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I Shall Not Be Moved: Song and Devotional

I Shall Not Be Moved

            Often times we joke that this song is a reference to the dead Christian or the dead church. Though some refuse to move forward in their walk with Jesus, this song is a wonderful reminder that those who are anchored in Jehovah shall not be moved. Come what may, they will stand on the solid foundation of Jesus, steadfast and immovable. They are the tree of Psalm 1 that is planted by the water

            Psalm 1 compares the righteous with the wicked. The wicked will be moved and tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine that comes their way. They are like the chaff that is blown by the wind. On the other hand, the righteous do not stand in the path of sinners nor sit in the seat of scoffers. Their delight is in the law of the Lord. In other words, they are not influenced, nor do they take advice from the people of the world. The Word of God is their instruction, and God alone is their master. Therefore, they shall not be moved.

            As a Christian today, it is very easy to be influenced by this wicked world. The ways and mindset of the world are the majority.  The bulk of the population thinks and acts in accordance with this world rather than God’s Word. Unfortunately, many of the ways of the Lord today are considered archaic and backward. There is tremendous pressure in the world to reject God’s righteous standards and take up the world’s wicked ways. It’s easy to be influenced into simply going with the flow.

However, the righteous will not be swayed. They will stand upon the solid truth of the Word of God even if they stand alone. Praise God, they will stand on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, knowing by faith, they will never be alone. So today, set in your mind that you will be the tree that’s planted by the water; set in your mind, I shall not be moved.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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Great is Thy Faithfulness: Song and Devotional

Great is Thy Faithfulness

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentation 3:22-24

One of the most assured truths in all of scripture is the faithfulness of God. He is the Epidemy of faithfulness. With this truth in mind, we should be reminded that God owes us nothing, yet He is faithful. He is the almighty creator whereas the earth is the Lord’s and all therein, yet He chooses to be faithful to us. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s, who is worthy of all surrender and service, yet He is faithful to His servants.

Why is God faithful? Because of His steadfast love that never ceases. God loves us with an incomprehensible love. Those who know Him know His love and know His faithfulness. Those who know Him know that The Lord indeed is their portion.

God is faithful even when we are faithless. He is faithfully there to draw His children back into right relationship, for He chastises those of whom He loves; He is faithful. His love and faithfulness move those who love Him unto faithfulness. Apart from God’s faithfulness to pursue us and draw us unto Himself, we would never have the slightest desire to know Him, much less live for Him. He is faithful.

Even when the world has turned its back on you and all have forsaken you, He is faithful. Even when all that you’ve trusted in crumbles around you, He is faithful. Therefore, I will hope in Him. And, yes, we can rebel against Him and His faithfulness but then we would never know how great is His faithfulness.  

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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Glad Reunion Day: Song and Devotional

Glad Reunion Day

            My mother’s birthday was just a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, since she passed many years ago, it was more a day of remembrance than a day of celebration. I greatly miss my mom as I think of her often. But praise be to God, because of the hope we have in Jesus and the fact that she placed her faith in Him before her death, I will see her again in that glad reunion day. That will indeed be a day of celebration. The first verse of this beautiful song reminds us of this jubilant time in the future.

There will be a happy meeting in Heaven, I know
When we see the many loved ones we’ve known here below
Gathered on that blessed hilltop with hearts all aglow
That will be a glad reunion day

            In John 14, Jesus was explaining to His disciples that He was going to go to a place where they could not yet come, but later, He would come and receive them unto Himself. Though they didn’t fully understand this, Jesus was talking about His death. To comfort them in this, He said in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”

            Jesus’ disciples were Jews who believed in God since childhood. Now Jesus was saying, you will no longer see Me, but in the same way you believed in God, though you’ve never seen Him, believe in Me. For this reason, let not your heart be troubled. Though Jesus died, He is alive forevermore.

            Today, we place that faith in Jesus because we’ve never seen Him. But we still believe. In that same way, we have faith that our loved ones who have trusted in Jesus, though we no longer see them, we know that they are with Jesus. So, let not your heart be trouble; there will be a glad reunion day!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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Farther Along: Song and Devotional

Farther Along

            This beautiful hymn reminds us of the sovereignty of God. It also reminds us of how limited and frail we are. God is unlimited in every way, while we are limited in every way. God knows the beginning from the end. He knows every future ripple and every effect that wave will cause. Whether we will admit it or not, oftentimes, if not most times, we don’t even know what’s going on in the present.

            When times of trouble come our way, we will question, why am I going through this, where is God, did I do something wrong, is this God’s will? Truth be told, though the bible fills us in on what we need to know, we don’t have all of the answers right now. For this reason, the Christian lives by faith.

            We are to live by faith with Christ as our central focus. Just after we are told of many with great faith in Hebrews 11, we are told, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

            Those in Hebrews 11 didn’t know what all God had in store for them, but they knew that God had it all worked out. By faith, they stood on God’s promises and knew that God would work all things out. Romans 4 reminds us that though Abraham and Sarah were well advanced in years and had no children yet, Abraham believed God that he would be the father of many nations.

            When facing trials today, we to are called to live in faith, knowing that God will work it all out. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2021 in Devotional, Music, Uncategorized

 

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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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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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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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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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