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Lord’s Day 14, 2019


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

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After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” —Acts 14:21–22

Hymn XXXVII.
I will trust and not be afraid.

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Begone unbelief,
My Saviour is near,
And for my relief
Will surely appear:
By pray’r let me wrestle,
And he wilt perform,
With Christ in the vessel,
I smile at the storm.

Tho’ dark be my way,
Since he is my guide,
’Tis mine to obey,
’Tis his to provide;
Tho’ cisterns be broken,
And creatures all fail,
The word he has spoken
Shall surely prevail.

His love in time past
Forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last
In trouble to sink;
Each sweet Ebenezer
I have in review,
Confirms his good pleasure
To help me quite thro’.

Determin’d to save,
He watch’d o’r my path,
When Satan’s blind slave,
I sported with death;
And can he have taught me
To trust in his name,
And thus far have brought me,
To put me to shame?

Why should I complain
Of want or distress,
Temptation or pain?
He told me no less:
The heirs of salvation,
I know from his word,
Thro’ much tribulation
Must follow their Lord.

How bitter that cup,
No heart can conceive,
Which he drank quite up,
That sinners might live!
His way was much rougher,
And darker than mine;
Did Jesus thus suffer,
And shall I repine?

Since all that I meet
Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet,
The med’cine is food;
Tho’ painful at present,
Wilt cease before long,
And then, O! how pleasant,
The conqueror’s song!

—John Newton, Olney Hymns. Book III: On the Rise, Progress, Changes, and Comforts of the Spiritual Life.

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


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Posted 2019·04·07 by David Kjos
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