“He’s Not Here To See It”

My Dad went home to heaven in late 2015. Knowing that he’s in a place of total peace right now is a comforting thought. And, the fact that he’s not affected by all the chaos in the world is not only a great blessing it’s also the inspiration behind the song, “He’s Not Here To See It.” Maybe you feel the same way about a loved one who is with the Lord.

 He’s Not Here To See It 

When I said goodbye to Dad

It was hard to see him go

He sure is missed ’round here

But I wonder if he knows

There are times I hear ’bout things

And I just don’t wanna believe it

I think of him and say to myself 

I’m glad he wasn’t here to see it

Like that old farm where he grew up

And his home place on the hill

State came through and took it all

Poured concrete in the fields

And that church down the road where he went all his life

Learned God’s Word and how to live it

Preacher went crazy and burned it to the ground

I’m glad he wasn’t here to see it

Sometimes I look to the sky

And whisper in my heart

O Dad, how glad I am

You are where you are

Seems like this old world

Is gettin’ darker by the minute

With all the madness goin’ on, he’s blessed to be gone

Cause he’s not here to see it

He had Ol’ Glory painted on his skin

Back when he served his country on the seas

Now it would kill his soul to watch someone

Hear that anthem and take a knee

And his sister tried givin’ up the wine

But she just couldn’t leave it

Oh how she cried when they took her from her home 

I’m glad he wasn’t here to see it

And I think about Mom, she can’t remember his name

It’s by the grace of God that he was spared that pain

Sometimes I look to the sky

And whisper in my heart

O Dad, how glad I am

You are where you are

Seems like this old world

Is gettin’ darker by the minute

With all the madness goin’ on, he’s blessed to be gone

He’s not here to see it

(Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music, Inc/2019)

“Whispers From Heaven”

Here’s “Whispers From Heaven,” a song written as though a message from my late Dad to Mom on what would’ve been his 92nd birthday. He went to heaven just a couple of weeks before their 69th anniversary but note in the video she says they were married 72 years. That’s how she sees it because she still feels very close to him. Oh what a deep love they shared.  (At this time this song is available only as a listen with this video).

Steve’s New Book…”The Hunt for Faith”

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.”)


Sunday Morning with Steve & Annie

This video of a Sunday morning concert was recorded in Dudalk, MD at Eastern Assembly of God. We sincerely hope you glean something useful from this presentation.

“Water Grave” on the banks of The Jordan River

We have completed our unforgettable visit to the incredible land of Israel. While there we sang “Water Grave” at a baptismal site on the banks of The Jordan River. (A few pics from our tour are below…for more visit our Facebook Page (Steve Chapman).

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

Tea Cozies by Annie

Our website store is now featuring “Tea Cozies by Annie.”

Each cozy is handmade by Annie and features an inner lining of insulation to KEEP THE WATER HOTTER LONGER!

The beautiful outer material is complimented by an eye-catching material on the inside and silky ribbon tie. Covers your 4-6 cup tea pot as seen in the sample photos.

Perfect for personal use and makes a great gift for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, seasonal occasions and excellent as a house warming gift.

To view the tea cozies click on the link below. THANKS!!!

 

 

https://store.steveandanniechapman.com/collections/all?page=4

 

 

 

 

Still a Lot of Love

“So to those who are saying this country’s filled with hate, what you see and what I’m seeing ain’t the same…”


Still A Lot of Love

 

I see people helping strangers

Who are on the highway broken down

I see neighbors helping neighbors

After a storm comes through their town

I see firemen carrying babies as if they were their own

Running out of the flames on the TV news

Then I hear somebody saying

This country’s filled with hate

But from what I see…it ain’t true

There’s still a lot of love,

There’s still a lot of love…here in America

 

I hear applause in the airports

For the soldiers coming home

I hear nurses cry for the feeble

Who feel lost and all alone

I see hands reaching deep, way down in the pockets

To feed the poor…and ease the pain

So to those who are saying

This country’s filled with hate

What you see and what I’m seeing ain’t the same

There’s still a lot of love

Still a lot of love…here in America

 

There’s still a lot of good hearts giving out sweet smiles

Still a lot of willing souls going those extra miles

Still a lot of kind words, still a lot of good deeds

It’s no wonder people want to come here but nobody wants to leave.

 

I still see cars coming to a stop

When the hearse comes down the road

I still see the young ones helping out the old

I still see friends of missing children giving up their time

To search the fields…side by side

 

So when we hear somebody saying

This country’s filled with hate

We all know that ain’t so

There’s still a lot of love

Still a lot of love…here in America

 

Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/2017

Through the Radio

We get this question from time to time: “Why don’t we hear you on Christian Radio any more?” Our answer is simple, “We had our moments!”

On occasion we might be heard on a station but usually we’re in the “golden oldie” category. We’re rarely played these days BUT…we fully understand that formats change with the times…and actually, they should! Why? Because we’re told in the Scriptures to “sing a new song.” The new waves in Christian Music, whether liked or not, are indicators that a new song is being sung…and that’s a good thing.

We’ve never resented those who came along and replaced us on the radio. We’d be foolish to do so because, after all, we were the replacements at one time. Instead, we’d rather remain grateful for the tremendously valuable role that Christian Radio played in our efforts to encourage families across the nation. And, we still get to stand before live audiences and offer our music knowing that one of the reasons we can do so is because of the exposure that Christian Radio provided in those years when we were included in the format.

So….we say thanks to all the Christian stations for each and every time a song of ours was played. In fact, here’s a pair of songs that were aired that show just one example of the life-changing impact that God can have on lives through the radio.  To get the full picture listen first to “Daddy, Please Find a Reason” (Early 1981…when our voices were much younger and featuring our son, Nathan, at 3 years old!). While it was in rotation on stations around the country it was heard by a husband in Texas who had decided to leave his wife and kids. But in a very timely and unique moment God used the message to change the course of his life, his marriage and his family. Later, after befriending the couple and hearing the story of why “Please Find a Reason” was so meaningful to them , “Through the Radio” was written (1996/music track played and produced by Nathan at 18 years old!) to celebrate their restoration and to highlight the importance and effectiveness of Christian Radio. May God bless each station today and the artists who are featured.

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DADDY, PLEASE FIND A REASON

Steve Chapman/Dawn Treader Music/BMI/1981

My wife and I used to fight a lot, but not any more
Since the night we found our little boy standing in our door
He overheard me saying, “I can’t find a reason to stay.”
And on my out I kissed him goodbye, that’s when I heard him say…

Cho
Daddy please find a reason to stay with my Mama
We both love you, Daddy, please don’t leave
And if you can’t find a reason, Daddy, I wouldn’t mind
If you want that reason to be me

Now it must’ve been the Lord that night speaking through my son
Cause I can’t begin to tell you all the good things He’s done
And the best thing that happened, I fell in love with my wife
That was a long, long time ago and our love is still alive

Cho

 

THROUGH THE RADIO

S&A Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI

HE PACKS A SUITCASE, SAYS, “I’VE HAD IT UP TO HERE!”

HE LEAVES HER STANDING IN THOSE GOODBYE TEARS

SHE PRAYS FOR A MIRACLE AS HE WALKS OUT THE DOOR

“LORD SOMEHOW SHOW HIM WHAT LOVE IS FOR.”

HE GETS IN THE CAR, VERY SOON HE’LL BE GONE

HE TURNS THE KEY AND THE RADIO COMES ON

SHE LEFT IT ON A GOSPEL STATION, NOW ITS COMING THROUGH THE AIR

THEN A TRUTH LIKE A BEACON FINDS HIM SITTING THERE

SHE CRIES BUT SHE DOES NOT KNOW

THE LORD IS TOUCHING HIS HEART THROUGH THE RADIO

BREAKING THROUGH THE WALLS WHERE NO ONE ELSE CAN GO

IT’S THE VOICE OF THE SAVIOR COMING THROUGH THE RADIO

HE’S STILL OUT IN THE CAR RESTING HIS HEAD ON THE STEERING WHEEL

HE’S THINKING ABOUT THE TRUTH HE JUST HEARD AND THE WAY IT CAN HEAL

HE TURNS OFF THE MOTOR, HE KNOWS WHERE HE’S GOTTA GO

HE PRAYS, “LORD HELP ME DO WHAT I HEARD ON THAT RADIO!”

SHE CRIES BUT SHE DOES NOT KNOW

THE LORD IS TOUCHING HIS HEART THROUGH THE RADIO

BREAKING THROUGH THE WALLS WHERE NO ONE ELSE CAN GO

IT’S THE VOICE OF THE SAVIOR COMING THROUGH THE RADIO