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Lord’s Day 8, 2018

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”


But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, “Where are You going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

—John 16:5–15

To the Comforter.
Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)


Mighty Comforter, to thee
In our feebleness we flee;
Oh, unveil thy gracious face,
Spread out all thy wondrous grace.

Strengthener of the poor and weak,
To thy power for strength we seek;
Heavenly fulness, from above,
Oh descend in blessed love.

Patient Teacher of the blind,
Opener of the sin-seal’d mind,
Fix in us thy sure abode,
And reveal the Christ of God.

Guider of the erring feet
In the waste or busy street,
Lead us thro’ life’s Babel-crowds,
Through its pathless solitudes.

True Enricher of the poor,
Enter thou our lowly door;
Let thy liberal hand impart
Heavenly riches to our heart.

Looser of the bonds of sin,
Oh make haste and enter in;
Break each link, till there remains
Not one fragment of our chains.

Loving Spirit, come, Oh come!
Find in us thy endless home;
Find in this our world below
A dwelling for thy glory now.

Holy Light, upon us shine,
With thy energy divine;
Heavenly Brightness, break thou forth,
Over this benighted earth.

With the eternal Father one,
One with the eternal Son;
Eternal Spirit, thee we praise,
Now and through eternal days.

Hymns of Faith and Hope, Second Series (James Nisbet & Co., 1878).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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if you can possibly help it.
But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these.

Posted 2018·02·25 by David Kjos
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