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Christian Benefits in a Nutshell (adapted from Isaiah 65)


My servants shall eat.
My servants shall drink.
My servants shall rejoice.
My servants shall sing for joy of heart because their former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from their Lord’s eyes.

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How Deep the Father’s Love for Us


How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

-Stuart Townend

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COME YE SINNERS POOR AND NEEDY


Our country was founded on Christian principles:  To become a nation that would spread the gospel message.  This was the most important reason behind the framing of our constitution.

In my opinion, the lyrics to this song speak the gospel more succintly and profoundly than any other Christian song.  When I die, this will be the only song I will allow to be sung in my memory!  Hallelujah!

COME YE SINNERS POOR AND NEEDY

Fernando Ortega and John Andrew Schreiner

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy
Weak and wounded, sick and sore.
Jesus ready, stands to save you
Full of pity, love and power.
 
I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior
Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
 
Come ye thirsty, come and welcome
God’s free bounty glorify.
True belief and true repentance
Every grace that brings you nigh.
 
Come, ye weary, heavy laden
Lost and ruined by the fall.
If you tarry ’til you’re better
You will never come at all.
 
I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior
Oh there are ten thousand charms
 
Feel Him prostrate in the garden
On the ground your Master lies.
On the bloody tree behold Him
Sinner, will this not suffice?
 
Lo, the incarnate God ascended
Pleads the merit of His blood.
Venture on Him, Venture wholly
Let no other trust intrude.
 
I will arise and trust in Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior
Oh there are ten thousand charms.

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I Am Thankful for His Grace & Truth


“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  – John 1:16

     This thanksgiving, I want to thank God for His grace and truth.  In reading John chapter 1 this morning, I am once again reminded of the truth of His grace.  His grace is not deserved and not earned.  We are not entitled to His grace.  By His generous and loving nature, He desires to give us good things.  As the most popular Bible verse says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12

     The believer’s adoption, the believer’s re-birth is God’s greatest gift to man!  He gave us, graced us, with the right to become His children.  This right did not come from our parents nor from our ancestors nor from any line of blood.  This right is not attained by striving, nor by persistence nor by stubborn willfullness.  It is not given to us by people who desire us to have it.  It is His gift to whom He wills to give it, “to those who believe in His name”.

     I am thankful for the fullness of His grace and His truth that has set me free.  He created me in His likeness.  He saved me from my sin.  I did absolutely nothing to deserve His love.  And now I sing:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.”

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