Allelujah!

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The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

~ Author of the words is unknown
Author of the music is
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

 

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My Father’s Love

I have this song on a couple of CDs, and a lady in the church we used to attend in another state sang it occasionally. It always ministers to me, especially the last two lines of the refrain.

The world’s wealth and riches can be bought and sold.
But I possess a treasure far greater than gold;
‘Twas a gift passed down to me from heaven above,
‘Twas the gift of my Father’s love.

And my Father’s love is strong and true,
Always believing, always seeing me through.
So no matter what happens in His grand design,
I’ll be fine with my Father’s love.

Safe and secure now in His love alone,
I find here my place of worth as one of His own.
And I don’t need ev’rything this world wants to give,
‘Cause I live with my Father’s love.

And my Father’s love is strong and true,
Always believing, always seeing me through.
So no matter what happens in His grand design,
I’ll be fine with my Father’s love.

So, no matter what happens in His grand design,
I’ll be fine with my Father’s love,
with my Father’s love.
I have my Father’s love.

Text and music by Amy Susan Foster, Mike Harland and Niles Borop, recorded by the Soundforth Singers on their CD A Strong Tower and also by Sena Rice on Love Lifted Me. I don’t know who the folks are in this video, but the arrangement and accompaniment are much like the recordings I have.

Friday’s Fave Five

Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of our favorite things from the last week, a wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

It’s Friday again! I haven’t gotten half of what I wanted to get done accomplished, and had a bit of a stomach bug for a few days, but otherwise it has been a good week. Here are some favorite parts of it:

1. New CDs. I’ve been wearing out the new CD from the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team called Before You Now (I posted one song from it on Sunday), and just a couple of days ago I received Be Still by the Galkin Evangelistic Team. The latter has two CDs, one instrumental hymns and spiritual songs, the other those same songs as a backdrop to someone reading Scripture. I’ve listened to the instrumental one several times over already. Both have greatly ministered to my heart.

2. Our favorite pizza place just opened a new location near us!

3. Quiche. For some reason I don’t think of it often, and when I do, I’m like, “Oh, wow! Yeah! We haven’t had that for a long time.” The one I make is relatively simple, but it was very good as a somewhat mild meal when my stomach wasn’t feeling so good this week. And I had the leftovers for breakfast this morning. 🙂

4. More sorting and organizing this week.

5. A book from A Lego a Day. I don’t remember how I came across this site, but I loved it from the first day I read it. Legos were some of my guys’ favorites long after they stopped playing with other toys. Dan Phelps started out by making photos of Lego figures in different scenarios with funny captions and posting one a day for a year. Then he went for another year. Now he has put some of them in a book called The Best So Far. I love that many of my favorites are in books form so I’ll always have them if the site ever gets taken off. Honestly, the book is a little pricy, but he has a 20% coupon just now that helps. And I was delighted to see that one of my favorite is there about putting on a happy face. (No, this is not a paid or a requested ad. I’m just a big fan who was delighted to get the book. 🙂 )