This Savior Is Mine (glorious wonder)

This is the final installment in the series of song videos I’m posting from my upcoming EP.  Production on the album is in full swing and I’m hoping to have it finished and out some time in March.  Check back often for updates on the official release date!

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Lyrics:

O, the wonder of the Cross // justice and grace on display

O, the depths my heart is lost // I need mercy more every day
And you’re faithful, faithful to save
And I’m grateful your blood made a way

O, glorious wonder, this Savior is mine

O, the mystery of your love // The Hope of The Earth, crucified
Crushed beneath the weight of sin // you ransomed a wretch such as I
But the grave couldn’t hold you // Death had to die
Now you’re risen and reigning in splendorous light

O, glorious wonder, this Savior is mine
Christ, Treasure of Heaven, you’ve given us life
Grace, love beyond measure, nailed to a cross
Praise to the King of the Ages who ransomed the lost

Risen and reigning // you are Heaven’s High King
Clothed in bright glory // our hearts can’t help but sing

 

 

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The Wonder of the Cross

Here’s the latest song from my upcoming EP. Enjoy!

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Lyrics:

We break the bread and lift the cup of grace
Your life poured out for those you came to save
We give you thanks, remembering the cost // the Son of God who died to rescue us

You will be our God and we, your Bride
Hidden by the blood, alive in Christ

I will sing of the wonder of the Cross
I will tell of the glories of this God
I will boast in the One who suffered loss to save a wretch like me

By the blood God’s wrath was satisfied // when Christ, the King, our sinless Savior died

Now unto our God, and the Lamb who sits on the Throne
All glory, and honor, and power are yours alone

 

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Love Endures

This is the third installment of new songs from my upcoming EP.  Huge thanks to my friend Jimmy Doyle for shooting/editing the video on this one as well.

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Lyrics:

O King of Heaven, whose blood has washed this sinner clean
O great Redeemer, whose boundless love has beckoned me

O God of mercy, your grace has set this prisoner free
O glorious Savior, in bread and cup you meet with me

Your love endures for all time
Your mercies, new with morning light

O Lamb of Glory, you’re worthy of the highest praise
Yours is the Kingdom, for you have triumphed o’er the grave

Your love endures for all time
Your mercies, new with morning light

You have given life // You give us life

Your love endures, your love endures
Your love endures, forever

O King of Heaven, whose blood has washed this sinner clean
I’m yours forever, for your great love has captured me

 

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Grace That Saves

Here’s the 2nd in the series of song videos from my forthcoming EP. Big thanks to my friend Jimmy Doyle for shooting/editing the video on this one!

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Lyrics:

The Son of Man poured out for all mankind
Breathed his last and gave us lasting life
The blood and water poured out from his side
And I should have been the one crucified

He wrote Redemption’s story with his blood
And it’s words are crashing o’er me like a flood
This King of Glory, [the] Just for the unjust
O, what a Savior, given for us

O, what grace // grace that saves

The Father welcomes us by his great love
And we are called his daughters and his sons
Feasting at the table of his grace
Freed, by his mercy, from shadows of the Grave

O, what grace // grace that saves

The gravity of sin met the majesty of God
When the weight of all our crimes fell on Jesus at the Cross

 

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The Blood of A Son

Ok folks, as promised, here’s the first video in this series of new songs from my forthcoming EP.  The plan is to release a new video about once a week leading up to the release of the EP itself.

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Lyrics:

The cross of a thief // the blood of a Son
The wrath of a God poured out on him
Day turned to night // the earth gave up her light
As God in the flesh gave the ghost

It was my crime that nailed him there, on that day
The Son of Man endured my share, on that day

Three days in dark, the Word in Flesh lay
And plundered the womb of the black, fearsome grave
Death swallowed up when he drank the cup
Now from that solemn grail resurrection pours

He rose to life, the risen Christ, on that day
Now death has died, it was crucified, on that day


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New Music Coming Soon!

I’ve been hard at work writing some new songs that I’m really proud of and can’t wait for you to hear!  I’ve put in the time with these songs to really try and say substantive things in the lyrics.

Leading up to the release of this EP of 5 (or so) songs, I’ll be posting a live acoustic video of each song about once a week.  These recordings are raw, one-take, run-throughs of the songs with no special treatment (no overdubs, pitch-correction, etc.) and capture the emotion of the lyrics really well; in my opinion.

I’ll release the first video in this series tomorrow.  If you enjoy the video, I’d love for you to retweet the link or post it to Facebook (Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, Myspace, Xanga, whatever!).

Be on the lookout for updates on the release date of the EP coming soon!

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The Songs — Faithful

Faithful

I was sitting in a filthy “hotel” room in the heart of a major city in one of the poorest nations in Africa.  It looked as though our international adoption was falling apart yet again.  Everything was unraveling for the hundredth time and it took absolutely everything I had to keep myself together.  [wake my heart from restless sleeping // fill these lungs, it's you who's breathing] I wasn’t sure if my prayers were being heard – in fact I was pretty sure they weren’t – but I continued anyway [I breathe your name, don't let me go // you're faithful // and I can't wait to see all the beauty you're making from this]  It may seem contradictory at first glance but as I’ve said before I was praying words that I hoped my heart would catch up to.  I’m not sure how much, in that moment, I really believed those words “You’re faithful”; but I wanted to believe them more than anything else in the world so I continued praying them over and over and over and over again.  For the next few weeks as we rode roller coaster of international adoption in a strange city surrounded by people who didn’t speak our language I kept on praying [Emmanuel, I need you near me // closer still.  God can you hear me?!]  

I wrote the bridge of this song a few days after we returned to the States with our kids.  [you never change, O God // you stay the same through the ages // I'm holding on to your heart // I'll rest my head on your faithfulness].

This song became the closing track of Metanoia on the deluxe version of the album.  The record had been mixed and mastered months before this last trip to Africa took place so it wasn’t really feasible to go back and redo all that work, but I felt like this song was important enough to be included on the album.  It felt like a good ‘period’ for the end of this change-the-way-you-see-everything theme.  I decided to record the song as a “live” take.  I setup some mic’s in a room and played/sang the song down two or three times until I felt like I had a good take.  No overdubs, no tuning the vocals, no fixing a part here or there; just a single take top to bottom.  I really love how the feel of this one turned out.

 

Wake my heart from restless sleeping // fill these lungs, it’s you who’s breathing

I hear you speak, you whisper low // I breathe your name, don’t let me go 

 

You’re faithful, and I can’t wait to see all the beauty you’re making from this

 

Emmanuel, I need you near me // closer still. God can you hear me?

Let your light flood in like morning dawn // as you teach my heart to sing this song

 

You’re faithful, and I can’t wait to see all the beauty you’re making from this

You’re faithful, and I’m starting to see all the beauty you’re making from this

 

You never change, O God // you stay the same through the ages

I’m holding to your heart // and I’ll rest my head on your faithfulness

 

You’re faithful, and I can’t wait to see all the beauty you’re making from this

You’re faithful, and I think I can see the beauty you’re making from this

 

Thanks so much for following along this thread with me the past several weeks.  I’ve had a ton of great feedback from many of you and am always immensely grateful for folks taking time out of their day to listen to songs I’ve written.  I feel pretty lucky that I get to write and release music and hope to have many more songs coming your way for years to come!

 

[because this song is only available on the deluxe album I'm unable to stream it via Bandcamp, hence the Soundcloud player]

 

The deluxe edition USB drive includes the song Faithful. I’ve still got some available here. In addition to the bonus song it includes a video of story behind the songs, loaded on a bamboo flash drive with the μετανοια logo engraved on the front.  If you haven’t grabbed yours yet, now would be a great time!

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The Songs — Breath & Dirt & Skin

Breath & Dirt & Skin

This is the last song on the “non-deluxe” version of Metanoia and it felt like a good way to wrap up the “change the way you see everything” theme for this record.

The song begins with simple confession [I've been looking for you on a dark, distant shore // and all this time you've been with the poor // I've been searching the skies for a God who knows my name // and missed you in the eyes of a weary beggar's face].  It seems it’s so easy to miss God in the every day, ordinary of life when we’re looking for writing in the sky all the time.  I’m constantly trying to remind myself to be aware, to be looking for, the image of God [imago dei] in others.  The Creation poem tells of God breathing into dirt to form mankind [you've hid your glory in breath and dirt and skin // what an unlikely story that you invite me in] and I’m trying to remind myself (and the listener) of that incredible, most unlikely of stories in this song.  The second half of the chorus confesses [I've been searching for your love in things that fade to grey // but I find your kingdom in giving it away].

The second verse of the song points to things we [the Church] have used over centuries in attempts to inspire and awe people, all while losing sight of the truth that God’s glory is carried within the people themselves [we've been searching for you in cathedrals made by Man // but you won't be contained in the idols of our hands].

 

My hope is that these in-depth stories behind the songs have been insightful, even helpful, in explaining where I’m coming from with many of the lyrics in these songs.  I typically write songs that would be classified as “worship” music, so this record was certainly a departure from that writing style.

I’ll have one more post in this series about a song I wrote for the deluxe edition of the album; it’s called Faithful, and it’s a summary of the last few years of my journey.

 

 

I’ve still got some deluxe edition USB drives available.  They include a bonus song and a video of story behind the songs, loaded on a bamboo flash drive with the μετανοια logo engraved on the front.  If you haven’t grabbed yours yet, now would be a great time!

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