Mindset of Christ (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. But this is one of the songs I had the pleasure of writing the lyrics to with some friends of mine. Here they are in full.

Mindset of Christ

The fullness of God dwells in Jesus the Son
Equal in substance, divine Three in One
Glorious union! In love always be
Selfless and pouring forth in humility

Christ is the King who chose not to seize
Not pressing advantage, but emptying
Taking the form of a dust-covered slave
Almighty God in the shape of a babe

(Chorus)

O Lord that we, O Lord that we
Would have the mindset of Christ
Mindset of Christ

 

The Fullness of man dwells in Jesus as well
Obedient to the Fathers will, true Israel
Holy and sinless, fulfilling the Law,
Doing what we couldn’t to please our God

Christ is the God man who stooped far below
Hung on the cross to reap what we sow
Taking the wrath that we all deserve
Judgment borne in our place so justice was served

(Chorus)

 

The fullness of Christ vindicated by God
Raised with the Name that is far above
All will bow and know “Jesus is Lord”
All for the glory and honor of our God

(Chorus)

 

This song is full of biblical references. The first verse speaks of God the Father and all He’s done for sinners. The theme continues into who Jesus is and what He has done. The chorus longs for even prays for a mind like Christ’. Why do long for a mind like Christ? Because Jesus was 100% man and yet without sin. He is what Christians look to for ultimate and perfect picture of what to strive for in this life. Although we will never achieve this perfection in this life, Christ promises a new and perfect life when we join Him forever in heaven. The second verse continues with the theme of glorifying Christ for His amazing work for those who would love Him. The last verse is speaking of the glory that is and is to come for our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Listen to the song here! “Mindset of Christ”

By His Offering (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. But this is one of the songs I had the pleasure of writing the lyrics to with some friends of mine. Here they are in full.

By His Offering

In the beginning, God created all

Man sinned and lost hope, darkness in our soul

We can not rebuild, what we have broken down

So God in all mercies smashed His Son to the ground

 

(Chorus)

By His offering, we’ve been set free

 

It starts with Jesus, the Word of God released

Destined to suffer, the Fathers wrath appeased

God thee incarnate, Son of God was He

Lamb to the slaughter, set the captives free

(Chorus)

Bridge:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three and yet One, perfect God

Father is awesome, Son who is worthy, Spirit who’s holy, perfect God

 

(Chorus)

 

When we set out to write a new song, my friends and I thought, “What better topic to write about than the gospel?” Jesus, “God”, come into human flesh and save those who would love and believe in Him. Those whom He has chosen in fact. So, we wrote a Gospel song. The first verse focuses on the reality of our depravity. We have fallen short of God’s glory and there’s nothing we can do to reconcile us to God. The chorus focuses on the fact that Christ alone has saved His people from their sins. The second verse is a simple verse that glorifies Christ for His sacrifice for sinners. The bridge glorifies the Trinity in the fact that they are all One and yet distinct.

You can listen to song here. By His Offering

 

Living Water (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. This one is from a hymn by W.V. Miller called “The Well of Living Water”.  Here is my version in full.

Living Water

Oh this well of, living water springing up within my, soul

Gives me blessed, satisfaction while the changing seasons, roll

And in Jesus, love rejoicing still a song of praise I, bring

For the blessed, gift of Heaven for this ever-living, spring

(Chorus)

For this well of living water

That is flowing now for me,

Songs of praise and adoration,

Blessed Lord, I bring to Thee.

 

The depths unknown is so flowing from the depths of Jesus, love

It was purchased, by the Savior gift divine from Heaven, above

He alone can give this water, “Whosoever will may, come,”

Quench his thirst from, this pure fountain and from Jesus never, roam

(Chorus)

 

So the blessed, news I’m spreading of this dear life-giving, spring

Ever pure and, free is rushing as my Savior’s love I, sing

It is flowing, ever flowing in this grateful heart of, mine

And my tongue shall tell the gladness of this matchless grace, divine

(Chorus)

 

This is another theme that we don’t sing a lot about but it’s a beautiful illustration that Jesus Himself uses to describe His coming salvation. A couple verses that reference this theme, John 4:4-6, John 7:37-39. But what is being talked about is a theme throughout the entire bible. Jesus isn’t saying that once you become a Christian you’re not thirsty anymore, or that you won’t need drinking water ever again. Christ is comparing the importance of our physical need for water and how it brings life to everything that is living. Jesus takes it a step further and says, “the water I am offering will give everlasting life”. Not just the temporal hydration we receive here in this life but a symbolic eternal life-giving drink. Jesus Himself drank a cup, sacrificing Himself for the world that believes in Him. Now He is able to offer a different cup to anyone who would receive it. A cup that is acceptable to God and when you drink, you are saved and alive forever! I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Living Water

 

Illuminate Within (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. This one is from a hymn by Charles Wesley called “I Want a Principle Within”.  Here is my version in full.

Illuminate Within

I want a life within of watchful, Godly fear,

A sensitivity of sin, a pain to feel it near.

And when I begin to feel these most, prideful wrong desire,

To stop the wandering of my will, and stomp the starting fire.

(Chorus)

Illuminate within, the fear of my own sin.

Illuminate that fear, and keep me drawing near

 

I want to stray from You no more, no more Your goodness grieve,

Grant me the loving awe, I pray, the tender conscience give.

Be quick to act in my mind, O God, my conscience make;

Awake my soul when sin is near, and keep it still awake.

(Chorus)

 Bridge:

Awake my soul when sin is near and

Keep it still awake.

 

Almighty God of truth and love, to me Your power impart;

The mountain from my soul remove, the hardness from my heart.

O may the least excluded pain, my reawakened soul,

And drive me to that blood again, which makes the wounded whole.

(Chorus)

 

I heard about this hymn from a sermon I was listening to once. The pastor referenced it, read a few lines from it and then said, “I wish we could hear words like these being sung in our worship services more”. After hearing those words, I agreed. It is a very unique lyrically and very biblical. It is a prayer that every Christian needs to pray each day, a constant practice of purity and sanctification. We can find this theme throughout the entire bible but here are a few scripture references. Proverbs 4:27, Proverbs 7:2, Acts 24:16, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 4:30, 1 Timothy 3:9.

So what does all this mean? We are asking God to make big, the sins in our life. From the biggest to the smallest sins, we need to be aware of and sensitive to, in order to be able to put our sins to death through the power of the Holy Spirit inside those who believe. There’s an old saying, be killing sin or sin will be killing you, and that’s true. This isn’t a legalistic action of attempting to reach salvation from our works, but reacting to Christ’ work on the cross with a life honorable to Him. We are called to action and it must start from within. Jesus put death in its grave when He rose from the dead. Now His children will never taste the sting of death, but instead, will begin to truly live when these temporary bodies fade away. Justification is a one-time thing, of Christ making us right, or Just before God, and sanctification is a continual thing happening each day and every moment. I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Illuminate Within

 

 

 

 

 

Cling To The Cross (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. But this is one of the songs I wrote the lyrics to. Here they are in full.

Cling To The Cross

I wake up and take one step at a time, the steps are mocked with sin

I cling to the cross of Christ, my only hopes within

Father, God do a work in me, send Your Spirit to guide

Help me better to see, Lord I want to abide

(Chorus)

I cling to the Cross of Christ, by the power, not my own

I pray I cling till, my last day when I meet my God, face to face

 

Give me, the power to grip that hope. The cross that was Your shame

I want to bleed from the hold, the only power that saves

Humble, a fight of pride to die, I’m flat down on my face

Spirit, help abide, to nothing but Your grace

(Chrous)

 

This song is a simple song lyrically but deep in context. I taught a sermon once where I used this illustration and thought it would make a good song because it is a theme that we need to remember as children of God. The song opens with the struggle of every person. From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, we are in a constant struggle within ourselves and from the world. Sin is trying to take over our desires and attention. It moves to immediately ask for strength in God. The hope and strength that comes from His Spirit being inside His people. This continues into the chorus where I bring in the main theme. The idea of clinging or holding on as tightly as we can to God’s Word, Christ Himself and the truths we live by. But acknowledging that we cannot succeed by attempting this on our own power. We need to power of God within us to hold on tightly. We often try and hold by our own power but that will always fail us. And knowing it’s Christ Spirit that is sustaining us and pleading for us to the Father in Heaven should give us the confidence to cling that much more. Until that final day that we get to spend eternity with Him face to face. The second verse I was trying to paint the picture of the point of this song. Clinging to the Cross so tightly that we are flat on our face, with our arms wrapped around the foot of the cross, gripping so tight by God’s power that our arms begin to bleed. It can sound dramatic but without this earnest and urgent mindset, we can so easily be entrapped by sin and lose our joy in Jesus. I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Cling to the Cross

 

 

 

Our God and Help (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. This one is from a hymn by Isaac Watts called “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”.  Here is my version in full.

Our God, and help, in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Your throne, Your saints will dwell secure;

Sufficient is Your arm alone, and our defense is sure.

(Chorus)

Teach us to number our days,

That we may gain a heart of wisdom, of wisdom

 

Your Word commands our flesh to dust, “Return, oh sons of men”:

All nations rose from earth at first,
and turn to earth again.

A thousand ages in Your sight,
are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.

(Chorus)

Bridge:

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God to endless years the same.

Our God and help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.

(Chorus)

This hymn was published by Isaac Watts in 1719. He wrote it from Psalm 62 mainly. It is a beautiful biblical picture of Gods power and love for His people. In God alone do we find our refuge and strength? The chorus goes on to plead with God to, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. What does this mean? It is the practice of an eternal perspective. We weren’t meant for this world ultimately. God created His children for eternity with Him. This life is merely passing through and preparing for us, for eternity. The second verse and bridge keep this theme of almighty God, able to do as He pleases and our confidence in Him and His plan alone. I pray this song help these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Our God and Help

 

Adore and Tremble (acoustic chronicles)

Adore and Tremble

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. This one is from a hymn by Isaac Watts called “Adore and Tremble, for our God”.  Here is my version in full.

Adore and Tremble

Adore and tremble, our holy God. A consuming fire. His jealous arm.

His wrath a flame. How it burns. Oh, how it glows against His foes.

At His approach, the mountains flee. They seek a grave in the frightened sea.

Who dares engage His fiery rage, that shakes the world, the world He’s made.

(Chorus)

Adore and tremble

 

Yet mighty God. Thy sovereign grace. You sent Your Son. Saved from our fate.

Your redeeming love. You bore our death. You rose for us. You raised us too.

 

(Chorus)

 

Now here’s the call. Endure you, saints. Keep His word. Through Him have faith.

Blessed ones who die to self. Live for Christ, He lives for you.

(Chorus)

 

This song was primarily written from Nahum 1:1-3 and Hebrews 12:29. But this theme is consistent throughout the whole Bible. God is big, powerful, glorious, awesome and straight-up scary sometimes. But He is all things good at all times. He doesn’t have emotions that react like ours. He is both loving and wrathful at the same time. He gives mercy and wrath in the same breath. This is hard to understand and that’s ok. He is God, beyond our comprehension and His ways are greater than our ways. This song is meant to glory in these tough truths. It is ok to adore Him and fear Him. In fact, we are commanded to do both. We are commanded to do both, Proverbs 9:10, Deuteronomy 6:5. The adoring part seems to be easier most of the time. But as we meditate on Gods Word and wrestle with some hard truths then we are practicing as we ought to. When we begin to see God as He is more, then you can’t help but have a healthy fear. But then we get to draw close to Him because of Christ, and that is oh so sweet. He is ours and we are His. He delights in His children and we savor Him. And the song doesn’t stop there. With these big mighty and weighty truths, what do we do with them? If Gods Word is being understood correctly then it should inspire action. Just like God loves in action, so should we. We have a job to do. Our job has to do with the body of Christ as a whole. Not just the local church but globally. I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Adore and Tremble