With Is A Power Thing – Behind the writing of You’re With Me

I was on a flight to an event going through my normal routine. I like to have a coffee in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I especially like it early in the morning because then it’s like I’m reading brand new news and not something I caught a piece of on the trillion screens we have in every restaurant, mall, airport, and even on our phones. I like to read the story. In the midst of reading world news and editorials an advertisement grabbed my eye.

Unfortunately for the company, I don’t remember what was being sold but I remember the picture and title. It was a picture from behind four kids sitting on the beach with their arms around each other looking out at the ocean waves. The words across the top were “With is a powerful thing!”

I love that line.

Weeks later I was at Camp Timber-lee with the band playing for a senior high extreme weekend. The speaker was an important friend in my life named Pastor Jeff Klein from Wheaton, IL. Jeff has taken many days to talk with me and pray for me. I actually send my lyrics to him to check my theology, content, and message.

That weekend he talked about how so many people in the Bible are referred to as people who “walked with the Lord” or how “the Lord was with them.” In the examples he gave, I started to think about how I forget that when life gets so hard.

Photo from Microsoft Clip Art

Even as I write this, I confess to you I feel very overwhelmed by some things and even defeated in some regard. When it’s hard, I will sometimes call on God in prayer like He is located at some fire station down the street or like He is an ambulance.

But it’s just not like that.

I started to write down people in the Bible like Moses or David and wondered what they may have felt like in super intense moments.

Did they call 911 or did they act and speak like God was already right there with them because God was with them? I took my ideas to Paul Marino, and we begin to write but something missing. I know God is with me and yet I can be scared…

I heard Pastor David Housholder preach from Acts 2, and he talked about how in verse 14 Peter preaches with bold urgency even knowing he risked his life doing so but was not afraid. Then Pastor David asked, “Why wasn’t Peter afraid?”

His answer? Because Peter was just filled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is NOT afraid. That’s what I needed to hear and what I wanted the bridge to say in the song, so that’s we wrote.

My friends, for me “You’re With Me” was a different style to write and but as you read and I hope listen to the song, you will realize the RESCUE God gave us was so we never, and I mean never, have to be afraid.

Simply because God is with us.

Take a listen to the song. Download the ringtone here: yourewithme_rt

God Is Good All The Time,

Peder

Some days I stand at the water like Moses I have nowhere to go
Sometimes I facing the giant just holding a sling and a stone
It’s then that I cling to Your promise that You have not left me alone
You’re before, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me

Some days I am circled by lions who seek to, to devour my soul
The times I choose to deny You then I hear, I hear the rooster crow
It’s then when I come to my senses and hold to the hope that I know
You’re before me, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside me
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me

I’m not afraid. I’m not afraid.
‘Cuz you’re not afraid
I know You’re with me
I’m not afraid. No, I’m not afraid
‘Cuz You’re not afraid, Lord
‘Cuz I know You’re with me
I’m not afraid. No, I’m not afraid.
‘Cuz, Lord, I know You’re not afraid and I know that You’re with me
You’re before me, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside me
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me. You’re with me.

It Came in the Mail- Writing “Come to the Rescue”

On the Rescue project, a song that was truly a labor and love to write was “Come To The Rescue.” My 13-plus years of partnership with Compassion International and adopting two of my children has revolutionized my heart and the heart of my family. Our ministry’s heart for orphan care has grown and continues to become more passionate. After we had written and recorded “Roll The Stone Away” on the Taste and See project, I discovered I wanted to write more about this theme: the urgency of taking care of children in poverty, orphans, little ones who can easily go unnoticed and the hurt to advocate for them and tell the stories of how the Father God’s heart is all about this.

When we were writing the Rescue CD, I had always kept a bunch of side notes about God’s heart for the poor, left behind, widows, orphans, and so on. The difference this time was finding the word or words that would really speak of what happens when you reach out to a child and pour some of yourself into them AND how we just can’t procrastinate about doing something. I was standing in my kitchen with my wife, Sherri, when one our staff brought a package we received from Compassion.

It was information about a new program called Rescue Me, a ministry specifically for children who are under five years of age and are at high risk of not surviving. It was this ministry and more so this word “rescue.” Rescue means “to free or deliver form confinement, danger, or evil.” That said everything to me.

I already had a tune in my head that I came up when I was on a run so I started to lay down some ideas and immediately sent them to Bob Stromberg and my producer Paul Marino. Because they both have a heart for Compassion and children in need, we went right to work.

The one thing about the song that is different is it has less of a feel of gentleness or graciousness. What I mean is that sometimes when we talk about a subject like this we tend to approach it with “Would you mind if we talk about poverty?” or “If it doesn’t make you uncomfortable, could I tell you about children who are hurting?” The word rescue itself pretty much squelches that. To rescue someone is not convenient; it’s an urgent moment. When we wrote this song, we wanted to be true to the word and the reality. Children need to be rescued. It’s urgent and not always convenient.

Check out the “Come to the Rescue” video.

Please retweet it, re-post it, share it in whatever way you can. It’s not about charity; it’s about justice.

If you go to www.PederEide.com and click on the Compassion Tab and sponsor a child, we will send you a copy of Rescue. Just email me at peder@pedereide.com and tell me you sponsored a child and we will get the music.

Here is a come to the “Come to the Rescue” ringtone download: Cometotherescueringtone

In a village by the river where the water once ran sweet
a child and her family would gather there to eat
now she sits there weeping, hungry and alone
it’s all gone
poverty surrounds her and weaves it’s wicked spell
She hides inside her memories to bear this living hell
The voice the whispered hopes and dreams has all but gone away
gone away
All that she has
is a bowl full of tears
a stomach that’s aching
a heart that is breaking
praying somehow someone somewhere will hear
and come to the rescue

He wanders through the garbage down a moon-lit, muddy street
looking for shelter, just anywhere to sleep
for a little boy who’s eight years old, it’s hard to understand:
Why did they die and leave him behind?
All that he has is a bowl full of tears,
a stomach that’s aching,
a heart that is breaking
praying somehow someone somewhere will hear
and come to the rescue

Can you hear them? Will you listen?
Can you hear them? The forgotten and alone
Will you listen? To the hungry and afraid
Can you hear them? The one that’s losing hope
Will you listen? It doesn’t have to be this way
Can you hear them? / Can you hear them?
Will you listen? / Will you listen?

Until all that you have is a bowl full of tears,
a stomach that’s aching,
a heart that is breaking
to be the somehow someone somewhere who hears
and comes to rescue
Come to the rescue
Can you hear them? Will you listen?
Can you hear their cries? Is your heart breaking?
Can you feel the aching inside?
Can you hear them calling, calling
come to the rescue
come to the rescue

I never dreamed a song would come to me through the mail.

Keep carrying the Kingdom of God, my friends, to all who need the presence of our Abba Father.

God is good all the time.

Peder

The Writing The Song “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else”

The next blogs are going to be in response to an invitation to ask how I wrote certain songs. What inspired them, where they came from, and little back story.

For me, song ideas come from anywhere. Books, sermons, my own devotional time, movies, advertisements, personal experience, almost anywhere.

The song “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else” from the CD Rescue is one of my favorites. Here’s why:

When my oldest son Taylor was about 11, I did a read aloud with him called Teknon, The Champion Warrior. It’s a kids science fiction story centered on a father and son as the son comes into young manhood.

The father is a brilliant scientist and soldier/warrior who gathers fellow warriors to go and take on the evil villain who has stolen the Logos (which is a symbol for God’s Truth and Word in the story). The son is asked to come a long as test of his character and to see if he is ready to enter into manhood. Taylor and now my son Ethan both love it!

In the book, the warriors would pray to God on their adventure and they would end each pray with “Your will be done, nothing more nothing less nothing else.”

It really struck me. As a follower of Jesus, am I really ok with whatever God wants to do with me as long brings Him glory and like we pray “Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done”? There is more to that than just trying to say the right words.

In the midst of writing the song with my friend and producer Paul Marino, I was captivated by something Pastor Bill Bohline said in Sunday morning message at our home church, Hosanna! He was telling about a conversation he had with a man named Peter Erickson from our church. Peter was sick with cancer, and Bill had asked him how he was doing. Peter’s response hit me deeply. He said, “Bill, if I die or if I live, either way I win. Either God has a plan for me here on earth or I get to be with Jesus in heaven. There is no bad outcome!”

That’s how I want to live. I don’t but I desire it and seek it. After church I went home into my basement and started to pound out the bridge from the very phrase Peter had said to Pastor Bill.

I hope you are blessed by the tune and, as always, I hope you pass this blog along to others who might find it encouraging. It’s a blessing to what we do here.

You can order or download the Rescue CD at www.PederEide.com. Click here to listen to a sample.

That’s my story of writing “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else.” Now it’s your turn to tell your story about hearing it. Leave it in the comments section for me to read.

God is good all the time.

Peder

If to live is Christ and to die is gain, then teach me how to die.
If to follow You means to follow through and leave this world behind,
then let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want. (Do what You want)
If to live by faith is to run the race, then teach me how to run.
If to count the cost, to take up my cross, glorifies Your Son,
then let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want. Do what You want.
If I die, if I live, either way, I win.
For I know where I stand: If it’s You, I’m in.
If I die, if I live, either way, I win.
For I know where I stand: If it’s You, I’m in.
I’m in.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else

 

Inseide the Songs

A few nights ago I sat in the kitchen with my oldest son Taylor talking about the music industry. He said “Dad, you been doing this full-time for over 16 years.” We talked about how many CDs we’ve made and especially all the songs we have written. It was a cool conversation. It also gave me an idea…

So many times I have been asked, as most songwriters are: When you write songs, does the music come first or the words?, How do you come up with the lyrics?, Who is your inspiration?, How do you know when a songs is good?, etc.

I’ve decided to answer some of those questions (and more) here on my blog. For the weeks ahead, I’ll blog about songs I have written and what was the process in writing them.

The amazing studio players on the Rescue Project

What songs have you always wanted to know about how and why we wrote them? 

Songs from Rescue, Taste and See, Perfect Surprise, and even older albums are all fair game.

I might answer you via a written blog or maybe a vlog. We will give out free ringtones and even some free full song downloads.

Pick any song you would like to know about, leave a request in the comments section, and I will bring a little behind the curtain thought as we go “inseide” the songs.

I look forward to hearing which songs you’ve always been curious about.

Grace and peace,

Peder

Hosanna!

Palm Sunday is here! You know the story. Read the Message version:

See How Your King Comes

The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet Him. And they cheered: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in God’s name! Yes! The King of Israel!” Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: No fear, Daughter Zion: See how your king comes, riding a donkey’s colt.

The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to Him. The crowd that had been with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after Him.” John 12:12-19 (MSG)

I love the word Hosanna. It’s powerful. It’s passionate. It’s more heartfelt than we realize sometimes. The word is interpreted with the words “save us,” a cry for salvation but it’s also a declaration of praise! Some might find it to be a mix that doesn’t easily mix but I think it mixes well.

Picture what it might look like! I see hands raised at “Hosanna.”

Raised hands represent celebration, surrender, and a reaching out to touch and be touched!

Hosanna, save us, blessed is He who comes!

I think it deserves a hand raising!

If you were drowning, you would raise and wave your hands to be rescued.

At a winning score by your favorite team, you raise your hands in celebration!

Same hands…

This Sunday, spend some time with your hands raised to the Lord!

He is the one who saves us! He is the One who deserves all praise!

HOSANNA!

God is good all the time!

Peder

Goodbye, Camera

It’s not exactly how I wanted to begin my experience in India but it’s what happened. At the end of our first full day visiting a Compassion project, where Sherri, Taylor, and I met a child we will begin sponsoring, I lost the camera that I had a plan for. We searched everywhere, multiple times in each place.  It really bummed me out. Since Sherri and Taylor are here with me, I wanted to capture everything I could. Fortunately God made the church and surrounded me with other camera-carrying folks who have been more than willing to step in and take pictures for us and even give us pics they have taken.

Taylor and I with the cows of India

For this I am thankful. Is it ideal? No, but when you have no pictures, you are even more thankful for whatever you can get. I think the rest of the group is tired of me saying thanks.

That’s my first word to describe our time here.

Grateful.

This is everywhere

These people are not picky, selective, asking for something different if what is given to them is not exactly what they had in mind. They receive whatever they are given with joy, tears, smiles that span the borders of India.

Why?

Because they have nothing.

It’s overwhelming here in Kolata. Poverty like I’ve never seen it. It’s like a blanket over the whole city. I’m not sure how I will process it. Yet they are still so thankful.

I lost a camera. I’m glad for some friends’ pictures.

They’re losing hope. They are forever grateful for someone not to forget them.

More later,

Peder