I’m a singer songwriter. There was a period in my life when I wrote a lot of songs. I also rewrote a lot of old Hymns. Now that I am a full time Pastor and father of 3 I don’t write much anymore. In this series I will be sharing with you some of the songs I have written and the stories behind them. (Abraham & Isaac; The God Who Saves; Mountainside; Abbe’s Song; Sway) 20150430_153213

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8–10, ESV)

It had been a really long week. I had been struggling with some major issues in my life stemming from pride. I felt as if God had given me a much needed view of myself and it overwhelmed me. It truly scared me. I didn’t know what to do with the sorrow and frustration that I felt so I turned to Ephesians 2:8-9 and read the words that had brought me so much comfort before “and this is not your doing; it is the gift of God”. This time I also read verse ten. I had never really read 10 and meditated on it. I was overwhelmed with hope when I read the phrase “for we are his workmanship”. I realized in a new and fresh way that God was not trying to put me into a deep depression. He was spinning me on his lathe. He was refining me into His workmanship. He was making me something that He could use because I had cried out to Him in faith for His grace. In the song I say “I fear the monster of my foolish pride” because thats what pride is to me… a monster that I constantly need to run away from into the wounded side of Jesus! He is my Rock and my mountainside. I am so thankful to my friend Todd Carter Koeppen (an incredible singer/songwriter) who recorded this for me late at night in little church sanctuary out in the middle of nowhere. Todd plays instruments in the background as well as vocals.

Mountainside
By Able Baker

I am hiding in my saviors side.
By His wounds I know I justified.
I fear the monster of my foolish pride.
So I keep hiding in my saviors side.

Chorus:
Behold His wounds
Scarlet every drip
Behold His wounds
I’m your workmanship

In the rock there is a cleft so wide
that all Gods people have a place to hide
If you can hear him at the cross reside
and you’ll find refuge in the mountainside

Chorus:
Behold His wounds
Scarlet every drip
Behold His wounds
I’m your workmanship

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