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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:19 am    Post subject: STRONG HYMNS FOR TOUGH TIMES SECTION 0NE AND INDEX Reply with quote


All The Way Story Between Verses
Amazing Grace Story
At Calvary Story Between Verses
Does Jesus Care? Monologue

God Will Take Care of You Store
God Will Take Care of You Result
He Keeps Me Singing Monologue
His Eye Is On the Sparrow Story
I Surrender All Story

Several Hymns By One It would make a great monologue between verses
Stand Up for Jesus Story Between Verses
Sunshine In My Soul Story
There Is A fountain Monologue

There?s Room At the Cross Monologue
Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus Monologue
Under His Wing Story
I Will Sing of My Redeemer Story
What A Friend Story
When I Survey Story

Face to Face Story
In the Sweet By and By Story
I Need Thee Every Hour Story
Nothing Between Story
Nothing But the Blood Story
Saved, Saved Scriptures to go between verses

Before the first verse share ...
When you have had a bad day... a sad day... a financially terrible day, you have lost your job...
a physical problem with no help available... a word from the doctor, "No change"...
How do you feel? What are you thinking? How do you respond? What is going on in your mind about God? What if this has gone on for weeks, months, perhaps years and you know there will be no change, no healing, this is the way it will be from now on. What goes on in your mind about God?
Sing the first verse of ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME
Fanny Crosby had been blind from the age of six weeks old, but she never gave up. She had a great mind as was seen in the fact that she memorized all of the Gospels and Proverbs and much more of the Bible. She finished school and gave her life to others. Once she said, "How could I have lived such a helpful life had I not been blind?" Yes, it is Fanny Crosby.
Sing the second verse.
She wrote over 8000 hymns including , Rescue the Perishing, Blessed Assurance, Blessed Assurance and most had come for some incident in her life. All The Way My Savior Leads Me has a great story. She didn't have the money for the month?s rent. She began to pray, there was a knock at the door, she opened the door and a stranger handed her what felt like money. It was just what she needed to pay the rent! She sat down and wrote the hymn.
Sing the third verse.At 95 years she said "I don?t want to see because the first one I want to see is Jesus.?

Monologue: My life began in a terrible way. My mother was an awesome Christian and taught me many Bible passages and hymns. She died when I was seven and so I ended up in a boarding school. I hated it. Finally, when I was eleven, I went to sea to be with my father for he was a sailor. At seventeen I joined the British Navy, but I deserted that and when found I was suspended and flogged. I thought of murder or suicide.

I went back to sea and after more voyages I finally became captain of a slave ship. I became an aggressive atheist, drank like a sailor, and with a mouth of a sailor I delighted to shock people with profanity. As the captain of the slave ship, I was mean to the slaves, and kept them in terrible conditions. One night a storm blew in and I thought the ship was about to sink. It filled with water and the wind kept blowing it further on it side. I just knew I was about to die. Remembering my mother, I cried out to the Lord and later wrote how the Lord came from on high and delivered me. That was the first step in my life changing.

I left the seas, married a Christian wife, and finally became and though many thought I didn't have enough training, God wanted me, and He made me a powerful preacher. When I arrived at eighty years of age, my health began to break and my friends told me to stop preaching. My response? "What, shall the old African blasphemer stop while he can still speak! My mind is almost gone but two things I remember, I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior!"
John Newton's hymn, Amazing Grace, keeps his preaching going on.

As we sing this song can you get some idea of the back-ground of the person who wrote it. How deep did he go in his troubles and trials?
Sing the first verse of AT CALVARY...
William Newell had such deep mental problems his folks didn't know what to do. Finally, they ask the president of Moody Bible Institute if he could go to school there and be under his council. The presidents response was that it was a school not a reformatory. Finally, he told the family that if William would come to his office every day of the week, and abide by the rules, he could come to the school. There he found Jesus as his Savior.
Sing the second verse...
He did keep the rules, and he did go to the president's office. And believe it of not, years later he became a loved professor at Moody Bible Institute.
Sing the third verse...
Years later, he began to write his testimony, then one day these words began to flood his mind and he ducked into an empty classroom and wrote them down as fast as he could. As he hurried on to his class he happened to run into Dr. Daniel Towner, the director of music at the
institute He told him that the words might make a good song. When he came out of his class the Dr. Towner gave him the music to this hymn we have been singing. His comment to William was, "I feel that this will be the best song that either of us will ever write in our lifetime."
Sing the fourth verse....


?The strong are not always vigorous,
The wise not always ready,
The brave not always courageous,
The joyous not always happy.?
I wrote these words for my preacher students. Then I wrote this to them:
I didn?t think I needed what I wrote to you for one of my greatest assets was a cheerful disposition. Everybody called me the ?The Sunshine Minister?. Children loved me and I loved them. I just love to smile. Things were going so great.

Then suddenly the unfamiliar valley of deep depression and despondency began to grow in me. Gloom became as great as the joy I once had. I began to sing Joseph Scrivens? old hymn:
What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grief to bear,
What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.
Then 1 Peter 5:7 began to work on me, ?Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you!? It became a reality, God almighty cares for me. ?Does Jesus Care?? became my theme song as I fought to the victory over my depression and despondency. Sing it with me and make it personal for that is the way the words are written.
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