‘One Day at a Time’

I never heard this one before this morning–Tennessee Ernie Ford, with the Jordanaires, singing One Day at a Time. There’s something warm and cozy about this worship song. Which means there’s a need for lots more like it.

‘King Alfred’s War Song’

I thought it might be nice to see the lyrics of this ancient hymn. Did King Alfred the Great really write it? We can’t say for sure; but certainly he could have. I also can’t say who, exactly, produced this video. But you won’t get a version that’s easier to sing along with.

We need heroes like King Alfred. May the Lord our God provide them.

‘Praise Ye the Lord’

This is simply glorious–Praise Ye the Lord, sung as a round by the whole congregation at Christ Church in Moscow, idaho. The drum in the background is wonderful, too. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

By Request, ‘Blessed Assurance’

Okay! Book chapter’s written, and I’ve got to write a Newswithviews column, somehow–but first we have a hymn request from Erlene–Blessed Assurance, by Fanny Crosby in 1873, sung by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet.

‘This Is My Father’s World’

I don’t think I know a hymn more beautiful than this one–This Is My Father’s World. Performed outdoors by students at Fountainview Academy.

“This is my father’s world! O let me ne’er forget/ That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,/ He is the ruler yet.”

By Request, ‘When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder’

Our dear friend and sister, Erlene, isn’t feeling well this morning, so please join in prayer for her. Meanwhile, she thought she’d like to hear this hymn, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder. We happen to have a guitar and banjo rendition of it by our friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua & Jeremy Swanson.

Here’s your hymn, Erlene–from Japan, by way of New Jersey.

‘Jesus Saves’

No hymn requests are in this morning, so I resort to one of my favorites–Jesus Saves, sung at the 2012 Synod of the United Reformed Church in North America, held at Nyack College. And that’s the majestic Hudson River in the background.

Prayer Request: Ina

We’ve just received a prayer request from our friend, Ina (also one of my Pogo buddies). Her knees are giving her a lot of pain and she doesn’t know what’s wrong.

Please join in prayer.

Dear Lord Our God, in Jesus’ name and by the power of Jesus’ name, please be swift to heal your servant, Ina: bless her and heal her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

‘Luke 6–Jesus Is Our Rock’ (Christian Blogger)

I’m still saying Christian bloggers have to help each other. There are people out there who are trying to keep our message from getting out. They suppress our readership. But we can help each other by re-posting or re-blogging each other’s posts.

We have this from the “Unashamed of Jesus” blog:

Luke 6- Jesus Is Our Rock

Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46-48)

This is a serious question that Jesus asks, and you can be sure He’s still asking it today. Anyone can call himself a Christian–and then go out and ignore the Lord’s teaching… or even actively oppose it.

Jesus warns us not to build on sand, without Him as the foundation. He warns us not to put our faith in things of this world, because that foundation will surely fail us when we need it most.

But to build on Him, and on His word, is to build upon a rock; and that foundation will endure.

Antidote! ‘Stand Up, Stand Up, for Jesus’

(Suggested last night by “thewhiterabbit”)

The good news is, we don’t have to save ourselves by our own strength. The Lord Our God has given us work to do, and we can do it. As for the wicked insanity of this age–well, this is where the rubber meets the road. Either we believe God’s word and stand on His promises, and trust in His righteousness, His almighty power… or we don’t.

Let’s believe what we preach!