Lift Your Glad Voices!

Today, we celebrate the most wonderful part of Christianity: that Jesus rose from the dead! God tells us that if this were not so, we would be the most miserable people around:

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now Christ has risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruit of those who slept. (1 Corinthians 15:19-20, MKJV)

I would like to share with you our family’s new recording of “Lift Your Glad Voices”, praising the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

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Lift your glad voices in triumph on high,
For Jesus hath risen, and man cannot die!
Vain were the terrors that gathered around Him,
And short the dominion of death and the grave.

He burst from the fetters of darkness that bound Him,
Resplendent in glory to live and to save!
Loud was the chorus of angels on high,
The Savior hath risen, and man shall not die!

Glory to God, in full anthems of joy!
The being He gave us death cannot destroy:
Sad were the life we may part with tomorrow,
If tears were our birthright, and death were our end.

But Jesus hath cheered the dark valley of sorrow,
And bade us, immortal, to Heaven ascend.
Lift then your voices in triumph on high,
For Jesus hath risen, and man shall not die!

 

Happy Easter!

For more Easter music, check out the song my brothers and I recorded last year: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

FREE Christmas Music!

I’m happy to announce that my family’s free Christmas recording, “The Gift of His Love”, is now available!

The music is also available as a free download at CDBaby; as a CD on Amazon; at music download sites such as Google Play and iTunes; and on music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

Merry Christmas!

New Recording: “For God So Loved”

To go with my final post in the “Learning to Know Our Father” series, I felt God leading me to record the song He gave me a couple years ago, “For God So Loved”. This song is really my personal testimony of coming to know God in new and deeper way. From the sheet music page:

I was raised in the Mennonite Church and the Advanced Training Institute homeschool program, both of which confused my view of God and left me without a real understanding of His love and grace. People looking on thought that I was a very Godly young man, on fire for the Lord, but under the surface, Jesus wasn’t really in charge of my life. I struggled to make necessary changes in my life, but with little success. My dad wasn’t sure if I would ever become the man that God wanted me to be.

Finally, I realized that I could not ever correct my life in my own strength, and I began to seek God’s grace and power to become who He wanted me to be. In October, 2014, I finally surrendered my life 100% to Christ. He began to reveal Himself, His Word, His love and His grace in a new way to me. A couple months later, He gave me this song.

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Sheet Music and Lyrics

For more songs that God has given me, see the Sheet Music page.

When I Survey…

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross — Men’s Quartet

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Credits: Joel Horst, First Tenor; Nathan Horst, Second Tenor; Daniel Horst, Baritone; Luke Horst, Bass

Today is Good Friday, the commemoration of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. Nailing Christ to the CrossIn honor of what He did for us, we want to share this recording with you, in hope that it will stir your heart to ponder the great love that Christ showed to us, and to give Him “your heart, your life, your all.”

One evening after practicing this song, I was contemplating its message. As I meditated on the last verse, God spoke to me and reminded me anew of His love for me–a love that is beyond our comprehension. A love that drew Jesus from the glory of Heaven to the squalor of earth, there to be brutally murdered by the people He loved.

But Jesus didn’t just die for an impersonal us.

He died for me.

He died for my sins.

He died to make me the holy, righteous person that He desired me to be.

And please read that as your own personal statement.

Because, if, like me, you’ve grown up hearing about Christ’s sacrifice all your life, it may seem kind of ho-hum by now. The wonder and the amazement of how God could love us so much may have faded. You may have lost the realization that Jesus died for you.

And so, at this time, let’s pause and remember what He did for our sake. And then surrender to Him “my soul, my life, my all”.

Free Christmas Music!

I cherish the memories, from years gone by, of going with church groups to carol for various friends. The Horst FamilyKnocking on the door, greeting the occupants of the home with a song, spreading cheer and joy to those we sang for.

These days, my friends and family are spread far and wide, and caroling for all of them is impossible. At least, showing up on their doorstep is impossible. But with modern technology, it’s possible to carol for many people, all at once, without leaving home–via recording technology and the Internet!

This year, our family recorded some Christmas carols, and I would like to share them with you, in the hope that they will bring cheer to your heart and glorify the One who came as a baby and gave His life to ransom us. You can find them at Heritage Music.

Merry Christmas!

Announcing… New Sheet Music!

Over the last number of years, the Lord has given me some songs. It is my desire to make these songs available freelyMusic for everyone, so they are all public domain and can be copied, distributed and recorded royalty-free.

I would like to especially note two songs–the most recent ones.

For God So Loved is a song God gave me at the end of last year. It is my personal testimony about what He has been doing in my life in recent times. Even if you aren’t interested in the song, I encourage you to at least read the story that goes with the song.

Bind Up the Wounds is the most recent song that God gave me, about a month ago. It is based on Jesus’ ministry in Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” There are many bruised, broken, hurting people who bear their wounds and pain in silence. God wants us to help them, free them and bring healing to their wounds.

You will also note that there are a couple yodels included. Yes, I do yodel!
You can find all the songs under the “Sheet Music” link on the menu bar, or at this page.

Unfortunately, there are no recordings of people singing most of the songs, but our family hopes to change some of that in the future. Stay tuned! 🙂

The Stone is Rolled Back!

Tomorrow is Easter, when we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. What a wonderful Savior! I think sometimes we fail to grasp the incredible significance of Jesus’ resurrection. Without Him raising back to life, we would still be sinners. His death on the cross, by itself, was not sufficient to free us from sin!

1 Corinthians 15:13-17
13  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

But praise the Lord, our faith is not in vain, and Christ has risen from the dead!

In celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, I want to share with you a song that the Lord gave me several years ago. You can find the sheet music at The Stone is Rolled Back.

The Stone is Rolled Back

1. Jesus’ disciples left His tomb,
Hearts filled with misery and gloom.
They watched as guards were brought  to make the grave  secure.
But on the third day women came.
They found the tomb was not the same,
For the guards lay as dead beside the open door!

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For the stone is rolled back,
And the Savior arose.
Over death and its power
The vict’ry is won.
For this wonderful Savior
Came to save fallen man.
What a wonderful Savior,
What a wonderful Friend!

2. When John and Peter came to see,
Wond’ring if this could really be,
They found the empty tomb and folded, empty clothes.
When  the disciples met that day,
Talking of what had taken place,
Suddenly Jesus Christ appeared.
For he had arose!

3. Then Jesus shared a meal with them,
Told how He died for fallen men,
Yet is arisen, so now all believers will rise.
Though He’s gone back to Heav’n on high,
And we know we may some day die,
When He comes back, we’ll rise again,
Join Him in the skies!