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I’m Not Ashamed to Own My Lord ~ hymn

i'm not ashamed to own my lord

This is a bit late because I spent this weekend with the youth from our church, listening to classes, thinking about, and considering the topic of “Unashamed” at the Challenge Youth Conference.

What do you think about what you first see that word? Unashamed

I certainly don’t associate it with a discussion about faith.

But y’all – I was challenged this weekend. Challenged by many thoughts and ideas presented, and by the discussions we had with the young ladies we were chaperoning.

Some of the thoughts I wrote down, I would like to share with you. I will credit the men who I am quoting but please do realize that these were all in a much larger context and setting. They all have to do with the idea of being “unashamed” in your faith.

Wes McAdams in discussing being Unashamed to Confess.

  • Whose “with-ness” do you value most?
  • Admitting to being “with” Jesus WILL put you at odds with people.
  • Every time God stated to not fear, it is because He is with the person being told that.
  • Fear often keeps us from stating who we are “with” because we don’t want to be alone. But we are NEVER along. God is always with us. Do Not Fear!
  • Don’t let who you sit with means more to you than how much God loves you.
  • Let your heart be saturated with God’s love.

Lonnie Jones and Ben Hayes in a discussion and Q&A about ministry with teens and the larger body of Christ.

  • Emotions and thinking don’t often play well together.
  • Love is not staring at someone eye to eye; it is standing shoulder to shoulder with someone and looking forward together.
  • Emotions are information, not instructions. Understanding that difference really helps in being able to communicate during difficult times.
  • Students need to have these 3 perceptions about themselves.
    • I am capable.
    • I am significant.
    • I can affect the outcome.
  • With those three perceptions, they learn four important skills.
    • intrapersonal
    • interpersonal
    • systemic (more of you than me, group dynamics)
    • judgmental (decision making based on values, not peers)
  • Consider the importance of the ministry of presence, just being there.
  • The Lord’s Church is an organism, not an organization.
  • Students need to be taught the whole Bible, the big picture. Without that, they cannot learn how to apply it to their life or to talk with others about it. (Facts, concept, application)

Travis Bookout in talking about Unashamed to Wash Feet.

  • Pride is a cancer that kills your relationship with God.
  • Sometimes, kind things don’t change people. Judas betray Jesus with clean feet.
  • Only the cleansing Jesus offered can clean. Judas walked out of that upper room with clean feet but he himself was not clean.
  • Greatness can be accomplished with ordinary means.
  • Accept kindness with gratitude and allow it to change you. Then turn and share it.

Ben Hayes on Unashamed to Stand Before a Pagan God.

  • Battles & blessings & battles & blessings & battles & blessings . . . a constant cycle that we will undergo. Ex – Philippians 4:11-13
  • The time to make a decision about how you will stand and who you will stand with is not in the midst of a difficult situation. You have to have made that decision long before.
  • When we trust God in all the little things in our lives, it becomes easier to trust God with the big things when they come our way.
  • Trust in God; ignore the ungodly; offer yourself as a living sacrifice; impact those around you – seen in Daniel 3 (Nebuchadnezzar’s observation) and John 14
  • Trust leads to the ability to ignore the outside voices and the ungodly. Ignoring leads you to being willing and able to offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God’s will. Being that living sacrifice is how you impact the world.

David Shannon spoke on Unashamed to Own My Lord.

  • There are two places of existence – In Christ or in the world.
  • Joseph of Arimathea had to take a stand and it likely cost him everything. He probably struggled with that stand for a long while. But when it came down to when it mattered, he stood with Jesus.
  • Courage is when your trust in the Lord is greater than the fear you face.

Lonnie Jones with the idea of Unashamed to Confront Our Brethren When Living Faithless Lives.

  • If being God’s child is not enough for you, nothing will make you happy.
  • Numbers 14 is a verse of great power “If the Lord delights in us. . .” – God does delight in us so why do we doubt or fear His power?
  • It is not us against them; it is God against them. We just have to stand with God.
  • When you feel insecure or ashamed, it is because you have forgotten that you are being carried on your father’s back. Deut 1:21
  • We don’t have a bigger impact on the world because we don’t take it.
  • Being ashamed is just unbelief wrapped in a different name.
  • Shame and disbelief belong together.
  • Faith and unashamed are together.

Y’all, this is just what I had time to write in my notes and process. I am hoping we can get a hold of recordings of these sessions because they were packed with so much! I know that as an adult I gained a lot by attending Challenge Youth Conference 2019 (CYC). I hope the teens all gained as much as I did.

Of course, through it all ran the theme of unashamed. Which brought this hymn to mind often this weekend. Click the title to listen to it at Great Songs Chapel.

I’m Not Ashamed to Own My Lord

lyrics: Isaac Watts
music: Carl Glaser

I’m not ashamed to own my Lord,
Nor to defend His cause;
Maintain the honors of His word,
The glory of His cross.

Jesus, my God!  I know His name,
His name is all my trust;
Nor will He put my soul to shame,
Nor let my hope be lost.

Firm as His throne His promise stands,
And He can well secure
What I’ve committed to His hands,
Till the decisive hour.

Then will He own my worthless name
Before His Father’s face,
And in the new Jerusalem
Appoint for me a place.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

How Firm A Foundation ~ hymn

how firm a foundation

One thing everyone know about a building is that it must have a strong, steady, firm foundation. Without a firm foundation, the building will not withstand the test of time. That test may come through just the weathering of the elements or it might come from a single mighty hit that it takes. No matter how it comes, without a firm foundation, the building has no change of withstanding the hit.

The same is true of you and me, my friend. My foundation must be firm. Without a foundation that is firmly rooted in the God of the Universe, I don’t have a chance of withstanding the weathering that will occur throughout daily life, let alone the big hits that will come at some time.

This hymn discusses where a firm foundation in God comes from. The first stanza tells us that a firm foundation is laid for my faith (MY faith, y’all – it is put there for me specifically) in the excellent Word of God. Take a second and think about that. God’s Word was given to provide for your faith and mine. It is not an accident. It is not a simple book of stories. It is a rooting for me, a firm foundation, and it is from God! He Put It There For Me!

The second stanza is God speaking to me and you. He is telling us to not be afraid, he is with us. God provides for His people and in the Bible, we read about that over and over. We see the omnipotent hand of God through his many mighty works and through the everyday peace that comes into the lives of those in Him.

The third stanza is another reminder that God is ever watching, ever caring, ever protecting. He does not forsake us. Do we forsake Him? Do we walk away at times? Or maybe not even that intentional but just not think about Him for a while?

This reminds me so much of the works the girls have been doing in their Lads to Leaders activities and events. They are working on themes from Exodus and this is exactly what it is about. Lads to Leaders is designed to help students have a firm foundation in Christ and the word of God while becoming the leaders of His church on this earth. Exodus reminds us over and over of the fact that God is always there, even when we are not choosing to see or hear Him. He leads us when we allow Him to. His protection is evident when we look for it.

This is a lovely hymn that is just packed full of reminders of who God is and what He provides for us.

You can listen to this hymn being sung at Great Songs Chapel.
It is also available on In Search of the Lord’s Way. This link should take you to the H listings and you just click on the play arrow to the left of the title How Firm a Foundation.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

How Firm A Foundation

lyrics: Rippon Selection of Hymns (1787)
music: Funks Genuine Church Music (1832)

1 – How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He has said,
You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

2 – “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed;
I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.”

3 – “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose;
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, tho all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

A New Creature ~ hymn

a new creature buried with christ

As we start the new year, this one just kind of stuck out to me as I got ready for this post. Take a look at the words – I’ll put them up here this time.

Buried with Christ my blessed Redeemer.
Dead to the old life of folly and sin.
Satan may call, the world may entreat me.
There is no voice that answers within.

Dead unto sin, alive thru the Spirit.
Risen with Him from the gloom of the grave.
All things are new and I am rejoicing
In His great love, his power to save.

Sin hath no more its cruel dominion.
Walking “in newness of life” I am free.
Glorious life of Christ my Redeemer
Which He so richly shareth with me.

Refrain:
Dead to the world to voices that call me.
Living anew, obedient but free.
Dead to the joys that once did enthrall me.
Yet ’tis not I, Christ liveth in me.

Think about what this is talking about. Freedom. A life that is full of hope and joy. One that no longer pull us down but lifts us up. 

Christ. In me. And in you.

Christ changes things. When we accept Christ and put Him on in baptism, become one with Him through His blood shed on the cross, we are new. We are no longer what we were. We are clean. We are given a glorious new being, a new creature. 

What a blessing. As your new year begins, I pray that you are in Christ, following His word, and feeling that joy and hope and freedom of being a new creature in this new year.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Want to hear this song sung? Here are a couple of links for you.

You Tube –

 

In Search of the Lord’s Way – Click on the link and then on the arrow next to the title of the song. It is listed on this site as Buried With Christ. 

Wonderful Grace of Jesus ~ hymn

Grace.

Isn’t it a beautiful word?

It represents something we cannot earn. Something we cannot achieve for ourselves. Something we really cannot even ask for.

It is something freely given.

Grace.

This is what we are given by God. He gives us grace. We feel that grace when we have been forgiven for sins that we should feel shame over. We are covered in that grace when circumstances are bigger and harder than we can handle on our own. That grace overshadows our lives when Satan is prowling around like a lion waiting to devour us yet God is our protection.

Grace.

Something that makes life a joy.

Grace.

That invisible thing that offers us something we don’t deserve.

Grace.

I am thankful that the grace of Jesus reaches all the way down to me from his throne in heaven. That he takes my burdens, my sorrows, my pain, my anger and replaces them with a peace that only comes from being in Him. The freedom that comes with the grace of Jesus is unparalleled and I am so thankful for it.

I am going to try to focus more on grace this year. That grace that God gives. But also in sharing that with others and showing my own grace when anger is my first reaction. Showing grace and sharing grace.

Grace.

Blessings.
At Home.

You can hear this beautiful hymn sung on the site In Search of the Lord’s Way. Just click on the link and head down to the Ws in the list. Click on the play button next to Wonderful Grace of Jesus and listen to the hymn about the grace offered by Jesus.

Wonderful Grace of Jesus

lyrics and music: Haldor Lillenas (1918)

1. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain:
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All-sufficient grace for even me!
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame;
Oh, magnify the precious Name of Jesus,
Praise His Name!

2. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost;
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. (Refrain)

3. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven
For all eternity—
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. (Refrain)

The Lord’s My Shepherd – hymn

Psalm 23

It is one most of us are familiar with, is it not?

A Psalm of David. The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. [Psa 23:1-6 NKJV]

This set of verses is one that all of the girls memorized several years ago and it is one that brings much comfort when meditated upon. Miss J often is heard to be singing these verse and really enjoys it when we sing it in worship. I enjoy it as well.

As the holiday season comes to it’s peak, may the Lord be your shepherd and may you find the peace that he has prepared for us in His house forever.

Blessings,
At Home.

The Lord’s My Shepherd

lyrics: Psalm 23 (arr. unknown; varies by publication)
music: John Campbell

1 The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want;
he makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

2 My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake.

3 Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill,
for thou art with me; and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

4 My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

5 Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
and in God’s house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

One of the hymns we sang today, this was a lovely sentiment. I enjoy singing new-to-me hymns and this was definitely one of those. 

The words of this hymn:

Jesus, the very tho't of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the mem'ry find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind.
O Hope of ev'ry contrite heart!
O Joy of all the meek!
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!
Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be Thou our glory now,
And thru eternity.

I have sung this a few times this afternoon and evening so that I can become more familiar with it. I found it lovely and really loved the sentiment of it. Because Jesus is the hope of repentent hearts. He is the joy of those who are meek. He is the prize, or the reward, that I seek. 

The words are attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux (1150) and the translation to Edward Caswall (1849). The music is attributed to John B. Dykes (1866). 

Older hymns are often those I favor because their music is so rich and their lyrics are deep and intentional. I hope you enjoy reading through these lyrics as much as I have enjoyed learning them today.

Blessings,
At Home.

Blessed Be The Name of the Lord ~ hymn

Blessed Be The Name of the Lord

We started our worship this morning with this lovely hymn. The joy, the hope, the recognition that not everything will be easy

YET

I will choose to say “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

It is a choice. Job is a great example of one who chose to praise the name of the Lord through it all. Paul is another; suffering all sorts of difficulties, Paul still chose to bless the name of the Lord. David wrote many psalms that praised the Lord through difficulties. What about Naomi? Or Mary? We can find many, many examples in the Bible of those who praised the name of the Lord through it all.

These sets of lines:

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out I’ll
Turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name.
I hope this song will bring you encouragement through the sunshine and the rain that will fall in your life. There is nothing that can provide comfort except Jesus.
Blessings,
At Home.
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