Not Just Salvation But Recovery

by Nathan Fivecoate

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The line "not just salvation but recovery" jumped out to me as an album title because of the following reasons:

1.) I firmly believe that this is true. True healing and true recovery cannot happen without Jesus; and true Christian faith where one walks the walk and not merely talks the talk requires personal growth and a willingness to change certain aspects of oneself as God calls us to. In my case, certain aspects of my life required change because the way I had learned to cope with life was not leading me to where I wanted to go! (Let alone where God wants me to go)

2.) All of these songs, with the exception of "New Man", are all original songs specifically written out of the inspiration of God healing me or God calling me over these last few years (2013-2015). And even "New Man", while written by my friend who gave me permission to use this in this album, was specifically written for me at my baptism, a core aspect of my journey.

3.) Each song represents a different key part of my journey. "Believing that He can help me" and "New Man" are declarations of faith; both "Jesus Calls Us" and "Messenger Song” focus on God calling me (and others) out to whatever it is that He has prepared for us; "Advent Song" is both a declaration and an anticipation of what is to come; and "Hear what the Spirit says" and "God is catching you" are both encouragement/healing songs, reminders of God's love and care and promises.

My hope is that this album is an encouragement to people on all ends of the faith spectrum, to people at any point on their respective journeys. Salvation through Jesus Christ is still essential; it is also very important to not just stop there. My own salvation story has many gradations of accepting more of Jesus even after the first acceptance, including necessary healing that is still in progress as of the release of this album.

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released December 22, 2015

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Track Name: Believing that He can help me
verse 1
There’s a Healer that is out there,
the One who also made us,
He came up with a design
that is good and right and true.
But in life we make wrong choices,
or there’s things that happen to us,
and we learn to do the things
that make us feel safe.

chorus
Praise the Lord! There is healing!
Not just salvation but recovery.
It’s not just about believing
but believing that He can help me.

verse 2
There’s a story ‘bout some Hebrews,
the ones stuck in Egypt,
the ones who were freed from slavery,
then they walked out free.
But after the sea was split
the real journey then began.
Gotta do what it took to
get to the Promised Land.

chorus

verse 3
And today, what’s your story?
We have a Son who set us free
and showed the way through the desert
to all the plans He has for us.
You can choose to stay in darkness,
you can choose to live in light;
you can choose to stay broken,
you can choose to be restored.

chorus

verse 4
I pledge allegiance to the Creator
of the entire universe,
and to the Holy Scriptures
and for what they stand;
one body, under Jesus,
(because He’s our High Priest)
unified, with liberty
and justice for all.

chorus
Track Name: Jesus Calls Us
verse 1
Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
of our life’s wild, restless sea,
day by day His clear voice soundeth,
saying, “Christian, follow Me,”
He says, “Christian, follow Me;"

verse 2
as, of old, Saint Andrew heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred,
leaving all for His dear sake.

chorus
Jesus calls us! Jesus calls us!
He calls us o’er our worries,
He calls us loud and clear,
Jesus calls us.

verse 3
Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store;
from each idol that would keep us,
saying, “Christian, love Me more,”
saying, “Christian, love Me more.”

verse 4
In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love Me more than these.”

chorus
Jesus calls us! Jesus calls us!
He calls us o’er our sorrows,
says love Him more than life,
Jesus calls us.

verse 5
Jesus calls us! By Thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear Thy call,
give our hearts to Thine obedience,
serve and love Thee best of all.

chorus
Jesus calls us! Jesus calls us!
He calls us by His mercies,
says love Him most of all,
Jesus calls us.
Track Name: New Man
verse
My old life’s behind me,
a new life’s before me,
coming up from the waters,
coming up a new man.
My wandering is done now,
I’m ready to make my vow,
before You, Jesus, I bow,
and stand up a new man.

chorus
I’m casting aside the things that made me feel safe,
stepping up, stepping out in new faith,
Jesus, I’m following You to the river,
let Your Spirit rest on me.

bridge
I proclaim my trust today,
I’m buried with Jesus and raised to life,
heaven is reaching down to me,
reaching down to me.
Track Name: Advent Song
verse 1
When the Word became flesh, God sent out Gabriel to spread tidings of joy.
Zechariah didn’t believe he’d have a child, so Gabriel banned him from speaking.
When Gabriel came to Mary and gave her the good news,
she went over to Zechariah’s house,
and when she did, John leaped, he leaped, he leaped for joy,
he leaped, he leaped, he leaped, he leaped for joy,
he leaped, he leaped, he leaped, he leaped for joy,
‘cause of Jesus.

verse 2
and she said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God,
for he has looked favorably on me, and blessed me richly.
Surely from now on, all will call me blessed,
the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy, holy, holy is his Name,
holy, holy, holy is his Name,
holy, holy, holy is his Name,
he’s Jesus.”

pre-bridge
Then John’s father Zechariah, finally able to speak, spoke:
“Blessed be the Lord! He has raised up a Savior just like the prophets foretold!”

bridge
His mercy is on those who love him, age to age,
his mighty arm scatters those with pride in their chests,
he strikes down the strong but exalts the humble in heart.
He’s remembered his promise to our father Abraham,
he saved us from our foes, that we may serve him,
he’s lit our path, forgiven us, he’s called us to his purpose.
He’s promised to always hold on,
he’s never gonna let go of us,
for God so loved the world.

verse 3
After thirty-three years of life and three years of ministry, they captured him,
and although they beat him, and they tortured him, and yes crucified him,
he died for us.
‘Cause he was God made flesh, he died and rose again,
and he will judge the living and the dead,
and he will, he will, he will, he’ll come again,
he will, he will, he will, he’ll come again,
he will, he will, he will, he’ll come again.
He’s Jesus.
Track Name: Hear what the Spirit says
verse
Hear what the Spirit says: “Don’t listen to the liar.
He creates death, but I, I have full life for you, not delayed.”

bridge
“My timing is right, and I have not been deaf to your cries.
I see your heart and your desires, and I will satisfy your soul.”

coda
Hear what the Spirit says...
Track Name: God is catching you
verse 1
There’s an overwhelming sense that God is catching you.
I saw you fall out of the sky into the Father’s arms
And God said, “I’ve got him securely,”
“I’ve got him securely.”

verse 2
I also felt that His heart toward you
has much less to do right now with directing your life
and much more with catching you and holding you,
catching you and holding
you.

verse 3
There’s a sense where God doesn’t care about big decisions in life:
not about relationships, location, or career (or timeline);
because He’s running hard after your heart and holding you close,
yes, He’s running hard after your heart and holding you close.

coda
God is catching you.
Track Name: Messenger Song
verse 1
God has ordered you
His covenant it stands
His covenant with you is life and health
Stand in awe of Him
Revere His great Name
Let true instruction be in your mouth
Your lips should guard His truth
His people should seek it from you
You are His messenger
And neither should you edit His voice
Honor your Father, and serve your God

verse 2
God has loved you
His love for you it stands
His plans for you stay the same
Have you not one Father?
Did He not create you?
Did He not call you by name?
He is sending you to prepare the way before Him
For you will be like a refiner’s fire
And you will purify the house of Levi
And refine them til they please Him

bridge
See, God’s day is coming
Those against Him will perish
But for you who love Him and keep His commandments
the sun of righteousness will rise
with healing in His wings
And you will tread down your enemies

coda
God’s day is coming / His day is coming
Remember Him
Serve Him
He is our Father
He is our God