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S.A.N.S. Episode 204: I Believe

Today’s song comes from an alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. Once a popular group breaks up, you usually have some sort of reunion tour decades later. However, Grammatrain did some of their best work after disbanding in 1998. Eleven years later, Grammatrain released their third album Imperium. Led by singer Pete Stewart, I Believe is one of my favorite songs from this band.

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind, James 1:6.

The attached You Tube video uses images of fishing and a rowboat which makes me think of the time when Jesus approaches his disciples’ boat by walking on the water. Initially, these 12 men thought Jesus was a ghost. Yet, at some point, Peter believed enough to get out of this boat and join Jesus by walking on the water too. However, it’s when you take your eyes off of Jesus when doubt starts to creep in.

by Jay Mankus

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S.A.N.S. Episode 120: To the Sky

Pete Stewart is one of those Christian artists who has done whatever it takes to fulfill his dream of being a musician. Stewart started out as the lead singer of The Accident Experiment and guitarist for Tait. In more recent years, Pete has become the lead singer of Grammatrain as well as a songwriter and producer. The lyrics of To the Sky speak to a desire to seize the day so you can do what God is calling today.

Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money.14 Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air]. 15 You ought instead to say, If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing], James 4:13-15.

To the Sky reminds me of words written by Jesus’ earthly brother. James reached a point in his life where God helped him see how short life on earth can be. Since tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, it’s important to look to the sky to figure out what exactly is God’s will for your life, Romans 12:1-2. May To the Sky serve as a reminder to lift each new day up to the Lord in prayer so you will begin to seize the moments God provides.

by Jay Mankus

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