Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 23rd Revisited: the decision aired.

As many of you know, last Tuesday the Board of Public Service of the City of St. Louis voted to revoke the hotel permit held for more than 40 years by the New Life Evangelistic Center.

Following is an audio recording of some of the events of that hearing:

Final Board Hearing Audio

I am not certain of the claims being shouted regarding the Federal Sunshine Law. I had thought it was a clear violation, but that was just based on what I heard in the recording, having forgotten that accusation does not equal guilt. i can tell you, with certainty that members of New Life Evangelistic Center, while surely joining in the chanting, did not start the disruption.

New Hymn, "My Sin is Washed Away"

The hymn for today speaks of the grace of salvation.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New Hymn, "The Power of Jesus' Name!"

The hymn for today is a statement that persecution because of your faith in Jesus Christ does not mean that you have done wrong. No! It means you have done right!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1,000th View!

A few days ago, we experienced our 1,000th view on the blog. Not wanting to give it to any of us here or with Google, the nearest I can figure out, is that, if there was a prize (which there is not, sadly), the winner would be from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Thank you for your patronage. We look forward to many more.

Two New Hymns, Today, "By Grace in My Life", and "Lord, Lead Me Through"

Thinking I was finished journaling for the day, I moved to close my entry in prayer, as I have been trying to do each day (though sometimes I do miss).
I did so do this day, but God (oh, how I love those words: “But God!”), God had another idea, giving me, through my daily prayer, another, possibly grand, hymn to bless the day!
EVENTIDE is the music to which a great hymn of the faith has long been set, that hymn being “Abide With Me”. Abide With Me was written by the pastor of a church in the 19th century in preparation for his final service before his congregation, after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and expresses his longing for the comfort of the Lord through his final trial in this life.
This hymn is not from such a thing of finality, but is just as plaintive a cry. It asks for the casting off of pride through asking for the furies and rages of his life to be removed in favor of an outflowing of mercy and grace and peace such that, through him, others would see the glories of God.
Several years ago, the Lord told me that He wanted me to sing, and, with reluctance and trepidation, I told Him to set it up. While it is not a formal part of my duties, here, there is recognition of my abilities, here, and I need to remember from whence they came, for they are not merely of me, but from God in His mercy and grace, so I ask Him to allow me to use them for His peace.
So, today we have two hymns.
I ask that you allow them to bless you, and to make your day a closer walk with Him.

By Grace in My Life: PDF Play the score on MuseScore

Lord, Lead Me Through: PDF Play the score on MuseScore

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Hymn, "Come Into the Light!"

 The hymn for today is a call to Life.

Even when temptation roars out its mighty cry
Cling to Jesus’ Truth and stay with Him in the Light!”

What a guide that can be for the struggling Christian—for any Christian! Even in those times when there doesn’t seem to be any escape, there is! There is! Jesus has not forgotten us; we have forgotten Him. Yet He shall never leave us nor forsake us, if we are indeed His, so προσεχετε εαυτοις, prosecute yourselves! See that you are, indeed of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

There is no shadow of turning with Him. He changes not. His compassions, they fail not! Great is His faithfulness to you and me!
I thank Thee for Thy grace
I thank Thee for Thy peace
I pray You bring Your strength
And that my trials cease!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Hymn, "Lift Up Your Voice in Praise!"

The hymn for today is a simple psalm of praise.

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Ten Days Time

Ten days time, and then the ruling comes down from the St. Louis Board of Public Service. Ten days time.
Ten days time until we find out if we take this matter into the Federal Court System. Ten days time.
Ten days time until we see something of the hearts of those members of that Board. Ten days time.
The hymn for today speaks of praise for the coming of our King. During this time of year especially, those who claim Christ are called out by their actions, and they will have to face the judgment of God for what they do. This year, this could be a very difficult time for this Board and for this city.
Will they cause songs of praise to be lifted up, or will there be rioting in the streets? While those who act are responsible for their own choice of actions, so are those whose actions drive those actions of the others who respond, and it is those driving actions that will be the pinion upon which this city will turn.
Deceit. Treachery. Conspiracy. These are the tools of the enemy of God and will not bring about the peace of God. That peace comes only from the one true God and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, and those who truly follow Him will shine the light of God into any situation and will not bow to conspiracy, treachery, or deceit. Neither will they stoop to execute matters of violence, caving in to their baser temptations.
This call must be a call unto the exhibition of the things of God, and not the things of men, not the things of the demons and powers and authorities of this world, but the things of the one true and living God, and I call upon all the children of the King to stand for the things that come from the Spirit of God so that those around them should stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!
Come out! Come out and stand, in ten days time! December 23rd, 2014 at St. Louis City Hall at 1pm. I call upon you all to be there and show the salvation of the Lord!

Lord, Father, Brother, King!
Come down and stand with us! Make us sing!
Make us sing salvation, of the Prophet, Priest and King!
Make us sing salvation!
Make us sing!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Hymn, "In the Vale"

The hymn for today is a prayer that “those who despitefully use you” should show signs of repentance, and therefore true faith, for their own salvation.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

New Hymn, "Sailing, Sailing"

The hymn for today addresses people's tendency to think themselves righteous Christians while not paying close attention to what Christ commands.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Hymn, "Ever Unto Thee!"

Antonin Dvořák composed the melody that I used in the hymn for today as the main theme of the Largo in his 9th symphony, “From the New World”. It is a heart-rendingly peaceful theme, and I have used it before. I use it today, with a new arrangement, to, hopefully bring out the heart-rendedness of those who are, in whatever way, persecuted in their faith.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Hymn, "In the Dark of the Night"

The hymn for today is an answer to prayer, having come on the heels of me asking for a slow, sweet, gentle melody; He threw in haunting for free.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Hymn, "King of the World"

The hymn for today is a reminder, an identification if you will, of the source of all righteousness and the bane of all pride, Jesus Christ.

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