He’s Alive!

April 16, 2017

Photo from “The Hope Blog”

Published today on Ingrid Schlueter’s “The Hope Blog:”

This is from the 6th Century Christian hymn, “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing.”

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing,
Praise to our victorious King,
Who hath washed us in the tide
Flowing from his pierced side;
Praise we Him, whose love divine
Gives His sacred blood for wine,
Gives His body for the feast,
Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest.

Where the Paschal blood is poured,
Death’s dark angel sheathes his sword;
Israel’s hosts triumphant go
Through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
Paschal Victim, paschal Bread;
With sincerity and love
Eat we Manna from above.

Mighty Victim from the sky,
Hell’s fierce powers beneath Thee lie;
Thou hast conquered in the fight,
Thou hast brought us life and light;
Now no more can death appall,
Now no more the grave enthrall;
Thou hast opened Paradise,
And in Thee Thy saints shall rise.

Paschal triumph, Easter joy,
Only sin can this destroy;
From sin’s death do Thou set free
Souls reborn, O Lord, in Thee.
Hymns of glory and of praise,
Father, to Thee we raise;
Risen Lord, all praise to Thee,
Ever with the Spirit be.


His Peace

December 13, 2016

I saw this on Ingrid Schlueter’s The Hope Blog today.

I had to share it because it reminds me so much of the unmerited grace that God has had on me. There is pain, there is sadness, yet there is hope and joy.

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The Father’s Will

September 21, 2016

Sherry has put together a great combination here. Worship God through song and then listen to the Prince of Preachers preach. (I wish it was an actual recording of Mr. Spurgeon’s voice. A good reader will have to suffice.)
If you can’t make it to church, this is the next best thing!

He Hath Said

You who are King of kings and Lord of lords, we worship You. Before Jehovah’s awful throne we bow with sacred joy.

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Only by Grace

August 12, 2016

Looking back at the partial life story of a neighbor and brother in Christ, Gregory Lane, who passed on over 2 years ago now, I noticed a link to this song. It is an uplifting reminder of the reformation that God has made in every Christian life.

Greg was an inspiration to all who read his blog. His illness with ALS and his attitude about it was a great example to me. Even though we lived in the same State, I never had the opportunity to meet Greg in person. We will meet some day.

By clicking on this link, you’ll see the “About” on Greg’s blog, still being maintained by his wife and daughter. Greg was very honest about his illness. He linked to a different version of “Only by Grace” at this link.

I have posted this version of the song so that the words, which obviously meant a lot to Greg, can be read.

Greg continued blogging almost until the end of his earthly life.

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

August 8, 2016

I would like to thank Octavian Curpas for letting me know this was on Pastor Ciprian Barsan’s blog Din inima pentru tine found HERE.

Both Octavian and Pastor Barsan write for blogs that give God the glory. They are both Christians of Romanian heritage and they are very active in the American/Romanian community spreading the truth of the Gospel message.

I have known Octavian for some time now and I appreciate his writing and his ability to find stories that I have not heard of. Octavian works in real estate around the Phoenix area in Arizona.

May God bless both of these men of God as they continue to allow God to work in their lives.

Enjoy this wonderful version (particularly the words) of a great Christian classic.

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JERUSALEM

July 16, 2016

“…and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
‘The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.’” – Romans 11:26

So why is a large part of Israel not Christian at the posting of this brief article?

The answer is written in the verse that precedes the verse above. Romans 11:25 states:

“For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”

Darrell Mansfield tells the Jews that “Your King is this Man from Galilee” in this song.

I enjoyed Darrell’s walk through the streets of Jerusalem in this 30 year old music video.

Darrell Mansfield was once a young man in search of meaning in life. His search ended at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ after some difficult times in his youth. This early music video was Filmed on location in Jerusalem, September 1986.

I agree with Dr. J. Vernon McGee that these verses are talking about literal Jews (Israelites). I also agree on his commentary involving these verses:

Romans 11 ‘Thru the Bible’ with Dr. J. Vernon McGee
(Click on #8 if you wish to hear Dr. McGee’s commentary on Romans 11:26…It wouldn’t take long to listen to the commentary on the rest of the chapter, too!)

I am watching the tiny little country of Israel become more isolated from the rest of the world. Many former friends have and are leaving them. I will always be a friend to the nation of Israel because of an everlasting covenant that God make with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I believe that the Bible teaches that God will eventually intervene on their behalf. How He does that remains to be seen. One thing I am not concerned about is the destruction of the Israelites. It will not happen.

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Darrell Mansfield’s first appearance on an album with the group Gentile Faith. “Jerusalem” is my favorite song on this album.


New Songs of Joy ~

May 28, 2016

Deborah Ann always shares scripture after her poems. She is inspired by God’s Word, can there be anything greater? This poem was particularly helpful to me today. I hope it has the same effect on you.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

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New songs of joy,
to You, Lord I raise
songs of thanksgiving
worship and praise.

New songs of hope,
afresh and anew
songs of the love
I have Lord, for You.

New songs of faith,
dance in my head
whether I be up
or still in my bed.

New songs of trust,
to You, Lord I sing
gleefully I proclaim
You as my King.

New songs of joy,
Lord, to You I raise
for You are worthy
of my jubilant praise!

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Psalm 149. 1-5

” Praise ye the Lord.
Sing unto the Lord
a new song, and his
praise in the
congregation of saints.

Let Israel rejoice in him
that made him: let the
children of Zion be
joyful in their King.

Let them praise his name
in the dance: let them
sing praises unto him
with the timbrel and harp.

For the Lord taketh
pleasure in his people:

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