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The Great Redeemer – hymn

The Great Redeemer

Who is your Great Redeemer? This hymn has always been one that brings a joy, not the joy that makes you smile but more the joy that fills you with peace and hope. I remember well the puppet quartet that would perform this song during puppet time. It is a fond memory and helps me remember that hymns and puppets can make lasting impressions. They are seeds sown that others water and God makes grow.

Francis Foster is pretty well an unknown in hymn writing according to the research I did but if this particular piece is any indication, he was well acquainted with The Great Redeemer. What a joyful reminder that God is our redeemer. Jesus is a precious Friend who died for each of us. And it does make me wonder if I act in ways that show that He really is “everything to me.”

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The Great Redeemer

Lyrics: Francis Foster (1915)
Music: Samuel W. Beazley (1915, some reference this as 1943)

1 – How I love the great Redeemer
Who is doing so much for me;
With what joy I tell the story
Of the love that makes men free.
Till my earthly life is ended,
I will send songs above,
Then beside the crystal sea
More and more my soul shall be
Praising Jesus and His love. chorus

He is ev’rything to me, to me,
And ev’rything shall always be;
I will never cease to raise
A song of gladness in His praise;
Here, and in the world above,
My soul shall sing of saving love;
Life and light and joy is He,
The precious Friend who died for me.

2 – He has purchased my redemption,
Rolled my burden of sin away,
And is walking on beside me,
Growing dearer day by day.
That is why I sing His praises,
That is why joy is mine,
That is why forever more
On the everlasting shore
I shall sing of love divine. chorus

3 – Glory be to Him forever!
Endless praises to Christ the Lamb!
He has filled my life with sunshine,
He has made me what I am.
O that ev’ry one would know Him,
O that all would adore!
O that all would trust the love
OF the mighty Friend above
And be His forever more. chorus

Up From The Grave He Arose – hymn

Up From The Grave He Arose

This is the day that most of the world recognizes the resurrection of Jesus. That is wonderful. Without that resurrection, we would have no hope. We would still be living under the old covenant of animal sacrifices and the Old Testament law. As it is, because Jesus The Son chose to honor and obey the will of God The Father, we are able to live under a new covenant. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are washed clean. Our sins are removed.

But today is more than Easter. It is Sunday. It is the first day of the week. It is the day of the week that God instructs us to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on. We see the institution of meeting together on Sundays in Acts 20:7 and Jesus’ instructed the disciples in Luke 22:14-20 on eating the feast as a remembrance of Him. We see in I Corinthians 11:23-26 that Paul reminds the church to partake of this remembrance weekly when they come together.

We remember Jesus’ resurrection today, certainly. But more important is that we do it each Sunday when we come together to pray and worship the Lord. This is the example we are given in the New Testament. We are truly blessed by Jesus’ rising from the grave.

“Up From The Grave He Arose” is a song that I well remember from my childhood. It is a very visual portrayal of Jesus conquering death, vanquishing the penalty of my sin and death’s hold on me. Jesus cannot be kept by death and in His rising He bought me. What a triumph!!! Would you like to hear it sung? Please visit Great Songs Chapel.

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Up From The Grave He Arose

words & music: Robert Lowry (1874)

1 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2 Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]

3 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]



I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord – hymn

I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord

This hymn challenges me. If I am singing the words, I should really mean them, right? Well, let’s look at the words of this one.

I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord

words & music: I. Baltzell (1880)

1. I want to be a worker for the Lord,
I want to love and trust His holy Word,
I want to sing and pray,
Be busy every day
In the vineyard of the Lord.

I will work, I will pray,
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray.
I will labor every day, in the vineyard of the Lord.

2. I want to be a worker every day,
I want to lead the erring in the way
That leads to Heav’n above,
Where all is peace and love,
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]

3. I want to be a worker strong and brave,
I want to trust in Jesus’ pow’r to save;
All who will truly come
Shall find a happy home
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]

4. I want to be a worker; help me, Lord,
To lead the lost and erring to Thy Word,
That points to joys on high
Where pleasures never die,
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]


When I read through these lyrics, I think “yes, I want to do these things. I really do.” But truthfully, I am not bold enough. So, I am working on that. I have been praying that I can be bolder, to know HOW to do so. That is one reason I am so excited about the MOnday night Bible study we are participating in. The study is working through a series that can be used to teach others in a one-on-one setting.

What a wonderful thing to be learning and what a good challenge for me, so that I can truly be a “worker for the Lord.”

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We Have An Anchor – hymn

We Have An Anchor

There is something about hymns that place us as sailors in life that just touch a chord in us, isn’t there? We can all relate to storm-tossed seas and hardships that cause us to feel lost upon a great ocean. I think that is why these images are so clear to me, even having grown up in a land-locked, extremely dry (technically desert) place.

There are times when life is beating us down as if it were a storm. But God is there, our anchor in that storm. He is holding us fast with strong chords. He is our anchor. Don’t untie that rope that connects you to Him. He will hold you up, strong and secure through those times in life where there is just no light appearing through the storms. He has you and will show you that light at just the right moment for you.

We Have An Anchor. Hold fast to that.

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We Have An Anchor

words: Priscilla J. Owens, 1882
music: William J. Kirkpatrick


Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.


It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear—
When the breakers have told that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.


It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death—-
When the waters cold chill our latest breath,
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the Veil.


When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,
With the storms all past forevermore.



More Holiness Give Me – hymn

Known to be called “My Prayer” by its composer, this hymn caught me by surprise this morning. Not because I don’t know it and not because I have never sung it. Quite the contrary – we have sung it often and I generally think about a phrase or two in it. Today, each word seemed to stand out a bit more strongly, grabbing my attention.

Each line is so packed full of meaning, of intensity, of where I need to be. I encourage you to read through this hymn slowly, steadily thinking on each line and how to apply it. There are so many scripture that jump to mind that go with each line of the hymn.

But my prayer, while reflected in each line, is definitely the final on:
More, Savior, like Thee.

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More Holiness Give More Holiness Give MeMe

lyrics and music: Philip P. Bliss (1873)

1 More holiness give me,
More striving within;
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin;
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of His care.
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer.

2 More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord;
More pride in His glory,
More hope in His word.
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief;
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

3. More purity give me,
More strength to o’ercome;
More freedome from earth-stains,
More longings for home;
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be;
More blessed and holy,
More, Savior, like Thee.


In The Land of Fadeless Day (No Night There) ~ hymn

This week our hymn has been In The Land of Fadeless Day, also known as No Night There. It is a very beautiful, almost haunting melody that has a much sadder sound to me than the joyful words that are set to this melody.

What beautiful thought of the heaven, the city, prepared for us where day never fades, where the beauty will not pass away. The description of the city should make anyone desire to be in this place – gates of pearl, streets laid with gold, no night, a crystal river, but beat of all? No need for sunshine because the Lamb, Jesus, is there and He is the light. He is the only light we need.

God cares so much for us. He wipes away our tears, as the chorus states. He has created a place for us that is so beautiful, so pure, so full of hope that none of the worries, fears, and pains we have on this earth exist. What a lovely place. There is no night there.

Want to hear this song? Visit the Great Songs Chapel to hear this song sung by those who love the Lord.

God has give us such a clear set of expectations to be able to go to this amazing place. He states things clearly in His word. If you are in Him, you will be with Him. Search His word. Find those things that He says are required to spend eternity with Him. I hope you are in Him, in His kingdom, so that we can walk those streets paved with gold, view those pearly gates, and get to spend eternity singing His praises together. I hope to see you there.

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In The Land of Fadeless Day (No Night There)

words: John R. Clements, 1899
music: Hart P. Danks, 1899

1 In the land of fadeless day
lies the city four-square;
it shall never pass away
and there is no night there.

God shall wipe away all tears;
there’s no death, no pain, nor fears;
and thy count not time by years
for there is no night there.

2 All the gates of pearl are made
in the city four-square;
all the streets with gold are laid,
and there is no night there. [Refrain]

3 And the gates shall never close
in the city four-square,
there life’s crystal river flows,
and there is no night there. [Refrain]

4 There thy need no sunshine bright,
in that city four-square;
for the Lamb is all the light,
and there is no night there. [Refrain]

I’ll Live In Glory – hymn


Yesterday was so busy! I did not get to the computer to share a hymn but we really enjoyed singing this one last week. So, I decided to share it today, even though it is off of the norm by a day.

I found it interesting that the girls chose this one this week. One of the dear ladies at our congregation passed away this past week. She was such a blessing to everyone who knew her. She taught our babies in cradle roll class; she cooked for our elementary aged kiddos at summer camp every year; she quilted personalized quilts for our high school graduates. Ms. Denys was always smiling, even through her hardships. She was a bright spot in the life our of congregation. Ms. Denys will be missed but we know she is living in glory and she will be remembered.

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I’ll Live In Glory

words & music: J. M. Henson

1 I’d like to stay here longer than man’s allotted days;
And watch the fleeting changes of life’s uneven ways;
But if my Savior calls me to that sweet home on high,
I’ll live with Him forever in glory by and by.

O yes, I’ll live in glory by and by,
I’ll tell and sing love’s story there on high.
There with my dear Redeemer no more to die,
O yes, I’ll live in glory by and by.

2 I want to be of service along this pilgrim way,
And lead the lost to Jesus as fervently I pray;
As day by day I travel I’ll keep Him every nigh,
And live with Him forever in glory by and by. Chorus.

3 The end I know is nearing, by faith I look away,
To yonder home supernal, the land of endless day;
I’ll cling to Him forever and look beyond the sky,
And live with Him forever in glory by and by. Chorus


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