Sunday Worship Music – Changed by Rascal Flatts

Today’s music, Changed by Rascal Flatts, is another pick by Carl Middleton who is writing this weekend’s column titled “Changed” (more about that below). The song was written by lead singer Gary LeVox with Neil Thrasher and Wendell Moley. Thrasher’s daughter asked to be baptized and was the inspiration behind the lyrics – of which he wrote and sang the opening for LeVox. See the video and lyrics below. You’ll be glad you took the time to listen.

“Neil and his wife and his other daughter are standing on the beach,” Gary said, re-telling the story. “All you can see as the sun is setting is the Pastor standing there and Allie, his daughter. And he sees her, she comes down, brings her back up, and she just raises her hands up, praying.”

Neil visited Gary not long after the baptism and shared the story with him along with the beginning of the song he’d started writing about the experience. He sang the opening lines to Gary who was moved deeply by the lyrics.

“I just fell apart,” Gary said. “It was just like, ahhh. That melody never left my head. The story never left my head. And one day I said ‘Hey, let’s get a day together and just go out to the farm and write this thing.’” Source: GACTV

Changed

I came up out of the water
Raised my hands up to the Father
Gave it all to him that day
Felt a new wind kiss my face
Walked away, Eyes wide open
Could finally see where I was going
It didn’t matter where I’d been
I’m not the same man I was then

I got off track, I made mistakes
Back slid my way into that place where souls get lost
Lines get crossed
and the pain won’t go away
I hit my knees, Now here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am
Changed

I got a lot of “Hey, I’m sorry”s
The things I’ve done
Man, that was not me
I wish that I could take it all back
I just want to tell em’ that
Tell ’em that

I got off track, I made mistakes
Back slid my way into that place where souls get lost
Lines get crossed
and the pain won’t go away
I hit my knees, Now here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am

I’m changed for the better
More smiles, less bitter
I’m even starting to forgive myself

I hit my knee, I’m here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am, Here I am, Here I am
Changed
Yes I am
I’m changed for the better.
Thank God I’m changed.

Lyrics courtesy of AZ Lyrics

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So now to Carl’s column Changed. The discussion is about being “born again” which many are embarassed by, reviled by and believe is some new evangelical (think Holy Roller in this case) machination to bring us back to God or church or the collection plate, when in fact being a “born again” Christian goes back to New Testament times and comes directly from the mouth of God.

Jesus said in John 3:3 … Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”…

It means … to see.  But by implication, how it’s used, it should mean … to knowbe aware ofperceive, or understand.

Carl clarifies:

Unless a man has a spiritual regeneration from above, he is un-aware of and unable to perceive or understand the kingdom of God.”

Speaking of the words of the Apostle Paul, Carl again rephrases so clearly:

…points not to an outward reformation of life and manners, but an inward principle of grace, a creation work … and not man’s, but God’s.  

Think of what it means to know it is yours to have: an “inward principle of grace, a creation work…and not man’s but God’s.”

I got off track, I made mistakes
Back slid my way into that place where souls get lost
Lines get crossed
and the pain won’t go away
I hit my knees, Now here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am
Changed

This isn’t for saints, it’s for you and for me. Let Carl explain or refresh how the Holy Spirit works in your life. Read Changed here.

Rascal Flatts, Changed (video)
Related Sunday Worship Music:

The One Who Saves by Hillsong United

Amazing Grace by John Clarke on Acoustic Guitar

Believe by Ronnie Dunn, Brooks and Dunn Live Performance

G.O.S.P.E.L Rap – Life in Six Words by Propaganda (Jason Petty)

Help Me God by Kathy Troccoli

Just As I Am Lord by Brian Doerksen

Rooftops by Jesus Culture Music

Come, Now is the Time to Worship – The Maranantha Singers

I Love You Lord by The Maranantha Singers

As The Deer Panteth for the Water by The Maranantha Singers

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  • Carl Middleton

    Wow … for the whole thing. Maggie, you sure know how to put the whole thing together. Your words, plus the version you chose of “Changed” and the story behind it … well, this is why I posted on your Facebook site … “America’s First Lady.” Indeed you are.

    May God continue to bless and keep you dear one …

  • thankyou Maggie,this is what we need today. Enjoyed this immensely.

    • Tina, thank you. It’s so nice to know that people enjoy reading something not political – on a political blog 🙂

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