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Verse of the Day

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Devotion on Hymns of the Church - Hymn 408 – Take My Life and Let it Be, Consecrated to Thee – 17 October 2017, Anno Domini (In the Year of our Lord)

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I
 beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

            I can think of no greater saint of the Lord than Francis Havergal. Not only was her heart and soul devoted solely to the Lord, but all that she was – her mind, her eyes, her ears, her mouth, her hands, and her feet – all responded to the call of the Holy Spirit to serve in the talents bestowed upon her. She was daughter of an Anglican priest and wrote this hymn in 1874 – in fact, she wrote many other hymns in that happy year. 

            I was surprised to find the hymn included in the 1940 Hymnal owing to the beauty of its simplicity, but it is indeed to be found there as hymn #408. The hymn appears with only two verses in the Hymnal, but I have added an additional verse that offers even greater beauty to its meaning. The tune included in the Hymnal is HOLLINGSIDE by John Dykes; but there are two other tunes to which the hymn is sung that I find far more appealing: HENDON by Henri Malan (1827); and MOZART, by none other than Wolfgang Mozart (1791). 

            In her manuscripts, she thought that others might enjoy knowing how the hymn came to be written. Below, she tells us in her own words:

I went for a lit­tle vi­sit of five days (to Are­ley House). There were ten per­sons in the house, some un­con­vert­ed and long prayed for, some con­vert­ed, but not re­joic­ing Christ­ians. He gave me the pra­yer, Lord, give me all in this house! And He just did. Be­fore I left the house ev­ery one had got a bless­ing. The last night of my vis­it af­ter I had re­tired, the gov­ern­ess asked me to go to the two daugh­ters. They were cry­ing, &c.; then and there both of them trust­ed and re­joiced; it was near­ly mid­night. I was too hap­py to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and re­new­al of my own con­se­cra­tion; and these lit­tle coup­lets formed them­selves, and chimed in my heart one af­ter ano­ther till they fin­ished with ‘Ever, On­ly, ALL for Thee!’
Havergal Manuscripts

Take My Life and Let it Be Consecrated, Lord To Thee
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

            Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee. I would hate to leave this world with any part of my being left in Hell. In fact, if our feet, hands, eyes, ears, of mind are left in Hell, the whole body will be left there as well since God does not divide spoils with the Devil. Anything laid upon the altar of God is consecrated and Holy; so we must also be Holy, for God is Holy – and we are a part of Him if we are One with Him. Many folks make a big fuss about tithing EXACTLY ten percent of their increase in money to the church coffer; but how about the rest of your being – your time, your home, your social life, your profession – are these, too, tithed to the Lord? The compassion of Christ and the Good Samaritan motivated their feet to move to the point where healing could be rendered. Love moves and motivates the Christian to action, not simply sympathy. If our feet are dedicated and consecrated to the Lord, they will be swift to go wherever the Spirit calls; the hands will administer to all the Spirit reveals; the mouth will be overflowing with the sweet testimony of the Gospel; and our hours will be filled with joyful praise and service.

            Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King. Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee. Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold. Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose. Have you ever felt ‘let down’ by the boring and spiritually dry singing of hymns in church? Even ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ sounds like a funeral dirge in some churches. Why not sing with all the heart and enthusiasm we can muster? Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. (Eccl 9:10)  Only an incorrigible malingerer would limit this counsel to the hands for it is intended for every cell and tissue of our body. Do our very best at labor, at singing, at sharing the love of Christ, at running to the point of need, and of thinking on those things that lift and do not oppress. God is not simply entitled to a tenth of our gold and silver, but ALL of it. He owns us, therefore, He owns all that we possess bodily, spiritually, and mentally. When we sing that little hymn at offering time, I SURRENDER ALL, do we mean it? 

            The story is told of a young poor boy of perhaps ten years who felt the need of the Lord in his heart. He hesitated to enter the doors of the fancy church he chanced to pass, but the Spirit had a strong hold on him. He nervously entered the church filled with men, women, boys, and girls, dressed in clean and radiant apparel. The boy felt very small and worthless in such company. He sat down in a vacant pew and, though the church was fairly filled with worshippers, no one deigned to sit by this impoverished and dirty lad. He sat and listened intently to the sermon from Romans 12. How could he present anything to the Lord – he had not a penny to his name. When the offering was taken, the boy took the offering plate in hand to the suspicion and dismay of the more sophisticated worshippers. He removed his shoes, placed the plate on the floor, and stood in the plate. It was the only thing he could give, but it was also all that he had to give. present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. How do you believe that gift was received beyond the Gates of Splendor?

            Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne. Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store. Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee. Here is a small misconception in the lyrics. I do not desire for the Lord to make my will His own. My will is filled with unpleasant and sinful notions. I want Him to make HIS will to be MY will! The wills we own are by no means free wills – they are dead wills (in trespasses and sins). I want a LIVING Will that belongs only to God and granted only by Him. Our hearts become the Temple of God when He abides within.  He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords – a King is never without sovereignty on His own Throne. One other point: we could have no love for the Lord to receive if it were not first drawn from the well of His Love.  7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (1 John 4:7-11) Yes, God is the Fountainhead of Love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

            The secret to total surrender to God is found in the mystery of the boundless LOVE He has bestowed upon His own. The key to obedience, to faith, to grace, to mercy, to service is bound up in that one great and divine treasure – LOVE! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

AOC Sunday Report - Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

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Happy Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity!

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There are great sermons today from Bishops Jerry and Roy, as well as Revs Jack and Bryan.  They are each different and you will enjoy them.

There are a lot of people who need your prayers, I know we say that every week, but it is true.  Please start with Jet, move on to Mary, Bob, Michael, Shamu and the rest!

This promises to be a great week for us if we will accept God's gift of grace and peace.

Godspeed,

Hap
Church of the Faithful Centurion
Descanso, CA

Sermon Notes - Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - Saint Andrew’s Anglican Orthodox Church - Enterprise, Alabama (USA) - 15 October 2017, Anno Domini


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The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

L
ORD, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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hen the Pharisees had heard that Jesus had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. (Matt 22:34-46)

In today’s text, our Lord provides us with a summary of the two tables of the Law – our duties to God, and our duties to mankind.

Many Bible scholars of our day promote these two Commandments as new commandments instituted by Christ, but they are not. Christ is simply quoting the Old Testament Commandments of Moses day:

Deut 6:5
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might

Deut 10:12
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Deut 13
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

Lev 19:17
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Silences the Pharisees about the Messiah
Christ was always the master of every crisis and every challenge:

Matthew 22:15 
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way

This is one reason they (the Jewish rulers) literally hated Christ. He interfered with their money greed …… selling in the Temple…house of prayer, but a place of thieves.

Who is my Neighbor …. Good Samaritan….etc

Now Jesus will also present them with a dilemma they should already have known being Masters of the Pentateuch:

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?They say unto him, The Son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

Psalm 110:1
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool 

David also said in Psam 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him

Now these snails crawled away to plan how further they might have Him put to death.

Psalm 58
Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth

Snails love darkness. They hate Light. They also hate salt.

Matthew 5
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 

46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions

A common enemy always unites various sects and interests together against it. 

Jesus was a common enemy to the superstitions and power struggles of the Times, just as He is a common enemy of the political and economic structures of our time. 

Though politics and financial interests are not found in the same common bed in normal circumstances, they both ally themselves against the True Gospel of Christ.

Text books promote evolution. News outlets say we must respect the religious faith of Moslems, Buddhist, and Hindus, yet, with one voice, they press for condemnation of Christian Faith in our society.

Those who accept the biblical authority that condemns adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness, are considered smug and made to look ridiculous in movies and news specials. 

Nothing has changed in the world’s contempt for Christ since He first ministered as a boy in the Temple at Jerusalem. 

Herodians, Sadducees, Pharisees, who were constantly at war with each other, made temporary peace alliances with each other in order to destroy the Man, Jesus. He was both Man and God. Instinctively, these culprits recognized this from their study of ancient biblical texts, and the testimony of His works. Yet, they found Him contemptible to their world of power and money. They all hated Him alike. 

They cunningly contrived questions to entangle Him in His speech and in His knowledge, however, they always lost.

The last of the three questions put to Jesus, and the one question with which He turned the tables and silenced His questioners, are our subject. In the former, Jesus declares the essence of the law or of religion; in the latter, He brings to light the essential loftiness of the Messiah.

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Our Love for God crowns our love nature. The underside of that love is love for our fellow man. The Pharisees remained ‘gathered together,’ and may have been  preparing another question, but Jesus had been long enough interrogated. It was not fitting that He should be catechized only. His questions teach. He does not seek to ‘entangle’ the Pharisees ‘in their speech,’ nor to make them contradict themselves, but brings them full up against a difficulty, that they may open their eyes to the great truth which is its only solution. His first question, ‘What think ye of the Christ?’ is simply preparatory to the second. The answer which He anticipated was given, — as, of course, it would be, for the Davidic descent of the Messiah was a commonplace knowledge and universally accepted. 

One can fancy that the Pharisees smiled complacently at the attempt to puzzle them with such an elementary question, but the smile vanished when the next one came. 
What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

Why do teachers often ask questions?

If they ask a question, and you know not the answer, why does a teacher often ask you another question?

The reason is to provide a guided discussion to help you discover the answer which is already a part of your knowledge.

How are Snails like sinners? Both hate Salt and Light. They both love darkness, and eat from the labours of others.

Here is the new commandment Christ gave:

John 13
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

These are important words and an  identifying command to us.

He gave it the night He was taken in the Garden to be crucified. It is the only new commandment.

But it is not written on tables of stone, but on the soft sinews of our hearts.

Love will release us from condemnation:

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins

Do not try to argue away your sins and wickedness as the Pharisees. It is easy to love when we have compassion. And when we feed love in our hearts, hate will die of starvation, and our sins will cease.

Jeremiah 31:33
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more

Do you love God and His Word? Do you agree to follow Christ in all things?


Be richly blessed now and forever!