1 Bible 2Isaiah 49:15-16, “I will not forget you; see I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”
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The below poem was written by – Avis B. Christiansen & Harry Dixon Loes.

Up Calvary’s mountain, one dreadful morn,
Walked Christ my Savior, weary and worn,
Facing for sinners death on the cross,
That He might save them from endless loss.

“Father, forgive them!” thus did He pray,
Even while His life-blood flowed fast away,
Praying for sinners while in such woe,
No one but Jesus ever loved so.

O how I love Him, Savior and friend!
How can my praises ever find end!
Thru years unnumbered on heaven’s shore,
My tongue shall praise Him forever more.

Blessed Redeemer, precious Redeemer!
Seems now I see Him on Calvary’s tree,
Wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading;
Blind and unheeding, dying for me!
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Further reflection:

In addition to the above poem is an old hymn written by Fanny Crosby entitled “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer”. If you don’t know who Fanny is, she is one of my favorite hymn writers and is recognized as one of the most popular hymn writers of all time. Who isn’t familiar with “Blessed Assurance,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Rescue the Perishing,” “Saved by Grace” and others of her compositions? It is said that she wrote over 9,000 hymns, “More than eight thousand of them appearing in print”. E. K. Emurian is authority for the statement that Fanny Crosby has “written more hymns, songs and poems than anyone else since the beginning of the Christian era”!

Yet, Fanny (Mrs. Alexander Van Alstyne) did not begin writing hymns until the age of forty-four. Even more remarkable is the fact that she was totally blind, having lost her sight through a tragic doctor’s error at the age of six weeks. And her father died before she was one year old. However, in spite of blindness, she often referred in her hymns to the sight which she was denied but which she anticipated when she would be released from mortal ties. How many of us when singing “Blessed Assurance” recall that it was one blind who exclaimed, “Visions of rapture now burst on my sight”? And looking forward by faith she could say, “Oh, the soul-thrilling rapture when I view His blessed face, and luster of His kindly beaming eye; …” Or, “I know I shall see in His beauty the King in whose law I delight; …” And we cannot leave out, “And I shall see Him face to face, And tell the story – Saved by grace.” So, my brethren and followers I trust this poem and the hymn will be a blessing to you this day and the days to come. Enjoy!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long.

Refrain:

Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness;
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.

Refrain:

Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness;
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever;
Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong.

Refrain:

Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness;
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!
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You can have tons of religion without one ounce of salvation.

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