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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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Down by the Riverside Song and Devotional

Down by the Riverside

            Here is another song that crosses the line between folk and spiritual. Metaphorically, it is talking about coming to Jesus and laying down your burdens. The Word of God tells us to cast our cares upon Jesus because He cares for us. (I Peter 5:7). What a great comfort it is to know first that Jesus cares for us, second that we can cast our cares upon Him, and third the fact that He is strong enough to handle them.

            The chorus of this wonderful song says I ain’t gonna study war no more. To study something is to focus on it and continually think about it. If we are still focused on our burdens and continually focused on them after we cast them on Jesus, did we truly give them to Him? By faith, we can, and should, cast every care on Jesus. And, by faith, we should stay focused on Jesus and not those burdens. If our burdens are big, He is almighty God, so He is more than able. If our burdens are small, He cares for us and still desires to take them. So, by faith, lay down that heavy load knowing that Jesus is there and that Jesus has this.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2021 in Devotional, Music, Uncategorized

 

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Song and Devotion

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

            On the one hand, this is a sorrowful song. It is about the death of a mother and describes the pain of seeing the undertaker take their mother away. On the other hand, this is a song worth rejoicing over. Why? Because of Jesus! Because of His death, burial, and His resurrection. Because of Jesus, the circle won’t be broken. In other words, those who place their faith in Jesus for salvation won’t stop living when their bodies die. Instead, they enter into eternal life.

            In the 11th chapter of John’s Gospel, we find two sisters who are very worried about their brother Lazarus who is deathly ill. They send for Jesus, but by the time Jesus arrives, he had already died. In fact, he had been in the tomb for four days. In other words, Lazarus was dead dead. Though he was dead dead, Jesus called him back to life.

Jesus told Lazarus’s sister, Martha, who just expressed her faith in Him, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25). Though we or our loved ones may die physically, they will live eternally if their faith is in Jesus. Jesus didn’t defeat death by rising from the grave for Himself. He defeated death for the whosoever will call on the name of the Lord. Is your faith in Jesus today?

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2021 in Devotional, Music, Uncategorized

 

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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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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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Because He Lives

Because He Lives

God sent His Son They called Him Jesus

He Came to love, heal and forgive    

He lived and died to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

            Can you think of a better opening verse to any song? This is the gospel. The Bible tells us that the gospel is of first importance. (I Corinthians 15:3). Apart from the gospel, we have no hope. But, as the chorus in this beautiful hymn reminds us, because He, Jesus, lives, I can face tomorrow. In every area of life, regardless of what life has in store, from birth all the way to death, I can face tomorrow because He lives.

            As I Corinthians 15 clearly teaches, the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. We are separated from God, bound for hell, and utterly hopeless and helpless because of our sin. But praise be to God, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross as the penalty of our sin so whoever places their faith in Jesus is saved from their sins, put in right relationship with God, and will therefore spend eternity with Him forever in the glories of heaven.

            But know this, God didn’t save you from your sin to just one day bring you to heaven when you die. A significant part of the good news of the gospel is that the moment you believe on Jesus for salvation and are saved, Jesus comes to live in you, and you are in Him. And, He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, for He is Faithful and True.

He is with us through the good times and the bad. He is with us to comfort, strengthen, encourage, teach, lead, motivate, empower, and give to us whatever we need to live out our lives for Him and through Him. You most certainly do not want to die without knowing Jesus as Lord and as Savior. But if you were to live a hundred years after your salvation, you don’t want to live even a second without Jesus. Indeed, because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2021 in Devotional, Music, Uncategorized

 

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Be Thou My Vision Song and Devotional

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision is a beautiful old Irish hymn that is rich in worship and meaning. The hymn starts with a request of God, “Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart.” The appeal to God is for God Himself to be their vision. When we think of vision, we most often think of the vision we have through our eyes to see things in the physical realm. The vision the hymn writer is speaking of here is clearly a more profound vision, as seen by the last line of the first verse, which states, “Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.”

            The desire here is that God Himself is their vision. The Lord of their heart is their desired vision. The hymnist has the heart to see only God. He is the desire, and He is the beautifully desired view. The hymnist wants to see God but also desires to see all things through Him. This is evident in the first line of the second verse, which states, “Be thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word.” By allowing God to be your wisdom and viewing all through His Word, you see things through the eyes of God, which is the way He intends for all of His children to view all things.

            People will travel great distances and go to great lengths to see breathtaking scenery. As all things are created by God, that in and of itself should be a worship experience. However, our most desired view should be that of God Himself. Praise the Lord for those who know Him will see Him one day, and for eternity, in all of His beauty and splendor. And praise the Lord, for those who know Him, today they can worship Him in spirit and in truth.

            Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Are you seeking Him today? We seek Him by faith, and when we find Him, He rewards us with Himself. Let’s seek the Lord while He may be found. (Isaiah 55:6).  

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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As the Deer

Sunday’s Song and Devotional: As the Deer

            Psalm 42:1 tells us, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” Some of my favorite praise songs come straight out of scripture. Psalm 42 describes a hurting soul that is desperately thirsting for God, longing for Him and His presence within his life. All of us, from time to time, become physically thirsty. God created our bodies to have a natural longing for water because our bodies will not survive without it.

            In the same way, God created us to have a spiritual thirst for Him. Unfortunately, we all too often try to quench that thirst for everything but God. The false spiritual thirst-quenchers come in many forms, but they will all in like manner leave us spiritually thirsty and spiritually frustrated. Nothing will truly satisfy us but God Himself. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to hunger and thirst for God. Jesus said, “For they shall be satisfied.”

            If you are not spiritually thirsty today, it may be an indication that you are spiritually dead. If you are spiritually thirsty today, then the solution to your thirst is the same as the one who is spiritually dead-His name is Jesus. Jesus is the living water. Don’t try to replace Him with false spiritual thirst-quenchers that will only leave you spiritually dehydrated or dead. Seek Jesus and Jesus alone. Seek Him today.

            Just as this beautiful song reminds us of the truth of scripture, seek Jesus and Him alone.

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You are all that my heart desire
And I long to worship You

You alone my strength my shield
To you alone that my spirit yield
You alone that my heart desire
And I long to worship You

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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