Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound

Amazing Grace! Saved a Wretch Like me

The most popular hymn in history, Amazing Grace, has such a deep, profound meaning. This hymn has stood the test of time as it has gone toe to toe against modern “worship” music. The deep, meaningful lyrics of this amazing hymn put any new worship song to utter shame.

Amazing Grace has grasped the hearts of millions of Christians since it was penned.

But why?

Amazing Grace is God-centered. The only discussion of self in the hymn is focused on our wretched souls.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

The End of Days

I believe that it is only a matter of time until Christ comes back in the Second Coming. As this hymn states, “The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine”.

Although we do not know the exact date of the rapture, it is evident that it will be soon. And although this hymn was written decades ago, this verse is more evident than ever before.

My Wretched Soul

The wicked and wretched soul that I possess should not have any hope for eternal salvation. My soul should be damned to hell for all of eternity for the sins that I have committed. I have sinned against my Savior, who bear the wrath of the Father on my behalf. Christ was the propitiation for my sin. He bore the wrath so that I may have eternal life!

The Final Verse

The most meaningful verse of this hymn comes at the very end.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

Even in ten thousand years we will be singing God’s praise just as we had first arrived. What an amazing thought! I will spend eternity worshiping and praising my Savior Jesus Christ. The Lord of lords. The King of kings!

God bless

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New Age “Worship”

Hymns at a Funeral

I was at my great uncle’s funeral when we were asked to sing, “It is well”. This hymnal immediately brought me back to my youth when we constantly sung hymns out of the hymnal every Sunday morning. The new age worship has invaded main street as hymns are being killed off for a younger, hipper worship music.

But is this new age worship okay… or biblical?

Hymns usually contain verses or passages within the Bible. These hymns do not need music to make them more spiritual. These hymns do not need fog or dimmed lights to bring out their true meaning.

Yes, hymns actually come from the Inspired Word of God.

It is Well with my Soul


Take “It is Well” for a great example:

1 When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Refrain (may be sung after final stanza only):
It is well with my soul;
it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control:
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and has shed his own blood for my soul. Refrain

3 My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
my sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Refrain

4 O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
even so, it is well with my soul. Refrain

Psalter Hymnal, (Gray) http://www.hymnary.org/text/when_peace_like_a_river_attendeth_my_way


The worship section of our Sunday service used to ACTUALLY BE WORSHIP. Today’s worship music has turned into a pseudo-intimate love song portrayed at Christ. It is “me” centered instead of focusing on Christ and Christ alone.

Reckless Love


Lets compare “It is Well with my Soul” with “Reckless Love”

[Verse 1]
Before I spoke a word
You were singing over me
You have been so, so
Good to me
Before I took a breath
You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so
Kind to me

[Chorus]
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

[Verse 2]
When I was your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so
Good to me
When I felt no worth
You paid it all for me
You have been so, so
Kind to me

[Chorus]
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

[Bridge]
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down
No lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

[Chorus]
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

https://genius.com/Bethel-music-reckless-love-spontaneous-live-lyrics


The fall of the church is coming through new age worship music.

God bless

 

Paul Washer

Paul Washer Almost Abducted

Do you Know Brother Paul Washer?

Brother Paul Washer is one of the most influential evangelists on earth today. His consistent voice of truth has made him one of my favorite pastors. I, of course, was turned on to him by Todd Friel at Wretched Radio. Brother Paul is a strong Calvinist and evangelist, spreading the news of Jesus Christ our Savior all across the world. This notion alone debunks the claim that Calvinists do not believe in witnessing.

The video from Wretched Radio is Paul Washer explaining how he was almost abducted in Peru. This story alone shows that the Holy Spirit is alive and well within Paul Washer. Even in dark times, Paul looks onto the Lord for strength and might.

Attempted Abduction!

He begins the video discussing the moments that led up to the attempted abduction. He stopped at a store in Peru to purchase some Bibles. When he left the store the local police told him that his car was illegal.

Paul was met by the policeman in the car and was berated with screaming and yelling. Then, Paul tells us that the policeman called some of the other cops to meet them at the place that Paul was driving to.

While the man was screaming, Paul was calm as he was praying to God. The man confronted Paul, asking why he was so calm. Paul then responded, telling the man that he was afraid. This made the man prideful.

But Paul was not afraid of him.

The Promise of God’s Wrath!

Paul went on to explain that he was afraid for the man as God’s wrath was going to kill him. He told the man that when he dies, which could be any minute, God would certainly send him to hell.

The man was so afraid and was so distraught that he let Paul go. He kept begging Paul to pray for him! Even in the heat of an abduction Paul was witnessing!

God bless brother Paul and all that he does to bring the Word of God to every corner of this world.

 

Standing Firm in the Face of Persecution

Sermon Recap from Yesterday Regarding Persecution

Yesterday my wife and I participated in a child dedication at church for our 9 month old. He is usually the most well behaved child, but on stage yesterday he decided that he should blow chunks all over himself and my wife. Of course, the associate pastor who was sitting in front of us could not hold back his cackling laughter! But our pastor’s discussion of persecution was the most memorable part of the service.

Towards the end of the sermon, Pastor Harrell started discussing persecution in the west. As I have discussed before, persecution is headed to the west and we are unprepared as a nation. He agreed with that sentiment and he fears that many “Christians” will scatter with the wind when the government starts coming for us.

Persecution in Acts

As I was reading this morning in Acts 3 and 4 I cam across the jailing of Peter and John. As the beginning of Chapter 4 states:

“As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” – Acts 4:1-4

On the next day facing the rulers, elders, and scribes, Peter had an interesting and amazing response to the accusers:

“When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this? “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead-by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders , but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:7-12

Persecution and Imprisonment in the 21st Century

It is inevitable that we will face some type of persecution in our lifetime here in the United States. As I look at the political climate, it is foreseeable that we will face persecution. This is not necessarily due to one political party but the fulfilling of the prophecy and second coming of Christ.

As we highlighted here in Acts 3 and 4, Peter and John did not back down when they faced imprisonment. For bringing thousands to Christ and healing a lame man, Peter and John were sent to prison and were later forbidden to us the name of Jesus (since everything was being done in His Name).

It is hard telling what percentage of proclaimed Christians will face this persecution boldly.

Brought before a judge, will we proclaim His Name? Will we cower facing punishment? Friends, the reward waiting for us in Heaven is infinitely greater than any promises in this world.

Should we Support Non-Christians?

elevationWho to support with our listening ears?

In the morning while at work I sometimes have the opportunity to turn on the radio. Personally I can not stand contemporary Christian music, so I always resort to talk radio. As someone that has always heard, “you should be on radio”, talk radio has always been intriguing to me. I am not sure if you have noticed as well, but there are rarely any Christians on talk radio. Should we support these radio programs?

Glenn Beck/ Wretched Radio

From 9am to Noon Glenn Beck is on the radio here in central Ohio. I used to enjoy Beck’s radio program until he was infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome. I still love Glenn Beck’s vision for his company, but he often gets too theatrical for his program. TDC has gotten the best out of Beck. img_0109

Glenn Beck is a Mormon and does not believe in the same Jesus Christ that you and I do. Is it okay to support him with our extra income or listening ears? Ben Shapiro is a Jew and does not believe in the same God as we do. Should we then still support The Daily Wire?

This is actually a blog post where I am asking the question for a response. I am fully intrigued by your thoughts on this matter because I have often struggled with it. To be honest, the only Christian radio program that I can listen to is Wretched Radio with Todd Friel.

support Todd FrielBen Shapiro/ The Daily Wire

Shapiro offers a radio program that a lot of millennial Christians flock to for his political ideology. When he discusses the Bible, especially the Old Testament, his theology gets very foggy. When discussing the age of the earth he says that everything in the OT before Abraham can be argued as a story instead of historical fact. It has always interested me how other religions skew and misrepresent the Biblical text.

Sure, sometimes I still tune in to Beck and Shapiro, but I often feel conflicted. It is like reading a fiction book before I read the Bible. Should I be reading a book before the Bible? Should I be listening to other radio programs before a Christian host or pastor?

God bless and have a wonderful Saturday!