Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Humility and Pride --- A Hymn Based on Luke 9:7-9

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.

(Luke 9:7-9 ESV)


The Herod in our passage is the same Herod who later had Jesus flogged, treating Jesus with contempt and mocking him, before sending him back to Pilate for execution. It is probably no coincidence that Herod is mentioned here only two verses after we hear of God’s rejection of those who reject his Son (Luke 9:5).

The hymn below incorporates what we learn from 1 Corinthians 1-2 about rulers, and everyone, who live by this world’s wisdom and values while rejecting God’s Son and God’s wisdom: "Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory"(1 Corinthians 2:6-8 ESV).

God’s beloved Son brings about a great reversal: the rich are made poor, the wise are made foolish, and the proud are humbled, while those who humbly receive Jesus are made rich, wise, and are exalted, even though much of this reversal in Jesus must await the final judgment when he returns to judge the living and the dead.

The Rulers All Missed Him, Our Glorious Lord

To the tune: HOLINESS “Take Time to Be Holy.” Based on Luke 9:7-9. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
The rulers all missed Him,
our Savior and Lord.
Born lowly and humble,
whom heaven adores!
The world in its wisdom,
knows not who He is.
Apart from the Spirit,
no one can be His.

v. 2
The rulers opposed Him,
our glorious Lord;
passed sentence upon Him,
rejected His Word.
The Baptist they killed Him,
foreshadowed the Son.
But Jesus would not rest,
’til His work was done.

v. 3
God chooses the lowly,
opposes the proud.
In His holy presence,
no boasting allowed.
So He gets the glory,
salvation by grace.
O plead for His mercy,
and take the low place!

v. 4
The proud will be humbled,
the poor lifted up.
The wise are confounded;
self-wisdom mistrust.
Seek wisdom from Jesus,
and drink in His Word.
For Jesus makes happy,
who from Him have learned.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Lord Who Serves Us Before and As We Serve Him --- A Hymn Based on Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

(Luke 10:38-42 ESV)

O Lord, We Come and Hunger For

To the tune: DETROIT. Based on Luke 10:38-42. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
O Lord, we come and hunger for
the portion that You give.
The one thing needful for our souls
that we may truly live.

v. 2
In Jesus’ presence and His Word,
we find our great delight.
The teaching of our Lord and God,
words of eternal life.

v. 3
Before we serve, You serve us, Lord,
You teach the humble heart.
Through Word and Meal our souls are fed,
Your life and love impart.

v. 4
By faith we feed upon our Lord
and in Him we rejoice.
Like Mary humbly at His feet,
we love to hear His voice.

v. 5
And when we serve our Lord and men,
to Him we’re always close,
for through the Spirit we commune
with Him who died and rose.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

God's Mercy and Ours---A Hymn Based on Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

(Luke 10:25-37 ESV)
We Were Born in Adam’s Race

To the tune: ST. KEVIN. Based on Luke 10:25-37. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
We were born in Adam’s race,
far from God we stumbled.
But the Son of God in grace,
for our sake was humbled.
We were naked in our sin,
for the law exposed us.
But the Father in His love,
sent His Son to clothe us.

v. 2
From communion with our God,
Adam’s race has fallen.
Sinful, wounded is our state,
wretched and appalling.
But the Good Samaritan
is our Lord and Savior.
By His perfect life and death,
earned the Father’s favor.

v. 3
Praise the mercy of our Lord,
great is His compassion.
Binds our wounds and cares for us,
through His saving action.
For in grace a journey great,
came the Son to save us.
Took our nature and He bore,
sin that had enslaved us.

v. 4
Have you from the Lord received
mercy and compassion?
If you have then do the same,
in your words and actions.
In the Father’s love abide,
and in Jesus risen.
With your neighbors show His love,
share His saving mission.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Hymn/Prayer Used for the Confession of Sins

Almighty and Eternal God, Our Father Unto You

To the tune: MARTYRDOM Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed. Words: William Weber, 2011 (loosely based on a prayer by Martin Bucer).

v. 1
Almighty and eternal God,
our Father, unto You,
in Christ we come and we confess
our need to be renewed.

v. 2
We were conceived and born in sin,
to evil much inclined,
and still we’re slow to do what’s good,
our hearts are far from right.

v. 3
And we confess Your laws are good,
but still we have transgressed;
we ever more corrupt ourselves,
increase our mound of debt.

v. 4
But we are sorry for our sin,
we seek Your help and grace.
Have mercy on us through Your Son,
who died and took our place.

v. 5
Increase in us Your Spirit, Lord,
that we our sin may see,
attain repentance and true faith,
and live our lives for Thee.

v. 6
Your Son came to a dying world,
to save was why He came.
To all who put their trust in Him,
forgiveness is proclaimed.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Hymn of Confession and Prayer

O Father, Hear Us, in Your Son Most Faithful

To the tune: HERZLIEBSTER JESU. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
O Father, hear us, in Your Son most faithful,
in Him forgive us, we Your sinful people.
Your laws are holy, but we’ve disobeyed You,
and strayed far from You.

v. 2
We’ve gone our own way, Adam’s path have followed,
Your Word not treasured, nor Your name have hallowed.
Our hearts are wayward, in them deep pollution,
grant absolution.

v. 3
Send forth Your Spirit, bring a new creation,
for we are needy, give us Your salvation.
Sinful and naked, cleanse and clothe in Jesus,
from slav’ry free us.

v. 4
By faith we take hold of Your promise to us,
to grant forgiveness and Your Spirit give us.
Your Word is faithful, help us to believe it,
by faith receive it.

Joy in Christ---A Hymn Based on Luke 10:17-24

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

(Luke 10:17-24 ESV)
Joy We Have in Jesus Christ

To the tune: CANTERBURY. Based on Luke 10:17-24. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
Joy we have in Jesus Christ,
who has earned eternal life,
for our names are in His book,
if to Jesus we will look.

v. 2
Joy we have in ministry,
power o’er the enemy,
but a greater joy and song,
if to Jesus we belong.

v. 3
Trust the One the Father sent,
faith can rest in Him content,
for His work is now complete,
and in Him is all we need.

v. 4
Jesus is our righteousness,
joined to Him we’re truly blessed.
In our Lord is grace and peace,
with the Son the Father’s pleased.

v. 5
Highest blessing Christ bestows,
is His Father us to know.
To the humble He reveals,
to the proud ones He conceals.

v. 6
Blessed in Jesus Christ are we,
who the prophets longed to see,
spoke of Him in prophecy,
who we know most lovingly.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Hymn Based on Luke 10:1-16

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

(Luke 10:1-16 ESV)
Tell to the World the Joyful News

To the tune: ST. MAGNUS. Based on Luke 10:1-16. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
Tell to the world the joyful news
that Jesus is the King.
He died and rose, the kingdom gained,
so let His people sing!

v. 2
Seek first the kingdom of the Lord
as pilgrims on the earth.
We have a treasure greater than
mere men of earthly birth.

v. 3
As lambs you go into the world,
so trust your Shepherd, Lord.
He will defend, He will provide,
and give you strong support.

v. 4
Be faithful to the message true,
you represent the King.
His gospel message saves all souls,
who in Him will believe.

v. 5
The stakes are high for all who hear
about our Lord and Christ,
for what we do with God’s dear Son
determines death or life.

v. 6
Pray to the Lord for laborers,
the harvest work is vast.
And those who take the gospel forth
are doing work that lasts.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Two great quotes from Michael Horton:

First, "It is especially in our day not a far stretch from 'God is Love' to 'Love is God.' However, as C. S. Lewis observed, when love itself becomes a god, it becomes demonic. God always exercises his power, holiness, righteousness, and wrath --- as well as his love and mercy --- in conformity with his goodness. In fact, we could hardly affirm God's goodness if he did not uphold justice and the cause of his righteousness against sin and evil."

Second, "What makes God's love so comforting, therefore, is not only the obvious point that it has not been twisted into lust (which idolizes the other only to consume and dismember it as an object) but the more basic fact that this is so precisely because God's love is unconditioned by anything in the creature."

Colossians 3:1-4 | The Briefing#more-12584#more-12584#more-12584#more-12584#more-12584

Colossians 3:1-4 The Briefing#more-12584#more-12584#more-12584#more-12584#more-12584

A brief article, but very much worth reading!

Jesus' Willingness to Bear the Cross for Us --- A Hymn Based on Luke 9:51-62

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

(Luke 9:51-62 ESV)

In Grace and Mercy Jesus Set His Face

To the tune: KINGSFOLD. Based on Luke 9:51-62. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
In grace and mercy Jesus set
His face to undergo
the righteous wrath of God to bear,
our enemies o’erthrow.
But sinless was our Lord and Christ,
the spotless Lamb of God.
Yet all our sin was laid on Him,
for cleansing through His blood.

v. 2
And now the day of grace is here
and judgment is postponed.
For Jesus bore our judgment just,
and sin has been atoned.
So come to Him without delay,
He calls in love to you.
Why should you bear your sin yourself?
Receive your Substitute!

v. 3
In Christ your home is up above
for Jesus has been raised.
You are a pilgrim trav’ling through,
so keep your heav’nly gaze.
Though birds have nests and foxes holes,
this world is not your home.
Your home is found in Christ your Lord,
who is your flesh and bone.

v. 4
We once were dead, but we’ve been raised
with Christ to life above.
So live by faith and speak His Word,
for this is truly love.
And don’t look back on your old life,
but seek the things above.
For in your Lord is lasting joy,
and love more than enough.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jesus' Humility and Ours --- A Hymn Based on Luke 9:43-50

And all were astonished at the majesty of God.

But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

(Luke 9:43-48 ESV)

The Son of God Was Given

To the tune: ST. THEODULPH. Based on Luke 9:43-50. Words: William Weber, 2011.

All glory to the Father
and to His only Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
the bless-ed three in One.

v. 1
The Son of God was given,
for sinful men He died.
He came from heaven’s glory,
by man was crucified.

v. 2
Our Lord gave up His glory
and took the lowest place,
for on the cross He suffered
to give His people grace.

v. 3
So have this mind in Jesus,
who humbly bore the cross,
and love and serve each other,
no matter what the cost.

v. 4
O do not seek your glory,
for only One is great,
your Lord who suffered for you,
and bore sin’s awful weight.

v. 5
Live humbly with each other,
don’t go beyond your call.
And seek the good of brothers,
and neighbors great and small.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Did Luther use tunes from love songs? | Worship, Music, Culture, Aesthetics - Religious Affections Ministries

Did Luther use tunes from love songs? Worship, Music, Culture, Aesthetics - Religious Affections Ministries

The church of Jesus Christ and his kingdom has its own culture and values. We should strive to conform to His values, not the world's around us.

Devoted to the public reading of Scripture | The Briefing

Devoted to the public reading of Scripture The Briefing

Are we devoted to the public reading of Scripture? Given the paltry amount of Scripture of my own anecdotal experience, which does not seem unique, I think the answer is clearly no. We need to repent and change this.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The big read | The Briefing

The big read The Briefing

It seems to me that we are neglecting the public reading of the Scriptures in our worship services, and this article explores that fact.

Finding Spiritual Peace --- A Hymn Based on Luke 8:40-56

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

(Luke 8:40-56 ESV)
Who Stills the Roaring Seas and Brings His People Peace?

To the tune: TERRA BEATA This Is My Father’s World. Based on Luke 8:40-56. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
Who stills the roaring seas
and brings His people peace?
’Tis Jesus Christ who came to save,
from sin and death release.
For sin has made unclean,
we need His holy touch.
His saving pow’r can make us well,
by faith to Him we come.

v. 2
A woman came to Christ,
long-suff’ring from disease.
She touched the hem of Jesus’ clothes,
her flow of bleeding ceased.
But Jesus called her near,
before Him fell prostrate.
Exposed she told what she had done,
by faith in Christ was saved.

v. 3
And while this all took place
a servant came to say,
O Jairus, trouble Him no more,
in death your daughter lay.
But Jesus answered him,
O do not be afraid.
Only believe and she’ll be well,
in Christ the dead are raised.

v. 4
Though trials and troubles grow,
and death draws near to you,
O do not fear, but just believe.
Your Lord will bring you through.
For death is now just sleep,
and Christ is ever near.
Your resurrected Lord gives life,
believe and do not fear.

What a Journey! --- A Hymn Based on Luke 9:37-43

On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astonished at the majesty of God.

(Luke 9:37-43a ESV)
From the Heights of Heaven’s Glory to the Depths of Earthly Woe
 To the tune: BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC. Based on Luke 9:37-43. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
From the heights of heaven’s glory
to the depths of earthly woe.
From all glory, honor, power
to a fallen world below.
God the Son went on a mission,
grace and mercy to us show.
Salvation Jesus won.

Glory, glory to the Father,
glory, glory to the Savior,
glory, glory to the Spirit,
the bless-ed three in One.

v. 2
From the mount of Jesus’ glory
to the valley of our shame.
From His dazzling bright appearance
to a darkened faithless place.
Jesus came to save poor sinners,
and redeem them by His grace.
Salvation Jesus won.

v. 3
Who can measure out the journey
that the Son our Savior made,
when He traveled from His glory
to the womb and then a grave?
Bearing sin, humiliation,
on the cross for us to save.
Salvation Jesus won.

v. 4
Praise the love of God the Father,
for He gave His only Son.
Praise the Spirit poured on Jesus,
in His strength it all was done.
Praise the working of each person,
One in essence, three in One.
Salvation Jesus won.

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