I’ve got the dentist this morning, affectionately known to his patients as “Vlad the Impaler,” my state’s new Democrat governor has announced his plan to turn this into a “super-sanctuary state” for all illegal aliens, and a happy hunting ground for their street gangs, and then I received some very sad news from a friend–all in all, Erlene’s suggested hymn for the day, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, could hardly come at a better time. This one’s sung by Alan Jackson.
And to think this was written well before the Perpetual Democrat Tantrum began on Election Night 2016… These people definitely don’t play with a full deck.
This hymn, Yield Not to Temptation, was always a Sunday school standby. Nathan on the Mandolin, Lyle on guitar–from Denton County, Texas. And if you’ve got a guitar handy, they give you the chords so you can strum along.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
My wife watched a documentary on youtube yesterday, nicely produced, forcefully argued, about the building of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), and purporting to offer “proof” that the Bible narrative is historically accurate.
Only problem was, the documentary was all wet. They just went on and on about buildings erected by Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon thousands of years after the Tower of Babel, with apparently no awareness that they were conflating two totally unrelated stories. Not even a suspicion of it.
I would guess this film cost a lot of money to produce and involved a lot of people in the production. Did nobody know anything at all about the Bible? Did it never occur to anyone involved to at least read the relevant chapters of the Bible before launching into this festival of ignorance? Did nobody ever speak up and say, “Uh, guys, these are two different stories we’re talking about here–and they’re thousands of years apart”?
Well, you know what they say about the Internet as a source of information–sometimes it can be great, but there is no quality control.
Just to make things worse, all the comments following the film pointed out the yawning chasm of error into which it had fallen. Apparently every person who saw it knew the Bible better than the filmmakers. I think we can be thankful for that!
It just makes you wonder why anybody would ever go to the trouble of producing a documentary when they had no idea what they were talking about. Not even the feeblest effort was made to get at the facts. I don’t think the filmmakers even guessed they were dealing in sheer ignorance.
How much else of what we see is pure twaddle?
When they write the history of this benighted age, they ought to devote at least one volume to the lackluster performance of the institutional church. When it was time to stand, the church was lying down. When it was time to speak up, the church was silent. And so on.
The first time I ever posted this hymn, Christ Shall Have Dominion, there was an objection to it–as if they objector had someone else in mine whom he would rather had dominion over land and sea. I just didn’t have it in me to ask who that would be.
There is only one rightful and lawful King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and His name is Jesus Christ.
In the Dutch Reformed Church in which I was raised, we sang this hymn to the melody of O Come All Ye Faithful. Then it was like getting an extra Christmas. But try as I might, I just can’t find any melody for How Firm a Foundation other than the one used here.
I think our hymnal said this was originally an old Portuguese hymn, but maybe my memory’s at fault. Be that as it may, give God the glory.
See? I can still write exaggerated satire that can never, ever possibly come true…
All right, Christmas is over, let’s get back to everyday hymns and worship songs. We’re taking requests every day.
Requested by Erlene: this is I Surrender All (All to Jesus), performed by Casting Crowns.
The Baby is out of the manger and working in the world.
“Thewhiterabbit” asked for this–and why not? I Wonder as I Wander, performed by the Cambridge Singers. Really quite beautiful.
Remember, everybody, we take hymn requests. So if there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted on this blog, just let us know.