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“Channels Only”

27 September 2020

Channels to Latin America

How I praise Thee, precious Savior,
That Thy love laid hold of me!
Thou hast saved and cleansed and filled me
That I might Thy channel be.
Chorus:
Channels only, blessèd Master,
But with all Thy wondrous power
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
Every day and every hour.

Dear Friend,

Graphic showing the opening lines of the chorus of the hymn 'Channels Only'It’s not just a song; it’s an evangelistic lifestyle!1

Praise God for His wonderful supply! This month He presented us with an unexpected opportunity to send COVID-19 relief funds to five Latin American countries. A few of you became “channels of blessing” to make this possible. My heart has been singing Mary Maxwell’s lovely hymn Channels Only all month. “Channels” is a song Denise and I have come to sing together when we prepare to minister at a certain location here in [continue reading…]

With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring

Will­iam Brad­bu­ry
(1816-1868)

With grateful heart my thanks I bring,
Before the great Thy praise I sing.
I worship in Thy holy place
And praise Thee for Thy truth and grace,
For truth and grace together shine
In Thy most holy Word divine,
In Thy most holy Word divine.

I cried to Thee and Thou didst save;
Thy word of grace new courage gave.
The kings of earth [continue reading…]

The Year Is Swiftly Waning

William How
(1823-1897)


The year is swiftly waning,
The summer days are past;
And life, brief life, is speeding—
The end is nearing fast.

The ever changing seasons
In silence come and go;
But Thou, eternal Father, [continue reading…]

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Joachim Neander
(1640-1680)
original hymn name: “Lobe den Herren”
translated by
Catherine Winkworth (vv. 1-3,9)
(1827-1878)
James Taft Hatfield (vv. 6-8)
(1862-1945)
Anonymous (vv. 4-5)

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy Health and Salvation.
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so [continue reading…]

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Henry F. Lyte
(1793-1847)


Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven—
Who like thee His praise should sing?
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise the [continue reading…]

Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know

Lela Long
(1896-1951)

There have been names that I have loved to hear,
But never has there been a name so dear
To this heart of mine, as the name divine,
The precious, precious name of Jesus.

Chorus:
Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And He’s just the same as His lovely name,
And that’s the reason [continue reading…]

Ode to the Titles of Christ

Charles Wesley
(1707-1788)

Arise, my soul, arise
Thy Savior’s sacrifice!
All the names that love could find,
All the forms that love could take
Jesus in Himself has joined,
Thee, my soul, His own to make.

Equal with God, most high,
He laid His glory by: [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…]

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…]

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

[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…]