on Psalms 51-100

on Psalm 51
O God, Your Word shows me my failure,
and your Spirit makes me feel
how appalling my behaviour, –
which I can’t from you conceal.
Cleanse in mercy, love and pity;
teach me wisdom in my heart,
inward truth, blot out iniquity;
do not cast me off, depart.

Those who’ve tasted precious kindness,
full forgiveness, guilt relieved,
fellowship with God, his goodness
felt, and mercy, joy received,
will delight to teach transgressors,
roused by God to give him praise:
Saviour, fill my lips with treasures,
turning sinners to your ways.

This will not be merely duty,
or attempt to gain reward,
but 0ne pardoned who was guilty
glad to humbly serve my Lord.
Build up Zion, make it prosper,
cleansed by mercy, your delight, –
filled with adoration, wonder,
worshipping through Christ aright!

on Psalm 52
A tongue that cuts,
and plots to hurt,
loves harmful words, and lies;
its owner strong
boasts all day long, –
disgraceful in God’s eyes.

But God will bring
you down for sin,
your wealth will soon be gone;
you trusted that,
your purse grew fat
destroying other men.

We’ll see his fall,
– he did not call
on God for his provision.
God does not fail,
I flourish still,
and trust in his salvation.

on Psalm 53
“There is no God”: the fool’s opinion.
But God observes to see if anyone
now understands, and seeks their Maker,
but none do good, they tempt each other,
consume, oppress God’s people precious,
and will not learn that that is useless.
They’re filled with dread unreal, unreasonable,
and will not call on God dependable,
despising him, so he despised them.
But soon there will be restoration:
be glad, rejoice in full salvation.

on Psalm 54
Remember to pray when the crises come;
remember to pray, not just talk or fret;
remember to detail in prayer, explain;
he’s glad to be told, and he won’t forget
to help and deliver his child, sustain:
our God and his truth will triumph again!

Their evil will slay them, the Lord must repay,
for slander and malice must not succeed.
Our Maker is good and he’s faithful, just.
They’r seeking my life, and they will not heed
God’s word, but in hatred attack, and thrust.
Surely God is my help: I will praise and trust.

on Psalm 55
They’re schemeing all around,
I’m full of troubled thought,
they cause me suffering, – terrors loom,
I’m fearful and distraught.

I’d like to fly away,
I’d like to hide and sleep,
far from the violent city where
destructive forces creep.

Confuse the wicked, Lord,
confound their speech, curtail
their threats and lies. On God I cast
my care – he will not fail.

But saddest far when friends
whose fellowship seemed sweet,
thrust deep with words as smooth as oil,
faithlessly wield deceit.

The wicked you will down;
the righteous will not fall.
So as for me, I, day and night
trust God, and on him call.

God reigns unchanged, and hears;
the godless have no fear,
or awe of God, and will not change, –
their judgement day is near.

on Psalm 56
They hotly pursue with slander and lies,
they press their attack, proud plottings devise.
When I am afraid,
In God I will trust.
For mercy I prayed –
he’s able and just.

They twist all my words, they lurk and they plan:
but fleeting the foulest schemings of man.

Record my lament, you know every tear;
my foes will withdraw: the Judge will appear.

Men’s schemes are cut short. God saves me from death,
and stumbling. With God, I’m walking in faith.
In God I will trust,
his Word I will praise.
He’s able and just,
I fear not men’s ways.

on Psalm 57
Their teeth and tongues like swords and spears,
these ravenous beasts pursue.
I hide in God, and call, – he hears,
and saves; – rebukes them too.
Have mercy, shelter me in love,
fulfil your plans for me,
O God, exalted high above, –
your faithfulness we’ll see.

They spread a net, I felt oppressed.
Themselves they hurt, not me.
No longer bowed, depressed, distressed,
I trust God steadfastly.
Awake, my soul, and sing his love,
make music, sing his praise.
O God, exalted high above, –
on earth your glory raise.

on Psalm 58
Responsibility is great
of those who rule, or judgements state,
but many think they can oppress,
deaf to their Judge, they cause distress.

O God, prevent their vicious bite,
their fangs remove, and out of sight
they’ll vanish quickly, disappear
– O, bring an end to their career!

Then men will see that God is just:
we’re glad he sweeps away as dust
all wicked mutinous life outpoured,
and righteousness receives reward.

on Psalm 59
Deliver, O God, from malicious attack.
It’s not for offence that they’re hitting me back.
Lord God, conquer wickedness, evil subdue.
You laugh at the folly that pride leads men to.

These dogs prowl at night, but their actions are seen.
I’ll sing in the morning, – you will intervene.
Their words spew like swords, and they snarl, howl with greed:
– O, show them your anger in ways that men heed.

on Psalm 60
You shake your people and your land,
but those you love are praying.
God builds his kingdom, – all the earth,
his ownership’s displaying.

Our victory must come from God,
man’s help is truly worthless.
(If you no longer go with us,
our efforts will be fruitless.)

on Psalm 61
O God, my refuge for so long,
my reverent vows you heard,
and covered with protection strong:
rich gospel grace outpoured.

But now my heart grows faint, I call
– I’m weak, but you are strong,
lead to my Rock, who’s over all,
for your embrace I long.

Increase my days of usefulness,
to heaven safely bring
by constant love and faithfulness, –
where I will serve and sing.

on Psalm 62
My soul finds rest in God alone,
my Rock, salvation, – on my own
I’m weak, – in him secure I’ll stand; –
with guile, my downfall they intend.

Pour out your hearts – your problems and your praise
to God your Refuge, trust in him always.
God spoke, and we can read, and read again
of grace and power, and justice to all men.

For men are faint, and fickle and unsure.
Don’t set your heart on riches insecure,
or take what others rightfully now own:
my soul find rest in God alone.

on Psalm 63
O God, my God, I seek, I thirst,
as in a desert place,
to feel again as seen at first,
your glory, power and grace.

Your love is more than life, I’ll sing
life-long in praise, and pray
in Christ; well-satisfied, I’ll cling,
upheld from day to day.

At night I’ll think of grace you’ve shown,
I will remember you,
my murderous foes will be cast down,
and liars silenced too.

on Psalm 64
They sharpen words to shoot,
snares cunningly conceal:
hide me from their conspiracies –
they boast, no fear feel.

Hear me, O God, protect,
and hide me from their noise,
so may the righteous praise the Lord,
take refuge and rejoice.

Then all mankind will see
God’s works, and think of him:
the wicked’s words will hurt themselves,
sharp judgements God will bring.

on Psalm 65
In Zion, you are truly praised,
and vows to you are made;
for you’re the God who always hears,
and knows what we have prayed.
From every country men will come,
to humbly make request,
– your Spirit’s sword reveals their need,
shows how they can be blessed.

Our sins are great and overwhelm,
but Christ atonement made
by dying. Cleanse us from our sin, –
your honour is displayed
in choosing, drawing men to come,
your gospel to believe.
So we are satisfied and filled
with blessings we receive!

Your deeds of righteousness bring awe,
O God our Saviour great, –
the hope of men on farthest sea
and every far-flung state.
You formed the mountains by your power.
Your might’s not laid aside,
but used in stilling waters, strife,
opposing human pride!

Men far apart hear startling news;
your awesome deeds cause fear;
but also, when your grace is known,
rich songs of joy we hear.
Despite the curse which sin procured,
you richly give the rain,
and all that’s needed to provide
abundant, fruitful grain.

Where farmers work and gardeners toil,
your bounty’s always seen,
and even on the open hills,
you make the pastures green;
and exclamations of delight
spring from our hearts; the earth
gives daily, yearly praise to God
for all that he brings forth.
Tune: CMD e.g. St Matthew by William Croft

on Psalm 66
All the earth should sing God’s glory,
praise with joy, his deeds make known.
Mighty power that stills the fury
of his enemies, they’ll own;
and he moulds us through affliction,
into such a rich salvation.

Come and see, – the sea was parted,
he is Ruler, and sees all.
Let no mutiny be started.
God has heard my vows and call.
Come and hear of grace astounding,
shunning evil, praise abounding.
Tune:87.87.88 eg Gounod by C F Gounod (87.87.77)

on Psalm 67
May God be gracious, smile and bless us:
so that the world may learn your ways,
your great salvation, rule and guidance.
May all the nations sing your praise,
with joyful reverence everywhere;
bring us in grace a harvest here:
our God will bless and hear our prayer!

on Psalm 68
May God now arise and his enemies scatter,
his foes flee, like smoke blown away,
like wax may they melt, at his might and his power;
but joy for the righteous we pray.

Sing to the Lord, King of heaven,
God of compassion and grace;
sinners persistent he’ll vanquish
(– they’d fed from a dry, desert place).

His is the Kingdom, eternal, supreme;
his power shook the earth, and made armies cower.
Our God is a God who will save from death;
he shepherds, with many a refreshing shower.

May the war-loving nations be scattered, gone,
and homage be brought to th’almighty King.
Returning, and leading his people home;
empowered and strengthened, your praises we sing.

on Psalm 69
You know my folly and my guilt,
I weep and fast – your wounds I’ve felt:
repentant, sorrowing, – you see;
– but some make fun, they slander me, –
false claims, and make life difficult.
In scorning me, they God insult.

I look for sympathy, concern,
but even relatives have gone.
I love your house, revere your name:
don’t let me cause confusion, shame.
I sink, and slide, and nearly drown,
but cry for help, in pain I groan.

I call, and call (so parched my throat);
the poor will see and gladly note
how you deliver, surely save
in mercy, faithful ones you love.
We praise: the needy’s call God hears;
he treasures all our trust and tears.

Judge evil, bring true justice soon,
and may their triumphs come to doom,
the traitor’s place be empty; fill
your church with those who love your will:
may heaven and earth praise as you build
your holy kingdom, all fulfilled.

on Psalm 70
Hasten, Lord, with my salvation.
I’m so needy, don’t delay.
Bring to shame, disgrace, confusion
those who seek my hurt today.
All who love you will rejoice,
exalting God with praising voice.

on Psalm 71
In you O LORD, I’ve refuge found,
do not abandon me to shame,
deliver me from men who hound,
and more and more I’ll praise your name.

O Sovereign LORD, you gave me birth
to life, and hope that will not cease:
you will lift up from pits of earth,
your saving power is fathomless.

I’m old and deeply troubled, weak, –
some think you’ve left me, but I seek
your help, – confound them; as for me,
secure in hope I’ll ever be.
With joy I will praise, and the things you have taught
I want to teach others, but need your support,
to tell of your splendour, instructing the youth
of the deeds of your might, and righteousness, truth.

on Psalm 72
The king of God’s people has need to be righteous,
with wisdom for justice, compassion and care,
defending the poor, and the nation will flourish, –
prosperity, godliness, fruitfulness share.
His name will endure, be honoured world-wide;
all nations through him will be blessed, and extol.
The LORD who alone does great wonders be praised
for ever, the earth with his glory be full.

on Psalm 73
Surely God is good to Israel,
to the purified in heart;
but I almost slipped, I’m feeble, –
thoughts confused by Satan’s art.
Sometimes things seem so perplexing –
flagrant sinners prosper well;
godly saints are tried, not lacking
what is good, but may feel ill.

Those, however, who are callous,
seem from struggles, burdens free;
healthy, clothed in pride and violence,
won’t believe that God can see.
Then I thought, ‘In vain my labour
to be holy’, ’til my eyes
cleared to see the rebels’ future, –
for the Judge will soon arise.

I’ve been foolish so to doubt you,
for you teach and hold my hand,
– it is always good so near you,
brought to glory in the end.
I desire nothing other, –
when my heart and flesh will fail,
God will be my portion ever,
strength of heart for one so frail.

on Psalm 74
Your people are crushed, and
your meeting-place burned,
instruction is hushed, and
your name has been scorned.
Why must we still suffer?
Redeemer, return.
Your covenant remember:
How long must we mourn?

O King of creation,
of judgement, and deeds
that saved, blessed the nation
– observe our deep needs.
Rise up, LORD to action,
and do not ignore
the dark situation:
your honour restore.

on Psalm 75
Your Name is great, your Name is near,
your actions wonderful; we hear
with awe, and thanks, as many tell
of what you’ve done, and will do, well.

The LORD, our God, has firm control,
things shake and quake, but through it all,
the pillars are held firm, he reigns,
his judgement falls when he ordains.

Raise not your strength and pride in scorn,
or soon your downfall-day will dawn,
and you will drink what God serves up:
appropriate judgement, well-earned ‘cup’.

And those who righteousness embrace,
are justified by faith, – God’s grace
ignites their praise, and will adorn
with honour, strength, like crowning horn.

on Psalm 76
God’s place was attacked, –
the weapons he cracked.
Then who should we fear?
of whom be in awe?

Resplendent with light,
your anger is right:
decisive announcement,
which none can withstand,
your judgement’s pronouncement;
by just, fair command
you save the afflicted:
make warring to cease,
rebelliousness broken,
and evil restrained.
Bring gifts and make peace,
submit, own the LORD.

on Psalm 77
To God I cried for help,
sought him when in distress,
at night incessantly I prayed,
felt fully comfortless.

Remembering God, I groaned,
I mused, and grew more faint.
I could not sleep, and could not speak,
and questioned my complaint:
Will the Lord reject me, pass by me for ever?
Will he never mercy bestow again?
Has his love unfailing now vanished? – and never
may I plead his offer to sinful men?
Has that promise failed, am I really so hopeless?
Has the Lord forgotten his grace to show?
or in anger held back compassion and kindness?
Can I never comfort, acceptance know?

In anguish I remember
the powerful works of wonder
of God’s redemptive might,
his holiness incomparable,
unequalled, and unfathomable;
– though we don’t see the way he takes,
his flock he’ll lead aright.

on Psalm 78
We must to our children pass on
the laws and the ways of the LORD,
the wonderful things he has done,
the dangers of scorning his Word:
so they his commands will obey,
and faithfully trust him today.

Some saw his miraculous provisions,
yet doubted, demanded, did not
believe, nor in new situations
trust God to take care of their lot.
Returning when feeling his rod,
but still did not fully love God
.

Full anger was often withheld,
but tasted to warn them, to sting,
pull back, – but they often rebelled:
frail flock of a wise Shepherd-King.
His temple and king set in place,
informed them of rule and of grace.

on Psalm 79
God let the nations invade,
his temple destroy,
but now his people have prayed,
rejecting today
the sins their fathers displayed –
for mercy they pray:
Forgive us, deliver,
repay those who slander
your name, and ignore you.
Our praise will outpour, through-
-out all generations.
Let all of the nations
observe God is living,
and gracious, forgiving,
but also omniscient,
and allocates punishment.

on Psalm 80
Great Shepherd, Leader of your flock,
and mercy’s King, we pray
stir up your might to save, restore,
look down with grace today.

We sense that you are grieved, and wait,
chastising, bringing tears.
Our enemies have mocked and scorned:
we cry to God, – who hears.

Your vine is ravaged, LORD, return,
look down, protect, restore,
revive us so we will not turn,
shine on us evermore.

on Psalm 81
Sing, shout for joy – his salvation recall:
remember his rescue, remember your prayer;
remember, take warning, from faith not to fall.

Now open your mouth to receive gracious care,
be filled with his Spirit, be careful to heed
instructions to listen and follow his ways
– your foes he’ll subdue, he will bless you and feed,
and satisfy richly:
obey him and praise.

on Psalm 82
God assesses and is just,
the Judge of every nation,
righteous and omniscient;
with perfect comprehension.

You who judge today, and rule, –
for truth you should be caring
(founding principles for earth) –
an awesome role you’re bearing.

Schemes against the poor, the weak:
defend them from oppression
by the wicked – don’t excuse
the cruel exploitation.

Soon, you too will die, and then,
like other men, appear
at God’s throne to give account:
seek wisdom, godly fear.

on Psalm 83
O God, don’t keep quiet;
O God, don’t be still:

Your foes are astir,
their heads boldly rear,
with cunning conspire, –
but you hold us dear.

They’re banding togther,
destruction their aim
– to blot altogether
from memory our name.

How futile and foolish –
now may it be seen
their schemes cannot flourish –
consumed as by flame.

Lord, bring them to shame,
your power display,
may men seek your name,
and worship today.

on Psalm 84
Blessèd state, to be with him
—near to you, my LORD and King;
and I yearn, athirst to be
in your presence constantly.
Sparrows have their temple nest:
there I too would come to rest.
On to praise you pilgrims press,
but through desert places pass,
in you, strengthened and refreshed,
’til your presence they have reached.

LORD, look now upon our Shield,
anointed One, whom you’ve supplied.
Serving you is better far
than dwelling with the wicked here:
Sun and Shield to all who trust,
walking with you, cleansed and blest.

on Psalm 85
When in times past you were displeased,
we earned chastisement just,
but turned from fiernce wrath, forgave
our sin, renewed our trust,
restored and blessed, removed distress,
so now we pray, once more:
revive, in mercy turn from wrath, –
our Saviour God, restore!

His people, saints, have reverent fear,
receive his promised peace,
prosperity, a harvest good,
by righteous, faithful grace:
they listen to his gospel word,
with thanks, and warnings learn;
and in his love rejoice, but must
to folly not return.

And so he will be glorified, –
his love and righteousness,
his truth and peace, will meet in Christ,
on earth bring faithfulness.

on Psalm 86
O LORD, my God, my love is true,
your servant guard, I trust in you,
be merciful, bring joy anew:
hear, and protect my soul.

You are God, and you alone;
you are great, the gracious One;
doing wondrous things, O come,
teach me now your way.

Give me heart integrity,
great your mercy is to me,
may my foes be shamed to see
I am in your care.

on Psalm 87
God founded Zion on a hill;
his church is now secure.
The gates of hell will not prevail:
God works his purpose sure.
So many glorious things to say
about the church of God:
beloved, his people there display,
the glory of their LORD.

And those afar should view this grace,
with longing to become
a citizen of that blest place,
reborn a favoured one!
Some from those far-flung states of earth,
soon sing, rejoice, for now
they’re heaven’s people by new birth,
drink where his waters flow.

Psalm 88
Overwhelmed and all alone,
eyes are dimmed by sorrows known,
wrath of God seems pressing down
into deepest, darkest tomb;
yet, O LORD, to you I cry, –
you’re the One who saves me, – why
don’t you come? I lift my prayer –
you’re not praised by black despair.

He who sang this Psalm came through,
so be sure that you will too,
if you have to pass this way,
struggling, sinking – always pray
even if you feel no hope,
and in gloomy thickets grope:
soon you will God’s faithfulness
feel, eternally confess. Tune:77 77 77 77

on Psalm 89
I must proclaim for ever
God’s faithfulness and love,
controlling all creation,
revered in heaven above.

You chose, anointed David
to serve, upheld, secure:
your covenant established,
as long as stars endure.

On righteousness and justice
your throne is founded, LORD;
and from you, love and faithfulness
are constantly outpoured.

How blest are those who know you,
who walk with you in light,
exalted in your righteousness,
protected by your might.

Their joy is in your honour,
your grace, and saving name;
their strength, their shield, their glory:
the LORD they now acclaim.

You chose, anointed David
to serve, upheld, secure,
establishing his kingly line
as long as stars endure.

Rebellious sons you’d punish,
but his descendant’s throne
would be preserved, enduring
by covenant divine.

But then there seemed a finish,
the enemies succeed.
No man from death can save himself:
your covenant we plead.

For faith is mocked and challenged:
but we will praise and sing –
the Son of David, Jesus,
has come, our saving King.
Tune: 76 76 76 76 (repeat 2nd half of tune for last verse)

on Psalm 90
The everlasting God: through all,
his people’s sure abode;
but mortal men have transient life,
and bear a guilty load.

You scan the generations, we
should think how brief our years,
and gain a heart of wisdom, ask
that joy replace our tears.

Relent, and have compassion, LORD,
you see each hidden sin,
and must afflict, rebuke, – in love
now peace and mercy bring.

Show us the splendour of your ways,
and teach us how to serve.
May others, through your work in us,
your beauty, grace observe.
Tune: CM

Psalm 91
A secret place which only those
of humble, contrite heart can know;
we’re held by God so very close,
through all the turmoils here below.

I need not fear disease, or pain,
traps, dangers night or day,
though many all around are slain,
kept for his will, I stay.

His angels guard those who abide
in him for shelter, though
they should not into dangers stride
his care to test and show.

Though problems fierce my come my way:
the serpent tempt, the lion roar,
I can be conqueror each day,
rise over all the problems sore.

I know his name, and love him so,
I ask his help, my Father, Lord;
he’ll sanctify and save I know:
in Christ, this sinner is restored.
Tune:LM

on Psalm 92
Each Sabbath day – a time to praise,
sing to the LORD, Most High;
and think of all his work and ways,
which fill my heart with joy.

Your faithfulness I would make known
(your thoughts are so profound),
and tell of all the love you’ve shown;
but fools don’t understand:

the wicked will not flourish long,
God will defeat all sin.
Christ’s Spirit makes his people strong, –
they walk, by grace, with him.

Those rooted in his kingdom, grow
and flourish as a tree,
and when they’re old, fresh fruit still show, –
they’ll praise God constantly.

Psalm 93
He reigns, the Lord Jehovah reigns,
unchallengeably always reigns,
his rule, his holy Word proclaims,
is universal, never wanes.

The waters churn, the powers of might
arise, present an awesome sight,
but he who rules is greater far
than all these things that frighten are.

The tides of circumstances turn,
and suddenly, the scriptures warn,
the trials may pile, the world may spite:
but One has all-victorious might.

The waters rise, my feet give way,
and I forget to trust and pray
to One almighty, good and wise
who knows no panic or surprise.

The waters churn and stir the sin
remaining squatting, but the King
now dwells within to help me fight
and reach that heavenly world of light.

Your Word stands firm and guides our ways;
and holiness, to endless days
surrounds our LORD, whose might is great:
his majesty now contemplate.
Tune:LM

on Psalm 94
One day the Lord will judge
the earth in righteousness.
The evil-doers do not think
God sees their wickedness.

He hears, – he placed the ear;
he sees, – he formed the eye;
he teaches, and he punishes;
he knows man’s every lie.

If we by him are taught,
and chastened for our sin,
then we are blessed, and when the Judge
repays, we’re safe in him.

The Lord will not forsake
his people, nor reject.
I slip, but you bring comfort, joy; –
surround me, and protect.
Tune: SM

on Psalm 95
If God’s almighty power you’ve known –
the great and gracious King,
Creator, owning all the world:
amazed, his greatness sing.

If we, our Maker love and know,
our God omnipotent,
good Shepherd of his chosen flock:
let’s worship and repent.

If our salvation’s Rock he is,
unceasingly let’s praise;
the Holy Spirit sets our hearts
with love and joy ablaze.

If you are blest to hear his Word,
then harden not your heart.
If unbelieving, in his rest
you will not have a part.
Tune: CM

on Psalm 96
Sing to the LORD, sing with praise to his name;
make known his salvation, and always proclaim
his deeds and his glory, tell lands everywhere
he reigns: of his majesty, splendour declare.

Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise,
for he made the heavens, and earth, which displays
his might that upholds it (their idols are vain);
he’s holy, and judgment just, right will ordain.

Tell all the nations to honour his might,
in holiness worship, his grace their delight.
All earth will rejoice when he comes, and completes
his purpose in righteousness, evil defeats.

on Psalm 97
The Lord reigns, the world should rejoice,
respond to the witnessing voice:
his power is mysterious, but just,
and indicates who we can trust.
But idols bring shame, and they all
in worship before him should fall.

God’s people hear tell of their LORD,
rejoice in his reign and his Word;
they love him, and love what is right,
they’re guarded, and led in his light.
Be holy, hate evil, and praise,
rejoice in his excellent ways.

on Psalm 98
Sing, – the LORD has wrought salvation,
and revealed it – joyful song!
Loving, faithful, gracious, holy, –
soon injustice will be gone.
Sing and praise with jubilation,
what a wonderful salvation,
joyful, blest anticipation
of the imminent perfection.

on Psalm 99
The LORD sits enthroned,
where mercy is found;
his greatness and glory
the earth should astound.
Your name, great and awesome,
and actions amaze;
your holiness, justice,
cause trembling and praise.

The God who made known
his mercy and will,
forgiving believers,
– he’ll answer us still,
but punishes sin,
which must be abhorred.
Exalt God, and worship
the holy, just LORD.

on Psalm 100
Everywhere, all should acknowledge the LORD,
hail him, and worship, with gladness restored.
He’s our Creator, and we who belong
to such a Shepherd, will raise joyful song.

Draw near with gratitude, praising his name:
his goodness is perfect and always the same;
constant, unwavering, his love will endure,
through all generations, his faithfulness sure.

Young thoughts

34 Items of song and verse:

Uniquely Important
It’s the greatest message, and it’s true.
It’s for all the world, – and for me and you.
It’s about the greatest King – and why,
Why King Jesus came to die.

So why was he born in Bethlehem?
and why did he teach and heal, and then
just why did he let them kill him, – why?
To rescue me, he had to die.

Now Jesus lives, come follow him,
for the greatest love from the greatest King,
with sins forgiven – God’s news is this –
an offer that’s too great to miss.
Tune of ‘He’s got the whole wide world in his hands’

The Universe and the Earth (Psalm 19:1)
The heavens declare your glory, Lord,
the sun and stars of power and light;
by telescopes observed, explored,
superb, magnificent the sight.

And if man travelled far in space,
how marvellous the things he’d see,
but yet he wouldn’t find a place
where he could live so easily:

Protected from those harmful rays,
with air in plentiful supply,
for earth and sky to God give praise,
and Christ, the Saviour glorify.
Tune: LM eg Fulda

Who can we trust?
Many people say what they think is true.
Many people think they know what’s good to do.
How can we find out then whether they are right?
God himself can help us, – his Word is Light.

When we know our God and we know his Word,
we can think about those other things we’ve heard.
Test what people say by what you know is true:
God’s own Words, the Bible, he’s given you.

You must listen well to your teachers all;
and obey your parents, – all their words recall.
You must try to do whatever things they say,
but in all remember, God’s Words obey.
Tune: 10 11 10 11 Jesus bids us shine by E O Excell

Truth
God’s Word is the best Word
that the world has ever, ever heard.
People talk such nonsense –
you can check what’s true to God’s clear Word.
So keep clear of what you know it’s wrong.
Pray for help, say ‘No!’, don’t go along:
Stay with those who follow
words of God, – the best words ever,
the world has ever,
has ever ever
heard.
Tune: Flintstones

Super Heroes
No ‘super-boy’ or ‘super-man’
can save us from our sin.
Before the universe began
our Jesus was the King!
Don’t be afraid, don’t be dismayed!
be sorry for your sin!
though in real life there’s problems, strife,
we have a Saviour-King.

God made it all, the universe,
he made it all so well.
Man sinned, and then got worse and worse,
deserving wrath and hell.

And Jesus, who is God and man,
has suffered, so I may
now ask forgiveness, and he can
look after me today!

And evil Satan trouble makes,
but Jesus is still King,
so Satan’s power he stops and breaks,
and soon will punish him!
Tune: CM+ God Sees by S W Straub

Miracles: Fact and Fiction
There’s a God who can do mighty wonders,
and his miracles show he’s King;
all his purposes will be accomplished:
he is sovereign over everything.
King of heaven, King of heaven,
King of kings on earth, for King of all;
King of heaven, King of heaven,
King of earth, for King of all.

When Elijah asked help of the widow,
she had almost no food to eat,
but God promised that he would supply her,
and his servant’s every need he’d meet.

But in stories of magic or fancy,
often evil’s confused with good;
things aren’t sure to turn out as they’re meant to,
or won’t stop their working when they should.

For this God is supreme and he knows us;
what he says we must try to do.
He is holy, and loving, – so trust him:
he is everywhere, and cares for you!
Tune: Sing Hosanna!

Not just hearing
To Jesus, Judas came,
to hear God’s Word and learn;
but what he did makes clear
he chose God’s Word to spurn.
Be always “doers of the word
not hearers only”, O take heed;
the Word of God is meant to be obeyed.

Do we do all we can
to hear and learn God’s Word?
But more, take heed and do
what there we’ve seen and heard?
Tune: Gospel Grace 6666 88 by James McGranahan

Pride
In your heart you feel a pull of pride,
a powerful pull of pride,
from way deep down inside.
In your heart you feel a pull of pride,
to please yourself, forget your God.

Some are taught the way they should behave,
they fairly well behave,
but don’t ask God to save.
Some are taught the way they should behave,
but still their hearts are full of pride.

God can change a proud and stubborn heart,
can recreate that heart,
a humble life to start.
God can change a proud and stubborn heart, –
to pride it still can slip and slide!
tune of ‘In my heart there rings a melody’ (Scripture Union Choruses)

Jesus sends his Spirit
King Jesus has died,
King Jesus has risen,
and now he is living in heaven. (repeat all 3 lines)

He promised to give
his Spirit to live
with everyone who will believe. (repeat first 3 lines)

His Spirit can teach,
his Spirit can change me,
and help me to live as he likes. (repeat all 3 lines)

Whoever believes,
his Spirit receives,
his Spirit is holy and good. (repeat 3 lines above)
Tune: of ‘My God is so big’

Peer Pressure
Your life can be tidy
or messed up with weeds,
if bad things take root
you’ll be spreading bad seeds.

And people around you
can draw you to live
forgetful of kindness,
of God, and his love

Laziness and Influence (Proverbs 24:30–34)
Fold your hands a little,
don’t put your things away:
your bedroom, hardly noticed,
gets messy day by day.

Fold your hands a little,
don’t keep a soldier’s watch:
your enemy will trip you,
your thoughts he’ll deftly catch.

Laziness and slumber
about God’s will and Word:
our lives grow messy, weedy,
not pleasing to the Lord.

How are you affecting
your schoolfriends by your seeds?
Are you spreading goodness,
or are you spreading weeds?

What needs tidying?
Depth of muddle in your drawer:
can’t find what your looking for!
Quite amazing what you find,
buried underneath, behind!

Muddled thoughts, pretence and lies:
no-one trusts your shifty eyes.
People know you want to hide
what you’re really like inside.

Truthfulness will make you friends,
and will please the God who sends
peace, and help and happiness.
Tidy up your secret mess!

Feeling better when your drawer
looks much better than before,
and when conscience does not prod:
nothing hidden now from God!

Railway journey?
My life is like a railway, –
I travel on each day.
The bit that’s gone before now
for ever’s passed away.
I can’t go back,
so help me spend
my time much better ’til the end.
Yesterday won’t come back,
life is like a railtrack.
‘Now’ is passing quickly, soon it’s gone,
then tomorrow comes, – the track goes on.

I don’t know how much further:
– it’s fun to play and learn
and if I waste this morning,
‘today’ cannot return.
There’s heaps to do,
you’re never bored,
when Jesus is your Guard and Lord.
Yesterday won’t come back,
life is like a railtrack.
‘Now’ is passing quickly, soon it’s gone,
then tomorrow comes, – the track goes on.

Tune: ‘Tenderness’ by Adoniram J Gordon 397 Grace (‘O the love that sought me!)

Envy (Proverbs 14:30)
Little wriggly caterpillars,
eating what is good, –
growing bigger, stronger,
as they eat their food.
Envy creeps around me, –
makes another hole, –
makes me useless, ugly,
damages my soul!

The King
God is King over all.
His plan he won’t fail to perform:
Though men are so guilty,
and don’t do they’re duty,
God is King over all.

God is King over all.
He’s chosen to save men from sin.
Eternally planning
for Jesus’ coming:
God is King over all.

God is King over all.
He’s forming a people for Life:
His Spirit will draw them,
Christ died to redeem them;
God is King over all.

God is King over all:
he’s promised to save when we call.
Then truly be sorry,
and ask for his mercy;
God is King over all.
Tune of ‘God is still on the throne’ lines 1-4 and last line.

The Christian Journey
A journey through hostile terrain,
adventures and dangers galore
God’s Word will protect, and explain
the way to survival, and more.

The traps are exposed and revealed,
and places where pits are concealed,
for those unprepared will soon slip,
and wandering, stumble and trip.

So look where you walk, wide awake,
for some of the signposts are fake,
and people give dangerous advice, –
to paths that seem pleasant and nice.

But if you have read and have heard
the teaching of Jesus’ Word,
you won’t be deceived, taken in
with ease, into dangerous sin.

Such things leave you sore, and they lead
away from the heaven you need.
Press on with God’s help in his ways,
supported, fulfilled all your days.

The team of the Lord will succeed,
his name and protection they plead.
Through hostile environment lies
the way to eternity’s prize.

New Life
New life in Jesus Christ, God’s Lamb;
new birth the Spirit gives,
that stream to quench our soul’s great thirst
within each Christian lives.
Eternal life, abundant life,
real happiness we’ll know,
if we repent, and we receive,
if Jesu’s way we’ll go.

We do not understand, we’re blind,
until God makes us see,
Christ rose again, so he can give
this life to you and me.
Tune: CM+ God Sees by S W Straub

7 Days in a week
Every week has 7 days,
and the 1st is Sunday:
day of rest and day to praise:
learn to live in God’s way.
Every week, 7 days,
but the best is Sunday:
come to church and Sunday School, –

learn to live in God’s way.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday come,
then it’s Thursday, Friday,
Saturday, and everyone
then has need of Sunday.
Tune: 76 76 + eg Doane by William H Doane, but I think I sing it as four crochets to each bar rather than crochet, quaver, crochet, quaver so making it a more ‘march-like’ tune!

Proverbs 4:20-27
Life flows from the heart,
guiding lips and eyes, –
what to say and do,
what is good and wise.

Purify your heart,
guard it well each day,
let it cleanse your lips,
keep you in the way.

Greed Proverbs 23:20,29,30,32
Many things that seem all right,
have a hidden sting or bite,
can ensnare you, draw away
from the Lord: beware and pray!

Don’t be greedy when you dine;
never linger over wine,
thinking it’s just harmless fun
taking many another one.

For intoxicating drink
can impair your power to think,
wasting money, wasting time:
so ‘beware’ of beer and wine!

Christmas Day
On the 25th December,
are you going to remember
God sent Jesus Christ as Saviour
What a wonderful gift!

Boys and girls of every nation,
can receive His great salvation,
so the most important question –
have you got this great gift?
Tune of ‘Jesus’ love is very wonderful’ (first two words of last line fit to ‘O’ of that song’s last line)

God’s children live like …
Each one who is a born-again believer in the Lord,
who’s tasted of salvation, and loves God’s precious Word,
for Jesus he must talk,
in Jesu’s ways must walk,
remembering that from sinful ways he now has been restored.

Each one who is a born-again believer in the Lord,
who’s tasted of salvation, and loves God’s precious Word,
must form a friendship deep,
with those who try to keep
God’s ways the old and young by whom the Saviour is adored.

Each one who is a born-again believer in the LORD,
who’s tasted of salvation, and loves God’s precious Word,
should friendly be to all,
but constantly recall,
God’s people should be set apart, to sin they should not fall.
Tune of ‘I’m inright, outright, upright, downright”

Come
Everyone, everywhere should remember God.
Everyone, everywhere should live as he’s said.
Come to trust him, live his way,
honour him in what you say,
he will be your Friend each day.
Life is good with God.

concerning the stories of Rev W Awdry
But what do railway engines do
when feeling full of pride?
Each one who’s proud soon looks a fool.
It always seems to be a rule:
The proud to shame will slide.

And what do railway engines do
when they don’t want to work ?
It’s not just passengers and boss
who find that trouble comes and loss, –
Work well and never shirk.

And when they’re feeling cross, – or find
trucks don’t do what they should –
bad temper brings but problems more,
and nasty talk makes others sore. –
Wise words can do much good.

Do railway engines ever lie,
attempting to deceive?
And is that way a happy way,
or should they really always say –
“The truthful joys receive.”

And railway engines must take care:
instructions they must heed,
and not forget to watch the track. –
On good advice don’t turn your back,
and watch your every deed.

Steam engines run to Sodor’s Isle,
afraid of scrap-heap doom.
To whom can boys and girls now turn,
when of their sin and need they learn? –
The LORD has ample room!
Proverbs 4:26,27; 10:26; 12:15; 12:22;13:4; 15:1; 15:18;
6:18; 18:10; 20:17 Matthew 26:41
Tune: 86 886 Child Service by H E Button

Prayer for teachers
God almighty, be among us,
help our teachers teach your Word.
Help each one of us to listen,
and to learn of Christ, the Lord.

God, almighty, still speak to us,
help us think about your Word;
and at home make us remember
things of Jesus that we’ve heard.
Tune: 87.87 ‘Sussex’

Do not hinder
Boys and girls all need to know
what the Bible says, for so
they can learn who made us all,
and for love and mercy call.
God, the Creator;
Christ, the Redeemer,
for any sinner:
that gospel we must tell.

Jesus said, “Let children come;
do not hinder anyone”;
we must know our Bible well,
if God’s truth we want to tell

Children need God’s law to know,
all their duty we must show;
though the world may love to sin,
they are blessed who walk with him.
Tune: 77 77 and refrain e.g. ‘Jesus Loves Me!’ by W B Bradbury

on Roger Hargreaves’ stories
Mr Silly, Mr Nosey,
Mr Lazy, Mr Noisy,
Mr Greedy, Mr Messy;
– What kind of person are you? (or, ‘am I?’)

Mr Muddle, Mr mean,
Mr Slow, or Daytime-Dream,
Chatterbox, or Mr Bump;
– What kind of person are you? (or, ‘am I?’)

Christ can help you (me) put things right,
he is near you (me) day and night,
do you (I) want with all your (my) might
– his kind of person to be?
Tune of ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’

Christmas time
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth,
though so great had humble birth.
Nailed upon the cross to die,
rose again great King on high.
Praise him for coming,
praise him for dying,
praise him for rising,
and trust him day by day.

Don’t just think of presents, fun,
think of Jesus Christ, God’s Son,
praise him, trust him, and obey, –
he will come again one day.

Through the whole 12 months so long,
praise him with a daily song;
Jesus Christ can help and hear
three six five days every year.
Tune: 77 77 and refrain ‘Jesus Loves me’ by W B Bradbury

for the very young
1.God is very great; (repeat the 1st line in every verse)
He made the tree, He made the bee:
God is very great.

God is very good;
and he wants me like him to be.
God is very good.

God wants me to pray,
and say I’m sorry when I’ve been naughty.
God wants me to pray.

Jesus came to save:
To teach and die, his love supply,
Jesus came to save.

Jesus, King in heaven,
can make you new, and help you through:
Jesus, King in heaven.
Tune: of ‘God is good to me’

2.Trust him, trust him, turn to him and trust him:
Christ, God’s Son, saving One;
trust him, trust him, turn to him and trust him:
mercy’s Word can be heard.

Ask him, ask him, turn to him and ask him,
“Lord, forgive, make me live.”
Ask him, ask him, turn to him and ask him,
God is near, he can hear.
Tune: 10 6.10 6 ‘He is Love’ by E R Bailey (tune of ‘Praise him, praise him, all ye little children’)

3.The Lord made the flowers, the moon, and the sun;
and all little babies, He forms them each one.
For no-one but God could create everything,
and still He’s controlling, He’s caring, He’s King.
tune: Away in a manger

4.There were 5000 men;
there was 1 small lad:
5 small loaves and 2 fish he had;
and he gave them to Jesus, and all were fed
with abundance of fish and bread.
Jesus is a mighty King,
loving, just;
he created everything:
we can trust.

Learn to trust him more and more
every day.
Faith grows stronger than before
as you pray.

5.God’s book is the Bible –
the words we all need;
so sit very still as
we carefully read.

It shows us God’s truth:
it’s a lamp and a light;
the Bible will teach us
the way that is right.
Tune: 11 11 11 11 ‘Away in a manger’ by W J Kirkpatrick

6.Who is God of all creation?
Little children, have you heard?
He is calling us to know him,
and he’ll teach us, hear his Word.
It is good to know about him,
it is good to know his way,
it is good to know about him, –

hear the Words of God today.

Each of us has lived so badly;
God is holy, true and good;
leave all wrong, come he will help you,
help you live the way you should.

Trust in Jesus Christ, the Saviour,
Son of God – for sin he died.
He is living, – those who trust him
know their Friend is at their side.
Tune: 87 87 D e.g.’All the way’ by R Lowry

Index

Advent
The 2 Advents
Advent Step 8) Announcement to the Shepherds
Advent Step 7) Announcement to Joseph
Advent Step 6) Announcement to Mary
Advent Step 5) Prophecy of the coming of John the Baptist
Advent Step 4) He will be called  …
Advent Step 3) Symbols
Advent Step 2) ‘But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah …
Advent Step 1) Genesis 3:15

Allegory
With hint of roar, ‘Now, where’s that one Trumpkin meets Aslan (based on a passage from Prince Caspian)
A goblin found an elixir [The poor, happy goblin]

Assurance and Dejection

Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Isaiah ch.6)
Rememberings Remembering sorrows, trials, grief (cf Psalm 137)

However long you have to wait Jeremiah 29 & Joseph
Do God’s children always feel a deep assurance
If I feel depressed and lonely Lamentations 3:19-26
O Lord, my God, I think with awesome wonder  Matthew 10:30  John 10:28,29   Daniel 3:27
David learns, and perseveres
Through faith the mouths of lions
In trials, troubles, turmoils
‘Look, behold I have engraved you …
I understand those feelings of despair
Why am I downcast? Help from Psalms 42 & 43
If we look around us, feeling quite depressed
For you know I love you, Saviour
Elijah was tired, exhausted, dejected

Backsliding
Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Isaiah ch.6)
It’s easy to backslide bit by bit from righteousness
Glory in Jesus, your Saviour from sin  1 Corinthians 1:31
Jonah learns If I’m not honest when I fail
Spirit’s ills are easily caught   Revelation 3:3  Luke 4:38,39
Hungry for the wielded sword  Revelation 3: 14-22
Stand firm Dear brothers, in the Saviour Ephesians 6:10-20
Blown about The winds of false teaching, the cunning of men Ephesians 4:14
Three times he denied (Simon Peter)
Religious words and ways  Hosea 6:4; 8:2;10:4,12; 14:2,5 Ephesians 5:1,4  Proverbs 25:11

Christian Living
Out of the overflow of the heart …
New life, a fledgling church (Acts 2:42)
Who tastes real happiness? Psalm 1
Reminders
Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Isaiah ch.6)
Tasting riches of salvation 1 Peter 2:1-3
When you have seen how very great Romans 12:1,2
Nothing better, more important (Press on)
Created to rejoice (Joy in God’s Grace)
Dear Saviour, Satan seeks  1 Peter 5:6-11
That wretched thing called worry
Upstairs I wander
However long you have to wait Jeremiah 29 &Joseph
Journeying onwards with vision of glory
Encourage each other, and come alongside (Hebrews 10:24,25) (Fellowship Support)
Tongues cause trouble
Sh! Little bit will turn the horse
Love is patient, love is kind …
King David, choice of God for ruling
Through faith, the mouths of lions
Living between the 2 appearings
4 Life-spans One had had a busy life that satisfied
Not hypocrites (Matthew 6:1-18) When we’ve opportunity
A counsellor by day and night    Psalm 16:7
A breastplate of righteousness  Ephesians 6:14   &   Proverbs 4:20-27
If we look around us, feeling quite depressed  1 Corinthians 10:24 Romans 14:19 Philippians 2:4
Who are blessed? Who will enter heaven? Matthew 5:3-12   The Beatitudes
David, Solomon, Elijah, needed (just like us) God’s Word. (OT Kings)
Love will grow from what foundation?  (1 Timothy 1:5–7)
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Dear brothers, in the Saviour  Ephesians 6:10-20
“Not my will but yours  (JOY) (Philippians 2:3-50
Do not long to live in plenty  (cf ‘Calon Lan’)
Through Jesus Christ I can   Philippians 4:13
Three times he denied (Simon Peter)
We must promote a peaceful life  (1&2 Timothy, Titus, Ephesians)
Love does not assume evil motive
Paul said, ‘For me to die is gain’  Philippians 1:21
Joy flows from Jesus through faith in his Word  Philippians 4:4
Insight into love divine  Romans 12:9-13
Each day we have need of supplies of fresh grace
Precious love,  a treasure rare
Make every effort, keep the unity   on Ephesians 4:3-6
We know him now, the One who must
The trials may heap on us – when will they cease? Isaiah 43:1,2
Those lusts seductive  Colossians 3:5-8
Blessed happiness of soul Wisdom’s happiness Proverbs 3
Love develops from 1Corinthians13 Love’s Source; Love’s Toil
Don’t look behind through  Exodus 14:12,13,15; 15:1,2
We’ll encounter opposition, in Christ prepare
A race to run, – don’t falter, faint Hebrews 11 & 12:1-3
Habits strengthen day by day (Colossians 1:23; 2:6,7; 3:5,8,12)
Bad memories can’t be erased (1 Cor.13:5,6)

Christmas
Gifts “exchanged” and gifts “expected”,
Mary’s Tale
By power almighty my son was conceived
A birth by miracle – a son
What child is this, foretold, announced?
Imagine a most famous king, rich royalty
Joy to the world where kindness, love
Christ, blessed Son of God  Philippians 2:5–7
Incarnate Son of God   1 John 1:1-2:2
How far would you go to help a friend?
From right outside this universe
Jesus, Saviour was his name
The angels look on in great wonder
Gold, and frankincense, and myrrh
At Christmas consider the gospel of wonder
We remember helpless baby
A birth by miracle – a son
On the 25th December
Baby born one day
Time’s pivot-point, long prophesied
Who could know that Babe was he
Jesus, Jesus, I’m not worthy
Do not worship me, an angel
Though Ahaz asked no sign
Mary’s puzzled – but, assuring

Christmas Verse
Transcendent God took human form
Mary meets Elizabeth
There is a mighty Sovereign God
Advent Calendar
Christmas excitements crackle –
Advent Step 8) Announcement to the Shepherds
Advent Step 7) Announcement to Joseph
Advent Step 6) Announcement to Mary
Advent Step 5) Prophecy of the coming of John the Baptist
Advent Step 4) He will be called  …
Advent Step 3) Symbols
Advent Step 2) ‘But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah …
Advent Step 1) Genesis 3:15
How far would you go to help a friend?
From right outside this universe
Millenia spanned by sight divine   Resolutions
The Son of God, his final Word  1 John 1:1-4 God becomes touchable body
His gift is best: it cost the most
God now Man: the angels sing the glory of the newborn King  John 1:10,11
Glorious Son in heavenly kingdom   Why?
Spoken truth – delivered ‘Word’
Oh, for calmness in the clamour
God in a stable – and holding the sky
A pinpointed time, appointment divine
Acknowledged just, and to his God  Simeon & Anna Anna, serving night and day
A skill above the mind of man A history of the universe
Look! who’s come! Creator King  (Wars will end)

Church
New life, a fledgling church (Acts 2:42)
Appealing bells, sensuous incense (Feelings or facts?)
Oh, do we feel anguish, and agony, shame Psalm 74
Long-term commitment Christ will sustain  (on Colossians 1:23 – 2:1)
Let us consider, and to this give  Rom 12:10; Phil 2:3,4; Heb 10:23–25
Thank God for saints redeemed, – we see  (Ephesians 1:15–19)
Encourage each other, and come alongside  (Hebrews 10:24,25) (Fellowship Support)
A church that brings Christ honour What kind of church do you want?
Never had been demonstrated John 13:34,35
Unity, no biting schism 1 Corinthians 11:17-32
We’ve worked upon the walls from Nehemiah
Christ is the church’s Architect Hebrews 13:7 Acts 20:28
Famine in the house of bread. Ruth 1:6
What is a church? (not a building) That place of stone with vaulted ceilings high
The darkness could not quench the light (relighting candle!)
Hungry for the wielded sword  Revelation 3: 14-22
Christ cherishes his church, – what care   (Ephesians 5)
How beautiful the feet which bring
Are you concerned for what the flock is needing? 3 John, Ezekiel 34
Tired of godlessness and spite  cf. Psalm 122
A thriving church delights my soul  (1 Thess 1:2,3 with Rev 2:1-7)
Make every effort, keep the unity   on Ephesians 4:3-6
Women deserted, or men pushed away  James 1:27
Relationships broken, and love turned to hate  (Colossians 3:8-16)

Citizenship
Some own there is a god  (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
The Despot Herod held a feast (Two kings, two feasts)
A law against offending speech
We must promote a peaceful life  (1&2 Timothy, Titus, Ephesians)

Creation and Science
What’s the odds? Was it really by some luck that…?
No more ‘junk DNA’
The Great Flood
The Great Delusion
Science is investigation of recorded information The Limitations of Science to study the past
How many stars in the Milky Way? (How many molecular switches in the brain?)
This earth was perfect, now it’s flawed  [Disasters]
Atoms of differing weights and activity  Intricacy of living tissue!
‘Millions of years’ – who says?
A Being supernatural can make a flower or planet
Look! and see how beautiful
I look at a flower or feather

Defence of the Faith
Of Caesar’s conquests on the earth  (Absurd?)
Feelings or facts?
What’s the odds? Was it really by some luck that…?
In the Gilgamesh epic tale (Myth-morphed history)
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
The meaning of life –
Screwtape’s three-pronged strategy
The Great Flood
Has healed, can heal, will heal
The defeat of the Archetype
What is a church?
Freedom from oppression
The Great Delusion
Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
The Limitations of Science to study the past
How many molecular switches in your brain?
Is truth immutable concealed
The Love of God
Principles from Psalms 1&2

Easter
The crux of all time
Resurrection? Jesus was beaten, crucified
He had to go to Calvary to rescue me
They were filled with venom on Mark 14:1-11
The thief repentant, on the cross
Palm Sunday (2) Brief the glory and the praise
Not just another man deceiving for a span
He died while young, his death achieved  John 18
Look, see the Lamb!
Significant Day (resurrection)
Death of Jesus Christ was real
Injustice, trial travesty (The Son of man must suffer many things)
The soldiers fell (signs at the time of the crucifixion)
Christ Jesus enters as the King of kings (Palm Sunday)
Hatred, hatred, deaf and blind (viewing the cross)
Because of Calvary
Who’d put their hope in a dead man?
Why ‘Good’ Friday?
An idle gamble, careless toss John 19:23,24  and Psalm 22 esp. v.18
Many philosophies, only one
They feared death, and suffered pain [2 crucified criminals, divided]
Not on the cross, Not in the ground  [Where is Christ?]
What a contrast with Barabbas
The soldiers checked that he was really dead
Some die to save their friends
His death that should have brought disgrace and shame

Just once he showed his awesome majesty
Do you love me?  John 21:15-25
The Father sent his Son to save  John 20:19-23
She wept ’til the dawning  John 20:1-18 Mary Magdalene
They kept the rules, but scorned the truth  John 19:30, 31, 34-37
So much guilt, – whom should I pay?  Matthew 27:50 John 19:30

Christ looked at Peter, caught his eye  (Luke 22:61; 24:34)
People like a nice idea, comfortable things to hear. Resurrection facts
“The King of the Jews  John 19:19-22  The sign on the cross
A foretold gamble
5 days – so much change Rejoice! your gentle King has come,  Zechariah 9:9 and Matthew 21:8,9; 27:20
Symbol of hope
They didn’t realise he was at their side  On the road to Emmaus
Upon the cross in agony and pain
Why my God am I forsaken?
Pontius Pilate (for children)

End Times
This world, when all was brought to be  (The beginning and end of tears)
The thief repentant, on the cross
Because he lives, I’ll ever live
As Jesus left the earthly temple  Mark 13
There is a day that soon will come  Romans 13:11-14
Has healed, can heal, will heal
They run away and shake a fist [Running away]
Ascension Day
Arising up and out of sight Acts 1:1-11
He clearly said that none can know [You do not know on what day your Lord will come]
This earth was perfect, now it’s flawed [Disasters]
Great expectations: hope wonderful, sure.  Mark 13
King Ahab said, ‘Until I come, in prison you stay  1 Cor.11:26; 1 Kings 22:17,18,26-35; Ecc.9:11; Pr 19:21

Ezekiel notes on the whole of Ezekiel’s prophecy

Family Life
Ruth speaks …
Beauty is … quietness and gentleness
“O son, you know my life was such a mess …
Christ cherishes his church, – what care  (Ephesians 5)
An oily tongue  Ecclesiastes 7:26; Proverbs 5:3-5; 12:4; 31:10,26,30 etc.
Precious love,  a treasure rare
Expecting a baby to care for and train  High expectations — Great efforts!
‘Spare the rod, and spoil the child’
Flashing pictures in the corner
The adverts in the papers
Those lusts seductive  Colossians 3:5-8
Women deserted, or men pushed away  James 1:27
Relationships broken, and love turned to hate  (Colossians 3:8-16)
Dashing here and dashing there
Before the fall they knew no shame
Holiness in daily living, in your job and in your home
Patience learnt, a little drop
Some are single, some have wed Helpful women (Prov.14:1)
Where have all the fathers gone? Proverbs 27:8
Some fear to teach a child to pray
Marriage needs co-operation

Fellowship
Let us consider, and to this give  Rom 12:10; Phil 2:3,4; Heb 10:23–25
Thank God for saints redeemed, – we see  (Ephesians 1:15–19)
Encourage each other, and come alongside  (Hebrews 10:24,25) (Fellowship Support)
Created not to be alone  (Proverbs 18:24 etc. )

for children
X=Xerxes, M=Mordecai, H=Haman
Upstairs I wander
Everyone who knows the Lord,
Sh! Little bit will turn the horse
The Seasons, and provision
We’ve learnt in the Bible how many were brave   Bible Characters
Proclaimed by God in a voice so loud   Deuteronomy 5:22
Wisdom calls for all to hear  Proverbs 1:20,22,23,32,33; 3:13,14 & Jas.4:8
Man can come to God almighty, draw near and pray
Young thoughts
:
It’s the greatest message, and it’s true.
The heavens declare your glory, Lord
Many people say what they think is true.
God’s Word is the best Word
No ‘super-boy’ or ‘super-man’
There’s a God who can do mighty wonders
To Jesus, Judas came, to hear God’s Word and learn
In your heart you feel a pull of pride
King Jesus has died, King Jesus has risen
Your life can be tidy
Fold your hands a little
Depth of muddle in your drawer
My life is like a railway
Little wriggly caterpillars
God is King over all
A journey through hostile terrain
New life in Jesus Christ, God’s Lamb
Every week has 7 days
Life flows from the heart
Many things that seem all right
On the 25th December
Each one who is a born-again believer in the Lord
Everyone, everywhere should remember God
But what do railway engines do
God almighty, be among us, help our teachers teach your Word
Boys and girls all need to know what the Bible says, for so
Mr Silly, Mr Nosey …
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth
For the very young:
God is very great
Trust him, trust him, turn to him and trust him
The Lord made the flowers, the moon, and the sun
There were 5000 men
God’s book is the Bible – the words we all need
Who is God of all creation?
The Pharisee told God
If to a friend at midnight
He glances through the galaxy,
Could you fish a crocodile?
Look! and see how beautiful
Macro-evolution? I look at a flower or feather

Grace and Law
The prophets and the law were teaching long before (God’s grace and gift)
Decalogue – Ten Words
Proclaimed by God in a voice so loud   Deuteronomy 5:22
Who but fools ignore the rules Psalm 119
Defeated often, wretched, sad.   Romans 7
Eternal sovereign God alone can holiness define.
O death, where is your sting?
No condemnation  Romans 8:1-17
His body broken in my stead  Hebrews 10:1-18
Jesus fulfilled the law [God’s grace and his law]

Growing in Grace
Filled not with stupefying drink (Be filled with the Spirit)
New life, a fledgling church   (Acts 2:42)
Do not long to live in plenty
Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (on Isaiah 6)
Tasting riches of salvation 1 Peter 2:1-3
Nothing better, more important (Press on)

Harvest
Fresh green of spring, when blossoms spread
God in heaven, his earth sustaining
We have so much: do we forget to thank and share?
Sowing kindness, love and care
The Seasons, and provision (for children)

Heaven
Because he lives, I’ll ever live –
Certain Hope
No pain and not in need
The Lamb who once was slain Revelation chapter 5
One had had a busy life that satisfied   4 Life-spans
This life can seem a wilderness, with Zion far ahead
A new creation, all perfect, good
Soon there’ll be days of glory
Facing death with disappointment  (Facing death– unbelievers & believers)
Paul said, ‘For me to die is gain’  Philippians 1:21
O death, where is your sting?
What is the hope of atheists? Luke 16:19–31
Heaven is full of love and happiness

Holiness
Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (on Isaiah 6)
Tasting riches of salvation 1 Peter 2:1-3
A breastplate of righteousness  Ephesians 6:14   &   Proverbs 4:20-27
Hide in your heart, and treasure  Proverbs 1:10; 4:6; 6:2,5,20,23
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Through Jesus Christ I can   Philippians 4:13
Insight into love divine  Romans 12:9-13
Shut up against the Lord’s control  Jericho and Joshua; Rahab and Achan

Ill health and weakness
Deep and bitter suffering
Acknowledged just, and to his God  (Simeon & Anna Anna, serving night and day)
Humdrum days can hum with praise,

Verse on Job

Joy
Wholehearted praise, through all my days
(on Isaiah 6) Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Reminders)
Created to rejoice (Joy in God’s Grace)
Joy to the world where kindness, love
Everyone who knows the Lord
“Not my will but his
Joy flows from Jesus through faith in his Word Philippians 4:4

Love
Do not long to live in plenty
Ten facets of love (Decalogue)
on Mark 14:1-11 They were filled with venom,
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
Amazing, awesome, wonderful
Love is patient, love is kind
Love will grow from what foundation?  (1 Timothy 1:5–7)
Created not to be alone  (Proverbs 18:24 etc. )
Never had been demonstrated  John 13:34,35
Love does not assume evil motive
Precious love,  a treasure rare
Love develops from the nature  1 Corinthians 13
A love that willingly exchanged
Bad memories can’t be erased

Loving Redemption Applied
Do not long to live in plenty
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
Colossians 1:13,14 Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway
Stars of the universe  Hebrews 2:9 and Psalm 8
Freedom from dominion, foolish frustration
Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway  Colossians 1:13,14
For you know I love you, Saviour
Compassion for the aimless sheep Matthew 9
With love amazing 1 John 3:1

Minor Prophets
Malachi
Zechariah
Haggai
Zephaniah
Habakkuk
Nahum
Micah
Jonah
Obadiah
Amos
Joel
Hosea

New Year
1 January, again
Millenia spanned by sight divine   Resolutions
New Year, or At Parting
Every year our God’s protecting  Isaiah 52:12
Ages pass by – earth’s treasures all decay

On Ecclesiastes

OT history songs for children
H
, by King X to honour was raised (Comeuppance)
Creation
Adam sinned
Noah and the Flood
Abraham
Abraham to Joseph
Joseph
Moses and the Exodus
Tabernacle and Temple
The Ten Commandments
Sacrifices
From Joshua to the Exile

Prayer
God is real – how can we know?
Filled not with stupefying drink
New life, a fledgling church Acts 2:42
Hear me, O Lord, I look to you (Ps 86)
Wholehearted praise, through all my days (Ps 9)
So is it to yourself you pray … ?
Nothing better, more important (Press On)
Thank God for saints redeemed, – we see  (Ephesians 1:15–19)
I stand amazed in the presence (Ephesians 2:18)
No prayer without a sense of need (cf 2 Chronicles 2o:12)
Pray for each other that we’ll grow
In tranquil trust hear Jesus pray  John 17:11,15,16
King David, choice of God for ruling
Whatever the trouble, whatever is wrong,  Luke 11:9-13
Strengthen with power infinite  Ephesians 3:16–19
What do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:36,51)
Praying for watering of the seed
Do not long to live in plenty
O Lord my God, keep firm your hold Colossians 1: 9-11
The righteous, justified, will learn God’s will, know how to pray (on James 5:17,18    Psalm 33:10;  55:9)
God’s child should want his honour
‘Your will be done’
Oh, do we truly long to be
Not only in storm times, or when in great need Motivations to pray
We’ll encounter opposition, in Christ prepare
Man can come to God almighty, draw near and pray
Catch a rising fear
The Pharisee told God
If to a friend at midnight

Psalm Notes (1) notes on Psalms 1-50
Psalm Notes (2) notes on Psalms 51-100
Psalm Notes (3) notes on Psalms 101-150
Psalm Notes introduction

Remembrance Sunday
Remember, give thanks for all endings of strife
Remembrance Sunday, and remembrance Sundays
So many have, in war, been willing  Galatians 1:3-5

Resources and Treasures
What will last?
Filled not with stupefying drink
Psalm 23 –   the testimony, and the offer
My Lord is the King of the universe,
Who are blessed? Who will enter heaven?
Matthew 5:3-12   The Beatitudes
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Through Jesus Christ I can   Philippians 4:13
Glorious Redeemer, victorious Sustainer

Revelation needed
As rain comes down on earth and causes plants to grow
For fellowship no longer fit (Revelation down the ages)
Man, created in God’s image
God of truth, he cannot lie
He spoke to the needy and lost
From right outside this universe
In days of yore they trimmed their wood Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
Truth has always been and is   (Jeremiah (9:5)
People like to frighten, tease Colossians 1:25-2:10
Principles from Psalms 1&2

Sabbath Rest
God blessed the sabbath – he requires
God created – all complete  Gen.2 & Heb.1:3

Salvation
A treasured prize invaluable (A friend of God?!)
For fellowship no longer fit (Revelation down the ages)
Who tastes real happiness? (Ps.1)
Adopted and redeemed (Reconciliation)
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
Who alone has perfect goodness?
Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway  Colossians 1:13,14
Disastrous self-rule
Perfect Rebuilds
Dread or Desire
Rags to Riches
Defeat of the Archetype
If I’m not honest when I fail (Jonah 1:3,17; 2:1,2,9,10 & 3:1)
Wholehearted praise, through all my days Ps 9:1,2
Prepared to believe in men’s lies, futile thought
An enemy of what is right, full of deceit, and tricks to turn (Acts 3:4-12)
Who is worthy to fulfil the Father’s plan?  Revelation  chapter 5
The Creator  has spoken, and truth can be read
Massively in debt: we’ve squandered  Matthew 18:21-35  The unmerciful Servant
The people of God have a song  Isaiah chapter 26:1–27:6
A love that willingly exchanged

Satan
Dear Saviour, Satan seeks  1 Peter 5:6-11
Able to keep you – King all-wise
Screwtape’s three-pronged strategy
The defeat of the Archetype
In tranquil trust hear Jesus pray
Satan’s crafty, sly and slick
An enemy of what is right, full of deceit, and tricks to turn (Acts 3:4-12)
Subtle Satan in the garden
Stand up for truth, be counted  Ephesians 6:10-18
Each day we have need of supplies of fresh grace
The devil lies, and tries to make
The righteous, justified, will learn  (on James 5:17,18    Psalm 33:10;  55:9)
We’ll encounter opposition, in Christ prepare
In Jesus Christ be strong
Quietly, cleverly

Singing
King David, choice of God for ruling
Wholehearted praise, through all my days Ps 9:1,2
We know him now, the One who must
The people of God have a song  Isaiah chapter 26:1–27:6
Christ commands we listen, learn  The Foundation of Worship
Ascending to worship the LORD high and pure (Psalm 131)
Let us now sing number. . . . Mind and heart and mouth united

Speech
Tongues cause trouble
Sh! Little bit will turn the horse
Free Speech – annoying, hurting?
God of truth, he cannot lie
The darkened heart will overflow,  Matthew 6:19-34 & 12:34,35
Religious words and ways  Hosea 6:4; 8:2;10:4,12; 14:2,5 Ephesians 5:1,4  Proverbs 25:11

Testimony
“O son, you know my life was such a mess

The ‘I AM’ sayings
Why did he say …he is the true Vine (6)
Why did he say … he is the Good Shepherd (4)
Why did he say … he is the Truth (5)
Why did he say … he is the Door (3)
Why did he say … he is the Light (1)
Why did he say … he is the Bread (2)

The Bible
Ruth speaks …
Feelings or facts?
Equipped to work for God, (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
As rain comes down on earth and causes plants to grow
For fellowship no longer fit (Revelation down the ages)
Who tastes real happiness? (Ps.1)
The devil is skilful when spreading his lies.
Increasing revelation  Hebrews 1:1-3 (The New explains the Old)
God’s Word teaches perfectly Word to appreciate
Truth has always been and is  (Jeremiah (9:5)
God of truth, he cannot lie
In days of yore they trimmed their wood Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
Prepared to believe in men’s lies, futile thought
Satan’s crafty, sly and slick
Hungry for the wielded sword  Revelation 3: 14-22
Hide in your heart, and treasure  Proverbs 1:10; 4:6; 6:2,5,20,23
David, Solomon, Elijah, needed (just like us) God’s Word.  (OT Kings)
Subtle Satan in the garden
The winds of false teaching, the cunning of men   Ephesians 4:14
Wisdom calls for all to hear  Proverbs 1:20,22,23,32,33; 3:13,14 & Jas.4:8
Is truth immutable concealed
As people of God we must trust in his Word  Isaiah 8:20 &  9:13,16
The devil lies, and tries to make
Christ commands we listen, learn  The Foundation of Worship
It is not easy to retain (Listening to preaching)
The Ten Commandments (for children)
Living by his Word God’s Word should transform

The Gospel
What will last?
Wanting life heavenly, feeling it hell
Gifts “exchanged” and gifts “expected”
In persecution, problems, the answer is the same –
Some own there is a god – his character, by whim they draw
As Aslan died instead of Edmund
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
Imprisoned by mere men (Acts 5:17-42)
The truth we tell is the same today
When dead in transgressions
In darkness light was born
I’m not ashamed of the gospel
The angels look on in great wonder
What a wonderful plan of God for me  Ephesians1:3–14
All wickedness brings secret dread
Calls of wisdom and folly
Rags to Riches
The defeat of the Archetype
Jesus clears away the additions to scripture
Freedom!
“O son, you know my life was such a mess
Great opportunities to spread the Word  Acts 19:8-41  Opportunities and Opposition
They run away and shake a fist
‘You do not know on what day your Lord will come’
4 life-spans
Disasters
The light shines in the darkness …
An enemy of what is right, full of deceit, and tricks to turn
Harassed by the daily round   Matthew 9:36-38
Proclaimed by God in a voice so loud   Deuteronomy 5:22
How hard to admit that you may be wrong
How beautiful the feet which bring
Satan slyly tempts into danger’s way  (Proverbs 1:10; 7:10)
Wisdom calls for all to hear  Proverbs 1:20,22,23,32,33; 3:13,14 & Jas.4:8
Rejecting the love, he wanted to be  Luke 15:11-32 When he came to his senses
Christ suffered to save us –  his death on the cross  Colossians 1:24
Good News! A message new  (Romans 1:1-7)
Weary from hunting truth and peace
O death, where is your sting?
Plan superb God is fulfilling
God, who made us now calls us back for children
Once a year the priest of Israel Hebrews 9:7, 11,12
What worries the world about life? – thoughts of death!
1 Corinthians 15:1
The pivot-point of history The Crux
Everyone wants to be happy, have fun for children
Many philosophies, many beliefs 1 Corinthians 1:18
“There must be more to life than this!” Wistful sayings
Shut up against the Lord’s control  Jericho and Joshua; Rahab and Achan
2 Corinthians 4:6 In darkness light was born
The Ninevites heard

The Holy Spirit
With signs of power, of wind and flame, the promised Holy Spirit came.
Filled not with stupefying drink
Adopted and redeemed (Reconciliation)
Holy Spirit makes me know (The Spirit of Adoption)
Christ promised me his Counsellor
Spirit of Christ, who opens up
I stand amazed in the presence (Ephesians 2:18)
Holy Spirit, gift divine (Romans 8:13)
Everyone who knows the Lord for children
With signs of power, – of wind and flame, the promised Holy Spirit came [Today is the Day of Pentecost]
Strengthen with power infinite  Ephesians 3:16–19
A counsellor by day and night  Psalm 16:7
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Recreated by God’s Holy Spirit to be  Hebrews 13:15,16
If God’s Holy Spirit has made you an heir  Hebrews 12:5–11
Joy flows from Jesus through faith in his Word  Philippians 4:4
For you know I love you, Saviour
Breathe, Holy Spirit, blow
Plan superb God is fulfilling

The Lord’s Supper
New life, a fledgling church Acts 2:42
Unity, no biting schism (1 Cor. 11)
In remembrance
of our Saviour  (1 Corinthians  11:23-26)
We eat the bread – He gave himself to judgement’s pain
King Ahab said, ‘Until I come, in prison you stay 1 Cor.11:26; 1 Kings 22:17,18,26-35; Ecc.9:11; Pr 19:21
His nail-pierced hands, his spear-slashed side 1 Cor.11:23-26; Matt.26:26-28 & John 20:19-34
This final supper shared together

The Nature of our God
We praise the God transcendent On Psalm 113 (Greatness and Goodness)
God’s law and gift
An understanding Father who’s tender, gentle, kind
God is real – how can we know?
Kingdoms fall, and despots rise (Ps 46:10,11)
Productive Word
Oh the riches of God’s wisdom Romans 11:33-36
What a wonderful plan of God for me  Ephesians1:3–14
Have I the fear of God
Amazing, awesome, wonderful is God’s unspotted love
God in heaven, his earth sustaining
Ascending to worship the LORD high and pure (Psalm 131)
The grace of Christ means we can come 2 Corinthians 13:4
O Lord my God, I think with awesome wonder
I may choose to be a loner  Psalm 139:1-16
Holy God of light and splendour
In days of yore they trimmed their wood Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
This earth was perfect, now it’s flawed [Disasters]
The Creator  has spoken, and truth can be read
Recreated by God’s Holy Spirit to be    Hebrews 13:15,16
For a thousand years are like a day
A love that willingly exchanged
Plan superb God is fulfilling
Moses saw a glimpse of glory
Principles from Psalm 1&2
An able Creator (God’s Providence)
He glances through the galaxy
Could you fish a crocodile?
Primary source of all existence (God’s eternity & trinitarian nature)
God is in heaven – wonderful Father
Look! and see how beautiful
Macro-evolution? I look at a flower or feather

The need of salvation
The beginning and end of tears
The allegory of Aslan’s sacrifice
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
Imprisoned by mere men, God brought them out of jail Acts 5:17-42
Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway  Colossians 1:13,14
My Lord is the King of the universe Psalm 23
How hard to admit that you may be wrong
Massively in debt: we’ve squandered  Matthew 18:21-35  The unmerciful Servant
The ark to hold the words of law
Principles from Psalms 1&2
How grim that day when sin first known

The Saviour Christ
What will last?
Present Grace, Future Perfect (Luke 5:12-26)
Some own there is a god – his character, by whim
The beginning and end of tears
The Despot Herod held a feast
The allegory of Aslan’s sacrifice
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
Imprisoned by mere men, God brought them out of jail Acts 5:17-42
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
They were filled with venom on Mark 14:1-11
Not ‘just another man deceiving for a span’
The blind man could see: what amazed him the most (John 9)
Who alone has perfect goodness? Mark 10: 21–23
Christ, blessed Son of God  Philippians 2:5–7
The Lamb who once was slain Revelation chapter 5
Who am I? What do they say? Mark 8:27–29
Incarnate Son of God –    1 John 1:1-2:2
The angels look on in great wonder The incarnation
Don’t want to see the obvious  Mark 2:7,16,24; 3:5,6
The devil tempted Christ that he
Materialistic, lonely lost Zaccheaus
A for Adam who did wrong
Amazed at his manner of teaching Mark 1:15,22,24
Hatred, hatred, deaf and blind Viewing the cross
A look of love and tenderness Mark 10
Glory in Jesus, your Saviour from sin  1 Corinthians 1:31
Jesus was raised by God’s great might  (Ephesians 1:19-23)
Herod, full of greed, immoral
The water was changed into wine
Stars of the universe  Hebrews 2:9 and Psalm 8
He healed, can heal, will heal
The death of the Archetype
In tranquil trust hear Jesus pray
He spoke to the needy and lost
From right outside this universe
My Lord is the King of the universe Psalm 23
Arising up and out of sight, a cloud obscured, Acts 1:1-11
The light revealing God, the light that shows the way
Harassed by the daily round  Matthew 9:36-38
Who are blessed? Who will enter heaven? Matthew 5:3-12   The Beatitudes
Who is worthy to fulfil the Father’s plan?  Revelation  chapter 5
The Creator  has spoken, and truth can be read
Just once he showed his awesome majesty  The transfiguration
Simeon & Anna Acknowledged just, and to his God        Anna, serving night and day
Three times he denied (Simon Peter)
Attentively look to the Saviour, – he authored the faith in your heart Hebrews 12:2
Plan superb God is fulfilling Ephesians 1:3-14
The leper came on bended knee Mark 1:40–45
People like to frighten, tease Colossians 1:25-2:10
Why did the Lord awhile delay? Lazarus’ death (John 11)

The Second Coming
We’re waiting for his coming, we do not know the hour
The beginning and end of tears
Adopted and redeemed, welcomed and embraced
Because he lives, I’ll ever live
Christ’s advent changed the world   The 2 Advents
The world will scoff, deny, forget
As Jesus left the earthly temple  Mark 13
With one eye looking back to when on Titus 2:11-14 Living between the two appearings
Arising up and out of sight
He clearly said that none can know the hour, or day, or date
The darkness could not quench the light
A skill above the mind of man
Great expectations: hope wonderful, sure.  Mark 13
Awaiting Christ, great expectation!  Philippians 3:20,21  Eagerly waiting!
We do not know the hour when Jesus will return 1 Cor.15:50-53; 1 Thess. 4:14-17; Lk 21:28; Rev.6:15-17; 11:15-18
For a thousand years are like a day  2 Peter 3:3–10; Ps73:18–28

Trials & Perseverance
New life fruit
Protected Perseverance
Ps 46: esp vv 10,11
Remembering sorrows, trials, grief (cf Psalm 137)
Journeying onwards with vision of glory
King David, choice of God for ruling
Through faith the mouths of lions
In trials, troubles, turmoils
This life can seem a wilderness, with Zion far ahead
If we look around us, feeling quite depressed  1 Corinthians 10:24 Romans 14:19 Philippians 2:4
If God’s Holy Spirit has made you an heir  Hebrews 12:5–11
Christ suffered to save us –  his death on the cross  Colossians 1:24
Whatever may happen, look out for, and pray Philippians 1:12,19,20,21,27
Each day we have need of supplies of fresh grace
Attentively look to the Saviour, – he authored the faith in your heart Hebrews 12:2
The trials may heap on us – when will they cease?  Isaiah 43:1,2

True: overview of history
chapter 1 No Matter
chapter 2
The Source of the Physico-Material
chapter 3
Perfection Poisoned
chapter 4
Flood and Aftermath
chapter 5 Revelation One clan group taught
chapter 6 Saved – slavery
chapter 7 Rescue – ingratitude
chapter 8 A place to enjoy – disobedience
chapter 9 Banished, Return
chapter 10 The Solution Materializes
chapter 11 Rescue-Applied, awaiting completion
chapter 12 Full Renewal and Always


Because he lives, I’ll ever live –

More on the Gospel

for children
God, who made us now calls us back, –
come then to him for love.
He, who made us now feels our lack –
everyone needs such love.
God, in Christ, so loving,
and, in him, forgiving;
this is the need, this is the lack:
many don’t know this love;
this is the need, this is the lack,
many don’t know this love.

God, who made us and sent his Son
(come now to him for love)
offers love to each sorry one –
everyone needs such love.
Tune: 86.86 and refrain ‘Wonderful Words of life’ by P P Bliss

Hebrews 9:7, 11,12
Once a year the priest of Israel
drew near to God;
entering by careful ritual, –
drew near to God.
Wearing garments plain and simple,
blood of sacrifice to sprinkle,
incense veiling glory awful; –
cleansed for their God.

We deserve to be excluded, –
exiled from God.
Priest and sacrifice are needed,
– perfect for God;
Christ, the Servant substituted,
his atoning blood presented,
bore our sin, propitiated:
Way back to God!

Let us then draw near, approach him, –
come now to God.
When we’ve felt the world encroaching, –
come back to God;
stripped of pride, in Jesus trusting,
ransom paid, with joy repenting,
fellowship and mercy tasting;
welcomed by God!
Tune: 84 84 8884 Ar Hyd y Nos

1 Corinthians 15:1
What worries the world about life? – thoughts of death!
They hope there’ll be nothing beyond their last breath,
but all are uneasy, and glance all around, –
to see if an answer can somewhere be found.

Christ Jesus was raised back to life after death,
and he holds the keys, and brings judgement to earth.
When people examine the facts, they soon see
the history’s sure, and affects you and me.

But many pull blinds down, unwilling to face
the claims of God’s goodness, the offers of grace;
and scoffing is easier than looking once more
at things one’s presumed to reject or ignore.

Men always, since Adam, have tried to be free
from any authority, rules that should be.
The killing of Jesus did not stop his claim,
and spurning his mercy increases the blame.

He died for our sins, he has risen; we should
give honour, allegiance, receiving his Word;
his blood on our hearts washing guilt all away
– this gospel alone brings salvation today.

So stand on the gospel, the gospel that saves;
stay there, holding firmly the Word faith receives –
Christ’s death for our sins, resurrection foretold,
and witnessed, – the message we must not withhold.
Tune: 11 11 11 11

The Crux
The pivot-point of history:
Christ’s death upon the cross;
the issue of eternity
(immense the gain or loss).
Will you reject God’s remedy,
or now receive, and boast
in this alone, your only plea,
in Christ alone your trust?

However good I tried to be,
I never could atone
for all the guilty past I see; –
I clasp the offered One,
the Substitute, and Saviour – he
who suffered on the cross.
The world is crucified to me:
my gain it rates as loss.

Eternal life, abundant life –
awaiting, and I taste
it even now through all the strife;
fools think I squander, waste
the opportunities preferred
by many here and now:
their values false, their vision blurred,
they know not what I know.

for children
Everyone wants to be happy, have fun:
no-one is happy when bad things are done;
but if you’re sorry, and wish you weren’t bad,
God can forgive you, and then you’ll be glad.
Life isn’t fun when bad things are done, –
no, not real fun; no, not real fun.
Life isn’t fun when bad things are done, –
people pretend it is.

But it’s not easy to follow Christ’s way;
living like others is simpler, you’ll say;
but if you trust him, he’ll help you, you’ll see; –
happy in walking with him you will be.
Tune: 10 10 10 10 Dactylic and refrain
(Tune of ‘I am so glad that our Father in heaven,
tells of his love in the book he has given’)
?‘Trinity Chapel’ by P P Bliss?

1 Corinthians 1:18
Many philosophies, many beliefs,
boosters of confidence, soothers of grief;
eloquent writing, and figures of fame:
but all have no answer for sin and its shame.

A God who is crucified by people one day:
– how can that be? How foolish, men say!
Yet this was the way for escape from defeat,
but glamour amuses and veils its deceit.

Many won’t think, for they’re feeling so comfortable,
liking to think what they like, feel unsinkable;
supporting some party to feel they’re important,
belittle God’s message but hound its proponent.

Message of truth few will recognise truly,
message with power to deliver us fully;
power to deliver completely as promised, –
the sacrificed Christ our salvation has purchased.

Wistful sayings
“There must be more to life than this!”
Each toy I try and promised bliss
falls short of satisfaction, – why?
– will life still disappoint me, ’til I die?

“You haven’t lived yet!” – you who’ve not
known Jesus Christ, receiving what
he gives – eternal life: to know
this One who pays that awful debt you owe.

“I would give anything” to feel
this missing gem of joy so real.
A floundering fish needs rescue lift –
and I need life from Jesus, as a gift.

Jericho and Joshua; Rahab and Achan
Shut up against the LORD’s control, –
see, Jericho’s like a foolish soul
determined to keep right apart
from God’s good influence on the heart.

But Rahab realised God’s decree;
believed, was glad his child to be,
and on that day of great destruction,
and glory, she received salvation!

But Achan richest blessing lost, –
through greed, – and didn’t count the cost
to others; God observed it all –
Achan did not for mercy call.

Beware of incomplete devotion
to God, of his rich gifts, provision:
acknowledge debt, and seek his will,
or they will only bring us ill.

For Achan’s family had scorned
God’s rule, and so his judgement earned.
But Joshua prayed, though much perplexed,
and Israel all were warned and blessed.