Biography and Song Inspirations:
Indie Singer/Songwriter Phil Marks Sr. believes that Christian music should help to interpret Gods message to us, as applied in this modern age. In spite of all its faults, modern society has improved a lot along the lines of tolerance and understanding. Coinciding with that, Earthly churches have had to fine-tune their message to facilitate healthy interactions between all kinds of people. In a nutshell, we still believe in the same love of God, but share that love in different ways.
Phil grew up in Greenville Pa., went to college in Atlanta Ga. and currently works his day job as a software engineer in Fl. Phil met his wife, now Annie Marie Marks, in Atlanta in 1984 while she was also attending college there. Annie currently works her day job as a nurse. Their daughter Rose Ann Marks is a full-time grad-student in international relations in Washington DC and works part-time. Their son, Phil Marks Jr. is an art-student grad-student in New York City.
The inspiration for “Grace From Heaven” comes directly from the Bible, where Jesus says to Peter: “You are rock. Upon this rock, I will build my church”. Today, God calls us all to be “Rocks”, to spread the news of this great church on Earth. But we must be careful as we do this. Since we cannot claim to know God’s complete plan for others, we should not sit in judgment over those who do not know what we know or believe what we believe, or who do not follow whom we follow. But when we feel in our hearts that God is showing us what is best for ourselves, we can be open to sharing those beliefs with others, as long as we are open to learning about their beliefs as well — beliefs which they choose are best for them.
“Come Away With Me” is about getting back to Jesus’ simple message of love and inclusion for everyone. Earthly churches have done a lot of good for the world. But this is not to say that all influences have been good. Over thousands of years, organized religions have developed traditions and rules which don’t always have their originally intended effects. As we move into the modern age, from time to time it becomes clear that certain long-held practices are no longer sufficient to sustain healthy interactions between certain groups of people. While God intends for everyone to benefit from religious practices, there are some aspects of earthly religions which tend to inspire some groups to exclude others from participating fully. God wants each individual to be able to choose their own role, from the full variety of roles which exist within their chosen faith.
“Moment To Moment” is a simple song about how belief in God helps us through trying times, and especially when we help each other out.
“Come Follow Me” is about how Jesus invites all of us to follow Him: To help us through danger; to help us to overcome temptations and to bring us together in order to help each other receive all the benefits of Jesus’ love.
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