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Friday Review: 4 More 4 Christmas Time!

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I have four more songs to close out your Christmas season with.  Now you do know that the 12 days of Christmas represent the time between December 25 and January 6? Prior to Christmas is the season of Advent.

During Advent (if you care to celebrate it… the advent calendar is really fun to do with your kids!) it is customary NOT to sing songs about Jesus birth but to sing songs that anticipate his coming (and his coming again!).  O Come O Come Immanuel is a favorite during Advent. Both Godspell’s and Handel’s “Prepare Ye The Way” are used effectively.

So when Christmas finally arrives and you’ve been preparing for it for 4 weeks you are ready to sing carols for 12 days! (at least that’s the thinking… however the Shopping Malls continually pipe in Christmas carols ad nauseam from Thanksgiving and these songs seem ubiquitous on the radio so the intended effect is significantly undermined). 

Anyone leave their trees up till January 6, the last of the 12 days? Ah yes, January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany… Magi from Persia and a magnificent star and Bethlehem and three precious gifts… a topic hopefully I’ll write about this coming weekend.  But for now… four more songs during Christmastide!  My daughter who like most of us is sick of the customary Christmas songs actually enjoyed hearing 2 of these in the car the other day.

1. Blessed is HeThe_Lord_Reigns_SNA_Praise_Band by Chris Lutyk

This is a song that I wrote in 1979 not too long after I was saved in 1978.  It was recorded as part of a worship album by The Praise Band which led worship for a ministry called “Saturday Night Alive”. I was privileged to play bass every Saturday night for 3+ years. 

My wife, Nora was also a part of the ministry and she sings one of the leads on “Blessed is He” and Lacey Roland sings the other.  Rick Lord, SNA worship leader (now an Episcopal priest in Northern Virginia) played the guitar parts. The song is slow with minimal instrumentation until the “big” chorus.  We threw everything into that chorus mix… guitar with distortion, Hammond B3 sound and lots of vocalists!  Hope you like it!

Here is the link to “Blessed is He” on youtube.

Messiah Born, in Bethlehem
Our Savior sent for God so loved the world
Our King has come (Alleluia) The Anointed One (Alleluia)
The Risen Lord who sits at the right hand of God

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He the Lamb of God
Blessed is He who comes the King of all
We will shout out His Name
We will sing to His Praise
Alleluia, Immanuel, Jesus Christ

2. Immanuel by Andy ParkVineyard_Christmas_Immanuel

My favorite up-tempo contemporary Christmas song of all time! Partially because of how well it works in a live worship setting at Christmas time.  The triplets are fun.  It’s a 90’s production but the song translates well into the 21st century.  The album it comes from is called “A Vineyard Christmas” and as far as I can tell is out of print and only available used.  The song was written by Andy Park and he has granted his permission for me to put it up on youtube.

Here is the link to “Immanuel” on youtube.

Immanuel, unto us a Son is given
Immanuel, is God with us
He is born for us Christ the long-awaited Messiah
Immanuel has come to dwell with us

Now a light has dawned
In the land of darkness
Now the chosen One has come to us
We have seen His light
We have seen His glory
Shining in the dark
Like the rising sun

Born in a manger
A baby poor and lowly
Born of a virgin in Christ the Lord
Glory to the Lord
All glory in the highest
Peace on earth to me
Will follow Him

© 1990 Mercy Publishing

3. Can You Imagine by Wendy FoyChristmasinourtime_

This light jazzy Christmas is not a worship song but it is one of the most creative and unique approaches for a song about the birth of Christ.  The wonderful vocals of Wendy Foy call us to imagine ourselves in the manger witnessing the birth, being with Mary and Joseph.  Imagining ourselves as one of the shepherds or one of the wise men.  I personally like to imagine how it would be like to see through the eyes of Biblical characters. The album this song came from is quite good.  All but two songs are contemporary originals.  One is a hymn called “Holy God We Praise Thy Name” sung by Bob Bennett who has a perfect voice for this contemporary arrangement.  The other is a Christmas carol “In The Bleak Midwinter” which has a simply lovely vocal arrangement in the middle verses. 

Here is the link to “Can You Imagine” on youtube

And here is the link to purchase the MP3 collection of “Christmas in our Time”

4. And On That Day by Phil KeaggyWelcome_Inn_Keaggy

I heard this song years ago on the radio years ago and loved it.  However it was off an old Phil Keaggy album and I never found it not knowing the exact name of the song.  One of my favorite Christmas topics is the relationship and encounter of Mary and Elizabeth.  This song covers both women’s heavenly intervention with the promise and fulfillment to two amazing gifts from God.   The youtube version will give you the gist of the song.  It is an “olde English” 3/4 time ballad.  What is missing from the live version is the female vocalist who exchanges verses with Phil and who sings harmony on the chorus.  Plus the instrument section is played on both guitar and flutes adding a wonderful beauty to the arrangement.  It’s found on the album “Welcome Inn”.

On youtube there is a live version “And On That Day”

On Amazon you can hear the female vocal during the sample clip – “And On That Day” – mp3 – I’m sure iTunes has it too.

I hope you find something you like and can add to your yearly Christmas experience.

[Scientology]: Losing Cruise?

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Tom and daughter Suri after break-up

Back in October some articles started showing up with regard to Tom Cruise and the possibility that he could be leaving or appending his faithful following of Scientology. At that time as Scientology’s most famous adherent, Tom Cruise, was believed to be receiving special dispensation to see his daughter, Suri, six, after ex-wife Katie Holmes withdrew herself and their daughter from the membership.

“Normally members are forbidden from contacting ex-partners who leave the 60-year-old cult. Is this special treatment intended to prevent Cruise quitting Scientology? A Cruise friend is quoted as saying:

‘He’s finally seeing that being such an advocate for Scientology hasn’t served him as well as he’d hoped – he’s gone through three divorces, and his public perception has sunk to an all-time low.’”

However another quote states…

‘Tom hasn’t admitted that he’s definitely leaving Scientology for good. But he’s distanced himself from those in the church and has been hanging out with good friends who aren’t part of the religion… Tom’s been leaning on friends who have different perspectives, getting advice on moving on from Katie as well as on everything he’s been going through with Scientology.’

Glad to hear that.

One evidence of a possibly changed Cruise came the other night on the Jimmy Fallon show where Tom abandoned pretension and Scientology superiority in favor of some great humble fun.  An epic “Water War” was staged between Cruise and Fallon and the result is hilarious.  I think people will be relieved to see Tom (at least for this brief time) freed up to get slapstick with Fallon, tossing water at each other like kids. 

Could this scene be a sign of a pulling away from Scientology?  Has Tom taken a different course after such a close affiliation with Scientology with three failed marriages corresponding to the time of his involvement?  After his rants and couch jumping this is a welcome change in any case.

It would be nice to think that Scientology would be losing Cruise.  No bets being placed here!  However the “Water War” clip is so worth watching.  It stands on its own as one funny video.  Check out the link “Fallon & Cruise Water War” and the pictures below.

Also you can check out my other Scientology posts; “Mission Imposssible” & “Tom, Cruising for Chicks Again?”

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Mary’s Christmas: “That You May Have Certainty”

Before starting our Mary’s Christmas journey it will do us good to look at the first four verses of Luke 1.  The story of Mary and the birth of Christ are loaded with the miraculous and prophetic references.  Many people of our day have a hard time when they encounter supernatural events as those we will be looking at in the Bible.

The 21st century seeker is more apt to discount the occurrence of miracles citing that scientific processes have been identified that were initially thought to have had some supernatural or extraordinary origin.  If pushed, the benefit of the doubt would definitely lean towards a natural explanation.

I believe the author of the gospel of Luke anticipates some push back even though in his time spiritual and even mystical explanations were not out of the question.  Luke will start right in with some extraordinary happenings.  Zechariah, Elizabeth and Mary headline chapter 1’s phenomenal events.  But first his four intro verses! How will Luke prepare the reader at the starts of his gospel, of his Good News?

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1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.

“Certain of the Truth”

In verse 4 Luke states the intent of his compilation, that you may have certainty…” .  Certainty in what? “concerning the things you have been taught? In the NASB translation the phrase isso that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught“.

The Living Translation says it this way… so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.”

It’s worth reading once more but this time in the “Amplified” version…

[My purpose is] that you may know the full truth and understand with certainty and security against error the accounts (histories) and doctrines of the faith of which you have been informed and in which you have been orally instructed.

Orderly Account

In addition to certainty Luke says that he has set out to write an orderly account.  Others have set out to compile the information but Luke wants to investigate all the reports in close detail (The Message).  He’s determined to put all the facts together with clarity and conciseness.

The Testimony of Eyewitnesses

Not only that but the veracity of his compilation will be based on testimonies of eyewitnesses that have been in their midst and who will be significant source material.  Luke will cite the testimony of people who saw and heard the events he shares,  “those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses”.

There is good reason to believe that Luke was a companion of Paul on his travels as evidenced by various passages in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles of which Luke is also the author. Paul mentions him several times. Luke would have had time and opportunity to discuss the historical accounts of the life of Jesus and his disciples.

Luke, The Physician

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In the Epistle to the Colossians Paul calls Luke the good physician. He is also mentioned by Paul in II Timothy and in Philemon.

Written in Greek (as are all the gospels) Luke’s style is the most literary of all these books. Graham Stanton evaluates the opening of the Gospel of Luke as “the most finely composed sentence in the whole of post-Classical Greek literature.”  That to say that Luke is not a country bumpkin!

You would think being listed as doctor would add credibility to a document. However being listed a 1st century physician is not exactly a vote of confidence for some. Many would have you believe that a first century doctor was akin to a voodoo shaman or a snake oil salesman or a downright fraud.

This distrust I believe is ill placed as the seeking of knowledge and truth is a life long pursuit for a true physician.  To prescribe treatment based on whim and superstition is not the approach of such a doctor as Luke.

Does modern medicine discount a lot of past procedures as being based on ill-founded information?  Surely… but I am reminded of a funny scene in one of the Star Trek movies where the crew of the Enterprise goes back in time to our century.  Running through a modern-day hospital the doctor from the future, Bones as he is affectionately known, stares at a dialysis patient and exclaims, “Good God, Jim, do you see what they are doing?!?  How barbaric!”

You get my point.  Though there are still more arguments about authorship, dating and other minutia I am confident in the author’s intention and veracity with regard to the Gospel of Luke’s research.  An credible truth-seeker, a learned man, an eyewitness, a doctor. I look forward to exploring the amazing events of Mary’s Christmas knowing that our good doctor, Luke has done his best investigative work for us!

Friday Review: 3 Songs 4 Christmas!

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I have three great contemporary songs for Christmas to share with you.  I love them all and two of them are wonderful not only to listen to you but also to sing in a Christmas worship service.

Maybe you have heard of them.  They are “In The First Light”; “Breath of Heaven” and “Immanuel (From the Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable)”.

1. “IN THE FIRST LIGHT” by Bob Kauflin

bob_kauflinIn the First Light” was written by Bob Kauflin and originally recorded by Glad on the A cappella Project CD.  This song is awesome.  I encourage worship leaders to use this during the Christmas Season.  Not just about the birth of Jesus but communicates the gospel clearly. It covers the time from the Coming of Christ through his Triumphant Return.

In addition to Glad, Point of Grace, Adam Lambert and Todd Agnew have recorded it.  The YouTube link is to the Todd Agnew/Christy Nockels version.  They add a nice brief “Do You Hear What I Hear?” interlude at the end before the last line’s climax.  Here’s the first verse as a sample. For complete lyrics click this link In The First Light Lyrics

“In the first light of a new day
No one knew he had arrived
Things continued as they had been
While a newborn softly cried
But the heavens wrapped in wonder
Knew the meaning of his birth
In the weakness of a baby
They knew God had come to Earth”

Todd Agnew’s In The First Light 

2. “BREATH OF HEAVEN” by Amy Grant

“Breath of Heaven” was written by Amy Grant & Chris Eaton.  It’s often subtitled as “Mary’s Song”.  It’s a beautifully written slowamy-grant-09 song and Amy Grant’s voice on the original is brilliant.  Something about Amy and Christmas songs!

The song is sung from Mary’s point of view and portrays her as a person who is amazed at what has happened to her and battles anxious thoughts for being chosen for such a holy and profound purpose.  Yet she calls out to God using the phrase Breath of Heaven, aka the Holy Spirit.

The theme of holiness is strong in the song.  Being holy comes with the idea of being separated and set apart for a God-given purpose.

Outside of the words the arrangement, melody and Amy voice make this a special song.  The version I have linked is to a more recent live rendition.  Though Amy has lost a bit of her top range this live version does it justice.  This song is definitely worth buying or at least adding to your Christmas playlist on Spotify!

Verse 1
I have travelled – many moonless nights,
Cold and weary – with a babe inside.
And I wonder what I’ve done.
Holy Father, You have come
and chosen me now
To carry Your Son.

Verse 2
I am waiting – in a silent prayer,
I am frightened – by the load I bear.
In a world as cold as stone,
Must I walk this – path a-lone?
Be with me now,
Be with me now.

Chorus
Breath of Heaven, hold me together, be forever near me,
Breath of Heaven.
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness, pour over me Your holiness
For You are holy.
Breath of Heaven.

Here are the full Lyrics of Breath of Heaven

Here is the live version Audio of Breath of Heaven

3. “IMMANUEL (FROM THE SQUALOR OF A BORROWED STABLE)”  by Stuart Townend

Much like Bob Kauflin’s “In The First Light”  Stuart Townend’s “From the Squalor” tells the story of Jesus from birth to stuart-townendtriumphant return.  Both have a modern hymn-like quality in common.  Stuart is the author of the very popular “In Christ Alone” and “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” both fabulous worship songs.  Townend continues to bring us worship songs that are fresh, creative and scriptural that press us into the presence of God.  Most are slow but his writing is profound and the melodies beautiful.

At the church I was at a few years ago we did the song every Christmas adding a delightful original penny whistle instrumental section before each verse.  This song does not have the notoriety of the first two but it is no less highly recommended.

YouTube has a wonderful recording of Immanuel (From the Squalor)

Worship Together has a recording plus From the Squalor Lyrics  Here’s verse 1:

Verse 1
From the squalor of a borrowed stable
By the Spirit and a virgin’s faith
To the anguish and the shame of scandal
Came the Savior of the human race
But the skies were filled
With the praise of heav’n
Shepherds listen as the angels tell
Of the gift of God come down to man
At the dawning of Immanuel

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Stuart Townend’s From The Squalor of a Borrowed Stable

Mary’s Christmas & The Supernatural God

Whenever I read stories in the Bible I like to take time to reflect on the circumstances, thoughts and emotions of the characters in the stories.  I ask myself, “What was it like back then?”  “What was it like to face those kind of challenges and crises?” “Can I identify with how they responded?””How might I have responded given only what they knew?” “What was it like for them to encounter Jesus, to have the response of faith or doubt or confusion?” And what was it like to experience the amazing events the Bible so often describes?”  Many times these ordinary folks did not have a clue how everything would turn out yet followed God trusting he would lead the way.

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Christmas is an amazing time of year and the story of Jesus birth is filled with many  amazing people.  There’s Zacharias, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the Shepherds and the Magi, all with wonderful stories connected to them.

During this season I hope to jot down some of my reflections, most of which will be viewed from Mary’s perspective as the central character.  I’ll call these musings Mary’s Christmas. 

What fascinates me most is being able to watch the supernatural interaction of God with Mary and the people whose lives become intertwined with hers.  It’s as if God has summoned all these characters on her behalf for the central purpose of reassuring her that all will be fine.  Her faith is not misplaced.

As I read about a young girl being told she is pregnant with the Messiah I marvel.  She had great faith.  But God knew that for any human to stay in their right mind during this whole process spiritual confirmations would be definitely in order.  In that I see God’s love and care for his creatures who are at times weak and fragile.  He does not put on us more than we can handle.   He is always there to encourage and strengthen us. At times with supernatural signs and divine encounters, at times with a relative or a close friend or even a stranger.

A glance at the beginning of the Christmas narrative in Luke 1 and immediately we see God preparing an important part for the first of what I call “prophetic encounters or confirmations”.  The story of Zacharias in the temple is all about one person’s response to the supernatural initiative of God which will later be seen as a contrast to Mary’s response. But also it is the beginning of the story of a barren woman who God will supernaturally touch with new life.  This woman, Elizabeth is being prepared for a later prophetic encounter and confirmation for the further assurance of young Mary’s faith.

I hope you will join me on what I hope will be an amazing Advent journey.  May all the marvelous events of this season come alive for you and may they bring you joy and confidence in our great God.

Disasters? Make Mine Mayan!

Forget about the Fiscal Cliff!  It’s not happening… no I don’t mean Obama and Congress will or won’t work out a budget solution by the December 31 deadline.  I’m just saying it doesn’t matter.  Why?  Haven’t you heard?  The world is toast on December 21, 2012!

2012_endsYes, if you place disasters next to each other, the Mayan Apocalypse trumps the Fiscal Cliff!  By a long shot! As the song says, “it’s the end of the world as we know it”!  Good-bye 2012, may old acquaintance be forgot!

According to many soothsayers and doomsday predictors the world’s axis will flip on its sweet magnetic poles and the vacation you planned to the Outer Banks this summer, your 25th anniversary cruise you plunked down big bucks for and the hoards of money you’ve invested in blue chip stocks will be history!  That family reunion you planned this summer has been moved to a new venue… please show your ID to the angel at the Pearly Gates to confirm your new reservation!

CancunMayaMuseumThe 5,125-year-old Mayan calendar, also known as the Long Count calendar, begins in 3114 B.C. and ends, of course, on 12/21/2012.  The Mayan version calendar is based on a 20-day cycle in 394 increments known as baktuns. Dec. 21 marks the end of 13 baktuns and the conclusion of a key cycle of time.

But are Mayans worried? If they are they are ignoring the signs and betting on a Mayan cash cow.  And their Cancun Maya Museum is set to open for 12/21/2012!  The “End of the World” Mayan Tourism Consortium wants the last thing you see before you say bon voyage to Terra Firma is its Mayan relics and stone calendars and anything else that will enlighten you for your journey to the other side of the Galactic Alignment (yes the sun is set to align itself with the core of our galaxy on 12/21/2012!!) Be sure to sign up for a Mayan Enlightenment Seminar and learn why these advanced people bit the dust eons ago!

But better yet why not trade in your 2013 vacation for a “last cruise in the world” party on December 21!  Why not go out in style if you’re going to go.  Forget the college fund cause it’s going down the Mayan Disaster drain.  Or… so they say!

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Then again I saw one ad which said “Celebrate the End of the Old World of Darkness… And the Beginning of a New World of Light”!

Now that sounds more hopeful but it probably costs more because it’s a round trip ticket.  True Mayan Disaster Cruises are strictly one way! So make your plans now for Armageddon, Revival or both! 

Why stay home when disaster can be shared at some exotic location near a Mayan Temple at End of the World prices… and if you survive you tell your friends and kids where you were the day the earth stood still and then kept going.  And you can write a blog called “How I Survived The Mayan Apocalypse and Learned to Accept My Galactic Aligned Destiny!”  Now isn’t that better than “How I Survived The Fiscal Cliff and Found an Overseas Tax Shelter!”

Friday Review: “Mary Did You Know?” by Michael English

It’s Christmas Time and the perfect opportunity to do a review for… what else but a contemporary Christmas Song! An incredible one called, “Mary Did You Know”.

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I first heard the song as it was sung by Michael English back in 1993 and I fell in love with the song itself then, but over time Michael’s rendition has continued to be my favorite. After hearing it the first time I was so taken up with the arrangement and performance that I initiated that a custom video be made by our church.  We would use the video and the synchronized instrumental track as background for a Christmas vocal presentation.  

A friend, Chris Rogers owned and operated a multi-media company and with his help we video taped “our Mary”, Marilyn Lorence, all dressed up in period garb.  We did the filming at Great Falls Park one morning.  It turned out splendidly with added scenes from the Matthew Gospel video and some other random clips to complete the video edit.

I recently purchased Michael English version for my Kindle Fire.  Upon hearing it again I was reminded that the VHS tape of the recording can be transferred to DVD.  Looks like I have a new Christmas project!

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Here is the Youtube Link to the song Mary Did You Know

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A LOOK AT THE LYRICS

After the wonderful airy keyboard intro the song places us directly into Mary’s perspective and experience.  A question begins the interaction… “Did you know?” Mary is asked.  What are you thinking as you hold this child?

But the brilliance of the song is greater as the question indirectly extends beyond Mary to the listener… what do you, the listener, think Mary knew as she held the baby?  Does the listener think she has any inkling of who Jesus is and what his life will be like?  How does a God-man act?  How does one mother a Messiah? 

We know she understands that something miraculous has happened. She knows the God has brought the Messiah into the world through her womb.  But how the purposes of God will be played out… what can she know?

 The incarnation is an awesome cornerstone truth of the Christian tradition and experience.  God come in the flesh… and who was holding this miracle in her arms?  Mary.

There are three verses and each ends with a creative, clever and rather poignant poetic turn.

The first verse ends with “This child that you delivered will soon deliver you”.   The cute maternal manger scene is flipped on its head with a marvelous play on the word “deliver”.  Mary who is the source of human life for the babe is asked if she realizes that the role of life-giver will in the end be profoundly reversed.  Mary must be “delivered” from death and brought into eternal life.  Mary must be saved by the same Messiah who was birthed from her womb as we all must be.

The second verse reminds us that the incarnation is real.  Behind the vulnerability of a child is the God come in the flesh. But even more so the immediacy of God with us is seen in a face… the face of the child, the face of God.

The third verse is the coup-de-grace. Each line progressively expands on who Jesus is and how awesome He is… from “Lord of all creation” to “ruler of nations” to the “perfect Lamb” and redeemer of the human race to “Great I Am”.  This sleeping child is the one Eternal God with no beginning and no end.  The picture most have of the sweet baby Jesus in a manger, meek and mild, explodes now in majesty and awe before our very eyes!

THE SONG, PERFORMANCE AND ARRANGEMENT

The song has no real chorus other than the repeating “Mary Did You Know”.  The melody is beautiful and set in a minor key fitting the reflective mood it intends to create.  You will not forget those first four words and you will be singing them to yourself wanting to remember it all.

Many have performed this song, even Kenny Rogers!  A favorite of mine is the version by Kathy Mattea.  Nice acoustic guitars. But they all pale compared to Michael English.  His voice quality for the verses is perfect.  He does not try to “jazz it up” with many vocal turns and inflections, trying to “make the song his own”.  He trusts the song’s power and we are enthralled by singing as he gives us room to contemplate the lyrics.  If you have never heard the song before you will not be ready for the bridge.  Michael English is virtuoso here.  His voice soars and we listen in hushed amazement when at the end of the bridge he asks pleadingly… “Mary did you know’.   We are ready to encounter the third verse’s powerful theme.

The arrangement is the crown on this song for me.  Other songs have nice instrumental backing, good musicianship but usually the song is played straight forward.  Most church groups could perform the renditions.  This arrangement is special from the very first moment as the keyboard sets out an other worldly sound playing around the 4/4 beat.   The studio recording is hard to reproduce live.  The “open” space that is created by the keyboard drums and vocal is what captures a heaven has come to earth sensation.  Hard to reproduce that in a concert setting.

FINAL NOTE

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One interesting note concerning this rendition involves Michael English’s fall from grace (as it were) in 1994.  Michael had just received four Dove Awards, including Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year when it was learned that Marabeth Jordan, with whom he had an affair, was pregnant with his child. Marabeth, who was a vocalist with the group “New Song” that Michael had toured with, would later have a miscarriage.  Michael’s wife of 11 years would divorce him. He would later sign a secular music contract, be taken in by Ashley and Wynonna Judd during his recovery period and finally re-emerge as a broken man healed by God. He would record the song “Healing” with Wynonna.  His testimony is featured in his autobiography “The Prodigal Comes Home”  He is currently the lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Group.  So this rendition might have fallen a bit under the radar for awhile after the revelation of the affair. 

But the song and the performance are priceless and are well-worth having in your Christmas collection. I’m glad to put it out there for those who have not heard Michael’s powerful vocals of “Mary Did You Know”.

Mary Did You Know link

Verse 1
Mary did you know
That your baby boy would one day walk on water
Mary did you know
That your baby boy would save our sons and daughters
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new
This Child that you delivered
Will soon deliver you

Verse 2
Mary did you know
That your baby boy would give sight to the blind man
Mary did you know
That your baby boy would calm a storm with His hand
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod
And when you kiss your little baby
You’ve kissed the face of God
Oh Mary did you know

Verse 3
Oh Mary did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation
Mary did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb
And the sleeping Child you’re holding
Is the great I Am
Oh Mary oh

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Ooh Mary did you know
Ooh ooh The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

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