Trends

Trends is a song that reflects how

new trends come and go, but God's

word will never pass.


The chorus says: 

The times keep changing and

new things will come and then they will go,

but there's one thing that doesn't

change and you should know.

God's Word is the same, yesterday and today.

God's Word doesn't change,

it's the truth every day.

God's Word is here, as it always has;

it will never pass.

 

Bible Verses:

Mark 13:31Heaven and earth will pass away,

but my words will never pass away.

Isaiah 40:8- The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God endures forever.

1 Peter 1:24-25- For, "All people are like grass, and

all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass

withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord

endures forever."

Psalm 18:30- As for God, His way is perfect:

The Lord's word is flawless; He shields all

who take refuge in Him.

Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is alive

and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,

it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,

joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and

attitudes of the heart.

John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

 


Absolutely Nothing

 

Absolutely Nothing is almost literally written from

Romans 8:31-39. I used the translation of the bible

called The Message, which is more conversational,

as well as the New International Version. The song

is about the unconditional love of God, that lets absolutely

nothing come between Him and His children.

Bible Verses:

Romans 8:31 NIV- What, then, shall we say in response to

these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:35 The Message- Do you think anyone is going to

be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us?

There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred,

not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing,

not even the worst sins listed in Scripture...

Romans 8:37 NIV- No, in all these things we are more than

conquerors through Him who loved us.

Romans 8:38 The Message- I'm absolutely convinced that nothing-

 nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow,

high or low, thinkable or unthinkable- absolutely nothing can get

between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our

Master has embraced us.

Joshua 1:5- No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your

life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor

forsake you.

 

 

 

Think On These Things

 

The Apostle Paul's short letter to The Philippians is full of advice

and encouragement for us even today. Human weakness and

shortcomings haven't changed all that much since he wrote that

letter and we would do good to heed his advice. In this song I list

his recommended things to think about.

 

Bible Verses-

Philippians 4:4-6Rejoice in the Lord always.

I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every

situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your

request to to God.

Philippians 4:8- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,

whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- If anything is

excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.

Philippians 4:9Whatever you have learned or received

or heard from me, or seen in me- put it into practice.

And the God of peace will be with you.

 

 


He's Not

 

By the sound of it, I get the impression

that some people think when they become

Jesus followers, they will be shielded from

all bad things. So they often ask, "Why do

bad things happen to good people?" They

should be reminded how the majority of

Jesus' disciples died! Jesus is not a good

luck charm! Pastor's sometimes say that

Jesus is not a genie in a bottle. In that spirit,

I wrote the song, He's Not; pointing out first,

what this Christian life is, then contrasting it

with what Jesus isn't.

Bible Verses-

Matthew 11:30- For my yoke is easy and

my burden is light."

John 16:33-...In this world you will have

trouble, but take heart! I have overcome

the world.

Job 5:7- Yet man is born to trouble as

surely as sparks fly upward.

Habakkuk 3:17-18- Though the fig tree

does not bud and there are no grapes on

the vines, though the olive crop fails and

the fields produce no food, though there

are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in

the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I

will be joyful in God my Savior.

Philippians 4:12I know what it is to be

in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.

I have learned the secret of being content

in any and every situation, whether well fed

or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 

I can do all this through him who gives me

strength.

 

 


If I Don't Have Love

 

When we think of Love, oftentimes it's in

the context of romance; even though, we

use the word "love" for saying we "like" just

about anything. The book of 1 Corinthians,

chapter 13, talks about love in a much more

meaningful way; relevant to all our relationships.

In the line of the biblical verses that say

God is Love (1 John 4:8,16) this examination of

love shows some of God's attributes.


This song is light-hearted, but deep in meaning.

If we don't have God's real love, we cannot give

real love to others. Ultimately, love is what makes

life worth living; first, God's love, then our family

and relationships. Material things won't fill or fulfill

us. We have to take care of the things we own; they

don't take care of us.

 

Bible Verses-

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3If I speak in the

tongues of men or of angels, but do

not have love, I am only a resounding

gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the

gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries

and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that

can move mountains, but do not have love, 

I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the

poor and give over my body to hardship

that I may boast, but do not have love,

I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7- Love is patient,

love is kind. It does not envy, it does

not boast, it is not proud. It does not

dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered, it keeps no

record of wrongs. Love does not delight

in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always

protects, always trusts, always hopes,

always perseveres.

***This is what we should strive for in loving not just our spouses, children, siblings, parents and friends, but also our neighbors and even our enemies.***

 

 


The Fruit Of The Spirit

 

The Bible book of Galatians, is based on

a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the churches

in Galatia. In chapter 5, he advises them to

not allow their flesh to lead them, but instead

to walk in the spirit. He goes on to list the acts

of the flesh, and then lists the fruit of the spirit.

In this song, I write about what we are in Spirit

because of Jesus, and how the Holy Spirit works

in us to reach maturity and give forth this Fruit

in our day to day lives.

 

Bible Verses-

 

Galatians 5:22- But the fruit of the Spirit

is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and

self-control. Against such things there is

no law.

Romans 12:2- Do not conform to the pattern

of this world, but be transformed by the

renewing of your mind. Then you will be able

to test and approve what God's will is- His good,

pleasing and perfect will.

 

 


Trust

 

It's quite easy to look at the world's events

and think we are nearing the end of times.

Prophesies mention natural disasters and evil

acts on the rise. We also hear people asking,

"Where is God?" when bad things happen to

good people. I wrote the song Trust as a way

to reply. We may mistakenly feel entitled to a

life protected from hardship here on earth, but

those promises are reserved for our afterlife. We

have to trust that God's will is for our good, even

if it means our lives are sacrificed; after all, as the

Apostle Paul says, "to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21)

because we get to go home to heaven. 


Of course, I still pray for protection against danger,

evil, and illness for my family and for myself. We are

to ask, seek and knock (Matthew 7:7-8), and our God

will listen, but he also has the number of our days

counted, so though we want and ask, we should do as

Jesus did and say "yet not my will, but yours be done"

(Luke 22:42).

 

Bible Verses-

 

Psalm 84:12Lord Almighty, Blessed is the

one who trusts in you.

Psalm 56:3When I am afraid, I put my trust

in you.

Psalm 37:3Trust in the and do good; dwell in

the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Psalm 31:14-15- But I trust in you, Lord;

I say, "You are my God." My times are in your

hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,

from those who pursue me.

 

 

I Have It All

 

The song, I Have It All, is pure joy and

celebration. It says we are complete in

Jesus Christ and call out to his lost sheep

to come back to the fold. The Apostle Paul

often began his letters with the salutation

of "Grace and Peace" to his brothers in Christ

and he mentions in 1 Corinthians 13:13, that

"these three remain; faith, hope and love." The

joy of the Lord is also given to us, as in Isaiah 9:3-

"You have enlarged the nation and increased their

joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at

the harvest...". The bridge in the song lists these

gifts to us: Grace, Peace, Love, Faith, Hope, and

Joy. To have these blessings in my life makes me

feel like, indeed, I have it all; all I need!

 

Bible Verses-

 

Colossians 2:10- and in Christ you have been

brought to fullness.

John 8:32- Then you will know the truth, and 

the truth will set you free.

Isaiah 53:6- We all, like sheep, have gone astray, 

each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord

has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Ephesians 2:8- For it is by grace you have been saved,

through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the 

gift of God-

John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your

hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Jeremiah 31:3- The Lord appeared to us in the past,

saying: " I have loved you with an everlasting love;

I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

1 Peter 1:8-9- Though you have not seen him,

you love him; and even though you do not see

him now, you believe in him and are filled with

an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are

receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation

of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3- Praise be to the God and Father of our

Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us

new birth into a living hope through the resurrection

of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Matthew 5:13You are the salt of the earth.

Matthew 5:14You are the light of the world.

Matthew 5:16- In the same way, let your light

shine before others, that they may see your good

deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

 


Know Me

 

I read, Jesus Today, by Sarah Young, every

morning in my quiet time with the Lord. It is

in this style of God talking to us, that I wrote

this song.

Zephaniah 3:17 says, The Lord your God is with

you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take

great delight in you; in his love he will no longer

rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Know Me, is what I imagine God would sing to his

lost or distracted children.

 

Bible Verses-

 

Matthew 11:28-29Come to me, all you who

are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am

gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for

your souls.

Matthew 4:19- "Come, follow me," Jesus said,

and I will send you out to fish for people."

Psalm 9:10- Those who know your name trust 

in you, for you , Lord, have never forsaken those

who seek you.

Psalm 139:13For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother's womb.

Isaiah 64:8- Yet you, Lord, are our Father.

We are the clay, you are the potter; we are

all the work of your hand.

Romans 9:21- Does not the potter have the right

to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery 

for special purposes and some for common use?

Psalm 23:1-2The Lord is my shepherd, I lack

nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, 

he lead me beside quiet waters,

Micah 6:8- He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly

and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Isaiah 41:13- For I am the Lord your God who takes

hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;

I will help you.

John 15:15- I no longer call you servants, because a

servant does not know his master's business. Instead,

 I have called you friends, for everything that I learned

from my Father I have made known to you.

Psalm 139:14- I praise you because I am fearfully

and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

Psalm 37:4- Take delight in the Lord, and he will

give you the desires of your heart.

Isaiah 43:1- ...Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

1 Peter 4:10- Each of you should use whatever 

gift you have received to serve others, as faithful 

stewards of God's grace in its various forms.

Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have

for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you

and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a

future.

Exodus 3:14- God said to Moses, " I AM WHO I AM.

This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 

'I AM has sent me to you'"

John 14:6- Jesus answered, " I am the way

 and the truth and the life. No one comes to the

Father except through me.

John 8:12- When Jesus spoke again to the people,

he said, " I am the light of the world, Whoever

follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have

the light of life."

John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace

I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 17:17- Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Philippians 4:19- And my God will meet all your

needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 37:7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently

for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

when they carry out their wicked schemes.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4- Praise be to the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and 

the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our

troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble

with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Revelation 22:13- I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Luke 12:7- Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all

numbered...

Job 14:5- A person's days are determined; you have

decreed the number of his months and have set limits

he cannot exceed.

Psalm 139:16- Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your

book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:13-14-For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise

you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made...

Psalm 25:4-5Show me your ways, Lord, teach me

your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day

long.

Isaiah 12:2Surely God is my salvation;

I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the

Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;

he has become my salvation.

James 4:10Humble yourselves before the

Lord, and he will lift you up.

Mark 14:62- "I Am," said Jesus. "And you

will see the Son of Man sitting at the right

hand of the Mighty One and coming on the

clouds of heaven."

1 Peter 1:19- but with the precious blood

of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

John 10:14- I Am the good shepherd; I know

my sheep and my sheep know me-

 

 


Like A Mist

 

I think sometimes we all assume if we maintain

a healthy lifestyle, we can live to a ripe old age.

My pastor once said, it seemed as if Christians

didn't want to go to heaven, because they did

whatever it took to live longer and not die. 
King David asked God to remind him how brief and

fleeting his time on earth would be (Psalm 39:4).

In the book of James, it also says that we shouldn't

just make our plans, without saying, "If it's the Lord's will". 
I wrote this song in reference to that verse. Let's not

waste time in foolish living, rather let's get to using our

skills for the Lord's purpose, and doing our work as if for

the Lord (Colossians 3:23).

 

Bible Verses-

James 4:13-15- Now listen, you who say,

"Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that

city, spend a year there, carry on business and

make money." Why, you do not even know what

will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are

a mist that appears for a little while and then

vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the

Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

Luke 2:49- And He said to them, "why did you

seek me? Did you not know that I must be about

My Father's business?

Revelation 19:9- Then the angel said to me,

"Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to

the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added,

"These are the true words of God."