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Grateful that . . . it is well with my soul


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For many people, myself included, New Year’s Eve is a day filled with anticipation and hope. No matter how good or bad the previous year was, the symbolic date change represents the chance for improvement, new experiences, and a fresh start.

Will next year be the year that I ___________? I really hope that I can _________________. Maybe I’ll finally do _______________.

Perhaps, circumstantially, 2011 will be my best year yet. Or perhaps it will be a year of difficulties. Of course I hope for the former, but I don’t know.

One thing I do know, however, is that no matter what 2011 brings,

Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

I am grateful today that it is well with my soul, and I pray the same for you. Happy New Year!

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

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December 31, 2010   1 Comment

Worship Music Resource Roundup


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This past weekend I’ve been hanging out in Toronto, where I completed my undergraduate degree. I had the privilege this morning of worshiping with my brothers and sisters at Toronto Holy Word Church. One of the many things I appreciate about this congregation is their commitment to singing songs that are theologically sound and musically tasteful. This involves, of course, a healthy dose of classic hymns — but also includes a regular rotation of newer music. For example, today we sang Sovereign Grace’s Surrender All. This song communicates a similar message as the well-known I Surrender All, but with different lyrics and (in my opinion) a more singable melody.

Ever since my time at HWC, I’ve been on the lookout for songs with/resources on this needed blend. I’m compiling what I’ve found below in the hopes that it will be useful for others. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment and I will add it to the list.

Singers/Songwriters (Official Sites)

Blogs and Articles

Conference/Training MP3s and Other Media

Miscellaneous

(Photo: Peter Baker)

August 9, 2010   2 Comments