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.

Joseph- Lesson on Faith Through Perseverance

 

As a young boy Joseph was given a couple of dreams by God to let him know that God had big plans for his life. Though Joseph did not know how God would bring it to pass, he trusted the Lord to work.

Joseph was hated by his brothers, thrown down into a pit and sold as a slave. After being bought and given a job he was falsely accused of a crime and sent to prison. He helped out in the prison and was well liked by the warden. He even showed God’s power to a couple of men in prison. One said that he would do what he could to have Joseph released soon. However, it was two more years in prison before Joseph’s kind actions were remembered and rewarded.

God was faithful to Joseph as he was faithful to God. Joseph eventually saw the fulfillment of the dreams God had given him. The story of Joseph in the Bible is one of the longest stories contained in its pages. While there were some difficult times in his life, Joseph’s is a story full of hope and faith.

Abraham- Father of Faith

 

God called Abraham to leave his country and start a new nation. From the family of Abraham God would bless the earth. This ultimately came in the form of Jesus Christ. Abraham could not understand at the time how God would bless the world through him and his family but he trusted God to lead him to where he was supposed to go.

He left his home and family in Ur of the Chaldees (probably in modern Iraq) and traveled to what would become Israel. This new land was also known Canaan at that time.

Based only on the promises of God, Abraham followed as Jehovah led him and his servants. He took his nephew Lot and many other family members and servants. He was a rich man. The decision to pack up everything he owned must have been a difficult one.

Abraham is noted in the Bible for his faith, particularly as it relates to leaving his home in Ur to travel west. He is mentioned in Romans 4 and Hebrews 11 because of the faith it took to follow God’s leading.

Most have forgotten God.

I believe that our country is reaping the terrible harvest of turning her back on the Lord. America has rejected the God that was responsible for making her a great nation. It is now legal to kill little babies in the womb of their mothers. Homosexuality is considered a legitimate lifestyle, while those that seek to promote the godly family are looked on as hateful and narrow-minded. The Bible has been outlawed, and Jesus Christ has been barred from the class rooms of our educational institutions. The Ten Commandments have been declared to be harmful to our children, while paganism and the occult flourish in our land. Many parents in our Country no longer teach their children the fear of the Lord, or take them to church where they can hear the Gospel. It is any wonder that we see so much wickedness in our land these days!

 

 Sin puts a person at odds with his Maker.

The person that walks in disobedience to the Lord is certainly doing himself no favor.

When God is displeased, He will actually raise up enemies to fight against those that rebel against Him.

Only a fool would fight against his Maker.

 

The Lord will bless those that walk in a way that is pleasing to Him.

A person pleases the Lord when he walks according to His Word.

The person that follows the example of Christ is a person that pleases the Lord.

A person pleases the Lord when he walks after the Spirit and not after the flesh.

When a person walks by faith, he walks in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Heb. 11:6.

A person pleases the Lord when he does what he does for the glory of God.

 

God can either slay our enemies or change their hearts.

Laban followed Jacob as an enemy, but was constrained to be at peace with him. Gen. 31:24-29.

Esau had determined to kill his brother Jacob, but the Lord changed his heart. Gen. 27:41; 33:1-4.

While Israel served God, her lands were preserved from invasion. Ex. 34:23-24.

Under the leadership of King Solomon, Israel dwelt in safety because they served and honored the Lord. I Ki. 4:21-25; II Chron. 17:10.

The Lord even converted a furious adversary by the name of Saul of Tarsus. Acts 9:1-6.

Happy is the man whose enemies are tamed like the lions were before Daniel in the den.The Lord will give His people peace when they meet death, which is called the last enemy. I Cor. 15:54-57.

One day the Lord will give His chosen people victory over every opposition. Rev. 3:9-13.

 

We need to pray for our country, because if we do not turn back to God, our Nation is going to falling apart and is under God’s judgment. Those of you that are still living in sin and rebellion need to repent and call upon the Lord for mercy before it is too late! 

The Lord will only bless those that are walking in obedience to Him according to His Word.