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|Fix Our Eyes|
|Now There Is Mercy|
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The chorus is lifted whole-cloth from Hebrews 12, with verses that examine the context of that passage.
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The oldest song I know, and one of my favorites to sing. I also like the fact that the author, Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, did not begin to write until the age of 57. One of the oldest songs Christians still sing - written by a late bloomer.
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Jesus’ victory over the powers that held us in their grip was won at the cross. The point of this song is not to blame God for natural calamities or hardships we endure. On the contrary, He points us away from earthquakes and tornadoes as ‘Acts of God’ to His action in the Messiah who purifies us by taking away our sin, leading us thereby to stand blameless before the holy God, freed from the powers that previously held us in idolatrous fear and condemnation. So, when insurance companies disclaim that they are responsible for Acts of God, they are absolutely right.
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Based on Isaiah’s terrifying encounter with God in His temple, where Isaiah should decidedly not be, this song is a great call to be a witness to the Gospel. But alas, being Lutheran, I couldn’t help noticing the utter lack of mercy. (Lutherans are supposed to be particularly adept at noticing where forgiveness should be, but isn’t.) Without any intervening touch of cleansing, the hearer is expected to move from “Woe is me! I am unclean,” to “Well, sure! I’ll go!” Not going to happen. So I inserted a verse to complete the story:
If Isaiah’s fear assails you
If unclean and ruined you feel
Do not flee from God almighty
He is strong to save and heal
With His offering from the altar
He has burned your guilt away
Though your strength be ever failing
He is faithful every day
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A celtic consideration of Paul’s call to the Thessalonians to give thanks in the midst of all things.
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