Boundless Love – 1986

This song was written by Dianne Wilkinson, and was first recorded by the Cathedrals… included on their album, Travelin’ Love.

Dianne Wilkinson (née Branscum; born 1944, in Blytheville, AR) is an American southern gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. She was nominated in the Songwriter of the Year non-artist category at the 46th GMA Dove Awards. She is a retired healthcare worker from Dyersburg, Tennessee, where she resides with her husband, Timothy, since 1972. She is a member of Springhill Baptist Church in her hometown, where she plays the piano during their worship services.
She has a long storied career as a southern gospel songwriter for many artists.

The Cathedral Quartet, often known as simply The Cathedrals, was an American southern gospel quartet that performed from 1964 until their retirement in 1999.
Kirk Talley left the group in 1983 to start his own group; Danny Funderburk, from the Singing Americans, was selected to take Talley’s place. This version of the Cathedrals with Funderburk along with George Younce, Glen Payne, Mark Trammell, and Roger Bennett soon became the most popular they had ever been. The Cathedrals would balance their albums with a combination of different styles that gave them popularity they enjoyed until the group retired.

I first heard this song while in college.

This song speaks of the boundless love of God.
Bible Reference… John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 8:37-39; Galatians 2:20;
Ephesians 2:4,5; 1John 4:9-11,16

 

There is not a mother, sister, friend, or brother
loves the way that Jesus can.
He proved His love for me when He died on Calvary;
He gave His life for fallen man.

       CHORUS:
        His love (His love) is a boundless love,
        and it reaches down and touches me.
        His love (His love) is an endless love
        that will last for all eternity.

Jesus wants to love you, there is none above you;
you are precious in His sight.
He will never fail you when the doubts assail you;
He’ll be with you day and night. (CHORUS)

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Gods Of Men – 1985

This song was written by Randy Stonehill, and was recorded first by him… included on his album, Love Beyond Reason.

Randall Evan “Randy” Stonehill (born March 12, 1952) is an American singer and songwriter from Stockton, California, best known as one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music. His music is primarily folk rock in the style of James Taylor, but some of his albums have focused on new wave, pop, pop rock, roots rock, and children’s music.

I first heard Randy Stonehill while in college.

This song describes the idolatrous wishes and gods many people chase. The One True God can only be found through Jesus Christ.
Bible Reference… Exodus 20:3-6; 1Corinthians 10:14; Colossians 3:5

 

I used to dream of being famous; wanted my name to be a household word.
I thought that it would thrill me, then I saw that it could kill me,
now it strikes me as a little absurd.
I used to dream of being Don Juan, of having all these pretty girls on the line.
It made shambles of my mind,
so I found myself a wife who’s a lover and a friend of mine.

        CHORUS:
        As the world keeps turning ’round,
        you either learn to bend with the wind or it knocks you down.
        Turn your back on the gods of men,
        and the Lord, who is true, will give life back to you again.

I used to dream of being a rich man; yeah, I swore I’d have it all someday.
Once you chase it you will find that it isn’t worth a dime
‘til you’re free enough to give it away.
And, I used to dream of chasing vengeance; all my enemies would crawl and sweat.
Well, my happiness was drained from reliving all the pain;
now I’m learning to forgive and forget. (CHORUS)

I used to dream of being a wanderer, with just my sneakers and my own guitar.
Well, it got lonely right away; now, I’m happy just to play
with my daughter in my own back yard.
And I used to dream of being a hero; yeah, I told myself I’d never fall down.
But, I couldn’t take the strain, and Jesus is the name of the only hero I’ve ever found.
(CHORUS)

Morning Star – 1985

This song was written by Mylon LeFevre and Dean Harrington, and was recorded by Mylon… included on the album, Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing.

Mylon LeFevre (born October 6, 1944) is an American Christian rock singer best known for his work with his band, Mylon and Broken Heart. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He currently travels around the United States, ministering, teaching and singing.

I first heard this song while in college. My college roommate, Eddie Leslie, had an extensive Christian album collection.

This song is a prayer, of commitment and praise.
Bible Reference… Psalm 37:5; Proverbs 16:3; Romans 12:1; 1Corinthians 15:10; 2Peter 3:18

 

Lord, here I stand before You on my knees.
So, Jesus help me please; I want to be just like You.
I will, I will ’cause it’s Your will.
I can, I can do anything,
because of what You’ve done for me.

        CHORUS:
        So, I’ll praise You ‘til the mountains reach the skies…
        ‘til the rivers all run dry,
        because of what You’ve done for me.
        And, I’ll praise You with my lips and my guitar,
        ‘cause You are my Morning Star. Oh, Jesus…

So, now I bow before You in my heart.
So, Jesus make me smart enough to just be humble.
I will, I will be holy, too.
And, I can, I can because of You… because of what You’ve done for me. (CHORUS)

When God Ran – 1985

This song was written by Benny Hester and John Parenti, and was first recorded by Benny Hester… included on his album, Benny From Here.

Benny Ray Hester (born May 3, 1948) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and recording artist. He is probably best known for his songs “When God Ran” and “Nobody Knows Me Like You”, and for producing the groundbreaking tween/teen music-driven sketch comedy and dance television series Roundhouse on Nickelodeon. He has written and recorded more than 25 number one and top ten songs.
Hester’s recording of his song “When God Ran” touched the consciousness of Christians worldwide, and is one of the longest running #1 songs in Contemporary Christian Music history, #1 for 13 weeks, and the #3 song in the 60-year history of Word Records. “When God Ran” continues to be rerecorded by artists in many languages and musical genres, including adult contemporary, pop, rock, R&B, alternative, and Southern Gospel, making it to the top of the charts repeatedly.

I first heard this song on Christian radio while attending seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.
This song has an incredible message… speaking of the audacity of an awesome God showing the incredible grace required for salvation, and comparing it to the story of the Prodigal Son.
Bible Reference… Luke 15:11-32; Romans 3:20-24; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 2:11

Almighty God, The Great I Am, Immovable Rock, Omnipotent, Powerful,
Awesome Lord, Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings, Mighty Conqueror,
and the only time… the only time I ever saw Him run, was when…

        CHORUS:
        He ran to me; He took me in His arms, held my head to His chest,
        said, “My son’s come home again!”
        Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes,
        with forgiveness in His voice He said, “Son, do you know I still love You?”
        He caught me by surprise… when God ran.

The day I left home, I knew I’d broken His heart.
And I wondered then, if things could ever be the same.
Then one night, I remembered His love for me.
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see…
tt was the only time… it was the only time I ever saw Him run. And then (CHORUS)
        CODA:
        I was so ashamed, all alone, and so far away.
But now I know, that He’s been waiting for this day (CHORUS)

Touch Of The Master’s Hand – 1984

This song was written by John Kramp, and was made most popular by Wayne Watson… included on his album, Man In The Middle.

John Kramp formerly led as division president of the Church Resources division at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN. He has earned degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Kramp’s books include On Track Leadership, Out of Their Faces and Into Their Shoes and Getting Ahead by Staying Behind. He also wrote the music and adapted the words to this popular song.

Wayne Watson originally planned to pursue a career playing baseball, but – while in college – he began dabbling in music, and after graduation regularly performed in area churches. While leading worship at a Christian youth camp, the father of one of the children videotaped Watson’s performance and sent it to a record company.
Wayne Watson’s career has produced a history of 23 #1 singles in Christian radio. His litany of credits includes a dozen Dove Awards wins.
Wayne is currently the associate director of music at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.
In 2011, Wayne was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

I first heard Wayne Watson while in college.
This song tells the story of a violin… that is an allegory of God’s grace for each and every human being.
Bible Reference… Romans 3:20-24; 6:14; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 2:11

 

Well it was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer felt it was hardly worth his while
to waste much time on the old violin but he held it up with a smile:
“Well it sure ain’t much but it’s all we got left; I guess we ought to sell it to.
Oh, now who’ll start the bid on this old violin? Just one more and we’ll be through.”

And then he cried, “One, give me one dollar,
who’ll make it two? Only two dollars, who’ll make it three?
Three dollars twice, now that’s a good price. Now who’s gonna bid for me?
Raise up your hand now; don’t wait any longer, the auction’s about to end.
Who’s got four, just one dollar more to bid on this old violin?”

Well the air was hot and the people stood around as the sun was setting low.
From the back of the crowd a gray haired man came forward and picked up the bow;
he wiped the dust from the old violin, then he tightened up the strings.
Then he played out a melody pure and sweet, sweeter than the Angels sing!
And, then the music stopped and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low;
he said, “Now what am I bid for this old violin?” and he held it up with a bow.

And then he cried out, One, give me one thousand,
who’ll make it two? Only two thousand, who’ll make it three?
Three thousand twice, you know that’s a good price. C’mon who’s gonna bid for me?”
And the people cried out, “What made the change; we don’t understand?”
Then the auctioneer stopped and he said with a smile,
“It was the touch of the Master’s hand.”

You know, there’s many a man with his life out of tune, battered and scarred with sin, and he’s auctioned cheap to a thankless world… much like that old violin.
Oh, but then the Master comes, and that old foolish crowd… they never understand
the worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
just by one touch of the Masters hand. (CHORUS)

We Bow Down – 1984

This song was written by Twila Paris, and was first recorded by her; it was included on her album, The Warrior Is A Child.

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.

This song is a praise song… one of the early examples of a Contemporary Christian song that became a chorus sung regularly in many churches, and included in many hymnals.
Bible Reference… Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 5:7; Micah 6:6; Ephesians 3:14; James 4:10

        CHORUS:
        We bow down… and we worship You Lord.
        We bow down… and we worship You Lord.
        King of all kings You will be!

We bow down… and we crown You the King.
We bow down… and we crown You the King.
We bow down… and we crown You the King.
King of all kings You will be!

You are Lord of creation, and Lord of my life;
Lord of the land and the sea.
You were Lord of the heavens before there was time;
Lord of all lords You will be. (CHORUS)

Do I Trust You? – 1984

This song was written by Twila Paris, and was first recorded by her; it was included on her album, The Warrior Is A Child.

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.

This song speaks to a believer’s trust in God… asking honest questions that hope for an affirmative answer.
Bible Reference… Psalm 37:4-6; 62:8; 86:7; Proverbs 3:5,6; 30:5;
Isaiah 26:4; John 14:1,27

Sometimes my little heart can’t understand what’s in Your will, what’s in Your plan;
so many times I’m tempted to ask You why.
But I can never forget it for long. Lord, what You do could not be wrong.
So I believe You, even when I must cry.

        CHORUS:
        Do I trust You, Lord? Does the river flow?
        Do I trust You, Lord? Does the north wind blow?
        You can see my heart, You can read my mind,
        and You’ve got to know I would rather die
        than to lose my faith in the One I love.
        Do I trust You, Lord? Do I trust You?

I know the answers, I’ve given them all. But suddenly now, I feel so small.
Shaken down to the cavity in my soul.
I know the doctrine and theology, but right now they don’t mean much to me.
This time there’s only one thing I’ve got to know.

        CHORUS:
        Do I trust You, Lord? Does the robin sing?
        Do I trust You, Lord? Does it rain in spring?
        You can see my heart, You can read my mind,
        And You’ve got to know I would rather die
        than to lose my faith in the One I love.
        Do I trust You, Lord? Do I trust You?

I will trust You, Lord, when I don’t know why.
I will trust You, Lord, till the day I die.
I will trust You, Lord, when I’m blind with pain!
You were God before, and You’ll never change.
I will trust You. I will trust You. I will trust You, Lord.

The Warrior Is A Child – 1984

This song was written by Twila Paris, and was first recorded by her, the title song of the album of the same name.

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.

This song describes the battle every believer is expected to fight… a soldier who speaks for truth and stands on the principles of Jesus Christ.
Bible Reference… Ephesians 6:11-17; 2Timothy 2:3

Lately I’ve been winning battles left and right,
but even winners can get wounded in the fight.
People say that I’m amazing, strong beyond my years,
but they don’t see inside of me… I’m hiding all the tears.

        CHORUS:
        They don’t know that I go running home when I fall down.
        They don’t know who picks me up when no one is around.
        I drop my sword and cry for just a while,
        ’cause deep inside this armor the warrior is a child.

Unafraid, because His armor is the best.
But, even soldiers need a quiet place to rest.
People say that I’m amazing, never face retreat,
but they don’t see the enemies that lay me at His feet. (CHORUS)

Master Of The Wind – 1984

This song was written by Joel Hemphill, and was first recorded by the Hemphills. It was included on their album, Together.

Even though Joel Hemphill and wife LaBreeska Hemphill had recorded two duet albums, the group, the Hemphills started singing in 1967. That first group consisted of Joel Hemphill singing lead, wife, LaBreeska Hemphill, singing alto, Joel’s nephew, Tim McKeithen, singing baritone, and Tim’s wife, Dixie McKeithen, singing soprano.
Joel and Labreeska’s children would join their parents on stage as Dixie and then Tim would leave to start a family and eventually begin their own family group, the McKeithens. Joey Hemphill would start out playing drums for the group and then begin singing around 1977. Trent Hemphill started playing bass for his family and then became the group’s pianist. Finally, Candy Hemphill would have her first solo on a Hemphills album in 1975. It wouldn’t be long until she became the group’s soprano.
The Hemphills would travel as a family until their disbandment in 1990. Things came full circle for Joel and Labreeska in the late ’90s as they began a new chapter in their career by once again performing as a duo.

I saw the Hemphills in concert while I was in college. Candy Hemphill, who sings lead on this song, had one of the purest voices I’ve ever heard.
Bible Reference… Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25

My boat of life sails on a troubled sea; ever there’s a wind in my sail.
But, I have a Friend Who watches over me when the breeze turns into a gale.

        CHORUS:
        I know the Master of the wind. I know the Maker of the rain.
        He can calm the storm and make the sun to shine again;
        I know the Master of the wind.

Sometimes I soar like an eagle to the highs; among the peaks my soul can be found. An unexpected storm may drive me from the heights;
it may bring me low, but will never bring me down. (CHORUS)

John Saw – 1984

This song was written by Sandy Knight, and was made most popular by Gold City, included on their album, Walk On.

Gold City is an American southern gospel quartet.
The Mississippi-based Christianairs were renamed Gold City at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve to begin the year 1980 with bass Dallas Gilliland, tenor Bob Oliver, lead singer Jerry Ritchie, and baritone Ken Trussell. The group was an instant success in the industry, appearing on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention in 1981. Though they have had many roster changes throughout the years, they have consistently been among the most popular southern gospel quartets in Southern Gospel history.

This song is a fun, catchy song about a fun, catchy vision the apostle John saw in his Revelation from God. It describes Heaven.
Bible Reference… Revelation 2:7; 4:1-6; 20:11; 21:1-5,18-25; 22:1,2,5,14,15

        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. (CHORUS)

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)