Heaven Is The Face


I was getting caught up on my reader feeds today and found this article on StereoTruth.net. I have no idea what this song will sound like, but the lyrics are sure to go right to the heart strings. Below are the lyrics (as posted on StereoTruth.net) to the new song by Steven Curtis Chapman. According to their site, it is set to hit the radio November 3rd. Something tells me there was real healing in this for Steven Curtis Chapman. Something also tells me there will be healing for many, many others as well.

Heaven Is The Face by Steven Curtis Chapman

Heaven is the face of a little girl
With dark brown eyes
That disappear when she smiles
Heaven is the place
Where she calls my name
Says, “daddy please come play with me for awhile”

God, I know, it’s all of this and so much more
But God, You know, that this is what I’m aching for God,
You know, I just can’t see beyond the door
So right now Heaven is the sound of her breathing deep
Lying on my chest, falling fast asleep while I sing
And Heaven is the weight of her in my arms
Being there to keep her safe from harm while she dreams

And God, I know, it’s all of this and so much more
But God, You know, that this is what I’m longing for God,
You know, I just can’t see beyond the door
But in my mind’s eye I can see a place
Where Your glory fills every empty space

All the cancer is gone
Every mouth is fed
And there’s no one left in the orphans’ bed
Every lonely heart finds their one true love
And there’s no more goodbye
And no more not enough
And there’s no more enemy (no more)

Heaven is a sweet, maple syrup kiss
And a thousand other little things I miss with her gone
Heaven is the place where she takes my hand
And leads me to You
And we both run into Your arms

Oh God, I know, it’s so much more than I can dream
It’s far beyond anything I can conceive
So God, You know, I’m trusting You until I see Heaven in the face of my little girl

Louder Than Before!

jeremy_cover_speaking_louderI received an email from my friends at Overture Media about a month ago with an offer to take part in Jeremy Camp Blogger Week. Those that have been here awhile probably know that it took me about 2 seconds to reply to that message. By accepting their offer, I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of Jeremy’s new CD, Speaking Louder Than Before to review for my blog. Before I go into my review, I would again like to thank Lori at Overture Media for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting week. The Bebo Norman and Jeremy Camp CDs have been in regular rotation the past few weeks! I’m honored to be asked and can’t thank you enough!

I’ve been a big fan of Jeremy Camp since his debut CD hit the streets. If you are not familiar with Jeremy, take a few minutes and read his bio (here). Jeremy has walked through the valleys that so many of us fear and shares his story, his healing and his hope through his music. He has inspired many with his honest and heartfelt lyrics.

No song captures the recent thoughts of this blogger more than the song “There Will Be a Day“. The first release from this incredible CD has put into words what so many that I know are feeling right now. The challenges of this world and the struggles that we each face force each one of us to seek a hope and for something more.  I have talked to at least 2 people in the past few weeks that literally drove around in their car until the song ended to hear the artist and song title because it had impacted them so much. Praise the Lord that there will be a day!

The rest of the CD is signature Jeremy Camp. He mixes rocking songs like the title track “Speaking Louder Than Before” and “I’m Alive” with worship anthems like “The Healing Hand of God“, “Surrender” and “So In Love“. With the Christmas season right around the corner, this CD would make the perfect gift for anyone you know that is a Jeremy Camp fan. I would also recommend “Speaking Louder Than Before” for anyone that is going through the trials and struggles of our journey here. The reminder that “There Will Be A Day” will encourage and bring hope to those that believe.

Thanks again Lori and Overture for the opportunity! You’ve made this Jeremy Camp fan very appreciative and blessed!

33 Miles

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I have a feeling I am late on the bandwagon here, but I am becoming a big, big fan of the band 33 Miles! They just released their second CD which has the song “One Life to Live” on it. They deliver music that will have you celebrating our position in Christ one minute and moved by the emotion of the journey the next. There are several songs on both of their CD’s that are in constant rotation for me right now in the midst of some healing.

My good friend Jen recently asked me who I would compare them to. The closest I could think of today was Rascal Flatts. If you haven’t heard of them, take a few minutes to download either of their CD’s today. You’ll be glad you did.

There Will Be A Day

The new Jeremy Camp CD, Speaking Louder Than Before,  hits the streets on November 25th! Most of you know I’m a pretty big fan of Jeremy Camp. The first release from the new CD is called “There Will Be a Day”. If you have not heard it yet, I highly recommend going over to iTunes and downloading it. You can also hear it at his web site (HERE). Incredible song. The video below is a behind the music look at what Jeremy was thinking when he wrote it.


I mentioned this last week, but I recently received an unexpected email invitation from the great people at overture-media to review the soon-to-be released Jeremy Camp CD. If you have followed the blog for a long time, you probably noted that I’m a big fan of Jeremy Camp. It was an honor to be asked. Look for that review in a few weeks. Can’t wait to check that CD out. It promises to be a great release.

As an added bonus, Lori from Overture-media sent me the new release from Bebo Norman too. I had no idea she was going to send it and cannot thank her enough for the kind gift. It meant even more because the CD is fantastic. I’ve been a fan of Bebo Norman for a while, but this CD came along at the perfect time. Several songs spoke directly to me at a time when I needed to hear them the most.

Of my favorites is the song “One Bright Hour“. If you’re looking for Christmas ideas, or just something new to listen to, check out the self titled CD from Bebo Norman. You’ll be glad you did.

2 Cent Reviews

I caution anyone that takes my advice that I am in no way a music critic. The reviews below are called “2 Cent” because that is just about what they are worth. These are just my impressions of some recent downloads. With that I give you some brief overviews of my first impressions of the following:

1.What Life Would Be Like” by Big Daddy Weave – In my opinion this band doesn’t get near the credit they deserve. Quietly they have released several CD’s and continue to pound out thought provoking music. I really liked this one. The can’t miss download is the title track “What Life Would Be Like”. Such a great song and worth thinking about. “From Here” is also a beautiful song for anyone that has lost someone close to them.  (4 out of 5)

2.This is Our God” by Hillsong – Lotta buzz around this one today with the stunning news that the writer of the song “Healer” faked his terminal illness. Let me go ahead and give you my 2 cents on this thing. Throughout scripture God used some pretty crazy people to deliver His truth. He used the most unlikely individuals, some with rather sketchy pasts. Did Mike Guglielmucci make an incredible mistake in judgement? Yes, but who among us hasn’t? I pray God’s grace and our forgiveness for this man. Let’s not rush to judge and miss the incredible truth that is this song. The entire CD might be the best I have heard all year. Don’t miss it. Again, the title track is worth the download. The entire CD is too. (5 out of 5)!

3. Revelation by Third Day – Let me just say that it’s probably me and not Third Day. I think I have just come to the point where, for me, a little Third Day goes a long, long way. That being said, there are some very good, can’t miss downloads. Of note for me were the songs “Take It All” and “Revelation”. “Revelation” left me with a red mark between the eyes where it had hit me. Great song. I know I’ll get hate mail here but..(3 out of 5)

4. Hymned Again by Bart Millard – Bart does it again! Actually I should warn you that if you’re looking for Bart just singing the old hymns in their original form, you’re going to be disappointed. He’s jazzed a few of them up and rearranged a few others. As to not disrupt my chances for S.L.O.B. of the month, I will say I LOVED it. Privately I will tell you that the purist in me loves the old hymns just the way they were. Don’t tell my buddy Bart though. (4 out of 5)

5. Singalong by Phil Wickham – First off, go download it right now at Phil’s Site because it is totally free! Seriously, go ahead..I’ll wait. Now that you have it downloaded let me say that I really like this CD. The cost aside I just like the plain old acoustic and a microphone approach to these songs. There are many treasures on it. The fact that it is free is icing on the cake. (5 out of 5).

Looking ahead we’ve got the new Chris Tomlin coming in just a few short weeks. I better go find 2 more pennies….

Coming August 19th

For you fans of MercyMe out there and more specifically their lead singer Bart Millard, here’s some good news. Following the success of his first Hymn collection CD, Bart is releasing a follow up called “Hymned Again“. It hits the streets on August 19th. Bart and I are very close. Okay, maybe not, but he did leave a comment here once.  If you’re reading this Bart, feel free to say hello again! Here is the track list for the new collection:

1. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
2. Down At The Cross
3. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
4. I Saw The Light
5. I Stand Amazed
6. Victory In Jesus
7. Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
8. Brethren We Have Met To Worship
9. Grace That Is Greater
10. What A Day That Will Be
11. Jesus Cares For Me
12. *Track List Is Subject To Change Before Street Date

Alive and Transported = FREE!

Like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”, I just went to the mailbox and exclaimed “It’s here! It’s here! The new Toby Mac is here!” Thanks to my friends at EMI CMG and Wired for Sound, I get to share the wealth with 2 lucky people! “The Boy” and I had to arm wrestle to see who got to listen to it first. We compromised. I’m listening to it and he is watching the DVD. That’s right…it came with both! So here’s the contest.

Between Now and Next Friday (June 6 – June 13) I will be accept comments to the following 2 questions:

1. How many times have you seen Toby Mac Live?

2. What is your best Toby Mac story?*

I will determine the 2 top comments and my friends at EMI will ship them a copy of “Alive and Transported” free of charge! Again, I’d like to thank EMI CMG for the opportunity to offer the latest (and rockin’) CD/DVD from Toby Mac. It doesn’t disappoint.

Toby Mac has made the transition from his days with DC Talk to successful solo artist. His sound and ability to adapt to todays music scene make him an artist that will be around for a long, long time. My kids love his music and if you see my driving you will probably catch me “bobbin’ that head” to several songs as well. The song “Lose my Soul” will always hold a special place in my heart.

So let’s hear it….what’s your Toby Mac story?


*Your answers can include Toby’s time with DC Talk.

New Release Tuesday

iTunes is $9.99 richer today thanks to the release of “Glory Defined: The Best of Building 429“. I am rockin’ it as I type this. There’s something about this band that I really like. Their last CD, “Iris to Iris” is very high on my list as one of the best CD’s of 2007. If you’re a fan of Building 429, this is a nice addition to your collection. If you don’t have any of their CD’s, this would be a great place to start.

It’s no surprise that this band is originally from North Carolina (Gods Country). As for the name “Building 429”, it comes from Ephesians 4:29

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” ~ Ephesians 4:29 – NIV

You Carried Me” by Building 429

The Week Ahead

calendar.jpgBig week in my little world. Check it out:

1. “90 Days in Heaven” landed at the library today. I’ll pick it up tonight.

2. The new Michael English CD hit the streets last week. Review coming soon

3. Tomorrow is Primary Day in Ohio. Get out and vote.

4. Really looking forward to the Casting Crowns concert on Thursday.

5. Pray for my friend and brother Stef this week. Especially on Thursday. Refuse to Lose brother!

6. I’m honored to be a part of Daily BlessingsFriday’s are Full of Blessings” starting this Friday.

7. What can be better than UNC vs. Dook on Saturday night at 9:00. Short of the rapture…you know where I will be. Revenge will be sweet and yes…I’m still bitter.

The Only Thing That's Good In Me

200px-michaepose.jpgLet me begin by thanking Kerri for her recommendation of the new Michael English book “The Prodigal Comes Home” a few weeks ago. I started reading it on Friday and couldn’t put it down until I finished it last night. I am still thinking about it today. It’s not a fairy tale story. I won’t give away details, but I recommend this book to anyone. To those that struggle with addiction, self-doubt, Religion vs. Jesus, failure, doubt and self control…this book is a must read. It’s a story of Gods endless pursuit of our heart and His matchless grace.

Michael has also released a new single called “The Only Thing That’s Good In Me”. After reading his book, the lyrics take an entirely new meaning. The two parts that spoke to me directly were:

“If you would walk the hallways of my heart
And see things as they really are
I wonder if you might be surprised.
Seeing faded walls of pride and fear
Rooms I filled with faithless tears
Corners where I’ve stood in compromise”

“The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus
The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus
I’ve lived long enough to know
No matter what this life might show
The only thing that’s good in me is Jesus”

I’ve learned over the years that the web and blogs can make this big ol’ world pretty small. That being the case, if you know Michael English, or have any way to contact him, I post this message below to him directly.

Michael – Thank you for being transparent. Thank you for putting your struggles, failure, battles and long road home in print for others to read. I pray that you continue on your road to healing. I pray that God uses your journey to bring others into a loving relationship with him. I pray for his strength and power as you walk each day in a renewed relationship with him. Thank you again.