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Sunday's Hymn: Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty Rock
Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat,
And the burden of the day.

Upon the cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One
Who suffered there for me:
And from my stricken heart with tears
Two wonders I confess,
The wonders of redeeming love
And my own worthlessness.

I take, O cross, thy shadow
For my abiding-place:
I ask no other sunshine than
The sunshine of his face;
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain nor loss;
My sinful self my only shame,
My glory, all the cross.
—Elizabeth C. Clephane 

The traditional tune sung by the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Singers

You can also listen to the Indelible Grace tune sung by Sandra McCracken and Derek Webb here.

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes 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.


Linked Together: Our Children

Three posts recommended for your weekend reading.

Teaching Them
Seven reasons to teach your children church history:

  1. Because they must know that Christianity is a historical faith. 
  2. Because we want them to avoid chronological snobbery
  3. Because they must know that the Bible is worth dying for.
  4. Because they must know that theology is important.
  5. Because they must see that we are part of Christ’s church through the ages
  6. Because we want them to know that even great men are deeply flawed.
  7. Because it encourages them to obey the ninth commandment.

Read the whole post by Jeff Robinson for explanations of each of these points, plus a list with three suggested resources. (I originally saved this link so I could put two of these resources on my wish list for my church library.)

Preparing Them
for their future. Sometimes less is more:

Every parent hopes to unleash their child’s boundless potential. They buy heaps of toys and books whilst signing their child up for classes to maximize learning, enrichment and experiences. Yet before long, parents are providing so much stimulation that it interferes with their child’s development, thwarts their child’s concentration, blocks their creativity, drains their resilience and even rattles their sense of security.

Read The surprising power of doing less for our children to achieve more.

Praying for Them
after they grow up and leave home (Kim Shay).


Small Mercies, Minute by Minute

I’m over at Out of the Ordinary this morning, encouraging you to think small.


Thankful Thursday

Right now I’m thankful 

  • that I’m my illness is almost gone, and that my grandchildren are all better now, too. 
  • that this week wasn’t as cold as predicted and that there’ll be warmer weather (or so they say) next week. 
  • for the moon that’s been brightening my before bed dog walks.
  • for my trusty car. The colder it gets, the more thankful I am for it.
  • that God hears my prayers and that the Holy Spirit intercedes for me.

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? 


Theological Term of the Week

names of God
The names for God found in scripture, which he reveals to us to teach us who he really is. 

  • Three names of God in scripture: 

    Yahweh: God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD [Yahweh], the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. (Exodus 3:15 ESV)

    Elohim: In the beginning, God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ESV)

    Jealous: [Y]ou shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God … . (Exodus 34:14 ESV)

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