Two CWM Hymns on new Grand View CD

Two hymns from have been included on a new recording from Grand View Ministries, a camp ministry in Alpine, AZ and Alberta, CAN. The CD, their third, includes orchestrations recorded by The Prague Symphony. It’s huge! The CD has SATB vocals and a few solos, but the CWM hymns were both recorded with men’s quartets. For the Sake of His Name was arranged and orchestrated just for this recording by David Rasbach. His Robes for Mine was arranged and orchestrated by Dan Forrest. (Octavos of both his SATB version and TTBB version are available.) You can order the CD here, or here, or here (where you can hear a few other tracks).

Here are 1-minute demos of the two CWM songs on the CD:

His Robes for Mine at Stonebriar: MP3 and Swindoll Comments

His Robes for Mine has been used a number of times at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX. My friend Paul Thompson arranged the piece for their orchestra, choir, and congregation. He has kindly provided several files for download:

  • Here is an MP3 of His Robes for Mine from a recent service. (I posted a previous recording, but they were missing some key musicians during that service.) The whole thing is beautifully done, but the organ and brass transition into the last stanza is amazing. It just about moves me to tears every time I hear it. (Horns!)
  • Here is an MP3 of Chuck Swindoll making extemporaneous comments on the hymn, its doctrine, and the gospel.

As always, the PDF of the hymn version can be downloaded here and an explanation of the text found here. Other hymns can be found at May the Lord use His Word in song to point both sinners and saints to the Savior.

(Note: While posting this I received word that the hymn has been translated into Chinese. Grace!)

SoundForth CD “Promises” Available

The new SoundForth recording, Promises, is now available. The CD includes several of my personal favorites, including O God, My Joy; Power of the Cross; and a gorgeous arrangement of Jesus Paid It All. It also includes Dan Forrest’s beautiful arrangement of‘s His Robes for Mine. The orchestrations are beautiful, and the choral singing is exceptional. It was extremely well received at its debut, selling out at BJU. It will stir your soul with gospel truth and point you Christ-ward.

  • You can order the CD here and see a video introduction here.
  • You can download the CD (for $10), hear demos, and even buy individual tracks (for $.99) here.
  • You can purchase the His Robes for Mine octavo here and see a video introduction here.

Praise the Lord for the hard work and giftedness of everyone at SoundForth—and for a Savior worthy of wholehearted, glorious praise. SDG.

His Robes for Mine: SoundForth Concert and CD

Dan Forrest’s arrangement of His Robes for Mine (a hymn which I wrote with Greg Habegger) is one of the tracks on the new SoundForth CD, Promises. It is also part of the SoundForth CD Premier Concert this Wednesday evening, March 24. The concert begins at Bob Jones University sometime between 8:30 and 8:45pm, depending on the time the service preceding it concludes. Though I can’t be there, there will be a Live Webcast of the concert at which I’m hoping to take in. Dr. Warren Cook, a dear friend and mentor from my time at BJU, will be conducting.

The CD will be available starting Wednesday at 5:00pm here. It can be purchased at a discounted price ($12) between Wednesday at 5:00pm and Friday morning at 8:00am.

In addition to His Robes for Mine, the CD has several other songs that we’ve used as “hymns of the month” at Tri-County Bible Church—O God, My Joy; Power of the Cross; and Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal. It also has a stirring version of Come, Christians, Join to Sing, which we use as our call to worship most Lord’s Days. These songs are precious to me, and I’m eager to hear them.

By the way, the His Robes for Mine octavo is the first of several in a new “ChurchWorks Choral Series,” a joint effort of SoundForth and The next installment is I Run to Christ (hymn version), arranged by Molly Ijames. It should be available for purchase in June.

I pray that these resources will be used to point many Christ-ward!

Dan Forrest’s Octavo of His Robes for Mine Is Out

Dan Forrest’s arrangement of His Robes for Mine is available for purchase from SoundForth. By God’s grace, the piece has been recognized as an “Editor’s Choice” by JW Pepper, which should mean that it will get a pretty wide hearing. I pray so, and that it will magnify Christ’s atoning work.

A demo of the arrangement can be heard here (or at the SoundFort link), and of course, the hymn version can be downloaded from

SDG—Psalm 115:1.

BJU Thanksgiving Service

What a memorable, humbling day. Greg Habegger and I were both able to take early-morning flights to arrive in Greenville in time for BJU’s 2009 Thanksgiving Service, Portraits of Praise. Portions of the service can be heard or viewed here.

The entire service was beautifully planned and executed, and our Lord was magnified. By God’s grace, two ChurchWorksMedia hymns were included in the service—Greg’s choral arrangement of My Jesus, Fair and Dan Forrest’s arrangement of His Robes for Mine. Paul Keew and Brian Pinner’s exquisite new hymn, O God, My Joy, was also included. I love that!

Thanks to those who worked hard to point people Christ-ward this morning, and thanks for allowing us to have a small part. It was overwhelming to hear the orchestra, chorus, and congregation of some 6000 people lift there voices in praise to our Savior. Grace!

Beautiful Recording of His Robes for Mine

I stumbled upon this beautiful recording of His Robes for Mine Monday night, I’ve been enjoying it ever since, and I’ve received permission to post it here. The quintet is comprised of 5 sisters, pictured below:


  • Top-left (Alexis Huron, 20)
  • Top-right (Olivia Huron, 18)
  • Center (Heather Huron, 22, daughter-in-law)
  • Bottom-left (Cilicia Huron, 20, twin to Alexis)
  • Bottom-right (Anita Huron, 25)

Their father is Santiago Huron, Pastor of Heritage Bible Church in Lutz, Florida. Pastor Santiago and his wife Anita have 14 children and are very intentional about their ministry in their home. You can find out more about them here.

I love the recording, in part because the sweet blend and harmonies remind me of the group my mother was in when she was in college (blog post here, recording of Fairest Lord Jesus here)…and probably in part because I have 4 daughters. :)

Thank you, ladies! Beautiful job. Our Savior deserves whole-hearted, thoughtful praise! May the Lord bless you as you point people Christ-ward with your lives, words, and songs!


(Sheet music for His Robes for Mine can be obtained for free here, and other resources for worship found at

Kauflin? I’ve Been Called Worse.

This made me smile—a recent search engine term from (cropped from a screenshot):

Kauflin HR4M

You can find “His Robes for Mine” and other new hymns here, and you can find Bob Kauflin here. Don’t feel bad—people confuse us all the time. :)

I do appreciate Bob’s devotion to Christ, the intentionality of his approach to worship, and the songs he’s provided for the Lord’s people, including “In the First Light,” “Grace Unmeasured,” “O Great God,” and “The Gospel Song” (music). I hope he’s not offended by the search. :)

Coming Soon: Dan Forrest’s Arrangement of His Robes For Mine

danforrestGreg Habegger and I write hymns for congregational use and publish them via ChurchWorksMedia. That’s what we’re burdened to do, and the Lord has given us the privilege of ministering to a surprising number of churches and schools. However, we also rejoice whenever the Lord allows our hymns to become more widely known through a recording, hymnal, or octavo. Thus, when Dan Forrest agreed to write a choral arrangement of His Robes for Mine for publication with SoundForth, we were thrilled! Dan’s skills as a composer are well known, and I’m confident that his take on His Robes for Mine will magnify our Savior.

Dan just let me know that the arrangement is almost finished and should be available from SoundForth this fall. I’ll post an update when it’s available. In the meantime, if you’re looking for choral music that points people Christ-ward, make a mental note that this piece is coming soon. SDG!

“I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise—my all—shall be for Christ alone.”

Edwards: Christ’s Death Was Active Righteousness as Well as Passive

Thanks in large to the influence of Dr. Michael Barrett, I have come to a great appreciation of the role Christ’s active righteousness plays in our salvation. In fact, it was at Dr. Barrett’s suggestion that I added verse two to His Robes for Mine (explained here), focusing on Christ’s fulfilling God’s Law on my behalf (His vicarious life) in addition to bearing God’s wrath in my behalf (His vicarious death):

“His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.”

These are thoughts worthy of our consideration. However, something I read from Jonathan Edwards tonight makes me think that saying that Christ’s life is His active obedience and Christ’s death is His passive obedience may be a little simplistic, though generally accurate. Specifically, in his sermon “Christ Was Worthy of His Exaltation upon the Account of His Being Slain” (available here), Edwards argues that the obedience of Christ’s suffering and death is part of the righteousness credited to the believing sinner via justification. Here’s a germane portion (as edited by Nancy Guthrie for her book, Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross):

“‘Tis commonly said that Christ satisfied justice by his suffering and merited by his righteousness. But then this is to be understood thus—that Christ by his sufferings considered enduring the punishment of the law without any consideration of the holiness and excellency of the act of submitting to those sufferings. Christ’s death thus may be distinguished from his righteousness, but consider it as it was—a holy act of obedience, an expression of love and respect to God and his glory, an act infinitely lovely in the eyes of the Father. So it was not only an expiation for sin but a part, and the principle part, of his righteousness by which he merited.”

Interesting. It is certainly true that Christ’s death included the taking of the sinner’s penalty, thereby propitiating the holy wrath of God. However, it makes sense to see it also as a meritorious work, as the ultimate “obedience” to His Father (Phil 2:8), and therefore part of the righteousness imputed to the repentant and believing sinner.

What a glorious Savior, and what a glorious salvation!

(Note: More on Christ’s active righteousness here.)


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