Search ResultsHistory of Hymns: “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth” This offers background and commentary on the Jean Wiebe Janzen (b. 1933) hymn, "Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth" The inspiration for the text comes from the 14th-century mystic, Julian of Norwich. Staying at Your Post Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on John 10:11-18 observes that in Israel's tradition, kings were expected to shepherd God’s people by caring for them with justice. As Jesus' followers, we are expected to shepherd those we encounter. Getting on the Right Side of God In this sermon on Mark 3:20-3, Alyce McKenzie states that life is filled with complexities and not easy to decipher. Thus now is the time to get on the side that will be victorious. History of Hymns: “God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian” This offers background and commentary on Carl P. Daw Jr.'s hymn: "God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian." This 1989 hymn is a response to God’s call to a consecrated life. Revival: Trust in God's Power and Mercy God is all powerful and merciful! That is the focus of Ralph D. West's commentary on Isaiah 40:12-26. He provides his own context, a biblical exegesis, and descriptive details for the text. History of Hymns: “In the Desert, On God’s Mountain” This offers background and commentary on Susan Cherwien's contemporary worship song: “In the Desert, On God’s Mountain.” A paraphrase of Exodus 3:1-4:17 and 34:29–35, it witnesses the encounter between God and Moses at the Burning Bush. God's Invitation A sermon starter for Judges 4 that explores the repeating refrain of judgment on the Israelites the how good news of God’s invitation to join the covenant family is meant for all people. The Work of God's Deliverance Psalm 40:1-11 reminds us that it is to Yahweh that we must turn in trouble as well as in joy. Our experience of God's deliverance leads to heartfelt obedience and eagerness to testify among God's people. History of Hymns: “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters” Kristen Hanna offers background and commentary on the contemporary baptism hymn by Ruth C. Duck (b. 1947): “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters.” God's Joke Book In this sermon on Genesis 18:1-15, Jonathan Currier uses Sarah's response to the news that she would have a son to discuss the meaning of God's laughter. Prayer for God to Endow Leaders with Justice and Righteousness Preaching notes by Stan Mast on Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19: The psalmist prays that God gives leaders a sense of God's attributes of justice and righteousness, not their own ideas. Full Text Hymns on God's Attributes We sing th' almighty pow'r of GodPD
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See more hymns... Generosity of Spirit Exploring the nature of generosity, this article by Douglas V. Henry takes inspiration from God's providence toward creation in arguing that generosity is a quality of character. Christians give generously as a response to hope. God's Promises of Deliverance Placing Psalm 91 within the context of Book IV, this commentary by J. Clinton McCann on Psalm 91:9-16 discusses the nature and extent of God's promises of deliverance to people who "fully entrust themselves to God." History of Hymns: “Hear My Prayer, O God” This offers background and commentary on the Carl P. Daw (b. 1944) hymn, “Hear My Prayer, O God.” Using the hymn tune HYMN CHANT, the text is based on Psalm 143. God is Not Neutral This article explores God's will in relation to the will of human beings by arguing that when we reject God's call, we are failing to be on God's side, not the other way around. Dreams, Visions, and Prophecies Is God's spirit really poured out on all flesh? Alicia D. Myers on God's all-inclusive message of salvation based on the Pentecost event in Acts 2. No God But God Christian Van Gorder says that the question of whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God is too simplistic. It's more constructive to ask what kind of God is revealed in Christianity and in Islam. History of Hymns: “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace” Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "Creating God, Your Fingers Trace” by Jeffrey Rowthorn. The stanzas begin with "Creating God," "Sustaining God," "Redeeming God," and “Indwelling God.” The 18.104.22.168 meter can be used with several tunes. Exploring the Trinitarian God Carolyn Brown's children's resources on Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, and Matthew 28:16-20 discuss how to create children's sermons on the Trinity, God's nature, God's creation, the mystery of God, and trinitarian baptism.