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Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
Songwriters: John Mark Hall; Michael Jr Bleecker

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a Virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He

Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He

Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

‘Cause living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
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One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore

Death could not hold Him
The grave could not keep Him from rising again

Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my beloved one bringing
My Savior Jesus is mine

Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day, oh, glorious day

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Safe in His Arms

Safe by Phil Wickham (Feat. Bart Millard)

To the one who’s dreams are falling all apart
And all you’re left with is a tired and broken heart
I can tell by your eyes you think your on your own
but you’re not all alone

Have you heard of the One who can calm the raging seas
Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet
With a love so strong he’ll never let you go
Oh you’re not alone

You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
‘Cause the hands that hold the world are holding your heart
This is the promise He made
He will be with You always
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms

Did you know that the voice that brings the dead to life
Is the very same voice that calls you now to rise
So hear Him now He’s calling you home
You will never be alone

You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
The hands that hold the world are holding your heart
This is the promise He made
He will be with You always
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms

These are the hands that built the mountains
The hands that calm the seas
These are the arms that hold the heavens
They are holding you and me

These are hands that healed the leper
Pulled the lame up to their feet
These are the arms that were nailed to a cross
To break our chains and set us free

You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
The hands that hold the world are holding your heart
This is the promise He made
He will be with You always
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms

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We began a new series this Sunday, titled, “Plan B.”  We were asked the questions: “What happens when Plan A takes its final breath?”; “What happens when Plan A is gone and is not coming back?” He used the words “shattered dreams,” and that is what stuck with me the most. He preached from the story of Joseph (OT). God had clearly given Joseph dreams as a youth but his immaturity (and his mouth) cost him and lost him some years. Of course, as God seems to always do, he redeemed those years for Joseph and used the hurt and wandering and wondering for his purposes. Joseph himself said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20). I don’t think like that. My life right now is a waste. My friend encourages me to think of it as a wilderness. I work where I work because I chose to work there. I choose everyday to be disobedient to God’s call. My Plan B is my own fault, not God’s design. In other words, Joseph and I aren’t anything alike!

I presume that God allows our Plan A’s to disintegrate so we can grow, especially in our intimacy with him. Of course, there are many characters in the Bible who are examples of Plan B lives —

Paul wrote about his visions – “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2nd Corinthians 12:7-9)

James, the Lord’s half-brother said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

God spoke in Jeremiah’s time to his people living in Plan B – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). In the context of this passage, God flat-out told his people you are going to have to wait, even in this painful place. Do my will, and do it well, and do it exceedingly well, in a place you don’t want to be, even though it is going to be yeeeeeaaaarrrrrrrssssss before I rescue you and bring you back to your land.

Brennan Manning, in his book Abba’s Child, describes his journey with Jesus using the words “glorious failures and disastrous successes.” Let’s hope my failures from the last decade can one day be described as glorious – should God make a way for me to be used again in useful, fruitful service.

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Psalm 31:7

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. (NIV)

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. (NLT)

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Psalm 68:19

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
       who daily bears our burdens.

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Psalm 68:20

Our God is a God who saves;
       from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.

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Psalm 31

In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
       let me never be put to shame;
       deliver me in your righteousness.

Turn your ear to me,
       come quickly to my rescue;
       be my rock of refuge,
       a strong fortress to save me.

Since you are my rock and my fortress,
       for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Free me from the trap that is set for me,
       for you are my refuge.

Into your hands I commit my spirit;
       redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
       I trust in the LORD.

I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
       for you saw my affliction
       and knew the anguish of my soul.

You have not handed me over to the enemy
       but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
       my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
       my soul and my body with grief.

My life is consumed by anguish
       and my years by groaning;
       my strength fails because of my affliction,  
       and my bones grow weak.

Because of all my enemies,
       I am the utter contempt of my neighbors;
       I am a dread to my friends—
       those who see me on the street flee from me.

I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;
       I have become like broken pottery.

For I hear the slander of many;
       there is terror on every side;
       they conspire against me
       and plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, O LORD;
       I say, "You are my God."

My times are in your hands;
       deliver me from my enemies
       and from those who pursue me.

Let your face shine on your servant;
       save me in your unfailing love.

Let me not be put to shame, O LORD,
       for I have cried out to you;
       but let the wicked be put to shame
       and lie silent in the grave.

Let their lying lips be silenced,
       for with pride and contempt
       they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

How great is your goodness,
       which you have stored up for those who fear you,
       which you bestow in the sight of men
       on those who take refuge in you.

In the shelter of your presence you hide them
       from the intrigues of men;
       in your dwelling you keep them safe
       from accusing tongues.

Praise be to the LORD,
       for he showed his wonderful love to me
       when I was in a besieged city.

In my alarm I said,
       "I am cut off from your sight!"
       Yet you heard my cry for mercy
       when I called to you for help.

Love the LORD, all his saints!
       The LORD preserves the faithful,
       but the proud he pays back in full.

Be strong and take heart,
       all you who hope in the LORD.

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