Now thank we all our God


ThanksImagine a world without sound and the frustration of trying to express what you feel or need to others. Hearing is very important. Of all the five senses, our hearing is perhaps the most precious. If we lose it, we lose contact with the people we love and the world around us. Consider all the sounds that surround you every single day: a child laughing, a bird singing, a friend chatting, or a great song on the radio – it is this symphony of sounds that makes life richer. When you hear a loved one say I love you, it is different from reading it.

Hearing is an easy thing to take for granted. Occasionally we might miss a few words, but in general we move around effortlessly in everyday life, talking to one another, chatting over the phone or listening to the TV, without paying it a second thought.

Hearing empowers us and enriches our lives. Hearing enables us to socialise, work, interact, communicate and even relax. Good hearing also helps to keep us safe, warning us of potential danger or alerting us to someone else’s distress.

Hearing is essential for us to be able to live and participate in life more fully. Problems with our hearing may lead to feelings of isolation and even depression. Our hearing provides us with an enormous source of information, some of it obvious and some we barely notice but when combined, this information forms the bridge between the world and how we interact with it. Hearing helps us lead our everyday lives without limitations.

Things are not nearly as easy with a hearing loss. When hearing loss occurs, a simple thing like following a conversation in a boardroom meeting or hearing the doorbell or telephone can become a real issue. You may start to experience all sorts of emotions – from worry to sadness and loneliness. You may also feel tired and irritable from having to concentrate just to hear what people are saying. Left unattended, hearing loss can ultimately lead to feelings of isolation and depression.

I was just partially deaf for two days, but the impact it has left on me will live forever. I now consider deafness differently. My life changed temporarily in a split second. For two good days, I could not hear completely in one ear. The other ear came on and off. I remembered Enid and I missed her so much. I knew for sure what God meant when He said it is not good for a man to be alone. I called her on her trip and could only wish she was right next to me. I was left in that state with the girls alone to do all that we normally do. Unfortunately this time, I could only do a little and I felt frustrated. The doctor quarantined me from air travel for two weeks till I am completely healed. But whatever the cause of deafness, being unable to hear is a traumatic experience.

It is this experience that led me to read the biography of Helen Keller. She went on to acquire an excellent education and to become an important influence on the treatment of the blind and deaf. Born physically normal in Tuscumbia, Alabama, Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing at the age of nineteen months to an illness now believed to have been scarlet fever. The International NGO Helen Keller is named after her.

Helen Keller once said, “I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound.” I can also not agree more with  Honore de Balzac’s quote, “A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.” I experienced all this in a twinkling of an eye. I also appreciate that Helen Keller also noted that, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it”.

For that reason my hymn of choice today is a thanks giving hymn called Now Thank We All Our God.

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven—
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

The story behind this hymn is one of my favorite hymn stories. Let me just say just a little bit about the author and the composer of this hymn.

Now Thank We All Our God, is a wonderful, wonderful hymn, and was written by Martin Rinkart, who was born in 1586 and died in 1649. He was a Lutheran deacon and composer. Martin Rinkart left us a beautiful testament to faith and thanksgiving. Some details about his life and times shed new light on this familiar hymn:

German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkhart officiated at the funerals of the other two.

As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day–some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services.

The war in Germany that took place 1620 to 1648 or somewhere in there, roughly took about Thirty Years War. It is one of the horrendous periods in European history. Largely, if you think of Germany today, that’s really where the war took place. It’s confusing as to who was on which side: the French Catholic king was on the Protestant side because he was eager to overthrow the Hapsburg dynasty. It’s all very complicated, but for our purposes it was just horrendous in terms of the loss of life, in terms of starvation, the cruelty…. War is always cruel, but The Thirty Years War was a very cruel war, and there are some dreadful statistics of thousands of people in certain towns being decimated. Some of the famous cities of Germany that we think of — Brandenburg and so on — lost upwards of forty or fifty percent of their population during The Thirty Years War, including Martin Rinkart’s wife. She died of starvation and disease. Towns would be surrounded, they’d be starved…disease would spread and so on…plague….

And just like the Puritans during the plague in a later period, slightly later period in the 1660’s in London, the Puritan ministers stayed in the city when all the other ministers left the city. Rinkart stayed and ministered to the people. It was a horrendous time, and some think — although there’s no evidence — that this hymn had been composed in its final form in the peace treaty that ended… the Peace of Westphalia, I think it was called, that ended The Thirty Years War. So “Now Thank We All Our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom His world rejoices….” And there’s an air of tremendous gratitude to God through what was an enormously difficult period in his life and the life of his country.

When Rinkart was ministering in the city of Eilenburg they were actually surrounded and besieged by the Swedish army, and starvation was rife. And it is said that eventually one by one the pastors in the city died, leaving Rinkart as the only pastor. I’ve read sources that said towards the end of the time of the siege–and I think he was actually used to help lift the siege…I think he was actually sent out by the leaders of the city to meet with the Swedes, who respected him in their negotiations–but it is said that towards the end of the siege he was doing fifty funerals a day. It’s hard to conceive of what it would have been like in a situation like that.

Yet, while living in a world dominated by death, Rinkart wrote this timeless prayer of thanksgiving for his children:

Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done, In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother’s arms, Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.

 

 

 

Show Us The Ancient Paths


Ancient pathways

By Tom Inglis

Lord we confess that we have wandered
Far from Your purpose and plan
And willingly walked in the wrong direction
We’ve disobeyed Your commands
Father forgive us, Spirit come lead us
Back to the way
Back to the truth
Back to the foot of the cross

chorus Show us the ancient paths
Lead us along eternal highways
We want to walk in the ways of Jesus
We want to enter Your rest
Show us the ancient paths
Lead us along eternal highways
We want to follow the footsteps of Jesus
We want to enter Your rest

Lord it’s Your mercy and good intention
That constantly calls us to You
Your infinite patience and kind correction
Your covenant love coming through
You are our hope and our salvation
You promise joy
Your give us grace
And courage to carry the cross

(repeat chorus)

We want to leave a clear set of footprints
For those who will follow behind
Signposts in our lives that point to Jesus
A pathway they’ll easily find
We want to fill up the sufferings of Jesus
As we obey our lives display the glorious way of the cross

(repeat chorus)

Lead us along
We want to follow
We want to enter your rest
Show us the ancient paths
Lead us along eternal highways
We want to follow the footsteps of Jesus
We want to follow the footsteps of Jesus
We want to follow the footsteps of Jesus
We want to enter Your rest

There are many ways to interpret the developments in Zambia today. Yester year was a year of Jubilee in our land. We lost  another president (second sitting president to die in office), elected another not so well president and shortly after elections he falls sick. Our nation has meanwhile been so slow in enacting a new constitution that can resolve this entire hullabaloo once and for all. When you look around the nation, you are daunted with the gravity of poverty and deprivation that is still rampant in this time and age when all our neighbors speak a different language of livelihood. What can one say about all this?

We have known some good times in the past before. My thought goes back to the time when Chiluba declared Zambia as a Christian nation. How happy we were and proud to have that opening in the preamble of our constitution. But , did we go further to ensure that godliness was a virtue for the nation? Did we just become a Christian nation in name only? Or did we even bring a curse upon ourselves by evoking the name of the mighty one? Where are the biblical principles to guide us, and where is the dependence on the Holy Spirit to protect us from evil attacks. Will we keep on wallowing in these mysteries forever?

Many times, God’s people feel lost in a rapidly changing world, trusting all the wrong things and but his prophet Jeremiah invites them to seek the ‘ancient paths’. In fact, it was also the advice that God gave to the children of Israel many centuries ago in Jere. 6:16: Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jer 6:16. My take is this. Zambia needs to Stand by the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for national souls.

One of the principles I have learned over the years is that you should never forget the basics. And I will say it again, if you get away from the basics, you will always run into trouble. And when you do you must go back to the basics to get back on track.

In this verse, we are given the image of a traveler who comes to a fork in the road.He has the opportunity to go anyway he desires, the choice is totally up to him. But God speaks up and tells him to ask for the “old paths, where is the good way.” So he is now presented with a choice: 1) Does he allow pride to take over and just blindly travel on because, after all, “I know the way!” 2) Or does he stop and ask for directions?

This is what Jeremiah spoke of during his turbulent times that were political and economic. There are hot spots on the planet where nations flex their muscles; and God’s people are having a crisis of confidence and identity. This could describe our day as much as Jeremiah’s. God’s restless prophet speaks as clearly to our situation as he did to that of his people then; and his word to us is as uncomfortable as it was to Judah caught between the rock of Babylon and the hard place of Egypt. How will they and how do we choose?

The short of it all is this, When we find ourselves in a hole, the sensible thing to do is to stop digging. We need to take stock of where we are and what the best way is to get out of the situation we’re in. This is Jeremiah’s message to his wayward people. They need to stop and take stock of where they are and then seek the ancient paths — the Law God gave them — that will lead them in the way of peace and justice. But what will they say?

Jeremiah lived in turbulent times and the book that bears his name reflects this. It’s a political text more than a religious one, expressing trenchant views on the foreign policy choices and economic decisions of Judah’s kings. It made Jeremiah unpopular among his contemporaries; he was frequently shunned and in the end he was arrested — being freed only by Judah’s enemies! It is also a deeply personal text. I hope I do not end up the Jeremiah way in that dry well.

Of all God’s prophets, Jeremiah is the one whose heart is most revealed in his writings; he is troubled by doubt, vents his anger at God, struggles to square his call with his feelings about the land he loved. For this reason he is a wonderful companion for us as we navigate troubled times and our own doubts and uncertainties. He shows us a God of grace who calls us to a life of obedience, a life that might set us apart from our neighbors and work colleagues, even our families; a life that will be hard and dark at times but a life that will also lead us deeper into the arms of God.

We know a good deal about Jeremiah: he was born to a priestly family in Anathoth, 5km north east of Jerusalem, at the end of Manasseh’s reign (though he himself might never have served as a priest). He was called to be a prophet in 627BC (1:2) some 16 – 18 years later and his public life probably ended pretty soon after the final fall of Jerusalem in 587BC (see chapters 43 – 44).

He lived through the reforms of Josiah, based on Deuteronomy, the scroll of which was discovered in the temple or written by temple scribes early in the young king’s reign. It had a profound effect on Jeremiah. His book is not written in chronological order, it flits from episode to episode tracing themes rather than following a narrative. This is partly because Jeremiah’s ministry came in fits and starts; he was probably not very active in the period of Josiah as he waited to see if the king’s reforms would have the effect he hoped.

The account that we have of his mission was probably compiled after his death (most likely in Egypt) by his faithful scribe, Baruch. In common with Israel’s other writing prophets, Jeremiah was not as concerned with future events as with the consequences of the present behavior of God’s people, in the light of his past word, especially in the Law of Moses. So, Jeremiah holds up the plumb line of God’s Law and asks his people to measure themselves against it; and to judge whether or not God will hold them to account for their failure to be the people he has called them to be.  Hence beginning our reading of this wonderful book with 6:16, where Jeremiah calls for the people to take stock and seek again the ancient paths laid out in God’s revelation to Moses on Sinai.

The prophet writes at a time of crisis for the land and the temple; and we read his words in a similar but different time. In our cluttered lives, we face difficult decisions; trouble looms in our families, the economy or among the nations; and personally, we feel that we are chasing our tails, not progressing in our spiritual lives. We long for a word from God; what does he say?

1) At Haut (Stand Still)

Stop moving, says the prophet. The crisis in Judah is of impending attack and you cannot stop it (6:4 – 6) which suggests we that we should run and get out of harm’s way or join the battle. Do not disturb the wrath of God as it comes with force. Josiah did that and died! As in Ps 46:10 (literally ‘stop fighting’), so here God says stop doing it your way. People of God, let us stop trying to resolve our problems our own ways which are carnal, but leave it to God. Do it the God way.

2) Look

There are at least three ways to go at crossroads. So, we need to stop and:

  1. Focus: everything’s a blur when we are moving all the time; only by stopping will we get the lie of the land.
  2. Form an opinion: not all ways are equal. Stopping helps us see things as they really are so we can assess which way is best.

3) Ask

We can’t do this alone, however; we need to ask those who’ve walked this way before which route we should take out of our current predicament. God says ask for the ‘ancient paths’; this is not about hankering for the ‘good old days’, but looking for what has been:

  • A tried & tested Path: we need a way of living that’s stood the test of time; many lives have been well lived this way; many crises survived by going on this path. It’s been proved ‘good’.
  • A path taken with others: we don’t make up the way forward in the light of the latest fad; it is something we share with those going with us now: it is a path taken in community, not just now but over the centuries.

4) Walk

Having found it, we take it; having stopped to ensure we can see which way is up, we walk along that path. This is discipleship; it’s the way of life Jesus calls us to:

  • John 14:6: here Jesus tells us how to live our whole Christian life, not just how to start it: he is our model
  • Galatians 2:20: Paul reminds us that the cross isn’t just how we begin but how we live day by day — allowing the Son of God to live through us
  • Philippians 3:10 – 12: both knowing our Lord and pressing on to know him by walking the way he calls us to.

5) Rest

In the midst of war, national crisis and personal turmoil — even in a time of impending judgment — God offers us a way of peace and rest:

(i) grace in action – we don’t deserve this choice, but God offers it to us;

  1. ii) God worth knowing: life might be tough, at times it might not make sense, and yet God comes to us and says ’take a chance on me’; he invites us to follow him in the turmoil and find rest — just as Jesus said we would in his call in Matthew 11:28 – 30

But Judah says ‘no; we’ll not do any of this’. It believed it would get out of this mess on its own, trusting its ability to form alliances, use its military might, it native wit, whatever, to stay afloat. And so with tears in his voice that Jeremiah says his words will become obstacles; God will move from being a stepping stone to being a stumbling block (v21). If they choose badly, they will perish.

And what’ll we say?

I am still Confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living


when-the-opposition-seems-too-strong-14-638 Things have not been easy and somehow today everything within me is declaring the faith of this verse of scripture today:  “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living”  (Psalm 27:13). Now hear me out clearly. I have not suddenly embraced a health and wealth prosperity gospel, or dominionism. Yet I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Thank God for a believing spouse we are able to say, if the Lord was not on our side, the world would have swallowed us alive. Within the theology of the cross we can still see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living, within suffering, within weakness, if we will have eyes of faith to see it. What David is saying in this Psalm is this, that, there is trouble all around me.  Enemies desire to destroy me.  But I seek the Lord.  And He meets me and rescues me. Therefore I am confident that my belief/trust in God is firm.  I am connected to Him.  I can believe that I will see God’s goodness in the land of the living as well as in heaven. So I can wait with hope.  I can in my heart bind together the difficult present with a hopeful future (in this world) of God’s involvement and goodness.  I can live in light of God. I will therefore be strong.  I will seize and fasten on God and who He is.  I will take heart and will bring my emotions, intellect and will under His loving sovereignty. I will eagerly anticipate what God will do.  I will wait with hope.

The goodness of the LORD in the land of the living reveals itself in numerous ways, and not just in those precious times when we can enjoy the blessings of God upon us when things are going smoothly. Spurgeon said of David “He believed to see the goodness of the Lord, not merely when he emerged from the furnace, but also while he was in it”. And here is what is so amazing – in Psalm 18, David’s psalm of deliverance, he has prayed to God for help in his distress, and as the Lord comes to his aid “He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky” (Psalm 18:11). The Lord brings deliverance, His goodness, through the darkness!  My friend, even the darkness need not make us fear, for God is using it for His purposes of deliverance, He is in sovereign control using everything for His purposes to bring Glory to His Name! The goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!

We worship the God of Hope, and this Hope applies as much to this world as to the one to come when the fullness of the Kingdom will be revealed in all of its wondrous Glory. No situation is without Hope or beyond the reach of the redemptive hands of our God. He will always bring Glory to His Name, whether that is through delivering us from a trial or giving us the strength to endure it, but always always always revealing more of Himself to us, fulfilling our longing to know more of Him, feeding us from the tree of life, causing us to overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. The goodness of the LORD in the land of the living

When It hurts so Bad (Part I)


Forgive them

Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words – 2 Timothy 4:14-15 (NKJV)

It has taken me many years to voice it out but one lesson I have learnt is that only a friend can betray a friend, a stranger has nothing to gain. The closest person inflicts the sharpest pain. Through it all, I learnt a lot from The Apostle Paul. Almost from the time the apostle Paul came to faith in Christ, he faced opposition. From his dramatic conversion, all the way to the finish line of his execution and home going, the hurdles of opposition placed in Paul’s path were both constant and cruel. Paul was constantly heckled, rejected, cursed, hunted like prey, abandoned, beaten with rods, whipped, stoned, lied about, ridiculed, hounded, arrested, and imprisoned. Yet, despite all these, he finished faithfully. He endured to the end.

It was near the finish line, in view of his beheading, that the apostle penned his second and final letter to Timothy. In the closing of that letter and his life, we get a glimpse of two men who opposed him, two who made his difficult endurance race, even harder.

I’m sure that you have heard the old saying that there are two things certain in life: death and taxes. A third certainty is that sooner or later we will be hurt by someone else. Unless we choose to become a hermit and live alone in a cave, we will always be vulnerable to being hurt. Sometimes people hurt us accidentally, other times it is intentional. Sometimes they hurt us by their actions, other times it is by their words. At times, the wounds are superficial and heal quickly and at other times they are deep and scar us for the rest of our lives. However you want to say it, you can just be assured at sometime in your life, you are going to be hurt by another person. What in the world should you do when it happens? What can you do in response to such pain?

Paul gives us a hint in 2 Timothy:

2 Timothy 4:14-15 (NKJV) Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 15 You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.

These are the words of a person who was greatly hurt by a man named Alexander. These personal comments are shared in the last recorded words by the apostle Paul. As he gives final instructions to his son in the faith, Timothy, he reminds him that being hurt by other people is one of the hazards of being in the human race.

What exactly did Alexander do to Paul? We have absolutely no idea — Paul never tells Timothy or the readers of his letter. The word translated “harm” is the Greek word kakos which means: “something which is depraved or evil.” The word translated “much” can mean: “a large amount or something which occurs many times.” Whatever Alexander did to Paul, it was no small thing. It was deeply hurtful and must have either been done repeatedly or it was something that had a long lasting effect.

Here we learn an important principle, Paul refused to dwell on what had happened to him. If he had been like most of us, he would have gone into all the gory details of how bad he had been hurt. Paul was different. He refused to throw himself a pity party to gain sympathy from others. He also refused to allow bitterness and hatred to crawl into his brain. Paul had developed the ability to remember the best and to forget the rest of the bad which happened in life. His mentioning of it was simply told to be of a warning to Timothy. And yet, in the manner in which Paul tells this story, we discover some valuable lessons of how to respond to the hurts which others will inflict upon us in the span of your lives.

I want you to understand that what happened to Paul will happen to you. People will slander you. They will exclude you from their group. You will be criticized unjustly. Another worker might block you from a promotion. The one person you think would never disappoint you might someday betray you. A fellow Christian whom you love and respect may hurt you very badly. The person who promised to love you until death may walk out on you for someone else. What in the world can we do when other people hurt us with their words and their actions?

  1. YOU CAN EXPECT TO BE HURT BY OTHERS

It would be wonderful to be able to be vaccinated from being hurt by others. I wish there was a spiritual ointment which could be rubbed on the wounds which others inflict that would take the pain away. Unfortunately, no such cure exists. Paul mentions this painful relationship so matter-of-factually that it seems that he had learned to prepare himself for the reality of such actions and responses from others. Paul had been hurt many times from those he loved. So get it right. The Godly will be opposed. Sometimes it is your very own brethren who will accuse you.

In the third chapter of his letter Paul told Timothy that anyone who desired to live a godly life, anyone who wanted to live the kind of a life that pleased God would face opposition from time to time. He could count on it! But, Paul went on to tell Timothy that he could train himself to overcome it.

Count on It!

By the way, you and I can count on the same thing as well. If you are growing in godliness, growing in your relationship to living the kind of life that God has for you, you can count on facing opposition every now and then. But, the other certainty we can count on is God’s help to overcome the conflict. What can we do about it? Listen to what Paul had to say in 2 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV) This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The word Paul uses here for “turned away” is often used by Paul to speak of turning away from truth.

Because Paul was preaching the truth, many were turning away from him. The truth causes divisions. When you stand up for the truth, those in sin or those who have a different theology will turn away from you.

2 Timothy 4:10 (NKJV) for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica; Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.

I can imagine that if you weren’t right with God, Paul was the last person you would want to be around. Because Demas was in sin, he turned away from Paul. Demas loved the “present world,” which is a reference to Judaism. The word “world” is aion and means: “age.” Demas couldn’t give up his religious traditions so he stayed away from Paul.

2 Timothy 4:16 (NKJV) At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.

Being rejected by friends, even Christian friends, because of your stand for the truth is a hurtful thing. I think we all know the pain of being rejected by friends because of our stand for the truth.

  1. REFUSE TO BECOME ANGRY AND BITTER.

The fastest way to become embittered is to dwell on the wrong others have done to you. Paul learned to forgive and forget and go on down the road of life. We know this is what Paul must have done for he never dwells on the injury Alexander brought to him. You know that you are on the road to bitterness when you continually review and rehearse the video tape in your brain of what was done to you. It is watched, and then rewound, and watched again and again.

The effect of wrath and bitterness can be deadly. Most of us have seen the signs placed on trucks and other vessels carrying hazardous materials. The acid we carry around when we are bitter will invariably spill as much on us as it will be poured on the one who has harmed us. Anger and bitterness and stress will physically increase your blood pressure, emotionally lead you into depression, spiritually sour your worship and prayer. Socially, it will cause you to be so unpleasant that no one will want to be around you.

Carrying a grudge is a loser’s game. I like what I read about one US President Richard Nixon when he was forced to resign the Presidency of the United States in 1974. He said to his staff in his farewell address, “Never hate your enemies because when you hate them, they have gotten you” The grudge you carry will end up causing more pain and frustration than the original pain inflicted on you.

Is this not what Jesus said in Luke 17:3-4 (NKJV) “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 “And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Jesus knew that if we will not forgive those who hurt us, we allow them to continue to hurt us. I know this sounds impossible to some people, but the only way to heal the pain of the past is to forgive the one who hurt you. It is imperative because forgiveness not only heals your memory but it also changes your perspective about life. It is like cutting a malignant tumor out of your inner body. It is like being a prisoner and then being set free for life. It is also the only way to break the cycle of blame and pain in a relationship in life. Without forgiveness, the cycle will go on and on.

Forgiveness of other people is the first and foremost step of regaining healing and wholeness in your life when others have hurt you. The way we can forgive others is by remembering that God is working through their actions, even their evil actions, for our good.

Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

  1. LEAVE THE REVENGE TO THE LORD.

Did you see the secret to Paul being able to let go of the wrong brought upon him by Alexander? He said, 2 Timothy 4:14 (NKJV) Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works.

I am afraid that we sometimes have given people the impression that if you love God enough, you will just forgive the person and go on as if nothing really happened. What we have failed to state is that, yes, often what that person did to you was indeed terrible and should be punished. That is the reason we hurt so badly. We know that an injustice has been done and that it should be punished. I think that is only human nature and it is a lie if someone tries to tell you such feelings are wrong and are sinful. That proves you are a human being! But, be very careful at this point. It is one thing to acknowledge that God ought to punish that person, and a far different thing to decide to become God and do the punishing for him. Forgiveness does not mean that the injustice did not occur or that it should not be punished. But it is coming to the place and point of trusting that God is much better at administering justice than we are. Forgiveness means deferring the scales of justice to him.

That may be the most difficult thing in life to do. Romans 12:19-20 (NKJV) “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

The word “avenge” is the Greek ekdikeo which means: “to vindicate one’s rights, to punish a person.” We are not to try to punish someone who has wronged us even though that is the natural response. Rejecting vengeance is not natural; we can only live like this supernaturally as we walk in dependance upon God. In our flesh, we all take joy in someone who gets even. There is a story about a truck driver who dropped in at an all-night restaurant where he had gone to take some food. The waitress had just served him when three swaggering, leather-jacketed motorcyclists–of the Hell’s Angels type–entered and rushed up to him, apparently looking for a fight. One grabbed his plate of food off his table; another took a handful of his Ugali (Nsima); and the third picked up his fanta and began to drink it.

The truck driver did not respond as they probably expected. Instead, he calmly rose, got into his pocket, walked to the front of the room, took some money and paid his bill and went out the door. The waitress followed him to persuade him to take another portion of food but she could only stand and watch him out the door as the big truck drove away into the night.

When she returned, one of the cyclists said to her, “Well, he’s not much of a man, is he?”

She replied, “I can’t answer as to that, but he’s not much of a truck driver. He just ran over three motorcycles out in the parking lot.”

We laugh at a story like that. We love stories like that, don’t we? That’s because we’re sinful and in our flesh we love revenge! May God help us to be more like Him.

Vengeance is God’s job, not ours. The effects of holding a grudge are very serious. Modern medicine has shown that emotions like bitterness and anger can cause physical problems such as headaches, backaches, allergic disorders, ulcers, high blood pressure, and heart attacks, to name just a few. When we do not love our enemies but strike back at them, we are usurping Gods’s prerogative to mete out justice. God says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” By seeking revenge, we really inflict great harm on ourselves. Let’s trust Him to make things right and be willing to suffer the wrong.

The person who is able to take the wrong without bitter resentment or slandering is reflecting one of the most beautiful characteristics of Jesus Christ that you will ever see. That is exactly what our Lord was like– He gave up his rights (Philippians 2:5-11). He took wrongs and he was defrauded; he did it patiently and without reacting. Peter said of Christ,

1 Peter 2:23 (NKJV) “who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;”

Jesus committed himself to God knowing that God was in control and His will and purpose were at work both in what He gained and what He lost. Forgiveness and non-retaliation are beautiful traits of Christ likeness that a believer can display.

Mark it down, whenever a Christian sets out on a course to exact revenge and repay evil for evil and wrong for wrong, that person has begun to play God. Perhaps, you are thinking, “Austin, you don’t have any idea what it feels like to be really wronged”. Oh, yes I do! And I’m sure that all of you know what it feels like also. Nearly everybody in that knows me can testify of my wounds. But God’s word speaks to us in a timely fashion. The scripture says:

Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV) And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

To forgive means: “to give up a claim; to cease bearing resentment”. The most important nine words in that verse are these: “Just as God, For Christ’s Sake, has forgiven you”. Never forget that no one will ever wrong you like you wronged God. And yet, for the sake of what Christ did for us at Calvary, God has chosen to forgive each and every one of us. As recipients of his marvelous grace, how can we do any less to those who may have wronged

Give ear to my words O Lord


Bill Sprouse Jr. (1975)

My voice3Give ear to my words O Lord
Consider my meditation
Harken unto the voice of my cry
My King and my God
For unto Thee will I pray
My voice shalt Thou hear
In the morning
O Lord in the morning
Will I direct my prayer
Unto Thee and will look up

Give ear to my words O Lord
Consider my meditation
Harken unto the voice of my cry
My King and my God
For unto Thee will I pray
My voice shalt Thou hear
In the morning
O Lord in the morning
Will I direct my prayer
Unto Thee and will look up

Give ear to my words O Lord
Consider my meditation
Harken unto the voice of my cry
My King and my God
For unto Thee will I pray
My voice shalt Thou hear
In the morning
O Lord in the morning
Will I direct my prayer
Unto Thee and will look up

O Lord in the morning
Will I direct my prayer
Unto Thee and will look up

This song is actually a Psalm. Psalm 5: 1- 3 word for word. “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalms 5:1-3”.

The song was first published in the Marantha praise 5 series. The words and tune were written by Bill Sprouse in 1975. The writer of this song died shortly after it was recorded. The cover was an interesting painting of a young “soda jerk” relaxing in a juke box joint after hours. Bill Sprouse (The song writer) is behind the counter with his fizzy glass in hand and sees a couple of angels clapping by the juke box that has lit up with MARANATHA lighting up on it & and presumably playing the Lord’s Music that can be heard on the album!

Bill Sprouse was described by those that knew him as a friend and a most humble Godly young man who loved all God’s people no matter who they were. He was NEVER a respecter of Persons and would reach out to everyone.  Shockingly he passed away while taking a shower in his rented home with other fine Christian brothers. Those who met him say they shall never forget those blessed early days at Calvary with Bill,Oden and Mustard Seed faith, Tom Stipes and his Wing and a Prayer band, Love Song, Children of the Day and all the rest who helped make Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana truly the Limozine of  churches! God’s Spirit. Through all the ministries there drew the lost in quickly and powerfully with amazing Joy like no other church they had ever seen or heard could do. God blessed Papa /Pastor Chuck (The Founder of Maranatha Music) like none other, BECAUSE WHEN GOD GUIDES, GOD PROVIDES!

All we can say is join the many brethren that loved Bill and say thank you Jesus for taking OUR BELOVED BIG BILL straight to live with You forever in Heaven with our Holy Father GOD.

A couple of comments about the Psalm and the song

It Is A Personal Prayer – The Psalmist uses the words, “My words,” “My meditation,” “My cry,” My King,” and ”My God.” David was a king and most everything was done for him, but his prayer had to be personal. The Preacher, the parent, the politician, and every other person must make their prayer to God in person. No one else can approach the throne of grace for you. Every Christian must have a personal relationship with God and his communion with God must be personal. Sure we can pray for each other and help by taking our petitions for others to the throne. But we cannot pray instead or in place of another. The Christian must always remember that God is personal, “MY GOD!”

It Is A Profound And Personal Prayer – David’s prayer began with the words, “Give ear to my words.” The words we speak to God are very important. We are to be in an attitude of prayer all the day long, but nothing will take the place of our words to God in the morning. Prayer is more than just bowing our head. There needs to be some time of reverence and quietness, but God is waiting to hear words from our lips. The Bible says that out of the heart the mouth speaks. What a privilege to pour out our heart to God! Our sense of need and urgency needs to be expressed to God. God is not interested in planned eloquence; broken and burning words will be much more effective. Praying out loud to God is profitable because it keeps our prayers from becoming repetitive and wondering. Silent prayer can be vague and shallow. God is our Father and He longs to hear our words as we speak to Him. There are those times when words do not come; David called it meditation. God does know the deeps thoughts of our soul. I believe this refers to the desperate sigh of the Christian. God is attracted to the moans of the Christian that bears a load beyond human words. Sometimes the weight of our burden results in half-uttered prayers that only God can interpret. When human language fails, God still understands. The David said his prayer turns into a cry. This is when our prayers rise to the next level. It does not mean that we have to scream to get the attention of God; it simply means God’s is aware of the intensity of our prayer. Many call this prevailing prayer. This is the time when all of our energy and all of our emotions are focused toward God.

It Is A Resolute Prayer – “For unto Thee do I pray,” he was reaching out to God with a holy boldness. God is our King, but He is a kind and loving King, He will not deny us. Because He is the King, when He knows that we seek help from no other, He will give us His full attention.

It Is An Obedient Prayer – David is setting his day and his life in order before the Lord. The Lord desires first place in our lives and prayer in the morning indicates that we are giving Him His rightful place. His Word tells us how to pray and when to pray. When things are in order, our prayers will be heard. There is no man that can pray enough to defy the Word and will of God. The answer will not come if there is sin and rebellion. David could look up to God and see that things were right between he and his God. The main intent of our prayer should be to conform us into His image, according to His plan and purpose.

It Is An Expectant Prayer – David looked up expectantly for the things he prayed for. It is the picture of a child holding out his hands to a loving parent. As we pray we are to look to Heaven for an indication that God’s favor will be extended to us. Simply put, we are to look for the answer to our prayer! When a man places the trust of his heart and soul in the hands of God, he can look up, he ought to look up, knowing that God will not ignore or disappoint him. May we all draw near to God each morning. We do not know that the day will bring, but we can visit with the One who does know. When the see the rising of the sun in prayer, we can face the setting of the sun in praise.

Humble yourself before your Lord and King


Humble Youself

Who is the man for whom the Lord will have regard
He who is broken and has a humble heart
God is not impressed with the loftiness of man
For everything was made for Him,
And comes from His own hand.

So… Humble yourself before your Lord and King
Give Him your heart, offer your everything
There’s no limit, on the love He has for you
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

Who are the people that the Lord will bless
Those who love and fear Him and seek His righteousness
Nothing else in all the world can satisfy your soul
But the One who made the universe
He longs to make you whole.

So… Humble yourself before your Lord and King
Give Him your heart, offer your everything
There’s no limit, on the love He has for you
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

If My people humble themselves and pray,
I will hear them, lead them in My ways.
Humble yourself and let Him have His way.
Love His Word and His will obey.
For His eyes are on the one whose heart is true
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

Humble yourself before your Lord and King
Give Him your heart, offer your everything
There’s no limit, on the love He has for you
So humble yourself and see what God will do.

One of my best songs of Kelly Willard is the one she performed as a Featured Soloist in the Maranatha Praise Series Number 12. So Humble Yourself.

About Kelly Willard

“Simple, honest, unpretentious, easy to listen to over and over…”

These are a few words that many people use when describing the music and voice of Kelly Willard.

Although Kelly has lent her talents to the atistry of such well-known artists as Bob Bennett, Bruce Carroll, Jim Cole, Dion DiMucci, Bob Fitts, Amy Grant, Buddy Greene, Keith Green, Steve Green, Karen Lafferty, Lenny LeBlanc, Fernando Ortega, Twila Paris,  Ricky Skaggs, Paul Overstreet, and inumerable Praise and Worship recordings over the years, she remains as simple and approachable as a person can be.

Born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida, Kelly took to the piano at the tender age of five. Piano lessons were short-lived, as she preferred the unconventional path of playing ‘by ear’. Learning by listening to the radio and recordings, Kelly began to compose her own songs when she was thirteen years old. Accompanying the choir at her church, playing and singing in nursing homes on Sunday afternoons, and traveling with a part-time Gospel group on weekends kept her sharing her talents with people.

At the young age of sixteen years, Kelly moved to Nashville, TN, where music became her livelihood. Taking the opportunities afforded her to accompany such groups as The Jake Hess Sound, The Archers, and Seth, she continued to offer her God-given abilities. But, Kelly credits her vocal development to a man from Oklahoma City, OK, named Harlan Rogers. She says that he encouraged her and taught her, actually having to talk he into singing solos. “I really didn’t think I had what it took to sing solo, but Harlan kept insisting that I did, and if it weren’t for his influence and belief in my giftings, I probably never would have sung anything outside of a ‘group’ setting.”

Kelly married at age eighteen, joined Harlan Rogers & Friends, and traveled the midwest until 1977, when she and her husband, Dan, moved to Southern California to be a part pf the then current flow of “Jesus Music” people, ministering and recording in that area. She played keyboards and sung background vocals on projects for such artists as Karen Lafferty, Bob Bennett, Tommy Coomes, Roby Duke, and Lewis McVay before Maranatha!Music approached her to record her own solo project.

1979 witnessed the release of her first solo album titled, BLAME IT ON THE ONE I LOVE, produced by Jonathan David Brown. The release of this album thrust Kelly into the eyes, ears and hearts of the public, as much of her music received extensive National radio airplay, and she began touring the United States and other countries.

In 1981 Kelly was involved in the production of her second album, WILLING HEART.

1983 brought the release of her next “project”, a son, named BRYAN ASHER WILLARD. Bryan is a musician/writer/worship leader in his own right, and lives with his wife and three daughters in Wisconsin. He is currently working with Jason Upton’s ministry, THE KEY OF DAVID, as well as playing the bass guitar with Jason’s band. Later that same year Maranatha!Music released what many people have termed their “favorite Kelly Willard album, titled PSALMS,HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS. This recording is what Kelly considers “a personal look at her relationship with God, through worshipful music.”

In 1986, Kelly bore a second child, her beautiful and most cherished daughter, named HAYLIE GRACE WILLARD, who entered her Eternal Home with Jesus at the age of eighteen. (August  29, 2004)

Her fourth and fifth albums, released between 1986 and 1991, are titled MESSAGE FROM A KING, and GARDEN.

In 1996 Kelly had the opportunity to record a “Positive Country” CD, which was originally only released in Holland, but which Kelly has recently re-released through her website, for all to hear. It is titled HOMESICK FOR HEAVEN.

With all that Kelly has had the opportunity to do, she has expressed that her favorite thing is, “to worship God, and lead others in doing the same.” She states,”I believe God’s greatest desire is to Love us. And, as we receive His Love for us, our hearts respond with authentic love, praise and adoration for Him. It is in this setting that I believe our own healing and restoration takes place. To be a part of this kind of ministry is an honor and responsibility that keeps me on my knees before Him. I am truly humbled that He would grant me the privelege of being a carrier of His Presence.”

SOLO RECORDINGS

  • Blame It On The One I Love (Maranatha!Music)
  • Willing Heart (Maranatha!Music)
  • Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Maranatha!Music)
  • Message From A King (Maranatha!Music)
  • Garden (Asaph Records)
  • Lookin’ Back {“Best Of KW”} (Maranatha!Muaic)
  • Bless My Little Girl {Lullaby} (Integrity Music)
  • My First Christmas (Integrity Music)
  • Faithful Heart / Songs from the Red Letters (Maranatha!Music)…with Rita Baloche, Billy Batsone, Lenny LeBlanc
  • Homesick For Heaven

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

DUETS

Rita Baloche

  • Give It All To The Lord
  • Praise Him
  • Bowing My Heart (w/Paul Baloche)

Brown Bannister

  • There is a Redeemer

Billy Batstone

  • If The Son Sets You Free
  • It is Good to Give Thanks To The Lord

David Baroni

  • To Be a Child Again

Bob Bennett

  • Our God and Father

Bruce Carroll

  • Sometimes Miracles Hide

Milton Carroll

  • Who Will Bring the Children to His Throne

Morris Chapman

  • Love One Another
  • All Heaven Declares

Terry Clark

  • He Is Our Peace

Paul Clark

  • Woman/Man That I Love
  • Altar Of Love
  • Love Of My Life

Jim Cole

  • If Time Could Really Tell

Dion DiMucci

  • There In Your Heart

Roby Duke

  • Our Love

Barbara Fairchild

  • Mary Washed His Feet With Her Tears

Bob Fitts

  • As You Give Unto These

Steve Fry

  • Only You

Buddy Greene

  • Only God
  • All Creatures of Our God and King

Keith Green

  • I Want to Be More Like Jesus

Steve Green

  • He Who Began a Good Work
  • Hidden Valleys
    Ed Kerr
  • You’ll See a Man

Lenny LeBlanc

  • There Is None Like You
  • Your Steadfast Love
  • Your Love
  • Open My Eyes
  • No Greater Love
  • Love Them
  • God, How I Long to be Near To You

Julie Miller

  • I Will Arise and Go to Jesus (w/Russ Taff)

Fernando Ortega

  • Is This the Night of Your Return
  • Lord I want to be Like Jesus

Twila Paris

  • I Feel It
  • Leaning On the Everlasting Arms{w/Jamie Owens-Collins}

Cindy Richardson

  • Grace Alone

Rick Riso

  • Think About His Love

Harlan Rogers

  • At The Cross

Haylie Willard

  • Beautiful Jesus

AS BACKGROUND VOCALIST FOR

  • David Baroni
  • Karen Lafferty
  • Bob Bennett
  • Maranatha!Singers
  • Pearl Brick
  • (Praise 3-20)
  • Scott Wesley Brown
  • Will McFarland
  • Bruce Carroll
  • Lewis McVay
  • Morris Chapman
  • Julie Miller
  • Paul Clark
  • David Miller
  • Tommy Coomes
  • Eric Nelson
  • Roby Duke
  • Fernando Ortega
  • Emmanuel
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Barbara Fairchild
  • John Pantry
  • Faithful Heart: Songs from the Red Letters
  • John & Debbie Phillips
  • Stoney Ferguson
  • Twila Paris
  • Bob Fitts
  • Praise Band 1 & 2
  • Oden Fong
  • Psalms Alive Series
  • Buddy Greene
  • Lulu Roman
  • Keith Green
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Steve Green
  • Billy Sprague
  • Harvest
  • Tom Stipe
  • Annie Herring
  • Dwight Thompson
  • Bruce Herring
  • Matthew Ward
  • Bruce Hibbard
  • Words of Worship Series
  • Hosanna!Integrity Worship Series
  • Chris Wright
  • Julie Joyner
  • Ed Kerr

In addition to being a solo artist and studio musician, Kelly is also an accomplished songwriter. The following is a list of a few artists who have recorded her songs.

  • The Archers
  • Laurie Boone
  • Barbara Fairchild
  • David Gates
  • Amy Grant
  • Keith Green
  • Steve Green
  • Pamela Duel Hart
  • Heirloom
  • Integrity/Hosanna Music Series
  • Maranatha! Praise Series
  • Maranatha! Kids Praise Series
  • Michele Pillar Carlton
  • Lisa Welchel
  • The Whites
  • Ricky Skaggs and The Whites

Source: http://www.kellywillard.com/discography/

Top 25 Maranatha Songs


For those that love the Maranatha Music and that kind of worship music, here come and reminisce the memories of the Maranatha music. I have here a list of 25 Top songs by Maranatha. Hope you enjoy.

Top 25 Decade Worship 2000s – Maranatha! Praise Band
00:01 1.Open The Eyes Of My Heart
03:25 2.You’Re Worthy Of My Praise
06:31 3.Lord, I Lift Your Name On High
08:55 4.Trading My Sorrows
12:49 5.Shout To The Lord
16:07 6.I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever
19:46 7.Here I Am To Worship
24:14 8.Draw Me Close
28:35 9.Come, Now Is The Time To Worship
31:39 10.We Fall Down
34:35 11.Breathe
38:27 12.Shine, Jesus Shine (Lord, The Light Of Your Love)
40:54 13.You Are My King (Amazing Love)
44:41 14.As The Deer
47:22 15.God Of Wonders
51:25 16.I Love You, Lord
53:40 17.You Are My All In All
56:55 18.Change My Heart Oh God
59:47 19.The Heart Of Worship
01:03:38 20.Lord, Reign In Me
01:07:04 21.Forever
01:12:00 22.He Is Exalted
01:14:41 23.Above All
01:19:24 24.Awesome God
01:21:19 25.Better Is One Day

About The Maranatha

Maranatha Music began as a non-profit outreach of Calvary Chapel in 1971. The Jesus People of the late 1960s and early 1970s began to write new hymns and worship songs with a folk-rock style. Maranatha Music was founded at this time in order to publish and promote this new type of Christian music. Founder Chuck Smith sold the label to his nephew Chuck Fromm. The label is currently distributed by Warner Music Entertainment’s Word Music.

Background

In the early 1970s Calvary Chapel was home to more than 15 musical groups that were representative of the Jesus people movement. Some of the early Maranatha! recording groups were Sweet Comfort Band, Love Song, Chuck Girard, Children of the Day, The Way, Debby Kerner, Mustard Seed Faith, Karen Lafferty, and Daniel Amos. The label’s first release was a various artists compilation entitled The Everlastin’ Living Jesus Music Concert, in 1971.

Maranatha! also branched into the children’s market segment. Premier products included Psalty the singing songbook and the Kid’s Praise Kids. In the early 1990s this segment represented about 40% of company revenues.

In the 1980s, Maranatha! launched Broken Records, a label focusing on modern rock, punk and alternative music. The “Colours” series contained instrumental music in the vein of New Age artists, but the label avoided the term.

Here is a complete list of albums I think they produced. Which of these is your favorite?

Maranatha Praise Series.

  • Praise 1: The Praise Album (1974)
  • Praise 2: Open Our Eyes (1976)
  • Praise 3: Behold, Bless Ye the Lord (1979)
  • Praise 4: In His Time (1980)
  • Praise 5: Glorify Thy Name (1981)
  • Praise 6: You Are My Hiding Place (1982)
  • Praise 7: The Lord Reigns (1985)
  • Praise 8: As the Deer (1986)
  • Praise 9: Great Are You Lord (1987)
  • Praise 10: O Lord, My Lord (1988)
  • Praise 11: Let Us Worship the Lord, Jehovah (1989)
  • Praise 12: He Is Able (1989)
  • Praise 13: Meet Us Here (1990)
  • Praise 14: I Will Celebrate (1991)
  • Praise 15: He Has Made Me Glad (1992)
  • Praise 16: The Power of Your Love (1997)
  • Praise 17: In Your Presence (1997)
  • Praise 18: Grace Alone (1998)
  • Praise 19: Glorious Father (1999)
  • Praise 20: Who Is Like the Lord (1999)
  • 20 Years of Hope: 1971-1991 (1991)

Maranatha Colours Discography

  • A Time For Joy – Reflections In Guitar – Steve Erquiaga and Wayne Brasel (1986)
  • A Time For Peace – Ivory Sessions – Jeffrey Lams, Frank Martin, Kenneth Nash (1985)
  • Christmas Colours – John Andrew Schreiner (1992)
  • Classical Praise Cello – Robin Thompson-Clarke (1993)
  • Classical Praise Piano – Tom Keene (1991)
  • Colours In The Night – Saxophone Solos (1993)
  • Hiding Place – Music For Devotions – Nick Coetzee (1999)
  • Hymns In Colour – Harlan Rogers and Smitty Price (1989)
  • I Love You Lord – Classical Guitar Praise – Rob and Gilly Bennett (1990)
  • Instruments Of Your Peace – Celtic Music For Devotions – John Andrew Schreiner (1999)
  • Jesus You Are My Life – Shawn Tubbs (1999)
  • Jesus, Draw Me Close – Music For Devotions – Phil Kristianson (1998)
  • Palette – A Colours Sampler – Tom Howard Ensemble, Phil Keaggy and Jeffrey Lams (1986)
  • Praise – Harlan Rogers and Smitty Price (1987)
  • Praise Beyond Words – Harlan Rogers, Phil Keaggy, Tom Howard (1991)
  • Prisms – Portraits In Synthesis – Jeffrey Lams and John Andrew Schreiner (1986)
  • Rainmaker – Music For Devotions – Nick Coetzee (1994)
  • Reflection – A Colours Sampler – Tom Howard, Phil Keaggy, Smitty Price and Harlan Rogers (1987)
  • Solo Piano – Tom Howard (1987)
  • Spectrum – The Colours Sampler – Tom Howard, Phil Keaggy, Jeffrey Lams, John Andrew Schreiner and Steve Erquiaga (1986)
  • Technicolours – Bob Somma & John Campbell (1991)
  • The Colours Of Praise Two – Harlan Rogers and Smitty Price (1988)
  • The Gift – A Colours Christmas – Jeffrey Lams, John Andrew Schreiner, Tom Howard, Harlan Rogers and Smitty Price (1986)
  • The Harvest – Piano Solos – Tom Howard (1986)
  • The Hidden Passage – Tom Howard (1986)
  • The Wind and the Wheat – Phil Keaggy (1994)
  • Timeless – Hymns In Colour – Harlan Rogers & Smitty Price (1986)

 

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