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Listen Up! Songs from the Parables of Jesus

by Sovereign Grace Music

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Everyone loves a good story. But when Jesus told stories, he called them parables, and each one taught us something important about who God is and how He wants us to live. We’ve set 13 of those parables to music and hit on topics like listening, forgiveness, praying, giving, believing, and being ready for Jesus’ return. We hope you’ll do what the title of this album encourages you to do and Listen Up!

Produced by Ben Gowell, Assisted by AJ Mather
Executive Producer: Bob Kauflin
Recorded and Mixed by AJ Mather and Ben Gowell at CCV Studio (Phoenix, AZ)
Lead Vocals Recorded by Sal Oliveri at Grand Central South (Brentwood, TN)
Kids Choir and Lead Vocals (5, 11) Recorded by Grace Nixon at Sovereign Grace Studio (Louisville, KY)
Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master Studios (Nashville, TN)
Production Coordinator: Brittany Kauflin
Editorial: Bob Kauflin
Design: Carrie Donovan

Lead Vocalists: Jon Althoff (1, 3, 5, 12), McKenzie Fuller (4, 7, 13), Holly Harris (5, 8, 10), Lacy Hudson (11), Kenny Komatsu (5), Doug Plank (2), Jon Underhill (6, 9)


released December 8, 2017


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Track Name: Listen Up!
Based on Matthew 13:1–23

Here’s a story ’bout a man I know
He set out with seed to sow
Some seed fell on the path that day
The birds swooped down and took it away

Some seed fell on the rocks and stones
Shot up quick, but found no home
Other seeds fell on the thorny ground
The weeds came up and choked them out

Listen up! God gave us ears to hear His Word
Listen up! Then think about everything we’ve heard
Listen up! Our hearts are soil where the Word can grow
Holy Spirit, help us know how to listen up

Some seed fell where the soil was good
The roots grew deep just like they should
Water and sun made the plants grow high
The fruit was good and multiplied

If we want to grow then we need to know
The gospel, the gospel
Jesus died and rose to forgive all those
Who believe in Him

Music by Jon Althoff, Words by Jon Althoff and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Sand Pile Blues
Based on Matthew 7:24–27

Let me tell you ‘bout the saddest news
It’s the reason that I’m singin’ the blues
I built myself a house on some seaside land
Along came a storm and it got out of hand
I heard a sound, my house fell down!
Now all I got is a pile of sand

I got the blues, the sand pile blues
That’s all that’s left from my foolishness
I didn’t dig deep, my foundation was weak
So here’s the key: don’t be like me
Or you’ll be singin’ the sand pile blues

I shoulda known what was up ahead
My next door neighbor came to me and said
“Hey there, friend, you better make a plan
To build your house on a rock if you can
And when the winds come rushin’ in
You won’t be stuck with a pile of sand.”

So, here’s the lesson from the things I’ve been taught:
You have to build your life on the solid Rock
Believe in Jesus that He died for your sins
And saved your life so you could follow Him
He’ll make you stand and in the end
You won’t be sittin’ in a pile of sand

Music by Doug Plank, Words by Doug Plank and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Ready, Set, Go!
Based on Matthew 13:44–46

If there was treasure buried in a field
Something more valuable than anything
We’d figure out a way to buy that land
So we could hold the treasure in our hands

And if we heard about a special pearl
Worth more than any other in the world
We might sell all we had and buy a boat
So we could give that pearl a brand new home, but

There’s no treasure greater
Than to know our God and Savior

Ready, set, go!
Seeking You is the adventure of a lifetime
You’re better than gold
And any other treasure
You are worth it all
Even if we have to lose our lives to find You
You are the God we want to know
Ready, set, go!

And all who look for You will come to find
That You’ve been calling to us all the time
You sent Your Son so He could set us free
To love and follow You eternally, for

Music by Jon Althoff, Words by Jon Althoff and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Good and Faithful Shepherd
Based on Psalm 23, John 10:1–33

See the sheep with their shepherd
How he’s guiding their way
Through the hills and the valleys
How he’s keeping them safe
When the day turns to evening
He will make them lie down
Then he waits and he watches
They can sleep safe and sound

We have a good and faithful Shepherd too
Jesus, the One who calls to me and you
If we listen to His voice and follow where He leads
We’ll come to know He’s all we’ll ever need

At dawn the shepherd will call them
He knows the names of each one
They trust his voice when they hear it
And they eagerly come
If they happen to wander
Slip away all alone
He will look till he finds them
He will bring them back home

We’ve all strayed like the lost sheep
In the valley of sin
Disobeyed God’s commandments
Run away from our King
But Jesus gave up His glory
To seek and rescue the lost
To bring us back to His Father
He gave His life on the cross

Music and Words by Jon Althoff, David LaChance, Jr. and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Lord, Help Us Forgive
Based on Matthew 18:21–35, Luke 7:41–50

A king once had a servant
Who owed him a huge debt
But the king forgave the servant
Sent him home, and yet
When a friend who owed the servant
A debt that was so small
He begged the servant for mercy
But he got none at all
The king heard all about it
And was he ever mad!
He sent the servant to prison
And took away all he had
Said he had to stay there
Till he could pay it all back
‘Cause the servant was forgiven
But forgiveness was what he lacked

Our debt was satisfied
On the cross when Jesus died
And if we’ve been forgiven
It’s gotta change the way we’re livin’
How can we hold a grudge
How can we fail to love
Once we have known what mercy is?
Lord, help us forgive

Now, Peter came to Jesus
Because he was so confused
“If my brother keeps on sinning
Against me what should I do?
I’m trying to be patient
I’m trying to be kind
Do I have to forgive him
The same thing seven times?”
Our sins were countless
Like the sand on the shore
We should be grateful that the Lord
He’s not keeping a score
No—His love erased them
They washed away when
He hung and died on the cross
And paid the payment

It can be hard to forgive
There’s no pretending
But we’ve been changed by a grace
That’s never ending

Music by Jon Althoff, Words by Jon Althoff and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Love Like You
Based on Luke 10:25–37

A man travelin’ down the road
Was robbed and left for dead
Some neighbors might have helped
But they walked on instead
And then a stranger came along
And bandaged up his wounds
And showed us what it means
To love like You

Lord, we wanna love like You
With open arms and an open heart
We wanna love like You
And show the world how good You are
Anyone can be our neighbor in need
Help us to do what You would do
We wanna love like You

We were made for loving You
‘Cause You’re the very best
And to love our neighbors too
Treat them with kindness
And it’s not okay to look away
And think we’ve done enough
‘Cause that is not the way
That You love us

When we were in desperate need
You loved us, loved us
While we were still Your enemies
You loved us, loved us
When there was nothing we could do
You loved us, loved us
So we could be like You, You loved us

Music and Words by Jon Althoff and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Our Good Father
Based on Luke 11:1–13

Lil’ Johnny came home from school
Hungry, tired, needin’ some fuel
Went to find some fish sticks in the fridge
Johnny’s dad was standing there, said
“Sit on down, son, and I’ll prepare”
You’ll never guess what that dad did!
Whoa, whoa, what’s the deal?
He served up the weirdest meal—
Sliding on his dinner plate
Johnny saw a rattlesnake!

No good father’s gonna give us something like that
Uh-uh, no way
Our good Father always does us good
When we ask, but you gotta pray

Lil’ Suzy woke up one day
Hungerin’, hankerin’ for some eggs
When in the room her dad appeared
Then he gave her something strange
It didn’t help her hunger pangs
In fact, her brown eyes filled with tears
Hey hey, my oh my, what’d she see? Why’d she cry?
Breakfast made her want to run—It was a scorpion!

Keep askin’, keep hopin’
Keep knockin’, it’ll open
Keep prayin’, keep seekin’
God knows just what we’re needin’

Music and Words by Dave Fournier, Doug Plank, and McKenzie Fuller
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Givers Like God
Based on Luke 12:22–34

God chose to give the flowers petals
And knows to give the birds their feathers
His creatures never worry whether
They will be clothed
He fills them with the proper fillers (true!)
He knows that birds like caterpillars (ew!)
God is the first and best of givers
He always knows and so we know

God will give us everything we need
Clothes to wear, food to eat
Love to share, and air to breathe
God is full of generosity
And so we know we want to be
Givers like God, givers like God

A grateful heart will not be greedy
God gives us all we need so freely
So, when we see somebody needy
We want to share
If we’ve received the gift of heaven (yes!)
We have received the greatest blessing (blessed!)
O Spirit, help us learn this lesson:
The riches there can’t be compared

We see something and we love it
Crave it and we covet
And that’s not right
It’s so much better to consider
The joy of being givers
Like Jesus Christ

Music and Words by Dave Fournier and George Romanacce
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Gracious Invitation
Based on Luke 14:16–24

There’s a party for us and it’s free, free, free
The Host said He’s paying for everything
The doors are open wide for everyone!
It’s a banquet with all of our favorite foods
Friendship and music and all things good
The countdown to our gladness has begun
Has begun

It’s a gracious invitation
To the Savior’s celebration
Love and joy are waiting
And He says, “Come!”
So, we will come!

There is joy to be had and it’s now, now, now
A feast to be shared with the God of Wow!
And there’s no telling what He has prepared!
Imagine it all and then think again
His Son gave His life to invite us in
And best of all the invite can be shared
Can be shared

But some are invited and just won’t go
They make their excuses and answer “No!”
They think that they can find a better feast
They waited too long and they lost their chance
But the Host of the party has awesome plans
To invite the hungry, weary and the least
And the least

It’s a gracious invitation
To the Savior’s celebration
Love and joy are waiting
And He says, “Come!”
There’s no hesitation
No need for debating
Love and joy are waiting
And He says, “Come!” So, we will come!

Music and Words by Dave Fournier and George Romanacce
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Lost Is Found
Based on Luke 15

There were a hundred sheep in fields of green
And their shepherd loved them so
But one got lost inside a deep ravine
And didn’t know how to get home
The shepherd sought the one who strayed
And wouldn’t rest ‘til he could say:

“What once was lost is found
Raise up a joyful sound
Come now and celebrate
This one is home and safe!
What once was lost is found
It’s time to jump around
Let happiness abound
For the lost is found!”

There were ten precious coins a lady kept
Until one day there were nine
She ran around the house and carefully swept
To seek the one she couldn’t find
And when at last her coin appeared
She wanted everyone to hear:

There was a boy who left his father’s home
But found himself with pigs and mud
He came back sure that he had been disowned
Though he was sad for what he’d done
But as in shame he hung his head
His father ran to him and said:

Everyday it’s happening—
The lost are found
By their loving King and
As they turn from all their sin
Listen, you can hear the angels sing:

Music and Words by Doug Plank, Dave Fournier, and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Welcome In
Based on Luke 16:19–31

There was a wealthy man
Who feasted every day
But right outside from the dawn till night
A needy and sick man lay
But soon both men had died
And stood before their God
The rich man saw heaven can’t be bought
The poor man found he was loved

Our God in heaven is just
His eyes can bear no sin
His holiness and nothing less
Is needed to come to Him
For those who don’t believe
God’s judgment is their choice
But those made right through the blood of Christ
Will know the greatest of joys

Both hell and heaven are real
And God wants us to know
That Christ endured what we each deserve
So heaven could be our home
And if we believe God’s Son
Has paid for all our sin
Then, by His grace when we see His face
His smile will say, “Welcome in!”

Music and Words by Jon Althoff and Bob Kauflin
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Everybody Needs You
Based on Luke 18:9–14

I don’t wanna be like a Pharisee
Saying “Look at all the good I’ve done!”
God, You see within and You know all my sin
Lord, I need Your mercy

Everybody needs You
Everybody needs Jesus
Everybody needs You
And I need You too

Even though I’m small, I am growing tall
Yet there’s one thing I will not outgrow
People of every age still call on You to save
We all need Your mercy

Lord, You are strong when I am weak
There’s no other Savior that I need
You paid my debt, You conquered death
Help me to believe

Music by Jon Althoff, Words by Jon Althoff, Bob Kauflin, and Dave Fournier
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Be Ready
Based on Matthew 25:1–30

Now, if we hear there’s a storm that’s near
We’ll want to grab a coat to wear
An umbrella too would be something good
So that we can be prepared

Well, Jesus said we should plan ahead
Because He’s coming back one day
And those who’ve heard and believed His words
Will be prepared to celebrate

Be ready, be ready
The King is gonna come again
Be ready, be ready
His reign is gonna have no end

Now, some believe they don’t really need
To think about the judgment day
But they will find they’ve been so unwise
And it will come a day too late

Dark clouds tell us
Soon it’s gonna rain
But no one knows when Jesus
Is coming back again

So, here’s the truth in this simple tune:
We should always watch and pray
And we’ll be glad when the Lord comes back
If we’re trusting Him today

Music and Words by David LaChance, Jr., Bob Kauflin, and Dave Fournier
© 2017 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

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