Truth

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

1. Jesus spoke the truth
In love –
It didn’t go down well

2. With Pharisees,
And Sadducees,
And those with stuff to sell

3. Inside the temple:
As he taught,
Each time he paused for breath,

4. The people he reproved
Rejected him,
And planned his death.


References

1. I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do (Matthew 21:31; NLT).

They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him (Matthew 13:57; NLT).

2. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority (Matthew 16:1; NLT).

My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves (Mark 11:17; NLT).

3,4. He taught daily in the Temple, but the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him (Luke 19:47; NLT).

He came to his own people, and even they rejected him (John 1 :11; NLT).

The Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him (John 5:16; NKJV).

Darkness

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1. Living God,
I’m your unworthy temple,
Where you shroud yourself
In darkness from my sight.

2. My mind, and heart, and soul
Dwell in your darkness,
But your closeness comforts me
Both day and night.

3. Lord, may I accept
This inner darkness,
Trusting in your presence
And your love,

4. Then I’ll gladly walk with you
In darkness,
Where we are one,
United through Christ’s blood.


References

1. I am not even worthy to come and meet you (Luke 7:7; NLT).

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

He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

2. He has made me dwell in darkness (Psalm 143:3; NKJV).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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

We have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

4. If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT)

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

You have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13; NLT).

Your Kingdom

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1. Your Kingdom is in heaven above,
And on the earth below.

2. It’s near us, and amongst us,
And within us all, Lord, so

3. It’s here within my body and my mind,
My heart and soul,

4. For I, Lord, am your Temple,
And to love like you, my goal.


References

1. The Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below (Deuteronomy 4:39; NIV).

Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

2. The Kingdom of God is near (Mark 1:15; NLT).

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

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

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

4. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; RSV).

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect (1 John 4:17; NLT).

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

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

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

We are your body

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

1. We are your body;
We are your bones;
We are your flesh
And your blood.

2. We are your temple;
We are your home;
We are your priests
And your love.

3. You are our Shepherd;
You are our Guide;
You are our staff
And our rod.

4. You are our Saviour;
You are our Friend;
You are our Lord
And our God.


References

1. You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27; NIV).

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

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

You are the living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests (1 Peter 2:5; NLT).

Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17, NLT).

3. I am the good shepherd (John 10:14; NLT).

He will guide us until we die (Psalm 48:14; NLT).

Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT, alternative translation).

4. He has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Saviour (2 Timothy 1:10; NLT).

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

The Ark of the Covenant (with thanks to Fr. L.C.)

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Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God
and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
(1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

1. The Ark held your stone tablets, Lord,
Three thousand years ago:
The sacred ten commandments,
Out of which the law would grow;

2. A golden jar of manna,
Made of dewfall, white as frost,
And Aaron’s rod: these precious things
Were pearls beyond all cost.

3. The Ark dwelt in your Temple, Lord,
The symbol of your might,
To represent your presence
With the people, day and night.

4. But then, in time, the Ark was lost,
So you, Lord, sent your Son,
Born of Mary here on earth:
The Christ, your holy One.

5. Through him, your Spirit lives in us,
Within each mind and heart,
So we can spread your loving care,
For we are now your Ark.


References

1. This Ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant (Hebrews 9:4; NIV).

2. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Matthew 13:45; NRSV).

3. Arise, O Lord God, and enter your resting place, along with the Ark, the symbol of your power (2 Chronicles 6:41; NLT).

4. When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law (Galatians 4:4; NLT).

5. The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27; NLT).

Deep within our darkness

1. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your kingdom.

2. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your grace.

3. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your temple.

4. Deep within our darkness –
Your embrace.

References

1. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

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

2. You live under the freedom of God’s grace (Romans 6:14; NLT).

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

4. His right arm embraces me (Song of Songs 2:6; NLT).

Always

Always new-born in the stable;
Always safe on Mary’s knee;
Always playing and rejoicing,
Always, Lord, alive and free.

Always, Christ-child, in the temple,
Talking there with everyone;
Always rising from the river:
This is my beloved Son.

Always shining and transfigured;
Always changing those you meet;
Always saving and forgiving,
Ready to wash others’ feet.

Always calling: Come and follow;
Always teaching: Take your cross;
Always healing and restoring,
Helping those distressed by loss.

Always sharing our temptations;
Always here to calm each storm;
Always angry, always weeping,
Always breaking every norm.

Always pleading in the garden;
Always suffering, in pain;
Always dying, always rising,
Always coming, Lord, to reign.

Always living in our hearts, Lord;
Always pouring out your love;
Always caring, giving, serving —
Lord, you are our flesh and blood.

References

She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

They found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46; ESV).

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17; NLT).

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).

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).

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

This is my body given for you (Luke 22:19; NIV).

This is my blood (Matthew 27:28; NIV).

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We are your home

1. We are your home,
Lord God, our Father.

2. We are your shelter,
God the Son.

3. We are your temple,
Holy Spirit.

4. We are your dwelling,
Three-in-One.

References

1. Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

2. Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58; NKJV).

3. Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

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