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I found a better way for me to sing the old hymn, “I Must Tell Jesus”

I have told Jesus all of my trials;
I do not bear these burdens alone;
In my distress, He kindly did help me
He every loves and cares for his own.
Chorus:
I have told Jesus!  I have told Jesus!
I do not bear my burdens alone;
I have told Jesus!  I have told Jesus!
Jesus has helped me, Jesus alone.
I have told Jesus all of my troubles;
He is a kind, compassionate Friend;
I did but ask him, He did deliver,
Made of my troubles, quickly an end.
Tempted and tried I have a great Savior;
One who has helped my burdens to bear;
I have told Jesus, I have told Jesus,
He all my cares and sorrows has shared.
O how the word to evil allured me!
O how my heart was tempted to sin!
I have told Jesus, he has enabled
Over the world the vic'try to win.

God is not …

“God is not a control freak”

– Steve Meeks, Calvary Community Church, 06/01/2018

 

“Jesus came to …”

“And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins” – 1 John 3:5

The real reason Jesus came, according to Scripture, was to take away our sins.

If you don’t see sin as your problem, then you can’t see the importance of what Jesus did and continues to do.

I found a better way for me to sing the old hymn, “I Need The Every Hour”

I have Thee every hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford.

 

Chorus
I have Thee, oh, I have Thee;
Every hour I have Thee;
You've blessed me now, my Savior!
I've come to Thee.

 

I have Thee every hour,
You stay near by;
Temptations lost their power
for Thou are nigh.

 

I have Thee every hour,
In joy or pain;
You came quickly to abide
For life was vain.

 

I have thee every hour,
Team me thy will;
And Thy rich promises
In me fulfill.

 

I have Thee every hour,
Most Holy One;
You've made me Thine indeed,
Thou blessed Son.

Some of my teens hung around a crazy kid in the neighborhood and no amount of warning or reasoning kept them away.

I tried to change my teenagers, that didn’t work.  I tried to change the crazy kid, that didn’t work.  I asked God to move the kid, and that didn’t work.

I even considered moving but realized that wouldn’t work either, my kids would just find someone else just like him to hang with.

It seemed like God put him there, just like God put the wrong tree in the garden (Genesis 2:9) when it all began.

It taught me:

  1. What we do, right or wrong, comes from our heart, not the opportunity;
  2. God is helping my children as they make their choices and learn how to make better ones, just like he helps me;
  3.  Jesus has the power to change anyone when they get serious about it.

“People who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves—none of these will possess God’s Kingdom. Some of you were like that. But you have been purified from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor 6:9-11 (GNT)

I Surrender!

As a student pastor, praying one evening about what I would preach on Sunday, I had a disturbing thought.

What if all I do for the rest of my life is teach the Bible to a small handful of people?

“God,” I said, “I don’t mind doing this for a while as I prepare for real ministry but for the rest of my life?  This my life we are talking about; I want to do something exciting, different, make my mark in this world.”

That evening was a turning point for me; I surrendered and made an amazing discovery.

Trying to squeeze out of life what I want never satisfies.  Real satisfaction, joy, and lasting excitement comes through surrender.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. – Jesus (Mark 8:35 KJV)

I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate – Paul (Romans 12:1 GW)

 

I found a better way for me to sing the hymn, “Are you washed in the Blood”

I have been to Jesus for the cleansing pow'r;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.
I am fully trusting in His grace this hour;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Chorus:
I am washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb.
My garments are spotless, they are white as snow,
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.

I am walking daily by the Savior's side;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.
I rest each moment in the Crucified;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.

When the Bridegroom commeth my robes will be white!
For I'm washed in the blood of the Lamb.
My soul will be ready for His presence bright,
For I'm washed in the blood of the Lamb!

I laid aside my garments that were stained with sin,
and was washed in the blood of the Lamb,
I found the fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
I was washed in the blood of the lamb.
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