The Jason Crabb, Guy Penrod 2 Voices 1 Message tour kicked off earlier this fall and stopped on the campus of Tennessee Temple University at Highland Park Baptist Church October 21, 2010.Â After the church staff warmly welcomed the audience, Penrod and Crabb came to the stage. Â With piano accompaniment, Penrod set the tone for the entire evening by singing â€œSweet Hour of Prayer.â€ Â Crabb followed with â€œ I need Thee Every Hourâ€ then together they sang â€œAmazing Grace.â€ Â Jason Crabb introduced Guy PenrodÂ by recalling the first time he ever heard Guy sing on a cd.Â â€œI nearly sang my voice out, thought I was going to have to pull over and pass out trying to hit those high notesâ€, stated Crabb- with laughter!
Guy Penrod took center stage as Jason Crabb took his front row seat. Â Guy invited the congregation to sing along with â€œYes I knowâ€ and â€œO The Blood of Jesus.â€ Â The audience participation was beautiful sounding like a church choir. â€œ I just wanted to hear you sing. Â Wow, We need a bigger busâ€, commented Penrod.Â Â He sang a few selections from his Gaither days and also from his latest album, â€œBreathe Deep.â€ Â Breathe deep is a collection of inspirational songs dealing with every day life. Â He shared songs with deep value about marriage and family complete with slide show of his 8 children! Â Regarding his song â€œEven When We Doâ€, Penrod stated: â€œWe donâ€™t sing enough love songs in church!â€ Â After polling the audience to find the couple being married the longest, he asked 50 year marriage veteran for a marriage tip. Â â€œStand up and Listenâ€, replied the husband. Â In addition to blessing the audience with his tremendous vocal talent and tender lyrics, he followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and shared deep biblical truths between each song. Â â€œNow you know why I had to leave the Gaither Vocal Band….For 14 years, Iâ€™ve had all this pinned upâ€, Penrod jokingly said. Â Every truthÂ penetrated the hearts of those listening, but perhaps the truth driven hard in the most gentle way was this: Â â€œDonâ€™t Worry â€˜Bout Nothing!â€Â This message stemmed from the song â€œPray About Everythingâ€ and was the sincere message communicated from the bottom of Penrodâ€™s heart. Â â€œGod is a God of adventure. Â Heâ€™s in Control.â€ Â He advised the audience to be aware of the evil one, but pointed out that he is AS a roaring lion, NOT the lion.â€Â Â As Penrod continued to impart biblical truths, whoÂ ‘HE’ was grew dim and Jesus Christ within himÂ was brilliantly seen. Â Before leaving the platform, Penrod prayed a warm prayer of blessing balanced with authority and meekness. Â
During the intermission, Penrod and Crabb mingled with the crowd signing autographs, posing for pictures and listening to their fans.Â Â Following the break, Penrodâ€™s respect for Crabb was genuinely obvious as he called himÂ to the platform. Â Jason came on stage with thatÂ predictable Crabb enthusiasm and energy heâ€™s known for. Â The band as always, was incredible!Â â€œI love the old songs of the churchâ€, Jason said as he began a fun medley of â€œLeaning On the Everlasting Armsâ€ and â€œIâ€™ll Fly Away.â€ Â Crabb divided the audience into 2 categories age 40 & above and 39 & below for a sing-off competition during â€œIâ€™ll Fly Awayâ€- The church was full of smiles! Â During his time on stage, he sang a few Crabb Family favorites as well as hits off his Grammy & Dove award winning album, “Jason Crabb.” Â Â Amazingly, Jason sang â€œThrough the Fireâ€ with as much zeal as he did when the song first came out, obviously clinging tightly to the songâ€™s message. Â The audience responded in worship, many standing to their feet with hands lifted.Â Â Like Penrod, Crabb followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and shared meaningful stories and biblical truths. Â Per his request, the house lights were left on throughout the rest of his set as he shared touching real life stories about his Grandfatherâ€™s failing health and loss of battle with cancer as well as his wifeâ€™s familyâ€™s struggle with the disease of Alzheimer’s. Â Perhaps the most captivating story was that of his Fatherâ€™s testimony of how he came back to the Lord. Â AsÂ Jason shared that testimony along with the songs â€œPlease Forgive Meâ€ and Please Come Down to Me- back to back, faint sobs could be heard around the sanctuary. Â “Your deep dark secrets didn’t shock God, He knew and took your deep dark secrets and nailed them to the cross”, Jason explained.Â Crabb reminded the audience of Penrodâ€™s one â€œtake-a-wayâ€, donâ€™t worry bout nothinâ€™ and proceeded to give his: Â â€œIf you love somebody, go home and tell them. Â If you need to make up do it, time is short!â€
The entire evening was completely heart-warming and couldnâ€™t have concluded any better. Â Jason Crabb and Guy Penrod came together to close with â€œThe Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference.â€Â Â Side by side stood perhaps the most powerful, popular and accomplished people in Southern Gospel Music today.Â Â Talented beyond description, young- handsome- in all honesty could be standing ANYWHERE in the world,Â but both have chosen to serve God with their talents.Â Beautiful! Â Â The Old Rugged Cross DID make the difference in their lives! Â Two voices- One message couldnâ€™t be more accurate. Â The only message was Jesus Christ, not Guy Penrod or Jason Crabb- in fact- the entire evening passed and not a single accomplishment was ever mentioned.Â Â Crabb & Penrodâ€™s Â identity with Southern Gospel Music was completely hidden in their identity in Christ thus demonstrating real people withÂ real faith.
SGNScoops expresses appreciation to Highland Park Baptist Church for hosting the 2Voices-1 Message Tour and to Jason Crabb and Guy Penrod for representing Jesus Christ amazingly well! Â For more information on Guy Penrod, visit http://guypenrod.com/Â and for more information on Jason Crabb, visit http://www.jasoncrabb.com/Â Both sites provide 2 voices 1 message tour destinations.
Online Report- Given & Written By Rhonda Frye, Photo Credit- Eric Frye