Tuesday, 14 July 2015

William Cowper's Blood Fountain (Part II)

The dying thief rejoiced to see
that fountain in his day;
and there have I, though vile as he,
washed all my sins away.

We continue our exploration of William's Cowper's 'Blood Fountain' with a look at this second verse. This is an unexpected turn. It appears that far from being a place of sorrow, the fountain is in fact a place of joy. Those who come to the blood fountain are not expected to leave as they came, they leave rejoicing because the blood from Immanuel's veins flows with new life!

Friday, 10 July 2015

An Empty Page

I am nothing without you
I am not ashamed to say
But sometimes still I doubt you along my way
I am nothing without you
An eagle with no wings
If I forget about you, I lose everything
My heart is an empty stage
O let your play begin
My life is an empty page for you to colour me with your love

It’s such a common feeling to be misunderstood
But from you there’s no concealing
You know my bad and good
So I am not pretending my story never fails
But I have already read the ending
And your love prevails
My heart is an empty stage
Let your play begin
My life is an empty page for you to colour me with your love

The words are from Jonathan Veira’s song Empty Page one of the tracks off ‘Rhythms of the Heart’ album. I like his music, especially this song. Sadly, I couldn’t find the lyrics online, so I had to write them down word for word. I have had this song for many years and it has always spoken me at many levels. It has often driven me to tears of joy when I listen to it. I think it resonates with me because the song brings to the fore two crucial realities.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

One Minute Lessons (Lesson 22)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

(2 Corinthians 5:21)

Lesson:

I am completely righteous in Jesus Christ whether Satan likes it or not. Not just righteous but the very righteousness of God! Not merely just an exchange of his righteousness for my sinfulness but completely transformed.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

One Minute Lesson (Lesson 21)

Job responds to Zophar :
Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for him?  
Will you show him partiality? Will you argue the case for God?  
Would it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal?  
He would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality.  
(Job 13:7-10 NIV)
Lesson:

A poor defence of God is a sin.

One Minute Lesson (Lesson 20)

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:10 )

Lesson:

God is the ultimate life support!