Hello, my friend! Welcome to this site. I pray God blesses you through these songs and draws you closer to Him. Worship Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. He is worthy of your best! Mike
I am a Christian songwriter/singer. I think the music basically boils down to two major themes. The first being the absolute necessity of being saved by grace through faith in what Jesus did on the Cross. You must be born again. The second major theme is to abide in Him and bear much fruit. This must be done strictly out of a deep gratitude for what He has done for us. We don't work to stay saved, but good works are the natural fruit of a true saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
My goal for these songs is three-pronged:
1. To be used by our Lord to help make course corrections in lives. I know how easily we can be knocked off track, in our walk with the Lord. And, I know how important a timely word can be to help get us back on the narrow road.
2. To be used by our Lord to give people a view from a mountain peak where they see Heavens Gates. I love John Bunyans Pilgrims Progress and that is what the shepherds did for Hopeful and Christian.
3. I wrote a song called What He Has Begun and theres a line that says: Therell be times on mountain peaks where youll see Heavens Gates, other times in valleys deep, youll think youve lost your way. Ive been there too, in the valley where I thought Id lost my way. I want the songs to be used to help those people, as well.
Please share the link to this page with anyone the Lord leads.
Musically, I would say Ray Boltz, Rich Mullins and Keith Green. As far as inspiration for writing the songs, I get most of it from daily Bible study. I also read a lot of sermons from some of the great preachers of the past. My favorite ones are G. Campbell Morgan, Charles Spurgeon, John Henry Jowett, George H. Morrison, Alexander Maclaren, John Bunyan, Oswald Chambers, J.C. Ryle, James S. Stewart, Joseph Parker, Watchman Nee, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and A.W. Tozer, just to name a few. Of the preachers of our day, John MacArthur, David Platt and K.P. Yohannan have by far had the greatest influence on helping me focus on the things that are truly important in our Lord's eyes. I try to walk with the wise and hopefully it shows in the songs.
I would highly recommend the preaching ministry of John MacArthur at 'Grace To You'. Check out this page at GTY:
I would also like to recommend to you. It is a Native Missionary Organization headed up by K.P. Yohannan. I read the free book "Revolution In World Missions", available at the link below, and it dramatically changed how I view American Christianity, and my view of our responsibilities for the blessings the Lord has poured out on us.
Here's a link to my testimony:
I'll leave you with these words from Paul in Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
I've also put some of the country songs I wrote back in the 1980's at this website:
Here's a link to some Youtube videos: