Once

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1. Once, you lived,
Then you were killed,
But rose again –
God’s law fulfilled.

2. Once, you died,
But now you live
Forever, Lord,
To love, and give.

3. Once, I was afraid,
Alone –
My mind in turmoil,
Heart, a stone.

4. Once, I was alone,
Afraid –
I turned to you;
I wept, and prayed.

5. Once, Lord,
I accepted you,
Confessed my sins –
You made me new.

6. Once, so worthless –
Now I’m one
With you, for always,
God’s dear Son.

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References

1. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

Christ died and rose again (Romans 14:9; NLT).

Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God (Romans 10:4; NLT).

2. Because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever (Hebrews 7:24; NLT).

3. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

4. Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

5. To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NLT).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9; NIV).

He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5; RSV).

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

6. Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind (Psalm 62:9; NLT).

There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him! (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

Touch (for A.K.)

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1. Touch my body,
Bind each wound,
For I am faint,
My strength, consumed.

2. Touch my mind,
Correct each thought,
Until I realise
I am naught.

3. Touch my heart,
Yoke me to good,
And fill me with
Your perfect love.

4. Touch my soul,
Make me like Christ
Your Son –
A living sacrifice.

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References

1. He has injured us but he will bind up our wounds (Hosea 6:1; NIV).

My life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed (Psalm 31:10; KJV).

2. The Lord corrects those he loves (Proverbs 3:12; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

3. Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19; NIV).

We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

So, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1; NLT).

Growth (dedicated to A.K.)

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Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?
(Job 2:10; NIV).

1. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send joy, and pain.
Then I will grow, in exile here,
Until we meet in heaven, again.

2. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, bring good from ill.
Then I will grow through suffering,
And never fail to love you, still.

3. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send hurt, and loss.
Then I will grow in care for all,
And comfort those who bear their cross.

4. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send every test.
Then I will grow in humble faith,
And gain, at last, eternal rest.

💙


References

1. Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

2. We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

3. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

4. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

Then we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT). 

Not far to fly

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Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Father God,

1. When I must die,
My soul will not have far to fly.

2. You live in me; I live in you –
There’s nothing I will need to do

3. But leave this body, and its pain,
To step into your arms again.

4. Then, Father, we will re-combine,
For I am yours, and you are mine.

5. Yes, Father, we will re-unite
Forever, in your glorious light.

Into your hands I commit my spirit
(Psalm 31:5; NIV).

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References

1. Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

2. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

3. The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever ( Revelation 21:3-4; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

4. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

5. I will live in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6; NLT).

The city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light (Revelation 21:23; NLT).

Source

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✝️ ✝️ ✝️

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion
(Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

1. The source of all light is within us,
Just waiting for those, Lord, who yearn.

2. The source of all truth is within us,
Just waiting for those who can learn.

3. The source of all peace is within us,
Just waiting for those who accept.

4. The source of all love is within us,
Just waiting for those who connect.

5. The source of all faith is within us,
Just waiting for those who receive.

6. The source of all hope is within us,
Just waiting for those who believe.

7. The source of all joy is within us,
Just waiting to end our long night.

8. The source of all life is within us,
Just waiting for us to unite.

I have given them the glory you gave me,
so they may be one as we are one
(John
 17:22; NLT).

✝️ ✝️ ✝️


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).


I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

2. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

3. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NLT).

4. God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

5. The […] Spirit gives great faith (1 Corinthians 12:8-9; NLT).

To all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children (John 1:12; NET).

6. I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy (Romans 15:13; NLT).

Those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life (John 5:24; NLT).

7. I will go to the altar of God, to God – the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned (Isaiah 9:2; NIV).

The city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light […] Its gates will never be closed at the end of the day because there is no night there (Revelation 21:23,25; NLT).

8. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Help me

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1. Help me, Father,
To accept adversity,
As Jesus did.

2. Help me, Father,
To confront anxiety,
As Jesus did.

3. Help me, Father,
To endure distress and pain,
As Jesus did.

4. Help me, Father,
To embrace my death with faith,
As Jesus did.

🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀


References

1. The leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise (Mark 15:3-5; NLT).

2. They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” (Mark 14:32-4; NLT).

3. They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha […] Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:22,24; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

4. When Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NKJV).

My cross

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Live a life filled with love,
following the example of Christ
(Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

1. Take up my cross, and follow Christ –
That’s all I need to do.

2. No matter what my cross may be,
I’ll take it up anew,

3. And follow him as best I can,
Accepting all he sends,

4. Whilst loving him in everyone,
Until my journey ends.

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References

1. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

2. God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

3. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

4. Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT). 

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

Inner space


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1. You alone
Give inner space,
Faith, forgiveness, Lord,
And grace

2. To help us serve you
Every day,
By following
Your humble way.

3. You alone
Give inner peace,
Love, acceptance,
And release

4. From every weakness,
Fear, and sin,
For you, our Saviour,
Live within.

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References

1. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

2. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; NLT).

3. Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

4. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

You will stand firm and without fear (Job 11:15; NIV).

You have been set free from sin (Romans 6:18; NIV).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

The old Celtic way (dedicated to A.K.)

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This is what the Lord says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls”
(Jeremiah 6:16; NLT).

1. Show me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I will delight
In your love, joy, and peace.

2. Call me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I’ll serve you gladly
In all those I meet.

3. Teach me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I’ll see your beauty
In all that you make.

4. Lead me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I’ll know your presence
With each step I take.

5. Tell me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I’ll accept bravely
The hardships I bear.

6. Bring me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I will remember
To do all with prayer.

 


References

1. I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love  (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

2. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

3. Praise the beauty of holiness (2 Chronicles 20:21; NKJV).

4. I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

5. By God’s power accept your share of suffering (2 Timothy 1:8; NET).

6. Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Give back…

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The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away
(Job 1:21; NLT).

Lord,

1. Give me back my joy again:
Please let me share your grace
And peace.

2. Give me back my health again,
So I can serve you
Without cease.

3. Give me back all I have lost,
For then my trials
Won’t seem so long,

4. But if you don’t, Lord,
I’ll accept your will,
For when I’m weak, I’m strong.


References

1. Give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice (Psalm 51:8; NLT).

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour give you grace and peace (Titus 1:4; NLT).

2. “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 30:17; NLT).

Serve the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

3. I will give you back what you lost (Joel 2:25; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

4. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad?
(Job 2:10; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me […] for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; NLT).