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The Perfect Church

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The Perfect Church I think that I shall never see A Church that’s all it ought to be: A Church whose members never stray Beyond the Strait and Narrow Way: A Church that has no empty pews, Whose preacher never has the blues, A Church whose Deacons always peak, And none are proud, and all […]

Alone

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ALONE It was alone the Savior prayed In dark Gethsemane; Alone He drained the bitter cup And suffered there for me. Refrain: Alone, alone, He bore it all alone; He gave Himself to save His own, He suffered, bled and died alone, alone. It was alone the Savior stood In Pilate’s judgment hall; Alone the […]

The Echo

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The Echo “I spoke a word in anger To one who was my friend, Like a knife it cut him deeply, A wound that was hard to mend. That word, so thoughtlessly uttered, I would we could both forget, But its echo lives and memory gives The recollection yet. How many hearts are broken, How […]

He’s Helping Me Now

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He’s Helping Me Now He’s helping me now–this moment, Though I may not see it or hear, Perhaps by a friend far distant, Perhaps by a stranger near, Perhaps by a spoken message Perhaps by the printed word; In ways that I know and know not I have the help of the Lord. He’s keeping […]

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I Thank Thee By Jane Crewdson (1860) O Thou whose bounty fills my cup, With every blessing meet! I give Thee thanks for every drop— The bitter and the sweet. I praise Thee for the desert road, And for the riverside; For all Thy goodness hath bestowed, And all Thy grace denied. I thank Thee […]

There Was a Day

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      THERE WAS A DAY There was a day when I was young I could run and jump and fall. Then get right up and do it again Without any trouble at all. There was a day when time moved by With the pace of the lowly snail. The hours and days drug slowly on And […]

Would I Be Called a Christian?

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Would I Be Called a Christian? Would I be called a Christian, If everybody knew My secret thoughts and feelings, and everything I do? Oh, could they see the likeness of Christ in me each day? Oh, could they hear Him speaking, in every word I say? Would I be called a Christian, if anyone […]

It’s Not Easy

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It’s Not Easy To Apolgize. To Begin over. To Be Unselfish. To Admit Error. To Face A Sneer. To Be Charitable. To Keep Trying. To Be Considerate. To Avoid Mistakes. To Endure Success. To Profit By Mistakes. To Forgive And Forget. To Think and Then Act. To Keep Out of A Rut. To Make the […]

You Tell On Yourself

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You Tell On Yourself   You tell what you are by the friends you seek, By the very manner in which you speak. By the way you employ your leisure time, By the use you make of dollar and dime. You tell what you are by the things you wear, By the spirit in which your […]

Two Frogs in Cream

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TWO FROGS IN CREAM T.C. Hamlet Two frogs fell into a can of cream, Or so I’ve heard it told; The sides of the can were shiny & steep, The cream was deep & cold. “O, what’s the use?” croaked Number One, “’Tis fate; no help’s around. Goodbye, my friends! Goodbye, sad world!” And weeping […]

Forget & Remember

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FORGET & REMEMBER Author Unknown Forget each kindness that you do as soon as you have done it. Forget the praise that falls to you the moment you have won it. Forget the slander that you hear before you can repeat it. Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer, whenever you may meet it. Remember […]

Preach a Sermon Preacher

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PREACH A SERMON PREACHER Hugh Davis Preach a sermon preacher but make it short and sweet; Our stomachs strike at twelve o’clock a hungering for to eat. Preach a sermon preacher with words so smooth and fair; For philosophy and theory we are thirsting; for scripture we don’t care. Preach a sermon preacher, punctuate it […]

The Grumble Family

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The Grumble Family There is a family nobody likes to meet, They live, it is said, on Complaining street In the city of Never-Are-Satisfied The River of Discontent beside.   The growl at that, and they growl at this; Whatever comes, there is something amiss; And whether their station be high or humble They are […]

Come on, Don’t Growl & Grumble

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 “Come on, Don’t Growl & Grumble” Siz I to myself, as I grumbled and growled, I’m sick of the church, and then how I scowled. The members aren’t friendly—the sermons too long; In fact, I think the preacher’s all wrong. I don’t like the singing; it’s all a disgrace And signs of neglect are all […]

You Tell on Yourself

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YOU TELL ON YOURSELF You tell what you are by the friends you seek, By the very manner in which you speak. By the way you employ your leisure time, By the use you make of dollar and dime. You tell what you are by the things you wear, By the spirit in which your […]

God Is Always There

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God is Always There We often feel as though God is far away And we often feel that He Is distant when we pray So often we feel lonely, Not knowing where to turn Just a touch from God above, Our longing spirits yearn So many times in our lives, God seems slow to act […]

He Is Helping Me Now

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HE IS HELPING ME NOW He’s helping me now–this moment, Though I may not see it or hear, Perhaps by a friend far distant, Perhaps by a stranger near, Perhaps by a spoken message Perhaps by the printed word; In ways that I know and know not I have the help of the Lord. He’s […]

He Is Helping Me Now

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HE IS HELPING ME NOW He’s helping me now–this moment, Though I may not see it or hear, Perhaps by a friend far distant, Perhaps by a stranger near, Perhaps by a spoken message Perhaps by the printed word; In ways that I know and know not I have the help of the Lord. He’s […]

I Think Thee

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I THINK THEE Jane Crewdson (1860) O Thou whose bounty fills my cup, With every blessing meet! I give Thee thanks for every drop— The bitter and the sweet. I praise Thee for the desert road, And for the riverside; For all Thy goodness hath bestowed, And all Thy grace denied. I thank Thee for […]

Can You Count the Stars?

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Can You Count the Stars? Johann Hey Can You count the stars of evening That are shining in the sky? Can you count the clouds that daily Over all the world go by? God the Lord, who doth not slumber Keepeth all the bondless number: But He careth more for thee.   Can you count […]

Beatitudes for Married Couples

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Beatitudes for Married Couples Blessed are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate, considerate, and loving through all the days of their life together.   Blessed are the husband and wife who are as polite and courteous to one another as they are to their friends.   Blessed are the husband and wife […]

The Individual

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The Individual “I am only one, but I am one, I cannot do everything, But I can do something; What I can do I ought to do, And what I ought to do By the grace of God I will do.”                           -Selected

A Thought . . .

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A Thought… Some folks grow older with birthdays, it’s true, But others grow nicer as years widen their view, And a heart that is young lends an aura of grace, That rivals in beauty a young, pretty face.

Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, Two day in which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday with its mistakes and cares, Its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. […]

Learning from Others

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  LEARNING FROM OTHERS Watch your thoughts For they become words. Watch your words For they become habits. Watch your habits For they come character For it becomes your destiny! (2 Cor. 5:10; Matt. 12:37; Heb. 5:9)

What God Has Promised

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WHAT GOD HATH PROMISED God hath not promised skies always blue,  Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God hath not promised sun without rain,  Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. God hath not promised we shall not know Toil and temptation, trouble and woe; He hath not told us we shall not bear many a […]

Watch

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WATCH Watch your thoughts today, And your every action, too; Be sure you watch what you say, For someone’s watching you. Watch that way you go, And make the journey right, So your fellow man will know They, too, can win the fight.

Little Things Teach Lessons

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Little Things Teach Lessons Three things have taught me courage- Three things I’ve seen today; A spider weaving her web Which thrice had been swept away; A child refusing to weep In spite of a cruel pain; And a robin signing a cheery song In the midst of a chilling rain                    Selected

Song Titles Arranged in Verses

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SONG TITLES ARRANGED IN VERSE Come all ye faithful, For a closer walk, Oh, God with thee. Shall WE meet beyond the river? What shall our answer be? To the work, to the work, Oh, the things that we may do, you and I, Sowing the seed of the kingdom, Bringing in the sheaves, By […]

God Knows Best

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GOD KNOWS BEST God knows best what is best for me, Why should I worry – or anxious be, Trying to fathom the course I take, Grasping a bubbles that fade and break? One step is all I need to see, God knows best what is for me.                       Selected

What I Need

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WHAT I NEED I need a strength to keep me true And straight in everything I do; I need a power to keep me strong When I am tempted to do wrong; I need a grace to keep me pure When passion tries it deadly lure; I need to live to keep me sweet When […]

I’d Rather Have a Little Rose

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I’d Rather Have a Little Rose I would rather have a little rose From the garden of a friend- Then to have the choicest flowers- When my stay on earth shall end. I would rather have the kindest words- And a smile that I can see, Than flattery when my heart is still- And this […]

Courage

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Courage You can’t fell trees without some chips, You can’t achieve without some slips, Unless you try you’ll wonder why Good fortune seems to pass you by. Success is not for those who quail, She gives her most to those who fail And then with courage twice as great Take issue once again with fate. […]

To Be a Christian

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To Be a Christian ‘Tis noble to be a Christian ‘Tis honor to bear the name; To know we are honored in heaven Is better than earthly fame. The name implies one is noble, It means he is honest and true; It means his life is Christ-like– Does it mean all this to you?   […]

Trust

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Trust Said the robin to the sparrow, I would really like to know Why these anxious human beings Rush about and worry so. Said the sparrow to the robin, Friend, I think that it must be That they have no heavenly Father Such as cares for you and me.             […]

Sometimes

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Sometimes “If times are hard, and you feel blue, Think of the others, worrying too: Just because your trials are many, Don’t think the rest of us don’t have any. Life is made up of smiles and tears, Joys and sorrows, mixed with fears; And though to us it seems one-sided, Trouble is pretty well […]

Not Growing Old

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Not Growing Old This frail old shell in which I dwell Is growing old, I know full well– But I am not the shell. What if my hair is turning grey? Grey hairs are honorable, they say. What if my eyesight’s growing dim? I still can see to follow Him Who sacrificed His life for […]

What Will He See?

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WHAT WILL HE SEE? When Jesus looks upon my life, what picture does He see? Does He see His own reflection, or does He just see me? Does He see His likeness, the product of His hand, Or just another Christian, who never took a stand? Does He see a child of God, a child […]

The Only Bible

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THE ONLY BIBLE Ellen Kyle  If your life was the only Bible others were able to read, How would you tell God’s story to a world in desperate need? Could those who never opened God’s book still learn of God’s love and care? Would they see a Christ-like example, the one God tells us to […]

Excuses

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EXCUSES!  Excuses, excuses… you hear them everyday. Now, the devil, he’ll supply them if, from church, you’ll stay away. When people come to worship God, the devil always loses; So, to keep those folks away from church, he offers them excuses:   In the summer, it’s too hot. In the winter, it’s too cold. In […]

You Are Preaching

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YOU ARE PREACHING  There isn’t a word that a preacher can say, No matter how lovely or true, Nor is there a prayer that his eager lips pray, That can preach such a sermon as you. You vowed to serve Christ and men know that you did, They’re watching the things that you do; There […]

Sometime We’ll Understand

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Sometime We’ll Understand Not now, but in the coming years, It may be in the Better Land, We’ll read the meaning of our tears, And there, sometime, we’ll understand. We’ll catch the broken threads again, And finish what we here began; Heav’n will the mysteries explain, And then, ah then, we’ll understand. We’ll know why […]

The Horrors of Hell

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The Horrors of Hell Hell! the prison house of despair; Here are some of the things that won’t be found there: No flowers will bloom on the banks of hell; No beauties of nature that we love so well, No comforts of home, music and song; No friendship or joy will be in that throng, […]

If Jesus Came to Your House

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If Jesus Came to Your House If Jesus came to your house To spend some time with you, If He came unexpected, I wonder what you’d do. Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room To such an honored guest And all the food you’d give to Him Would be the very best. And you […]

Sunday Night

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  Sunday Night I love the church that Jesus built, and I know that it is right, I go there on Sunday morning, but not on Sunday night. I love to sing the songs to God, such worship must be right, This I do on Sunday morning, but not on Sunday night. God bless our […]

The Empty Pew

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“THE EMPTY PEW” Ellen Kyle If I run out of water I can refill my glass, If the tank is on empty I can fill it with gas. I can fill my plate and other things too, But the thing I can’t fill is your empty pew. If your place is empty because you are […]

An Atheist’s View of Life

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An Atheist’s View On Life I will live my life according to these beliefs God does not exist. It is just foolish to think  That there is a God with a cosmic plan  That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world  Is a comforting thought,  However It […]

As the Twig Is Bent

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AS THE TWIG IS BENT A little girl with shining eyes, Her little face aglow: Said, “Daddy, it is almost time For Bible school, let’s go; They teach us there of Jesus’  love, Of how He died for all Upon the cruel cross to save Those who on Him call.” “Oh, no,” said Daddy, “Not […]

Put My Memory in Your Pocket

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Put My Memory in Your Pocket All the warm and tender feelings That were born the day we met Still live on, and grow within me, Much too precious to forget. # Chorus Put my memory in your pocket! Take it with you through the day! Tuck it underneath your pillow, When the sun has gone […]

Don’t Grieve For Me

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Don’t Grieve For Me When I’ve been to my last service, And fades softly on the air, The notes of the last song for me, And then the final prayer; When Friends arise and slowly walk Down the long church aisle, For that last look at my cold corpse, As they pass by single file. […]

Daddy Had A Little Boy

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DADDY HAD A LITTLE BOY Daddy had a little boy- His soul was white as snow; He never went to Bible class ‘Cause Daddy wouldn’t go. He never heard the Word of God That thrills the childish mind- While other children went to class, This child was left behind. As he grew from babe to […]

Forget It!

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FORGET IT! If you’ve not been treated right, Just forget it; Don’t make ready for a fight But forget it. ‘Twill your happiness besmudge, Anyway you’re not the judge Just forget it. If you’ve been misunderstood, Just forget it; Say, “I’ve done the best I could” And forget it. If you can’t have things your […]

A Familiar Face Is Missing

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“A Familiar Face Is Missing” Brian V. Sullivan We grow accustomed to familiar ways, As we each journey through life’s uncertain days. A friendly smile, perhaps a kind greeting. Make it worth our while to come to meeting. There are some folks you know will always be there With a warm smile and a genuine […]

Reason for Our Hope

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Reason For Our Hope Pearl Pierson Those loving eyes are closed in sleep; Yet we have hope and do not weep For him (her) who goes to dwell above Where all is joy and peace and love. That tongue, whose gentle kindly word The eager little children heard, Is quiet now, yet we rejoice In […]

A Preacher’s Wildest Dreams Realized!

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A Preacher’s Wildest Dream Realized! We love to hear you extrapolate About the meaning of Christ’s word; We simply cannot get enough; Expounding on things of the Lord! We hate to see you close the book When “now in conclusion” you say We wish your sermon would continue on Such short sermons are our dismay! […]

Betrayed

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BETRAYED Friend, I stand in judgment now And feel that you’re to blame somehow, On earth, I walked with you day by day, And never did you point the way. You knew the Lord in truth and glory But never did you tell His story, My knowledge then was very dim, You could have led […]

Unless You Let It In

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Unless You Let It In All the water in the world However hard it tried, Could never, never sink a ship Unless it got inside. All the evil in the world, the wickedness and sin, can never sink your soul’s fair craft unless you let it in. All the hardships of this world, Might wear […]

Pretend

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PRETEND Did we worship God this morning when we gathered with our friends? Did we really worship God? Or did we just PRETEND? Did we worship as we should? Did we worship as a trend? Did we do the best we could? Or did we just PRETEND? Did we “come to church” this morning that […]

If All Were Like You!

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If All Were Like You! If all the others CAME like you, Would there seldom be a vacant pew? Or would the opposite be true, If all the others came like you? If all the others GAVE like you, Then how much giving would the church do? Would all bills be paid as they fell […]

Should You Go First

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SHOULD YOU GO FIRST Should you go first, and I remain To walk the road alone, I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear, With happy days we’ve known. In spring, I’ll wait for the roses red, In summer, lilacs blue; In autumn, when the brown leaves fall, I’ll catch a breath of you. Should you go […]

Daddy’s Bible

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Daddy’s Bible Daddy has left us, his life’s work is done. Only one thing leaving, to me, his son. It is his old Bible, all tattered and torn. Each page is wrinkled, soiled or worn. Its condition, atrocious, but not from abuse. It happened through time, with frequent use. From cover to cover, each page […]

Our Precious Bible

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   OUR PRECIOUS BIBLE “Our precious Bible, book divine” It tells of God and the beginning of time It’s a “light to our pathway, a lamp to our feet” May we always realize its taste so sweet It tells where we came from and why we’re here The possibility of life in that heavenly sphere […]

The Anvil

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The Anvil Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; When looking in, I saw upon the floor, Old hammers worn with beating years of time. “How may anvils have you had,” said I, “To wear and batter all these hammers so?” “Just one,” said he; then […]

How Do You Live Your Dash?

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     HOW DO YOU LIVE YOUR DASH? I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone From the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came her date of birth And spoke the following date with tears, But he said […]

The Clock of Life

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THE CLOCK OF LIFE The Clock of Life is wound but once and no man has the power; To say, just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed, To lose one’s health is more; To lose one’s soul is such a loss That no man […]