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AcaDisc #36- Once Upon A Tree by Vocal Union

Original Release: 2000 The Acappella Company
Available through The Acappella Company
Executive Producer: Keith Lancaster
Producer: Gary Miller
Production Assistants: Allen Krehbiel and Ryan Thomas
Engineers: Gary Miller, Allen Krehbiel, and Michael Forehand
Assistant Engineers: Steve Camping, Brian Wiersma, and Ryan Thomas
Recorded At: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Mixed by: Gary Miller
Mastered by: Hank Williams at Master Mix
Album Design: Eicher Design
Members: Gary Miller - "Sub" Bass
                Brian Wiersma - Bass/Baritone
                Ryan Thomas - Bass/Baritone
                Allen Krehbiel - Bass/Tenor
                Bruce Coleson - Tenor
                Michael Forehand - "Power" Tenor
                Steve Camping - "Sky" Tenor
Additional vocals: Rob Williams

Song List

I Know
Fill Me Up
Just'A Passin' Through
Only One
Wish I'd Seen It
All About My Savior
I've Got The Spirit
Once Upon A Tree
When I See Jesus
East To West

I Know

Words and music: Gary Miller 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Allen Krehbiel
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Chorus:
I know (I know) that Jesus loves me
And I know (I know) that He gave His life for me
I know (I know) that He save'a my soul
And wrote my name on the roll
Well I know for sure that I was lost, now I'm found
And now I know that I'm Heaven bound
And I know (I know) for sure (For sure)
And I know that I know that I know

Well it's not by works that I have done
But it's not just my imagination
That I've got this blessed assurance, a peace down deep in my soul
My God gave up His precious Son
To secure my soul's salvation
Now I'm standing on His promises
Believin' every word that He says, mm yes well

Repeat Chorus

Well it's not that I have earned it
And be sure I don't deserve it
But I've been born into a Heavenly family
A royal nationality
My God above is my Father
And the King of King's, my elder brother
And nothing on earth will ever worry me
I'm living for eternity, oh yeah and

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Oh yes, I know (I know) for sure (for sure)
And I know that I know that I know
You better believe that I know (I know) for sure (for sure)
And I know that I know that I know (that I know, that I know, that I know)

Scriptural Reference:

"I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ."  Romans 15:29

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Fill Me Up

Words and music: Gary Miller 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Steve Camping
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Will you...

Chorus:
Fill me up
Bread of Heaven, fill me
Enlighten me, Bright and Morning Star
Build me up, Master Builder, build me
Empower me, Mighty Great I Am

Fill me up (x4)

They throw me out on the raging sea
Swallow me up where no soul should be
Roll me 'round in the depths of hell
Sin and guilt like a prison cell
And when I've reached it, can take no more
You pull me out safely to the shore
And when I've lost all my will to stand
You lift me up with Your mighty hand
And you...

Repeat Chorus

Fill me up (x4) (oh Lord, fill me)

They throw me down to the lions' den
Surround me 'round wicked evil men
They watch expecting my heart to faint
Listen will I deny my faith?
And when I've reached it, you give me more
You pull my out from the lions' roar
And when I've lost all my will to stand
You lift me up with Your mighty hand
And you...

Repeat Chorus

And heal me up (fill me up), Great Physician, heal me
Inhabit me, Gentle Comforter (Mighty Gentle Comforter)
Use me up (use me up), Holy master, use me
Empower me, Mighty Great I Am (Mighty Great I Am)

Fill Me up (x8 with stepouts)

Scriptural Reference:

"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."  Psalm 16:11

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Just'A Passin' Through

Words and music: Gary Miller and Allen Krehbiel 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Allen Krehbiel
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Justi...Justi...Justi...Justified

Chorus:
Justified, my sins forgiven and
Sanctified, I've got a new beginning
Now I'm a stranger here
I'm just a passin' through
(Oh don't you know that I'm a passin through)
Crucified with Christ and arisen and
Glorified, I've got a home in Heaven
Now I'm a stranger here
I'm just a passin' through

Startin' today, I'm facin' tomorrow
No trouble with sin, no trouble with sorrow
Jesus my Lord, Him I will follow
On the straight and narrow
Maybe today, maybe tomorrow
He's comin' back, the trumpets they'll be blowin'
Mansions above, and the streets of pure gold now
Waitin' for me in Heaven I know

Repeat Chorus

Ready to stay, ready to go on
To finish that race, keep on a runnin'
I'll fight the good fight, I'll keep pressin' on now
Toward my goal of Heaven above
And while I'm below, while I'm a stranger
I'm keepin' the faith, I'll keep on a prayin'
For when He comes back, we'll all be ready
To live forever in a haven of love

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
He promised by His grace, He's prepared me a place (passin' through)
This world is not my home (passin' through)
until he calls me to leave, I'm certain of my belief (passin' through)
That Jesus Christ is life and through His blood I'm

Justified, my sins forgiven and
Sanctified, I've got a new beginning
Now I'm a stranger here
I'm just a passin' through
Until I'm raised anew, I'm just a passin'
Crucified with Christ and arisen and
Glorified, I've got a home in Heaven
Now I'm a stranger here
I'm just a passin' through (I'm a passin' through)

Well don't you know that
I'm just a stranger here, I'm just a passin' through (I'm just a stranger, I'm just a passin' through)
Oh yeah, well oh yeah
Well I'm a stranger in this world
And I can't wait to meet my Lord (I'm just a stranger, I'm just a passin' through)
I'm just a stranger here, just a passin' through
You know that I'm just a passin' through

Scriptural Reference:

"I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while."  Romans 15:24b

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Only One

Words and music: Bruce Coleson and Gary Miller 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Mike Forehand
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Millions of stars in the sky
The universe beams with it's endless display
Millions of galaxies bright
Suns, planets, and moons, like our own Milky Way
Millions of creatures below
The creation explodes with its species and kinds
Millions of types in the sea
The earth, and the air, great abundance to find

In all of creation there's more
One reason, One power, One source

Chorus:
There's only One Father
There's only One Son
There's only One Spirit by which we are won
Only one (one, only one, only One), there's only One (one, only one, only One)
There's only One Truth
Only One Way
There's only one life we should lead everyday
Only one (one, only one, only One), there's only one (one, only one, only One)

Bridge:
Father, here what we pray,
Father, show us the way.
Bring us together with power to save
Lead us and guide us today

Millions of souls on the earth
All nations and tongues, with their cultures and ways
Many religious beliefs
Denominations and creeds, with their systems of faith
And millions of hearts so alone
With no purpose to know, no direction, no goal
Millions who long to be won,
They're in need of the truth, they're in need of the Son

In all of creation there's so much more (so much more to this life)
One reason, One power, One source (there is only one source)

There's only One Father
There's only One Son
There's only One Spirit by which we are won
Only one (one, only one, Only one), there's only One (one, only one, Only one)
There's only One (one, only one, Only one)
There's only One (one, only one, Only one)
There's only One (one, only one, Only one)
There's only One

Scriptural Reference:

"'Why do you ask me about what is good?' Jesus replied. 'There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.'"  Matthew 19:17

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Wish I'd Seen It

Words and music: Bruce Coleson 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Brian Wiersma
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

I wish I'd a seen it (yeah yeah)
I oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
When Noah parked that big, bad boat on a mountain top somewhere
When the animals walked off two by two,
And Mighty God said, "This new world's up to you" (yeah, yeah)
I wish I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah)

I wish I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah)
I oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
When Moses parted that sea so wide
And the Israelites walked to the other side
What a special sight to see
All of God's children singin', dancin' free (yeah, yeah)
I wish I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah)

Chorus:
All great stories from the Testament Old
All great stories, so they're told
They're all alive in our hearts today
Listen now brother to what I say
What a great time to be a child of God
To see old Moses stretchin' out that rod
To see him turn the water red
To hear what Pharoah said

I wish I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah)
I oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
When God told Joshua "It's time to go
And hit those horns with a mighty blow"
For seven days they walked around
And the Jericho walls came a crumblin', tumblin' down (yeah, yeah)
I wish I'd a seen it (oh yeah)

I wish I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah)
I oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
To hear King David play and sing
Droppin' that giant with a stone and sling
To see that army turn and run,
Through the power of God the battle had been won (yeah, yeah)
I wish I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah) (seen it, yeah)

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
I'd a seen it (I wish I'd seen it)
When my God spoke and the world was here
I'd a seen it (I wish I'd seen it)
When He made that fiery cloud appear
I'd a seen it (I wish I'd seen it)
What a wonderful sight to see
When the children of God would sing and shout
When the fish spit Jonah out

Repeat Chorus

I wish I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah)
I oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
Oh, I'd a seen it (yeah, yeah)
I oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
I wish I'd seen it, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
To see it (yeah, yeah)
I oughta been there (yeah, yeah)
I wish I'd a seen it (Yeah!)
I wish I'd seen it

Scriptural Reference:

"Then God said to Noah, 'Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you--the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground--so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it.' So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds--everything that moves on the earth--came out of the ark, one kind after another." Genesis 8:15-19
"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea...The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen--the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore." Exodus 14:21-23, 28-30
"Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood" Exodus 7:20
"On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, 'Shout! For the LORD has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.' When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city." Joshua 6:15-20
"Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran." 1 Samuel 17:49-51
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1
"And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land" Jonah 2:10

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All About My Lord

Words and music: Allen Krehbiel 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Allen Krehbiel, with all on stepouts
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Listen up!
'Cause it's all about my Savior

Listen everybody, gonna sing a song and it's
(All about my Lord)
We could be singin' here all night long
(All about my Lord)
Lift a vocal offering
(All about my Lord)
Just open up your heart and sing
(All about my Savior)

Chorus:
Jesus is watching and waiting for you to let Him in
(Jesus is watching, Jesus is waiting, Let Him in, let Him in, you know you gotta let Him in, yeah)
The message we bring and the reason we sing is Him
(Message we're bringing, reason we're singing is Him, It's..it's all about Jesus)

Well everybody join with a vocal praise yeah
(All about my Lord)
Well don't you know it's not about us or the songs we raise
(All about my Lord)
We've gotta tell you 'bout this love we've found
(All about my Lord)
Because He's one Friend you just can't live without
(All about my Savior)

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Never gonna find a better friend
Who can offer us a love that will never end than Him (my friend)
Everybody's got a friend in Him
Never gonna find a greater peace
Never gonna find another who can set you free from sin
(You know He gonna set you free)
You know it's all about Him
He's loved you forever just like He said
And I know that He is callin', and you better let Him in
(Amen, Amen! Let Him, let Him, everybody better let Him in)
Notes evolve into an offering
'Cause the one and only aim for the songs we sing is Him
It's all about Jesus

Well come on and listen up, we're gonna sing a song and it's
(All about my Lord)
Don't you know that we could be singin' here all night long
(All about my Lord)
Come and lift your vocal offering
(All about my Lord)
Just open up your heart to sing
(All about my Savior)

Repeat Bridge

Repeat Chorus and Bridge (together)

You know it's all about Jesus, it's
All about my Lord!

Scriptural Reference:

"Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world" Isaiah 12:5

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I've Got The Spirit

Words and music: Ken McAlpin, Gary Miller, and Brian Wiersma 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared in Spanish as "Tengo a Esperanza" on Voces by Voces.
Lead: Mike Forehand
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Chorus:
I've got the Spirit
The Spirit within me
I've got the joy
Down deep in my soul
I've got a feelin'
A wonderful feelin'
I've got the Spirit
And He's takin' control

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

(Sometimes, sometimes my heart)
Sometimes my heart grows faint,
And sometimes I fall (When I'm losin' my way)
Sometimes I lose my way
Sometimes I lose control (Each time)
Each time You move my way
And each time I call (When I'm with You to pray)
Each time You hear when I pray
Each and every time you're taking care of it all

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

(Sometimes, sometimes I'm afraid)
Sometimes my heart's afraid,
And sometimes I cry (When I'm losin' my faith)
Sometimes I lose my faith,
Sometimes I just don't know why (Each time You understand)
But each time, You understand,
And each time I try (You're holdin' my hand)
And each time you're holding my hand
Everytime You do the wonderful things that You do

Repeat Chorus with stepouts (x2)

He's takin' control
He's takin' control
I've got the Spirit

Scriptural Reference:

"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26

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Once Upon A Tree

Words and music: Keith Lancaster and Bruce Coleson 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Gary Miller (Chorus) and Steve Camping (Bridge)
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Once upon a tree
He died at Calvary
Once upon a tree
He suffered loss
Greatest story told
Starting with these few words
No not with once upon a time
But once upon a tree

Chorus:
Once upon a tree (on a tree)
He died at Calvary
Once upon a tree (on a tree)
He suffered loss (He paid the cost)
Greatest story told (ever told)
Starting these few words (these words)
No not with once upon a time
But once upon a tree (tree, a, a tree)

Bridge:
Upon it they crucified (My Jesus)
He suffered, He bled and died
(That you and I) So that you and I can receive the gift of life
(He cried) He cried at Gethsemane
(Let this cup pass from me) "Father, please let this pass from me"
(But then He died) Then He took up His cross
The Savior of man to be (For You, for You)
To be

Repeat Chorus

No not with once upon a time,
But once upon a tree

Scriptural Reference:

"They killed him by hanging him on a tree" Acts 10:39b
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24

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When I See Jesus

Words and music: Bruce Coleson and Gary Miller 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Bruce Coleson, Ryan Thomas, and Steve Camping
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

I have seen a lot of changes in this world we're livin' in
And the positives are few and far between
The hate, the greed, the jealosy, this world is filled with sin
But a better life's remaining to be seen

I have seen a lot of dissappointing things in my own life
It's impossible to do what's right it seems
It's grieving me to see in our hearts bitterness and strife
But a better life's remaining to be seen

Chorus:
When I see Jesus, I will know Him by the nail scars in His hands
When I see Jesus, I will know that I have reached the Promised Land
I'll see His glory in the eyes
Of every child of God in sight
When I see Jesus I'll know everything's alright

Moses sent twelve spies to Canaan land to see what they could see
There to spy out all the possibilities
And although ten of them only saw embarrasing defeat
Caleb and Joshua saw only victory

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
When I see Jesus
I never will look back on this whole world (never looking back)
When I see Jesus
Forever I will live in glory above

A man named Saul was traveling along the Damascus Road one day
Persecution of God's church was on his mind
Then the Savior struck him blind for his redemption to reveal
That a better way's remaining to be seen

Christians, see the church is made of people just like you and me
For it's sure we're full of fallability
But on that last great day when Jesus comes to set His people free
A perfect church forever we will be

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, 'The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.'"  Numbers 14:6-7
"As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'"  Acts 9:3-4

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East To West

Words and music: Gary Miller 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Glorious God by The Acappella Company and in Spanish as "Tan Lejos" on Voces by Voces.
Lead: Steve Camping
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

As far as the east is from the west
As far as the worst is from the best
As far as the future's from the past
As for as the first is from the last

He is holy (You are holy, Lord)
I'm unworthy (I'm unworthy, Lord)
He is faithful (You are faithful, Lord)
In all of His ways (In all His ways)
He is worthy (You are worthy, Lord)
I'm unholy (I'm unholy, Lord)
He has taken my sins away (Oh so far away)
And oh how far He's taken
My sins away from me

As far as the Heaven's from the earth
As far as the dying from the birth
As far as the darkness from the light
As far as the blindness from the sight

He is holy
I'm unworthy
He is faithful
In all of His ways
He is worthy
I'm unholy
He has taken my sins away
And oh har far He's taken
My sins away from me
And oh how far He's taken
Our sins away from us
And oh how far He's taken
My sins away from me

Scriptural Reference:

"As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." Psalm 103:12

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Allen Krehbiel, Mike Forehand, Jennifer Roach

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