What Grace Is Mine

What grace is mine that He who dwells in endless light
Called through the night to find my distant soul
And from his scars poured mercy that would plead for me
That I might live and in his name be known

So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him

What grace is mine to know His breath alive in me
Beneath his wings my wakened soul may soar
All fear can flee for death’s dark night is overcome
My Saviour lives and reigns forevermore

So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him

-Kristyn Getty, Traditional Melody arranged Rob Mathes

Praise our Savior, Jesus Christ

Praise our Savior, Jesus Christ; adore the Father’s only Son.
Holy God and lowly flesh in virgin’s womb have joined as one!
Equal with eternal God, Christ stooped to dwell on earth with men—
Sent by God to save our souls and slain by God to end our sin.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Our Emmanuel has come!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Father’s glorious Son!

Praise our Savior, Jesus Christ; delight in God’s climactic Word.
God through prophets whispered once, but now He shouts through Christ the Lord.
Message, Messenger combined-the Son reveals the unseen God;
Showing Him to us by birth, then bringing us to Him by blood!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God and sinners may be one!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Father’s glorious Son!

Praise our Savior, Jesus Christ; behold God’s once-forsaken Son.
Sinner’s Friend and God’s Beloved, by both abandoned, hangs alone.
Dark the sun and dark the sin which shrouds the Christ as death draws nigh.
Conq’ring night, our Light and Life shouts “It is finished!”—wondrous cry!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Night is over; Light has come!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Father’s glorious Son!

Praise our Savior, Jesus Christ; exalt our resurrected King,
Prince of Life, He lives again; He conquered death and crushed its sting.
Jesus rose, and with Him hope; He shall not die, and nor shall we.
Once entombed, but now enthroned, His foes His footstool soon shall be.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We shall live, for Christ has won!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Father’s glorious Son!

(Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Paul S. Jones)
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This Is the Day (Rutter)

This is the day which the Lord hath made:
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
O praise the Lord of heav’n: praise him in the height.
Praise him, all ye angels of his: praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.
Let them praise the Name of the Lord.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
so that the sun shall not burn thee by day: neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in:
from this time forth for evermore.
He shall defend thee under his wings.
Be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart,
and put thou thy trust in the Lord.

-John Rutter, Psalm 118

I Run to Christ

I run to Christ when chased by fear
And find a refuge sure.
“Believe in me,” His voice I hear;
His words and wounds secure.

I run to Christ when torn by grief
And find abundant peace.
“I too had tears,” He gently speaks;
Thus joy and sorrow meet.

I run to Christ when worn by life
And find my soul refreshed.
“Come unto Me,” He calls through strife;
Fatigue gives way to rest.

I run to Christ when vexed by hell
And find a mighty arm.
“The Devil flees,” the Scriptures tell;
He roars, but cannot harm.

I run to Christ when stalked by sin
And find a sure escape.
“Deliver me,” I cry to Him;
Temptation yields to grace.

I run to Christ when plagued by shame
And find my one defense.
“I bore God’s wrath,” He pleads my case—
My Advocate and Friend.

(Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Greg Habegger)
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I RUN TO CHRIST DOCTRINAL NOTES (by Chris Anderson)

Because God delights in worship that is biblical, thoughtful and passionate—what we often call intentional—please consider the following overview of the biblical texts and doctrinal themes behind the hymn I Run to Christ:

The Scriptures consistently point God’s people to Christ as the solution to all problems. Our Lord answers our greatest need by providing forgiveness and freedom from sin. But He helps with lesser needs, as well. He gives hope, comfort and rest to us when we are dealing with the multifaceted consequences of sin. He gives hope to the bereaved husband, joy to the depressed student, and strength to the weary mother as surely as He gives grace to the penitent sinner. Until Christ outlaws suffering at His return, He sustains us through it when we run to Him.

Verse 1a gives hope to the fearful. God is a refuge in trouble (Psalm 46, et al). He commands us not to let our hearts be troubled, but instead to believe in Him (John 14:1). His promises—and even more so His death in our place—provide courage and comfort in trials (cf Rom 8:32).

Verse 1b gives hope to the sorrowful. Christ provides peace that exceeds our understanding (Phil 4:7; John 14:27). In particular, we are encouraged to know that He can sympathize with each of our weaknesses since He shared them (Heb 4:14-15), including sorrow (John 11:35). More than encouragement, we find grace as we boldly seek God through Christ (Heb 4:16). Our Lord doesn’t end our sorrows, but He gives us joy in the midst of sadness (John 16:33).

Verse 2a gives hope to the weary. At times, our greatest burden isn’t a tragedy; it’s just life and its many challenges. Christ invites those who are weary and heavy laden to find rest in Him (Matthew 11:28).

Verse 2b gives hope to the oppressed. Satan’s hateful temptation and accusation of believers is a trial indeed (1 Pet 5:8; Rev 12:10). Yet, Scripture teaches that the Savior who indwells us is greater than the Devil (1 John 4:4). Satan is on a short leash; Christ’s authority over him is unquestioned (Luke 10:18), and His victory over him at Calvary is absolute (Heb 2;14). Because we are united to Christ, Satan must flee when we resist Him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9).

Verse 3a gives hope to the tempted. Because of Christ, we are no longer enslaved to sin (Rom 6). He faithfully provides us with a way of escape when tempted (1 Cor 10:13). Obedience is possible when we seek deliverance through Christ (Mat 6:13). He offers freedom, not only forgiveness.

Verse 3b gives hope to the ashamed. Though God enables and commands our obedience (1 John 2:1), He has graciously provided for our failures, as well (1 John 2:2). Our defense when accused of sin—even when justly so—is Jesus Christ, not our own sorrow, confession, or determination to do better. Jesus has suffered for sin as our propitiation, and He represents us before the Heavenly Father as our Advocate.

Whatever your need, run to Christ and find infinite help.

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Almighty God, Whose Only Son

Almighty God, whose only Son
O’er sin and death the triumph won,
And ever lives to intercede
For souls who Thy sweet mercy need;

In His dear Name to Thee we pray
For all who err and go astray,
For sinners, wheresoe’er they be,
Who do not serve and honor Thee.

There are who never yet have heard
The tidings of Thy blessèd Word,
But still in heathen darkness dwell,
Without one thought of Heav’n or hell.

And some within Thy sacred fold
To holy things are dead and cold,
And waste the precious hours of life
In selfish ease, or toil, or strife;

And many a quickened soul within
There lurks the secret love of sin,
A wayward will, or anxious fears,
Or lingering taint of bygone years.

O give repentance true and deep
To all Thy lost and wandering sheep,
And kindle in their hearts the fire
Of holy love and pure desire.

That so from angel hosts above
May rise a sweeter song of love,
And we, with all the blest, adore
Thy Name, O God, for evermore.

-Henry Williams Baker

9 Unbiblical Statements That Bible-Loving Christians Believe

By Shane Pruitt

One of the greatest gifts that God gave mankind was the Holy Bible because the Bible is literally God revealing Himself, and communicating Himself to mankind in written word. Anything and everything that we know about God comes from these Holy Scriptures, and they contain the totality of what we need to know about becoming a Christian, and everything that we need to know about living the Christian life.

Orthodox Christianity teaches that the Bible was inspired and authored by the Holy Spirit of God using human instruments. It also believes that in it’s original languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; it is without error and fault.

However, there are many things that Jesus-following, Church-going, Bible-believing Christians believe that are completely unbiblical. How does this happen? Often, we’ll hear someone quote a statement that sounds nice to us, and we’ll begin repeating it as though it’s Biblical truth without ever researching it in the Scriptures. Several of these unbiblical statements have gained enough traction that many people believe they’re actually Bible verses. Not only are the statements unbiblical; most of them teach the opposite of what the Bible teaches.

Here is a list of nine popular unbiblical statements that Bible-loving Christians tend to believe:

God helps those who help themselves.

This statement is actually anti-Gospel. Self-reliance and self-righteousness, or the attitude of trying harder and doing better actually gets in the way of the work of God. Jesus saves those who die to themselves: “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24).”

God wants me to be happy.

It’s a common belief that God exists to be our “personal genie” waiting to give us our every wish. It’s amazing how we will justify our sinful actions by saying, “God just wants me to be happy.” Happiness is tied to feelings and emotions that are often based on circumstances, and those change all the time. God wants us to be obedient to Him, trust Him, and know that everything He does is for our good, even if it doesn’t make me feel “happy” in that moment. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).”

We’re all God’s children

Although, God has created everyone. . .not everyone relationally belongs to Him. Only those who have repented of sin, placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and possess the Holy Spirit of God inside of them can claim Him as their Father: “But you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:15b – 16).”

However, those who don’t have Jesus as their Savior, nor have the Holy Spirit of God inside of them actually belong to Satan: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1 – 2).” “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother (1 John 3:10).”

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

The people around you may appreciate you staying clean, but this is not Scripture. Parents may us this unbiblical statement to motivate their kids to clean their rooms. However, I’d suggest using an actual biblical statement: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12).”

God won’t give you more than you can handle

Actually, all of life is more than we can handle. The point of living in a fallen world is not for us to try really hard to carry our heavy burden, but rather give-up, quit, and surrender to God, that’s what faith is all about. Every thing is more than I can handle, but not more than Jesus can handle: “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself (2 Corinthians 1:8).” “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”

We all worship the same God

Yes, there is only one true and living God: “know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other (Deuteronomy 4:39).” However, He only accepts worship that comes through Jesus Christ, not Muhammad, Buddha, Joseph Smith, etc: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).”

Bad things happen to good people

Often we place ourselves in the judgment seat of what is good and bad, or who is good and bad. The most popular way to make that judgment is by comparison. For example, Bob is a good guy, because he is not as bad as Sam. However, according to the Bible we’re all on equal ground because none of us is inherently good: “as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10)’.”

When you die, God gains another angel

Plain and simple. Humans are humans, and angels are angels. This remains so even in eternity. In fact, angels are intrigued by the interaction between God and His “image-bearing” humans: “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look (1 Peter 1:12).”

We’re all going to the same place when we die

There are two possible destinations when we pass: Heaven and Hell. However, only those who are in Christ will be with Him for all eternity when they physically die: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).”

The fact that many of us Christians believe these unbiblical statements shows our unfortunate overall biblical illiteracy. Instead of swallowing popular statements hook-line-and-sinker; may we be like the Bereans in the Book of Acts. When they heard Paul preach, they wanted to research the Scriptures themselves to authenticate what he was saying: “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Acts 17:10 – 11).”

-Shane Pruitt, http://www.alreadyam.com/9-unbiblical-statements-that-bible-loving-christians-believe/

May the Peace

May the peace of God, our heav’nly Father,
And the grace of Christ, the risen Son,
And the fellowship of God the Spirit
Keep our hearts and minds within His love.

And to Him be praise for His glorious reign;
From the depths of earth to the heights of heaven
We declare the name of the Lamb once slain—
Christ eternal, the King of Kings.

May this peace which passes understanding,
And this grace which makes us what we are,
And this fellowship of His communion,
Make us one in spirit and in heart.

And to Him be praise for His glorious reign;
From the depths of earth to the heights of heaven
We declare the name of the Lamb once slain—
Christ eternal, the King of Kings.

-Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

O Praise Ye the Lord

O praise ye the Lord! praise Him in the height;
Rejoice in His Word, ye angels of light;
Ye heavens, adore Him by Whom ye were made,
And worship before Him in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord! Praise Him upon earth,
In tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
Praise Him Who hath brought you His grace from above,
Praise Him Who hath taught you to sing of His love.

O praise ye the Lord! All things that give sound;
Each jubilant chord re-echo around;
Loud organs, His glory forth tell in deep tone,
And sweet harp, the story of what He hath done.

O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
To Him be outpoured all ages along!
For love in creation, for Heaven restored,
For grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!

O praise ye the Lord and sing a new song,
Amid all His saints His praises prolong;
The praise of their Maker His people shall sing,
And children of Zion rejoice in their King.

With timbrel and harp and joyful acclaim,
With gladness and mirth, sing praise to His Name,
For God in His people His pleasure doth seek,
With robes of salvation He clotheth the meek.

In glory exult, ye saints of the Lord;
With songs in the night, high praises accord;
Go forth in His service, be strong in His might,
To conquer all evil and stand for the right.

For this is His Word: His saints shall not fail,
But over the earth their power shall prevail;
All kingdoms and nations shall yield to their sway.
To God give the glory and praise Him for aye.

-Henry Williams Baker (Music: Parry)

I Was Glad

I was glad when they said unto me, we will go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates, O Jerusalem
Jerusalem is builded as a city that is at unity in itself.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls, and plenteousness within thy palaces,
and plenteousness within thy palaces!

-Hubert Parry, Based on Psalm 122

Across the Lands

You’re the Word of God the Father
From before the world began.
Ev’ry star and ev’ry planet
Has been fashioned by Your hand.
All creation holds together
By the power of Your voice.
Let the skies declare Your glory;
Let the land and seas rejoice!

You’re the Author of creation;
You’re the Lord of ev’ry man;
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

Yet You left the gaze of angels,
Came to seek and save the lost,
And exchanged the joy of heaven
For the anguish of a cross.
With a prayer You fed the hungry;
With a word You calmed the sea;
Yet how silently You suffered
That the guilty may go free!

You’re the Author of creation;
You’re the Lord of ev’ry man;
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

With a shout You rose victorious,
Wresting vict’ry from the grave,
And ascended into heaven,
Leading captives in Your way.
Now You stand before the Father,
Interceding for Your own;
From each tribe and tongue and nation,
You are leading sinners home!

You’re the Author of creation;
You’re the Lord of ev’ry man;
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

-Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
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