when I finally reached the point of giving in, I found the cross was calling even then.
And, even though it took dying to survive, I’ve never felt so much alive.

        CHORUS:
        For I am crucified with Christ, and yet I live; not I, but Christ that lives within me.
        His Cross will never ask for more than I can give, for its not my strength but His.
        There’s no greater sacrifice; for I am crucified with Christ, and yet I live!

As I hear the Savior call for daily dying, I will bow beneath the weight of Calvary.
Let my hands surrender to His piercing purpose
that holds me to the cross, but sets me free.
I will glory in the power of the cross; the things I thought were gain, I count as loss.
And with His suffering I identify, and by His resurrection power I am alive. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        And I will offer all I have so that His cross is not in vain,
        for I found to live is Christ, and to die is truly gain. (CHORUS)