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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Pow'r of Christ in Me

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease.
My Comforter, my All in all,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
scorned by the ones He came to save.
'Till on the cross as Jesus died,
the wrath of God was satisfied.
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid;
here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world, by darkness slain;
Then, bursting forth in glorious day,
up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine,
bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from His hand;
'Till He returns or calls me home,
here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

We sang this in church this past Sunday; I like it a lot.

The sermon was very good as well. The passage was Acts 5:12-26, with a focus on "Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life." The angel didn't say to them, "hey, shh, I've released you from prison... run away quickly! Don't let anyone ever recognize you lest you are captured again! Hide yourselves!" He told them to go right back to the people who had put them in prison, to stand in the temple and speak to everyone about the hope and life they had found. The pastor said at one point, "I hope you all have lots of Christian friends. I also hope that you all have lots of non-Christian friends!" It was a good message. It gave me food for thought as I try to decide what the next year of my life is going to be like.

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