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05. The Word Is Alive

The Altar and The Door
by Casting Crowns


Looking out from His throne, the Father of light and of men
Chose to make Himself known and show us the way back to Him
Speaking wisdom and truth into the hearts of peasants and kings
He began to unveil the Word that would change the course of all things

With eyes wide open, all would see

The Word is alive
And it cuts like a sword through the darkness
With a message of life to the hopeless and afraid
Breathing life into all who believe
The Word is alive
And the world and its glories will fade
But His truth, it will not pass away
It remains yesterday and forever the same
The Word is alive

Simple strokes on a page
Eternity’s secrets revealed, carried on from age to age
It speaks Truth to us even still
And as the rain falls from Heaven, feeds the earth before it returns
Lord, let Your Word fall on us and bring forth the fruit You deserve

With eyes wide open, let us see

The Word is alive
His Word is alive

(Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman) Special guest – Tony Nolan / © 2007 My Refuge Music/Club Zoo Music/SWECS Music (BMI) / Sparrow Song/Peach Hill Songs (BMI). All rights administered by EMI CMG Publishing.

Behind the Song:
God’s word is infallible, inerrant, inspired and alive. This song was inspired by a personal study on how the Bible came together. I would encourage you to study through John Piper’s “Why We Believe The Bible” and Voddie Baucham’s “Nothing But The Truth.” ~2 Timothy 3:16-17 / Psalm 1 / Isaiah 55:10-11 / Isaiah 40:8 / Hebrews 4:12-13 / James 1:22-25 / John 1:1-5 / 1 John 1:1-4; 14-18 / Romans 1:16 / Psalm 119:9-11; 33-40; 105-106

"“The Word Is Alive” is a big rock ballad that Steven Curtis Chapman and I wrote. It is the answer to the question of “Slow Fade” because the fade happens when we don’t have an everyday walking around relationship with God. To me the word of God is alive, it’s not just highlighted verses in our Bible. I knew I wanted to write this song before I even had the words. I had all the music and melody done in my head because it was inspired after going through a study on why we believe the Bible by John Piper. But no words yet. With Steven Curtis, I began to knit together the words to this idea that was so big in my heart. To me, this is one of those songs that you just pray you get another one of, but you know it’s probably ‘the one.’" - Mark Hall (Casting Crowns)




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