Light Shining Out of Darkness

The story for the people!

Even though William Cowper wrote these words in 18th century England, they still hold true today, in 21st century America, and will continue to hold true whenever and wherever people live. We need only look around us to see things we don’t understand, but know that God is working through them to His plan, and… Continue reading Light Shining Out of Darkness

Adoration and Praise

All Nations exhorted to Adoration and Praise by TATE & BRADY.Taken from Psalm 100 My newly rebound hymn book, originally published in the 1840s and reprinted with new supplements in the 1850s opens with this 17th century Psalm adaptation by Tate & Brady, known for their “New Version of the Psalms of David” published in… Continue reading Adoration and Praise

Singing of Mercy

Gadsby’s Hymns #11. Singing of Mercy 11s  John Stocker. Psalm 89:1; Romans 15:9   Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song, The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue; Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last, Has won my affections, and bound my soul fast.  Thy mercy, in Jesus, exempts… Continue reading Singing of Mercy

How can we be joyful in troubled times?

There’s a lot going on in the world today.  There are plenty of reasons for people to be at each other’s throats, and quite often we take advantage of it.  People are coming down on every side of these issues, with very few in the middle working for resolution.   I’m struggling with how to deal… Continue reading How can we be joyful in troubled times?

How God moves

320. Light Shining out of Darkness C.M.William Cowper. God moves in a mysterious wayHis wonders to perform;He plants his footsteps in the sea,And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable minesOf never-failing skill,He treasures up his bright designs,And works his sovereign will. You fearful saints, fresh courage take;The clouds you so much dreadAre big with… Continue reading How God moves

Categorized as Faith, Hymns

AWAKE, My Soul

Thomas Ken wrote these words over 400 years ago, and it’s from this text that we get the Doxology, still sung in churches around the world. It’s usually to the tune of the Old Hundredth. This is my first real shot at songwriting, at least since high school music theory class, so don’t be too… Continue reading AWAKE, My Soul

Great is Thy Faithfulness

We sang this great hymn to close the service at church yesterday. Every time I sing it I get a catch in my throat as I think of just how true the words are, as I reflect on God’s mercies in my life, which are indeed new every morning, as Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3.… Continue reading Great is Thy Faithfulness

Exhortation to Prayer

By William Cowper What various hindrances we meet, In coming to the mercy-seat! Yet who that knows the worth of prayer, But wishes to be often there? Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw, Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw; Gives exercise to faith and love; Brings every blessing from above. Restraining prayer, we cease to… Continue reading Exhortation to Prayer


A great hymn, written by John Newton, and very applicable today. I’m looking forward to hearing Matthew Smith sing it in person tonight. THO’ troubles assailAnd dangers affright,Tho’ friends should all failAnd foes all unite;Yet one thing secures us,Whatever betide,The scripture assures us,The LORD will provide. The birds without barnOr storehouse are fed,From them let… Continue reading THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

Love Is Of GOD

Love Is Of GOD BELOVED, let us love: love is of God; In God alone hath love its true abode. Beloved, let us love: for they who love, They only, are His sons, born from above. Beloved, let us love: for love is rest, And he who loveth not abides unblest. Beloved, let us love:… Continue reading Love Is Of GOD

Categorized as Hymns, Love