Don’t Try to Walk on the Water

Don’t try to walk on the water (3x)
Till you walk by faith on land.

Don’t try to move any mountains (3x)
Till you move by God’s heartbeat.

Don’t try to preach any sermons (3x)
Till your life tells God’s whole truth.

Don’t try to love everybody (3x)
Till you know who lives next door.

About This Song:
What Christian wouldn’t love to have the influence on other people that somebody like Billy Graham had? But that’s not the goal God set for anyone but Dr. Graham himself.

No matter how simple this song may appear, don’t let its truth escape you: How can we attempt to accomplish big things for God until we’ve conquered some of the seemingly smaller ones?

Walking by faith, moving in coordination with God’s leading (“by God’s heartbeat”), living a life that gives an accurate portrait of our merciful God, and learning to love the people we already know–these are all major goals to strive for.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Best regards,
Roger

 

 

 

 

 

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Righteous Livin’

When I’m driving up a steep hill,
Sometimes I think my car won’t make it.
But when it comes to righteous livin’,
God gives me all the power I need.

When I’m trying to move the sofa,
Sometimes I find I cannot budge it.
But when it comes to righteous livin’,
God gives me all the strength I need.

When I get up in the night time,
Sometimes I trip on things I can’t see.
But when it comes to righteous livin’,
God gives me all the light I need.

When I go to spend my money,
Sometimes I find it doesn’t buy much.
But when it comes to righteous livin’,
God gives me all the worth I need.

When I buy some special gadget,
Sometimes it’s not all I was promised.
But when it comes to righteous livin’,
God gives me all the truth I need.

When I’m looking through the paper,
Sometimes the violence jumps right at me.
But when it comes to righteous livin’,
God gives me all the peace I need.

When I’m driving up a steep hill,
Sometimes I think my car won’t make it.
But when it comes to righteous livin’,
God gives me all the power I need.

About this Song:
Randy Trail, a friend from years past, doesn’t just play guitar. He buys, sells, and swaps them. He used to tickle me saying, “I’ll never sell this one, though.” And two months later he would.

But Randy had one little Fender guitar amplifier he was especially fond of. Said he, “I’ll never get rid of this amp. It has all the power I’ll ever need.”

I don’t know if he still owns that amp or not–I haven’t seen Randy in many years–but his words inspired this song. It’s somewhat bluesy in style, and the words are more repetitive than I’ve indicated above. It’s a FUN song to sing and play. You can find a recording of it here. Hopefully you can listen on equipment with good bass.

More than fun, though. I think the lyrics say so much about the special gifts God gives His children: power, strength, light, worth, truth, and peace.

If your life is lacking any of these things, let me assure you that God is waiting for you to turn to Him, place your life in His hands, and ask for what you need.

~*~

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Best regards,
Rogerou

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Servant of All, Lord of All

Jesus Christ was everything that God Himself was;
Yet He never insisted on having His own way.
He had every right of God Himself,
Yet He gave them up, He freely gave them up
To become the servant of us all.

Jesus could have stayed in heaven at His Father’s side,
Yet He never refused to do His Father’s will.
So He humbled Himself and became a man,
And such a life He lived and such a death He died
To become the servant of us all.

Jesus Christ is back in heaven at His Father’s side;
God raised Him from death and restored Him to life on high,
So when the name of Christ is heard,
Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess
That Jesus lives as Lord of all.
Yes, Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

About This Song:
Although many of my songs have somewhat of a folk song feel–I learned to play guitar during the “folk fad” of the 1960s and never got that style of music out of my blood–this one comes closer to being country.

It’s also chock full of Scripture. Here are the most obvious verses:

Matthew 12:18. . .
“Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
(NKJV)

Phillipians 2:8. . .
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
(NKJV)

1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
(NKJV)

Phillipians 2:11. . .
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(NKJV)

If we needed further evidence of Jesus as Servant, we could look at the Lord’s Supper the night before His death, when he took a servant’s role and washed his disciples’ feet.

Would that all of Jesus’ followers were as willing to serve others as their Master did. What a difference that would make in this poor, hurting, sin-filled world of ours. Maybe the lost would be more willing to listen to us–and to accept God’s free gift of eternal life.

Confident in the knowledge that ultimately all will call Him “Lord.”

What about you? Is Jesus your Savior or simply an interesting historical figure? My prayer is that you will soon “confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” if you don’t already.

Does this song speak to you in any particular way? If so, how about leaving a comment?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Roger

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How Happy Are Those

How happy are those,
Yes, how happy are those,
So happy are those
Who belong to the Family of God.

So happy they’ll be,
Yes, how happy they’ll be,
So happy they’ll be
When they meet their Father in heaven.

For they will inherit
All the things He has promised.
Yes, theirs is the Kingdom,
And they are His children.
How happy are those,
And how happy they’ll be.

About This Song:
Definitely one of my oldest songs. I can tell because I didn’t put a completion date on the original copy. But that doesn’t lessen the importance of its message.

Christians often focus so much on heaven that they miss the joy of living on earth. I’ve been guilty of that at times. How about you?

And who can blame us? As God’s children, we stand to inherit more good things than we can possibly imagine–once we get to heaven.

But what about the here and now?

Jesus saved us not just for eternity in heaven, but for a more meaningful life here on earth. One that will make us happy. Not because our circumstances will always be good, but because being God’s children–Jesus’ siblings–is a constant source of joy.

When I look at my problems in light of that, I quit complaining. God wants what’s best for me, but also what’s best for his Kingdom on earth. I’m not just His tool. I’m part of His family business–spreading His Good News to others.

Being part of that plan is special. How happy I am.

Do you have that kind of happiness, too? How about sharing a comment?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Roger

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Come Walk with Me

“Come walk  with me,” said Jesus Christ.
I stepped up to His side.
We shared our thoughts and feelings
As we went along our way.
“Don’t be discouraged,” Jesus said,
“When the path veers out of sight,
For every step you take with me
Leads towards my Father’s feast.”

“Come fish with me,” Christ Jesus said.
I stepped into the boat.
We cast the nets on either side
And rowed across the lake.
“Don’t be discouraged,” Jesus said,
“That the fish seem few and small,
For every fish we catch today
Will be used for a feast.”

“Come fish for men,” said Jesus Christ.
I stepped outside my door.
We offered words and deeds of love
As we moved through the crowd.
“Don’t be discouraged,” Jesus said,
“That so few respond today.
Each person you lead to my door
Will share my Father’s feast.
Will share my Father’s feast.”

About This Song:
Jesus lived in a fishing community. No wonder many of his disciples were fishermen before He called them into His service. Or that He said He would teach them to become fishers of men.

The Bible tells several fascinating stories about Jesus’ experiences with fishing. Like the time–under Jesus’ direction–the disciples caught a fish with a coin in its mouth. Worth the exact amount they owed as the Temple tax.

And the time His disciples had been fishing all night without success. He told them to try again, but to cast their nets in the opposite direction. They made such a haul it threatened to break their nets.

Jesus calls us as Christians to be fishers of men. I don’t know about you, but I often question how good a fisherman I am.

I wrote this song to encourage myself and others that God may not intend for each of us to bring in the multitudes the way Billy Graham did for so many years. Yet each person we “catch” is important. Every individual counts.

That’s why the Bible says the angels in heaven rejoice each time an unsaved person is brought into God’s family.

~*~

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Roger

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The Fish Song

If you want to catch a fish,
Then you must go where the fishes swim,
Where the fishes swim.
You can’t sit in the bathtub,
A pole across your knees.
Go where they swim if you want to catch a fish.

If you want to catch a fish,
Then use as bait what they like to eat,
What they like to eat.
You can’t hook them on ice cream
With cherries on the top.
Use bait they like if you want to catch a fish.

If you want to catch a fish,
Then use some line that they cannot break,
That they cannot break.
You cannot use a cheese string
Stretched from your pizza slice.
Use string that’s strong if you want to catch a fish.

If you want to catch a fish,
Then use a net that they can’t slip through,
That they can’t slip through.
You cannot use old stockings
With holes torn in the toes.
Use net that’s right if you want to catch a fish.

If you want to catch a fish,
Then take care that you don’t frighten them,
You don’t frighten them.
You cannot preach loud sermons
Or prance about the boat.
Don’t scare them off if you want to catch a fish.

About This Song:
I wrote this whimsical little song to use as part of the missions emphasis conducted by the Windsor District Baptist Church (northwest of Sydney, Australia) during the 2000 Olympics. It became popular among people there at the church.

Even though the words are humorous and the music playful, the meaning is serious.

Jesus told his disciples to become “fishers of men,” and His followers through the centuries have inherited that responsibility. Sometimes we’ve carried out that task better than other times. I believe the United States would not be in such serious condition now if we’d done a better job of sharing God’s God News with our fellow countrymen.

Looking at the stanzas in sequence, we can’t expect unbelievers to come to church looking for what they need. We have to go to them. Not hard. We live, work, and play among “them.”

We can’t try to attract them with the promise of an easy life–God never promised Christians that–or wealth and power. We are most apt to attract them by our willingness to listen.

And we can’t just start trying to reel them in the first time they show any signs of interest in Christianity. That would be like using line that’s not strong enough.

Trying to get them into the boat–to confess that they’re sinners who want to repent and commit their lives to Jesus–requires care, too.

What sums up many of these points is the idea that we shouldn’t frighten the people we’re witnessing to. We can’t “preach loud sermons” (I think of it as beating them over the head with our Bibles) or “prance about the boat”–berate their current beliefs while trying to show them that Christianity is the only way.

I’m not as good a fisherman as God wants me to be, but this song reminds me of some principles to keep in mind.

What about you? Are you an effective fisherman–or are you one of the fish? How about leaving a comment?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Roger

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Life

Life is the toughest of races;
We are not done till we breathe our last.
But if Christ is living within us,
Our victory is assured.
God declares us all winners
When we follow His way to the end.
He welcomes us all with a “well done”
And presents the prize of eternal life.

About This Song:
Although I wrote this song for the 2000 Olympic outreach in Sydney, Australia, I dedicated it to Dianne, the sister of our then-current church accompanist, Kim Fox. Dianne had fought a brave but losing battle against cancer.

The apostle Paul wrote these things about running and races…

2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Galatians 2:2 (NIV)
I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.

Galatians 5:7 (NIV)
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

1 Corinthians 9:26 (NIV)
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.

Philippians 2:16 (NIV)
. . .as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

While no one quotation says this, I believe Paul would agree that each of us has his own race to run. We’re not competing with other people, but against the temptations and snares of this world. Had Adam and Eve not introduced sin into the world , life would be easy. Pleasant. Wonderful. Perfect.

We must deal with sin, though. And not just our own. We often have to endure the consequences of other peoples’ sins. The obvious example is countless millions of innocent Jews who lost their lives because of Hitler’s sins.

I’m not an athlete. What little I know about running I’ve learned from others. But the easiest way to lose a race is to take one’s eyes–one’s concentration–off the goal. The runner can’t afford to think about that big meal she’s going to enjoy in an hour or wonder how close the person behind her is. She must focus on the finish line and nothing else.

When we accept membership in God’s family through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, we launch from a starting block. We get off to a strong start. God urges us to run straight towards Him. I imagine Him standing at the finish line beckoning us on. How well we keep our eyes on Him affects the outcome of the race.

That brings up another issue. Running a race successfully is quite different from simply finishing one. I want to run the best race I can–the personal race God designed just for me.

I hope your eyes are set firmly on that Divine Finish Line, too. Wouldn’t you like to share a comment?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Roger

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