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At Calvary ~ Golden Oldie Hymn

With Easter approaching, my thoughts always shift to the cross and to what Christ accomplished at Calvary.  Join with me in remembering this lovely old hymn,

At Calvary
by William Newell.
1895

Sung by Lynda Randle

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.
Refrain:
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.
Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

Thank you, Jesus, for Calvary!

Grace, Grace ~ Oldie Hymn

I felt compelled that someone needed to hear this old hymn today.  Didn’t hurt myself ~ just a link to a video with lyrics copied and pasted below.  I love this video version; it reminds me of an old-time black and white movie. 

Nothing you have ever done is outside the power of God to forgive.  His grace is greater than all our sin!

Blessings as you listen and remember this timeless message:

Grace Greater Than All Our Sin

by Julia H. Johnston

VERSE 1
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt,
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt

REFRAIN
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin

VERSE 2
Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide;
Whiter than snow you may be today.

VERSE 3
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe,
All who are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Wonderful Words of Life ~ Golden Oldie Hymn

I want to hear God’s wonderful words.
Over and over until they resonate deep.
I want them to fill me up
Until I’m made complete.

Beautiful words,
Wonderful words,

Wonderful words of life.

Every day,
As I open His word,
My prayer is,
Lord, bring them on!

Those wonderful words.

Join with me in remembering this lovely old hymn.

Sue Nash/2014

For similar posts, see Golden Oldie Hymns

Singing Off the Wall ~ Finding Balance With Worship Styles

Singing Off the Wall

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
Romans 12:10
NLT

You’ve probably seen it too.  Churches splitting over the style of worship songs.  One group likes only contemporary, but the other prefers hymns.

The newer music increasingly dominates.  Hymnals are becoming outdated, replaced instead by words projected by PowerPoint on large screens on the walls.  A practice my dad appropriately nicknamed, singing off the wall.

Some churches try to solve the dispute by having different services for the types of songs. The early am crowd gets traditional and the later rocks to the new.

However, are alternate services, based on worship styles preferences, the answer?
Don’t they by default lead to division?  Sadly, separate worship services rarely fix anything.  The partitioned music preferences only widen divisions in local fellowships. 

What is the solution, then?  Do we develop an all or nothing approach, where only one type is used?

I don’t have any expert musical training on the matter, just an opinion.  But I base it on discussions that I have had with both camps, through casual conversations over the years.

Here is what I’ve learned:

The Older Style Worship Camp

Those wanting hymns are mostly the middle-aged to elderly.  Even though I knew that already, I discovered something that surprised me.

Most are not totally opposed to the new.  Instead, they simply ask that since their generation is an equally important part of the body of Christ, the music they love be incorporated.  And when sung, that the hymns not be changed, but kept as written, arguing, ‘Why fix something that is not broken?’

A compelling argument.

The Contemporary Style Worship Camp

The contemporary camp is quick to elaborate why they think the new is better.  They point out that in the newer music, we are singing directly to God; however, in the old hymns, the emphasis is on singing about the Lord. 

A point well made. 

Also, many in the newbie camp are open to the older music, but just prefer changing it to a more contemporary beat, and adding new bridges.

Unfortunately, the hymn issue takes us right back to the drawing board in unifying the two groups.

Finding Balance Between the Two Styles

I don’t agree with segregating churches into worship style camps.  As I mentioned above, I think that it only fuels division.  Instead, why not a workable solution that honors both?  A blend of both styles, and ideally at every service.

For the elderly, try having at least one original hymn and keep it as written.  If there still is an avenue of providing hymnals, have these songs sung from a page number out of a book, and not off the wall! 

This may seem like appeasement toward one disgruntled group, but there are certainly Scriptural grounds for honoring our elders.  Besides, there is a generation of young people desperately in need of the truths found in the hymns.

Another option is to have regular times of highlighting the elderly singing solos and/or playing hymns during the services.  There is something so moving about hearing an aging member passionately sing an original hymn.

We also cannot discard the contemporary.  To disregard the new music is like telling God that He no longer inspires.  Even the hymns were controversial when first written.  We must allow for the new.  Churches that completely dismiss them are in error, and they typically do so at the sacrifice of their youth.

The bottom line is balance.  Out of love, we should consider the needs of each group.  There will never be a way to please everyone, but letting love be the guiding principle with any issue is always a win.

I like both styles.  I grew up with hymns, but do have a fondness for the new.  However, I agree with my dad.  I don’t think I’ll ever get used to singing off the wall.

I’d love to know ~ what’s your take on the issue?

Won’t It Be Wonderful There?

After yesterday’s post, I got to thinking about how wonderful that, among other things in heaven, we will get to meet all of our Christian blogging friends.  People we have never seen in person, we will instantly know there. 

An old gospel song kept going through my head all day, one that some of you may not have ever heard before.  Enjoy the blessings contained in this song, and allow God to fill you with the anticipation of heaven’s joyous singing, with heartbells all ringing:

Won’t It Be Wonderful There?

When with the savior we enter the glory land
Won’t it be wonderful there
Ended the troubles and cares of the story land
Won’t it be wonderful there?

Chorus:
Won’t it be wonderful there
Having no burdens to bear
Joyously singing, with heartbells all ringing
Won’t it be wonderful there?

— Instrumental —

Walking and talking with Christ, the Supernal One
Won’t it be wonderful there
Praising, adoring the Matchless Eternal One
Won’t it be wonderful there?

Chorus:
Won’t it be wonderful there
Having no burdens to bear
Joyously singing, with heartbells all ringing
Won’t it be wonderful there?

— Instrumental —

There where the tempest will never be sweeping us
Won’t it be wonderful there
Sure that forever the Lord will be keeping us
Won’t it be wonderful there?

Chorus:
Won’t it be wonderful there
Having no burdens to bear
Joyously singing, with heartbells all ringing
Oh, won’t it be wonderful there?…

For similar posts, click the link to Golden Oldie Hymns

The Particulars of Persuasion ~ Trusting God is a Commitment

We never know what's around the bend, so it is best to put our trust in God.  To see this photo with Scripture, go to Heavenly Raindrops Images

We never know what’s around the bend, so it is best to put our trust in God. To see this photo with Scripture, go to Heavenly Raindrops Images

For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
II Timothy 1:12
KJV

I have read this verse many times, and had always thought that the persuasion mentioned refers mostly to our salvation.  When we come to know Christ by believing in Him, our persuasion comes from knowing that He is able to keep watch over that commitment until we get to heaven, because the Holy Spirit seals us.  In keeping with the old hymn associated, I always thought this verse referred only to our assurance of salvation.

Keela, from Testimonies of His Goodness, got me to thinking about it differently, though.  In a post last month, Real Talk – Commitment Brings Control, Keela discusses this verse from the angle of whether we are committing our problems into God’s care, fully persuaded He is able, thereby allowing Him to keep them. 

I am a person who values commitment.  I generally take my time before making one, because when I commit to something, I am all in.  I want others to trust my word.  When I commit, I commit.

If I am so good at committing, though, why does this not translate into my commitment to trust God fully with all of my problems?  To having a persuasion that He will keep, by watching over, burdens that I give to Him.  Why do I say that I commit things into His capable hands, if I am only going to turn around and take them back by worrying or trying to solve things on my own?

Yet committing, in the sense of trusting God, must be an all in matter, through a relinquishing of the burdens.  If I take back my cares, I break my vow to trust. 

God wants us all in when it comes to our commitment to trust Him.  He wants us persuaded.  Jesus is our model for commitment by being faithful to us.  He is all in, and has nail-scarred hands to prove it.

I only thought that I was good at keeping my word with commitments; in fact, when it comes to fully entrusting my problems to the Lord, I waiver.  My difficulty in doing so involves a problem I have with casting, and I will discuss this in my next post.

Sue Nash/2013

Life Song ~ This is My Story

Daisy ~ a perfect picture of praise.  This is my favorite of the daisy photos I took recently.

Daisy ~ a perfect picture of praise. This is my favorite of the daisy photos I took recently.

I am not sure where I first heard of picking a song and a verse that best describes you.  As soon as I heard about this concept, though, I knew instantly which song and verse to choose.  Today, I will post my Life Song and then tomorrow, my verse.

Blessed Assurance is not only my favorite of the old hymns, but characterizes how I long to live ~ praising my Savior all the day long, knowing Jesus is mine.  It is how I would want the story of my life recorded.  That, no matter the difficulties, God’s praise is on still my lips.  I know that I am not even close to fulfilling this, but it is my heart’s desire.

As to the photos, daisies just seemed to fit this idea of praise.  Petals spread wide, with their golden crown of praise lifted high.  I hope that you enjoy the photos, and revisiting this old song that I have chosen to represent my life song.

Fanny Crosby, the writer of this classic hymn, was no stranger to hardships.  Rendered blind as an infant by an accident, she suffered the loss of her father when young, and then her only child, who died not long after birth.  At the age of eight, she wrote this poem, which ended up being the testimonial of her life:

Oh, what a happy soul am I.
Although I cannot see.
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t!
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t!
(by Fanny Crosby)

Given the difficulties she faced, I don’t know if I would have had this attitude.  God knows what we can bear, though, and never gives us more than that.  I pray that as each day passes, I draw closer to modeling a life like hers, one bringing glory to God by praising my Savior all the day long.

This is My Story
My neighbors daisies are loaded with beautiful blooms

My neighbor’s daisy patch is loaded with beautiful blooms!

Blessed Assurance
as sung by Alan Jackson

1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his Spirit, wash’d in his blood.

2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight:
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest:
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Fill’d with his goodness, lost in his love.

What some call simple beauty, others characterize as exquisite.

What some call simple beauty, others characterize as exquisite.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Do you have a Life Song?
I would love to know what it is and why you chose it.

Sue Nash/2013