TODAY

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Today
I awoke
To rich life found in grace,
Strong faith that abides
And promise that makes me whole.

Today
I arose
With fresh hope in my heart;
New thoughts on my mind
and feelings I’ve never known.

Today
I composed
A glad song full of joy,
To sing of great love
And mercy that ever grows.

Today
I will give
An offering of true praise
To honor the One
Whose compassion fills me so.

Welcome

This blog is dedicated to expressing all of the good things of God.  It is specifically christian on purpose.

If you’re thinking, “Oh no:  Religion!”  Relax.  To quote a saying from the Jesus Movement, “Christianity:  Not a religion, a relationship.”  This is about knowing the loving god.  It is not about “do’s and don’ts,” doctrine  or dogma (sorry dogs!)  Do feel free to raise contravercial topics; just be respectful.  Please refrain from name calling, criticizing specific people and crude language.  Thank you.

 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”  1 Peter 1:3

 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH

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For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.
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by Folliott S. Pierpoint
(1835-1917).
He was 29 at the time he wrote this hymn; he was mesmerised by the beauty of the countryside that surrounded him. It first appeared in 1864 in a
book of Eucharistic Hymns and Poems entitled “Lyra Eucharistica, Hymns and Verses on The Holy Communion, Ancient and Modern, with other Poems.”

CALLING ALL CHRISTIANS

Come oh you Christians;
Oh come one and all;
Come to Holy Spirit’s
Beckoning call.

Come know the great love
Of Jesus for you;
Then go out and share it;
Show that it’s true.

Go to the nations;
Go to every town;
Into your neighborhood;
Up hill and down.

Show by your actions,
Attitude and word;
That Jesus is truly
Savior and Lord.

By His saving grace
And through Him alone,
We enter God’s Kingdom,
Our blessed home.

Happy believers,
Lift glad songs of praise
To Him who loves fully;
Worship always!

SONGS OF MY HEART

My heart sings a song of joy,
Trusting in God’s unfailing love;
A hymn that ever tells the story
Of glory from above.

My heart chants a song of prayer,
Calling forth God’s Kingdom on earth,
Declared in faith that His loving care
Brings all good things to birth.

My heart sings a song of peace;
Delighting in His strength untold;
Knowing that His presence brings release
From sin and sorrow’s hold.

 

My heart will always sing a song
To celebrate our precious Lord;
With sweet melodies and words so strong,
They’ll reach around the world.