Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace

Hymn Lyrics for Contemplation

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Tune my heart to sing thy grace.
–Robert Robinson

In 1757 the Englishman Robert Robinson penned the words to a hymn that many of us grew up singing in church. Rich lyrics run throughout the hymn especially in the first and final lines. Let’s focus our attention on the prayer request from the opening of the hymn, Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

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Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2017)

Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World is Mike Cosper’s latest book contribution. He is the founder of Harbor Media, which targets Christians living in a Post-Christian world. Prior to that he spent nearly two decades as a pastor with a keen focus on music and the arts. He is also a friend as a sat under his leadership while living in Louisville, KY. He possesses the combination of being a solid theologian inside an artist’s body. For that reason he is uniquely qualified to write this book.

The very idea of living for the glory of God appears to be many people’s idea of hell.

Sinclair Ferguson
By Grace Alone (Reformation Trust Publishing, 2010)

Teacher, Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?

A Question in the Midst of a Storm

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We may be tempted like those early disciples of Jesus to ask whether he cares when we seem to be perishing. These twelve men found themselves in the midst of a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. While they panicked, Jesus slept. They awakened him with their question of his concern or seemingly lack of concern. Have you ever found yourself in a similar boat? Has it seemed to you as if Jesus were sleeping while some violent storm threatened you?

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?
–Mark 4:37-38

Concierge for September 2017

Online Points of Interest

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During my days of hotel work, I often served as a concierge. Guests would ask for recommendations to local points of interest. These points might be things to do, attractions to see, or places to eat.

Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online. Here are some of my favorite places found in September of 2017.

The most damnable and pernicious heresy that has ever plagued the mind of man was the idea that somehow he could make himself good enough to deserve to live with an all-holy God.

Martin Luther

Obedient from the Heart: Linking Desire & Behavior

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But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.
–Romans 6:16

During a 1976 interview with Playboy magazine, then presidential candidate Jimmy Carter said, “I’ve looked on many women with lust. I’ve committed adultery many times in my heart.” Society lampooned Carter for his statement, but he did express an understanding of sin that goes deeper than outward actions.

A key question to answer regarding our walk with the Lord is whether we are obedient to his Word. But as this text indicates, we should ask an even deeper question, “Are we obedient from the heart?” That is, is our obedience more than mere outward conformity? God has called us to an obedience that wells up from the heart into our outward actions. Or in other words, do we have a deep desire to walk in obedience?