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Friday, 6 August 2004
To be "There" !!
Now Playing: What will it be like to be "there" at Home Above ?
Topic: Joyful
Many of us are familiar with the hymn, "We sing of the realms of the blest... But what must it be to be there?" which was written by Mrs. Elizabeth Mills a short while before she went "there" in 1829 at the age of 24.

It is #70 in the appendix to the Little Flock hymnbook and #276 in the Echoes of Grace Hymnbook.

John Gifford Bellett, often referred to as the "confectioner" of the 19th century "brethren" writers, wrote an answer to Mrs Mills' hymn which is today's "Chosen Hymn", as follows:

`Tis good to be here,' was the word
Once heard from that country so fair,
In glory beholding the Lord,
`Tis this, it is this to be there! (Matt 17:4)

The glories and joys of that land
The traveler could not declare,
His rapture and silence alone,
Must tell what it is to be there! (2 Cor 12:4)

In sight of that City on high,
Its walls decked with jewels so rare,
He fell, overwhelm'd with the joy,
This tells what it is to be there. (Rev 22:8)

With Thee, Lord, for ever to be
Is the hope Thou hast left with us here,
`Tis enough, Lord, for ever with Thee,
`Tis this, it is this to be there! (1 Thess 4:17)

(shared by Tom & Leah Roach, Nova Scotia)

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Wednesday, 28 July 2004
Awaiting His Coming
Now Playing: The Day is soon Coming !
Topic: Rapture
O Lord, with our ears and hearts now open,
Awaiting Thy shout would we be.
The summons that calls us to heaven,
For ever to be, Lord, with Thee.
Thy word and Thy Spirit, blest Lover,
The earnest are given to Thy bride;
Thou'rt near to faith's vision, O Saviour,
But soon she will be at Thy side.

The Spirit and bride are united
And now with one voice would say "Come!"
Throughout the long night she has waited
To see Thee, her faithful Bridegroom.
Gross darkness the earth doth now cover,
And night like a pall shrouds the land;
Thy flock is still here, Shepherd Lover,
The sheep Thou hast kept by Thy hand.

Midst darkness faith clearly sees beaming
The light of Thy coming afar;
We watch for the dawnb of the morning,
And hail Thee, the bright Morning Star.
The word of Thy patience we're keeping,
Thy radiancy draws us apart,
A beacon us heavenward attracting
To meet Thee, the Hope of our heart!


Author: Unknown
Suggested Melody: Russian Air (on the CD, Jesus is Lord,
sung by the group Ekklesia, published by Scripture Truth Publications,
Northumberland UK)

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Sunday, 25 July 2004
Stranger of Galilee
Now Playing: Do you know Him today as your Saviour ?
Topic: Gospel
In fancy I stood by the shore one day,
Of the beautiful murmuring sea;
I saw the great crowds as they thronged the way
Of the Stranger of Galilee;
I saw how the man that was blind from birth,
In a moment was made to see;
The lame was made whole by the matchless skill
Of the Stranger of Galilee.

Chorus:

And I felt I could love Him for ever,
So gracious and tender was He!
I claimed Him that day as my Saviour,
This Stranger of Galilee.

His look of compassion, His words of love,
They shall never forgotten be,
When sin-sick and helpless He saw me there,
This Stranger of Galilee;
He showed me His hand and His riven side,
And He whispered, "It was for thee!"
My burden fell off at the pierced feet
Of the Stranger of Galilee.

I heard Him speak peace to the angry waves,
Of that turbulent, raging sea;
And, lo! at His word are the waters stilled,
This Stranger of Galilee;
A peaceful, a quiet and holy calm,,
Now and ever abides with me;
He holdeth my life in His mighty hands,
This Stranger of Galilee.

Come ye, who are driven, and tempest-tossed,
And His gracious salvation see;
He'll quiet life's storms with His "Peace, be still!"
This Stranger of Galilee;
He bids me to go and the story tell
What He ever to you will be,
If only you let Him with you abide,
This Stranger of Galilee.

Chorus (4th verse only)

Oh, my friend, won't you Him for ever?
So gracious and tender is He!
Accept Him today as your Saviour,
This Stranger of Galilee.

Author: Mrs C H Morris
Tune: "The Stranger of Galilee"
(#514 in Choice Hymns of the Faith)

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He is Coming Again
Now Playing: Are we looking for Him whom our soul loveth ?
Topic: Joyful
Lift up your heads, pilgrims aweary,
See day's approach now crimson the sky;
Night shadows flee, and your Beloved,
Awaited with longing, at last draweth nigh.

Chorus:
He is coming again, he is coming again,
The very same Jesus, rejected of men;
He is coming again, he is coming again,
With power and great glory, he is coming again.

Dark was the night, sin warred against us;
Heavy the load of sorrow we bore;
But now we see signs of his coming;
Our hearts glow within us, joy's cup runneth o'er!

O blessed hope! O blissful promise!
Filling our hearts with rapture divine;
O day of days! hail thine appearing!
Thy transcendent glory for ever shall shine.

Even so come, precious Lord Jesus;
Creation waits redemption to see;
Caught up in clouds, soon we shall meet thee;
O blessed assurance, for ever with thee!

Author and Composer: Mabel Johnston Camp
(#403 in Choice Hymns of the Faith, published by Truth & Praise Inc, Belle Chasse Louisianna 70037)

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