Hymn: “Though Christ A Thousand Times”
… Though the tune is a little tricky, once you get it this is such a fun and inspiring hymn. Essentially, one of the main thoughts of the song is that there is not anything lacking in Christ and what He accomplished on the Cross for us, but all of Christ’s person and work will avail us nothing until He is applied in our hearts and lives, hence why he says that it is the Cross in thine own heart that can alone make thee whole. May we echo with the chorus, “O Cross of Christ I take thee into this heart of mine, that I to my own self may die and rise to Thy life divine.”
Based on that same theme we can look at verse two. As long as I am stuck in myself or seeking to save my life, God will be of little help to me; rather, if I let go of my old life and die to self, I can lay hold of Christ as my life; if I let go and ‘go out’ then God’s Spirit can fill me up; if I wait in faith’s patience then in Christ I can possess all things (a similar thought is seen in 1 Cor. 3:18-23 where we must become fools to become wise).
Another precious thought is found in this hymn: “To bring thee to thy God, love takes the shortest route.” It is so good to love God and thus be brought so close to Him! When I rid my heart of all the other things that crowd it, namely my old self and the world, then I can allow God’s love to fill my heart, which in turn causes me to love Him even more (Rom. 5:5; 1 John 2:15-16).
May the Lord be with you all,
– 1 –
Though Christ a thousand times
In Bethlehem be born,
If He’s not born in thee
Thy soul is still forlorn.
The Cross on Golgotha,
Will never save thy soul;
The Cross in thine own heart,
Alone can make thee whole.
O, Cross of Christ, I take thee
Into this heart of mine,
That I to my own self may die
And rise to thy life Divine.
– 2 –
What e’er thou lovest, man,
That too become thou must;
God, if thou lovest God,
Dust, if thou lovest dust.
Go out, God will come in;
Die thou and let Him live;
Be not and He will be;
Wait and He’ll all things give.
– 3 –
To bring thee to thy God,
Love takes the shortest route;
The way which knowledge leads,
Is but a roundabout.
Drive out from thee the world,
And then thy heart shall be
Filled with the love of God,
And holy like as He.
Message: God’s Appearing
Message given by Rex Beck on March 15, 2020.
2 And Stephen said:
“Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’ 4 Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living.
The Call of Abram
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” 14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
17 But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go.” 20 And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.
Abram and Lot Separate
So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.
2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord. 5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, 6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together, 7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” 10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. 12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, 15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. 17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” 18 So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.
16 thoughts on “God’s Appearing (03-14-20)”
I am so glad that the Lord continues to appear to me! From the first time when I was a little girl until even now, when I am in my older age. I can still say that the Lord has been faithful through good and not so good; and I’m sure that he will continue to be with me all the days of my life. Praise Him! I am in the land that he has given me and all of us who belonged to him. Praise the Lord!
Yes, every appearing leads us on further! Praise Him.
Praise the Lord, When we call on You, you answer, When we seek You, You are found, When we Knock, You open the door.When we ask you anything, You are Glorified, because we declare God is all our Answers. Hallelujah
I find it inspirational that Abraham left his idols and followed Christ, not knowing where he was going. Also, I need to not only seek the Lord when I’m sulking and down I need to seek and praise the Lord at all times glory be to God Amen.
Praise God Belinda, you are surly the beloved of the Lord! You are perfect in His eyes and has written your path of Victory already. Psalms 139:16 Love you.
Praise the Lord saints. It’s good to enjoy the Lord with all of you today. We (Rex, Rose, Anna and Andrew) are all here about to enjoy the hymn.
If anyone would like a unique and cool way to listen to scripture, Josh M recommended “Streetlights” to me. It’s pretty cool. While they don’t have the whole bible recorded yet, they do at least have all of Genesis and the whole New Testament! https://www.streetlightsbible.com/audiobible
Jesus is alive! Missing you all but thankful to be enjoying the Lord together in spirit.
God of glory, appear to us!
I can empathize somewhat with Abram. God promised him the whole land and then right after he had to leave that because of famine. It’s so interesting how God works! But God’s plans are way bigger and more wonderful than we can imagine. Let us look to His appearing!
Abram is surrounded by riches and yet he is still lost in his past, which was filled with problems. This is a good reminder to us to look around and see what God can offer us now, and hope in the great plans he has for us in the future, instead of focusing on the past.
GOD’S APPEARING —
So thankful HE is the one pursuing each one of us and together. All because of HIM not letting us go; and in HIS heart’s longing, HE initiates to appear in our daily circumstances (not apart from those, like Abram, Sari). In each experience of our transaction with HIS appearing, mysteriously and wonderfully we are gradually different — may be able to surrender a little more, to love HIM a little bit more.
GOD’s appearing —
So thankful HE pursues each of us and together. HE initiates and appears in our daily circumstances (not apart from such). Through these transactions with HIM, mysteriously and wonderfully we are a bit different — may be able to surrender a little bit more, to love HIM a little bit more.
Praise the Lord dear saints. How sweet it was to be with Jenny Sunday AM. She really knew the song and was so enjoyable to sing with her. We listened to the message together and this was wonderful.
It is so encouraging to hear all the testimonies. Yes our Lord is always ready to appear to us. This is His joy. Abraham’s testimony of how the Lord moved him from the idols really touched me. The Lord knows just how to appear to each of us.
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