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AcaDisc #48- Heroes of Faith by The Acappella Company (Acappella Scripture Songs)

Original Release: 1995 The Acappella Company
Available through the The Acappella Company
Produced by: Keith Lancaster and Gary Miller
Production Assistants: John Laws, Larry Sparks, and Darin Cochran
Engineers: Gary Miller, John Laws, Gary Miner, Darin Cochran, Norman Zuercher, Kevin Schaffer, and Robert Orr
Assistant Engineers: Roy Hawkins, Brishan Hatcher, Josh Harrison, Aaron Herman, Tim Storms, Steve Reischl, Duane Adams, Robert C. Guy, Gary Moyers, Scott Belin, and Hank Fenn
Recording Studios: Clifty Studios - Paris, TN
Mixed by: Gary Miller, John Laws, Kevin Schaffer, and Darin Cochran
Mastered by: Masterfonics
Vocals: Josh Harrison
            Gary Miller
            Duane Adams
            Aaron Herman
            Brishan Hatcher
            Gary Moyers
            Brian Randolph
            Andrew McNeil
            John Laws
            Hank Fenn
            Kevin Schaffer

Song List

Noah and His Family Were Saved - Noah
Man After God's Own Heart - David
She Loves Jesus - Mary Magdalene
John Wrote the Churches - Apostle John
Moses Was a Man of God - Moses
Enoch Walked With God - Enoch
Father Abraham - Abraham
Sarai, Sarah - Sarah
Wildman John - John the Baptist
Song for Joseph - Joseph

Noah and His Family Were Saved - Noah

Words and Music: Gary Miller and Hank Fenn 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Hank Fenn

Lyrics:

Well the world was wicked
Sin polluting the land
Satan ruled the hearts and minds of man
God saw light in Noah's clan
He knew that Noah would follow His plan

Where on earth is faithfulness?
A faith that God will bless?

Two by two all creatures comin' on board
Noah and his family and then God shut the door
For forty days and nights the floodwaters they poured
And everything living on earth was no more

Where on earth is faithfulness?
A faith that God will bless?
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord

Chorus:
Noah and his family obeyed
Noah and his family were saved

Brother Noah
(interlude)

Ararat - the ark at rest - the water subsided
Standin' on dry land and celebration minded
God saw their faith - a way he provided
And He gave a rainbow sign to keep us reminded

Noah's faithfulness
A faith that God did bless
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord

Repeat Chorus (x2)

(interlude)

Where on earth is faithfulness?
A faith that God will bless?
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord

Repeat Chorus

Oh yeah
Noah's faithfulness
A faith that God did bless
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord

Where on earth is faithfulness?
A faith that God will bless?
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord

Scriptural Reference:

"By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith."  Hebrews 11:7

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Man After God's Own Heart - David

Words and music: Gary Miller 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Gary Miller and Andrew McNeil

Lyrics:

There was a giant of the philistine nation (nation)
A mighty warrior standing ten feet tall
He shouted boastings that no Israelite could beat him
He was ungodly and as mean as his sin

A boy named David stepped up to the situation
Goliath's threats became a godly call
He chose some stones, and with God's force he started slingin'
He knew by faith the victory he would win

Chorus:
He was a man after God's own heart
He had a faith that set him apart
He showed commitment right from the start
He was a, he was a, he was a man after God's own heart

There was a king of the Israelite nation
Tall, dark and handsome, rich - his name was Saul
Lost his anointing due to sin's impatience
He disobeyed the Lord and next was his fall

The Lord called David to the situation
He was a young man, but he heard God's call
He'd be anointed, he'd be Saul's replacement
To lead God's nation, holy chosen of all

Repeat Chorus

He was a man after God's own heart

Repeat Chorus

Israel surrounded by the heathen nation
Edom and Moab and the Philistines
Their bloody swords dripping annihilation
Numbers and powers seemed they had it all

David the man of God addressed the situation (he prayed)
Gave thanks and praised the Lord all powerful
He stressed his faith among the congregation
Wherever David went the Lord helped him win

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Man after God's own heart (he was a man)
He was a man after God's own heart (he was a man, he was a man, he was a man)
The Lord is my Shephard, I shall not want (man after God's own heart)

Scriptural Reference:

"As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.   When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear."  1 Samuel 17:23-24
"Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.  Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.  He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him.  He said to David, 'Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?' And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  'Come here,' he said, 'and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!'  David said to the Philistine, 'You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord 's, and he will give all of you into our hands.'  As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  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."  1 Samuel 17:40-49
"After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'"  Acts 13:22

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She Loves Jesus - Mary Magdalene

Words and Music: Gary Miller  1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Aaron Herman

Lyrics:

There she lies, a sea of tears in her eyes
Washed away by sins she'd come to despise
Drowing deep in her deception and lies
She needs Jesus, yes she needs Jesus
How can she take a walk in the light?
How can she ever see what is right?
How can she escape the darkness of night?
She needs Jesus, yes she needs Jesus

Who would ever take this woman back? (take her back)
Who would ever give her half a chance? (give a chance)

Now she kneels, a sea of tears from her eyes
To wash his feet and with her hair she will dry
His compassion and forgiveness her prize
She meets Jesus, yes she meets Jesus
How can she compare to faithful and wise? (faithful and wise)
How can she ever be justified? (be justified)
How can she expect to be sanctified?
She meets, she meets Jesus, she meets Jesus

Mary lived a legacy
Her message left at Calvary
He set her free

Oh yes He did, you know He set her free

Here she stands, a sea of tears in her eyes
Above her head, her precious Friend crucified
Gently comforting the Lord as He dies
She loves Jesus, yes she loves Him
How can she stand with him as He cries?
How can she see her loved one denied?
How can she feel the spear in His side?
She loves Jesus (Jesus), yes you know she loves Him so

Jesus said He'd take this woman back (take her back)
Yes He promised her a second chance (given a chance)

She loves Him, she loves Jesus
Yes, you know she does
Oh yeah, she loves Jesus, she loves Jesus

Scriptural Reference:

"Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume."  John 12:3
"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene."  John 19:25

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John Wrote the Churches - Apostle John

Words and music: Gary Miller 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Duane Adams

Lyrics:

Chorus:
John wrote the churches
He said love one another
Love one another in the Lord
John wrote the churches
He said love one another
Love one another in the Lord

The Lord so carefully chose twelve, His steps to follow
Their path would lead them into times of joy and sorrow
But in the end we see just one with Jesus suffering
One with the Lord in faith and hope and holy loving

Repeat Chorus

The Lord saw love as number one in John's behavior
He knew that love would teach the world about the Savior
He drew John close with Peter, James and taught them fully
To turn the world around with love that's true and holy

Repeat Chorus

As Jesus died he took compassion on his mother
Her care he gave into the hands of John his brother
John was the one, he had the love, he knew the Spirit
To love the Lord and lead the church and not to fear it

John wrote the churches
Saying love one another
Love one another in the Lord
John wrote the churches
He said love one another
Love eachother in the Lord (love one another in the Lord)

(interlude)

Repeat Chorus

(interlude)

Scriptural Reference:

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."  John 13:34-35

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Moses Was a Man of God - Moses

Words and music: Gary Miller 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Andrew McNeil

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Moses was a man of God (Moses, Moses)
Moses was a man of God (Moses, Moses)
He's walkin's side by side and in His will abide (Moses, Moses)
Moses was a man of God (Moses, Moses, Moses)

Pharaoh's heart was hard against the Lord
He slaughtered Israel's baby boys
One was saved, saved from the heathen sword
Faith just couldn't be destroyed

By God's design Moses lived his life
An the palace of the king (of the king)
It was a holy sign, he's the royal line
He is a servant of the King of Kings (servant of the King oh Savior)

Repeat Chorus

When Moses realized he was an Israelite
And found out Yahweh had a plan
He heard his people's cry, he surely knew their plight
He had to lead them to the promise land (to the land that He had promised His children)

Through the Lord's inisitence, Moses showed resistance (Moses was afraid)
I guess he was afraid to go (you really know he didn't want to go)
But then his mind was made and no one could dissuade (he really made up his mind)
He had a power faithful God to show

Bridge:
Man of God, his faith fires are burning
Man of God, has love ever yearning

Repeat Chorus

People wandered in the wilderness of sin
Their faith in God was really a mess (really was a mess)
But Moses's faith held true, he really pulled them through
A faithful man the word confessed

It's true that in the end he did not enter in (did not, did not enter in)
He left the earth from Mt. Nebo
A great example though of godly selfless love
And yes the Lord did love him so (He loved him, He loved him, He love him so)

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Moses was a man of God (Moses, Moses, Moses)
Moses was a man of God (Moses, Moses, Moses)

Scriptural Reference:

"When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, 'I drew him out of the water.'"  Exodus 2:10
"This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death."  Deuteronomy 33:1

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Enoch Walked With God - Enoch

Words and music: Hank Fenn 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

Living by faith
Is a thing that's hard to do
Enoch was a man
Whose faith was strong and true
For 300 years
Enoch walked with God each day
Then he was no more
For God took him away

Chorus:
God took Enoch from this life
He was gone from earth but he did not die
Enoch's steadfast saving faith
Pleased God and He took him away

Faith is belief in God
Though he can't be seen
And without faith
He is impossible to please
For God rewards those
Who seek him earnestly
And as he did with Enoch
He will take them away

Repeat Chorus (x2)

(Took him away, took him away)

(interlude)

Scriptural Reference:

"Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away."  Genesis 5:24
"By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God."  Hebrews 11:5

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Father Abraham - Abraham

Words and Music: Kevin Schaffer and Gary Miller 1995 Clifty Music (BMI)/Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Kevin Schaffer

Lyrics:

He roamed the desert looking for a home
The only thing he knew was God said go
He didn't question when or why or where
He knew Jehovah was already there

Chorus:
Father Abraham, you trusted God no matter the plan
Father Abraham, all you needed was a word from the Great I Am
Father Abraham, you always kept God's promises in your hand
Father Abraham, I've always wanted to step out on faith, now I know I can
Thank you father Abraham

(interlude) (Abraham, Father Abraham)

A holy angel spoke about a son
Sarai laughed she said it couldn't be done
But she and Abraham chose to trust the Lord
And nine months later their baby boy was born

Repeat Chorus

(interlude) (Abraham)

Your only son was to be sacrificed
What would you do, what would you tell your wife?
You knew you had to do what God had said
By faith in God you knew he'd come back from the dead

(God loves you) How much God must have loved you at that moment (He understood what you're going through)
(A Sacrifice) Knowing soon He'd have to do the same (it's the only thing that He could do)
(Blessed Son) Through His son you were blessed
Your faith was counted as righteousness
Through His Son the world is saved (A son would save the world)

Repeat Chorus

(interlude) (Father Abraham, Father Abraham, Father Abraham, Father)

Scriptural Reference:

"By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise."  Hebrews 11:11
"By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, 'It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.'"  Hebrews 11:17-18

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Sarai, Sarah - Sarah

Words and music: Hank Fenn and Gary Miller 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Lydia Gott

Lyrics:

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah

A child of God, the wife of Abraham
She served the Lord, by the way she served her man yes
Through many trials, her faith withstood the test
And for ninety years she followed God
And her life was blessed
By faith her life was led (life was led)
And the promise of God was kept (and God's promises were kept)

Chorus 1:
Sarai: though you're barren
Sarah: you'll give birth to a son
Sarah: you'll be blessed by God
You're the mother of nations
Kings of people will come from you
Kings of people will come from you (come from you)

Sarah: A mother now to the son of Abraham (son of Abraham)
God was good to Sarah, just as he had said (so good, so good, so good, so good)
They gave the name Isaac to the son (Issac was a babe)
Sarah said laughter now has come through this little one (laughter has come through this little one)
By faith her life was led
And the promise of God was kept (and God's promises were kept)

Chorus 2:
Sarai: though you're barren
Sarah: you're gonna give birth to a son
Sarah: you'll be blessed by God
You're the mother of nations (of the nations)
Kings of people will come from you (Kings will come from you, from you, from you)
Kings of people will come from you (come from you)

Like the stars (like the starts) in the sky
Like the sand by the sea (by the sea)

Sarai, Sarah

Repeat Chorus 2 (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.  When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him.  Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.  Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.'"  Genesis 21:3-6

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Wildman John - John the Baptist

Words: Chris Gubelman and John Laws 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Music: John Laws and Gary Miller 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: John Laws

Lyrics:

Ever wonder what the Pharisees might have had to say about John the Baptist? "Oy! We saw that wild man in the desert today. I'd like to meet his tailor and smack him but good! And what with his hair all over the place! He calls us a mess?! Snakes he's calling us! And what is that stuff he's eating there? Well, it's kind of an acquired taste, but if you can learn to like wild honey, you've got to try the bees. I'm kind of partial to locusts myself only thing is I hate it when their little legs get stuck in your teeth."

Chorus:
Well, he's John the Baptist from the wilderness
What he's been doin' is anyone's guess
His kind of preachin' really cuts like a knife
Says the Lord is comin' better change your life

"Yep, you better believe it. What do you know...you've been under the sun too long! We are the children of Abraham! Hah! God can make children of Abraham out of these rocks! I think you got a few of them in your head...If I were you, I would repent and bear fruit... I'd rather bear a fruit than be a fruit. Hey! Come here! Do you wanna go for a swim? Get away from me!"

Repeat Chorus

In our pursuit of the truth
How often we are deceived
By trusting only that which we see
Would the unsearchable God
Merely show me his will
Through only those who look like me?

If it's the glory of Kings to search things out
And it's the glory of God to conceal
Then a wildman prophet can be no more absurd
Than the manger King he reveals

Repeat Chorus

Change your life (repent, repent, repent, repent, repent)
Change your life

Scriptural Reference:

"John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.  People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.  Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River."  Matthew 3:4-6

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Song for Joseph - Joseph

Words and Music: Gary Moyers 1995 Clifty Music (BMI)
Lead: Gary Moyers

Lyrics:

His mother was the favored one, eleventh born of Dad's twelve sons
He always seemed his father's favorite child
He was the son of Dad's old age and the center of his brother's rage
A jealousy they could not reconcile

His brothers felt it was unfair, the dreams of Joe they could not bear
Their father's love they would not understand
A precious coat would cinch the deal, but Reuben said they could not kill
So they sold young Joe into a foreign land

Chorus:
He walked the path that God had laid
Though he could not see the end of that long road
Through the years he kept the faith
And that is why I sing this song for Joe

He wound up in Egyptian land, the life of slaves he learned firsthand
As servant to the captain of the guard
All was good that he began so the captain made young Joe headman
He began to think this life was not that hard

But the captain's wife had other plans, thinking Joe a handsome man
Her propositions came to no avail
Incensed because he would not sin, she set him up and turned him in
So they threw him in the Pharaoh's darkest jail

Repeat Chorus

Once again the Lord was there, they put the jail in young Joe's care
And everything he touched seemed to gleam
He met two men from Pharaoh's court, they began a good rapport
And God helped him interpret all their dreams

This led to an opening and young Joe heard the dreams of kings
There would be a famine in the land
He gave the Pharaoh good advice, and Pharaoh saw that he was wise
So he made young Joe the second in command

Repeat Chorus

He wondered how his family was, and did his father live?
He prayed that God would watch over his home
He realized the trials he'd had were all within God's plan
When His brothers came and bowed before his throne

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Walk on, walk on brother
Walk on, walk on and on

Scriptural Reference:

"Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.  When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.   Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more."  Genesis 37:3-5
"When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. 'Let's not take his life,' he said."  Genesis 37:21
"So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt."  Genesis 37:28
"Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard."  Genesis 37:36
"And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her."  Genesis 39:10
" Joseph's master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.  So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there."  Genesis 39:20-22
"Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.  You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.'"  Genesis 41:39-40
"Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground."  Genesis 42:6

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