The Storm is Passing Over

Been praying for our brothers and sisters in Texas last week and Florida/Caribbean this week, as I’m sure you have!

The seas have lifted up, Lord,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the Lord on high is mighty.  – Psalm 93:3-4

Thought I would share this song today… “the storm is passing over.”

Encourage My Soul – demo


By the way here is the version my friend Malcolm Turner does — this one is fun…

Encourage my soul (OC version) – recording



His Hands – EDM Version

Good Monday morning!  I recently shared a post about how songs can take different forms in different contexts.  I had an opportunity to use the same song I had used in that post again in a completely different way.  This last week was our annual Youth Camp, and one of the key lessons at camp was about who God is as our father –not a bigger version of our earthly father but a perfect version of our earthy father; not a reflection of our earthly father, but perfection, so I thought this song would be appropriate.  At camp we spend every evening in an extended time of worship, and the kids particularly love songs that allow them to jump around a bit.  So I reworked the song in an EDM form.  I copied the style of Hillsong Young & Free a bit for this one.  Here is the demo:

His Hands – EDM version

I used some multitrack stuff at Youth Camp and uploaded this to Loop Community, so let me know if you are doing any multitrack and would want the stems for this.  They are all set up already.

Here is video of a bit of the kids jumping around to the end of the song.  They loved singing it.








See the earlier post for chord charts and lyrics.

Here is the song book sheet music – this song works great just as a simple a capella song: His Hands – sheet music

Greater Worth than Gold

Happy Monday everyone!  Wanted to share a song today that I wrote years ago for a singles conference with this theme: “Greater Worth than Gold.”  The phrase is taken from 1 Peter…

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  – I Peter 1:6-7

I don’t know about you but I hate trials.  Yet I know that this is true — its in the trials and testing of my faith that I experience spiritual growth.  It is the trials and testing that make me stronger and remind me what really matters, that my faith and hope is in something that holds so much long-term value, the will and promise of God, the grace of Jesus’ blood, the hope of heaven.  These words from our brother Peter remind me of that.

For these song lyrics I took the passage — all of chapter 1 — and turned it vertically into a prayer.  This is the version that appears on my newest release, The Other Side.  It was originally written as a congregational song, and sheet music for SATB is below as well.


SATB sheet music:  Greater Worth Than Gold – sheet music

Youtube link:


Greater Worth Than Gold
(1 Peter 1:3-25)

You gave me new birth into living hope
And a promise that never can be broken
I’ve suffered grief when the trials come
But they’re there to show I can overcome
Cause my faith is real and has been refined
All that can be burned has been left behind
So my faith is genuine…

My faith has
Greater worth, greater worth
Greater worth than gold
My faith has
Greater worth, greater worth
Greater worth than gold
Greater worth than gold

Now my faith has grown, and the praise will come
On the final day when you say, “Well done!”
Though I have not seen, still I have believed
Inexpressible joy I have received.
You have chosen me. You have saved my soul
Made my life complete. given me a home
And I know where I belong

I must set my mind, must be self-controlled
I must do your will. I must be made holy
It was not with gold that I was redeemed
But by Jesus’ blood that He gave for me
Now my love must be deep and from within
I must spread the faith that will never end
Cause Your Word stands for all time

C     /    G/B    C    G/B
D      /    D       G/B

G     /     C    /    Em    /    D

The Other Side – lyric video

I wrote this song back in 2005, and didn’t do much with it back then, but it really has taken on deeper meaning in the last few years.  We had a sermon series we did called “Travel Light” that was based on Psalm 23 and all about how God shepherds us, guides us, and leads us home.  As we were going through this series as a church we were also all praying for our dear brother Scott Hachiya who was in his final stages of battling cancer.  The final sermon was called “Finishing Strong” and we had planned to introduce this song on that day.  Coincidently, Scott passed on to paradise the day before I preached that sermon and sang this song.  It had such profound meaning for me I decided to put together a whole album of songs with this title.  Here is the version of the song that appears on that album.  May we all “finish strong” the way Scott did, with faith, conviction, peace of heart, and trust in our savior.


(Youtube link:

The Other Side

The river is deep
The valley is wide
The road is so long
The mountain so high
But all you have promised
Can’t be denied
And you will carry me across
To the other side

The other side, other side
The other side, other side

This world will have trouble
This world will have doubt
Satan, he tells me
My strength might give out
But grace in my weakness
Hear when I cry
And you will carry me across
To the other side

The other side, other side
The other side, other side

Someday I’ll make it
Someday I’ll die
Someday you’ll call me
To be there by your side
The gate into heaven
Will open up wide
And you will carry me across
To the other side

The other side, other side
The other side, other side


G / G / G / G
G / G7 / D / D7
G / G/F / C / A
G Em / Am D / G C / G
C2 / C2 / G / G
C2 / C2 / Am7 / D

third verse:
G / G / G / G
G / G / Dsus / Dsus
G / G / C2 / C2
G Em / Am D / G C / G

C2 / C2 / G / G

last time
C2 / C2 / Am7 / D
G Em / Am D
G Em / Am D
G Em / Am D / G C / G

His Hands – alternative version

For our recent Father’s Day service I wanted to use a song I wrote quite a few years ago (see this post) but the spot in our worship order line up called for something with a more intimate / meditative vibe.  I decided to do this rearrangement of the song to fit more of the feel we wanted.

I get asked sometimes what is the “right way” to do a particular song I’ve written.  Fact is, I don’t consider there to be a “right way.”  There might be a way I like to do it, but when it comes to congregational songs I have written, one of the things I greatly enjoy is seeing a song taken in a variety of different directions.  I love seeing recordings people post of their version of one of my songs and the range of expression when done by different teams.  When it comes to our own team, when we adopt different gospel or contemporary Christian songs written by other songwriters for our worship service, we often “make it our own,” figuring out what works best with our team and our congregational dynamic.  Even my own songs I like to try in different ways for different worship settings or at different times, so I thought this would be an example I could share of doing something different with one of my own songs.

Hope you enjoy it.  And please share with me any different takes you have on worship songs –mine or others.’  God bless!

His Hands – slow demo

Chords:  G   /   G    /   F   /    C

His Hands – sheet music

We Praise Thee O God

Happy Monday, everyone!

It was a great time worshipping God yesterday.  I was pretty consumed with putting together a pretty lengthy media presentation on our missions support for churches in the Middle East and Mexico / Central America, so it was great to have our worship team led by my friend and fellow worship-leader Joe, who did a great job.  It has been encouraging to see him grow in his heart for leading the church in praise.  As we work together with our team, this verse captures our goal:

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”  –Heb 12:28

How does the Hebrew writer define acceptable worship in this passage?  Reverence and awe.  Imagine the reverence and awe of the high priest entering the holy of holies, and yet in the new covenant WE ARE the temple (Ephesians 2:20-22).  When we gather on Sunday it should be to reflect the Lord’s glory and to collectively celebrate who God is and what he has done.  When we appropriately participate in this kind of worship, we come away inspired and renewed.  We are revived.  

I’d like to share my take on an old hymn this morning that I think appropriately both celebrates God and calls for revival, “We Praise Thee O God.”

(Youtube link:

Chord Chart:

Verse 1 &2
E / E / C#min / C#min
A / E / B / B

A E / B C#min
A E / B
A E / B C#min
A B….

Verse 3 &4 (same)

Instrumental bridge
C#min / C#min
A / A
E / E
B / B

Verse 4

Chorus 3x

Join the Song Creation is Singing

Hey everybody!  I just recently finished a couple grad school classes, working towards a masters degree in ministry from Pepperdine U.  In of my classes, called “Worship and Witness of the Church,” my instructor Dr. David Lemley gave the following definition of worship: “Worship is participation in God’s self-communication.”  I love that definition because it’s so much bigger than church.  Aren’t there so many ways that God communicates to us and shows us glimpses of his glory and the story of his redemption?  And we respond with worship.  Towards the end of the semester, as I was evaluating this definition along with a lot of the course materials and various readings, I was reminded of this song (written back in 2009) which describes worship as joining “the song creation is singing.”  I realized I hadn’t ever put the studio version on Youtube, so here is a lyric video version:

Direct link:

The song is based on these passages.  I hope it encourages you to rejoice in worship!

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?…
On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”     –  Job 38:4-7

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven,  and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”     – Luke 2:13-14

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
–  Luke 19:37-40

(See an earlier post here with lyrics and more about the background of the song.  And here is a version of it being sung in Russian.)