Saturday, December 27, 2014

Are you Overwhelmed?

Are you Overwhelmed?
Bee Overwhelmed by Gods LOVE!
Bee Overcome so you can Over Come!
Buried with Christ, your sins are washed away in the sea of forgetfulness!

Are you Struggling?
Put on the Garment of Praise for the spirit of heaviness!
Look UP to the Joy in Jesus!
Let His LOVE Flood your soul!
Lift up your hands in His Holy Place!
Your standing on Holy Ground!
Surrounded by the LOVE and Light of the Holy Spirit!

Hymn

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014

AWAKE, MY SOUL, AND WITH THE SUN

AWAKE, MY SOUL, AND WITH THE SUN



"When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness." Psalm 17:15


Words: Thom­as Ken, Man­u­al of Pray­ers for the Use of the Schol­ars of Win­ches­ter Col­lege, 1674.

Music: Mainzer, Jo­seph Mainz­er, cir­ca 1845.

Al­ter­nate tunes:

Dawn, in A Com­pil­a­tion of Gen­u­ine Church Mu­sic, by Jo­seph Funk, 4th edi­tion, 1847.
Morn­ing Hymn, Fran­çois H. Bar­thé­lé­mon, 1785. Bar­thé­lé­mon wrote this mu­sic for these words, at the re­quest of an or­phan­age chap­lain in Lon­don; it was first pub­lished in A Sup­ple­ment to the Hymns and Psalms Used at the Asy­lum or House of Ref­uge for Fe­male Or­phans, print­ed for Wil­liam Gaw­ler, or­gan­ist to the Asy­lum (Lon­don: cir­ca 1785).
The Morn­ing Watch, Carl F. Price, 1913

Ken wrote this hymn at a time when the es­tab­lished church be­lieved on­ly Script­ure should be sung as hymns—with an em­pha­sis on the Psalms. Some con­sid­ered it sin­ful and blas­phe­mous to write new lyr­ics for church mu­sic, akin to ad­ding to the Script­ures. In that at­mo­sphere, Ken wrote this and sev­er­al other hymns for the boys at Win­chest­er Col­lege, with strict in­struct­ions that they use them on­ly in their rooms, for pri­vate de­vo­tions. Iron­ic­al­ly, the last stan­za has come into wide­spread use as the Dox­ol­o­gy, per­haps the most fr­equent­ly used piece of mu­sic in pub­lic wor­ship. At Ken's request, the hymn was sung at his fun­er­al, fit­tingly held at sun­rise.

Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise,
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Thy precious time misspent, redeem,
Each present day thy last esteem,
Improve thy talent with due care;
For the great day thyself prepare.

By influence of the Light divine
Let thy own light to others shine.
Reflect all Heaven's propitious ways
In ardent love, and cheerful praise.

In conversation be sincere;
Keep conscience as the noontide clear;
Think how all seeing God thy ways
And all thy secret thoughts surveys.

Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
High praise to the eternal King.

All praise to Thee, who safe has kept
And hast refreshed me while I slept
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake
I may of endless light partake.

Heav'n is, dear Lord, where'er Thou art,
O never then from me depart;
For to my soul 'tis hell to be
But for one moment void of Thee.

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew.
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say,
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

I would not wake nor rise again
And Heaven itself I would disdain,
Wert Thou not there to be enjoyed,
And I in hymns to be employed.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

PRAISE GOD, FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW

PRAISE GOD, FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW

Doxology



"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from…the Father." James 1:17


Words: Thom­as Ken, 1674. These lyr­ics, sung as the Dox­ol­o­gy in many church­es, are ac­tu­al­ly the last verse of a long­er hymn, Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun.

Music: Old 100th, Ge­ne­van Psalt­er, 1551, at­trib­ut­ed to Lou­is Bour­geois (MI­DI, score).

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Prayers for Healing

Prayers for Healing

O God, you who I know to be the greatest of doctors, come and lay your hand upon me. Renew my strength and restore me to health. Give me, I pray, at a time when my body seems the weakest, the renewal of your Spirit. Hold me up with your love. Help me to see through my problem, to a point beyond which I can grow strong in you and in your love; for Jesus sake. Amen.

O God, you who art the only source of health and healing, grant to me such an awareness of your indwelling and surrounding presence that I may allow you to give me health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Before an Operation

Loving Father, I place myself into your care this day. Guide and direct with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the ones who will minister to me this day. Lord, grant that every cause of illness might be removed, that my health might be restored and I might accept with patience and determination that which lies ahead. Help me to live in a more perfect harmony with you and my fellow man; through Jesus Christ. Amen.



After an Operation

O gracious loving God, thank you for the operation that is now past. Help me now to rest in your continuing presence, relaxing every tension, releasing every care and worry, permitting more and more of your healing life into every part of my being. Lord, in moments of pain, I turn toward you for strength, in times of loneliness, I feel your loving nearness; and now in times of thanks I turn to you with my praise. Grant, O Lord, that your life and love and joy may flow through me for the healing of others; in Christ's name. Amen.



In the Morning (Ps. 103)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle's.



In the Evening (Ps. 121 & 23)

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and for evermore.

The Lord is my sheperd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff - they confort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Promises you can Believe

Promises you can Believe

"...I am watching to see that My Word is fulfilled."

"Ask, and you will receive, and your joy will be complete."

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things."

"You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

"...my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name."

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

"You will pray to Him, and He will hear you..."

"This is the confidence that we have approaching God: that if we ask anything
according to His will, He hears us."

"And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have
what we asked of Him."

"And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son
may bring glory to the Father."

"So is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

"If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish,
and it will be given you."

"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for,
it will be done for you by My Father in heaven."

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last.
Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My name."

"Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you."

"Before they call, I will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear."

"He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him."

"May my prayer be set before You like incense; may the
lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice."

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