Broken Oaks

Broken Oaks

 Johnstown, New York, USA
BandChristianCeltic

Josef played "Peaceful Easy Feeling" as the pub erupted in violence. Julie recalls leading worship while her whole life fell apart. But both journeyed back to the Lord & received a powerful anointing. Now Broken Oaks' songs reach soul-deep into the hidden places most Christian artists never touch.

Biography

THE PROMISE: When his father told him, “Take care of your mother, make the Irish music, and
play football for Notre Dame some day,” eight-year–old Joe never imagined his dad would be dead within hours.

Suddenly, neighborhood kids were teasing him for more than his Aussie accent. He became the “poor” kid, whose destitute mother worked through the nights to salvage their shattered lives. That’s because his father, an Irish/Australian immigrant, had drank himself to death after the family pub burned to the ground without any insurance.

Just before the fire, young Joe had been playing with the colorful keg caps in the pub’s basement when sparks suddenly shot out and smoke began sizzling all around. In terror, he darted for the stairs, but before he could escape the electrical box began flaming in earnest blocking the stairs. In terror, Joe wheeled around and rushed to the windows, where he hurriedly stacked boxes and climbed up through a window to run off down the street. When he turned back the pub was on fire, but still too scared to even think he kept running down the street. What if his parents thought he started it? Within minutes the fire trucks came and there were flames leaping fifty feet in the air. When Joe came back his mother ran over and embraced
him; she had thought he was still inside!

Later it was determined to be an electrical fire, but at first Joe’s father thought that his only son had started the fire.

Years later...Joe entered the Air Force just before his mother passed away. Then finally, Joe’s sister died too, leaving him completely alone with only THE PROMISE ~ MAKE the Irish music.

“For over 20 years that PROMISE almost consumed me,” Joe said. “Celtic harmonies, Celtic guitar, every rebel and fight song, writing for RCA and others, then one day I realized, my children were growing up alone in the world ~ just like I had.”

PERFECTION: Julie came from a “GOOD” Christian two-parent family, and yet felt pretty much
alone. Julie said, “My greatest fear was that my parents would find out I was the kid everyone
hated.”

That’s because, Julie had been disfigured in a fall from the monkey bars so that years of cruel
jokes plagued her throughout school. And worse yet, Julie suffered a concussion as a thirdgrade
bully slammed her head into the sidewalk while children looked on cheering.

After some success in sports and music, Julie began taking drugs in junior high school. When
she couldn’t be PERFECT, though, she ran away. After that, came foster homes, group homes,
and detention facilities where Julie was attacked, had an abortion, and even overdosed on
drugs before finally enlisting in the Navy.

PERFECT IN HIS PROMISE: It was many long years before Julie learned that perfection is only
possible through the redemptive GRACE of Christ. As a teacher and Family Life Educator, Julie
has written or spoken for organizations including one of Dr. Dobson's Focus on the Family
publications, Contact Magazine, as well as a feature article disputing partial-birth abortion in the
Detroit News. In 2002, the Lord united Julie and Joe, and their unique backgrounds were
combined to form what the media has christened the “SOUL-DEEP” sound of Celtic-Christian
Music.

Joe said, “I don’t think too much about those days right after the pub fire, but I will never forget
the promise I made to my dad, NOT BECAUSE I COULD NOT KEEP IT, but because that
childish promise NEARLY consumed my life.”
Maybe an eight-year-old boy would have no idea what the PROMISE he made would cost him,
but then the Father in heaven comes down to walk with the boy ~ to walk him “through the fire”.
After that the boy can grow into a man, who really isn’t alone in this world.

“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not consume you…for I
am the Lord your God.” - Isaiah 43:3

Dropped, Broken, Buried, DESTINY…Like acorns DROP from Oak Trees must break and then
bury themselves beneath the ground for a season in order to emerge to their destiny ~ so too we
often go through seasons of brokenness before rising into the light of His plan for us…and yet
we were all created for this, His wonderful plan for us.

Dropped, Broken, Buried, DESTINY…
We were born for Greatness!


Lyrics

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Written By: Josef & Julie Devine

HALLOWED BE THY NAME
Writtenby Josef and Julie Devine Protected by US Copyright Law

IN THE SHADOW OF HIS KINGDOM
I HEARD HIM CALL MY NAME
WHO AM I THAT HE SHOULD CALL ME?
HALLOWED BE, OH HALLOWED BE THY NAME

AND THEN I STOOD BEFORE HIM
OH, TEACH ME HOW TO PRAY
HE TOOK ME TO THE VALLEY
HALLOWED BE, OH HALLOWED BE THY NAME

CHORUS:
AND THE YOUNG MEN DREAM OF GLORY
THEY FORGOT THY KINGDOM COME
OH DELIVER US FROM EVIL
HALLOWED BE OH , HALLOWED BE THY NAME.

IN THE MOMENT OF MY DYING
HE SHOWED ME ALL I HAD DONE
JESUS CAME AND STOOD BESIDE ME
HALLOWED BE, OH HALLOWED BE THY NAME

AND AS I STOOD THERE CRYING
JESUS WIPED MY TEARS AWAY
PRECIOUS ONE, I HAVE FORGIVEN .
HALLOWED BE, OH HALLOWED BE MY NAME.

CHORUS:
AND THE WORLD MAY DREAM OF GLORY
EVEN SO, THY KINGDOM COME
HERE ON EARTH AS IN YOUR HEAVEN
RESTORE US NOW AND LET YOUR WILL BE DONE
AND THE WORLD MAY DREAM OF GLORY
EVEN SO, THY KINGDOM COME
HERE ON EARTH AS IN YOUR HEAVEN
HALLOWED BE, OH HALLOWED BE AMEN
HALLOWED BE, OH HALLOWED BE AMEN

The House That Bears My Name

Written By: Josef & Julie Devine

THE HOUSE THAT BEARS MY NAME
By Josef & Julie Devine
(Protected by US Copyright Law)

WOULD YOU BLESS MY PEOPLE IN MY HOUSE,
THEN CURSE THEM IN THE STREETS?
DID YOU THINHK THAT THEY WOULD NOT CRY OUT,
DID YOU THINK I WOULD NOT SEE?

WOULD YOU CRUCIFY MY SON AGAIN,
TO JUSTIFY YOUR SHAME?
I AM SENDING WORD FOR YOUR REPLY
OH THE HOUSE THAT BEARS MY NAME

CHORUS:
WHAT SHOULD I .. SAY THEN, TO A PEOPLE SUCH AS THIS?
SO BLESSED YET THEY WILL NOT TURN BACK
THEY BETRAY ME WITH A KISS.

WILL YOU TRAMPLE CHRIST BENEATH YOU FEET
UNDER EVERY SPREADING TREE?
WILL YOU FILL THE EMPTY HEARTS OF MEN,
WILL YOU SET THE CAPTIVES FREE?

CHORUS I
WHAT SHOULD I .. SAY THEN, TO A PEOPLE SUCH AS THIS?
SO BLESSED YET THEY WILL NOT TURN BACK
THEY BETRAY ME WITH A KISS.

CHORUS II
WHAT SHOULD I ..SAY THEN, I HAVE COVERED ALL THEIR SHAME?
THEY MUST RISE IN LOVE AND FIGHT FOR ME,
IN THE HOUSE THAT BEARS MY NAME,
IN THE HOUSE THAT BEARS MY NAME
IN THE HOUSE THAT BEARS MY ....NAME

Discography

Our latest CD -- "You Make Me Dwell in Peace"
is available @ www.brokenoaks.com and documents a lifelong journey of healing through grace.
Listen online to many of our popular tunes!
Our Newest release -- Come, Jerusalem, Come has also been released as a single to benefit flood victims in Northeast upstate NY. Both are available online.