My Hope is built on nothing less

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

My hope is built on nothing less, Edward Mote (1797-1874) and William Batchelder Bradbury

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Who do you say I am?

Who is Jesus? Most people have some sort of opinion, whether based on fact, fiction or fancy.

The ancient Celtic monk Aidan of Lindisfarne was a fruitful evangelist. His brilliance lay in his ability to ask probing questions, to help people see where God was already present in their lives, and through that, to point them to Jesus.

So too did the apostle Paul, on his visit to Corinth. He says in Acts 17:23: ‘For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship – and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.’

I take a moment and think about my friends, colleagues and family. Who do they think Jesus is? Do I even know? God, help me ask them the question and listen deeply to their answers.

God, I lift up to You those closest to me. Grant me the grace to help them to see where You are already present in their lives, and help me point them to Jesus. I name them in Your presence right now.

Taken from Lectio 365 by CWR and 24/7 Prayer.

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Colossians: All things created both through him and for him

He is the image of God, the invisible one, the firstborn of all creation.

For in him all things were created, in the heavens and here on the earth.

Things we can see and things we cannot, – thrones and lordships and rulers and powers –

all things were created both through him and for him.

And he is ahead, prior to all else and in him all things hold together;

and he himself is supreme, the head over the body, the church.

He is the start of it all, firstborn from realms of the dead; so in all things he might be the chief.

For in him all the Fullness was glad to dwell and through him to reconcile all to himself, making peace through the blood of his cross,

through him – yes, things on the earth, and also the things in the heavens.

Colossians 1:15-19, New Testament for Everyone

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Rend Collective: Rend the Heavens (Busking on the streets of Dublin)

Lord let me live to see revival
The dark retreating from the dawn
Throwback the curtains, let the light come pouring in
Flood our desperate hearts
Flood our desperate hearts

Lord rend the heavens and come down
Till all the earth is holy ground
Let it rain, let it rain
Send revival
And as we pray and seek Your face
Abandon all our wicked ways
Let it rain, let it rain
Send revival now

The Blessing: The story behind the song

Here’s the inspiring story behind writing the song The Blessing.

First a fifteen-minute account of what inspired the song, then a ten-minute live recording.

Written by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Chris Brown and Steven Furtick.

John 16: I have defeated the world

‘Look here: the time is coming (in fact, it’s now arrived!) when you will be scattered, each of you to his own place. You will leave me alone – though I’m not alone, because the father is with me. I’ve said these things to you so that you can have peace in me. You’ll have trouble in the world. But cheer up! I have defeated the world!’

John 16:32-33, New Testament for Everyone

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