Not What my Hands Have Done by Horatius Bonar

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;
Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.
No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;
No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through.

Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord, to Thee,
Can rid me of this dark unrest, And set my spirit free.

I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.
His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear, each lingering shade of gloom.

I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might;
He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my joy and light.
’Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives.

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Bring Him Home (Les Miserables)–The Piano Guys

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Review of Murder at the Mikado

Murder at the Mikado

In Julianna Deering’s Murder at the Mikado, Drew Farthering’s wedding is fast approaching when an “old flame” asks for his help. Will he be willing, or even able to clear her name of murder before it’s too late? Or will Drew’s assistance in this case ruin his chances for a happy marriage?
Murder at the Mikado is the third in the series of Drew Farthering mysteries, but the first I have read. It can be taken as a stand-alone novel. As an Agatha Christie fan, I avoided reading it for a while because most Christian mysteries set in Britain written by American authors lack authenticity. However, apart from one scene and some inconsistencies in language, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the setting, the characters, and the time period in which the novel was placed. The Christian themes were evident, but effectively understated. The plot was done well, and kept me guessing. If you are looking for an entertaining read without language or gory details, I happily recommend Murder at the Mikado.


I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


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Review of A History of Christian Theology 2nd Edition

a history of christian theologyIn A History of Christian Theology 2nd Edition, Derek R, Nelson and the late William C. Placher, present more than 3000 years of theological thought in 275 pages. The book is not primarily about ideas or doctrine, but the historical background which shaped the lives of those who formed much of the Christian faith, going back as far as the Old Testament. The authors rarely inserted themselves, allowing luminaries such as Luther, Calvin, and Augustine to speak in their own words. This book is a whirlwind tour of those who have impacted the world of Christian theological thought.

A History of Christian Theology was an interesting undertaking for someone who isn’t as familiar with Church History as much as she would like. The preface was sometimes needlessly wordy, seemed to have liberal undertones, and a bit esoteric, but reading it was necessary in understanding the structure and themes of the book. However, once the book begins, it tells an interesting and effective story of the men and women who have impacted much of Church History. It was a pleasant surprise to see John Calvin and Martin Luther treated fairly, and Augustine given his due. The last forty pages or so was a challenge, as a lot of information was condensed. The book would have been stronger had it gone into more detail of the last 150 years. Perhaps the reader was tired. All in all, A History of Christian Theology was interesting and informative. I give it three out of five stars.


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Dennis Prager on the Middle East Problem

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In Memory of Louis Zamperini

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John Adams on July 4th

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

– John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) written in a letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776.



The Story Behind the Quote



The date of July 2 was important as this had been the date when the Continental Congress had voted to declare its independence from Britain.



People remember this speech as it suggests celebrations should be held to commemorate such an important decision. People have followed John Adams’ suggestion by celebrating Independence with a commemorative holiday, as they have until this day, and shall continue as long as America remains a free nation. The written Declaration of Independence was completed on July 4, 1776, which is why Independence Day is celebrated on the Fourth of July.



The document of the Declaration of Independence was not signed until August 2, 1776.



When he wrote to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, John Adams was well aware that such a tumultuous decision would not have been free from risk. His letter continued:



You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.



A photograph of the actual letter to Abigail Adams can be seen here. The original resolution that led to the July 2 vote – the original Declaration of Independence – can be seen here.



The papers and letters of John Adams and his family can be seen in an online archive created by the Massachusetts Historical Society. John Adams went on to become the second president of the United States, a role he held from 1797 until 1801.



In June 1826, aged 91, he wrote of the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and warned that the political offices of the United States could in the future be abused:



My best wishes, in the joys, and festivities, and the solemn services of that day on which will be completed the fiftieth year from its birth, of the independence of the United States: a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind.



On July 4, 1826, on that fiftieth anniversary of the writing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams passed away in his home in Quincy, Massachusetts.




Originally posted on July 2, 2010


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