Requested by Erlene: When He Was on the Cross, by John Starnes.
People in the First Century were used to seeing horrific punishments, like crucifixion, carried out in public. We are not–and God be thanked for that. Speaking for myself, the cross is not an easy thing to think about. Nor should it be. O Lord our God, draw us to Jesus. Amen.
Erlene asked to hear this again–The Lighthouse, by John Starnes. God knows we all need a lighthouse; and the good news is, we’ve got one, complete with lifeboat crews, emergency medical teams, and rehab service: Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Erlene requested this: He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Need.
If you’re new to this blog, let me tell you we take hymn requests, all you have to do is ask (use “Leave a Reply”). And some of you have been here for ages and never asked once–so come on, now.
When He Was on the Cross, I was on His Mind, by John Starnes: this one’s for Erlene, who suggested it yesterday, and for Phoebe. These two members of our fellowship have been suffering with illness this week, and they need our prayers. Some of you have already started praying for them. Let’s all join in.
O Lord Our God, in the name of our most perfect healer, Jesus Christ your Son, two of our fellowship are down and we ask you, in Jesus’ name, to raise them back up: for we know that you can do all things. Please, Father, restore these our sisters to good health: in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Suggested by Erlene: The Lighthouse, by John Starnes. “If it wasn’t for the lighthouse, then where would this ship be?”
Erlene asked for this one: The Midnight Cry, by John Starnes.
And hey, everybody! We’re waiting for your Christmas hymn requests. We need for this Christmas to have extraordinary power to draw people’s hearts to Christ–and I think the music helps with that, so let’s get cracking.
Requested by Erlene: John Starnes singing When He Was on the Cross, I Was on His Mind.
As a challenge to the spirit, try to imagine hearing the Gospel now for the very first time, never having heard a word of it before. What in our own lives can prepare us for the savagery of the Crucifixion? How are we to measure that against the pure goodness of Jesus Christ? There are some parts of this fallen world where people can imagine such things easily. We in America are blessed in that we can’t.
No–our greatest peril is to fall into the trap of taking Jesus Christ for granted. I don’t know about you, but I have to shock myself out of that from time to time.
John Starnes performs When He Was on the Cross I Was on His Mind. You requested it, Erlene, so here it is. Listen to the lyrics, everybody.
I think I may have posted this once before, but Erlene asked for it today, so here it is–The Lighthouse, performed by John Starnes. Some of these pictures, by the way, are gorgeous.
Suggested by Erlene, here’s John Starnes singing The Lighthouse.
What’s the difference between “Christian music” and a hymn? I think it’s only that hymns are in a hymnal and “Christian music” isn’t.
And I wonder how many of our beloved classic hymns would make it into the hymnals, if they were written nowadays.