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AcaDisc #151- Life by New Reign

Original Release: 2004 Oklahoma Christian University
Available through New Reign
Executive Producer: Risa Forrester
Producers: Vincent Mudd and Wes McKinzie
Engineer: Stephen Tyler
Recorded and Mixed at: White Rose Studios- Guthrie, OK
Design: Jonathan Curtis
Members: Adam Herndon - Bass
                 Jonny Williams - Baritone and Vocal Percussion
                 Kody King - Tenor and Vocal Percussion
                 Leslie Ruth - Alto and Tenor
                 Kristina Riggs - Alto and Tenor
                 Misty Russell - Soprano and Alto
Additional Vocals: Addi Herndon, Jala Herndon, Wes McKinzie, and Vincent Mudd

Song List

Life
Doin' It Up
You Can Come
How Could You Say No?
Freedom
Different Kind of Free
Abba Father
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
With a Little Love
Ignorance Ain't Bliss
(You Don't Know) Anything
Acappellogy

Life

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Kristina Riggs

Lyrics:

Chorus 1:
Iíve come that you might
Have life more abundantly
Iíve come that you might (have life)
Have life more abundantly

Got a story to tell and I've got to know
íBout a man who gave His life, though He never did no wrong
Let me explain the reason why
When He said died so you could have eternal life (He said)

Chorus 2:
Iíve come that you might (have life)
Have life more abundantly
Iíve come that you might (He came down for your life)
Have life more abundantly

He gave it all for you and me (for you and me)
So that we could live life more abundantly (more abundantly)
I tell the world everywhere I go
He gave His life and everyone should know (He said)

Chorus 3:
Iíve come that you might
Have life more abundantly (more abundantly)
Iíve come that you might (have life)
Have life more abundantly

Guys (Girls) [Stepout]:
Life (life), Life (life), Life [He gave His life for you and I]
(He came down and gave His self for you and I)
He came down and gave His Life (life), Life (life), Life
(He came all the way down and gave His self for you and I)
He came down and gave His Life (life), Life (life), Life [He gave His life for you and I so that we could have eternal life]
(He came down and gave His self for you and I)
He came down and gave His Life (life), Life (life), Life [take His gift of life]
(He came all the way down and gave His self for you and I)
He came down and gave His Life (life)

Scriptural Reference:

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."  John 10:10

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Doin' It Up

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Kody King

Lyrics:

Background:
Doiní it up, Doiní it up, Doiní up
Doiní it up, Doiní it up, Doiní up
Doiní it up, Doiní it up, Doiní up

Repeat Background

(Repeat Background x2)
Youíre with me, Iím still not sure how
All I know is that Iím here with you now
Everyday is a treasure I know
So Iíll hold on to you till I have to let you go, yeah

Prechorus:
Every day I leave behind
A piece of me that I may never find again, yeah
So today Iíll give you the best of me [Repeat Background]
íCause you never know when we might see the end
Of our time together

Chorus:
Every minute with you means more to me
Than all of the gold Iíll ever see
And the memories will forever and always be
(You will find them) In a happy little corner of my heart

Doiní it up, Doiní it up, Doiní up
Doiní it up, Doiní it up, Doiní up
Doiní it up, Doiní it up, Doiní up

Days go by (days go by) way too fast
Whatís perfect one minute is quickly the past
What will come (what we come) we just donít know (we don't know)
So Iíll hold on to you till I have to let you go, yeah

Repeat Prechorus

Repeat Chorus

Chances are there will come a day
When life wonít always be this way
And I donít wanna look back and regret all the things that I didnít say

Repeat Prechorus

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you."  1 Thessalonians 3:6

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You Can Come

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Jala Herndon

Lyrics:

You can come as you are
You can come as you are (You can come as you are, have nothing to fear)

Iíve been chasing you so long
And you keep running away
I keep singing this song to you
And hope that you will hear me say

Chorus:
You can come (You can come)
Just as you are (as you are)
You can lay your burdens here
You can come (You can come)
Just as you are (as you are)
Child, you have nothing to fear

Every night I see you cry
In perfect solitude
I keep whispering on the wind
That I am here for you

What will it take to get through to you?
Should I open up the sky?
Would you believe in miracles
Or would you say I lied?

What if I could ease your pain
By giving up my life
Would you let me hold you then
And leave the past behind?

Repeat Chorus

You can come
Just as you are
You can lay your burdens here

Scriptural Reference:

"And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name."  Acts 22:16

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How Could You Say No?

Words and Music: Mickey Cates © 1981 Straightaway Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Classics 2 by The Acappella Company, Acappella Classics Longplay by The Acappella Company, and X-Changed by X-Changed and as "How Can You Say No" on Write a Message to the Devil by Cross Examined and His Last Days by Cross Examined.
Lead: Addi Herndon

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 (hold out His arms, His nail-scarred hands)
He'd hold out His arms with His nail-printed 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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Freedom

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Kody King and Leslie Ruth

Lyrics:

The savior sailed across the water
He traveled all the way from Galilee
He met a man consumed by demons
A sorry soul in misery
And you know no one cared about him
They just let that man run wild
But my Jesus had compassion
And said, ďI have something, for you my childĒ
ďCome here, hold my hand, and Iíll take you on a journey with meĒ

Later there was this woman
Sheíd been suffering for so many years
She said, ďIf I could just touch His garmentĒ
ďThen there would be no more tearsĒ
But the crowds they beat down around her
But somehow she made it through
And my Jesus had compassion
And said, ďIíve got something for you my childĒ
ďCome here, hold my hand, and Iíll take you on a journey with meĒ
ďOh, take a little walk with meĒ

Chorus:
Donít you know we all need emancipation
Deliverance and release
Donít you know we all need to find salvation
And itís within our reach
And donít you know that everyone is gonna be called one day
To account for the things weíve done
And I know on that day I want to say that the Lord has given me
Freedom

Why do I always have to tell you how I feel?
Canít you see youíre the one, the only one
That ever meant something to me?
I want...

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.  When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town.  For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.  When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, 'What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!'  For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man.  Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places."  Luke 8:26-29
"And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.  'Who touched me?' Jesus asked.  When they all denied it, Peter said, 'Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.'  But Jesus said, 'Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.'  Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet.  In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.  Then he said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.'"  Luke 8:43-48

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Different Kind of Free

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Addi Herndon

Lyrics:

Broken hearts, broken homes
Thereís a war deep in motion
Fighting hard to find some kind of peace of mind
Breathing in, breathing out
Missing life, living doubt
Searching for a cure, some kind of open door

Prechorus:
Bring it back to the beginning
To the first taste of shame
A fallen world in waiting
Only one could take the blame
Fast forward to the ending
One truth remains
Thereís a miracle waiting
For all who speak His name

Chorus:
Take my life, my liberty
Itís all but a breath in the grand scheme of things
And I have found eternity
Itís a different kind of free and they canít take it from me

Pleading the most worthy cause
For the innocence we lost
With His tears of blood He started freedomís flood
As the worldís opinions sway
My beliefs will not be changed
Nothing ever can take me from His hand

Repeat Prechorus

Repeat Chorus

Yeah, sure I remember
Matter fact it was just last September
She still calls it the fall to remember
Little Heather when it all came together
Said you remember the first time you met us?
She cried when it rained and blamed the weather
But inside she strained with suicide letters
The kind of cold you couldnít warm with a sweater
Hardly lasted past December
Said she was headed down to defeat
Thatís the last youíd seen, and never had dreamed
Thatís the same little Heather you saw last week
In an instant you couldnít have missed her gleam
As she listened, she looked like a distant queen
With a difference there for all to see
She found a different, a different kind of free

Repeat Chorus

So take my life, my liberty
Itís all but a breath in the grand scheme of things
And I have found eternity

Scriptural Reference:

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."  Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Abba Father

Words and Music: Words and music: Gary Moyers and Kevin Schaffer © 1999 Clifty Music
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
This song also appeared on All That I Need by Acappella and in Spanish as "Abba Padre" on Voces by Voces.
Lead: Adam Herndon

Lyrics:

Somebody feels hopeless
Somebody despairs
Somebody walks a path alone
Watching others walk around in pairs
Somebodyís in the street now
Somebodyís in doubt
Somebody has no place to go
Somebody cries out saying

Chorus:
Abba (Abba), Father (Father), take me (take me) higher
Abba (Abba), Father (Father), take me home

Somebody is hungry
Somebodyís in pain
Somebody sleeps alone in fear
Somebodyís in shame
Somebody needs a friend to lean on
Somebodyís not there
Somebodyís looking at the end
Somebodyís in prayer, praying

Repeat Chorus

You know the Lord our Father will take us home
Abba, Father
Well, now now

Repeat Chorus

You know the Lord our Father will take us home

Abba, Father, take me home
Abba, Father

Scriptural Reference:

"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory."  Romans 8:15-17 (1-17 cited on insert)
"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit woh calls out, 'Abba, Father.'"  Galatians 4:6

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Words: Isaac Watts (1707)
Music: Gregorian Chant (traditional)
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
This song also appeared on Favorite Hymns of the Firemen by The Firemen and as part of "When I Survey/Old Rugged Cross" on Hymns for All the World by Acappella.
Lead: Jala Herndon

Lyrics:

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the young Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

See, from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did eíer such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Scriptural Reference:

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With a Little Love

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Jonny Williams

Lyrics:

So far, my life has brought much peace
The joy that He brings, I have most everything
But what would I do if it were all to pass?
Iíve been blessed, what would I do?
If it were all taken away, what would I say?
I pray that myself, myself wonít be in the way

Chorus:
With a little love, with a little peace
I will be praying for peace
With a little hope, with a little ease
In time, the pain will cease
With a little love, with a little grief
I will be praying for peace
I will be praying when thereís nothing left of me

So far, most things have come easy
Thatís exactly why I must be ready
Sure, there have been days the challenge to obey
His strength I receive will never be taken away
So what would I say?
I pray that myself, myself wonít be in the way

Repeat Chorus

With a little love, with a little peace
I will be praying for peace
With a little hope, with a little ease
In time, the pain will cease
With a little love, with a little grief
I will be praying
I will be praying

Scriptural Reference:

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure."  Psalm 122:6

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Ignorance Ain't Bliss

Words and music: Wes McKinzie and John K. Green © 1993 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on U and Me and God Make 5 by AVB, The Road by AVB, and Hear It In Our Voice by The Acappella Company.
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Jonny Williams and Leslie Ruth

Lyrics:

(Spoken)
This is a song about perceptions, paradigms, and politics
Borne out of the prejudices that plague us as a people
Get the point?
Then lets proceed...

Cause Ignorance ain't bliss when it comes in the form of a dis
Prejuidice and racial perception from a distance breeds misconceptions
A man's skin color ain't the place to start
You gotta get close, get into the heart
Otherwise, there's a lot you'll miss
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss
Get this

Chorus:
What makes you think he would let you get by
Using ignorance as an alibi?
Think again, there seems to be something you've missed
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)
Sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)

Society's confused when it comes to the way that we view
People from an outward perspective, with appearance we're so selective
A man's discarded if he dresses oddly
We avoid those with handicapped bodies
The retarded simply dismissed
Prejudicial ignorance sure ain't bliss

Repeat Chorus

What makes you stop short of makin' that move
To break the comfort zone you're accustomed to?
Open eyes, realize the truth you can't dismiss
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)
Sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)

Ignorance and arrogance, goin' hand in hand
Condescending judgments of our fellow man
Variety's the spice of life so what good is achieved
By division and derision of the differences we see

The Christian community
Must cease the negativity
'Cause a dose of humility
Will spark the cause of unity
Accept the reality
That it's our responsibility
To share our love consistenly
And work to be a family
That's the way (Yeah that's the way)
That's the way (Yeah that's the way)
That's the way (what?)

Prejudicial ignorance (sho ain't bliss)

Repeat Chorus

Now it's time to get personal...
The ministries on trial 'cause they fail to fit a certain style (we're on trial, different style)
People's praise snuffed out by tradition, policing music that's deemed "Un-Christian" (unjustly condemned)
You can't judge worship by a dance or groove (music's groove and)
To Him it's pleasing when the heart's in tune (heart's in tune)
It's a shame all the joy that's missed (praise is not a sin)
Legalistic ignorance sho ain't bliss (it's bliss)
Sing it out!

Repeat Chorus

What makes you stop short of makin' that move
To break the comfort zone you're accustomed to?
Open eyes, realize the truth you can't dismiss
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)
Sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)

Scriptural Reference:

"Do not judge according to appearances, but judge with righteous judgment." John 7:24
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28
"They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts."  Ephesians 4:18

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(You Don't Know) Anything

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Jonny Williams and Vincent Mudd

Lyrics:

You don't know anything, you don't know anything
You don't know anything, you don't know anything now
You don't know anything, you don't know anything now
You don't know anything, you don't know anything now

You say the world is doing okay
Thereís cash in your jeans and there's food on your plate (you don't know anything, you don't know anything now)
And by your standards I would agree
But thereís a whole world that you just canít see (you don't know anything, you don't know anything now)

Chorus 1:
You canít see all of the children cry
You never see the tears falling from their eyes
Youíre a million miles away and I gotta say
You donít know anything, you donít know anything now
Just because youíre living life like a king
Doesnít mean everybody does the same thing
Some of those kids never get a thing to eat
You donít know anything, you donít know anything now

Chorus 2:
You think that you can get away with it
Turn your eyes from the pain so it wonít exist
You need to pray to the Lord
You donít know anything, you donít know anything now
Ask Jesus Christ to come and live in you
Change your life and your soul and your world view
Ask Him to educate you
You donít know anything, you donít know anything now

Youíve had plenty of time to reach out to them
But instead of helping you plead ignorance
You think youíve made yourself exempt
From following God by lending a hand

Chorus 1

Chorus 2

You don't know anything, you don't know anything now

Youíll never know all the joy in life
Until you open up your eyes (you don't know anything, you don't know anything now)
Reach out your hand to a child in need
And see things change by a simple deed (you don't know anything, you don't know anything now)

Chorus 1

Chorus 2

You don't know anything, you don't know anything now

Scriptural Reference:

"Jesus looked at him and loved him.  'One thing you lack,' he said. 'Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.'"  Mark 10:21

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Acappellogy

Words and Music:  © 2004
Arrangement: Vincent Mudd and New Reign
Lead: Vincent Mudd

Lyrics:

Heard about a party now
Down in the city
The groups r gonna b there
Singiní pretty (hollah)

All of the soldiers
Need a lift sometimes
Listen 2 the groove yaíll
Let it revive ur mind

Full of inspiration
Brothers of Harmony
Straight Co., Sounds of Glory
Acappella, AVB (show your eyes)

Prechorus:
Call it what u like
Iím-a call it how it b
This is just another one of Godís gifts
Acappellogy

Chorus 1:
Keep the party moviní
Just like I told u
Kick the vocal sound
4 the Christian soldiers
Acappellogy

Wish eye had a dollar
4 everytime u say
Donít u miss the feeling
Music gave ya
Back in the day?

New Reign remembers
How they inspired
Hot chords, cool bass
The treble took u higher

Free Indeed, Timothy
Johnnie Wilder, Echo
New Creation, Revival
Glorify Him

Prechorus

Chorus 2:
Keep the party moviní (keep the party movin')
Just like I told u (just like I told u)
Kick the vocal sound (keep the party movin')
4 the Christian soldiers (just like I told u)
Acappellogy

Spoken Vocals:
Everybody bring it down right here now
Wes... don't you ever touch my stereo
I'll touch it if I want to

Keep the party movin', c'mon c'mon (x8)

Repeat Chrous 1

Everybody get down, to get up
Keep the old school joyful Christian soldiers
Keep the party movin', c'mon c'mon
Keep the party movin', c'mon c'mon
Keep the party movin', c'mon c'mon
Keep it, don't stop singin' (what?)

Scriptural Reference:

"The ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away."  Isaiah 51:11

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Leslie Ruth

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