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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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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Louisa Stead
(1850-1917)

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word,
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know “Thus saith the Lord!”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er; [continue reading…]

How Odd! A Birthday at Home…

Big Milestone: I Turn 17 (for the Fourth Time)

28 May 2020

A birthday party in Guatemala in May 2018In Guatemala, the birthday boy gets to help
pass out the cake…
Another birthday celebration in Guatemala, complete with a Mexican hat…but sometimes they make him wear
a small silly hat on his large pointy head!
A fondly remembered special birthday lunch
with Atilio and Gladys Chávez

Dear friend,
This feels… odd. I’m spending today, my birthday, at home. Why is that so strange? Well, usually at this time of year, I’m in Latin America, most frequently Guatemala, and some hermanos wind up singing “Feliz cumpleaños a ti.” I’ve got birthday-party pictures from multiple years to prove it. Just to change things up a bit last year, I spent 20 hours of my birthday flying from Guatemala City, Guatemala to Lima, Perú by way of Atlanta. (Shortest route? Absolutely not! Cheapest? You bet, and we’re all about making donations stretch as far as possible.)

I haven’t traveled now for nearly two and a half months. Am I disappointed? No way! Do I miss the [continue reading…]

El evangelio de la gloria

Derechos de autor © 20201
por
Percy Gutteridge
traducido por
Pastor Jorge L. Watanabe S.
con
Inés María González Valdés

A note to our English-speaking friends (Una nota para amigos que hablan inglés):
This article also appears on our website in English as The Gospel of the Glory. We offer it here for the first time in Spanish, a move we hope is the first “baby step” in launching a Spanish-language Bible-study website: Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Finest of the Wheat).

¿Cuál es el evangelio de la gloria?

Glorious dove image licensed from gracel21/123RF Stock Photo at 123RF.comNadie puede representar la gloria de Dios,
pero se puede experimentar.2

¿Qué es el evangelio de la gloria? Aún no hemos descubierto la gloria de Dios. Y sólo por la revelación de Dios se nos puede dar a conocer. Muchas veces me han exhortado otras personas a predicar el evangelio. Dicen: “Ahora, hagas lo que hagas, predica el evangelio”. Pero hasta ahora nadie me ha dicho qué es realmente el evangelio.

El evangelio no es sólo una simple declaración de que [Sigue leyendo…]

Time from God, Time for God

29 April 2020

Photo of a small boy and girl looking through the window.Being “stuck indoors” could be
a blessing in disguise…1

Image of man laden with household suppliesYes, yes, but what about your spiritual supplies?2

Dear Friend,

Often God’s blessings come in disguise — the disguise of a closed door, financial reverses, the loss of a loved one, the termination of a job, a move away from friends. Usually it’s only in retrospect that we see the Lord’s hand working in us through what transpired. It’s then that we see afresh that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 nasb). That’s one of those verses that is easier to quote “after the fact,” and much easier when someone else is “going through it”!

Do we [continue reading…]