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How Deep the Father’s Love for Us   Leave a comment

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How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Stuart Townend

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
(REPEAT)

What’s that Perfume You’re Wearing?   5 comments

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 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 CEV

14 I am grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory. God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume. 15-16 In fact, God thinks of us as a perfume that brings Christ to everyone. For people who are being saved, this perfume has a sweet smell and leads them to a better life. But for people who are lost, it has a bad smell and leads them to a horrible death.No one really has what it takes to do this work. 17 A lot of people try to get rich from preaching God’s message. But we are God’s sincere messengers, and by the power of Christ we speak our message with God as our witness.

Isn’t that a great word picture!  I love verse 15 – In fact, God thinks of us as a perfume that brings Christ to everyone. Wow! Do you have your perfume on today? Whether or not you put it on physically, spiritually it is on and that is how God thinks of you – A perfume that brings Christ to everyone. 

Here’s what I wrote in my journal after reading this scripture:

  1. God makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory
  2. God will help us spread the knowledge of Christ
  3. The knowledge of Christ is like the smell of perfume
  4. God thinks of us as perfume
  5. I smell  – like Christ
  6. Christ to the saved, is sweet perfume
  7. Christ to the lost, is a stench
  8. It is only by the power of Christ that we can share this perfume
  9. There are sincere and not so sincere messengers

Next time you put on your perfume and smell that sweet scent, remember God thinks of you as a perfume that brings Christ to everyone. 

Who will smell your fragrance today?

Testimony Tuesday   9 comments

My testimony is a rather simple one. I am one of eight children. My twin brother and I were the last to be born into this wonderful Russian family. My mother was a Christian and my father became a Christian the year I was born. I grew up in a home where all my memories were of a Christian mother and father who reflected their love for the Lord openly and still do.

I can remember passing by my parent’s bedroom and looking inside to see them kneeling in prayer. They read their Bibles at the kitchen table. They carted all of us to church on Sunday morning and Sunday night as well as to prayer meetings on Wednesday nights.

Church was a big part of my life growing up and the majority of my social life was centered around church activities and my church friends. With all of that you would think that I became a Christian at my own church. But, I didn’t.

I became a Christian at a Pioneer Girls club that I had started attending with a neighbor girl. I was around 11 years old and one of the nights they had shared the gospel with us and asked if we would like to ask Jesus into our hearts. I said yes and that was the day I became a Christian. I was baptized shortly after that and my life continued to revolve around church.

Through the years, I have had blessings as well as struggles and hardships. The struggles and hardships seemed to have only brought me closer to the Lord. Life has not always been easy, but Jesus has always been there, teaching, prodding and molding my stubborn heart.  He has provided a rich heritage of believers in my life who were not afraid to live their faith. These gems have taught me and still teach me how I should live a Christ centered life. 

I could not imagine going through this life without Jesus, the lover of my soul and I look forward to meeting him when he invites me to my final home!  Until then, I want to be found faithful, ever growing in my walk with him.

There is a Redeemer   2 comments

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There is a Redeemer,
Jesus, God’s own son,
Precious lamb of God, Messiah,
Holy one,

Jesus my Redeemer,
Name above all names,
Precious lamb of God, Messiah,
Oh, for sinners slain.

Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us your Son,
And leaving your Spirit,
til the work on earth is done.

When I stand in glory,
I will see His face,
And there Ill serve my King forever,
In that holy place.

Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us your Son,
And leaving your Spirit,
til the work on earth is done.

There is a redeemer,
Jesus, God’s own Son,
Precious lamb of God, Messiah,
Holy one,

Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us your Son,
And leaving your Spirit,
til the work on earth is done.

And leaving your Spirit,
till the work on earth is done.

by Keith Green

Posted April 8, 2007 by Lana G! in Christianity, Easter, Faith, God, Hymns, Jesus, Life, Music, Salvation, Worship

Good Friday – The Wonderful Cross   4 comments

 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.

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?

Oh, the wonderful cross,
Oh, the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die and find
That I may truly live.
Oh, the wonderful cross,
Oh, the wonderful cross,
All who gather here by grace
Draw near and bless Your name.

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

Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Music: Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
Refrain lyrics: Chris Tomlin & J D Walt
Arr. Chris Tomlin & Jesse Reeves

Posted April 6, 2007 by Lana G! in Art, Christianity, Easter, Faith, God, Jesus, Music, Salvation, Worship