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Johnny Cash for Lent

This first Sunday of Lent 2012 is also Johnny Cash’s birthday. He was born February 26, 1932 and entered eternity on September 12, 2003. In honor of him and the LORD he loved, I’m featuring Johnny’s killer version of the Trent Reznor song “Hurt” – my all-time favorite music video.
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“Hurt” is on Johnny Cash’s album “American IV: The Man Comes Around” and you can buy that album with the music video. “The Man Comes Around” is one of Johnny’s greatest songs – also fitting for Lent and Easter.

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When I interviewed John Schneider about his role as Sam Doonby in the movie “Doonby,” we talked about Johnny Cash:

Schneider, whose work includes numerous TV roles (including the longtime CW series “Smallville”), country music, and co-founding the Children’s Miracle Network, was deeply influenced by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. After filming the 1986 CBS movie “Stagecoach,” Schneider lived with the Cashes for a year, and their authentic witness to life is reflected in Schneider’s portrayal of Sam Doonby, who believes in God.

“They didn’t introduce me to the Christian faith, but they exemplified it better than anyone I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen a lot of – shall we say – overly happy, albeit disillusioned people. But I’ve never seen a Christian I wanted to be like until I met Johnny Cash,” Schneider professed.

John hoped that Johnny would put in a good word to God about his “Doonby” role. See details here: http://www.wnd.com/2011/06/309785/#ixzz1PBpbOBAS

“Doonby” is showing in Dallas and Chattanooga movie theaters this week and I don’t believe in mere coincidence!

The Man Comes Around
By Johnny Cash

And I heard – as it were – the noise of thunder
One of the four beasts saying, ‘come and see’
And I saw

And behold – a white horse.

There’s a man goin’  ’round taking names
And he decides who to free and who to blame
Everybody won’t be treated all the same
There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down
When the Man comes around.

The hairs on your arm will stand up
At the terror in each sip and in each sup
Will you partake of that last offered cup?
Or disappear into the potter’s ground?
When the Man comes around.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singing
Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum
Voices calling, voices crying
Some are born and some are dying
It’s Alpha and Omega’s kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
The virgins are all trimming their wicks
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree
It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Till Armageddon no shalam, no shalom
Then the Father hen will call His chickens home
The wise man will bow down before the throne
And at His feet they’ll cast their golden crowns
When the Man comes around.

Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still
Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still
Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still
Listen to the words long written down
When the Man comes around.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singing
Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum
Voices calling and voices crying
Some are born and some are dying
It’s Alpha and Omega’s kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
The virgins are all trimming their wicks
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree
It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

In measured hundred weight and penny pound
When the Man comes around.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
And I looked and behold, a pale horse
And his name that sat on him was Death
And Hell followed with him.

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