Chaos vs Order

The God of the Bible – the real, and only God … is orderly. Does chaos seem to reign in your life? In your mind, your relationships, your work …? The main solution to that, and most problems, is Jesus Christ. I know, you might either say “that’s too simplistic!”, or “that’s too narrow!!” or some other objection. Yep. The real God, the Creator, the one in whose hand your very breath is at any moment … is very exclusive, very “narrow” in modern, western man’s thinking. “My way, or the highway” we might attribute to His approach to dealing with people; or might we say, to His terms on which to “receive us”. What?!? You mean to say that you think the God of the Bible doesn’t just ‘receive’ all whom come to Him, on any terms, as we are, etc??!! Well. Yes, that is both my reading of what is actually in the Bible – both Old and New Testaments (or Hebrew Bible and Christian Bible, as some like to differentiate now), AND in life experience. “Straight is the way, and narrow is the gate that leads to life”, said the Lord Jesus, the Son of the Living God, and the only begotten son; “… and few there be that find it”.

Back to the notion of God’s “receiving” us. There’s lots of reference to our “receiving” Christ these days … and ok; there’s some Bible basis for that idea. First of all, let’s be sure to differentiate between “God” and “Jesus Christ”, the Son of God. (I’ll get back to that in a minute … as some will say, “they’re basically the same!”, which of course is a foolish thing to say; how then does Jesus say, “I go to my Father … my Father is greater than I”? And a hundred other similar things in the Bible provide ample evidence of the three-in-one nature of the real God; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; three person’s in one God.)

As we can see in the Bible, since the first coming of the long prophesied Messiah (foretold by Israeli, Hebrew, Jewish … prophets for hundreds of years … ) God the Father will not deal with mankind – human beings, except by way of His primary ambassador, His only begotten Son, Jesus … the Messiah, or anointed One. Christ is central to any hope of any relationship with God. Jesus Christ is everything for all mankind today.

That’s the first things to understand and accept, to get your life out of chaos, and into order. That the orderly God, the creator … will receive you, make you an adopted son or daughter, part of His family, on His terms; which start with, ‘deal with my beloved Son, Jesus the Messiah. The God of Bible will not help you … unless and until, you change your mind about that. Get rid of any pride that keeps you from a humble trust of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Back to the matter of you receiving Christ, versus Christ receiving you. As I said, there’s a lot of Christian talk along the lines of the former; very little of the latter. But a focus on the former, and in fact a total neglect of the latter, tends to two problematic tendencies: first is the one whereby people think they can “receive Christ” (usually means saying a “sinner’s prayer”) and then assume, believe, trust … that some mystical thing happened somewhere in the heavenlies, and the great change has happened; they are a Christian, they have been “born again” (or ‘from above’, in the as written book of the apostle John, that is in the original Greek); but without ever having a change of life, change of heart, change of affections … without any of the evidences of such a divine thing.

The Bible however, describes this all important transaction – the new birth, in many ways, in many places; “a new heart”, “a new creature”, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”, “a new nature” … and many others, that indicate evidences of the birth actually happening. If the God of the Bible has actually given one a new heart, a new nature; made one a new creature, a son or daughter of God by faith … there will be real evidences, within a reasonable amount of time (months, shall we say?) A heart that loves Jesus, a sense of the presence of the Spirit of God (after all, He is called the Comforter by Jesus), a love for other Christians (his or her new brothers and sisters), and the Christian Church (“which is His body” – Christ’s).

This is a brief, rough set of directions and comments, certainly not exhaustive; that can set you on the path to order in your life, instead of chaos. “God is not the author of confusion”; “let everything be done decently, and in order”. Determine you must know Jesus Christ, and that He must know you … and He, Jesus; will receive you. He will choose you. He will come to you. Yep. He is real. Yep, he rose physically from a real death; and lives yet today, now, in heaven – another dimension, if you will.

What does all this have to do with Hymns of the Cross? The great Christian hymns are rich with gospel – that is, the exceedingly good news that we ruined human beings can have order in our lives, have peace with God and men, have a conscience clean of all guilt; and they are rich with instruction and encouragement in all aspects of continuing the great journey of life as a Christian – that is, a ‘little Christ’.

Amen.

Salvation of the Soul

Hymns related to finding peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Many people have found forgiveness of sin, experienced the New Birth – through hearing the holy singing of the Saints of God, the call of the Holy Spirit of God to lost, ruined and hopeless sinners, through the praises and worship of other sinners who have been saved by grace.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

  • Ye must be born again! (?)

Hymns on prayer

Prayer – the major resource of the Christian in his or her warfare;  “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world…” (Ephesians 6:12).  “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal”, however, but “mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds…”  (II Cor. 10:4).

  • Teach me to Pray (Albert Reitz, 1879)… sorry, no time to upload this one yet.
  • The Mercy Seat (?)
  • Take it to the Lord in prayer

 

A site to list excellent hymns of the faith, with their words and tunes

This is brand new, baby steps to this endeavor.  I have much work to do on it of course, but intend to record a tune as an audio file for each hymn, as well as put links to the English and Spanish words for each.  I did the first three I think;  excuse the misspellings – particularly in the Spanish, for now; the first versions I did were scanned to .rtf format, which distorted some spelling.  I will re-do them, and the others, either in .jpg, or .pdf when I can devote some more time to this.

*If anyone can tell me how to make this site work more like I thought it would, I would appreciate it.  I wanted the ‘categories’ to be like pages… and put the different hymns there, according to category.  But apparently this Word Press site is just for blogging… and thus far I haven’t been able to figure out how to build pages, put content on them, and have titled links to them!  (Like Edmond, I have two daughters, and am busy in graduate school 😉  So nice to have Edmond ‘like’ and ‘follow’ this site.  The great hymns are an incredible blessing from the Lord, an Help to the Christian in his or her warfare through this pilgrim land.  The Lord bless you Edmond.

Yours in Jesus,  Christian.

(Click on a hymn to see the words, in English and Spanish)

  1. All that thrills my soul is Jesus (Thoro Harris, 1874)
  2. I’ll live for him who died for me (Ralph E. Hudaon, 1843­-1901)

  3. More Love to thee (Elizabeth Prentiss,  1818 – 1878)

  4. Make me a blessing (Ira Wilson, 1880)

  5. I will Praise Him (Margaret Harris, 1865)

  6. I will sing the wondrous story (Catherine Hankey, 1834)

  7. Near the Cross (Fanny Crosby)

  8. All for Jesus (Mary James, 1810)

  9. The Master has called us ________ ?

  10. Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb? (Elisha Hoffman 1839)

  11. Redeemed (Fanny Crosby, 1820)

  12. Blessed Redeemer (Avis Christiansen, 1895)

  13. Come thou Fount (Robert Robinson, 1735)

  14. How Great thou Art (Carl Boberg, 1859)

  15. Blessed Assurance (ditto)

  16. Help Somebody today (Carrie Breck, 1855)

  17. I will make you Fishers of Men (Harry Clarke, 1888)

  18. On Christ, the Solid Rock _______ ?

  19. God will take care of you (Civilla Martin, 1866)

  20. Teach me to Pray (Albert Reitz, 1879)

  21. I have decided to follow Jesus (Indian convert, 19th century)

  22. He leadeth me (Joseph Gilmore, 1834)

  23. O God our help in ages past _____

  24. Come thou almighty King!  ______ (Help us thy name to sing…)

  25. A mighty fortress is our God (Marin Luther, 1500 or so)

  26. Beneath the Mercy Seat ____ ?
  27. All the way my saviour leads me (Fanny Crosby, 1820)
  28. How firm a foundation! ____ ?
  29. Oh Happy Day!  When Jesus washed my sins away