Basics of Life
“He commanded the people of Judah to follow the Lord, the God their ancestors followed. And he commanded them to obey the Lord’s laws and commandments.” (2 Chronicles 14:4, ERV)
In 1992 a fairly new Christian contemporary group 4Him (full bio and concert playlist below), formed in 1990 in sweet home Alabama, came out with their third studio album. It was entitled The Basics of Life, released on Benson Records and produced by Reed Arvin and Fred Hammond. As the lead single song says, they sang of life principles as recorded in the Living God’s manual to us, the full Bible.
I still have the CD, these 25 years later, as I write these words.
4Him – The Basics of Life 1992 Benson Records
(L-R) Marty Magehee, Andy Chrisman, Kirk Sullivan, Mark Harris
For better than 4,000 or more years later after being written, the Torah, the Pentateuch (the first five books of Moses), the Tanakh, the books of the prophets, the Psalms and Proverbs, the Old and New Testaments, the Holy Scriptures – whatever you want to call them – are still the foundational truths given to us through God’s chosen people, the Jews, in order to live a full life.
The Arks inside the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel.
Contain Torah scrolls opened on Shabbat and feasts of the Lord.
(Photo by Steve Martin May, 2017)
You can find a copy of the Bible in most places around the world, in many translations for the local nationals. When the good Lord built it, you can bet it was meant to last.
I guess then that we should adhere to the principles that our Creator took so much care in bringing them to us. Knowing the different characters God the Almighty used to write the individual 66 books of The Book (unless you include the Apocrypha of the Roman Catholics, which add yet another seven for a total of 73), you get a good picture of its importance.
From Jewish kings to Jewish prophets, through Jewish scribes and Jewish apostles, and a doctor named Luke, these words have been the bedrock of solid civilizations for centuries. They are eternal, and should be treated as such.
In fact, based on the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a series of twelve caves around the site known as Wadi Qumran near the Dead Sea and the Jordan River, between 1946 and 1956 by Bedouin shepherds and a team of archaeologists, these words have been meticulously passed down to us. They have been the most preserved and accurate of any writings, of any book, available today for mankind.
The Bible then must be that important to read and follow, if the God who brought these words to His creation took so great care in keeping the eternal words alive for us.
You want to know how to live? Read God’s Word.
You want to know what step to take in a decision you seek to make? Read God’s Word.
Don’t let it just sit on your bed stand or living room coffee table, or occupy a prominent spot in your home library, making it look like you are the Christian you want people to think you are.
Or have it on your smart phone with app to look impressive either.
Read it. Believe it. Act on it.
Let His Holy Spirit, the third member of the Holy Trinity, the God-Head, guide your steps each and every day. Have a rock solid, never-changing footing to stand on in this crazy world that tries to change the rules and the belief system constantly.
You want answers? God has them all. Let His truth be known in your life today and every day, Sunday through Saturday.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13, NASU)
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Now Think On This – In the Year of our Lord 06.04.17 – #290 – “Basics of Life” – Sunday, 3:33 am
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4Him -25th Anniversary Tour “Real Thing” – Irmo (Columbia, SC) 11.01.15
– Riverlands Baptist Church (photo by Steve Martin)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
4Him was a Contemporary Christian group founded in 1990 in Alabama, US. The group has ten Dove awards, a Grammy nomination and three certified gold albums to their credit. The group was inducted into Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame, following the awarding of The Governor’s Achievement Award. The group has also been featured performers for popular Christian Evangelist crusaders, Billy Graham and Luis Palau.
4Him disbanded in 2006 to pursue individual careers of ministry and music. They have released 12 studio albums which have produced 27 number one singles.
The group has made sporadic reunion appearances since 2009.
Andy Chrisman, Mark Harris, Marty Magehee, and Kirk Sullivan originally met when they sang together in Truth, a Contemporary Christian vocal group founded in the late 1960s and directed by Roger Breland. Truth had a rotating roster of four male and four female vocalists. After three representatives from Benson Records attended several Truth concerts in the late 1980s during which Andy, Mark, Marty, and Kirk performed, Benson approached the quartet saying that they wanted to use the guys to create a new male four-member vocal group under the Benson label. “Where There Is Faith”, their first single, stayed at No. 1 on the charts for eight weeks, two months before 4Him left Truth. Releasing their self-titled debut in 1990, they blended the traditions of Christian music‘s past, with modern pop production and practical lyrics.
In 1996, with the release of The Message, 4Him changed their overall sound in an effort to keep pushing the creative limits of the group. The guys replaced the over-the-top orchestrations and choral vocal arrangements with a stripped down, acoustic band approach where one of the guys would sing lead and the other three would sing backing vocals. On 1998’s Obvious, each member took more ownership of their music – becoming more involved in the production and songwriting aspects.
By 2004, all four of the guys reevaluated the future of the ministry. After close to seventeen years together, the members of 4Him decided to embark on solo careers. On September 23, 2006, they performed their final concert at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, AL, the city where 4Him’s 17-year journey first started. At that concert, various individuals (including family members, record producers, management, and Truth founder Roger Breland) were recognized for their contributions to 4Him’s ministry.
Andy Chrisman released his freshman solo effort One in 2004, and is worship pastor at Church on the Move, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2008, he, along with the Church on the Move Praise Band, released Beautiful Name, a live worship CD.
In 2005, Mark Harris released The Line Between the Two. In 2007, Harris won a GMA Dove Award in the category of Inspirational Song of the Year for “Find Your Wings”. On September 25, 2007, he released his second album Windows and Walls on INO Records. On October 13, 2011, Harris released his third album Stronger In The Broken Places on Stylos Records. In 2012, Harris had the featured song, “When We’re Together” in the film, Courageous. Until mid-2013, he served as Artist-in-Residence/Worship Pastor at Bay Community Church outside Mobile, AL. He is currently serving as Artist in Residence/Associate Worship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.
In 2010, Kirk Sullivan released his independent solo release Timeless on his website. Timeless contains “Get Down Mountain” (previously featured on the Encore album), a new reworked arrangement of his trademark song “The Basics of Life”, and a bonus track of a song recorded when he was twelve years old.
In 2008, Marty Magehee released his independent solo release, Open, on his website. The first single, “Eyes Wide Open”, was released to Christian radio in May 2008. The album also included the song “Runaway Train”, which appeared on 4Him’s final CD, Encore. He is also producing albums for other artists. In 2011, Magehee is on the faculty of Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, teaching courses in Worship Band, Studio Recording, Beats and Loops, and Songwriting.
After nearly five years apart, the quartet made their first reunion on the K-Love Friends and Family Cruise in January 2009. A one-off concert in West Monroe, LA took place in March, and another reunion happened on Kathy Troccoli’s “KT and Friends Cruise” to Alaska in June 2010. In Spring of 2013, 4Him will perform several concerts on a tour dubbed “With One Voice” together with the group Avalon and solo Christian singer songwriter Cindy Morgan. Starting in September 2015, 4Him will begin a 25th anniversary tour.
· 1990: Jesus – The Best Gift of All (various artists), “The Best Gift of All”
· 1992: Master Pieces (various artists), “Turn Your Radio On”
· 1993: The New Young Messiah (various artists), “The Trumpet Shall Sound”
· 1993: Chain of Grace, Dallas Holm (background vocals), “Chain of Grace”, “Nothing Satisfies Me Like Jesus”
· 2000: Hope Changes Everything (various artists), “Broken”
· 1993: The Basics of Life
· 1995: The Ride Comes Alive
· 1996: The Message in the Making
· 1995/96: The Young Messiah Tour (Christmas)
· 1998: Headlined 1998 Spring Tour, featuring Big Tent Revival and Jeni Vernadeau
· 2002: “4Guys And A Fruitcake” Christmas Tour with Chonda Pierce
· 2003: World Vision 2003 Spring Tour
· 2006: Encore Farewell Tour
· 2015: 25-Year Reunion Tour
Awards and nominations
· 1997: Grammy nomination – Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for The Message
· 1991: Best New Artist of the Year
· 1993: Group of the Year
· 1993: Inspiration Album of the Year for Generation to Generation
· 1994: Group of the Year
· 1994: Inspirational Album of the Year For The Season of Love
· 1995: Group of the Year
· 1998: Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for “Center of the Mark”
· 2003: Nomination for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
· 1990: CRR (Christian Research Report) Reporter Poll – Best New Artist
· 1991: CRR (Christian Research Report) – Best Group
· 1992: CRR (Christian Research Report) – Best Group
· 1993: CBA Impact Award – Total Promotional Campaign, Music: The Basics of Life
· 1994: CCM Magazine – Song of the Year: “For Future Generations”
· 1995: American Songwriter – Christian Artist of the Year
· 1996: CCM Readers’ Poll – Favorite Long Form Video: The Ride Comes Alive
· RIAA Certified Gold Album – The Basics of Life (1996)
· Performed at “Sold Out 1998” Promise Keepers conference the day before the Super Bowl
· The song “Ride of Life” was featured in chiptune form on a NES game by Wisdom Tree, on a cartridge which included their game Sunday Funday