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Second Coming

(15 posts)

Left Behind?

Friday··2008·06·06
This has to be the best scam I’ve seen in a long time.* The home page of youvebeenleftbehind.com explains the purpose of this “ministry”: You’ve Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends For Christ. Imagine being in the presence of the Lord and hearing all of heaven rejoice over the salvation of your loved ones. It is our prayer that this site makes it happen. You’ve Been Left Behind will send your email message to up to sixty-two of your loved ones who didn’t make the rapture. Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. “But wait,” you say, “who will send the emails?” Good question. I wondered, too. Maybe they have a few volunteers on staff who have intentionally, sacrificially put off “making a decision for Christ”† until after the rapture. A risky move, for sure, but what an expression of evangelistic zeal and love that would be! But no, they’ve got it figured out: We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the “Rapture” of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system. Okay, now that you’re hooked, what will this cost you? The cost is $40 for the first year. Re-subscription will be reduced as the number of subscribers increases. Tell your friends about You’ve Been left behind. Alright, what are you waiting for? Subscribe now! Get my re-subscription rate down! [Update 2014: Yes, six years later, the site is still up, and it seems they’ve gotten enough subscribers to lower the price to $14.95] * I am not mocking anyone’s eschatology here. I am ridiculing anyone who thinks God will be left short-handed when I’m gone. I’m pretty sure he’s got things under control. † I am definitely mocking preachers of decisional regeneration. They’re asking for it, and worse.

Lord’s Day 30, 2008

Sunday··2008·07·27
I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1) Hymn 21. (C. M.) A vision of the kingdom of Christ among men. Rev. xxi. 1–4. Isaac Watts (1674–1748) Lo! what a glorious sight appears To our believing eyes! The earth and sea are passed away, And the old rolling skies. From the third heav’n, where God resides,That holy, happy place, The new Jerusalem comes down,Adorned with shining grace. Attending angels shout for joy,And the bright armies sing— “Mortals, behold the sacred seatOf your descending King. “The God of glory down to menRemoves his blest abode; Men, the dear objects of his grace,And he the loving God. “His own soft hand shall wipe the tearsFrom every weeping eye, And pains, and groans, and griefs, and fears,And death itself, shall die.” How long, dear Savior! O how longShall this bright hour delay? Fly swifter round, ye wheels of time,And bring the welcome day. —The Psalms & Hymns of Isaac Watts. Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book I: Collected from the Holy Scriptures (Soli Deo Gloria, 1997). Psalme 123 (Geneva Bible). A song of degrees.1 I lift vp mine eyes to thee, that dwellest in the heauens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of seruants looke vnto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a mayden vnto the hand of her mistres: so our eyes waite vpon the Lord our God vntil he haue mercie vpon vs. 3 Haue mercie vpon vs, O Lord, haue mercie vpon vs: for we haue suffered too much contempt. 4 Our soule is filled too full of ye mocking of the wealthy, and of the despitefulnes of the proude. Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord’s Day 42, 2010

Sunday··2010·10·17
I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1) Petitionary Hymns Poem XXVI. For the Morning. Augustus Toplady (1740–1778) My soul, can’st thou no higher rise, To meet thy God, than this? Yet, Lord, accept my sacrifice, Defective as it is. Tune all my organs to thy praise, And psalmist’s muse impart; And with thy penetrating rays, O melt my frozen heart. Give me thyself, the only good, And ever with me stay; Whose faithful mercies are renew’ With each returning day. Ah! guide me with a Father’s eye, Nor from my soul depart; But let the day-star from on high Illuminate my heart. This day preserve me without sin, Protected in thy ways; And hear me while I usher in The welcome dawn with praise. Far as the east from west remove Each earthly vain desire; And raise me on the wings of love, ’Til I can mount no higher. —The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady (Sprinkle Publications, 1987). John 14:18–20 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” The short passage before us is singularly rich in “precious promises.” Twice our Lord Jesus Christ says, “I will.” Twice He says to believers, “Ye shall.” We learn from this passage, that Christ’s second coming is meant to be the special comfort of believers. He says to His disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Now what is the “coming” here spoken of? It is only fair to say that this is a disputed point among Christians. Many refer it to our Lord’s coming to His disciples after His resurrection. Many refer it to His invisible coming into the hearts of His people by the grace of the Holy Ghost. Many refer it to His coming by the outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost. It may well be doubted, however, whether any one of these three views conveys the full meaning of our Lord’s words, “I will come.” The true sense of the expression appears to be the second personal coming of Christ at the end of the world. It is a wide, broad, sweeping promise, intended for all believers, in every age, and not for the Apostles alone:—“I will not stay always in heaven: I will one day come back to you.” It is like the message which the angels brought to the disciples after the ascension:—“This same Jesus shall come in like manner as ye have seen Him go.” (Acts. i. 11.) It is like the last promise which winds up the Book of Revelation:—“Surely I come quickly.” (Rev. xxii. 20.) Just in the same way the parting consolation held out to believers, the night before the crucifixion, is a personal return:—“I will come.” Let us settle it in our minds that all believers are comparatively “orphans,” and children in their minority, until the second advent. Our best things are yet to come. Faith has yet to be exchanged for sight, and hope for certainty. Our peace and joy are at present very imperfect. They are as nothing to what we shall have when Christ returns. For the return let us look and long and pray. Let us place it in the forefront of all our doctrinal system, next to the atoning death and the interceding life of our Lord. The highest style of Christians are the men who look for and love the Lord’s appearing. (2 Tim. iv. 8.) We learn for another thing, that Christ’s life secures the life of His believing people. He says, “Because I live ye shall live also.” There is a mysterious and indissoluble union between Christ and every true Christian. The man that is once joined to Him by faith, is as closely united as a member of the body is united to the head. So long as Christ, his Head, lives, so long he will live. He cannot die unless Christ can be plucked from heaven, and Christ’s life destroyed. But this, since Christ is very God, is totally impossible! “Christ being raised from the dead, dies no more: death hath no more dominion over Him.” (Rom. vi. 9.) That which is divine, in the very nature of things, cannot die. Christ’s life secures the continuance of spiritual life to His people. They shall not fall away. They shall persevere unto the end. The divine nature of which they are partakers, shall not perish. The incorruptible seed within them shall not be destroyed by the devil and the world. Weak as they are in themselves, they are closely knit to an immortal Head, and not one member of His mystical body shall ever perish. Christ’s life secures the resurrection life of His people. Just as He rose again from the grave, because death could not hold Him one moment beyond the appointed time, so shall all His believing members rise again in the day when He calls them from the tomb. The victory that Jesus won when He rolled the stone away, and came forth from the tomb, was a victory not only for Himself, but for His people. If the Head rose, much more shall the members. Truths like these ought to be often pondered by true Christians. The careless world knows little of a believer’s privileges. It sees little but the outside of him. It does not understand the secret of his present strength, and of his strong hope of good things to come. And what is that secret? Invisible union with an invisible Saviour in heaven! Each child of God is invisibly linked to the throne of the Rock of Ages. When that throne can be shaken, and not till then, we may despair. But Christ lives, and we shall live also. We learn, finally, from this passage, that full and perfect knowledge of divine things will never be attained by believers until the second advent. Our Lord says, “At that day,” the day of my coming, “you shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.” The best of saints knows but little so long as he is in the body. The fall of our father Adam has corrupted our understandings, as well as our consciences, hearts, and wills. Even after conversion we see through a glass darkly, and on no point do we see so dimly as on the nature of our own union with Christ, and of the union of Christ and the Father. These are matters in which we must be content to believe humbly, and, like little children, to receive on trust the things which we cannot explain. But it is a blessed and cheering thought that when Christ comes again, the remains of ignorance shall be rolled away. Raised from the dead, freed from the darkness of this world, no longer tempted by the devil and tried by the flesh, believers shall see as they have been seen, and know as they have been known. We shall have light enough one day. What we know not now, we shall know hereafter. Let us rest our souls on this comfortable thought, when we see the mournful divisions which rend the Church of Christ. Let us remember that a large portion of them arise from ignorance. We know in part, and therefore misunderstand one another. A day comes when Lutherans shall no longer wrangle with Zwinglians, nor Calvinist with Arminian, nor Churchman with Dissenter. That day is the day of Christ’s second coming. Then and then only will the promise receive its complete fulfillment,—“At that day ye shall know.” —J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Baker Books, 2007) [Westminster (PB) | Amazon (HC)]. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. 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Hymns of My Youth: Love Divine

Saturday··2010·10·23
Today’s hymn is the second in the “Opening and Morning” section of the Concordia. This one has everything: Christ-centered praise and petition, biblical gospel theology, eschatological longing, all to the glory of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. 38 Love Divine, All Love Excelling Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n to earth come down! Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit, Into ev’ry troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find Thy promised rest. Take away the love of sinning, Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, Almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Graciously return and never, Never more Thy temples leave! Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish, then, Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation, Perfectly restored in Thee, Changed from glory into glory, Till in heav’n we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise. —The Concordia Hymnal (Augsburg Publishing House, 1960). The Concordia tune is Beecher. It is apparently also sung to Hyfrydol, but I must object in the strongest terms. Try listening without thinking Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners and see if I’m not right. Beecher Hyferdol Just for fun, here’s an interesting arrangement to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

Happy Apocalypse

Saturday··2011·05·21 · 1 Comments
2011/05/21 So, today is the end. When I say today, I mean tomorrow, of course, having posted this today, which is, according to the date on this post, yesterday. I posted it late yesterday (or, for those of you reading early, today), because I will not be here today (or, for those of you reading early, today). I’m not posting the usual Saturday hymn, because, assuming heaven has internet access, the hymnody is so much better there that anyone who went there has no interest in the imperfect verse of fallible mortals, and because anyone who didn’t, assuming, again, that they have internet access, is not interested in having me rub it in with the gospel they rejected set to music. We can have a little fun mocking the foolishness of Harold Camping, and many already have, but today (or tomorrow, if . . . well, you know) it’s not so funny. Assuming Jesus did not return—he could, you know, even today—there will be a lot of crushed Camping followers when May 22 rolls around, Christ did not come, and they are still here. For some, this will be a good thing. They will be disillusioned with Campingism, and be prepared for the gospel. Others will be likewise disillusioned, but will be hardened against Christianity. In both groups will be those who sold everything, emptied their savings, and invested it all in spreading Camping’s message of divine judgment. What will they do? Then there are the children. They didn’t ask for this, but they got it. What will they do when they see that their parents have been duped in the name of Christ? If their parents emptied their college funds to promote a fraud? How will they react if they ever encounter the real thing? Some of them may actually have tasted the gospel. Will they be among those described in Hebrews 6:4–6? None of that is funny. Some have wondered what kind of fancy steps Camping will have to make, now that his fool status has been upgraded and advertised. I might be wrong, but I think he’s got a plan already. I doubt if he really believed, beyond doubt, that he could predict the Second Coming. I doubt if he believes it at all. At the very least, if he thinks he might be right, he has a back-up plan in case he is wrong. That’s what I think. Of course, I could be wrong. Camping could be thoroughly convinced, and the top story on Sunday could be that he has jumped off a tall building. That won’t be funny, either.

Hymns of My Youth II: Rejoice—the Lord Is King!

Saturday··2012·01·28
Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King. —Psalm 149:2 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. —Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice—the Lord Is King! Rejoice—the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore! Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Jesus, the Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love; When He had purged our stains He took His seat above; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! His kingdom cannot fail—He rules o’er earth and Heav’n, The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv’n; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord the Judge shall come And take His servants up to their eternal home. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).

Hymns of My Youth II: Praise Him!

Saturday··2013·01·19
Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! —Psalm 150 Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessèd Redeemer! Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim! Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory; Strength and honor give to His holy Name! Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children, In His arms He carries them all day long: Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness. Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song! Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessèd Redeemer! For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died. He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation, Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified. Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows, Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong. Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessèd Redeemer! Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring! Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever. Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King! Christ is coming! over the world victorious, Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong. Refrain —Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).

Hymns of My Youth III: Love Divine

Saturday··2013·04·27
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. —1 John 4:16–17 45 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit, Into every troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit; Let us find that second rest. Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its Beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, Almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Suddenly return and never, Never more Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish, then, Thy new creation; Pure and spotless let us be. Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee; Changed from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise. —Favorite Hymns of Praise (Tabernacle Publishing Company, 1967).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Love Divine

Saturday··2014·09·20
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9 Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down. Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit Into ev’ry troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find Thy promised rest. Take away our bent to sinning, Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Suddenly return, and never, Nevermore Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish then Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee: Changed from glory into glory, Till in heav’n we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). This video starts out rough, but it’s worth the wait.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Praise Him

Saturday··2014·10·11
Praise Him! Worthy are You . . . for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Revelation 5:9 Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim! Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory; Strength and honor give to His holy Name! Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children, In His arms He carries them all day long: Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness; Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song! Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died; He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation, Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified. Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows; Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong: Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring! Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever; Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King! Christ is coming! over the world victorious, Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong: Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

Saturday··2014·11·29
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. John 1:1 Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown When Thou camest to earth for me; But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room For Thy holy nativity. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, Proclaiming Thy royal degree; But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, And in great humility. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest In the shade of the forest tree; But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God, In the deserts of Galilee. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word That should set Thy people free; But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn They bore Thee to Calvary. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! When the heav’ns shall ring, and the angels shall sing At Thy coming to victory, Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room— There is room at My side For Thee.” My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, When Thou comest and callest for me! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: One Day

Saturday··2015·01·24
One Day When they saw the star, they rejoiced . . . and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:10 11 One day when Heaven was filled with His praises, One day when sin was as black as could be, Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin, Dwelt among men—my Example is He! Refrain Living—He loved me, dying—He saved me, Buried—He carried my sins far away; Rising—He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming—O glorious day! One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain, One day they nailed Him to die on the tree; Suffering anguish, despised and rejected, Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He! Refrain One day they left Him alone in the garden, One day He rested, from suffering free; Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil— Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He! Refrain One day the grave could conceal Him no longer, One day the stone rolled away from the door; Then He arose, over death He had conquered, Now is ascended, my Lord evermore! Refrain One day the trumpet will sound for His coming, One day the skies with His glories will shine; Wonderful day, my belovèd ones bringing! Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine! Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: What a Savior

Friday··2016·01·15
Hallelujah! What a Savior! He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; Isaiah 53:3 “Man of Sorrows!” what a name For the Son of God, who came Ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood— Sealed my pardon with His blood: Hallelujah! What a Savior! Guilty, vile, and helpless we, Spotless Lamb of God was He; Full atonement! can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior! Lifted up was He to die, “It is finished!” was His cry; Now in Heav’n exalted high: Hallelujah! What a Savior! When He comes, our glorious King, All His ransomed home to bring, Then anew this song we’ll sing: Hallelujah! What a Savior! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lo, He Comes

Saturday··2017·02·04
Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30 Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Once for favored sinners slain; Thousand thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of His train: Allelujah! Aallelujah! God appears on earth to reign. Every eye shall now behold Him Robed in dreadful majesty; Those who set at naught and sold Him, Pierced and nailed Him to the tree, Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, Shall the true Messiah see. Now redemption, long expected, See in solemn pomp appear; All His saints, by man rejected, Now shall meet Him in the air: Allelujah! Aallelujah! See the day of God appear. Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee, High on Thine eternal throne; Savior, take the power and glory, Claim the kingdom for Thine own; O come quickly! O come quickly! Everlasting God, come down. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated

Saturday··2018·10·06
Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated ABBOT’S LEIGH Lamb of God, Thou now art seated high beside Thy Father’s throne; all Thy gracious work completed, all Thy mighty vict’ry won: ev’ry knee in heav’n is bending to the Lamb for sinners slain; ev’ry voice and harp is swelling - Worthy is the Lamb to reign! Lord, in all Thy pow’r and glory, still Thy thoughts and eyes are here; watching o’er Thy ransomed people, to Thy gracious heart so dear; Thou for them art interceding; everlasting is Thy love - and a blessed rest preparing in our Father’s house above. Lamb of God, Thy faithful promise says, “Behold, I quickly come;” and our hearts, to Thine responsive, cry, “Come, Lord, and take us home.” Oh, the rapture that awaits us, when we meet Thee in the air, and with Thee ascend in triumph, all Thy deepest joys to share. Lamb of God, when Thou in glory shalt to this sad earth return, all Thy foes shall quake before Thee, all who now despise Thee mourn; then shall we at Thine appearing, with Thee in Thy kingdom reign; Thine the praise, and Thine the glory, Lamb of God for sinners slain. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

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