There was this song idea rolling around it my head.
It came from Isaiah 6:3:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
The Hebrew word for “glory” is kavod, better translated “weight and presence.”
I wanted to help worshippers remember that God’s presence is everywhere.
That means everywhere is holy ground.
So I took this idea to my very dear friend Bob Stromberg.
Like Lone Ranger has Tonto, Batman has Robin, Charlie Brown has Snoopy, and Phineas has Ferb, I have Bob Stromberg.
Bob and I with our lovely wives in Guatemala
As I met with Bob in person, he listened carefully to my ideas, the message, and some lyrics that were rolling around in my head.
Now, co-writing a song together is about trusting the other person, being vulnerable, and being willing to do somethings you’ve never done before.
Bob challenged me and he encouraged me.
Then he had to go to California for a few weeks to perform.
The guy’s busy.
He’s written plays, books, comedy shows, and he’s been featured on America’s Got Talent.
He could have told me the song would have to wait until he got back.
But he didn’t.
That’s not how Bob works.
That’s not how creativity works.
In no time, Bob had ideas.
As he’s driving down Interstate 5 in Los Angeles, he’s recording lyric ideas into his personal recorder.
He’s sitting in traffic singing to my voicemail.
When his long days were over, he’d go back to the hotel and type up more ideas to email to me.
His creativity knows no bounds!
He used his limited personal time to dig into my song.
What he came up with would become some of my favorite lyrics capturing exactly what I was hoping for in the song “Holy Ground.”
When I’m walking in the mountains
Strolling down a busy street
And always when I’m alone
By the ocean drone
I hear You’re calling out to me
This is Holy Ground
I’m grateful for my Bob.
Not just his contribution to that song and so many others, but forever more his friendship and, yes, his heart.
“As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp.” Proverbs 27:17
Bob is one of the pieces of iron who sharpens me.
When I was in the studio recording “Holy Ground,” there were some changes that needed to be made the very moment we were finalizing the song.
I was struggling.
So I called Bob.
He took the time that very moment to talk me off my proverbial cliff of worry, and he helped make the song even stronger.
Just in time.
It’s both Bob’s gift and his heart.
He cares about the art and the artist he’s working with.
I can say this from experience: you don’t find that everywhere.
Hey, friend, you’ve been getting emails from me about a new teaching series Bob’s made.
It’s called Mastering the Art of Creativity.
They’re instructional videos and more about how to draw out your creativity abilities and growing them like never before.
Bob knows what he’s doing.
He’s finally teaching publicly things he’s been teaching me privately for years.
If you work in any type of vocation or ministry where coming up with “new” is needed, you’re gong to want to dig into what Bob has put together.
It’s definitely worth your time!
What he teaches has helped bring my music and ministry to a whole new level.
When I’m writing a new song or building a new event, Bob’s one of the first “Ferbs” I put on my team.
He’s been part of over 30 songs I’ve recorded. (Plus some we haven’t recorded yet).
Abba I Belong to You
Roll The Stone Away
Why Wouldn’t I
Come To The Rescue
That’s What Family Does
Draw Us Together
The Reason We Live
What A Ride
Come On In
Love Has Come
If you’ve ever sung any of these songs, you’ve already been impacted by Bob’s work.
Let him impact yours.
Our God is the creative God.
Because of His goodness, there are no limits to what news things can come about.
I can’t wait to see what He does through you.
God is good all the time!