Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

My Praise Cover 4

Why Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

I wrote this song some time ago, based on a conversation with a dear friend.  He was talking about Cain’s response to God, when asked where Able was – “Am I my brother’s keeper?”.  Our discussion was around how we, as Christians, tend to put ourselves into a protective shell, and neglect the people around us who NEED us.  More important – we neglect our Lord’s commandment to love our neighbor as ourself…

So this song definitely has a negative connotation to it.  Sounds like I’m advocating for puffing oneself up and ignoring the needs of others.  I’m not – I’m confessing this tenancy in myself, as well as exposing it in all of us – Christian or not.

Lately, with all the stuff going on in our country – refugees coming over, being shunned, unwelcome; children given a “gift” of permanent brain damage due to pollution in the water that we helped contribute to, being ignored; A man’s death sparking more controversy over political views “Who is right to fill the seat” than concern for his family – I have to ask – Are we being our brother’s keeper?

Before anyone reads this and immediately jumps to defense, please don’t.  I’m not hear to argue for or against any side, with regards to the topics I mention above, or any for that matter.  I’m asking you to check your heart…  Are you being your brother’s keeper?

Heck – often we don’t know what to do!  So it cripples us.  We – DO NOTHING.  Move on to something we can control, are comfortable with. I do this all the time.

I have had a heart for homeless people, since I was saved.  I will (not often enough) go out and bring food and feed people, with the hope they would be willing to just sit down and chat.  It doesn’t always work out – I don’t want to force myself on anyone.  But when it does work out – man, these people – PEOPLE – who most everyone turns their gaze away from… – feel for a moment like they are human again!  We pray, I share the good news with them, get to know their story, talk about myself a bit.  It’s a lovely time.

BUT – I fail in two huge areas.  One, I will seek MY comfort over doing this, all too often.  In fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve done this.  But two, which is worse – if I have nothing to offer a person on the street (It happens – I don’t carry cash, almost ever, and often don’t have food or anything on myself), I too will turn my gaze away…  Because I feel like if I have nothing to give this person, I will offend.  Dumb – I have MYSELF to give, in that moment!  It’s something I am praying about, and asking God to change in me.  It’s fear, and there is no fear in love.

So – this song.  It’s about all that.  I hope it hits you, in some way.  Cause if you are like me, you need to be shaken up a bit, every now and then.  We were created for more.  We were saved by our Savior Jesus Christ, for so much more…

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we are at $1062, counting my match.  As Jon Bon Jovi says, “We’re halfway there!”  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

Why Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

You Matter To Me…

My Praise Cover 4

So Go On Tell Me Your Story

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

This song, I basically borrowed the sound from music I “grew up on” in the 90’s.  I was a huge fan of Minneapolis bands like Soul Asylum and the Jayhawks, and then progressed into our neighbors from Chicago, Wilco.  I always wanted to have that sound.  I still don’t have it – but that’s kinda where I’m borrowing from here, as best I can.  🙂

The song is about walking through life together.  Life is not clean, or easy.  It doesn’t go the way we planned.  Ever.  If it seems to – and if we’re honest – we probably just got an unexpected break, and we like the results.  But it can be rough.  We are sinners saved by grace, struggling in a sin soaked world.  We are not yet fully in glory with Jesus.  We have the Holy Spirit – but also our flesh and the world and the devil to contend with.  It’s a battle.

This song is about doing that battle together.

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

This passage is often used to describe a marriage.  And it fits!  But it’s really meant for shoulder to shoulder, brothers in arms, the man in your foxhole with you.  I got your back, you have mine.

I’ve never been in the military, or a war for that matter.  But I’ve been to battle with other men.  Brother’s I would lay my life down for, and they me.  If you don’t have that – you need it…

This song is describing that.  I’m here for you.  We are in this together.  You’re not alone in this.

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we are at $1062, counting my match.  As Jon Bon Jovi says, “We’re halfway there!”  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

So Go On Tell Me Your Story

Your Will Be Done…

My Praise Cover 4

Manna (Your Will Be Done)

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

This is an older song as well.  I wrote it in 2009, when life was a bit more upside down for me.  This was a song born out of  – pain.  A lot of pain.  And the promise that God gives me all I need.  Even in pain, He is good.  Even when I am unfaithful, He is faithful.  Even in the worst times, He is worthy of all praise…

I wrote this song on guitar, with a Tom Petty-ish guitar part that I really liked.  But I decided to try plunking it out on piano.  Maybe I’ll record it how I originally had it in my head, some day.  But I kinda liked how this version came out in no way as I had envisioned it seven years ago.

My friend Derek did some really cool mellotron stuff.  But when he sent me his parts, he was slightly off on key in some spots. So – instead of having him correct, I re-did my piano to match him.  It turned out pretty cool!

And there is a cool bassoon part on this song too!  Sorta reminds me of one of those 70’s mellow gold songs, where you see someone running across a meadow.  I have NO idea how that fits into the theme of the song?  Best I can offer is peace that transcends all understanding.  That truly is what I wanted to convey in this song.  Or better – what the Lord was showing me, while in the midst of trials.  God is so good…

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we are at $1062, counting my match.  As Jon Bon Jovi says, “We’re halfway there!”  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

Manna (Your Will Be Done)