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Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His Name!

I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
There at the cross where He took me in;
Glory to His Name!

Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,
I am so glad I have entered in;
There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;
Glory to His Name!

Come to this fountain so rich and sweet,
Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;
Plunge in today, and be made complete;
Glory to His Name!

Refrain
Glory to His Name,
glory to His Name:

There to my heart was the blood applied;

Glory to His Name!

~ Elisha A. Hoffman

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Regeneration Poem

“Regeneration”

stone

Born into this world, with a nature not of my own

From the loins of Adam, this seed was sown.

Every aspect of my being, every thought of my mind

Influenced by sin, leaving me blind.

 

 A heart of stone, with no hope but death

Led by my will, controlled by my flesh.

An enemy with hatred, fighting this war

Against my Creator, I knew not as Lord.

 

 Law after law, I lived to just to break

When tragedy came, to God, my fist I would shake.

I deserved justice, no one to blame

Just me in my sin, no sorrow, no shame.

 

 Then one day when God came and spoke

Out of its grave my Spirit awoke.

Something is different, a change has occurred

My mind is now open, I ‘m believing His Word.

 

 He, who knew no sin, became sin

So that I, the guilty one, could live again.

These precious words now piercing my heart

This is the God I disobeyed from the start.

 

 This Heart of Stone is now of flesh

I am so wicked, my sins I confess.

Wash me thoroughly, cleanse from within

In your finished work, I will trust to the end.

 

 Oh your grace, so rich and so free

In your great love you lavished on me.

You changed my heart, called me your own

 Your amazing  mercy, you have chose to bestow.

 

 -by Gary Chaffins (2010)

 

 

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them”

Ezekiel 36:26-27

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godly man

 

Matt Chandler once said, “We’ve got a lot of boys with beards these days,” and I believe these words speak powerful truth.

Our world is constantly throwing out ideas of what it means to really be a man. The reality is that everyone has their own opinion, but as a Christian the only blueprint men should mimic their life after is that of the Bible. To know what a true man is, we need look no further than the life of Jesus Christ himself. Makes sense doesn’t it? As the Son of God, Jesus is the epitome of manhood, manliness and what we should strive for in our attempt at being a reflection of true maturity in Christ.

Jesus was completely full of the Holy Spirit, not to mention he lived in complete dependence and obedience to the will of God. It’s a beautiful testimony. Easier said than done, but the strive for this lifestyle is one that will set apart men from the boys. Christ fully displayed the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and he did it with a righteous swagger. A true man of God will show evidence of these works.

Here are 10 other disciplines of a godly man.

1. Humility

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” (Philippians 2:3-5

2. Purity

“We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.” (2 Corinthians 6:6)

3. Kindness

“Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.” (Proverbs 3:3)

4. Patience

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” (Galatians 5:22)

5. Forgiveness

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (Colossians 3:13)

6. Understanding

“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.” (Proverbs 2:2)

7. Integrity

“People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.” (Proverbs 10:9)

8. Faithfulness

“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:2)

9. Sacrifice

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

10. Love

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 14:16)

 

A true man, like Jesus, is obedient to the Father’s will and is about His Father’s business (Hebrews 10:9). This is such a powerful truth, and it’s one that Christian men cannot look past.

 

Source: Jarrid Wilson (www.churchleaders.com)

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good

God is good because of who he is.

He is not good because we like our circumstances.
He is not good because we deserve his goodness.
He is not good because we have good health.
He is not good because we may live in apparent safety compared to others.
He is not good because it is a beautiful day.

God is good simply and profoundly because his own being and character defines goodness. God is good even when our lives are torn by despair. God is good when a storm brings destruction. God is good when those we love become sick and we see the awful plague of death. God is good in ravages of war. God is good when the car doesn’t start. God is good when your child’s favorite toy breaks.

God was good when his son hung on the cross for my sins.

The unshakeable truth that God is good is cornerstone of our lives. Whether our experience confirms it or not, God is good. This truth will orient our lives to praise God for who he is. He alone is good. He alone is God.

Your hope is not tied to the pleasantness of your circumstances. Your hope is rooted in the eternal goodness of your God.

For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalm 100:5

 

 

Source: Shepherd Press

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