Sunday, 31 May 2015

Songs for Worship #22


Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.

Now I'm following the weeks of Why We Worship from last year and sharing a song which I feel links in with that week's attribute.





I hope you will follow along with me.



                         Looking today at 



God is Truth









Everlasting


From everlasting, to everlasting
You are God
(repeat)

Through culture's shifting sands
In holiness You stand secure
And as the nations rise and fall

Unchanged by all the vanities of man
Your sovereignty remains
In faithfulness your love extends

You are, You are,
You are the One True God

Through times of turbulence
In songs of grateful praise

Adopting those who call upon your name
And every generation joins
You are, You are,

You are the One True God








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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Christian Songs for Kids - Jesus' Love is Very Wonderful


Do you find it hard to get visuals and recordings for different kids songs?






I have always found this a problem so I am now sharing songs that I have used with children providing you with



Visuals 
(Powerpoint or Picture or details of how you can make one) 


Words   
(chords also available)


Recording  
(mp3 or video to learn the song) 


Then if you would like to download the visual of the song there will be a link provided to my creation, or I will direct you to where else you can find it.   



This month I am taking the theme of



The Love of Jesus



The song I have chosen is 



Jesus' Love is Very Wonderful


I think this is another song that I first learnt through Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) which means I have been singing this one for around 40 years.

Kids love to do the actions for this one as it involves clapping and big arm movements.
Another thing we like to do is sing it a few times and then on the last time really speed it up.

Another great teaching tool for explaining to the children that there is nothing that cannot be encompassed by the love of Jesus.




POWERPOINT








To Download a copy of this Powerpoint slide presentation for projecting    
CLICK HERE for (4:3)
CLICK HERE for (16:9)


To Download a copy of this visual for printing on A4 Card    
CLICK HERE for (A4)




WORDS


JESUS' LOVE IS VERY WONDERFUL

Jesus' Love is very wonderful
Jesus' Love is very wonderful
Jesus' Love is very wonderful
Oh Wonderful Love

It's so high you can't get over it
So low you can't get under it
So wide you can't get round it
Oh Wonderful Love



To Download a copy of these words with chords for guitar and piano 
CLICK HERE








ACTIONS

Jesus' love is very wonderful -  clapping in time to the music
Oh Wonderful Love   -  clapping in time to the music

It's so high you can't get over it  -  Point up repeatedly in time to the music with both hands, arms raised high
So low you can't get under it  -  Reach down and use an underneath motion with both hands repeatedly in time to the music
So wide you can't get around it   -  Swing arms out wide repeatedly in time to the music (making sure that the children are apart enough not to hit each other)
Oh Wonderful Love   -  clapping in time to the music




RECORDING







Notes:

I believe the Words are by H. W. Rattle but the composer is unknown.

It is copyrighted by Scripture Union
More information can be found HERE




I Hope you enjoy the song and this is a help to you.




Previous Songs:   

Creation  -    Who Made?
Easter  -    He's Alive
Prayer  -    Whisper a Prayer
Bible  -    I will Make you Fishers of Men
Love of Jesus  -    Jesus Loves the Little Children


(Click on the names of the songs above to view them)





Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The How of Mercy - A Dose of Encouragement


Having looked at various aspects of God's Mercy this month including
What is Mercy?  
When can I receive Mercy?  
The Where, Why & Who of Mercy

 plus

Not focusing on our guilt because of His Mercy in You're Not guilty Anymore last month

we have now come to the last blog post on Mercy which I hope will make us sit up and pay attention because although we do not earn God's Mercy we do need to do something

              we need to receive it.





Yes we have a choice we can receive it wholeheartedly and believe what God has said or we can never get out of our guilt and remain in a state where we never fully rejoice in His great love for us.




How Do We Obtain this Mercy?

By the Grace of God through Jesus.

Mercy is extended freely to us and even if we don't comprehend how God would ever desire to be so good to us we need to receive this offering.

But

Sometimes
     We don't even recognize His Mercy

Sometimes
     We don't even realize we need His Mercy


Yes
God gives His Mercy but we need to accept it.

That is okay at Salvation - we completely get it then and are so thankful for it then.


But we also need to accept it throughout our Christian walk.


Yes even though we know He is merciful we don’t really take it in properly that He is always merciful to us and we don’t think we can have this beautiful thing He is offering so we don’t accept it and we stay in a state of not forgiving ourselves and feeling unworthy to do anything for Him
.






1.     We must truly believe He is Merciful.

        None of the

  •         He can't really like the way I still can be?
  •         He couldn't possibly use me for His Glory? 
        Let me tell you He is still merciful even if you have been saved 40 years.



2.     We must not listen to the devil.

        None of the

  •         You can't be forgiven yet again.
  •         You can't believe God has the patience for you


3.     We must listen to the Holy Spirit.
     
                 Condemnation comes from the devil but encouragement comes from the Holy Spirit


4.     We must read and believe the Bible.
     
                 This will help us to see the examples of His Mercy and understand it better.


5.     We must know that we are special to God.
     
                 You must accept it even if you find it hard to understand - You are special to God.


6.     If you believe He wants to save you; you also have to believe He wants to show His Mercy to you.


Mercy is God's but it is also Ours.
We must allow God to show His Mercy.
We must accept His Mercy to live the life He means us to live.
The life where we are not condemned or unworthy to work for Him.
The life that is under His hand and not under the devil's.
The life that can then also extend Mercy to others.




How Should We Show God's Mercy?

By allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.


Remember the Beattitudes

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." 

Being merciful means to show kindness to everyone and to forgive those who do things that may hurt you. It is realizing that everyone makes mistakes.





One of the great examples to us of mercy in the Bible comes from John 8 v 1-11 
  
 1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 (KJV)  from BibleGateway.com



Mercy doesn't focus on a person but on a person's need.



Mercy is active compassion to someone in need

mercy banishes revenge

mercy keeps us grounded

it imitates God but disappoints satan

Mercy says "not my will but thine be done"

We do not know better than God

so accept one another as God accepted you.


If we focus on the person we will tend to fall back into the "deserve or earn" way of thinking




REMEMBER

God loves us so much with His great love   (Ephesians 2 v 4)





that He is rich in mercy which means   (Psalm 100 v 5)






























He has so much mercy for us that He will never run out of it

And this was not just said for the people at the time it was written because it clearly states here that it is everlasting

so rejoice because it means He is still rich in Mercy TODAY toward US.





How can we not be thankful that our God is so generous in 
His Mercy.



The Other Blog Posts in this mini Mercy Series are:
What is Mercy
When Can I Receive Mercy?
Where, Why, Who of Mercy





Sunday, 24 May 2015

Songs for Worship #21


Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.

Now I'm following the weeks of Why We Worship from last year and sharing a song which I feel links in with that week's attribute.





I hope you will follow along with me.



                         Looking today at 



God is Self-Sufficient







God doesn't need anyone or anything  -  He can do all things!


God doesn't NEED us - He WANTS us!

I am so thankful for that.






God is Able


God is able

He will never fail

He is almighty God

Greater than all we seek

Greater than all we ask
He has done great things



CHORUS:



Lifted up

Defeated the grave

Raised to life

Our God is able
In His name we overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able



VERSE 2:



God is with us

God is on our side

He will make a way

Far above all we know
Far above all we hope
He has done great things



CHORUS:



Lifted up

Defeated the grave

Raised to life

Our God is able
In His name we overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able



BRIDGE:



God is with us

He will go before

He will never leave us

He will never leave us
God is for us
He has open arms
He will never fail us
He will never fail us



CHORUS:



Lifted up

Defeated the grave

Raised to life

Our God is able
In His name we overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able
For the Lord
Our God is able
For the Lord
Our God is able 









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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Where, Why, Who of Mercy? - A Dose of Encouragement 73


Each Wednesday this month I am looking at the topic of Mercy.


Last week I considered the question When Can I Receive Mercy?


The week before I started this short series with the question What is Mercy?



Today I would like to consider where, why and how God's Mercy is shown upon us.






Where:


A   Where Does It Come From?


Mercy comes straight from the Heart of God which is full of Love.


Not from our actions for us to be worthy of it.
Not through the church.
Not from the Bible.


But straight from the Heart of our Loving Heavenly Father and Jesus our loving Saviour and the Holy Spirit who guides us.







B   Where Can We Receive This Mercy?


Anywhere!

The same as at any time.



We do not need to be in church.

We do not even need to be in prayer.

We do not need to set up special circumstances.

It is available anywhere we need it.

How wonderful is that?

How Encouraging is that?

How can we not be thankful that our God is so present and considerate in our lives.






Why:

There really can only be one reason why God extends Mercy to us all.


Because it is part of the Character of God.





Because He made us and He is both Loving and Just.

Because He wants to be the giver of Mercy.





Who:


We need to think about the Who behind the Mercy.


In this blog post we have already mentioned the Loving Heart of God which is the source of this Mercy.





In the previous post we talked before about how The Saved as well as the Unsaved receive God's Mercy.

Because God’s mercy is not just for Salvation.

God’s mercy is for all (anywhere, anytime)

Our Gracious, loving God who is the giver of Mercy is the one who decides all about the mercy we receive.  We do not have any say in how this mercy is given, or why it is extended to us.


God is in control of everything to do with His Mercy


But at this stage YOU need to consider just 

who YOU are. 



Are you a sinner who is receiving God's Mercy as He draws you in to recognise His great love for you?


Do you need to seek His forgiveness for your sin and accept His Salvation through His Son Jesus?

If the answer here is Yes, then you are at the point where have an ideal opportunity to accept the greatest act of Mercy and bow to the acknowledgement of Christ as your Saviour.



Or are you a Christian who is receiving God's Mercy as He lifts you up and holds you in His hand no matter what has just happened in your life?


Christian Let's consider


WHO you are!

and

Who you are Not!


As the Redeemed of the Lord



You are not:




Guilty

Broken

Crushed

Filthy

Condemned

Worthless

Captive




These are just the things the devil wants you to believe you are.


Photo Credit:  Bigstock



You are:



Faultless

Loved

Holy

Righteous by the righteousness of Jesus

Pardoned by God

Forgiven

Cleansed

Blameless

Redeemed

Spotless

Whole.




And most of all:


"You are Mine" says the Lord






The Other Blog Posts in this mini Mercy Series are:
What is Mercy
When Can I Receive Mercy?
The How of Mercy




Sunday, 17 May 2015

Songs for Worship #20


Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.

Now I'm following the weeks of Why We Worship from last year and sharing a song which I feel links in with that week's attribute.





I hope you will follow along with me.




                         Looking today at 



God is Perfect








Overcome


Seated above, enthroned in the Father's love
Destined to die, poured out for all mankind
God's only Son, perfect and spotless one
He never sinned but suffered as if He did


All authority
Every victory is Yours
All authority
Every victory is Yours



Savior, worthy of honor and glory
Worthy of all our praise, You overcame
Jesus, awesome in power forever
Awesome and great is Your name, You overcame



Power in hand speaking the Father's plan
You're sending us out, light in this broken land



We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony, everyone overcome








If you would like to see the post from last year that this is based on please click on the graphic below