Artist bio

Daniel Knudsen (Writer & Filmmaker) Daniel Knudsen is a songwriter/filmmaker from the Detroit, Michigan area. He has directed or produced ten feature films including Creed of Gold and Courageous Love. Two of his movies landed in the top 50 movies on Amazon Prime. As an actor Daniel starred in the hit PUREFLIX series, The King’s Messengers. He also starred along side Superman actor Dean Cain in the upcoming movie Skydog. Chris Veldhuizen (Actor & Performer) Chris Veldhuizen is an actor from Michigan. He has been in a number of film projects and played the lead role of Anwaar in the PUREFLIX series "The King’s Messengers." He graduated from Monroe Community College with an Associates degree in Criminal Justice. Besides acting, Chris enjoys, sports, music, youth ministry and spending time with friends.


Both Sides


Spoken Word

Artist Statement

"Both Sides" is a spoken word poem featured in the PUREFLIX series "The King’s Messengers."

How it fits into contest

"Both Sides" is a candid poem about the struggle where believers find themselves caught between the "old self" and the "new self." I heard a sermon from a pastor at a church I was visiting and was inspired to create this piece about spiritual warfare.


Director - Daniel Knudsen
Writer - Daniel Knudsen
Music Composer - Sean Anthony Kisch
Performers - Chris Veldhuizen

How to Purchase this Artwork

This spoken word poem is part of the "The King’s Messengers" series. It is available through Amazon:

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

Crystal Creek Media developed a comprehensive filmmaking workshop that is available online here:

Transcript / Lyrics

Both Sides
Daniel Knudsen

I'm deep in the battle
Throughout a long night
I'm barely hanging on
It's been a fierce fight

I saw an enemy soldier
Who crossed the battle line
But as that scout came closer
I saw his face was mine

I know there's two of me
Both fighting to survive
I wish that one was dead
And the other was alive

I’m deep in the trenches
In warfare where evil collides
I'm fighting my heart out
But I'm on both sides

This combat is my struggle
I’m trying to break free
Though filled with indecision
Deciding which one's me

I want to earn my rank
But I don't stand a chance
I’m hiding here defeated
And I'm helpless to advance

The King who is my general
Has called me out my name
He said that I'm his treasure
And He loves me still the same

Though I am undeserving
I'm weak and I'm unable
He invites me to his home
Where I am seated at his table

I failed and failed again
Though I've tried my very best
But when I delight in Him
It's there I find my rest

All is silent for a moment
Just seated with Him there
His strength becomes my own
And this burden I can bear

In Him the weak are strong
He whispers with a vow
His voice inside my heart
“I love you, right now”

I'm still deep in the battle
Though the victory’s already won
The battle is worth the fight
My soldier days will soon be done

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