Jan 2021, Monthly Song, Music

Songs of the Faith – January 2021

Hymn Title: Revive Us Again

Author: W.P. Mackay

1 We praise thee, O God, for the Son of thy love,
for Jesus who died, and is now gone above.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, hallelujah! Amen!
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, revive us again.

2 We praise thee, O God, for thy Spirit of light
who has shown us our Savior and scattered our night. [Refrain]

3 We praise thee, O God, for the joy thou hast giv’n
to thy saints in communion, these foretastes of heav’n. [Refrain]

4 Revive us again, fill each heart with thy love.
May each soul be rekindled with fire from above. [Refrain]

For more info see Hymnary.org


I’ve been praying with a group of folks from all over the world for revival and for the Lord to manifest his glory in the nations. For much of the year, my prayers were lacking in passion. I sincerely prayed for revival, but while I had agreed to set aside some time every Saturday in 2020 to pray, I didn’t always prioritize that time. However, when the prayer initiative moved to an online format, I had the joy of meeting dear saints from near and far and it has helped to invigorate my prayer life. I’m still not where I need to be. I am still too lazy and too easily distracted when it comes to prayer, but I trust the LORD will complete His good work in me! We are still praying for revival. We believe the Lord is shaking the nations. Lord, revive us again!

Bible, Bible Study

Bible Reading Plans 2021

I was planning to compile a list of plans, with lots of links, but the following link on the Ligonier site is so robust that I don’t need to include so many links after all. Most of the major Bible reading plans are here, including a tool to generate your own reading plan.

https://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/

For something a little different, Religious Affections ministry offers a Bible Narratives Plan.

https://religiousaffections.org/update/start-2021-with-my-tune-my-heart-bible-narratives-reading-plan-and-resources/

An assortment of Bibles are available at a friend’s shop, including One Year Bible’s that are already set up for a daily reading schedule. Browse the selection or call to request a specific Bible at Truth N Treasures.

https://www.truthntreasures.com/bibles.html

Finally, if you are able to do a Bible binge reading challenge, why not try a swift reading through the whole Bible in a month or less? I did this last year and recommend everyone do it at least once! Here’s a link to some condensed reading plans that I shared in the past.

Bible Binge Reading

Dec 2020, Monthly Song, Music

Songs of the Faith – December 2020

Hymn title: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

9th Century Latin hymn, translated by John Mason Neale, 1851

Please read the article at Religious Affections Ministries for more insight on this Advent hymn http://:https://religiousaffections.org/articles/hymnody/hoping-through-the-darkness-before-dawn-o-come-o-come-emmanuel/

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to Thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell Thy people save,
and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to Thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by Thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to Thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heav’nly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to Thee, O Israel.