As many of the commenters said, it was difficult picking which arrangement was the best, creatively speaking. But the overwhelming first choice was Joshua Spacht’s arrangement of “Behold the Lamb,” by Mark Altrogge.
Joshua has served as the Director of Music and Worship Ministries at Grace Immanuel Bible Church since May, 2006. He sent me some information about his background that I thought was worth sharing:
I grew up in a very musical family outside of Erie, PA where my father served as a worship and youth pastor. My entire family participated in the music ministry, and I essentially was a pharisee, conforming outwardly and resisting to the truth inwardly and privately in my life. The Lord eventually ripped off the mask and brought me to the end of myself through a series of trials that I just couldn’t run from any longer. I had been a first-rate deceiver and had done much damage to those around me.
I began to realize that no amount of favor in the eyes of men or superficial talent or a sharp tongue were enough to save me from God’s all-knowing eyes. I needed Christ and I needed the gospel. He is worthy of anything and everything we can bring, and that particularly includes our talents and abilities. I went though a series of years where I didn’t serve in a musical capacity in the church as I learned that God cared about character more than my “noise.” I didn’t deserve to be used and he didn’t need me.
Through faithful friends and godly examples, I began to learn that it was possible to serve with pure motives and to not use the meeting of God’s people as a platform (which I had done so often growing up). I love what God has called me to do in leading others to sing His praise and I can’t imagine anything I would rather do on earth. I began to write music feverishly after my dad died at the age of 50 2 1/2 years ago. I felt at that time like the Lord was opening up my heart and ears to this music that I just had to get out. Since I had dropped out of college 3 times (that’s for another time) I was compelled to begin to learn how to notate and arrange for the purpose of transcribing this music. I’m still on that journey and my church, Grace Immanuel Bible Church, has been supportive and encouraging in their role as guinea pigs of all the new music. Again, what an unbelievable privilege to serve in this capacity.
Thanks to Joshua and everyone else who entered for your desire to use excellent music to draw attention to our infinitely more excellent Savior. For those of you who missed his arrangement, you can listen to it below, or download it here.
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