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To God Be the Glory

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is generated with Music Publisher 8, and is modified using Anvil Studio 2013, and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:3-5)

Words: Fanny Crosby, in Brightest and Best, by W. H. Doane and Robert Lowry (Chicago, Illinois: Biglow & Main, 1875), number 118.
Music:To God Be the Glory“, W. Howard Doane.
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To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Great things He has taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

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That Man A Godly Life Might Live

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is modified to piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:35-40) 
 
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)

Words: Martin Luther, 1524 (Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot’); translated from German to English by Richard Massie, 1854.
Music:Dies Sind die Heil’gen“, German melody, circa 1200. (midi, mp3)
Listen to the hymn melody
That man a godly life might live,
God did these Ten Commandments give
By His true servant Moses, high
Upon the Mount Sinai.
Have mercy, Lord!

I am thy God and Lord alone,
No other God before Me own;
Put thy whole confidence in Me
And love Me e’er cordially.
Have mercy, Lord!

By idle word and speech profane
Take not My holy Name in vain
And praise but that as good and true
Which I Myself say and do.
Have mercy, Lord!

Hallow the day which God hath blest
That thou and all thy house may rest;
Keep hand and heart from labor free
That God may so work in thee.
Have mercy, Lord!

Give to thy parents honor due,
Be dutiful, and loving, too,
And help them when their strength decays,
So shalt thou have length of days.
Have mercy, Lord!

Kill thou not out of evil will,
Nor hate, nor render ill for ill;
Be patient and of gentle mood,
And to thy foe do thou good.
Have mercy, Lord!

Be faithful to thy marriage vows,
Thy heart give only to thy spouse;
Thy life keep pure, and lest thou sin,
Use temperance and discipline.
Have mercy, Lord!

Steal not; oppressive acts abhor;
Nor wring their life blood from the poor;
But open wide thy loving hand
To all the poor in the land.
Have mercy, Lord!

Bear not false witness nor belie
Thy neighbor by foul calumny.
Defend his innocence from blame;
With charity hide his shame.
Have mercy, Lord!

Thy neighbor’s house desire thou not,
His wife, nor aught that he hath got,
But wish that his such good may be
As thy heart doth wish for thee.
Have mercy, Lord!

God these commandments gave therein
To show thee, child of man, thy sin
And make thee also well perceive
How man unto God should live.
Have mercy, Lord!

Help us, Lord Jesus Christ, for we
A Mediator have in Thee.
Our works cannot salvation gain;
They merit but endless pain.
Have mercy, Lord!

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Saved and Kept

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Citation and lyrics are copied from an old hymnal and are public domain. Midi file was produced by Music Publisher 6, and is piano only. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. (II Timothy 1:12-14)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (I Peter 1:3-5)

Words: C.D. Martin.
Music:Saved and Kept – modified“, Charles H. Gabriel. Cynthia M. Droddy, 2012 (midi, mp3)
Listen to the hymn melody
Saved and kept by the power divine,
Saved to the uttermost, Jesus is mine!
He’s redemption and righteousness too,
Trusting in Him all my life is made new.

Saved and kept by His glorious word!
Saved and kept by a wonderful Lord!
He who was dead and is risen again,
Lives and is able to keep and to save.

Saved and kept every step of the way,
Christ is a savior who saves every day!
Saves from bondage of sin and of strife,
Keeps in the sphere of His glorious life!

Saved and kept by His glorious word!
Saved and kept by a wonderful Lord!
He who was dead and is risen again,
Lives and is able to keep and to save.

Saved and kept never doubting His word,
Filled with the peace and the joy of my Lord!
Saved! No angel its meaning can know,
Kept by His grace daily whiter than snow!

Saved and kept by His glorious word!
Saved and kept by a wonderful Lord!
He who was dead and is risen again,
Lives and is able to keep and to save.

Saved and kept till I look on His face,
Kept by Him unto the end of the race!
How my glad heart forever shall sing,
Praises to Jesus my Savior and King!

Saved and kept by His glorious word!
Saved and kept by a wonderful Lord!
He who was dead and is risen again,
Lives and is able to keep and to save.

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The Election of Grace: The road to salvation

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Beyond doubt, the doctrine of the election of grace has been hijacked and misconstrued by certain persons into a false doctrine of “election to belief.” An honest study of the Scriptures demonstrates clearly that there exists no “election to belief,” but a very clear election of grace by the LORD God. The following graphic, and Adobe Acrobat link below the image, illustrate the path which one walks to salvation in which, if one ultimately believes, the LORD God will of His own volition, elect them to salvation by bestowing grace upon them in Christ Jesus.

Election of Grace slide

The Election of Grace: The road to salvation — Adobe Acrobat document.

I pray you find it profitable in Christ.

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Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is modified to piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:47-51)

Words: George Atkins, 1819.
Music:Holy Manna“, William Moore, Columbian Harmony, 1825.
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Brethren, we have met to worship and adore the Lord our God;
Will you pray with all your power, while we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

Brethren, see poor sinners round you slumbering on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving, can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers, and our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray and holy manna will be showered all around.

Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sister aided him;
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior, tell them that He will be found;
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

Is there a trembling jailer, seeking grace, and filled with tears?
Is there here a weeping Mary, pouring forth a flood of tears?
Brethren, join your cries to help them; sisters, let your prayers abound;
Pray, Oh pray that holy manna may be scattered all around.

Let us love our God supremely, let us love each other, too;
Let us love and pray for sinners, till our God makes all things new.
Then He’ll call us home to heaven, at His table we’ll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself and serve us with sweet manna all around.

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Where did Christ go when He died on the Cross?

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Copyright 2005. All scripture is Authorized King James Version, 1769 edition. This article may be copied and used without permission of the author, provided it is copied and used in its entirety. Certain words and phrases of Scripture have been emphasized by the use of underlining.

As we have seen from the passages of Scripture that addressed the issue of the location of “paradise,” it is not reasonable to suppose that the Lord Jesus Christ went to Hell to preach to the dead, but rather, went directly to Heaven.

One of the primary ways this is expressed in Scripture is from the passage of Luke 23:40-43. In addition, in John 19, verses 29 and 30, the last words of the Lord Jesus Christ are recorded for us:

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:29-30)

In the above passage, when the Lord Jesus declares “It is finished” He declares that all things required of Him relating to His suitability as man’s substitute are accomplished. Thus His work on earth is done. This also means that Satan has no more opportunity to tempt the Lord Jesus, or try to destroy the Lord Jesus and His work as man’s redeemer. Additionally, since the gospel has been preached since the world began, there is no point in the Lord Jesus going anywhere else except heaven. (Which is the destination He declared to the thief on the cross.) The fact that the gospel has always been preached was stated plainly in Luke, chapter 1:

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: . . . (Luke 1:67-70)

And again:

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude, 14-15)

Thus, everyone who has ever lived, lived in a time when the gospel was, and is preached. Since it is the LORD God that seeketh those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth, and that everyone has an instinctual knowledge that God is real and God exists (John 4:23, Romans 1:19) no one has any excuse at all. Thus it is unreasonable to propose that Christ went to preach to those in Hell, rather than going straight to heaven.

Why then did the Lord Jesus go straight to heaven, though His body lay in the grave? To begin with, where else would He go? In reply, Hebrews tells us what He did in Heaven and why it was necessary for Him to go to heaven.

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:11-12)

It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Hebrews 9:23-26)

By this we see that there were things to be done in heaven pertaining to the covenant the persons of the Godhead had for man’s salvation. Since the Lord Jesus Christ is the mediator, and thus High Priest, it is for Him to accomplish the sacrifice in heaven to provide the payment for man’s sin.

Nevertheless, there are some passages of Scripture that are used as the justification for some to believe that Christ did go to Hell to preach to the dead. The primary passage used to support this is from I Peter.

Now I have included the entire sentence instead of just verse 19. The reason for this is that we will automatically take the statement in verse 19 out of context without the entire sentence structure to give verse 19 a framework. Regardless of the fact that phrases of a sentence do not make for proper interpretation of any text, biblical or not, some do depend solely upon verse 19, and use verse 20 to support it.

However, here we will look at the whole sentence and see what it reveals concerning the meaning of this problematic verse.

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (I Peter 3:18-20)

Now I have placed the verse that is used in its proper context and sentence structure, instead of isolating it and attempting to make it stand out of context. It is quite a long sentence, and its structure makes it a complex sentence.

The first full clause ends with the word “Spirit” and a colon (:). There are phrases and clauses contained therein separated by commas. In order, these phrases and clauses are:

  1. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
  2. the just for the unjust,
  3. that he might bring us to God,
  4. being put to death in the flesh,
  5. but quickened by the Spirit:

The second clause is less complex, consisting of only one part and ending in a semi-colon (;):

  1. By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

And, the third clause consists of the following phrases and clauses:

  1. Which sometime were disobedient,
  2. when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah,
  3. while the ark was a preparing,
  4. wherein few,
  5. that is,
  6. eight souls were saved by water.

Thus the sentence is complete. The question is: What exactly does this sentence state?

To begin with, we must look at the basic structure of the sentence and what the major punctuation means with regard to this sentence. First, is the use of the comma (,), which sets off non-essential participial phrases, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses. Second, is the use of the colon (:), which, in this use, delineates two independent clauses as the second clause gives a fuller understanding of the first major clause. Third, is the use of the semi-colon (;), which joins two independent clauses by the transitional word “Which.” Finally, we have the period which ends the sentence.

What this does for us is call attention to the fact that verse 19 is actually the second clause addressing something in the first major clause. In which case, we must ask:

“By which what?”

Of all the minor clauses and phrases in the first major clause, only the last clause contains anything that would be expanded upon by the second clause. Moreover, it is the only last three words in the first clause that the second clause is tied to. This means that we could restate the second clause in this way:

‘By the Spirit also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;’

Now the question remains: What spirits in what prison? However, the third major clause explains that quite well. First, these are “disobedient spirits” which were in “sometime.” Now, what is meant by “sometime”?

This could be problematic, but the clause immediately following gives us the time period, which is “in the days of Noah” which eliminates all the rest of the Old Testament and confines preaching to the spirits in prison strictly to the days of Noah.

Now, it just so happens that the LORD God included in His word a statement from that time period. In Genesis, chapter six we find the following: And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3)

The word “spirit” here means the very same person as “Spirit” in I Peter 3:18: The Holy Ghost. Incidentally, this has always been one of the major duties of the Holy Ghost. The Lord Jesus Christ revealed this in John, chapter 16:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.(John 16:7-13)

By the way, just which person of the Godhead revealed to the prophets in the Old Testament the “things to come?”

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The Foolishness of Preaching

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

According to modern American Christians, plain preaching of the word of God is wasted effort, and utterly ineffective  for reaching people and bringing them to Christ. Rather, what they believe is necessary for reaching the lost and even helping Christians grow in Christ, is quoted below:


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For the broadcast reach, it uses the Contemporary English Version, a clear introductory translation. “The WatchWORD Bible” is compelling to watch and amazingly easy to understand. Its uses are almost endless: for kids, young adults, seniors, families, the disabled, churches, schools, bible studies, read programs and English as a second language. “The WatchWORD Bible – New Testament” is an essential addition to every library. Individual books or the entire series now available on DVD. Instant search by chapter on DVD. “The WatchWORD Bible” – It’s the Word of God!”1

I beg to differ. According to my Bible, the things promoted as helps in the above advertisement are actually hindrances bringing individuals to Christ. Moreover, they are done in the wisdom of man, and not the wisdom of the LORD. The following lesson addresses this issue. May you find it profitable.


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The Foolishness of Preaching

In Christ,

Paul W. Davis

  1. http://superstore.wnd.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=2297&ref1=email&ref2=082910Watchword
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What must I know to be saved?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

This post arises out of a study that I am doing, and is tied to one of John Locke’s books, which is The Reasonableness of Christianity. In this book much argument is made of what one must know to be saved or born-again, and become a Christian. At the time I read the book (which was quite some years ago), I had not really considered what one MUST know to be saved. However, as time has passed and I have studied the Scripture, there are some things that everyone MUST know before one can have even the hope of salvation. The following questions are not concerned with the attributes one must have to be saved, (i.e. faith, and repentance), rather they are focused on KNOWLEDGE, or what one must KNOW with surety to be saved.

With the foregoing in mind, here are the questions:

  1. Who is Christ?
  2. Who is God?
  3. Who is man? (Who am I?)
  4. What is righteousness, and why am I not righteous?
  5. Why is God righteous? (What does mean to be righteous?)
  6. What is sin, and why am I a sinner?
  7. What can I do about my sin?
  8. What has (will) the LORD done (do) about my sin?
  9. What does it mean when the Scripture says I must “believe?”
  10. How can I know for certain that all the Scripture tells me is true?
  11. What am I really believing or trusting?

The questions leave considerable room for exploration of the Scripture and explanation of the answers. However, they are well worth answering, and by the time you are done, you will know all that is NECESSARY to know to be born again in Christ Jesus and have eternal life.

Now if you wish to argue about the questions, please take the time to answer them first BEFORE raising objection. Also, please use the King James Version of the Bible to do your study. Otherwise, you will get some very skewed and incomplete answers.

As far HOW the questions are to be answered, here is a hint:

When we ask “Who is God?” we do not speak of defining His ability, but rather examining His CHARACTER and NATURE.

May you find it profitable.


In Christ,

Bro. Paul

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The LORD rebuke you, Barack Obama.

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Yesterday, President Barack Obama spoke in Minneapolis, MN and decided to invoke the name of God to support his contention that we all should have government mandated and managed health insurance forced upon us. Fundamentally, I disagree, Moreover, I have major problems with him invoking God in any way to support his socialist cause. The passage where he mentioned God follows:

In the last 12 months alone, 6 million more Americans lost their health insurance — 6 million more. Today, we received more disturbing news. A new report from the Treasury Department found that nearly half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next 10 years. Think about that. (Boos.) More than one-third will go without coverage for longer than one year. We’ve got to do something. (Applause.) We’ve got to do something because it can happen to anyone. There but for the grace of God go I. It could happen to anyone.1

Mr. President, nice of you say it is the grace of God that gives us health insurance and by implication, it would be the grace of God that gives us a government mandated health plan, as if your health plan were somehow equal to the grace of God.

No Mr. President, you do greatly err, the grace of God brings salvation of the soul, not a cheap, two-bit, government mandated “health plan,” as it is written:

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, . . .(Titus 2:11)

The LORD rebuke you, Barack Obama.

  1. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Rally-on-Health-Insurance-Reform/
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Ephesians 1:3-6 (King James Version) – Pt. 2

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

This article has been combined with another article and moved to the following location:
Ephesians 1:3-6 (King James Version)

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