Hard - Rich Mullins
1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Galatians 5:17, Romans 7:14-25
When I came to Christ, I had an idea of what being a Christian would mean. A few changes here and there and get rid of some bad habits. I had no idea what Christ had in mind. Or how little He had to work with.
Don’t Unpack Your Bags - Steve & Annie Chapman
Hosea 4:6-9, 2 Timothy 4:1-5
In the end, all the Son of God had to show for three years of ministry was perhaps 500 people. This is encouraging to me, in a round about way. Every preacher desiring to follow in Christ’s steps should consider seriously how He was received.
Would Jesus Wear A Rolex - Margaret Archer/Chet Atkins
Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 8:20, 1 Timothy 6:3-12
I can get away with bringing this issue up because the song is funny. But the truth is, God’s spokesmen should have an untainted reputation. Period. Is that a tall order? You betcha.
You Love The World - Keith Green
James 4:3-10, 1 John 2:15-17, Luke 9:23-26, Luke 21:34-36
Christ said loving the world means loving its security, loving its respect, loving its entertainment — simple everyday loves. And I find the love of the world hiding in the shadows of my own heart, and once again cry out for forgiveness and grace.
Why Aren’t We Waiting - Chaz Bosarge
Colossians 4:2-4, Isaiah 26:8-11, 2 Peter 3:11-14, Psalms 37
“Why aren’t we waiting?” I can easily answer with a quickly manufactured theological mini sermon, but “Why am I personally not waiting?” is not so easily answered.
Brother’s Keeper - Rich Mullins/Beaker
Genesis 4:9, Luke 10:25-37, Luke 6:27-42
I fail at loving the people around me more than I fail at anything. I’m forever needing to go back to the Lord to ask Him to help me do what He has given me the desire to do — make me my brother’s keeper.
Man Against Man - Buddy Greene
Colossians 3:1-17, Deuteronomy 10:17-19, Leviticus 19:15, James 2:1-17
I guess there was really only one category Christ ever saw. Adam’s race, all created in God’s image, all broken, all sinful, all needing a Savior. That’s beautiful to me. I want that. But in practice, I can look at my life and see that I still base my interactions — or lack thereof — on appearance. And the cry of my heart is Lord, help me! Give me Your eyes!
Recovering Pharisee - Buddy Greene
My Christian life is very similar to what I imagine rehab is like. I’m in recovery — the cure has been given and it is working. My mind is being changed to reflect the mind of Christ. But my flesh has ruts a mile deep where the wheels of old habits go round and round. I know Christ is working in me, but sometimes I wish He’d speed up the process.
Live Your Life - Tim Lovelace
Proverbs 11:10, Matthew 12:33-36, Luke 6:43-49
I’ve sung at dozens of funerals and heard some whitewashed eulogies by pastors who either did not know the person or knew them and lied as big as Dallas. There were sweet funerals too where we grieved for the gaping hole they left, yet knew we’d see them again. That’s how I want my funeral to be.
Modern Man - Stephen Hill
Romans 3:10-18, Isaiah 59
In the beginning of our marriage we decided to nix cable TV, and we have limited internet, living in the sticks. Gradually we reacquired the sensitivity to filth that had eroded with easy exposure to media. When we see live TV now, it’s unsettling, knowing we were ok with being entertained by that. Previous generations never dealt with these things. You can hold corruption in your hand; you can put it in your ear; it is readily accessible anywhere you go.
Hard To Get - Rich Mullins
Psalm 73, Isaiah 55:8-11, Luke 22:39-46, Isaiah 53:4
What stands out most to me about the person of Christ is that He’s absolutely unpredictable. He’s full of contrasts. In every given circumstance He does exactly the right thing — but the right thing is rarely what I would have thought the right thing would be. If I had been a disciple, I’m very sure I’d have been yelling with the rest of them, “Master, wake up! Don’t you care that we’re gonna die?” Very sure, because that’s exactly the way I am now.
You Get Back Each Single Minute - Mark Bishop
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:2, 1 Peter 5:10, Romans 8:18-37
I know so many people who don’t understand the ‘why’ of their present circumstances. They look beyond with eyes of faith and know that in the end, God’s promise is, “I will restore the years that the locusts have eaten.”
Talk About The Good Times - Jerry Reed
1 Peter 1:3-9, Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah 11:1-9, Isaiah 2:1-5
This song reminds me of my Grandad — a man who loved Jesus, his family, and his community. The doctor told him he needed open heart surgery, so his sister got onto him for cooking eggs, bacon, biscuits, & gravy. He told her, “There’s somebody bigger than the doctor. I’m hurting, I’m tired, and I’m ready to go.” He died the next morning. I smile thinking of him seinin’ for minners in the River of Life, humming “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” Talk about a good time.
I pray this album is convicting to the heart, maturing to the mind, and an assault on the carnal. May the truth of Christ have the platform through these songs and be perfectly candid. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:2 "We have renounced disgraceful ways; we refuse to deal craftily or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth candidly. And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man's conscience."
Recorded and produced by Tommy Cooper
Tracks recorded at OmniSound Studio, Nashville
Engineers: Tommy Cooper, Lee Unfried, Mike Walter
Vocals recorded at AFAB Studio, Nashville
Mixed at AFAB Studio, Nashville
Strings recorded at Little Big Sound, Nashville
Orchestra Engineer: Jeff Pitzer
Mastering - Keith Compton, Nashville
Graphics - McClearan Design Studios
Cover Art - Lorianne Hubbard
Replication - TCA (Tape Corporation of America)
Piano/Organ/Keyboards: Gary Prim
Drums/Percussion: Tommy Harden, John Hammond
Bass: Duncan Mullins
Electric Guitars: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar/Banjo/Fiddle: Bruce Watkins
Fiddle/Bouzouki: Glen Duncan
Steel Guitar/Dobro: Scott Sanders
Penny Whistle/Recorder: Sam Levine
Accordion: Jeff Taylor
Harmonica: Buddy Greene
Cello: John Catchings
Jug: Tommy Cooper
Background Vocals: Miles Pike, Martha Pike, Angela Primm, Gale Mayes, Reggie Smith, Buddy Greene
String Arrangements & Orchestrations: Milton Smith
Orchestra: Violins: David Davidson, David Angell/Viola: Monisa Angell/Cello: John Catchings