Hymns from the Past: Be Kind to Each Other – By Fanny Crosby

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I’ve been saying for such a long time, and I suppose I’ll just continue to say it, that we need to be as gracious to others on social media as we would be if they were standing in front of us. There’s a lot of opportunities to lose our cool, especially with the wokeness that we’re often confronted with. However, the wonderful thing about talking to someone online is that, unlike in person, when you begin to be upset you can log off. Which means, we should be even more gracious online than we are in person! That’s why I picked this beautiful hymn by Fanny Crosby. Here she’s talking about being kind to one another because you never know when you’ll lose them. Loss was certainly something Ms. Crosby knew plenty about, having lost her fiancé right before they were supposed to be wed. She may have been blind, but she could clearly see we have an issue fighting our flesh, particularly when it comes to being kind to one another. I hope this hymn from the past blesses you all as much as it blessed me, as always beloved brethren be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!

Fanny-Crosby-Quote

Be kind to each other, 

The night’s coming on,

When friend and when brother,

Will surely be gone!

Then, ‘midst our dejection,

How sweet to have earned,

The blest recollection,

Of kindness returned.

When day hath departed,

And memory keeps,

Her watch, broken hearted,

Where all she loves sleeps,

Let falsehood assail not,

Nor envy disprove,

And trifles prevail not,

Against those whom you love.

Nor change with the morrow,

Should fortune take wing,

The deeper the sorrow,

The closer still cling!

Be kind to each other,

The night’s coming on,

When friend and when brother,

Will surely be gone.

How Should a Christian Deal With Anxiety?

Can you think of any other paths that Scripture lays out for us to battle the sin of faithlessness? What is your favorite hymn when dealing with trials, or sorrow?

A Hymn From the Past

Far From the World, O Lord, I Flee – by William Cowper

Today’s hymn is another of William Cowper’s, again focusing on the way a Christian should handle crisis. It’s easy to say “be anxious for nothing” but far more difficult to do it, or to explain how one goes about doing it. Anxiety, fear, faithlessness, can overwhelm even the most seasoned believer. How many messages did I hear about being anxious for nothing in the WoF movement? Too many to count. Unfortunately, I can count all the ways we were taught not to be anxious on one hand. It was simple, you rebuke the fear and the cause of the fear, then ignore it. Cancer? Job loss? Pandemic? Oh no, don’t pay that any attention, proceed as if all is well and surely don’t confide in another church goer, or heaven forbid, a pastor or elder. That would be speaking negative confessions. The answer was actually not an answer, the anxiety wasn’t gone, we just had to keep our problems to ourselves.

What is the actual answer? God has given us means of handling anxiety and fear, rather than expecting us to ignore them or pretend our words have magical powers. I can name four different avenues for renewing our minds when fear threatens to overwhelm us, if you can think of more from Scripture please add them in the comments below. 1. Prayer – what does it really mean to be praying ceaselessly? It doesn’t mean becoming a monk, refusing to eat, sleep, or talk. But to be bringing our thoughts, concerns, praises, thanksgivings to the throne of God throughout the day. In this way, when anxiety or fear begins to bubble up in our minds we have a place of authority to take them. We can rest at the foot of the throne, pouring out our troubles before the God of the universe. One other point about prayer is that we can pray for one another, we don’t have to be alone in this. Asking believers for prayer, and praying for brothers and sisters-in-Christ is such a joy to me, as I often remember what it was like to keep it all inside.

2. Study – When we go to Scripture for devotions and study we learn about God, about His character, about the bigger picture that we tend to miss during our anxious days. We’re grounded again on the truth of God’s sovereignty, reminded of eternity, reminded of His call to share the Gospel, and reminded of mercy when we stumble into fearful anxiety. This is another thing we don’t have to do alone, we can have Bible studies together! 3. Worship – This is the actual point of this post, below is another beautiful hymn that reminds us of our true home. Job asked His wife about this, when she recommended that he just curse God and die. How could he do that? How could he praise God when everything was good, and then turn his back on God when things were, well, awful? When we give God the glory that He so truly is owed, even when we are hurting, we are reminded of the God we serve. Through the words of a Psalm or a hymn we can sing of His love, His mercy, His salvation, of all that He has already done. This takes our mind off of the momentary affliction and puts it where it out to be, reorienting our perspective back on what we have already been given! 4. Fellowship – final thought on this is how we can fellowship. True that right now we’re unable to meet in large numbers, but when we talk with one another about God, about our trials and His provisions, we are baring one another burdens. We’re not alone, we have a family, a body of believers, each with their own battles against the flesh. Alone we might feel like we’re the single most wretched sinner to ever be forgiven, but when we are brought together and enjoy a time of fellowship we see that God is sanctifying all of us. What a kindness God has given to His children!

Can you think of any other paths that Scripture lays out for us to battle the sin of faithlessness? What is your favorite hymn when dealing with trials, or sorrow? Mine is Pass Me Not by Fanny Crosby, but these lyrics below are also edifying and beautiful. I hope you are blessed by this hymn, and please let me know if there is anyway I could be praying for you. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Far from the world, O Lord, I flee,
From strife and tumult far;
From scenes where Satan wages still
His most successful war.

The calm retreat, the silent shade,
With prayer and praise agree;
And seem by Thy sweet bounty made
For those who follow Thee.

There, if Thy Spirit touch the soul,
And grace her mean abode,
O with what peace, and joy, and love,
She communes with her God!

There, like the nightingale, she pours
Her solitary lays;
Nor asks a witness of her song,
Nor thirsts for human praise.

Author and Guardian of my life,
Sweet Source of light divine,
And, all harmonious names in one,
My Saviour,–Thou art mine!

What thanks I owe Thee, and what love,
A boundless, endless store,
Shall echo through the realms above
When time shall be no more!

This is the Day That the Lord Hath Made – Issac Watts

There are times when the strain of this sinful world threatens to overwhelm me, dear ones. When things are being written that make me wonder how professing Christians could think it was acceptable. When Christians in other countries are being imprisoned and martyred. When lies are being told, and hatred is masked by manipulation. When the walls are closing in, and there’s nothing I can do about any of these things. I had a conversation with a brother-in-Christ recently, we were talking about commentaries and I mentioned how I had hoped to find more time for reading them. He gave me wonderful advice, he said that he stops in his study of Scripture and prays. It refocuses him, and makes his time in Gods Word sweeter.

I felt like Christian in Doubting Castle, the key to escape was in his pocket the whole time. The answers to my inability to fix these issues was here all the time, prayer. This causes me to want to praise and worship, to shout out my thanksgivings to God! What mercy is this? What kindness? A wretch like me, sinful , weak, impatient, and in a daily battle with the flesh, can come before the thrice holy God, before His throne, to pray to Him? I can’t even get ahold of my own state Senator but I can go before the King of Kings? Truly this God we serve is worthy of all praise, and honor, and glory! I hope this hymn blesses you, as its blessed me, and as always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

This is the day the Lord has made;
He calls the hours His own;
let heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad,
and praise surround the throne.

Today he rose and left the dead,
and Satan’s empire fell;
today the saints His triumphs spread,
and all His wonders tell.

Hosanna to th’anointed King,
to David’s holy Son.
help us, O LORD, descend and bring
salvation from Your throne.

Blest be the Lord, who comes to us
with messages of grace;
who comes, in God His Father’s name,
to save our sinful race.

How Great Thou Art – By Carl Boberg

Hello wonderful HumbleBees,

Today, we have an awesome hymn, “How Great Thou Art.” We sang this recently at my church and have really been enjoying finding different versions of this song by different artist Below I am adding one of them that I think you all might like. I am also adding a Psalm I kept seeing while looking up about this particular hymn.  Psalm 145:3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. Praying this small reminder will bless you all today. 

Happy Sunday Y’all,

Becca Barner

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXQpDDcrN-w

 


 Hello again, dear ones, I hope this finds you all doing well! I’m so thankful Becca found this hymn for us today, and created such beautiful graphics to go alongside it. I wanted to write a quick bit of history for this hymn, as I found it quite interesting. Carl Boberg wrote “How Great Thou Art” in 1885 and when Stuart Hine translated it to English he added a couple lines himself. Popularized during the Billy Graham “crusades” it ranks second here in America, following Amazing Grace as the most beloved hymn. This particular hymn is based on Deuteronomy 33:26, “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty.” Does your church sing hymns, modern songs, a mixture of both? Which one do you prefer? I hope you have a blessed day of fellowship, as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.


How Great Thou Art

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing

He bled and died to take away my sin

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow with humble adoration

And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Songs of Sovereign Grace – By Irvin Mack

This, dear ones, is a simple and beautiful hymn written by Irvin Mack. Mostly, I enjoy the very complicated hymns with long and deep lines. But from time to time, ones like this catch my eye. I hope that it blesses you, as it blessed me. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Let the voice of praising
Come from all the race,
All our songs upraising
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Soon we’ll sing up yonder
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

We shall soon behold Him,
See Him face to face,
Then we’ll sing the sweeter,
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Soon we’ll sing up yonder
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

When we seek to enter
That most holy place
We will come rejoicing,
Saved by Sovereign Grace.

Saved by Sovereign Grace,
Saved by Sovereign Grace,
Soon we’ll sing up yonder
Saved by Sovereign Grace.

Tulips & Honey: Episode 10 – Interviewing James Ferguson of CityALight

Today, dear friends, we had a very special guest join us on the program. James Ferguson, guitarist for CityALight, was gracious enough to talk to us about how the band came together, what the band is up to, what they’ve got planned for the future, and a little about himself. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to CityALight, they have wonderfully Biblically sound, edifying, quality music available on YouTube. The conversation was encouraging, and entertaining. I hope that you’ll all enjoy the discussion.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWedmLj4m7CugZuyJRdqY7w

You can find the podcast on iTunes, Podbean, YouTube, Stitcher, Spotify, /, and many other podcasting platforms. If there’s a platform you haven’t been able to find us on please let me know and I’ll get to work on it. Also don’t forget to like, subscribe, share, and rate us as it helps get the entire hub out to the public. Most importantly, please be in prayer for the entire Hub team. If you, or someone you know, is interested in podcasting within the Tulips & Honey Hub please let me know.

Also, don’t forget to check out the first ever episode of The Chuck & Lo Show, and the second ever episode of The Aquila and Priscilla Hour. These two new podcasts are such a blessing to me! You can continue to be updated on those podcasts by following their blogs if you’re not already doing so. Emily from the Aquila and Priscilla Hour blogs over at HeMadeUsAlive and Lo from The Chuck & Lo Show blogs over at RedeemedMamaSavedByGrace. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Mega List: Recommendations, Reviews, & Suggestions – October 18th, 2019

Hello, dear ones, and welcome to another MEGA list. In my head I always say that with a loud announcer voice. Before we get into it, let me give you an update on what’s coming next week on Tulips & Honey Hub. On Monday we’ll be dropping an amazing interview with Lo and Chuck. Lo writes the RedeemedMamaSavedByGrace blog, and Chuck is her hubby. Costi Hinn recently baptized him, and they were both gracious enough to join us on the program and share their testimony with us. God’s miraculous power in salvation never ceases to amaze me! On Tuesday The Aquila and Priscilla Hour will be dropping their second episode! Don’t forget to check it out, and follow Emily at her blog HeMadeUsAlive . Thursday we’ll be dropping an interview with James from CityALight, an Australian band with a solid, reformed, doctrinal stance. You can hear their music on YouTube, I’ll link to their channel below.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCWedmLj4m7CugZuyJRdqY7w

Now that your up to date, what about recommendations? I have two for you today, the first is the latest video from The Laborers where the Gospel is shared with a man who claimed to be a believer. Watch this mans reaction as these young people lovingly explain the truth of Gods Word, he’s not angry or belligerent, he doesn’t ignore or walk away, he listens. We can, and should, be sharing the Gospel with the lost. I know it can be frightening, but it’s far more frightening to recognize the wrath that is to come. We must love the lost enough to warn them.

My second recommendation today is Dr. Alan White’s lecture starts Answers In Genesis titled Could Life Evolve by Chance? Science Says No! You all know how much a love science, in particular the tiniest, microscope machines which God upholds in our cells to maintain life. That’s the basis for Dr. Whites lecture, and it is absolutely fascinating! You can watch the live streamed footage here.

Today for review I’m actually going to talk about a book I reviewed a long time ago. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards. You can see my original review here. I recently recommended this book to two separate people, and thought it would be a good review to bring back up, especially for all the recent followers to the blog. This book is amazing, it’s on the top ten of my list, and also it’s in the Public Domain which makes it free. Free.99 is my favorite price.

This weekend I suggest you try a new food, anything put pineapple pizza. Most of the time when I try new food it’s not my cup of tea. But every now and then I find something that becomes a new favorite. That’s what happened with sushi, guacamole, and asparagus. If you’ve tried anything new recently you’d like to suggest, so long as it’s not any combination of pineapple and meat, let me know. I might even give it a try! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Tulips & Honey Episodes 2 – Corporate Worship: What About Heretical Groups?

In today’s episode, dear ones, Becca’s hubby joins us to discuss corporate worship. As the worship leader for their church, he has had to deal with whether or not bands like Hillsong or Elevation should be used for corporate worship. They detailed how they addressed this topic as members, and how to deal with it now as worship leaders. As you’ll remember, if you’ve listened before, Blake (or BlockA-B) went to Hillsongs college in Australia to study music before God graciously saved him. Coming from the heretical Word of Faith movement himself, he and Becca know first hand the dangers of this music.

I hope that this episode will be a blessing to you all, and that you’ll join me in praying for our leaders in our churches. They hear a lot of complaints, regardless of which direction they go in everyone won’t always be happy with their choices. Remember to hold your leaders accountable to Gods Word, to hold them up in prayer, and to be encouraging to them. You can find the podcast at our host site, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Those links are all in my profile, or here at this link. If there’s a platform you’d like to see Tulips & Honey on, or if you’re interested in joining the T&H Hub please let me know, you can comment below or shoot me an email. Also, if you like to podcast don’t forget to like, comment, share, & subscribe. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Mega List: Becca Berean adds Recommendations, Reviews, and Suggestions – September 6th, 2019

FRIDAY MEGA LIST

By: Becca B.

Hey Dear Ones, here are a few of my favorite things from this week

City-A-Light

New Music: CityAlight, they are recent band from Australia. They are very Biblical and have great songs that are congregational, which I love. My favorite song of theirs is “I Will Trust My Saviour Jesus” and I didn’t spell saviour wrongeither, that’s how our Aussie friends spell it down under 😉.You will love these guys! Check them out:

New Artist Spotlight: Breezy Tulip is amazing artist I came across on Instagram and ABSOLUTELY love everything she has created. Her artwork is so whimsical and inspiring. She has amazing prints and other gifts (some great ideas for Christmas *wink *wink) in her shop online. Visit her webpage:

Best YouTube Clip: Hands down this goes to the recent confession of Benny Hinn, saying he will rebuke those that try ask for money for a blessing, miracle, health etc. This is such a comfort to hear and let us all pray that more truth gets shown to Benny Hinn.  Soli Deo Gloria! All the Glory to God!!!

Blessings to you all

Not only did Becca find these wonderful links, dear friends, she also created the most of the graphics for this post! Please join me in praying for my sister-in-Christ that God would continue to grow her in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God daily for her faithfulness. As an update for next weeks AfterThought posts, Lord willing, Monday I’ll be dropping Contradictions co-hosted by Pastor Jim. On Thursday I’ll drop New Age Infiltration co-hosted by my very own hubby. If you’ve missed previous episodes you can catch up on iTunes, Podbean, Google Play, Spotify, and now YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, comment, and share beloved. But first, a little laughter for you all…

My recommendations for you today, dear ones, start with Women of the Table, the podcast/blog that I shared on Wednesday. These ladies are relatable and entertaining while they tackle difficult subjects. My second is this article from ICR explaining how the dinosaur tracks we see today confirm a global flood. It’s a fascinating read, and if you all remember back in 2017 my family and I climbed quite a ways to put our hands on one of those tracks. I still hate heights but dinosaurs are worth it. I have, since then, been blessed by two gifts of dinosaur fossils. I love dinosaur fossils almost as much as I hate heights!

While I have no books for you to review this week, although I’m reading through one for next Friday, I do have a suggestion. My suggestion, dear friends, is that those living near coasts check their home insurance to see if it covers problems promulgated by propelled porpoises. The photos and news article warning that dozens had seen dolphins carried inland by 185mph winds are now being considered satire, but it was funny while it lasted. Have a wonderful Saturday, I’ll be back writing on Sunday. Another huge thanks to Becca for all her help, and to all my readers who have been tremendously supportive of the new podcast! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Sunday Hymns of the Past – All Creatures of our God and King

Today’s hymn reflects yet another aspect seemingly missing from the modern ‘Christian’ music of today, Soli Deo Gloria. Glory to God Alone. Much of what we hear today is man centered, feelings based, and even unbiblical. This is not praising God, but rather praising man and his ability to vocalize. This beautiful hymn not only gives the glory and honor to the only one true King, it calls all creatures to do the same! I’m thankful to God that we have access to these hymns. Do you have a favorite hymn, dear ones? I’d love to hear what it is!

All creatures of our God and King,

lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,

thou silver moon with softer gleam,

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,

ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,

ye lights of ev’ning find a voice!

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And all ye men of tender heart,

forgiving others, take your part,

O sing ye! Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

praise God and on Him cast your care!

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless

and worship Him in humbleness,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

and praise the Spirit, Three in One:

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!