On earth

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No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

1. On earth, Lord,
And beyond our death,
We live forever
In your love.

2. On earth, Lord,
And beyond our death,
We walk together
In your light.

3. On earth, Lord,
And beyond our death,
We rest united
In your peace,

4. For all are one
With you, dear Lord,
And all are precious
In your sight.

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References

1. In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

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

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

2. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light (Colossians 1:12; NLT).

The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light (Revelation 21:23; NIV).

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7; NIV).

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

3. Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you (Psalm 116:7; NIV).

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

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace (Ephesians 4:3; NLT).

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

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

He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight (Psalm 72:14; CSB).

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15; NKJV).

I love you

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1. I love you, Lord,
With all my heart.

2. I cling to you
With all my mind.

3. I serve you, Lord,
With all my strength.

4. I seek you in my soul —
And find.

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References

1. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

2. Cling to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

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

4. “If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me. I will be found by you,”  says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

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

Reach out

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Someone who falls alone is in real trouble
(Ecclesiastes 4:10; NLT).

1. I reach out for your peace, Lord God,
When troubles overcome me.

2. I reach out for your shining light
When darkness hides my way.

3. I reach out for your perfect truth
When lies are overwhelming.

4. I reach out for your constant love
When hatred wins the day.

5. I reach out for your raging fire
When evil overtakes me.

6. I reach out for your ceaseless hope
When no one hears my plea.

7. I reach out for your steady faith
When all my trust has vanished.

8. I reach out for your hand, Lord God –
And you reach out to me.

Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith, “ he said, “why did you doubt me”? (Matthew 14:31; NIV).

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References

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

Troubles without number have surrounded me (Psalm 40:12; CSB).

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

The way of the wicked is like total darkness (Proverbs 4:19; NLT).

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

All day long they scheme and lie (Psalm 38:12; NIV).

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

Hatred stirs up conflict (Proverbs 10:12; NIV).

5. God is a raging fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; GW). 

“They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 32:30; NLT).

You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God (Jeremiah 2:19; NLT).

6. God [is] the source of hope (Romans 15:13; NLT).

There is no one who hears your words (Isaiah 41:26; NKJV).

7. The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

8. Then he [Jesus] said to Thomas, […] “Reach out your hand” (John 20:27; NIV).

You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me (Psalm 138:7; NLT).

Inner space

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1. Lord,
Please give me inner space,
So I can hear your silent voice.

2. Lord,
Please give me inner peace,
So I can make each vital choice.

3. Lord,
Please give me inner light,
So I can tread your narrow way.

4. Lord,
Please give me inner joy,
So I can praise your name all day.

5. Lord,
Please give me inner truth,
Then I will grasp what Jesus taught.

6. Lord,
Please give me inner love,
Then I will serve you as I ought.

7. Lord,
Please give me inner hope,
Then I will never cease to pray.

8. Lord,
Please give me inner faith,
Then I will trust you, come what may.

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References

1. Let me hear your voice (Song of Songs 2:14; NLT).

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

I choose to obey your precepts (Psalm 119:173; NET).

3. This light within you produces only what is good and right and true (Ephesians 5:9; NLT).

Travel steadily along his path (Psalm 37:34; NLT).

4. May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord and praise his holy name! (Psalm 97:12; NLT).

5. You will give truth to Jacob (Micah 7:20; NKJV).

6. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

7. I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11; NKJV).

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

8. The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NIV).

I seek you

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I seek you with all my heart (Psalm 119:10; NIV).

1. I seek you, Lord;
My head is bowed.
All is darkness;
Silence; cloud.

2. I lift my heart
To heaven above.
All is light;
Unfailing love.

3. You are Spirit,
Truth, and peace.
Your righteousness will
Never cease.

4. Lord, touch my hand,
And give me faith
That, one day, I will see
Your face.

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References

1. Now is the time to seek the Lord (Hosea 10:12; NLT).

Seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul (1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).

Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker for he is our God (Psalm 95:6-7; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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

2. Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NLT).

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

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

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

3. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT). 

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

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

His righteousness never fails (Psalm 111:3; NLT).

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

4. When Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her (Matthew 8:15; NLT).

I have faith. Help my lack of faith! (Mark 9:24; JB).

The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; NLT).

Shine your light

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1. Shine your light
On all who live in darkness,
Till they decide to seek you, Lord,
And find.

2. Spread your peace
To all who are abusive,
Till they begin to seek you,
And grow kind.

3. Teach your truth
To all who lie to others,
Till they are moved to seek you,
And lament.

4. Pour your love
On all who practice hatred,
Till they resolve to seek you,
And repent.

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References

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

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

You will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:29; NIV).

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

They all do evil and abuse what power they have (Jeremiah 23:10; NLT).

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful (Ephesians 4:29; NLT).

You will grow as you learn to know God better and better (Colossians 1:10; NLT).

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

Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth (Zechariah 8:17; NLT).

“My people bend their tongues like bows to shoot out lies. They refuse to stand up for the truth […] They do not know me,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 9:3; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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

Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbour (Zechariah 8:17; NKJV).

Love your neighbour (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

Love

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

1. God, our Father,
You are love,
Living in all you make.

2. Christ, our Saviour,
You are love,
Suffering for our sake.

3. Holy Spirit,
You are love,
Waiting in every soul.

4. Lord,
You are unfailing love,
Longing to make us whole.

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

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References

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

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

2. We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour (Philippians 3:20; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9; NIV).

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

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

4. The Lord our God is one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4; RSV).

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

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

Through Christ’s eyes

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It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me
(Galatians 2:20; NLT).

1. Let’s see the world
Through Christ’s own eyes,

2. Observe our thinking
With his mind;

3. Treat everyone
With his great love,

4. And grow like him,
For he is kind.

5. Let’s speak each word
With Christ’s pure truth,

6. Confront our fears
With his strong faith;

7. Approach our death
With his deep trust,

8. Then rest, at last,
In his embrace.

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

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References

1. I have come to save the world and not to judge it (John 12:47; NLT).

2. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

3. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

4. The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

He is kind to those who never say, “Thank you,” and to those who are selfishness itself (Alan Dale, New World: The Heart of the New Testament in Plain English, p125; Oxford University Press, 1967).

5. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

6. 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).

7. 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).

8. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-9; NLT).

Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7: ESV).

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

Instant friend

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Love the stranger
(Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

1. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Everyone whose path you cross.

2. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Those in trouble, need, or loss.

3. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Helping is our sacred task.

4. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Love is all our Father asks.

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References

1. See the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37; NLT).

2. Which of these three would you say was a neighbour to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same” (Luke 10:36-7; NLT).

3. I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me (Matthew 25:35-6; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).

In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds (Ecclesiastes 3:17; NLT).


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Reflections


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Now we see things imperfectly,
like puzzling reflections…

1. Light on water,
Fire from heaven.
Living presence:
Jesus Christ.

2. Peace rains down
On earth, forever.
Love for all,
His sacrifice.

3. Truth streams out
To every mortal.
Faith is offered:
Make your choice!

4. Hope floods down
To all the nations:
Seek God’s Kingdom!
Hear his voice!

5. Ask the Father
To forgive you.
Welcome him
Into your soul,

6. Then, take your cross,
And follow Christ,
For he, alone,
Can make you whole.

…but then we will see everything with perfect clarity
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

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References

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

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17; NLT).

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

He made peace with everything in heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27; NKJV).

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).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

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

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

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16; NLT).

The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make (Deuteronomy 13:19; NLT).

4. I pray that God, the source of all hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13; NLT).

My strong arm will bring justice to the nations. All distant lands will look to me and wait in hope for my powerful arm (Isaiah 51:5; NLT).

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously (Matthew 6:33; NLT).

Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7; NLT).

5. Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NIV).

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

6. Then he said to the crowd, “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).

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

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).