"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


In preparation for small group tonight, I was thinking back to Sunday's worship.  The theme centered on the idea of "knowing Him better", the primary objective to our winter study on the Gospel of John.  On Sunday, this theme was stressed in both the specific passage that we will look at tonight, John 8, as well as in celebrating Lent with sincere intent. 

Long story short, one of the many talented praise band members, Tim Dixon, led us in one of the songs that he has written. They are all good, but this one had me singing most of the day.  Even now, four days later, can't get it out of my head. It's, Know You Better, and offers a very simple and direct point.

The words are written below and to really get the feel you have to start by thinking "new country".  Uh-oh, hope I didn't lose anybody right there, but I promise it is a very awesome tune and a heartfelt petition.  In fact, as my youngest was sitting with me, the guitar intro kicked in.  She leaned over and said, "that sounds like some of those good radio songs, I like this one."  I thought, "No, it sounds better than those radio songs."

While we sang the chorus a few times I had to get the words written down so I could strum it at home later.  I frantically reached for the bulletin and jotted down what I call "Holcomb Shorthand", (see the title of this blog to understand what that means), and have provided the lyrics.  So sing along or recite in quiet time.  Enjoy.

I Want To Know You Better

I wanna know you better, I wanna know you better
I've got a hunger to know you better and to love you more

I'm gonna make it my one desire, Lord set my heart on fire,
I wanna know you better, my Jesus, and love you more

- Tim Dixon (my apologies to Tim if I have missed on any of these).

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