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Time to share a new song!

I’m not sure if I heard someone first use the phrase or if it just came to me one day. But the idea of “failing forward” has become an important part of how I view my walk with Christ.  This is a balanced approach instead of doing what many Christians do – tend towards extremes.

Some see their love walk with God as a mission, a goal to be attained and an end to be reached. Did my daily bible reading – check. Prayed for at least 15 minutes – check. Didn’t cuss, drink, smoke or have gay sex – check. Now what’s on TV? The problem with task-oriented Christianity is that Christianity, by nature, is not a task. Its a relationship. Spouses who treat their significant others as items on a to-do list have marriage problems. Similarly, Christians who treat their walk with God as a daily objective won’t ever get as close to Him as their hearts desire. Its not what’s He’s asking for and they’ll never be happy because they’ll always fall short of the self-imposed chores they’ve created.

Which brings us to our next extreme: the spiritually lazy. These folks have realized that they will never be able to keep the list of rules needed to be a “good Christian” so they quit. I’ve heard this sometimes referred to as “greasy grace” where someone just does what they want and just assumes the “grace” of God will cover it. Of course what they really are counting on is mercy, not grace, but its an unbiblical mercy. They have learned to not be task oriented (that’s good) but instead they are content with no spiritual growth (that’s bad).

Instead of these two extremes, I believe God is calling us to live a life “failing forward.” With this mentality, the Christian understands that they can never please God with a check list and knows they will make mistakes. However, instead of wallowing in their shortcomings, they choose to embrace the love relationship Jesus provided (thru scriptural grace) and continue moving forward through their shortcomings. This way the objective is not perfection, but movement in the right direction. This is what will bring true growth.

So I wrote a song about it! Music and lyrics are below. It’s just a rough home demo so don’t expect the quality of my EP or anything. I hope it ministers to you!

Failing Forward

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It’s OK to not be OK

It’s all right to not be all right

Your father knows your frame is dust

So now He’s asking you to trust

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Jesus sees us

As we are in Him, covered by His blood

Jesus meets us

Right where we are, offering His love

And His grace is our reward

As we run to Him failing forward

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Don’t count your sins, repent and then forget them

Come on, get back up and don’t lose your momentum

‘Cause God’s not shocked and does not get worried

He already knows you fall short of His glory

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It’s a process that I’ll never quite complete

But still I seek His holiness in me

And if I fall I’ll crawl until I’m on my feet

Because there’s only one direction toward only One I need:

Forward, failing forward

Time to share another song! This one is called “We Are Yours” and is intended to be a declaration of being “all in” when it comes to God. I wanted to supply words for the congregation, youth group and retreat attendees that had made the quality decision that their lives are going to be spent seeking the face of God. One of my friends who previewed the song for me said that it sounded surprisingly “dark” compared to my other stuff. It was a great compliment. 🙂 With all the things of the world vying for our attention and affection, I think its time for the church to get a little intense and shake off the things that hold us back. After all the declarations are said and done, the bridge brings the song together with a heartfelt prayer for more of Him. I hope you like it!

To all my music snob friends: yes, I know the bass is sharp. Yes, I know the drums are too busy on the 2nd verse. Yes, the tempo is a tad fast. And yes it needs some solo work on the after-chorus turnarounds. Thanks. 🙂

Enjoy!

We Are Yours

We are the seekers; we are chasing after You

We are relentless; we’ll never cease in our pursuit

We are forgiven; we are the objects of Your grace and mercy

And now we’re hungry for more than what our natural eyes can see

We are an army; our weapons are the ways of love

We are expecting to see Your Kingdom flood the earth

We are so thankful, relieved and grateful that You’ve saved our lives

And now we’re ready to be a people that reflect Heaven’s light

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We are Yours, We are Yours

We are Yours, We are Yours alone, Lord

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We are the restless; we’ll persevere until we see

We are rejecting all that the world is offering

We are Your children, we’ve seen Your heart and we have felt Your hand

And now we’re asking, give us the power to fulfill Your plan

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All consuming fire, loose Your flame among us

Burn a new desire, let Your glory fill us

My home church, Victory Fellowship Church, has just released a new worship album! It’s called “So Close to Me” and features 79 minutes of music and 13 songs.

The CD was recorded live at the church during a night of praise and worship and features many original songs among other favorites of our congregation. This is an actual live album – not one that was recorded live then re-recorded in the studio. A few things were fixed here and there in post-production but there are no overdubs and you can find mistakes if you’re looking for them!

I’m so proud of the praise team at VFC. They are truly a group of servants who genuinely want nothing more than to please the Father. It’s rare to find authentic worship musicians with no pride or ulterior motives and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to lead this team! We pray that as you listen and worship along with us, the same thickness of His presence we felt in our sanctuary that night would find you right where you listen. Check out one the songs on the CD called “Alabaster Jar” below.

We are asking for $10 donations for this CD in order to raise money for new sound equipment. If you’d like to get a copy, they are available at our church or just click HERE to donate $10 (Paypal, Credit/Debit) and pay to have it shipped directly to you.

Just finished a new song called “Now Is the Time.” This is meant to be a fast praise song/opener for a contemporary worship service. I wanted to write something that captured the essence of making a quality decision to follow Jesus. I wanted a no-turning-back-once-and-for-all-I’ve-made-my-decision song where we could declare together “God, I’m done with doing things my way – it’s all about you from here on out.”

The bridge to this song was written by my good friend Jim Courtney. He got the lines “I lift my hands with purpose…” one Sunday morning when the praise team was in prayer before the service. He just handed me the scribbled lyrics and I immediately knew they’d make a great summarizing bridge to this song which, at that time, was about half-written.

Hope you enjoy. Its just a demo, but I think you can get the idea of the song. VFC’ers, you might wanna go ahead and learn this one. 🙂

Now is the Time

I’m ready to answer the call

I’m ready to give my all

I lay aside the weight of sin

I’m pushing on and pressing in

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Now is the time, today is the day

I’m getting tired of being in the way

Oh Jesus, It’s all about You now

Now is the time for stepping aside

I’m leaving my independence and pride

Oh Jesus, It’s all about You now.

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I’m ready to run the race

I’m ready to take my place

I lay aside the weight of sin

I’m pushing on and pressing in

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I lift my hands with purpose

I raise my voice to sing

The life that I’ve been given

Becomes my offering

© Jamie Nunnally 2011

I just finished a new song called Hope Remains and I wanted to share it with everyone. Still trying to decide if its congregational and appropriate for Sunday morning worship or not. Feel free to weigh in. Our praise team at VFC was supposed to do it for special music last weekend but it just didn’t work out.

Lyrically, I wanted to focus on hope – that eternal, remaining gift from Heaven that seems to always take a backseat to faith and love (1 Cor. 13:13). I wanted to write an anthem that showed what it looked like when we emptied ourselves – our fears, questions and insecurities and just held on to the hope of our salvation through Jesus. The song ends with what is hopefully a very rousing and effective declaration that no matter what life hands us, we will cling to hope and let it be the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19).

Musically, I tried to keep it simple enough to sing but interesting enough that it didn’t sound like everything else. The turnaround and bridge chords/melody are extremely pop-typical so I tried to make the verse and chorus chords/melody a little more unique. And I love the guitar part on top of the chorus (“All that I am…”) – it just sounds so pretty to me.

Ok, so here are the excuses: I recorded all the instruments in 2 hours and all vocals in 30 minutes so its not like this is gonna be high quality, people! But hey, it didn’t cost anything! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the song and pray that you’re encouraged to hold fast hope!

Hope Remains

Hope is rising up and strengthening my faith

The fear that held me back has now begun to fade

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All that I am I give away, ‘til nothing is left, just hope remains

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Hope is sinking in and keeping me secure

And as I trust and wait, I patiently endure

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All that I am I give away ‘til nothing is left, just hope remains

I’m confident that God will save and as I believe, my hope remains

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So when the pressure’s building and I can feel the weight

I know my God still loves me I won’t hold back my praise

When disappointment finds me and things don’t go my way

My joy will not be stolen, no one can take my faith

And I won’t stop pursuing,  no I won’t be afraid

Though I’m not sure what’s coming I know that hope remains

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Whoa, hope remains

Now that I have a CD out, I’m finding that I’m not really comfortable with the amount of self-promotion it takes to be an independent artist. You see, a recording artist signed to a record label has a whole team of people who get paid to tell everyone how great the artist is, obsess over how he is presented to the public and try to get others to like him. An independent artist on the other hand, has to do all of that himself. So as someone who has spent the last 15-years of his life trying his best to beat the pride and self-preservation out for the sake of trusting God alone, I am feeling very conflicted promoting my new CD. Especially since the CD I released is made up of worship music intended to glorify and bring fame to Another.

I have a real fear of not being liked or accepted. Most people have this fear to at least some degree but it seems to go beyond even that for me: I have a real fear of people thinking I’m a jerk. My skin is way too thin. I don’t like the idea that anyone would think I’m in love with myself, selfish, conceited or arrogant.  In the past I have been all of these things and as hard as it is to admit it sometimes it still creeps up on me.  Of course as I write this, I’m realizing that assuming my fear of rejection is worse than others’ fear of rejection is yet another way of being self-focused. Stinkin’ flesh!

So here I am. New CD. No promotion team. Gotta self-promote. *Sigh*

I just need to get over myself. I just need to trust that people will believe the best.  If someone wants to be offended at me, they are going to find a reason – music or not.  I just can’t control what others think about me no matter how how I try. If God called me to do this, then he’ll protect me and see me through.

I just emailed a major record label exec and unashamedly asked for some face-time next week. Take that, fear of failure!

So here its comes, a barrage of  “me, me, me” from…well, me.

Hey, I got an idea. BUY MY CD.

Yeah, you heard me right. After about a year of writing, re-writing, recording, re-recording, annoying my family, thinking about it, almost quitting, wash rinse and repeat, I finally have a solo CD out! Woo hoo! Yeah I’m pretty flippin excited. The CD is called “Forever” and has 14 tracks with over an hour of original worship music written for contemporary worship services, youth groups and Christian conferences.

Here are a few ways to get your grubby little hands on it, with more coming:

1) For those of you who want a physical copy, the easiest way to get one is to buy it directly from me at the CD table at my home church, VFC. Cost: $10

2) Want a physical copy but don’t live in Thomasville? Or maybe you live in T’ville but *gasp* don’t go to VFC? Click HERE to order the CD directly from me. You can pay via Credit/Debit card or Paypal and have it shipped right to you. Cost: $10 plus shipping. (Note: I don’t control shipping costs!)

3) Think physical CDs are so 2000 and late? Click HERE to go to CDbaby.com and download the album (or individual tracks) in MP3 format (it will work on iPods and MP3 players like Zune.) This is also a good place to listen to samples of each song. They also sell physical copies here. Cost: $9.99 for the whole digital album, $0.99 per individual track or $11.99 + shipping for the physical CD. (For a limited time you can download track 4, “You Are Wonderful” for FREE! Just sign in, select that song and select “download selected songs.” You’re welcome!) ***UPDATE: The digital album is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com!

4) Rayann’s Christian Bookstore in Thomasville sells it. Cost: $11.99+tax.

The music is also available on several online music streaming services like Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, Liquid Digital, and Verizon V-cast.

If you don’t have any money and can’t buy the CD, that’s OK – I love you still. Just go to my music Myspace page and enjoy the songs I’ve posted up there for free. Yeah, free. You can’t beat that with a stick!

If you’re still reading, I want to share why I did this. I didn’t set out to make a CD. My original intent for recording was to get the songs that were in my head out into a format where the church praise team could learn them and play them for our worship services. After beginning the process, with much encouragement from friends and family and much wishy-washiness on my part, I felt like some of these songs were possibly decent enough to share with others. As a worship leader for many years, I sometimes have trouble finding songs for Sunday morning services that “work” for corporate worship. There are many great songs out there but a lot are either hard to sing or impossible to recreate with local church musicians. My prayer is to write spiritual anthems that everyone can worship to. I have no desire to be a worship performer. I just want to be a supplier. It has become a dream of mine to furnish God’s people with Body-songs they can bless Him with.

I am not trying to make a bunch of money from this – I just want cover my cost (this project has been funded by me personally) and possibly upgrade to some better recording equipment for the future. If your church would like to begin doing some of these songs for their services, nothing would please me more. In the coming weeks, I am planning on posting song lyrics and chord charts and eventually creating Youtube videos with lyrics.  Let me know if you wanna help.

Speaking of help, (are you seriously still reading this?) if you want to help get my music out there, all you have to do is share it. Buy a copy for your music minister or youth pastor. Go to CDbaby.com iTunes and Amazon.com and post a favorable review. Go to the Myspace page and each song has a share link where you can post it on Facebook, Twitter, or your personal blog. You can even email direct links of specific songs to your address book. Anything you’d be willing to do will be a huge help.

Its my genuine, heartfelt hope that you are blessed by this music. And it would be an even bigger blessing to me if you use these songs to bless our Father!

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