#930 - "Nothing's Beyond Broken" by Chris August
Chris August returns with his first new music in years and talks to NRT's Kevin Davis about his infectious pop single, "Nothing's Beyond Broken."

Posted: July 17, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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As a follow-up to his most recent studio album The Maker which featured "The Maker" and "He's Still Here," I have been anxiously waiting for Chris August to return with his independent project, Seasons, which includes "Nothing's Beyond Broken." His last album was one of my top 10 albums of 2015.

These new songs are a wonderful return from one of my favorite singer-songwriters, as they are all straight from the heart of someone who has experienced what it means to walk in the valley as well as the mountaintop, after a head injury from his skateboarding accident left Chris addicted to painkillers and dealing with depression as he weaned off of them. He has since returned to music as an independent artist after recently getting married. I had the chance to speak with Chris about "Nothing's Beyond Broken," which was our ninth "behind the song" devotional discussion.

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

It's been a crazy season. I really poured into these new songs on this album and with this song I made mentions of some of my other song titles, "Starry Night" and "Water into Wine" in the lyrics with shout-outs to my older days. The song started with the music, and I was thinking about what the song could say. There was a little bit of darkness when I started writing the lyrics. I had this idea for a lyric for years from when I wrote my song "7 x 70" which is about me coming from a broken home situation and my parents' divorce and years later reconciling. My dad told me the first day that he heard the song that "God has the ability to take something that's broken and make it better than it was." I don't think a show went by when I wouldn't say that exact same thing when I introduced the song. That's the Gospel. I always said that and I've wanted to write a song about "Nothing's Beyond Broken." That was what I based this entire song on. When you dive deeper biblically into the song there are lots of references that Jesus made about restoring us from our brokenness. I thought about how I needed God to bring me into His divine image. Born into sin, I need Him to make me better than the human nature of sin I was born into and undo the works of the Enemy. Another verse I came across was that the Son of Man came to destroy the works of the Devil. Another translation was that He came to undo the works of the Devil. The layers were unfolding for me as I was digging into the Word and writing this song.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Romans 8:11 (VOICE): "If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you."

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV): "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

Romans 8:28 (NIV): "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

John 14:5-7 (NIV): "Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really knew Me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him."

Matthew 18:21-35 (NKJV): "Then Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'"

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV): "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

John 10:10 (NKJV): "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
What is the takeaway message?

When I told my dad about that what he shared with me about "7 x 70" inspired this song, now-a-days he hears every song I write and every demo I record and we talk several times a week. He is a Christian. We go in-depth into the Word of God. We talked a ton about Romans in writing this song. As a songwriter I'm playing on words, and I'm trying to present something that can be a hard situation for people in a light hearted way and get to the truth of how God is greater than the mess I'm in and how He can take death away. Right away from the first time I started singing this song, I knew I wanted to say that God makes someone who is broken better than they were before. When I'm wrestling with a failure in my life, I need to remember that God turned water into wine. What I love doing more than anything is getting to write and share these songs with people. I knew I was in a hard moment and that I needed to trust God that with Him nothing's beyond broken. God has showed me that with this song and with this new album. I hope people are encouraged by this song. As I say in the album version, "If You can take a cross and resurrect up something good, You can do the same for me."

There's a depression
I feel it pressing in my chest
There's not a question
You are the way to make it rest

You can take death away
Who can do such a thing?
Nothing in the world could contest
There's a depression
But You are greater than the mess

You make the broken something better than it was
You take a bad thing, add change and watch what it becomes
So here is my heart, it's barely beating
You are the One that I know it's needing
You have spoken
Nothing's beyond broken

When I am wrestling
With a failure in my life
Remember the lesson
You turn water into wine

You can take death away
Who can do such a thing?
This is what it means to be blessed
It is Your message
This is Your design

You make the broken something better than it was
You take a bad thing, add change and watch what it becomes
So here is my heart, it's barely beating
You are the One that I know it's needing
You have spoken
Nothing's beyond broken

You take the darkest of skies
And You make it a starry night
Turning the sinners to saints
When I see the valley of death
I will remember You said
Keep my eyes on You
On You, oh
If You can take
a cross and resurrect up something good
You can do the same for me

You make the broken something better than it was
You take a bad thing, add change and watch what it becomes
So here is my heart, it's barely beating
You are the One that I know it's needing
You have spoken
Nothing's beyond broken

There ain't nothing that You can't make
Better than it was when it first was made

Closing Thoughts

Something Chris and I discussed was how the core of our faith as Christians is found in John 14:6. Jesus is the only way. All roads don't lead to heaven, despite what a secular culture tries to tell us. This is a worshipful and uplifting song. I have been singing it at the top of my lungs since I first heard the song. We all need to be bold as followers of Jesus and express our worship and dedication to Him. God is bigger than any calamity that we experience in this world. His love never fails and when you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. Jeremiah 29:13 says, "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

We need to live each day knowing that despite circumstances, God has a plan for "those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). We really bring nothing to the table. It is interesting to me that Chris, who was signed to a mainstream record label and achieved what America considers successful, living in LA, playing sold-out venues, and winning multiple Dove Awards and having a string of hit songs is truly reaching out and making it clear that he's broken and giving his life to Jesus in this song with a nod to "You make it a starry night" in the lyrics. This song is a great reminder that God is the great Restorer and Healer. We often feel ashamed and unworthy of God's perfect Love, but that's the point. We aren't worthy and God still wants all of us and loves us deeply.

This powerful song and Jesus' parable about forgiveness in Matthew 18:21-35 displays how much God wants us to dispose our hearts to forgive each other and like his songs "7 x 70" and "Restore," Chris has once again written a song reminding us that we are never out of the reach of God's love and forgiveness. Let us seek more and more for the renewing grace of God, to teach us to forgive others as we hope for forgiveness from Him. As the song beautifully states, "You make the broken something better than it was, You take a bad thing, add change and watch what it becomes, So here is my heart, it's barely beating, You are the One that I know it's needing, You have spoken, Nothing's beyond broken." Amen to that!

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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