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Master of the Storm

Covered Up With Red

God is Still in Business

I'll Meet You in Glory

The Masters Seamless Robe

In The Valley I Found a River

Time to Tremble

Pray and Believe

Come Unto Me

Wonderful Love Glorious Grace

Jesus is a Mountain Mover

The End of the Story

 

© 2001, Steve Kirtley

The Master of the Storm

On the sea of life great storms are raging

Many boats are filled with fear and doom

But I’m secure and I don’t need to worry

For I’m sailing with the Master of the Storm

 

Chorus:

So let the stormy winds blow and the angry waves roll

For it is well with my soul

I have peace in my heart and I fear no harm

For I’m sailing with the Master of the Storm

 

When the winds of trouble blow around me

When the waves of trial upward roll

I know that I will safely reach the harbor

For I’m sailing with the Master of the Storm

 

Chorus

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

The Disciples were in the middle of a deadly storm on the Sea of Galilee, but they forgot they had someone in the boat who was the Master of the storm.  Jesus calmed the storm, but he asked them “Where is your faith?”  In the midst of our storms of life Jesus wants us to remember that he is with us in our boat, and to have confidence rather than fear, knowing that he is in control of our life.

 

 

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© 2002, Steve Kirtley

Covered Up With Red

I dreamed that I was in heaven, standing before the throne

Old Satan came to accuse me, for all the wrong I’d done

So they opened up the record, to see just what it said

But God couldn’t find one sin on the page, they were all covered up with red

 

Chorus:

Covered up with red, they’re all covered up with red

All my sins are covered up, by the blood that Jesus shed

He took away my guilt and shame, and gave me new life instead

Now all my sins are covered up, they’re all covered up with red

 

Once I was wandering in darkness, hopelessly drifting astray

When Jesus came down in mercy, and offered to show me the way

I made him my Lord and my Savior, and then with his precious blood

He wrote my name in the book of life, and covered my sins with red

 

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Songwriter’s comment:

I was working on a song idea about our sins being covered by the blood of Jesus.  God brought to mind a sermon I had heard a young man preach many years ago in which he used the illustration of God looking at our record and not being able to read any of our sins because something red was all over the page. Praise God that our sins can not be held against us, because they are covered by blood of Jesus!

 

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© 2002 Steve Kirtley

God is Still in Business

Sometimes I get so weary as I travel on my journey

When all the cares of life and sorrows multiply

But that’s when I remember just what Jesus promised

He said "I’ll lift your every burden and your every need supply"

 

Chorus:

God is still in business, he’s still on the throne

His grace is still sufficient and his mercy overflows

He can calm the raging storm and command the troubled sea

God is still in business and he’s still watching over me

 

If everything seems hopeless you can call on God with boldness

He’s never taken back one promise that he ever made

So pray with assurance as you bring your need to Jesus

He’s still open for business when you call on his name

 

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Songwriter’s Comment:

I remember hearing the exclamation “God is Still in Business” in the old-time country churches when there was a testimony of a dramatic answer to prayer or a life-changing move of God.  I wrote this song in the midst of a difficult season as our extended family experienced difficulties, illness, and several deaths.  But even in our trials God is still God, His grace is still sufficient, and he faithful if we will turn to him.

 

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© 1998, Steve Kirtley

I’ll Meet You in Glory

Chorus:

I’ll meet you in Glory, around the great throne

We’ll tell the old story, of our journey home

We’ll cry holy, holy, for ages unknown

I’ll meet you in Glory, around the great throne

 

Be faithful my brother, for just a few days

Let’s work for the harvest ‘till he calls us away

Have courage dear sister, for he’s coming soon

Keep your lamp trimmed and burning, and watch for the Groom

 

Chorus

 

God will receive us, when the last trumpet sounds

We’ll stand before Jesus, wearing white robes and crowns

We’ll cry “Thou art worthy” as we bow down

For once we were lost but now we are found

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

What a day it will be when we meet around God’s throne!  Won’t you make plans to join me there?

Revelation 7:9-10 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.

 

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© 2000, Steve Kirtley

The Master’s Seamless Robe

They didn’t gamble for his sandals or for his outer coat

But even callused soldiers wouldn’t tear his seamless robe

So they cast their lots and took their spoil, but they didn’t know

They would never own the covering of the Master’s seamless robe

 

Chorus:

A seamless robe, a sinless life, the pure white linen showed

He was the perfect sacrifice to bear our sinful load

He gave himself upon the cross to pay the debt I owed

And his perfect grace now covers me like the Master’s seamless robe

 

The perfect grace of Jesus that covers all my sins

Has no seams, no opening to let the Devil in

When he comes to accuse me, he can’t find a place

For everywhere around me is the Master’s seamless grace

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

John 19:23-24 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining.  This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.  “Let’s not tear it”  “Let’s decide by lot who will get it”

I typically take a few weeks to write a song, but this song came in 45 minutes.  It was purely a revelation from above, as I can’t recall hearing any teaching about the symbolism of the seamless robe of Jesus.

 

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© 2000 Steve Kirtley

In the Valley I Found a River

I’ve been up on the top of the mountain

Where the blessings of God overflow

But I never really learned how to trust him

Until I walked through the valley below

 

Chorus:

And in the valley I found a river

Where the Living Water flows

In the valley I found a river

That satisfies my soul

 

Through the shadows God walked beside me

Through the darkness I was never alone

There I learned to depend on him completely

In the valley he made my faith grow

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

When we go through a valley experience we may wonder if God has forgotten about us. But just as he placed the river in the valley, so his Spirit will flow in our life in the midst of our darkest experiences and help our faith grow strong as we learn to trust him.

 

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© 1997, Steve Kirtley

Time to Tremble

Chorus:

If there ever was a time to tremble, if there ever was a time to pray

It would be when people are living as they’re living in this world today

They don’t believe there’s a God above so they’re living their own way

If there ever was a time to tremble it surely would be today

 

There’s a judgment day that’s coming, when we’ll stand before the throne

God will call his chosen people to enter their eternal home

I want to be in that number and live with God above

So I am trusting Jesus, and abiding in his love

 

Chorus

 

This world is going onward just like it’s always been

With no thought for tomorrow or what it will bring

What the Bible tells us, so many do not heed

But God will call them to account for every idle deed

 

Chorus

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

As believers we don’t need to tremble in fear, but we should tremble in awe and respect for mighty God who will surely bring a day of judgment. Praise God we can avail ourselves of his mercy and trust in the provision he has made through Jesus Christ!

2 Peter 3:3 In the last days scoffers will come scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say “where is his coming he promised? Everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

 

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© 2001, Steve Kirtley

Pray and Believe

Faith is believing when you can’t see the answer

When the future is uncertain or unknown

But if we will pray and believe that God is able

We will see the answer in his time and in his way

 

Chorus:

Pray and believe for my God is able

To supply your every need

According to his riches in Glory

If we will only pray and believe

 

When all is hopeless and it seems there’s no way

That’s the time to believe and earnestly pray

For God is real and he hears our cry

And he is able every need to supply

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

Phillipians 4:19 For my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus.  God wants us to have faith in him for every need, but sometimes our faith is weak. Faith is like a muscle, it grows stronger when it is exercised.  And it is exercised when we have needs or go through trials and tribulations.  Look at those situations as an opportunity to exercise our faith “muscle” in order for our faith in God to grow.

 

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© 1998, Steve Kirtley

Come Unto Me

Chorus:

Come unto me all you who labor

Come unto me all who are heavy laden

Come unto me bring every burden

And I will give you rest for your soul

 

Are you struggling with sin, is there trouble within

Do life's burdens seem more than you can bear

Then there is still one who invites you to come

Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there

 

Chorus

 

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me

For I am gentle and humble of heart

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light

And you will find rest for your soul

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

This song is from Matthew 11:28-30  God woke me in the middle of the night and told me to write a song based on this teaching of Jesus.  It’s not possible to improve on the words of Jesus, so the chorus and second verse are his words, nearly verbatim.  The first verse is added as an encouragement to accept this invitation of Jesus.  After writing this song I did a word study of this passage and discovered that every phrase is infused with deep meaning.   

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© 1997, Steve Kirtley

Wonderful Love, Glorious Grace

Chorus:

Wonderful Love, Glorious Grace

Coming down from above to fill this place

Wrapped all around me like heaven’s embrace

Wonderful Love, Glorious Grace

 

Wonderful Love that Jesus would die

On an old rugged cross for one such as I

Glorious Grace that covers my sin

For once I was lost now I’m born again

 

Chorus

 

Wonderful Love in endless supply

Every need to satisfy

Glorious Grace that we may receive

Life changing power when we believe

 

The story behind the song:

In the winter of 1996-97 California experienced record flooding.  In January a warm rain came, melting the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The water level behind Don Pedro dam rose 20 feet in 24 hours, an almost unbelievable event since this is the 6th largest body of water in California. To avoid destruction of the dam they opened the floodgates, causing tremendous flooding below in Modesto and the surrounding area.  The home of my wife’s grandmother was filled with 4 feet of muddy water.  Eventually the house was condemned and had to be destroyed.  We spent an exhausting day in rubber boots salvaging what belongings we could from the mud.  That night God woke me up out of a sound sleep and gave me the words “Wonderful Love, Glorious Grace” and the direction to write this song.  Even in the midst of disaster and trial (especially in difficult situations) God’s Grace and Love is poured out on us!

 

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© 2000, Steve Kirtley

Jesus is a Mountain Mover

Chorus:

Jesus is a mountain mover, Jesus is a mountain mover

Jesus is a mountain mover, so mountain move out of my way

Jesus is a mountain mover, Jesus is a mountain mover

Jesus is a mountain mover, mountain move out of my way

 

My faith may be just a tiny seed,

but Jesus said that’s all I need

If I ask in faith and I believe,

this mountain will be cast into the sea

 

Chorus

 

The biggest mountains can’t be seen,

they’re the ones inside of me

But God can change a willing heart,

and cause that mountain to depart

 

Songwriter’s Comment:

Matthew 17:20 Jesus said “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.”

It’s not the size of our faith, it’s the size of our God!  So put your faith to work, whether small or great, praying according to his will, and watch what God will do.

 

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© 1986, Steve Kirtley

The End of The Story

We may travel through valleys on our earthly journey

Trusting in Jesus to show us the way

But after the shadows there will be sunshine

After the darkness a brighter day

 

Chorus:

And at the End of The Story will be ages in glory

In the presence of Jesus, God will receive us

And we'll live ever after in that beautiful city

At the end of the story will be eternity

 

Fear not my little ones lo I am with you

And I will keep you until that great day

Then all of your sorrow will turn into singing

And all of your crying will pass away

 

Songwriter’s comment:

Oh dear friends, one day soon this life will be over.  If we’ve trusted in Jesus we will be ushered into God’s presence.  No more death, no more sorrow, no more pain, no more crying.  No sin, no evil; only perfect communion with our wonderful Lord.  I can’t wait!

 

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