Pastor's Heart

A blog of Lone Hill Church and Dr. Ray Stamps.

In the Garden - Hymn

- Verse One -
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Song of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.
 
 - Verse Two -
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.
 
 - Verse Three - 
I’d stay in the garden with Him
Through the night a round me be falling;
But He bids me go, through the voice of woe;
His voice to me is calling.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.

 

In The Garden - Charles Austen Miles, 1912

 

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And Can It Be? - Hymn

- Verse One -
And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain!
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God,
Shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God,
Shouldst die for me?

- Verse Two -
He left His Father's throne above, so free, so infinite His grace.
Emptied Himself of all but love, and bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

- Verse Three -
Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quick'ning ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Verse Four -
No condemnation now I dread, Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine.
Bold I approach the eternal throne, and claim the crown,
Through Christ, my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne, and claim the crown,
Through Christ, my own.

 

And Can It Be? - Charles Wesley, 1739

 

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Courage

v. Courage
* But the people...took courage (Judges 20:22)
* "...Your servant has found courage" (2 Sam. 7:27)
* "But you, take courage!"....he took courage... (2 Chr. 15:8)
* "Let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!" (Ps. 27:14)
* The Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage...." (Acts 23:11)
* ...Paul thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:15)

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For You Are With Me - Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me - Psalm 23:4

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We Hold These Truths - Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed —

 Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

 

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My Cup Overflows - Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. – Psalm 23:5

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Higher Ground - Hymn

Verse One - I’m pressing on the upward way,
new heights I’m gaining ev’ry day;
still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
by faith, on heaven's tableland,
a higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

 

Verse Two - My heart has no desire to stay,
where doubts arise and fears dismay;
though some may dwell
where these abound,
my prayer, my aim is higher ground.
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
by faith, on heaven's tableland,
a higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

 

Verse Three - I want to live above the world,
though Satan's darts at me are hurled;
for faith has caught the joyful sound,
the song of saints on higher ground.
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
by faith, on heaven's tableland,
a higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

 

Verse Four - I want to scale the utmost height
and catch a gleam of glory bright;
but still I'll pray till heav'n I've found,
"Lord, lead me on to higher ground."
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
by faith, on heaven's tableland,
a higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

 

Higher Ground - by Johnson Oatmans, Jr.

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Father's Day - Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Day by Day - Hymn

- Verse One -
Day by day and with each passing moment,
strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
gives unto each day what He deems best—
lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
mingling toil with peace and rest.

- Verse Two -
Ev’ry day the Lord Himself is near me
with a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As your days, your strength shall be in measure,”
this the pledge to me He made.

- Verse Three -
Help me then in ev’ry tribulation
so to trust Your promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
offered me within Your holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
e’re to take, as from the father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
till I reach the promised land.

Day By Day - Carolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg, 1865

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Anger - Ephesians 4:25-27

…Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor. For we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. - Ephesians 4:25-27

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Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day!
“Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. - Proverbs 31:29-30

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Christ Is Risen!

Christ is risen!

“...you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen as He said.” - Matthew 28:5-6

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Good Friday

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
The Original Good Friday

 

And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last… And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”

 

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
-Mark 15:34, 37, 39; Romans 5:8-

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Blessed is the King - Luke 19:8

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” - Luke 19:8

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Prayers - Adoniram Judson

“Our prayers run along one road and God’s answers by another, and by and by they meet.” - Adoniram Judson

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No Success Without Sacrifice - Adoniram Judson

“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has sacrificed before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after.” - Adoniram Judson

 

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My Peace I Give to You - John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” - John 14:27

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God Is Love - Dr. Ray Stamps

“God is love. It is a love which bulges with so much expression that it cannot be expressed in a single word. It takes a paragraph, or better it takes a book, or better still it takes the dramatic scene and message of the cross.” - Dr. Ray D. Stamps

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His Handiwork - Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. - Psalm 19:1

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