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cropped-rose-4.gifRomans 10:13, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”
1 John 1:7, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin”

I want to share with you today another old time favorite hymn I enjoy to sing. It was written by Helen H. Lemmel, born November 14, 1863 in Wardle, England. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister who emigrated from England with her family to America when she was 12 years old. They settled in Mississippi and then relocated to Wisconsin. Helen moved to Seattle in 1904 and for three years was a music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

It was while she was interviewing German singer Ernestine Schumann-Hein that Helen was persuaded to go to Europe. A gifted singer, she studied music in Germany for four years and upon her return to America, she began giving concerts and traveling on the Chautauqua circuit. She eventually became a vocal music teacher at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. After retirement, she moved back to Seattle, Washington where she was a member of the Ballard Baptist Church. Helen died at her home in Seattle on November 1, 1961. I trust you will enjoy to old favorite hymn and its message. Enjoy my brethren.

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!


Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!


His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!


Closing thoughts:

Matthew 27:42 says, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save”. The story of the pastor who rented a room at the home of a farmer who wasn’t a Christian. The pastor waited for an appropriate time to talk to the farmer about Jesus Christ. Finally, early one morning the opportunity came when the farmer asked him to accompany him to the chicken house. There, on one of the nests, sat a hen with a brood of little ones peeking out from under her wings. “Touch her, Pastor,” the farmer said. As the pastor put his hand on the hen, he found that she was cold and very dead. “Look at that wound on her head,” the farmer continued. “

A weasel has sucked all the blood from her body, and she never once moved for fear the animal would harm her chicks.” “Oh,” said the pastor, “that was just like Christ. He endured all the suffering on the cross. He could have saved His own life but He would not, because if He had moved we would have been lost!” The Holy Spirit applied the simple words to the farmer’s heart, and soon he put his faith and trust in the One who on Calvary chose to save us, rather than to spare Himself! I must ask a couple of simple questions, which are:

(1) Have you accepted by faith Christ’s offer of salvation?
(2) Have you given your life to Him?

If you have never given you life and trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then God thinks of you as alienated from Him (Colossians 1:21), spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1), destined for judgment (John 3:18; Revelation 20:11-15). Yet, He loves you and wants to rescue you from the eternal consequences of your sin (John 3:16-17). If this describes you, what should you do? You need to acknowledge your sin and your inability to save yourself. Call on Jesus Christ and place your trust in Him as the Savior who died for you, asking Him for the gift of forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 2:8-10). The Bible says: As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).

God formed us; sin deformed us; Christ transforms us.