The Chief of Sinner Part Four

Two fold rights: the status of Roman, and the privileges of Asiatic, citizenship. Those who enjoyed the former were entitled to a civil government of their own, under archons of their choosing, quite independent of the rule and tribunals of the cities in which they lived.To the same extent as their heathen fellow citizens.To quarrel with this, was to find fault with the law and the religion which made him a Jew. But besides, there was that pride of descent, creed, enlightenment, and national privileges, which St. Paul so graphically sums up as ‘making boast of God and of the law Found in Romans 2:17-19,23 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, You who boast in the law dishonour God by breaking the law. Paul clearly understood the Jewish cultures even though he giving a clear mandate to be the apostle among the Gentle. The Apostle Peter utter these words And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation.Acts 10:28 Clearly the apostle Peter was misformed or inaccurate. Scripture states

Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV /

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Exodus 22:21 ESV

“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Jesus declares these words, 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 or And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Simply put the Salvation plan is for the Gentle as while The Arabia wilderness was moment he need study the Torah again For example in Romans 4:11-12 received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believes without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Where also mention

for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:26,28-29 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. AGenesis 17:1-2,4-5. Abraham was Gentle for 99 years for 76 years was Jewish.

even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.

Romans 9:24-26,31 Hosea 1:9, 10 Psalms 2:8,

Psalms 22:27 and Joel 2:28 below is link

https://www.studylight.org/concordances/eng/ntb/g/gentiles.html

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, Ephesians 3:6-9 or

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. Acts 15:7-9

And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

Acts 15:12

And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” Acts 10:45,47

In 67 BCE Tarsus was absorbed into the new Roman province of Cilicia. A university was established that became known for its flourishing school of Greek philosophy. The famous first meeting between Mark Antony and Cleopatra took place there in 41 BCE. Little is known is his time in Targus accepted came to Jerusalem age 13 and was under feet of Gamaliel, nevertheless, it impact on ministry among the Gentiles.

To sum up the the Apostle Paul he would be headstrong and loyal he wrote these words, Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 2 Timothy 2:3-4.

Whether he attempting to eradicate the church or serving Christ he was fully committed to the tasks in hand. He also state, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.

John Newton wrote, Through many dangers, toil and snares We have already come T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far And Grace will lead us home And Grace will lead us home

Late Dr Lewis Johnson wrote, “ On To whom does he give it? To the handsome? To the well-born? To those who are earnest in the exercise of their free will? Church members? Those who have been baptized and sit regularly at the Lord’s table? Southerners? Politicians? Lawyers? Even lawyers can be saved. There is one in the Epistle to Titus which proves that lawyers can be saved. Preachers? We said the other day that there’ll probably be no preacher in heaven who’s not constantly surprised that mercy has been shown to him. I really do believe that.

No, the Bible says that faith as a gift of God is given to own people. His people. They are the ones to whom faith is given. The Lord Jesus came to save his people. That was his name, Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.

The Chief Of Sinner Part Three

We discuss the Apostle Paul Damascus Road experience when he encountering Jesus instantly he wastransformed from being persecuted the church to servant of Christ on the he totally forgiven for sins. We also his discuss his up bring where was trained as a pharisee under the feet of Gamaliel respect among pers. We also examine his time his time in Arabia where he was sorting out the mandate or mission that Jesus gave him.

There term I remember when took at Path Finder called transferable of skills it simply means skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful across different areas of life: socially, professionally and at school. They are ‘portable skills’. People usually think about their transferable skills when applying for a job or when thinking about a career change. The Apostle Paul God-given talents where he reexamine the scriptures where saw Christ throughout the Old Testament instead of his tradition that his per taught him hand us.

Now we will look at the persecuter being persecuted. Jesus declared these word to Ananias But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name. Acts 9:15-16 or Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 2 Samuel12:10 while forgiven for all his sins there also is consequence actions

Now we will examine The Apostle Paul life as ministry and his suffering.

Scriptures declares, Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?2 Corinthians 11:23-29

in Acts 27:13-44 a shipwreck due a hurricane and the people and sailors were afraid but, the apostle Paul in Acts 27:33 -37 As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.

previously God revealed to the Apostle Paul The fo, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” Acts 23:11

John MacArthur 23:11 the Lord stood by him. The fifth of 6 visions Paul received in Acts (cf. 9:3–6; 16:9, 10; 18:9, 10; 22:17, 18; 27:23, 24), all coming at crucial points in his ministry. bear witness at Rome.

Believe Bible wrote Jesus encouraged Paul by telling him that his desire (Rom. 1:9–11; 15:23) to visit Rome would be granted. Rather, it was a message of sheer praise and promise. Paul’s service was not over yet. As he had been faithful in his ministry in Jerusalem, so he would also bear witness for Christ at Rome.

I close these remarks where Jesus Simon a Pharisees  “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Luke 7:41-42.

In Acts14:19-22 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.

The act of throwing stones, usually for the purpose of killing a person. The most common form of capital punishment prescribed by biblical law was stoning. It usually took place outside the city (Lev. 24:23; Num. 15:35-36; 1 Ki. 21:13). The prosecution witnesses (the law required two or more, witness in Deut. 17:6) placed their hands on the offender’s head (Lev. 24:14) to transfer the guilt of the whole community to the offender. The witnesses then cast the first stones, and the rest of the people followed (Deut. 17:7). All this was done to purge out evil from the community (22:21).The following ten offenses were punished by stoning: (1) idolatry, that is, the worship of other gods or any heavenly bodies (Deut. 17:2-7); (2) enticement to idolatry (Deut. 13:6-11); (3) blasphemy (Lev. 24:14-23; 1 Ki. 21:10-15); (4) child sacrifice to Molech (Lev. 20:2-5); (5) spirit divination (Lev. 20:27); (6) breaking the Sabbath (Num. 15:32-36); (7) adultery (Deut. 22:21-24); (8) disobedience of a son (Deut. 21:18-21); (9) violation of the ban, or Devoted thing (Josh. 7:25.

The abundance of stones in Palestine made stoning the most common death penalty. It was also a convenient way to express anger or hatred. It was often threatened (Exod. 17:4; Num. 14:10; 1 Sam. 30:6), especially against Christ and Paul (Jn. 10:31-33; 11:8; Acts 14:5, 19). Actual death cases by stoning are recorded several times: Adoram (1 Ki. 12:18; see Adoniram), Zechariah (2 Chr. 24:21).

Stephen last word, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.(Acts 7:58-59). Paul was witness to Stephen stoning what pierce Paul’s heart was “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleepwhere he receive the crown of righteousness meaning A triumphant victory; a splendid achievement.

In Acts 16:16-24 Paul was beaten with Rod thrown Jail As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Jail back Paul day was dark damp and dungeon not Jail on Barton Street The Mamertine Prison could have been called the “House of Darkness.” Few prisons were as dim, dank, and dirty as the lower chamber Paul occupied. Known in earlier times as the Tullianum dungeon, its “neglect, darkness, and stench” gave it “a hideous and terrifying appearance,” according to Roman historian Sallust.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, Acts 16:25 Remember they beaten with rod thrown in dungeon and fastened their feet in the stocks. or the apostle Peter and John and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name. Acts 5:40-41. Jesus started these words,11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12

The Apostle Paul started I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

It boiled the Damascus Road experience when Paul encounter Jesus I wrote following the In”Acts 9:5-6Note But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Imagine if an individual tried to destroy your life. You were put in a position of authority, and they became a vulnerable position. How would you react? Would state go the city, and you will be told what you are to do. Likely you give him a piece you mind not go the city, and you will be told what you are to do.

Or perhaps the words, spoken by Stephen “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.(Acts 7:58-59). Most would people would be afraid of dying. The Aposle Paul wrote, 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Or When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:54-57

It believe that he a died martyred by behead since he was Roman citizen Roman law states that Roman Citizen Crucifixion can not execute standard form punishment. In his he wrote 2 Timothy 4:6–8, Paul seems to be anticipating his soon demise: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

I close these remarks where Jesus said to Simon a Pharisees  “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Luke 7:41-42.

Note when they could not pay he cancelled the debt of both them.

The one least amount was he not graceful as well? For example, Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord was standing by. Zechariah3:1,4-5

Or Jesus spoke to Nicodemus these words,

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[h] 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God one passages member a high priest and pharisee not all-around bad people but respect people pers and the community yet both of then are sinners in need of savour.

John Calvin wrote, that they are bad trees which are beautiful and fair to look upon, and may even produce fruit, sweet to the taste, but are still very far from good.

In sense we all chief sinner in need of Savour. As scriptures declares, For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. James 2:10

The late Dr John Stott wrote,“Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.” whether royal blew it live moral life we all have the curse of sin and need a Savour all humanity is under Adam and Eve curse called sin. Whoever believes the above is part of God’s family and Abraham seed.

https://insight.org/resources/article-library/individual/historical-background-of-paul-s-final-imprisonment

ANSWERIn his WritinPaul seems to be anticipating his soon demise: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

The Chief Sinner Part Two

The Damascus Road was a turning point for the Apostle Paul, a committed follower of Christ. He never forgot this. For example, in Acts 22;6, “As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. Or in , At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. The last voice he wanted to hear say that terrified would be an understatement, since he was persecuting the church. Trying to eradicate the church in its infant stage. Throughout life, he has often stated, ul remembered how he had persisted the Way ” (Galatians 1:13, Philippians 3:6) and (1Timothy 1:13)

Remember he thought working for God he thought the Way was a heretic and needed to eradicate society.“I was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus started these words. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God

To understand the Apostle Paul, you need to understand the cultures and upbringing. The Bible declares these words, circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, he considers himself blameless.

Note a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee he was from tribe Benjamin His birthplace, Tarsus, was a major city in eastern Cilicia, a region that had been made part of the Roman province of Syria by the time of Paul’s adulthood,

was a Greek-speaking Jew, since he was of Jewish descent. He understood the Torah and the tradition that handed were handed down by Pharisees and

the Sadducees and its oral traditions which was 613. As scriptures declare, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day. He also stated, Now when Paul perceived that one part was and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees meaning I am a Pharisee and a disciple of the Pharisees,

The Acts of the Apostles introduces Gamaliel as a Pharisee and celebrated doctor of the Mosaic Law in Acts 5:34–40 a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a law teacher held in honour by all the people.

Saul had a bright future ahead of him and likely would be being a candidate for 70 elders. A Spiritual leadership is a grave responsibility, and God holds leaders to a higher standard (James 3:1). The seventy elders of Israel were granted extraordinary privileges, but they also carried weighty responsibilities.Jesus declares these words, in Matthew 23:1-39 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.

All that changed when Paul encounters Jesus on the Damascus Road, a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. Where I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

Even though he was terrified, Saul asks,‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’ And since he could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into me brought to Damascus. Jesus declares to him following were, to appoint Paul as a servant and witness the things you have seen me and testify. To delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified

Wherefore, for you will be my witness for to everyone of what you have seen and heard. Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on My name.’Paul has Instantly transformed from a Pharisee to a follower of Christ his sins were now totally forgiven by Christ no longer remember in heaven as He declared There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Romans 8;1

Boy, the apostle understood failure and being forgiving As scripture declares, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Or as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

He later penned these words; indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the failure of all things and count them as rubbish, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on dedication.

.

Scripture declares I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia and returned to Damascus. Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus and me. Galatian

Why would did Paul go to Arabia? This period is described as a spiritual retreat into the desert to work out the implications of his encounter with Jesus. Paul inevitably begins working through what “Jesus as Messiah” means and his role as the ‘light to the Gentiles” should be. He likely spent a great deal of time reading the scripture developing the material that he will use later on in Antioch, throughout letters and on the missionary journeys. But this period is not a monastic retreat! Paul is preaching Jesus and being faithful to his calling as the light to the Gentiles.

It’s time of reflection; that he found himself in much confusion as a result of the vision near Damascus and that this time was required for intellectual and theological readjustment before he would be equipped for his extraordinary career as an apostle. “Arabia” is to be identified place he discovers new truth. Of Paul was a psychological upheaval that resulted in chaos or even in temporary confusion.

Likely he spends his time re-reading the Torah, discovering Jesus instead of the his tradition that was he taught. For example, he read. I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins and clothed them. or skin cover humanity sins

Or Abraham seed meaning the Messiah as scriptures If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

When the Apostle Paul went to Jerusalem And he immediately proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” But Saul increased all the more in strength and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

The follower of Christ and the disciples did not believe him until Barnabus intercede, Paul behalf of And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:21,26-27

Think our forefathers such as St Augustine, an amoral person and slept around, John Newton foul mouth sailor and as work slave traders, John Bunyan was a gang member Charles Watson and Susan Akins murder seven people, Sean Žellar was Satanist and three people, Jeffrey Dahmer slept boys had them for a meal, David Berkowitz known as the son of Sam murdered six people and wounded seven others, Ted Bundy murdered 30 young women and sexually them, Karla Faye Tucker killing two people with pixie axe, and James Vance was a thug, liar and hook cocaine. All these men and women were all followers of Christ and loved Jesus Christ

When you accept Jesus as Lord and Messiah, repent, confess, and believe in atoning work on the cross, then all past, present and futures sins on Christ and He replace with His righteousness we are a new creature in Christ

Calvin wrote, O the place of rest, which I consider not unworthy of the name of inner-chamber, where God is seen, not as if disturbed with anger, or distracted by care, but where his will is proved to be good, and acceptable, and perfect. That vision does not terrify but soothe, does not tranquillizes the senses. Here is proper rest. A tranquil God tranquillizes all things, and to see him at rest, is to be at rest.

https://theologycurator.com/apostle-paul-brief-biography

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Paul-the-Apostle

Well Known Hymns Writer And Composer Part Three

Holy, Holy Holy Lord God Amighty

Holy, Holy Lord God almighty was composed by Reginald Heber.

He attended Oxford and won several awards for poetry before he became rector for his father’s church. where. he became Anglican Biship.

attended Oxford and won several awards for poetry before he became rector for his father’s church he became Anglican Bishop.

The poem is base on Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above Him, each having six wings: with two each covered his face, and with two each covered his feet, and with two each flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of armies.The [a]whole earth is full of His glory.”4 And the [b]foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the [c]temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,“Woe to me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of Qunclean lips;For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of armies.

Along with Revelation 4:2-11 verse8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, and who is and who is to come.”

It is sung to the tune “Nicaea”, by John Bacchus Dykes. Written during the author’s time as vicar in Hodnet, Shropshire, England.

it is one of Heber’s most popular compositions, enduring into the 21st century in many Christian traditions.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy Faithfulness was compose by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm, and it was base on Lamentations 3:22-23 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consume 23 for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Thomas was ordained a Methodist minister in 1903, he served only a single, brief appointment at Scottsville, Kentucky, due to ill health. in 1916 where he sold insurance. He retired in 1953 and spent his remaining years in a Methodist retirement community in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

By the time of his retirement, he had written more than 1200 poems, 800 of which were published.

While on a trip to Baldwin, Kansas, Runyan leafed through the poems sent by Chisholm and was immediately taken in by the depth of meaning and lyrical beauty of the words found in the poem Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Runyan set the poem to music.

Looking back on the writing of the hymn, Chisholm recalled in 1941, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulnes

Note stance one; and four Great is Thy faithfulness O God, my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me! All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Also, note Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, whether you are rich or poor small or great. Your sins are pardon when you confess your sins to Christ.

Great is Thy faithfulness O God, my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness, To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

What A Friend We In Jesus

Written by preacher Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother, who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. He thought the poem would, perhaps, bring some spiritual comfort to his Mom, who still lived in Ireland. Scriven had not intended that anyone else should see it.

He fell in love with a young lady who was eager to spend her life with him. However, on the day before their wedding she fell from her horse, while crossing a bridge over the River Bann and was drowned in the water below. Joseph stood helplessly watching from the other side.

He met a wonderful young lady, Elisa Roche, and again fell in love. They had exciting plans to be married. However, tragedy reared its ugly head once again and she died of pneumonia before they could wed.

He then devoted the rest of his life to tutoring, preaching and helping others. In 1869 Scriven published a collection of 115 Hymns and other verses which did not include “What a friend”

BIBLE VERSE:  Philippians 4:6 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Scriven drowned in 1886 at age 66. It isn’t known if his death was an accident or a suicide, as he was in a serious depression at the time.

Two monuments have been erected in his honor. Each has the first stanza of his song engraved on it.

What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.

“We then that are strong

ought to bear the infirmities of the weak,

and not to please ourselves.” – Romans 15:1

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross was composed by

Isaac Watts, and base on Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Or the Voice wrote; May I never put anything above the cross of our Lord Jesus the Anointed. Through Him, the world has been crucified to me and I to this world.

At that time, metered renditions of the Psalms were intoned by a cantor and then repeated (none too fervently, Watts would add) by the congregation. His father, the pastor of the church, rebuked him with “I’d like to see you write something better!. As legend has it, Isaac retired to his room and appeared several hours later with his first hymn, and it was enthusiastically received at the Sunday evening service the same night. Although the tale probably is more legend than fact, it does illustrate the point that the songs of the church need constant infusion of new life within Church music vital part of worship.”When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”–Isaac Watts has rightfully earned the title, “the father of English hymnody.But by the time of his death, he had planted the seeds of a much more complex hymnody. His 600 hymns found in seven collections made the transition from a rigid, metrical psalmody to a freer, theologically-based hymnody. Dr. Watts won and held the hearts of a large share of the English speaking world over a long period of years, despite the fact that as a child he was never strong, and despite the fact also that he was forced to resign a pastorate because of poor health. For the latter thirty years of his life, he was more or less an invalid, but devoted himself in comfortable and happy surroundings to the writing of many of the beautiful hymns, still popular today. It was an age of great hymn writers. As scriptures declare,. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.

He wrote over 750 hymns, such as Joy To The World, IvSing the Mighty Power of God,” “Jesus Shall Reign,” and “Am I a Soldier of the Cross will stand the of time.

When I survey the wond’rous Cross

On which the Prince of Glory dy’d,

My richest Gain I count but Loss,

And pour Contempt on all my Pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

Save in the Death of Christ my God:

All the vain Things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his Blood.

3. See from his Head, his Hands, his Feet,

Sorrow and Love flow mingled down!

Did e’er such Love and Sorrow meet?

Or Thorns compose so rich a Crown?

4. His dying Crimson, like a Robe,

Spreads o’er his Body on the Tree;

Then I am dead to all the Globe,

And all the Globe is dead to me.

5. Were the whole Realm of Nature mine,

That were a Present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my Souly Life, my All.

I will Sing of My Redeemer

Philip Paul Bliss (9 July 1838 – 29 December 1876) was an American. He wrote many well-known hymns, including “Hold the Fort” (1870), “Almost Persuaded” (1871); “Hallelujah, What a Saviour!” (1875); “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning”; “Wonderful Words of Life” (1875); and the tune for Horatio Spafford‘s “It Is Well with My Soul” (1876).

In 1864, the Blisses moved to Chicago.

While ministering at a meeting in Chicago, Bliss spoke these words to the congregation: I may not pass this way again, after which he sang, I’m Going Home Tomorrow. His words and song would prove to be prophetic. “He from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with him to be.

on December 20, 1876. They were traveling to Chicago for an engagement at Dwight L. Moody‘s Tabernacle. While on their way, a bridge near Ashtabula, Ohio collapsed and the train plunged into an icy river bed. Bliss was able to survive, however, not seeing his wife around, he went looking for her. Neither of them has survived. However, his composition was later found unharmed from his possessions. It was kept inside one of his trunks. The text bore the title “I Will Sing of the Redeemer” and contains the following words which he told the crowd at a meeting in Chicago. Last hymn be composed.

While Bliss did not survive the incident, he left us a beautiful gift to continuously encourage us to sing Him unto Him who sets us free

I will sing of my Redeemer

And His wondrous love to me;

On the cruel cross He suffered,

From the curse to set me free.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,

How my lost estate to save,

In His boundless love and mercy,

He the ransom freely gave.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will praise my dear Redeemer,

His triumphant power I’ll tell,

How the victory He giveth

Over sin, and death, and hell.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt and made me free.

And His heav’nly love to me;

He from death to life hath brought me,

Son of God with Him to be.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt, and made me free.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Bliss

Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster

https://www.countrythangdaily.com/soul-sing-redeemer/

https://truthandtidings.com/2015/11/our-heritage-i-will-sing-of-my-redeemer/

https://hymnary.org/text/i_will_sing_of_my_redeemer

Man of Sorrow

Philip Paul Bliss composed man of Sorrow

One might be tempted to pass over the hymn, however, to a follower of Christ this hymn is very meaningful.

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,

in my place condemned he stood,

sealed my pardon with his blood:

Hallelujah, what a Savior

Guilty, helpless, lost were we;

blameless Lamb of God was he,

sacrificed to set us free:

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

however, to a follower of Christ

Though worship planners might be tempted to pass over a hymn-like this because of its strong atonement language, Consider the words of Apostle Paul where he wrote For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

Jesus death on the cross was payment for our sins and His Father was satisfied with the payment.

Man of sorrows, Lamb of God

By His own betrayed

The sin of man and wrath of God

Has been on Jesus laid

Silent as He stood accused

Beaten, mocked, and scorned

Bowing to the Father’s will

He took a crown of thorns

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation

Where Your love poured out over me

Now my soul cries out, “Hallelujah”

“Praise and honour unto Thee”

Sent of heaven God’s own Son

To purchase and redeem

And reconcile the very ones

Who nailed Him to that tree

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation

Where Your love poured out over me

Now my soul cries out, “Hallelujah””Praise and honour unto Thee”

Now my debt is paid

It is paid in full

By the precious blood

That my Jesus spilled

Now the curse of sin

Has no hold on me

Whom the Son sets free

Oh, is free indeed

Now my debt is paid…

https://hymnary.org/text/man_of_sorrows_what_a_name

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-man-of-sorrows-what-a-name

https://hymnary.org/text/man_of_sorrows_what_a_name

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-man-of-sorrows-what-a-name

https://hymnary.org/text/man_of_sorrows_what_a_name

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-man-of-sorrows-what-a-name

http://dianaleaghmatthews.com/man-of-sorrows/#.YGp5Fi-s_mo

http://dianaleaghmatthews.com/man-of-sorrows/#.YGp5Fi-s_mo

Anne Herring

Annie Herring’s music and ministry was, in no small part, forged from personal family tragedy. In 1968, her mother, Elizabeth Ward, died of a brain tumor; two years later her father, Walter, died of leukemia leaving her youngest sister, Nelly, and brother, Matthew, orphaned. The Ward siblings decided that Annie and her new husband, record producer Buck Herring, should take in the two younger Ward siblings.[2]Annie was a self-taught singer and songwriter who wrote and played her songs around the family piano. Her brother and sister would often join in as she played, and eventually they developed extremely tight and intricate harmonies

Oh, wait ’til you see the dawning??..

Wait, there’s a brand new day

Wait ’til you see the morning star rise

believers who settled in Silesia (now part of Poland) after they were driven out of Bohemia in the bloody Reformation purge of 1620. The hymn was said to have been derived from these Reformation peasants. In 1677 the hymn first appeared in the Roman Catholic. It appeared in German text were printed for the first time in 1842 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and Ernst Richter under the name Schönster Herr Jesu (Most beautiful Lord Jesus). It was translated into English qby Joseph A. Seiss, 1873

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,

O Thou God and man the Son!

Thee will I cherish,

Thee will I honour,

Thou art my glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows,

Fairer still the woodlands,

Robed in the blooming garb of spring;

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,

makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,

Fairer still the moonlight,

And all the twinkling, starry host;

Jesus shines brighter,

Jesus shines purer,

Than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Saviour,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honour, praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration, Now and forever more be Thine

Note Son of God and Son of Man! Jesus is identified as both from God and the Son of Man, a reference commonly understood as indicating Christ’s two natures, divine and human. Scholars find the origins of this concept with New Testament references in Mark 10:45, “ For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

It base on Psalm 27:4-6, Psalm 45:1-17, Isaiah 33:17

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairest_Lord_Jesus

https://hymnary.org/text/fairest_lord_jesus_ruler_of_all_nature

https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/175

https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/175

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/history-of-hymns-fairest-lord-jesus

https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/175

https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Fairest_Lord_Jesus/

Now Blessed Joseph Name

Christ Has Arisen Today

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” is a Christian hymn. It was initially written in the 14th century as a Bohemian Latin hymn titled “Surrexit Christus hodie“. It is an Easter hymn referring to the Resurrection of Jesus and based on Matthew 28:6, Acts 2:32, 1 Peter 3:18 and Revelation 1:17-18.[1]

However,Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, was composed by Charles Wesley. He was the youngest of brother Westley Charles Wesley was a prolific hymnwriter. He was a prolificie hymn writer. He averaged 10 poetic lines a day for 50 years. He wrote 8,989 hymns, 10 times the volume composed by the only other candidate (Isaac Watts

He composed some of the most memorable and lasting hymns of the church: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “And Can It Be,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Soldiers of Christ, Arise,” and “Rejoice! the Lord Is King And yet he is often referred to as the “forgotten Wesley. If ever there was a human being who disliked power, avoided prominence, and shrank from praise, it was Charles Wesley.” So wrote someone who knew him well. Even if he tended to be hidden by his brother’s exploits, Charles Wesley’s life was far from a shadowy existence.Charles Wesley’s new spiritual life was seen in his deep compassion for lost men and women.

However, the original lines find their origin long before 1739. The inspiration for this hymn can be traced back to one written in Latin in the 14th century. In the early 1700s that song was translated into English and published as “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.” It was this short hymn that served as the building blocks for what would be Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia

Bohemian Latin hymn titled “Surrexit Christus hodie”. It is an Easter hymn referring to the Resurrection of Jesus and based on Matthew 28:6, Acts 2:32, 1 Peter 3:18 and Revelation 1:17-18.

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia,

our triumphant holy day; alleluia,

who did once upon the cross; alleluia,

suffer to redeem our loss; alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing; Alleluia,

unto Christ our heavenly king; alleluia,

who endured the cross and grave; alleluia,

sinners to redeem and save: alleluia! 14 Centur

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!

Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!

Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!

our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!

Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!

Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!

Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!

Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!

Thee to know, Thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!

Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Christ_Is_Risen_Today

https://reasonabletheology.org/hymn-story-christ-the-lord-is-risen-today/

https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/poets/charles-wesley.html

https://hymnary.org/text/christ_the_lord_is_risen_today_wesley

https://hymnary.org/text/man_of_sorrows_what_a_name

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-man-of-sorrows-what-a-name

http://dianaleaghmatthews.com/man-of-sorrows/#.YGp5Fi-s_mo

Breath on Breath Of God bio

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what Thou dost love,

And do what Thou wouldst do

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Until my heart is pure,

Until with Thee I will one will,

To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Till I am wholly Thine,

Till all this earthly part of me

Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

So shall I never die,

But live with Thee the perfect life

Of Thine eternity.

http://drhamrick.blogspot.com/2011/04/breathe-on-me-breath-of-god.html

https://www.google.com/search?q=breath%20on%20breath%20God%20bio&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-m

http://songscoops.blogspot.com/2013/08/breathe-on-me-breath-of-god-edwin-hatch.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathe_on_Me,_Breath_of_God

R

https://hymnary.org/text/breathe_on_me_breath_of_god

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-breathe-on-me-breath-of-god

ory-of-hymns-breathe-on-me-breath-of-god

Now Blessed Be The Lord Our God bio

https://www.google.com/search?q=Composer%3A%09Oliver%20Holden%20%281793%29&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-m

Rock of Age

Augustus Montague Toplady, the writer of “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me,” was born in England in 1740 and died there from tuberculosis in 1778.

His father was a Royal Marine and died on duty soon after his son’s birth, leaving the boy to be raised by his mother. Toplady had an interest in religion during his younger years, and showed this in spiritual journals and moralistic behavior. However, it wasn’t until his fifteenth year, while attending a Methodist revival in an Irish barn.

His plan was to be Methodist pastor when read 39 Article of the Church of England, he became convinced of the Calvinistic perspective and thus became a minister in the Church of England.

The issue of Calvinism versus Arminianism was a hot topic in the church in those days, and for the remainder of his life Toplady would write and debate on the subject, arguing at lenge planned to be Methodist pastor when read 39 Article.

He bitterly opposed the doctrines preached by the Wesleys, who lived at the same time, but his sincere Christian piety produced this great hymn, that has become endeared to many generations of Wesleyan followers.

In the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in England. Toplady, a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon, was travelling along the gorge when he was caught in a storm. Finding shelter in a gap in the gorge, he was struck by the title and scribbled down the initial lyrics

Scriptural references are all paraphrases. He cites Exodus 33.22, for instance, “when my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” And Psalms 18.2: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood,

From Thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure;

Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross I cling;

naked, come to thee for dress;

helpless, look to thee for grace;

foul, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,

when mine eyes shall close in death,

when I soar to worlds unknown,

see thee on thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee.

Note stance one Let the water and the blood,

From Thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure;

Save from wrath and make me pure.

Stance two Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross, I cling;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Ages_(Christian_hymn)

https://www.challies.com/articles/hymn-stories-rock-of-ages/w

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-rock-of-ages-cleft-for-me

https://hymnary.org/text/rock_of_ages_cleft_for_me_let_me_hide

https://www.google.com/search?q=rock%20of%20age%20bio%20hymn&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-m

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah bio

William Williams was known Welsh Hymon composer. He is known as the father of Welsh hymnody. Originally he wanted to be an Anglican priest (in the Church of Wale until heard the a travelling evangelist Howell Harris, which lead to his conversion experience. Shortly after, he abandoned his Independent upbringing and desire to be a doctor to pursue ordination in the Established Church and felt he was called to be evangelist he also realizedq that the Welsh language was lacking in hymns—the church in Wales was still primarily singing metrical psalms in their worship services. To promote the creation of hymns, Harris put together a hymn-writing competition between the dan evangelist; He would go on to write many hymns in both Welsh and English.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written in. Welsh dialect The title was lead through the wilderness” or Bread of Heaven A reference to Exodus 13:21 – the “fire and cloudy pillar” that the Israelites followed by night and by day, respectively. Since the Welsh love to sing this became evangelist tool

It later was translated. Into English by more than once, by Peter Williams.

William Williams (1717-1781) was born the son of a prosperous farmer in Wales.  He intended to become a physician, but at a revival meeting conducted by the evangelist, Howell Harris, committed himself to ministry.  In doing so, he solved a serious problem for Evangelist Harris.  The problem was this:  The Welsh love to sing, but there were few good hymns in the Welsh language.  The solution was this:  William Williams proved to be a prolific hymn writer—a great Welsh poet.

Williams wrote more than eight hundred hymns during his lifetime.  “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” is one of the few that has been translated into English and is the only one in common use in English-language churches today.

This hymn is a prayer for a person going through tough times—a person traveling through a barren land—a thirsty person in need of water.

Have you ever felt like that?  Have you ever felt confused, wondering where to turn?  Have you ever felt the need for someone to point you in the right direction!  Have you ever felt the need of a strong helping hand?  If so, this is your hymn—your prayer.  It admits, “I am weak,” but it answers, “Thou art mighty!”  It asks, “Hold me with Thy powerful hand.”  It prays, “Feed me till I want no more.”  And then it promises, “Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to Thee.”

William Williams (1717-1781) was born the son of a prosperous farmer in Wales.  He intended to become a physician, but at a revival meeting conducted by the evangelist, Howell Harris, committed himself to ministry.  In doing so, he solved a serious problem for Evangelist Harris.  The problem was this:  The Welsh love to sing, but there were few good hymns in the Welsh language.  The solution was this:  William Williams proved to be a prolific hymn writer—a great Welsh poet.

Williams wrote more than eight hundred hymns during his lifetime.  “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” is one of the few that has been translated into English and is the only one in common use in English-language churches today.

This hymn is a prayer for a person going through tough times—a person traveling through a barren land—a thirsty person in need of water.

Have you ever felt like that?  Have you ever felt confused, wondering where to turn?  Have you ever felt the need for someone to point you in the right direction!  Have you ever felt the need of a strong helping hand?  If so, this is your hymn—your prayer.  It admits, “I am weak,” but it answers, “Thou art mighty!”  It asks, “Hold me with Thy powerful hand.”  It prays, “

Feed me till I want no more.”  And then it promises, “Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to Thee.”

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,

Pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but thou art mighty;

Hold me with thy powerful hand:

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven

Feed me till I want no more.

Feed me till I want no more.

Lord, lead me through the wilderness,

Me, a pilgrim of poor appearance,

Or. another tranI don’t have strength or life in me,

Like lying in the grave:

Omnipotent, Omnipotent

Is the one who brings me to the shore.

Is the one who brings me to the shore.

William Williams turned out to be both a great hymn writer and a great evangelist.  During his many years of ministry, he traveled nearly 100,000 miles (160,000 km), often drawing crowds of 10,000 people who came to hear his preaching and sing his songs.  He had a great impact on the people of Wales and, through his music, on all the world.Q

https://www.google.com/search?q=Guide%20Me%2C%20O%20Thou%20Great%20Jehovah%20bio%20%20&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-m

The Chief of Sinner

The Apostle wrote following This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” —and I am the worst of them.The Voice wrote, It is fair to say that Paul never got over the fact that he violently persecuted the church. Even though his rampage against the first followers of Jesus had ended over 20 years earlier, he still grieved because of what he had done. But when Paul was older, he was moved to celebration and praise because God’s mercy is always greater than sin. The Lord Jesus called Paul in the midst of his campaign against Him so that he became a public display of Jesus’ patient love. So, if we think somehow we are too far from God’s mercy, then we should think again. Until encounter Jesus on Damascus road the Voice stated These are shocking, unexpected words that will change his life forever. Saul said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”Acts 9:5-6

Note But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Image if an individual tried destroyed your life You were put in position authority and they became vulnerable position. How would you react? Would state go the city, and you will be told what you are to do. Likely you give him a piece you mind not  go the city, and you will be told what you are to do. Remember Saul persecuted the church and his desire was destroyed  the church in infant stage as he declared though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. Until he encounter Jesus on Damascus road the Voice stated These are shocking, unexpected words that will change His life forever. 

To understand Jesus, you need to understand Jesus mission was to redeemed humanity from the curse Adam and Eve curse called sin As declared Jesus 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Dr John Gil wrote, so persons under first convictions “tremble” at the sight of their sins, which rise up like so many ghosts, and stare them in the face, and load their consciences with guilt; at the swarms of corruptions they see in their carts, which appear to them an habitation of devils, a hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird; at the curses of a righteous law which threatens with damnation and death; at the future ju so persons under first convictions “tremble” at the sight of their sins, which rise up like so many ghosts, and stare them in the face, and load their consciences with guilt; at the swarms of corruptions they see in their carts, which appear to them an habitation of devils, a hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird; at the curses of a righteous law which threatens with damnation and death; at the future judgment, and the apprehensions of divine wrath; and at the voice and word of God, which strikes terror, cuts them to the heart, and like an hammer breaks the rock in pieces: and they are “astonished” at their own wickedness and vileness, which they had no conception of before; at the sparing mercy and forbearance of God, who has continued them in being, and not sent them to hell, to be among devils and damned spirits; at the light around by which they see their  dgment, and the apprehensions of divine wrath; and at the voice and word of God, which strikes terror, cuts them to the heart, and like an hammer breaks the rock in pieces: and they are “astonished” at their own wickedness and vileness, which they had no conception of before; and this was done internallythe conception of before; The pride of the Pharisee is now brought down to the dust; and the fury of the persecutor is not only restrained,

Ananias said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ Jesus declares 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Who better preached the gospel in than the one who failed God Miserable. Jesus declares these words Simon the Pharisee 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly or the Apostle Paul Wrote but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.

Perhaps these words compose by say bests Horatio Spafford  My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My not in part but the whole Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more for the remainder of life he declares the gospel

Remember the Paul wrote 13 letters in the new testament in which was included in the canon of scriptures in which miserable give us assurance that all sins are nailed to the cross

Well Known Hymns Writer And Composer Part Two

Be Thou Vision is base on Jeremiah 9:23-24, This is what the Lord says: The wise man must not boast in his wisdom; the strong man must not boast in his strength; the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth. But the one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me — that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the Lord’s declaration.

Saint Dallán Forgaill was Isish poet born in the 5th century. He was poet, Chief Ollam of Ireland, as well as a scholar of Latin scriptural learning .Although he was not a priest, Dallán founded several churches throughout Ireland, such as Kildallan in County Cavan. The prayer belongs to a type known as a lorica, a prayer for protection.[7] The symbolic use of a battle-shield and a sword to invoke the power and protection of God. He went blind in the middle of his lif. Note first stances; Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

It was translated in 1905 by Mary E. Byrneand Eleanor Hull, 1912. Music: ‘Slane’ Traditional Irish.

Note 4th stance:

Be Thou my battle shield, sword for the fight;
be Thou my dignity, Though my delight;
Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower,
raise Thou me heav’nward, O Power of my pow’r.

The original was written;

Rop tú mo baile, a Choimdiu cride:

ní ní nech aile acht Rí secht nime.

Rop tú mo scrútain i l-ló ‘s i n-aidche;

rop tú ad-chëar im chotlud caidche.

Rop tú mo labra, rop tú mo thuicsiu;

rop tussu dam-sa, rob misse duit-siu.

Rop tussu m’athair, rob mé do mac-su;

rop tussu lem-sa, rob misse lat-su.

Rop tú mo chathscíath, rop tú mo chlaideb;

rop tussu m’ordan, rop tussu m’airer.

Rop tú mo dítiu, rop tú mo daingen;

rop tú nom-thocba i n-áentaid n-aingel.

Rop tú cech maithius dom churp, dom anmain;

rop tú mo flaithius i n-nim ‘s i talmain.

Rop tussu t’ áenur sainserc mo chride;

ní rop nech aile acht Airdrí nime.

Co talla forum, ré n-dul it láma, Huh!!!!

mo chuit, mo chotlud, ar méit do gráda.

Rop tussu t’ áenur m’ urrann úais amra:

ní chuinngim daíne ná maíne marba.

Rop amlaid dínsiur cech sel, cech sáegul,

mar marb oc brénad, ar t’ fégad t’ áenur.

Do serc im anmain, do grád im chride,

tabair dam amlaid, a Rí secht nime.

Tabair dam amlaid, a Rí secht nime,

do serc im anmain, do grád im chride.

Go Ríg na n-uile rís íar m-búaid léire;

ro béo i flaith nime i n-gile gréine

A Athair inmain, cluinte mo núall-sa:

mithig (mo-núarán!) lasin trúagán trúag-sa.

A Chríst[note 1] mo chride, cip ed dom-aire,

a Flaith na n-uile, rop tú mo baile

He was declare a saint in the early 11th century, during the reign of the High King of Ireland Máel Sechnaill but was already listed as a saint in the earlier 9th century,

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

All Mighty Fortress is our God,” written in 1527 by Martin Luther Base on Psalms 46. Martin Luther greatest desire was to preach from scriptures and bring music and worship back into the congregation. He was an excellent musician. As a boy he sang in a choir that performed at weddings and funerals, and also played the flute. Especially in the form of congregational hymns sung in everyday language, sometimes borrowing secular tunes.forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. It should especially among Reformed churches music is a significant part of worship. Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. Martin Luther wrote,”The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

Historians declare that it has been sung by persecuted people on their way to exile, and by martyrs at their death.It has been called the “Battle Hymn of the  Reformation” for the effect it had it has been called the “Battle Hymn of the Reformation” for the effect it had in increasing the support for the Reformers’ cause

“A mighty fortress is our God A bulwark never failing Our helper he amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe His craft and power are great And armed with cruel hate On earth is not his equal.”

The strains of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” could be heard drifting through the portals of the gigantic Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 14, 2001. It was part of the National Service of Prayer and Remembrance, just three days following the 9/11 attack on our nation.On the base of Luther’s tomb is inscribed, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

A Great Thou Art

Evangelist Billy Graham said: “The reason I like ‘How Great Thou Art’ is because it glorifies God. It turns Christian’s eyes toward God, rather than upon themselves. I use it as often as possible because it is such a God-honoring song.”It was base on Psalm 8; 1,8 and Jeremiah 10; 6. Carl Boberg, a member of the Swedish Parliament compose.It was translated into English from the Russian by English missionary Stuart K. Hine,

Cart Boberg and some friends were returning home to Mönsterås from Kronobäck, where they had participated in an afternoon service. Presently a thundercloud appeared on the horizon, and soon lightning flashed across the sky. Strong winds swept over the meadows and billowing fields of grain. The thunder pealed in loud claps. Then rain came in cool fresh showers. In a little while the storm was over, and a rainbow appeared. When Boberg arrived home, he opened the window and saw the bay of Mönsterås like a mirror before him… From the woods on the other side of the bay, he heard the song of a thrush… the church bells were tolling in the quiet evening. It was this series of sights, sounds, and experiences that inspired the writing of the song.

It was that time of year when everything seemed to be in its richest colouring; the birds were singing in trees and everywhere. It was very warm.

Note first and second stances,

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

STUART K. HINE (1899-1989) was born in west London on the 25th July 1899, just as a turbulent new century was dawning. He made his own personal commitment to Christ at the age of 14 and shortly after, he was baptized.

Stuart married Mercy Salmon and within a month of their wedding they set out for Poland to begin a period of service in Eastern Europe which was to last for over sixteen years. In June 1934 Stuart set off on a three hundred mile mission-by-bicycle to the people of the nearby Carpathian Mountains.There, they heard this Russian hymn, learned it, and started using it in their evangelistic services. Stuart Hine also started re-writing some of the verses — and writing new verses (all in Russian. Note stances three; And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in. That on a Cross, my burdens gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.

Dmitri’s wife was reading from the gospel of John about the crucifixion of Christ to a houseful of guests, and those visitors were in the very act of repenting.

In Ukraine (as I know first hand!), this act of repenting is done very much out loud. So the Hines heard people calling out to God, saying how unbelievable it was tha t Christ would die for their own sins, and praising Him f or His love and mercy. They just couldn’t barge in and disrupt this obvious work of the Holy Spirit, so they stayed outside and listened. Stuart wrote down the phrases he heard the Repenters use, and (even though this was all in Russian), it became the third verse that we know today: “And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in.” They also left Eastern Europe at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, returning to London. After the war, and after questioning God as to why their ministry to the Eastern Europeans was curtailed, the Hines were amazed to discover that millions of Displaced People from Easter Europe were streaming into England! Their ministry came to them, instead of them going to their ministry!

One man to whom they were ministering told them an amazing story: he had been separated from his wife at the very end of the war, and had not seen her since. At the time they were separated, his wife was a Christian, but he was not, but he had since been converted. His deep desire was to find his wife so they could at last share their faith together. But he told the Hines that he did not think he would ever see his wife on earth again. Instead he was longing for the day when they would meet in heaven, and could share in the Life Eternal there.

Note stances 4;When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

Artists like Susan Boyle, Carrie Underwood, Elvis Presley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Loretta Lynn and John Cash.

The beloved hymn didn’t start its life as a song. It began as a poem

Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow

Thomas Ken was a Anglican bishop, hymn writer, poet and royal chaplain to Charles II of England.Where he was both rewarded and punished for his firm adherence to principle. Rewarded where he became royal chaplain to Charles I. However, He and seven bishops oppose the Declaration of Indulgence, which was designed to promote Roman Catholicism

Where he was arrested thrown in the Tower, and found not guilty where he continues to serve James 2 until he fled the country.

When William and Mary were crowned monarchs in 1689. For his refusal to swear allegiance to the new regime, Ken was deprived of his office in 1691 and spent the remaining 20 years of his life in retirement. His familiar hymns, “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun” and “Glory to Thee, My God, This Night,along with All praise to thee, who safe hast kept,All praise to thee, my God, this night, Praise God, from whom all blessings flow, Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. A doxology sung at the end church service.Praise him, all creatures here below;Praise him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Well Known Hymns Writer And Composer Part One

Hymnology means there is the discipline concerned with the historical and scientific study of the hymn, from both a textual and musical point of view. Or the study of hymns, their history, classification, etc., the composition of hymns. The tribute is a song that honours God; a hymnist Is a hymn writer who composes the melodies.

Many hymn writers, when they compose their hymns, it centres around the traumatic circumstance around their lives, instead of examining their occurrence and throw a pity party. They trusted in God, and they compose theological melodies that stand the test of time. As Martin Luther started, If you want to change the world, pick up a pen and write.

For example, When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His blood for my soul. But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal.

This hymn was written after traumatic events in Horatio Spafford’s life. The first two were the death of his four-year-old son and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago that was extensivel damaged by the great fire).[ His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873. He had planned to travel to England with his family on the SS Ville du Havre to help with D. L. Moody’s upcoming evangelistic campaigns. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic Ocean, The ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone …”. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford travelled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died. Bliss called his tune Ville du Havre, from the name of the stricken vessel.

When passing where the Ville du Harve slipped beneath the dark waters of the Atlantia Once It Well With My Soul base on Philippians 4:7 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Note stances 2 and 4 My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My not in part but the whole Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Stance 4 & 5; But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, the voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul. And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, A song in the night, oh my soul!

When a follower of Christ goes through trouble waters, whether it death in the family or bad news from your physician, knowing Jesus is beside you during these times bring comfort to our souls since for It well with our soul.

Henry Francis Lyte, was an Anglican minister and poet. For most of his life was in poor health. He developed tuberculosis and, at the age of 54, Where he came near to the end of his life.

His family were surprised and almost alarmed at his announcing his intention of preaching once more to his people. His weakness and the possible danger attending the effort, were urged to prevent it, but in vain. “It was better”, as he used to say often playfully, when in comparative health, “to wear out than to rust out, Teddy Roosevelt wrote, “For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”

What would Teddy say to president Joe Biden when he hurdling up in Home instead of campaign.How would Henry react if told to shut His church drown due to germ causing countless lives?

In the evening of the same day he placed in the hands of a near and dear relative the little hymn, ‘Abide with Me’, with an air of his own composing, adapted to the words.Just weeks later, while on holiday in Nice, France, Henry Lyte went to be with Jesus. It was November 20th, 1847.

Note Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;

Change and decay in all around I see;

O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.

Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

It is also often sung or played at Christian funerals.

Or another poem;

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.

Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.

Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known.

Yet how rich is my condition! God and heaven are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too.

Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.

And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,

Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!

In Thy service, pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.

I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:

Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast.

Life with trials hard may press me; heaven will bring me sweeter rest.

Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me while Thy love is left to me;

Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation; rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;

Joy to find in every station something still to do or bear:

Think what Spirit dwells within thee; what a Father’s smile is thine;

What a Savior died to win thee, child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,

Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.

Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;

Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.

Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.

Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known.

Yet how rich is my condition! God and heaven are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too.

Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.

And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,

Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!

In Thy service, pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.

I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:

Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast.

Life with trials hard may press me; heaven will bring me sweeter rest.

Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me while Thy love is left to me;

Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation; rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;

Joy to find in every station something still to do or bear:

Think what Spirit dwells within thee; what a Father’s smile is thine;

What a Savior died to win thee, child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,

Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.

Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;

Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Jesus Love Me For The Bible Tell So

Anna Bartlett Warner. The lyrics first appeared as a poem in the context of an 1860 novel called Say and Seal, written by her older sister Susan Warner (1819–1885). In the novel, Sunday School teacher Mr. Linden comforts his student, Johnny Fax who was dying.

Jesus Love me, was published as a hymn in the hymn book.The tune and chorus were added in 1862 by Dr. William Batchelder Bradbury. After publication as a song it became one of the most popular Christian hymns in churches around the world,[4] especially among children.

When the were on military duty, the cadets would sing “Jesus loves me.”Anna outlived her sister by more than thirty years. The popularity of the song was so great, that both sisters were buried with military honors because of their contribution they made to the spiritual well being of the soldiers. They are the only civilians buried in the West Point Cemetery.Their home, Good Crag, was willed to West Point Academy and made into a National Shrine. Their home is now a museum in their honor.

“Jesus Loves Me” is the first hymn taught to new converts and children worldwide. Additional verses have been added throughout the years.

Many have reported that, during the Q & A time, a student asked Karl Barth, if he could summarize his theology in a single sentence. As the story goes, Barth responded by saying, “In the words of a song I learned on my mother’s knee: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’

It based on on 1 Corinthians 6:19 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

Jesus loves me—this I know,

For the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to him belong,—

They are weak

Jesus loves me—loves me still,

Though I’m very weak and ill;

From his shining throne on high,

Comes to watch me where I lie.

Jesus loves me—he will stay,

Close beside me all the way.

Then his little child will take,

Up to heaven for his dear sake

Jesus loves me, this I know,

for the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to him belong;

they are weak, but he is strong.

Jesus loves me he who died

heaven’s gate to open wide.

He will wash away my sin,

let his little child come in.

Amazing Grace was compose by John Newton and all around bad guy and took great delight in using foul mouth around Christian and took great delight in perverting them, demeaning and taunting them. According to Newton, “I made it my study to tempt and seduce others.

Although, he brought up in a religious home by his mother was a Godly woman. She would often would sing to him and pray with him, and, taught him the Bible at an early age, and ingrain the love of music. She died at the age of seven years He would renounce her Christian faith joined the royal navy following in his father footsteps

He was appointed to the Greyhound, a Liverpool ship. In 1747, and on its homeward journey. Where the ship and the crew suddenly encountered a violent storm. The crew work endless to keep the ship afloat and they were exhausted. Where he remember his mother who was a follower of Christ, and he sought the Lord in or fasting and prayer however, did not find God. Even thou the Lord guiding him through the storm eventually sparing his life.

In heart he believes in Christianity, nonetheless, he concluded that his sins were too great to be forgiven, and waited in fear.Reading Proverbs 1; 24, 26,24 But since you refuse to listen when I call I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;I will mock when calamity overtakes you. Hebrew 6:4-6; 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen[a] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace and 2 Peter 2:20, 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”and nearly drove him to despair. John Calvin wrote, “The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.”

Until he read, Thomas Kempis The Imitation of Christ

He read Saul conversion in Acts 9 and the reception of the prodigal son in Luke15;21-23 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.

Before their arrival in Ireland he had trusted his soul to Christ, whose precious blood had power to cleanse away his every sin.

Newton returned and to married his childhood Mary Catlett, in St. Margaret’s Church, Rochester on February 01 1750. Prior to proposal her he was hard pressed to utter the necessary words. John wrote these words,” ‘My heart was so full it beat and trembling.

Where he lack in speech, however, he able to express elegantly in his letters, Later he wrote poems, letters and pamphlets “You will not be displeased with me for saying, that though you are dearer to me than the aggregate of all earthly comforts, I wish to limit my passion within those bounds which God has appointed. Our love to each other ought to lead us to love him supremely, who is the author and source of all the good we possess or hope for. It is to him we owe that happiness in a marriage state which so many seek in vain, some of whom set out with such hopes and prospects, that their disappointments can be deduced for no other cause, than having placed that high regard on a creature which is only due to the Creator. He therefore withholds his blessing (without which no union can subsist) and their expectations, of course, end in indifference.After 34 years Newton spoke about the slave trade business he and the horrific conditions of the slave ship, and became an ally William Wilberforce, campaigning to abolish the African slave for trade. “In 1797, he stated, “If the trade is at present carried on to the same extent and nearly in the same manner, while we are delaying from year to year to put a stop to our part in it, the blood of many thousands of our helpless, much injured fellow creatures is crying against us. The pitiable state of the survivors who are torn from their relatives, connections, and their native land must be taken into account.” Furthermore he penned these words, “a confession, which … comes too late … It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.” He had copies sent to every MP, and the pamphlet he sold so well that it swiftly required reprinting. He keep a log his life on board a slave ship. Where he describes a graphically described the horrors of the Slave Trade and his role in it. Accorrdly his he following, 28th JUNE. … Put the boys in irons and slightly in the thumbscrews to urge them to a full confession.

He wrote in log following, “…Buryed a girl slave (No 92). In the afternoon while we were off the deck, William Cooney seduced a woman slave down into the room and lay with her brutelike in view of the whole quarter deck, for which I put him in irons. l hope this has been the first affair of the kind on board and I am determined to keep them quiet if possible. If anything happens to the woman I shall impute it to him, for she was big with child. Her number is 83…” “…ln the morning examined the men slaves and punished 6 of the principal, put 4 of them in collars.” … Buryed a man slave (No.84) of a flux, which he has been struggling with near 7 weeks …

He compose Amazing Grace in 1759. It drew on Newton’s own experience as a slave trader — specifically, from a near-death experience he’d had decades earlier, when the slave ship he was on encountered a violent storm, prompting him to convert to Christianity.

Note the following;

Amazing How Grace the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now I am found

hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares

We have already come

‘Twas grace has brought us safe thus far

And grace will lead us home

With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognisable songs in the English-speaking world.

The song is also well-known anthem of the civil rights movement. It was sung at many Martin Luther King Jr. Obama himself sang it during the funeral for the South Carolina state senator killed in the 2015 Charleston church shooting.

Between 1970 and 1972, Judy Collins’ recording spent 67 weeks on the chart and peaked at number 5. Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Elvis. Ironically, this touching song, was closely associated with the African American community.

He died 1807, on a gravestone, it is written, “Once an infidel and libertine A servant of slaves in Africa, Was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the Gospel which he had long laboured to destroy.

Toward the end my dad life he was physical blind due to inhaler he put on inhaler and side effect was his vision. He was a self made man with a lot pride and hardworking who provided for his family and love wife. Yet he was a marginalizes followers of Christ and attend church off and on throughout his life. He experiences several nightmares where he was in hell in which vividly frightened him One time he had nightmare, nonetheless Jesus came along told he was in the lamb book life and Jesus took his hand. After that he experience no any more nightmares.One day my cousin Rick ask him if he knew Jesus Christ his responds was I once was blind now but know I see. Even thou he physical blind, however, he had spiritual sites. At the funeral, they sang Amazing Grace, For it well with the soul when he died.

https://allpoetry.com/Henry-Francis-Lyte

https://www.jaquellecrowe.com/blog//2011/03/if-you-want-to-change-world-pick-up_14.html

lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dall%C3%A1n_Forgaill

https://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/hymnology

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/hymnology

https://unlockingthebible.org/2013/07/the-25-most-popular-christian-hymns/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Is_Well_with_My_Soul

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abide_with_Me

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Francis_Lyte

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Loves_Me

http://dianaleaghmatthews.com/jesus-loves-me/#.YA4VHS_Ejmo

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2013/01/did-karl-barth-really-say-jesus-loves-me-this-i-know/

https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bnewton10.html

https://www.biography.com/news/amazing-grace-story-john-newton

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-30/complicated-story-behind-famous-hymn-amazing-grace

Sinner prayer Part One

There many types of conversion such as some dramatic where you would remember great detail how life was transformed For example where Saul of Tarcus encounter Jesus on Damascus roa d. Where some was gradual where they can not pin a down period when they accepted Jesus as Lord and Savour. While others were taught by their parents that Jesus crucified on the cross and atoned humanity for their sins they away believe it. While others were given a Bible and discovered Jesus in the Bible for example Professor Rosaria Butterfield, and Ravi Zacharia. While others accepted Christ at Billy crusades. While other accepted Christ through friendship evangelism. While other where weir for instance the late Dr. RC Sproul in Ecclesiastes 11:3, if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. While had vision of Jesus. They all came to the same conclusion that they are sinner and they needed a Saviour Jesus Christ

The Westminister Confession ask serous of questions ? Q. 24. What is sin?

A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, any law of God, given as a rule to the reasonable creature.

1 John 3:4; Gal. 3:10, 12.

Q. 25. Wherein consisteth the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?

A. The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell, consisteth in the guilt of Adam’s first sin, the want of that righteousness wherein he was created, and the corruption of his nature, whereby he is utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite unto all that is spiritually good, and wholly inclined to all evil, and that continually; which is commonly called Original Sin, and from which do proceed all actual transgressions.

Rom. 5:12, 19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 5:6; Rom. 8:7-8; Gen. 6:5; Jas. 1:14-15; Matt. 15:19.

Back to Top

Q. 26. How is original sin conveyed from our first parents unto their posterity?

A. Original sin is conveyed from our first parents unto their posterity by natural generation, so as all that proceed from them in that way are conceived and born in sin.

Ps. 51:5; Job 14:4; Job 15:14; John 3:6.

Q. 27. What misery did the fall bring upon mankind?

A. The fall brought upon mankind the loss of communion with God, his displeasure and curse; so as we are by nature children of wrath, bond slaves to Satan, and justly liable to all punishments in this world and that which is to come.

Gen. 3:8, 10, 24; Eph. 2:2-3; 2 Tim. 2:26; Gen. 2:17; Lam. 3:39; Rom. 6:23; Matt. 25:41, 46; Jude 1:7.

Q. 28. What are the punishments of sin in this world?

A. The punishments of sin in this world, are either inward, as blindness of mind, a reprobate sense, strong delusions, hardness of heart, horror of conscience, and vile affections: or outward, as the curse of God upon the creatures for our sake; and all other evils that befall us in our bodies, names, estates, relations, and employments; together with death itself.

Eph. 4:18; Rom. 1:28; 2 Thess. 2:11; Rom. 2:5; Isa. 33:14; Gen. 4:13; Matt. 27: 4; Rom. 1:26; Gen. 3:17; Deut. 28:15-68; Rom. 6:21, 23.

The Greek word for sin is hamartia meaning failure or missing the mark for example in

When Adam transgressed in the garden, he sold humanity into slavery lock, stock and barrel. Since that time, humanity was held hostage by the kingdom of darkness. It was a hopeless situation because the only way to undo what had been done was for mankind to redeem or ransom what was lost

Give them them rest or peace until rest in Christ Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee. St Augustine, When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Psalm 32:3-4. Calvin wrote, How much soever believers may feel that they are oppressed by a heavy load of iniquity, and are not only devoid of every thing which can procure the favour of God for them, but justly burdened with many sins which make him an object of dread, yet they cease not to present themselves, this feeling not deterring them from appearing in his presence, because there is no other access to him

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name., Daniel distinctly declares that he was confessing his own sin, and the sin of his people Israel.

David also sets us an example of this humility: “Enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified,” (Psalm 143:2)

In like manner, Isaiah prays, “Behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: Behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.” (Isa. 64:5–9)

Jeremiah says, “O Lord, though our iniquities testify against usdo thou it for thy name’s sake,” (Jer. 14:7).

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to thy mercy remember me, for thy goodness sake, O Lord,” (Psalm 25:7). Again, “Look upon my affliction and my pain, and forgive my sins,”

I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me,” (Psalm 51:5). Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. The Voice,For I was guilty from the day I was born, a sinner from the time my mother became pregnant with me.

Calvin wrote,When believers long for deliverance from punishment, they at the same time pray that their sins may be pardoned by God . Furthermore he Of this we are even reminded by our Savior’s reply. Having determined to cure the paralytic, he says, “Thy sins are forgiven. Mark 2;5

To this we may refer the words of John, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9) source of healing (James 5:16).

Those who confess sins are reassured that God will forgive, and remove that sin’s impact on fellowship. Note that even though this passage is written to believers, John states that those who confess sins are both forgiven and cleansed. Though believers are forgiven at the point of salvation, there is also an ongoing sense in which believers need to confess sin and experience forgiveness and cleansing. Cleansing was an important part of the Mosaic Law, mentioned some 14 times in the book of Leviticus alone. It was the goal of those who brought a sacrifice to the Lord in the tabernacle and temple.

The psalms celebrate God’s forgiveness that comes through confession and repentance. Some interpreters link this psalm to David’s sin with Bathsheba after Nathan had exposed his transgression, but the king certainly had other failings. Even if we do not associate this psalm with any personal transgression by David, it serves well as a model confession for those who are painfully aware of their sin. How happy is the one whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sin is hidden from sight. How happy is the person whose sin the Eternal will not take into account. How happy are those who no longer lie, to themselves or others. When The Voice I finally saw my own lies, I owned up to my sins before You, and I did not try to hide my evil deeds from You. I said to myself, “I’ll admit all my sins to the Eternal,” and You lifted and carried away the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:1-2,5 ;

it serves well as a model confession for those who are painfully aware of their sin. How happy is the one whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sin is hidden from sight.

If we confess our sins – If, from a deep sense of our guilt, impurity, and helplessness, we humble ourselves before God, acknowledging our iniquity, his holiness, and our own utter helplessness, and implore mercy for his sake who has died for us; he is faithful, because to such he has promised mercy, Psalms 32:5; Proverbs 28:13; and just, for Christ has died for us, and thus made an atonement to the Divine justice; so that God can now be just, and yet the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.

And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – Not only to forgive the sin, but to purify the heart.

As scripture declares, But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.1 John 1:7, Also Romans 6:18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. The Voice The beauty of your new situation is this: now that you are free from sin, you are free to serve a different master, God’s redeeming justice.

“By the giving up of His sinless life sacrificially, Christ annuls the power of sin to separate between God and the believer” (Vines Dictionary of New Testament Words).

The Apostle Paul writes,But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven?” that is, to bring Christ down or, “Who will go down into the abyss?” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:6-10

John Calvin wrote But since no man is worthy to come forward in his name,and appear in the presence of God, our heavenly Father, to relieve us at once from fear and shame, with which all must feel oppressed, has given us his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, to be our Advocate and Mediator, that under his guidance we may approach securely, confiding that with him for our Intercessor nothing which we ask in his name will be denied to us, as there is nothing which the Father can deny to him (1 But since no man is worthy to come forward in his name, and appear in the presence of God, our heavenly Father, to relieve us at once from fear and shame, with which all must feel oppressed, has given us his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, to be our Advocate and Mediator, that under his guidance we may approach securely, confiding that with him for our Intercessor nothing which we ask in his name will be denied to us, as there is nothing which the Father can deny to him (1 Tim. 2:5

Redeemed, restored, forgiven Through Jesus’ precious blood,John Calvin, that repentance and faith go hand in hand, being united by an indissoluble tie, the one causing terror, the other joy, Scripture also declares there is no distinction

In Romans 10:11-13 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. In Romans 3:22 God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

Finally in Galatians 3:28-29 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise. As Scriptures declares, Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

Tex Watson testimony When he went back to his cell , he looked into the mirror, and he saw a smile on his face that brightened up his cell. According to Tex, he never experience this while on drugs or alcohol. The only experience he felt was unending sadness, no rest, and no pleasure in his life only misery. Although it costs him arm and leg, When committed the seven murders he was high on hallucinogenic drug known as belladonna a powerful drug? That cause you wholly lose touch with reality. He lost his know-how to chose between right and wrong, Yet in his own words he was ultimately responsible for taking the drugs and committing the horrifying murders. When he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into life. the heaviness he felt was gone, and a smile was on his face. The sorrow and restlessness were gone, and it was replaced with endless happiness and it was all for free. He spent all kinds of money on drugs and alcohol and in which brought him no joy. Yet, the free gift from God Jesus brought him endless delight. Remember, he admitted and took responsibility for murdering seven people. Below is his quote

“In the world when something is broken, it is set aside. But in the Kingdom of God, He sets aside the unbroken thing. It is the precious, broken thing that He uses to confound the wise and show the world His glory through vessels of clay. Who was worst king in Judea, Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king and reigned 55 years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, imitating the detestable practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites. He built altars in the Lord’s temple, where Yahweh had said, “Jerusalem is where My name will remain forever.”2 Chronicles 33:1-2,4 So He brought against them the military commanders of the king of Assyria. They captured Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze shackles, and took him to Babylon. When he was in distress, he sought the favor of Yahweh his God and earnestly humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. He prayed to Him, so He heard his petition and granted his request, and brought him back to Jerusalem, to his kingdom. So Manasseh came to know that Yahweh is God. He removed the foreign gods and the idol from the Lord’s temple, along with all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the Lord ’s temple and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city. He built the altar of the Lord and offered fellowship and thank offerings on it. Then he told Judah to serve Yahweh, the God of Israel.2 Chronicles 33:11-13,15-16

John Calvin wrote Moreover since he himself is the only way and the only access by which we can draw near to God, those who deviate from this way, and decline this access.

Scripture declares that we have “boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us” (Heb. 10:19,

Furthermore in part of scripture states, In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.Ephesians 3:12 Yet another states,I called to the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and put me in a spacious place. The LORD is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? – Psalm 118:5-6

John Calvin wrote Nay, we must be specially careful to show our gratitude on this very account, that God pardoning our unworthiness, not only allows each individual to pray for himself, but allows all to intercede mutually for each other.In I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32:8 As The Voice started,I will teach you and tell you the way to go and how to get there; I will give you good counsel, and I will watch over you. Yet another states,If You do, I promise to teach rebels Your ways and help sinners find their way back to You.Psalm 51:13 or Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. The Apostle Paul wrote,

The Voice wrote,Christianity is not merely a set of ideas and propositions. One can agree with all the truths in the Bible and still miss the power of God. Paul knows the brothers and sisters in Corinth might attempt to reduce Christianity to a new philosophy based on human understanding, but the power of God cannot be fully grasped by our eight-pound brains. We must approach God humbly as creations, not as those aspiring to fully explain the Creator of the universe. However, in the presence of mature believers, we do impart true wisdom—not the phony wisdom typical of this rebellious age or of the hostile powers who rule this age. Despite what you may think, these ruling spirits are losing their grip on this world. but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.1 Corinthians 1:23,2:2 or the voice states, But we tell a different story. We proclaim a crucified Jesus, God’s Anointed. For Jews this is scandalous, for outsiders[a] this is moronic, I claimed to know nothing with certainty other than the reality that Jesus is the Anointed One, the Liberating King, who was crucified on our behalf.

John Calvin wrote, Now, indeed, when we have the Lord Jesus, in whose hand the eternal covenant of mercy was not only made but confirmed, what better name can we bear before us in our prayers?

In short seeking forgiveness and confessing your sins to Jesus simply works, if nothing occur why bring your petition before him again. It like going to a medical doctor with a bad cold. They prescribe a medication and does not work, and call them up, and tell you to continue medication.Would you follow their advice. As scriptures declares, Free me from prison so that I can praise Your name. The righteous will gather around me because You deal generously with me. Or This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles.

Martin Luther once penned the quote above, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” And change the world Martin did. But how? By first picking up a pen and writing …

We left Martin with a decision, a decision to remain quiet or to speak out. What do you think he did? In the words of Martin himself: “If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.” And that’s exactly what Martin did.

https://thewestminsterstandard.org/westminster-larger-catechism/

The First Two Prophesies At Jesus Birth

The Old Testament prophets foretold a future Messiah. In gospel the Matthew in the first 4 chapters, he uses five old testament prophesies concerning about the messiah. Zechariah prophesied that Messiah has already arrived. In Luke 1:67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied and the prophesies centre around one person Jesus.

According to Grand Jeffrey in the book called Armageddon: Appointment With Destiny the odds anyone fulfilling five prophecies centre around the messiah would been 120,00 to 1 for one person to accomplished. It would like throwing a diamond ring in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and casting fishing line in the ocean and retrieving the diamond back. The prohiesies center around His death on the cross, and why He perished. For example Simeon uttered these words, For my eyes have seen Your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples— a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel. and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Anna uttered these words, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Luke 2:25-26

Note;For my eyes have seen Your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples— a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel.”

Luke 2:34 (ENTVIIII): Simeon blessed them both; though this blessing of his may take in also the young child Jesus; whom he might pronounce blessed, as Elizabeth before had done, ch. 1:42 since he was the promised seed, in whom all nations of the earth should be blessed; and to whom, and to whose undertakings, interest, and kingdom, he might wish all prosperous success.

Thepersons raised to have been in a low estate, as all God’s elect by nature are: they are in a hopeless and helpless condition in themselves: they are in a state of thraldom and bondage, to sin, Satan, and the law; they are filled with diseases, nauseous, mortal, and incurable; they are clothed in rags, and are beggars on the dunghill; they are deep in debt, and have nothing to pay; and are dead in trespasses and sins. Christ is now provided and appointed, for the raising them up out of their low estate, and he does do it; he is the resurrection and the life unto them. He is the resurrection and the life unto them; he raises from the death of sin, to a life of grace and holiness from him, to a life of faith on him, and communion with him here, and to eternal life. He pays all their debts, clothes them with his righteousness, heals all their diseases, redeems them from the slavery of sin the captivity of Satan, and the bondage and curse of the law.

There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for 84 years. She did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.Luke 2:35-38,40.

Note, At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were note looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Luke 2:38 (ENTVIIII): just as Simeon was embracing him in his arms, and blessing God for him, and saying the things concerning him he had done; and who also came at that juncture, as he did, under the impulse, and by the direction of the spirit of God; gave thanks likewise unto the Lord: praised him, as he had done, that he had sent the promised, and long-looked-for Messiah and Saviour; and that she had lived to see his blessed face, and this happy day; and that she should be directed to come in at this instant, and be favoured with this singular mercy of seeing the new-born Saviour

Luke 2:38 (ENTVIIII): Some versions, as the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic read, the redemption of Jerusalem; not literally, but spiritually understood, even the redemption of the church of Christ, which is often so called: and others, as the Persic version, the redemption of Israel; that is, of spiritual Israel:

Note The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.

Note God’s grace was on Him. Dr. John Gils And the child grew, &c.] In body, in strength, and in stature; which shews that it was a true body Christ assumed, and like ours, which did not come to its maturity at once, but by degrees.The Persic and Ethiopic versions read, was strengthened in, or by the Holy Spirit; with the grace and gifts of it; but the former sense is best.

Concerning Simeon, Anna, and Zechariah and wife Elezabeth uttered these words, mother of my Lord should come to me,You are the most blessed, and her husband uttered these words, He has provided redemption for His people, and His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. Simeon and Anna uttered these words, looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem and For my eyes have seen Your salvation.

Since Simeon, Anna Zechariah, Elizabeth well along in year’s they however, they witness the birth of Christ nevertheless, they were not around when Jesus started His ministry or His death on the cross They predicted that Jesus would be the Savior of the world. For example, Simeon uttered these words, and a sword will pierce your own soul. Zechariah, was high priest, understood the sin offerings since administer Sacraments he uttered, He has raised up a horn of salvation. to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

Mary uttered these words, my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. Joseph Mary’s wife where angel reveals to him, She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.” Or angel appeared before shepherd in fields, Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.

Jesus predicted his death and resurrection found in, Mark 8:31, Mark 9:30-32, and, Mark 10:32- 34. Jesus also stated, “Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it up in three days.”

But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body. So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made.

John 2:19,21-22

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/brt/01-1_021.pdf

Does God Operate Through Dream And Visions

Does God Operate Through Dream And Visions

Wikipedia defines a dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily mind during certain stages of sleep

The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology. Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. Continuous movements of the eyes reveal REM sleep during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep.

Visions are known to emerge from spiritual traditions and could provide a lens into human nature and reality.[2] Prophecy is often associated with visions. For example, St Paul‘s vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus or St Peter seeing unclean beasts

Visions occur frequently in the Bible as instruments of supernatural revelation. They are audiovisual means of communication between a heavenly being and an earthly recipient.

The terms used to designate visions in both Testaments have to do with seeing or perceiving. The Old Testament terms for vision (the Hebrew verbs raa and haza and their several noun derivatives) mean simply to look at or to see. In the New Testament, horao [oJravw] is one of the Greek verbs for see, observe, or perceive, but its related noun (horama [o&rama]) is the common term for “vision.”

And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dreamter dreams.Acts 2:17.

For God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it. In a dream, a vision in the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber on their beds, He uncovers their ears at that time and terrifies them with warnings,Job 33:14-16

Hebrews 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”Matthew 1:20-21.

Matthew 1:19 (BBC): He might have been indignant at his fiancée on two counts: First, her apparent unfaithfulness to him; and second, though innocent, he would almost inevitably be accused of complicity.

Matthew 1:20 (ENTVIIII): If we believe the Jews, this Angel must be Gabriel, since he is the Angel who is appointed over dreams; for he appeared to Joseph in a dream, which is one of the ways and methods in which the Lord, or an Angel of his, has occurred to the Saint s formerly, and has answered them, see Gen. 31:11; 1 Kings 3:5; 1 Sam. 28:6, 15 and is reckoned by the Jews one of the degrees or kinds of prophecy: and so the Angel here not only encourages Joseph to take to him his wife.

Matthew 1:20 (ENTVIIII): she has not been guilty of any criminal conversation with men; this conception of her’s is of the Holy Ghost, and entirely owing to his coming upon her, and overshadowing her in a wonderful and miraculous manner. I say, the Angel not only encourages Joseph after this manner, but delivers something to him by way of prophecy.

in Matthew 1:21,25 In She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.

And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route. After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.” Matthew 2:12-13

Note being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod and, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream.

Matthew 2:13 (ENTVIIII): The child is also mentioned before the mother, not only because of his divine nature and office, in respect to which he was her God and Saviour; but because it was the preservation of the child that was chiefly regarded, and for which the providence of God was particularly concerned.

Matthew 2:14 (BBC): From infancy the threat of death hung over our Lord. It is apparent that He was born to die, but only at the appointed time. Anyone, who walks in God’s will is immortal until his work is done. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.

There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment. About three in the afternoon he distinctly saw in a vision an angel of God who came in and said to him, “Cornelius!” Looking intently at him, he became afraid and said, “What is it, lord?” The angel told him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have come up as a memorial offering before God.Acts 10:1,3-4.

Acts 10:3 (ENTVIIII): He saw in a vision evidently, &c.] He was not in a dream, or in a trance, but he was thoroughly awake, and his eyes open, and was himself; it was not in the night, but in clear day: about the ninth hour of the day; or three o’clock in the afternoon, which was the hour of prayer.

Acts 10:3–8 (BBC): Being a Gentile, he was not as aware of the ministry of angels as a Jew would be, and so he was afraid and mistook the angel for the Lord. The angel spoke reassuringly of God’s appreciation of his prayers and alms.

In Acts 1:8, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth

Note to the ends of the earth, Cornelius was a Gentle and Godly man who prayed faithfully. In Acts 10; 44-47 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speaking in other languages and declaring the greatness of God. Then Peter responded, “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the housetop about noon. Then he became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something, he went into a visionary state. He saw heaven opened and an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners to the earth. In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat. Acts 10:9-13

Acts 10:10 (ENTVIIII): Peter fell into a trance; or an ecstacy, or an ecstacy fell upon him; it was what was supernatural, and came from above, and did not arise from any natural cause in him; he was as it were out of the body, and entirely in the spirit; all the bodily organs and senses were shut up, but in a visionary way, and which was an emblem of the opening and revealing the mystery of the calling of the Gentiles. In Acts 1:8, Jesus foretold but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, the ends of the earth was about ready to unravel, and Gentiles, would be filled with Holy Spirit

: Though the blood and righteousness of Christ, and the grace of his spirit, and with respect to its discipline and conversation; and so to a great one for its largeness; for though the number of its members, when compared with the world, are few, yet in themselves are a number which no man can number; and though it was but small at first, yet the Gospel being carried among the Gentiles it increased, and in the last times will be large: knit at the four corners of the world.

In Acts 10;28 Peter said to them, “You know it’s forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner. But God has shown me that I must not call any person common or unclean.

However Moses declared these words.You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 22 You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.You shall not oppress a stranger; you know the heart of a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Furthermore he started And when a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, partake in the Passover.but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him.

Peter declared the gospel to Cornelius, and his household saying We ourselves are witnesses of everything He did in both the Judean country and in Jerusalem, yet they killed Him by hanging Him on a tree. not by all the people, but by us, witnesses appointed beforehand by God, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to solemnly testify that He is the One appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.”The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speaking in other languages and declaring the greatness of God. Then Peter responded, “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days. Acts 10:45-48

During the night a vision appeared to Paul: A Macedonian man was standing and pleading with him, “Cross over to Macedonia and help us! ”Acts 16:9

Acts 1:8 to the ends of the earth now the doors of Europe were opened. Acts 16:9 (BBC): Whether consciously or not, Macedonia (and all Europe!) needed the gospel of redeeming grace. The Lord had been closing doors in Asia so His servants would carry the good news to Europe. Stalker paints the picture:[The man of Macedonia] represented Europe, and his cry for help Europe’s need of Christ. Paul recognized in the vision a divine summons; and the very next sunset which bathed the Hellespont in its gold light shone upon his figure seated on the deck of a ship, the prow of which was moving toward the shore of Macedonia.

Then the Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you because I have many people in this city.

Acts 18:9-10

Acts 18:9 (ENTVIIII): the Gentiles were exasperated against the apostle; and his life might seem to be in danger, and he might be thinking of removing from hence for his preservation and safety; and might be advised to it by his friends, or at least that he should be incognito, and not be seen publicly: wherefore the Lord appears to him, and bids him not indulge any fears, or conceal himself and be silent, but speak, and hold not thy peace; preach freely and boldly the Gospel without fear of men; the fear of men should not stop the mouths of Christ’s ministers.As scriptures declares,

Now I urge you to take courage, because there will be no loss of any of your lives, but only of the ship. For this night an angel of the God I belong to and serve stood by me, and said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And, look! God has graciously given you all those who are sailing with you.’

As scriptures declares, Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Acts 27:22-24 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.

23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’

“You men should have followed my advice not to sail from Crete and sustain this damage and loss. .Do not be afraid You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.

Acts 27:24 (ENTVIIII): For though the apostle knew and believed he should go to Rome, and appear before Cæsar, to whom he had appealed, and where he should bear a testimony for Christ; and though he had previous notice of this storm, and of the loss and damage which should he sustained, and which he expected; yet the flesh was weak, and he might be under some fears and misgivings of heart, for these sometimes attend the best of men. Thou must be brought before Cæsar; as has been declared, and therefore can’t be lost in this storm; it is the will and decree of God, which can’t be frustrated.

Paul, that he might summon him to Jerusalem. They were preparing an ambush along the road to kill him.

Acts 25:3

I appeal to Caesar!” I answered them that it’s not the Romans’ custom to give any man up before the accused confronts the accusers face to face and has an opportunity to give a defense concerning the charges.Acts 25:4,10-11,16 After Festus conferred with his council, he replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar you will go!”Acts 25:12. The following night, the Lord stood by him and said,

In Acts 23:11 The following night, the Lord stood by him and said, “Have courage! For as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

There we found believers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. Now the believers from there had heard the news about us and had come to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. When we entered Rome, Paul was permitted to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded

him .Acts 28:14-16

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 Boasting is necessary. It is not profitable, but I will move on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who was caught up into the third heaven 14 years ago. Whether he was in the body or out of the body, I don’t know, God knows. I know that this man—whether in the body or out of the body I don’t know, God knows— was caught up into paradise. He heard inexpressible words, which h a man is not allowed to speak.

2 Corinthians 12:1 (ENTVIIII):The date of fourteen years ago, may refer either to the time when the apostle first had the knowledge of his being in Christ, which was at his conversion;this date may refer to the time of his rapture, which some have thought was some time within the three days after his conversion, when he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

The apostle might very well speak of visions, or heavenly appearances, since he was favoured with many; his conversion was owing to a vision or appearance of Christ to him, whom he saw with his bodily eyes, and heard him speaking to him, and which he calls the heavenly vision: at another time when at Troas, a vision appeared to him in the night, and a man of Macedonia stood and prayed him to come over and help them; and when at Corinth the Lord spoke to him by a vision, and bid him not be afraid, but go on preaching the Gospel, and these visions and revelations were for his instruction, direction, and encouragement in the ministration of the Gospel.

I know a man in Christ who was caught up into the third heaven, God knows—I was caught up into paradise.

2 Corinthians 12:4 (ENTVIIII): Not the earthly paradise in which our first parents were; this was destroyed by the flood, and the place where it was not now to be known

he was caught up into paradise, he heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter; to instance in particular things, which he then either saw or heard, as some have done, is bold and daring; as that he saw the divine Being with the eyes of his understanding, the several angelic forms, thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, and the glory and beauty of the souls of departed saints; and heard the harmonious music of each of these happy creatures; had a view of the book of life, and was shewn the order and method of divine predestination; was let into the mystery of the calling of the Gentiles, and the change that will be on living saints, and heard the whole account of the dispensation of things, in the church of Christ to the end of the world: the things were unspeakable. He was not able to put into proper words and language to be understood by others; and which as he heard them not from a mere man, but from the Lord,

God relating to man’s salvation, the whole of which he faithfully declares; and yet were necessary to be heard by him, in order to establish his faith in the Gospel, to animate him in his ministry, and fortify his mind against all the afflictions, reproaches, and persecutions, he was to meet with for the sake of Christ.

the present state of things, being no part of the counsel of God relating to man’s salvation, the whole of which he faithfully declares; and yet were necessary to be heard by him, in order to establish his faith in the Gospel, to animate him in his ministry, and fortify his mind against all the afflictions, reproaches, and persecutions. Seeing paradise in vision gave Paul the courage to preach the gospel to Gentiles and hope even difficult circumstances

Personal observation

I knew a women who had eleven children the oldest was a nurse, the next a pastor the other ran a photography business , a sister and her husband operates a farm,yet another was buyer at Sears, a sister teaches violin to under privilege children in her neighbour while other operate interior horticulture, while the was a nurse who work addicts on streets

While expecting their third-youngest and twin brother, she caught pneumonia and put on antibiotics in 1950 they were unaware of side effect for example birth defect. While two children were been delivery one was stillborn the other had speech impediments. When the child handed her he was mess, and she cried however, the Lord reveal her this child play a unique role in her life. Little did she know that he would rebel against her Christian belief. He eventually he became a follower of Christ, accepted he was sinner in need of a Savour.

When husband pass away this child with her until she pass away. Much the theological he come to love and cherish came from her teaching. and being around her shapes his theology.

My point is that visions and dreams from God do not occur every day.

1. For example the Apostle Paul there five visions;

2. a vision appeared to him in the night, and a man of Macedonia stood and prayed him to come over and help them; and when at Corinth

3. the Lord spoke to him by a vision, and bid him not be afraid, but go on preaching the Gospel, and these visions and revelations were for his instruction, direction, and encouragement in the ministration of the Gospel.

4. In Acts 23:11 The following night, the Lord stood by him and said, “Have courage! For as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome..

5. I know a man in Christ who was caught up into the third heaven 14 years ago. Whether he was in the body or out of the body, I don’t know, God knows. I know that this man—whether in the body or out of the body I don’t know, God knows— was caught up into paradise.

6. When he met Jesus on the Damascus Road.

The Apostle Peter one vision

The Apostle Peter had one vision, coming down, being lowered by its four corners to the earth. In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.

Jesus appear to the Apostle John The revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave Him to show His slaves what must quickly take place. He sent it and signified it through His angel to His slave John, who testified to God’s word and to the testimony about Jesus Christ, in all he saw.Revelation 1:1-2

And I saw lamp stands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, 18 and the Living One. I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:13,17-18. 19 Therefore write what you have seen, what is, and what will take place after this Revelation 1:19. Later on John saw After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and with palms in their hands.

Dreams and Visions from God are meant to inspire and give us the courage to preached the gospel even during difficult times.

Gotta question, With the completion of the Bible, God does not have to use dreams and visions as much as He did before. That is not to say that He cannot or does not; God can communicate with us however He chooses. But when we have a decision to make, our first stop should always be the Bible, not a dream.

And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:18-21

(BBC): Speaking of James, John, and himself, Peter emphasizes that they distinctly heard the voice of God when they were with the Lord on the holy mountain. Here is the testimony of three witnesses, which according to Matthew 18:16 is authoritative and competent.

2 Peter 1:18 (BBC): We do not know the mountain on which the Transfiguration took place. If it were identifiable, it would probably be littered with shrines by now. It is called the holy mountain not because it was intrinsically sacred but because it was set apart as the site for a sacred event.

2 Peter 1:19 (BBC): And so we have the prophetic word confirmed. The OT prophets had predicted Christ’s coming in power and great glory. The events on the mount of Transfiguration confirmed those prophecies.

2 Peter 1:19 (BBC): F. W. Grant’s translation of the rest of verse 19 is helpful. “… to which ye do well in taking heed (as to a lamp that shineth in an obscure place, until the day dawn and the morning star ariseth) in your hearts.

2 Peter 1:19 (HNTC 1-2 Pe/1-3 Jn): So confident was Peter of the reliability and authority of the Scriptures that he counseled us to use the Scriptures as our guide until the Second Coming of Christ”

https://www.opc.org/qa.html?question_id=239

https://www.gotquestions.org/dreams-visions-Bible.html

https://www1.cbn.com/biblestudy/dreams-and-visions%3A-god-uncensored

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/visions/

https://biblehub.com/topical/v/vision.htm