Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Hymn Based on John 4:43-54

To Jesus Christ the Mighty King

To the tune: AZMON (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/57). Based on John 4:43-54. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
To Jesus Christ the mighty King,
sustaining time and space.
We give the Ruler of all things
the sacrifice of praise.

v. 2
A man who served an earthly king
to Jesus Christ did come.
His child was at the point of death,
“Please come and heal my son!”

v. 3
O Jesus is the royal Son,
from all eternity.
He spoke a word and it was done,
the sickness had to leave.

v. 4
We see the glory of the Son
in all His mighty signs.
But on the cross the royal One,
in greatest glory shines.

v. 5
Our judgment borne upon the tree,
Christ suffered in disgrace.
But in His death by faith we see
the glory of His grace.


Monday, March 28, 2011

A Hymn Based on John 4:27-42

The Son came Down from Glory

To the tune: ES IST EIN ROS (Isorhythmic) (Lutheran Service Book #383 A Great and Mighty Wonder http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/online/aTLH_Hymns1.htm). Based on John 4:27-42. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
The Son came down from glory
to earth the place of shame.
Rebellion was our story,
dishonoring God’s name.
Our nature did He take,
and in His body offered,
His life for sinner’s sake.

v. 2
The Father’s name to hallow
on earth was Jesus’ goal.
Restoring rightful honor,
that sinful man had stole.
His food to do God’s will,
His Father’s work to finish,
His holy blood to spill.

v. 3
His church does holy labor,
proclaiming Jesus Christ.
Announcing gracious favor,
atoning sacrifice.
The final harvest here:
so trust the word of Jesus,
believe in rev’rent fear.

v. 4
To Jesus Christ be honor
and glory, wisdom, pow’r.
For He alone is Savior,
and Judge at the last hour.
The judgment of our sin,
our Judge and Savior bore it,
for it was laid on Him.

v. 5
O Jesus is the Savior,
but you must come to Him.
His saving work won’t help you,
if you’re apart from Him.
In Jesus’ name believe;
eternal life, forgiveness,
the blessings faith receives.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Westminster Seminary California

Westminster Seminary California Rob Bell has many heretical views, but his view of the death and resurrection of Christ may top the list, as Michael Horton points out.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Resurrection Hymn

Christ Is Risen from the Grave

To the Tune: SALZBURG (Songs of Thankfulness and Praise http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/361 or http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/CCEH/774). Based on Lord’s Day 17 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 28, 32). Words: William Weber, 2010.

v. 1
Christ is risen from the grave,
ushers in a brand new age.
Death is overcome by Christ,
gives His own eternal life.
Trust the Son the Father sent,
taste, enjoy His benefits.
Christ is risen from the grave,
live by faith in His new age.

v. 2
Rulers of this present age,
did not know the One who came.
Put to death the Holy One,
Jesus, God’s beloved Son.
But their sin fulfilled God’s plan,
to restore our sinful clan.
Christ is risen from the grave,
Give to God unending praise.

v. 3
Flee the wisdom of this age,
Jesus from the tomb is raised.
You are seated now with Christ
and receive eternal life.
Verdict of the final day,
let it all your fears allay.
Righteousness is yours in Christ,
blessed in Him who justifies.

v. 4
This world is opposed to Christ,
does not know eternal life.
Fear not, bless and do not curse,
seek God’s kingdom, make it first.
For your Father will provide,
ev’ry need will He supply.
Christ is raised up from the grave,
Give our Father loving praise.

v. 5
Jesus is eternal life,
raised to show He is the Christ.
By His pow’r we too are raised,
Christ the way for all our days.
Not for self do we now live,
but to God all glory give.
Christ is risen from the grave,
live for Him in all your ways.

v. 6
Christ is risen from the grave,
give to Him undying praise.
One day He will come again,
raise our bodies up with Him.
Sharing in His glory great,
we will look upon His face.
Christ is risen from the grave,
brings to us the coming age.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lyrics for John 4:19-34

This hymn teaches about the glory of God and worship.  It teaches about the work of Christ and the high privileges he gives to his children.  It teaches about the true place of worship around Jesus Christ in heaven.  It ends with doxology as we sing of the triune God's glory and mystery.  I hope you will sing it to the tune and read the Scripture passage, to which links are given.  --Bill

O God We See Your Glory
in Jesus Christ Your Son

To the tune: KING’S LYNN (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/CCEH/1264). Based on John 4:19-34. Words: Bill Weber, 2011.

v. 1
O God we see Your glory
in Jesus Christ Your Son.
The work You gave He finished,
in dying it was done.
And now the way to worship
in heaven opened up,
for Jesus gave His body
and drank the Father’s cup.

v. 2
How wonderful, dear Father,
that worshippers You seek.
Your Son the place of meeting,
replaces temples weak.
No longer on a mountain,
nor in Jerusalem,
but ’round our Christ in heaven
we pray and praise Your name.

v. 3
How great how high our priv’lege
to call the Lord our own.
By faith to be uplifted,
and worship ’round His throne.
For we are heirs of heaven,
who once were heirs of hell.
For Jesus brought atonement,
in Him we live and dwell.

v. 4
We praise You, O our Father,
through Jesus Christ Your Son.
And thank You for the Spirit,
who joins us to You, one.
Our praise to You we offer,
Your glory, grace we speak,
but never can we fully
Your majesty perceive.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Singing through the Heidelberg Catechism: Lord's Day One

SINGING THROUGH THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: DEVOTIONS AND HYMNS FOR 52 LORD’S DAYS

Lord's Day 1

Q & A 1

Q. What is your only comfort
in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own,
but belong—
body and soul,
in life and in death—
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven:
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.

Q & A 2
Q. What must you know
to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

A. Three things:
first, how great my sin and misery are;
second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery;
third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.

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Lord’s Day 1 serves as the introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism. Q&A 1 is a beautiful summary of the Christian faith, and worth memorizing.

Lord’s Day 1 serves as the introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism.  Q&A 1 is a beautiful summary of the Christian faith, and is worth memorizing.  Q&A 2 outlines the basic structure of the catechism with its three parts: guilt, grace, and gratitude, and more importantly, the key to living and dying in the blessing and joy found in Christ Jesus.

The wisdom of the world says, “Live for yourself. Seek your own honor and glory.” But the heavenly wisdom of the Bible is just the opposite. In Christ we are freed from ourselves, so that we might glory in our triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit. Augustine, in his great work, The City of God, compared the two loves that can motivate the human heart:

“Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord. For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God, the witness of conscience. The one lifts up its head in its own glory; the other says to its God, ‘Thou art my glory, and the lifter of my head.’”

Where will this new heart come from to live for the Lord and his glory? Q&A 1 answers, Look to Christ who gives forgiveness, a relationship with the Father, and the Spirit who dwells within.

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Only One Comfort

To the Tune: EVENTIDE (Abide with Me http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/442 or http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/700). Based on Lord’s Day 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
There’s just one comfort in life and in death,
that I belong to Jesus, not myself.
The Lord completely paid for all my sins,
freed me from slav’ry, blesses me in Him.

v. 2
The Lord cares for me in a tender way,
watches my life and leads me all my days.
My Father works out all things for my good,
bless’d in His Son and filled with gratitude.

v. 3
O Jesus, Lord, my Savior and my Song,
how bless’d in You I am to now belong.
You send Your Spirit, plant Your life in me,
and in Your Word may I Your glory see.

v. 4
There are three things believers need to know:
How great my sin is, misery also.
How I am set free from iniquity.
How I should thank God who has set me free.


Hymn Teaching Us About the Providence of God

What Do You Understand by the Providence of God?

To the tune KLOKJE KLINKT (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/268). Based on Lord’s Day 10 of the Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 27 and 28 (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 11). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
What do you understand
by the providence of God?
Providence is the pow’r
by which God upholds all things.

v. 2
Providence also means
that my God rules over all.
All things come, not by chance,
but through God’s most gracious hand.

v. 3
Leaf and blade, rain and drought,
food and drink, and sick and well,
poverty, and great wealth,
all come by the Father’s hand.

v. 4
How are you bless’d to know
that God rules and sustains all?
It is good, I am blessed
knowing God works for my good.

v. 5
I praise God for His pow’r.
I thank Him when things go well.
But if things, go ‘gainst me,
I am patient in His love.

v. 6
Praise to Christ, God’s dear Son.
Through Him I am God’s dear child.
He will watch over me.
In His love I’ll always be.


Lord's Day 10
Q & A 27
Q. What do you understand
by the providence of God?

A. Providence is
the almighty and ever present power of God^1
by which he upholds, as with his hand,
heaven
and earth
and all creatures,^2
and so rules them that
leaf and blade,
rain and drought,
fruitful and lean years,
food and drink,
health and sickness,
prosperity and poverty—^3
all things, in fact, come to us
not by chance^4
but from his fatherly hand.^5

^1 Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-28
^2 Heb. 1:3
^3 Jer. 5:24; Acts 14:15-17; John 9:3; Prov. 22:2
^4 Prov. 16:33
^5 Matt. 10:29

Q & A 28
Q. How does the knowledge
of God's creation and providence
help us?

A. We can be patient when things go against us,^1
thankful when things go well,^2
and for the future we can have
good confidence in our faithful God and Father
that nothing will separate us from his love.^3
All creatures are so completely in his hand
that without his will
they can neither move nor be moved.^4

^1 Job 1:21-22; James 1:3
^2 Deut. 8:10; 1 Thess. 5:18
^3 Ps. 55:22; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:38-39
^4 Job 1:12; 2:6; Prov. 21:1; Acts 17:24-28



Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hymn Lyrics Based on John 4:1-26

The Bridegroom Came to Rest

To the tune: POTSDAM (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/CCEH/1374). Based on John 4:1-26. Words: Bill Weber, 2011.

v. 1
The Bridegroom came to rest,
sat down near Jacob’s well.
A sinful woman met Him there,
a symbol of us all.

v. 2
Unclean we are through sin,
estranged and far from life.
In sin we’re born in sin we’ll die,
apart from Jesus Christ.

v. 3
We’ve drank from other wells,
false husbands left us dry,
for only God in human flesh,
our souls can satisfy.

v. 4
These idols we confess,
our folly we forsake.
Unite us, Jesus, to yourself,
Your Spirit to partake.

v. 5
O be our Husband, Lord,
and cleanse from guilt and sin,
and satisfy our souls with You,
give loyalty within.

v. 6
We offer unto God
our bodies and our lives,
and worship Jesus in the light
of His dear sacrifice.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hymn Lyrics for Lord's Day 9 of the Heidelberg Catechism

Now I Call this God my Father

To the tune JESU, MEINES LEBENS LEBEN (http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/german/agerman_tlh.html). Based on Lord’s Day 9 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 8-9). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
God the Father of our Savior,
made the heavens and the earth.
Out of nothing did He make them,
testimony to His worth.
Spoke and worlds came into being,
grace and glory His revealing.

refrain
Praise the Father, praise the Son.
Praise to God the three in one.

v. 2
Far away from God the Father,
once I lived in death and sin.
Did not know God as my Father,
far away I lived from Him.
But in grace the Father drew me,
near to Jesus given for me.

refrain
Praise the Father, praise the Son.
Praise to God the three in one.

v. 3
Now I call this God my Father,
Jesus made a way to Him.
Now I know my true Creator,
Jesus rules all things with Him.
Trust Him as my loving Father,
Watching, caring, good provider.

refrain
Praise the Father, praise the Son.
Praise to God the three in one.

v. 4
Now I trust the Father so much,
do not doubt He will provide,
everything for soul and body,
turning all things for my life.
He is able, He is faithful
in a world so often baleful.

refrain
Praise the Father, praise the Son.
Praise to God the three in one.

Lord's Day 9

Q &A 26

Q. What do you believe when you say,
"I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth"?

A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who out of nothing created heaven and earth
and everything in them,^1
who still upholds and rules them
by his eternal counsel and providence,^2
is my God and Father
because of Christ his Son.^3

I trust him so much that I do not doubt
he will provide
whatever I need
for body and soul,^4
and he will turn to my good
whatever adversity he sends me
in this sad world.^5

He is able to do this because he is almighty God;^6
he desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.^7

^1 Gen. 1 & 2; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 33:6; Isa. 44:24; Acts 4:24; 14:15
^2 Ps. 104; Matt. 6:30; 10:29; Eph. 1:11
^3 John 1:12-13; Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5
^4 Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25-26; Luke 12:22-31
^5 Rom. 8:28
^6 Gen. 18:14; Rom. 8:31-39
^7 Matt. 7:9-11


Hymn Lyrics Based on John 3:22-36

John the Baptist Came to Witness

To the tune: ELLESDIE (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/171). Based on John 3:22-36. Words: Bill Weber, 2011.

v. 1
John the Baptist came to witness
to the Lord, the coming One,
to the One who gives the Spirit,
to the Father’s only Son.
He is Lord in flesh appearing,
Groom and Husband of His bride.
All by faith are joined unto Him,
formed and taken from His side.

v. 2
Blood and water flow from Jesus,
cleansing us from all our sin.
Water symbol of the Spirit,
joining us above with Him.
Vindicated by the Father,
raised to everlasting life,
we receive the righteous verdict,
for by faith we’re justified.

v. 3
John the Baptist points to Jesus,
He must increase, I be less,
for He comes to earth from heaven,
Jesus, faithful, true wit-ness.
All receiving Jesus’ witness
testify that God is true,
hear the words of God incarnate,
freed from wrath that was their due.

v. 4
Loved, forgiven, blessed in Jesus
we’ve received eternal life.
Now we know the heav’nly Father
and the Son sent from His side.
Lift us, Spirit, up to heaven,
’round the throne of Jesus Christ,
we would worship, see His glory,
through the gospel word it shines.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hymn Lyrics Based on John 3:16-21

John 3:16-21:

16"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."

How Gracious the Mission of God’s Only Son

To the tune: FOUNDATION (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/529). Based on John 3:16-21. Words: Bill Weber, 2011.

v. 1
How gracious the mission of God’s only Son,
was sent to a world that our sin had undone.
He came not to judge or condemn us to hell,
but came down from heaven to make our souls well.

v. 2
How blessed is the man who believes in God’s Son,
the Light of the world our salvation has won.
Whoever believes from his guilt he is free,
for He who is Judge suffered sin’s penalty.

v. 3
O what will you do with the Lord Jesus Christ?
O will you believe to receive lasting life?
For he who refuses to trust in His name,
in guilt, condemnation will ever remain.

v. 4
O this is the verdict on men of the world,
who live in the darkness and love not the Lord.
O they stand condemned and reject God’s dear Son,
away from His presence of light and of love.

v. 5
O come to the Savior and give Him His due,
and live in the light of the One who loved you.
Repenting, believing you’ll live in the light,
receiving forgiveness and knowing true life.


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