IIF- Extended Version Release

I’ve released some alternative and extended versions of It Is Finished including the version from the music video released last Spring, featuring spoken-word artist Quina Aragon. All are FREE to download!

I also encourage you to check out Quina’s incredible art and ministry online!

 

There And Back Again…Again…

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Four years ago, and 8 months pregnant with a 1 year old in tow, we left home, family, and a secure job in NM to pursue what we felt deeply was God’s call on our lives to walk by faith into a new adventure. It meant support raising, downsizing, leaving the comfort of long-time friendships, family, and a familiar culture for unfamiliar territory and starting over in so many ways. It was not a decision we made lightly, and since that first step out of the boat, we’ve experienced as much joy as we have heartache over the years.

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We left NM for two beautiful years in southern CA, then took a call at an incredible church in AZ, only to be called home again, this time to Santa Fe, NM where, “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise” (as my AK friends say), we will be for the long haul! Five moves in roughly five years has left us road weary, to be sure, but with hearts so full! Full with all the many, many people who have loved us along the way. Who have befriended, mothered, fathered and grandparent-ed us and our kids. People who have mentored, counseled, and challenged us, given us opportunities, meals, even a roof over our heads at times. Our hearts are full with these “hands and feet of Jesus” people, and the many grains of wisdom we’ve gathered (often through trial and storm) along the way.

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We are, in a sense, “coming home.” But we, like all who sojourn, return very different people than when we left. Hopefully wiser. Most assuredly humbler. We’ve gone “there and back again” having gained a renewed and deepened sense of God’s faithfulness and provision for us. The journey continues, of course. God will continue to surprise, challenge, and keep us uncomfortable enough to need Him in this new chapter. We are still processing all that we have gained (and lost) along the way. And we are counting it all blessings. Not taking for granted both the good and the hard. And we are thanking God for planting our feet on familiar soil again, and praying for His strength made perfect in our weakness as we journey ahead!

I have so much more to tell….But those stories are taking shape in song form. So stay tuned….

 

 

It Is Finished- An Animation by Full of Eyes

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“Let us meditate a moment on the passion of Christ…true contemplation is that in which the heart is crushed and the conscience smitten. You must be overwhelmed by the frightful wrath of God whoso hated sin that he spared not his only begotten son. What can the sinner expect if the beloved Son was so afflicted? It must be an inexpressible and unendurable yearning that causes God’s Son himself so to suffer. Ponder this and you will tremble, and the more you ponder, the deeper you will tremble.” – Martin Luther

Luther’s words are a fitting summary of what I had hoped to accomplish in writing “It Is Finished.” It was written with the hope of allowing ourselves to more deeply ponder the agony of what Christ endured on the cross. It’s a “Good Friday” song intended to hold us in the suspense and discomfort of “it is finished,” but not yet resolving into “he is risen.” In so many other songs, and even throughout the Lenten season, we hurry through Good Friday onto Resurrection Sunday to sing “he is risen!” (as we should because indeed he is!), but we must not flit past the Cross. We must allow ourselves to return to and remember the weight and cost of our freedom in Christ. It is only then that we can more deeply understand our need and God’s abundant and scandalous love for us through Christ Jesus.

Please watch and SHARE this incredible animation! I’ve been following Full of Eyes‘ work and moved by creator Chris Powers’ ministry for many years. It has been an honor to collaborate with him on this project!

Both the original and extended version of the song are also available to download, as well as a chord chart. The song and animated video are free for you to use in your church’s liturgy. There is also an accompanying discussion guide for free to download.

Full of Eyes (Easter Collaboration)

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I am thrilled to announce that the animating process has officially begun for the collaboration of my song “It Is Finished” with the incredible visual art of Full of Eyes, the gospel-centered ministry of animator Chris Powers.

I urge you to visit the Full of Eyes webpage and feast your eyes and minds on the gospel illuminated so compellingly in color, animation, music, and text.

The animated video and original art for “It Is Finished” is set to release sometime in March (along with an extended version of the song (date TBA). In the meantime, here is the currently published version from my latest EP, Undone By Grace.

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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Last week I released a new recording of this wonderful Advent hymn. I’ve been trying to expound on it here in writing, but honestly the words and music just speak for themselves, so I’ve posted lyrics below. You can download the song HERE on bandcamp, or find it in the usual places (iTunes, Amazon, etc.).

The original live version of this arrangement by talented jazz pianist and pastor, Zach Nielsen (check out his blog!) is still floating around YouTube, but this week I’m also releasing a new music video. Check it out on my YouTube channel and may these truths permeate your hearts this Christmas, reminding you of the One who came to save!

 

1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

2. King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood;
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

3. Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.

4. At his feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Lord Most High!