Richly Dwelling Words: God Moves in a Mysterious Way

On Sunday, we will meet a new hymn at Mt. Tabor through our sermon series “Richly Dwelling Words: Hymns of Faith.” Last week we encountered “Amazing Grace” by John Newton. This week, we will study the biblical background to a hymn written by Newton’s friend William Cowper.

If you aren’t familiar with “God Moves in a Mysterious Way,” then take a moment to listen and read over the lyrics.

1. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. 
He plants his footsteps on the sea, And rides upon the storm. 

2. Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds you so much dread, 
Are big with mercy, and shall break, With blessings on your head. 

3. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace. 
Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face. 

4. His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour. 
The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower. 

5. Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan His work in vain.
 
God is His own interpreter, And He will make it plain.

Richly Dwelling Words: I Love to Tell the Story

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This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series called “Richly Dwelling Words: Hymns of the Faith.” During this series, we will examine the biblical background of several hymns, both ones we sing regularly and a few our congregation doesn’t know yet. We will begin this Sunday with “I Love to Tell the Story.”

While I think it is probably familiar to most of my readers, just in case you don’t know it here is the hymn performed by Alan Jackson.

You probably don’t realize that this hymn was based on a long poem written by Katherine Hankey called “The Old, Old Story.” The book is available to read or download for free thanks to the library of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Independence Day and International Missions

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A few weeks ago in the Addis Ababa airport, I met a young marine. This Indiana man had been stationed in Juba, South Sudan as security for the American embassy. In December, he watched the civil war there begin. A few days earlier he had been hiking a mountain in a peaceful country. Then the country turned into a warzone

I didn’t find out if this young man was a Christian, but whether he realized it or not God is using him for his glory among the nations.

A navy blue United States passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world. Americans can travel to 172 countries either without a visa or receiving a visa at the border. Furthermore, I am convinced that even despite everything that is going on in the world today traveling as an American has never been safer. As was demonstrated last week with Meriam Ibrahim and family, that navy blue passport is a ticket that grants admission into the security of hundreds of American embassies around the world.

Where would international mission be without the United States of America? International missions would continue because God’s mission in this world will never fail. Even so, God has chosen to use the United States of America as a tool to enable his mission. American missionaries travel based on the credibility of the United State government and under the protection of the State Department.

God uses navy blue passports, American diplomats, and U.S. Marines to accomplish his work. Let us thank God for this privilege this Independence Day.

Sleep Your Way To Success

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God “gives to his beloved sleep” (Ps 127:2). Yet many of God’s people reject this gift in order to live a hectic life or to burn the midnight oil wasting time with television or Internet. In this blog post, David Murray gives some fantastic bullet points on how lack of sleep affects people physically and emotionally.

As a parent, I think I am a living example of this fact:

Just one night of sleep deprivation is linked with signs of brain tissue loss.

Too many people blind themselves to the fact that their physical health directly affects their mental health. Here is another sample of Murray’s list, this time about teenagers:

In one study by researchers at Columbia University, teens who went to bed at 10 p.m. or earlier were less likely to suffer from depression or suicidal thoughts than those who regularly stayed awake well after midnight.

Read the whole list and then get some rest.