Everything You Do

Do it as unto the Lord…

So blessed to have these brothers so close to me.  Tremendous talent.  Tremendous love for the Lord.  Tremendous example of a family on fire for Christ.  God is so good…

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I Will Show You the Most Excellent Way…

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Good Love

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

I wrote the song “Good Love” some six years ago, while in a band called “Once Blind”.  We played this all the time, and I even recorded an older version of it (you can find it here ).  The song was written for a friend of mine, who was dealing with marriage struggles.  The basis of the song was, “suck it up, be the husband your wife needs, go home and die to yourself”.  Thing is, I wasn’t able to this myself.  🙂  I wasn’t even married yet, and was in no way ready to be a husband.  But God is good, and has been growing me into a man of God who will die to self and lead his wife in love – just as Christ loved the church.

Funny thing – I totally forgot about this, but a friend reminded me the title, and a variation of the chorus, was actually from a song I wrote some 18 years ago.  And that song was actually mocking marriage.  What a tool…  Funny how what the devil and we mean for evil, the Lord can use for good, for the saving of many lives.  I pray that is the case in my life, and with this song.

Written by Ted Hajnasiewicz, Nathan Boyer, Joan Boyer

Ted Hajnasiewicz:  lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, Hammond B3
Elise Magalis:  backing vocals
Joan Boyer:  backing vocals
Seth Butz:  drums

Good Love

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Who Is This King of Glory?

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King of Glory

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.
Psalm 24

The opening song of my new record is called King of Glory.  It’s inspired by Psalm 24, listed above.  It’s a declaration that Christ is LORD.  Christ is the King of Glory!  Christ is YAWEH, God Almighty!  It’s an “anthem”, if you will.  A great opener to a record I intended to be less about myself, more about the Lord.  At least I hope it comes off that way…

This song is one of only two where I play all instruments and sing all parts myself.  A pattern I’ve followed for a few years now.  I’m glad I was given opportunity to work with many talented folks this go around – but this song just happened to be one where I did all the parts myself.  It was the first one I completed, mixed, mastered, and become my “benchmark”, from a sound perspective.  Maybe even setting the tone of the record – both sonically and emotionally.

I toyed with the idea of writing more words, to fill out the verses.  But then as I thought about it, “why”?  Why add more?  Why try and put “my touch” on it?  It’s a praise song, more words would not add to it in any way.  So I kept it as it is.  Praise God, He is the King of Glory!

King of Glory

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You Can Download My New Record FOR FREE!!!

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Of course – that is always the case with me.  🙂

But this time, I really want to encourage you to go and download my new record.  Soak it in.  Share it.  Allow God to work through the songs in your life, maybe a loved one or a co-worker, if they at all move you.  I want this to be a blessing to others, and to the Lord.  If it isn’t for you – maybe you think it sucks, and that’s ok with me 🙂 – then just pass.  But if at all these songs resonate with you, that would bless me very much as that is my desire.

Now – I gain nothing by you downloading.  I don’t have a point system, approval ratings, Facebook or other social media where you can “like” my record.  I don’t get paid and in fact, I am allowed only so many free downloads.  If I exceed them, I’ll have to pay for you to download them.  Cool by me, if it is for your benefit and His glory!  In my small way, this is how I can best share the joy of Christ’s salvation and everlasting love.

So – here is the link to download:

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I started this project mainly because I wanted to FINALLY record with my brother Seth Butz playing drums.  I’ve known and loved this guy for six years, and have always wanted him to drum on my stuff.  The timing worked out for us, and he’s on half of the record!

I started out with a plan to re-record a dozen or so of my songs.  That changed as the project went on, as new songs were coming.  I simply needed to put them out instead.  I love how this record came together.  As I was re-doing songs, I had submitted them to Nathan and Joan Boyer, dear friends from church.  They scrutinized the songs, mostly lyrically, but also arrangements, harmonies, my whiny voice 🙂  They were so gracious, and I give them credit on many of the songs, and for production assistance.  I am so blessed by their involvement, and I love them very much.

Another  idea I had during the process was to write songs with friends of mine, strictly over the interwebs – share lyrics, riffs, etc. via Dropbox or Google Drive.  I’m still hoping to do more and more of this, but there are three great examples of this are on the record, “All Eyes Watching”, “I Will Absorb the Blow”, and “Because You Took My Sin…”.  I’ll talk about that in future posts, as I break down each song individually.

I was so blessed to have a bunch of friends share their talents on this record!  Abasa Asake on vocals, Seth Butz on drums, Elise Magalis on vocals, Joan Boyer on vocals, Derek Kosch on B3 and mellotron and co-writing, Elise, Joan, Drew Petersen, Ellie Petersen, Susie Roalstad, Angela Glum and Grace Bare on group vocals/gang vocals, Alex Sutherland on co-writing.  And of course Nathan and Joan in coaching me through the process.  Not to mention my wife makes her recording debut on this project!  (I’m pretty sure she would rather I not mention that, sorry babe…).

This truly was a labor of love for me.  I chose to release it on this day, April 22 for a very special reason.  I looked at a calendar, and it was on this day in 2007 that I was born again.  God is so good…  My desire is this record glorify Him, and nothing more.  My hope is that you see a glimpse of Jesus Christ in these songs.  I say, “a glimpse”, because they were crafted by frail, faulty human hands.  But I do believe each song was given to a soft heart, by Him, for Him…  He must increase, I must decrease…

i must become less…

I love you.

T.

Once We Are Unable To Identify Sin…

I heard a quote from Dr. James White, that I find to be so true…

“Once we are unable to identify sin, we no longer have a need for a savior”.

If we are not sinners, who did Jesus die for?  The first step in the Gospel is recognizing our moral depravity.  This is not meant to beat us down, or shame us.  It’s simply truth.  We know it.  Why do we deny it?

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23-24)

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us (1 John 1:8-10)

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13)