He’s Everything I Need – 2011

This song was recorded by the Kingsmen… included on their album, Grace Says.

The Kingsmen are a Southern Gospel vocal quartet based out of Asheville, North Carolina. Many legends of Southern Gospel including Jim Hamill, Squire Parsons, Anthony Burger, Mark Trammell, Ed Crawford, Ernie Phillips, and others have been members of The Kingsmen. The group is currently owned and managed by bass vocalist, Ray Reese.
The Kingsmen are one of the most awarded groups in Southern Gospel Music history. They’ve had 14 Singing News Top 40 #1 songs, the second most of any group in the history of the chart, several Dove Awards and Grammy nominations, appearances at some of the nation’s most prestigious venues including The Grand Ole Opry and The White House and are members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Christian Music Hall of Fame and Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. They are the personification of a traditional male quartet with an attention to fast, driving songs as well as big, powerful ballads.
The 2011 roster of the Kingsmen consisted of: Ernie Phillips – tenor, Bob Sellers – lead, Randy Crawford – baritone, Ray Dean Reese – bass, and Brandon Reese – sound.

This song reminds us that God is always sufficient; He’s always enough… for every need in every situation. He’s everything I need!
Bible Reference… 2Corinthians 3:5; 12:9; Philippians 4:13,19

Weary, downtrodden believer, I know the Burden-Reliever;
He is the sinless Redeemer. He’s my best Friend.
I met Him on bended knee; He met me on Calvary.
Underneath an old rugged tree; that’s where I fell. Now…

        CHORUS:
        He dries every tear I cry. He answers when I ask, “Why?”
        He’s every single little thing I need.
        He is faithful down to the end. He’s closer than a brother’s been.
        When I thunk about all He is, that’s all I need.

Christian, don’t give up tryin’; mountains were made for climbin’.
The One who walks beside me will stand by you.
I’ve never known Him to fail; He’s conquered both death and Hell.
So, do not doubt He will prevail. I’ve seen what He can do. (CHORUS 3x)

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No Longer Chained – 2011

This song was written by Rodney Griffin, and was recorded by Greater Vision… included on their album, The Only Way.

Since December of 1990, Greater Vision has inspired audiences with their rich vocal blend and their effective ability to communicate the message of the gospel. They have established a firm place at the pinnacle of Christian music, and have become the most awarded trio in the history of Gospel music.
Gerald Wolfe, the group’s founder, serves as Pianist and Emcee. Multi-Award-winning Songwriter, Rodney Griffin, sings the lead part for the trio. Chris Allman sings tenor. Jon Epley is the newest member of the group, having joined April of 2017 as the new Baritone singer.
Greater Vision appears regularly on the InTouch television program, hosted by Dr. Charles Stanley, as well as on the Gaither Gospel Series. Gerald also serves as a co-host on Bill Gaither’s syndicated “Homecoming Radio” Show, heard weekly on almost 3000 radio stations around the world, as well as on satellite radio. Their most recent endeavor is as a part of the very popular “Gospel Music Hymn Sing” DVDs and coinciding GMHS events across the USA.
The 2001 roster of the group consisted of Gerald Wolfe – Lead/Piano, Chris Allman – tenor, and Rodney Griffin – Baritone/Bass Guitar.

This song imagines what it might have been like for a Roman soldier chained to the apostle Paul.
Bible Reference… Acts 21:26-40; Philippians 1:13; 2Timothy 2:9

He stepped into the house and laid his armor on the floor,
hugged his wife and kids and said, “I’m home.”
Enduring more today than he ever had before and, now, his confidence was gone.
You see, a Roman soldier’s might was based upon his strength of will;
he could not imagine any other way.
But, so defeated by the sense of longing he could feel,
he said, “Today, I just had to get away.” Then he said…

        CHORUS:
        I was chained to a prisoner, and he gave his testimony;
        how he was changed there in a moment on some long Damascus road.
        But, I rejected what he offered, and said, “I’ll never serve another.”
        I’ll just get another soldier, so I can go back home… no longer chained.

The sun rose and he left to face his duties once again;
he chained himself there to the preacher man.
He sat down, and he wondered if this day would ever end;
to make it through was his only plan.
A gentle voice described the saving blood upon the cross
and how an empty grave would give him hope.
The shackles would remind him of the bondage sin had caused
and what he couldn’t wait to tell when he got home. He said…

        2nd CHORUS:
        I was chained to a prisoner and he gave his testimony;
        how he was changed there in a moment on some long Damascus road.
        But, this time, I felt the wonder in his eyes I saw the Savior.
        So, I cried out to the Master, and now my sins are gone. I’m no longer chained!

        CODA:
        Now, we won’t know the number the apostle Paul has reached
        until we hear their stories over there.
        But, imagine all the soldiers that have ever heard him preach
        and what they might have gone on home from work to share. And they said…
        (2nd Chorus)

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners – 2011

This song was written by John Mark Hall and Matthew West, and was recorded by Casting Crowns… included on their album, Come To The Well.

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.
The members of Casting Crown (in 2011) were Mark Hall – lead vocals and songwriter; Juan DeVevo – guitar and background vocals; Chris Huffman – bass and background vocals; Megan Garrett – piano, keyboards, backing vocals; Melodee DeVevo – violin, backing vocals, cello; Brian Scoggin – drums; and Hector Cervantes – lead guitar and background vocals.

This song reminds us that Jesus really is a Friend of sinners… the opposite of who most lost people would assume He would be.
Bible Reference… Matthew 11:16-19; Mark 2:13-17; John 8:1-11
Jesus, Friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away;
we cut down people in Your name… but the sword was never ours to swing.
Jesus, Friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see;
the world is on their way to You, but they’re tripping over me.
Always looking around but never looking up; I’m so double-minded…
a plank-eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided.

        CHORUS:
        Oh, Jesus, Friend of sinners,
        open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers.
        Let our hearts be led by mercy; help us reach with open hearts and open doors.
        Oh, Jesus, Friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours.

Jesus, Friend of sinners, the One who’s writing in the sand;
make the righteous turn away, and the stones fall from their hands.
Help us to remember we are all the least of these;
let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees.
No one knows what we’re for; only against, when we judge the wounded.
What if we put down our signs, crossed over the lines, and loved like You did?
(CHORUS)
        CODA:
        You love every lost cause. You reach for the outcast,
        for the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came.
        Lord, I was that lost cause, and I was the outcast.
        But, You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet.
        ‘Cause You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever.
        You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever.
        You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever.
        You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever. (CHORUS)

Worth It – 2011

This song was written by Francesca Battistelli and Sam Mizell, and was recorded by Francesca Battistelli… included on her album, Hundred More Years.

Sam (and his wife, Becca) Mizell are a popular songwriting duo. In 2004, the Lord brought them together— Sam has lived all his life in the South and Becca in the Midwest— that they might serve Him as husband and wife, parents of Winter June and Maizie Carolina, and songwriters who have written for some of the best-known acts in the Christian, Pop, and Country genres. Between them, they share 3 Grammy Nominations, 2 ASCAP Songs Of The Year, 7 #1 Songs, and 2 Dove Awards.

Francesca Battistelli (born May 18, 1985) is an American Christian singer and songwriter from New York City. She was originally an independent artist and had released an independent album in 2004. Her first studio album on Fervent Records, My Paper Heart, was released in 2008. Her first single, “I’m Letting Go”, was released to radio stations in 2008 and has charted on national Christian CHR charts since then. The song was the 16th most played song of 2008 on Christian radio stations according to R&R magazine. Battistelli received her first Grammy Award nomination in 2009, for Best Gospel Performance with her single, “Free to Be Me”. She later received her first Grammy Award in 2016 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song with her single, “Holy Spirit” from her album, If We’re Honest.

Francesca has a great voice!

This song reminds us of the value – and strength – of love.
Bible Reference… Proverbs 17:17; Matthew 5:43-45; Mark 12:30,31;
John 13:34,35; 15:13; 1Corinthians 13; 16:14; 1Peter 4:8; 1John 4:8,19

Love’s not a feeling. Love’s not convenient. But I know love will change your life.
Love takes sacrifice. Love cuts like a knife. Sometimes love will make you cry.
Love’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Love is a hunger, but love won’t leave you empty. See, it’s the language of the heart.
Love can steal your pride, but love won’t let you hide. It takes everything you’ve got.
Love’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
        CHORUS:
        What you gonna do when the bottom falls out
        and you’re left with nothing but your fear and your doubt to hold to?
        Who will hold you?
        Where you gonna run when it’s all on the line
        and you’re looking for someone to save your life? To save your life?

Love can hear you. Love can heal you, if you let it inside. Oh, remember now…
love’s not easy, but it’s worth it. (CHORUS & 3rd Verse)

The Master’s Table – 2011

This song was written by Rebecca Peck, and was recorded by the Booth Brothers… included on their album, Let It Be Known.

Rebecca Peck is a 3-time BMI Award winning, Dove Award nominated songwriter who began her professional writing career in Painesville, Ohio. Since her first cuts in the 1990’s, she has been blessed with nearly 1200 artist recordings, many #1 songs to her credit, and numerous Top 40 songs. She has performed at the GMA writer showcase as well as other industry writer events, and has been a keynote speaker for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
In 2015, Rebecca was named Professional Songwriter of the Year at the AGM awards held near Nashville, TN. She was also honored twice at the SGN Awards for Songwriter of the Year. In September 2004, Rebecca had 6 songs simultaneously in the Top 40 on the Singing News Magazine chart.

The Booth Brothers is an American southern gospel vocal trio. They were initially formed as a quartet in the 1950s by Ron Booth, Sr. with his 3 brothers. Ron disbanded the group in 1963 when he joined The Toney Brothers.
In 1990, Ron’s youngest son, Michael (b. October 8, 1971), decided to revive the group with his brother Ronnie JR (b. June 28, 1965), and his father.
The 2011 roster consisted of Michael Booth – tenor, Ronnie Booth – lead, and
Jim Brady – baritone.

This song speaks of the fellowship believers have with Christ now… and will have for all eternity.
Bible Reference… Isaiah 25:6; 55:1,2; Joel 2:24-26; Matthew 22:2; Luke 14:15; Revelation 19:7-9
        CHORUS:
        I feast at the Master’s table; I dine on Holy Bread.
        Grace invites me to partake there where my longing soul is fed.
        His Word – my daily portion. His Truth – my heart’s delight.
        I feast at the Master’s table; He my hunger satisfies.

There’s a banquet spread before me that Jesus has prepared.
When I open up the Scriptures, He always meets me there.
And we fellowship together; as I read, His Spirit guides…
giving strength that will sustain me and the hope that will abide. (CHORUS)

Let Our God Be Praised – 2010

This song was recorded by Pocket Full Of Rocks… included on their album, More Than Noise.

Pocket Full of Rocks (PFOR) is an American band formed in 1995. The band operated independently for 10 years, releasing 2 albums. In 2005, they signed with Warner Bros. gospel music entity Word/Myrrh Records.
In 2006, the band was nominated for a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards. Their second album with Myrrh was also nominated for a Dove Award.
The band roster consisted of Michael Farren – keyboards, lead vocals, acoustic guitar; Alisa Farren – vocals; Ryan Riggins – electric guitar; Jody Crump – bass; and
David Rollins – drums.

I attended a Pocket Full of Rocks at a New Year’s Eve concert, chaperone to students. I really enjoyed them; they were worshipful and seemed sincere.

This song is a song of praise. God is worthy to be praised!
Bible Reference… Exodus 15:2; Deuteronomy 10:21; 1Chronicles 16:28;
Psalm 75:1; Ephesians 1:5
Stand… kneel… bow… in this moment now; worshiping our King.
Voices raised, let our God be praised!
It’s the sound of those redeemed. Oh, with grateful hearts we sing.

        CHORUS:
        To the One who reigns forever, to the One the seas obey,
        to the One who holds the Heavens… let the nations stand amazed!
        For His mercy and His kindness, for His never-ending grace,
        for His love that’s ever reaching… oh, let our God, let our God be praised!

By His hand everything began… all for His renown.
Those so weak, those broken and in need are no longer bound.
Oh, in Him the lost are found. (CHORUS)

        TAG:
        We stand among the millions crying, “Holy!”;
        the redeemed of every nation small and great.
        We cast our crowns before Him singing, “Worthy!”
        And loudly give our praise… loudly give our praise… (CHORUS)

Come As You Are – 2010

This song was recorded by Pocket Full Of Rocks… included on their album, More Than Noise.

Pocket Full of Rocks (PFOR) is an American band formed in 1995. The band operated independently for 10 years, releasing 2 albums. In 2005, they signed with Warner Bros. gospel music entity Word/Myrrh Records.
In 2006, the band was nominated for a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards. Their second album with Myrrh was also nominated for a Dove Award.
The band roster consisted of Michael Farren – keyboards, lead vocals, acoustic guitar; Alisa Farren – vocals; Ryan Riggins – electric guitar; Jody Crump – bass; and
David Rollins – drums.

I attended a Pocket Full of Rocks at a New Year’s Eve concert, chaperone to students. I really enjoyed them; they were worshipful and seemed sincere.

This song reminds us that anyone can come to Christ… no matter who and no matter what they’ve done. That is amazing grace from a loving God!
Bible Reference… Matthew 11:28-30; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8,9
He’s not mad at you, and He’s not disappointed.
His grace is greater still than all of your wrong choices.
He is full of mercy, and He’s ever kind.
Hear His invitation! His arms are open wide!

        CHORUS:
        You can come as you are, with all your broken pieces
        and all your shameful scars.
        The pain you hold in your heart, bring it all to Jesus.
        You can come as you are!

Louder than the voice that whispers “you’re unworthy”,
hear the sound of love that tells a different story.
Shattering your darkness and pushing through the lies,
how tenderly He calls you. His arms are open wide! (CHORUS 2x)

This Life – 2010

This song was written and recorded by MercyMe… included on their album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell.

MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Edmond, Oklahoma. The band formed in 1994, and released 6 independent albums prior to signing with INO Records in 2001.
The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, “I Can Only Imagine” which elevated their debut album to triple-platinum certification. Since then, the group has released 8 additional studio albums (6 of which have been certified gold) and a greatest hits album. The group has also had 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with 7 of them reaching #1. MercyMe has won 8 Dove Awards and has had many Grammy Award nominations.
This album was a concept album relating around the overall theme of love, and vaguely relating to its self-titled character.
The 2010 roster of MercyMe consisted of Bart Millard – vocals, Nathan Cochran – bass guitar/backing vocals, Michael John Scheuchzer – guitars, Robin Troy “Robby” Shaffer – drums/percussion, Barry Graul – guitars/backing vocals, and James Phillip “Jim” Bryson – keyboards.

I probably like this song more for the beat and music than the lyrics… but it does remind us that believers of Christ should live for Christ.
Bible reference… Romans 12:1,2; Philippians 1:19-26; 1Timothy 6:12
This is not my home; this is not my space.
Simple not my style; this is not my place.
Can’t get comfortable; can’t get settled in.
I simply don’t belong; can’t get used to this.

But, I’m here right now. I can hear You say,
”Make the most of Me”; this won’t go to waste.
If I’m out of my mind, yeah; it’s all for Christ.

If I’m making sense, then get in line.
Every moment is a chance to let your light break through.
This life, this life was meant to shine. This life, this life was meant to shine.

I don’t have to stall; I don’t have to wait.
Don’t have to bide my time ‘til I make my escape.
‘Cause Heaven’s in my heart; I won’t settle for less.
I will lift Your name by the life I live.

Every moment is a chance to let your light break through.
This life, this life was meant to shine. This life, this life was meant to shine.

Go Ask – 2010

This song was written by William J. and Gloria Gaither, and was recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band… included on their album, Better Day.

William James Gaither (born March 28, 1936) is an American singer and songwriter of Southern gospel and Contemporary Christian music. He has written numerous popular Christian songs with his wife, Gloria. He is also known for performing as part of the Bill Gaither Trio and the Gaither Vocal Band (GVB). In the 1990s, his career gained a resurgence (as did the careers of other southern gospel artists), as popularity grew for the Gaither Homecoming series.

The Gaither Vocal Band (GVB) is an American southern gospel vocal group, named after its founder and leader, Bill Gaither. Though the group started out recording contemporary Christian music in the 1980s, it became known for southern gospel after the popularity of the Gaither Homecoming videos.
The lineup of the band changes often; artists leaving to work on solo careers, and new and old ones coming to replace them. Besides Bill Gaither, singers with the longest tenure in the band include Guy Penrod (1995–2008), Mark Lowry (1988–2002, 2009–13), Michael English (1985–94, 2009–13), David Phelps (1997–2005, 2009–17) and Wes Hampton (2005–present).
The band has released 29 albums (not including compilations), at least 19 of which have charted. The band has also released 10 DVDs, which feature many other Christian artists as well. The Gaither Vocal Band has been honored with 2 Grammys and 17 Dove Awards.
The 2010 roster of the GVB consisted of Wes Hampton – tenor, David Phelps – tenor, Michael English – lead, Mark Lowry – baritone, and Bill Gaither – bass.

This song confesses the impossibility of trying to explain how – and even sometimes why – God does what He does.
Bible Reference… Job 5:9; Psalm 145:3; Isaiah 40:28; Jeremiah 33:3; Romans 11:33

Don’t ask me to explain to you how one could start again
or hardened hearts could soften like a child.
Don’t ask me how to reason out the mysteries of life
or how to face it’s problems with a smile.
Go ask the man who’s found the way through tangled roads back home to stay,
when all communications were destroyed.
Go ask the child who’s walking now, who once was crippled and then somehow
her useless legs were made to jump for joy.
Go ask the one who’s burned out mind has been restored; I think you’ll find
the question’s not as important as before.
Don’t ask me if He’s good or bad; I only know the guilt I had
is gone and I can’t tell you any more.

And don’t ask me how to prove to you why I know God is there
or how I know that He would care for you.
And don’t ask me why someone so great would chose to walk with me
and trade my broken life for one that’s new.
Go ask the child whose got a dad to love away the hurt he had
before this man called Jesus touched their lives.
Go ask the one whose fears have fled whose churning heart was quieted
when someone whispered peace to all her strife.
Go ask the man to tell you more; whose life was just a raging war
inside himself until the Savior came.
I don’t pretend to be so wise; I only know He touched my eyes
and nothing else will ever be the same.
I don’t pretend to be so wise; I only know He touched my eyes
and nothing else will ever be the same. Nothing else will ever be the same.

Five Smooth Stones – 2010

This song was written and recorded by Mark Bishop… included on his album, Just Pay Attention.

Mark Bishop has one of the most distinctive voices in all of Gospel Music. He is also regarded as one of the preeminent Gospel songwriters of our generation. His songs have been recorded by several of today’s most popular Gospel Music groups. Once you have heard one of Mark’s thought-provoking songs, you’ll immediately know why Gospel Music lovers consider him one of the genre’s top singer/songwriters.
Mark’s musical roots trace back to Kentucky, singing on the front porch with his family. It was then that the Bishop family began to form a musical foundation that would usher them to the forefront of Gospel Music. During their career, The Bishops enjoyed enormous success across all outlets, with 27 national Top-40 songs, including 12 Top 5 songs and 3 #1 songs, while singing to full houses in Gospel Music venues and churches across the United States and Canada. The group received numerous awards and accolades from their fans and peers, and appeared on popular national TV programs including Nashville Now, The Grand Ole Opry, Crooke and Chase, The World Today with John Hagee, The Gaither Homecoming TV and Video series and many, many others.
Since embarking on a solo career in 2002, Mark Bishop has not missed a beat. He has been honored with multiple nominations and awards in a broad range of categories from leading Gospel Music publications and organizations. He is one of the select few soloists who have been invited to perform on the Main Stage of Gospel Music’s signature event, the National Quartet Convention. Over the past 30 years, Mark’s songs are staples on Gospel Music radio, accumulating numerous hits on the national airplay charts.
But, Mark would tell you his greatest successes are not measured by chart-topping songs, awards, sold out concerts, or television appearances. He is most proud of his family and equally grateful for their support of his efforts to share through song, the message of God’s love, mercy, and grace. Mark and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for over 30 years and have raised 2 wonderful daughters. They faithfully attend a small, country church where Mark’s dad is the pastor.

This song looks back to David & Goliath… and reminds us what God can do with just 5 smooth stones.
Bible Reference… Deuteronomy 31:6; 1Samuel 17; Psalm 27:1; 56:3,4; Isaiah 41:10,13; 1Corinthians 16:13; 2Timothy 1:7


Have you ever faced a giant? Standing there, he’s so defiant;
daring you… try and come on through.
I’m reminded of the story of the shepherd boy whose glory was renowned
for the faith he’d found.
David saw Goliath, and he knew just what to do.
David didn’t wonder if the Lord would see him through.

        CHORUS:
        If I had the faith of David, any problem I would face it;
        knowing well that I could not fail.
        If I had the faith of David, I’m telling you it would be great if
        I lived here… never knowing fear.
        And, I would never worry what the day may bring.
        If I saw what God could do with five smooth stones and a sling.

Sitting there around the campfire, David heard the giant’s laughter,
said, “I’ll go; I will meet our foe.”
Wounded soldiers convalescing, the situation so distressing;
none could see any victory.
David didn’t understand what they were frightened for.
For David, it was just another victory for the Lord. (CHORUS)