There is Power in the Blood of Jesus

One of the most vital and fundamental themes of Christianity that often seems to be missing in modern churches today is the blood of Jesus.  The blood is vital and necessary because the Scripture tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.  It was Jesus who came to this earth and shed His blood at Calvary, making our salvation possible.  He willingly was the perfect Lamb, the sacrifice for our sins, and without that sacrifice we would be eternally lost.  But unfortunately it is often no longer consumer friendly to share a message that emphasizes blood.  The modern church attender gets turned off by that so sermons and music avoid that topic.  And yet, without the blood, the church has no relevant message to share to a lost world.  It is the power in the blood that frees us from the burden of sin and gives us victory and power for living.  There is wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb, Christ Jesus.

 

The text was written and the tune was composed both by Lewis Edgar Jones (1865-1936).  Graduating from Moody Bible Institute in the same class with well-known revival evangelist Billy Sunday, Jones became active in YMCA work which he did for the rest of his life.  Hymn writing was his hobby, and in his spare time he produced quite a few songs that were published.  His most famous song, “There Is Power in the Blood,” was produced while Jones was attending a camp meeting at Mountain Lake Park, MD, in 1889.  I trust that you have been redeemed by the power of the blood of the Lamb.  May we never forget the importance of it and the sacrifice that was involved.  May we ever be thankful that Christ did this for us.  Be reminded of that power as you think upon these words this week.

 

 

(1)    Would you be free from the burden of sin?

There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;

Would you o’er evil a victory win?

There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the blood of the Lamb;

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the precious blood of the Lamb.

 

(2) Would you be free from your passion and pride?

There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;

Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;

There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the blood of the Lamb;

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the precious blood of the Lamb.

 

(3) Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?

There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;

Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;

There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the blood of the Lamb;

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the precious blood of the Lamb.

 

(4) Would you do service for Jesus your King?

There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;

Would you live daily His praises to sing?

There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the blood of the Lamb;

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r

In the precious blood of the Lamb.

 

To be saved

trusted Jesus Christ and Him alone, as your Savior. If not, you could be — one year, one month, one hour, one minute, one heartbeat — away from eternity in a lake of fire!

Revelation 20:15 says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

God does not want you to go to hell. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is. . . not willing that any should perish. . .” Jesus loved you so much He died on a rugged cross, to pay for YOUR sin, and to keep YOU out of hell! Revelation 1:5 says, “. . . Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”

Know you’re a sinner.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10

“… for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23

That Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins.

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,” 1 Peter 2:24

“… Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” Revelation 1:5

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

The first step is to walk in the ways of Christ. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 Pray this prayer, and mean it with all your heart: Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and unless you save me I am lost forever. I thank you for dying for me at Calvary. I come to you now, the best way I know how, and ask you to save me. I now receive you as my Savior. In Jesus Christ name, Amen.

 

Immersed in God’s Glory

Immersed in God’s Glory

When God’s people put the ark in the center of their worship, they become immersed in God’s Glory. Look in 2 Chronicles 5:2-14, the glory of the Lord fills the temple. Hundreds of professional musicians are ready to sing. The gatherings is huge, the trumpet section alone numbers 120 priests. Music leader Asaph ascends the podium and raises his hand. A mass choir begins to praise the Lord with full enthusiasm. Can you hear it? Israel’s “Praise Festival “

What happens then? The glory of the Lord fills the temple. The Sanctuary becomes so brilliant that the priests can’t even conduct a service or to light the sacrifices. God does it himself with fire from heaven. (2 Chronicles 7:1)

When God’s people sing praises for goodness and love of God in one accord and in spirit, they see the anointing filling the temple.

Wouldn’t it be great to see the shinning glory of God today? You can! For Jesus is the glory of God in human flesh (John 1:14). Like the ark, he symbolizes God’s presence. And you are the temple in which God dwells (Ephesians 2:22).

The more we put Jesus in the center of our lives, the more God makes his glory appear in us. The more we sing about the goodness and love of God, the more radiant our faces become. The more we love other people the way Jesus loves them, the more others will say, “Now I know what the face of God is like.” You can also read (John 17:20-24; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18)

My prayer is may we worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.

 

Wonderful Peace

Haldor Lillenas

1885-1959

Courtesy of the Cyber Hymnal™

Hymn

 Born: November 19, 1885, Stord Island (near Bergen), Norway.

Died: August 18, 1959, Aspen, Colorado.

Buried: Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

Lillenas

Lillenas emigrated to America as a child; his family settled first in South Dakota, then moved to Oregon in 1889. He attended Deets Pacific Bible College in Los Angeles, California (later renamed to Pasadena College); studied music at the Siegel-Myers School of Music in Chicago, Illinois; and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Olivet Nazarene College. His first pastorate was in Lompoc, California, in 1910; he later pastored in Redlands, California, and Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1924, he founded the Lillenas Music Company (bought by the Nazarene Publishing Company in 1930), and worked as an editor there until retiring in 1950.

Haldor married Bertha Mae Wilson, a songwriter like himself. He and Bertha were elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Haldor traveled as an evangelist, then pastored several churches, 1914-24. In his lifetime, he wrote some 4,000 hymns, and supplied songs for many evangelists. His works include:

  • Special Sacred Songs, 1919
  • New Sacred Songs
  • Strains of Love

 WONDERFUL PEACE

Coming to Jesus, my Savior,

I found Wonderful peace, wonderful peace;

Storms in their fury may rage all around,

I have peace, sweet peace.

Peace, peace, wonderful peace,

Peace, peace, glorious peace;

Since my Redeemer has ransomed my soul,

I have peace, sweet peace.

Peace like a river, so deep and so broad,

Wonderful peace, wonderful peace;

Resting my soul on the bosom of God,

I have peace, sweet peace.

Peace like a holy and infinite calm,

Wonderful peace, wonderful peace,

Like to the strains of an evening psalm,

I have peace, sweet peace.

Gone is the battle that once raged within,

Wonderful peace, wonderful peace;

Jesus has saved me and cleansed me from sin,

I have peace, sweet peace.

 

Two-edged Sword

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heartHebrews 4:12-NKJV

NIV reads -For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

The emphasis in this passage is on the fact that a two-edged sword is sharp. In comparison, God’s word is even sharper because it can divide or make a distinction between things we generally think of as being closely related or indistinguishable. For example, what is the difference between a soul and a spirit? What is the difference between a person’s thoughts and their intent?

God’s word is able to penetrate to the heart of a person and cause a change, and unlike a physical sword it leaves no external scar. That is why you find those hearing Peter’s message responding, “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heartActs 2:37.

Another thing to remember is a two-edged sword is considered to be a dangerous weapon because of the two edges. Handled improperly it can cut the wielder just as easily as it can cut someone else. When the Bible is used as a weapon to point out the flaws in another person, the person using it often finds himself convicted by the same word. “You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?Romans 2:21-22.

Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.

Proverbs 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Revelation 1:16 and he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

The sword of the Lord will bring instruction and correction to our lives. Proverbs 5:12 …How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof. Ultimately, each one of us is responsible for how we receive the Word of God when it comes to us. We have the freedom of choice to accept or reject the Word.

There is no way to avoid the two-edged sword. Let us strive to come into compliance with the Word now, before it comes to us in correction. The strange woman spoken of in Proverbs is well established in today’s world. May we heed the words of Wisdom, and avoid the door of the strange woman’s house.

 

THANK YOU LORD GOD FOR EVERYTHING

Thank you, God, for everything –
the big things and the small,
For “every good gift comes from God”–
the giver of them all.

And all too often we accept
without any thanks or praise
The gifts God sends as blessings
each day in many ways.

And so at this Thanksgiving Time
we offer up a prayer
To thank you, God, for giving us
a lot more than our share..

First, thank you for the little things
that often come our way,
The things we take for granted
but don’t mention when we pray.

The unexpected courtesy,
the thoughtful, kindly deed…
A hand reached out to help us
and in the time of sudden need…

Oh, make us more aware, dear God,
of little daily graces
That come to us with “sweet surprise”
from never-dreamed-of places –

Then, thank you for the “Miracles”
we are much too blind to see,
And give us new awareness
of our many gifts from Thee,

And help us to remember
that the Key to Life and Living
Is to make each prayer a Prayer of Thanks
and every day Thanksgiving.

 

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

 

Our Father in Heaven,

We give thanks for the pleasure Of gathering together for this occasion.

We give thanks for this food Prepared by loving hands.

We give thanks for life, The freedom to enjoy it all And all other blessings.

As we partake of this food,

We pray for health and strength To carry on and try to live as You would have us.

This we ask in the name of Christ, Amen

 

 

About Thanksgiving in Canada

 

Thanksgiving in Canada can be traced back to Martin Frobisher in 1578. He came from England in search of a way to get to the Orient by going north. While he never found the passage, he did establish what later became Newfoundland and Labrador. His celebration of making it all the way from England to his new home became the first Thanksgiving in North America. More settlers joined Frobisher, and as the settlements expanded, people continued to celebrate Thanksgiving.

French settlers arrived in Canada, led by Samuel de Champlain, who had their own Thanksgiving feasts. Similar to the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving, the French shared what they had with the Indians who lived in the area.

Over the years, there were various special Thanksgiving celebrations. One was at the end of the Seven Years’ War in 1763. The British took possession of New France and celebrations were held in Halifax. At this point, celebrations were not held every year yet.

Thanksgiving finally became a yearly celebration in 1879, however the date was not always the same. Each year people were encouraged to focus on different things for which to be thankful. It varied from the usual abundant harvest to remembering significant events in Canadian history. Some of the themes for different Thanksgiving celebrations were being thankful for God’s mercies, victory over enemies, the end of wars, cessation of cholera and other diseases, peace, blessings and most often, abundant harvests.

After the Revolutionary War, many American Colonists left to live in Canada. They brought with them the traditions that had been passed down from the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims at Plymouths Rock. They brought many of their favorite foods with them, to add to the menu as well.

For some time after WWI, Canadians celebrated Armistice Day and Thanksgiving on the Monday closest to November 11. In 1931 Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day and people began to celebrate them separately. In 1957 Canadian Parliament finally established the second Monday in October to be the official Thanksgiving. Since Canada has an earlier harvest, it only makes sense that Thanksgiving is held earlier in the fall than it is in the United States.

Many of the foods served for Thanksgiving in Canada are quite similar to those served further south in the United States. They also enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, different vegetable dishes and pumpkin pie. The Europeans introduced the cornucopia to the celebrations as well.

Despite all the changes in the date and why it was celebrated, Thanksgiving in Canada is still about being thankful for all the blessings of the past year and being with family.

Joshua and Caleb- Faith When Things Seem Impossible

 

When Israel arrived at the edge of the land promised by God, Moses sent in 12 spies to see what they would be up against. Ten of the spies brought back news of giants and impenetrable walls, but two of them brought back news of great natural beauty and wealth. These two young men were Joshua and Caleb.

Joshua trusted that God would help them take the land. They spent the same 40 years wondering in the wilderness as all the other Israelites. One thing that set Joshua and Caleb apart from the rest was that they had faith that God would bring them back to the land He promised. They were the only two people who left Egypt who were allowed into this great land of promise because they had faith in the God who promised it.

 

Moses- Bible Lesson on Living Out Your Faith

 

Moses was born to a Jewish family in a time when the Egyptian ruler had ordered all male babies born to the Jews to be killed. Moses’ mother was able to effectively hide him for a short time. Eventually she sent him down river in a basket with a prayer that God would protect him. God did and Moses was discovered by the Pharaoh’s daughter.

Moses grew up in a home of royalty even though he was born to a slave. God used the experiences that Moses had to help train him as a leader. One of Moses’ first acts of leadership was to walk away from the royal family and trust God to lead him in his life. God showed Himself faithful to Moses by leading him to a family who taught him about God and his family heritage. Moses met God in a burning bush where He once again lead Moses back to Egypt to lead the Israelites out of captivity.

When the time was right, Moses came back to Egypt and demanded that Pharaoh allow the people of God to go free. Moses stood strong in his faith knowing that God would do a mighty work. As a man broken by God, Pharaoh allowed Moses and his people to flee Egypt. Moses knew that Pharaoh let them go against his will. Moses stood strong as a leader and quickly moved the people of Israel to the land that God promised them. Sadly, though Moses believed God’s promises and trusted Him in faith, he could not convince the Israelites to inhabit the land that God prepared.

Moses shared an intimate relationship with God that was built on faith.