The Whole Big Story

by Kristen Gilles

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Taken together, the songs on The Whole Big Story tell God's story from creation to the Second Coming and Christ's reign in the New Earth.

These songs teach that Christ's sacrifice wasn't simply akin to throwing himself in front of a bullet for us (as brave and noble as that would be), but rather that He is the Lord of all Creation who willingly died on His own tree, having known and determined to do so before creation's dawn.

These songs teach a crucial, blessed difference between Old Testament worship and our reality -- that we don't have to wait once a year for an appointed priest to pray and offer sacrifice for our sins, but that we can boldly go before God's throne all the time. Christ's sacrifice has "torn the veil."

These songs show that Jesus cast Satan from the sky, tied him up and crushed his head. Now, the Holy Spirit is sweeping through the earth and Christ is adding to His Church as the demons helplessly roar, knowing how this story will end. Christ will come again, bringing His people back to set up a kingdom wherein "love will cover all the earth, in the kingdom without end."

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released April 24, 2012

Kristen Gilles: vocals, piano, guitar
Phillip Miller: lead guitar
Eddy Morris: bass guitar
Jon Moore: drums
Luke Barker: sax
Daniel LaChance: piano, organ


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Kristen Gilles Louisville, Kentucky

Kristen Gilles is a worship leader and deacon at Louisville’s multi-campus Sojourn Community Church. Her new CD Parker’s Mercy Brigade is a story of faith, lament, comfort, healing and worship following the stillbirth of her son.

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Track Name: You Grew The Tree
You Grew the Tree
Written by: Bobby and Kristen Gilles
c. 2012

Verse 1
You spoke into the void,
Created every star.
You made the earth and everything
That sin would one day mar

And then, Lord, by Your Word
Appeared each form of life;
And in Your image Adam came
And from him came a wife.

Pre-Chorus 1
But even then You knew
The curse our pride would bring.
The only way to save mankind—
You’d die ...

You grew the tree. You grew the tree.
You knew what we’d do,
but still You grew the tree.
Verse 2
You gave the sun and rain
To grow the fated wood.
You could have ripped it from the ground;
Year after year it stood.

And then rebellious men
Made of it a cross,
Planning bloody wickedness
In place of nature’s loss.

Pre-Chorus 2
You knew what to expect,
The untold misery.
I’m face-down at the thought
That after all …
Track Name: Bold Before God's Throne
Bold Before God’s Throne
Written by: Bobby and Kristen Gilles
CCLI # 6227494

Verse 1
A temple for almighty God,
A throne room deep inside,
A veil to shield the holy room
From sinners such as I.
A priest would part the inner veil
And enter once a year
To sacrifice for sins of those
Who never could draw near.

Verse 2
The day they crucified the Lord
The earth began to quake.
The veil inside the temple fell
And mercy made a way.
No longer would we need a priest
To pay for all our sin;
No veil can separate us now
So boldly we go in.

Bold before God’s throne, yet unworthy to be there;
Resting on Christ’s sacrifice – it is my only prayer.
Verse 3
Confident before the throne,
Though humbled all the more
Because the sacrifice of Christ
Became our open door.
O love of Christ, forever true,
Cursed so I’d be blessed.
And by your light, compared to You
I see my wickedness.

Verse 4
My base desires and carnal thoughts
Are enemies of Christ.
I stand condemned by my own heart,
Deserving just to die;
Yet still I do not hesitate
To stand before the king,
A paradox to all but God
Who gave his Son for me.
Track Name: Rising Tide
The Rising Tide
Written by: Bobby and Kristen Gilles

Verse 1
The rising tide, the Spirit’s call
The power of the perfect King
Sweeps through the earth, subdues the strong
Erases death’s cold, mocking sting

God entered Time, came as a babe
Became a man, cast Satan down
Watched as he fell like lightning
From the heavens to the ground

Verse 2
What Satan thought was victory
Became the means of his defeat
The Lord, on cruel Calvary
Crushed Satan’s head beneath His feet

Christ conquered death and cancelled sin,
Ascended to the Father’s throne
Then sent His Spirit like the wind
To draw us in, to lead us home

Rising tide (Rising Tide)
of righteousness (righteousness)
The Kingdom is at hand. (2x)

Verse 3
And now Hell’s stronghold on the earth
Is plundered by the risen Lord
And powerless, the demons roar
When souls are fed the Living Word

No force can stop the spreading Church.
No foe can stem the rising tide
Of those alive in Second Birth
Through Him who lives, though crucified

Repeat Chorus

Verse 4

Still rising tide, still flowing free
Bursts the dam the devil raised
And surging on to victory
Christ the champion be praised.

When trumpet sounds, he’ll bring his church
Stamp out each desperate trace of sin.
And love will cover all the earth
In the Kingdom without end.

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: My Song In The Night
My Song In The Night
Written by Bobby & Kristen Gilles
Inspired by the anonymous American Southern Folk Hymn of the same title

Verse 1
O Jesus my Savior, my song in the night,
The rest for my soul, the strength for my fight.
To You, O Lord, in affliction I call,
By day my comfort; by night my song.

Verse 2
O Jesus my Savior, my song in the night,
A servant by choice, but a king by all rights.
In Your darkest hour, I could not stay awake,
But still you pressed on to the cross for my sake.

You sang no song in Gethsemane,
But cried “My God, take this cup from me!”
Yet for sinners’ sake, You gave up your rights
And died for all wrongs – My song in the night.

Verse 3
O why should I wander away from Your care?
Or fear for my future? You’ve made me an heir;
Adopted by God to the Kingdom of Light
You conquered the darkness, my song in the night.
(To Chorus)