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The Spirit Breathes upon the Word

William Cowper
(1731-1800)

The Spirit breathes upon the Word,
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford,
A sanctifying light.

A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic, like the sun:
It gives a light to every age,
It gives, but borrows none.

The Hand that gave it still supplies
The gracious light and heat.
Its truths upon the nations rise;
They rise, but never set.

Let everlasting thanks be Thine
For such a bright display,
As makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heavenly day.

My soul rejoices to pursue
The steps of Him I love,
Till glory breaks upon my view
In brighter worlds above.

 

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Come, O Thou Prophet of the Lord

Charles Wesley
(1707-1788)

Come, O Thou Prophet of the Lord,
Thou great interpreter divine,
Explain Thine own transmitted word;
To teach and to inspire is Thine.
Thou only canst Thyself reveal,
Open the book and loose the seal!

Whate’er the ancient prophets spoke
Concerning [continue reading…]

Inspirer of the Ancients Seers

Charles Wesley
(1707-1788)

Inspirer of the ancient seers,
Who wrote from Thee the sacred page,
The same through all succeeding years;
To us, in our degenerate age,
The spirit of Thy Word impart,
Breathe the life into our heart.

While now Thine oracles we read
With earnest prayer and strong desire,
Oh, let Thy [continue reading…]

Fight the Good Fight

J.S.B. Monsell
(1811-1875)

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right.
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.

Run the straight race through [continue reading…]

The Message of Christmas

John Wright Follette
(1884-1966)

I do not know the depths of mystery
Far hidden in the fact that Christ was born;
God only asks that we by faith receive
The mystery brought forth on Christmas morn.
To fully know would rob us of our faith,
Our hearts demand some food beyond the mind.
So let us feast [continue reading…]

Christmas Reflections

John Wright Follette
(1884-1966)

I love the things eternal
That Christmas time reflects,
Simple things as old as God
That only faith detects —
The Holy Child and manger,
Eternal Love come down
To dwell in human mangers,
And man’s redemption crown.

I love the star still gleaming
Through all the earthborn night,
Still guiding hearts who seek Him —
Of all the world, the Light.
I love the [continue reading…]

The Waiting Prince

John Wright Follette
(1884-1966)

For unto us is born…
…the Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6

The hills are still standing where shepherds were watching
Their flocks ’neath the stars of a heaven hung low,
Where angelic choirs brought music celestial
Whose echoes still reach us though sung long ago.
The shepherds believing the message thus brought them
Made haste to the manger and found resting there
The Word, now [continue reading…]

How Far Is Bethlehem?

John Wright Follette
(1884-1966)

Once again the Christmas season
Finds our hearts in eager quest.
Tired of all the world may offer,
We would find a deeper rest.
Bethlehem, the prophets tell us,
Is the birthplace of God’s Son,
If we find Him and [continue reading…]

Soldiers of Christ, Arise!

Charles Wesley
(1707-1788)

Ephesians 6:10-18

First Part

Soldiers of Christ, arise
And put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies
Through His eternal Son;
Strong in the Lord of hosts,
And in His mighty power;
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts
Is more than conqueror.

Stand then in His great might, [continue reading…]

America, the Beautiful

Katharine Lee Bates
(1859-1929)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And [continue reading…]

When I Saw the Cleansing Fountain (a.k.a. I Will Praise Him)

Margaret J. Harris
(1865-1919)

In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

Zechariah 13:1

When I saw the cleansing fountain
Open wide for all my sin,
I obeyed the Spirit’s wooing,
When He said, “Wilt thou be clean?”

Chorus:
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb [continue reading…]

Face to Face with Christ, My Savior

Carrie E. Breck
(1855-1934)

Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
Face to face—what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ who died for me?

Chorus:
Face to face I shall [continue reading…]

Jesus May Come Today (a.k.a. Is It the Crowning Day?)

Henry Ostrom
(1862-1941)

Jesus may come today,
Glad day, glad day!
And I would see my friend;
Dangers and troubles would end
If Jesus should come today.

Chorus:
Glad day, glad day!
Is it the [continue reading…]

Jesus Is Coming!

Daniel Webster Whittle
(1840-1901)

Jesus is coming! O sing the glad word!
Coming for those He redeemed by His blood,
Coming to reign as the glorified Lord!
Jesus is coming again!

Chorus:
Jesus is coming, is coming again!
Jesus is coming again!
Shout the [continue reading…]