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)

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