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What is Your Hope Built On?

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less…

Billy, Hillary, Hannah & Dawn. We were blessed by Billy and Hillary coming over to encourage us yesterday!
Billy, Hillary, Hannah & Dawn. We were blessed by Billy and Hillary coming over to encourage us yesterday!

The last couple of days the Lord has been encouraging me through friends, hymns and praise music.
The theology found in many Hymns is rock solid and profound. Hymns not only help us worship the Lord they also remind of the eternal truths of the Bible. Hymns like, When Peace Like a River, Grace Greater than Our Sin, Nothing but the Blood and My Hope is Built.
Then there are great songs like, Jesus Loves Me and As the Deer Pants for Water.

My Hope is Built on Jesus

I love the words found in these hymns. For example the Hymn, My Hope is Built:

1.	My hope is built on nothing less
	than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
	I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
	but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
	On Christ the solid rock I stand,
	all other ground is sinking sand;
	all other ground is sinking sand.
2.	When Darkness veils his lovely face,
	I rest on his unchanging grace.
	In every high and stormy gale,
	my anchor holds within the veil.
3.	His oath, his covenant, his blood
	supports me in the whelming flood.
	When all around my soul gives way,
	he then is all my hope and stay.
4.	When he shall come with trumpet sound,
	O may I then in him be found!
	Dressed in his righteousness alone,
	faultless to stand before the throne!
—Text: Edward Mote, 1797-1874

I understand that there are many who don’t like hymns and you may be one of them, but you can’t argue with the value of the timeless truths found in them. It brings me much comfort to sing and to meditate on what God has done for us through the Son.
Yes, that give me hope!
Doesn’t it encourage your spirit? Doesn’t it lift you up?

A New Birth is on the Way!

We are ready to start a new church plant in Valle Verde in Tijuana. In the midst of our tears and sorrows the Lord is still working, and his kingdom is advancing. We will start the work on this church planting project as early as next week!

Prayer Covering

The Lord has been reminding me through the trials our family is going through how much we need prayer covering to protect us. I don’t fully understand the angelic war that goes on in heaven and on earth, but in Ephesians 6 we are told to stand firm in the battle. Paul exhorts us to put on the full amor of God and to pray.
Your prayers play a huge part in this battle that we are engaged in.
Keep praying! Thanks so much for standing with us in prayer!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By oneintercessor
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Completely agree! When a new believer begins their with Christ listening to hymns, it gives a more solid foundation than if not. Hymns speak truth and glorify the Father, there is no risk of self-promotion or psychology which only makes people feel good. Getting to know God has to be purposeful and hymns build our faith. Obviously I’m interested in that topic :). God bless you all and keep doing what you are doing. Remember Hudson Taylor–God never changes and our suffering here is no indication of His love or kindness. He loves you all, He is good and kind, and if we suffer as we follow His calling, we’re being made more in the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Don’t let yourself believe otherwise. You all are not forsaken~Ann

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I love that quote from Hudson Taylor. I hadn’t heard it before, and he is one of my heroes in the faith.
      Thanks for your encouragement!

      • By oneintercessor
        Posted February 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        Oh, it’s not a quote, just the story of his life! We listened to Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets and he was often ‘saying’ things along that vein. Worthwhile audio listening :).

  • By oneintercessor
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I left out a word–should be ‘begins their walk with Christ’–of course, hymns can actually play a role in someone coming to Christ and they encourage the steadfast believer as well. OK, I’m done :).

  • By Anissa "Li'l Bit" Rodriguez
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Hymns do have wonderful messages. The old gospel songs do as well.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 6, 2014 at 9:53 am

      the messages are wonderful in reminding us of the truth and the hope found in the Bible. The tunes help us remember and can lift us up.

  • By gwencicone
    Posted February 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I can understand not enjoying singing a hymn of a contemporary song because you don’t like a style of music but if you don’t like reading and meditating on the words I think your view of God is just too small.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 7, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Good point – sometimes the tunes are slow or not as pleasing to some, although sometimes the music is outstanding and the music does help us remember the words

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