Seize the Moment – Day 830

Today’s hymn focus will be 

He Keeps Me Singing

John 15:10-11(NLT)

“When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”

Luther B. Bridges wrote this hymn in 1910. He was asked to be the guest speaker at a revival conference in Kentucky. He had wife and three sons stay with his father-in-law while he was away. The services lasted for two weeks with a wonderful time of ministry.  The last service closed with great joy and he couldn’t wait to share his excitement and all the blessings with his family. 

So he called his wife. But it wasn’t his wife’s voice on the long distance line. He was told the news that his wife and three boys had perished in a fire that  had destroyed the  farmhouse. Leaning heavily on His Savior and expressing his faith in God, he penned the words to this hymn:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know

          Fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go

We need to wake up and realize that in the good times and the difficult times, Jesus is our constant source of strength, hope, peace and love. We were never promised a life of ease as a Christian, but we are promised that He will be with us in every circumstance.
 

YOUTUBE:

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He Keeps Me Singing

1

There’s within my heart a melody;
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
“Fear not, I am with you, peace, be still,”
in all of life’s ebb and flow.

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.

2
All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
discord filled my heart with pain,
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
stirred the slumbering chords again. [Refrain]
 
3
Though sometimes He leads through waters deep,
trials fall across the way;
though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
see His footprints all the way. [Refrain]

 

4
Feasting on the riches of His grace,
resting ‘neath His sheltering wing,
always looking on His smiling face,
that is why I shout and sing. [Refrain]

 

5
Soon He’s coming back to welcome me
far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown,
I shall reign with Him on high. [Refrain]
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 823

Today’s hymn focus will be

“When We All Get To Heaven”

 

 
​“Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
 

First published in 1898, this gospel hymn was written by two friends, Eliza Hewitt and Emily Wilson. The two had met at the camp meeting services at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. They were both dedicated to writing songs with the goal of reaching and teaching both children and adults the truths of the gospel.

Providing what has been described as oxygen for the human soul, the anticipation of heaven is proclaimed in both the verses and the chorus:

 

When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

We need to wake up and allow our imagination to look forward to that day when the entire family of God is gathered around His throne, gathered for an endless celebration of praise! Allow this blessed hope to brighten your day!

 
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YOUTUBE:

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When We All Get To Heaven

 
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.
 
When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
 
While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when trav’ling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.
 
Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.
 
When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
 
Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.
 
When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
 
 
 

 


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Seize the Moment – Day 816

Today’s hymn focus will be

Rock of Ages

Psalm 18:2 (NLT)               

 

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

 

Augustus Toplady first published this hymn in 1775 in an article entitled “Life a Journey”, stating: “if you fall, be humbled and do not despair. Pray afresh to God who is able to raise you up, and set you on your feet again.” He wanted people to realize that no matter how big the debt of our sin account, it is only the blood of Jesus that could pay that debt in full.  He rejoiced in the fact that Jesus is our place of safety and the rock to which we can anchor the ship of our life.

 

            Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee,

            Let the water and the blood, from Thy wounded side which flowed

            Be of sin the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure.

 

We need to wake up and realize the truth of this ancient hymn that reminds us there is no one like our God. He is our Rock, our Hope and our Salvation. When in doubt, sing this song to remind your heart and mind Who our Rock is!

If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Ken reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
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1
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.
 
2
Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.
 
3
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.
 
4
While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.
 
 
 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 809

Today’s hymn focus will be

Old-Time Power

Acts 1:8  (NLT)                    

 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

 

The youngest son of a Baptist preacher, Charles Tillman had a passion for church related music. With his eclectic collection of music, he had a knack for adopting material and flowing it into a mix that we know today as southern gospel. He was assisting his father with a tent meeting in South Carolina when he heard a spiritual “The Old Time Religion” and was inspired to write the words and rudiments for this hymn. While G.B. Pike was the first to publish part of this hymn in 1873, the full hymn was later published by Tillman and had a more mnemonic cadence that helped it to be the more popular style to sing this hymn.

 

            O Lord, send the power just now, O Lord, send the power just now

            O Lord, send the power just now and baptize every one.

 

Just like Tillman, we need to wake up and realize we are not able to do this on our own power. We need the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives each and every day. Surrender to His leading and guidance as you make each day a day the Lord can use you!

If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

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Old-Time Power

 
1
They were in an upper chamber,
They were all with one accord,
When the Holy Ghost descended,
As was promised by the Lord.
 
Refrain
O Lord, send the pow’r just now,
O Lord, send the pow’r just now,
O Lord, send the pow’r just now,
And baptize ev’ry one.
 
2
Yes, this pow’r from heav’n descended,
With the sound of rushing wind;
Tongues of fire came down upon them,
As the Lord said He would send. [Refrain]
 
3
Yes, this “old-time” pow’r was given
To our fathers who were true;
This is promised to believers,
And we all may have it too. [Refrain]
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 802

Today’s hymn focus will be

“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”

Philippians 2:9-11(NLT)   

 
 
 

“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Written in the late 18th century by Edward Perronet, this hymn declares the greatness and the power of Jesus’ name. It was written to express the joyful hymn describing the revival movement, encouraging those who sang it to join with others in proclaiming the everlasting song that would one day be sung at the feet of Jesus.

 

                                    All hail the power of Jesus name!

                                    Let angels prostrate fall,

                                    Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all

                                    Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all

 

We need to wake up and join with others as we proclaim the glory and majesty of our Lord and Savior, and look forward to the day when we will be seated at His feet with countless others as we crown Him Lord of all!

 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

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Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
 
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All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

 
1
All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
2
O seed of Israel’s chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
3
Let every tongue and every tribe
responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
4
Oh, that with all the sacred throng
we at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 795

Today’s hymn focus will be

And Can It Be

Romans 5:8 (NLT)              

 

 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners..”

 

Even though Charles Wesley grew up in a strict religious home, went to a Christian college, and went out as a missionary to an American colony, it wasn’t until his journey home and his meeting with a group of Moravians that he came realize that ‘salvation is by faith alone’. He gave his heart to the Lord and wrote “…I confess with joy and surprise the He was able to do exceedingly abundantly  for me above what I ask or think.”

 

He went on to write new hymns with every new spiritual experience or thought that crossed his mind. Even on his deathbed, he dictated the words to this hymn that we still sing today:

 

Amazing love! How can it be,

that Thou, my God Shouldst die for me?

 

We need to wake up and live in the joy and freedom of being alive in Christ, and we are free from all the condemnation of sin. For it is through the sacrifice of Jesus that the price of our redemption was paid in full!
 
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YOUTUBE:

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And Can It Be

 
1
And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
 
Refrain:
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!
 
2
‘Tis mystery all! Th’Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more. [Refrain]
 
3
He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me. [Refrain]
 
4
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee. [Refrain]
 
5
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own. [Refrain]
 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 781

Today’s hymn focus will be

Holy, Holy, Holy

 Psalm 95:6-7(ESV)            

 
 
 

“Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.”

 

This hymn was written almost 200 years ago by Reginald Heber, an Anglican minister, and is used in corporate worship most frequently. Inspired by Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8, it describes the worship of God being proclaimed by the seraphim and the four living creatures.
 
You should also notice that the text of the song does not initiate praise, but rather encourages the singer to join in an endless song.

 

          Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty

         God in Three Person, blessed Trinity.

 

We need to wake up every day, joining our voices in praise to God, the One Who was, and is, and is to come! This is not a song of cheap emotion or forced subjectivity, but rather a song of true worship and love expressed in and through our personal lives.
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

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Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
 
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Holy, Holy, Holy

 
1
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
 
2
Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert and art and evermore shalt be.
 
3
Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
 
4
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth, and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 774

Today’s hymn focus will be

Near the Cross

Galatians 6:14(ESV)

 

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

  

This is another beautiful hymn given to us by Fanny Crosby. Her friend, William Doane, wrote the music then gave it to her to write the text of the hymn.

Combining vivid imagery and powerful biblical metaphors of the Cross, free grace, healing streams, rest and a daily walk of faith with God, she wrote these words that we sing today.

 

In the cross, in the cross, be my glory every

Till my raptured soul shall find, rest beyond the river.

 

We need to wake up to see and realize that the place of torture, the Cross, became the source of the healing stream and a place where the bright and morning star of heaven, Jesus, shines His love for us. Her words have painted a vivid scene as if it were present and she could see it, even though she had been blind shortly after birth.  
 
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YOUTUBE:

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Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
 
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Near the Cross

 
1
Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain;
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.
 
Refrain:
In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever,
Till my ransomed soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
 
2
Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
Shed His beams around me. [Refrain]
 
3
Near the cross! O lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o’er me. [Refrain]
 
4
Near the cross! I’ll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever;
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river. [Refrain]
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 767

Today’s hymn focus will be

Glory to His Name

 

Hebrews 9:22(ESV)          

 

 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

                                   

Penned in 1879 by Elisha A. Hoffman, this hymn became the favorite of believers who wanted nothing more than to bring glory and praise to God for the wonderful work of salvation. He was inspired while reading about Christ’s crucifixion and how it was through the cross that God saved all of mankind. He shared these words with his friend John Stockton who put them to music.

 

            Glory to His name, glory to His name,

            There to my heart was the blood applied; Glory to His name

 

While his musical training was limited, it was through the times of family worship that he developed such a love for the sacred songs. He believed that lifting our voices in song and praise was “as natural a function of the soul as breathing was a function of the body.” Wake up and sing your songs of praise to God today!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Ken reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
 
 
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Glory to His Name

 
1
Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my sin was the blood applied;
Glory to His name!
 
Chorus:
Glory to His name,
Glory to His name;
There to my sin was the blood applied;
Glory to His name!
 
2
I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
There at the cross where He took me in;
Glory to His name.
 
3
Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,
I am so glad I have entered in;
There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;
Glory to His name.
 
4
Come to this fountain so rich and sweet;
Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;
Plunge in today, and be made complete;
Glory to His name.
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 760

Today’s hymn focus will be

“He Lives”

Matthew 28:6(ESV)          

 

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”

 

Alfred Ackley was an accomplished musician and a trained theologian, joining with Billy Sunday on many evangelistic crusades. During one of those revival services, he was confronted with this question by a young Jewish man, “Why should I worship a dead Jew?” He did not start by recounting the biblical narratives of Mary’s encounter in the garden or the two men on the road to Emmaus, nor did he quote the verses in I Corinthians about His victory over death. Rather, he expressed his conviction from his personal relationship and experience with Jesus; “He lives! I tell you, He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands.” (Sanville, 1943).

 

            He lives! He Lives! Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me

            and talks with me along life’s narrow way…

 

Continue to sing the rest of the song as you prepare you hearts to celebrate the Resurrection and life of our Lord and Savior! He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!!!

 

If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Ken reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
 
 
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He Lives

 
I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.
 
(Chorus)
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
 
2
In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.
 
3
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.
 
 

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