I Am His

With trembling faith, and reckless hope
I seek the face of God
I close my eyes and offer up
A heart I know is flawed
I bow before the blazing throne
Whatever He may do
He lifts my eyes and whispers Peace
My Son has made you new

This one hope is my salvation
This one plea, my declaration

I am not, but Jesus is
And praise God, I am His
I may be dead, but Jesus lives
And praise God, I am His

I am not
I am not
I am not
But Jesus is

With ears of faith I seek the truth
Whatever it may say
It tells me this My soul was lost
And Jesus found the way
With no more fear I take my crown
And melt it in the flame
The Spirit’s power, refining fire
Leaves only Jesus’ name

-Eric Scholtens

Lord Speak to Me

Oh, hidden source of calm repose
Oh, all-sufficient love divine
My help and refuge from my woes
I am secure, if You are mine
In want, You are my full Supply
In weakness, my Almighty Power
In chains, You are my Liberty
My Light in Satan’s darkest hour

Lord speak to me until I speak
In loving echoes of Your tone
As you have sought, so let me seek
Your wandering children, far from home
Oh teach me, Lord, until I teach
The Living Word that You impart
Light up my words until they reach
The hidden depths of broken hearts

You are my Joy Unspeakable
My Life in death, my Heaven in hell
You are the Healer of my soul
My Tower of Strength where all is well
My Rest in toil, my Ease in pain
In shame my Glory and my Crown
My Peace in war; in loss, my Gain
My Smile beneath the devil’s frown

Oh use me Lord,use even me
Until the Throne of Grace I see
Bring on Your will; name when and where
In Jesus’ name, I will declare

-Arranged by Eric Scholtens

Come Lord

Your people groan and cry for the curse to die!
Come Lord Jesus!
We want to see the world You’ve prepared on High!
Come Lord Jesus!
We claim the promise made by the One who Saves!
Come Lord Jesus!
To remake the World and destroy the Grave!
Come Lord Jesus!

Come Lord, come Lord! Come Lord, come Lord!
Come Lord, come Lord! Come Lord, come Lord!
Open up the heavens! Bring the City down!
Let us know Your presence! Let the trumpet sound!
Come Lord, come Lord! Come Lord, come Lord!

We will see all things in the Light You bring!
Come Lord Jesus!
Throw down the Devil and let the dead sing!
Come Lord Jesus!
Break loose the chains and free us from sin!
Come Lord Jesus!
Let the Beginning end and let Eternity begin!
Come Lord Jesus!

You are the God who sees! Open our eyes, Lord Jesus!
You are the God who knows! Open our minds – let Your truth flow!
You are the God who loves! Open our hearts to Your wonders!
You are the God who lives! Open the sky – let our lives begin!

-Eric Scholtens

I Have A Home

How can this poor man of sorrows be the King of glory?
Poor and lonely, yet He is the Fount of every blessing!
How can I imagine all I gain from His poverty?
By His wounds I am healed inside;
By His death I am made alive

I have a Father; I have a Brother; I sit at a table like no other
I have a Kingdom; I have a Savior; and I have a Home
You are my Home

Amazing love, how can it be?
That You my God would die for me?
There is no death, no grave for me
For Jesus’ blood has set me free

How am I adopted when the firstborn is forsaken?
How could He be buried in my tomb with my filthy rags?
How can I be risen with Him, soon to see His glory?
God has willed we should reconcile –
God declares I am now His child

Amazing love, how can it be?
That You my God would die for me?
There is no death, no grave for me
For Jesus’ blood has set me free

I have a Father; I have a Brother; I sit at a table like no other
I have a Kingdom; I have a Savior; and I have a Home
God is my Father, Christ is my Brother, Heaven has a table like no other
I have a Kingdom, I know a Savior, and I have a home
Heaven is my home; You are my Home!

-Eric Scholtens

Til Jesus Christ Is Praised

Let the gates be opened wide
Let the roof be lifted high
Let the King of glory enter in
Lift your hearts and make a space
Lift your voice and pave the way
Lift the name of Him who takes our sin

Darkness has no place in face of Grace
Fear gives way for praise to the God who saves

Let the nations cry let it split the sky
Let Jesus Christ be praised
Let our hearts resound lay the whole world down
Let Jesus Christ be praised

Let the darkness try to fight
Let it try to face the light
Jesus is the overcoming King
Let the Devil make his claim
Let him try to cut the grain
God’s already conquered everything

There cannot be shame where there is no blame
This is my refrain – my Jesus saves!

Let the nations cry let it split the sky
Let Jesus Christ be praised
Let our hearts resound lay the whole world down
Let Jesus Christ be praised

You are the King of this heart, for you have made it
You are the Lord of this mind that you created
You are the God of these hands, and so I raise them
Up to You, for You are worthy
You are the God of the Cross, You are salvation
You are the Light of the World for all the nations
You are the giver of Grace, of Love, and Mercy
Offered to the undeserving
I’ll lift up no other name, for You are Holy
I will not offer my praise to any other
You are the strength of my days You are my comfort
In the face of all my weakness
I won’t give rest to my voice until I praise You
I won’t give rest to my eyes until I see You
I won’t give rest to my heart until I’ve offered all of me
To all of You my God

-Eric Scholtens

If I Had a Thousand Tongues

Guilt was a raging fire, burning all of me
Leaving only ash scattered in the breeze
Everything I chased was a fantasy
But I loved my chains, and I could not see

Then came Your voice
And it spoke the name of Jesus
For You made the choice
And the Word became
The only power that frees us

If I had a thousand tongues I still couldn’t sing
In a thousand days the praise I should bring
For the thousand ways that you are deserving
Of all my praise-you’re eternally worthy

God of my salvation, God of new creation
You have made a way like only you can do
I am consecrated, I am recreated
I am now made holy, only in You
Only in You, only in You

Wherever sin has grown, Grace is greater still
I cannot escape from my Savior’s will
I won’t feed the lie that my sin has won
I’ve been crucified with the Risen Son

I will lift my voice
And shout the name of Jesus
For You made the choice
And on the cross you gave
The anguish that redeems us

If I had a thousand tongues I still couldn’t sing
In a thousand days the praise I should bring
For the thousand ways that you are deserving
Of all my praise-you’re eternally worthy

God of my salvation, God of new creation
You have made a way like only you can do
I am consecrated, I am recreated
I am now made holy, only in You
Only in You, only in You

You were betrayed and I’m forgiven
You were condemned and I am living
You were denied and I’m acknowledged by Your Word
I pound the nail, and You defend me
I crucify and Your wounds mend me
It is finished-the final words that death has heard

God of my salvation, God of new creation
You have made a way like only you can do
I am consecrated, I am recreated
I am now made holy, only in You

-Eric Scholtens

Born Again

In the wake of all that sin has left destroyed
When the bitterness of guilt became more natural than joy
There is a King and He has come,
And all the darkness begins to fade
For over the grave Jesus has won,
And so begins the light of day, the light of day

We are reborn, the King of new Creation;
The Lord of our salvation is living again
We are reborn in Him who lives forever
And the pain of the death can never,
Ever conquer us for we are born again

When we clung to our own guilt, our lies, and pain
Jesus came into our night to be the life, the truth, the way
He was the Lamb there on the cross
That brought forgiveness and relief
Now out of the grave with all that was lost
He is the risen prince of peace, the risen prince of peace

It’s the end of human hopelessness, the end of desperation
It’s the end of all that’s broken; the beginning of salvation
It’s the promise of eternity; the hope in things we will someday see
And Jesus’ name is death’s humiliation

-Eric Scholtens

There’s a City

There’s a City we are waiting for
The City of the Lord of Light
And He will bring it when He comes again
To bring the final end of night
There’s Salvation we will taste and see
A new reality of Grace
And there will never be a single tear
In the Light of Jesus’ face

Oh Hallelujah Oh what a Savior is Jesus
For lo, He is coming Oh Hallelujah, what a Savior

The Sin that leaves us broken and ashamed
That keeps our faces stained with grief
Will be like winter at the sight of spring
That melts away in sweet relief
So come down, Resurrection, come New life
Come Prince of Peace, Bright Morning Star
We may fall in pieces, we may go to sleep
But we will wake without a scar

-Eric Scholtens

Scholtens: Should Churches Reopen if Gyms Can’t?

“I’m not speaking on behalf of any particular church in anything vaguely resembling an official capacity. And it’s not the only possible response to the idea that churches are “essential.” I’m not even necessarily sure it’s the best response. But it’s definitely one possible way of looking at it:

Thank you for your kind gesture, Mr. President, but we respectfully decline your generous offer of special treatment. Although we agree that worship is an “essential” part of human life, we do not wish to receive privileges that are being denied to our friends who own restaurants, gyms, and other public service venues. We’re not really sure why it would be safe for us to reopen but not safe for them. If prevailing wisdom is not in favor of a general reopening of public gatherings, then we would prefer to do our part and stay closed. We believe God wants us to seek to the good of our city, and not only ourselves.

We’re also concerned that making houses of worship exempt from public quarantine discriminates against our neighbors who don’t practice faith. We would prefer they not see us given permission to violate safety guidelines that continue to cost them their livelihood. We don’t want them to hate us, and more importantly we don’t want to deserve that hate. If it’s unjust that we can’t meet, then we want justice for all, not only for us.

If you would like to declare us “essential” because we are non-profit charities that help the poor, then we would prefer to see soup kitchens, food pantries, and other relief centers reopened first. On average, they do more good than we do with a crowded room, and if they can’t open we shouldn’t either.

Finally, we would prefer not to be the rope in a game of tug-of-war between politicians. There are people who will have to decide whether the President should overrule a governor, or what the process is for the public to review the effectiveness of their own elected officials. Individual passions aside, we as churches can’t have a position on that. We can only respectfully decline to be used as ammunition in a battle between Federal and State powers. We’d really be more comfortable in a secular system where the government no longer uses us for propaganda purposes.

Thank you for taking the time to consider us, and for the compliment of calling us “essential.” Best of wishes in November.
. This is idea talk.

-Eric Scholtens, originally shared on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/653813690/posts/10157419908493691/?d=n

Christ Hymn

 

Lift up the name of the One who has always been
Through Him creation was made and each voice within
God in His fullness has lived here among us
Jesus has brought us to Him

In Him creation remains; He sustains it for praise
He is above all that is; He’s victorious always
So come now before Him; bow down and adore Him
For Jesus is worthy of praise
Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!

Here is the Visible Appearance of the Invisible God
Here is the Maker of Salvation; we are delivered through His blood
Here is the Firstborn of Resurrection over all who will rise again
Here is our Reconciliation, bringing the Peace that can never end

All things are offered up to Him; all nature proclaims
By Him and for Him and through Him we live and are saved
Come sing the praise of the One who has changed us
Worthy the Lamb that was slain

He is the Visible Appearance of the Invisible God
He is the Maker of Salvation; we are delivered through His blood
He is the Firstborn of Resurrection over all who will rise again
He is our Reconciliation, bringing the Peace that can never end
Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!
Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!

Shout with the Angels, “All glory to God who saves!”
He is above all that is; He’s victorious always
From only a manger His power remakes us
Imagine the throne of His reign
The Suffering Servant is mighty to save;
How much more is the Ancient of Days!

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel will come for us, oh Israel
He’ll come for us, oh Israel

Christ Hymn, ©2016 Eric Scholtens: