From DeLancey

February 23, 2009

Thursday was opening night for a play Leland was in at Lee University and that I did costumes for. Mom and Dad had planned to go that night to see it before Dad was admitted to the hospital. I came by late Thursday night to tell them all about it. Dad was very tired and out of it but he listened as I told him how well it went, what an amazing job Leland did, and how fabulous my costumes looked. He of course gave me a thumbs up (his universal sign for pleasure or approval) when I left. Friday afternoon I went to the hospital to relieve Mom for a few hours. Dad and I watched the golf channel, I asked his opinion about a crossword I was doing, and we just sat together. That was one of my favorite things to do recently. Since the list of things Dad and I could share rapidly declined, I made time just to hang out. I called it co-existing. It didn’t matter if we did anything special – just as long as we did it together. He and I had a TV series (Foyle’s War) that we were watching together (a Netflix membership was Leland and my Father’s Day present to him last year). I’d go over there when Mom had to be out of town since Dad couldn’t be left alone. He would watch me sew costumes and I always apologized for the loud sewing machine. I asked him last Friday if I should audition for a play at ACT (the last play I had done was Christmas Carol with him a year ago – plays were always a thing we loved to share). He responded with an enthusiastic thumbs up. When I left the hospital on Friday, I remembered to tell him and Mom that I had gotten a role in the play. He seemed so pleased. The image of him that I will always have in my head was as I walked out of the room. I said goodbye and Dad struggled to lift his head to look at me and lifted his fingers a few inches off the armrest to wave goodbye. I got the call less than 3 hours later.

At the funeral yesterday, I was floored by the amount of people that had turned out to show their support and love for all that Dad did in his lifetime. I always thought Dad was amazing but I admit that I am slightly biased. The service was just what Dad would have wanted – a homecoming celebration. We will miss him terribly here but we are rejoicing greatly because we know that he is no longer suffering. All glory be to our most Sovereign God who Dad sought to glorify in every action every day of his life.

Thank you all immensely for your loving support and prayers. Many of you shared with us yesterday your favorite memories of Dad and I invite you to post those on here that we all might share in the wonderful memories.

- Forever Danny’s daughter, DeLancey

From Watts

February 21, 2009

This is Danny’s son Watts…

Today my dad finally heard the trumpet.  I try to think of the good times that my dad and I spent together for my 17 years he was with me. Last night I was with my dad; we were watching a basketball game on ESPN.  As he usually does, he asked me if I had practiced basketball or lifted weights that day. I told him I lifted some weights. He was pretty excited about that.

I try to rejoice in the fact that my dad is finally home. I’ve spent 3 years knowing that he was going to die. Although he is dead, he is now truly living.  After the game was over I turned to the Golf network. I asked my dad who he thought would win the Masters; he got his board and wrote, “Tiger.” We both laughed. I left and told my dad I would see him tomorrow and I loved him. He gave me a thumbs up. I think my dad is 0n the golf course right now in heaven. I’m very thankful for all the wonderful times I got to spend with my dad: playing basketball, lifting weights, and watching football. I can’t describe how much I will miss my dad. I want to thank everyone who has put in so much time, prayer, and love. 

                                               -Watts Dantzler

February 20, 2009

February 20, 2009

This is Danny’s daughter DeLancey. Dad is currently in the hospital so he won’t be posting for a few days. Wednesday night his sodium dropped too low so he is on an IV to bring this number up – which it is doing slowly. He and Mom have requested no visitors because Dad isn’t quite up to seeing anyone, but we covet all of your prayers. Thank you all for your support.

February 19, 2009

February 19, 2009

LIVING IN CANAAN NOW!
Hinsons

Egypt was once my home, I was a slave

Helpless, in sin did roam  –  lovelight did crave

But when I looked up to Heaven’s dome, Christ came to save

I’m living in Canaan now!

(Chorus)

Living on Canaan’s side  –  Egypt behind

Crossed over Jordan wide  –  Gladness to find

My soul is satisfied  –  no longer blind am I

Living with Jesus up in Canaan right now!

Satan may have you bound with fetters strong

Gonna look up to higher ground – it will not be long

Till Christ the Savior your soul has found and you’ll sing this song

I’m living in Canaan now!

(Repeat Chorus Twice)

Click on the link – Happy Goodman Family.

I goofed.  I took too much medication.  I’ve been groggy all day.

Forgive me.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 18, 2009

February 17, 2009

CANAAN LAND IS JUST IN SIGHT

                        I
         
MOSES LED GOD’S CHILDREN FORTY YEARS HE LED THEM
THROUGH THE STORM AND THROUGH THE NIGHT.
THO THEY SAID, “LET’S TURN BACK” MOSES SAID KEEP GOING
CANAAN LAND IS JUST IN SIGHT.
         
                      CHORUS
         
THERE WILL BE NO SORROW THERE IN THAT TOMORROW
WE WILL BE THERE BY AND BY.
MILK AND HONEY FLOWING THAT IS WHERE I’M GOING
CANAAN LAND IS JUST IN SIGHT.
CANAAN LAND IS JUST IN SIGHT.
         
                        II
         
THO WE WALK THROUGH VALLEYS THO WE CLIMB HIGH MOUNTAINS
WE CANNOT GIVE UP THE FIGHT.
WE MUST BE LIKE MOSES WE MUST KEEP ON GOING.
CANAAN LAND IS JUST IN SIGHT.

Click on the link – Cathedrals Reunion.

Joshua 1:2 “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land(Canaan) which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.

Joshua 1:7 “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

Now is not the time to get squeamish.   The battle is at hand.  Satan is at his best with tough times.  The devil knows which buttons to push on each of us.  He knows no mercy.  Satan tries to take us down.  Give up.  Quit. 

Watts house sits while Jean is at Bible Study.  This process of ALS is especially difficult on the kiddos.

WE MUST BE LIKE MOSES WE MUST KEEP ON GOING.
CANAAN LAND IS JUST IN SIGHT
.

Keep fighting.  Never give up.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 17, 2009

February 16, 2009

Four Days Late

Verse 1
The news came to Jesus, Please come fast
Lazarus is sick and without your help he will not last
Mary and Martha watched thier brother die
They waited for Jesus, He did not come
And they wondered why.

Verse 2
The death watch was over, Buried four days
Somebody said He'll soon be here, the Lord's on His way
Martha ran to Him and then she cried
Lord if you had been here You could have healed him
He'd still be alive

Chorus
But You're four days late And all hope is gone
Lord we don't understand why you've waited so long
But His way is God's way Not yours or mind
When He's four days late He's still on time

Verse 3
Jesus said Martha show me the grave, But she said Lord
You don't understand He's been there four days
The grave stone was rolled back, Then Jesus cried
Lazarus come forth then somebody said
He's alive, He's alive

Verse 4
You may be fighting a battle of fear
You've cried to the Lord I need You now
But he has not appeared.  Friend don't be discouraged
Cause He's still the same
He'll soon be here He'll roll back the stone
And He'll call out your name

Repeat Chorus

Click on the link – Karen Peck and New River.

John 11(NLT)

The Raising of Lazarus

 1 A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. 2 This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. 3 So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”

 4 But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” 5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days. 7 Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”

 8 But his disciples objected. “Rabbi,” they said, “only a few days ago the people in Judea were trying to stone you. Are you going there again?”

 9 Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. 10 But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light.” 11 Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”

 12 The disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!” 13 They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died.

 14 So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.”

 16 Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.”

 17 When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few milesdown the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”

 23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”

 24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”

 25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

 27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” 28 Then she returned to Mary. She called Mary aside from the mourners and told her, “The Teacher is here and wants to see you.” 29 So Mary immediately went to him.

 30 Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him. 31 When the people who were at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus’s grave to weep. So they followed her there. 32 When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

 33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them.

   They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” 37 But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”

 38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.

   But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”

 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

The story of Lazarus is a treasure.  It contains the shortest verse in the Bible(v. 35).  Fortunately, verse 43 has a name in it.  If Jesus would have said, “Come out!”, every person in the cemetery would have been raised from the dead.

Karen Peck is a little country but she nails this Aaron Wilburn song.  I especially like the last stanza.

 You may be fighting a battle of fear
You’ve cried to the Lord I need You now
But he has not appeared.  Friend don’t be discouraged
Cause He’s still the same
He’ll soon be here He’ll roll back the stone
And He’ll call out your name

Call out my name. 

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

   

 

February 16, 2009

February 16, 2009

LOVE LIFTED ME

I was sinking deep in sin, Far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within. Sinking to rise no more.
But, the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry ..
From the waters lifted me.
Now Safe am I.

Love lifted me!  Love lifted me!
when nothing else could help
love lifted me!
Love lifted even me!
Love lifted even me!
when nothing else could help
love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give; ever to Him I’ll cling.
in his blessed presence live, ever his praises sing.
Love so mighty and so true merits my soul’s best songs;
Faithful, loving service, too.
To Him belongs.

Souls in danger. look above; Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by his love out of the angry waves.
He’s the master of the sea; billows his will obey.
He your savior wants to be
be saved today

Jim Hamill was cantankerous in his old age.  Yet his bark was worse than his bite.  I attended a concert in which they sang this song.  I needed a hankie.  Click on the link to hear the Kingmen Quartet.

Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.  26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” 28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.

Peter – Love lifted him out of the Sea of Galilee.

Danny – Love lifted me

Read the verses slowly.  Love lifted YOU.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 15, 2009

February 14, 2009

MOVIN’ UP TO GLORYLAND.

I love to think about a paradise (I love to think about a paradise)
Somewhere beyond the blue (Somewhere beyond the blue)
A mansion waiting in the distant skies (A mansion waiting in the distant skies)
Maybe next door to you (Maybe next door to you)
We’ll go parading through the distant stars (We’ll go parading through the distant stars)
Right down the Milky Way (Right down the Milky Way)
The planets Jupiter, Neptune, and Mars (The planets Jupiter and Neptune and Mars)
Won’t even be halfway (Won’t even be halfway)
Chorus:
Oh yes I’m moving, moving, moving, moving
Moving up to gloryland
Oh yes I’m moving, moving, moving, moving
Holding to His nail-scarred hands
Don’t know when I’m leaving but I’m ready to go
When I get to heaven I’ll be welcome I know
Oh yes I’m moving, moving, moving, moving
Moving up to gloryland
I made my reservation long ago (I made my reservation long ago)
The day I gave up sin (The day I gave up sin)
And when my mansions ready this I know (And when my mansions ready this I know)
I’m gonna move right in (I’m gonna move right in)
I have a vision of a happy place (I have a vision of a happy place)
Where friends and loved ones meet (Where friends and loved ones meet)
Right on the corner of God’s avenue (Right on the corner of God’s avenue)
And hallelujah street (And hallelujah street)

Repeat Chorus (x2)Click on the link – Cathedrals Quartet.

 

 

Click on this link to hear a different group sing this song – Brian Free and Gold City.

This is another “sugar stick” song.  Fluff. Cotton candy.  It is entertairing.  Having attended many southern gospel concerts, variety is the spice of life.  A slow song then a fast one would follow.  A testimony or two would be worked in to the program.

Even though this song is a “sugar stick” it has true and faithful lyrics.

John 14:1-3 (King James Version) 1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.   3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

King Jimmy version mis-translates the Greek word as mansions.  It should be dwelling places or rooms.  In fact there’s a song about “mansions”.  You can go to You Tube and watch any number of videos named Mansion Over The Hilltop.

Don’t know when I’m leaving but I’m ready to go

I’m ready to go.  Feet don’t fail me now.

When I get to heaven I’ll be welcome I know

God wants all His children to come home.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 14, 2009

February 13, 2009

GLORY ROAD

1)Is this road you’re trav’ling dark; deserted or dim,
Is there hope for tomorrow?  Put your trust in Him.
On this glory road I’m trav’ling, many times I strumble on my way;
but praise the Lord I’ll soon be leaving
To that land of perfect peace and endless day.                                                    

Chorus)
I can see             the lights of home              
      (I can see)     the           lights of home

I can see               Him on His throne.        

I  can see        Him         on His throne.

I’m too near                 to turn back now
        I’m too near         to           turn back now

Oh praise the Lord              I’m heaven bound 
              praise  the Lord  I’m        heaven bound

2)                                   
When my jouney here shall end,
I’ll say goodbye to a world of sin.
In that fair land (in that fair land)
I’ll take my stand (I’ll take my stand),
It’s good to be on this road for glory land.

Click on the link – Trio:Kirk Talley, Ivan Parker, Anthony Burger.  If you want to hear the Kingsmen with Johnny Parrack hitting the high notes then click on – GLORY ROAD.

I’m traveling on the road to heaven.  I’ve got a head start on some of my friends and family.  The road is dark, deserted and dim.  Is there hope for tomorrow?  Yes, indeed.   I’ve put my trust in Him.  My stumbling is almost over.  I’ll soon be leaving to that land of perfect peace and endless day.

The second stanza describes leaving this world of sin.  It’ll be great.  No more temptations.  No more TV with its “skanky programs and commercials”.   The ads for upcoming TV shows and movies are “R” rated.  I’ve never watched Desperate Housewives but I get the gist.  Satan and his minions – no admittance.

Rev. 22:3, 4 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their forehead.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

p.s. This is the 100th blog/post.  300 comments.  19,900 hits/views

February 13, 2009

February 13, 2009

He was on the Cross
            1
I’m not all and ego trip,
I’m nothing on my own,
I’ve made mistakes and often slip
just common flesh and bone,
but I’ll prove someday just what I say,
I’m of a special kind,
while He was on the cross,
I was on His mind.
            2
A look of love was on His face,
Thorns upon His head
Blood was on that scarlet robe
It was stained in crimson red
Though His eyes were on cross that day
He looked ahead in time
When He was on the cross
I was on His mind
   
    chorus
He knew me, yet He loved me,
He whose glory made the heavens shine
I’m so unworthy, of such mercies
When he was on the cross
I was on His mind

Click on the link – Jake Hess.  The Florida Boys made this song famous.  Click on the link – When He was on the Cross, I was on His mind.

He knew me, yet He loved me

GRACE.  He knew me.  All my faults.  My impure thoughts.   My selfishness.  Despite my sin Jesus loves me. 

Psalm 51 (Contemporary English Version)

 (For the music leader. A psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David had been with Bathsheba.)

A Prayer for Forgiveness

 1You are kind, God! Please have pity on me. You are always merciful!  Please wipe away my sins.  2Wash me clean from all of my sin and guilt. 3I know about my sins, and I cannot forget my terrible guilt. 4You are really the one I have sinned against; our eyes from my sin and cover my guilt. 10Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again. 11Don’t chase me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me. 12Make me as happy as you did when you saved me; make me want to obey! 13I will teach sinners your Law, and they will return to you. 14Keep me from any deadly sin, you want. 17The way to please you is to feel sorrow deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won’t refuse.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D 

February 12, 2009

February 11, 2009

WHISPERING  HOPE

Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Refrain

Whispering hope, oh how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.

If, in the dusk of the twilight,
Dim be the region afar,
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?
Then when the night is upon us,
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over,
Watch for the breaking of day.

Refrain

Hope, as an anchor so steadfast,
Rends the dark veil for the soul,
Whither the Master has entered,
Robbing the grave of its goal.
Come then, O come, glad fruition,
Come to my sad weary heart;
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory,
Never, O never depart.

Refrain

Click on the link – Gloria Gaither.

HOPE

Whispers her comforting word

HOPE

Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

HOPE

Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?

HOPE

Why should the heart sink away?

HOPE

Hope, as an anchor so steadfast,
Rends the dark veil for the soul,

HOPE

Whispering hope, oh how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.

HOPE

Jeremiah 29:11  ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 5: 1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13  [ Those Who Died in Christ ] But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

WE HAVE HOPE.  And it’s not just a whisper.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 11, 2009

February 10, 2009

Jean and I were watching Scrooge(1970) with Albert Finney playing Ebenezer. He makes this statement at the end of his reclamation:

“I will start anew, I will make amends
And I will make quite certain that the story ends
On a note of hope. On a strong amen.
And I’ll thank the world, and remember when
I was able to begin again!”
—Ebenezer Scrooge

CLEANSE  ME

Search me, O God,
And know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior,
Know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be
Some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin
And set me free.

I praise Thee, Lord,
For cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy Word,
And make me pure within.
Fill me with fire
Where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire
To magnify Thy Name.

Lord, take my life,
And make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart
With Thy great love divine.
Take all my will,
My passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord
In me abide.

O Holy Ghost,
Revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival,
Start the work in me.
Thy Word declares
Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now,
O Lord, I humbly plead

 J. Ed­win Orr, 1936. Orr wrote these words at a re­viv­al meet­ing in Ngarua­wa­hia, New Zea­land, tak­ing less than five min­utes to put them down on pa­per. He was a professor in the School of World Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary where he taught courses in the history of missions to career missionaries.

Click on this link to hear Glen and George sing verse one.

Psalms 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24  And see if there be any hurtful way in me,  And lead me in the everlasting way.

This song is a revival song.  Read each line slowly.  My prayer is that God would speak to your spirit.  It’s a rich journey.  My favorite:

Lord, take my life,
And make it wholly Thine.

The goal of my life(and your life) is for God to have all of me(you).    James 1:3-4 (NASB)  3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 10, 2009

February 9, 2009

Every person ought to have the ability to chuckle at what he holds dear.  Lighten up and click on the link – Squirrel.   I have been in country churches where they run and jump pews.  When Jean and I were dating, we attended a gospel sanging.  A guy in overalls “got happy” and went up on the stage.  He faced the congregation and said nothing – just grinned.  Eventually, he returned to his seat.

We witnessed a guy running.  He jumped up and sprinted down the aisle and out the back door.  In those days country churches had the windows raised – no air conditioning.  The guy circled the church.  He came in and sat down like he was normal.

I’ve never seen a church service with snakes.  And, don’t want to.  In Bangkok, we watched a snake show that would have been illegal in a civilized culture.  The front row of the circular seating had their feet on the dirt of the snake pit.  They brought a king cobra.  One of the trainers caught a poisonous snake with his teeth.  The last snake they brought in was a twenty-foot python.  They showed us the teeth by pulling back the gums with fine nylon rope.  One of the handlers wrapped the tail around his waist.  Then they made that python mad by hitting on the nose with a balloon.  The snake would strike the balloon and the person holding the tail would measure out the length so that the jaws would flash open at the first row of spectators.  People were screaming and climbing up the concrete seats.  When they finished the show nobody had their feet on the dirt.

Peg of the McKameys while they were singing, use to wave her arm holding a white hankie like a third base coach sending a runner home.  Jean said she was winding up and could throw the shoulder out of joint.

Click on the link – Sittin’ Up Wth The Dead.

In the late 1950’s my Great Grandpa died and they brought the body to his house.  It was the custom back then.  My mom made me look at his corpse.  I obeyed but, I didn’t want to.  I went outside and played til we left.  Luckily, we didn’t stay up all night long.

People in high churches missed out on all these experiences.  I wonder if there’ll be pew jumping in heaven.  I know there will be shouting in heaven.  You high church people are in for a shock.

Revelation 19:1(NLT)
[ Songs of Victory in Heaven ] After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,“Praise the Lord! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.

I can almost hear the trumpet

Danny D

February 9, 2009

February 8, 2009

LEAD ME TO THE ROCK
(Choir / Stephen Hill) Mountain homecoming

Chorus:
Why don’t you lead me to the rock
That is higher than I
Oh lead me to the rock
Yes lead me to the rock
Why don’t you lead me to the rock
That is higher than I
Thou has been a shelter for me

Repeat Chorus:

Well if you go down in yonder fold
And search among his sheep
(My brother thou has been a shelter for me)
You’ll find him there with so I am told
With those he loves to keep
(My brother thou has been a shelter for me)

Chorus:

And if you go into the wilderness
Where dyin ones are lost
(My brother thou has been a shelter for me)
And you’ll find him there to heal and bless
No matter what the cost.
(My brother thou has been a shelter for me)
Why don’t you!!! Lead me to the rock (to the rock) that is higher than I
Oh lead me Lord (to the rock) Yes lead me (that is higher than I)
Why don’t you lead me (to the rock) that is higher than I Thou has been a shelter for me

Chorus: come on and lead me

Thou has been a shelter for me — for — me, Lead me Lord

Psalm 61:2
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Click on the link – Stephen Hill.

When my heart is faint – it is right now – lead me to the Rock.

Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,” Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.He who believes in it will not be disturbed.

Disturbed.  Last week I visited three doctors – one for breathing, one for tracheostomy and my ALS Doctor at Emory.   I am wrestling with the possibility of the trach.  The ALS Doctor argues a trach will extend my life – which is a good thing at first.  But, the disease effects every muscle in the body and eventually you’re paralyzed.  The breathing machine will be all that’s working.  I don’t want to be a burden on my family and we can’t afford a full time nurse.

The people at Emory said all the ALS patients finally “hit the wall” – trapped by a paralyzed body.  That’s not the way to live.  My family will have to pull the plug on the breathing machine.  It will be a hard decision.  Somebody come by for a visit and trip on the extension cord.  Tell no one.  Don’t postpone my journey to heaven.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 8, 2009

February 8, 2009

 

Over the Moon
By Vep Ellis
Lillenas Publishing
(SESAC)

Moon beams shining
Keeps reminding
Of a trip that I’ll be taking soon
Nothing binding
Keeps reminding
Of a journey that will take me over the moon

CHORUS

I’m sailing soon above the moon
I’m flying thru the Heaven’s blue
And soon I’m hoping you
Decide to choose
And sail the Milky Way with me and ride
At Jesus side
Naught can betide, I’m satisfied
And now I’m longing and I’m hoping
I have no time for moping
For I will soon be floating
Away above the moon

Click on the link -Mark Lowry and the GVB.

The Southern Quartets would use humor to break the seriousness of performing.  One guy in each group was the comedian.  George in the Cathedrals, Ernie in Signature Sound and Mark Lowry of the Gaither Vocal Band.

There are three verses to this song.  I could only find one performance on the Gaither videos on You Tube.   But, there is another on an older video that has this same song.  A much younger Mark steals the show on an ancient video cassette.

stanza two

I am praying, for the day
When I’ll be sailing
Up above with Jesus
With my Savior, keeping favor
So that He will welcome me
With arms of love
stanza three
Soon I’m leaving, I’m not grieving
Heaven waits for me
If I’ll be true and faithful
Tired of sighing, soon be flying
In that journey that will take me
Over the moon.

It’s a song dated 1945.  Mr. Ellis was visioning going up to heaven “Over the Moon”.  I like the older version better but if you have never heard this song, this “Hawaiian” rendition is fine.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 7, 2009

February 6, 2009

 What A Day That Will Be

Words and Music by Jim Hill

Mark 14:62

“And Jesus said, I AM:
and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power,
and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Chorus
What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There’ll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there;
And forever I will be with the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Chorus

Like all southern gospel songs, this one is simple.

Click on the link – Golden Angels Korea (sda) to hear a choir or click on the link – Jim Hill to hear the composer sing the song.

I have sung this song solo at graveside on two occasions.  It’s a perfect song to sing there, especially the second verse.

There’ll be no sorrow there

What a day!

no more burdens to bear

What a day!

 No more sickness

What a day!

no pain

 What a day!

no more parting over there

What a day!

And forever I will be

What a day!

with the One who died for me

What a day, glorious day that will be.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 6, 2009

February 5, 2009

 

He Looked Beyond My Fault

Lyrics by Dottie Rambo

(to the tune of “Londerry Aire”)

 

Galatians 5:1
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Amazing Grace, shall always be my song of praise.
For it was grace that brought me liberty,
I do not know, just why He came to love me so.
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.

I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,
To view the cross, where Jesus died for me
How marvelous, His grace that caught my falling soul
He Looked beyond my fault and saw my need.
 
 
 

Click on the link- David Phelps.

 

 

He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.

Romans 5:8(NASB) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.   10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Hebrews 7:26(CEV) Jesus is the high priest we need. He is holy and innocent and faultless, and not at all like us sinners. Jesus is honored above all beings in heaven.

Amazing Grace, shall always be my song of praise.

Amazing Grace is the sweetest song I know.  That’s another southern gospel song.  Perry, daughter, there’s thousands of them.

God’s Grace. 

G=God’s
R=Riches
A=At
C=Christ’s
E=Expense
 

Grace is based on nothing we have done.  You can’t work your way into heaven.  You can’t be good enough.  Sure, your good deeds out number the bad ones.  It only takes one bad deed to break the perfect law.  From Hebrews 7:26 He is holy and innocent and faultless, and not at all like us sinners.  How is it possible for a Holy God to accept sinners?  No way.  A way was made.  Jesus is the way.

I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,
To view the cross, where Jesus died for me

God’s Grace. 

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 5, 2009

February 4, 2009
 
Oh, What a Time
Words and Music by Lucy Matthews
Oh, my Lord, what a time, mm mm.
Oh, my Lord, what a time.
From this old world we’ll flee
To live eternally.Oh, my Lord, what a time
Oh, my Lord, what a time, mm mm.
Oh, my Lord, what a time.
From this old world we’ll flee
To live eternally.
Oh, my Lord, what a time.
In that fair land there will be no more night.
No sun or moon, for the Lamb of God is light.
It’s good to know that He’s prepared the way
To a bright and endless day
.
From this old world we’ll live
We’re gonna live eternally
With Christ, our blessed Lord
In a home on high!
We’ll shout and sing,
We’ll walk and talk.
We’ll shout and sing,
We’ll walk and talk.
We’ll shout and praise His name everyday!
Every day will be the same.
Oh, my Lord, my burden bearer,
My help in trouble,
My joy in sorrow, my light in darkness,
My sword and shield;
Oh, my Lord, what a time!

Click on the link – GVB and Signature Sound.

What a concert to attend!  When they do a “tag”(encore) not once but 4 times and people are on their feet, it’s electric.  I looked some other groups that sing this song.  It’s three chords and a cloud of dust.  Yesterday we studied a slow song.  This is a “fluff” song.

But it has good lyrics.

Oh, my Lord, what a time, mm mm
Oh, my Lord, what a time.
From this old world we’ll flee
To live eternally.Oh, my Lord, what a time
What a time!  Leaving this old sinful world, will make us go “mm, mm “.  To live eternally “mm, mm”.  In heaven “mm, mm”.  With our Lord and Savior “mm, mm”.
In that fair land there will be no more night.
No sun or moon, for the Lamb of God is light.
It’s good to know that He’s prepared the way
To a bright and endless day

No more night “mm, mm”.  The Lamb of God is light “mm, mm”.  He’s prepared the “mm, mm”.  To a bright and endless day “mm, mm”.


Oh, my Lord, what a time!

From this old world we’ll live
We’re gonna live eternally
With Christ, our blessed Lord
In a home on high!
We’ll shout and sing,
We’ll walk and talk.
We’ll shout and sing,
We’ll walk and talk.
We’ll shout and praise His name everyday!
Every day will be the same.
Oh, my Lord, my burden bearer,
My help in trouble,
My joy in sorrow, my light in darkness,
My sword and shield;
Oh, my Lord, what a time!

In a home on high “mm, mm”.  My burden bearer “mm, mm”.  My help in trouble “mm, mm”.  My joy in sorrow “mm, mm”. My light in darkness “mm, mm”.  My sword “mm, mm”.  My shield “mm, mm”.

 I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 4, 2009

February 4, 2009

Jesus Is Coming Soon

By R. E. Winsett
Made Popular by The Oak Ridge Boys

Verse One
Troublesome times are here
Filling men’s heart with fear
Freedom we all hold dear
Now is at stake.
Humbling your heart to God
Saves from the chastening rod
Seek the way pilgrims trod
Christians Awake!

Chorus
Jesus is coming soon
Morning night or noon
Many will meet their doom
Trumpets will sound
All of the dead shall rise
Righteous meet in the sky
Going where no one dies
Heavenward bound!

Verse two
Troubles will soon be o’er
Happy forever more
When we meet on that shore
Free from all care
Rising up in the sky
Telling this world goodbye
Homeward we then will fly

Glory to ShareChorus

I actually saw the Inspirations perform in the white suits.  Click on the link - The Inspirations.  You need to compare the Oak Ridge Boys to the Inspirations.

Nancy Lindler and I love this song.  The old Wilderness Quartet sang this song at Fellowship Bible Church.  You can watch a myriad of artists perform this song on You Tube.

Hebrews 10:37  FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

Hebrews 13:14  For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

Revelation 1:8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, ” who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 22:7  “And behold, I am coming quickly Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

JESUS IS COMING SOON!  Many of us are running toward the promised land.  Jesus is ready to welcome us home.  He is planning His return.  I don’t know if He will return in my lifetime.  But, the Lord has promised to come back to earth.  Any day that trumpet will sound and all the world will see Him.  If He doesn’t return in about six months, I’ll do the traveling.  If He returns soon, He’ll do the traveling.

Football games are home and away.  This year we travel and the next season we are home.  I don’t mind traveling up.  But, I do wish I could see Him coming down.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 3, 2009

February 2, 2009

I THEN SHALL LIVE

I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid
I know my name is clear before my Father
I am His child and I am not afraid
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother
The law of love I gladly will obey

I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion
I’ve been so loved I’ll risk loving, too
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view
And when relationships demand commitment
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through

Your kingdom come around and through and in me
Your power and glory let them shine through me
Your Hallowed name, oh may I bear with honor
And may Your living Kingdom come in me
The Bread of Life, O’ may I share with honor
And may You feed a hungry world through me

Amen, Amen, Amen

Click on the link – GVB and Signature Sound.   Words by Gloria Gaither.  Music by Jean Sibelius.

I love the pace on this song.  It’s not zippy.  Gloria has written some good poetry and this is one of her best.

First stanza –  one who’s been “forgiven”, my “debts are paid”, my name is “clear” before my Father
I am His child and I am not afraid 
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother
The law of love I gladly will obey

Second stanza – as one who’s learned compassion
I’ve been so loved I’ll risk loving, too
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view
And when relationships demand commitment
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through

Third stanza – Your kingdom come around and through and in me
Your power and glory let them shine through me
Your Hallowed name, oh may I bear with honor
And may Your living Kingdom come in me
The Bread of Life, O’ may I share with honor
And may You feed a hungry world through me

These three stanzas tell us how we are suppose to live.  Stanza one is what Christ did for us.  Stanzas two and three is what we do for Christ.    John 13:35 ” By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  Ephesians 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

God has this plan.  It is not for you get to heaven.  If that was the goal, He’d beam us up as soon as we prayed/meditated the conversion/commitment prayer.  God has a better plan.  We are to be His actions and words on earth until the day we die.  Influence.  We are to be “little Christs”.   Acts  11:25,26 And Barnabus left for Tarsus to look for Saul(Paul);  and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians(little Christs) in Antioch.

2 Timothy 4:5… be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 2, 2009

February 2, 2009

I’LL HAVE  A NEW LIFE

On the resurrection morning, when all the dead in Christ shall rise
I’ll have a new body
Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life (eternal)
Sewed in weakness, raised in power, ready to live in Paradise
I’ll have a new body
Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life, oh yes

Chorus:
I’ll have a new home (glory, glory) of glory eternal
Where the redeemed (ever stand) of God shall stand
There’ll be no more sorrow
No more pain, there’ll be no more strife (no strife)
Yes, raised in the likeness (in His likeness) of my Savior
Ready to live (I’ll be glad) in Glory Land
I’ll have a new body
Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life (oh yes)

What a hallelujah morning when the last trump of God shall sound
I’ll have a new body
Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life (eternal)
Graves all bursting saints all shouting, heavenly beauty all around
I’ll have a new body
Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Click on the link – Girls’ trio with dad pickin’ the get-tar.  Or you can hear the Cathedrals- I’ll Have A New Life.  Or click on this link and you’ll hear a good choir sing this song.  This song is written by Luther G. Presley.

I like the message of this song – I’ll have a new body.  Last night I got up at 4 a.m. to do the cough assist machine.  Trying to stand up, I fell, biting my tongue.  A drop of blood is on my t-shirt.  My wife heard the crash and tried to help me up but she couldn’t.  Jean and I crawled to the steps and I turned around backwards.  Thankfully, I have enough arm strength left to push up the steps.  I had to push up three steps to where Jean could help me stand.  New experiences every day!

A new body?  I Cor. 15:35  But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”   36You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;  37  and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.

Old Pete Wilson is praying for a body like Tony Romo.  According to verse 38, God gives it a body just as He wished, not according to Pete’s wishes.

Graves all bursting saints all shouting, heavenly beauty all around –  relax Pete, it’s shouting time in heaven.  You’re sure to be shouting about your new body and you’ll be good looking(a beaut), too.  That lip-wedge(sarcasm) won’t be in heaven – you’ll be raised in the likeness of our Savior.

I’ll have a new body
Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

February 1, 2009

February 1, 2009

Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long;
While there are others living about us,
Never molested, though in the wrong.

Refrain:
Farther along we’ll know more about it,
Farther along we’ll understand why;
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We’ll understand it all by and by.

Sometimes I wonder why I must suffer,
Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow,
When there are many living in comfort,
Giving no heed to all I can do.

Tempted and tried, how often we question
Why we must suffer year after year,
Being accused by those of our loved ones,
E’en though we’ve walked in God’s holy fear.

Often when death has taken our loved ones,
Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
Then do we wonder why others prosper,
Living so wicked year after year.

“Faithful till death,” saith our loving Master;
Short is our time to labor and wait;
Then will our toiling seem to be nothing,
When we shall pass the heavenly gate.

Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior,
Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky;
Then we will meet those gone on before us,
Then we shall know and understand why.

When we see Jesus coming in Glory
When He comes from His home in the sky
We will all join Him in that bright city(mansion)
We’ll understand it all by and by.

I have loved this country gospel hymn forever.  Click on the link – Testimony/Farther Along By Joni Eareckson Tada & Vestal.  Elvis , Russ Taff, Glenn Campbell, Johnny Cash, Michael English and Jimmy Swaggart(9:57) sing this song on You Tube.  You could waste an afternoon listening/watching.

Farther along…

…know more about it.  Why this?  Why that?  Why her? Why him? Why me?  Questions like that are for sceptics. A sceptic means one who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally accepted conclusions.  I’ve watched an artist paint a picture.  I’ll keep my mouth shut and not question every stroke.  I’ve watched a glass blower make a fine vase and he didn’t ask me for advice.

Farther along…

God knows what He is doing.  Isaiah 29:16  You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “He did not make me”? Can the pot say of the potter, “He knows nothing”?  Romans 9:21  Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?

Farther along…

The evil people get away with everything, so it seems.  Psalm 73:3  For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.   4 They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.  5 They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.

Farther along…

When you look at Judgment Day…Psalm 73: Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.   18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.  19 In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors.  20 When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.

Farther along…

“Faithful through death and/or till death”.  Death is part of life.  Deal with it.  Don’t hide your head in the sand or hide your emotions.  The Bible tells us “to weep with those weep”.  Grief is acceptable at times, but don’t let grief control your joy.  A Christian going to heaven is a good thing.  Loved ones left behind must understand that they will be joining those in heaven in the near future. 

Farther along…

Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We’ll understand it all by and by.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 31, 2009

January 31, 2009

SINCE JESUS CAME INTO MY HEART

What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart!
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Refrain

Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart,
Floods of joy o’er my soul
Like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

I have ceased from my wandering and going astray,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And my sins, which were many, are all washed away,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Refrain

I’m possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Refrain

There’s a light in the valley of death now for me,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And the gates of the City beyond I can see,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Refrain

I shall go there to dwell in that City, I know,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And I’m happy, so happy, as onward I go,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Refrain

Words: Ru­fus H. Mc­Dan­i­el, 1914. Mc­Dan­i­el wrote these words af­ter the death of his son.

Music: Charles H. Gabriel, 1914

Click on the link – Since Jesus Came Into My Heart.  You can listen to a plethora of artists sing this song.

The tune is catchy.  Fun.  We had a song leader at one church we visited that would hold the first “Since” in the refrain for about five seconds.

Each verse talks about life.  Read the words in each stanza.  They go from “truths” in scripture to “glory” in heaven.  Floods of joy o’er my soul – If the Lord gets any closer to me, I’ll be like Enoch – Genesis 5:24  Enoch walked with God; and he was not (dead), for God took him.  The New Living Translation has  5:24 (Enoch)walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.  One day in the future do not look for me – for I’ll be gone.  GOD TOOK HIM.

I had too many words in yesterday’s post/blog.  Brevity will triumph today.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 30, 2009

January 29, 2009

LIFE’S MOUNTAIN RAILWAY

Life is like a mountain railway,
With an engineer that’s brave.
We must make the run successful,
From the cradle to the grave.
Watch the curves, the fill, the tunnels,
Never falter, never quail.
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.

refrain:
Blessed Saviour,
Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach,
That Blissful shore,
Where the angels,
wait to join us,
In Thy praise
For ever more.

You will roll up grades of trial,
You will cross the bridge of strife.
See that Christ is your Conductor,
Of this lightning train of life.
Always mindful of obstuctions,
Do your duty, never fail.
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.

refrain

You will often find obstructions,
Look for storms of wind and rain,
On a fill, or curve, or trestle,
They will almost ditch your train.
Put your trust alone in Jesus,
Never falter, never fail.
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.

refrain

As you roll across the trestle,
Spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot,
Into which your train will drive.
There you’ll meet the Superintendent,
God the Father, God the Son,
With the hearty, joyus plaudit,
“Weary pilgrims, welcome home.”

refrain

Click on the link - Russ Taff – Life’s Mountain Railway.

Russ sings verses 1, 2 and 4.  Johnny Cash sings the first verse and some other verse.  Patsy Cline sings only the first verse.  The Oak Ridge Boys sing verses 1 and 4.  The Statler Brothers sing 1 and 4.   Jerry Lee Lewis sings 1.  I finally found a guy singing(make that sangin’) all four verses but you’ll have the neighbors’ dogs howling.  It’s a pity cause all four verses are good.

First stanza – never falter, never quail = to lose heart or courage in difficulty or danger; shrink with fear.  The verb form of quail means to act like a quail.  The covey of quail hide and you have a dog to flush them out and then they scatter.  You have to look for every single bird.   Don’t lose heart.

2 Samuel 22:46
“Foreigners lose heart, And come trembling out of their fortresses.
2 Samuel 22:45-47 (in Context) 2 Samuel 22 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 18:1
[ Parables on Prayer ] Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
Luke 18:1-3 (in Context) Luke 18 (Whole Chapter)

2 Corinthians 4:1
[ Paul's Apostolic Ministry ] Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,
2 Corinthians 4:1-3 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)

2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:15-17 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)

Galatians 6:9
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Galatians 6:8-10 (in Context) Galatians 6 (Whole Chapter)

Ephesians 3:13
Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
Ephesians 3:12-14 (in Context) Ephesians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
Colossians 3:20-22 (in Context) Colossians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Hebrews 12:3
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:2-4 (in Context) Hebrews 12 (Whole Chapter)

Read stanzas 2, 3 and 4.  Life is a test and it takes courage.

I’ve visited the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France three times.  Norman Cota was one of the highest ranking officers on the beach that day. He is famous for personally directing the attack, motivating the shell-shocked, pinned-down survivors into action, and opening one of the first vehicle exits off the beach. Two famous quotes are attributed to him during this time.

  • In a meeting with Max Schneider, commander of the 5th Ranger Battalion, Cota asked “What outfit is this?” Someone yelled “5th Rangers!”.  To this, Cota replied “Well, gxxdxxx it then, Rangers, lead the way!”.  “Rangers lead the way” became the motto of the Rangers.
  • He is also quoted as saying to his troops, “Gentlemen, we are being killed on the beaches. Let us go inland and be killed.”  Interestingly, in the movie The Longest Day, Cota renders the similar encouragement that was, as the evidence best suggests, actually delivered by Colonel George A. Taylor: “There are only two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are already dead and those that are gonna’ die.  Now grab your weapons you’re the fightin’ 29th!”

There is an open colonnade at the memorial beside the reflecting pool.  9,387 American military dead are buried in the 172 acres.  Carved on the inner face of the colonnade’s lintel is the inscription:

THIS EMBATTLED SHORE, PORTAL OF FREEDOM, IS FOREVER HALLOWED BY THE IDEALS, THE VALOR AND THE SACRIFICES OF OUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN

There is a  Mémorial pour la Paix in Caen, Normandy, France.  The Memorial for Peace has a multimedia show describing what happened on D-Day.  I can not visit the beaches at Normandy without going “a snottin’ “.  I memorized the inscription above and it still brings tears to my eyes.

Courage.  Don’t lose heart.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 29, 2009

January 28, 2009

 

 I DON’T REGRET A MILE by Howard Goodman
                     CHORUS
         
I DON’T REGRET A MILE I’VE TRAVELED FOR THE LORD.
I DON’T REGRET THE TIME I’VE TRUSTED IN HIS WORD.
I’VE SEEN THE YEARS GO BY MANY DAYS WITHOUT A SONG.
I DON’T REGRET A MILE I’VE TRAVELED FOR THE LORD.
         
                     1ST REC.         
I’VE DREAMED A MANY DREAMS THAT NEVER CAME TRUE
AND I’VE SEEN MANY OF THEM VANISH AT DAWN.
OH BUT ENOUGH OF MY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE
TO MAKE ME KEEP DREAMING ON.
I’VE PRAYED MANY A PRAYER SEEMED NO ANSWER WOULD COME
THO I WAITED PATIENTLY AND LONG
BUT THERE’S BEEN ANSWERS COME TO ENOUGH OF THOSE PRAYERS
TO MAKE ME KEEP PRAYING ON
I’VE SOWED A MANY SEED THAT’S FELL BY THE WAYSIDE
FOR THE BIRDS TO FEED UPON
BUT I’VE HELD ENOUGH GOLDEN SHEAVES IN MY HAND
TO MAKE ME KEEP SOWING ON
AND I’VE TRUSTED MANY A FRIEND THAT’S FAILED ME
AND LEFT ME TO WEEP ALONE
OH BUT I’VE FOUND ENOUGH OF MY FRIENDS TO BE TRUE BLUE.
TO MAKE ME KEEP TRUSTING ON
SOMETIMES IT SEEMS I’VE DRAWN THE CUP OF DISAPPOINTMENT AND PAIN
AND GONE MANY A DAY WITHOUT A SONG
BUT I’VE SIPPED ENOUGH NECTAR FROM THE ROSES OF LIFE
TO MAKE  ME WANT TO LIVE ON
                  CHORUS

Click on the link – VESTAL AND HOWARD. 

There are three clips on You Tube with Howard, Vestal and Johnny Cook singing this song.  I picked one of the three to link – you might think another one is best.
I love this song.
I DON’T REGRET A MILE I’VE TRAVELED FOR THE LORD.  No regrets
I DON’T REGRET THE TIME I’VE TRUSTED IN HIS WORD.  His WORD is super important.  I did a word search in the King Jimmy Bible for “thy word”.  164 times.  Base your life on His word.  There’s a big word in this line, too.  TRUST.  FAITH.  BELIEVE.  
Hebrews 11:1
[ The Triumphs of Faith ] Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
I’VE SEEN THE YEARS GO BY MANY DAYS WITHOUT A SONG.  It’s a sad day that doesn’t have a southern gospel song in it.  Depressing.
I DON’T REGRET A MILE I’VE TRAVELED FOR THE LORD.

I’VE DREAMED A MANY DREAMS THAT NEVER CAME TRUE
AND I’VE SEEN MANY OF THEM VANISH AT DAWN.
OH BUT ENOUGH OF MY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE
TO MAKE ME KEEP DREAMING ON.
  Dreams. 
Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
I’VE PRAYED MANY A PRAYER SEEMED NO ANSWER WOULD COME
THO I WAITED PATIENTLY AND LONG
BUT THERE’S BEEN ANSWERS COME TO ENOUGH OF THOSE PRAYERS
TO MAKE ME KEEP PRAYING ON. 
I did a word search on prayer.  508 verses.  There are no atheists in foxholes during war.  There are no atheists rearing teenagers.  We pray every night for our children.
I’VE SOWED A MANY SEED THAT’S FELL BY THE WAYSIDE
FOR THE BIRDS TO FEED UPON
BUT I’VE HELD ENOUGH GOLDEN SHEAVES IN MY HAND
TO MAKE ME KEEP SOWING ON.
   Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8 records the story of the seeds and the sower.
AND I’VE TRUSTED MANY A FRIEND THAT’S FAILED ME
AND LEFT ME TO WEEP ALONE
OH BUT I’VE FOUND ENOUGH OF MY FRIENDS TO BE TRUE BLUE.
TO MAKE ME KEEP TRUSTING ON.
  
Proverbs 17:17a  A friend loves at all times. I’m married to my best friend.  I have several great friends that are true blue.  Over 200 “friends” log on to this blog every day.
SOMETIMES IT SEEMS I’VE DRAWN THE CUP OF DISAPPOINTMENT AND PAIN
AND GONE MANY A DAY WITHOUT A SONG
 BUT I’VE SIPPED ENOUGH NECTAR FROM THE ROSES OF LIFE
TO MAKE  ME WANT TO LIVE ON.

True, there’s problems in this life, but there’s a lot of good happenings.  Pain and disappointment are out there but there is Victory in Jesus.  God is good.  He’s poured out blessings on us all.  This song is a “count your blessings” type of song.

I don’t regret a mile…

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 28, 2009

January 27, 2009

I’M AMAZED

No one knew how alone I was feeling
And the emptiness I tried so hard to hide
Though I laughed and said my life was fine without you
I was covering up the secret tears I cried
Then one day someone told me of your mercy
And the love you showed on a hill called Calvary
There you died to purchase my redemption
When you broke sins power and set my spirit free

chorus:
I’m amazed that you love me
I’m amazed how you care
Through your precious blood
I’ve found pardon
And my sins are washed
They’re all washed away
All my sins are washed away

Yes its true there’ve been days when I failed you
Lord you know the many times I’ve gone astray
But I learned Your love is stronger than my weakness
And Your ear is open every time I pray

No one else has ever cared for me like you Lord
Other  friends have been as close to me
I’m not afraid to face the problems of tomorrow
Knowing You are everything I’ll ever need

Click on the link –  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.  Jason Crabb of the Crabb Family does the verses.

They know how to worship in Brooklyn.  Carol Cymbala directs the choir and husband Jim Cymbala is the senior pastor.  The choir has won six Grammys though neither Carol or Jim had any formal training.  10,000 people attend their services in any given week.   In 1971, Jim’s first year at the church, the attendance was 30 people.

I’m Amazed!

…that You love me

I’m Amazed!

…how You care

I’m Amazed!

…through Your precious blood I’ve found pardon

I’m Amazed!

…my sins are washed away

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Micah 7:19  He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot;  Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The second verse of the song presents life as a test.  You adults thought you were out of school.  You are in a classroom every day of your life. 

I’m Amazed!

…Your love is stronger than any of my weaknesses.

I’m Amazed!

…You are everything I’ll ever need.

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D 

January 27, 2009

January 26, 2009

PEACE IN THE VALLEY

Well, I’m tired and so weary
But I must go along
Till the lord will come and call, call me away, oh yeah
Well the morning’s so bright
And the Lamb is the light
And the night, night is as black as the sea, oh yes
(alt lyric: ‘and the night, night is as fair as the day, oh yes’)

(There will be peace in the valley for me, some day)
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
(There’ll be no sadness, no sorrow, my Lord,
no trouble, trouble I see)
There will be peace in the valley for me

Well the bear will be gentle
And the wolf will be tame
And the lion shall lay down, down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beasts from the wild
Shall be led by a child
And I’ll be changed, changed from this creature that I am, oh yes

(There will be peace in the valley for me, some day)
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
(There’ll be no sadness, no sorrow, oh my Lordy, no trouble, trouble I see)
There will be peace in the valley for me, [for me]

Click on the link to watch Elvis sing.

“Peace in the Valley” is a 1939 song written by Thomas A. Dorsey, originally for Mahalia Jackson. The song became a hit in 1951 for Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys. It was the first Gospel recording to sell one million copies.

Isaiah 11:6-9  The wolf will romp with the lamb, the leopard sleep with the kid.  Calf and lion will eat from the same trough, and a little child will tend them. Cow and bear will graze the same pasture, their calves and cubs grow up together, and the lion eat straw like the ox.  The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens, the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent.  Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill on my holy mountain.  The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive, a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.

The list of other artists who have performed the song is lengthy, with other popular renditions by Elvis Presley (with backing by The Jordanaires), Johnny Cash from his(click on this link to watchAt San Quentin live album, Loretta Lynn, Screaming Trees, as a b-side to their “Dollar Bill” single, and most recently Faith Hill for a concert special.

This world is black as the night and I’m tired and weary.  We must go along.  One day He’ll call me home where the Lamb is the light and the night is as fair as the day.  No sadness.  No sorrow.

Revelation 21

The New Heaven and Earth

 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.  2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,  4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”  5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.

I always loved this song.  I can’t wait for “Peace” in the valley.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 26, 2009

January 25, 2009

God Will Make A Way
By Janet Paschal

Must have felt strange to end up stranded between an army and the sea
They must have felt forsaken wondering why God wasn’t all He said He’d be
When your back’s against the wall
It’s the hardest place of all
But somewhere between provisions and impossibility

Chorus

God will make a way
When there seems to be no way
Forever He is faithful
He will make a road
When you bear a heavy load
I know, God will make a way

Bridge

When a wall of circumstances leaves you crying in the night
And you struggle til your strength is almost gone
God will gently hold you in the shelter of His heart
And carve a road for you to carry on.
So carry on, so travel on

Click on the link – God Will Make A Way.

Exodus 14    Crossing the Red Sea

21 Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. 22 So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!

 23 Then the Egyptians—all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers—chased them into the middle of the sea. 24 But just before dawn the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw their forces into total confusion. 25 He twisted their chariot wheels, making their chariots difficult to drive. “Let’s get out of here—away from these Israelites!” the Egyptians shouted. “The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt!”

 26 When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers.” 27 So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.

 29 But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. 30 That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore. 31 When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Isaiah 43:2
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.

When you face difficult circumstances, God is faithful to provide a way of escape. 

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

When I first heard the words “You’ve got Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, I thought …God has a plan for me – a different, difficult path.  He has prepared me – by blessing my family and me, personally.  I’ve studied the scriptures and know God’s truths.  God is good -all the time.  If I have ALS, it’s the best for me.  I won’t live as long as some want.  Many others have lived shorter lives.  

God is just concerned with the final destination.  From the little baby to a person who lives to be a hundred, eternity will be forever.  Your life is a syringe of water.  Some syringes are full and some syringes are not so full.  Compared to this life’s span, heaven will be like an ocean.  Stop complaining about your syringe.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 25, 2009

January 24, 2009

WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM

The sky shall unfold
Preparing His entrance
The stars shall applaud Him
With thunders of praise

The sweet light in His eyes, shall enhance those awaiting
And we shall behold Him, then face to face

O we shall behold Him, we shall behold Him
Face to face in all of His glory
O we shall behold Him, yes we shall behold hiom
Face to face, our Savior and Lord

The angel will sound, the shout of His coming
And the sleeping shall rise, from their slumbering place
And those remaining, shall be changed in a moment
And we shall behold him, then face to face

We shall behold Him, o yes we shall behold Him
Face to face in all of His glory
We shall behold Him, face to face
Our Savior and Lord
We shall behold Him, our Savior and Lord
Savior and Lord!

Click on the link – 1983 Sandi Patty.   If you want to watch the interaction between Sandi and the writer, Dottie Rambo, click on the link - We Shall Behold Him.

I was watching an interview of Sandi Patty years ago.  Sandi said, “God gave me the ability to scream on key”.  The last note is up thar.  If I tried to hit that note, I would get a hernia in my diaphragm.

 1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57
The Mystery of Resurrection

 50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,   52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.   53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.   55 “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”   56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;   57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This song reminds me of the blog on November 2, 2008 “We Shall See Jesus”.  I had to play Glen.   I had been a snottin’ over Sandi’s song and I started up again.  

The angel will sound, the shout of His coming
And the sleeping shall rise, from their slumbering place
And those remaining, shall be changed in a moment
And we shall behold him, then face to face

This is my favorite stanza of the song.  It will happen quick; don’t blink or you’ll miss it.  From verse 51  “…we will be changed”.   And from verse 53 “…this perishable must put on the imperishable”.  I had to go to the basketball game last night in a wheelchair.  My leg muscles are almost gone.  I use my walker around the house and just standing up is difficult.  I can’t wait to get my new body.  Forget the age, wrinkles, gray hair, etc.- I can’t stand the weak muscles from ALS.  Big “Pete” Wilson calls me a former athlete.  My wife and I would walk around the neighborhood.  Out of college I ran in a 3.1(5000 K) in 22 minutes.   One day I walked 72 holes of golf carrying my bag.  Luckily, my fingers are able to peck on the keyboard.  Repeat: I can’t wait to get my new body.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 24, 2009

January 23, 2009

 

 SHAPE NOTES

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Notice every note has a different shape.   There is just seven different notes in an octave.  You have to click on the two links below to hear what they sound like.

O HAPPY DAY!

O happy day, that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

Refrain:
He taught me how to watch and pray,
And live rejoicing every day:
O Happy day, O happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!

1.  Click on the link – O happy day.

2.  Click on the link – Cathedrals.

Shape-note singing is a tradition of sacred music originating in the American South in the early 19th century. It is for the singers’ enjoyment, not for performance; many shape-note enthusiasts have said they would cross the country to sing it, but would not cross the street to listen to it.

Singers arrange themselves in four sections facing each other in a square and sing parts from a book called The Sacred Harp. The book features a unique notation in which each note head has one of seven shapes, hence the name. Each shape corresponds to a solfeg syllable: do, re, mi, fa, so, la, or ti. The method was originally intended as a tool for teaching music, but it is not necessary to learn the method if you can read music a little or follow the singers next to you.

There are groups still meeting to sing shape notes – mostly rural.   The seven-shape (Aiken) system is commonly used by the Mennonites and Amish. Numerous songbooks are printed in shaped notes for this market. They include the Christian Hymnal, the Christian Hymnary, Zion’s Praises, Pilgrim’s Praises, the Church Hymnal, and Silver Gems in Song.

My ancestors use to gather at the court house steps and shape note sing.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 23, 2009

January 22, 2009

THE ANCHOR HOLDS

I have journeyed
through the long dark night
out on the open sea
by faith alone
sight unknown
and yet his eyes were watching me

CHORUS
the anchor holds
though the ship is battered
the anchor holds
though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees
as I faced the raging seas
the anchor holds
in spite of the storm

I’ve had visions
I’ve had dreams
I’ve even held them in my hand
but I never knew
they would slip right through
like they were only grains of sand

CHORUS

I have been young
but I am older now
and there has been beauty these eyes have seen
but it was in the night
through the storms of my life
ohh thats where God proved his love to me

CHORUS

Click on the link – The Anchor Holds by Donnie Sumner.

Click on the link – Donnie Sumner Testimony.

Thankfully, I know nothing about the “drug” scenario.  When Mr. Sumner tells about his experience on the “dark side”,  I can’t relate.  I don’t even drink wine and I’ve never taken drugs.  So, I don’t have a “great” testimony.  But, I do have a mundane testimony.

Hebrews 6:18-20 (NASB) 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.  19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

At Boat Church on Lake Rabun we use to have an anchor for the twenty-five minute service.  We no longer have an anchor, but use paddles to stay near the Clayton Methodist barge.  In the old days an anchor would position our boat in one place.  Sure, the wind would blow you one way.  But that’s what the paddles are for.

We have an anchor.  We don’t need to drift.

Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.

Grow up.  Jean and I are watching TLC’s  “What Not To Wear”.  It’s a 33 woman, office supervisor, who wants to be a teen biker.  She had short black skirts and since she was overweight, she looked like (Clinton words) “trailer trash”.  Clinton and Stacy, the hosts, confronted her.  They told her she was not a teenager any more.

“we are no longer to be children” – we are to be mature.

I have been young
but I am older now

Read these verses about maturity.

1 Corinthians 2:6
[ Wisdom From the Spirit ] We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
1 Corinthians 2:5-7 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2 (Whole Chapter)

Ephesians 4:13
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:12-14 (in Context) Ephesians 4 (Whole Chapter)

Philippians 3:15
All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Philippians 3:14-16 (in Context) Philippians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
Colossians 4:11-13 (in Context) Colossians 4 (Whole Chapter)

Hebrews 5:14
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5:13-14 (in Context) Hebrews 5 (Whole Chapter)

James 1:4
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:3-5 (in Context) James 1 (Whole Chapter)

Grow up and be mature.  Your anchor holds.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 22, 2009

January 21, 2009

A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS

by Cleavant Derricks

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above
And just a little talk with Jesus made me whole

Refrain:
Now let us – have a little talk with Jesus
Let us – tell Him all about our troubles
He will – hear our faintest cry
And He will – answer by and by
Now when you –  feel a little prayer wheel turning
And you know – a little fire is burning
You will find  – a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Sometimes my path seems dreary without a ray of cheer
And then the cloud about me hides the light of day
The mists in me rise and hide the stormy skies
But just a little talk with Jesus clears the way

Refrain

I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and and night
I go to Him in prayer, He knows my every care
And just a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Refrain

Click on the link – A  LITTLE  TALK  WITH  JESUS.   You can watch Brenda Lee and Elvis sing this song  on You Tube.  Reverend Cleavant Derricks has many outstanding credits–pastor, church builder, choir director, poet, musician, and composer of note, having written more than 300 songs and several song books. Among his more famous songs are the much-recorded and performed “Just A Little Talk with Jesus”, “When God Dipped His Love In My Heart”, “We’ll Soon Be Done With Troubles and Trials”, and “When He Blessed My Soul”. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

The lyrics of this song lift me up.  We sang this song in my grandfather’s church all the time.

First stanza –  I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in – He looked beyond by faults and saw my need: that’s from a Dottie Rambo song – And then a little light from heaven filled my soul – God is light –  It bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above – the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Second stanza – Sometimes my path seems dreary without a ray of cheer – the road of Lou Gehrig’s disease is not a happy trail – And then the cloud about me hides the light of day – the outlook is bleak – The mists in me rise and hide the stormy skies – after the little talk with Jesus, it doesn’t look so bleak.

Third stanza – I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears – I don’t doubt, I’m dealing with fear and my crying is uncontrollable(side effect of my disease) – But Jesus is a friend who watches day and and night – the truth of that statement is lived out daily around here; I was up from 3:30a to 7:00a last night – I go to Him in prayer, He knows my every care – after I prayed I went back to bed at 7 and slept til 10:30; the Lord giveth and taketh away.

And just a little talk with Jesus makes it right – AMEN

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 21, 2009

January 20, 2009

WHO AM I?  by Rusty Goodman

When I think of how He came so far from glory
Came to dwell among the lowly such as I
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place
Then I ask myself this question
Who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thine Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?

When I’m reminded of His words
I’ll leave Him never
If you’ll be true I’ll give to you life forever
Oh I wonder what I could have done
To deserve God’s only Son
To fight my battles until they’re won
For who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thine  Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?
But to an old rugged cross He’d go for, who am I?

Click on the link – Tanya Goodman Sykes, Rusty’s daughter.

Who am I?

There are at least 4 songs with the same title – some Christian, some not.  I like the Happy Goodman Family’s version of this song.

Who am I?

The King of Kings left heaven to dwell with mankind.

Who am I?

To suffer shame and such disgrace – a mockery of a trial, the chants of the mob and the public beating.

Who am I?

On Mount Calvary take my place – He was innocent.  I was/am guilty.

Who am I?

He would pray not my will, Thine Lord – Jesus was submissive to the Father.   I wanna be.

Who am I?

Why He ever loved me so – if you alone was occupying this planet, Jesus would have gone to the cross for you.

Who am I?

To fight my battles until they’re won – victory in Jesus.

Who am I?

This song expresses my feelings on GRACE.  I’m reminded of the joke – a lady goes in to a beauty shop and asked, “Do you think that you could do me justice?”  The hairdresser replies, “You don’t need justice – you need mercy and grace!”

Who am I?

If the Lord worked on the basis of justice, all would be lost.

Who am I?

Romans  3:10   as it is written,
         “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
    11THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
         THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
    12ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
         THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
         THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”

Who am I?

I am sinner saved by GRACE.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 20, 2009

January 19, 2009

“Rock of Ages”

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.
From a hymn story book:

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
 Augustus M. Toplady, 1740–1778

According to a famous but largely unsubstantiated story, Rev. Toplady drew his inspiration from an incident in the famous gorge of Burrington Combe, a Mendip gorge close to Cheddar Gorge in England. Toplady, a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon, was travelling along the gorge when he was caught in a storm. Finding shelter in a gap in the gorge, he was struck by the title and scribbled down the initial lyrics on a playing card.
The fissure that is believed to have sheltered Toplady is now marked as the ‘Rock of Ages’, both on the rock itself and on some maps, and is also reflected in the name of a nearby tea shop.
Others have viewed the hymn as a criticism of the theology of John Wesley and the early Methodists, citing the line, ‘Thou must save, and Thou alone’. This line was believed to refer to the Wesleyan notion that human beings may exercise free will and thus play a role in salvation, an idea which Toplady and his Calvinist colleagues rejected.
The hymn was a favourite of Prince Albert, who asked it to be played to him on his deathbed, as did Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. It was also played at the funeral of William Ewart Gladstone.
In his book Hymns That Have Helped, W. T. Stead reported “when the London went down in the Bay of Biscay, 11 January 1866, the last thing which the last man who left the ship heard as the boat pushed off from the doomed vessel was the voices of the passengers singing “Rock of Ages”.

Click on the link – Cynthia Clawson.

I love this song.  I’ve loved all the songs I have selected.  If you aren’t satisfied – that’s tuff stuff.  Start your own blog with your favorites.

Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

 Jim Hamill, of the Kingsmen Quartet, sung the below song.  He would play with the song, going falsetto.   He died in 2007.  Click on the link – Jim Hamill.

 

The Gaither Vocal Band sings this song, too.  To hear GVB – click on the link – Hide Thou Me.

Elvis sings a short version – ELVIS.

ROCK OF AGES HIDE THOU ME

sometimes I feel discouraged
and I think my works in vain
I’m tempted oft(en) to murmur
to grumble and complain
ohh…but then I think of Jesus
and all he’s done for me
then I cry
ohh…rock of ages
hide thou me
ohh…rock of ages
hide thou me
there is no other refuge
can save, Lord,  but thee
and through this dark world
I’ve wandered far, far from thee
then I cry
ohh…rock of ages
hide (dear Lord) thou me
(hide thou me)
 Rock of Ages, cleft for me.  Cleft: A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock.  Jesus, the Rock Of Ages provided a cleft, an opening for me and you.

 

Isaiah 2:21  In order to go into the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs before the terror of the LORD and the splendor of His majesty, when He arises to make the earth tremble.

God is HOLY.  We can not enter His presence for all have sinned.  The splendor of His majesty prohibits fellowship of mere mortals.  We would create a stinch(stink) in Heaven.  But, we have an Advocate.

 1 John 2:1  [ Christ Is Our Advocate ] …And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

Thank Him for His great gift to us.  Jesus’, the Righteous, death on the cross, an innocent sacrifice, made the only way to have fellowship with a Holy God.  His shed blood payed our sin debt.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne

Our key to heaven is faith in Jesus.  I hate the gators but I admire Tim Tebow.  Against oklahoma he wore John 3:16 on his eye patches. 

John 3:16 (NASB)   For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D


 

 

 

 

 

January 19, 2009

January 19, 2009

              GOD LEADS US ALONG

  1. In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
    God leads His dear children along;
    Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
    God leads His dear children along.

    • Refrain:
      Some through the waters, some through the flood,
      Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
      Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
      In the night season and all the day long.
  2. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
    God leads His dear children along;
    Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
    God leads His dear children along.
  3. Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
    God leads His dear children along;
    Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
    God leads His dear children along.
  4. Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
    God leads His dear children along;
    Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
    God leads His dear children along.

Click on the link – God Lead Us Along.

Michael English inserts two stanzas from Precious Lord, Take My Hand:

When my way grows drear precious LORD linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand the lest I fall
Take my hand precious LORD, lead me home

Precious LORD take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious LORD, lead me home

I love this arrangement.   I like the third stanza:

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,

Romans 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“We overwhelmingly conquer” – Victory in Jesus.  The world’s best guarantee!  100%!  You can’t lose. 

Michael English inserted the two stanzas for me.  When my way grows drear – my life is the pits.  I get weaker every day.  Precious LORD linger near – He has.  Without His presence, without hope, I would have considered suicide.  When my life is almost gone – only months to live.  Hear my cry, hear my call – Psalm 106:44    He looked upon their distress when He heard their cry.   Psalm 34:17  The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.  Hold my hand the lest I fall - my legs, once described as tree trunks, are pitiful.  I have fallen three times.  Take my hand precious LORD, lead me home – He has a firm grip on me, thankfully.

Precious LORD take my hand Lead me on, let me stand - 1 Corinthians 15:1  Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand.  I am tired, I am weak, I am worn – Lou Gehrig’s disease(ALS) is  a disease of the nervous system.  For some reason the neurons die.  The muscles do not get the message to receive nourishment.  Over time the voluntary muscles shrink.  Through the storm, through the night – Through the disease…Lead me on to the light   Take my hand precious LORD, lead me home. Ephesians 5:8  for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.
Jesus has me just where He wants me – totally dependent on Him.
 Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.
 The third line of the refrain was the brainchild of this blog.   Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song –  I wanted to include a song with each blog.  Songs, to me, express the majesty and wonder of my Heavenly Father.  I admit I am stuck on one style – that really speaks to my heart.  My children like contemporary Christian music.  There’s hope for them.  Not me.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 18, 2009

January 17, 2009

THE OLD LANDMARK

Let us all (all go back) to the old (old landmark)
Let us all (all go back) to the old (old landmark)
Let us all (all go back) to the old (old landmark)
And we’ll stay in the service of the Lord

Let us kneel (kneel and pray) in the old (old time way)
Let us kneel (kneel and pray) in the old (old time way)
Let us kneel (kneel and pray) in the old (old time way)
He will (hear us) and be (near us)
We’ll be (given) bread from (heaven)
He will feed us until we want no more

Let us preach (preach the word) in the old (old time way)
Let us preach (preach the word) in the old (old time way)
Let us preach (preach the word) in the old (old time way)
Tell the (story) of His (glory),
it will (warn me) it will (turn me)
and will save this world from sin and shame

Let’s go down (down to the old river) in the old (old time way)
Let’s go down (down to the old river) in the old (old time way)
Let’s go down (down to the old river) in the old (old time way)
Sons and (daughters) there in the (water)
Everyone (shouting) nobody (doubting)
Everyone happy in the service of the Lord

Let us all (all go back) to the old (old landmark)
Let us all (all go back) to the old (old landmark)
Let us all (all go back) to the old (old landmark)
He will (hear us) and be (near us)
We’ll be (given) bread from (heaven)
Tell the (story) of His (glory),
it will (warn me) it will (turn me)
Sons and (daughters) there in the (water)
Everyone (shouting) nobody (doubting)
Stay in the service of the Lord

Click on the link – Statesmen Quartet.

I couldn’t find the original lyrics so I had to copy the lyrics of James Brown in the Blues Brothers.  Watch Jake, Denver and Hovie on the video above.  My wife calls this song “zippy”.  This song is another “sugar stick” – fluff, cotton candy.

On the Gaither video “landmark” they go back to the original old church – a lap board sided church out in the sticks.  My grandfather said, “Never forget where you come from”.  I grew up in North Dalton and lived in a small duplex on Matilda Street.  We walked to school – 4 blocks.  We walked to the Recreation Center.  My mom and dad worked.  We moved to Dug Gap Road when I was in the second grade at North Dalton.  One day my dad forgot to pick me up from school and I walked the five miles – through the snow and hurricane.

The Dantzler clan has a reunion in August.  There’s a cousin that takes the “in-laws business” very serious.  She has spent most of her life researching.  She talked about a settlement near Dantzler Circle in north Whitfield county.  It was called Dantzler town by the locals.  There’s nothing there now except a cemetery on Beaverdale Road.

There is a Dantzler Avenue off Underwood Street.  My great grandfather was named Roan Dantzler.  My cousin pronounced it as Ro – An.  Roan Street School is named after my great grandfather.

Landmarks are significant parts of our lives.  We need to identify positive, constructive memories.  I got chewed out one day at 8th Grade basketball practice.   The coach told me I would never amount to anything.  He said, “I was lazy, spoiled and not a good athlete.”    I thank that coach every day.  He was a landmark in my athletic life.  I was bound and determined to prove him wrong.

How have you used landmarks in the past to steer your thinking today?  We are a product of the past.  You gotta relate positive, constructive landmarks/memories to your children.  Watts has been asking me to type out significant memories of my teen years. 

Watch Ernie Haase and Signature Sound sing this song with a modern twist. 

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D 

      

January 17, 2009

January 17, 2009

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone will I glory
Though I could pride myself in battles won
For I’ve been blessed beyond measure
And by His strength alone I’ll overcome
Oh, I could stop and count successes like diamonds in my hands
But those trophies could not equal to the grace by which I stand

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

In Christ alone do I glory
For only by His grace I am redeemed
For only His tender mercy
Could reach beyond my weakness to my need
And now I seek no greater honor in just to know Him more
And to count my gains but losses to the glory of my Lord

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

Click on the link – Michael English. 

There are two songs with the same title: “In Christ Alone”.  The one above is written(1993) by Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys.

The following song with the same title has the lyrics on the screen.  This song was written(2001) by Stuart Townsend, music by Keith Getty.   Click on the link – In Christ Alone.

Each song has great lyrics.  Let us examine Littrell’s version chorus:

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

My trust, my strength, my hope is Christ alone.  In every victory let it be said of me…Christ Alone.

Townsend’s and Getty’s version:

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

My hope, my light, my strength, my hope, my comforter, my all in all, my destiny…In Christ Alone.

No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

AMEN!

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 16, 2009

January 15, 2009

 

Wonderful Grace of Jesus

by Haldor Lillenas (1885-1959) 

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain

Click on the link – Cathedral Quartet.

I loved it when the Cathedrals would gather around one microphone and sing this song acapella. 

My high school Sunday School class at First Baptist would sing this song.  My friend, Rocki Proffitt, and I would sing the bass line.

From a Hymn Stories book –  “Wonderful Grace of Jesus” combines doctrinal truth with a buoyant melody and serves as a good vehicle for teaching the doctrine of grace. It touches on the availability, sufficiency, and efficacy of the salvation offered by grace through faith in Christ, and so carries an appropriate message for believer and unbeliever alike.  Wonderful Grace Of Jesus was first published, in 1922, in the Tabernacle Choir Book, for which Mr. Lillenas was paid the grand sum of $5.00.   

First stanza –  Wonderful grace of Jesus, Greater than all my sin.  Not some of my sin, but all my sin.  

Second stanza –   Saved to the uttermost, Chains have been torn asunder, Giving me liberty. 

Hebrews 7:25(KJV)
Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Third stanza –  Purchasing peace and heaven, For all eternity; And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.  Grace purchased Peace and Heaven for all eternity.

That’s a good deal.  If you haven’t accepted the free gift of God’s Grace through Jesus Christ now is that day. 

The Refrain – 

 Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Prai
se His Name!

This zippy chorus, sung with its various parts, highlights the matchless Grace of Jesus. Magnify His Holy Name!

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

 

 

 

 

January 15, 2009

January 14, 2009

How can I say thanks
For all the things you have done for me
Things so undeserved
Yet You gave to prove your love for me
And the voices of a million angels
Could not express my gratitude
All that I am and ever hope to be
I owe it all to Thee

To God be the glory, to God be the glory
To God be the glory,
For the things He has done
With His blood He has saved me
And with His power He has raised me
To God be the glory,
For the things He has done

Just let me live my life
And let it be pleasing Lord to Thee
And should I gain any praise
Let it go to Calvary

With His blood He has saved me
With His power He has raised me
To God be the glory
For the things He has done

To God be the glory, to God be the glory
To God be the glory,
For the things He has done
With His blood He has saved me
And with His power He has raised me
To God be the glory,
For the things He has done.

Click on the link -“My Tribute”.

You have the option to listen to the author sing his own song.  Click on the link - Andrae Crouch .

My wife, Jean, loves this song.  How can I say thanks = Just say it.  Every parent wants to hear “please” and “thank you”.  Your Heavenly Father likes to hear it, too.  Thank Him for what He’s done.  Open the line of communication.

All that I am and ever hope to be
I owe it all to Thee

1 Chronicles 16:34  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

 1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV) Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

With His blood He has saved me
And with His power He has raised me

1 John 1:7
but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 Corinthians 6:14
Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.

 AMEN!To God be the glory,
For the things He has done

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

P.S.  This is the 70th blog.  Over 14,200 views/hits.  One day record of 623 view/hits.

January 14, 2009

January 14, 2009

GET AWAY JORDAN

(Leader) Get Away
Get Away Jordan
(Leader) Get Away
Get Away Old Chilly Jordan
(Leader) Oh! Get Away
Get Away Jordan
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(((((((Repeat))))))

(Leader) You know I promised the Lord if he would set me free
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader) I’ll go on and find out what the end might be
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader)One day, one day as I was walking along
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader)Yea, you know I heard a voice but I saw no one
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader)You know the voice I heard sounded so sweet
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader) Came down from my head to the sole of my feet
I wanna cross over to see my Lord

(Leader) Get Away
Get Away Jordan
(Leader) Get Away
Get Away Old Chilly Jordan
(Leader) Oh! Get Back
Get back Jordan
I wanna cross over to see my Lord

(Leader)You know one of these mornings it won’t be long
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader) You gonna look for me child and I’ll be gone
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader) But a few more risings and settings of the sun
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader)This old battle be fought and the victory won
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader) You know the friends that I used to love so dear
I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(Leader) They’ve gone on to Glory and left me here
I wanna cross over to see my Lord

(Leader) When my feet gets cold, my eyes are shut, my body’s been chilled by the hand of death.
Tongue glued to the roof of my mouth, my hands lay folded across my breast, You don’t have to worry about the way I felt, God Almighty done told me he’ll be right there. Pick me up o’er his wings of love, and carry my soul to the Heaven up above. They tell that Jordan is deep and wide, but I promise Mother I’ll see her on the other side.

(Leader) Get Away
Get Away Jordan
(Leader) Get Away
Get Away Old Chilly Jordan
(Leader) Oh! Get Back
Get back Jordan
I wanna cross over to see my Lord

You have to watch the original Statesmen sing this song.  Click on the link – “Get Away Jordan”.  You have to watch the words of this song as they sing it.  When Hovie takes over the lyrics are so fast.   It’s a rap song from the fifties.  Watch the updated version by the Dove Brothers.  They get Hovie and Jake Hess  from the original quartet to join the reprise.

This song is a negro spiritual.  Click on the link – Take 6. 

Jean, my wife, says she can’t understand a word of this song.  This song is describing crossing over Jordan to see my Lord.

God Almighty done told me – it won’t pass in English class but in a Southern Gospel song it works perfectly.  The groups called this type of song “sugar sticks” – a lot of fluff, like cotton candy.  It appealed to all age groups.  The hearing aid crowd likes songs they can tap their foot on.   Sure, they don’t hear the words but they get all excited when the stage starts rocking.  The audience stands during a fast song like this.

I like this song.  It’s a celebration when we die.  

 Get Away Old Chilly Jordan
(Leader) Oh! Get Back
Get back Jordan
I wanna cross over to see my Lord

No sermon today.  Just fluff.   I want a celebration instead of a funeral.  Let it be written, let it be done. 

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D 

 

   


January 13, 2009

January 12, 2009

Rodney Griffin (Songs of Greater Vision [BMI])

One day, four men brought a crippled man to Jesus
Still and lifeless, he lay upon his bed
He had not moved since he was just a baby
Still he longed to become a normal man

Now we don’t know much about the men that carried
The corners of his tattered bed that day
But if we may create an illustration
We’ll see what these men might have had to say

Suppose that first man said, “I hate to doubt it
For Jesus touched my eyes when I was blind
He made me see and there’s no doubt about it
But this man’s needs are more serious than mine”

Suppose that second man said, “No need to bother
This man’s condition will remain the same
Though Jesus touched my hand when it was withered
I don’t believe He can heal a man so lame”

Suppose that third man said, “I hate to question
But no one here is more skeptical than me
Though Jesus cleansed me when I was a leper
This helpless man will never walk, you see”

Then every eye was turned to the fourth man
To see how he might criticize and doubt
But all three men were startled with amazement
When that fourth man stopped and said his name out loud

He said, “My name is Lazarus, could I testify?
My name is Lazarus, it feels good to be alive
When I in chains of death was bound
This man named Jesus called me out
If you think your little problem is too big for Him to solve
Take it from the one who’s heard the mighty voice of God
A living testimony of His death-defying touch, my name is Lazarus”

Click on the link – Greater Vision Trio.

If you think your little problem is too big for Him to solve you’re not thinking correctly. 

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

God is aware of your situation.  He wants to help.  Why are you anxious?  The Lord has a plan for your life and it is a good one.

Jeremiah 29:11
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

All of us have a  role to play in this opera called LIFE.  I  remember when I was in the local theatre, your line was important to set up the next line.  We spent a lot of the rehearsal time “Blocking” = the action of the characters on the stage.  You could get the line delivered with the right motivation, if you delivered the line in the proper place.  There was always a director working with us.  He had the final say to the play.

I remember one play Bill Sims shot me at close range with a pistol.  First time we ran through the scene with the guns loaded with blanks, he aimed beside me at one of my hands.  The gunpowder burned my hand.  He aimed away from my body and the audience never knew.   I died every night. 

God is the final authority and director of LIFE.  He has choreographed some for the lead parts and some to play “bit” parts.  You might have speaking parts and be on stage a lot.  You might be on stage til the end of the play or you might leave and check out early.  When we were performing “A Christmas Carol”, Deb Sneary was the backstage director.  She was never on stage but she was a necessity for the play to be performed right.  You might be a “Deb” or you could be a lead character like “Scrooge”.

God has picked out a role for you.  Don’t act like the first three characters in the song above.

Then every eye was turned to the fourth man
To see how he might criticize and doubt

Be positive and helpful.  Believe the following verse:

Matthew 19:26
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The Lord’s has got you playing an important role in LIFE.  Step up and deliver your lines.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D
 

January 12, 2009

January 11, 2009

I’M NOT GIVING UP

I’ve been walkin’ through the valley, thru this vale of tears;
At times I’ve even questioned even if my Lord was near.
Many times that ol’ tempter says, “Why not turn around?
You can’t get any farther, you’re just losin’ ground.”

But, I’m not givin’ up, no, I’m not turnin’ ’round,
By the grace of God, I’ll win a shinin’ crown someday.
Well, I’ll keep holdin’ on to that nail scarred hand;
I’m not givin’ up, No, I’ll keep goin’ on.

Would you mind to tell me, there’s been something bothering me?
Why is it that old devil just won’t let God’s children be?
You see he has purposed and determined to get right in the way;
And turn us from the way of life and lead our souls astray.

Click on the link – Gold City Quartet.

 II Timothy 4:7,8

 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;  in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

You want to wear a crown of righteousness one day?  Never give up.

Tim Allen plays the commander in the movie  “Galaxy Quest” – a spoof of Star Trek.  I checked the script and found these lines.  A subordinate suggests “surrender” as the only option. 

                            COMMANDER(Allen)
                            “No, never give up… NEVER surrender!”

My father, Byron, was a fighter.  He contracted colon cancer at age 52 and lived until 57.  Through 7 operations and countless tests and procedures, he maintained a positive attitude and a will to live.  I remember the colostomy(bag) never interfering with his golf swing.   

I was in the room when he took his last breath.   During the previous night my mom and dad had been singing “When They Ring Those Golden Bells”.  Larry Flanagan, the Minister of Music at First Baptist sang it at dad’s funeral.  When you want me to go “a snottin’ “, just tickle the ivories with this tune.  Click on the link to hear – HH Gospel Quartet.

Satan is in the battle for the long haul.  You better be, too.  The devil knows which buttons to push to make us doubt, deny and disobey.  Blow the dust off of your Bible and use it. 

John 8:31    So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;  32   and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

I’m not giving up!

The Cathedrals sing a song that goes with this theme.   I know it’s three songs in one day but I don’t mind.  Hope you will forgive me.  Click on the link – “Keep on the Firing Line”.

If you’re in the battle for the Lord and right,
Keep on the firing line;
If you win, my brother, surely you must fight,
Keep on the firing line;
There are many dangers that we all must face,
If we die still fighting it is no disgrace;
Cowards in the service will not find a place,
So keep on the firing line.

Refrain:
Oh, you must fight, be brave against all evil,
Never run, nor even lag behind;
If you would win for God and the right,
Just keep on the firing line.

God will only use the soldier He can trust,
Keep on the firing line;
If you’ll wear a crown then bear the cross you must,
Keep on the firing line.
Life is but to labor for the Master dear,
Help to banish evil and to spread good cheer;
Great you’ll be rewarded for your service here,
So keep on the firing line.

I wanna be a soldier in the Army of the Lord.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

January 11, 2009

January 10, 2009

GOD WALKS THE DARK HILLS

God walks the dark hills
The ways, the by ways
He walks through the billows
Of life’s troubled sea
He walks through the cold dark night
The shadows of midnight
God walks the dark hills
Just to guide you and me

Chorus:
God walks the dark hills
To guide my footsteps
He walks everywhere
By night and by day
He walks in the silence
On down the highway
God walks the dark hills
To show me the way.

God walks in the storm
The rain and the sunshine
He walks on the billows
Or through glimmering light
Helps us walk up the mountain so high
Cross our rivers through valleys
God walks the dark hills
‘Cause he loves you and me

This song was one Vestal Goodman sang better than anybody else. Click the link – “God Walks the Dark Hills”.

We all go through dark hills, mountains and valleys. 

Click on the link – “Footprints”.

I looked up the definition of billows.  It means:
  1. A large wave or swell of water.
  2. A great swell, surge, or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound.

God is aware of our situation.  And, He promises not to run off and hide.  Meditate on the following chapter.

PSALMS 139 (New Living Translation)

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
      and know everything about me.
 2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
      You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
 3 You see me when I travel
      and when I rest at home.
      You know everything I do.
 4 You know what I am going to say
      even before I say it, Lord.
 5 You go before me and follow me.
      You place your hand of blessing on my head.
 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
      too great for me to understand!

 7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
      I can never get away from your presence!
 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
      if I go down to the grave,you are there.
 9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
      if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
 10 even there your hand will guide me,
      and your strength will support me.
 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
      and the light around me to become night—
 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
      To you the night shines as bright as day.
      Darkness and light are the same to you.

 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
      and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
      Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
      as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
 16 You saw me before I was born.
      Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
   Every moment was laid out
      before a single day had passed.

 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
      They cannot be numbered!
 18 I can’t even count them;
      they outnumber the grains of sand!
   And when I wake up,
      you are still with me!

 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
      test me and know my anxious thoughts.
 24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
      and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Read Psalms 139 everyday for a month and the devil will have to flee.  And, the pity party.

God walks the dark hills to show me the way.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D  

  

January 10, 2009

January 9, 2009

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
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!

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.

by Horatio Spafford

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” -Psalm 46:1

      This beloved gospel hymn text’s author, Horatio Gates Spafford, had known peaceful and happy days as a successful young attorney in Chicago, Illinois. He was the father of four lovely daughters, a deeply spiritual and devoted student of the Scriptures, and a loyal supporter and friend of D. L. Moody and many of the other evangelical leaders of his day. Then he experienced a series of calamities, beginning with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which wiped out much of the family’s real estate investments.

      Two years later, when Moody and Ira Sankey left for Great Britain to conduct an evangelistic crusade, Spafford decided to lift the spirits of his family by taking them on a vacation to Europe. He also planned to assist with the Moody-Sankey meetings. Interestingly, it is reported that shortly before leaving, the family attended a service in Chicago where Moody was preaching. At that meeting all four Spafford girls made personal professions of Christ as Savior.

      In November of 1873, at the time of the family’s scheduled departure, Horatio was detained unexpectedly by some urgent business matters, but he sent his wife and four daughters as planned on the S.S. Ville du Havre, promising to join them shortly in Europe. Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the ship was struck by an English vessel and sank in twelve minutes. All four of the Spafford daughters–Tanetta, Maggie, Annie, and Bessie–were among the 226 passengers who drowned. Mrs. Spafford was one of the few who were miraculously rescued. As Horatio was busily packing, there was a knock at the door, and he was handed a cable which read simply: “Saved alone. Your wife.”

      Horatio Spafford spent hour after hour on the deck of the ship carrying him to rejoin his sorrowing wife in Cardiff, Wales. It is said that when the ship passed the approximate area where his precious daughters had drowned, Spafford received sustaining comfort from God that enabled him to respond, “When sorrows like sea billows roll–whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well with my soul.”

Click on the link - “It is well with my Soul”(2 Verses).   Or click  to listen to Larry Ford sing 3 verses.

Wintley Phipps said, “It is in the quiet crucible of your personal private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born, and God’s greatest gifts are given – in compensation for what you’ve been through.

I could not find all the verses sung(in quality).  This song has rich, powerful lyrics.  No matter what the circumstances, God will sustain you through it.

I can almost hear the trumpet(last verse).

Danny D

January 9, 2009

January 8, 2009

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS(1857)

What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows over every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavyladen, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy firends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, thou wilt find a solace there.

When Joseph Scriven was asked who wrote the words to the poem he had on his wall he said, “The Lord and I did it between us.” The poem was “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Joseph Scriven (1819-1886) learned early in life to give his griefs to the Lord. On the eve of his wedding day, his bride was found drowned. This crushed him. He left his homeland of Ireland and moved to Port Hope, Canada. He found Jesus to be his best friend and decided to give his life to be a friend and a help to others. He became known as the “Good Samaritan of Port Hope.” He wrote the poem “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” as an encouragement for his sick mother. We, like Scriven’s mother, are reminded again that we have a friend who wants to know our cares, griefs, burdens, temptations, trials, sins, pain, and sorrows. Jesus is that friend. Have you spoken to Him today?

The above paragraph was taken from the book 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck.   Click on the link: Odetta and Tennessee Ernie Ford.   If you have time (9:29) click on Chonda Pierce.

Proverbs 18:24b  …there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Deuteronomy 31:6,8  6“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.”   8“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you, He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Glory!  These three verses comforts my soul.  I never feel discouraged because the Lord is with me and He goes before me.  I never had a brother but I had teammates.  They had my back.  On Danny’s Day at the golf tournment teammates drove hours to encourage me.  The support from the community was overwhelming.  A Breakfast, a Ladies Luncheon, Golf Tournament and evening Banquet were the brainchild of Chuck Harris – a teammate.  Chuck is still A.D.D. but he has a good heart.  My wife and I were thankful for the outpouring of love but we celebrated the day after.  Peace.  We didn’t like to be the center of attention.

But, I like the attention of my Lord and Savior. 

Matthew 28:20 (Jesus said)   …I am with you always…

Joseph Scriven was a praying man.  Twice in each of the three verses he mentioned Prayer.  Communication between friends is important. I talk to people through a computer program.  I like the British accent program best.  I talk to Jesus through my blog.  I read the scripture(intake) and speak the truth in love.  How long has it been since you had a meaningful conversation? With your spouse?  Children?  Friends?  Jesus?

Jesus wants to be your best friend.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D  

January 8, 2009

January 7, 2009

SINNER SAVED BY GRACE

If you could see
What I once was
If u could go with me
Back to where I started from
Then, I know you would see
A miracle of Love that put me
in it’s sweet embrace
and made me what I am today
just an old sinner
Saved by grace

I’m just a sinner
Saved by grace
when I stood
condemned to death
He took my place
Now I live and breathe in freedom
with each breath of life I take
loved and forgivin
back with the living
I’m just a sinner
Saved by grace

How could I boast on anything
I’ve ever seen or done
how could I dare to claim as mine
the victories GOD has won
where would I be
had GOD not brought me
gently to this place
I’m here to say I’m nothing but
a sinner
Saved by grace

I’m just a sinner
Saved by grace
when I stood condemned to death
He took my place
Now I grow and breathe in freedom
with each breath of life I take
I’m loved and forgivin
back with the living
I’m just a sinner
Saved by grace

Now I grow and breathe in freedom
with each breath of life I take
I’m loved and forgivin
back with the living
I’m just a sinner
Saved by grace
Saved by grace

Click on the link: Sinner Saved by Grace

Hearing George and Glenn sing this song makes me go to “a snottin’.”   I’m just a worthless scumbag.  A pitiful excuse for a man.  During the song the camera pans to Donnie Sumner(J. D.’s nephew).  He’s the one not singing.  You can tell by his complexion, the song is his testimony.  Mine, too.

If you will be honest, it’s your testimony , too.

During Glen Payne’s second  verse of this song:

How could I boast on anything
I’ve ever seen or done
how could I dare to claim as mine
the victories GOD has won
where would I be
had GOD not brought me
gently to this place
I’m here to say I’m nothing but
a sinner
Saved by grace

II Corinthians 3:5   Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.

The  Apostle Paul wrote this song.  He didn’t.  But, he could have.  He knew he was the instigator, the persecutor of the Way.

Galatians 1:13    For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.

He was confronted by God on the road to Damascus.

Acts 9:1-5   Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And Paul said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.

Paul decribed himself as the chief of sinners.  I believe the Bible is without error except for the following verse.

I Timothy 1:15  It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. (Paul’s letter to Timothy)

Paul wasn’t the chief of sinners.  I am.  I’m just a sinner saved by Grace.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

P.S. I can not speak. I growl.  Yesterday I had 315 hits to this blog.  I do not know 315 people.  My mother and my five friends quit revisiting the blog a dozen times a day.

January 7, 2009

January 6, 2009

       LOOKING FOR A CITY

      Verse One:      Here among the shadows…[living] in a lonely land…
      [With strangers] we’re a band of pilgrims on the move….
      Through dangers…burdened down with sorrows…
      [And we're] shunned on every hand….
      [But we are] looking for a city built above….

      The Chorus:

      Looking for a city……[yonder]…where we’ll never die….
      There the sainted millions….[we will] never say good by….
      There we’ll meet our Savior…..and our loved ones too….
      Come…O Holy Spirit…all our hopes renew…..

      Verse Two:

      Here in disappointments…[often]..we so sadly roam..
      [And earthly] friends no longer speak one word of love….
      But truly…we have found contentment…
      [Jesus] promised us a home….
      [So we are] looking for a city built above….

      Verse Three:

      In this land of dangers..[we are] going here and there…
      [We're simply] trusting in the blessed Savior’s love…
      And mercy, though we may be strangers…….
      [Living] in this world of care….
      [We're always] looking for a city built above….

       Tag

      Come O Holy Spirit….
      All our hopes renew…..

Click on the link:  “Looking For A City” – Vestal Goodman vs. Johnny Cook(1974).  DeLancey, this blog is for you.

Hebrews 11:10
for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Vestal, with her two foot beehive hairdo, challenges Johnny Cook to a Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs(woman vs. man) sing off.  In 1973 Riggs stated that he was superior to a woman because he was a male.  King beat him in three straight sets. 

One of the fun happenings of a southern gospel concert is when two tenor singers battle one another with this song.  The two groups would sing only the first verse and each tenor would raise the chorus a half step.  Jay Parrack of Gold City was the champion.  Vestal is more like an alto.  Johnny Cook was a tenor; he now is a baritone.

Back to the discussion about heaven.  Ray Stedman’s book, “Authenic Christianity” devotes chapter 9 to the discussion of Time and Eternity.  A diect quote from the chapter -   time is time and eternity is eternity and never the twain shall meet.  I highly recommend you get a copy of the book.  Stedman sets you up to believe him by the richness of the first eight chapters. 

I heard a tape of a pastor’s conference where Stedman was discussing time vs. eternity and a pastor was quoted as saying that was a new concept for him.  God stepped out of eternity to send Jesus into time.  When we die we enter eternity – a new dimension.  Time is lost.  It is the NOW of God, always present tense.  

We like to imagine heaven as extension of time.  There is a song describing heaven as a huge front porch and the punch line is – “I’m gonna shake Jesus’ hand and sit down in a rocking chair and rest a little while”. 

Trite!  Heaven is more sophisticated than that.  The God who crafted this planet with amazing detail is preparing you a place in heaven.  For eternity.  Trust Him to exceed your expectations.   It will.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D  


January 6, 2009

January 5, 2009

THE OLD SHIP OF ZION

I was standing on the banks of the river
Looking out over life’s troubled sea
When I saw that ole ship that was sailing
Is that the ole ship of Zion I see.

Its hull was bent and battered
From the storms of life I could see
Waves were rough but that ole ship kept sailing
Is that the ole ship of Zion I see.

At the stern of the ship stood the captain
I could hear as he called out my name
Get on board it’s the ole ship of Zion
It will never pass this way again

As I step on board I’ll be leaving
All my sorrows and heartaches behind
I’ll be safe with Jesus the captain
Sailing out on the ole ship of Zion.

Click on the link –  Gold City and Kingsmen: Old Ship Of Zion.   That’s how I will be crossing that river.  As I listen to the two quartets sing this song, my jaw starts twitching like I was out in the snow in nothing but my drawers(underwear).    Uncontrollable crying is one of the side effects to Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Mostly I do it in the privacy of the living room with ear phones.

Yesterday, my friend Jim McCormick came by and we watched a Gaither video.  Luckily, I had a hankie.  My lazy boy recliner – a gift fom my mother – makes our living room a sanctuary.  My wife would not allow a recliner in her house before I got sick.  Now, she says it was her idea. Go figure.

Back to the song.  

For years, this type of song has been sung as a Negro Spiritual.  I looked on the internet and there are myriads of tunes and words describing how to cross the river of life.  Each one was named The Old Ship Of Zion.

Each song emphasizes “Get on board”.  There’s only one way to punch your ticket for the boat ride.   Ephesians 2:8,9  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

My favorite line is I could hear as he called out my name.  I made the passenger list because my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Make your reservation.

 It will never pass this way again.  You only have one chance to get on board.  You will not be reincarnated.  This lifetime is it.  Make your choice today.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NASB)

for He says,
         “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
         AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”
         Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”

I got my ship legs ready.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

 

January 5, 2009

January 4, 2009

 

Click on You Tube Trying To Get A Glimpse” By The Cathedrals(FULL)(4:00).   If you want to see the words try You Tube  “Trying To Get A Glimpse” By Ernie Haase And Signature Sound(4:22).  Apparently copyright laws forbid listing the lyrics.

The Cathedrals are my favorite group because the first time you hear a song by them you can hear every word.   Not all Christian performers do that.  Sister-in-law, Carol, compares the riff-raff groups to the Cathedrals.  She calls the Cathedrals, opera.  The riff-raff groups, noise.    

At the National Quartet Convention in Louisville you planned your bathroom breaks during the riff-raff groups.  The good groups were Gold City, McKameys(Peg would kick off her high heels during the first song), Kingsmen, Greater Vision, Gaither Vocal Band, Hoppers, Chuck Wagon Gang, Martins, Dove Bothers, Booth Brothers, Easters, Speers, Goodmans and Inspirations.  During the week the good groups would perform 3 times – usually Monday, Thursday and Saturday.  Each night there were up to 16 groups(for 6 nights).

I checked the schedule for this year.  National Quartet Convention(NQC) is September 13-19, 2009 in Louisville, KY at Freedom Hall.  The Exhibit Hall and food court next door is massive.   My mom would sit through every group.  Drusilla didn’t want to miss anything.     

Sunday morning, I listen on You Tube to the Cathedrals for an hour and a half.  This song brings tears to my eyes.  Jean, my wife,  walks by and I’m listening on the headphones – “a snottin’ “.  Standing on the banks of the river trying to get a glimpse   as I near the end of my life – I’m looking for my Savior.  And I’ll be a crossing the river soon.    I’m craning my neck trying to peek into heaven.  It’s not that I’m afraid.  Nothing could be further from the truth. I long for that city. 

  Hebrews 11:16  Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

I’m look-ing for a city.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D

P.S. this is the 60th blog.      Over 11,000 hits.    PTL

January 4, 2009

January 4, 2009

BECAUSE HE LIVES

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Chorus

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to vict’ry,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Chorus

Watch on You Tube “Because He Lives” By The Gaither Vocal Band/Mark Lowry(3:35).  It’s hard to pick one artist performing this song.

The Jewish priests and the Roman soldiers could have killed Christianity if they produced the body of Jesus.  They could not.    An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

The second stanza gives me the confidence, my family will face uncertain days after I’m gone.  They will be O.K.

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to vict’ry,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

This is my most favorite verse of any song.  One night I was visiting with a dying cousin.  I spoke loudly as I asked her this question – “You getting ready to cross that river?”  She opened her eyes and nodded.  I said, “Look for my dad.  It won’t be long til I’ll be joining you”.  Luckily, Lou Gehrig’s disease is not a painful way to go.  You develop pneumonia because the chest cavity muscles weaken.  In the last month I have used my cough assist machine several times a day compared to two months ago several times a week.

And then, as death gives way to vict’ry - the ultimate battle.  Christ took care of it on the cross.

Because He lives = I can face tomorrow;  all fear is gone;  He holds the future;  life is worth the living.

I can almost hear the trumpet.

Danny D


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