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Firmly Stand!

In a world of shifting values, Christ-followers are called to “stand firm.” This wonderful hymn was sung regularly in my home church and its truth still echoes in my heart. Let it challenge you to, as Jude exhorted, “contend for the faith which was once for all entrusted to the saints.” Firmly stand for God […]

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Facing A Task Unfinished

“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished….” Paul’s explanatory note to Titus gives me hope that even apostles didn’t get ALL their planned work done. There’s still more to do. Today’s hymn reminds us that the strength to complete the task assigned to us by […]

Clarkson July 23

So Send I You

“So send I you” was written by Margaret Clarkson based upon the Scripture found in John 20:21. Jesus is speaking when He said “As the Father has sent me, so send I you.” Ms. Clarkson wrote the hymn while serving as a teacher in Kirkland Lake in Northern Ontario, Canada. She was a 23 year […]

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Send Them, O Lord

Isaiah after seeing the vision of the LORD, “high and lifted up” said, “Here am I, send me.” God did send him but gave him a difficult assignment of speaking to people unwilling to listen – now that’s a challenge! God’s own people were building up for themselves judgment as they closed their ears to […]

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Thou Whose Almighty Word

“And God said, ‘Let there be light, and there was light.’” God’s account of the creation of light challenged John Marriott in 1813 with the need of men and women to be brought out of darkness into the light of salvation. The hymn composed after reflecting on this theme is entitled “Thou Whose Almighty Word.” […]

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Totally Committed

How committed are you to Jesus Christ? Are you “all in?” Have you ever met someone who is “all in” to some hobby, some sport, some activity? They eat, sleep, breathe and talk about their obsession. All other interests seem to pale in significance to their #1 pursuit! Hymn #831 in Redemption Songs is used […]

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From Henceforth Expecting

At times older hymns lose their impact because of their wording. The text is dated and remains locked-in-time until a courageous Christ-follower takes on the task of revision. I have never heard this hymn, but it too will need a ‘make-over’ if it is ever to see the light of day in today’s worship context. […]

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