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Hello friends!

I am so excited to announce the release of my brand new hymns record You Make My Whole Heart Sing. Recording hymns has always been something I felt would be special because of their significant history in my walk as a believer-- beginning when I would sing with my family as a child at our southern Baptist church. I come from a family of vocalists and we would often sing hymns and harmonize together around a piano. It's one of my favorite childhood memories. With that in mind (and after some input from my grandmother and parents) I put together a collection of some Anderson favorites we hope you enjoy as much as we do. Check out the track listing for the upcoming release!!!

Be Thou My Vision
Give Me Jesus
I Need Thee Every Hour
Great is Thy Faithfulness
My Jesus I Love Thee
It is Well With My Soul
On Christ the Solid Rock
I Surrender All
Nothing but the Blood
How Great Thou Art (You Make My Whole Heart Sing)

This new project with be available exclusively September 27th right here at www.jeffandersononline.com and October 4th everywhere digital music is sold! With the fall season I thought you might also enjoy some new You Make My Whole Heart Sing concert tees which are available in two different designs and styles. Both shirts are available for pre-order now and are on sale for a limited time to celebrate my new album release. Listen to the preview sampler of the new record at the bottom of your screen and peruse through my updated site for other music and products for purchase. Thanks for all your support! Check out the track listing for the upcoming release!!!

Stay tuned!

Jeff

I Surrender All 

I was 7 years old, it was a cold January night in 1986 and my family was going to throw our Christmas tree out. On the way home, I said to my Dad "I want to ask Jesus into my heart." I remember praying a prayer with him giving my life to the Lord that night. I have followed Him ever since. When I was baptized, our pastor brother brown played the the hymn "I Surrender All". Every day I have to surrender all to Jesus. Not an easy task. Lots of ups and downs but remember that Jesus' mercy is new every morning.

"All to Jesus I surrender 
All to Him I freely give 
I will ever love and trust Him 
In His presence daily live 

I surrender all, I surrender all 
All to Thee my blessed Savior 
I surrender all" 

Great is Thy Faithfulness  

Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. He lead a very ordinary life selling life insurance. Towards the end of his life he stated, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now.  Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.” 

Here is the challenge. I can see the unending mercy of Jesus all around me if I can only make myself aware. We are quickly approaching the Thanksgiving holiday and with that in mind, we should put effort into being more grateful in life for the astonishing goodness of our Lord. Try to see all areas of your life, both big and small, that God has so intricately provided for you and be thankful for his faithfulness and I bet you will see more of God's goodness than you knew before. Happy Thanksgiving!

"Great Is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father! 
There is no shadow of turning with Thee; 
Though changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not 
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 

Pardon for Sin and a peace that endureth, 
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, 
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow 
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great Is Thy faithfulness,  
Great Is Thy faithfulness,  
Morning by morning new mercies I see;  
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided  
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!" 

Be Thou My Vision 

"Be Thou My Vision" speaks for itself. An 8th Century Monk named Dallan Forgaill is responsible for this gem. He wrote it in response to the bravery of St. Patrick who defied a kings order to not light any candle or fire on Easter until the his pagan festival was launched by the lighting of a fire. St. Patrick chose to light a candle in honor of the death and resurrection of Jesus even though he was threatened by death by doing so. The king was moved by his bravery and let him continue his missionary work unhindered. 

I feel that this hymn in particular clarifies a proper perspective of what it means to follow Jesus Christ. It brings into focus the important truth that at the end of all things it will be just you and the Lord. I'll let the lyrics speak for themselves...
 

"Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; 
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. 
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, 
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. 

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; 
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; 
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son; 
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. 

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise, 
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always: 
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, 
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art. 

High King of Heaven, my victory won, 
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heaven's Sun! 
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, 
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all."


Click on here to get your copy of "Be Thou My Vision" today.

 

Nothing But the Blood 

I love "Nothing But the Blood of Jesus". This hymn has always shown the weight of the cross in such a simple way. I have heard renditions of this song my whole life but nothing beats the original by Robert Lowry. It is the most liberating truth to know that Jesus came way before us knowing every single sin in His past, present and future. With this knowledge He endured the cross, despising shame, and through his gruesome murder took on every single sin we will ever commit. He saw everything and still loved us. Jesus took our sin and threw it as far is the east is from the west and when He rose Himself from the dead He finished it. He brought salvation in to the world and gave us a way to freedom and God that was new. In fact He said, "I make all things new." All we have to do is believe in Him, confess it with our mouths and this salvation is ours. This is the greatest story of love, friendship and sacrifice the world has ever known and why it was a must for You Make My Whole Heart Sing.

"What can wash away my sin? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus; 
What can make me whole again? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone, 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus; 
Naught of good that I have done, 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow 
That makes me white as snow; 
No other fount I know, 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus."

 

How Great Thou Art 

"How Great Thou Art" is a powerful hymn with profound imagery. I was recently on a hike with my dad in the Rocky Mountain National Park. I couldn't help but think about the majesty of God as a creator. I was mesmerized by not only the beauty but the magnitude of my surroundings thinking how amazing it is that the one who can create these vast mountains cares for me. God considers every little detail of His creation from the tallest mountain to the tiniest insect. If that is the case, shouldn't we feel confident in Him that he cares about every finite detail of our lives. It changes perspective to think this way and should give us immense hope and trust in our great God.

"O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder 
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made 
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder 
Thy power throughout the universe displayed"


(Rocky Mountain National Park)

On Christ the Solid Rock  

"On Christ the Solid Rock" is a profound hymn by way of the imagery. I think often of the parable about the man who built his house on the sand versus the man that built his house on the rock. In life it is all about your foundation. If you have a sturdy and stable foundation, your house remains intact when the violence of a storm comes. I find that when our hope is built on anything but Jesus, the very foundation of life becomes weak and our "house" starts to show wear and tear. 

I have sung this song a million times from childhood un till now and the older I get the more close to home it resonates. Lyrics like...

"My hope is built on nothing less 
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
But wholly lean on Jesus' name. 
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; 
All other ground is sinking sand."

Thes lyrics stand the test of time and give credence to the faithfulness found in the Lord. I think the challenge is that we put in the effort, daily, to build and rebuild our house on the solid rock.

 

It is Well With My Soul 

"It is Well With My Soul" echoes in the hearts of Christians around the world since the late eighteen hundreds. This song has a specific and special place in my heart because of the backstory. This story has challenged me to the core to try and find the goodness of God in every hardship remembering that, when you feel the world cracking beneath your feet, Jesus is the only soft place to land.
 
Heratio Spafford is responsible for this timeless anthem. It was 1873 and he had made plans to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford's daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone …". Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, his ship crossed the wreckage where he lost his family, he then penned these words...

"When peace like a river attendeth my way.
When sorrows like seas billows roll.
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul!"

(Original Lyrics)

My Jesus I love Thee 

"My Jesus I Love Thee" is one that reminds me of some of my most favorite times as a child growing up. I have fond memories of my beautiful grandmother, Carmen Parks, at her home in Georgia sitting down at her antique honky tonk piano to play. She would play our family different hymns singing at the top of her lungs. My brothers and I would sit laughing in enjoyment as grandmother would break out into rock-a-billy riffs harkening to Jerry Lee Lewis. We realized where our musical abilities probably stemmed from. Last time I was in Georgia, my grandmother who is 92 years young, once again sat down at my parent's piano and lit up the keys playing:

"My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; 
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign; 
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou; 
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now."

I Need Thee Every Hour 

The hymn " I Need Thee Every Hour" is a very special tune to me. I sang it countless times throughout my childhood and was especially fond of the melody. However, the song really came to life for me this year as I followed the story of country duo Joey and Rory Feek. Joey had been diagnosed with cancer and was bravely fighting the disease. A friend sent me a short video clip of Joey singing "I Need Thee Every Hour" from her hospital bed and it struck me. I watched her grapple with facing death as she clung to hope and joy with all of her might. I was so inspired by her spirit and how she was finding comfort in Jesus amidst such tragedy and hardship.  I was deeply moved as I listened to the truth in this old hymn's lyrics:

"I need Thee every hour in joy and in pain.
Come quickly and abide or life's in vain.
I need Thee.
Oh I need Thee.
Every hour I need Thee.
Bless me now my Savior as I come to Thee."

Sometimes this truth is all we have to grip. I decided to include this song on my hymns project as my  own personal way to honor Joey's inspirational journey. Joey + Rory actually released their own hymns project before Joey passed away and you can grab it here...

Hymns: Joey+Rory

Give Me Jesus 

Give Me Jesus is an old tune that is so simplistically profound! It struck me when I heard Fernando Ortega's version. I was brought to tears listening to the melody and connecting with the depth of it's lyrical content. "In the morning when I rise... Give me Jesus." "When I am alone... Give me Jesus." "When I come to die...Give me Jesus." This sums it all up to me. In joy and in pain give us Jesus. At the end of my life it will be just me and Jesus. He is all I need. This one was a must for the record. No matter in rising or falling all we can rely on is Jesus.

Hymns in Post Production! 

Hello all!

Wanted to give y'all an update on the upcoming hymns record "You Make My Whole Heart Sing". We are almost done with post production and will be ready for your mp3 player of choice. Wanted to give you the track listing so you can be excited for what's coming.  These songs have been so influential in my life and I hope that they will inspire your day to day life too! Check out this track listing...

Be Thou My Vision
Give Me Jesus
I Need Thee Every Hour
Great is Thy Faithfulness
My Jesus I Love Thee
It is Well With My Soul
On Christ the Solid Rock
 I Surrender All
Nothing but the Blood
How Great Thou Art (You Make My Whole Heart Sing)

I can't wait to share this music with you. I'll keep updating you as we go. Tunes soon! 

Jeff

You Make My Whole Heart Sing 

My hymns record "You Make My Whole Heart Sing" is finished! I am so excited. I will be posting details about release date, track listing, etc. I think you will really love this project! Stay tuned!!!

Hymns! 

So excited to let you know that I have added the last three songs to my hymns record "You Make My Whole Heart Sing"! They are, "On Christ the Solid Rock", "My Jesus I Love Thee" and "Great is Thy Faithfullness". The project is in mix right now and due out in September.  I know it's been a long process but I cannot wait to share these songs which have been so special to me with you.

Stay tuned!

You Make My Whole Heart Sing 

I have talked a lot about this hymns project over there past several months. Still hard at work. Finishing vocals over the next few weeks and should have it to you by May. Looking forward to sharing this project with you. I am calling it "You Make My Whole heart sing". The album is named after a lyric and comes from the realization I had this year that no one but Jesus makes our whole hearts sing. Everything that is in me wants to praise Him. He's is my best friend and never fails me. He makes my whole heart happy, no one can fill me up like He does and therefore my whole heart sings.

Stay tuned! Music is coming soon.

Jeff

Hope in the Unknown 

Life is full of unknowns. There are unknowns that feel full of hope and unknowns that feel hopeless. I am coming into a new understanding of the unknown. I believe that every single unknown we encounter in life plays a massive part in our development as human beings. They force you to become dependent on a power greater than your own. Unknowns are a perfect way for a person who struggles with worth and lack of confidence to make choices, with their free will, that produce failure and success. I believe that the two are not mutually exclusive. I believe they work hand and hand. No one can have success without out failure or failure without success. Be your own person. Make your own decisions. Let the God who spoke the world into existence guide your steps and a whole new world of understanding will meet you at the door.
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