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AcaDisc #119- Message to the Devil by Cross Examined

Original Release: 2003 Cross Examined and Church Mouse Music
Available through Cross Examined
Producers: Church Mouse Studios and Cross Examined
Engineer: Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Studios
Mastered by:  Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Studios
Mixed by:  Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Studios
Recorded and Mixed at: Church Mouse Studios- Erie, CO
Design: Crews Corner
Members: Tim Staggs - Bass
                 Jim Craine - Bass
                 Paul Schneider - Bass
                 Steve Tarnowski - Tenor and Vocal Percussion
                 Matt Eldred - Tenor
                 Calisse Staggs - Alto
                 Debbie Smith - Alto
                 Donna Craine - Soprano
                 Laura Eldred - Soprano

Song List

If You Ask
Days of Elijah
Mary's Song
Write a Message to the Devil
Jesus, Name Above All Names
Send Your Rain
How Can You Say No
No One Like You
Always
Shine Christ
My Plea

If You Ask

Words and Music: Laura Eldred 2003 Church Mouse Music
Lead: None
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Chorus:
If you ask it will be given to you
Seek, you will find
Knock on my door, it will open for you
I am here, you need to try
I'm the God of Utmost High

Come on and ask me!
Where do I start?
Come on and ask me!
Do I give you my heart?
Come on and ask me!
Will you hear what I say?
And will you really show me the way?

Repeat Chorus

Come on and ask me!
Can I be sure of that day?
Come on and ask me!
Did you give your life away?
Come on and ask me!
If I live faithfully
Will you give me eternity?

Repeat Chorus (x3)

Yes, I'm the God of Utmost High
Why don't you ask me!

Scriptural Reference:

"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."  Luke 11:9

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Days of Elijah

Words and Music: Robin Mark  1996 Daybreak Music Ltd.
Lead: None

Lyrics:

These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the Word of the Lord
And these are the days of your servant, Moses
Righteousness being restored
And though these are days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
"Prepare ye the way of the Lord"

Chorus:
Behold, He comes
Riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun
At the trumpet call
Lift your voice
It's the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion's hill salvation comes

These are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of your servant, David
Rebuilding a temple of praise
And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are as white in the world
And we are the laborers in your vineyard
Declaring the Word of the Lord

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Lift your voice
It's the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion's hill salvation comes

Scriptural Reference:

"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done."  Revelation 22:12

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Mary's Song

Words and Music: Dallas Holm  1979 Going Holm Music
This song also appeared on His Last Days by Cross Examined.
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Is this the boy I raised
Is this the son I knew
Is this the one I loved
Why can't they love Him too

What has my son ever done to you
Has he caused you some pain
As I recall all He's shown is love
Why can't you show Him the same

This is the boy I raised (this is the boy I raised)
This is the son I knew (this is the son I knew)
This is the one I've loved (this is the one I've loved)
Why can't they love Him too

Oh what can I do, my son
Why can't they see what I know
Is this the way it must be
Is this the way you must go (is this the way you must go)

I'd gladly die in your place
If I could save you some pain
But I can see in your face
My death would not be the same

You are the boy I raised
You are the son I knew
You are the one I've loved
Why can't they love You too

Scriptural Reference:

"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.  From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me--holy is his name.  His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.'"  Luke 1:46-50

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Write a Message to the Devil

Words and Music: Dianne Mays  1979 Emmanuel Music
Lead: None

Lyrics:

You're about to hear a truth that will loose you from the noose
The devil's been using to defeat you
To you it may be shockin', to him you will be lockin'
The power you thought he had over you
I learned that God put all things under Jesus' feet
And since we are His body, I'm sure we are His feet
I think you've got the picture and now know what to do
Write a message to the devil (devil) on the bottom of your shoe (shoe, shoe, shoe)

Chorus:
Write a message to the devil on the bottom of your shoe
Tell him you rebuke him and he's a liar too
You've finished list'nin' to him, God's word you will do
And be sure to write this message on the bottom of your shoe (shoe, shoe, shoe)

When Satan tries to blind you by depression or confusion
He's trying hard to defeat you
To you he is lyin', tell him you're denyin'
The power you let him have over you
Remember God put all things under Jesus' feet
And since we are His body I'm sure we are His feet
Now that you've got the picture, remember what to do
Write a message to the devil (devil) on the bottom of your shoe (shoe, shoe, shoe)

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Be sure to write this message on the bottom of your shoe

Scriptural Reference:

"And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."  Ephesians 1:22-23
"And do not give the devil a foothold."  Ephesians 4:27
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  James 4:7

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Jesus, Name Above All Names

Words and Music: Patricia Cain and Naida Hearn  1974,1979 Scripture in Song
Translation: Ivan Tesic
Lead: None

Lyrics:

Jesus, Name Above All Names
Beautiful Savior, Glorious Lord
Immanuel, God Is With Us
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word

(Repeat in Croatian)

Scriptural Reference:

"Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name."  Phillipians 2:9

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Send Your Rain

Words and Music: Kelly Carpenter  1996 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing
Lead: None

Lyrics:

Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain to your people
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain to Your people

(One... Two... Three...)
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain to your people
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain, bring your Kingdom

Chorus:
Soften our hearts, pour out your spirit
Fill us anew, let your rain come
Soften our hearts, pour out your spirit
Fill us anew, let your rain come.

May your kingdom come and your will be done
On the earth as it is in heaven
May your kingdom come and your will be done
On the earth, bring your Kingdom

Repeat Chorus

Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain to your people
Send your rain, bring your Kingdom

Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain, Oh Lord
Send your rain to your people

Scriptural Reference:

"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,  then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance."  2 Chronicles 6:26-27

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How Can You Say No

Words and Music: Mickey Cates  1981 Straightaway Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on His Last Days by Cross Examined and as "How Could You Say No?" on Acappella Classics 2 by The Acappella Company, Acappella Classics Longplay by The Acappella Company, Life by New Reign, and X-Changed by X-Changed.
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Thorns on His head, spear in His side
Yet it was a heartache that made Him cry
He gave His life so you would understand
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

If Christ Himself (standing here)
Were standing here (glory in His face)
Face full of glory and eyes full of tears (eyes, hold out His arms)
He'd hold out His arms with His nail-printed hands (nail scarred hands, how could you say no)
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Chorus:
How could you look in His tear-stained eyes
Knowing it's you He's thinking of?
Would you tell Him you're not ready to give Him your life?
Could you say you don't think you need His love?

Jesus is here with His arms open wide
You can see Him with your heart if you'll stop looking with your eyes
He's left it up to you, He's done all He can
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Repeat Chorus (with echoes) (x2)

Thorns on His head, your life is in His hands
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Oh, is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Scriptural Reference:

"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you."  Romans 8:11

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No One Like You

Words and Music: Laura Eldred 2003 Church Mouse Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: None

Lyrics:

You have taught me since I was young
And to this day I tell about the things you've done
Even though I'm old, do not leave me God
I will tell all the children about your love

Chorus:
God your justice reaches to the skies (God your justice reaches to the skies)
You have done great things and there have been bad times
You give me life (life) again (again), there is no one like you

Please don't reject me when I am old
And do not leave me when my strength is gone
You do what is right and you rescue me
You're my place of safety where I can always be

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
I will always praise you (I will always praise you)
And all day long I will honor you
I will always have hope (I will always have hope)
I will praise you more and more

Repeat Verse 1

Repeat Chorus

You give me life (life) again (again), there is no one like you

Scriptural Reference:

"For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.  From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb.  I will ever praise you.  I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.  My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.  Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone."  Psalm 71:5-9
But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.  My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.  I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord;  I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.  Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.  Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things.  Who, O God, is like you?"  Psalm 71:14-19

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Always

Words and Music: Phil Crews  2000 Phil Crews
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Children's Chorus: Ross, Courtney, Brittany, Alex, Kourtney, Kylee, Kendra, Marino, Pierce, and Levi.
Lead: None

Lyrics:

Reaching to the land below
The moonlight through the window
To the angel in bed as she raises her head
And says, "Daddy, please don't go"

Chorus 1:
Cause I'm scared of the night and the shadows in the light
That may come to take me away
But with you here to hold till my weary eyes close
The night looks better than day
As you give me your love always

With my son by my side
Standing tall in my eyes
Taking my hand, his heart takes my soul
As he says, "Come on Dad, let's go"

Chorus 2:
Cause I'm scared of the night (scared of the night) and the shadows in the light (shadows in the light)
That may come to take me away (take me away but with)
But with you here to hold (weary eyes close) till my weary eyes close
The night looks better than day
As you give me your love always

Bridge:
Life takes its toll (when you're alone) when you're feeling alone
Your try to recover falls short (oh it falls short to a)
To a future we'll stroll (dark unknown road) on a dark unknown road
But my hand will be there to hold

The Father from above
Reaches down with His love
The angels will call and fears will still grow
So I say, "Father don't let me go"

Repeat Chorus 1

(I'm done)

Scriptural Reference:

"Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me."  Psalm 40:11

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Shine Christ

Words and Music: Tim Staggs  2003 Church Mouse Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

Why don't ya get yourself up!
Get up! For the light has come and His glory shines on you
Why are you sittin' in the darkness that covers the earth
A'waitin' and a'wonderin' what He wants you to do
Can't ya see the nations will come to your light
And kings to your brightness in the middle of the night
Look up, and you'll see them comin' to you
So tell me what ya gonna do?

Chorus 1:
I'm a-gonna shine Christ!
Shine Christ, tell the world I'm His
And His I'll always be
I'm a-gonna shine Christ!
Shine Christ, let Him shine so bright
So that every eye will see
With kindness on your lips and compassion in your heart
Give the world a reason for a brand new start (brand new start)
Let your Savior know (let Him know) that you're doing your part
And, Shine Christ!

Why don't ya get yourself up!
Get up! Let the joy of the Lord put a smile upon your face
Let the thrill you feel with Jesus in your life
Change your heart and make it a brand new place
For you who were once forsaken and despised
Are now lifted up to stand by His side
Your Lord and Savior is your glory and light
Don't ya think it's time to ignite?

Repeat Chorus 1

Bridge:
There's a whole lot of people lookin' at you
Checkin' to see if Jesus shines through
When they look at your face do they see His eyes?
Don't ya think it's time we realize (realize)?

Chorus 2:
We're a-gonna shine Christ!
Shine Christ, tell the world we're His
And His we'll always be
We're a-gonna shine Christ!
Shine Christ, let Him shine so bright
So that every eye will see
With kindness on your lips and compassion in your heart
Give the world a reason for a brand new start (brand new start)
Let your Savior know (let Him know) that you're doing your part
And, Shine Christ!

With kindness on your lips and compassion in your heart
Give the world a reason for a brand new start (brand new start)
Let your Savior know (let Him know) that you're doing your part
And, Shine Christ!

Scriptural Reference:

"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn."  Isaiah 60:1-3

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My Plea

Words and Music: Laura Eldred 2003 Church Mouse Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Lord (Lord), please listen to me and answer me
I'm poor and helpless
Protect me, I'll worship you
And save me, Your servant who trusts you

Chorus:
Hear my prayer (hear my prayer), O Lord
And listen when I cry for mercy
I give my life (give my life) to you
And let all your happiness surround me
I call (I call) to you in times of trials (in times of trials)
Please listen and answer my plea

Lord (Lord), there's no God like you
I'll honor you, all nations will worship
Love and faithfulness
Give me your strength and show me your goodness

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Teach me what you want me to do
I'll live by your truth completely
Unite my heart to fear your name
Open my life that I might see

Repeat Chorus

I call to you in times of trials
Please listen and answer my plea

Scriptural Reference:

"God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the 'gods:' How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?  Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.  Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.  They know nothing, they understand nothing.  They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.   I said, 'You are 'gods'; you are all sons of the Most High.'  But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.  Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance."  Psalm 82:1-8

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Tim Staggs

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