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Praying for Friends in “Heavy Gravity”

3 September 2020

Was Gravity “Extra Heavy”?

Dear Friend,

Simple graphic that says, 'Gravity is Extra Heavy today!'I know for certain, because I performed a “random gravity check!”1

I appeal to your imagination: Tell yourself, “This is the August newsletter, and it’s late because of gravity.” Yes, really! I had a bad fall four weeks ago, and the incident reminded me of a story Denise tells about her childhood friend, who, after a bad day of repeatedly dropping things, exclaimed, “Gravity is extra heavy today!” That’s my alibi.

Was anything broken in my fall? Well, yes — my pride, and over three weeks’ worth of meaningful productivity. Besides about eight hours in the emergency room, it has taken me considerable time to get back to normal in terms of daily routine, early-morning writing, our publishing schedule, and so forth. So my quick personal report is: “I fell down, got up, got patched up, and now I’m finally better.” (Oh, and the doctor tells me that there’s no miracle cure for [continue reading…]

Revive Us Again!

William Mackay
(1839-1885)

Will You not Yourself revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?

—Psalm 85:6—

We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.

Chorus:
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light, [continue reading…]

The Name of Jesus Is So Sweet

William C. Martin
(1864-1914)

The name of Jesus is so sweet,
I love its music to repeat;
It makes my joys full and complete,
The precious name of Jesus!

Chorus:
“Jesus,” O how sweet the name!
“Jesus,” ev'ry day the same; [continue reading…]

Loved with Everlasting Love

George Wade Robinson
(1838-1877)

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

— Jeremiah 31:3 nasb


Loved with everlasting love,
Led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above,
Thou hast taught me it is so!
Oh, this full and perfect peace!
Oh, this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease,
I am His, and He is mine;
In a love which cannot cease,
I am His, and He is mine.

Heav’n above is [continue reading…]

My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Ray Palmer
(1808-1887)

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior Divine;
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away;
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine.

May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to [continue reading…]

52 and Through (Again!)

27 July 2020

Text of Jeremiah 15:16 superimposed over an image of someone reading the BibleMake it your steady diet!1

Dear Friend,

One of the rarely mentioned and little appreciated joys of being a follower of Jesus is that we get to celebrate two birthdays every year — one biological and one spiritual, the latter being the day of our New Birth. In salvation terms, I’m coming up on my 52nd birthday on Friday July 31! I give thanks to God for the night of my salvation… and for the promise I made to Him when I was only three hours old in the Lord.

Testimony of My Salvation

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I Am So Glad That Jesus Loves Me

Philip P. Bliss
(1838-1876)

I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n.
Wonderful things in the Bible I see;
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

Chorus:
I am so glad that Jesus loves me, [continue reading…]

Logos & Rhema

Copyright © 20201

by
Percy Gutteridge

Graphic with the words 'logos' and 'rhema'

What is being taught nowadays about the Word of God is of great concern to me. There is so much misunderstanding of what it is. It helps us to understand things better if we know that there are two Greek words for “word” in the New Testament. Let me share them here in a chart.

#1 #2
Greek Word λόγος ῥῆμα
Transliteration2 logos rhēma
Pronunciation lŏ-gŏs hray-mah

As you can see in column #1, the first Greek New Testament word often translated word is logos, which you may know very well. The word in column #2 you may also know, but perhaps not quite [continue reading…]

Fairest Lord Jesus

Anonymous 17th Century German hymn
translated by
Joseph A. Seiss
(1823-1904)

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown!

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the garb [continue reading…]

Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow

Bernhard Severin Ingemann
(1789-1862)
translated by
Sabine Baring-Gould
(1834-1924)

Through the night of doubt and sorrow,
Onward goes the pilgrim band,
Singing songs of expectation,
Marching to the promised land.
Clear before us [continue reading…]

(What We Do) Between Revivals

29 June 2020

Dear Friend,

Photo of Cane Ridge Meeting House signIt’s encouraging to look back on God’s visitations in history as we go about our Kingdom-assigned daily tasks.
(A bit more on Cane Ridge below)1

As the world continues to deal with this far-reaching wake-up call from God which we label “COVID-19,” I find myself walking more quietly in the fear of the Lord (which I consider a good thing), seeking God’s face (as opposed to just “seeking God for something”), thinking about revival, and desiring to be led by the Holy Spirit in order to spend my time in the wisest and most profitable way.

So teach us to number our days
That we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
—Psalm 90:12—

Cold Revival Ground

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My Country, ’Tis of Thee

Samuel Francis Smith
(1808-1895)

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills; [continue reading…]

If Jesus Goes with Me

C. Austin Miles
(1868-1946)

Posted in honor of

Missionary Jim WardMissionary Jim Ward,
the beloved Santiago
of ISPI Guatemala

It may be in the valley, where countless dangers hide,
It may be in the sunshine that I, in peace, abide;
But this one thing I know—if it be dark or fair,
If Jesus is with me, I’ll go anywhere!

Refrain:
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!
’Tis heaven to me, where’er I may be, if He is there!
I count it a privilege here, His cross to bear,
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

It may be I must carry the blessed Word of life
Across the burning deserts to those in sinful strife;
And though it be my lot to bear my colors there,
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

But if [continue reading…]

Come Down, O Love Divine!

Bianco da Siena
(c. 1350 – c. 1434)
translated by
Richard Littledale
(1833-1890)

Come down, O Love divine,
Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn [continue reading…]