Easter season: The praying church

In his name At night his song is with me, A prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8   Read John 16:23—30 My attempts at asking in prayer have not always led to receiving, yet Jesus persistently and stubbornly, no only here, assures me that I will.[1] As I listen to the word…

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Easter season: The singing church

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity. Reginald Heber   Read Revelation 4:6—11 A little glimpse into heaven. It confirms something I had suspected. The worship I see going on, it’s full on. Nothing is held back. It’s all on! It’s not ‘holy,’ but…

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Easter season: The singing church

What no eye has seen Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible, hid from our eyes. Walter Chalmers Smith   Read 1 Corinthians 2:6—10 I notice that the wonder of God is too wonderful, the greatness of God too great, the holiness of God way beyond us. So we often say what God is…

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Easter season: The singing church

Freedom to praise My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee. Charles Wesley   Read Exodus 14:30—15:3 One thing may close my mouth. One thing may prevent me from praising God as Israel did. Israel praised God for its deliverance. That is because it knew it never delivered…

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Easter season: The singing church

Glory to the king of kings Jesus hail! enthroned in glory, There forever to abide. John Bakewell   Read Luke 19:36-40 I think tonight of those rattled Pharisees, beside themselves. ‘Teacher, tell them to stop it! Stop it! Can’t you stop them?’ They are in panic. This praise of Jesus is getting out of hand.…

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Easter season: The singing church

The song of the soul set free Glory to thee, my God, this night For all the blessings of the light. Thomas Ken   Read Act 16:25—34 Quite a lot happened in the middle of the night once two Christian prisoners sang hymns and prayed. After that they spoke the word of God to this…

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Easter season: The singing church

The mystery The mystery hidden for ages in God, Who created all things. Ephesians 3:9   Read 1 Timothy 3:16 Sometimes I treat my faith as a puzzle. Sometimes as a riddle. But it’s not a puzzle. It’s not a riddle. It’s a mystery. A puzzle or a riddle, once you get it, it’s solved.…

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Easter season: The new creation

The renewal of all things So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done. Genesis 2:3   Read Isaiah 65:17—19, 23—25 At the end of this day I prepare to rest. I hope that my rest can be a fitting conclusion to…

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Easter season: The new creation

The knowledge that requires humility Till we cast our crowns before thee, Lost in wonder, love and praise. Charles Wesley   Read Job 42:1—6 I guess there have been times when I have spouted forth. I have no doubt set out my views on God. Maybe, just maybe, I have tried to sound confident. I…

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Easter season: The new creation

From the beginning You’re the Word of God the Father From before the world began. Stewart Townend     Read Job 38:4-7 Tonight I’m listening in on a man called Job who is in personal spiritual turmoil because he’s lost family, fortune, everything, and can’t figure out how it could ever compute that God has…

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