Betsy Whitt

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Category: Music

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

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Straight No Chaser

You really don’t want to hear about my week. And you don’t want to read about everything I didn’t get done.

So instead I’ll make a recommendation on the music front. I’m pretty sure I’ve posted something about Straight No Chaser before–if you’re unfamiliar, go to YouTube and search for Straight No Chaser and watch a few of their video clips from 1998. They’re fantastic.

And now they’ve reunited and put together a really stellar Christmas album, which is currently available at your friendly neighborhood music retailer or, if you like bonus tracks, head over to the iTunes store and buy it there, like I did.

Think of them if you’ve got anyone in your life who might even remotely appreciate a cappella singing and needs a Christmas present.

They’re endorsed by me! That means they must be good!

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Third Day is Love

Deadline work continues. I really dislike rewriting scenes. Some edits are quick and easy, and others are rather like slogging through knee-deep mud with two feet of water on top of that. I’m currently working through a section of the latter, which means I suspect I’ll be turning in ten chapters instead of twelve as I had hoped. But we shall see. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll develop mudshoes (like snowshoes only for mud, get it?) and start moving faster through this bit.

I just downloaded the latest Third Day album and all I have to say is that they’ve got another one on my immediate ‘favorites’ list. ‘This is Who I Am’ and ‘Revelation’ are my current favorites, but I’m sure it will all even out over time.

If you were condemned to a life of only listening to the music of two artists for the rest of your life (if they’re still producing, you would have access to new albums as they came out), who would you choose?

For me? Third Day and Billy Joel. I think all life circumstances can be encountered appropriately with one or the other.

How about you?

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