Grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word. (Acts 4:29)
They spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)
Yours may be the joy and honor His redeemed ones to bring, Jewels for the coronation Of your Lord and Christ to sing; Will you cast away the gladness Thus your Master’s joys to share, All because a word for Jesus Seems too much for you to dare?
After that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (1 Cor. 1:21‑24)
They will accept a man-made god, Since for themselves this right they claim, But not the God sent forth as Man To suffer agony and shame.
They will not know the Lamb of God, Despised, rejected, crucified — That were to humble into dust Their boasted intellect, their pride.
Lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Sol. 2:11‑13)
And someday, while she pores upon His Word, And smiles through tears to think how His great love Has dowered her with riches while she waits, His voice will call her from the clouds above And she will spring to meet Him, and forget How long He tarried in the heavenly place, In that deep rapture of fulfilled desire, When she shall dwell with Him and see His face.
The apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
Jesus went up into a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. (John 6:3)
Not all things else are half so dear As is His blissful presence here: What will it be in heaven! ’Tis heaven on earth that we can say, As now we journey, day by day, Himself with us along the way, Such joy on earth be given.
Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (Luke 24:27)
It came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. (Luke 24:30‑31)
Thy lips the Father’s name to us reveal; What burning power in all Thy words we feel, When to our raptured hearts we hear Thee tell The heavenly glories which Thou knowest so well.
Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Rom. 6:13)
That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ: to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)
“Not your own!” but His ye are, Who has paid a price untold For your life, exceeding far All earth’s store of gems and gold; With the precious blood of Christ, Ransom treasure all unpriced, Full redemption is procured; Full salvation is assured.
The Lord shall establish thee a holy people unto Himself. (Deut. 28:9)
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. (2 Tim. 1:12)
O Saviour, fix my wayward, wandering heart Upon thyself, that I may closely cling To Thy blest side, and nevermore depart From Thee, my beloved Redeemer; And grant me daily grace to follow Thee Through joy and pleasure — through grief and sadness, Until an entrance is given to me In Thy bright home of holiness and gladness.