Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday Reflections

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is becoming. Psalms 147:1
What a special Sunday of “good ‘ol Gospel Music!”  There was foot stompin’, hand clappin’ and even a couple of loud “Glory” shouts as our “Gospel Band” led us in singing some old songs of hope, heaven and victory!  And then to return that evening for the incredible gospel concert led by Crimson River...well, let’s just say it was special!

It’s hard to find any more timeless songs than “I’ll Fly Away,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Power in the Blood.”  Watching the various age groups in the congregation, it was evident everyone was energized by the music.  Thanks to Lance Gibson for his assistance and creativity in giving us a “down home” feel to Sunday’s services.

Sunday night was another blessing!  The musicians were really talented but the spirit was incredible!  We are so blessed to have Crimson River based out of our fellowship.  The real blessing is in knowing that these guys (and, was that a girl I saw?) all love the Lord and sing from their spirit!  Rebekah Cook certainly added a special touch to “O The Blood of Jesus.”  Speaking of which...

Have you ever noticed how many gospel songs are about the precious blood of Jesus?  You may not be aware, but it is not “politically correct” to speak of the brutal and merciless crucifixion along with the spilling of Christ’s sacrificial blood.  It seems talk of the blood is offensive and “turns people off.”  But, for a believer, there is no sweeter song that touches our spirit than a song about the life-giving blood of Jesus.  Some tend to forget, “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22 

O The Blood of Jesus
O The Blood, Crimson Love

Price of Life’s DemandShameful Sin, Placed on Him
The Hope of Every Man
The last lines of the chorus say:
What a sacrifice that saved my life, 
Yes, the blood it is my victory".

Powerful lines...especially the last...yes, the blood it is my victory.  The words of this song move believers to tears.  His blood spilled for me was crimson love; love that constrained Him to give His life for me!  This love poured out of His body.  He gladly accepts our shame and guilt.  He is our every hope because, in spite of our sin, in spite of our selves, He will bring us salvation.   The last verse of the song says That in my sin Yes, even then, He shed His blood for me.  What sweet, soothing words to a worn out spirit.  

Cancer Awareness Sunday was truly a special time as well.  The compassion and ministry to those in our fellowship who are dealing with cancer either personally or in their family is remarkable.  Our Cancer CARE Group is a marvelous resource for individuals from diagnosis through treatment.  As each group stood, it was overwhelming to see how many are impacted by this disease.  I am so grateful to all of those who take the time to look beyond their own needs to the needs of others!

My prayer for you today...
Father, as these my spiritual family go about this week, I pray that You will be gracious to them.  May their families have times of sweet harmony and may you bless them as they minister wherever you may place them.  May Your love and mercy emanate from their spirits into the lives of others.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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