By Request, ‘He Is Jehovah’

Ah, a hymn request–He Is Jehovah, by The Gaithers, requested by Erlene.

So cold here today! But at least we managed to get Patty’s medicine yesterday…

‘Carol of the Bells’ (J&J)

I’ve found a brand-new piece by Joshua & Jeremy today–The Carol of the Bells (without bells–just guitars). Looks like it would be challenging to play.

I hope you don’t mind just a few more Christmas carols.

‘Blessed Assurance’

A classic Fanny Crosby hymn, sung by Alan Jackson–not a bad start to the day.

Truly miserable weather this morning. Pray harder. Sing louder.

‘Ridiculous Laughter’ (godinterest blog)

Holy Laughter

Sarah thought it pretty ridiculous when God’s angel said she would have a child. She was years past child-bearing age.

Ridiculous Laughter

Well, we all know how that turned out, don’t we? “Has God ever surprised you with the ridiculous?” asks pastor Ray Patrick.

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‘Away With Our Sorrow and Care’

Here’s one I’d never heard before, a Charles Wesley classic–Away with Our Sorrow and Care, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

We’re still sick here, still in need of prayers. I still can’t focus long enough to write a Newswithviews piece.

I Haven’t Forgotten that I Have a Book to Write

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I haven’t worked on The Witch Box since just before New Year’s. I hope no one thinks I’ve abandoned the project.

But you can’t write a novel (especially a fantasy novel!) when your head’s not in the game, so there it sits. Sort of like the way I’m sitting here, trying to find words. Good thing I already have a complete manuscript, albeit in longhand on a set of legal pads.

Yeahbut! You’re writing blog posts, ain’t you? But it’s a totally different kind of writing, and it takes me about three times as long as it should, just to generate a little blog piece.

Well, I haven’t forgotten, and I pray it won’t be too much longer before I can go back to work on the novel. Patty and I are sick and we need to get better: we need the Lord to heal us, and we need your prayers. Please keep them coming.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

Still sitting here groggy, still sick…

How about an old-fashioned hymn, done the old-fashioned way? How Firm a Foundation, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band–yes, that’s the ticket.

‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

The first time I tried to post this, I got a spirited rendition of Turkey in the Straw. It’s been that kind of day.

Ah, there it is–Onward, Christian Soldiers, performed by the kids at Fountainview Academy. Without a turkey.

‘A Modern Miracle’ (2016)

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Ernest Shackleton

I hope you don’t mind if I run this post again. Patty and I have been sick since New Year’s and we need a miracle. We need you now, O Lord. In Jesus’ name, please heal us.

As World War I was breaking out, explorer Ernest Shackleton embarked on an expedition to cross Antarctica. Their ship came to grief, and it all came down to this: Shackleton and two others had to cross the ocean in a small boat, climb uncharted glaciers, and fetch help. Otherwise everybody dies.

A Modern Miracle

Read the rest; it isn’t long. A miracle described in the Bible recurred to save Shackleton.

How long would we last without the Lord’s protection?

‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’

An old-fashioned Sunday school favorite–All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, sung by the congregation at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Please, everybody pray for my wife: she’s not getting better, and we’ve both fallen way behind in our work. We appeal to the power of Jesus’ name–please, Father, heal us.