Thirsty – 1998

This song was written and recorded by Chris Rice… included on his album, Past The Edges.

Chris Rice is an American singer and songwriter who, while a youth minister, also worked in the contemporary Christian music, contemporary folk and adult contemporary genres. He became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Rocketown Records.
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 at the University of Maryland, Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication. 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 two 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.

I first heard Chris Rice on a compilation CD, and have enjoyed him ever since. Most of his lyrics are very thought-provoking and clever.

This song describes one who is thirsty for the River of Life… and all that will surround it.
Bible Reference… Psalm 23:1,2; 42:1,2; 46:4; 63:1; 107:4-6; 143:6;
Matthew 5:6; John 4:7-14,38,39; Revelation 7:16,17; 22:1

I’m so thirsty; I can feel it burning through the furthest corners of my soul.
Deep desire can’t describe this nameless urge that drives me somewhere,
though I don’t know where to go.
        CODA:
        Seems I’ve heard about a River from someone who’s been,
        and they tell me once you reach it, oh, you’ll never thirst again.

        CHORUS:
        So I have to find the River; somehow my life depends on the River
        Holy River, I’m so thirsty.

Other waters I’ve been drinkin’ but they always leave me empty like before. Satisfaction, all I’m askin’; could I really feel this thirsty if there weren’t something more?

        (CODA & CHORUS)

I’m on the shore now of the wildest River and I kneel and beg for mercy from the sky.
But, no one answers; I’ve gotta take my chances ‘cause something deep inside me’s cryin’.

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Nothin’ – 1998

This song was written and recorded by Chrs Rice… included on the compilation album, Exodus.

Chris Rice is an American singer and songwriter who, while a youth minister, also worked in the contemporary Christian music, contemporary folk and adult contemporary genres. He became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Rocketown Records.
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 at the University of Maryland, Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication. 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 two 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.

I first heard Chris Rice on a compilation CD, and have enjoyed him ever since. Most of his lyrics are very thought-provoking and clever.

This song is actually just a remake of that old hymn, “Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus”.
Bible Reference… Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; Romans 3:25,26;
Ephesians 1:7; 2:13; Hebrews 9:14; 13:12

Nothing can wash away my sin. Nothing can wash away my sin.
Nothing can wash away my sin. Nothing, nothing, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can make the devil run. Nothing can make the devil run.
Nothing can make the devil run. Nothing, nothing, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can bring me peace with God. Nothing can bring me peace with God.
Nothing can bring me peace with God.
Nothing, nothing, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can lead me to Your throne. Nothing can lead me to Your throne.
Nothing can lead me to Your throne. Nothing, nothing, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can make Your people one. Nothing can make Your people one.
Nothing can make Your people one. Nothing, nothing, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Shine On Us – 1998

This song was written by Deborah and Michael W. Smith; and was recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean… included on their album, Favorite Songs Of All.

Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 18 million albums.
Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient, and has earned 45 Dove Awards. In 1999, ASCAP awarded him with the “Golden Note” Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting, and in 2014 they honored him as the “cornerstone of Christian music” for his significant influence on the genre. He also has recorded 31 No. 1 Hit songs, 14 gold albums, and 5 platinum albums. He has also starred in 2 films and published 14 books.
He and his wife, Debbie, have also co-written many songs together… including this song.

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.

I first heard this song while I was pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Van Buren, AR. 3 guys in our church – Clay Doss, Gary Fitzpatrick and Gene Mackle – formed a trio that almost matched that of Phillips, Craig & Dean!

This song is a prayer… asking God to shine His favor upon us. We probably need this prayer answered more today than we did back when it was written!
Bible Reference… Psalm 119:105; John 8:12; Romans 8:37-39; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 2:11-14

Lord, let Your light – light of Your face – shine on us,
Lord, let Your light – light of Your face – shine on us,

        CHORUS:
        that we may be saved… that we may have life…
        to find our way in the darkest night.
        Let Your light (grace, love) shine (fall, come over) on us!

Lord, let Your grace – grace from Your hand – fall on us,
Lord, let Your grace – grace from Your hand – fall on us, (CHORUS)

Lord, let Your love – love with no end – come over us,
Lord, let Your love – love with no end – come over us, (CHORUS)

The Kirby Man – 1998

This song was written and sung by Layton Howerton… included on his album, Boxing God.

Layton Howerton is a singer/songwriter who lives in Riverton… in the Wind River Valley of Wyoming. He tells stories through his songs. His works over 40 years have been critically acclaimed and featured in multiple forms of media.

I don’t remember where or how I first heard Layton Howerton. I’ve never heard his music on Christian radio, and he tends to be known as an independent artist. But, I really like his music.

This song is sung as though Jesus is speaking/singing these words, and is actually standing at the door of someone’s home…. patiently waiting.
Bible Reference… Exodus 34:5; John 6:38; 7:28,29; 20:19-31; Revelation 3:20

Behold, I’m standing at your door, and I am knocking.
But, you reach up to remote your old Sylvania…
sit back and act like nothing ever strains ya.
But, I keep knocking, and you keep ignoring Me.
And I wonder if you’re ever gonna answer…
when your life, your wife, is riddled now with cancer.

        CHORUS:
        But, I’m not a traveling salesman. No, I’m not the Kirby man.
        I’m not here to fix your cable, and I don’t work for Uncle Sam.
        I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness, or Mormon missionary.
        I’m not here to ask if you’re able, could you help Me, please?
        I came because My Father sent Me. I came because you need Me.

And I’m still waiting… patiently,
though many times I’ve knocked upon your door;
as a child… a wild teenager… a young sailor,
but, you weren’t listening, and time is fleeting.
You’ve lived your life according to your own will;
it’s been a life of heartbreak, mistakes and constant ills. (CHORUS)

        TAG:
        Now, there’s no sin so great that I cannot forgive…
        no sinner who cannot look to Me and live…
        no brokenness that I cannot heal…
        no emptiness that I cannot feel… (CHORUS)
        END:
        Behold I’m standing at your door, and I am knocking.

Prayin’ Sowin’ Reapin’ – 1998

This song was written and sung by Layton Howerton… included on his album, Boxing God.

Layton Howerton is a singer/songwriter who lives in Riverton… in the Wind River Valley of Wyoming. He tells stories through his songs. His works over 40 years have been critically acclaimed and featured in multiple forms of media.

I don’t remember where or how I first heard Layton Howerton. I’ve never heard his music on Christian radio, and he tends to be known as an independent artist. But, I really like his music.

This song encourages to be soul-winners… not just believers taking up space here on earth, but believers working to grow the Kingdom by sharing the Gospel with those around us.
Bible Reference… Psalm 90:17; Ezekiel 34:5,6; Matthew 9:36; 13:24; 28:19,20; Luke 19:20,21; John 4:35; 10:12; 1Corinthians 4:2; 2Corinthians 9:6; James 1:22

It’s required that a man be found faithful;
so let the work of our hearts and hands be willing and able.
May we not rest in His grace while there’s work to be done in this place.

        CHORUS:
        May we be prayin’… sowin’… reapin’.
        May we be found prayin’… sowin’… reapin’.

There are fields to be plowed… and souls to be won;
Sheep that have been scattered… fences overrun.
So, let us be doers and not hearers only, serving Christ the One who is holy.  (CHORUS)

        TAG:
        At Harvest-time, when the Lord comes, mere laborers will saints become.
        So, let me be… let me be…  (CHORUS)

Still Drinking Water From The Well – 1997

This song was written by Larry Petree and was recorded by The Cathedrals… included on their album, Alive! Deep In The Heart Of Texas.

Larry Petree is a Dove-nominated, 3-time Songwriter of the Year recipient, with multiple charting songs to his credit.

The Cathedral Quartet, often known as simply The Cathedrals, was an American southern gospel quartet that performed from 1964 until their retirement in 1999. The group’s last line up consisted of Glen Payne (lead), George Younce (bass), Ernie Haase (tenor), Scott Fowler (baritone and bass guitar), and Roger Bennett (piano and rhythm guitar).

This song is a testimony of one’s salvation story… looking back to the spiritual fountain that opened up when blood flowed from the side of Christ on the cross.
Bible Reference… Psalm 36:8,9; John 6; 10:10; 19:34

I took a drink from some life-giving water
in this dry desert land where I dwell.
And my cup’s overflowing gives me joy, makes me sing
‘cause I’m still drinking water from the well.

        CHORUS:
        Oh, yes, I’m still drinking water from the well overflowing
        from that clear, crystal fountain… watch it flow, watch it swell.
        And my soul’s satisfied, and I’m happy, can’t you tell?
        ‘Cause I’m still drinking water from the well.

They pierced His side and a fountain was opened
from a spear and those three rusty nails.
And it thrills me just knowing that my friends I can bring
and they, too, can drink water from the well. (CHORUS 2x)

        TAG:
        And my soul’s satisfied, and I’m happy, can’t you tell?
        ‘Cause I’m still drinking water from the well.

Trail Of Tears – 1998

This song was written by Gerald Crabb, and was recorded by the Crabb Family… included on their album, Prayer In Motion.

The Crabb Family is a southern gospel group originally from Beaver Dam, Kentucky. They have had sixteen No. 1 songs on the national radio charts.
The Crabb Family members were oldest son, Jason; twin brothers, Adam and Aaron; and sisters, Kelly and Terah. The family patriarch, Gerald Crabb, and wife, Kathy Crabb, were the founders of the group. Kathy managed the group until their retirement in 2007. Throughout their career, the group has released numerous albums and received several awards.

I first heard this song just recently, and liked it.

This song describes what it must have been like for Mary to watch her son, Jesus, die on a cross as the Son He said He was. In a clever way, it alludes to the Trail of Tears ascribed to the native Americans who were relocated from their native territories.
Bible Reference… Luke 1:31,35; 2:1-8; 23:33; John 19:26-30

I heard about the lonely day when Jesus had to die;
it must have broke His mother’s heart… oh, the tears she must have cried.
And though she knew the plan divine, He was still her precious son;
it only seemed like yesterday in a stable He was born.

        CHORUS:
        There must have been a trail of tears from the cross to the place
        where they laid Him down to rest in a cold and lonely grave.
        And, as the stone rolled to the door to seal the Prince of Life within,
        it must have felt just like the end. There must have been a trail of tears.

Mary knew the day would come she’d have to say, “Goodbye”;
the Son was on a mission for which He would give His life.
The angels knew redemption was being carried out to man;
He was dying there on Calvary, the sacrificial Lamb. (CHORUS 2x)

He Made A Change – 1998

This song was written by Ernie Haase and Joel Lindsey, and is most well-known as sung by the Cathedrals… included on their album, Faithful.

Ernie Haase (born December 12, 1964) is best known as the former tenor singer of the Southern gospel group, The Cathedrals. After the Cathedrals’ retirement (1999), Haase became the founder of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.
Joel Lindsey has written several Southern Gospel songs.

The Cathedral Quartet was an American Southern Gospel quartet that performed from 1964 until their retirement in 1999. The group’s last line up consisted of Glen Payne (lead), George Younce (bass), Ernie Haase (tenor), Scott Fowler (baritone and bass guitar), and Roger Bennett (piano and rhythm guitar).
During the early 1990s, Southern Gospel experienced a reemergence in large part to Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band recording ‘Homecoming’, a tribute album to classic Southern Gospel songs. Along with many others, George Younce and Glen Payne were in Gaither’s group of singers he called on to sing. Several Homecoming videos later, the full quartet was included, where they gained a whole new fan base.
The Cathedrals reached their apex in the 1990s. But, the health of both Younce and Payne was starting to decline. By 1999, George Younce was suffering from kidney failure and heart disease and Payne was diagnosed with liver cancer. Due to their declining health, Younce and Payne made the decision to retire the group. There was a planned farewell tour of selected concerts, as the group’s health permitted.

This song describes the change made by Jesus; not just in Bible times, but still today… as each person trusts Christ as his/her Savior.
Bible Reference… Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 12:2; 1Corinthians 6:11; 2Corinthians 3:18; 4:16; 5:17

When Paul met the Lord on Damascus Road, he never was the same again.
When Peter met the Lord He left his boat and started fishing for men.
Well, I may not be Peter or Paul, but one thing I can truly say –
when I met the Lord and made Him my choice, He definitely made a change.

        CHORUS:
        (He made a change) He made a change in the way that I’m walking.
        (He made a change) He made a change in the way that I’m talking.
        Old things passed away; behold, everything’s new.
        (He made a change) He made a change in the life that I’m living;
        I’m born again, set free, finally forgiven.
        If He can make a change in me, He can make a change in you.

Well, well, well, I’ve seen some old friends shaking their heads
’cause they never thought they’d see the day
when a sinner like me would praise the Lord or bow my head to pray.
Well, I’m not what I used to be; you see my life has been rearranged.
Well there’s nothing that I’ve done, but I have found Someone
who definitely made a change. (CHORUS)

Angels In The Room – 1997

 

This song was written by Chuck and Greg Day, and was recorded by the Ruppes (now travelling under the name Sisters)… and was included on their album, Seasons.

Chuck Day is one of today’s top singer/songwriters in Gospel music and is a pioneer in the Christian Country and Country Gospel industries. He has written and co-written more than 15 #1 Songs in the Christian and Country genres. Midnight Cry is the one of the most notable song that Chuck has written.
Greg Day is a gifted singer/songwriter. He started out at an early age singing with his family, The Day Family, who traveled as evangelists and singers. At age 18, Greg enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. At age 23, Greg asked God to use him in whatever way He wanted. Greg feels God gave him the gift of writing songs. The first song Greg wrote – with his brother, Chuck – was the song, “Midnight Cry”.

The Ruppes (now travelling under the name Sisters) are a female Southern Gospel trio of sisters: Kim Ruppe Sheffield, Heather Ruppe Bennett, and Valerie Ruppe Medkiff. They got their start in Southern Gospel music by traveling with their mother, Brenda Ruppe.
Their harmony while singing is the tightest I’ve heard! They are so pleasing to listen to… and their lyrics usually tell a beautiful story, too. This song is considered by many to be the song they are most known for.
I don’t remember where or when I first heard The Ruppes, but I’m glad I did!

This song reminds us we are surrounded by a Kingdom we cannot see with our physical eyes… and are surrounded by angels, sent to earth to do God’s bidding.
Bible Reference… Psalm 91:11; Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:14

She’s close to death, but she is not afraid;
angels waiting for the order to carry her away.
They’re gathered around her bedside; she’s the only one who sees.
She will draw her final breath, and away with them she’ll leave.

        CHORUS:
        Angels in the room; she’s (he’s, you’ve) run her (his, your) final race.
        They come to carry her (him, you) to Heaven,
        there to see her (him, your) Savior’s face.
        Angels in the room, to take her (him, you) to a great reward.
        No need for sadness or gloom; there are angels in the room.

He’s not long for this world; there’s a better one to come.
He’s thinkin’ about that great reunion with the Father and the Son.
His family by his bedside, he says, “Children, can’t you see?
Angels standing all around us; it’s time for me to leave.” (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        When it comes a time for leavin’ and you see the fights are long,
        you won’t have to worry, friend. You won’t be alone. (CHORUS)

When Jesus Speaks Peace – 1997

This song was written by Ricky Atkinson, and was recorded by the Ruppes (now travelling as Sisters)… and was included on their album, Seasons.

Ricky Atkinson was saved at the age of 7 at Faith Baptist Church, where his dad was pastor, in Bishopville, SC. Ricky started singing with family as a young man and continued through the teen years. In 1987, he began his career in music by playing piano for a Lance Carpenter trio called The Campmeeting Trio, as they traveled and played in many camp meetings across the south. In 1988, he started singing lead with his first group, The Camp Meeting Boys. In 1991, he formed a male trio called Kindred Spirit. Ricky sang solo for two years from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, he joined the Wilburns from Carthage, TN. In 1999, Ricky returned to south Georgia to form Ricky Atkinson and Compassion.
Ricky is most noted for being one of Gospel music’s top songwriters. Along with being a songwriter, he is also producer, arranger, publisher and president of 2 recording labels for Resting Place Music. Ricky sings lead and is the group manager.

The Ruppes (now travelling under the name Sisters) are a female Southern Gospel trio of sisters: Kim Ruppe Sheffield, Heather Ruppe Bennett, and Valerie Ruppe Medkiff. They got their start in Southern Gospel music by traveling with their mother, Brenda Ruppe.
Their harmony while singing is the tightest I’ve heard! They are so pleasing to listen to… and their lyrics usually tell a beautiful story, too.

I dodn’t remember where or when I first heard The Ruppes, but I’m glad I did!

This song reminds us that God is the God of peace… and He speaks peace to our hearts when we need it most. We need only to listen for His voice…
Bible Reference… Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 4:8; 46:10; Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:36-41; John 14:27; 16:33; Philippians 4:6,7,9; 2Thessalonians 3:16

Oftentimes I’ve wondered, even in my darkest hours,
would His faithful ears still harken to my needs and my desires.
Then I hear His voice so tender, speaking softly in my ear;
I kneel down and pray in my secret place and I know He will hear. He is always near…

        CHORUS:
        When He speaks peace the raging storm must die… hope becomes new life;
        when He whispers, everything will be alright.
        When He speaks peace the dark night slips away… like the breaking of the day;
        When Jesus speaks peace.

When my friends have failed me, and I’m standing all alone;
when my spirit is discouraged, and I feel all hope is gone,
there’s no need to be disheartened, for I have a Friend who cares.
When my faith becomes weak, I can kneel at His feet… and my burdens He bears.
He is always there. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        I feel the dark clouds gather ‘round me, and I don’t seem to understand.
        And I feel His presence come and hold me, and I know He’s holding to my hand.
        (CHORUS)