Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hymn of the Week: The Church

OK, so I am a little late getting this weeks out. That's what happens when I don't do it on Sunday night. But they always say better late than never. Who ever they is. I want to do one, on a theme that is very special to me. The church. I can honestly say, that God is giving me a greater and greater love for the church. It over whelmes my thoughts, my emotions, and the direction of my life. It has become my joy to work in the local church. Especially in such a God honoring ministry. Is it perfect no. But honestly its probably one of the best I will encounter in my life, so I soak it up. But I digress. This song is about the church and Gods special love for it. I am reminded how much Christ loves the church. And pardon the dirgretion here. But the local church is the application of The Church (universal). So let us love an cherish the church as Christ likened it as a bride to her husband so is the church to Christ, in Eph 5 . Oh how it does my heart well to read these words. Please soak them in. Cherish this rich hymn. I know I do. And as always, read and apply.

The Churches One Foundation

The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.

She is from every nation,
Yet one o'’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

The Church shall never perish!
Her dear Lord to defend,
To guide, sustain, and cherish,
Is with her to the end:
Though there be those who hate her,
And false sons in her pale,
Against or foe or traitor
She ever shall prevail.

Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed:
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
Their cry goes up, 'How long?'
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song!

’Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won,
With all her sons and daughters
Who, by the Master'’s hand
Led through the deathly waters,
Repose in Eden land.

O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee:
There, past the border mountains,
Where in sweet vales the Bride
With Thee by living fountains
Forever shall abide!

words by: Samuel John Stone

source: Cyber

Monday, May 15, 2006

Hymn of the week: Victory I

This week is focused on the victory Christ won for us at the cross. We sang this in church yesterday. It was the highlight of the worship. I just love this songs focus on how Great God is and the compleatness of the work on the cross (?Full atonement!?). The weak ness that was showed in the cross only magnified Christ strength in the cross. As hebrews says:" He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD," Let us wonder at the compleatness of the cross and be greatful for the cup of wrath that God took on our behalf. Hallelujah! What a Savior!


Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, Who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
?Full atonement!? can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
?It is finished!? was His cry;
Now in Heav?n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we?ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Words and Music by Phillip P. Bliss


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Blog Spotting and personal updates.

I got grades in yesterday. And I must say I'm doing, way, way better than I deserve. This semester has proven to me that God is more faithful than I and that God is far more faithful than I. In His providence has made this one of my best semesters I have had in a long time. This was a tough semester with Human Computer Interface, but God saw me though and I am one step closer to graduation. Which means one step closer to seminary.

Ok so I can finally do some good old fashion blog spotting?

Mohler makes a good point here, about male friendship and the recent homosexuality movement in America. It has striped many male friendships of a closeness that once was considered perfectly heterosexual behavior. Read the article Mohler does the better job than I could articulating his point

Personally, I wish this book review was called Don Piper vs. John Piper. This is the kind of stuff we have to deal with on a regular basis with people's perception of heaven. With out Christ heaven is worthless. Thank you, John Piper, for being a blazing light for Gods Glory in a blind world.

This one on men, is a serious must read for my generation, men in my generation do not take God seriously, it?s a huge problem. Men think God is a joke. They think every thing is a joke these days. Last time I checked eternity was a serious thing, and even more important God him self is serious.

Ok and finally, a good book review site, One that is biblically discerning and has an eye out for those willing to compromise or dumb down the truth.

Have fun hopefully ill post in the next few days. Till then God bless and look out for my links to dramatically grow.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Hymn of the Week: The Cross I

This is a song we, sang today in church. It has a rich history and wonderful author by the name of Isaac Watts. I love this Hymn primarily for its words. The music in this hymn, to be honest is on and off. The last verse is worth the rest of the song. The crescendo is the high light and to be honest the other parts are a bit of a drag at the first of the verse picking up as we go along. But I must say the last verse is not only my favorite musically but lyrically it takes my proverbial cake. It shows how we can not pay the debt we owe to Christ, its never enough, it is a source of true humility. These are words to live by, you would do well to remember them and live them. This is the heart of a cross centered life.

When I survey the wondrous cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o'er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Words by Isaac Watts

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

calvin pirate

Now this an icon worthy of this page. I dont know how calvin would have felt about me using him as an "icon" though.

Thanks Johnathan for the inspriation.

Brand new look!!!!

Well as you can see, I have updated the look. Personaly I dont think I have done that bad considering my knowledge of Html before this and a lack of photo shop to really edit my graphics. Everything should be in its usual place. I plan on updating the links, including the blog role (expanding them). Also there should be a substantive post coming from me soon, also with a major some major blog spoting and commentary. So as school winds down things should be preaty kicking around the "ship".