Radiant

by Aaron Leatherdale

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A 4 song EP by your favorite Canadian rapper. Support the music & ministry of Aaron Leatherdale by downloading today!

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released November 27, 2012

Rap lyrics by Aaron Leatherdale
Produced by Jared "JTL" Logan
Mixed by Jared "JTL" Logan
Mastered by Brian Calhoon
Photography by Darlene Leatherdale
Cover art by ReadyArt

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Aaron Leatherdale Kansas City, Missouri

Hi, my name is Aaron. I have created several Bible rap albums including The Book of Philippians, Tomb Stands Empty, Radiant, and others.

I currently reside in Kansas City, where I rap and serve as a missionary at the International House of Prayer.

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Track Name: Radiant (feat. Samson)
You're making our faces radiant
We'll never be put to shame again

I used to have so many burdens like a lead weight
Wished that I could fly away and levitate
To escape all of the stress
I wished I was a bird so I could fly away and find rest /
My mess had me thinking, I was on a ship that was sinking
Into the bottom of the sea
When I was a slave to the grave, depraved in a basement, afraid
The Savior invaded my space and gave me a radiant face /
When I was cold like the ice and frost
You know, my wires were crossed
People used to ask me, Why the long faces?
I was searching, lookin' for love in all the wrong places /
Lookin' for identity, the enemy was steadily temptin' me heavily
Spittin' his venomous venom at me
On a crash course till collision occurred
I couldn't see straight 'cause my vision was blurred /

You're making our faces radiant
We'll never be put to shame again

I was born inna the light but captured in the dark
And somewhere in the middle there was a chain reaction
That set off a spark, nuclear boom, fast lane zoom /
On my way to the wide lane, me and my good fellas
And all my companions, in our own eyes we were the champions
Wise men, dumb enough to believe the hype again, lie again /
Hopefully the stains won't stick to my garments
As we live the Christian life only on Sunday
Hit by a sidewind, when the cross got me, it moved me
Son of Man made me feel so worthy /
Step into the throne room of the Most Holy
I know I don't belong here but You brought me here
It's Your goodness and kindness that draw people near
Now I know, now I know /

If you happen to be feelin' like I do (x3)
Then sing along

You're making our faces radiant
We'll never be put to shame again
Track Name: THE WEAK ONES (feat. Joy Salvatore)
I see their faces, filled with fear
I wish my eyes were a fountain of tears
I won't stop praying & crying out
Tryna save 'em from the lion's mouth /
They were taken, mangled & sold
With matted hair, stained & tangled clothes
With chains on their anklebones
Trapped in a stranglehold /
There's a day coming, dear to the Lord's heart
He'll appear and break all the doors apart
And shatter all the fetters to dust
He'll come and save 'em from the predator's lust /
Keep your head up and keep your chin held high
'Cause the Bridegroom's coming & He'll split the sky
We're living in the days when wickedness increases
But just a little while and the wicked man ceases /

He's coming for the weak ones
Coming for the speechless
Coming for, those who mourn
As sure as the sunrise /

You who were cast aside like garbage and trash
Used to getting smashed in the face
With a fist in a glove, kicked & shoved
You never knew a father's love /
They told you you were nothing but they lied to you, girl
'Cause your life is more valuable than diamonds & pearls
Jesus the Bridegroom, He chooses you
You're worth more than gold and all the rubies, too /
There's a pure river whose streams make glad
He'll restore all the dreams you had
You will have laughter, you will sing
When the Bridegroom breaks every trafficking ring /
You were battered, beaten & sold
But you will be dancing on the streets of gold
When He comes on a white horse back again
And smashes your cage like a Champion /

He's coming for the weak ones
Coming for the speechless
Coming for, those who mourn
As sure as the sunrise /

Jesus is coming, He will fight for you
He knows the pain that you've been going through
He has a dream, He has a plan for you
You were made for glory
No matter what's been done, the guilt, the shame
He's able by His blood to take it away
His love is stronger than sin and the grave
He is more than able /

God's got a great dream
Taking these girls and wiping their slates clean
God's got a great dream
Taking them from the ash heap & making them queens (x2)
Track Name: Yes Again
I’ve always had a strong desire and a pull
Deep down inside of my heart like a fire in my soul
I remember days praying with my eyes closed
Saying, “Even if they all deny you, I won’t! “/
Making promises so great and grand
I had a willing spirit but I couldn’t understand
Why my flesh was so weak, I was struggling
So many different things in my life I was juggling /
Promises I made they were dashed to shards
Crashed to the ground like a house of cards
Grieved and shocked, my tears drops were rolling
I felt like Peter when he heard the cock crowing /
I felt like giving in, quitting, and giving up
But then You spoke to me, You told me that my love is enough
You said it's real though it feels like a mess I'm in
Here I am, I'm sayin' yes again /

Here I am, I'm sayin' YES AGAIN
Even when it feels like a mess I'm in

Create in me a clean heart, fresh start
Here I am, I'm giving You the best part

Create in me a clean heart, fresh start like a Monday
You're the Potter, I'm the vessel made from clay
When I mess up, no religious dress-up
You see behind the masks I’ve made, the masquerades /
Cleansing me with hyssop
My sins got blotted
100% signing on the line that's dotted
I commit, whatever it takes
Cause I'm learning that Your gentleness, it makes me great /
You evaluate my heart the deepest yearning
Inside of my mind where the gears are turning
I used to run away from You, yeah I was reckless
Now I know You're moved by a link of my necklace /
Glance of my eyes, You took me by surprise
Though I fall, new mercies always helping me rise
Though it feels like a mess I'm in
Here I am, I'm sayin' yes again /

The pitter patter of the rain on my window pain
Reminds me that Your love will never change
Reminds me that I'll never be the same
I remember when You washed away the stains
Track Name: Words
Heavy traffic, life's distractions
So many pressures taxing me
Stressing me, vying for time & affection
Pullin' me in every which direction /
Hectic, I need to take a second
To pull away moment of reflection, heart connection
Your word is a lamp to these steps
Everyday I'm thinking about Your precepts /
The entrance of Your word brings light to me
Open up my eyes that I might see
My joy & delight, breakin' lies, makin' wise
The simple-minded, sight for the blinded /
I love the scriptures more than riches
Than pieces of gold, the secrets unfold as I read
Like the Road to Emmaus
All the phrases are leaping off the pages /

I will keep Your word inside my heart so I don't fall apart
I will stick with You through thick and thin so that I do not sin
In Your words I've got my trust
My treasure that won't rot or rust
I will choose to walk in Your way everyday from dawn till dusk

I love Your words, the lines and the paragraphs
Keep me on the straight & narrow path
They're teaching me a lesson, my confession
When temptation knocks my foundation's on a rock /
Flesh is grass, fading fast but Your word lasts forever
In every passage reversing the curse
Reading every chapter every verse
And my soul converts /
Cold hearts get ignited when Your words get recited
Through the ups & downs of life gaining crowns of life
When the storms come, Psalm number 1
By the waters green trees planted by the streams /
Seeds falling on the fertile soil
Through my labor and my toil
I'll be sitting at your feet, gettin' oil
Through the day to day, the 9-5, the daily grind
I think about Your words, I pull away, I make the time /

I will keep Your word inside my heart so I don't fall apart
I will stick with You through thick and thin so that I do not sin
In Your words I've got my trust
My treasure that won't rot or rust
I will choose to walk in Your way everyday from dawn till dusk

There's a battlefield that's ragin my soul is the stage
The spirit and the flesh don't mesh
Light VS darkness, pros & cons
Trainin' my hands for battle bending bows of bronze /
Soldier stationed, weapons & rations
Powers, principalities in heavenlies clashing
Breastplate, sword of the Spirit, I meditate
The shield of faith to my head on straight /

I will keep Your word inside my heart so I don't fall apart
I will stick with You through thick and thin so that I do not sin
In Your words I've got my trust
My treasure that won't rot or rust
I will choose to walk in Your way everyday from dawn till dusk