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A Starry Night 

A STARRY NIGHT 

Words & Music by Lawrence Chewning 

It was a starry night 
Not even a cloud in sight 
And there we were, watching our sheep, almost asleep 
Suddenly a light appeared 
And our hearts were filled with fear 
We fell on our faces, too frightened to look 
We trembled and shook 
Then an angel said, “Don’t be afraid. 
For I bring tidings of joy your way 
Unto you a Child is born 
This very morn.” 
Then we looked and saw a mighty crowd 
Praising God and shouting out loud 
There were thousands. They lit up the…

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The Value Of One 

I recently preached a sermon entitled “The Value of One” at a church which was observing its 100 th anniversary. As I read the history of this church, I noticed it had gone through various seasons as a congregation. There were humble beginnings and later struggles to stay afloat financially during the Great Depression. In the 1950's and 1960's there was an extended period of exciting numerical growth, which necessitated having two Sunday morning services each week. There were also years of numerical…

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"To Start Over Again" 

I wrote a new song a few weeks ago called “To Start Over Again.” My pastor, Carl Morris, called me up and said, “Get your pen out. I want you to write down the following two sentences. I don't know if anything will become of it, but I want to at least run it by you.” Within a few days I had the whole song, which is rare, because most of my songs take months to complete. It's a song of regret but also of hope and redemption. Here it is. 

TO START OVER AGAIN 
I had a chance, but I did not take it 
I had a…

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The Best Musical Advice 

I have played the piano as long as I can remember. In my late teenage years, I began to have a growing desire to write songs. I had asked Jesus into my heart as a boy and had even felt a call to preach when I was ten years old. The older I became, the more drawn I became to the idea of writing songs to express my faith. The only problem was, try as I may, I couldn't pull it off. I could never come up with an original tune. Finally, I made an deal, so to speak, with God when I was nineteen years old. I was…

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My Biography- The full Story 

Lawrence Chewning has been writing and singing songs about his Christian faith for almost five decades. His music goes back to the early days of the Jesus Movement in the 1970's, when a brand new form of Christian music was being molded. It later became known as Contemporary Christian Music, but at the time it was simply called Jesus Music. Lawrence has worn a variety of hats over the years, including music group leader, evangelist, pastor, foster care worker, and adoption worker, but one of the constants…

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