We are excited for the release of Chris’ new album, Living Oaks.

As a special gift for visitors of the blog, this post has all of the lyrics for the new album!

Encore

Words and music by Christopher J, Atkins © 2018, 2019. All rights reserved.

You’ve turned a page, now younger days are behind you 

And you’re wondering if your useful days are through 

Well God’s river flows, so fill your cup

He’s got plans for you, don’t give up 

Put on your shoes and move on out in faith 

You’re not dead 

so you’re not done

Make the most of the time you’re living under God’s Son 

It’s not the end of your story, there is more

It’s time for your life’s encore

Pray hard, serve well, aim high

So everyone can tell

You’re gonna finish well. 

The stage is set for your personal encore

‘cause life is good and the best is yet to come

Though the years have past you’re not done

You’re just a step away from only just begun 

Get ready for more and move on out today  (to chorus)

You’re not dead 

so you’re not done 

Make the most of the time you’re living under God’s Son 

It’s not the end of your story, there is more

It’s time for your life’s encore

Pray hard, serve well, aim high

So everyone can tell

You’re gonna finish well. 

Let your life be a shining light

With faith and wisdom on your side

You can finish the race with a victory stride. 

You’re not dead 

so you’re not done

Make the most of the time you’re living under God’s Son 

It’s not the end of your story, there is more

It’s time for your life’s encore

Live well, give much, in faith be true

Thank God for the days given to you

Play hard, serve well, aim high

So everyone can tell

You’re gonna finish well.

You’re gonna finish well.

Go on and finish well! 


Living Oaks

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins

© 2017, 2019. All rights reserved.

God, you brought us here

And planted us 

Like seedlings by streams of living water

We liftour hands to you

Like branches lifted high

To worship and praise You all of our days.

The prayer of our heart

Is to grow and become 

Like living oaks…

Lord, we delight in You

And trust Your perfect Way

We live in the splendor of Your glory

Like live oaks tall and strong

God, spread Your Word through us

So we will not wither or fall.

The prayer of our heart

Is to grow and become 

Like living oaks

Trees of righteousness

Planted by you Lord for Your glory

We lift our praises high

And give our lives to you

To bear fruit through the seasons of life

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Live in us O Lord 

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Live in us O Lord 

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Move through us O Lord.

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Move through us O Lord.

Like living oaks

Trees of righteousness

Planted by you Lord for Your glory

We lift our praises high

And give our lives to you

To bear fruit through the seasons of life

Like living oaks

God’s living oaks

The live oaks of God.


The Peace of Christ

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins © 2017, 2019. All rights reserved.

When giants stand before me 

and dark winds lash against my heart

There’s danger I’ll be swallowed by the storm 

I lift my eyes upward 

to the One who saves my soul 

I seek His strength to rise above it all. 

God’s love rolls like a river 

Flowing out to make me whole 

And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul. 

In Faith I can move forward 

As Hope anchors me to God 

And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul 

There is joy set before me above the trials that I endure

When I look upon the face of Jesus Christ 

I lift my eyes upward to the One who saves my soul 

I seek His strength to rise above it all. 

God’s love rolls like a river 

Flowing out to make me whole 

And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul. 

In Faith I can move forward 

As Hope anchors me to God 

And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul 

Peace moves like a river

Joy reigns within my soul

Hope moves mountainsbefore me 

God’s love overflows 

Peace moves like a river

Joy reigns within my soul

Hope moves mountains before me 

God’s love overflows 

Peace moves like a river 

Joy reigns within my soul  

Hope moves mountains before me 

God’s love overflows…

…And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul. 

And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul 

In Faith I can move forward 

As Hope anchors me to God 

And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul 

And the peace of Christ fills my troubled soul 

And The peace of Christ fills my troubled soul. 


All About The Kingdom 

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins © 2008, 2019.  All rights reserved. 

It’s all about the Kingdom, it’s all about the cross, 

It’s all about God who came to seek and save the lost, 

It’s all about the Savior, who saved humanity, 

It’s all about the One who came to earth for you and me.

It’s all about people who turned away from Him 

It’s all about our nature that was tarnished by this sin. 

It’s all about creation that fell because of this, 

It’s all about the fall that caused the pain of death’s abyss 

It’s all about The Father who loved us so much more, 

It’s all about His plan to restore what we had torn; 

It’s all about the price He would have to pay for us. 

It’s all about salvation and God’s greatest sacrifice. 

It’s all about Jesus, who entered history, 

The Son of God and Son of Man, the One of prophesies; 

It’s all about His teaching and life lived flawlessly, 

Jesus touched people, He healed and set them free. 

It’s all about the Savior who uttered not a sound 

When hypocrites and leaders beat Him to the ground; 

And sentenced Him to die on the cross for all to see, 

It’s all about Jesus, He died for you and me. 

It’s all about Jesus, He triumphed over the grave, 

He rose again in power, He lives for all He saved; 

It’s all about Jesus, who paid for all we’ve done. 

God’s plan of salvation and victory has been won. 

It’s all about Jesus, He’s coming back someday, 

The risen King will come again to judge humanity; 

It’s all about the Kingdom, new heavens and new earth, 

God will live among His people transformed by new birth. 

It’s all about Jesus, it’s all about Jesus 

It’s all about Jesus, all about Jesus 

It’s all about the Kingdom, it’s all about the cross, 

It’s all about God who came to seek and save the lost, 

It’s all about Jesus, all about Jesus.


Sacred Place

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins © 2012, 2018, 2019. Christopher J. Atkins. All rights reserved.

Lord. lead me to the sacred place where I can meet with You

And guide me to Your perfect peace So I will follow You. 

Lord let your still and holy voice be heard within my soul

And let Your healing power come To me and make me whole. 

Lord, let Your Word dwell deep within me Your Holy Spirit impart

I pray Your Kingdom comes this day

On the earth and in my heart. On the earth and in my heart. 

Lord, change me by Your very hand to be what you desire

I yield myself to You, O God, Enflame me with Your fire. 

Lord, let my very being move to do each day and hour

The things you will to do through me Lord, lead me by Your power. 

Lord, let Your Word dwell deep within me Your Holy Spirit impart

I pray Your Kingdom comes this day

On the earth and in my heart. On the earth and in my heart. 

I want to know you, Lord, Encounter you anew

To taste and see you, God

Be touched and changed by you— Be touched and changed by you. 

…Be touched and changed by you.

May every thought and word and move be led by You, O Lord

So those who see me will see You

to turn and be restored. 

I pray Your kingdom comes, O Lord. 


I Will Stand (How Firm A Foundation)

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins  Based on “How Firm A Foundation” 1787 Public Domain. Christopher J. Atkins © 2013, 2018, 2019. All rights reserved. 

I will stand upon the rock of Jesus, Call upon His name 

I will rest upon my Risen Savior, Unshakeable He reigns.

How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord, 

Is laid for your faith in His excellent word! 

What more can He say than to you He has said 

To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled? 

 “Fear not, I am with you, oh, be not dismayed, 

For I am your God, and will still give you aid; 

I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, 

Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand. 

I will stand upon the rock of Jesus, Call upon His name 

I will rest upon my Risen Savior, unshakeable He reigns. 

I will stand upon the rock of Jesus, Call upon His name 

I will rest upon my Risen Savior, unshakeable He reigns. 

 “When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, 

My grace, all-sufficient, will be your supply; 

The flame shall not harm you; I only design 

Your dross to consume and your gold to refine”

I will stand upon the rock of Jesus, Call upon His name 

I will rest upon my Risen Savior, unshakeable He reigns. 

I will stand upon the rock of Jesus, Call upon His name 

I will rest upon my Risen Savior, unshakeable He reigns. 

 “The soul that on Jesus does lean for repose, 

I will not, I will not, desert to their foes; 

That soul, that all hell should endeavor to shake, 

I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.” 


Always There

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins © 2003, 2019 Christopher J. Atkins. All rights reserved.

You’ve come to a milestone, a new time in your life 

Now you’re moving on, and come to me for advice 

You’re my child; I’ve loved you from the start 

Now be true to the dream planted in your heart. 

With each and every day, this promise is true 

No matter the distance, I’m always here for you. 

Wherever you go I will go 

You are never alone, I just want you to know 

Look around you with the eyes of your heart 

I’ll be there when you need me, even when we’re apart. 

Always there. 

You’ve come to pray at this time in your life

As you’re moving on you want the Father’s advice

Well I can hear God say, “I’ve loved you from the start 

Come to me with the dream planted in your heart”. 

With each and every day, His promise is true 

No matter the distance, He’s always there with you. 

And I can hear Him say… 

“Wherever you go I will go 

You are never alone, I just want you to know 

I’m all around you and want to live in your heart

I’m always with you, we are never apart

When you’re lost in the valley I will be your guide

And on the peak of the mountain, I’ll be at your side—

Always there…”

God’s given His word, now I give mine too

He will never leave you, and I’ll always love you- 

Always there. 

Always there. 

Always there. 


Setting the Captives Free

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins ©2012, 2018, 2019. All rights reserved.

Unbinding the cords, He’s untied the knot

Releasing our feet from the places we’re caught

Taking us out of the bondage we’re in

Breaking the chains of sin, we’re free.

Stepped in places we shouldn’t have gone

Caught in the dark with no hope of dawn

Jesus stepped in and broke our chains

Freed us by His blood

We’re free

Jesus is setting the captives free

He’s setting us free

He’s come to save you and me

Jesus is setting the captives free

He’s setting our feet on a brand new road

Lifting the weight of a sin-filled load

Healing the wounds that ravaged our soul

He’s got it all under control

We’re free

Jesus is setting the captives free

He’s setting us free

He’s come to save you and me

Jesus is setting the captives free

Free at last, free at last, 

Thank God Almighty we’re free at last

We’ll never go back to where we’ve been

‘cause we’re bound for heaven and we’re free from sin

Free at last, free at last, 

Thank God Almighty we’re free at last

We’ll never go back to where we’ve been

‘cause we’re bound for heaven and we’re free from sin

Free at last, free at last, 

Thank God Almighty we’re free at last

We’ll never go back to where we’ve been

‘cause we’re bound for heaven and we’re free from sin

We’re free

Jesus is setting the captives free

He’s setting us free

He’s come to save you and me

Jesus is setting the captives free

Jesus is setting the captives free

Jesus is setting the captives free

Setting us free…


Beloved One

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins (c) 2012, 2019 . All rights reserved.

You are the only one who defines me,

You are the measure of my worth.

Nothing I have or give or discover,

Nothing in heaven or on earth

Brings meaning to my life,

Or value in your eyes.

Lord, you define me,

Lord you refine me,

And Lord You have called me,

Beloved One,

Beloved One

Beloved One,

Lord, I am Yours

You pulled me out of darkness and shame Lord

You are the One who set me free

You called me Your own and gave me a share of 

Your heritage for eternity.

You’re the center of my life,

The greatest treasure in my eyes.

Lord, you define me,

Lord you refine me,

And Lord You have called me,

Beloved One,

Beloved One

Beloved One,

Lord, I am Yours

Beloved One,

Beloved One

Beloved One,

Lord, I am Yours

Beloved One,

Beloved One

Beloved One,

Lord, I am Yours.


Peace Driver

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins © 2001, 2018, 2019. All rights reserved.

We rush to our cars and we suddenly change

Oh, we’re racing in a dangerous game

And on the road it’s hard to find

A driving soul that’s calm and kind

It’s time to rise up and stem the tide

Show the world our heavenly side

I want to drive so the world can see

God is the One who lives in me

I wanna be a peace driver

I wanna be a peace driver

Make me a driver of your peace

Make me a channel of love released

Help me to care and understand

And guide the wheel with gentle hands

Pray for travelers I meet on the road

For they might be carrying a heavy load

I want to love so the world can see

You are the God who’s driving me.

I wanna be a peace driver

I wanna be a peace driver

Lord, help me be a peace driver

I wanna be a peace driver

Make my driving a place where you live

Help me to yield and to forgive

Lead me to pray and not retaliate

And give me patience when I have to wait

Keep me from challenges and foolish games

Help me to bless instead of blame

Teach me to love the greatest and least

Make me a driver of Your peace.

I wanna be a peace driver

I wanna be a peace driver

Lord, help me be a peace driver

I wanna be a peace driver

Lord, help me be 

A peace driver

I wanna be a peace driver

Lord, help me be a peace driver

A peace driver

Lord, help me be a peace driver

I wanna be a peace driver

Peace driver


Resting Place (God I Come)

Traditional. Add’l music and lyrics by Christopher J. Atkins ©2014 all rights reserved.

My faith has found a resting place,

Not in device nor creed;

I trust the Ever-living One,

His wounds for me shall plead.  

I need no other argument,

I need no other plea;

It is enough that Jesus died,

And that He died for me.

Enough for me that Jesus saves,

This ends my fear and doubt;

A sinful one I come to Him

He’ll never cast me out.  (to Chorus)

Oh God I come as one set free

Your presence breathing life in me

God here I  am,  I long to be

Yours always, ever, whole-heartedly.

My heart is leaning on the Word, The living Word of God,

Salvation by my Savior’s name, Salvation through His blood. 

I need no other argument,

I need no other plea;

It is enough that Jesus died,

And that He died for me.

Oh God I come as one set free

Your presence breathing life in me

God here I am, I long to be

Yours always, ever, whole-heartedly.

My faith has found a resting place…

In You, my God.


Country Bluegrass Christmas

Words and Music by Christopher J. Atkins© 2017, 2018, 2019  All rights reserved.

It’s the 25th of December and all is bright and green

We’re sittin’ on the porch swing in a warm, Southern scene

We are celebratin’ the birthday of the King

So we pull out the fiddle and we begin to sing

O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.

Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us  adore Him,Christ the Lord

With the banjo and a guitar and a mandolin right here

We’ll lend a voice in singing the songs of Christmas cheer

We might not have a snowfall or bells on a one-horse sleigh

But we’ll still having Christmas the country bluegrass way.         

O Little Town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light

The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Wherever you are stationed in snowfall or in sun

You’ll do all right in singing to the newborn Promised One

So join in celebratin’ the birthday of the King

Clap your hands and stomp your feet and join us as we sing

Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

With the banjo and a guitar and a mandolin right here

We’ll lend a voice in singing the songs of Christmas cheer

We might not have a snowfall or bells on a one-horse sleigh

But we’ll still having Christmas, Oh, we’re celebratin’ Christmas

We’ll still havin’ Christmas the country bluegrass way.


Living Oaks (Live Oaks Church Version)

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins © 2017, 2019. All rights reserved.

God, you brought us here

And planted us 

Like seedlings by streams of living water

We lift our hands to you

Like branches lifted high

To worship and praise You all of our days.

The prayer of our heart

Is to grow and become 

Like living oaks…

Lord, we delight in You

And trust Your perfect Way

We live in the splendor of Your glory

Like live oaks tall and strong

God, spread Your Word through us

So we will not wither or fall.

The prayer of our heart

Is to grow and become 

Like living oaks

Trees of righteousness

Planted by you Lord for Your glory

We lift our praises high

And give our lives to you

To bear fruit through the seasons of life

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Live in us O Lord 

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Live in us O Lord 

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Move through us O Lord.

You are the Vine and we are the branches

Move through us O Lord.

Like living oaks

Trees of righteousness

Planted by you Lord for Your glory

We lift our praises high

And give our lives to you

To bear fruit through the seasons of life

Like living oaks

God’s living oaks

The live oaks of God.


Encore (Live Oaks Church version)

Words and music by Christopher J, Atkins © 2018, 2019. All rights reserved.

1. You’ve turned a page, now younger days are behind you 

And you’re wondering if your useful days are through 

Well God’s river flows, so fill your cup

He’s got plans for you, don’t give up 

Put on your shoes and move on out in faith 

Chorus 1

You’re not dead so you’re not done

Make the most of the time you’re living under God’s Son 

It’s not the end of your story, there is more

It’s time for your life’s encore

Pray hard, serve well, aim high

So everyone can tell

You’re gonna finish well. 

2. The stage is set for your personal encore

‘cause life is good and the best is yet to come

Though the years have past you’re not done

You’re just a step away from only just begun 

Get ready for more and move on out today  (to chorus)

Chorus 2

You’re not dead (you’re not dead)

so you’re not done (you’re not done)

Make the most of the time you’re living under God’s Son 

It’s not the end of your story, there is more

It’s time for your life’s encore

Pray hard, serve well, aim high

So everyone can tell

You’re gonna finish well. 

Bridge: Let your life be a shining light

With faith and wisdom on your side

You can finish the race with a victory stride. 

You’re not dead 

so you’re not done (You’re not done)

Make the most of the time you’re living under God’s Son 

It’s not the end of your story, there is more

It’s time for your life’s encore

Live well, give much, in faith be true

Thank God for the days given to you

Play hard, serve well, aim high

So everyone can tell

You’re gonna finish well.

You’re gonna finish well.

Go on and finish well! 


Living Oaks Credits

Christopher J Atkins: executive producer, vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keys

Bryan J. Mengy: Lead engineer , mixing, all-around amazing guy

Matthew Kirkwold: Production advisor,  additional vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, prolific musician and friend extraordinaire!

Jake Wagner: editing engineer

Jason Miller: engineer—original mix (Setting the Captives Free, Beloved One)

James Harley: engineer, mixing (Peace Driver, Always There)

Isaac Rojas: Live Oaks Church live session engineer

Steve Bloomquist: production assistant, life-long friend and musician

Mastering:  Greg Reierson, Rare Form Mastering

Chelsea Kimball: vocals and phenomenal worship leader

Terese Atkins: additional vocals —and amazing wife!

Gerson Reyes: additional vocals (Encore) 

Jodi Baker: additional vocals (Peace Driver)

Pam Holland: additional vocals (Peace Driver)

Justin Rieken: Bass guitar

David Lapsley: Acoustic and electric guitars

Cory Wong: acoustic and electric guitars

Hannah Kalisch:  violin/ fiddle

Zach Miller: drums

Adam Ferris: drums

Steve Gould: drums

Walter Powell: drums

Tommy Barbarella: keys, pads, strings

Andre Rodrigues: keys, pads, strings

Paul Peterson: keys, strings, additional vocals, (Always There)

Lee Blaske: strings (Peace Driver)

Ken Wilson: pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin

Ken Holman: saxophone

John Gerhart: saxophone (Living Oaks—Live Oaks Church version)

Thanks to all my dear friends who sang on “Peace Driver”

Thanks also to Uriah Nibbe and  Kaleb Williams

Photography: Lou DiMarco

Graphic Design: Shannon Yurick

Graphic consultant and web page developer: Greg Atkins

Blog assistance: Steph Page, Lindsey Atkins

Special thanks to Tom and Jann Atkins, Mike and Terri Marshall, Grace Unleashed partners and friends, and our church family at Live Oaks Community Church in The Villages, FL without whose support this project would not be possible.

(c) 2019 Christopher J. Atkins. All rights reserved.

This recording cannot be reproduced or distributed in any form without the expressed written consent of Christopher J. Atkins