Among Thorns Review -
"Draw Near" CD Review:

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The musical compositions of these thirteen songs reflect the many and "diverse talents" of the band members, who were reaching for a unique balance of ministry with "artistry," feeling inspired and led by the influence of the Lord.The music and lyrics of this "bold and compelling praise songs" found on their new CD, DRAW NEAR, are the result of prayer, group collaboration, from talented, spiritually rooted, musicians, who are all inspired by the Holy Spirit to create "genuine lyrics and music that the audience can connect with,"which ultimately reflect God in a profound and moving way.

As I reviewed the fantastic songs on this CD, I found this to be very true. It was hard to single out favorites because each song is uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and effectively speaks to, moves the listener,

encouraging individual spiritual growth, which is how their music affects many of their fans who have heard them in their various 200 concert performances and conference dates they perform in each year.

Their First TV appearance, with Ceili Rain was on November 1st, 2002 on TBN. "Worship Extreme recording artist Among Thorns and Cross Driven Records Celt/pop/rock band Ceili Rain will now be seen on TBN1s new Youth Network premiering on Friday, November 1."

Sample of Songs - DRAW NEAR CD

* * * I CAN'T DENY - (Romans 5:1-5, Psalm 91 & 2nd Corinthians 1:3-5).
It is a powerful anthem, about how our faith grows during the storms or trials in our lives, when we hold onto Him, which draws us closer to Him at the same time. Notice in the second Chorus lyrics, the emphasis switches from referring to the Lord in third person, to a direct personal relationship with Jesus.

The opening musical introduction paints a picture of a swirling wind, using an electric guitar, joined by electric, synthesized keyboard, building in sound, supported by interesting bongo rhythms and drum. Verses written in a minor key. Chorus is written in a major key. Vocals are expressive and gripping.

Lyrical Sample: 1) My world is floating now like leaves in the many things that I don't understand at all. Ouu, I feel a change comin' down here tonight, I'm movin' but there are only shadows in sight.

Chorus: Still, I can't deny, who's strong, the stars in the sky, and I, I won't let go of His hand, no. I will not fear, cause I know, I know who stands with me here, and I, I can't deny its his life and his sky, I can't deny, yeah.

2) I set my heart like a white flag in the wind. And hold on to Him through the thick and the thin. I've been alone now, but I will not know, yeah, I will be strong standing on this truth....

Transition: So in this time, I will align with the One I can't deny...

Chorus 2: I can't deny, You're strong, the stars in the sky, and I, I won't let go of Your hand, no. I will not fear, cause I know, I know You stand with me here, and I, I can't deny it's Your life and Your sky, I can't deny.....

* * * HOME - Easy rock feel, nice instrumental back ups with electric guitar, keyboards, energetic vocals. (Matthew 7:7-8 , Hebrews 13:5-6)

Lyrical Sample 1) I step out from the shallow, I know there is something out there, my faith has kept me seeking, the mystery of who You are. I hear Your voice calling, I'm broken but I'm running, I'm living all alone, to discover that You aren't so far...

2) I step out from the shallow, I know there is something out there, my faith has kept me seeking, the mystery of who You are..... I never cry alone, there's mercy in the morning, and strength in Your arms....

Chorus : And Home is anywhere I'm on my knees. And You, I find everything I need. And Heaven is not as far as I thought it would be.

I want to be where You are....

* * * RESCUE ME - When we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, our old worldly self dies and we become a new being in Christ. (2nd Corinthians 5:17) We are justified (Romans 4:25 & Romans 5:18), and Redeemed by Christ(Romans 3: 24 & Romans 8:23) and become more like him through the process of Sanctification, being guided by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:2 & Romans 15:16).

Lyrical Sample: 1) You and I have been alone tonight, workin' through these changes in my life. You took my heart and You brought me to, to see a side I 'd never seen in You.

2) The love from You has left me so amazed, now my soul is drowning in Your grace, more of You is what I want in me, Your sacrifice has been the death of me (Ephesians 2:4,5)

Chorus:You've rescued me, and now my eyes can see, You brought a change in me, You set my spirit free...yeah You rescued me!

(Transition) I'm coming out of the dark, I 'm coming into Your light, I'd give my life for the way, I live for You this (day).

* * * BLESS THE LORD - Reminds me of Psalm 89.

Lyrical Sample:1) I tremble at Your presence, shaken by the truth, that You are God. No deed can bring You pleasure, or a word out of measure to who You are. I lift my heart in worship, taken by the truth, You are God. silenced by the virtue, surrender in awe of who You are...

Chorus: Bless the Lord with all that's in me, Bless the Lord. May kingdoms fall and rulers crawl before Your throne.

Transition: I want to give all of me, I'm given You all of me......

* * * THE HEAVEN"S DECLARE - Reminds me of Psalm 119:1-6, and Paul's argument presented in ACTS 17:24-28. Song has easy rock beat, nice guitar work, both acoustical and electrical. Keyboards offer good support. Nice harmony in the vocals.

Lyrical Sample: 1) From Your lips the universe was formed. When You spoke it came to be.. And in Your hands You hold eternity, And by Your mercy we are freed.

Chorus: The heavens declare Your glory, creation is testimony, to Your justice and Your grace and all the beauty of Your face. The heavens declare Your glory, creation is testimony to the richness of Your word and all the power of Your truth, yeah.

* * * COULD NOT LOVE YOU MORE - A beautiful song of devotion to Jesus Christ.

Lyrical Sample:1). If I saw a crippled man stand tall, if I turned to see a dead man walk, I could not love You more, I could not love You more. If I felt the warmth of Your embrace, or laid my eyes upon Your face, I could not love You more, I could not love You more.

Chorus: The cross is, my treasure,Your blood has, joined us together. Your greatness, Your splendor, has sustained me, for ever....I could not love You more, I could not love You more.

2) If I saw a blind man stand in awe, at the wonder of all that he saw, I could not love You more, I could not love You more.......If I saw the stone roll away, and touched Your scars and felt Your pain, I could not love You more, I could not love You more.

* * * INVITATION - (Romans 8:2, Romans 8:26-27, 2nd Corinthians 5:17, John 14:26-27)

A rousing, moving praise song that really cooks with energy, and spiritual inspiration that is very contagious. Music starts with an intricate bongo - drum beat, with guitars and electric keyboard supporting the established rhythm, providing great support for the lead vocals. Their musicianship comes from their hearts, and it shows in their music. Great dynamics!

Lyrical Sample: 1). Holy Spirit come, receive our invitation, Holy Spirit move on me. Holy Spirit come, rain on Your creation, we worship.... we honor ...You, God!

Chorus: Holy Father, take pleasure in the songs Your children offer , we give all we have to You, God. Holy Father delight in the praises we surrender, we give, all we have to You, God.

2) Holy Spirit fall, redeemer of the nations, Holy Spirit fall, on me. Holy Spirit fall, become a revelation, we worship, we honor You, God.

Hook: Sanctify all our hopes and all our dreams, Purify all our words and everything..

* * * DRAW NEAR TO ME.... (John 14:6. & John 4: 13-14)

Lyrical Sample: 1) Draw near to me, as I come close, close enough to breathe, the air You breathe, and You alone can see, what's on my heart, and next to You is where, I long to be. Because life outside of You, isn't life at all, its worthless, and I know my days on earth are few. so I'll follow You.

Chorus: Oh, Sweet Jesus, There's no one like You, For You are the way, and You are the Truth. Oh sweet Savior, in You there is life, Your words are a fountain for me, and I'll be satisfied, and draw near to me....

* * * FALLING AT YOUR FEET - (Reminds me of Romans 8:1-5)

Lyrical Samples:

1) Your Holy voice, whispers in my ear. You break me, then You draw me near.

Transition: For whom am I to stand, and who am I to speak? Whom I am to raise my eyes to meet You? Who am I to lift my hands to praise You?

CHORUS: I'm falling at Your feet. Ruined by Your majesty. My life.. my everything are crumbled on the ground before You.

2) Your mercy's rich, covers all my sin. You bought me, now I'm surrendering. You are all I want Now. And You Are all I Have. You are all I am now. You are everything.

* * * BEAUTIFUL - A Personal, prayerful hymn of praise for who Jesus is, our loving Lord and Savior.

Vocals are accompanied by mostly an acoustical guitar, with a faint keyboard chords and light percussion.

Lyrical Sample:

1) I can't live a day, without You in my life. Just to breathe You in, is my heart's desire. Longing to touch the hem, I reach out to You. To sing of who You are, is all I long to do.

Chorus: You are beautiful, so I lift my hands and worship You, oh my God. You're my saving grace, so I'm on my face to worship You, oh my God.

2) Nothing can compare, to Your endless love. With all that I do, You still call me beloved. You are my comfort, yeah. And my self-worth.Your full beauty is a sign that was sent to earth.

* * * WE RUN TO YOU- A strong statement of faith in Jesus as our faithful, living Savior, who bought us with His blood. (Romans 3:25 & Revelations 5:9,10, Ephesians 1:7)

Song is very hymn-like, starting off with just piano and light background rhythm instruments, soft acoustical guitar joins in, then violins enter by chorus. Strong vocals carry the tune beautifully.

Chorus: We run to You, You make us strong. You are our God, we are Your own. Bought with Your blood, held by Your love, Oh Holy lamb, to You we run.

1) Show us Your ways, write them in our hearts, bound them in our steps. Grant us the strength, to hold them ever near. so we will not forget.

2) We will remember, Angels are around when trouble is drawing near. And we will stay strong, knowing they are sent to keep our paths clear.

3) With all our might, we will follow You. You will walk with us and we will carry on, though all the world be shaken, we know that You will overcome....

Reviewed by: Julie Carr /
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Among Thorns Mission Statements:

Guitarist Darin Sasser - THE VISION OF THIS BAND IS TO REVEAL WHO GOD IS. "We never put a limit on what God can do. Our vision is to reach millions of people, and if this is the way God chooses to do it, then we are just going to be thankful and grateful for whatever He does. I pray that these songs will give something to people's hearts".

"When we step on the stage, we focus on the Lord - we don't focus on the praises of man. As we step onstage we want people to know that we are intimately involved with our Savior, and that ultimately we are not there to entertain them - we are there to worship Him together."

Matt Glider / keyboards - 1) Goal for the Body of Christ: "Our calling is also definitely to lead the body of Christ into worship. When God is lifted up, He draws men to Himself. "We're aiming at the body of Christ and bringing people into a new place of worship, maybe somewhere they haven't been before. We try to stretch the audience and get them to dig deeper It's hard to imgaine worshipping and having God show up in the room and people not being changed."

2) Goal concerning those who are searching: "We don't have a big agenda. We just hear story after story from people that we meet each night. We've been doing this long enough to know that at each event, on each night, there is probably someone there who is at the end of their rope. People are hungry to know God, and if HE can use us to help lead those people to His throne, that's what we are called to do. We want to lead people into a deeptime of worship and intimacy before God."

Chad Jarnagin / lead vocalist: "We want to challenge believers to get to that place of awakening in worship where they just don't sing about God on a horizontal level but truly sing to Him. Our desire for the band is to have awakenings all across the country, that the Spirit really would move when we lead worship.


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