Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Hymns - Free From the Law

Free from the law—oh, happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.

Once for all—oh, sinner, receive it;
Once for all—oh, doubter, believe it;
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.

There on the cross your burden upbearing,
Thorns on His brow your Savior is wearing;
Never again your sin need appall,
You have been pardoned once for all.

Now we are free—there’s no condemnation;
Jesus provides a perfect salvation:
“Come unto Me,” oh, hear His sweet call,
Come, and He saves us once for all.

Children of God—oh, glorious calling,
Surely His grace will keep us from falling;
Passing from death to life at His call,
Blessed salvation once for all.


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-Philip Bliss
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Christ, Our Everything



"In St. Paul’s epistles to the Romans, the Galatians, and the Colossians we find many passages which declare that God has consummated all the divine services in Judaism, and that Christ was to be the end of the Law (Rom. 10:4). Christ was also to be the fulfillment of the Law and of time (Gal. 4:4), and the fulfillment of all things. Christ was to be all in all and to have all. Therefore he who takes hold of Him in faith will possess forgiveness of sin, the Law will be fulfilled for him, death and the devil will be conquered, and he will obtain the gift of eternal life. In this Man all things are concluded and fulfilled.


Whoever accepts Him has everything. The Colossians are also told (2:10): “You have been consummated in Him.” I feel the terrors of hell and the nearness of death’s hour; but if I have Christ, I have come to the consummation, and neither death nor sin nor devil can harm me. For if I believe in Christ, I have fulfilled the Law, and it cannot accuse me. I have conquered hell, and it cannot hold me. All that Christ has is mine. Through Him we acquire all His goods and eternal life. Even if my faith is feeble, I still have the selfsame treasure and the selfsame Christ that others have. There is no difference. Faith in Him makes us all perfect, but works do not." - Martin Luther [1]


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[1] Luther, M. (1999). Luther's works, vol. 23: Sermons on the Gospel of St. John: Chapters 6-8 (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann, Ed.) (Jn 6:29). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House. Emphasis mine.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Light of the Stable

Hail, hail to the newborn King
Let our voices sing Him our praises
Hail, hail to the Guiding Light
That brought us tonight to our Savior

Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah

Come now, let it shine so bright
To the knowing Light of the Stable
Kneel close to the Child so dear
Cast aside your fear and Be Thankful

Hail, hail to the newborn King
Let our voices sing Him our Praises
Hail, hail to the Guiding Light
That brought us tonight to our Savior

Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah

Hail, hail to the newborn King
Let our voices sing Him our Praises
Hail, hail to the Guiding Light
That brought us tonight to our Savior

Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah

 Steven Rhymer, Elizabeth Rhymer
Copyright: Cminor Music O.B.O. Tessa Pub Company


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday Hymns - Joy Has Dawned Upon the World

Joy has dawned upon the world,
 Promised from creation—
God's salvation now unfurled,
Hope for ev'ry nation.
Not with fanfares from above,
Not with scenes of glory,
But a humble gift of love—
Jesus born of Mary.

Sounds of wonder fill the sky
With the songs of angels
As the mighty Prince of Life
Shelters in a stable.
Hands that set each star in place,
Shaped the earth in darkness,
Cling now to a mother's breast,
Vuln'rable and helpless.

Shepherds bow before the Lamb,
Gazing at the glory;
Gifts of men from distant lands
Prophesy the story.
Gold—a King is born today,
Incense—God is with us,
Myrrh—His death will make a way,
And by His blood He'll win us.

Son of Adam, Son of heaven,
Given as a ransom;
Reconciling God and man,
Christ, our mighty champion!
What a Savior! What a Friend!
What a glorious myst'ry!
Once a babe in Bethlehem,
Now the Lord of hist'ry.




"Joy Has Dawned upon the World"
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2004 Thankyou Music

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sunday Hymns - The Light of the World


  The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    Like sunshine at noonday, His glory shone in;
    The Light of the world is Jesus!

        Refrain:

        Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
        Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
        Once I was blind, but now I can see:
        The Light of the world is Jesus!

    No darkness have we who in Jesus abide;

    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    We walk in the light when we follow our Guide!
    The Light of the world is Jesus!

    Ye dwellers in darkness with sin-blinded eyes,

    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    Go, wash at His bidding, and light will arise;
    The Light of the world is Jesus!

    No need of the sunlight in Heaven we’re told;

    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    The Lamb is the Light in the city of gold,
    The Light of the world is Jesus!

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 -Philip Bliss
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