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Taking a Musical Journey Through God’s Word

​By Kent Matthews

Throughout the year, KSBJ works to touch lives with inspiring music and great messages. On Saturday, December 7, KSBJ Special Events presents The Story Tour, an artistic journey through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation through a live music worship experience.

The songs you will hear provide a completely new context into how God’s story of love and redemption intersects with our story of brokenness and failures, resulting in a new story of hope and rescue.

We are happy to share with you the personal insights of artists Nichole Nordeman and Matthew West about this remarkable event.

NICHOLE NORDEMAN

Q You sing the song called “I’m With You” about the story of Ruth and Naomi. What did you learn from these characters?

A I think sometimes we take bits and pieces of most Bible stories we have grown up with and make our assessment of the characters from that. Digging a little bit deeper, I was moved by how complicated their story was. We can look at this story and see an example of what true friendship is. I don’t think I fully understood the sacrifices both women made until I took a closer look. It’s a beautiful story.

Q What was the biggest thing you learned writing the lyrics for The Story?

A Writing from the first person perspective helped me walk in the shoes of these people in the Bible a little bit. Biblical icons like Abraham, Moses, David and Esther have always been studied and revered, but they are just like us. They had failures in their daily lives just like we do. That was the best part of writing these songs. I saw that they were real people and much more relate-able than we think.

MATTHEW WEST

Q How has the music in The Story had an impact on you personally?

A I’m a storyteller at heart, and this concert experience really helps us dive into the greatest story ever told, but it also brings truth into our
lives. Listening to the music and being a part of the show has really helped me revive the relevance of the characters in Scripture. Even though it took place so long ago, the struggles, victories and tragedies very much fall in line with what we deal with daily. It’s comforting for me to see that people throughout history have dealt with the same things I’m dealing with, and that God has been so faithful to them all.

Q What was it like to tour with The Story last year?

A In addition to being a part of a powerful musical experience, it’s kind of been like summer camp for me! All these artists join together, and we make fast friends with each other. It’s great to catch up with old friends like Mark Hall from Casting Crowns as well. The lineup changes a little bit each year, and I’m so excited to spend time with one of my musical heroes, Steven Curtis Chapman. It’s a unique event, not only for the audience, but the artists as well.

During this holiday season, we are truly grateful for the support of listeners like you that allows us to bring The Story Tour to the listeners of KSBJ. Our hope is that this musical journey through the Bible will open more hearts to His message by helping people see how God’s Word relates to their own lives today.

"Biblical icons like Abraham, Moses, David and Esther have always been studied and revered, but they are just like us. They had failures in their daily lives just like we do."

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