Trek

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Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

1. Life is a trek
Back to heaven.

2. Faith is a journey
To God.

3. Hope is a walk
With his Spirit.

4. Love is the path
That Christ trod.


References

1. The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

2. We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; NKJV).

The Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith (Romans 1:17; NLT).

3. You will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13; NLT).

4. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

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

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

Foundation

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No one can lay any foundation
other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ
(1 Corinthians 3:11; NLT).

1. We have to lose our faith
For it to grow.

2. Time after time,
All that we think we know

3. Will fail,
And we will have to build again,

4. Learning from Christ’s example,
Death, and reign,

5. Until our grasp
Of all he taught matures –

6. Then, grounded in love for all,
Our faith endures.


References

1. Anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins (Luke 6:49; NLT).

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

2. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them (Luke 8:18; NLT).

3. I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren (Luke 22:32; NKJV).

From the ruins I will rebuild it (Amos 9:11; NLT).

4. Learn from me (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David, and he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end (Luke 1:32-3; NLT).

5. [I pray] that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith [and] that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may […] know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:17-19; RSV).

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13; NLT).

6. Supplement your faith […] with love for everyone (2 Peter 1:5,7; NLT).

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught (Colossians 2:7; NLT).

Seek him in darkness

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1. Seek him in darkness,
And find him in stillness.
Listen in silence,
And pray, on your own.

2. See him in paradox,
Active, unchanging:
Christ is in paradise,
Waiting, alone.

3. Meet him in darkness,
And bow down in stillness.
Christ speaks in silence:
His words fall like dew.

4. See him in paradox,
Active, unchanging:
Christ is in paradise,
Waiting for you.


References

1. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him (Psalm 105:4; NLT).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him (Luke 9:35; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

2. You cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NLT).

I the Lord do not change (Malachi 3:6; NIV).

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NIV).

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

3. Moses approached the total darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; CSB).

Bow down to him (2 Kings 17:36; NLT).

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew (Deuteronomy 32:2; NIV)

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

The best

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My old self has been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me
(Galatians 2:20; NLT).

1. Lord,
You are the best of me:
The only part that’s good.

2. Lord,
You are the best of me:
My flesh, and bone, and blood.

3. Lord,
You are the best of me:
My heart, and mind, and soul.

4. Lord,
You are the best of me:
The Christ, who makes me whole.


References

1. “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good” (Luke 18:19; NLT).

God have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NIV).

2. This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them (John 6:56; NIV).

3. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust him (Ephesians 3:17; NLT).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

4. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10; NLT).

Have faith

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

1. Turn to Christ for healing;
Cry out, for he is near.
Have faith that he will help you
When you suffer pain and fear.

2. Ask him to forgive you,
Confessing every sin,
And trust that he will help you
While you try to change within.

3. Bear your cross, and follow;
Let Jesus share your load.
Rely on him to help you
As you walk his narrow road.


References

1. If you are willing, you can heal me (Luke 5:12; NLT).

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (Mark 5:34; NIV).

2. Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

3. Take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14; NIV).

You love me

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us
(Colossians 3:11; NLT).

1. You love me, Lord,
And I love you;
There’s nothing else
I need to do.

2. I live in you,
And you in me;
There’s nowhere else
I’d rather be.


References

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

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29; NLT).

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

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me (Psalm 139:7-10; NLT).

[Jesus prayed] “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am” (John 17:24; NIV).

Like ants

My grace is all you need.
My power works best in weakness
(2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

1. We are like ants,
Or blades of grass,
We mortals, who will
Swiftly pass.

2. Yet God loves us
With all his heart,
And longs for us
To play our part.

3. He is so great,
And we so small,
And yet he lives
Within us all;

4. And though we fail
Each day, and sin,
He’s one with us,
And we with him.


References

1. God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! (Isaiah 40:22; NLT).

Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone – as though we had never been here (Psalm 103:15-16; NLT).

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

The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT).

3. God is great (Psalm 70:4; NLT).

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

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

4. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway (Romans 7:19; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

I am in them and you are in me ((John 17:23; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

Like God


Put on your new nature, created to be like God –

truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

1. God wants us all
To be like him,

2. Free from selfishness
And sin;

3. His children,
Full of love and joy

4. Because of Christ,
Who lives within.


References

1. Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

2. Now you are free from your slavery to sin (Romans 6:18; NLT).

3. He calls us his children (1 John 3:1; NLT).

Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love (Psalm 59:16; NLT).

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

Gifts

Give thanks for everything to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
(Ephesians 5:20; NLT).

1. Thank you for your gift of faith,
Which helps me, Lord, to pray.

2. Thank you for your gift of hope,
Which lifts my heart each day.

3. Thank you for your gift of love,
Which makes my soul rejoice.

4. Thank you for your gift of truth:
Your still, small, inner voice.

5. Thank you for your gift of time,
Whatever trials may come.

6. Thank you for eternal life,
Your gift, through Christ, your Son.


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).

You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it (Matthew 21:22; NLT).

2. Christ Jesus […] gives us hope (1 Timothy 1:1; NLT).

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

3. Each day the Lord pours out his unfailing love upon me (Psalm 42:8; NLT).

My heart rejoices in the Lord (1 Samuel 2:1; NLT).

4. Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me“ (John 14:6; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

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

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

6. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

No other path

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1. There is no other path for me
But yours,
Dear Son of Man.

2. There is no other truth for me
But yours,
God’s Holy Lamb.

3. There is no other love for me
But yours,
Our constant Guide.

4. There is no other life for me
But yours,
Christ crucified.


References

1,2,4. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

4. Oh that you would choose life, so that your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life (Deuteronomy 30:19-20; NLT).

We preach Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23; NIV).