Note: This Music has
been given freely and is only and ever to be given freely. It may
never be sold in whole or in part. No part may be modified or
combined into any other work that is sold to anyone for any purpose.
All that the Holy Spirit underwrites is freely given. whether salvation,
encouragement, comfort, or fruits of the Spirit. We must not
re-package and re-sell what God has given freely to us for spiritual growth and
Q & A
Over the years people have
written us with questions about these songs. If you have questions, maybe you'll find
an answer below. If not, please feel free to send
Will I be placed on a [yet
another!] mailing list?
- No. Your email address and postal
address will never be used for spam or sold to a
commercial spamming company. That's not what is
taking place here. All we are doing is offering YOU
- Why are you doing this?
- I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus.
Jesus Christ changed me and I love Him as my
Lord and Savior and God. When He made me, for
some reason He constructed me with a persistent desire to
sing and make music BACK TO HIM. I honestly don't
understand it all, but I do find this type of activity in Scripture
so I think it must be normal to sing and make melody to
God and share it with others. David seemed to do it
all his life. :-)
- If I remember correctly, I have a bad memory.
turns out, helps me remember Scripture and other noble
meditations TOWARD and ABOUT HIM.
- Why do you distribute music that is not
- There was a time when I thought I
should become a professional musician (i.e. make music
for others to hear and live off of the people who heard
me). But many years ago after
struggling passionately in prayer about it, I felt
compelled by God NOT to seek professionalism or technical perfection, but
rather to seek spiritual perfection and sincerity...
genuineness of faith.
After much soul
searching, I realized that my heart
had been seeking and obsessing in the
wrong direction concerning music, and I was attempting to start in the wrong place. I
mistakenly thought I should emulate and sound like the "music heroes" that I had before I came to know
Jesus and His ways. God convinced me that He delights in
sincerity in spirit and "truth in the inward parts"
FIRST. "Professionalism" and "technical
perfection" are not important to God and do not
accomplish His long term goals. Some of the most
talented people in the world are not effective for
Christ because they are not connected to Him. And
yet some who cannot
even "carry a tune" CAN please God in their singing
because their heart is true before God, jealous for Him.
How can that be? There is an amazing Scripture
that says, "For the thing highly prized among men is a
hateful thing before God" (Luke 16.15). So while
there is nothing inherently wrong with technical
excellence (singing, playing an instrument), that is not
what pleases God, and that is certainly not the place to
begin! Sincerity pleases God. It is a rare
and beautiful thing to find one of God's Songbirds (so
to speak) who sings/plays with awesome technical
excellence, but who tunes out all "comparison to others",
is willing to associate (sing/play) with others who have
"lesser" degrees of technical excellence, and cares only
that in the face of God there is joy at the
sound of a true and humble spirit ... regardless of how
well "natural ability" can honk. :-)
[Keith Green comes to mind.]
- By the way, the audio CDs that we
ship are plain old consumer CDs that we burn ourselves
with a hand written CD label. Our message is not the
CD or the packaging. :-) For him who has
ears to hear...
- Who are you?
- Honestly, I am nobody. I am
just a follower of Jesus Christ; a brother among
brothers. I am like a dead pixel on a very high
resolution monitor. I was dead and have been made
alive through the death, burial, and RESURRECTION of
Jesus Christ. The Scripture says that I am dead
and my life is hidden with Christ in God. So while
you could sit in the room with me and see and hear me,
most of who/what I am is hidden from natural senses.
This holds true for all
New Creatures in Christ Jesus.
Like a great iceberg, the world can only
see a tiny outline "floating on the surface". The
rest goes into unseen depths. These songs are
evidence of what I am in another place deeply hidden
with Christ in God. Which is something God
accomplished; not me. I have accomplished nothing;
He has accomplished everything.
- As a small boy, I encountered the power of the Holy
Spirit of God while calling on the Name of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit changed me into a New Creature in Christ Jesus and
changed how I think and what I desire and
expect. I feel humbled that He would take the
time to consider me after the arrogant, prideful,
and hateful way in which I once regarded Him.
Yet "he who is forgiven much loves much". Each day I look to Him, pray in the Spirit,
rejoice in His marvelous purposes unfolding in the earth
in spite of wicked men and Satan's schemes. I
know that Jesus will have that last say in all the
world. (~Rev 1.8) For I know that my
Redeemer lives! He is Lord of all.
- Here is a document describing a
little bit about my life and how I personally began
What do you believe?
- Here is a PDF document that
outlines what I believe:
- Why don't you charge money?
- Well, I guess there are a few
reasons. I'll be brief....
- I paid nothing for it, so I don't
know how I
could charge for it. I sense that this music is
as much a gift
and blessing to me as it may be for others. I
don't feel that I "own" this music.
Apart from Jesus I would not have even thought to
create any of this. It all belongs to Him.
- Jesus never bought or sold the work
that the Father gave Him to do. I think this is
part of the work that my Father wants me to do.
It is not mine to sell. Nor is He selling it.
- I sense God is sending a message to
those with ears to hear in the "music industry".
There is another way. A better way.
- God has given me a job and met
the needs of my family. We are content with
what He has provided. We do not lack.
- Why don't you accept donations?
- I want to offer what God has
given at no cost to anyone. The idea of
"donations" and "whatever you can afford" is HIGHLY ABUSED among "religious"
In your heart you may have sensed, as I do, that these
concepts are mainly a cloak for a "fee" and
rationalized as "a way to do more for God". The
message of God for this hurting and dying world is not
for sale. He gave His Good News at a great
sacrificial cost to Himself through direct personal
engagement. Should we be doing something
differently than He did?
- In terms of giving me money, I wouldn't know
what to do with the money. By the
precious grace of God I have a job and am able to
afford this web site and all the back-end costs
associated with producing and distributing this music,
such as it is. And at the moment my family is
not in need of anyone else's money. Though we
are humbled by all the offers to send us money and the
checks we have returned via the mail.
- However, giving is a wonderful
thing. If people want to give, I would encourage
them to become personally engaged in the giving of food
and clothing, along with your own spiritual gifts,
building face-to-face local relationships with those
in need. And if you are a musician, perhaps one
day you can send me a link to your web site full of
entirely free music and materials open to the global
Internet where I can download music that glorifies
Jesus and rejoice with you in the Holy Spirit, passing
them along to all my friends. That would seem
like a fair trade and good fruit. :-)
- As strange as it may sound, money
and music have no intrinsic relationship to each
other. Money does not need to come to mind
whenever music comes to mind. Things are all
mixed up in this weird world. "For what is
highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the
sight of God." Luke 16.15
- What denomination do you belong to?
- I do not belong to a denomination
or a non-denomination or an inter-denomination or XYZ-named church or anything like that. I am a member of
the body of Christ, the Church that He
started 2000+ years ago. I am one of the "called out ones"
(ekklesia), a follower of Jesus Christ. I do not
forsake the gathering of ourselves together. I fellowship with precious brothers and sisters in
Christ every day here in Lafayette Indiana in: homes,
restaurants, workplaces, parks, and all physical
locations where Christians can be found (it only takes
two or three). :-) I love them
all and count it a very high and solemn privilege to share our lives
together in Christ Jesus as we journey through this
world. I submit to God and to
one another out of reverence for Christ. God
Himself is my covering; my brothers sharpen me like
iron sharpens iron. My good friend Alan is
working on a book about
Nature Of The Church (Hard
Copy). There are many who walk
this way. You may want to check out this web
site from a
Church in Indianapolis.
- Can I
meet with you in person?
- I thank God that He has
Personally touched you as you have listened to this
music with a hungry and open heart!!! That is all
my hope and prayer for this music and web site: that God
Himself will touch you.
- Concerning face-to-face
meetings, please indulge me as I speak on a very
practical basis for a moment... As you know, the
Internet is inhabited by very diverse people from all
nations, backgrounds, viewpoints, convictions, purposes,
agendas. I have received thousands of emails from
people around the world and I thank God for every one of
them! I have received much encouragement
from reports of God's activity all over the globe. And I
am so happy to know that I have encouraged others in
some small way with these Scripture songs. However,
practically speaking, it is impossible for me to form
deep personal relationships with every person who
contacts me. For my part, I offer this music --
and my own spiritual vantage point -- in hopes that it
will be a blessing to many around the world.
It is not my purpose or intention here to use the
commodity Internet to enter into "cyber-relationships" or... seek out face-to-face
- Again, practically
Internet is a dangerous place because there is
little or no accountability here. Who am I really?
Who are you really? I know that it is wise for YOU and
ME to be very careful about scheduling meetings
with unknown people we meet on the Internet. Not only for
our own sake, but for the sake of our families, loved
ones, friends, close associates. (See:
Internet Privacy Tips from the Federal Trade Commission)
- I am just one man and
apart from offering what God has placed in my heart, I
feel I have few resources to offer others. Honoring the Person of Jesus Christ Himself is my
purpose here, and He is all I want for you.
Please go to Him and request time with Him. He
would love to fulfill such a request and is eager to
come into your life. I feel there is little I
could offer you face-to-face. In fact, I suspect
you would likely be disappointed and/or offended by me.
Alas, Jesus alone can fill the deep and desperate hunger
in our hearts. HE must increase, while we must
- For those concerned, I
do have the privilege of fellowshipping with dear
brothers and sisters in Jesus here where I live, and I
do not lack in that respect.
- And please let me re-iterate how
thankful we are to hear from any and all who wish to send
us email!!! Please don't hesitate to send us
email. We will do our best to pray for you and
- What translation do you use
in these songs?
suspect, for most people, the core question they are
asking is, "Does this music use the same translation
that I use?" The answer is: maybe in some cases, but
probably not in all cases. If we are looking for
others who use the same translation we do, then we
are going to quickly bunch together and bunch
apart from each other based on
language and word agreements and disagreements. I do
not believe that is what God is doing in this world.
And that's why I don't specify translation names on
these songs. I encourage you to simply open
your own Bible, in whatever translation you use,
and look up the passages and let God speak to you
through the written scriptures and through the Holy
Spirit in song. Open your mouth and sing to God in
whatever words and language you use. Let your heart pour out in love for God. Let
God awaken His praises within you. Let Jesus arise
and come forth into the physical world through
you. That is what God is doing. If
these songs offend because I have expressed my love
and passion for God in words that do not match the
words you would use, then forget about these songs
and sing a new song to the Lord from the love and
passion of your own heart.
Just don't be
- As far as I am concerned, I have studied many translations of
Scripture, including referring to the original
languages such as Hebrew or Greek, and the use of
interlinear texts, though I am not fluent in
Hebrew, Greek, or
- In case you're wondering, I do NOT believe there exists ONE
ANOINTED ENGLISH TRANSLATION of Scripture. I do
seek to hallow specific translations. I do not seek to
resist specific translations. I will not make an idol
out of any book, translation or human language.
- I do NOT engage in the idolatrous
practice of "King James Onlyism." If you feel
that KJV is THE inerrant English translation, please
take a look at information such as:
- Please do not write me to vent
poisonous suspicion and accusations about which
translation(s) you hate and think I may be using.
That is pointless and fruitless for all.
Humble yourself and love the Truth more than your
The living and active
word of God is not an English translation.
When Jesus said, "Your word is truth,"
the English language did not yet exist, so clearly
He was not talking about a book translated into English. Do not hold to the arrogant
assumption that English is God's chosen language to
publish an inerrant book. I am sorry to say
that people have written me thus, in an inflammatory
and suspicious spirit, and they have found that it
stirs my spirit to a frank rebuke. My goal
with this web site is to point people to God, not a
- Having said all that, it is true
that I am
skeptical about translations, or specific
rendering of words, that are blatantly
contrary to truth as we know it from the full
testimony of Scripture.
For example: The word "pride" should never be used to convey goodness.
We know from Scripture that "pride" is always and only evil in God's sight and
resists the proud." Christians should take care how
they use the words "pride" or "proud" and not
easily give in to modern culture. For example,
I am not in favor of saying, "We are so proud
of you." Instead, we could say, "We are so
delighted / happy / thrilled / amazed in / by you and what you have accomplished
and/or the person you have become." If a
verse renders the word PRIDE or PROUD as "a good
thing that you should be doing," I would be skeptical with that
believe that God has preserved HIS written message for
us today and I have strong confidence in the validity,
authenticity, and accuracy of the Scripture as God's
message to us. Use any and all of the major
translations as long as they show that Jesus is
God and that no man comes to Father God
except by Jesus. And of course, Jesus HIMSELF is
the Personification and living and active Truth that
God wants us to come to know, the fullness of the
Godhead bodily. Thank God for all the light He has spoken to
men as a lamp for our feet in a dark age!!! Both
written and in the Person of His Son Jesus. May we be
less seekers of
seekers of the True and Living God Who Himself is Truth. For there is
One who is seeking worshipers who worship in spirit
and in truth. "And this is everlasting life,
that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom You have sent."
17.3 Know HIM.
- Do you have sheet music?
- No, unfortunately, I do not have sheet music.
While I do understand musical notation, I do not know
it well enough to create sheet music. As you can
probably tell from the recordings, I play the guitar
and keyboard by ear. The coronet is the only
instrument I have been "fluent" with, in terms of
reading music, and that was many years ago. Even
though we have no sheet music, most of the songs
have been transcribed into electronic media (PDF
documents) with words and guitar chords. If you
want to volunteer to create sheet music that can be
distributed in PDF format, I would consider placing
sheet music on this site.
- How do I burn MP3 files to Audio
- First, you'll need to download some MP3
files to your local computer.
- Then you'll need a program such as
Windows Media Player or Nero Burning ROM to create an Audio
- You can find step-by-step instructions from Microsoft
for how to burn
using Windows Media Player by
- Here is a
video from Microsoft demonstrating step-by-step how to create an audio CD.
- Here is an
FAQ from Microsoft about burning CDs in general.
- If you get stuck, ask just about
any teenager. :-)
- What is the difference between a
"Psalm" a "Hymn" and a "Spiritual Song"?
- "Middle English, from Old English,
from Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos, from psallein, to
play the harp." (American Heritage Dictionary)
- Ephesians 5.19 probably refers to actual
Psalms from Scripture and/or any song accompanied by a
stringed harp-like instrument.
- All of the Psalms found in the middle of
your bible. These were originally accompanied by harps,
lutes, and various stringed instruments + other instruments
such as percussion instruments.
- Someone today puts music to a Psalm, such
as the popular song, "Bless the Lord O my soul"
- "Middle English imne, from Old French
ymne, from Latin hymnus, song of praise, from Greek humnos."
(American Heritage Dictionary)
- A song of praise for God. With or without
any particular type of accompanying instrument.
- Jesus sang a hymn with his disciples
after the Passover meal on Thursday afternoon about 24 hours
before he Himself become the Passover Lamb of God on Friday
- Paul and Silas sang a hymn (probably w/o
instruments) in the prison just before the earthquake when
their chains dropped off.
- "Middle English, from Old French
spirituel, from Latin spiritualis, of breathing, spiritual,
from spiritus, breath." (American Heritage Dictionary)
- Songs that come directly from the
spiritual realm, inspired or "breathed" by the Holy Spirit,
often spontaneous and in the moment of visitation by the
Presence of God.
- Paul said, "I will sing with my spirit"
- Miriam's celebration
- Saul spontaneously prophesied (in song?)
with the prophets
- Someone sitting next to you -- when 2 or
3 of you are gathered in Jesus' Name and waiting on God --
bursts out in a new song. I hope you have had this
experience, it is wonderful. :-)
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
in all wisdom teaching and exhorting yourselves in
psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with
grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3.16