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AcaDisc #31- Way of Life by AVB

Original Release: 1996 Word, Inc.
Available through the The Acappella Company
Produced by: Keith Lancaster
Production Assistants: Gary Miller, Larry Sparks, Josh Harrison, and Darin Cochran
Engineers: Gary Miller, John Laws, Darin Cochran, Brishan Hatcher, Josh Harrison, and Aaron Herman
Assistant Engineers: Roy Hawkins, Robert Orr, Norman Zuercher, Kevin Schaffer, Steve Reischl, Duane Adams, Robert C. Guy, Gary Moyers, Chris Dowdy, Andrew McNeil, Jon Mark Hurley, Rob Williams, and Josh Ray
Recording Studios: Clifty Studios - Paris, TN
Mixed by: Gary Miller, John Laws, and Darin Cochran
Mastered by: Masterfonics
Photo-Illustrations: Todd Tufts
Cover Photography: Russ Harrington
Other Photography: John Laws
Design: Tufts Design Studio
Members: Josh Harrison - Bass
                Aaron Herman - Baritone/Vocal Percussion
                Andrew McNeil - 2nd Tenor
                Brishan Hatcher - 1st Tenor
Additional Vocals: John Laws, Kevin Schaffer, Brian Randolph, Barry Wilson, Duane Adams, Rob Williams, Josh Ray, and Jeremy Brashear

Song List

Way of Life
Without Love
I Don't Know Why
The Saints Go Marching
The Prodigal
Where Do You Run To?
All For The Good
The Ones
Silent Screams
I've Found Him
I Attribute

Way Of Life

Words and Music: Keith Lancaster and Gary Miller 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Brishan Hatcher and Andrew McNeil

Lyrics:

(Way of life)
He is a way of life (He is the way)
He is a way of life (The way, the truth, and the life)
He is a way of life (Way of life)
He is a way of life (Way of life)
He is a way of life (Oh, Lord Jesus)
He is a way of life (Master)
He is a way of life (Please save me in this way of life)
Way of life (repeat and fade)

Scriptural Reference:

"He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church" 1 Corinthians 4:17b

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Without Love

Words and music: Josh Ray 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Additional Arrangement: Duane Adams
This song also appeared on Legacy by Legacy.
Lead: Brishan Hather with stepouts by Aaron Herman and Andrew McNeil
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Yea, hey
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Gonna tell you 'bout love
Oh-oh-oh

Chorus 1:
Without love you ain't got nothin'
Without love you ain't got a prayer
Without love you ain't gonna make it
Without love you ain't goin' up there

Well love is something special, it's one of a kind
But it seems lately that love is so hard to find
We do a lotta talkin', we make a lotta sound
But the love to back it up ain't nowhere to be found

Chorus 2:
Without love (love) you ain't got nothin' (you ain't got nothin')
Without love (love) you ain't got a prayer (you ain't got a prayer)
Without love (love) you ain't gonna make it (you ain't gonna make it)
Without love (love) you ain't goin' up there (you ain't gonna make it up there)

This world has lots of problems, it's a-fallin' apart (fallin', fallin' apart)
I think it all gets back to a matter of the heart
We all got lots of answers, but we're missin' the questions (questions)
We oughta listen up to the Bible's suggestions

Repeat Chorus 2

Bridge:
Love can turn your life around
Oh, Love will turn the world upside down
Just close your mouth and open up your eyes
It won't be long 'til you realize

Chorus 3:
Without love you ain't got nothin' (without love you ain't got nothin')
Without love you ain't got a prayer (without love you ain't got a prayer)
Without love you ain't gonna make it (without love you ain't gonna make it)
Without love you ain't goin' up there (without love you ain't going up there)

I'm here to tell ya that without love,
Without love you ain't nothin'
Without love you ain't got a prayer
Without love you ain't nothin'
Without love you ain't got a prayer
Without love you ain't gonna make it (ain't gonna make it)
Without love you ain't goin' up there (without love)
Without love you ain't gonna make it
Without love you ain't goin' up there
Repeat and fade

Scriptural Reference:

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

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I Don't Know Why

Words and Music: Brishan Hatcher and Keith Lancaster 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Dedicated to: "Darius...Now Resting in the Arms of Jesus"
Lead: Andrew McNeil
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

I don't know why
Oh, I

Such a little boy
Such an innocent soul
Fighting to hold on to life
No, no way to take control
Why did he suffer?
Tell me what did he do?
I have no answers Lord
But I know that You do

Chorus:
I don't know why
I don't know why
I don't know why
I know I don't know why
(Repeat)

Such a short life
Full of pain and agony
No matter how we feel
The question will always be
Why did he suffer?
It's not for us to know
Only to trust in You dear Lord
And know You're in control

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

(Tell me why)
I don't know why
Things happen the way that they do (happen the way that they do)
It seems that so many lives
Been taken from me and you (taken)
But there was one life
Who suffered like no other man
For us to have another chance
It was all part of His plan (part of the blessed plan)

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

I don't know why
I don't know why
I don't know why

Scriptural Reference:

"At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart.  The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.'"  Job 1:20-21
"The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil."  Matthew 13:38b-39a

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The Saints Go Marching

Words and music: Aaron Herman 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Aaron Herman

Lyrics:

Though we may not like it, things will always change
Circumstances often determine priorities in life's game
I wish that I could be there now but I know this is His will
So give me your support as I go for it all the way
The words goodbye can only offer little consolation still
Though many left behind more good things come when we obey
I'm looking to the day

Chorus 1:
(When the saints go marching in) When the saints go
I will be with You again (When the saints go)
When the saints go marching in, when the saints go
No more parting, no more sin, when the saints go marching in

When they go marching in,
When they go marching,
When they go in

I know you're hurting inside, this is no easy path to trod
You've got to hold on to your faith my friend, give it all to God
They'll always be there to make you wonder what it's all for
But it's worth it and you know that for yourself
Just keep livin' for the One whom every knee will bow before
This storm will pass don't put Him on the shelf
You'll find a world of wealth

Chorus 2:
(When the saints go marching in) When the saints go (when the saints go marching in)
On the day all Christians win (when the saints go)
When the saints go marching in, when the saints go (when the saints go marching in)
Eternity of bliss begins (when the saints go) marching

Bridge:
Live on, march strong (march strong, live on)
Though I know the journey's long (march strong, live hope)
I will love, hope, and share my faith, yes I will (have faith, live love)
For souls are all we can bring along anyway (march strong in faith and love)

Chorus 3:
When the saints go marching in when the saints go (when the saints go marching in)
Forevermore to worship Him when the saints go
When the saints go marching in when the saints go (when the saints go marching in)
We will then have peace within when the saints go, yes marching in

Oh, when the saints go (when the saints go marching in)
I will be with You again oh
When the saints go
When the saints go marching on (when the saints go marching in)
When the saints go
We will be at peace within
When the saints go marching in
When we go marching
When we go marching
When we go in

Scriptural Reference:

"And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light."  Colossians 1:10-12

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The Prodigal

Words and Music: Andrew McNeil 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Andrew McNeil

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Heed to what you are told
Wise ones just, just ain't old
Stubborn, confused, and alone
Heed to what you are told
Wise ones just, just ain't old
Stubborn, confused, and alone
Learn a lesson, the prodigal

There was a strange man in a strange land
Before he left, told his daddy
"Give me what I wanna have
Want to go out on my own"
Yes, the boy thought he's grown
But he was wrong
Wasted his substance on righteous living
Peddlers, merchants, all made a killin'
From the youngsta
Paraphrasin' want to be a gangsta
Oh no
People were not kind
He ate with the swine
But he came to himself
Said, "I'm losin' my mind
I don't deserve this
I can be a hired servant
Dismiss, dis-dismiss, dismiss this"

Repeat Chorus

Listen yall
There in the distance walkin' with persistence
Stood a man threw his pride off in the sand
"I have sinned against thee
Father, please forgive me
Restore my soul
Once again make me whole"
I only wish that we could learn this one fact
Father didn't turn his back
Dressed him up the fattest calf
Slipped him on a shiny ring
Fitted with the cleanest robe
Took him home, took him home

Repeat Chorus

Yeah, come on yall
"But what about me Father?
I've been here all the time
You're given it all to him
And now you're even givin' him mine!"
"Now listen son, you've been here
What's mine is thine
Your brother was lost, dead
And now he's alive"

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"The younger one said to his father, `Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, `How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "But the father said to his servants, `Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. `Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, `Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' "`My son,' the father said, `you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'" Luke 15:12-32

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Where Do You Run To?

Words and music: Kevin Schaffer 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

Where do you run to
When you need a friend until the end?
Where do you run to
You know He's always there, you're in His care
Jesus

You carry problems you know are hard to bear (problems are hard to bear)
And think that burdens are something you don't share (burdens are not to share)
Kept the secret so long that now you're scared (so long and now your scared)
To let go of your heart (to let go of your heart)
It happened long ago in the youth of life (happenned in youth of life)
But still you try to hide the hurt that's deep inside (still hide, hurt deep inside)
You're looking for a way to let go of pride (can you let go of pride)
Now your search is on, where to begin? (search is to begin)

Repeat Chorus

Friends have gone now that you have changed your life (friends leave since you've changed your life) (now that you've changed your life)
She left a father, best friend, and he, his wife (father, son, and the wife) (left the father, the son, and the wife)
You've turned from darkness so you can reach the light (from darkness to the light) (darkness left for the light)
You gave Jesus your heart  (gave Him all of your heart) (gave Him a broken heart)
He gives you comfort when you are all alone (comfort when you're alone)
He carries burdens so you can bear the load (he will help bear the load) (carry so that you can bear the load)
When heaven opens you'll know that you are home (heaven will be home)
Now you're in His care, you've always been there (His care has always been there) (in His care, you were always there)

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Well all this time I've been runnin'
After the things of this world
I've been runnin' so fast
I've lost sight of the goal
My only goal is the one that leads to You
You carry me when I can't run anymore
I can tell by the footprints in the sand
You have always been there
And on You I can rely
You've gone through it all and I know you understand
Oh

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?"  Isaiah 10:3

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All For The Good

Words and Music: Aaron Herman 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Aaron Herman and Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

Sometimes you misunderstand me
Yes, I feel misunderstood
You think that I'm not doin' things
Quite the way I should
Please know I'm only trying to do what's right
For my Father up above
I'm glad to have you smoothin' my rough edges
But please do it out of love
Because

Chorus:
It's all for the good
Yes it's all for the good
You know it's all

Yes I take a Bible in the classroom
To show you I'm a Jesus freak
My only goal's to share the good news
With anyone who seeks
You hit me hard to try and stop me
Then turn to kiss the other cheek
I don't see how you could think
That I'm the one who's weak, no
But

Repeat Chorus

Yes it's all for the good
All for the good
Yeah, it's all

I know the day is coming
When all will be at peace
The lion will lay with the lamb
And colors then will cease
Until that day with God's help
We gotta to make all the peace we can
Though tribulation's bound to come
It's all part of His plan
Oh and

Repeat Chorus (x3)

Yes it's all for the good, yeah

Scriptural Reference:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

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The Ones

Words and music: Aaron Herman 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Aaron Herman, Josh Harrison, and Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

If Jesus would not have come when He did
But was born to be alive here today instead
We might be surprised by the way He would live
And the people He would heal and forgive

I hypothesize He would be a homeless man
Roaming around seemingly no plan
He'd show up at your temple while your rabbi preached
Crack his Father's word and start to teach
His words would amaze and thoroughly craze
His wisdom kickin' law teachers in a rage
Cause He'd expose the grave error of their ways
And all of that before he turned the page

Chorus 1:
Would we be the ones, the Pharisees of modern day
Proclaiming "the Messiah would not live that way"
Would we be the ones to threaten Him
When He claimed to have the power to forgive sin?
Would we be the ones that had shouted "let Him die"
As fellow legalists stoned Him with their picket signs?
Or would we give up all
Or would we give up all
Or would we give up all
To love and follow Him?

If Jesus would not have come when He did
But was born to be alive here today instead
We might be surprised by the way He would live
And the people He would heal and forgive

I firmly believe He'd love people of shame
Healing their lives as they believed on His name
Prostitutes and drug lords, all people who are unclean
And if you asked Him why them, He'd say "what do you mean?
The well don't need a doctor but the sick do"
The He'd extend the invitation to you
"Forget your life and follow if you believe I am the King Jew,
I'll save you if you give of yourself to share the good news"

Chorus 2:
Would we be the ones, the disciples of modern day
Proclaiming "the Messiah's come, please change your ways"
Would we be the ones to live with Him
As we claimed His promise of forgiven sin?
Would we be the ones that are witnessing His death
Crushed, yet filled with hope by words He gave His last breath?
And would we let Him down,
And would we let Him down,
And would we let Him down,
And willingly deny Him?

Okay, Jesus came when He did
But He's still alive today and His Church's head
Tell me is He pleased by the way that we live
The devotion we're willing to give

Chorus 3:
Are we the ones, the Pharisees of modern day
Enforcing on all but us what we see as "the Christian way"
Are we the ones who live for Him
Or are we willfully swaying in the winds of sin?
Are we the ones who are willing to die
To let the Lord have full reign in our lives
Are we the ones, the Pharisees of modern day?
Are we the ones?
Are we living for the King always?
Are we the ones who are willing to die?
Or will we give our all,
Or will we give our all,
Or will we give our all,
Surrendering to Him?

Scriptural Reference:

"For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20
"On hearing this, Jesus said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'"  Mark 2:17

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Silent Screams

Words: Brishan Hatcher 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Music: Brishan Hatcher and Steve Reischl 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Aaron Herman, Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

Lost in a room full of unfamiliar things (unfamiliar things)
Blindly struggling to find some relief
Bound and gagged by circumstance
How will anyone hear my screams? (hear my scream)

Chorus:
Silent screams, they echo in my darkness (echo in my darkness)
Seeking, yearning for an answer to this fight (answer this fight)
Broken dreams and broken hearts
Tainted ways right from the start

Alone if not for the painful reminder (painful reminder)
All the failures that I've felt in this life (in this life)
They crowd my mind like a hurricane
My soul drowns by the force of its reigns

Chorus 2:
Silent screams, they echo in my darkness
Seeking, yearning, will I ever win this fight?
Broken dreams and broken hearts
Tainted ways right from the start
Oh yeah

Repeat Chorus 1

Everyone is searching and forever (we're searchin', we're searchin', we're searchin', we're searchin')
For a brighter day, yeah (we're searchin', we're searchin' but for a brighter day)
Always looking for a better answer (lookin', we're lookin', we're lookin', we're lookin')
Never finding their way (we're lookin', we're lookin', Jesus is the way)

Oppressed by feelings that I have of remorse
My quest for guidance has only begun
Soundless, my screams they echo all around me
While being heard by only perfect ears

Chorus 3:
Silent screams, they echo in my darkness
My search is over, You're the answer to this fight
Mended dreams and mended hearts
Now I have You in my heart Oh yeah

Repeat Chorus 2

Repeat Chorus 1 and fade

Scriptural Reference:

"A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him."  Luke 9:39

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I've Found Him

Words: Keith Lancaster, Josh Ray, and Gary Miller 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Music: Keith Lancaster and Gary Miller 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared in Spanish as "Encontrei" on Voces by Voces.
Lead: Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

My life has just begun

Chorus:
I've found Him (I've found), I've found Jesus (Jesus)
I've found Him (My heart), my heart He has won (He's won)
I've found Him (I've found), I've found Jesus (Jesus)
Born again, my life has just begun

Endlessly arriving at unhappiness
Getting by existing day to day
It broke my heart to realize the emptiness
When the brightness of my dreams for me faded into gray

Repeat Chorus

Hopeless, I called for help to Jesus
I needed someone to turn my night to day
He took my hand and showed me His forgiveness
So I fell down on my knees and from my heart I boldly prayed
I have found the Lord!

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
I'm ending all my masquerades
Rejecting all my lies and hates
Forever I'm Yours, Jesus
I'm starting to appreciate
Your endless love, Your perfect grace
Forever I'm Yours
I have found the Lord

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God."  1 Peter 1:22-23

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I Attribute

Words and Music: Aaron Herman 1996 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Aaron Herman with stepouts by Kevin Schaffer

Lyrics:

Thoughts of adoration (adoration) as Your past enters my mind
Things mankind did not deserve, You did in perfect time
I think of the sweetness of Your love (of Your love) no one has yet to taste
Tears stream down mine as I try to seek Your face

Chorus 1:
In this world there is only one freedom (only one freedom)
In this world there is only one life (only one life)
In my heart there is only one hero (only one hero, He's Jesus)
I attribute everything to Jesus Christ (my Savior, my Savior, my hero, Jesus)

You come to me, make Yourself real (You're my heart)
Securing my heart as Your throne
I know you planned for this day
Since before you laid the first stone
What can I do to be worthy? (worthy Lord)
I just admit I'll never be
Let your blood wash
Until my blind eyes see (blind eyes, blind eyes see)
To know that

Chorus 2:
In this world there is only one freedom
In this world there is only one life
In my heart there is only one hero
I attribute everything to Jesus Christ (everything to Jesus)

Since I know that You are Freedom (since I know, since I know)
I make myself a slave to You (since I know, I'm a slave to You)
Because I know that You are Life (and I know, and I know)
To myself I will die (and I know I will die)
For Your gift You become my Hero (for your gift you became)
Lord teach me to give like You (to be like You, to give like You)
You must see me as worth it, Lord
But I will always wonder why (I will wonder why)

Bridge:
What is life not lived for You
But a vain friendship with emptiness?
This path I daily choose is proving to be best
I'll give anything to be like You
While finding what that takes
Rising above to live on wings of hope and faith

Repeat Chorus 2

Repeat Chorus 1

Yes I attribute everything to Jesus Christ

Scriptural Reference:

"This is the one who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth." 1 John 5:6

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Peter Haddox

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