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Simple Thoughts – 1 Samuel 8

Occasionally I will be dwelling on a verse or passage, ruminating on the message, (or to be honest, wandering off into some undisciplined daydreaming), and the Lord will bless me with a truth that is so obvious, so fresh and such a blessing that I just want to share it with you.

Such is the following passage

1 Samuel 8:7, 10-11, 15, 17, 19, 22 ESV – And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. … So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. … He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. … He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. … But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, … And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.”

A few posts back, we looked at the cattle the Philistines sent the ark back to Israel with, and the typology those cattle represented to me on an early morning commute.

It wasn’t much later in the morning that chapter 8 came up, and again something inside me kicked up. This passage reminded me of the scene where Pilate was speaking to the crowds, “Behold the Man”. The Jewish crowds, fueled by jealousy and rage, yelled “We have no king but Caesar!”

In Samuels day, Jehovah was the King of Israel, with Judges and Prophets bringing God’s message to the people of God. The kingdom was the first true theocracy, and the people were living directly under the reign of God. No standing army, no bureaucracy, no governmental over reach – golly – no government! How can that be?

God was Israel’s protector and guide, and all could have been wonderful. But the desire to be like the nations was a powerful temptation, and the people of Samuels day succumbed to the desire. Give us a king, they shouted at the King. How history repeats itself.

Jesus came to the people of Israel, full of grace and truth, and the people rejected the true King for a king from another nation. Another nation!!! How utterly sad.

The second concept that erupted in my mind was the recurrence of the topic of the tithe. This human king would require a tithe from the people, and if my memory serves me properly, this is the first time a tithe is mentioned in the Old Testament that doesn’t go directly to the service of God. Now we have two required tithes, or shall I say competing tithes.

So what of it Carl. This tithing, (or more commonly called taxation in our day) is a burden placed on the people of a nation to support a government, a king and all of his desires.

Is there a parallel with the modern church in this story? Me thinks so. Consider.

  • Have we sought professional religious leaders to replace the King?
  • Do we depend on professional religious leaders instead of God?
  • Do we support professional religious leaders in order to shirk responsibility?
  • Do we see other religions with structures that we covet, that we want to duplicate?

My friend, if you have read my blog for a period, you know I struggle with the current structure and process of the modern western church. Am I one that simply see problems, and one that only finds fault. To be honest, that is my nature, but I also know that the Body of Christ is an organism, and not an organization. Can an organism live within an organization? (Does the new wineskin parable ring a bell?)

I have experienced a church life that may not be recognizable to most believers, and that I hope I can experience again. A church life that is simple, somewhat spontaneous, spiritual, and with expressions of freedom that shocked me at times. A freedom exercised to serve others, not to lavish on self. A sacrificial love of opening homes and hearts.

It was special and I miss it so. To return to an organization sometimes seems like a thirsty man drinking dust. But we must be with brethren and find encouragement where we can.

Please consider the Bible when you seek out a church. If you can find a part of the organism in the organization, seek it out and give of yourself to it.

But don’t seek a king other than the One who bought your life with His


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Simple Thoughts – 1 Samuel 6

Occasionally I will be dwelling on a verse or passage, ruminating on the message, (or to be honest, wandering off into some undisciplined daydreaming), and the Lord will bless me with a truth that is so obvious, so fresh and such a blessing that I just want to share it with you.

Such is the following passage

1 Samuel 6:10-15 ESV – ……………. took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home. And they put the ark of the LORD on the cart and the box with the golden mice and the images of their tumors. And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went. They turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh. Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley. And when they lifted up their eyes and saw the ark, they rejoiced to see it. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh and stopped there. A great stone was there. And they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD. And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the box that was beside it, in which were the golden figures, and set them upon the great stone. And the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices on that day to the LORD.

I was simply on my way to work, listening the 1 Samuel, when this passage started yelling at me. Yelling about the crucifixion and the the cattle of the story pictures as the Lord Jesus in the story. Let me try to explain.

Consider the reason for the story. Israel had sinned and been soundly defeated. The glory of Israel had been stolen and resided in a pagan nation. The Philistines ruled over the Israelites. Bad times!!!!

Eventually, the God of Heaven struck the cities of the Philistines with boils/tumors and His presence was repulsive to the Overlords (Titus 1:15 …to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure). They had to rid themselves of the ark of the covenant.

In comes the two milk cows that would carry the glory back to Israel. Did not the Messiah bring the glory of God into the nation of Israel, offering grace and truth?

In the ark was the glory, but it was brought on a cart that carried images of tumors and golden mice, symbols of the disease and death that came with the Ark when it entered Philistia. Did not the Messiah provide a solution to sin without reducing the glory of God? Did He not actually magnifiy the glory of God in the Crucifixion?

The cattle were never yoked before, speaking of the innocence (righteousness) of the Savior.

The cattle had a natural desire to return to their calves, yet this natural reaction was overridden by higher requirements. Did not the Lord of Glory leave all that He loved in order to complete His given work for His Father and brothers?

The cattle came unexpectantly to the people of Israel. Surely the nation of Israel did not expect the Messiah when He arrived, yet their prophecies spoke of Him coming, even within the generation living during the time. (They wanted a different kind of Messiah and refused to accept the Truth, but that is a different study!)

It is interesting that the cattle stopped of their own volition. It doesn’t state that the men of Israel steer, guided, man handled or stopped the cattle. The cattle simply stopped. In essence, speaking of their control of the situation. Was not the Son of Man in control, through all His trials and accusations, the beatings and lies, the tearing of flesh and ridicule, the shame and abandonment. He was (and is) in control.

Finally, when verse 14 was read to me, all I could see is the crucifixion.

The One who labored to deliver the glory of God back to the nation of Israel, was sacrificed upon a great stone. What a picture of the Lord Jesus and His life work.

The men of Bethshemesh sacrificed cattle to God, in obedience to God as a burnt offering. In the days of Jesus, the men of Israel sacrificed the Lord Jesus, thinking they were obeying God in condemning the Rabbi of blasphemy.

How completely good is the Lord and His dealings with His creation. In the midst of the darkest day on earth, His love and compassion, His mercy and kindness, His judgement and wrath were all typified in a story during the time of Samuel.

And me thinks the Old Testament is chock full of pictures of the Messiah in unexpected stories. He is good and He is the center and circumference of the Word!

Praise Him for His boundless love.


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Song Squawk – Hide the Beer, The Pastor’s Here

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Hide the Beer, The Pastor’s Here – by The Swirling Eddies

The song looks like a commentary on the average Christian’s fear of the Pastor, and how we seek to hide our real life from the professional beleiver. I think this song speak more to the hypocrisy in all our lives, and how the professional believer can find ways to mask his hypocrisy.

As she packed her bags and gathered her books
“Scripture Man” gave her that lustful look
Yes, lust is his brew, but no one sees through
His minty-fresh breath ain’t reeking

More to it than I first expected

Take a listen!

Hide the Beer, The Pastor’s Here – by The Swirling Eddies

Hide the Beer, The Pastor’s Here – by The Swirling Eddies

The straw runs down his arm and leg
Under the carpet
Out to the keg
A secret party tonight at Point Loma
And the hate in your heart you’re hiding well
But the booze on your breath is easy to smell
There’s a six pack to hide on the Oral U side
Let’s drive through Oklahoma

And hide the beer!
The pastor’s here!
Hide the beer!
Think of your career!
He might find out that we’re human beings
Bring us all down to the wrack and the ruin

She had a beer as an evening snack
When the “Scripture Man” planned a sneak attack
Suspension’s the buzz out at Wheaton
As she packed her bags and gathered her books
“Scripture Man” gave her that lustful look
Yes, lust is his brew, but no one sees through
His minty-fresh breath ain’t reeking

When the coast is clear, you can kiss me, dear
Together we’ll have hell to pay
So wear a beard
The pastor’s here
Put the R-rated movie away

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – The Finish Line

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

The Finish Line – by Steve Taylor

You are gonna get the impression that Steve Taylor was a favorite of mine, and you would be right. His truth-telling can be biting and he is a story teller. This song speaks of my failures and the goodness of our Father. I don’t like the following portion of the song, since it hits me a bit too much, but truth don’t care bout my feeling now, do they?

The vision came
He saw the odds
A hundred little gods on a gilded wheel
“These have tried to take your place, but Father,
by your grace I will never kneel
I will never kneel…”

Take a listen! But once you start, you gotta promise me that you will listen to the end!

The Finish Line – by Steve Taylor

The Finish Line – by Steve Taylor

Once upon an average morn
An average boy was born for the second time
Prone upon the altar there
He whispered up the prayer he’d kept hid inside

The vision came
He saw the odds
A hundred little gods on a gilded wheel
“These will vie to take your place, but Father,
by your grace I wil never kneel”

And I saw you, upright and proud
And I saw you wave to the crowd
And I saw you laughing out loud at the Philistines
And I saw you brush away rocks
And I saw you pull up your socks
And I saw you out of the blocks
For the finish line

Darkness falls
The devil stirs
And as your vision blurs you start stumbling
The heart is weak
The will is gone
And every strong conviction comes tumbling down

Malice rains
The acid guile is sucking at your shoes while the mud is fresh
It floods the trail
It bleeds you dry
As every little god buys its pound of flesh

And I saw you licking your wounds
And I saw you weave your cocoons
And I saw you changing your tunes for the party line
And I saw you welsh on old debts
I saw you and your comrades bum cigarettes
And you hemmed and you hawed
And you hedged all your bets
Waiting for a sign

Let’s wash our hands as we throw little fits
Let’s all wash our hands as we curse hypocrites
We’re locked in the washroom turning old tricks
Deaf
And joyless
And full of it

The vision came
He saw the odds
A hundred little gods on a gilded wheel
“These have tried to take your place, but Father,
by your grace I will never kneel
I will never kneel…”

Off in the distance
Bloodied but wise
As you squint with the light of the truth in your eyes

And I saw you
Both hands were raised
And I saw your lips move in praise
And I saw you steady your gaze
For the finish line

Every idol like dust
A word scattered them all
And I rose to my feet when you scaled the last wall
And I gasped
When I saw you fall
In his arms
At the finish line

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – By His Grace

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

By His Grace – by Van Morrison

My wife and I would take our kids to the library for five books each when they were young, and one afternoon I tripped over a double album of Van Morrison, called Hymns to the Silence. I signed it out of the library, took it home and listened to it constantly.

Years pass and I get my little red Buick, and this album shows up in my recordings – Don’t worry, I bought a copy after I returned the disks to the library.

Occassionaly, I would give that ol’ bass box a break, and cruise in that ol’ Buick, listening to Van. This particular song speaks of Philippians 2:12-13.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Or as Van Morrison might sing…

You’ve got to try for the Kingdom … By His Grace

Take a listen!

By His Grace – by Van Morrison

By His Grace – by Van Morrison

You’ve got to try, for the kingdom
You’ve got to try, for the kingdom
On high, you’ve got to try,
By His grace, by His grace

You’ve got to live your religion
Deep inside, when you try
For the kingdom on high
By His grace, by His grace

Open your mind to the wisdom
When you try for the kingdom, on high
By His grace, by His grace

Open your heart to the wisdom
In your mind when you try
For the kingdom on high
By His grace, by His grace

One day at a time, you got to try
Open your eye, it will come
By and by, when you try
By His grace, by His grace
By His grace, by His grace.

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Simple Thoughts – Colossians 1:14

Occasionally I will be dwelling on a verse or passage, ruminating on the message, (or to be honest, wandering off into some undisciplined daydreaming), and the Lord will bless me with a truth that is so obvious, so fresh and such a blessing that I just want to share it with you.

Such is the following verse.

Col 1:14

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

I recently published a few blogs on the concept of redemption and remembered that it has manifold meanings, but primarily the concept is that of buying, or more specifically that of buying back, to redeem something or someone.

It is in Christ we have our redemption. He bought us through His bloody tortuous death on the cross. This is a wonderful truth, a truth that needs to warm our hearts daily and encourage us to stand for the Master, to love others sacrificially, and to give of ourselves as He did for us.

Such love.

To redeem, as I said earlier, is to buy back.

I got myself a friend who’s child got in a wee bit o’ trouble with the law. He had to go down to the cop shop late one night and provide bail for little Joey. He was furious, and having “redeemed” his son from a night of deserved punishment, he drove home with Joey, but the trip was ominously silent. Of course, at home the mother gushed over Joey’s return, but my friend simply sent to bed.

Weeks pass, and no communication, no contact, no concern over the son’s condition. My buddy redeemed his son. That is true.

But that is all.

Not so with our Father in heaven.

He redeemed us, even though we were enemies. When He redeemed us, He “blew it all”! The ransom was the ultimate price.

And when He began to take us home, there was no silence, no begrudging the payment, no avoidance of relationship.

This added act of love was reinforced with the above verse. He ransomed us, redeemed us with His blood, AND forgave our sins. There is nothing between us, other than our own misunderstanding of the depth of love He has for us.

Praise Him for His boundless love.


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Song Squawk – Drowning Machine

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Drowning Machine – by Tourniquet

These guys are about the heaviest I listened to during my Buick days! The hook for me was the incredible drumming by Ted Kirkpatrick.

This song speaks of addiction, and the dangers of self confidence.

The water is fast, but it ain’t deep
I waded out before
I could do it in my sleep
Another line, another fix
Another “I don’t care”

Take a listen! But be warned – this one has some volume…

Drowning Machine – by Tourniquet

Drowning Machine – by Tourniquet

The water is fast, but it ain’t deep
I waded out before
I could do it in my sleep
Another line, another fix
Another “I don’t care”
The place you thought you’d never be
Guess what, you’re there

Drowning machine
Drowning machine

Sow a thought, reap an action
Sow an action, reap an habit
Sow an habit, reap a destiny
Do anything, be anyone
But you’re not free

Drowning machine
Drowning machine

A three foot river drop
A circular hell
Drowning machine is
Ringing the death bell
Your lifeless soul floats to the shore
You couldn’t stop
Had to have more, more, more

Drowning machine
Drowning machine

Drowning machine
Tragic death scene

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – All Over Me

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

All over Me – by The Benjamin Gate

This group was from South Africa and had a lady front woman (Adrienne “Adie” Camp), with a great voice. It was a fun group, but like I mentioned with X-Sinner, these guys were having fun with thier music. There seemed to be a generality about this song, but nevertheless, it was catchy and I tended to find I came back to it occasionally.

Wave come, wave fall
Cast me on your broken shore
Sun come, sun fall
Cast me on your love so warm

Take a listen!

All over Me – by The Benjamin Gate

All over Me – by The Benjamin Gate

Wave come, wave fall
Cast me on your broken shore
Sun come, sun fall
Cast me on your love so warm

Jesus’ love is
Jesus’ love is

All over me, all over me
Your love is all over me
All over me, all over me
Your love is . . .Christ come, Christ crawl
Nailed to a cross so tall
All come, all fall
All walk with hearts so torn

Jesus’ love is
Jesus’ love is

All over me, all over me
Your love is all over me
All over me, all over me
Your love is . . .

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Brutal Planet

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Brutal Planet – Alice Cooper

I could not believe it when I first heard that Alice Cooper had become a devout Christian. It was such a surprise, and then to hear that he put out some albums with explicit Christian message was too much for me.

The first album I listened to was Brutal Planet, and the title song is included for your consideration.

It is classic Alice with a great message.

Here’s where we keep the armies
Here’s where we write their names
Here’s where the money got us
Here’s our famous hall of shame
Here’s where we starve the hungry
Here’s where we cheat the poor
Here’s where we beat the children
Here is where we pay the whores

Why don’t you, come down to
It’s such a brutal planet
It’s such an ugly world
Why won’t you, come down to….

Take a listen!

Brutal Planet – Alice Cooper

“Brutal Planet”

We’re spinning round on this ball of hate
There’s no parole, there’s no great escape
We’re sentenced here until the end of days
And then my brother there’s a price to pay

We’re only human, we were born to die
Without the benefit of reason why
We live for pleasure to be satisfied
And now it’s over there’s no place to hide

Why don’t you, come down to
It’s such a brutal planet
It’s such an ugly world
Why won’t you, come down to

“This world is such perfection” (What a sight)
“It’s just like paradise” (For my eyes)
“A truly grand creation” (What a sight)
“From up here it looks so nice” (For my eyes)

It’s such a brutal planet
It’s such a living hell
It was a holy garden
That’s right where Adam fell
It’s where the bite was taken
It’s where we chose to sin
It’s where we first were naked
This is where our death begins

We took advice from that deceiving snake
He said don’t worry it’s a piece of cake
And sent us swimming in a burning lake
Now we’re abandoned here for heaven’s sake

Why don’t you, come down to
It’s such a brutal planet
It’s such an ugly world
Why won’t you, come down to

“This world is such perfection” (What a sight)
“It’s just like paradise” (For my eyes)
“A truly grand creation” (What a sight)
“From up here it looks so nice” (For my eyes)

Here’s where we keep the armies
Here’s where we write their names
Here’s where the money got us
Here’s our famous hall of shame
Here’s where we starve the hungry
Here’s where we cheat the poor
Here’s where we beat the children
Here is where we pay the whores

Why don’t you, come down to
It’s such a brutal planet
It’s such an ugly world
Why won’t you, come down to

“This world is such perfection” (What a sight)
“It’s just like paradise” (For my eyes)
“A truly grand creation” (What a sight)
“From up here it looks so nice” (For my eyes)

Right here we stoned the prophets
Built idols out of mud
Right here we fed the lions
Christian flesh and Christian blood
Down here is where we hung him
Upon an ugly cross
Over there we filled the ovens
Right here the holocaust


Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Execution

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Execution – by Grammatrain

No verse in this song is one “that I sung along with” It is a graphic song of the process of abortion. If you have a squeamy stomach, stop reading.

These guys became a staple for me – but this particular song haunted me with the descriptions of the abortion described as an execution.

Take a listen!

Execution – by Grammatrain

Execution – by Grammatrain

Watch while I’m burned in salt
Tell me now where’s my fault
I’m torn in two, you pull me through
Oh ignore my shout now scrape me out

Oh nation murders me, me, me

Suck me down your hose
Pieces of my fingers and toes
Use me to rew your lab rat stew
Oh dissolve my voice for your woman’s choice

My execution, it’s your revolution

Spill my blood on “civil” hands
And I pay to make you free
Oh, nation murders me
Yeah, with politicians dreams
Now silencing my screams, screams, screams

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Shine

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Shine – by Collective Soul

I love the hook this song has and was surprised by some believers in the church I attended that this song was Christian. Nevertheless, I listened to it and enjoyed the “general message”.

The message is open to much interpretation, and during those days, much of the popular music seemed to blur the disctinction of the topic of the song. Did the song refer to Jesus Christ? To God the Father? Looking back, the messages sent out could be accepted by anyone who simply was not materialistic.

Like I said, from my worldview, this song was religious, and it tended to provide encouragement to seek the Father.

Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find

Take a listen!

Shine – by Collective Soul

Shine – by Collective Soul

Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine downLove is in the water
Love is in the air
Show me where to look
Tell me will love be there
Teach me how to speak
Teach me how to share
Teach me where to go
Tell me will love be there
Oh, heaven let your light shine downGive me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine downI’m gonna let it shine
I’m gonna let it shine
Heaven send a light, let it shine on me
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Heaven send a light, let it shine on me
It’s gonna shine on
Shine on me
Its gonna shine on
Well come on and shine

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Shoeshine Johnny

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Shoeshine Johnny – by Guardian

Guardian was a group I listened to often, and they always had a distinct gospel message in thier lyrics. Shoeshine Johnny is a typical song that tells the story of a poor man who has his eyes on the prize.

Listen son he said to me
Jesus died to set us free
You’re old enough it’s time to chose
With the Lord you’ll never lose
Beat them everlasting blues

These guys sound a bit like Aerosmith and/or Van Halen, albeit without the guitar power.

Take a listen!

Shoeshine Johnny – by Guardian

Shoeshine Johnny – by Guardian

Shoeshine Johnny’s just doin’ time
Settin’ up shop at the five and dime
Seen a whole lot of miles, got a few more to go
Everyone says he’s a humble man
Tell ya bout life like no one can
With a wink and a smile he’d let ya know
All kinda people come from miles around
Just to hear Johnny tell his stories
Talk about the days gone by
Talkin’ bout future glory
Round round round lie goes
Tell you how the good Lord knows
He’d be shinin’ most every day
Sit right down listen what he says

Some like to play with fire
But there’s a love that’s higher
And you know the Lord’s been good to me for sure
Hard times can come and go
But one thing for sure I know
When I die
The richest man I’ll be

Lookin’ back I remember the times
Laughin-and-a-jokin-and-a-feelin fine
Ol’ Johnny pick you up when you’re feelin’ low
His words hang on in my memory
The dusty ol’ book that he read to me
Even now I’m grown they speak to me
What gains a man to win the world
But lose his very soul
Riches of the Promised Land
Much better than silver and gold
Oh how wise is he that makes the Lord his company
Fearless of the days to come
Knowin’ that the battles won

Listen son he said to me
Jesus died to set us free
You’re old enough it’s time to chose
With the Lord you’ll never lose
Beat them everlasting blues

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – This Old Man

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

This Old Man – by Guardian

Speaking of looking back at the past, being dragged down with memories of waste and bad decisions. This song speaks of that ol’ man who constantly tears at our soul, taking away the joy and peace the Messiah supplies as we walk in the Spirit.

This old man, he’s flicking on the brights
He’s wanting squatter’s rights
He’s gotta have his space in your face
Get you reminiscing for the very years you wasted
Every bitter fruit you tasted gonna snare you in a stare-down

This song has a message for every believer. The Old Man is an anchor, an enemy. This old man is me!

Take a listen!

This Old Man – by Guardian

This Old Man – by Guardian

Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme
Remember me? ‘Member me?

This old man, he plays one on one
He was your cool whip master, you were his B.C. son
This old man, he’s got the smell of sin
He’s got the nature of sin he was your actual, factual old sin nature
Mother praying, Jesus save the boy
Save him from the old man, got away, glory, glory

Up from the water, out of the grave
Wearing a new man’s clothes
The old man’s dragging the lake again lately
What does he want? Mama, you don’t suppose

This old man, he don’t mind the gap
He’s like a subway rat, he’s crawling out your past
Out the dark, little land shark, little predator scavenger
Serving up sucker punch, flyweight, gonna eat your lunch

This old man, he’s flicking on the brights
He’s wanting squatter’s rights
He’s gotta have his space in your face
Get you reminiscing for the very years you wasted
Every bitter fruit you tasted gonna snare you in a stare-down

Better to choke than breathe in your curse
This old man, this old man
Better to crawl than to ride in your hearse
This old man, this old man
This old man, this old man

Up from the water, out of the grave
Wearing a new man’s clothes
The old man’s dragging the lake again lately
What does he want? Mama, you don’t suppose

This old man, he plays seek and destroy
He comes robbing my joy, he’s here spreading the rot
Old man, don’t you get it? What I’ve got is good as gold
Good as gold, better than gold

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Pain

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Pain – by Grammatrain

At first the bass line had me. (Remember the bass box in my little car – this song vibrated the road!) Besides the bass line, this song speaks!

As we travel this world with faith in the Master, I have learned that the teaching of the prosperity gospel is empty, void and so deceptive.

When I became a believer, to be victorious meant always a smile, success, great feelings and never admitting to weakness, or to the tensions in the believers life that are so real.

If you are a beleiver, understand that faith lives in suffering and the pain of a broken world. Grammatrain nails this concept. I personally have experienced some difficult times internally lately, and need to look to the Master in the mist of them.

This song hit me today!

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I have referred to this group once before (Execution – by Grammatrain), and will likely direct you to them again. They are awesome! This song hits home in so many ways. If you are struggling, take a listen, and read the lyrics. So much tension!

Take a listen!

Pain – by Grammatrain

Pain – by Grammatrain

I wish that I could say I am a perfect man
I wish sometimes that I would not be who I am
One day I decided I would think on this
Not knowing if faith and pain could co-exist

Could I ever on my own conceive
Of someone I did not know, but I need?
I must be made to be at peace and communion
‘Cause there must be some place
Somehow from where I have fallen

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

The inconsistency of what I say I should be
Compared to what I am in actuality
Leaves me in conclusion that I know the way
Though I am unable to always obey

Nothing in this world has satisfied
My soul’s hunger for a deeper life
The weight of my misdeeds were crushing, blinding me
And I still live with pain inside but now I can see

And I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

The pieces of my life are scattered on the floor
I stared at them till I could take no more

I do not deserve to be set free
Forgiveness is what I desperately need
If it wasn’t for the perfect blood was shed
Would I not be dead inside but I live now instead

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I know my faith’s still here
Believe through all my tears

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Church of Do What You Want To

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

The verse that seemed prophetic (although the entire song surely is!) is as follows.

Turn in your hymnals to hymn number one,
It ain’t “Holy, Holy, Holy,” it’s “Fun, Fun, Fun”
Don’t need a saviour ’cause we got no flaws,
They ain’t sins no more; they’re more like spiritual faux pas.

I really enjoyed listening to these guys, and thier estimate of the condition of the church, which I certainly didn’t like!

Take a listen!

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

Are you tired of religions that only seem to bring you down, cramping your lifestyle like a certain thorny crown?
Are you sick of being told that you can’t make it on your own?
If that’s your case, I’ve got a place that you can call a home.

It’s at the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please,
The church of do what feels good, baby, and believe what you want to believe,
No absolutes, no wrong or right, just ambiguity.

Well, we don’t believe in Heaven and we won’t believe in Hell,
We threw away the Bible and the sacraments as well,
Jesus is just alright with us, just as long as you don’t try to make him out as more than just an ordinary guy.

At the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please,
The church of do what feels good, baby, and believe what you want to believe,
No absolute, no wrong or right, just vague philosophy,
At the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please.

I…I know something’s wrong,
Something once was here, but now it’s gone, oh.

Turn in your hymnals to hymn number one,
It ain’t “Holy, Holy, Holy,” it’s “Fun, Fun, Fun”
Don’t need a saviour ’cause we got no flaws,
They ain’t sins no more; they’re more like spiritual faux pas.

I…I know something’s wrong,
But, frankly, I am having too much fun.

At the church of do what you want to,
Church of do what you want to,
Ch-ch-ch-church of do what you want to,
Church of do what you want to.

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Bicycle

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Bicycle – by Plankeye

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following.

You say, I told you so
You were much too young to get married
But I say, you’re way too old
And when did you stop living anyway?

If you have read my testimony, you know I married early and my favorite and I struggled keeping food on the table. Many a night we ate popcorn for supper, or the dreaded LaChoy canned chinese food. No matter, God was (and is) good to us! This song reminds me on those early days, and although nothing earth shattering regarding theology, it reminds me of my early faith, with the following verse.

As I ride my bike with my safety helmet on
And white tennis shoes
They stare at me but I see through new eyes
Or maybe you just don’t remember

As a believer, we see through new eyes! May we never forget the vision those eyes can see!

Take a listen!

Bicycle – by Plankeye

Bicycle – by Plankeye

I have a wife and together we live
In a very small room
Yesterday she lost, her car broke down
And now I ride a bicycle

You say, I told you so
You were much too young to get married
But I say, you’re way too old
And when did you stop living anyway?

As I ride my bike with my safety helmet on
And white tennis shoes
They stare at me but I see through new eyes
Or maybe you just don’t remember

This place that I’m supposed to be
Is not the chair in front of a desk, in front of a mirror

Can’t you see that it’s not here or there or anywhere?
But in speaking distance with God
And where can you go that’s too far?
Because I can worship Him anywhere

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Preacher’s Kid

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following. Note that this is the ruminations of a preacher’s kid, with lots of questions!

It’s like the pictures that I draw
Pictures that I draw of dinosaurs
They remind me of the man
Who prays for the needy in our church
In other words
I’m not a good artist

Prays for the needy in our church. Aaron is seeing a problem with that man’s prayers now, isnt he?

I only found one cd that this band put out, but I searched for more. This band is awesome and the story structure is well done IMHO. This particular song speaks of the loneliness of the preacher kid, and the disillusionment that comes from being in a family dedicated to professional service to God. Well done!

Take a listen!

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

I’m staring through glass
Stained by insecurities and hurt
I’m wondering, and I’ve got lots of questions
But no answers why
Daddy is the pastor of this church
Seems to be his only out
Besides basketball on the TV
Basketball on the TV

My name is Aaron, does anybody care?
I want to fly to the moon and drive a race car
would like to be a star
My name is Aaron, please tell me if I’m wrong
Please tell me if I’m wrong
I want to dream
I want to dream
I want to dream
‘Cause dreams are real to me
As nothing is reality
It’s like the pictures that I draw
Pictures that I draw of dinosaurs
They remind me of the man
Who prays for the needy in our church
In other words
I’m not a good artist

Does Jesus love me, Mommy
Does Jesus love me, Daddy
Does Jesus love me, anybody
Does Jesus love — does anyone love me?

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Lift Him Up

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Lift Him Up – by X-Sinner

That last song (Execution – By Grammatrain) was pretty heavy, not only in the tune, but in the message. This one, not so much.

I’m not gonna pull no punches with you, my friend. I listened to these guys simply cause I wanted to hear some plain ol’ AC/DC. Theologically, I think these guys were comparable to modern praise worship song leaders, with repitition being used to enforce a message.

Good fun stuff, but I didn’t come away from this stuff thinking deeper of the faith or challenged in holy living. I don’t think that was their intent! They were having fun and it was infectious! BTW this one has a bit of volume!

Take a listen!

Lift Him Up – X-Sinner

Lift Him Up – by X-Sinner

Got me running away from you
Not knowing what I should do
All my thoughts are so blown apart
What I need is a brand new start,
You gotta dig down inside you,
Can you dig down inside?

Oh, lift him up
Lift him up,
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up.

Walking home through the park today
Had a friend who was blown away
Some bible-slinger with guts to spare
A testimony that he could share
You gotta dig down inside
You gotta dig down inside you,
Down inside.

Lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do.

Standing back from the crowd
Is fine if you don’t wanna waste my time,
All alone in a loner’s world
Ten million more feel the same old way,
You gotta dig down inside,
You gotta dig down inside you.

Oh, lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up
Yeah, it’s what you gotta do,
Lift him up
Lift him up (n-n-n-yeah)
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Oh, oh.

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Jesus is for Losers

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

I have referred to Mr Taylor in a previous post. His stuff has always been fresh no matter how many times I come back to him.

The portion in this song that resonates with me is the following.

Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?

Admit it – Jesus is for losers – Join the crowd. Fighting to find acceptance with this world will only pull us away from Him.

This fella can cut an issue fairly deep, and by that I mean he can “step on toes” fairly consistently. Don’t worry bout the volume on this tune! Take your time and get this guy’s message!

Take a listen!

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

If I was driven
Driven ahead by some noble ideal
Who took the wheel?

If I was given
Given a glimpse of some glorious road
When was it sold?

So caught up in the chase
I keep forgetting my place

Just as I am
I am stiff-necked and proud

Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?

Just as I am
Pass the compass, please

Jesus is for losers
I’m off about a hundred degrees

If I was groping
Groping around for some ladder to fame
I am ashamed

If I was hoping
Hoping respect would make a sturdy footstool
I am a fool

Bone-weary every climb
Blindsided every time

Just as I am
I am needy and dry

Jesus is for losers
The self-made need not apply

Just as I am
In a desert crawl
Lord, I’m so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall

And if you’re certain
Certain your life is some cosmic mistake
Why do you shake?

And if you’re certain
Certain that faith is some know-nothing mask
Why do you still ask?

They don’t grade here on the curve
We both know what we deserve

Just as you are
Just a wretch like me
Jesus is for losers
Grace from the blood of a tree

Just as we are
At a total loss

Jesus is for losers
Broken at the foot of the cross

Just as I am
Pass the compass, please
Jesus is for losers
I’m off about a hundred degreesJust as I am

In a desert crawl
Lord, I’m so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Without Shelter

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Without Shelter – by Eternal Decision

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following.

Without shelter
Without you
Lost and all alone
Trying on my own
I need you now
I need you forever

And you first loved me
Now I’ll love you forever

These guys sound alot like Metallica, but this particular tune falls into the ballad genre IMHO.

Take a listen!

Without Shelter – Eternal Decision

Without Shelter – by Eternal Decision

I was a beggar on the street
A lonely soul
I was lost without a home
And I had nothing
That this world has to give
Thought I’d always be alone

Without shelter
Without you
Lost and all alone
Trying on my own
I need you now
I need you forever
And you first loved me

Now I’ll love you forever

I was the prideful one
It seemed I had it all
But you’ve shown me I was poor
And I had everything this world
Has to give
But inside I needed more

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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