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Posted:  24 Jun 2011 21:40
I remember part of the song, but I was hoping to find the lyrics and the name of the singer or songwriter. It goes something like this:  " The old preacher man stood there in the pulpit, the church house was empty almost." Well that's how it starts. And the chorus goes: " There's a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun. The way is still straight, there's a race to be won. You can live as you please, but you must pay the cost. And the highway to heaven still goes by the cross." If anyone can help me find the info I'm looking for i would be greatly appreciative. Thank you.
Posted:  26 Jun 2011 06:12
i found the lyrics here
http://www.namethathymn.com/hymn-lyrics-detec ...


HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN
by The Rochesters

The old preacher man stood there in the pulpit,
The church house was empty almost;
His eyes filled with tears, his mind filled with memories,
Of not so long ago.

When the church house was full, not one pew was empty,
The altar was stained with Saints’ tears;
As he stands there this morning and sounds out the warning;
Once again letting them know.

There’s a Heaven to gain, and a Hell to shun;
The way is still straight, there’s a race to be run.
You can live as you please, but you must pay the cost;
And the highway to Heaven still goes by the cross.

Some of the members thought he was “old fashion”,
Unwilling to change with the times.
So they found a new church with more modern day preachers,
Who were willing to let things go by.

But the old preacher stood for what he believed in,
And what he had preached forty years;
As he stands there this morning in a near empty church house,
His opening remarks are these words:

There’s a Heaven to gain, and a Hell to shun;
The way is still straight, there’s a race to be run.
You can live as you please, but you must pay the cost;
And the highway to Heaven still goes by the cross.

You can live as you please, but you must pay the cost;
And the highway to Heaven still goes by the cross.
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