And Did the Holy and the Just – Anne Steele

As I mentioned last Sunday, dear friends, I wanted to spend some time highlighting Anne Steele’s hymns. Today is another one from her, and while it was never as popular as the last, it’s just as beautiful and God glorifying. I hope these words bless you, as they blessed me, and that you all have a sweet day of fellowship. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

1 And did the holy and the just,
The sovereign of the skies,
Stoop down to wretchedness and dust,
That guilty man might rise?

2 Yes, the Redeemer left his throne–
His radiant throne on high–
Surprising mercy! love unknown!
To suffer, bleed, and die.

3 To dwell with misery here below,
The Saviour left the skies,
And sank to wretchedness and woe,
That worthless man might rise.

4 He took the dying traitor’s place,
And suffered in his stead:
For sinful man–oh, wondrous grace!
For sinful man he bled.

5 O Lord, what heavenly wonders dwell
In thine atoning blood!
By this are sinners saved from hell,
And rebels brought to God.

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

 

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 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

MY FAVORITE PART OF 2019

By: Becca Barner

Lauren and I get asked this question quite a bit and thought it would be great to write an article about it. I was going to write about how our year has been, but we are going to do an episode next week all about the wonderful blessings of 2019. So, I’ll tell you about my favorite part this year. 

Just to give a little back story… My husband and I had been off social media for quite some time before I met Lauren. We had been radio silent for about three years but earlier this year we wanted to start sharing what God has done in our lives and being transparent with our closest friends and family. In May of this year, we got back on Facebook. But boy was it shaky and hard to be back on. We had a lot of opposition with…. You guessed it. Family. 

I shared information about my current health and how I am learning to trust God. I would always try to mention God’s sovereignty because that’s a word I never heard back in my old days of the “Word of Faith” movement. Then I also branched into making memes on Instagram under the pseudo name of Becca.Berean. Lauren messaged me back in July with the best massage I had ever gotten on Instagram. She told me how much she loved my memes and that I was a great graphic artist. Just thinking about this again makes my heart so happy. Totally smiling in the midst of writing this y’all. 

I quickly went over to her page and right away loved all the things she posted. Then I noticed she had a blog and podcast. I could tell that the podcast only had a few episodes and offered to be on if she had an opening for another testimony, I was totally available. She was so super kind and we scheduled right away. I was so super pumped to be sharing my testimony, a lot of the ladies at my church were praying for me about it. 

I was totally nervous the days leading into our first episode together. The episode was recorded just like an audio file, so we couldn’t see each other. But Lauren made me feel so comfortable and she has the most soothing voice ever. I had so much fun recording with her, so either later that day or the next day I texted her to let me know if she needed a full-time Co-host, I was available. That’s how it all started folks 😊 I’m so grateful to Lauren, if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have brushed up on my skills with photoshop, logos, blog writing, and I would never have started a podcast. It is such an honor and a blessing to be working with her, that’s why she is the best boss babe. A fun name I love to refer her to by.

Did you guys know that we have a couple of other podcasters under the Tulips and Honey Hub? Yep, I remember her telling me about her idea to have a network of other podcasters to provide more content with more biblical sound truth to more people. We have awesome podcasters, check them out HERE. Not only that but when I mentioned how I would love to write a book on suffering and children’s book, she right away investigated publishing information to help me or even creating a publishing company for us to be able to sell books. Seriously, I am overjoyed and grateful to God for bringing us together. She has sparked dreams that I thought were over in my life, all for His Glory. 

We have pretty much texted each other every day since our first episode and it’s odd to me if we don’t lol. (please don’t send hate mail for using this word lol) She became my best friend instantly. I haven’t even met her, yet God has brought us together in this awesome friendship. Little did Lauren know, that I have had the worst luck of having and keeping a best friend. 

She just texted me while writing this about how she’s excited to read this article and that I’m such a good writer. I don’t deserve any of this, I definitely do not deserve Lauren. Reminds me of that quote from RC Sproul where he says, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” That’s a perfect quote to express that thought. I am so inspired and encouraged by her, and although I’m a year older… I still look up to Lauren as a sister. It was totally worth waiting for 32 years to have finally found mine, my Sweet Tea Lauren.

Stay tuned HumbleBees because next week, we’ll get into more about some of the good from this year, as well as some of the trials that we faced together. We’ll also share what things we’ve got lined up for 2020. Lauren and I totally have to meet up…that’s going to be EPIC!!

Merry Christmas to all 

and to all a Goodnight,

 

– Becca

P.S. I am adding this scripture because it made me crack up. She and I are both clumsy and we need each other lol. It has been such a blessing to work, learn, pray, laugh, cry with you, bestie!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

‘Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” 

 

AfterThought – Episode 19: The Big Announcement

I think I passed the fashionably late mark with this one, dear friends. However, the wait is over and you can finally hear what that big announcement is. I don’t want to give it away, and if I keep typing I know I will. So, without further ado, here is the latest episode. You can also listen on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and other platforms which are all linked in my profile.

I hope this announcement will be as exciting for you all to hear as it was for Becca and I to record. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

AfterThought Episode 6 – Interview with Tom from ExCatholic4Christ: Part 1

Today, dear ones, I dropped episode 6 of Afterthought! I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to interview Tom from ExCatholic4Christ. In this first part of this two part interview Tom shares his testimony, and explains the difference between Roman Catholicism and Christianity. He also details how ecumenism began, and progressed, in the mid 20th century to today. We’ll get more into the dangers of ecuminesism in the second part of this interview. Lord willing, that will drop on Thursday.

Tom, my brother in Christ, it was a blessing to talk to you about this important issue. Thank you for joining me on the program, and giving me so much of your time. I pray that this discussion will edify and encourage all who listen to it. If you have a Catholic friend, family member, or co-worker please feel free to share this episode and the next with them. The podcast is available on Podbean, iTunes, Google play, and Spotify. If there are other platforms you’d like to see AfterThought on let me know and I’ll take care of it. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Homeschooling Worksheets – Essential Doctrines and Polycarp

Hello again, dear friends! I hope you’re having a blessed weekend thus far, and will be edifies and encouraged through fellowship. Below I’ve attached three lessons, along with a list of the shorter Westminster Catechism. I love this particular pdf because it comes equipped with Scriptural references. This time I’ve created a short lesson on Polycarp for anyone hoping to teach their children about the early church. I’ve included this weeks Twisted Tuesday lesson, and last weeks which was not posted. So, below is a lesson on Monotheism, the Resurrection, and Polycarp of Smyrna which includes a word-search I had way to much fun creating! I want to also create lessons on the heresies and heretics of the time, and would love your opinions on what age range that would be appropriate for. You’re thoughts are always such a tremendous blessing to me! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Polycarp of Smyrna

Montheism

Resurrection of Christ

ws_catechism

Historical Church Series: Early Church Heretics – Docetism and Ebionism

Hello, beloved, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today we’re actually going to deal with two specific heresies, double trouble, Docetism and Ebionism. On Tuesday we talked about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and how it’s an essential doctrine of the faith. If you missed that post, you can find it here. Alongside these two heresies I’d like to introduce you to another early church leader, Irenaeus.

Let’s start with Irenaeus, who was born around 130 ad in Smyrna, and directly discipled by Polycarp of Smyrna. He would eventually become the Bishop of Lyon, and would spend his days fighting heresy and evangelical work south of France. He would eventually be martyred by Severus, in Lyons, after nearly 80 years of serving the Lord. This man, trained by one who sat under the teaching of the Apostle John, lived and died for the glory of God. Let’s discuss the heresies he fought against so uncompromisingly.

Ebionism was the fruit of the Judaizers we talked about here. They came along in the second and third century, teaching that salvation came through keeping the Law. They also denied the virgin birth, the eternal divinity of Christ, and the Trinity. While they would eventually split into two groups, one with a gnostic bent, and the other with the original Jewish works righteousness, they were all considered heretics. It’s believed that Irenaeus was the first to address this cult, in his work Against Heresies. They do not deny the resurrection of Christ, but do not believe that it saves. You can see a modern day version of Ebionism in the Seventh Day Adventist’s.

Docitism, a heretical group which would eventually morph into Gnosticism, believed that Christ was not a real, flesh and blood, man. As such, they deny the resurrection of Christ in bodily form. The duality of docitism fit in much more comfortably with the Platonism of the age. It was appears early on by Apostles and Apostolic Fathers, leading to a more clear explanation of the humanity of Christ. That clarification is still needed today, as the modern docitism found in New Agism still declares that Jesus Christ was spirit and you can achieve Christ “consciousness”.

I hope this series continues to edify and encourage you, dear friends, to stand firm in your faith. The truth of God’s Word has always remained, never has He left His church without a defender. The gates of Hell will not prevail. If, and when, we face persecution, we will not stand alone but with the brothers and sisters in Christ that have come before us. From the end of Acts until this present day, Christ is building His church. There are many voices crying for an end to Christianity, this is nothing new. Be bold, and courageous, filled with love and deep concern for the lost. Until tomorrow, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.