Sam Yoder | Erica Sharlow | Dan Wilt – “In Your Arms” (Writing Session Video)

You turn all my loss to gain.

Intimacy with God is often found in the midst of our greatest pain and suffering. And it’s then that we need simple songs that can give us words to pray when words fail us. This collaboration gives language to the heart looking for a place of intimacy and rest – in the arms of the Father.

In Your Arms
Sam Yoder | Erica Sharlow | Dan Wilt

| Verse 1 |
Peace, God of peace
You wrap me in your jealous arms
Near, you hold me near
You walk me through the great unknown
| Prechorus |
God, my heart rests in you (2x)
| Chorus |
In your arms
I where I belong
Your love is my everything
In your arms
I’m weak but you’re strong
Your grace is enough for me
| Verse 2 |
Joy, God of joy
You turn all my loss to gain
Trust, I will trust
There could be no other way
| Bridge |
Neither death nor life
Could separate me from your loving arms
There are no depths nor heights
That reach beyond your
Your everlasting arms

SONGWRITING SESSION VIDEO >

Make This Christmas Your Own

A Song About The "More" Of Christmas

25 years ago this simple Americana-Country Christmas song, written by my good friend Bruce Ellis and I, began. It’s a prayerful request for the “more” of Christmas to shine through for all of us.

Bruce and I were reconnected in recent years again in Nashville – a true songwriter’s city – and we realized how much we both love the song born all those years ago. So, we decided to do something fun with it – to support our local Nashville Rescue Mission.

With the help of Nashville music producer Sam Ellis, as well as filmmaker and great friend Ryan Smith, we put the song to music and a performance video.

On a (fun) Saturday we captured the main footage, which was shot in the historic setting of Tulip Street Methodist Church sanctuary in Nashville, home of the Nashville Vineyard (who graciously let us use their gorgeous building).

True to a thread of the Nashville sound, this Americana song (where some of my own musical roots lie) points to the deeper meaning of the Christmas season.

THE PLIGHT OF THE HOMELESS

The Doxology

Why The Doxology Is One Of The 21st Century's Most Powerful Anthems

It is a crisp, Autumn morning in the year 1674. An 18-year old student at Winchester College, with the rolling countryside of county Hampshire and the great Winchester Cathedral whispering to him from his window, is preparing for his day. An open pamphlet on his desk, and the words of a Morning Hymn on his lips, the devout, singing student commits his day to his Lord. Unknown to him, the last of the 14 stanzas of that hymn will go on to become, very possibly, the most-sung hymn in all of history.[1]

Matt Bramstedt | Dan Wilt – “The Song Inside Of Me” (Lyric Video + Song Story)

And my heart beats like a drum, You are the song inside of me.

The song that moves you from the middle of the hard night to the beginning of a bright day is rarely one that is perfect, polished, or presented with a bow. It’s usually the one that’s honest, full of passion, and helps you say something that is true and right. That’s the power of of spiritual resolve – choosing to declare Kingdom truth until our feelings learn to follow. The Song Inside Of Me is a new song of celebration and resolve for the Body of Christ.

The Song Inside Of Me
Matt Bramstedt | Dan Wilt

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I’ve got to sing, I’ve got to sing out
I’ve got to shout, I’ve got to shout out
The One and Only, the King of Glory
You are the Song inside of me

You are the joy that I’m declaring
Releasing hope for all to carry
God, You’re alive, reclaiming lives
You are the Song inside of me

| Prechorus |

And I will sing, a song to bless Your Name
Shout it out, proclaiming Christ who reigns
To our God, You are the risen King
You are the Song inside of me

| Chorus |

And I will sing, like the sun
Shout it out, You’re the worthy One
And my heart beats like a drum
You are the Song inside of me

WATCH THE OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO & READ THE SONG STORY >