Father’s Day Podcast

Our pastor, Brad Shockley at Pleasant View First Baptist Church invited us to deliver the Father’s Day message. Here’s a link to the podcast. Please listen and pass it on to someone you think could benefit by it. Also…Pastor Brad is an awesome teacher/preacher. You’ll find his sermons on the site as well.

Thanks.

S&A

Something My Dad Would Do

More than once I’ve done something and then said to myself, “That’s just what dad would’ve done.” It was one of those moments that the idea came for the song posted here. The examples used in the lyric are based on some good memories I have of my Dad. I know not everyone can say that their history with their father includes seeing him do something similar but if you have children, its never too late to create good memories they can recall as well as imitate.

Something My Dad Would Do

 

They were broke down on the highway

Had two little kids in the back seat

I thought about driving on by

But I couldn’t get passed the memory

Of being in the car with my father

A long time ago

When he saw a family in need of help

He pulled off the road

So I did too

It’s something my dad would do

 

Cho…

I get my chances now and then

To live life just like him

To help somebody with a heavy load

And get ‘em back on the road

And lend a hand

Do what I can

To be a man the light of the Lord can shine through

It’s just something my dad would do

 

I met her at the checkout

She was buying for her son near the front line.

I gave a thank you smile and started to leave

But the moment took me back in time

To the day in that same old store

In my teenage years

I saw my father pay a stranger’s bill

And left them standing there in tears

So I did too

It’s something my dad would do

 

Cho…

 

I can’t help but wonder

If there’ll come a day

When a child of mine will think of me

And have a reason to say

 

Cho…

 

Steve Chapman /Times & Seasons Music, Inc/BMI/ 2018

Trading Places

My sister, Jeannie, and her husband, Gene Martin, are blessing our sweet, 90 year-young widowed Mother, Lillian Chapman, with a room in their home. Jeannie is one of the people the scriptures calls “greatest among you” because she is such a servant, especially in her role as a caring daughter. Then the day came when Jeannie heard the dreaded cry from Mom’s room. She had fallen, broke four ribs and punctured her lung.

The trip to the ER was followed by a five day stay in a hospital and eventually an extended stay in a rehab facility. While in the hospital my sister had to feed Mom because of the lack of movement she faced due to the pain. It was a temporary necessity but as Jeannie so lovingly put the spoon to our Mother’s lips I thought of all the times our Mother had fed us. The roles, though only for a short time, had reversed.

There are many others whose situations are not temporary. In the long term they, as the child, have become the parent.  “Trading Places” was written to recognize this role reversal and we pray that God will bless those who are serving their mother or their father in such a way.

A Very Encouraging Letter

We recently sang at a church in Cookeville, TN and included the song, “Let’s Call It Even.” In response to the story in the song that features the reconciliation of a dad and a daughter, a sweet lady approached us after the morning service and said she was moved to go see her dad. She told us that her relationship with her father had not been good and to make the challenge even harder he had Alzheimers disease.

We advised her to pray that God would give him an awareness of who she was when she visited him so some healing conversation could happen. A couple of weeks later we received the letter shown below. We were given permission to post it but for the sake of her privacy we blurred her last name and the name of the church. We offer this as an encouragement to anyone who longs to reconcile with a parent or any family member or friend.

(If you’d like to hear the song, click on the blue colored title above or see our blog at this website titled, “Let’s Call It Even.”)


A Dad’s Guide to Praying for His Kids-Interview with Steve

My thanks to Promise Keepers Canada for posting a recent interview featuring a discussion about “A Dad’s Guide to Praying For His Kids.” You can hear the entire interview at the following link. I hope you’ll listen and let others know about it.

https://www.promisekeepers.ca/podcast/steve-chapman-on-praying-for-your-kids/

Daddy’s Best Sermon

      Fathers Day always reminds me of what a great Dad my sister and I had. The song “Daddy’s Best Sermon” was written as a birthday gift to Dad when he was still with us. He’s been with the Lord since Nov 28, 2015.

      Paul J Chapman pastored for many years in Point Pleasant, WV. The song lyric you’ll hear in the video highlights the fact that his great skill in the pulpit was backed up by his integrity as a husband and father. My Mother, Lillian, my sister, Jeannie, and the members of each of our families are proud of his legacy and we look forward to seeing him again.

 

“Daddy’s Best Sermon” is available at this time only as a free video view. If you, too, were raised in the home of a Dad who was a pastor and who earned your respect, I hope you’ll share this song with him.

Steve Chapman

“When I Hear That Train” A Mother’s Day Tribute

An idea for Moms (and Dads, too!)

The sound of a passing train whistle has a wonderful meaning for me. Its a sweet reminder that my Mother promised to use the sound of the train that went through the town where our family lived as her cue to pray for her kids. Thankfully, it roared by twice a day!

If you’re a Mom and if you live close enough to some railroad tracks to hear the sound of a passing train, perhaps the song posted here will inspire you to adopt my Mother’s idea to use it as your reminder to pray for your family. Or, maybe there’s another daily sound in your area that you could use. If you do, you can be sure that your loved ones will deeply appreciate the prayers as we do those of our Mother.

What Mama Wants For Christmas

img_1705As Christmas was approaching I asked my Mother, “What do you want for Christmas this year?” She answered without hesitating…and what she said inspired the chorus of this song. I have a feeling that Mom’s one item wish list is the same as a lot of Moms, and Dads too, at this time of the year.    Steve

“For You” Steve sings with 2 Grand-girls

Our granddaughters (Heidi’s girls) are staying with us this week. While I was working on a new song called “For You,” Josephine (in the middle) and Lily (violin) came in and began singing along. We did a quick rehearsal then did this quick video. T’was a sweet moment for Papa…thanks to DeDe for recording us and to four-year old Sylvia (off camera) for quietly watching.

“Let’s Call It Even”

During a Sunday morning service at a church in Georgia we sang our song about my experience of holding my Dad when he passed from this life into eternity (I Held A Great Warrior When He Died). After dismissal a very nice lady named, Jonell Barber, expressed her appreciation for the song then told about an exchange she had with her father, Calvin, during his last hours. What she said was deeply touching, incredibly profound and full of mercy. She has graciously permitted us to share her story in music and we are hopeful it will help others to also know the joy of reconciliation…may it be sooner rather than later. S&A

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13
Let’s Call It Even (Lyrics)

 

He came down to his final day,

With something on his heart he had to say

To his daughter, from the heart of a father

He took her hand, couldn’t stop the tears,

He said, “I’ve let you down thru the years

Wish I could do it over, I’d do it better

Lord knows I’d do it better.”

 

She stood by his bed, they both cried,

She wiped the tears from his eyes

And said, “I understand, you’ve done the best you can

But would it help if I reminded you

About the teenage hell I put you through

O Daddy, here’s what we ought to do…”

 

“Let’s call it even

We both had a bad run

Let’s talk about the good times

We can say we both won

On the other side of heaven’s door

You won’t find love keeping score

We’re forgiven

Let’s call it even.”

 

He said, “I guess its true what they say, a little child will lead the way

My sweet baby, what a gift you just gave me

Now I can leave this world feeling free, nothing between you and me

No regrets, its God’s mercy…”

 

Cho…

 

 

 

S&A Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/2015