Four years ago, Greg Habegger and I were privileged to write For the Sake of His Name for the 2010 Student Global Impact Conference in Detroit, MI. This year, we were again commissioned to write a hymn for the conference, this time focused on Philippians 1:21. The result of our collaboration is To Live or Die, which debuted at the conference around a month ago.
- You can hear a live recording of the SGI assembly singing the song here.
- You can hear a beautiful recording of the song in Albanian (translated by my good friend, David Hosaflook, and sung by Aranit Kola) here.
- You can download a free and reproducible PDF of the song here.
- You can read the text below.
We hope To Live or Die will be used of the Lord to remind Christians that life and death centers on Christ, and that laboring for His glory is eternally worthwhile, regardless of the cost.
Finally, CWM has been blessed to write a number of commissioned hymns, sponsored by individuals, conferences, and churches for various occasions. Several will be published here in coming days. If you would like to commission a new hymn to rejoice in a milestone (a dedication, missions conference, wedding, funeral, anniversary, retirement, etc.), please contact me at email@example.com. Such commissions point people to God as the Source of all blessings, while also supporting the publication of hymns that will bring God glory for years to come.
To Live or Die
To live is Christ—I long to spend
My might and time to worship Him.
I’ll give my all for Him who died
To bring a rebel to His side.
Refrain: Lord, help me use my fleeting breath
To honor You, through life or death.
And when my heart drums its last beat,
I’ll lay my labors at Your feet.
To die is Christ—eternal gain,
To wake, and never sleep again.
I will not fear the feeble grave,
The pathway to my Savior’s face.
To live or die—it’s all the same;
For Christ consumes me, either way.
If I should live, I’ll live for Him,
And if I die, I’ll live again.
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Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.
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