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By Request, ‘Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place’

Requested by Erlene, Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place, arranged by Don Marsh. More Sabbath rest, soothing to the soul.


‘Blessed Assurance’

In the absence of any reader requests so far today, I offer a Fanny Crosby classic–Blessed Assurance, sung by choir and congregation at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee. If everybody sang like this music minister, they’d blow the roof off the building.

And if I posted a different Fanny Crosby hymn every day, and never missed a day… it would take about 20 years to post them all.


By Request, ‘Before Your Throne’

And we have a hymn request from Erlene–Before Your Throne, by Dallas Holm. I think you’ll find this sweet and soothing.

And I don’t want to cover any more nooze today.


‘O, Worship the King’

In the absence of any reader requests, let me start the day with one of my favorites–O, Worship the King: the first hymn I learned to play on my harmonica. Singing by the choir and congregation at the Durham Road Baptist Church. Gorgeous background sets by God the Father, maker of heaven and earth.


By Request, ‘I Drove the Nails’

Requested by Erlene, I Drove the Nails, by Carroll Roberson. More images of the Crucifixion: we have to face that. What Our Lord Jesus Christ did for us is barely comprehensible.


Is Freedom Our Natural State?

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In a word, no. In a fallen world populated by sinners, where you can win applause by rejecting God, freedom is a plant very easily shriveled.

The Romans frittered away their republic and wound up with an emperor.

The English beheaded King Charles and wound up with a Parliament that assigns sovereign power to itself and ignores the result of a supposedly binding referendum because it didn’t like the way the people voted.

The French beheaded their king and wound up with first a lot of little creeps who were beheading everybody, and then Napoleon.

The Chinese tossed out their emperor and wound up with warlords, Mao, and the mob of tyrants who succeeded him.

In the 20th century, tyranny bloomed like kudzu. It would take up too much space just to list the perpetrators. there were so many tyrants in that century, you could have had them in a boxed set of bubble-gum cards.

Our own country’s founders tried their level best to avoid these errors and create for us a republic ruled not by tyrants, but by laws that were the same for all. A terrible civil war rid us of the curse of slavery. But as the Bible teaches us, if we won’t serve the true God, the only author of our liberties, we will surely wind up serving false ones.

All over the world today, freedom is under attack. Even here, we have elitists, we have Democrats, who believe in, and try their damnedest to create, a government colossus to rule over virtually everything–for our own good, of course, and with themselves doing the ruling. And because our education establishment is fully committed to that course, it trains young Americans to be ignorant of civics, ignorant of history, ignorant of God’s word, terrified of Global Warming and a host of other made-up boogeymen, and receptive to the idea of unlimited government.

By Almighty God’s decree, all of this is doomed to fail. He will not yield His place to a lot of grubby little puffed-up bugs who went to Harvard.

But it would be good for us, good beyond words, if we would only just stop voting for them.

 


‘The Modern Selling of Indulgences’

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Andrea Schwartz, Chalcedon’s resident homeschooling analyst, has likened today’s college admissions scandal to the old, corrupt practice of “indulgences” sold by the Church to get the buyer out of being punished for his sins.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-modern-selling-of-indulgences

In either case, you got what you wanted–as long as you could pay for it. So kids who have no business being in college can go to the top prestige schools in the land, once their parents ante up.

“It is wrong to feed the godless propaganda machine that the university has become,” Andrea says. To which I would add, not only wrong, but actively dangerous to the health and survival of our nation.


‘At the Cross’

I hadn’t heard this hymn before, but I was sure the kids at Fountainview Academy would sing it beautifully–At the Cross.

We used to have some lovely places like that, right around here.

We wait for the restoration of all things.


Sanity Break: ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

Yeah, I know, I’ve posted this hymn a dozen times before, and maybe more–To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan, performed with gusto by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. After the crazed cacophony I’ve had to write up as nooze today, I need something better. A lot better!

The word of the Lord shall stand forever. Amen!


‘The Old Rugged Cross’

This hymn always used to make me cry, when I was a little boy. It still moves me today. The Old Rugged Cross, sung by Alan Jackson: we don’t forget.


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