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“The man Jesus Christ laid death in his grave”

Though the Earth cried out for blood
Satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas
For the souls on men she craved

Sun and moon from balcony
Turned their head in disbelief
Their precious Love would taste the sting
Disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with the keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

So three days in darkness slept
The Morning Sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death
And over turn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of men
Would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood they owed was rent
When the day rolled a new

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke holding keys
To Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

He has cheated
Hell and seated
Us above the fall
In desperate places
He paid our wages
One time once and for all

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

– Civilla Martin

A reworking of this hymn by Audrey Assad.

photo: source

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Grace

“But grace is wild. Grace unsettles everything. Grace overflows the banks. Grace messes up your hair. Grace is not tame. Grace makes the pious begin to fear the evils of antinomianism. And this is an ungrounded fear, but unless we are making the devout nervous, we are not preaching grace as we ought… If we fear the Lord, we will listen to His Word. And when we listen, we hear words of grace.”

– Doug Wilson in Bones and Silicon (it’s worth reading the whole thing)

Grace Agenda Conference Trailer from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

How To Read Your Bible

The way Francis Chan talks about approaching the Bible in this video is incredibly helpful. I think this video could rightly be titled “The Attitude With Which You Are To Read Your Bible.”

I think this quote from the video (starting at 3:30) is absolutely fantastic:

“When we begin an argument with, ‘Well I wouldn’t believe in a God who would…’ Who would what, do something that you wouldn’t do, or think in a way that’s different from the way you think. Do you ever even consider the possibility that maybe the Creator’s sense of justice is actually more developed than yours? And that maybe His love and his mercy are perfect, and that you could be the one that is flawed? When we make statements like, ‘Well God wouldn’t do this, would He?’ do your understand that at that moment you’re actually putting God’s actions in submission to your reasoning. You’re in essence saying, ‘Well God wouldn’t think that way or act that way ’cause I wouldn’t act that way or think that way.'”