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  • Hymn Collaboration with Chad Phelps

    Occasionally being a hymn writer allows me to be part of an amazing moment. Yesterday was one of those days.

    Several months ago I was contacted by Caleb Phelps​, whose brother Chad passed away in the Colonial Hills Baptist Church bus accident 2 years ago. The ChurchWorksMedia hymn "I Am with You" was dedicated to Colonial Hills in the wake of the accident, as explained here. That hymn was first sung at the funeral of Chad, Courtney, and their unborn child. Well, Caleb had a unique request for me. He wondered if I might take a look at a poem Chad had written before he died. He hoped that I would be able to edit it into a hymn text...to be used in his upcoming wedding...as a surprise to his parents. Umm, YES!

    The result is "My Lord Was Emptied," a new hymn that meditates on Christ's humiliation and exaltation in Philippians 2. About half of the words are mine and half Chad's. Even where words were altered, most of the ideas are Chad's. You can read the text below. I sent the text collaboration to Greg Habegger, who composed a beautiful tune for the piece. We plan to publish it via ChurchWorksMedia next week, and we're hoping it will be arranged for choir and recorded soon, as well. It was a joy to be part of the project!

    Here's the rest of the story...

    Yesterday, while I was helping my daughter Rebekah get settled in for her freshman year at Bob Jones University, I ran into Keith Lewis​, an assistant pastor at Colonial Hills and the vocalist who was to sing the song in the wedding. I asked him how the wedding went and how the song was received. He explained that the song was introduced to Pastor and Mrs. Phelps the night before, at the rehearsal. They were overwhelmed, and understandably emotional. What an amazing gift Caleb had given to them. He told me that the actual wedding was last night. In Greenville. Huh. What are the chances?! A few hours later I heard from another friend who was heading to a wedding. The Phelps wedding? Sure enough! I had a thought: maybe I'd crash the wedding, sit in the back, and listen to the hymn. He passed my idea on to Caleb, who promptly called me (around an hour before his wedding!) and urged me to come. I did, along with my wife Lori. My jeans and untucked shirt were slightly out of place. But it was a beautiful wedding that included a beautiful and Christ-honoring tribute to Chad, sung as his son Chase (the ring bearer) listened in from the front row. Pastor and Mrs. Phelps greeted me with a hug, tears, and very kind words just before I left. Chuck told me that Chad had shown him the text when he first wrote it, expressing a hope that maybe it would be sung one day. By God's grace, it has been, and hopefully it will be again in the future.

    Most of life is fairly mundane. But sometimes the Lord allows us to be part of something very special. And both the mundane and the amazing are gifts of His grace!

    Congratulations, Caleb and Rachel! Thanks for letting me share a small part in your special day, and in a great project. Grace!

    Here's the text new text, yet another part of Chad Phelps' legacy of exalting Christ:

    MY LORD WAS EMPTIED

    My Savior stooped to come to earth in great humility.
    Though one with God, He took the form of frail humanity.
    He did God’s will in life and death—in death upon a cross!
    In stunning grace He took my sin and suffered boundless loss.

    For He was emptied, my Lord was emptied,
    To rescue me from sin.
    Jesus was emptied, of glory emptied,
    To fill the souls of men.

    Now to the cross I bring my sin and see His battered frame,
    For there my Lord was crushed by men and God to bear my blame.
    My heart is stirred; my tears are loosed; my guilt is felt anew;
    Yet Jesus seems to turn and say, "I did this all for you."

    For He was emptied, my Lord was emptied,
    To rescue me from sin.
    Jesus was emptied, of glory emptied,
    To fill the souls of men.

    My Savior rose up from the earth in glorious victory.
    Exalted high, He ever lives to intercede for me.
    Until one day in heav’n I stoop with neither sin nor shame,
    And every tongue, including mine, shall praise His matchless name!

    For He is honored, my Lord is honored—
    Who rescued me from sin.
    Jesus is honored, with glory honored,
    By God and soon by men.

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

     

  • New Hymn Collaboration with Paul Keew: "God Supreme"

    "God Supreme" is a new hymn and my first collaboration with my friend Paul Keew. It's a lament (as explained below), and Paul has captured precisely the right tone for the song. It's not angry; it's somber, almost mournful. But it's also hopeful. The "folk" feel of his composition is perfect. It's an honor to finally team up with him on a song we both hope will be a blessing to Christ's church! The files (free for download and reproduction, as always) are available below (and in a cross post at Paul's site, Watchsong):

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    DOCTRINAL NOTES:

    There are times when lamentation is the only proper response to life on a broken planet. The Psalms are filled with grief over the hardships of life, especially when sin seems to go unchecked. Christians in our day don't lament well. We sing so often of having "the joy (joy, joy, joy) down in my heart" that we don't know how to pray or sing through deep sorrow. My friend Carl Trueman laments over our unwillingness to lament:

    “A diet of unremittingly jolly choruses and hymns inevitably creates an unrealistic horizon of expectation which sees the normative Christian life as one long triumphalist street party—a theologically incorrect and pastorally disastrous scenario in a world of broken individuals.” (The Wages of Spin, p. 159)

    The new hymn "God Supreme" is a lament. Initially, it was a response to the US Supreme Court's decision mandating the legalization of gay marriage. In the days since that decision, it's a fitting response to the legalized butchery of the abortion industry—highlighted now in the shocking videos that show Planned Parenthood selling baby parts, but relentlessly bloody even when cameras haven't been rolling ever since another landmark Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973. As we observe a nation bent on casting off the laws of God, it is encouraging—and terrifying—to read Psalm 2, where God's response to the hubris of humanity's rebellion is derision. Almighty laughs, and He warns that sinners (including judges) will be judged. God, not man, is "Supreme."

    Whereas stanza 1 focuses on Psalm 2, stanza 2 (ironically) moves to Psalm 1, where the character and ultimate destiny of the righteous and the foolish are contrasted. To be sure, the descriptor "righteous" is fitting for any person only because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. All have sinned, and all are condemned (Romans 3:23 and 6:23). But those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation are declared to be righteous and treated as though righteous because of Jesus and in spite of themselves (2 Corinthians 5:21). Those whom Christ has made righteous face reward, while unrepentant sinners—called "fools" in the Psalm—face only condemnation.

    Stanza 3 moves from just indignation and sorrow to the hope of the gospel. John 3:17 reminds us that the purpose of Christ's entrance into the world wasn't to condemn, but to save. He can forgive not because He tolerates sin, but because He bore its punishment, "to take God's wrath and give God's grace." So repentant sinners must love like Christ, praying that fellow sinners will likewise come to know Him as their Savior.

    Grace!

    Chris Anderson

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    TEXT:

    Almighty laughs as nations rage!
    Our self-proclaimed "enlightened" age
    May scorn and cast off sacred rules, 
    But God derides delusive fools.
    His reign depends not on our whim; 
    We neither aid nor threaten Him. 
    Almighty bids us, "Kiss the Son,
    Or by His anger be undone."

    Almighty lives and cannot change;
    Men rise and fall like crashing waves.
    Their boasting is but vanity;
    Man is no match for Deity.
    The righteous live in endless day,
    But fools, like chaff, blow soon away.
    Almighty rules unruly men,
    Who, though they scoff, will answer Him.

    Almighty loves the sinful soul
    And yearns to make the broken whole. 
    He came to rescue, not condemn—
    The sinless Son, the sinner's Friend.  
    He suffered in the rebel's place
    To take God's wrath and give God's grace. 
    Almighty loves, and so must we,
    That fellow sinners may go free. 

    Copyright 2015 ChurchWorksMedia.com/Watchsong. All rights reserved.

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

     

  • Run to Christ, Like John Huss

    Today marks the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of John Huss, one of my favorite heroes of the Christian faith. I wrote of his dauntless death of Day 27 of Gospel Meditations for the Hurting, and I post it in his honor and for Christ's glory today.

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    “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” — Luke 18:38

    On July 6, 1415, John Huss was tied to a stake and surrounded by wood and straw. As rector of the University of Prague, he had been influenced by John Wycliffe’s evangelical teaching and would in turn be a forerunner of the reformers of the following century and of the missionary-minded Moravians. However, his gospel preaching earned him only condemnation as a heretic. Asked by the Roman Catholic Council of Constance to recant of his errors, the undaunted Huss replied as follows:

    "What errors shall I renounce? I know myself guilty of none. I call God to witness that all that I have written and preached has been with the view of rescuing souls from sin and perdition; and, therefore, most joyfully will I confirm with my blood that truth which I have written and preached."

    As the pyre was lit, Huss met the flames with a song. His dying prayer was a quotation of Luke 18:38: “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mankind had no mercy. The Lord Jesus certainly did, welcoming the valiant gospel preacher to paradise.

    Huss’s final words were a repetition of a request by a blind man in Jericho. The blind man’s cry for help was met with rebuke from pitiless men (v. 39a). Undeterred by those who would hush him, he cried out all the more: “Son of David, have mercy on me” (v. 39b). Our Lord—whose compassion is magnified in juxtaposition to the crowd’s harshness—stopped, listened to the man, and granted his request for sight (vv. 41-42). Imagine the scene as the man uses his remade eyes to look on and follow Christ; hear him glorifying God; see the crowd as it shifts from criticism to praise (v. 43). And learn this lesson well: our Savior delights in mercy.

    I suggest that you add that prayer to your repertoire. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Repeat it often, and urgently, and thoughtfully: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” When you’re weary, ask for mercy. When you’re suffocating under life’s pressures, ask for mercy. When you’re tempted to sin, ask for mercy. When you’ve fallen into sin again, for the umpteenth time, ask for mercy.

    Know that you are praying to Jesus, who Himself is a man of sorrows who is acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Know that, further, He has borne your griefs and carried your sorrows (Isaiah 53:4). Know that He wept for the rebellious and the bereaved (Luke 19:41-44; John 11:33-35). Know that He is so gentle that He doesn’t break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick (Matthew 12:20, quoting Isaiah 42:3). Know that He is gentle and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29). Know that He has suffered temptation Himself and thus can sympathize with your weaknesses, responding to your cries for help with mercy and grace (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16).

    In every distress, I have no better counsel for the hurting than this: Run to Christ.

    I run to Christ when chased by fear and find a refuge sure.
    "Believe in me," His voice I hear; His words and wounds secure.

    I run to Christ when torn by grief and find abundant peace.
    "I too had tears," He gently speaks; thus joy and sorrow meet.

    I run to Christ when worn by life and find my soul refreshed.
    "Come unto Me," He calls through strife; fatigue gives way to rest.

    I run to Christ when vexed by hell and find a mighty arm.
    "The Devil flees," the Scriptures tell; he roars, but cannot harm.

    I run to Christ when stalked by sin and find a sure escape.
    "Deliver me," I cry to Him; temptation yields to grace.

    I run to Christ when plagued by shame and find my one defense.
    "I bore God’s wrath," He pleads my case—my Advocate and Friend.

    Let the gospel embolden you to cry out to Jesus the Son of David for mercy.

    Chris Anderson

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

  • Endorsements of "Gospel Meditations for the Church"

    We are thankful for these friends and their kind endorsements of our latest devotional book, Gospel Meditations for the Church.

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    "We have come to expect meaty, edifying, superbly written devotional entries from Chris Anderson and his team. Here are thirty-one more, and they don’t disappoint."

    (Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You)

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    "Deeply rooted in Scripture, compelling, insightful and motivating. These inspiring and carefully crafted meditations reflect a profound love for the local church, an institution that is all too often under-appreciated by many Christians today."

    (Les Lofquist, IFCA International Executive Director)

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    "I found these “gospel” devotionals doctrinally substantive, local church centered, balanced and stimulating. My heart was lifted in praise to God and challenged to faithfulness."

    (John Greening, GARBC National Representative)

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    "A most welcome book on a most vital topic, Gospel Meditations for the Church should nurture within every gospel-loving soul a deeper understanding of the church, its part in God's cosmic plan, and how one can experience the fullness of the heart of Christ in community with the saints."

    (Milton Vincent, Pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church in Riverside, CA; Author of A Gospel Primer for Christians)

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    "Since I believe that solid biblically based devotions is one of the main components for promoting spiritual growth I am aways glad to review and recommend devotional writings that are biblically sound, theologically accurate and practical in their application. Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional is a classic example that has been used of the Lord in this regard. And, over the years I have recommended Spurgeon’s book to many Christians because of its biblical, theological and practical accuracy. Well, I recommend this book by Pastors Trypak, Anderson and Doran for the same reasons. I encourage Christians to read and apply the solid biblical counsel that is found in this devotional. If you use it faithfully and with a submissive heart I think you will be greatly strengthened and enriched by your reading and mediation on the truths found in the book."

    (Wayne Mack, noted Christian counselor and author)

  • More Information on Dawn Black

    Following my post about a cherished memory I have of Dawn Black, several people asked me to post information about the funeral. I actually have a few updates that may be an encouragement to you, and may prompt you to be a blessing to her husband and children in their need.

    First, as I understand it, the cause of death was a previously undiagnosed heart condition. That, and not the fall, took her life. So the event wasn't as random as it initially seemed. I hope that will be a comfort to Dawn's family. Of course, nothing is random. How comforting it is to rest in the hands of our sovereign and wise Lord, who does whatever He pleases and whatever is right (Psalm 115:3).

    Next, information about the visitation hours (Saturday) and funeral (Sunday) can be found here. Also available at that link is information about giving financial assistnace to Dawn's family, both for short-term needs (such as funeral expenses) and long-term needs (such as a fund for her children's future eduction). Here's a summary:

    Further assistance may be directed to the Dawn Black Memorial Fund and will be accepted by Bible Baptist Church to help with funeral expenses, education expenses for their four young children, and other family needs. Your contributions are tax deductible. We appreciate your kind and generous help. Please make all donations to Bible Baptist Church designated for the Dawn Black Memorial Fund.

    Gifts may be sent to Bible Baptist Church at 2780 Mount Carmel Road, Hampton, GA 30228.

    Finally, Dawn's dear college friend Crystal Joos has searched for and found the recording of the concert I mentioned in my original post. The quality of the recording isn't stellar (it was uploaded from a tape), but you can hear Dawn and the BJU Chorale singing "Lux Aeterna" from Rutter's Requiem here. What a nice gesture, Crystal. Thank you!

    Grace to you!

    Chris Anderson

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

  • The Death of Dawn Black: "They rest from their labors."

    I was nearly asleep last night, when my wife asked me what I knew about the lady who died. She was referring to an email we had both received, but I hadn't opened it yet. I said I didn't know. She read it to me. "Pray for the family of Dawn Black, the music director at Bible Baptist Christian School in Hampton, Georgia. She fell in the shower this morning and was killed." I was stunned, like I'd been punched in the gut. I interrupted my wife: "No! No, no, no! That can't be right!" I was heartbroken. I wept. I had just spoken to Dawn a few days ago. I watched her caring for her toddler son as she moved from room to room, cheering on her students at the GACS fine arts competition. I chatted with her about her family, her choir, her hopes for the competition. I heard the announcement that they won. I listened to them perform under her direction. She was alive, thriving, joyful. And now gone. In paradise, which is far better, but gone from earth.

    I grieve for her familyher husband Brian and her four children ages 4 through 11. I ache for them. It's impossible to imagine how their lives changed so drastically, so suddenly, so irreversibly. It's hard to process it. I'm praying for them, for the school, and for the church. I'm confident—I'm certainthat God is always good and wise. Always. I'm grateful for the loving church family the Blacks have to help them bear this burden, and I pray for grace for them as they live with this greatest of all thorns.

    I'd like to share an experience I had with Dawn that is still one of the favorite moments of my life. Many knew her better. But I was privileged to witness a spectacular moment, and I'd like you to hear of it.

    Dawn and I were in school together at Bob Jones University. More specifically, we were in the BJU Chorale, directed by Dr. Warren Cook. I was a grad student, the Chorale President for the year. I think she was a freshman or sophomore. The Chorale was and is the premier choir on campus...and I'm afraid that we knew it. We boasted a bunch of graduate students with tremendoushuge!voices. (Myself excluded, genuinely. I was average, but I filled a spot and a robe.) Well, this occasionally smug group witnessed an inspiring, humbling, once-in-a-lifetime moment, all because of Dawn. Dr. Cook was having impromptu auditions for some solos that we would be singing in John Rutter's masterful Requiem. He asked this young, unknown, unassuming girl named Dawn Braun to sing the solo part that day. Sure. Whatever. But it was magical. The room fell silent as she sang. I remember it like it was yesterday. I teared up as I listened to the hauntingly beautiful song, with impossibly high notes, which she performed perfectly. We were involuntarily riveted to her voice. Without warning, the rehearsal became a concert. She sang the entire piece, and we sang our background parts, trying desperately not to break the trance. She finished, and we just sat there, hushed. Overwhelmed. Then spontaneous applause erupted. Voice Graduate Assistants cheered a young, spectacled undergrad with a golden voice. I knew I'd been part of something powerful, the likes of which I'd probably never experience again.

    I saw Dawn shortly thereafter. She was working in the dining common, wearing a dining common uniform (complete with a hairnet), with no hint of glamour or sophistication. But her eyes still glowed. I told her that I'd remember that moment for the rest of my life. I thanked her, sincerely. She quietly smiled, I think knowing she'd had an artistic "coming of age," and still wondering at it.

    Ironically, the piece she sang was "Pie Jesu" (online here). The translation is stunningly appropriate: In a prayer for one who has died, the choir asks "Pious Lord Jesus, Give them everlasting rest."

    As it turns out, she didn't end up singing that solo in the concert. Instead, she sang the solo in the last movement, "Lux Aeterna" (online here). The text is even more perfect: "I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors.'" 

    Indeed. She rests from her labors, and her deeds follow her (Revelation 14:13).

    Rejoice with those who rejoice, for she sings in a heavenly choir, beholding the face of her Savior. And weep with those who weep, for her family has suffered a deep loss, for which nothing but God's grace will be sufficient for them (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

    Thank God for grace.

    Chris Anderson

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

  • New Hymn: "You Are Always Good" (Chris Anderson and Jonathan Hamilton)

    I was overwhelmed when Ron and Shelly Hamilton asked me to write a text for one of the tunes composed by their son Jonathan. His death was a tragedy to their family, but they have responded with faith and grace that can only be traced to our Heavenly Father. I considered the charge a solemn responsiblity, and I desired to honor Jonathan, comfort those who loved Him, and magnify His Savior. The result is You Are Always Good, a text which I believe encapsulates the experience of Jonathan, his family, and every true Christian.

    You can read the text and textual notes here. Here are the links to the hymn version, MP3 (courtesy of Majesty Music), and choral version:

    Full Page / Half Page / MP3 / Octavo / Choral Book

    Grace!

    Chris Anderson

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

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  • Thinking Scripturally and Compassionately about Suicide

    It grieves me to read blogs that use a tragedy to grandstand. I've done it, and I hate it. But there's also the reality that public heartache gets people thinking about a topic—and we might as well endeavor to think well.

    Regarding Robin Williams' suicide, I wrote the following Facebook post:

    "Funny people are often sad. Popular people are often lonely. Successful people are often insecure. Wealthy people are often broken. This is always true, whether we notice it or not. We just had a profoundly tragic reminder. I ache over it. We need grace."

    I do ache. I'm sad that the world is so broken. I'm sad that someone can reach such a desperate place that destruction actually seems like a solution. But people do descend to that kind of crushing despair, more often than you'd think. They need help. They need understanding. Ultimately, they need Christ.

    If possible, I want to help others think well about the issue of suicide. To that end, here's a PDF of a piece I wrote on the topic in the recently published devotional Gospel Meditations for the Hurting: Suicidal Thoughts: "It Is Enough." Feel free to share it. Grace.

    Chris Anderson

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

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  • Sample Articles from "Gospel Meditations for the Hurting"

    We're very excited about the fifth installment in the Gospel Meditations series. The 31 articles grow out of years of comforting ourselves and others with the balm of Scripture. "In this world you will have tribulation," Jesus told us (John 16:33a), and Christians through the centuries have found it to be so. But Jesus also offered Himself and His glorious gospel as our help in times of distress: "But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33b). How sad it is for Christians to suffer alone when such a Comforter is available to them!

    We are posting a sample of two articles, hoping they will encourage you and motivate you to utilize the book in your own life and ministry. You can download the sample PDF here. You can read reviews by Kevin Bauder and Tim Keesee here. You can order the book (with quantity discounts) here. (Note: If you want them by Mother's Day, May 11, you need to order right away!)

    The articles are varied, coming from both Testaments, encompassing multiple genres of Scripture, and addressing many specific trials. The titles and Bible passages are as follows:

    1. God Is Always Good (Psalm 100)
    2. Grace for the Hurting (Ruth 1-4)
    3. We Broke the World (Genesis 3)
    4. Jesus, Fix This Mess (Revelation 21-22)
    5. Take a Long, Hard Look (Isaiah 53)
    6. Comfort Received and Recycled (2 Corinthians 1)
    7. Faith Like Concrete (Luke 18)
    8. Wortds That Sustain the Weary (Revelation 2)
    9. Suffering and Sovereignty, Part 1 (1 Peter 4)
    10. Suffering and Sovereignty, Part 2 (John 9)
    11. Help in the Wilderness (1 Samuel 21-24)
    12. The Friend of the Hurting (John 5)
    13. Suicidal Thoughts: "It Is Enough" (1 Kings 19)
    14. Worship 24/7/365 (Psalms 103-104)
    15. To Cry or Not to Cry (Revelation 4-5)
    16. "The Adversity Gospel" (Psalm 44)
    17. Sustaining Grace (2 Corinthians 12)
    18. Truth for Unstable Times (Daniel 1-6)
    19. Are You Exhausted (1 Corinthians 15)
    20. The God Who Weeps (Romans 8:18-30)
    21. Rest from the War (Hebrews 3-4)
    22. Controlled Venting (Lamentations 1)
    23. A Balm for the Parents of Prodigals (Luke 15)
    24. Courage for the Overwhelmed (Joshua 1)
    25. Talk Yourself Out of Depression (Psalms 42-43)
    26. Wisdom for the Real World (Ecclesiastes 3)
    27. Run to Christ (Luke 18:35-43)
    28. Undying Love (Revelation 2)
    29. It Will Be Worth It All (2 Corinthians 4)
    30. How to Provide Refreshing Comfort (Job 6-7)
    31. Friendly Thorns (2 Corinthians 12)

    Grace!

    Chris Anderson

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

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  • New Hymn, Commissioned by SGI: "To Live or Die"

    Four years ago, Greg Habegger and I were privileged to write For the Sake of His Name for the 2010 Student Global Impact Conference in Detroit, MI. This year, we were again commissioned to write a hymn for the conference, this time focused on Philippians 1:21. The result of our collaboration is To Live or Die, which debuted at the conference around a month ago.

    LINKS:  

    • You can hear a live recording of the SGI assembly singing the song here.
    • You can hear a beautiful recording of the song in Albanian (translated by my good friend, David Hosaflook, and sung by Aranit Kola) here
    • You can download a free and reproducible PDF of the song here.
    • You can read the text below.

    We hope To Live or Die will be used of the Lord to remind Christians that life and death centers on Christ, and that laboring for His glory is eternally worthwhile, regardless of the cost.

    Finally, CWM has been blessed to write a number of commissioned hymns, sponsored by individuals, conferences, and churches for various occasions. Several will be published here in coming days. If you would like to commission a new hymn to rejoice in a milestone (a dedication, missions conference, wedding, funeral, anniversary, retirement, etc.), please contact me at info@churchworksmedia.com. Such commissions point people to God as the Source of all blessings, while also supporting the publication of hymns that will bring God glory for years to come.

    SDG. Grace!

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    To Live or Die

    To live is ChristI long to spend
    My might and time to worship Him.
    I’ll give my all for Him who died
    To bring a rebel to His side.

    Refrain: Lord, help me use my fleeting breath
    To honor You, through life or death.
    And when my heart drums its last beat,
    I’ll lay my labors at Your feet.

    To die is Christeternal gain,
    To wake, and never sleep again.
    I will not fear the feeble grave,
    The pathway to my Savior’s face.

    To live or dieit’s all the same;
    For Christ consumes me, either way.
    If I should live, I’ll live for Him,
    And if I die, I’ll live again.

    Copyright (c) 2014 ChurchWorksMedia.com. All rights reserved.

    Chris Anderson

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    Chris is the pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA. He was the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, OH. He writes hymns and devotionals through ChurchWorksMedia.com and preaches at Bible conferences around the United States. He and his wife Lori have four lovely daughters.

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