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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing: Song and Devotional

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

            Every guitarist knows that one of the most important things they need to do is make sure their guitar is in tune. An out of tune guitar will make the greatest guitarist sound awful. The second line of this beautiful hymn states, tune my heart to sing thy grace. Just as a guitar out of tune will sound poorly, a heart out of tune with the Lord will walk and live poorly.

            The following two lines state, streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. The more we know of the grace of God, the more likely we will be to sing His praise. The heart that is in tune with God is a heart that understands His grace and mercy. Because of His grace and mercy, they not only willingly, but joyfully live for the Lord.

            The grace and mercy of God are indeed a fount of blessing. God’s streams of mercy are truly never ceasing. Apart from God’s grace and mercy, we would be helpless and hopeless. (Romans 5:6). The fact is, we are all out of tune. Fortunately for us, God loves us anyway and bestowed on us grace and mercy. The more, by faith, we respond to His grace and mercy, the more in tune with Him we will be. And when we all get to glory, because of His grace and mercy, we will be a perfectly tuned symphony singing His praise forevermore!

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Bound for Glory: Song and Devotional

Bound For Glory

            Some consider this to be a folk song, while others claim that it is a gospel or spiritual song. I say that it is both. The concept of a train bringing us to glory isn’t a biblical one and would line up more with the side of folk music. However, the truth of God’s word teaches that those who are saved are indeed bound for glory.

            A train won’t bring us to glory, but Jesus clearly taught in John 14 that He would come and take us to the Father’s house one day. We also won’t follow train tracks to get there. Instead, Jesus told us, that He is the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6). Our only means to heaven is Jesus.

            Most trains also require a ticket to get on board. Some tickets are pretty pricy as well. But, praise be to God, our ticket to glory has already been bought and paid for with the blood of Jesus Christ. If you haven’t put your faith and trust in Jesus for eternal life in glory, you better not wait. To use the metaphor, don’t miss the train, for it (He) is the only one.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus: Song and Devotion

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

In 1845, just after the tragic death of Joseph Scriven’s fiancé, he moved to Ontario, Canada, from Dublin, Ireland. The death of the love of his life devastated him, and everything in Ireland reminded him of her. So, he packed his bags to start over again, far away from the pain he left behind.

            Shortly after moving to Ontario, Joseph became a Christian. He was well known as a devout Christian who eagerly shared his faith with all and was the first to be there for the needy. His love for Jesus was obvious and evident to everyone that knew him.

            Eventually, he found a new love and once again was engaged to be wed. Unfortunately, just weeks before his wedding, his fiancé died from pneumonia. Though the grief was just as bad as it was with his first fiancé Joseph now had a friend who was there with him to walk through it and give him peace and comfort.

            He wrote a letter to his mother, who was still in Ireland, to tell her of the tragic news. In this letter, he included a poem that he wrote, hoping it would comfort her and be a witness. The poem stated:

            What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grief’s to bear
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit Oh, 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.

            The hymn did bring Joseph’s mother great comfort. She loved it so much that, with his permission, she had it published. It immediately became a very popular poem. Many years later, after Joseph Scriven’s death, an unknown musician composed an Irish tune to go along with the poem transforming it into one of the most beloved hymns of our day.

            Isn’t it wonderful to know that Jesus is our friend? (John 15:15). Isn’t it wonderful to know that He will always be there for us regardless of what we face in life? If you are facing trials today, take it to the Lord in prayer.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Blessed Assurance: Song and Devotional

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of glory divine. What a glorious truth! No doubt, the assurance of salvation is one of the greatest truths in all of the Word of God. As a pastor and evangelist, one of the questions I am asked most often is if one can be sure of their salvation. My answer is always, absolutely.

I John 5:13 states, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” We have the testimony of the Word of God that tells us who the true Jesus is and what He did to secure salvation for us, and how we receive that salvation.

Salvation is made available to us through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus through His death, burial, and resurrection. This is the gospel. (I Corinthians 15:3-4). We receive salvation by merely placing our faith in Jesus and the work He did on the cross. (Ephesians 2:8-9.) When we do that, we have the assurance in the word of God that He saves us. Once we have received salvation by placing our faith in Jesus, the bible tells us that “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16.) So, yes, we can, and we should have the absolute assurance of salvation. And it truly is a blessed assurance.

If you are unsure of your salvation, or you are confused about what salvation is, by all means, let me know. I would love to see you have this blessed assurance as well. More importantly, God wants you to know.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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