Worship Wednesday – “Truth I’m Standing On”

On August 5, 2020, I received an email from a friend of mine, Jess Kerley, that simply said, “Hey Jason, this is an amazing song”! The song he was referring to is “Truth I’m Standing On” by Leanna Crawford.

Fast forward 5 months and this same song started off Jess’ funeral. You see Jess had been fighting cancer for almost a year. He told me that this song meant so much to him and said that he loved the words to the chorus. Those words goes like this…

This is the truth I’m standing on
Even when all my strength is gone
You are faithful forever
And I know You’ll never let me fall

Right now I’m choosing to believe
Someday soon I’ll look back and see
All the pain had a purpose
Your plan was perfect all along
This is the truth I’m standing on

Jess’ “someday” came sooner than any of us wanted. Jess’ strength was gone but his faith in his Savior was not deterred. He found out the reason for his pain and that God’s plan was and is “perfect all along”.

Verse two of this song says these words:

Good, I believe You’re still good
Even when life’s not good
I will not loose this hope

The God who parts the sea
Promises He’s gonna
Make a way for me

Jess held onto these words tightly. You see, Jess knew where his hope came from. Jess knew that this hope could not come from any man but from the One who paid the price for his sins and gave himself as a sacrifice. Jess knew that one day he would see his Savior face to face. This was Jess’ hope and this was the truth that Jess was standing on!

Jess, I love you and I miss you. I know you are healed and I know your cancer is no more. For this I rejoice! Because Jesus is also my hope, one day my friend, I will see you again. Until that day…

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song!

A Christian’s Goal for 2021

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I am not, nor have I ever been, someone who sets New Year resolutions. Resolutions really just fade away quickly, much like the difference between gym attendance in January & February.

I am one that does enjoy setting goals for myself. Goals help to keep me focused on what is important and what is not. Setting goals allow you to strive for something.

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”

Walt Disney

We have all strived to set goals for ourselves at some point in our lives. We have said we would like to get more active; or we would like to lose some weight. We want to read more, eat healthy, spend more time with family. We all have good intentions, but do we follow through with those intentions? That is the question!

In this post, I want to help challenge you, if you are a Christian, to set some goals for yourself. Let’s be men & women of the Bible. Robby Gallaty has always said, “Let’s get into God’s Word, until God’s Word gets into us”! YES, YES, YES!!!!!

The following are 6 goals that I believe every Christian should strive for in 2021 (and beyond).

  • Hearing The Word – Jeremiah 3:15

“‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

  • Reading The Word – Deuteronomy 17:19

And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them…

  • Study The Word – Proverbs 2:1-5

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

  • Memorizing The Word – Psalms 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you.

  • Meditating On The Word – Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

  • Be Doers Of The Word – James 1:22

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves

These are six goals that every Christian should try to make for themselves in 2021. They are worth the time and energy to achieve. As Walt Disney said, “With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding.”

Christians, let’s be people of the Word. And in getting into the Word, I believe that we will find something that is even more rewarding – Jesus himself! He is the one who is the sustainer of life, our rock, our refuge and our strength. Does it not make sense to spend time with Him each day?

Worship Wednesday – “Ancient Of Days”

Our first Worship Wednesday for 2021 begins with a song that I absolutely love. The melody is easy to sing and the words are incredible. It is also a wonderful reminder to all of us of who is in control of everything. The name of the song is “Ancient of Days”. No, not that “Ancient of Days”, but a new song from CityAlight with the same name.

The chorus goes:

None above Him, none before Him
All of time in His hands
For His throne it shall remain and ever stand
All the power, all the glory
I will trust in His name
For my God is, the Ancient of Days

A look into the book of Daniel 7 gives us the reference of Ancient of Days. The following information is given from my ESV Study Bible…

The Ancient of Days, God himself, sat on the central throne. His clothing was white as snow, representing uncompromising and radiant purity; his hair was as white as pure wool, symbolizing the wisdom that comes with great age. His chariot-throne was flaming with fire and its wheels were ablaze, images of the divine warrior’s fearsome power to destroy his enemy. A stream of fire flowed out from before him, and he was surrounded by myriads upon myriads of angelic attendants. (referencing Daniel 7:9-12)

The scene depicts in powerful imagery a judge who has the wisdom to sort out right from wrong, the purity to persistently choose the right, and the power to enforce his judgements.

With all of the craziness that is happening in the world right now, this song gives us a great reminder that no matter what happens, God is still sovereign and in control!

Verse 1 says:

Though the nations rage
Kingdoms rise and fall
There is still one King
Reigning over all
So I will not fear for this truth remains:
That my God is the Ancient of Days

I hope you enjoy “Ancient of Days” by CityAlight.

Remember, we are fighting a spiritual war. — Christianity Matters

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Remember, we are fighting a spiritual war. — Christianity Matters

Finding God’s Will

The primary place we can find God’s will is in the pages of the Bible. In his Word he has revealed everything necessary for our redemption. That means we don’t have to wonder whether we should be making disciples, praying, living holy lives, bearing fruit, loving people who aren’t lovable, being faithful in our marriages, or caring for orphans.

Those things and more are part of his revealed will, the Bible.

Tony Merida, Christ-Centered Exposition (The Book Of Acts)

Are you giving God your all?

A great reminder for us all – what are we giving God?

Christianity Matters

God’s statement through Malachi to the returned exiles is strong. He has no pleasure in them nor their offerings.

The returned exiles don’t recognize who God is — the Lord of hosts, the all sovereign God of the entire universe (Mal 1:11). Nor do they recognize the privilege position in which they sit under the love of God as His chosen covenant people — God chose Jacob over Esau because He loved Jacob and hated Esau (Mal 1:2-3). Not recognizing the magnitude and magnificence of God, they take Him for granted. They believe they can worship God any way they like and God should accept their half-hearted worship and even provide them blessings.

But should God be content with us worshipping Him in the ways in which we prescribe? Or should we seek to worship God according to His divine commands?

Consider how David would answer this question from the…

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