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!


        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!

 -Philip Bliss
-Public Domain

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sunday Hymns - My Worth is not in what I Own

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom's fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross


Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed - my ransom paid
At the cross


By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Graham Kendrick
© 2014 Getty Music Publishing and Make Way Music (admin by 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunday Hymns - One Day

    One day when Heaven was filled with His praises,
    One day when sin was as black as could be,
    Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,
    Dwelt among men, my example is He!

        Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
        Buried, He carried my sins far away;
        Rising, He justified freely forever;
        One day He’s coming—oh, glorious day!

    One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
    One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
    Suffering anguish, despised and rejected:
    Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He!

    One day they left Him alone in the garden,
    One day He rested, from suffering free;
    Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
    Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He!

    One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
    One day the stone rolled away from the door;
    Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
    Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!

    One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
    One day the skies with His glories will shine;
    Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
    Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday 10.16.2014

~A recent visit with Taylor.

~A new school year and two little boys who love to learn.

 ~A freshly painted house that finally feels like home.

~Beautiful fall days.

~Grace that is greater than my sin.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sunday Hymns - Come Thou Fount Come Thou King

Verse 1

Come Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Verse 2

I was lost in utter darkness
'Til You came and rescued me
I was bound by all my sin when
Your love came and set me free
Now my soul can sing a new song
Now my heart has found a home
Now Your grace is always with me
And I'll never be alone

Chorus 1

Come Thou Fount come Thou King
Come Thou precious Prince of Peace
Hear Your bride to You we sing
Come Thou Fount of our blessing
Come Thou Fount come Thou King
Come Thou precious Prince of Peace
Hear Your bride to You we sing
Come Thou Fount of our blessing

Verse 3

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let Thy goodness like a fetter
Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart Lord take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sunday Hymns - A Few More Years Shall Roll

A few more years shall roll,
A few more seasons come,
And we shall be with those that rest
Asleep within the tomb:
Then, O my Lord, prepare
My soul for that great day;

O wash me in thy precious blood,
And take my sins away.

A few more storms shall beat
On this wild rocky shore,
And we shall be where tempests cease,
And surges swell no more:
Then, O my Lord, prepare
My soul for that calm day;

A few more sabbaths here
Shall cheer us on our way,
And we shall reach the endless rest,
Th'eternal sabbath day:
Then, O my Lord, prepare
My soul for that sweet day;

'Tis but a little while,
And he shall come again
Who died that we might live, who lives
That we with him may reign:
Then, O my Lord, prepare
My soul for that glad day;

Words: Horatius Bonar 1842
Music: Leominster George W Martin 1862
Public Domain

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sunday Hymns - Not What My Hands Have Done

1 Not what my hands have done
can save my guilty soul;
not what my toiling flesh has borne
can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do
can give me peace with God;
not all my prayers and sighs and tears
can bear my awful load.

2 Your voice alone, O Lord,
can speak to me of grace;
your power alone, O Son of God,
can all my sin erase.
No other work but yours,
no other blood will do;
no strength but that which is divine
can bear me safely through.

3 I praise the Christ of God;
I rest on love divine;
and with unfaltering lip and heart
I call this Savior mine.
My Lord has saved my life
and freely pardon gives;
I love because he first loved me,
I live because he lives.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sunday Hymns - Omnipotent Lord

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Omnipotent Lord, my Savior and King,
Thy succor afford, Thy righteousness bring;
Thy promises bind Thee compassion to have,
Now, now let me find Thee almighty to save.

Rejoicing in hope, and patient in grief,
To Thee I look up for certain relief;
I fear no denial, no danger I fear,
Nor start from the trial, while Jesus is near.

I every hour in jeopardy stand;
But Thou art my power, and holdest my hand;
While yet I am calling, Thy succor I feel,
It saves me from falling, or plucks me from hell.

O who can explain this struggle for life!
This travail and pain, this trembling and strife!
Plague, earthquake, and famine, and tumult, and war,
The wonderful coming of Jesus declare.

For every fight is dreadful and loud,
The warrior’s delight is slaughter and blood,
His foes overturning, till all shall expire;
But this is with burning and fuel of fire.

Yet God is above men, devils, and sin,
My Jesus’ love the battle shall win,
So terribly glorious His coming shall be,
His love all victorious shall conquer for me.

He all shall break through; His truth and His grace
Shall bring me into the plentiful place,
Through much tribulation, through water and fire,
Through floods of temptation, and flames of desire.

On Jesus, my power, till then I rely,
All evil before His presence shall fly;
When I have my Savior, my sin shall depart
And Jesus for ever shall reign in my heart.

-Charles Wesley
-Public Domain


Friday, August 8, 2014

New Chapters.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.
-Lamentations 3:22-23 

Last May I wrote this family update, not having the slightest inkling that life was about to change again. I can't share the details here, but in the end God provided my beloved with a wonderful new job.

 We love the job, but it is 90 miles away. So.....


God has provided us with a lovely new home in Mankato, MN. We will be moving in less than two weeks, so we are busy sorting and cleaning. We are incredibly blessed to have movers coming to pack and move us.

God has been so good to us over this past year.

Soli Deo Gloria

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sunday Hymns - O Wonderful Word

  1. O wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    True wisdom its pages unfold;
    And though we may read them a thousand times o’er,
    They never, no never, grow old!
    Each line hath a treasure, each promise a pearl,
    That all if they will may secure;
    And we know that when time and the world pass away,
    God’s Word shall forever endure.
  2. O wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    The lamp that our Father above
    So kindly has lighted to teach us the way
    That leads to the arms of His love!
    Its warnings, its counsels, are faithful and just;
    Its judgments are perfect and pure;
    And we know that when time and the world pass away,
    God’s Word shall forever endure.
  3. O wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    Our only salvation is there;
    It carries conviction down deep in the heart,
    And shows us ourselves as we are.
    It tells of a Savior, and points to the cross,
    Where pardon we now may secure;
    For we know that when time and the world pass away,
    God’s Word shall forever endure.
  4. O wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    The hope of our friends in the past;
    Its truth, where so firmly they anchored their trust,
    Through ages eternal shall last.
    O wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    Unchanging, abiding and sure;
    For we know that when time and the world pass away,
    God’s Word shall forever endure.
  5. -Words: Fanny Crosby
  6. -Music: Ira Sankey
  7. Public Domain
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sunday Hymns - Salvation's Cup

There was a cup of holy wrath
Which made our fearless Savior quake;
He prayed the cup from Him would pass,
Yet drank its dregs for sinners’ sake.

Our thirst is quenched by Christ the Lord,
Who gives His cup and takes our own.
We taste and see that He is good;
He satisfies, and He alone!

Another cup o’erflows with grace—
Salvation’s bounty, poured by Christ;
He bids our thirsty, sinful race
To come, to drink without a price.

We drink a cup our Lord ordained
To point forgetful hearts above;
With bread it speaks of sinless pain,
Of saving death, of selfless love.

A cup remains, untouched and fair,
Which none shall drink till Christ appears;
The King and Bride its joy will share,
Unmixed with woe, or sin, or tears.

Copyright 2013 All rights reserved.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Songs From Scripture: The Song of Zechariah

67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
because He has visited
and provided redemption for His people.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of His servant David,
70 just as He spoke by the mouth
of His holy prophets in ancient times;
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the clutches of those who hate us.
72 He has dealt mercifully with our fathers
and remembered His holy covenant
73 the oath that He swore to our father Abraham.
He has given us the privilege,
74 since we have been rescued
from our enemies’ clutches,
to serve Him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness
in His presence all our days.
76 And child, you will be called
a prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord
to prepare His ways,
77 to give His people knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins.
78 Because of our God’s merciful compassion,
the Dawn from on high will visit us
79 to shine on those who live in darkness
and the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1:67-79 (HCSB)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sunday Hymns - His Robes For Mine

 HIS ROBES FOR MINE (Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Greg Habegger)

 His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
 Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
 Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
 In Christ I live, for in my place He died.

 I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
 Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
 Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
 My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone.

 His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
 God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
 Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
 Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.

 His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
 Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
 Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.

 His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
 Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
 He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
 I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!

 Copyright 2008 All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 2014 Bob DeWaay Health Update

This past Sunday my dad mentioned in his sermon that when he started preaching through Galatians last year, he didn't think he would be alive to finish it. But God is good and his given him more time here on earth to preach the gospel and, Lord willing, he will finish Galatians this Sunday.

Overall, he has been feeling very well. He is still dependent on blood transfusions, but has been able to go 2-3 weeks between transfusions. Of course, he loves to share the gospel with the nurses while he there receiving blood. My sweet friend Sylvia drew this awhile back:

Thank you for your continued prayers!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Songs in Scripture: The First Song of Isaiah

Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
 And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
 -Isaiah 12:3-6

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday Hymns - Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed

How can it be, the One who died, 
Has borne our sin through sacrifice 
To conquer every sting of death? 
Sing, sing hallelujah. 

For joy awakes as dawning light 
When Christ’s disciples lift their eyes. 
Alive He stands, their Friend and King; 
Christ, Christ He is risen. 

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! 
Oh, sing hallelujah. 
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed; 
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. 

Where doubt and darkness once had been, 
They saw Him and their hearts believed. 
But blessed are those who have not seen, 
Yet, sing hallelujah. 

Once bound by fear now bold in faith, 
They preached the truth and power of grace. 
And pouring out their lives they gained 
Life, life everlasting. 


The power that raised Him from the grave 
Now works in us to powerfully save. 
He frees our hearts to live His grace; 
Go tell of His goodness. 

He’s alive, He’s alive! 
Heaven’s gates are opened wide. 
He’s alive, He’s alive! 
Now in heaven glorified. 

Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Ed Cash; 
© 2012 Gettymusic and Alletrop Music (BMI) 
(adm. by 

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Songs from the Bible #1 - The Song of Moses

 One of the things that I've been trying to do with worship songs at Gospel of Grace Fellowship is to make sure that they are firmly grounded in Scripture, and to set up clear parameters for songs that will be sung at Gospel of Grace.

I've been spending time studying the songs found in Scripture such as the Song of Moses, the Songs of Isaiah, the Song of Zechariah, etc. While I usually post a hymn on Sundays, I will be taking several week to post several of the songs of the Bible in preparation for a post on Biblical worship.

I hope you will take the time to read these. These songs, unlike the hymns, are the authoritative, inerrant, and inspired Word of God.

This first one is the Song of Moses, found in Exodus 15.

The Song of Moses and Israel

15 Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said,
“I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
“The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.
The Lord is a warrior;
The Lord is His name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
“The deeps cover them;
They went down into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
“And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.
At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up,
The flowing waters stood up like a heap;
The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be gratified against them;
I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’
10 You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them;
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11 Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?
12 You stretched out Your right hand,
The earth swallowed them.
13 “In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed;
In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.
14 The peoples have heard, they tremble;
Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 “Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed;
The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
16 Terror and dread fall upon them;
By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone;
Until Your people pass over, O Lord,
Until the people pass over whom You have purchased.
17 You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance,
The place, O Lord, which You have made for Your dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
18 The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday Scripture Songs You Are My Hiding Place

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You
I will trust in You
Let the weak say “I am strong in the strength of the Lord.”
I will trust in you

-Words and music by Michael Lender (Psalm 32:7)
-© 1986 Maranatha! Music


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sunday Hymn - The Perfect Wisdom of Our God

The perfect wisdom of our God, 
Revealed in all the universe: 
All things created by His hand,
And held together at His command. 
He knows the mysteries of the seas, 
The secrets of the stars are His; 
He guides the planets on their way, 
And turns the earth through another day. 

The matchless wisdom of His ways, 
That mark the path of righteousness; 
His word a lamp unto my feet, 
His Spirit teaching and guiding me. 
And oh, the mystery of the cross, 
That God should suffer for the lost
So that the fool might shame the wise, 
And all the glory might go to Christ! 

Oh grant me wisdom from above, 
To pray for peace and cling to love, 
And teach me humbly to receive 
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty. 
Each strand of sorrow has a place 
Within this tapestry of grace; 
So through the trials I choose to say: 
“Your perfect will in your perfect way.”

Copyright 2010 Getty Music Publishing/BMG
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sunday Hymns - Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

   O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior,
    And life more abundant and free!

        Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
        Look full in His wonderful face,
        And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
        In the light of His glory and grace.

    Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there;
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
    For more than conqu’rors we are!

    His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
    Believe Him, and all will be well:
    Then go to a world that is dying,
    His perfect salvation to tell!

-Helen Lemmel
-Public Domain
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sunday Songs - The Gospel Changes Everything

Verse 1

The gospel changes ev'rything
The turning point in history
Even now it's changing me from who I was
The story of my Savior calls
Me to the wonder of the cross
The gospel changes ev'rything
And it is changing me


You saved my soul by Your blood
And I'm undone by Your great love
You made a way so I could come
Just as I am to You my God

Verse 2

Jesus changes ev'rything
There is no greater mystery
That God would come to rescue me
From who I was
The kindness of my Savior calls
Me to the wonder of His love
Jesus changes ev'rything
And He is changing me

You made a way so I could come
Just as I am to You my God
To You my God
Just as I am to You my God

Benji Cowart | Meredith Andrews | Paul Mabury
© 2012 Word Music, LLC

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

We Are the Dead Made Living

"Do your best. Live. Create. Fail. 

How many thieves can we fit on this cross?

How many of us can be dead in Lazarus’s tomb? 

Is there room for more dry bones in this valley? 

Because I could lie down. 

I can complain in a wilderness. 

Or maybe deny Christ three times? 

Resent the righteous? Shoo away some children? 

Fail to grow figs? 

Panic in a storm?

 Forget God’s law? 

Pursue my lusts? 

Sell out my Maker?

Hang myself in a field? 

So glad I could help. 

And from it all, from the compost of our efforts, God brings glory—a world of ripe grain in the wind. By His grace, we are the water made wine. We are the dust made flesh made dust made flesh again. We are the whores made brides and the thieves made saints and the killers made apostles. We are the dead made living. We are His cross."

-N.D. Wilson, Death by Living