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AcaDisc #41- The Reason by Keith Lancaster

Original Release: 1994 Word, Inc.
Available through The Acappella Company
Producers: Keith Lancaster and John Laws
Production Assistants: Gary Miller, Darin Cochran, and Larry Sparks
Engineers: John Laws, Gary Miner, Darin Cochran, Kevin Schaffer, Robert Orr, Michael Tackett, Brian Randolph, Robert Guy, Brishan Hatcher, Hank Fenn, and Gary Miller
Recording Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Mastered by: Hank Williams at MasterMix
Mixed by: John Laws and Gary Miller
Lead Vocals: Keith Lancaster (except on Simple Thoughts)
Additional Vocals: Gary Moyers, Hank Fenn, Duane Adams, George Pendergrass, John Laws, Gary Miller, and Kevin Schaffer

Song List

The Prize
Dig Down Deep
Jesus is in the Neighborhood
Slave to the Son
It's Only the First Time
Blessed Secret
Pleasing Him
Lotta Love
The Reason
Simple Thoughts

The Prize

Words and music: Randy Krenshaw 1993 Terra Cotta Music/Vocal Nation Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster.  

Lyrics:

Time to run the race
Now we realize
There's no turning back
Time to win the prize
Pressing on towards the mark
Light the flame with one small spark

Run the race, stay the course
Aiming for the goal
That's beyond what you see here
Keep the faith, hold it high
Don't you be confused by a world of hate and fear
Since you know deep within
That the love you want
Can be yours if you persevere
Overcome all the doubt
That can cloud your mind
And you'll find it's very clear (clear)

Though the pace is fast
And the journey's long
Though the heart be faint
We will carry on
Breathing hard, we bear the pain
Counting all our loss as gain

We will not give up
'Til the race is won
We won't fall away
Now that we've begun
No reward that we can hold
Striving for a crown of gold

Scriptural Reference:

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."  1 Corinthians 9:24

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Dig Down Deep

Words and music: Gary Miller 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster.

Lyrics:

See a nation filled with complication
See a people burdened down
Feel a need for permanent solutions
See a need for lost ones to be found

Chorus:
Dig down deep to the solid rock
Build your house on the firm foundation
It's so sweet to find your home in Him
Safe and sound when troubles come around

See a heart that's in a sad condition
See a life that's burdened down
Feel the need for heavenly tradition
Feel the need by turning lives around

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
When the trouble comes (dig down)
A firm foundation (dig down)
When you feel alone (dig down)
The rock of ages (dig down)
You need a friend (dig down)
He is your brother (dig down)
You're needing hope (dig down)
He's the one! (dig down)

Dig, dig deep (dig, dig, dig down deep)
Gonna find that it's a firm foundation (dig, dig, dig down deep)
It's so sweet to put your trust in Him (dig, dig, dig down deep)
(dig, dig, dig down deep)

See a place of joy and jubiliation
See a throne we join around
Feel the need for holy celebration
Feel the need to share what we've found (share what we have found)

Dig down deep
Dig down deep
Dig down deep (it's so sweet yeah)
Dig down deep (come, join, come and join us)
Dig down deep (dig down)
Build your house upon the firm foundation
Dig down deep (dig down deep)
Yeah, when troubles come around
Dig down deep

Scriptural Reference:

"He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built."  Luke 6:48

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Jesus is in the Neighborhood

Words and music: Paul Shepherd 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster and Hear It In Our Voice: Volume II by The Acappella Company.

Lyrics:

He's in the neighborhood
Neighborhood

Have you heard of the woman
With the issue of blood?
She tried every cure
She could think of
Can you imagine the hope that she found
When a neighbor came around
And said, "You'll never guess
Who's walking down the street"

Chorus:
Jesus is in the neighborhood (He's in the neighborhood, He's in the neighborhood)
Performing miracles and doing good (miracles)
He's got the kind of power
That makes people whole
Now, that's the kind of man
That you really ought to know
Jesus is in the neighborhood (He's in the neighborhood)

Do you remember Zacchaeus?
The wee little man
He climbed up in a tree
To get a glimpse of the Master first hand
All that he knew was hate and greed
All he felt was an aching need
Can you see his face?
When someone in the crowd cried out

Repeat Chorus

Times are certainly changin'
And that's for sure
My God is the very same
Yesterday, and today and forevermore
If you have a need in your life
Got a demon you need to fight
Take courage in the words
That you are about to hear

Listen to me...
Jesus is in the neighborhood (Jesus is in the neighborhood)
Performing miracles and doing good
He's got the kind of power
That makes you whole
A power that you really should know

Jesus is in the neighborhood (He's in the neighborhood, He's in the neighborhood)
Performing miracles and doing good (miracles)
Yes, He's doing good
He's got the kind of power
That makes people whole
The compassionate God
That you really ought to know
Jesus is in the neighborhood (He's in the neighborhood) (Yes, He is)
Jesus is in the neighborhood (He's in the neighborhood) (performing miracles and doing good)
Jesus is in the neighborhood (He's in the neighborhood)
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, He's in the neighborhood

Scriptural Reference:

"A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.'"  Luke 19:2-5

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Slave to the Son

Words and music: Duane Adams and John Laws 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster.

Lyrics:

Another day the wheels are turning
Another day to start anew
My heart is set on givin' everything to you (yeah)

Gaining ground with the things I'm learning
Changing things that are overdue

Within the maze of the world's abuse
A closer friend you could never choose
I claim the love that's coming from above

Chorus:
I'm a slave to the Son, saved by the One
Price paid by the Savior
I'm a slave to the Son, born to become
Guilty, bound but then set free
I'm a slave to the Son (slave to the Son), a man overcome (man overcome)
To be found within His favor
No I'm never going back again

Slave to the Son
Slave to the Son (the Son, the Son, the Son)

There is a war (war), it's all around you
Your deadly will (your will) is not your own
One side will take your life
The other takes you home

Make your choice while the day is burning (got to choose)
He'll split the sky when it's said and done

Among the flames of the world's abuse
A closer friend you could never choose
I claim the love that's coming from above

Repeat Chorus (with extended echoes)

Bridge:
I know the searching that you're going through
What is the reason life is holding for you
Your greatest victory is already won
So strive to be just a slave to the Son

I'm a slave (slave), just a slave (slave)
I'm a slave to the Son

Scriptural Reference:

"Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever."  John 8:35
"So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir."  Galatians 4:7

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It's Only the First Time

Words and music: Michael Puryear and Kim Patton 1994 Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (Gospel Division)/Final Four Music (BMI) / P.E. Velvet Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster.

Lyrics:

There's a secret sin that you live with
And it's tearing you apart
You've prayed and prayed but now you're ashamed
To ask God to cleanse your heart
But even though you've fallen again
When you kneel before Him

Chorus:
It's only the first time
He's forgotten the last time
Oh, the moment you pray His grace takes away
The stain of your sin (sin)
Just know that in God's eyes
(That) it's only the first time
He's already there to hear your prayer (there to hear your prayer)
And forgive you again (forgive you again)

When the Savior says we must forgive
Time and time again (time and time again)
Then how much more (how much more) can our Lord (can our Lord)
Forgive us when we sin
His love is so strong so wide and so deep (oh, it's so strong, it's so deep)
He longs for us to believe

Repeat Chorus

He's already there to hear your prayer (there to hear your prayer)
And forgive you again

Scriptural Reference:

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'"  Matthew 18:21-22

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Blessed Secret

Words: Fred D. Jarvis and John Laws 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Music: John Laws 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster.

Lyrics:

Praise Him when the way is easy
Praise Him when the path is hard
Praise Him when the future's hazy
Praise Him when your hopes are marred

Praise Him in the hour of trouble
Praise Him when your way is dim
In your time of deepest sorrow
Let your praises rise to Him

Praise Him in the bitter conflict
Praise Him in your time of peace
Praise Him morning, noon, and evening
Never let your praises cease

Praise will lift your heavy burden
Turn your weakness into power
Give you strength for every conflict
Lifts you in your troubled hour

Chorus 1:
For He alone is truly worthy
Of your sacrifice of praise
Praise can turn your night of darkness
Into bright triumphant days

Praise could never be too often
Praise could never be too strong
Praise your heart can only soften
When you praise you can't go wrong

Praise will keep you always near Him
So praise Him everywhere you go
He will bathe you in His glory
When you let your praises flow

Chorus 2:
For He alone is truly worthy (your sacrifice of praise)
Of your sacrifice of praise (got to praise Him)
Praise can turn your night of darkness (bright triumphant days)
Into bright triumphant days

When you learn the secret, you'll be truly blessed (learn the secret of His blessing)
That His praise will always keep you at your best (praise will keep you at your best)
It drives out the worries, restores effectiveness
Lifts you up and makes you whole
Brings you close to your goal
So He can fill your soul with perfect rest

Repeat Chorus 2

(Bright triumphant, learn the secret of His blessing)
(Praise Him, the Father) Bright triumphant days!
(Bright triumphant days will follow) Only when you pray

Scriptural Reference:

"Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD."  Psalm 150:1-6

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Pleasing Him

Words and music: Keith Lancaster 1979 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster, Sing and Make Music by Keith Lancaster, and Hear It In Our Voice by The Acappella Company.

Lyrics:

Helping souls
Feeding the hungry
Taking care of those in need
Faithful works
Did you ever consider
The reason behind all of these?

Do we give them bread
Just to take care of their hunger?
Do we help the poor
Just because it is good?
Are the faithful works
Just to make us feel better?

What's the bottom line?

Chorus:
Pleasing Him, pleasing Him
We make that our goal
A greater aim has no one
Nor has there ever been
So we make it our goal to please Him

Watching your tongue
Trying to be selfless
Raisin' children in the light
Keeping your word
Loving your neighbor
Why should we be living right?

Do we keep our words pure
To keep down the pollution?
Live the golden rule
'Cause it's nice to do?
Are we telling the truth
For the feeling it gives us?

What's the reason for it all?

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Why does your heart
Seem to be troubled?
Lost within a world of aims
We should all turn back
To our solid foundation
How good and simple it remains

In the church
Most the time on time
Tryin' to keep our list of goals
Tellin' the lost
But are they perceivin'
The motivation in our souls?

Do we go to the church
So nobody will call us?
Are we sharing our faith
'Cause it's what we're told?
Do we know for ourselves
Without any reservation
What's the purpose that we hold?
What is the purpose that we hold?

Repeat Chorus

So we make it our goal to please Him
Pleasing Him
Make it our goal to please Him
We make it our goal
We make it our goal
Make it our goal
Pleasing Him

Scriptural Reference:

"So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it."  2 Corinthians 5:9

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Lotta Love

Words and music: Gary Miller 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster.

Lyrics:

I see people makin' money of time
I ask myself, "Should life be a nickel and dime?"

Chorus:
No...
A lotta a lotta love in my heart
I want a...
A lotta a lotta love in my heart
I need a...
A lotta a lotta love in my heart
You put a...
A lotta a lotta love in my heart

I see time gettin harder to find
I ask myself, "Should life be a bump and a grind?"

No...
A lotta a lotta love in my heart
I need a...
A lotta a lotta love in my heart

Bridge:
In a world of confusion (world of confusion)
It's so good to know the truth (so good to know the truth)
And it's not an illusion that (not an illusion)
You've put love in my heart (you put love)
You put a lotta love in my heart (you put love)

I see love just a body and mind
I ask myself, "Should real love be so hard to find?"

No I need a lotta love in my
Oh yeah, I need a lotta love in
In need a lotta love in my heart, in my heart (yeah)

Repeat Bridge

My heart yeah

Need alot of love
Need alot of love
In my heart

Repeat Chorus

A lotta, a lotta, a lotta (repeat with stepouts and fade)

Scriptural Reference:

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."  Romans 5:5

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The Reason

Words and music: Gary Moyers 1994 Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Longplay by Keith Lancaster.

Lyrics:

Na na na na na na na na na na na na

I'm an average man there's nothing special 'bout me
But I'm content with my life there's not much that I need
I've got a wonderful wife and a wonderful home
But above all else I've found someone who calls me His own

Chorus 1:
He's the reason I laugh and the reason I cry
He's the reason I have what it takes to get by
He's the reason I live and the reason I died
He's the reason for the hope that I have right here inside

Na na na na na na, na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na na na na na

As I walk through this world I keep my head up high
But many people see me, it keeps them wondering why
In a world full of  pain they wonder how I can smile
They don't know that I'm only visiting here for a little while

Repeat Chorus 1

Na na na na na na (let me tell you 'bout the reason)
Na na na na na na (He's the reason in my life)
Na na na na na na na na na na na na (He's the reason for the hope that I keep here inside)

So I'm living at ease, in fact I'm living carefree
Not that I don't have doubts, it's just that I've got real peace
So I hope you can see it's made a change in my life
All because I know the one that they call Jesus Christ

Chorus 2:
He's the reason I laugh (He's the reason I laugh) and the reason I cry (and the reason I cry)
He's the reason I have what it takes to get by (He's the reason that I get by)
He's the reason I live (He's the reason I live) and the reason I died (and I die)
He's the reason for the hope that I keep right here inside (He's the reason, all of the hope in me)

Bridge:
You don't have to be worried at all (don't have to be worried)
Stop looking for the hammer to fall
You can leave it behind if you're calling on Him (call on Jesus)
It's amazing what the change will bring
When you learn that death has no sting (death has no sting)
And your heart has been delivered from every sin

Repeat Chorus 1

Na na na na na na, na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na na na na na (x8 with stepouts)

Scriptural Reference:

"'Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!' Then a voice came from heaven, 'I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.'"  John 12:27-28

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Simple Thoughts

Words and music: John Laws 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: John Laws

Lyrics:

Please find me Lord
Worthy to praise
Could this weary heart
Or this troubled soul
Could these simple thoughts
Or such feeble deeds
Could these human words
Ever please you?

My Lord
My life
Be my only reason now and ever
My Savior
My God

Scriptural Reference:

"Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom."  Psalm 145:3

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