Welcome!  Hymns have been and continue to be a real source of inspiration to me.  My desire in this blog is to share special hymns with my readers hoping that the words will minister to them, especially in times of great personal need.  If one of these hymns ministers to you, please take time to leave a comment so that I know that my blog is helping others as much as it helps me. Sometimes I will also provide a link where you can go to hear the hymn played.  So, please join me here each week and sing along as we praise God together.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

HEARTACHES

During my college days I had the opportunity to sing with a gospel quartet called "The Gospel Four".  We sang each Sunday morning on the radio for 15 minutes, each Sunday night before the evening message, and once in awhile at other churches and programs.  Two of the members were a generation older than I was and the third was about ten years older.  It was a special experience with great memories.  However, four of us younger fellows formed a second group.  We loved to sing but didn't get the opportunity very often to sing in public.  We just enjoyed being together and blending our voices in harmony.  One of the songs that we loved to sing was "Heartaches".  I guess that during those years we all thought that we had various heartaches and we probably did.  But as young men we rarely thought about the heavy heartaches that we would all face later in life.  But as I've faced many during recent years, the Lord has often brought back the words of this song and I often find myself singing them to myself.  Now I am the only one of the four men still living but I if I think about it, I can still hear the others harmonizing as we sang these comforting words.   Maybe these words will help comfort you as you experience the heartaches that are part of life here on this earth.

(1)   When your heart is aching, turn to Jesus,
He's the dearest Friend that you can know;
You will find Him standing close beside you,
Waiting peace and comfort to bestow.

Chorus
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus,
Go to Him today,
Do it now without delay.
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus,
He will take your heartaches all away.

(2)   There is joy for every troubled sorrow,
Sweet relief for every bitter pain,
Jesus Christ is still the great Physician,
No one ever sought His help in vain.

Chorus
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus,
Go to Him today,
Do it now without delay.
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus,
He will take your heartaches all away.

(3)   Jesus understands, whate'er the trouble,
And He waits to heal your wounded soul.
Will you trust His love so strong and tender?
He alone can make your spirit whole.

[Chorus
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus,
Go to Him today,
Do it now without delay.
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus,
He will take your heartaches all away.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

WHEN WE SEE CHRIST

Recently one of my grandchildren said to me that kids should be paid for going to school.  I have heard that comment many times over 39 years of teaching and I gave the same answer I always have given. Your do get paid.  What you do now provides you with income the rest of your life and the better you prepare now, the greater will be your return throughout life.  Now most don't want to hear that since it is hard to labor for what appears to be nothing when the real reward may be many years away.   But isn't it the same in ministry?   So often God's children appear to work so hard, often without any thanks and without any apparent reward.  Ministry can at times be hard and lonely with long hours and many frustrations. Often there is criticism of what you do.   We often want to quit - and many do.  But a time is coming when faithful servants will be rewarded beyond comprehension.  So we need to faithfully move on with the final goal in sight.  Then it will be worth all the toil and effort.  An old hymn expresses this so well.  Meditate on the words and be challenged to renew your service for the Lord and "keep on going on".

(1)   Oft' times the day seems long,
Our trials hard to bear;
We're tempted to complain,
To murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear,
To catch His Bridge away,
All tears forever over
In God's eternal day.

It will be worth it all
When we see Jesus;
Life trials will seem so small
When we see Christ.
One glimpse of His dear face,
All sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race
'Til we see Christ.

(2)   Sometimes the sky looks dark
With not a ray of light
We're tossed and driven on
No human help in sight
But there is One in Heaven
Who knows our deepest care
Let Jesus solve your problem
Just go to Him in prayer

It will be worth it all
When we see Jesus;
Life trials will seem so small
When we see Christ.
One glimpse of His dear face,
All sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race
'Til we see Christ.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

UNDER HIS WINGS

The story is told of a fire that wept over the dry fields destroying everything in its path.  When the fire was finally extinguished, someone noticed the body of a chicken that was burnt to a crisp.  However, when they heard some noise they pushed aside the body and under its wings found several small chicks alive.  They had been protected from the fire by the wings of their mother.  David shared a similar thought in Psalm 91:4, "He will cover you with his feathers,  and under his wings you will find refuge;   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." (NIV).  He mentions a similar thought in Psalm 63, verse 7, " Because you are my help,  I sing in the shadow of your wings."  Have you found this to be true in your life?  Has he protected you "under His wings" from the storms of life.  Has He given you a song in the midst of the strife.   How often in my life I have found His protection, when nothing else could help.   Safe and secure, sheltered and protected.  I imagine that Ira Sankey found this to be true in his life when he penned the beautiful words of this hymn of assurance.

(1)  Under His wings I am safely abiding;
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me;
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings, my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

(2)  Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to its rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings, my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

(3)   Under His wings, O what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life's trials are over;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me;
Resting in Jesus I'm safe evermore.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings, my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever. 

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

THERE IS ROOM AT THE CROSS FOR YOU

My father-in-law who was called home a few weeks ago at the age of 96 had requested that this hymn be played or sung at his funeral.  Written by Ira Stamphill, the message is one that my father-in-law shared with almost everyone he met.  He knew that the Lord had made him a new creation and the desire of his heart was to see others come to the Lord and experience the same transformation that he did.  He often said that the Lord had pulled him out of the mirey clay and set his feet on the rock to stay.  While we felt that he definitely had the gift of evangelism, he denied this.  He said that all Christians had the mandate to share the Gospel and that he was only doing what the Lord called him to do.  And in memory of him and his faithful life before the Lord, I felt that I needed to share this hymn and this message with others.  He would have wanted this.  So, if you've never experienced the joy of the new life in Christ, then today there is still room at the cross for you.  Accept Him today, don't put it off another minute.  What a great way that would be to start the new year!

(1)    The cross upon which Jesus died
Is a shelter in which we can hide
And its grace so free is sufficient for me
And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea.

Chorus:
There's room at the cross for you
There's room at the cross for you
Though millions have come, there's still room for one
Yes there's room at the cross for you.

(2)   Though millions have found him a friend
And have turned from the sins they have sinned
The Savior still waits to open the gates
And welcome a sinner before it's too late.
Chorus: 

(3)   The hand of my Savior is strong
And the love of my Savior is long
Through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain,
The blood flows from Calvary to cleanse every stain.
Chorus:

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

SPECIAL FOR A NEW YEAR!

As we begin a new year, my mind has gone back to an old, old song that my wife and I used to sing annually as a duet at this time of the year.  It was a song of hope - actually even a prayer.  The long anticipated event hasn't yet happened ...  but maybe this year ... or maybe even today ... or maybe even at this moment.  We pray, Lord come quickly, for that is our hope and desire.  Unfortunately, we don't have any source available for you to actually hear this song, but please meditate on the words as you read them and then enter this new year with this great hope and expectation.   It will change you in 2009!

What if this could be the year when Jesus comes
The year that we've been waiting for so long
We'd have so little time to get our lost world won
If this could be the year when Jesus comes
 
Years have come and years have gone
Since Jesus went away
Leaving us the promise that He'd come again someday
And…
 
What if this could be the day when Jesus comes
The day that we've been waiting for so long
We'd have so little time to get our lost world won
If this could be the day when Jesus comes
 
He will comes so quickly in the twinkling of an eye
In a moment we think not
He'll split the eastern sky
And…
 
What if this could be the moment when Jesus comes
The moment that we've been waiting for so long
We'd have no time, no time to get our lost world won
If this could be the moment when Jesus comes
 
Yes this could be the moment Jesus comes

JESUS IS ALL THE WORLD TO ME

What are the most important things in your life?  I guess one really thinks about this question when faced with death and the loss of loved ones.  You realize how unimportant material things really are when you need to need to clean up an estate after a death.  Things that once seemed important now are things to be discarded, distributed, taxed, or even fought over.  Then you realize even more that the important things in life are relationships, especially with your loved ones.  You now miss the chance to be with them, to share your joys and your sorrows, and to seek their advice.  We all need someone to be our friend ... someone who cares about us ... someone who cheers us ... someone who is always there ... someone who accepts us for who we are ... someone we can trust.  But even our loved ones can fail us.  There is really only one friend that is always faithful.  This old hymn reminds us of that one.
Jesus is all the world to me, my life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day, without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go, no other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad, He's my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me, my Friend in trials sore;
I go to Him for blessings, and He gives them over and o'er.
He sends the sunshine and the rain, He sends the harvest's golden grain;
Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain, He's my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me, and true to Him I'll be;
O how could I this Friend deny, when He's so true to me?
Following Him I know I'm right, He watches o'er me day and night;
Following Him by day and night, He's my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me, I want no better Friend;
I trust Him now, I'll trust Him when life's fleeting days shall end.
Beautiful life with such a Friend, beautiful life that has no end;
Eternal life, eternal joy, He's my Friend.

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