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What a Friend We Have In Jesus

February 3, 2016

 1. What a friend we have in Jesus, 

all our sins and griefs to bear! 

What a privilege to carry 

everything to God in prayer! 

O what peace we often forfeit, 

O what needless pain we bear, 

all because we do not carry 

everything to God in prayer. 
2. Have we trials and temptations? 

Is there trouble anywhere? 

We should never be discouraged; 

take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Can we find a friend so faithful 

who will all our sorrows share? 

Jesus knows our every weakness; 

take it to the Lord in prayer. 
3. Are we weak and heavy laden, 

cumbered with a load of care? 

Precious Savior, still our refuge; 

take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? 

Take it to the Lord in prayer! 

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee; 

thou wilt find a solace there. 

The words of this hymn were written by Joseph Scriven, a man that had suffered much tragedy in his life. The day before his wedding his fiancé had drowned in a lake. Brokenhearted he decided to move from Ireland to Canada to start a new life. His mother stayed behind and Ireland and word came that she was gravely ill. He wrote her a poem that became the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.

He fell in love once again, and before the wedding could take place his beloved Eliza contracted tuberculosis and died. He never married. In his later years he became ill and his friend found the words to his poem. He had never intended his poetry to be published but the words were to beautiful not to be heard by others. His death was also a tragedy, he was ill and delirious, walked outside, fell into a creek and drowned.Edit

God use the tragedies in Joseph’s life to bless generations with the wonderful words of his writings. It is obvious that his love for the Lord gave him peace even in tragedy.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

To God Be The Glory

January 22, 2016

Verse 1

To God be the glory, great things He hath done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Refrain

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.
Verse 2

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
(Refrain)
Verse 3

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.

This is one of the hymns written by Fanny Crosby about 1875 and was popular in England. Ira Sankey introduced it to America in the D. L. Moody revivals but it became popular when Cliff Barrows used it in Billy Graham’s London crusade and then in the crusade in Nashville, TN. 

Many of the older great hymns are no longer being sung in our churches as newer music is being introduced more frequently due to modern media. New is good but let us not forget the old hymns that have stood the test of time and honored God in ways that some of the newer songs lack.

Romans 16:27  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

December 14, 2015

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” was written in the 1700’s by Charles Wesley. He and his brother John were dynamic preachers in that time and were responsible for revival in both England and America.They founded the Methodist Church.

Charles wrote hundreds of hymns, first published in the Methodist Hymnal.

He was saved under the preaching of George Whitfield, who also had a part in the lyrics of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” as he changed some of the words to the hymn as we know it today.

The influence of these great men of the faith are still being felt today. If only we would see men today of such dedication to the preaching of the Gospel.

Unfortunately a lot of the churches have started singing “new” Christmas songs and the old familiar hymns are being tossed aside, along with the power of the Holy Spirit. Programs have replaced power in many churches today. If you hear or sing this great hymn this Christmas stop for a minute or two and pray for revival. Our churches need revival, our homes need revival and our nation needs revival.
1. Hark! the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled!

Joyful, all ye nations, rise;

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th’angelic host proclaim

Christ is born in Bethlehem!

(Chorus)

Hark! the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King!

2. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,

Ris’n with healing in his wings.

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that man no more may die;

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

For the Beauty of the Earth

November 27, 2015

These words that follow are a hymn written by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835 – 1917) in the mid 1800’s. He looked around and saw the beauty God created and wanted to praise the Creator. We also should be thankful and give praise to our great God and Savior for everything He has given us, so beautifully written in this hymn.

1. For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; 
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. 

2. For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; 

Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. 

3. For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight, for the mystic harmony, linking sense to sound and sight; 

Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. 

4. For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild; 

Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. 

5. For thy church, that evermore lifteth holy hands above, offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love; 

Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. 

6. For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given, for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven: 

Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. 

I Love to Tell the Story

November 16, 2015

     A young girl, Katherine Hankey, who devoted her life to Sunday school work fell seriously ill at age 30.
       During her convalescence, in the year 1866, she wrote a long poem which contains the words of this hymn:

I Love to Tell the Story

(1) I love to tell the story Of unseen things above,

Of Jesus and His glory, Of Jesus and His love;

I love to tell the story- Because I know ’tis true,

It satisfies my longings As nothing else can do.

CHORUS:

I love to tell the story!

Twill be my theme in glory-

To tell the old, old story

Of Jesus and His love.

(2) I love to tell the story- More wonderful it seems

Than all the golden fancies Of all our golden dreams;

I love to tell the story- It did so much for me,

And that is just the reason- I tell it now to Thee.

(3) I love to tell the story- ‘Tis pleasant to repeat

What seems, each time I tell it, More wonderfully sweet;

I love to tell the story- For some have never heard

The message of salavtion From God’s own holy word.

(4) I love to tell the story- For those who know it best

Seem hungering and thirsting To hear it like the rest;

And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new song,
‘Twill be the old, old story That I have loved so long.”

Every Christian should love to tell about Jesus. That is the reason SOS Events ministry was founded. To tell others how to be saved and to teach Christians how to tell in a simple non confrontational way.

Acts 11:14  Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
 
 
 

Blessed Assurance

September 8, 2015

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

Angels, descending, bring from above

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

Watching and waiting, looking above,

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Fanny Crosby 1873

Fanny Crosby was blind physically but not spiritually. She had faith and full assurance in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save her and wrote many hymns in her lifetime that are still sung and are a blessing to many over 100 years later.

Our prayer is that you who are reading this have the same assurance of the forgiveness that can be yours through faith in Jesus. It is as simple as admitting you have sinned, believing that He paid for your sins, asking Him to forgive you and change your life. He will come into your life and your life will change as you grow in the knowledge and understanding of His Word.

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

August 11, 2015

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful 

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you

You will find a solace there.
Blessèd Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright unclouded
There will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.
This hymn was written by Joseph M. Scriven for his mother who was far away from him in Ireland. Written in 1855 this hymn still brings comfort and peace to many.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

At Calvary

July 18, 2015

There are so many new worship songs sung in churches today, that some of the great old hymns are being overlooked.

At Calvary is one of the great old hymns.

“Calvary” means, the place of the skull. It is a place that is visited by thousands of Christian pilgrims each year, and it is the place where our Lord and Savior’s life was given to pay the penalty for our sin. The author, William Newell, was contemplating what this meant on the way to teach one of his many Bible classes.

As soon as he reached an empty classroom, he wrote them down on the back of an envelope. The words used today are these same words written in those moments. Then he met Daniel Towner, the Director of Music, and asked if he could try to put a tune to the words. After teaching his class, the two met up and the tune had already been written, so they sang it together. It was then first published in 1895.
Years I spent in vanity and pride, 

caring not my Lord was crucified, 

knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned

—then I trembled at the law I’d spurned, 

till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus ev’rything; 

now I gladly own Him as my King; 

now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.

O the love that drew salvation’s plan! 

O the grace that bro’t it down to man! 

O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

Chorus: 

Mercy there was great, and grace was free; 

pardon there was multiplied to me. 

There my burdened soul found liberty—at Calvary.

This is the Day

February 22, 2015

1. This is the day, this is the day
that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made;
we will rejoice, we will rejoice
and be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.

2. This is the day, this is the day
when he rose again, when he rose again;
we will rejoice, we will rejoice
and be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day when he rose again;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day when he rose again.

3. This is the day, this is the day
when the Spirit came, when the Spirit came;
we will rejoice, we will rejoice
and be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day when the Spirit came;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day when the Spirit came.

When researching hymns it is amazing how many different stanzas that there are. “This is the Day” is one of those hymns. These verses are especially meaningful as they honor the JESUS resurrection as well as the Holy Spirit even though He is nor mentioned by name. Sometime we are familiar with only one verse of a song and do not even realize there are more that are just as uplifting.

Psalms 118:24
This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

To God Be The Glory

January 12, 2015

“To God Be The Glory” is one of the hymns written by Fanny Crosby. She was blind from the age of six weeks old, when a doctor applied the wrong medication to her eyes.
She was well educated, became a teacher, married and wrote many hymns that are in our hymnals today.
She lived to be 95 years old and her love for the Lord is evident in the words of her many songs. A good example to us how a person can look at the bright side of life even through hardships and adversity.
1 To God be the glory, great things he has done;
so loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that we may go in.
Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory; great things he has done.
2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
3 Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our gladness, when Jesus we see.

John 11:4
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.