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Doug Shea: The band has been performing and recording together for the past six years. Although, I have been playing with my wife Monica in the church for over ten years. The drummer, Curt, and I have been playing together even longer. The two of us toured the secular world at one point and opened up for many well-known bands.
Doug: The Circle of Quiet was taken right from "The Message" paraphrase of the Bible. Psalm 94:13 says "Your Word, Providing a CIRCLE OF QUIET within the Clamor of Evil." I chose it because that is what God literally did for me during the process of writing these songs. During many situations that would most certainly fold anyone to the ground in despair, He gave me a peace that surpassed all understanding.
Doug: Artists that truly inspire me are ones that walk the walk. The ones that walk in the world but are clearly not of the world. I'm inspired by how a Christian artist presents themselves at a concert, during an interview and in their daily walk. I believe we need many different expressions of our love for Jesus in music, but our responsibility of sharing the Gospel and being Christ-like role models is far more important. That artist, in any genre, is what inspires me.
Doug: God has done the miraculous in my life. I was driving, feeling alone and desperately wanting my life to be over. I was in such agony - utter despair and sadness. Tears filled my eyes as I screamed at the top of my lungs to Jesus "Take it away! Take it away! You promised, and you can't break your word!" I must have screamed "take it away" dozens of times. Bible passages of all God's promises to His children flashed through my thoughts. As I was screaming, sobbing, completely broken and surrendering all I had, I felt Him. It was like a huge cloud of tangible love poured down upon me. It was the most beautiful, peaceful, exciting, electrifying and intense sensation coursing though my whole body. I felt all the filth being ripped out, like weeds from wet grass.
Anger, depression, addictions, mental illness and everything in between were gone. You may say I'm crazy, but here's a fact: I have never suffered from any of those things since. Not once! They're not in me anymore, they've been replaced by a loving God who I can feel everyday living inside me.
I'll never forget seeing the look on my wife's face when I walked through the door that day. Monica had spent years with an emotionally unstable man. She looked at me so elated, as if she saw the man she married for the first time. The first words out of her mouth were, "What happened to you?" From that day, everything about me changed, because I had an encounter with Holy Spirit.
Where Truth Meets Grace is about the six years from that point till now. I wanted my brother Greg to paint a painting of that moment in the spirit realm. God's love poring down on me and putting me in a circle of quiet.
Doug: I'm not certain why it gets overlooked because it has a fantastic life lesson on how to be healed. "The Healer" was written from the three small accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke of the woman who touched Jesus' cloak. As I studied these stories, I started to see everyday principles from this brave faith-filled woman. I saw myself as the woman - broken and unclean. I too had tried many other avenues to get healing, but none worked and things even got worse. I saw the crowd in the story as the world that pressed around Jesus and blocked Him from me. The world was so loud and distracting, I couldn't even see Jesus.
The world told me I was too unclean and inferior to be close to Him. But faith is only as strong as what you have faith in. My faith was in God's promises and just like the woman who had faith in Jesus, we were both healed. I'm sure she got shoved back, ridiculed and even beaten. But her faith in Jesus gave her the strength and courage to fight through them. Jesus' own words were, "Your faith has healed you." When the world presses around Jesus, there are some days I have to fight through the crowd. But my faith and strength come from His promises of who He is in me. So I will push though the crowd daily, because I am His and He is the only healer.
Doug: I am perfectly content with whatever God wants with it. I just wrote down what He sent, so it's His. He can do whatever He wants with it. I know most people may not get it. I'm fully aware it doesn't sound like the Christian music that is popular these days. That's okay, because, to be perfectly transparent, I'm not quite certain why God spoke to me to write these songs? So I'm not certain what I should be doing at this point? I'm a bit broken about it and seeking His council daily. I wish I had a better answer for you.
Doug: It would be a blessing for me to play music and study scripture with Jeremy Camp. He is the artist that I connect the deepest with. He walks the walk as well, on stage and off. He was the first Christian artist that God tore the biggest walls of my heart down with. It would bring many tears to my eyes to meet him and say "thank you" for being such a big instrument of the Lord in my life.
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