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Easter Season 

 

Monday –      After His resurrection…
         Hymn: Reconciled in Christ (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     The Need Is in Me
         Hymn: I Walk the Dark Emmaus Road (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Breakfast with the Lord
         Hymn: It’s So Good to Be with You (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    The Good Shepherd
         Hymn: Good Shepherd (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Father, thank You for Your marvelous…
         Hymn: Chosen in Jesus (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Jesus Walks among Us
         Hymn: The Glorified Christ (recording) (printed)

 

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Knowing the Transcendent God: My Personal Story 4

As we begin looking at our magnificent, transcendent God, I am reflecting on how He has patiently drawn me toward Himself. Here is the last of four major turning points.

On February 20, 2015, our thirty-eight-year-old son, David, took his own life. I will not recount the shock and trauma and the depths of grief that have gripped our lives in the aftermath. But within months, I began trying to process my struggle the way I had always processed my struggles: by writing about them. But as I wrote about my grief, I found myself overwhelmed. The river of sorrow that normally flows quietly within me would overflow and flood my heart. Writing about my grief proved counterproductive. It dragged me down. It only made my grief worse.

The Lord then told me that instead of focusing on my grief, I should focus on my joy in Him. Instead of dwelling on my loss, I should dwell on all that is mine in Him – permanently, completely, joyfully, irrevocably. I should fix my eyes on Him. He is the joy that never changes.

Each day as I began to pray “Our Father in heaven,” I found myself hungry to see Him and know Him again. I needed to fix my eyes on Him again. I craved it the way I crave a refreshing morning shower. Only by refocusing on Him could I regain a true perspective. Only by seeing Him could I see everything else clearly (Psalm 36:9).

Over the years I have become increasingly aware that being a Christian is not obeying a set of rules. It is living as Jesus lived: in loving, wholehearted response to the Father. Our son’s death brought this need into focus. As I remember who God is, I remember who I am. Only then can I live in response to Him – simply and naturally, in humility, trust, and joy. Only then can I live in that ongoing connection with Him that Jesus enjoyed, and that I deeply desire more than anything else in heaven or earth.

Each and every day I want to walk in the full light of all He is. Each and every day I need to connect with the Transcendent God.

That is why all the reflections that follow were written. I want to draw you and myself to the Magnificent God who longs for us to know Him, love Him, trust Him completely, and walk in Him forever.

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Hymn: We Need You, Holy God
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We Shall Rise in Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 15
prompts us to consider
the glories God has planned for
our resurrection bodies.

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From death and all its suffering and
Its prison of despair,
Our Lord rose up to take His throne,
And we will join Him there! 

Refrain:
Sown in darkness, raised in light,
Sown in weakness, raised in might,
As a flower blooms to life,
We shall rise in Jesus Christ!

The body that is planted here
Is just a tiny seed,
An acorn to the mighty oak
Of all we soon will be!

We’ll blossom in His likeness, and
Our glory will begin
With bodies made for worship and
For boundless life in Him.

So give yourself to serving Him,
Be strong and unafraid,
For all your faith and sacrifice
Will more than be repaid!

 

by Ken Bible, © 2007 LNWhymns.com

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Easter Sunday 

 

Monday –      The Christ of Easter
         Hymn: Christ Is Alive! We Live in Him! (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Prepare for Easter
         Hymn: Alive in You (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – A Celebration of Life
         Hymn: A Celebration of Life (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Risen with Christ
         Hymn: Risen from Eternal Death (recording) (printed)

Friday –          In the Light of the Cross
         Hymn: In the Light of the Cross (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Living in a Saturday World
         Hymn: I Rejoice in Your Purpose Today (recording) (printed)

 

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Knowing the Transcendent God: My Personal Story 3

As we begin looking at our magnificent, transcendent God, I am reflecting on how He has patiently drawn me toward Himself. Here is the third of four major turning points.

In my mid-forties, God challenged me to begin spending more time with Him in prayer. He specifically asked me to begin using the Lord’s Prayer as the pattern for my praying. I had heard speakers suggest that before, and it had struck me as artificial. So when God asked me to do it, it took me by surprise. But I began to obey.

Then a few years later, in 1998, I reduced my work load to half-time in order to have more time to write. That schedule change took away my long-established means of daily exercise, so I found myself looking for another exercise routine. In early 1999, at age 49, I began taking long daily walks – an hour or more every weekday. Those walks soon became my prayer time.

Those extended prayer times have done more to enrich my life and my relationship with the Living God than anything else. The first half of the Lord’s Prayer, applied to my daily situation and prayed from the heart, has been deeply formative in the way I think of God and relate to Him.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10, NIV)

In the early years of those walks, I usually walked outside, alone, in nature. Spending all that time speaking with God the way Jesus taught us to pray, while immersed in His creation, continued God’s process of drawing me into Himself.

Listen and sing:
Hymn: As I Pray
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Psalm 118

Psalm 118,
repeatedly quoted by New Testament writers,
is particularly important during
Holy Week and Easter.
This hymn setting helps as sing the Psalm with
Jesus Christ as its focus.

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We give thanks to God our Father!
Christ is with us! Christ is with us!
In His rich, unfailing goodness
Christ is with us! Praise His name!
When the fear and darkness threaten
All around and all within,
He is Light and Song and Savior.
Christ is with us! Praise His name!

In our suffering, in our sorrow,
Christ is with us! Christ is with us!
Victor, victim, Man of Sorrows,
Christ is with us! Praise His name!
On the mountain, through the valley,
Through the fire and through the sea,
He is Sovereign God forever.
Christ is with us! Praise His name!

Open wide the gates of splendor!
Christ is with us! Christ is with us!
Risen Savior, King of Glory,
Christ is with us!  Praise His name!
Holy, holy, holy Brother,
King and priest and sacrifice!
See salvation all completed!
Christ is with us! Praise His name!

 

by Ken Bible, © 2018 LNWhymns.com

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Palm Sunday, Prep for Holy Week 

 

Monday –      Easter Is the Story of a King (long version)
         Hymn: Here Comes Jesus! He’s Our King! (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Recognized as King
         Hymn: See the Servant (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – The Triumphal Entry
         Hymn: Who Is He? (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Reflection on Psalm 118
         Hymn: Psalm 118 (recording) (printed)

Friday –          The Christ of Holy Week
         Hymn: The Heart of Christ (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Prepare for Holy Week
         Hymn: As You Love (recording) (printed)

 

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Knowing the Transcendent God: My Personal Story 2

As we begin looking at our magnificent, transcendent God, I am reflecting on how He has patiently drawn me toward Himself. Here is the second of four major turning points.

In my early-to-mid-twenties, as I was entering adulthood, I longed to be all God wanted me to be. But I didn’t really know how, despite a thorough grounding in the Church’s teachings. I tried self-discipline, thinking that it held the answer to a productive and fruitful life. I tried in-depth Bible study, suspecting that somewhere in its pages were hidden secrets that only the astute could discover. Both self-discipline and Bible study are important, but neither proved to be the answer I was seeking.

Over time I realized that God doesn’t reserve His blessings only for the spiritual elite. In fact, I learned the opposite. God graciously showed me that the secret to a satisfying life was the simple truth I had learned as a young child in Sunday School: God is a real Being, and He is constantly, personally with us. What’s more, what He wants from us is amazingly, stunningly simple: He only asks that we trust Him, one step at a time.

Even as I say this now, the words seem so plain. But the personal realization of an ever-present God and a relationship of simple faith began to change me.

Listen and sing:
Hymn: You Are Near, O Lord
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Christ in Psalm 7

Because Christ,
the innocent one,
suffered injustice for us,
He declares us
innocent.
Praise His name!

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Christ stands condemned by hate and pride.
Justice and truth hang crucified.
Love, ever sovereign age to age,
Gently submits to evil’s rage.

See God present His Perfect Son,
Not to acquit the guiltless One,
But with the sacrifice displayed
Hear Him rejoice: “Their price is paid!”

See Christ arise to claim His own,
He who has shared their flesh and bone.
With the redeemed all gathered round,
Earth now explodes with joyful sound.

Join in the praise as tongues confess
Christ and His gifts all measureless,
Singing His grace still unexplored.
Darkness is past, and Christ is Lord!

 

by Ken Bible, © 2018 LNWhymns.com

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Lent 5 

 

Monday –      Foreshadowing the Resurrection
         Hymn: I Know That My Redeemer Lives (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Ezekiel: A Vision of New Life
         Hymn: Ezekiel’s Vision (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – The Anointing
         Hymn: Make My Life a Holy Fragrance (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    See the Future
         Hymn: Hallelujah Hymn (recording) (printed)

Friday –          The Mind and Spirit of Christ
         Hymn: His Hour Has Come (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     A Seed Must Be Planted
         Hymn: Sown in Tears, Raised in Joy (recording) (printed)

 

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