Burial vs Cremation

“Abraham Buried Sarah – Cremation vs Burial”

by Elder Clifford Gowens / First Primitive Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas

“….And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in tile cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same {is} Hebron in the/and of Canaan”. (Gen 23:19)

The question often arises among God’s children as to what is the “proper and accepted” way to dispose of the body of one of our loved ones when they are deceased. Should we bury the body of one who has passed, or should we cremate the body?  When we think of the “proper and accepted” way, we should consider “proper and accepted” to whom? The world of today will accept almost anything, and in many instances funeral directors encourage cremation, giving such reasons as saving valuable cemetery space, or more commonly, saving expenses. But when faced with such decisions, even in times of sorrow of losing a loved one, the child of God should only consider that which is “proper and accepted” with God our creator. If we look into God’s word, the Holy Bible, we will find the proper way to dispose of the body, a way that is accepted by God, the one who created the body.

Example #1. When Abraham’s wife Sarah died, Abraham came to mourn and to weep for her.

(Gen 23:2) And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, I {am} a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. (Gen 23:3,4)

The burial of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, in the cave of Machpelah

Studying this example in context, we see that mourning and weeping is expected at the loss of loved ones.  Furthermore, we learn that it is expected that we remove the body of the dead out of our sight. Abraham purchased a buryingplace and BURIED Sarah.

Example #2. At Jacob’s deathbed, he gives instructions to his children concerning his burial.

And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that {is} in the field of Ephron the Hittite, In the cave that {is) in the field of Machpelah, which {is} before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. (Gen 49:29-31)

Though they were all in Egypt when he died, Jacob gave orders to BURY him back where his relatives were buried.

Example #3. Also Jacob’s son, Joseph, gave similar charges for his demise, and at this time the children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt and could not immediately return to Canaan as was done with Jacob.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel , saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, [being] an hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt . (Gen 50:24-26)

It was so important to Joseph that he be buried back in the land of Canaan , that he took an oath of his brethren to take his bones back for proper burial, even though it was to be many, many years before they could leave this foreign land.

Some might say that these are only examples of what men have done and provides no proof of an “accepted” way with God.  My belief is that it is proof enough to consider the examples of men that were guided on a daily basis by the God of Heaven.  God, dwelling with these men so closely to guide them in the everyday affairs of their lives, could have directed them to dispose of their dead in several different ways, but the facts are: they BURIED their dead.  It would be presumptuous and not at all like any prophecy of scripture to infer that God would be a constant companion to these men and then forsake them in their hour of greatest need and help. Abraham was a “friend” of God.  Jacob’s name was changed to Israel (prince, or power with God).  Throughout the scriptures God is referred to as the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

Example #4. Yet we have an even better example in scripture to use, one which will surely settle the matter, as it shows action by God Himself.  Notice what occurs after the death of Moses in Deut 34:5,6.

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab , according to the word of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab , over against Bethpeor; but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

Moses on top of Mount Pisgah

Reading the context of chapter 34, we find no one else present in this scene other than Moses and God.  The ‘he’ in verse 6, is the Lord himself.  Certainly we know that God had the power to burn up or disintegrate the body of Moses, yet he (God) buried Moses’ body.  Now we know for certain God’s “proper and accepted” way of disposing of the body. We can find no greater example than that of God himself, the maker of the body.  God buried Moses.

Before we look at the best example of burial that Scripture gives us, let us look at some examples in scripture of some events concerning disposing of dead bodies that surely displeased God.

And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that {were} there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned {them} upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. (2Ki 23:16)

Here we note that even though it fulfilled prophecy, and even though King Josiah was removing the altars of idol worship, that the burning of the bones of men upon it polluted the altar.  In his anger and hatred for his enemies, he spitefully burned their bones.  He could not hurt them any by burning their bones, so in doing this Josiah was making a “statement” about his enemy’s eternal worth.  By burning the bones on the altar, he contended that God would consume their very remembrance forever.  Also take note of Amos 2:1,

Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Moab , and for four, I will not turn away {the punishment} thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:

Again we conclude that Moab in great anger declared that his enemies were so corrupt that even God would not have them.  Then see in verses 2 and 3 the “judgment of fire” upon Moab for his evil deeds. Many are the examples in scripture of men that sacrificed bodies by fire and even parents gave up their live children to fire, sacrificing to idols. God always condemns this practice. Why? Because God has reserved fire for His own judgment. God alone has the right to judge by fire.

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2Pe 3:7)

We learn from 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 1, verses 8 and 9, that God, in flaming fire takes vengeance on the wicked with punishment of everlasting destruction from His presence. When we burn our bodies, we are in effect “judging” our bodies. Even though this is surely not our purpose when we cremate (burn) the bodies of our loved ones, we are certainly, though ignorantly, judging our bodies as “not worth saving”. When men of old burned the bodies of their enemies they were declaring (judging) that these are men of such corruption that God would not have them, and they are only worthy to be burned.  Whether intentional or not, when we cremate our body we are contending that we have no redemption in Christ and are worthy to be burned. Jesus Christ, by his death on the Cross, redeemed us by His blood, wholly, body, soul, and spirit.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and {I pray God} your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Th 5:23)

And because He died for the body also, He is coming again to raise our bodies, and change and fashion it like unto His own glorious body. (John 5:28; Phil. 3:21)

From 1 Corinthians 15:52-55 we learn that our bodies (corruption) will be changed (incorruption), not exchanged. Neither death nor the grave will have victory over the bodies, but rather the very dust of our corrupted body will be gathered together again and changed and made a glorious body.

Surely we do not wish to cast such an adverse reflection on the sacrifice of the Son of God, who endured the fires of the wrath of God on Golgotha , so that we would not have to endure the fires of eternal judgment.  He took our place in judgment, delivering us from ever having to face God’s righteous judgment.  We can and should show proper respect for that which Jesus purchased by following His example, burying our bodies.

Now we come to the most important example of all. Remember that even Jesus’ body was buried in a tomb for three days and nights.  Sin is that which consumes us and brings us to death.  Man is by nature a sinner, and always proves this is true by his practice. The Bible teaches us that the wages of sin is death.  We also learn in Romans 5:12 that all mankind are sinners, thus all mankind die.  No act of man can bring redemption to himself nor remove the pronouncement of death that came by sin.  Man’s case is forever helpless and hopeless based upon his own power. Unless there is an intervention of higher power, man’s body could never be resurrected to live again.  When Jesus was made flesh by the virgin birth, he being made in our likeness with a human body, was thus able to become a sin bearer, taking our place in judgment on the cross. When God “laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6), He bore our sins in His own body, suffered the judgment, shed His blood, and died, all for us. He suffered in His own body the penalty of sin (death), freeing His elect from the sentence of death. Then His body was taken down from the cross and placed in a tomb. After three days and nights, the Spirit of God visited the tomb and raised Jesus’ body to life immortal. He took our place in death and the grave! He represented us in death, the grave and also in the resurrection of His body! God manifested to man His great power and love for us in the person, the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. Jesus died not only for our souls but also for our bodies. This, His greatest example of His will, directs us to follow His will in hope and expectation of the resurrection of OUR bodies.  Jesus’ body was buried!

Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus wrapping Jesus’ body in linen clothes to bury

Often the question arises and needs to be addressed, “But what about the bodies of those that are cremated, and what about the bodies of those that are consumed in fires, and in wars? Isn’t God able to resurrect the bodies that are burned, even if the ashes are consumed or scattered to the wind?  Yes, a thousand times, yes!  For the God that first took the dust of the ground and formed man out of it, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, there is no hindrance to Him to gather again the ashes and dust of the bodies, though they be scattered to the four corners of the earth, and fashion them again into an incorrupt spiritual body.  God sees every sparrow when it falls, has the hairs of our head numbered, and can and will speak, and all will come forth at the sound of his voice. Every molecule of dust and ashes will obey His word. What power! What glory!

Now consider if God can and will raise our bodies no matter where they are, why did Joseph want his bones buried not in Egypt but in the promised land?  For the same reason that makes “burial” proper disposal of our bodies. It shows respect to that which Christ has purchased by His own blood by His death. Egypt is representative of the sinful world we were in by nature, separated from God by sin.  Deliverance from Egypt across the Red Sea for the nation of Israel is representative of the deliverance from sin we have in Jesus.  Joseph desired a proper burial that would declare his belief in the resurrection of the body through the promise of redemption by the Lord.

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began,’ (Tit 1:2)

This could not be properly and completely shown if his body was left in Egypt .  This is a type, and does not mean that a body in the literal land of Egypt cannot be raised.  But having Joseph’s body taken back to the Promised Land wonderfully proclaimed his faith in God, and His redemption, and faith in the resurrection of the body.  In fact, John 5:28 teaches that every body that has ever lived, just and unjust, will be resurrected, either to life or to damnation.

Thus we discern, that for the believer in God, in order to show proper reverence to the Son of God and His redemption, and to declare our confidence in His return to resurrect our bodies, by examples found in God’s word, we have only one choice to make when our bodies lay down to sleep in Jesus. That choice is that which has been employed throughout all ages, and the only choice that is “proper and accepted” with God, BURIAL.

In Love for His Cause,

Elder Clifford Gowens

Corona Virus Crisis

We have all been personally impacted by the Corona Virus epidemic–or pandemic. Since its early appearance in the news, people have, no surprise, reacted quite differently to the news. Elder Jerry Anstey has written a wise and comprehensive piece which I include below. I urge you to take the time to read it thoroughly. We live in a frightening and sobering time. How we deal with it will either magnify our faith and our God or detract from the reputation of both. How do you apply your faith, where the proverbial “Rubber hits the road,” to your life in such a situation? Jerry gives us some wise and Biblical direction, worthy of serious practice. 

A frightening reality which we must consider in this epidemic is the ease with which this virus spreads from one person to another. Because of this one factor, if one person takes the danger lightly and becomes contagious, despite no symptoms at the moment, he risks spreading it to anyone else he contacts in person. 

It is unfortunate that the virus hit our country at a time when so much political venom dominates our political culture and spreads constantly into the streets. I have witnessed more hate from both sides of the political aisle in recent times than at any time in my life. When do we as sincere believers in God turn from the screaming, hate-filled voices on radio and television to our God and to our Bibles for our example and guide? And I urge each of us to make that time now. What should we do today in this climate to truly follow the Biblical guide? 

1. First, let’s all read Romans 13 daily. It teaches–it commands–us to respect civil government. There is not a word about respect for one political party and contempt for the other, or respect for one political personality and contempt for another. Consider. At the time Paul wrote Romans, the Roman Empire governed most of the civilized world of that age.  I believe every single church mentioned in the New Testament existed within the boundaries of the Roman Empire. If we ponder the wicked depths of the Roman Empire, we should think soberly indeed about Paul’s strong admonition to respect and submit to civil government. 

2. Second, and far more important. Please add 1 Timothy 2:1-3 to your daily Bible reading. Why not memorize these three short verses? When the unbelieving world around us is clamoring ever-louder volumes of hate, let us follow this lesson and regularly pray for “…all that are in authority,” regardless their personality or political party. Pray for the President. Pray for the leaders in Congress, regardless their political party. And take note of the most important objective for which we are to pray for them, “…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” And, in the present quarantine, please pray that all our churches may soon be able, safely and legally, to resume our public gatherings and fellowship. I am profoundly thankful that most of our pastors and churches have found various ways to continue “Virtual Church” with preaching and some measure of fellowship through the internet, but this does not replace the actual public and personal gathering of our churches. Pray for that day to come soon, safely, and legally. 

While wisely following the “Social distancing” guidelines, look around to see if there is something positive that you can do to help in this trying time. Example, two of our Bellflower ladies are sewing masks for local hospitals. The hospital provides the material, and the ladies make the masks for the hospital. Thank the Lord for this spirit of helping. 

I am thankful for Elder Jerry’s thoughtful and thorough teaching in this article.

Love in Jesus,

Joe Holder

Coronavirus Covid 19

Crisis   or   Conspiracy

Elder Jerry Anstey

We live in a time where there is much distrust across our Country and around the World.  Much of the information that is streamed into our homes is laden with Private Agenda, Partisan Politics and attempts to separate people from their resources.  What is a God fearing, praying person to do?

My purpose in writing this article is to attempt to look to both Scripture and Science in an attempt to address what continues to be a challenge for many sincere people as they assess the situation that our Country and World is now facing with the presence of the Covid 19 virus. I will attempt to keep this article short enough so as not to lose you but also detailed enough that you have sufficient facts from which to weigh in balance the question, “Crisis or Conspiracy”.?

First and foremost it is necessary to approach this with a prayerful mind and heart, exercising faith in God that he will shine His light upon the matter in order that we might see more clearly and be able to make the decisions that are good in His sight.  Please understand, if this is not our primary objective, then nothing I might put in this article nor anything that we might hear, regardless of the source will prove valuable.  If, in the posture of self righteousness we remain determined to press forward based solely upon our personal view points and convictions, then we will endure the results of Saints of old who did the same.  In Acts 5, we see just such an example of a husband and his wife professing faithfulness to God while clinging to their own self righteousness and personal bias, which Peter states is lying to the Holy Ghost.  It cost them their lives.  The point that I want to make here is that regardless of the circumstances that surround us, as children of God we have an inherent responsibility to honor Him by walking by faith (true faith, informed faith, biblical faith) and service Him by serving others in our walk of discipleship. 

As with all of you, I have been inundated with too much information.  Sadly, much of it is contradictory which lends us to distrust all information that we hear.  A big mistake!  The most important component in receiving information is to examine the source of it to the best of our ability.  Jesus tells us to, “Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”. The degree of prayerful consideration that you exercise will directly correlate to the value and edification that you receive in the hearing.  God our Father is faithful to communicate to His children through the conduit of faith as they seek Him and His counsel.  What parent among us would withhold needed information from our children as they sought our advice and counsel? God is faithful to shine His light upon all things that we might be able to live our lives with assurance that He will never leave nor forsake.  We believe in Him.  Do we believe Him?  An important distinction. One that requires Biblical faith. 

I am blessed to have family members in professions that are being provided factual life saving information as they serve others that are personally enduring the ravages of the Covid 19 virus.  Can we pause to pray for all of those that are in harm’s way as they serve others! One of the pieces of information that is being regarded as valuable and useful is an article published in the Harvard Business review, written by three highly regarded Harvard professors.  Their prior works lend strongly to their credibility as they provide learning’s from Italy’s response to the Coronavirus.  All you need do is to Google “Harvard Italy’s response to Coronavirus” and the article is available.  There are many things in this article that deserve to be added to this writing given the topic but I will include only a few remarks for your consideration. Let me add that initially as early information started rolling in, I was sceptical and didn’t align with the early warnings and the hysteria seen on the streets and in the stores. The two articles in this writing combined with hard data from other Countries got my attention.Big Time. 

In a matter of weeks (from February 21 to March 22), Italy went from the discovery of the first official Covid-19 case to a government decree that essentially prohibited all movements of people within the whole territory, and the closure of all non-essential business activities. Within this very short time period, the country has been hit by nothing short of a tsunami of unprecedented force, punctuated by an incessant stream of deaths. It is unquestionably Italy’s biggest crisis since World War II.

Recognize your cognitive biases. In its early stages, the Covid-19 crisis in Italy looked nothing like a crisis. The initial state-of-emergency declarations were met by skepticism by both the public and many in policy circles — even though several scientists had been warning of the potential for a catastrophe for weeks. Indeed, in late February some notable Italian politicians engaged in public handshaking in Milan to make the point that the economy should not panic and stop because of the virus. (A week later, one of these politicians was diagnosed with Covid-19.)

Avoid partial solutions. A second lesson that can be drawn from the Italian experience is the importance of systematic approaches and the perils of partial solutions. The Italian government dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic by issuing a series of decrees that gradually increased restrictions within lockdown areas (“red zones”), which were then expanded until they ultimately applied to the entire country.

In normal times, this approach would probably be considered prudent and perhaps even wise. In this situation, it backfired for two reasons. First, it was inconsistent with the rapid exponential spread of the virus. The “facts on the ground” at any point in time were simply not predictive of what the situation would be just a few days later. As a result, Italy followed the spread of the virus rather than prevented it. Second, the selective approach might have inadvertently facilitated the spread of the virus. Consider the decision to initially lock down some regions but not others. When the decree announcing the closing of northern Italy became public, it touched off a massive exodus to southern Italy, undoubtedly spreading the virus to regions where it had not been present.

I insert these partial quotes from these three individuals because of the impact that they had on me.  I had cognitive bias which moved me to very partial solutions in my personal circumstance.  Let me add that when you explore their professional background you will find no evidence of a personal or private agenda in their sharing of these facts designed for the betterment of the United States.  Again, it is mandatory that when considering information that we give strong consideration to the source of it.  I think we all would have to sadly acknowledge the horrible things that Italy is suffering.  We surely need to pray for them. Their suffering is fact, not fiction.

I am also providing a link to a very informative article that has helped me see both the current circumstance as well as a glance forward.  It is well worth the time reading it.  https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56

The article is written by Thomas Pueyo, a 38 year old who was born in France and graduated from Stanford University.  It is loaded with statistical data based upon hard facts that gives solid indications of how our behavior today will impact the days, weeks and months ahead.  He is highly credited in Business Management and Industrial Engineering.  In searching his credentials and background there is no evidence of a private agenda or any personal gain that might come to him in providing this information.  He passes the “source test” in my opinion.

The key point stressed in the article is that the difficult measures of staying at home and “social” or “physical distancing” are vital to buy our healthcare system time to adapt and prepare further for increasing numbers of patients sick with COVID-19. This time allows more ventilators to be made, more hospital beds and intensive care unit space to be arranged and limits the effect that the virus will have on all who need care. Most importantly, it will allow time for systems to be put into place such as testing, and infection tracing that will allow us to return to a more normal version of life without risking the same rapid spread of COVID-19.  These measures that we as individuals have been asked to take are not simple and are not without sacrifice. Staying at home and in some cases sacrificing one’s ability to provide for our families can be difficult. Still, without these continued measures the healthcare system will not have the time that it needs to care for the sick

I chose these two articles because I felt that they were written in an appropriate manner but that above all they were unbiased in their reports.  They cite medical sources and were recommended to me by the same medical professionals in my family that I trust without being incredibly difficult to understand. 

There are undoubtedly other secular data points that are available and that survive the “source scrub” to help us prepare for the weeks and months ahead.  I encourage us all to work together to be well informed.  It can be daunting as the information is abundant.  Don’t forget to pray for wisdom and guidance from God above and then listen to His peaceful voice as you consider what is being said. 

As I attempt to close this article while praying that at a minimum, it will stir your pure minds to prayerfully look to God as you make decisions on how you and your loved ones will or will not be affected by this virus, I revisit the paragraph that I opened the article with. The lack of trust is a very powerful and often a difficult barrier to navigate through.  The presence of the “Me First” and even “Me Only” actions that have overtaken our Country and our World drives severe wedges and distrust among people who are charged by God to walk by faith.  This brings strong contradictions before each of us as we endeavor to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called by God.

Conspiracy – Oxford Universal Dictionary the action of conspiring. A combination of persons for an evil or unlawful purpose; an agreement between two or more to do something criminal, illegal or reprehensible; a plot

Conspiracy – Strong’s Concordance- קֶשֶׁר qesher, keh’-sher from H7194; an (unlawful) alliance:—confederacy, conspiracy, treason.  masculine noun

If we allow our distrust of information and more importantly the sources of the information to have too much influence in our receiving of important data we subject ourselves and those that we love to being misinformed to our detriment.  This works fear, further distrust and ultimately contempt towards all sources of information.  Yes, it can even cause us to question what the Lord would have us to know.  In 2 Timothy 1:7, the Apostle Paul tells us through the inspiration of the Spirit (the source is good), that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Simply put, we have the God given ability to take information and hold it against the light  that God has provided us in order that we might discern that which is good for us and those we love.  This requires the exercise of faith which is the denial of self.

The Bible has many examples where man’s conspiracies looked to bring harm upon others and how the Lord exhorts us to manage through them.  These types of things come and go in our lives.  God expects us to behave and conduct ourselves the same regardless of what others might do or say. As with most things in this life, we simply cannot control what others might do, we can however control how we let what others do to affect us and our walk before the Lord.

These are serious and uncertain times that are before us.  Will we choose to stand in distrust of information and those who publish it (regardless of their motive, which we will never know) making decisions that might possibly put ourselves and loved ones in harm’s way or will we look within to receive the Lord’s guidance and wisdom that we might be a vessel of His mercy at every opportunity in our lives? 

Regardless of what I believe about events that have led up to the Coronavirus being in the United States and around the World, people, God’s people are getting sick and some are dying.  My prayers and my personal actions in regards to my natural family and my church family are fully directed to do all that I can to protect them and prevent myself from being the source of anyone getting sick.  May God continue to bless us with His hand of mercy and His light to our path as we sojourn in this low ground of sin and sorrow.  The Psalmist David reminds us in Psalms 23 that in times of sorrow and in the presence of all enemies that the Lord is our Shepherd.  He has bought us with His blood and He provides peace, provision and a life of true prosperity (the journey not a destination) as we serve Him while we live here.  

God bless and keep you!

O Tell Me No More

O, tell me no more of this world’s vain store,

The time for such trifles with me now is o’er;

A country I’ve found where true joys abound;

To dwell I’m determined on that happy ground.

No mortal will know what Christ will bestow,

What joy, strength, and comfort do after Him go;

Lo! Onward I move to see Christ above;

None guesses how wondrous my journey will prove.

Great spoils I shall win from death, hell, and sin,

‘Midst outward affliction shall feel Christ within;

And still, which is best, I in His dear breast,

As at the beginning, find pardon and rest.

When I am to die, receive me, I’ll cry,

For Jesus has loved me, I cannot tell why;

But this I do find: we two are so joined,

He’ll not live in glory and leave me behind.

This blessing is mine thru favor divine,

And, O, my dear Jesus, the praise shall be Thine;

In heaven we’ll meet in harmony sweet,

And glory to Jesus! We’ll then be complete.

O When Shall I See Jesus

O, when shall I see Jesus, And reign with Him above,

And from the flowing fountain Drink everlasting love?

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

When shall I be delivered From this vain world of sin,

And with my blessed Jesus Drink endless pleasures in?

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

But now I am a soldier, My Captain’s gone before;

He’s given me my orders, And bids me ne’er give o’er.

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

Thru grace I am determined To conquer, tho’ I die,

And then away to Jesus On wings of love I’ll fly.

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

Whene’er you meet with troubles And trials on your way,

Then cast your care on Jesus, And don’t forget to pray.

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

Gird on the gospel armour Of faith, and hope, and love,

And when the combat’s ended, He’ll carry you above.

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

O, do not be discouraged, For Jesus is your friend;

And if you lack for knowledge, He’ll not refuse to lend.

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

Neither will He upbraid you, Tho’ often you request,

He’ll give you grace to conquer, And take you home to rest.

I’m on my way to Canaan, I’m on my way to Canaan,

I’m on my way to Canaan, To the new Jerusalem.

O Jesus My Savior

O, Jesus, my Savior, I know Thou art mine;

For Thee all the pleasures of sin I resign;

Of objects most pleasing I love Thee the best;

Without Thee I’m wretched, but with Thee I’m blest.

The Spirit first taught me to know I was blind,

Then taught me the way of salvation to find;

And when I was sinking in gloomy despair,

Thy mercy relieved me and bid me not fear.

In vain I attempt to describe what I feel;

The language of mortals or angels would fail;

My Jesus is precious, my soul’s in a flame;

I’m raised to a rapture while praising His name.

O Give Me Lord

O give me, Lord, my sins to mourn, My sins which have Thy body  torn;

Give me, with broken heart, to see Thy last tremendous agony.

O could I gain the mountain’s height, And gaze upon that bleeding sight;

O that with Salem’s daughters I might stand and see my Savior die!

I’d smite upon my breast and mourn, And never from the cross return:

I’d weep o’er an expiring God, And mix my tears with Jesus’ blood.

I’d hang upon His breast and cry, Lord, save a soul condemned to die,

And let a wretch come near Thy throne To plead the merits of Thy Son.

Father of mercies, drop Thy frown, And let me shelter in Thy Son;

O with my earnest suit comply And give me Jesus or I die.

O Lord, deny me what Thou wilt, Only relieve me of my guilt;

Good Lord, in mercy hear me cry, And give me Jesus or I die.

Show pity, Lord, and send relief, To a poor sinner drowned in grief.

Who has no plea to bring him nigh, Lord, save a soul condemned to die!

Didst Thou not send Thy Son to die For guilty worms who pine and cry?

O let the vilest now come night – Lord, save a soul condemned to die!

Like A River Glorious

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace
Over all victorious in its bright increase
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding as He promised
Perfect peace and rest

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding as He promised
Perfect peace and rest

Every joy or trial falleth from above
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love
We may trust Him fully all for us to do
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding as He promised
Perfect peace and rest

Jesus What A Friend For Sinners

Jesus! What a friend for sinners
Jesus, lover of my soul
Friends may fail me, foes assail me
He, my savior, makes me whole

Hallelujah! What a savior!
Hallelujah! What a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving
He is with me to the end

Jesus! What a strength in weakness
Let my hide myself in Him
Tempted, tried, and often failing
He my strength, my victory wins

Hallelujah! What a savior!
Hallelujah! What a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving
He is with me to the end

Jesus! What a help in sorrow
While the billow over me roll
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul

Hallelujah! What a savior!
Hallelujah! What a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving
He is with me to the end

Jesus! What a guide and keeper! While the tempest still is high: Storms about me, night o’er takes me, He, my pilot, hears my cry.

Hallelujah! What a Savior! Hallelujah! What a friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end.

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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