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S.A.N.S. Episode 188: Do I Stand Alone?

Mike Stand is one of the original members of the Punk rock group the Altar Boys. Mike served as the lead singer of this iconic Christian band. Back in the late 1980’s, Mike left the Altar Boys to pursue a solo career releasing a few albums on his own. While there are a number of songs I could have featured today, Do I Stand Alone applies well to current events.

And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none, Ezekiel 22:30.

History is full of cycles, times where people were obedient to God and periods of compromise that led cultures to do what’s right in their own eyes. The book of Judges illustrates this point as good leadership results in blessings while poor leaders brought curses upon Israel, Judges 21:25. The prophet lived in a day when Israelites were afraid to take a stand for God. Like Mike sings, are you willing to stand today?

by Jay Mankus

S.A.N.S. Episode 23: Life Begins at the Cross

Mike Stand, Jeff Crandall, Steve Pannier, and Ric Alba weren’t merely teenage boys who served as altar boys at their local Catholic Church. Rather Mike was the lead vocalist, songwriter, and played guitar for one of the most Christian popular punk rock group of all time. When Mike and Ric left the Altar Boys to start their own solo careers, I supported both of them by buying their albums.

My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You, and my inner being, which You have redeemed, Psalm 71:23.

The rise of the Altar Boys’ coincided with my time as a college student at the University of the Delaware. I tried to purchase any new album as soon as they became available in stores. One of my favorite Altar Boys albums is Gut Level Music where today’s song is found. Life Begins at the Cross combines a great sound with powerful lyrics. I hope you enjoy this classic song.

by Jay Mankus

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