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This song speaks from the perspective of Demas, one of Paul's travelling companions who abandoned the ministry, tragically having fallen in love with this present world (see 2 Tim 4:10).

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Hello old friend, how’s life treating you?
I shudder when I think of all the crazy ways you risked your life to get your message through
Strange how things end the way they do
Well I often think of what life would have been like if I’d have spent these years
Preaching the word with you

You turned the world upside down
But I turned I ran
You’d throw everything in
While I’d grab all I can
You’d preach the truth
And you’d enlighten all men
But I, ... I won’t be heard of again

Through deep persecution, exhaustion and pain
Hunger and thirst and desertion by friends
You’ve conquered the globe, you’ve finished your race
For all of my money, for all of my wealth
For all of my comfort, and my excellent health
What will I say, when I look in God’s face, when I look in God’s face?

I am not a bad man
I gave God two good years of my life
And it nearly killed me
And then I figured, come on, everyone else I know seemed to be comfortable
You know, I still love God and all that,
It’s just there are other things in my life right now
I just want to be a bit more normal
Can’t be anything wrong with that can there?

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from From Jerusalem to Rome, released February 16, 2013
featuring Jenni Carter on cello

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