Old Treasures as Well As New

New and Old

There is a verse where Jesus is talking about a teacher of the law who is instructed about the kingdom. He says such a man is like a homeowner who pulls out of storage “new treasures as well as old” (Matt 13:52).  Today I want to turn that around and talk about “old treasures as well as new.”  I’m a songwriter, so I love new songs.   I’m always talking about the importance of new songs in the church.  But you know what?  There are some great old songs that I love, too –old jewels that are heart-moving and theologically deep.  Some of these old hymns that were written 100 years ago have got some great lyrics and melodies.  Sometimes just a little bit of arranging can make them fresh and new again.

Here are several scratch recordings of songs I’ve made in preparation for worship services over the last several months. Often we’ll use a song like this particularly if it fits a theme well we are focusing on in the service. A note about these recordings –these were quick “Garage Band” recordings made for the purpose of teaching the songs to our singers and band –they aren’t CD release quality, by any means, not intended for mass distribution.  I share them with you just because you might be interested in singing one of them in your worship.

Here’s to the “old treasures as well as new!”

How Firm a Foundation

Just As I Am

My Hope is Built

Take My Life and Let It Be

There is a Place of Quiet Rest

We Praise Thee O God

When My Love to Christ Grows Weak

Why Did My Savior Come to Earth








[Just right-click and do a “save as” to download the files above. If you just double click, you’re browser will probably play the mp3, if you prefer to just stream the audio.]  To get chords for these check out the “Chord Charts” page on the upper right  section of this blog –I’m getting everything posted and will have all of these up there soon.  Or if you need something right away just add a comment below.

4 Comments on “Old Treasures as Well As New”

  1. Justin says:

    downloaded and Ipoded for LA trip this morning….thanks bro….

  2. Michael Aggabao says:

    Bro.. I love the arrangement for We Praise Thee O God, I can’t wait to sing it.. Do have the chords for ” I hear God Singing to me”. Your music continues to inspire me…

    • jbriancraig says:

      Thanks Michael – here are the chords I use for “I Hear God Singing to Me”


      D / G D / D / A D (repeating)

      G D / A D / G D / A
      G D / A D / G D / A D

      D / G D / D / A D
      D / G D / D / A D

      Last Chorus:
      E / A E / E / B E
      E / A E / E / B E

  3. jbriancraig says:

    I’ll also mention there are a few new arrangements of older hymns on my CD “Be with Me, Lord” (available on iTunes or http://www.cdbaby.com/jbc2 ) including “Fountain Free”, “Lead Me to Calvary”, and “When I Survey”

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