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I Love To Tell The Story ~ hymn

I Love to Tell the Story

Sometimes, we focus on over-seas missions when we talk about sharing the gospel. In fact, I would almost say that is the majority of the talk about sharing God’s Good News. That is one reason that the fourth verse of this hymn really catches my attention.

verse 4 – I love to tell the story
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thisting
To hear it like the rest.

The service I do within my church family is necessary and perhaps is reaching some of those who are hungering and thirsting to hear the story. It is easy to feel like you aren’t doing your part when you hear so much about reaching out beyond your little circle and touching those who are outside of it. But sometimes – many times, I venture to propose – those who need to hear the Good News are those brothers and sisters sitting around us in worship. Or perhaps those brothers and sisters who have avoided worship for one reason or another.

Today, as you worship with your church family, reach out to just one who needs a hug or a smile. That little act of service might just be what that person needs to see the love of God.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Hear it at In Search of the Lord’s Way by clicking on the play button by the title of the song, which is listed in alphabetical order.

I Love to Tell The Story

lyrics: Catherine Hankey (1866)
music: William G. Fischer (1869)

I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.

Refrain:
I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
  of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story;
More wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies
Of all my golden dreams,
I love to tell the story,
It did so much for me;
And that is just the reason
I tell it now to thee. Refrain

I love to tell the story;
’Tis pleasant to repeat
What seems each time I tell it,
More wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story;
For some have never heard
The message of salvation
From God’s own holy Word. Refrain

I love to tell the story;
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story,
That I have loved so long. Refrain

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Shall I Crucify My Savior? ~ hymn

Shall I Crucify My Savior

This morning in worship, we sang this hymn. It was so lovely and the words cut to the heart. They definitely gave me something to think on while I took of the Lord’s Supper. Communion is such an important remembrance of Jesus Christ and this hymn really focused my thoughts about just who Jesus died for. You see, Jesus died for me. And you. And every person God has created. I nailed Jesus to that cross. My sins. The second verse of this song –

Are temptations so alluring?
Do earth’s pleasures so enthrall
That I cannot love my Savior
Well enough to leave them all?

That really got me when I read over those words. It is way too often that I stumble over the things of this world. But can I love Jesus enough to walk away from this world?

I am striving to each day. Some days I am better at focusing on Jesus and other days, well, not so much. But each day is new and God’s blessings are given anew. So, I’ll keep trying.

Blessings,
At Home.

Listen to this song at Classic Acapella Songs – click on number 94. It is a lovely rendition of the song.

Shall I Crucify My Savior?

words: Carrie Breck (1896)
music: Grant Colfax Tullar (1896)

1 Shall I crucify my Saviour,
When for me He bore such loss?
Shall I put to shame my Savior?
Can I nail Him to the cross?

Chorus:
Shall I crucify my Savior?
Crucify my Lord again?
Once! oh, once! I crucified Him!
Shall I crucify again?

2 Are temptations so alluring?
Do earth pleasures so enthrall?
That I cannot love my Savior
Well enough to leave them all? [Chorus]

3 ‘T was my sins that crucified Him,
Shall they crucify Him yet?
Blackest day of nameless anguish,
Can my thankless soul forget? [Chorus]

4 Oh, the kindly hands of Jesus,
Pouring blessings on all men!
Bleeding nail-scarred hands of Jesus!
Can I nail them once again? [Chorus]

Wonderful Love of Jesus ~ hymn

Wonderful Love of Jesus

If you were to think about the love of Jesus, what words would you use? Take a minute and write down the words you decide upon. I’ll wait.

My words?
Wonderful (obvious from the title of this one, right?)

Amazing

Complete

Unconditional

Uncompromising

Unending

Free

Gift

My rescue

My salvation

My hope

My purpose

How many of these echo your thoughts?

Why do you think that we come up with these words, when we are thinking about the love of Jesus?

I’ll bet you have several verses that come to mind also. If not, grab a Bible concordance or head over to Blue Letter Bible and see what you come up with when you look up the word “love.”

The verse that is in our hymn book under the song Wonderful Love of Jesus is Jeremiah 31:3 – I have loved you with an everlasting love.

Other verses I think of:

I John 4:7-8 Love one another, for love is of God. He who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God. For God is love.

John 3:16 For God so love the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

John 13: 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you are to love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

John 14: 15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Romans 8:39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Do you sing this song? The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore I will hope in Him.

It comes from Lamentations 3. And does a great job of summing up the wonderful love of our Jesus, our savior.

I am thanking God for his Wonderful Love.

Blessings,
At Home.

Wonderful Love of Jesus

lyrics: E. D. Mund (1883)
music: Edmund S. Lorenz (1883)

1 In vain and high and holy lays, My soul her grateful voice would raise;
For who can sing the worthy praise of the wonderful love of Jesus!

Refrain:
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love of Jesus!
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love of Jesus!

2 A joy by day, a peace by night; In storms a calm in darkness light;
In pain a balm, in weakness might, Is the wonderful love of Jesus.

3 My hope for pardon when I call, My trust for lifting when I fall;
In life, in death, my all in all, Is the wonderful love of Jesus.

I Know The Lord Will Find A Way For Me -~ hymn

Sometimes, we get lost. We search to find out own way, our own path, through whatever it is we are navigating. I know that I do. I forget that the Lord has a way for me through everything. I should know that. I do. But I allow it to slip my mind.

This song is a great reminder about God’s plans, that He already has the way laid out for me. If I follow God through life, I will do what he says (Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20). Doing this will then result in God saying to me as I come into eternity with Him “Well done!” (Matthew 25;21). I must follow God and they way He creates for me. 

What about you? Are you going to allow the Lord to find a way for you?

Blessings,
At Home.

I Know The Lord Will Find A Way For Me

Listen to this song at In Search of the Lord’s Way. Just follow the link and then click on the title, found in the alphabetical listing.

I Know The Lord Will Find A Way For Me

lyrics: unknown
music: unknown

v 1 I know the Lord will find a way for me.
I know the Lord will find a way for me.
If I walk in heaven’s light; Shun the wrong and do the right,
I know the Lord will find a way for me.

v2 The Lord has said, “Go preach the Word to all the world.”
The Lord has said, “Go preach the Word to all the world.”
If I walk in heaven’s light, shun the wrong and do the right,
I know the Lord will find a way for me.

v3 Won’t it be grand to hear Him say, “Well done!”?
Won’t it be grand to hear Him say, “Well done!”?
If I walk in heaven’s light, shun the wrong and do the right,
Won’t it be grand to hear Him say, “Well done!”?

God Is So Good

God Is So Good 2

God is so good.

This is a phrase that I have heard over and over recently. And it is true. God is good to us in so many ways. Just look around. Count your blessings. You will see that God is so good to His children.

 

This is listed as “traditional” in our songbook. That just means they don’t have a good record of who wrote it, both for the lyrics and for the music. It is a peaceful song that reminds me of God and his mighty love for me.

At Home.

God Is So Good

1 God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,
he’s so good to me.

2 He cares for me,
He cares for me,
He cares for me,
he’s so good to me.

3 God answers prayer,
God answers prayer,
God answers prayer,
he’s so good to me.

4 I praise his name,
I praise his name,
I praise his name,
he’s so good to me!

Years I Spent In Vanity and Pride (At Calvary) ~ hymn

Years I Spent In Vanity And Pride

I am so thankful that I was brought up in the Lord’s church, that I was taught the truth from the beginning. That being true, I still had to learn for myself salvation’s plan, the grace, understand my own guilt and need for Christ. I had to take my own steps to reach out and accept the gift of salvation that Jesus gave.

I still often find myself in a fog of mediocrity (can I use that word?), where I don’t strive to made a difference, make a change, or live a certain way. I find myself drifting along on the day to day waves of whatever happens, or whatever must happen to get through each day. It is so easy to fall into those doldrums. But this hymn reminds me of just how special the life I have is and why I should be rejoicing greatly each day.

The chorus/refrain – Mercy there was great – meaning that the grace flowing off of Calvary was significant. And the grace Jesus offers is free, a gift. I was pardoned for my sins, the blood of Christ flowing forward to cover me. When I go to Calvary and lay my sins down at the feet of Jesus, I am given freedom, liberty, in Him.

That doesn’t mean freedom to do whatever I want. Rather, the freedom to live a life of love for others, mindful of the death of Christ on Calvary. I am so thankful that Jesus died on Calvary, that He did what was necessary to fulfill God’s plan and give salvation to all men. What love. What grace.

Blessings,
At Home.

You can listen to a singing of this song on In Search of the Lord’s Way. Just click on the title “At Calvary.”

Years I Spent In Vanity And Pride (At Calvary)

lyrics: William R. Newell (1895)
music: Daniel B. Towner (1895)

1 Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

Refrain:
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

2 By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

Refrain

3 Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my king,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!

Refrain

4 Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

Refrain

On Zion’s Glorious Summit Stood ~ hymn

On Zions Glorious Summit Stood

This is a wonderful song that brings singers together. We are part of a greater church, one of the Lord’s, and we join in the singing of the songs and the worship of God. Isn’t it wonderful to be a part of something so wonderful, so grand, so encompassing? One day, we will join with all those who have gone before us and bow before the great I AM in heaven. What a day that will be!

I found this song an interesting one to research. There are not a whole lot of references to it but I found very quickly that the tune I know is not the one on the pages from the late 1800s. I don’t know which tune this originally set to but the words are good, aren’t they?

If you would like to listen to this, you can visit In Search of the Lord’s Way and click on the little play button next to the title. You could also visit Great Songs Chapel to hear it sun.

Blessings,
At Home

On Zion’s Glorious Summit Stood

lyrics: John Kent (probably early 1800s for these lyrics)
music: unknown

On Zion’s glorious summit stood
A numerous host redeemed by blood
They hymned their King in strains divine
I heard the song and strove to join
I heard the song and strove to join

Here all who suffered sword or flame
For truth, or Jesus’ lovely name
Shout victory now and hail the Lamb
And bow before the great I Am
And bow before the great I Am

While everlasting ages roll
Eternal love shall feast their soul
And scenes of bliss, forever new
Rise in succession to their view
Rise in succession to their view

(Sanctus)
Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of hosts, on high adored
Who like me thy praise should sing
O Almighty King
Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of hosts, on high adored
Holy, holy, holy

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