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All Creatures of Our God and King

All Creatures of Our God and King

All Creatures of Our God and King

            In Revelation 19, when Jesus is about to return for His second coming, we find a powerful and majestic celebration with a four-fold hallelujah. The word hallelujah means to praise God. We also see at the triumphal entry of Christ a wonderful time of worship as the crowds called out to Jesus, “Hosanna to the highest, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Jesus was undoubtedly worthy of praise then. Though the crowds didn’t know it at the time, Jesus was going into Jerusalem to be the sin sacrifice for all mankind, for all who would put their faith in Him. Though we can only imagine now, think of how majestic it will be when all of the redeemed, along with all creation, praise Him at His second coming. I can’t wait.

            Though we can only read about the praise that took place at His first coming, all of the redeemed will praise Him at His second coming. Jesus is worthy of praise. In fact, Jesus told the Pharisees, if the crowds didn’t praise Him in His triumphal entry, the rocks will. (Luke 19:40). Despite all He has done for us, if we understand the true nature of who He is, we would know that He is worthy of praise.

            The words to this beautiful hymn were originally a poem. And though the poem dates back to the 12th century and was initially written in Latin, they are timeless and transcend all culture and language. Jesus is worthy of praise. He always has been, and He always will be.

            This beautiful hymn is a call to worship for all creatures of our God and King, to lift up your voice and let us sing alleluia. In other words, everyone and everything needs to sing and praise God. Again, He is worthy! He was worthy of being praised before He laid down the foundations of this earth, He was worthy to be praised before He breathed life into Adam, He was worthy to be praised before He shed His blood on the cross, He was worthy to be praised before He became the chief cornerstone of the church, He is worthy to be praised by all today, and He will be praised for all eternity.

            Will you praise Him today? (Psalm 148:1-6). Will you be a part of the redeemed? (Revelation 20:15). (Romans 10:9-10).

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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Are You Washed in the Blood

Are You Washed in the Blood

Sunday’s Song and Devotional: Are You Washed in the Blood

Are You Washed in the Blood is a song full of questions rooted in the main question, are you washed in the blood. Though it asks this question in many forms, the ultimate goal is asking the question as to whether or not an individual has been saved from their sins through the saving and redeeming power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:22 tells us, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

            What do we need to be forgiven of? We need to be forgiven of our sins, and the bible teaches us that we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23). The bible also teaches us that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23). If we were to die in our sins without being forgiven, we would have to pay the wages of those sins for all eternity in death, in hell. But, praise God, that Jesus went to the cross to pay the wages of sin for us. Ephesians 1:7 tells us, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”

            Since life is in the blood, blood is the required offering for the atonement of sin. (Leviticus 17:11). Since Jesus was sinless, He, and He alone, is acceptable to be the sin sacrifice. Therefore, the only means to salvation is placing our faith in Jesus and His finished work on the cross. And the good news is, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

You are a part of the whoever! Isn’t that something to give God praise and glory for? Apart from Jesus’ finished work on the cross through the shedding of His blood, the world would be hopelessly lost and eternally condemned to hell. So, give God the praise, honor, and glory He deserves for His work of salvation and His invitation to the whole world for that salvation. If you have not accepted God’s gift of salvation, put your faith and trust in Jesus today by asking Him to forgive you of your sins and by inviting Him into your life as Lord and Savior. When you pray, believe that God will hear you, and believe that God will answer you by saving you from your sins. That’s the very reason He went to the cross.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2021 in Devotional

 

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Higher Ground

Higher Ground

Sunday’s Song and Devotion: Higher Ground

The end goal of this beautiful hymn is summed up in the line, “My prayer my aim is higher ground.” What higher ground is the hymnist speaking of? Spirituality, of course. Not only is that the end goal of this wonderful hymn, but it should also be the end goal of every Christian. We need to understand that there isn’t a point of stagnancy within a Christians walk with Jesus. Either we are growing closer to Jesus or, we are slipping further away.  

            Peter tells us that, “Newborn babes long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” (I Peter 2:2). The newborn babe is the new believer in Christ. He is telling us that if one has indeed tasted of the kindness of Jesus Christ through salvation, they will have a longing for the pure milk of the word, which is the Word of God. As a result of fulfilling that thirst for God’s Word, the newborn babe will grow in respect to their salvation.

            Notice that the hymnist wrote, “my aim is higher ground.” The reality is if you aren’t aiming for anything, you aren’t going to hit anything. If you aren’t aiming to grow in your walk with Jesus and find that higher ground, then you certainly won’t find it. If you aren’t making plans and setting goals, you most certainly will not fulfill them nor achieve them.

            During this time of year, many are thinking about setting goals or making resolutions. If your prayer and your aim is higher spiritual ground this year, might I suggest starting with the pure milk of the word? Though the Bible serves many purposes, one clear purpose, as stated by Peter, is that you grow in respect to salvation. In other words, you will grow in your walk with Christ; you will reach higher ground.

            Set your aim, your goal, at reading and studying the Bible every day. There are many Bible reading plans you can find online. Once you do that find a Bible-believing church with a Bible-preaching pastor and allow him to feed you a full course meal of God’s Word. Lastly, get plugged in to a Sunday School class or Bible study group. Don’t go to a social gathering they call Bible study, but one where they will genuinely break open the Bible and feed you the bread of life.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2021 in Devotional

 

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Sunday’s Song and Devotion: Whispering Hope

Sunday’s Song and Devotion: Whispering Hope

It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that 2020 won’t go down in the history books as the greatest of years. Yet, the bible teaches us that the trials in our life make us stronger. James 1:2 tells us to, “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials.” Why should we consider trials a joy? James 1:3-4 tells us why, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” By no means are trials a joy, but God can, and He will cause great good to come from those trials to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans, 8:28). Therefore, by faith, we consider them a joy.

The first verse of this beautiful hymn Whispering Hope says,

Wait ’til the darkness is over
Wait ’til the tempest is done
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow
After the darkness is gone.

          It reminds us that the dark days are only temporary. As Christians, even when all hope is lost in this world, we have hope in Jesus and hope in everlasting life in our eternal home in heaven Jesus has for us. (John 14:1-6).

          Focusing on the world and the things of the world can and will overwhelm us. In times like we are facing today, they can and will rob us of our joy. It will cause us to lose focus and get off track in our walk with Jesus. That is why the bible tells us to keep our eyes focused on the things above and not on the things below. (Colossians 3:1-2).

          How do we do that? For starters, spend daily time in the Word of God. Secondly, but just as important, spend daily time in prayer. Lastly, and equally important, if you are not already, get involved in a bible believing and bible teaching church. Forsaking any of these will cause you to lose your focus.           Just as we didn’t know what 2020 had instore when we celebrated the New Year last year, we don’t know what 2021 has instore either. But, praise be to God, if we keep focused on Jesus, we will walk in the light, for He is light, regardless of how dark the days are around us.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2020 in Devotional, Music

 

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Silent Night a Christmas Devotional

A Christmas Devotional on Silent Night. Give your mess to the Master and He will make a masterpiece out of it. This is a part of my Behind the Carol Christmas Program that I do looking at the history or meaning of the Christmas carols. I will post a different one each morning this week.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2018 in Devotional, Music, Uncategorized

 

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America’s First Thanksgiving Song

I don’t usually do video’s, but here ya go. I have a couple of songs for Thanksgiving and several for Christmas where I will give a little history of each song along with a short devotion. After giving the history and devotion I will then play the song on my acoustic guitar. Here is my first song, I hope you enjoy it. Later I will include the full version of this song by itself. Feel free to share. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Devotional, History, Music

 

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