Something to Sing About

 

God is Pleased when His Children Sing Spiritual Songs

By Ron English, Editor
Text: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; –Ephesians 5:19

Here is a simple message, an acrostic from the word SING.  We should lift our voices and sing these four Themes again and again.

Salvation –   We should sing about Salvation. Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”
Philip P. Bliss wrote: “Sing them over again to me, Wonderful words of Life; Let me more of their beauty see, Wonderful words of life. Christ the blessed One, gives to all, wonderful words of life; Sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life.  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.”  Dr. Joe Henry Hankins said, “If you are not saved…nothing else matters.  That, my friend, is one of the most profound statements you are likely to ever hear.
Inspiration– We should sing about our Inspired Bible. II Timothy 3:16,17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.  B. B. McKinney, one of the Southern Baptist’s great songwriters and music evangelists wrote, “I know the Bible was sent from God, The Old, as well as the New; Inspired and holy, the living Word, I know the Bible is true.  I know…I know… I know the Bible is true; …Divinely inspired the whole way thro’, I know the bible is true.”  If you have a Bible, you can know that the very words were breathed out of the mouth of Almighty God.  Hide the Word in your heart…that you might not sin against God.
New Things-We should sing about ALL THINGS are made New.  II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  — William Cowper penned these words in song and blessed thousands, ” There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins; And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains: Lose all their guilty stains, Lose all their guilty stains; and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.  The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day; and there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away:”
Great—We should sing about the Greatness of God. Years ago an old preacher taught us to sing the first two verses of Psalm 48.  “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”  Thomas O. Chisholm wrote these words that branded our hearts with joy and peace: “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassion, they fail not; As thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.  Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy Faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided–Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!”
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A Christmas Message Outline

Christmas was from the Beginning

pix of Ron E 3Bible Study by the Editor, Ron English

I. The Past Problem

Adam lost the perfect standing he held because of his sin. God had given him an explicit warning about disobeying. Genesis 2:15-17

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

II. The Promise  Genesis 3:15
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

“Her seed…”  This is the first reference to the Virgin Birth.  Her seed, not his seed.  Genesis Chapter 3 presents the final outcome of the struggle between good and evil.  God will ultimately win out over The Devil.

III. The Plan – Emanating from the Promise in Genesis 3:15, God will send His Son.

Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4,5

IV. The Purity  Virgin Birth.  Not just a young woman, but a young woman who had never known a man in any intimate way.  Luke 1:26-35,

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said , Hail , thou that art highly favoured , the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be . 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold , thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be , seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Galatians 4:4, says, “God sent forth His Son, made of a woman…”

V. The Purpose  Galatians 4:5, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4,5

The great mystery…the great purpose was for God to buy back, to redeem what Adam lost in the Garden of Eden.  “To redeem them that were under the law…that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Many think that the law started when the Ten Commandments were given to Moses.  However, the law for Sin and Death was given in the earliest of times in the Garden before there had ever been a sin committed.  “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Years ago I attended a revival meeting and the evangelist speaking of Adam and Eve’s disobedience said, “I don’t know why God didn’t just pinch their heads off and start over.”

That seems like a logical question or reasoning on the part of that evangelist, but when you look at the matter more closely you realize that God couldn’t start over.  When God created Adam, He created him perfect.  God could not have started over and made a better Adam.  Impossible.  Do you not think God would have devised a different plan other than one demanding His own Son would have to die?  Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son was the only way that sin could be paid for. John 3:16.

Conclusion: Jude 1:24,25,
24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever . Amen.”

So you see, what we call Christmas…The Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ…really was from the very beginning.   God knew what He would have to do to redeem Adam, the first man.  He would send the Second Adam (the Last Adam, I Corinthians 15:45), His only begotten Son.  His Son would be the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.   Revelation 13:8

Remember the greeting and announcement John the Baptist gave the Lord, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29; Romans 5:12-19

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God is Always With His Children

By Ron English, The Editor

I write these words on Thursday, December 16, 2010.  On this day in 1989, our oldest son, Jim, fell while climbing a mountain in Mexico (The little mountain was called, Lighthouse Hill).  He struck his head on a rock before falling into the ocean.  He was serving in the United States Navy.  On a Sunday night, after returning home from church, two Naval officers were at our door with the sad news.  When I opened the door and saw them standing there, my heart stirred.  I knew this was bad news and it was.   My wife, Brenda, and me, were numb with the pain this news brought to our minds and hearts.

Jim had surrendered his life to be a missionary.  He was anxious for his tour of service to be over in the Navy.  However, His Heavenly Father called him home before that work could begin.  On second thought, Perhaps he had already started that work.  After his death we received letters from various people he had met along his Navy sea routes.  We learned of his dedication and spiritual work he had been doing while serving in the Navy.  He had touched the lives of many and shared his love for Jesus.  We knew Jim was a dedicated Christian,  we didn’t know the depths of that Christian dedication until we heard from those with whom he had shared his faith and devotion. 

Though we know and have full assurance where Jim is today, that does not keep our hearts from aching, nor does it keep us from wondering could we have done more for him and with him while he was with us.  We salute his memory and know that we shall see him again on that other Shore.   There were times I thought, how sad, Jim was all alone on the side of that mountain when his foot slipped and he fell to his death.  I no longer have those thoughts.  I have come to know that he was not alone at all.  God was right there with him.  That thought comforts me and comforts the heart of my dear, sweet wife.

The words of Dr. Adrian Rogers (who, himself, is already in Heaven) touched my heart and caused me to reflect on my son.  I pray Dr. Rogers’ words will be special to you.  Find a way to be a blessing to some special soul today.  If you have sons or daughters make sure you hug them and tell them you love them.  If they are away from home give them a call or send a letter or email.  Don’t let your love go unexpressed.  God bless you.

Jim English

For Thou Art with Me

Devotional thought from the messages of Adrian Rogers

BIBLE MEDITATION:
Psalm 23:4 – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
There’s nothing, my friend, that will bring you more face-to-face with God than going through the dark valleys of life. When you are there, you are going to cling to His garments and hold onto His hand. You won’t stray far from the fold in the dark. Do you believe that He is with you? The ultimate Sovereign is your loving Savior. You will not have to cross Jordan alone. You will not appear before the judgment of a Holy God alone. You are not going to die alone.

ACTION POINT:
What a joyful promise! You are not alone! Write these words on a card and post it in a place where you can see it all the time: “I am not alone. God is with me.”

Have You Heard from God Today?

Adrian Rogers

Listening for His Voice

Devotional thought from the messages of Adrian Rogers
BIBLE MEDITATION:
Proverbs 7:24 – “Hearken unto Me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of My mouth.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
The United States Government doesn’t teach Treasury agents to detect counterfeit bills by having them study fakes. They show these agents real dollars over and over and over until they have the pattern memorized. Then, when a counterfeit is put in front of them, they recognize it instantly because it doesn’t fit the pattern their eyes are looking for. Do you know the voice of the Lord? The only way you can be sure that it is His voice you are hearing is to hear it so often that a stranger’s voice is instantly recognizable. It is far wiser to spend time learning the One True Voice than it is trying to learn to detect a multitude of false voices.

ACTION POINT:
Spend at least 15 minutes today being silent before God and listening for His voice.

Why Doesn’t God Heal All Sicknesses?

Dr. Adrian Rogers says…
Scripture shows that God doesn’t always heal. And He often has a loving purpose in sickness. First, Power comes through suffering and sickness. God told Paul that His strength was “made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Second, productivity comes through suffering and sickness. The world has been blessed over and again through the ministry of those who have suffered(I Cor. 1:6). Third, purity comes through suffering and through sickness. Job experienced this principle. He said, “When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10). And fourth, praise comes through suffering and sickness. Jesus said there was a sickness “not unto death, but for the glory of God” (John 11:4).

Friend, you can glorify God with your health, with your sickness, and even with your death. Isn’t it wonderful that in all things He can have the preeminence?

Why Doesn’t God Heal All?

Text: 2 Corinthians 12

Dr. Adrian Rogers

If the Apostle Paul could stand before you right now, I don’t think he would be nice to look at.  I think you would see a man with very poor eyesight, weak, hunched over, sickly, and scarred.  Paul lived with a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7).  Three times he asked God to take away his thorn.  The Greek actually calls it a “stake” upon which he was impaled.  And Paul had endured this sickness for a long time.

 Like many of God’s choicest saints, Paul lived with chronic illness.  He wasn’t healed of all of his infirmities.  So why didn’t God heal Paul?  Why doesn’t God heal all the sick?

Paul wasn’t weak in the faith.  His life wasn’t full of sin.  He lived in the will of God and walked hand in hand with the Lord.  His illness can’t be blamed on any of those things.  Yet he remained sick.

 Scripture shows that God doesn’t always heal.  And He often has a loving purpose in sickness.  First, Power comes through suffering and sickness.  God told Paul that His strength was “made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).  Second, productivity comes through suffering and sickness.  The world has been blessed over and again through the ministry of those who have suffered(I Cor. 1:6).  Third, purity comes through suffering and through sickness. Job experienced this principle.  He said, “When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10).  And fourth, praise comes through suffering and sickness.  Jesus said there was a sickness “not unto death, but for the glory of God” (John 11:4). 
 
 Friend, you can glorify God with your health, with your sickness, and even with your death.  Isn’t it wonderful that in all things He can have the preeminence?

This message taken from the teachings of Dr. Adrian Rogers and his ministry, Life Worth Finding, www.lfg.org.

A Christmas Story

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die – I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn’t even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the quickie mart building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.

God Uses Regular Folks to Help Others.
This is one of those times.

Merry Christmas

Psalm 55:22 — you really need to read this
‘Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.’

This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician:

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die – I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn’t even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the quickie mart building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.

I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying ‘I don’t want my kids to see me crying! So we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to Californiaand that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, ‘And you were praying?’ That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, ‘He heard you, and He sent me.’

I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald’s and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.

She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn’t have money to pay rent Jan. 1, and finally, in desperation, had called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.

So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there. I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, ‘So, are you like an angel or something?’

This definitely made me cry. I said, ‘Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.’

It was so incredible to be a part of someone else’s miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I’ll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won’t find anything wrong.

Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings…

Psalms 55:22 ‘Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.’

‘Father, I ask You to bless my children, grandchildren, friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.’