Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Torrey's Topical Textbook --Parents (Part 1)

I recently read this in my bible study and found it very edifying and convicting at the same time. I thought that maybe I would share and maybe God's word would edify or convict you in some of these areas as well.

      • Genesis 33:5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.
      • 1 Samuel 1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of   him:
      • Psalms 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
o   To love them.
      • Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
o   To bring them to Christ.
      • Matthew 19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
o   To train them up for God
      • Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
      • Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
    • To instruct them in God's word.
      • Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
      • Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
      • Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
o   To tell them of God's judgments.
      • Joel 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
o   To tell them of the miraculous works of God.
      • Exodus 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.
      • Psalms 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
o   To command them to obey God.
      • Deuteronomy 32:46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
      • 1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

It Is Well With My Soul

I am sure many have heard the unforgettable story of Horatio Gates Spafford, author of the beloved hymn "It Is Well With My Soul".  It is one of the most beautiful songs that I have heard, especially when sung in a four part harmony.

Born: Oc­to­ber 20, 1828, North Troy, New York.
Died: Oc­to­ber 16, 1888, Je­ru­sa­lem, Is­ra­el, of ma­la­ria.
Buried: Je­ru­sa­lem, Is­ra­el.

Spafford was a lawyer who lived in Chicago in the late 1860s. He and his wife Anna had five children and he was an advocate for the abolitionist movement. He frequently housed guests in his home such as Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey, and was an known as a dedicated Christian.

In the 1870s God tested the faith of Horatio and Anna. First their four year son, Horatio Jr. died of Scarlet fever. Then the Great Chicago Fire burned down much of the invested property that Spafford owned.  Although this was a great devastation, they had a strong faith in God and trusted in him for support. Though they were nearly broke, they used what they had to help those devastated by the fire. They showed a great example of Christ's love to those in need.

By 1873 the failing health of Anna Spafford and dealing with all that had ensued, the Spafford's planned a trip to Europe for a getaway.  Spafford had a two fold reason to go, his friends and fellow laborers in the Lord, Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey were conducting a revival in England and wanted Spafford to assist.  

In November they planned to set sail to Europe. The day they planned to leave, Horatio was called on emergency  business and could not go.  So, as to not disappoint, he sent his wife and daughters ahead.  In Gods perfect timing, all went according to his great plan. 

The ship that Anna and the girls were traveling on were struck by a British ship. Their ship sank within 12 minutes in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  It is said that only 81 of the 307 souls aboard survived. 
Anna was picked up among the debris but all four girls were lost. 

Anna sent a simple yet heartbreaking cable to her husband which read "Saved alone. What shall I do..."  At the news of his family, Horatio left Chicago and set sail for England to bring his wife home.  

Sailing across the very place the tragedy happened, the Captain of the ship that Horatio was on, called him to the bridge to inform him of the fact. That very night, Horatio Spafford penned the words of the now famous and beloved Hymn "It Is Well With My Soul".

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, 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.

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!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of 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.


Spafford felt the peace that passes all understanding. He knew the grace that God gives in times of distress.  

I tell you this story not to bring sadness but encouragement. Many of us have dealt with trials and tribulation.  My family has personally dealt with trials over the past few years and we know of many who have been suffering with in the last year.  It is a great encouragement to me to see others praise God in the midst of their trial.   I don't know if I were subject to the same trials that were given to the Spafford's that my response would be the same.   I pray it would be so.  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hymn of the Month - Loyalty to Christ

Loyalty to Christ
Words: E. Tay­lor Cas­sel, 1894. This song was writ­ten for the first con­ven­tion of the Bap­tist Young Peo­ple’s Un­ion.
Music: Flo­ra H. Cas­sel  (NetHymnal.org)

This is our February hymn of the Month. You can hear the song here. (home.fuse.net)


From over hill and plain there comes the signal strain,
'Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ.
Its music rolls along; the hills take up the song
of loyalty, loyalty, Yes, loyalty to Christ.

"On to victory!  On to victory!"
Cries our great Commander, On! (great Commander, On!)
We'll move at His command; We'll soon possess the land
thro' loyalty, loyalty, Yes, loyalty to Christ.

O hear, ye brave, the sound that moves the earth around;
'Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ.
Arise to dare and do; Ring out the watchword true
of loyalty, loyalty, Yes, loyalty to Christ.


Come, join our loyal throng, We'll right the giant wrong;
'Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ.
Where Satan's banners float we'll send the bugle note
of loyalty, loyalty, Yes, loyalty to Christ.


The strength of youth we lay at Jesus' feet today,
'Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ.
His gospel we'll proclaim, thro' out the world's domain,
of loyalty, loyalty, Yes, loyalty to Christ.


I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. There is nothing better than learning new Godly tunes!