Assured of Complete Victory

What can separate us
From the love of God’s own Son?
Can hunger or hardship or danger or death itself
Separate us from His love?

I know that nothing can separate us
From the love of God’s own Son.
Not hunger or hardship or danger or death itself
Can separate us from His love.

We are assured of complete victory
Through the power of Jesus’ love.
Love that is greater than life and death
And greater than all things yet to be.

About This Song:
“Assured of Complete Victory” is based on Romans 8:35-39 and is dedicated to an old friend, Isaac “Iggy” Sahhar. Here’s the Scripture from the NIV:

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I’m the first to admit that the way the Bible puts it–no matter which translation you prefer–is more poetic and less repetitive than my version. But I needed a simpler way to state it and hope I’ve succeeded in staying true to the basic idea.

~*~

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Roger

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His Love Is Eternal

Give thanks to God, for He is so good.
His love is eternal.
His are the mightiest works in the world.
His love is eternal.

Give thanks to God, for He is so good.
His are the mightiest works in the world.

He alone made the earth and the sky.
His love is eternal.
His sun rules the day, and His moon rules the night.
His love is eternal.

He alone made the earth and the sky.
His sun rules the day, and His moon rules the night.

He provides food for all living things.
His love is eternal.
God knows we’re weak, but He gives us strength.
His love is eternal.

He provides food for all living things.
God knows we’re weak, but He gives us strength.

Give thanks to God, for He is so good.
His love is eternal.
His love is eternal.
His love is eternal.

About This Song:
This song comes from various portions of Psalm 136. If you want to add more stanzas, there are plenty of ideas left there to choose from.

One thing that interests me about this Psalm is the way it echoes “His love is eternal” (the phrase differs from translation to translation, of course) after each good thing the Psalmist attributes to God.

One thing I often do before I go to sleep is to try to think about some of the things God has created. But His creations are beyond my knowledge and my ability to count. The old hymn says, “Count your many blessings. Name them one by one.” That’s another of those things I can’t begin to do adequately.

I’m just thankful God is Who He is and loves me enough to make me His child through faith in Jesus Christ. I can’t begin to comprehend that, either, but what a wonderful thing to think about and dwell on.

~*~

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Roger

 

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The Manager of Our Marriage

We’re asking you, Lord,
To be a partner in our marriage;
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the one whose will comes first.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the Love and the Truth
That keep us on your Way.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the partner in control.

Be the manager of our marriage, Lord;
Be the manager of our home.
Be the manager of our words and deeds;
Our life belongs to You alone.

We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the one who blends our separate styles;
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the guardian of our hearts.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the reason for each
Decision that we make.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the partner in control.

Be the manager of our marriage, Lord;
Be the manager of our home.
Be the manager of our words and deeds;
Our life belongs to You alone.

We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the trustee of what we call ours.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the keeper of our time.
We’re asking you, Lord,
That you create in us dreams
And values that will last.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the partner in control.

Be the manager of our marriage, Lord;
Be the manager of our home.
Be the manager of our words and deeds;
Our life belongs to You alone.

About This Song:
My wife and I had both been married before. But we knew we’d found in one another what we’d lacked in our previous marriages.

We didn’t enter into re-marriage lightly, however. We knew that even though a Christian man needs to be the head of his household, the real head should be God. That’s the only way a man can do his part properly. Or a woman her part.

I wrote this song to use as our wedding song.

We actually enjoyed having two weddings. One in jeans and denim shirts on a Wednesday night during what was normally the prayer service time. (That was the legal one.) The other later that month in a Methodist church in Arkansas–we dressed up for that one–so Kathleen’s family could be present–along with our girls.

We sang this song together both times to an accompaniment I recorded.

If you’re planning on getting married–or if you’re already married–I invite you to consider these lyrics seriously. And to determine who’s in charge of your marriage. Who’s really in charge. And who you want to be.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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Wherever There Is Need

Wherever there is need,
That’s where I must go,
With feet that move in Jesus’ name
So the love of God will show.

Wherever there are problems,
That’s where I must be,
With hands that work in Jesus’ name
So God’s love will show through me.

Wherever there are problems,
Where there is need,
As the hands and feet of Jesus Christ,
Let me go as God’s love leads.
Let me do as God’s love leads.
Let me serve as God’s love leads.

About This Song:
I wrote this song for the men of the First Baptist Church of Easton, Maryland.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 reminds us that the Church–the Body of Christ–is made up of many people performing many different roles, each of which is necessary and important.

I don’t consider myself very multi-talented. There are many roles at church I’m not qualified to fill. But I can care and pray about people’s needs.

And, yes, some of those needs are things I can actually help to meet. On a daily basis, I pray for God to lead me to be a blessing to somebody else. To be Jesus’s hands and feet as I go about my daily walk.

To provide that “cup of cold water” Jesus talked about in Mark 9:41:
And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of My name,[a] since you belong to the Messiah—I assure you: He will never lose his reward.
(HCSB)

Have you had an opportunity to be Jesus’ hands and feet today? How about leaving a comment?

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

 

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I Can’t Count Them!

In the ocean,
I wonder how many schools of fish there are.
I can’t count them.
In the forest,
I wonder how many different trees there are.
I can’t count them.
In the meadow,
I wonder how many blades of grass there are.
I can’t count them.
In the graveyard,
I wonder how many have died without the Lord.

I can’t count them! I can’t count them.
The numbers are too great.
I can’t count them! I can’t count them.
But Jesus knew and loved each one.

In the desert,
I wonder how many grains of sand there are.
I can’t count them.
In a blizzard,
I wonder how many flakes of snow there are.
I can’t count them.
In the night sky,
I wonder how many flecks of light there are.
I can’t count them.
All around me,
I wonder how many will die without the Lord!

I can’t count them! I can’t count them!
The numbers are too great!
I can’t count them! I can’t count them!
But Jesus knows and loves each one.

About This Song:
When I was still working as a web programmer at the International Mission Board, one of my assignments was to program a “pop clock.” This wasn’t the kind of clock that tells time, but constantly shows updates of the world population increase, the number of people hearing and believing the gospel, the number of people hearing and not believing the gospel, and people not having an adequate opportunity to hear the gospel–both today and year-to-date. If you want to see it (this version has changed a bit from what I originally did), go to this page.

I worked closely with several of the folks at the IMB who dealt with missions-related statistics. They had numbers for everything!

But those numbers didn’t mean as much to me. I can’t conceive of numerous thousands of people, much less millions and billions.

That doesn’t make the facts any less true, however. In spite of the growth of Christianity, Christians aren’t sharing the gospel fast enough with a lost world.

If you’re a Christian, are you sharing your faith with the people around you–or are you hiding it?

And–if you’re not a Christian–won’t you turn to God today, confess and repent of your sins, and accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord? You’re more than a statistic to God. He loves you more than you can possibly imagine.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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I Don’t Show that I Trust Him

I know that this is a chair;
I believe that it can hold me.
But till I put my weight on it,
I don’t show that I trust it.

I know that this is a plane;
I believe that it can fly me.
But till I board to go some place,
I don’t show that I trust it.

I know that this is a pill;
I believe that it can cure me.
But till I put it in my mouth,
I don’t show that I trust it.

I know that this is a map;
I believe that it can guide me.
But till I plan a trip with it,
I don’t show that I trust it.

I know that this is God’s Word;
I believe that it can fill me.
But till I read and feed on it,
I don’t show that I trust it.

I know that Christ is God’s Son.
I believe that He can save me.
But till I let Him live in me,
I don’t show that I trust Him.
Till I let Him live in me,
I don’t show that I trust Him.

About This Song:
Most people are familiar with the old story about the tightrope walker preparing to walk across Niagara Falls. He asked, “How many people believe I can make it all the way across?” Everyone in the crowd raised their hands.

“And,” he added, “who’s willing to ride on my back?”

No takers.

Hmm. And why not? Not one among those hundreds of people who said they believed this guy could make it across Niagara on a tightrope actually had enough faith to put their lives in his hands.

Aren’t we like that at times, too? We say we believe God is able to do anything and everything. We believe He wants to provide for us and take care of us.

But when something is going wrong, how often do we rely on ourselves when we should be relying on God?

Unless we put our faith into practice, it’s useless.

What about you? Do you simply believe God is Who He says He is–even the Devil believes that–or are you willing to place your life totally in His hands? How about leaving a comment?

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

 

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Why Spend Money on Food?

Why spend money on food
That does not satisfy?
Why buy groceries
That don’t even give you strength?
If you’re hungry inside
For something that will fill,
Come eat from
The Living Bread of God.
It’s free!

About This Song:
You might not recognize these lyrics as Scripture, but they are–as put in my own words, that is.

Isaiah 55:2 says,
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
(NIV)

Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
(NKJV)

Why spend money on what does not satisfy?
    Why spend your wages and still be hungry?
Listen to me and do what I say,
    and you will enjoy the best food of all.
(GNV)

Why do ye weigh money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which is not for satiety? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat good, And your soul doth delight itself in fatness.
(YLT)

Although Isaiah speaks specifically about food, his meaning goes far beyond that. He’s talking about the search for satisfaction.

Not everything people indulge in to seek satisfaction is bad in and of itself. Eating in moderation for fun, for example, is fine. But it’s not truly satisfying, and if we overeat in our quest for satisfaction, all we’ll get is fat.

So why do we spend money on food–or anything else–that doesn’t satisfy?

Instead, why not invest our time and resources in things that will satisfy us?  Feeding the poor, going on volunteer mission trips to spread God’s Good News, and helping fellow believers who’re going through a hard time are just three of the endless possibilities that come to mind.

The satisfaction gained by doing things like those is eternal. It allows us to store up treasures in heaven.

How about sharing a comment?

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

 

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