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New Song: He Will Hold Me Fast

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Life is often fraught with situations that overwhelm us. We are constantly battling to trust Christ in the midst of temptations, testings, and trials. But throughout it all, God promises to be with us and to care for us. As 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, "The Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one." "He Will Hold Me Fast" reminds believers of this truth and helps us place our faith in Christ who has promised to be faithful to us. 

 

He Will Hold Me Fast

When I fear my faith will fail
Christ will hold me fast
When the tempter would prevail
He will hold me fast
I could never keep my hold
Through life's fearful path
For my love is often cold
He must hold me fast

He will hold me fast
He will hold me fast
For my Savior loves me so
He will hold me fast

Those He saves are His delight
Christ will hold me fast
Precious in His holy sight
He will hold me fast
He'll not let my soul be lost
His promises shall last
Bought by Him at such a cost
He will hold me fast

He will hold me fast
He will hold me fast
For my Savior loves me so
He will hold me fast

For my life He bled and died
Christ will hold me fast
Justice has been satisfied
He will hold me fast
Raised with Him to endless life
He will hold me fast
Till our faith is turned to sight
When he comes at last

He will hold me fast
He will hold me fast
For my Savior loves me so
He will hold me fast

He will hold me fast
He will hold me fast
For my Savior loves me so
He will hold me fast

 

Original words verses 1-2 by Ada Habeshonnew, words and music by Matt Merker
© 2013 Getty Music Publishing (BMI)/Matt Merker Music (BMI)

New Song: Cling to Christ

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Ephesians 2:8-9 says that people are saved by grace through faith, not by any works they can do. Grace comes through faith in Jesus Christ, and this faith is not a one time mental assent that has no bearing on the rest of life, but is rather a constant trust in Jesus. The song "Cling to Christ" describes the depth of blessing that comes from holding fast to Christ in the midst of life's difficulties. 

 

Cling to Christ

Father, I can come to You
And boast of deeds I’ve done
In my pride I strive to earn
The favor Christ has won
He alone pleads my acceptance
All my works aside
So I come with empty hands
And I cling to Christ

VERSE 2
Father, I can go astray
And battle needless fears
Voices tell me I’m condemned
And that I can’t draw near
But Your Spirit calls me homeward
With Your words of life
Jesus bore my every sin
So, I cling to Christ

BRIDGE
It’s more than I can do
To keep my hold on You
But all my hope and peace
Is that You cling to me

VERSE 3
Father, all my earthly aims
In time will turn to dust
Let me learn that loss is gain
For those who know Your love
All the treasures of this world
Will never satisfy
You alone are endless joy
So, I cling to Christ

 

Music and words by Jason Hansen, Bob Kauflin, and David LaChance, Jr.

© 2015 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).

New Song: All Glory Be to Christ

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Our lives are full of unexpected changes, horrible disappointments, and excruciating losses. They are also full of bountiful blessings, amazing opportunities, and exhilarating happiness. In the good and the bad, all glory belongs to Christ. This new song reflects on how Jesus deserves our praise and glory in all areas of our life.

 

All Glory Be to Christ

Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive

To you who boast tomorrow's gain
Tell me, What is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we'll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

His will be done, His kingdom come
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread
Praise Him, the Lord of love

Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we'll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I Am
The faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new

Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall e'er his people be
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we'll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!



Words: Dustin Kensrue

Music: Auld Lang Syne - Scottish Traditional

© 2012 We Are Younger We are Faster/Dead Bird Theology

New Song: He is Risen

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Every year we remember the suffering and death of Jesus, and His glorious resurrection on Easter morning. This modern hymn by Caroline Cobb recounts not only the historical truth of Christ's resurrection, but also proclaims our hope and confidence in the significance of that resurrection. It means something for us. Our resurrection is bound up with His. And this is something to sing about! 

 

He is Risen

He is risen, He is risen,
And the stone is rolled away
He is risen, He is risen,
Proven by the empty grave
Touch his wounds, his hands, his sides,
And leave all your doubts behind
He is risen, He is risen,
He is risen and alive!

Death is beaten, sin is vanquished,
God’s just wrath is satisfied
Christ is risen, Christ exalted,
Seated at the Father’s side
His body torn, our living way,
Our living hope, His body raised
He is risen, He is risen,
He is risen from the grave!

He is risen, He is risen,
This is all my hope and stay
He is risen, He is risen,
He is risen from the grave!

Jesus risen is returning,
We are longing for the day
When the King will bring the kingdom,
For this blessed hope we wait
The trumpet sounds and we are changed,
And we will see him face to face
Jesus risen, Jesus risen,
Jesus risen from the grave

The trumpet sounds and we are changed,
And death itself will pass away
We are risen, with him risen,
Fully risen from the grave
We are risen, with him risen,
We are risen from the grave

Written March 29, 2012
Words and music by Caroline Cobb

Lamb of God

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As Christmas approaches we are going to be learning a new song to help us focus on the beauty and significance of the incarnation. This first verse of this song recalls Christ's glory before His birth as Creator. The second verse reflects on His humble birth, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection. The third and final verse looks forward in anticipation to His triumphant return. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, let's keep in view all that Christ has done, is doing, and will do!

 

Lamb of God

VERSE 1
O Lamb of God, all worlds obeyed Your will
From dark and void their being came
O Lamb of God, Your glories echo still
Creation sings its Maker’s praise
Eternal God, One with the Father
Before all time You dwelt in love
Eternal God, unlike all others
Yet You descended unto us

VERSE 2
O Lamb of God, in filthy manger lay
In humble dress You entered earth
O Lamb of God, Creator bows to save
The needy ones, helpless from birth
Incarnate Word, gift of the Father
To take our place and bear our sin
Incarnate Word led to the slaughter
You conquered death and rose again

VERSE 3
O Lamb of God now reigning on the throne
The Judge of all, faithful and true
O Lamb of God, You’ll make Your power known
When all Your foes receive their due
Victorious King, when history’s fading
You’ll call Your Bride to take her place
Victorious King, Creation’s waiting
For Your redeemed to see Your face

 

Music and words by Jason Hansen, Bob Kauflin, and David LaChance, Jr. © 2015 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. All rights reserved. Administrated worldwide at www.CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK which is adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family. www.SovereignGraceMusic.org

The Lord is My Salvation

 

We gather on Sundays as disciples of Jesus, children of God, a spiritual family. What binds us together is our shared faith in our Savior, the one who died and rose again so we might be forgiven and made new. This good news of the gospel is at the center of our faith and therefore the common refrain of our worship. This Sunday we will be learning a new song that gives fresh expression to the joy we have in our salvation. We encourage you to listen and become familiar with this modern hymn so that you can join us in singing this song to the Lord on Sunday. 

 

The Lord is My Salvation

The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground
The Lord is my salvation

I will not fear when darkness falls
His strength will help me scale these walls
I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun
The Lord is my salvation

CHORUS
Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save, faithful in love
My debt is paid and the vict’ry won
The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord
He flow’rs each promise of His Word
When winter fades I know spring will come
The Lord is my salvation

In times of waiting, times of need
When I know loss, when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days
The Lord is my salvation

5. And when I reach my final day
He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise,
He will call me home
The Lord is my salvation

Glory be to God the Father
Glory be to God the Son
Glory be to God the Spirit
The Lord is our salvation

— WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEITH GETTY, KRISTYN GETTY, NATHAN NOCKELS AND JONAS MYRIN©2016 GETTY MUSIC PUBLISHING (BMI) / SWEATER WEATHER MUSIC (ASCAP) (ADMIN BY MUSICSERVICES.ORG) / CAPITOL CMG PARAGON (BMI) / SON OF THE LION (BMI) (ADMIN AT CAPTIOLCMGPUBISHING.COM)

Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed

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On Sunday we will be learning a new song together in preparation for Easter. Keith and Kristyn Getty's song "Christ Is Risen, He is Risen Indeed" puts to song the ancient shout of the believers who celebrated the victory of Jesus over death. In this modern hymn Christ's triumph over the grave is remembered and our hope in Him is rehearsed. Listen to the recording and prepare to worship our living Savior on Sunday!

 

 

CHRIST IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED

1. How can it be, the One who died,
Has borne our sin through sacrifice
To conquer every sting of death?
Sing, sing hallelujah.

2. For joy awakes as dawning light
When Christ’s disciples lift their eyes.
Alive He stands, their Friend and King;
Christ, Christ He is risen.

CHORUS
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!
Oh, sing hallelujah.
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed;
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed.

3. Where doubt and darkness once had been,
They saw Him and their hearts believed.
But blessed are those who have not seen,
Yet, sing hallelujah.

4. Once bound by fear now bold in faith,
They preached the truth and power of grace.
And pouring out their lives they gained
Life, life everlasting.

CHORUS

5. The power that raised Him from the grave
Now works in us to powerfully save.
He frees our hearts to live His grace;
Go tell of His goodness.

CHORUS
He’s alive, He’s alive!
Heaven’s gates are opened wide.
He’s alive, He’s alive!
Now in heaven glorified.

KEITH GETTY, KRISTYN GETTY, AND ED CASH; © 2012 GETTYMUSIC AND ALLETROP MUSIC (BMI) (ADM. BY MUSICSERVICES.ORG)

Open My Eyes

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At Redemption Hill we have been blessed to have so many humble and eager musicians who serve us faithfully. We will be introducing a song on Sundays that they have been working on together, based on a text from an old German Baptist hymnal given to Carey Wilson by one of our members. Carey was struck by this text and wrote a tune for it (the old hymnal has only lyrics, no written music). He also supplied additional lyrics for the chorus. We hope this song will help us express our need in worship to Christ at Redemption Hill. 

 

 

Open My Eyes
1. You are the source of true delight,
Unseen, whom I adore
Unvail your beauty to my sight,
that I might love you more!
Your glory o'er creation shines,
but in your sacred word
I read in fairer, brighter lines my pleading, dying Lord

Chorus:
Open my eyes, show me your glory,
Tell me again the old, old story!
How you died and rose again,
To redeem my life from sin,
Maker of life, grant me my sight,
Open my eyes!

2. When all my joys and comforts fall,
and sins and sorrows rise,
Your love with cheerful beams of hope
my fainting heart supplies.
Jesus, my Lord My life, my light,
O come with blissful ray!
Break, radiant, through the shades of night,
And chase my fears away!

Spiritual Cardiology

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Not that kind of idol

When we hear the term "idol" it is easy for us to imagine pagan shrines and primitive superstitions. Or perhaps we think of obvious American obsessions like money, sex and fame. But the biblical concept of idolatry is not so limited. This last week's message by pastor Mike Summers (Countryside) confronted us with the challenge of real spiritual change. Change that involves more than mere surface adjustments and external conformity. The change God desires is change of the heart. But the human heart, as Calvin once quipped, is in fact an idol factory. 

Discovering our idols

Near the end of this sermon we were given ten diagnostic questions to ask ourselves. Questions that expose idols of the heart. Lest we be hearers only and not doers of the word, we want to provide these questions in written form so you can prayerfully consider them this week:

  1. What do I love the most?
  2. What do I want more than anything else?
  3. What am I seeking after?
  4. Where do I find refuge and peace?
  5. Who do I feel that I must please? Whose opinion matters most?
  6. What can't I live without?
  7. What makes me feel fulfilled?
  8. What do I think about most often?
  9. What do I talk about most?
  10. How do I spend my time? When I am free to do what I want to do, what do I do and why do I do it?

The answer to these questions reveals our functional god. If there is someone or something that we love, want, seek, run to, fear, need, or value more than God, then we are guilty of the sin of idolatry. When idolatry exists in our hearts, it bears all kinds of sinful fruit. So in order to deal with the many symptoms, we must address the root issue. Sin is always, ultimately, a worship problem. 

The solution to idolatry

Ezekiel 14 shows the danger of spiritual apostasy and prescribes the only solution. "Thus says the Lord GOD: Repent and turn away from your idols" (Ezekiel 14:6). The good news is that Jesus died for idolaters. God forgives the sin of false worship. He sets us free from our spiritual slavery and calls us to freedom. When we repent of our sin and lay hold of Jesus Christ by faith, we can, by the power of the Holy Spirit, love Him with all our heart, soul mind and strength, and "set our minds on things above, where Christ is" (Col. 3:1-3). 

 

Listen to this sermon in it's entirety here

 

Plead For Me

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This Sunday we are going to be introducing a new song at Redemption Hill Church titled "Plead for Me." This song declares our dependence on Jesus as our great High Priest, the one who makes intercession for us before the throne (Heb. 7:25). Though we are weak and sinful, Jesus is our advocate, and we can trust in Him. Listen to the demo below by Carey Wilson as you prepare to come worship Sunday.

 

 

You can also hear the studio version as recorded by Sovereign Grace Music.

 

PLEAD FOR ME

VERSE 1
When I am weak I lift up my eyes
To see my Savior plead for me
When fear closes in and doubt sows a seed
I know my Savior pleads for me

CHORUS
Of Your love there is no doubt
Of Your mercies I am sure
Jesus knows my need and for me intercedes
All my hope is Christ

VERSE 2
When sin rises up I fall to my knees
To see my Savior plead for me
Storms may rage on, but this is my peace:
I know my Savior pleads for me

© 2013 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

Death and Darkness before Easter

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The joy of Easter is a welcome celebration. A celebration of life, victory, and hope. But before the dawn comes darkness. Before joy comes sorrow. Before comfort comes suffering, and before resurrection comes death. 

Many people know THAT Jesus suffered, bled and died. Even hollywood movies like "The Passion of the Christ" are able to capture the awful historical reality of Jesus' crucifixion. But WHY did Jesus suffer? Why did He have to die? Why didn't He fight back? Why did He allow Himself to be betrayed, beaten, and nailed to a Roman cross? The answer to this question is at the heart of the Christian faith. The necessity of Christ's death for sin is at the core of the gospel message.

The holy and just God of the universe must punish sin. And all of us, every one, are guilty. We have earned His righteous wrath by our rebellion. But the startling good news of the gospel is that this God is also merciful, loves us, and has graciously provided His Son as a substitute. Jesus suffered in our place, on our behalf, so that we might be reconciled to God. 

For those who believe this gospel, we look upon the cross with a mixture of fear and gratitude. The cross reveals to us the justice of God upon sin, but it also displays His unfathomable love. Jesus Christ, who was innocent, died for guilty sinners. God stepped down and became like us, so that we might ascend to heaven and be made like Him. As Good Friday approaches, it is sobering and comforting to remember what Christ has accomplished for us. 

This Friday we will be participating in a "Darkening Service" with our sending church where select scriptures will be read and songs sung that help us reflect on the suffering and death of our Savior. 

  • The First Saying of Jesus on the Cross: A Word of Grace (Luke 23:33-34)
  • The Second Saying of Jesus on the Cross: A Word of Love (John 19:26-27)
  • The Third Saying of Jesus on the Cross: A Word of Hope (Luke 23:43)
  • The Fourth Saying of Jesus on the Cross: A Word of Agony (Matthew 27:46)
  • The Fifth Saying of Jesus on the Cross: A Word of Suffering (John 19:28)
  • The Sixth Saying of Jesus on the Cross: A Word of Finality (John 19:30)
  • The Seventh Saying of Jesus on the Cross: A Word of Rest (Luke 23:46)

We hope you will join us and not shield your eyes from the darkness and death of Calvary. It was because of us. And it was for us. But the horror of that night gives way to joy and celebration as our King rises from the grave on Sunday, signifying that the Father has accepted His sacrifice, and signaling to the world that Jesus is the Son of God, and that our enemy Satan, sin, and death have all been defeated. Without first considering the cost, the darkness, His death, this victory may not mean much to us. But when we realize what Jesus endured, and what has been accomplished in this grand redemptive drama, our hearts are filled with joy and wonder at the glorious grace of our God!

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

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While many people hear the word "hymn" and intantly think of something old, there are new hymns being produced today. Many of them are worth learning and singing. They make a valuable contribution to the worship "diet" of the church and help us to remember and celebrate the truth of the gospel. 

Over the past few months we have begun singing "Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery." This modern hymn reflects on the incredible truth that the Son of God became a man (John 1:14). Because Jesus came and died in our place, we can live (1 John 4:9). Where the first Adam failed as our representative, Jesus succeeds. And the work of Christ in His death and resurrection at His first coming gives us hope as we await His return.

 

 

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

VERSE 1
Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

VERSE 2
Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

VERSE 3
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

VERSE 4
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

– Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, Matt Papa 2013

Let Your Kingdom Come

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We believe that joyful, authentic, theologically robust singing is an essential part of our worship as a church. Periodically we will introduce and learn a new song on Sundays at Redemption Hill. Whether it is a recently written song or an old song with a new tune, learning new songs gives us a fresh way proclaim the glory of Christ and celebrate His grace towards us. 

Recently we began learning a song called "Let Your Kingdom Come" that expands on that phrase Jesus uttered when teaching His disciples how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. This song is a prayer for God to keep His promises, to use His people for His purposes, and to make His glory known in the world. 

 

 

Let Your Kingdom Come

VERSE 1
Your glorious cause, O God, engages our hearts
May Jesus Christ be known wherever we are
We ask not for ourselves, but for Your renown
The cross has saved us so we pray
Your kingdom come

CHORUS
Let Your kingdom come
Let Your will be done
So that everyone might know Your Name
Let Your song be heard everywhere on earth
Till Your sovereign work on earth is done
Let Your kingdom come

VERSE 2
Give us Your strength, O God, and courage to speak
Perform Your wondrous deeds through those who are weak
Lord use us as You want, whatever the test
By grace we’ll preach Your gospel
Till our dying breath


Music and words by Bob Kauflin
© 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
from 30: Three Decades of Songs for the Church, released 08 April 2014