The Death of the Stickman was Jay's first commercially produced recording now available for the first time in MP3 digital format. It was released in 1982 as an LP , (those were the big, round, black plastic things), and soon after as a cassette tape. These ten performance songs preceded the days when he had begun to write congregational music and were even earlier than the formation of The Jay Beech Band. Studio musicians included a number of people who were working with prominent contemporary Christian artists. The rock, folk, and jazz styles of these tunes reflect the music of the time and some of Jay's early influences.
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The idea that doubt and faith cannot coexist in the life of the Christian
is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the very nature of faith.
Believing in things that can be seen, touched, measured, and proven doesn't
require faith at all. Though beliefs can and should be strong, — the
assurance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1), — our
journey is still one of walking by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)
Ultimately, faith is always a gift from God (Eph. 2:8) and not
something to be achieved through effort or deduction.