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S.A.N.S. Episode 139: We are the Reason

My spiritual mentor Ken Horne introduced me to David Meece while I was high school. Every Christmas Ken would share We are the Reason at Lay Witness Missions and Retreats. While this song hasn’t aged well, the lyrics are still amazing. We are the Reason helped me grasp the annual Christmas phrase, “the reason for the season.” Like a mini Bible message, We are the Reason clearly summarizes Jesus. mission.

Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us, Romans 5:7-8.

The passage above highlights the love displayed by Jesus. This verse condenses the gospel in one verse. Over the years, other versions of We are the Reason has popped up. Yet, whatever versions you prefer, We are the Reason has inspired Feel the Nails by Ray Boltz and When God Ran by Benny Hester. While Christmas is still months away, put We are the Reason in your 2022 Christian rotation of songs.

by Jay Mankus

S.A.N.S. Episode 17: Feel the Nails

Today’s selection made a powerful impact on my life. I was invited to attend a Lay Witness Mission at a Methodist Church in Friendship, Maryland. My spiritual mentor Ken Horne was in charge of high school and college leadership team. Lay Witness Missions are 3-day revivals to help spiritually rejuvenate a dead or dying church. On this particular weekend, I was asked to share my testimony during the Sunday service.

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! – Psalm 95:1

One of my best friends from high school had recently died of cancer. Maureen often asked why I was so happy in high school, but I was afraid to tell her about Jesus. In the Ray Boltz song, Feel the Nails, the lyrics talk about playing games. I played this song at the conclusion of my first sermon with a call to action of stop playing games with God. As the congregation heard the chorus to Feel the Nail, people were literally running to the altar. This is what happens when you feel the nails of your past sins.

by Jay Mankus

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