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Friday, October 19, 2018

Inspired by . . . Hymns of Faith: Jesus Loves Me

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. (Luke 18:17)


Written in 1860 as part of Anna and Susan Warner's novel Say and Seal, the poem, Jesus Loves Me remains a favorite hymn of children around the world.

The composer, William Bradbury, recognized as a pioneer in children's music, composed the music for Warner's text and personally added the chorus to their existing four stanzas.

This simple, children's hymn teaches us some powerful things about our God:

We are weak; Jesus is strong.

Jesus has a special place in His heart for children; they belong to Him.

Jesus' death unlocked the gates of heaven allowing us to enter in.

When we come willingly to Him, as a child, He washes away our sin.

The Bible teaches us the truth about Jesus and His love for us.

You may not know all the words to this beloved hymn but chances are you know the most important ones:

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! 
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.


You can find the entire series here.

It seems fitting to share this version, listen here.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inspired by . . . Blessed Redeemer

A Hill with Three Crosses--
One cross where a thief died IN SIN
One cross where a thief died TO SIN
A center cross where a Redeemer died FOR SIN


Many hymns begin with a poem or lyrics which are then set to music. This hymn, however, began in the heart of a composer, Harry Dixon Loes. A music teacher at Moody Bible Institue, Loes was inspired after hearing a sermon entitled, Blessed Redeemer.

He sent the melody to his friend, Avis B. Christiansen, who captured the pain of Calvary in these words of praise:

Blessed Redeemer! Precious Redeemer!
Seems I now see Him on Calvary’s tree;
Wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading,
Blind and unheeding—dying for me! 

It's hard to think of our precious Lord wounded and bleeding. As a man, Jesus didn't want to drink this cup of physical, unbearable pain and spiritual wrath. But as God, He embraced this one act of sacrificial love that would set every man, woman, and child free for all eternity.

As His lifeblood slipped away, He prayed for you. Even knowing the blackness of our hearts, He prayed. He prayed knowing that His blood would cleanse and wash away the sickness of sin that so entangles us. He prayed knowing that by His death, we would be free.

Oh, how I love Him, Savior and Friend,
How can my praises ever find end!
Through years unnumbered on heaven’s shore,
My tongue shall praise Him forevermore.


You can find the entire series here.

Listen to Casting Crowns here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Inspired by . . . Great is Thy Faithfulness

My income has never been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. But I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care which have filled me with astonishing gratefulness. ~ Thomas Obediah Chisholm

That "astonishing gratefulness" is what inspired Chisholm to write today's text and over twelve hundred other sacred poems. Rather than born out of tragedy, like many other prominent hymns, Great is Thy Faithfulness is the result of the author's "morning by morning" realization of God's personal faithfulness in his daily life.

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)

We receive a new start every morning! Let that sink in for a minute, friends.

Whatever we messed up yesterday because of our pride, laziness, apathy, selfishness, or just plain, "I'm too tired to deal with it," attitude - God says, "I'm giving you another chance, today, to do it My way."

His way is peace, joy, and freedom.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow:
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed Thy hand hath provided:
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


You can find the entire series here.

Listen here.