Steven on November 17th, 2014

Today’s featured song: Christian Graffiti by Intrusion from the 1982 album Life Messages.

This is the third and last track featured from the Intrusion album on this 1984 cassette. It is a fifties-styled song, with a doo-wop style. Not theologically deep, but not intended to be.

When I read your word
I feel content
It’s relief to know
It’s heaven sent
Whoah, whoah, ohhh
Study to show
(study to show, study to show)
Thyself approved
(thyself approved)

I know
That you know
My every step I take
I feel
That it’s real
No lie, it’s no mistake

Dear Lord, I met you as a teen
On that hot summer camp night
When I read John 3:16
But then, Lord, I feared
That You’d make me cut my hair
But I found, Lord, instead
That You gave me love to share!

I know
That you know
My every step I take
I feel
That it’s real
No lie, it’s no mistake

From this day on the mark
Close by Your side
Holding on to Your hand
As You take me for a ride
Whoah, whoah, ohhh
Loving You more
(loving You more, loving You more)
And loving me less
(loving me less, loving me less)
And loving You more
(loving You more
loving You more!)

Life Messages

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Steven on November 14th, 2014

Today’s featured song: Fresh Surrender by The Archers from the 1977 album Fresh Surrender.

Another song apparently recorded from a friend’s LP (I can hear the crackle of the needle on the record at the beginning of the song). The lyrics are simple, but tell the story – humility before the Lord, freedom in the Lord, I can depend on the Lord to take care of all of my needs; and most importantly, the need to surrender authority of my life to Him. Great song, and great message.

Fresh surrender
I humble myself before You
You are the Lord of my life
Tender with compassion

Fresh surrender
All of Your love is in my life
You are the One who makes me free
Tender with compassion

You humbled Yourself and came to die for me
Before I knew I would need You
I humble myself before You now
Casting all my care upon You
Yes I do

Fresh surrender
I humble myself before You
You are the Lord of my life
Tender with compassion

Oh, all of my life I’ve been waiting for someone
Who’d love me the way that You love me
I trust in Your love and I open my heart
Casting all my care upon You
That’s what You really want me to do

Oh, yeah
Fresh surrender
I humble myself before You
You are the Lord of my life
Tender with compassion
(Fresh surrender)
With compassion
(Fresh surrender)
With compassion
(Fresh surrender)
With compassion

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Steven on November 12th, 2014

Today’s featured song: Just As Much A Miracle by Intrusion from the 1982 album Life Messages.

Track 29 from Tape JM-31, Jesus music that was on the air in 1984, is another from Intrusion. This one I had previously gotten on The Larry Black Show (though on Tape JM-29, in 1983). This one has a much better message than the previous song, Travelin’ Shoes. The miracle of salvation, where God takes all the ways I fail, forgives me, and makes me one of his own, is one of the most amazing things that can happen to anyone any time. All it takes is for me to abandon my impossible efforts to control my own life, and give that control over to Jesus!

Jesus walked on the water
And He made the blind to see
He healed the sick and He raised the dead
But he did much more for me

And it took just as much of a miracle
To make a new man out of me
It took just as much of a miracle
To set my spirit free
I was just a broken man
With no place left to go
Till Jesus came and made a miracle of me

Jesus lived a perfect life
But He died for all our sin
He conquered death, and he lives today
In the hearts of His children

And it took just as much of a miracle
To make a new man out of me
It took just as much of a miracle
To set my spirit free
Well, I was just a broken man
With no place left to go, oh
Till Jesus came and made a miracle of me

I know He loves me
And He will never let me fall
And though it may not seem like much
That’s the greatest miracle of all!

And it took just as much of a miracle
To make a new man out of me
It took just as much of a miracle
To set my spirit free

And it took just as much of a miracle
To make a new man out of me
It took just as much of a miracle
To set my spirit free

Oh, well, it took just as much of a miracle
To make a new man out of me
It took just as much of a miracle
To set my spirit free
And I was just a broken man
With no place left to go, oh,
Till Jesus came and made a miracle of me

He made a miracle of me
Jesus came
And made a miracle of me

Life Messages

 

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Steven on November 10th, 2014

Today’s featured song: Travelin’ Shoes by Intrusion from the 1982 album Life Messages.

As I mentioned on an earlier post, my JM tapes were a mix of what I heard on the radio, and sometimes what I heard on vinyl LPs. The song for today is not only from a record, but it is from a record that I borrowed from a friend. I liked some of the tracks well enough to copy them onto this cassette, but not enough, apparently, to try to buy the album for myself. (At this time in 1984, my finances were extremely tight; though not a good excuse, it was my reason at the time.)

What is interesting about this album by the group Intrusion is that there is very little about it that has survived to be posted on the Internet. The only place where I found any useful info (rather than just copied and reposted stuff) was at Christian Music Archive (specifically, at this page), where I at least found an album cover. Sadly, there is not anything else available about this group available anywhere that I can find (a name like “Intrusion” is one for which it is hard to find many useful hits).

I liked what I heard on the album well enough that I put three tracks on this tape; the other two will be coming up shortly in this list. This particular track seems to be a song in the spiritual tradition. It may be an old song that was jazzed up for the CCM audience, or a song written in the spiritual style. There are other groups (Beam and Acapella) that have also recorded this song, which suggests that Intrusion and these other groups may have taken it from the same source. In any case, it is not very deep in Biblical meaning, but was a fun song to listen to.

Who-whoa, death come a knockin’ on that sinner’s door
Said, O sinner are you ready to go?
He said, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Because I ain’t got on my travellin’ shoes!
(Ain’t paid my dues)
Well, no, no, no, O Lordy, no, no, no
Because I ain’t got on my travellin’ shoes

Who-whoa, death come a knockin’ on that liar’s door
Said, O liar are you ready to go?
He said, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Because I ain’t got on my travellin’ shoes!
(Ain’t paid my dues)
Well, no, no, no, O Lordy, no, no, no
Because I ain’t got on my travellin’ shoes

Who-whoa, death come a knockin’ on that gambler’s door
Said, O gambler are you ready to go?
He said, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Because I ain’t got on my travellin’ shoes!
(Ain’t paid my dues)
Well, no, no, no, O Lordy, no, no, no
Because I ain’t got on my travellin’ shoes

Who-whoa, death come a knockin’ on that Christian’s door
Said, O Christian are you ready to go?
He said, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes,
Because I just got on my travellin’ shoes!
(He paid my dues)
Well, yes, yes, yes, O Lordy, yes, yes, yes
Because I just got on my travellin’ shoes

Who-whoa, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
(Swing down, sweet chariot, stoppin’ right on by)
Because I just got on my travellin’ shoes

Life Messages

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