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Death Was Arrested

“Death Was Arrested” by NPCC Worship Team; Todd Fields, leading(from Paul Peterson)

“Death was Arrested” is a song which was authored earlier this summer by a handful of guys (Brandon Coker, Paul Taylor Smith, Adam Kersh, and Heath Balltzglier) who lead worship at various North Point Ministries churches. Further down in this description you can read Brandon’s detailed recounting of how the song came about. The official release on iTunes, was Friday December 4, 2015: This cut is from the Sept 6, 2015 Sunday morning worship set.. Worship leaders: Todd Fields, Chinua Hawk, Abi Harlow Musicians: Ashley Appling – Drums; Reid Greven – Keyboards; Holden Fincher & Michael Wilkes – electric guitarsThe origin of the song, as recounted by Brandon Coker:About two and a half years ago, I was visiting my uncle in a little town called St Mary’s, Georgia. I woke up one morning, to go into town with him. And so I was walking around the down town area with a cup of coffee and I spot a gigantic oak tree, a few blocks down. So I started walking toward this tree that’s covered in Spanish moss and I quickly realize that I’m walking towards a graveyard (which is not particularly the type of thing I want to walk into). But this one was just so beautiful, with a lot of big trees, Spanish moss, palmetto leaves – it was just beautiful. If a graveyard can be beautiful, this one was beautiful. ( So I’m walking around, just looking at all the old headstones, because they were just super-old – late 1700s, early 1800s – and I was just enamored by the history of it all, really. And then I found this one particular stone which read, “Here rests what was mortal of Samuel Burr, age 42. In search of health far from his endeared home, death arrested his progress on April the 2nd, 1831. Quietly he fell asleep in the Christian hope of immortality and glory forever. Oh the vanity of man in his best estate. Traveler pause and drop a tear at a grave of one so worthy and so deeply lamented and learn wisdom for eternity. “ That just rocked me! So I immediately took a picture of it and walked away. Fast-forword to the summer of 2015. I’m down at Big Stuff camp with Paul Taylor Smith and Adam Kersh. We were sitting on a back porch, with a guitar in hand. And Paul asked, “Hey, does anyone have any song ideas?” And for some reason, I remembered the tombstone. I pulled it up on my cell phone and read them the inscription. And for some reason, I just heard it a little different. Instead of hearing “death arrested his progress”, my thought was, if he “fell asleep in the Christian hope of immortality and glory forever”, then he was a believer in Jesus. And if he believed in Jesus, then death did not arrest anything on April 2nd, 1831! In fact, Jesus arrested death for him on April 2nd, 1831. And to take it even deeper than that – we believe that Jesus was alive, that He hung and died on a cross, placed in a grave, and that three days later, He rose to life. And the second His eyes opened back up, the second that his heart began to beat again, and the second that air filled his lungs again, death was redefined for everyone that puts their faith in Him – forever. So that’s what we decided to write a song about. We started the process at Big Stuff camp, but continued on into the first week of The Walk camp. North Point Ministries has one week of those camps for each church campus. North Point Community Church high-schoolers did not get to hear the song, because they were there during week one, when we were still working on it. We finished it in time for Browns Bridge kids to sing it during week two. We were kind of stuck composing the chorus, so we went to Heath for help. He didn’t give us a chorus, but he did give us the “We’re Free …” closing part. Paul and I were finally able to hammer out a chorus, soon afterward.Picture of Brandon at the tombstone: Timothy 1:9-10 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,Song authors: (Paul Taylor Smith) leaders: other great worship songs authored recently by leaders at NPM churches:”Love Come Down” by Todd Fields, Heath Baltziglier, and Steve Fee –″He Is Jesus” by Steve Fee, Matthew Melton, and Heath Baltziglier –″Sons And Daughters” by Brett Stanfill –

Posted by Paul Peterson on Monday, September 7, 2015