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AcaDisc #39- A Very Special Time by Keith Lancaster

Original Release:1982 Lancaster Music
Available through The Acappella Company on LP only
All Vocals: Keith Lancaster

Song List

Read the Bible
I'm Gonna Sing About Jesus
Let's Be Christians Only
There's Water In the Plan
A Very Special Time
You Haven't Lived
And This Is Life
For Jesus Instead
To Be With You
Come and Take Me Home

Read the Bible

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982) 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Drop in the Bucket by Acappella Children.

Lyrics:

Too many on earth have been searchin' since birth tryin' to find identity
They're using their minds but they cant seem to find why the things were meant to be
They study the quest and they venture a guess but the things still don't quite fit
And they'll never know the reason for their souls 'til they turn to the holy writ

Why don't they...

Chorus:
Read the Bible ('cause you know) It's filled with the wonderful news (it's filled with the news)
It shows 'em the way of joy and love, the best way for them to choose (and it shows 'em the best way to choose)
They better search the scriptures to (so that they can) find how to walk in the light (walk in the light)
They've gotta be sure (got to be sure) that they know the truth and the way that they're livin' is right

Professor or kin, so-called preacher or friend, you put trust in mortal man
And that's where you fall, swallow hook, line and all, read the Word now while you can
So listen my friend, please don't drift with the wind and believe just what you've heard
Don't believe all your told but watch the messege unfold when you read His holy Word

Why don't they...

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
The things that Jesus taught (entirely with out fault), entirely without fault, the wonderful news (the wonderful news)
It's never out of date (and now it's not too late), and now it's not too late to know the truth (to know the truth)

Why don't they...

Repeat Chorus

So read His Word! (You ought to read it, you know you should read His Word)

Scriptural Reference:

"Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near."  Revelation 1:3

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I'm Gonna Sing About Jesus

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982) 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Drop in the Bucket by Acappella Children.

Lyrics:

Chorus:
I'm gonna sing about Jesus (I will sing about Jesus)
Yes, I'm gonna sing it for you (I'm gonna sing it for you)
I'm gonna sing about Jesus (I will sing about Jesus)
I'm gonna tell you the message so true (tell the message so true)
So won't you sit right there while I tell you the Word
Yes I'll tell you the best thing that you ever heard
So let me sing about Jesus (sure want to sing)
'Cause I sure want to sing it for you

Well I was lost until you found me (lost 'til you found me)
Now what reason could I find to live? (reason to live, could I find it?)
And when I looked for the answers (looked for the answers)
None compared unto the one that He gives (none like He gives)
I finally came unto the Savior
Yeah, now and nothin'll ever be the same
So please listen in when I speak of Him (listen in)
And I'll sing His holy name (sing His name)

Repeat Chorus

Well He's so kind and true and faithful (kind and so faithful)
There's no friendship that can be so sweet (friendship so sweet, that can be)
He really cares so much about you (He cares about you)
Greatest person that's you'll ever meet (you have to meet)
So when you decide to know the Savior
Yeah, you know His loyalty will never fade
Yes, my coming to Him has certainly been (into Him)
The best decision that I've ever made (that I made)

Repeat Chorus

I would like to sing it
Yes, I'd sure like to sing it for you

Scriptural Reference:

"And again, 'Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples.'"  Romans 15:11

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Let's Be Christians Only

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982)

Lyrics:

Chorus 1:
Let's Be Christians, Christians only (only)
Serving Jesus, our only plea
If we'd all give up to the precious Son (to the Son)
We could all be one, that's what we need

Of all the people who follow Jesus
And try to please Him and do what's right
How we would profit if we'd remember
He prayed that we would all unite

Repeat Chorus 1

Just look around you at the churches
Who worship Jesus as Lord and King
With all their troubles and their divisions
I wish that we could hear them sing

Repeat Chorus 1

Chorus 2:
Let's Be Christians (let's be Christians), Christians only (only)
Serving Jesus (serving Jesus), our only plea (only plea)
If we'd all give up (if we'd give it all) to the precious Son (to the Son)
We could live as one (live as one), that's what we need (what we need)
We could all be one (we could live as one), that's what we need (that's what we need)

Scriptural Reference:

"He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one."  John 11:51-52

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There's Water In the Plan

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982)
This song also appeared as "Water in the Plan" on Songs We Like to Sing by The Sounds of Glory and Signature Songs by The Sounds of Glory.

Lyrics:

I know there's water (yes, there's water)
In the plan (water in the plan)
Yes, there's water (yes, there's water)
In the plan (water in the plan)
If you listen to the Bible (in the Bible)
And not to man (and not to man)
You'll clearly understand (in order to be forgiven)
If you want to be forgiven (be forgiven)
No, not a work (no, not a work)
It's not an option (not an option)
That you can shirk (that you can shirk)
Oh yes there's water (yes, there's water)
I know there's water (yes, there's water)
Oh yes, there's water in the plan

On the birthday of the kingdom as we read it in the Bible in Acts 2:38
Peter told the people that they had to be forgiven before it was too late
Because the death of the Messiah they had ushered to be hastened and there they crucified
The one and only Savior they stood and watched Him die (upon the cross of Calvary)
Some tender hearts were open and then they started to believe in just what Peter said
Jesus had been right so they had to make a point to see the Son of God was dead
But the grave it wouldn't hold Him, 'cause the rock had been a rollin' and He came forth from grave
The Prince of Peace that God had sent to save

Repeat Chorus

Nicodemus came to Jesus and was told it was essential that he had to be born again
Of the water and the spirit, yes He made it very clear that there was water in the plan
And the last and final mission, just before His great ascension He mentioned it once more
Tellin' them to teach it and do it in all the world (how you make disciples)
Even Paul the great apostle had to write of its importance 'cause his sins had been washed away
Though he was a persecutin' and Ananias came unto him and he was born again that day
So if you want to put on Jesus and be in His saving body well there is no other route
The word of God has spelled it clearly out

Bridge:
Well, men may teach against it and provide another plan
Many roads are offerred by the world
But God needs no improvement by a weak and feeble man
The Lord's way is the best I've ever heard

I know there's water (yes, there's water)
In the plan (water in the plan)
Yes, there's water (yes, there's water)
In the plan (water in the plan)
If you listen to the Bible (in the Bible)
And not to man (and not to man)
You'll clearly understand (oh, to be forgiven)
If you want to be forgiven (be forgiven)
No, not a work (no, not a work)
It's not an option (not an option)
That you can shirk (that you can shirk)
I know there's water (yes, there's water)
Oh yes, there's water (yes, there's water)
I know there's water in the plan
Oh yes, there's water in the plan

Scriptural Reference:

"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"  Acts 2:38
"'Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.'  So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days."  Acts 10:47-48

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A Very Special Time

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982) 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Drop in the Bucket by Acappella Children.

Lyrics:

Ain't there trouble around us? (yes, there's trouble around)
Oh yes there's trouble around us (yes, there's trouble around)
And ain't there hatred about us? (yes, there's hatred about)
You know there's hatred about us (you know, there's hatred about)

Chorus 1:
But don't you know that it's a very special time to be living in this world
It's a very special hour to be alive
'Cause my Jesus Christ gave in to the cross of Calvary
And He's reigning now, it's so great to be alive

Ain't there confusion about us? (yes, confusion's about)
Yes there's confusion about us (there's confusion about)
And ain't there temptation around us? (yes, temptation's about)
You know there's temptation around us (you know, temptation's around)

Chorus 2:
But let me tell you it's a very special time to be living in this world
It's a very special hour to be alive
'Cause my Jesus Christ gives me hope and the strength with which to cope
With the world so bad, it's so great to be alive

Bridge:
It's so great to be alive!
It's so wonderful to understand
That no matter where the world goes
My destiny is in His hands

But ain't our world now in trouble? (it's in trouble our world)
You know our world is in trouble (it's in trouble our world)
And don't the world need a Savior (needs a Savior our world)
We need to show them the Savior (needs a Savior our world)

Chorus 3:
But don't you know that it's a very special time to be living in this world
It's a very special hour to be alive
'Cause my Jesus won't forget that He promised to return
And He's coming soon, it's so great to be alive!

Repeat Chorus 3

Yes He's coming soon, it's so great to be alive!

Scriptural Reference:

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."  John 16:33

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You Haven't Lived

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982)

Lyrics:

Well I can't imagine a good life without Jesus (without Jesus)
'Cause He gives life a purpose and make it real (yes, He makes it real)
And there's no way to describe the love that's between us (that's between us)
And for those who haven't found Him, here's how I feel (how I feel)

And I know...

Chorus:
You haven't lived, haven't lived, haven't lived until you've had Jesus in your life (you may have run all around)
You may have run all around, you might have partied the town (it's still not there), but the joy is still not there
No, you cannot give, cannot give, cannot give like Jesus, who died to make you free (you ought to turn to the One)
So if you're lookin' for fun, you ought to turn to the One (you ought to turn to Him) for the joy that He can share

There are way too many people who've heard about Him (heard about Him)
And don't know what they're missing and have lived without (they have lived without)
'Cause He's the only source of our contentment (our contentment)
And He can show what living is all about (all about)

Repeat Chorus

He can share with you the meaning of creation (of creation)
He can walk with you and show you how to live (He can show you just the way to live)
He can share with you His good news of Salvation (of Salvation)
He has given all He possibly can give (He can give)

Don't you know...

You haven't lived, haven't lived, haven't lived until you've had Jesus in your life (you may have run all around)
You may have run all around, you might have partied the town (it's still not there), but the joy is still not there
No, you cannot give, cannot give, cannot give like Jesus, who died to make you free (you ought to turn to the One)
So if you're lookin' for fun, you ought to turn to the One (you ought to turn to Him) for the peace that He can
And the love that He can and the joy that He can share (you haven't lived, haven't lived until you've had Jesus in your life, yeah)

Scriptural Reference:

"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."  Romans 6:4
"In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."  Romans 6:11
"For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."  1 Corinthians 15:22

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And This Is Life

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982)
This song also appeared on Acappella Country by The Acappella Company.

Lyrics:

Chorus:
And this is life eternal
That they might know thee, the only true God
And Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent

I have glorified beyond the earth
I have finished the work which thou givest me to do
And now oh Father
Glorify thou me with thine own self
With the glory which I had with Thee
Before the world was (world was)

Repeat Chorus

I have manifested thy name
Unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world
Thine they were and thou givest them me
And they have kept thy Word

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word."  John 17:3-6 (KJV)

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For Jesus Instead

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982) 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Drop in the Bucket by Acappella Children.

Lyrics:

When I heard of salvation and of reconciliation
I decided I would change my ol' ways (I decided I would change my ol' ways)
Yes, I fully repented adn I made a real commitment
That will last me for the rest of my days (for the rest of my days)
Oh, I don't mind when I'm givin' Him my time
Yes, I'll do it 'til the day that I'm dead
When I live for Him, brother, I'll not take to any other
'Cause I'm livin' for Jesus instead

Chorus:
For Jesus instead (I've been livin')
For Jesus instead
For Jesus instead (I've been livin')
For Jesus instead
For Jesus instead (I've been livin')
For Jesus instead
For Jesus instead (I've been livin')
For Jesus instead

Well, the way I've been livin' and the work that I've been givin'
I've been doing it all for the Son (I've been doing it all for the Son)
And when times were a testin' and when Satan started pressin'
I decided that I wouldn't run (no, I didn't frown)
No, I didn't frown when ol' Satan came around
I just stuck by my guns and I said,
"You must be mistaken and you sin I'm not a-takin'
'Cause I'm livin' for Jesus intead"

Repeat Chorus

For Jesus instead

Well if you life's a revival and you're readin' your Bible
And you're trustin' in God as your friend (trustin' in God as your friend)
If you're sharin' the message and to people you're a blessin'
And the Spirit is livin' within (well, you don't care)
Well, you don't care when the people start to share
And to say that you're out of your head
It'll never get to you when ol' Satan tries to fool you
'Cause you're livin' for Jesus instead

Repeat Chorus

I've been livin', yes I'm livin'
I've been livin' for Jesus instead

Scriptural Reference:

"So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul--men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."  Acts 15:25-26

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To Be With You

Words and music: Keith Lancaster (1982) 1988 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Sweet Fellowship by Acappella.

Lyrics:

Dear Lord, I now address you, and tell you I can't see
How you could give your precious life for a human wretch like me
But if it would be possible to thank you face to face
I would give a million worlds like this to be with you in that place

Please hear my prayer, my Savior, and please don't make it long
'Til I can live and share with you the feelings of this song
'Cause I'm so week and sinful, Oh, who else could plead my case?
I would give a million worlds like this to be with you in that place

Be kind to me, Oh Father, when Judgement Day draws near
I'll serve you and I'll praise your name while I am waiting here
And if I could be honored just to gaze upon your face
I would give a million worlds like this to be with you in that place

I would give a million worlds like this to be with you in that place

Scriptural Reference:

"They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads."  Revelation 22:4

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Come and Take Me Home

Words and music: Keith Lancaster 1982 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Country by The Acappella Company.

Lyrics:

Chorus:
(Oh Lord, won't you) Come and take me home
Come and take me home
Come and take me home (come and take me home)
('Cause I've been so weary) I'm so weary living here below
Come and take me home (come and take me home)

I've been so lonesome on my travels here
Who could be satisfied without you near?
I've grown impatient and I just can't wait
So with your coming Lord don't hesitate

Repeat Chorus

The way you bless me Lord it's oh so fine
I'm very thankful for the joy that's mine
With all I have now still it can't compare
With all the happiness awaiting me there

Repeat Chorus

Come and take
Come and take
Come and take me, please won't you take me home
Oh Lord, now won't you please hear my pleas
Come and take me home

Repeat Chorus (x3 with stepouts)

Scriptural Reference:

"But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness."  2 Peter 3:13

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