November 1, 2022

Praise and Encouragement

Recently Christ’s Family Church had fourteen persons stand before us to profess their faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Two of those persons were young persons who were guided into faith through Sunday Learning, Vacation Bible School, and godly parents/grandparents.  The others came from many backgrounds.  Most had some previous church and Christian affiliations but not all.  We, as a church, are blessed by their presence and we have promised to be a blessing to them.
Their professions of faith remind us to fully place our faith in God.  Two hymns came to mind as I thought about this.
The first hymn is “Faith Is the Victory.”  Its words were written by the manager of a local New York hardware store who became the editor of his local newspaper.  Its theme verse is I John 5:4, “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”  Its chorus says: “Faith is the victory!  Oh, glorious victory, that overcomes the world.”
The second hymn is “Blessed Assurance.”  It was written by Fanny Crosby, known to have written over 8,000 hymns.  She was blind so one of the verses which may have been in her mind in writing this hymn is II Corinthians 5:7, “We live my faith, not by sight.”  Another verse which may have influenced her is Hebrews 1:11, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  The words of this hymn are:
                “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
                Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
                Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
                Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
                This is my story, this is my song,
                Praising my Saviour all the day long;
                This is my story, this is my song,
                Praising my Saviour all the day long.”
May we place our faith and trust in God as we walk through the holiday season and into the New Year.
Jessie Madden, Elder