Mark Schultz [All Things Possible] | Posted August 24, 2012 Staff Reviewer
Platinum selling artist Mark Schultz is set to release his first studio project in three years with his album, All Things Possible, on September 4. During his career Schultz has been widely embraced for his hit songs such as, “He’s My Son,” “Remember Me,” “Letters From War” and “I Am.” The album is Schultz’s debut release from his new label home, Fair Trade Services.
Opening song “All Things Possible” gets this great album going with an upbeat reminder of what it means to live in the freedom of God’s grace. Mark has written another great anthem for the Church that reminds us that under our own strength many mountains we face will seem impossible, but with God all things are possible. The same goes for salvation, we can’t earn Heaven, only through complete surrender to Jesus and putting all of our hope in Him can we be saved. As Christians, we all can loudly proclaim the bridge: “My God is strong and mighty, My God is faithful, My hope is in the Lord, For He is able, For He is able.” Amen to that! There are also great hymn re-writes of “It Is Well” and “Be Still.” Like his previous hit song “Love Has Come,” they are both great anthems that I can imagine singing in church with fellow believers. Other highlights on this album include Mark’s song of encouragement “One Day” and the upbeat song “I Gave Up.” Both songs are filled with biblical truth with refrains of “one day we will touch the Healer’s hand, one day we will be whole again” and “Everything I got ain’t what I’m worth, that’s not the reason I’m living… I’ve got everything I need in life if love’s all we’re taking to Heaven.” Amen!
“Love Walked In” and “More To You Than This” include Mark’s signature storytelling and keep the great musical and lyrical intensity going. For me, these songs are the standout experiences of this stellar album. I find myself hanging on every note of the gorgeous and moving “relationship” song, “Love Walked In.” I’ve been married for eighteen years, and Mark beautifully phrases how to heal and restore marriages as followers of Jesus, “Love walked in through the door, face to face with brokenness, said it’s still worth dying for, met the world with a kiss, walls fell down when Love walked in.” “More To You Than This” is a wonderful song for women about knowing their true identity. I get goose bumps when Mark sings the incredible bridge: “And all the love you need, you cannot find it, inside a magazine, you cannot buy it, don’t let them pull you in, don’t let them sell you, your God died on a Cross, He died to tell you, there is more to you than the lies you believe, they were never true.” I have three young daughters and this year has been marked by several songs by Christian singers about finding their true identity in Christ which all minister to me and my family. My daughters are more precious than anything in the world to me and to their Heavenly Father. This song celebrates the biblical Truth from Psalm 139, that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” I break down as I sing and pray along for my wife and daughters to find their true identity in Christ when Mark begins and ends the song with the poignant lyrics “I know you’re compared to some image on a page…but it’s fake.”
I've been collecting every song by Mark Schultz since his debut self-titled album and his sincere songwriting and pure vocals have always caught my attention. The emotion behind his songs “He's My Son,” “When You Come Home,” “Letters From War,” “Walking Her Home” and “Love Has Come” have all made my regular rotation of my favorite songs of the past dozen years in CCM. On this new album, from the emotional power behind first single “All Things Possible,” to his story-songs of encouragement “One Day,” “Love Walked In” and “More To You Than This” and the upbeat song “I Gave Up” this album has me singing along in praise to my God and Savior from start to finish.