December 3, 2016
by Cliff Lewis
Today we celebrated the life of an amazing man, Joe Strother. During his celebration service I had the distinct privilege and honor of singing “Pilot Me,” a poem Joe wrote a few years ago and entrusted me to put to song. Many people asked for the lyrics to the song, and Joe’s lovely wife, Earlene, gave full permission to share it freely. I hope within the next few weeks to publish a recording of the song for those who would like it as well. Below is the link to those lyrics, and feel free to download and print as you wish. To God Be the Glory!
5 Albums Released in the Last 5 Years that You Should Own
July 16, 2015
by Cliff Lewis
This is obviously my opinion, but really, these are GREAT!
1…Deep Roots (Steven Curtis Chapman)– 2013 – Moderate bluegrass stylistically; Simply beautifulacoustic guitar and mandolin work; Great harmonies; Outstanding songselection
2…The Good Life (Trip Lee) – 2012 –Hip Hop style; Convictional, God-centered lyrics; The song “I’mGood” is worth buying the whole album for; Amazing writing
3…Healer of My Heart (Sisters) –2010 – Contemporary Southern Gospel; Absolutely incredibleharmonies; Christ-centered, uplifting songs
4…Bring Your Nothing (Shane &Shane) – 2013 – Acoustic-driven Rock; Intense vocals; Outstandingproduction quality; The song “Though You Slay Me” is probably thebest song written in the last decade.
5…Music Inspired by The Story(Various Artists) – 2011 – Various Contemporary Styles; 1stperson songs of the great people of the Bible; Supremely well writtenlyrics; Biblically faithful and enlightening; Superior productionquality that is truly epic in scale.
The Forgotten Verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
July 4, 2015
by Cliff Lewis
All across the United States today there will be celebrations of one type or another. Some will celebrate what we were. Some will celebrate what we have become. Some will celebrate and have no idea what they are celebrating. One fact that is hard to deny is that the men and women who fought, bled, and died for the freedoms that we take for granted, would most likely not recognize this county anymore. We have turned the individual’s “pursuit of happiness” into a pursuit that will destroy the fabric of our entire society. The country our forefather’s envisioned, a country where people are free to worship God, or the god of their choosing, throughout every area of their lives, has become a country destined to revoke that privilege, or at least to diminish it to the point that it is unrecognizable.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that God is fully in control of EVERYTHING that transpires in ALL countries, including our own. And this is one reason why the decay of the moral fabric of our nation is so disturbing. We’ve seen this coming. In fact, if you believe the Bible to be inerrant and infallible, as do I, then there is a virtual guarantee that America will decline socially, economically, and spiritually, as the rapture of the Bride of Christ approaches. But it still hurts to see my country that provided the “fertile soil” where the gospel of Jesus Christ flourished for so long plummeting head-long into a God-opposed rebellion. I tremble for what the next generation, my children’s generation, will be faced with in the years to come. Ultimately though, my hope is not in this temporal nation, but the King and His eternal kingdom.
This is what brings me to remind you of a forgotten verse of our country’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Most citizens of America know the lyrics to the first verse by heart, unless you are a popular musician singing at a sporting event. However, almost no one knows the other two verses. The second verse that Francis Scott Key penned is also good, but I would like to submit the lyrics to the last verse for you to consider. Consider his mindset. Consider his emotions. Consider his theology as you read. I am grateful for men like Key and his desire to have generations of Americans that would follow remember the “power that made and preserved us a nation.” His trust was in God, and he wanted his NATION to trust in Him as well.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” – verse 3
Oh thus be it ever
When freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes
And the war’s desolation
Blest with victory and peace
May the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made
And preserved us a nation
Then conquer we must
When our cause it is just
And this be our motto
In God is our trust
And the star-spangled banner
In triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free
And the home of the brave