The Love of God

The Love of God – Gaither

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Turning the Hearts of the Fathers

Who are the fathers in Malachi 4:6?

Malachi 4:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.(A)

And he shall turn and reconcile the hearts of the [estranged] fathers to the [ungodly] children, and the hearts of the [rebellious] children to [the piety of] their fathers [a reconciliation produced by repentance of the ungodly], lest I come and smite the land with a curse and a ban of utter destruction.(B)

Matthew 11:14Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 And if you are willing to receive and accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come [before the kingdom]

Matthew 17:10-13Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 The disciples asked Him, Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?

11 He replied, Elijah does come and will get everything restored and ready.

12 But I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know or recognize him, but did to him as they liked. So also the Son of Man is going to be treated and suffer at their hands.

13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.

==> notice John the Baptist is not the person of Elijah

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Luke 1:17Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 And he will [himself] go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn back the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient and incredulous and unpersuadable to the wisdom of the upright [which is [a]the knowledge and holy love of the will of God]—in order to make ready for the Lord a people [perfectly] prepared [in spirit, [b]adjusted and disposed and placed in the right moral state]

==>notice this Spirit of Elijah – the Holy Spirit is needed to prepare a people – the fathers and children – for the return of the Lord.

 

The NASB has additional cross ref links for the Malachi verses, implying that this not only applies to John the Baptist – the preparation of the first coming of Christ, but also the second …

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mal+4%3A5-6&version=nasb

Revelation 19:15New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

==> Those who have not allowed the Holy Spirit to prepare their hearts will be on the wrong side of the sword when Jesus returns the second time

==> the fathers and children represent a people that is to be prepared, {not necessarily a physical bloodline but a spiritual one} made ready for the Lord’s return – 1st and second coming ….

Interesting how these verses from John 8 verify that these fathers and children are not a physical bloodline-but a spiritual one

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John 8:39-44Amplified Bible (AMP)

39 They retorted, Abraham is our father. Jesus said, If you were [truly] Abraham’s children, then you would do the works of Abraham [follow his example, do as Abraham did].

40 But now [instead] you are wanting and seeking to kill Me, a Man Who has told you the truth which I have heard from God. This is not the way Abraham acted.

41 You are doing the works of your [own] father. They said to Him, We are not illegitimate children and born out of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me and respect Me and welcome Me gladly, for I proceeded (came forth) from God [out of His very presence]. I did not even come on My own authority or of My own accord (as self-appointed); but He sent Me.

43 Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.]

44 You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.

John 8:53Amplified Bible (AMP)

53 Are You greater than our father Abraham? He died, and all the prophets died! Who do You make Yourself out to be?

John 8:57-58Amplified Bible (AMP)

57 Then the Jews said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?

58 Jesus replied, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I Am.

Who is Abraham’s seed?

Galatians 3:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Now the promises (covenants, agreements) were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed (his Offspring, his Heir). He [God] does not say, And to seeds (descendants, heirs), as if referring to many persons, but, And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir), obviously referring to one individual, Who is [none other than] Christ (the Messiah).

Galatians 3:29 Amplified Bible (AMP)

29 And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.

Safe in His Arms

“Safe in His Arms”
By Rev. Milton Brunson & The Thompson Community Singers

—Verse—(Lead)
Because the Lord is my Shepherd,
I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in the meadow’s grass
and He leads me beside the quiet streams.
He restores my failing health
and He helps me to do what honors Him the most.
That’s why I’m safe…
That’s why I’m safe…
That’s why I’m safe…
Safe in His arms.

(Repeat the “Verse”)

—Chorus—
When the storm
Of life is raging
And the billows
Roll
I’m – glad – He shall hide me!
Safe in His arms.

—Vamp—
I’m – glad – He shall hide me!
(Repeat as directed)

—Ending—
Safe in His arms.
(Repeat as directed)

Having You There

“Having You There”
By Mississippi Mass Choir
—Verse—
We have come to praise and magnify the Lord
For all that He has done
And for the victories we have won.
In the good times and in the bad times,
In the happy times and in the sad times;
Having You there made the difference,
(Sopranos) Just having You there (Altos & Tenors) Having You there

(Repeat “Verse” 1X with lead ad-libs)

—Chorus—
Having You there…
Having You there…
Just having You in my life made the difference.
(Sopranos) Just having You there (Altos & Tenors) Having You there
(Repeat “Chorus” 1X)

—Vamp 1—
Having You there made the difference,
Having You there made the difference.

—Vamp 2—
When the storms of life are raging
And the billows are tossing high,
You gave me strength and courage
‘Cause You were standing by.

(Repeat “Vamp1” 1X)

—Bridge (lead ad-lib)—
I thank You for Your mercy,
I thank You for Your grace;
There is no other one that could ever take Your place.
When my friends walked out, You stepped right in,
You’ve always been with me, through the thick and the thin.

(Repeat “Vamp1” 2X)

—Ending—
Having You there…
Having You there…
Just having You in my life (4X or as directed)
Just having You in my life made the difference.
(Sopranos) Just having You there (Altos & Tenors) Having You there (Slower than normal)

Awesome God

“Awesome God”
By Youthful Praise
—Chorus—
God is / an awesome God.
He is / an awesome God
And greatly to be / praised.
(Repeat 1X)

—Verse—
(Tenors) God is great, and greatly to be praised.
(Altos) God is great, and greatly to be praised.
(Sopranos) God is great, and greatly to be praised.
(All) Praised!

(Repeat “Chorus” 1X)

—Bridge—
(Tenors) From the
(All) Rising of the sun,
(Tenors) Until the
(All) Setting of the same,
(Altos) My God is
(All) Worthy to be praised.
(Sopranos) God is
(All) Worthy to be praised
(Repeat 2X)

(Tenors) From the
(All) Rising of the sun,
(Tenors) Until the
(All) Setting of the same,
(Altos) My God is
(All) Worthy to be praised.
(Altos) My God is (ALL) Worthy to be praised. (3X)
(Sopranos) God is (ALL) Worthy to be praised (3X)

—Vamp—
Worthy to be praised (4X)
(Repeat “Chorus” 1X)

Keep On Making A Way

“Keep on Making a Way”
By Reed’s Temple Choir

—Verse—
Keep on making a way
Over and over again.
Always bringing me out
Over and over again.
Lord, You’ve done so much.
All to You I owe.

—Refrain—
I will ever sing Your praise.
Glory to Your name!
Keep on making a way for me.

(Repeat “Verse” and “Refrain” 3X or as directed)
—Vamp—
Keep on making a way for me
Opening doors for me
Taking care of me.

—Ending—
I will ever sing Your praise
Glory to Your name!
I will ever sing Your praise
Glory to Your name!
I will ever sing Your praise
Glory to Your name!
Keep on making a way for me

We Need To Hear From You

CHORUS
We need to hear from you
We need a word from you
If we don’t hear from you
What will we do
Wanting you more each day
Show us your perfect way
There is no other way
That we can live

(REPEAT CHORUS)

VERSE
Destruction is now is now in view
Seems the world has forgotten all about you
Children are crying and people are dying
They’re lost without you, so lost without you
But you said if we seek
Lord if we seek your face
And turn from our wicked, our wicked ways

(CHOIR) You promised to heal our land. Father you can

(REPEAT CHORUS)
(MODULATE REPEAT CHORUS)

There is no other way
There is no other way
There is no other way
That we can live