A Church with a Heart for our Community

August 23rd Wednesday

Greetings to you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Savior! I know that this is a slightly unusual August morning…weather-wise, but it does not take away from the fact that — “this is the day that the Lord has made and we need to rejoice and be glad in it!” I trust that all is well in your world and with your loved ones, Please rest assured that you are being prayed for on a regular basis. In fact, today I will be praying for you, asking Father to release to you…’amazing grace’ and ‘peace like a river’ and ‘hope built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness’ and ‘love vast as an ocean’ and ‘the joy that comes from following Jesus everyday’.

This morning I had a bit of an adventure when God dropped a few ‘breadcrumbs’ on my path and challenged me to follow. It started with a devotion based on the old hymn (1886) – “Standing on the promises,” which include a reference to the author, Russell Kelso Carter, He was involved in the holiness and healing movement. When I looked that up, I was led to a reference to A.B. Simpson, a Canadian born pastor who adopted the four pillars of the Four Square Gospel – Jesus Christ is our Savior, our Sanctifier, our Healer, and our Soon-Coming King. Simpson was credited with founding the Christian Mission and Alliance Church.

Now with following the breadcrumbs, there were many insights and references to read and consider but I was lead back to a quote by S.T. Kimbrough – “Hymns are our theology”…and the breadcrumbs lead me back to the hymn – “Standing on the promises” and for a time of reflection. I believe that I was being reminded to pay more attention to the hymns and songs that I sing so that I don’t miss the ‘theology’ that they teach. 

Just a little thought to share and to ponder