Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

I'm the man with all I've ever wanted

All the toys and playing games
I am the one who pours your coffee, corner booth each Saturday
I am your daughter's favorite teacher
I am the leader of the band
I sit behind you in the bleachers
I am every man
 
I'm the coach of every winning team and still a loser in my mind
I am the soldier in the airport facing giants one more time
I am the woman shamed and haunted by the cry of unborn life
I'm every broken man, nervous child, lonely wife
 
Is there hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
Is there hope for every man
Is there love that never dies
Is there peace in troubled times
Someone help me understand
Is there hope for every man
 
Seems there's just so many roads to travel, it's hard to tell where they will lead
My life is scarred and my dreams unraveled
Now I'm scared to take the leap
If I could find someone to follow who knows my pain and feels the weight
The uncertainty of my tomorrow, the guilt and pain of yesterday
 
There is hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
There is hope for every man
There is Love that never dies
There is peace in troubled times
Will we help them understand?
Jesus is hope for every man

TID-bits

There is one instance in life when it’s good to be something you’re not.   It’s when you are being Jesus to another.   It’s when you love a neighbor, or a stranger unconditionally, putting themselves before yourself.

When this song says “Will we help them understand?” think about that and think about how you may be “the only Jesus that someone may see today.”

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  • This (That) song has a lot of the "titles" that we call ourselves:
  • "Teacher, Leader, Coach, Soldier, broken man, nervous child, lonely wife"
  • But someone once asked me "Are you living your life as a title, or a testimony?"
  • He said "Pharoah had a title, but Moses had a testimony"
  • We should live our lives in such a way that it is a testimony that draws others to Christ.
  • So that we can change the lives of those who live only for titles.

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  • Hey, while this song is playing think about the person in the car next to you.
  •   They may be needing hope, so say a quick prayer for them.
  •   And, you never know, they may be listening too,
  •   and they may be doing the same for you.

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  •   I been in a place where, for instance, I see someone jogging and my brain says:
  •   “I know that person”
  •   However, I can’t “place” that person.
  •   I’m asking myself “Are they from church, does their kid go to school with my kid”
  •   ...People can be “out of context” like that very easily with one another.
  •   But they can never be out of context with God.
  •   He knows every detail about everyone
  •   ...And with Him there is always hope for every man.

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  •   I know this coach (OR>>>)   My friend told me about their kids coach.
  •   He’s a tough guy, gruff, old school, likes to yell, and doesn’t know anything about computers and has no desire to.
  •   Well, we saw him at Starbucks the other day.
  •   He was sitting there drinking a pink frappucino with his daughter.
  •   It was like tea time.
  •   Isn’t it funny how we form opinions about people that are usually totally wrong?
  •   This is (that was) a song that reminds us that the people we know need the hope of Jesus.
  •   People who have soft hearts behind the “everything’s OK” mask that they show to the world.
  •   Just like you.
  •   And just like me.

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  •   We are all “Clark Kent”
  •   We all have an true identity behind the one we show to the world.
  •   Most of us would not say we’re “Superman” though.
  •   However, God would.
  •   If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, then God sees you as an incredible, lovely, and super person behind the lens that is Jesus.
  •   You just have to take off your glasses and believe it too.
  •   Think about that identity as you listen to this song...

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  •   Mark Hall from Casting Crowns says that this (that) song is about you possibly being the last painter to paint Jesus on to the lives of the people you meet.
  •   People who know what Christianity is against, but who need to know what Christianity is for.
  •   They need to know if it is something that makes a positive difference in real life.
  •   And maybe that’s why these “everyday men” are in your circle right now.

    Scripture References

    When it comes to this song, Mark Hall from Casting Crowns says that people are just people.   They’re not necessarily out to get you.   However, this is where our struggle comes from:

    Ephesians 6:12

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

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    Psalm 63:1

    A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

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    Isaiah 33:6  

    He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about what you feel when you see a panhandler on the street.   Is it “there but for the grace of God go I?”   Relate to the listener how easy or hard you find it to daily show the love of God to strangers.

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    Talk about a discussion you had with an acquaintance, where you got beyond the superficial and became friends - maybe with the mom of one of your kids classmates.   Let the listener know that Jesus wants to get beyond the superficial with them, and daily offer them hope.

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    Encourage the listener to think of someone they know just in passing.   Then encourage them to say a prayer for that person right now.   Have them pray whatever comes to mind.   Then have them listen to this song.   Describe on air how you’re doing that as well.

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