January 17, 2023

Tunes for a Tuesday - Trust in You by Antoine Bradford

 


If perfect love cast out fear
Then why should I ever be afraid
When I know that you will always
Be right next to me

But still my vision's kinda blurry
And sometimes I can't see your hand
But even in the darkest night
You'll always be there, oh

'Cause when I trust in you (ooh)
I do the thing I that was made to do (ooh)
To live a life that fully rests in you (ooh)
And all your promises for me (ooh)

Oh, when I, when I trust in you (ooh)
When I trust in you (ooh)
When I trust in you (ooh)
When I trust in you

Jesus, I know you're the good shepherd (I know, I know, I know, I know)
That never, ever lost a sheep (never lost one)
So I lay down all my worries (lay 'em down)
Lay 'em down at your keep (lay 'em down)

'Cause when I trust in you (ooh)
I do the thing that I was made to do (ooh)
To live a life that fully rests in you (ooh)
And all your promises for me (ooh)

Oh, when I, when I trust in you (when I trust in you)
When I trust in you (when I trust in you)
When I trust in you (when I trust in you)
When I trust in you (when I trust in you)

I love you more.

 Dearest Charity,

I love you more.
I love you more than Diet Dew.
I love you more, I really do.
I love you more than TV shows.
I love you more, I hope you knows. 
I love you more than sugar cream pie. 
I love you more, you know that I...
do love you more than free days off. 
I love you more, please don't scoff
at the corny way I love you more. 
Cause I love you more and more and more.

I love you more than every dream. 
I wish, I hope that it does seem,
that I love you more than piles of gold
or chance to live in stories old. 

I love you more than anyone,
except the Lord whom I love most,
but in his love I hope I've shown,
that I love you more than any boast.

In poetry I tell you now, 
though always there, I don't know how
I haven't said it every day...
every minute, in every way: 
I love you more.
I love you more.

in love, 

Matt

October 6, 2022

the game

 Are you playing "the game"? 



Any resemblance to actual persons or situations in this video is purely coincidental. 

What does it mean to endure?


 

Oh... so many have taken the smallest possible view of "endures" and interpreted it themselves to have the least possible impact on their choices, desires, dreams, and decisions. 

October 4, 2022

In case any of you have forgotten...

 From The Book of Common Prayer, 1662

The Pastor: Into this holy union (the Man) and (the Woman) now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married, speak now; or else for ever hold your peace.

The Pastor: I require and charge you both, here in the presence of God, that if either of you know any reason why you may not be united in marriage lawfully, and in accordance with God's Word, you do now confess it.

The Pastor: (The Woman) will you have this man to be your husband; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

The Woman answers, "I will."

The Pastor: (The Man) will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

The Man answers, "I will."

The Pastor: Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

The People answer, "We Will."

The Pastor: The Lord be with you.

The People respond, "And also with you."

The Pastor: Let us pray.

The Pastor: O gracious and everliving God, you have created us male and female in your image: Look mercifully upon this man and this woman who come to you seeking your blessing, and assist them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep the promises and vows they make; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The man, facing the woman and taking her right hand in his, says, "In the Name of God, I, (the Man), take you, (the Woman), to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow."

Then they loose their hands, and the Woman, still facing the man, takes his right hand in hers, and says, "In the Name of God, I, N., take you, N., to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow."

They loose their hands.

The Pastor: Bless, O Lord, this ring to be a sign of the vows by which this man and this woman have bound themselves to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The giver places the ring on the ring-finger of the other's hand and says, "(The Man and then the Woman), I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

The Pastor: Now that (The Man) and (The Woman) have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of a ring, I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Pastor: Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.

All the People say, "Amen."


July 17, 2022

Edgewood EdgeUcation: (Part 3) Expository Preaching

This post will also be Episode 41 of my Podcast

 This is Part 3 in my Edgewood Edge-U-Macation series. You can find Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here.

For the third part of this series, I am going to break from my This NOT That pattern. I contemplated a couple of titles for this post that might work, but in the end, I didn't really want to focus on what we don't do... but more on what we do do. In this particular case: Expository Preaching. 

July 12, 2022

Edgewood EdgeUcation: (Part 2) Body Member NOT Church Attender

(This post will also serve as Episode 40 of my Podcast.)


This is the second in a potential series of posts where I would like to introduce newcomers (and others) to Edgewood. In the first post of this series, I started by stating that, "At Edgewood Church, in Danville, IL, we are about the person... NOT the program." (You can read that post by clicking here.) 

In this new post I would like to very briefly tackle the topic of church attendance and maybe even touch on the concept of church membership. I will attempt to do this in two simple points. 

April 14, 2022

EdgeUcation: Person NOT Program

(This post will also serve as episode 39 of my podcast.)

This is the first in a potential series of posts where I would like to introduce newcomers (and others) to Edgewood. 

At Edgewood Church, in Danville, IL, we are about the person... NOT the program. What do I mean by this statement? Well, I'd like to answer that with Five Thoughts.