Hymnnotes: Wayfaring Stranger.

December 10, 2014. Today I would like to talk about a hymn that is so moving that it almost gives me chills when I hear or sing it. I grew up singing this hymn and it has always held a special place in my heart. More recently, it seems that this song comes to mind…

Of labor and rest.

December 9, 2014. “Unless the Lord builds the house,     those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early     and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;     for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:1-2) Try, they try, and…

Hymnnotes: Follow Me.

December 3, 2014. Today I am going to write on a hymn that is probably less known than the other ones I have chosen so far, but still has so much meaning. As with many songs, I have sung this for a while, but didn’t really think too deeply about the words until the last…

Content in the Lord.

October 22, 2014. Are you content in Christ? Last Sunday I heard a good sermon on the peace of God that passes understanding and it really tied in to this idea of being content in Christ. We all know the verse. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) But this verse…

Have you become a slave?

October 17, 2014. Perhaps one of the most sobering warnings that is presented in the New Testament comes from Peter’s second epistle addressed to those of faith. Over the past month or so, I have gained more of an appreciation of this epistle than I have in times past. Before, I suppose I focused more…

The Christian Virtues, Part 5: Steadfastness.

October 9, 2014. We are about halfway through our walk through the Christian virtues, and today we are hitting another hard one. It is very related to self control, which is probably part of the reason that it is difficult to obtain and easy to lose. I must admit that this is one of the…

Don’t give up.

October 1, 2014. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. No matter how bad things seem, no matter how lost you feel. Don’t give up. There will be times of…

Times of trial.

June 10, 2014. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) I have some trouble with this verse. Intellectually I…

Grace, Lord.

March 18, 2014. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus…

Various trials.

February 12, 2014. I have a friend right now who is going through something I can’t even imagine living through. Her brother is in the hospital hanging on to life by just a thin chord. She is one of the most genuine girl I know about her faith, and it is so hard to see…

Bearing one another’s burdens.

February 10, 2014. “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble,and forgive all my sins. ” (Psalm 25:16-18) We all have our troubles and trials. We all go through rough…