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The title "Ex Nihilo" literally means "From Nothing", alludes partly to the creation account, but refers mainly to the rise of God's followers in the book of Revelations, specifically from Chapter 20 onward. "Arise from death", like lyrics in many of the "Apocalyptic" songs on Terminate Damnation, refers to the rise of all Christians who died in the past for following Jesus, as written in Revelation 20:4 "A new creation" refers to the new Heaven and Earth God creates in Revelation 21:1, after Satan, the Beast, the False Prophet, Death and even Hell itself are cast into the Lake of Fire.
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We live a life in which we shelter ourselves in apathy. We ignore those for whom we should be standing up, because it's easier, or because we are afraid of the consequences of helping someone in need: "Many of us have turned off the light outside, erasing what exists beyond our front door." The artist feels more closely connected to the anger of his enemies than to the deliberate disinterest in the needs of the weak: "And for you I find it harder to reach common ground than my most glaring opposition. But what about those who've lost the luxury of choice?" This is a call to action, a challenge to those who ignore the plight of others to extend their own comfort, to stand up for those who can't stand for themselves, to make a difference to those who have no strength to change their own circumstances, and to reject the world as it is instead of simply accepting that other people suffer: "I need to know that feelings of discontent are stronger Than indifference for those too weak to stand... How much grievance will it take to awaken us from the comfort of our homes? ... The comfort of our oversized graves."
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Drain me of my very essence
To form again what lasts
A reference to the belief that all humans are, by nature, evil since the Fall of Man in Eden. Removing that evil, which is our "very essence", would grant the everlasting life that was taken from Adam and Eve when they ate the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
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Each day I am born again to be
A child in the eyes of love
A Christian sentiment, relating to the need to be Born Again in Christ to be saved from sin. The idea here is that the process begins again each day, as opposed to a once-off occurrence.
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The Kingdom of the Heavens
Is buried treasure
Would you sell yourself
To buy the one you've found
Matthew 13:44 - "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
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Our God in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done

On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us weary sinners
Keep us far from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons
Matthew 6:9-13 - "9 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
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I look out the window
The birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune
Or out of place
Matthew 6:26 - "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"
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I walk to the meadow
And stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl
On her wedding day
Matthew 6:28-29 - "28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
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Heavenly Father, You always amaze me
Let Your kingdom come in my world and in my life
Give me the food I need
To live through today

And forgive me as I forgive
The people that wrong me
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one
The Lord's prayer:
Matthew 6:9-13 - "9 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
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So why should I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need
Matthew 6:25 - "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life..."
Matthew6:30 - "...if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"
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