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Scripture songs written by Glenn Tatum

Worship, Walk, and Witness Scripture Songs

WORSHIP, WALK, WITNESS is NorthCreek Church’s mission. This threefold mission statement is to encourage the members and attenders at NorthCreek to gather together to worship the Lord, to walk with Lord through discipleship and service, and to be a witness through evangelism and missions.  This year as I stated in my last post, our church staff thought it would be good for our congregation to review this mission statement by memorizing scripture verses each month that reflect this three fold mission.
I have put to music, as I have done in years past, all twelve verses and recorded so far six songs. Below is a sneak peek to help get you started on memorizing as I finish up the next six songs. Also, the link to NorthCreek’s webpage where you can view all twelve verses for the year and their theme.

NORTHCREEK SCRIPTURE MEMORY PAGE: (Click Here)

   2014 SCRIPTURE SONGS & MUSIC LEAD SHEETS:

  • January – Psalm 67:4-5 (Worship) – (mp3)  – (pdf)
  • February – Proverbs 3:11-12 (Walk) – (mp3)  – (pdf)
  • March – 1 Chronicles 16:23-24 (Witness) – (mp3)  – (pdf)
  • April – Psalm 96:9-10 (Worship) – (mp3)  – (pdf)
  • May – Proverbs 4:25-27 (Walk) – (mp3)  – (pdf)
  • June – John 10:16 (Witness) – (mp3)  – (pdf)
  • July – Psalm 100:1-3 (Worship) – (mp3) – (pdf)
  • August – Romans 12:9-10 (Walk) – (mp3) – (pdf)
  • September – Romans 10:14-15 (Witness) – (mp3) – (pdf)
  • October – Ephesians 3:20-21 (Worship) – (mp3) – (pdf)
  • November – 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Walk) – (mp3) – (pdf)
  • December – Revelation 7:9 (Witness) – (mp3) – (pdf)

You can also download and view from the Box.net app to right of this post by clicking on the 2014 Scripture memory file located in the app.

I pray that these verses and songs will benefit you as you abide in the Word of God and walk in such a way that you bring glory to His name through your worship, walk and witness.

Grace and Peace – Glenn Tatum

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New Scripture Songs!

Well hello again.  Let me re-introduce myself.  My name is Glenn Tatum, worship pastor at NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, California. I thought I would start out with an introduction because it has been such a long time since I have posted anything here. Let me share a bit why.  After we got back from Israel in June, usually life slows down and I am able to get some creative stuff done. Not so.

I don’t know if many know, but my mom was diagnosed with vascular dementia three years ago. Ministry duties and caring for her kind of took up a lot of creative time this summer. I also did a bit of traveling too.

Then as the fall came around my mom fell, broke her hip, and had hip replacement surgery. The surgery was a success, yet because of her dementia, she did not recover like we wanted her to.  In October I went to Toronto because my one year old grandson had major heart reconstruction (all went very well) while I was gone my mom had a major stroke and passed away just a week after I got back from Toronto. A few weeks later we flew to Texas during the Thanksgiving holidays to have my mom’s memorial service. As if that wasn’t enough, I was preparing for three Christmas productions at our church, followed by a vacation trip to visit my grandson back Canada where we got snowed in from a blizzard.

Writing Scripture Songs

So, you see, I’ve had a bit on my plate. But, the good news is, while being snowed in Canada, I was able to write twelve scripture songs for 2014. The staff at NorthCreek Church thought it would be good for us to revisit our mission motto of Worship, Walk, and Witness as a theme for our scripture memory this year. So the verses this year are centered around each of those actions of our motto. Today, I would like to share the first three scripture verses and songs. I am hoping to finish recording all twelve within the next couple of weeks. You can visit NorthCreek Church’s website for all the scriptures for the year by clicking on this link (2014 Scripture memory verses).

Below are the first three verses and songs. Just click on the links below to view, listen and download the song sheet, mp3, and Scripture passage. All verses are from the New American Standard Bible translation (NASB):

(You can also download the Song Sheet and mp3’s from the Box to the right).

I pray these verses and songs will help you to worship, walk, witness with the Lord in a manner worthy to the calling to which you were called.

It’s good to be back – grace and peace in Christ!

Glenn Tatum

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Romans 3:10-12 “None is Righteous”

“as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless no one does good, not even one.'” Romans 3:10-12 ESV

This is NorthCreek Church’s memory verse for the month of March. As stated earlier, our church is walking through the gospel together by challenging one another to memorize verses that are about the gospel. If you would like to memorize with us, you can find the verses located on our church website (NorthCreek memory verses).

SONG: (mp3)  (PDF)

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2013 Scripture Memory Songs

WALKING THROUGH THE GOSPEL

This is the scripture memory theme for NorthCreek Church this year. Each Sunday our church family commits scripture to memory during the worship services. The pastors selected this theme to remind us of the importance to know and share the gospel. I have also written a children’s musical that is based on these verses that the children’s choir ministry will present on April 27th. The musical is called, “The Gospel Town Gazette.”

The verses are in the ESV translation. Just click on the reference and it will take you to the ESV Bible site. You can also click on and download the mp3 and pdf of the songs. You can also view the verses from the NorthCreek Church website.

NorthCreek Church 2013 Scripture Memory Songs
(presented by NCC Children’s Choir Ministry)

  1. “Revelation 4:11″(mp3) (pdf)
  2. “Leviticus 11:45″(mp3)  (pdf)
  3. “Romans 3:10-12″(mp3) (pdf)
  4. “James 2:10″(mp3) (pdf)
  5. “Hebrews 4:15″(mp3) (pdf)
  6. “1 Corinthians 15:3-5″(mp3) (pdf)
  7. “1 John 4:10″(mp3) (pdf)
  8. “2 Corinthians 5:21″(mp3) (pdf)
  9. “Colossians 1:13-14″(mp3) (pdf)
  10. “Romans 10:9-10″(mp3) (pdf)
  11. “Isaiah 55:7″(mp3) (pdf)
  12. “Acts 4:12″(mp3) (pdf)

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Psalm 27:13-14

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14 NASB

My daughter, Lauren, emailed me today and asked if I ever posted this scripture song I wrote. I can’t believe I haven’t. It really is an encouraging Psalm for times of trouble. It teaches us to wait on the Lord and to take courage. That’s hard to do if you are not centered on the sovereign hand of God. I pray that this song will bring comfort to those who need it at this time.

(Even though you can click on the links below to listen and view/print the music, you can also go to the Flash Box to the left to download the mp3 and sheet music.)

Psalm 27:13-14 mp3 link

PDF music

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Isaiah 53 Scripture Memory Songs

I was able to finish the Isaiah 53 scripture memory CD today. Below is the complete chapter for reading reference and links for listening. You can download the mp3 and lead sheets of the songs from the box to the left. If you attend NorthCreek Church, you can purchase a CD from the bookstore.

A word concerning Isaiah 53:1-3. Instead of grouping the verses together into one song like I did with the others verses in the chapter, I wrote original lyrics for 53:1 & 2 and used “Man of Sorrows” for 53:3. The actual Bible verses are the choruses for these songs.

I pray these songs will bless your walk in Christ and will help you to hide His word in your heart so you may walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called in Him.

Glenn

(Isaiah 53 ESV)
1. Who Has Believed (Isaiah 53:1) – mp3
[53:1] Who has believed what he has heard from us?

And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2. For He Grew Up (Isaiah 53:2) - mp3
[2] For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.

3. He Was Despised w/ Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3) – mp3
[3] He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4. He Was Wounded (Isaiah 53:4-6) – mp3
[4] Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
[5] But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
[6] All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

5. He Was Oppressed (Isaiah 53:7-9) – mp3
[7] He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
[8] By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
[9] And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

6. Yet it Was the Will of the Lord (Isaiah 53:10-11) - mp3
[10] Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
[11] Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.

12. Therefore I Will Divide Him (Isaiah 53:12) – mp3
[12] Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.

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Isaiah 53:2 “For He Grew Up…”

“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him.” Isaiah 53:2 ESV

Listen to mp3 of Isaiah 53:2 “For He Grew Up”

Click link for pdf “Isaiah 53:2 “For He Grew Up”

(You can download the mp3 and Lead Sheet in the Flash Widget box to the left.)

This is the February memory verse for NorthCreek Church. I felt that I needed to explain who the “young plant” was since we are memorizing these verses individually each month, so I wrote three verses and used the memory verse as the chorus.

“FOR HE GREW UP” (Isaiah 53:2)
VERSES by Glenn Tatum / CHORUS by ESV Bible

MUSIC by Glenn Tatum 

VERSE 1:
Behold, the man named Jesus, He’s the Son of God.
He made Himself a servant, in the likeness of man.
Given up for suffering; treated cruelly with contempt;
This Humble One from heaven died, that we might live through Him.

VERSE 2:
Behold, the King od heaven, stretched upon the cross.
Oh, how we did not see Him, the scales on our eyes.
Looking up we mocked His name;
Taking on our scorn and shame:
This Holy One from heaven, died, and covered all our sin.

CHORUS:
“For he grew up before him like a young plant,
And like a root out of the dry ground;
He had no form or majesty
That we should look at him,
And no beauty that we should desire Him.”

VERSE 3:
Behold, the suf’fring Servant, laid inside a tomb.
And like a seed that’s planted, up from the grave He arose.
Like a noble tree that reigns;
Of’fring refuge in His shade;
Inviting weary sinners, come, receive new life through Him.
(©2012 NorthCreek Church, Walnut Creek, CA 94598)

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Scripture Songs: Psalm 145

Today, I decided to post all the songs from Psalm 145. Each year around December, our church staff selects scripture passages for the congregation to memorize together throughout the next year. These are either various verses from Scripture or a full chapter from a book in the Bible. In 2009, the staff decided to use Psalm 145.
This chapter is a song of praise to the Lord by King David. The first half of this Psalm is a declaration of personal and corporate praise as each generation declares to one another the mighty acts of God. They speak of His works, grace, mercy, and His glorious Kingdom that endures throughout all generations.
The second half of this Psalm tells of God’s faithfulness through His works of compassion, provisions, preservation, and righteousness to all who love Him. Then David concludes this Psalm in the way he began with personal praise and an invitation for all flesh to bless His name forever and ever.

PERSONAL RESPONSE: In a culture of self-indulgence and personal gratification of ME and I, I find that even those who claim to love the Lord are not satisfied in Him alone. This is expressed in how we worship the Lord personally and corporately. Many times our time of worship is designed for our own preference and comfort. This is not a matter of contemporary verses traditional as much as it is a matter of the heart. We have the tendency to seek what we can get from God in worship, rather that what we can bring to God in our worship. How much of our conversations are centered on self rather than the praise of the Lord? We speak of our successes, problems, and complaints. We gossip and defame others. We speak of entitlements, what agitates us, and how and why life is not fair, yet we miss out daily meditating on the wondrous works of the Lord and His awesome deeds. It is no wonder we do not “pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.”  It is almost as if we are Adam in the garden hiding among the bushes, afraid and ashamed to be near the Lord because of our sin. This Psalm declares that those who truly love the Lord bless and praise Him. They speak of the Lord in their daily conversations among their children, friends, neighbors, and all flesh. Those who love the Lord are satisfied in His works, even when life is not fair and they find themselves down in life. They are fulfilled in life because they have the peace in knowing that they are preserved in Him alone and that the He is near.

Examine your conversations around your kids, spouse, friends, and peers. Does your mouth speak the praise of Lord?

READ: Psalm 145 from the ESV Bible

SCRIPTURE SONGS:
Psalm 145:1-5  (mp3) (Lead Sheet.pdf)

Psalm 145:6-9  (mp3) (Lead Sheet.pdf)

Psalm 145:10-13 (mp3) (Lead Sheet.pdf)

Psalm 145:14-17 (mp3) (Lead Sheet.pdf)

Psalm 145:18-20 (mp3) (Lead Sheet.pdf)

Psalm 145:21 (mp3) (Lead Sheet.pdf)

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Scripture Song: Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever  you go.”  Joshua 1:9 NASB

Joshua 1:9.mp3   Joshua 1:9 .pdf

The scripture above teaches us that God will not abandon His own. Just a few verses before God reminded Joshua how he was with Moses. In like manner, the Lord reassures Joshua that He will be with Him all the days of his life. “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:5  In the New Testament, Jesus’ also gives a similar promise. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27  The strength, peace, and hope we have in Christ Jesus our Lord goes beyond what the world promises or can give. His, “surpasses all understanding.” Phil. 4:7
Notice, the that Lord’s promise to Joshua and the people of Israel is through a command. “Have I not commanded you?”  The Lord freely gives us strength, but do you trust in Him alone. Trusting in Christ alone goes against all worldly wisdom. It may not make sense to you or others, but it’s what we are commanded to do. Be strong and courageous!

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God is the Strength of My Heart

“My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 NASB

Psalm 73:26.mp3      “Psalm 73:26″ .pdf

This past Sunday at church one of our faithful members of 54 years shared his testimony during the worship service. What was amazing about his testimony was not about the years of faithful service at NorthCreek, but about the recent trials with his health. Through the past several years he and his wife have endured and lived through cancer. First with his wife and then his colon, sinus cavity and now more recently in his brain. At one time he stated that the doctors only gave him a 10 percent chance of living. Yet, by the grace of God he continues to remain “vertical.” However, the impact was not that God allowed him to live on in this mortal body, it was the peace, the joy and the prayers of the saints.  He said, “…it’s like I’ve been floating on prayer.” He spoke of God’s will for his life.  “Had God told me I would go through all this, I would have been horrified.” Yet, through it all, God’s strength sustained him.  Did God design this for him? This faithful saint said, “Yes!” Even though his flesh and his heart fail, God is his strength.

The other part of this Psalm goes like this…

“Whom have I in heaven but You?  And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.  My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;  You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.  But as for me, the nearness of God is my food;  I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.” Psalm 73:25-28

Thanks Tim for telling of all the works of the Lord in your life, and how God is your refuge and strength even in the midst of suffering.

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