Speechless

Speechless

by Steven Curtis Chapman, Scotty Smith
     
 

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Have you encountered God's disruptive grace? The kind of grace that can change your life and turn your understanding of what it means to be a Christian upside down? If you're wondering where the "abundance" of the "abundant life" is, singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman and Pastor Scotty Smith want to introduce you to a grace that can transform your marriage, your…  See more details below

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Have you encountered God's disruptive grace? The kind of grace that can change your life and turn your understanding of what it means to be a Christian upside down? If you're wondering where the "abundance" of the "abundant life" is, singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman and Pastor Scotty Smith want to introduce you to a grace that can transform your marriage, your family, your friendships, and your relationship with God and yourself. A grace to big, too wonderful for words, that will leave you SPEECHLESS.

Author Biography: Steven Curtis Chapman is one of America's best-known, most awarded contemporary Christian performing artists. Having sold 6 million records and with 34 number-one singles to his credit, he is the recipient of four Grammy Awards, 44 Dove Awards, and an array of songwriting honors. He has appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN's Showbiz Today, and many other television shows. For many years he has worked closely with Chuck Colson to support Prison Fellowship Ministries. Scotty Smith is senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. He is the author of Unveiled Hope with songwriter and musician Michael Card. Scotty is a graduate of Westminster Seminary and is an adjunct instructor in practical theology for Covenant Seminary in St. Louis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310225843
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.96(d)

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chapter one

[SPEECHLESS]

Speechless

Words fall like drops of rain

My lips are like clouds

I say so many things

Trying to figure You out

But as mercy opens my eyes

My words are stolen away

With this breathtaking view of Your grace

And I am speechless, I'm astonished and amazed

I am silenced by Your wondrous grace

You have saved me

You have raised me from the grave

And I am speechless in Your presence now

I'm astounded as I consider how

You have shown us

A love that leaves us speechless

So what kind of love could this be

That would trade heaven's throne for a cross

And to think You still celebrate

Over finding just one who was lost

And to know You rejoice over us

The God of this whole universe

It's a story that's too great for words

Oh, how great is the love

The Father has lavished upon us

That we should be called

The sons and the daughters of God

We are speechless, so amazed

(We stand in awe of Your grace)

(We stand in awe of Your mercy)

You have saved us

(We stand in awe of Your love)

From the grave

(We are speechless)

We are speechless in Your presence now

(We stand in awe of Your cross)

We're astounded as we consider how

(We stand in awe of Your power)

You have shown us

A love that leaves us speechless

(We are speechless)

I am speechless

Steven:

I was exhausted and excited as we pulled up to the legendary recording studio in London known as Abbey Road. It was here that the Beatles had recorded so many of their hits, and the week before we arrived, conductor John Williams had just finished recording the sound track for the new Star Wars movie. It was hard to fathom that my music would soon be reverberating off the same walls as the London Symphony would record the string arrangements for my Speechless record.

I had been looking forward to this long weekend for quite a while. I needed it to be a time of refreshment, a time of drinking in the joy of listening to world-class musicians playing their priceless instruments. I was here to watch and to listen as my friend and conductor, J. A. C. Redford, wove a beautiful musical tapestry with the arrangements he had written.

As the writing of my first book got under way, I never knew how scary a blank sheet of paper could be. "Who am I to write a book about grace? I feel like such a mess right now, so weak." My sense of inadequacy progressed as we spent fourteen- and sixteen-hour days laying down the instrumental tracks and recording the vocals for the record. "Lord, what do I have to give?"

In preparation for our time at Abbey Road, I sent J. A. C. the "roughs" of the songs and a little haunting melody that had been running through my head, along with a description of what I hoped Scotty and I would be able to convey through the book that was to be based on the record. After going through all those materials, J. A. C. took the simple melody I plunked out on the piano and wrote a complete piece of music I would later call "The Journey," which profoundly captured the emotion of the last year of life for my family and me.

As J. A. C. took up his baton, sixty members of the London Symphony were poised to bring to life my simple composition and his rich interpretation. As the maestro waved the musicians into action, I was enveloped in the most incredible sound I have ever heard in my life. It felt like the sky had parted and I was being drawn into the music of heaven! Words like amazing, overwhelming, and astonishing just do not do justice in describing what I experienced in that moment. I was, quite honestly, speechless.

I cannot claim to have ever heard the audible voice of God, but as I sat there in my exhausted and exhilarated state, it seemed as though the Lord whispered in my heart, "If you ever wondered what it sounds like for me to rejoice over you with singing, this is a faint hint of what it is like." How could I not weep?

Then it occurred to me: Yes! This is it! This is the whole point. This is what grace is all about. I bring my childlike melody and my tired, broken, weary heart to God, and he makes something beautiful! In that magnificent recording room I was hearing the music within the music, the music of the gospel. Then I remembered a priceless saying of Scotty's mentor, Jack Miller: "Grace runs downhill." We are the best candidates for the love of God when we feel the most unworthy and inadequate.

That day in Abbey Road is now written down in my little book of Ebeneezer experiences. It finds itself among those treasured moments when I can say with no doubt, "Surely the Lord met me there. His Spirit bore witness with my spirit that I am his much loved son." But surely God is calling each of us to hear the sounds of his rejoicing over us more often than we do. How can we?

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