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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 24: When God Ran

When most of the world was panicking about the threat of Y2K on December 31st, 1999, I was listening to a local Christian Radio station. As one century came to an end, this program began the Countdown of the Top 100 Christian Songs of the 1900’s. While I didn’t necessarily agree with all the selections, today’s song was ranked #4 on this list.

But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, Acts 16:25.

Benny Hester would have been more popular than Michael W. Smith, but Benny made one crucial mistake. Back in the days when a divorce wasn’t an option for a Christian, Benny did the unthinkable and got remarried. Immediately, Christian bookstores across the country began to remove Benny’s music from their shelves. Yet, Hester’s prodigal experience set the stage for his hit song When God Ran.

by Jay Mankus

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