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Saturday
Mar222014

Sunday Hymn: Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee

Mighty God, while angels bless thee,
May a mortal sing thy name?
Lord of men as well as angels,
Thou art every creature’s theme.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

Lord of every land and nation,
Ancient of eternal days,
Sounded through the wide creation
Be thy just and lawful praise.

For the grandeur of thy nature,
Grand beyond the seraph’s thought;
For created works of power,
Works with skill and kindness wrought.

But thy rich, thy free redemption,
Dark through brightness all along,
Thought is poor, and poor expression,
Who dare sing that awful song?

Brightness of the Father’s glory,
Shall thy praise unuttered lie?
Fly, my tongue, such guilty silence,
Sing the Lord who came to die:

From the highest throne in glory,
To the cross of deepest woe,
All to ransom guilty captives,
Flow my praise, for ever flow.

—Robert Robinson

This is not much to look at, but there were only a couple videos of this hymn to choose from.

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

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Friday
Mar212014

The Lord's Purpose Prevails

From Bible Verse Pictures, a source of free sharable images.

This morning I posted at Out of the Ordinary on my plans and God’s plan.

[M]y plan is different than God’s plan in so many ways that they’re not really comparable. While I tried to be wise when I planned, some of the choices I made may be foolish in hindsight. God, on the other hand, has perfect wisdom, so from the start, his plan was perfect for accomplishing his purposes.

What’s more, everything in my plan depends on things I can’t know for sure, and things I don’t control, so my plan will undoubtedly change as the day progresses. But God controls everything and knows everything, so nothing can foil his plan. His plan never changes because he knows how to arrange the chain of causes and effects to accomplish his purposes, and he has the power to bring all the causes and effects into existence.

Read the whole piece: God Had a Plan.
Tuesday
Mar182014

Theological Term of the Week 

warning passages (of Hebrews)
Five passages interspersed throughout the New Testament book of Hebrews exhorting professing believers to remain faithful by warning of the consequences of apostacy.1

  • From scripture, one of the warning passages:

    For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned. (Hebrews 6:4-8 ESV)

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Monday
Mar172014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 28. What advantage is it to us to know that God has created all things, and by his providence continues to uphold them?

Answer: We can be patient in adversity, (a) thankful in prosperity, (b) and in every circumstance that befalls us, we can place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, (c) knowing that nothing shall separate us from his love; (d) since all creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they cannot so much as move.(e)

(Click through to see scriptural proofs.)

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Saturday
Mar152014

Sunday's Hymn: God of My Life, to Thee I Call

or Looking Upwards in a Storm, Cowper’s original title.

God of my life, to Thee I call, 
Afflicted at Thy feet I fall; 
When the great water-floods prevail, 
Leave not my trembling heart to fail! 

Friend of the friendless and the faint, 
Where should I lodge my deep complaint, 
Where but with Thee, whose open door 
Invites the helpless and the poor! 

Did ever mourner plead with Thee, 
And Thou refuse the mourner’s plea? 
Does not the word still fix’d remain, 
That none shall seek Thy face in vain? 

That were a grief I could not bear, 
Didst Thou not hear and answer prayer: 
But a prayer-hearing, answering God 
Supports me under every load. 

Fair is the lot that’s cast for me; 
I have an Advocate with Thee; 
They whom the world caresses most 
Have no such privilege to boast. 

Poor though I am, despised, forgot, 
Yet God, my God, forgets me not: 
And he is safe, and must succeed, 
For whom the Lord vouchsafes to plead. 

—William Cowper

HT: Kim Shay

Red Mountain Music has put these old words to another new tune.

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.