CCM Classics for Easter: Four songs from DeGarmo & Key – Mary, Rejoice, He Has Risen, Let the Whole World Sing

April 22, 2014

The Christian rock group DeGarmo and Key have a number of wonderful Easter-themed songs.  Here are four that are in my CCM Classics for Easter playlist:

1) Their song Mary from their 1979 album Straight On.

2) Their song Rejoice from their 1984 album Communication

3) Their song He Has Risen, from the same album.

4) 1983’s Let the Whole World Sing. from their album Mission of Mercy. (The song can also be found on the DeGarmo & Key Collection album)

Enjoy these four great songs rejoicing in our Lord’s resurrection!!


Tomorrow I’ll take a break from CCM Classics and post some great Easter hymns…., so don’t despair Anglican friends, there’s some more traditional music that will be featured here as well.

Acts and Psalm 16

April 22, 2014

This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. (Acts 2:32)
      Father, I pray that all those who have had a transforming encounter with Jesus will be witnesses to his resurrection.

I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for being the stability of my life.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. (Psalm 16:9)
      Holy Spirit, you have filled me with hope — hope which will not disappoint.

For you will not leave my soul in sheol, nor will you allow your holy one to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:10-11)
      “I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)

A word received: Come to me; look to me; I will direct your path.
A word received: Keep your eyes on me and not on the difficulties you face.
A word received: Place you hope in me.

Holy Communion
Monday in Easter Week: 16:8-11 or 118:19-24; Acts 2:14-22b-32; Matthew 28:9-15
Tuesday in Easter Week: 33:18-22 or 118:19-24; Acts 2:36-41; John 20:11-18
Morning Prayer
Monday: 93, 98 * 66; Exod. 12:14-27: 1 Cor. 15:1-11: Mark 16:1-8
Tuesday: 103 * 111, 114; Exod. 12:28-39: 1 Cor. 15:12-28: Mark 16:9-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’s OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, April 21, 2014, 10-11 a.m.; in front of our church on Division Street. Cool but sunny. Beautiful day. We had many people come not only for prayer but for free non-perishable food, free crosses and — for the first time — free used but in-good-condition used children’s clothing. Almost all of three huge plastic bags of clothing was given out as well as three large containers of food. Many, many people in our neighborhood are in great need of food and clothing. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a — anointed with Holy Oil.
t — accepted wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
f — accepted free food items (no limit.) c — accepted free children’s clothing (no limit.)

f,c — REBECCA — Very sad situation. Her niece ZOEY, who was born last month, is not living with her mom anymore. God knows the details.

f — STEVEN — Accepted prayer for protection, good health.

JODDY — She has become a regular each Monday. She didn’t want prayer for herself this time but helped us pray for others for almost the remainder of the table.

a — ETHEL — This kindly older woman who delivers food to needy friends and relatives all over Amsterdam stopped for prayer for her balky left wrist which is hurting again. (It all stems from a fall during the winter on slippery sidewalk.)

f,c — NANCY — She got prayer for continued good health.

a,t,f — ANDREW — Most emotional moment of the hour. He was very sorrowful because of something he did, which he did not want to share with us. That’s OK. God knows the details. We assured him that is he is sorry and seeks forgiveness that God has forgiven him and is with him.

t,t — GIANELLIS — Said “Sure!” when we asked if he wanted prayer. He did not want prayer for anything in particular, so we prayed for him to be safe and well and to draw nearer to Christ. He accepted crosses for himself and his girlfriend (no name.)

f — MARSHALL — This was a real breakthrough! Two weeks ago this man, who appears to have some mental issues, was cursing at us and making gestures from across the street as we closed down the table that day. Today? Today he walked calmly across the street, declined prayer but accepted some food from us and THANKED us for it!

t,f,c — MARCIA — This woman from Altamont came last week because she heard we offer free food, and at the time she expressed a need for clothing for her boy DANIEL and daughter FAITH. (They also were with their mom.) We said we would try to help her and to come back today. She came indeed and accepted the used but still-in-good-shape clothing which some of our church members so graciously got ready and brought to church for this family. We were so glad to be able to help this needy family get some food and clothing.

t,t,t,t, f, c — JESSICA (Very young mom) with four little children (JOEY, JOCELYN, WAYLON and JACOB) — She came by just as we were closing down the table. We prayed for their health and protection. This young family took most of the rest of the clothing we had to offer, and Mom was so appreciative to get it!

Albany Intercessor

CCM Classics for Easter: The Imperials – Because He Lives

April 22, 2014

Another CCM Classic… another Easter Favorite!  (Use this link to catch up on all our  CCM Classics for Easter.)


This morning’s CCM Classic is one of the truly MOST classic of all in my entire collection… The Imperials singing Because He Lives.  The Imperials were pioneers in contemporary worship.  It’s hard for me to believe this song is 40 years old this year, dating from 1974.  (The song was written by Bill Gaither, and it was recorded by the Bill Gaither Trio in 1974, winning the Dove Award for Song of the Year. The Imperials recorded it a few years later.)

I purchased the song back in 2007 from the Imperials album Legacy.  Unfortunately that album no longer seems to be available online, and no version of the Imperials singing this song appears on iTunes any longer.  How sad! (There are versions by other artists, including the Gaither Trio).  So… Enjoy the You Tube audio below….

1. God sent His Son – they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

2. How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because Christ lives.


3. And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory – and I’ll know He lives.



You can watch a video of the Gaithers talking about the background to the song, and a performance by the Bill Gaither Trio here


And lest this 40 year old song seem a bit dated…. it’s being introduced to a new generation!

David Crowder sang it at the 2012 Passion Conference!

But sorry David, I still love the Imperials version with Armond Morales and his incredible bass voice!

Art for Easter: John and Peter Running to the Tomb / and Music: Graham Kendrick “I Know He Lives”

April 22, 2014

The following wondeful artwork was included in the April 21st devotional at the fantastic Biola Lent project site.

It’s John & Peter Running to the Tomb, by Eugene Burnand, from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

I’d never seen it before.  Look at the hope in their faces… they long to believe that Christ is no longer dead, but they don’t yet know…  Wow.  So powerful, the longing, the hope, the grief.


John & Peter running to the tomb

In reflecting on that picture, all I could think of is how THANKFUL I am that we who are in  Christ, have, in the words of the burial liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer “a sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Hallelujah!

We no longer are in doubt, Christ IS risen!  He is seated at the Father’s right hand, His work finished.  He is interceding for us and one day will raise us to be with Him.

Here are just a few of the Scriptures that articulate our HOPE in Christ:

Heb 6:19-20
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

1 Cor 15:20-24
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. … in Christ shall all be made alive. … Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

1 Cor 15:54-57
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Here’s a wonderful song by UK songwriter and worship leader Graham Kendrick which rejoices in this hope we have in Christ:  I Know He Lives!

(Should the embedded audio file above not display or play properly, use this link, but please respect copyright and purchase the song if you intend to keep it.)

The version of the song I’ve uploaded was available as a free download from Graham Kendrick’s website a few years ago.  The song is available for purchase on Graham Kendrick’s album Banquet.

Here are the words:

We have a strong and certain hope
Fixed and unchanging not in vain
We have a friend in heaven’s court
Since Jesus rose to life again

We have an anchor for the soul
Since Jesus’ blood has made a way
Into the deepest heart of God
Before the Father’s throne of grace

I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
I know he lives

We have a King high over all
The new creation’s firstborn Son
New heav’n and earth await his call
We shall be like him when he comes

We see him now in majesty
Enthroned above the galaxies
Until his glory burst the skies
And all creation joins the cry

I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
I know he lives
I know he lives
I know he lives

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 2008 Make Way Music

An Easter Reflection from Emily at Barnstorming: Let Him Easter in Us

April 22, 2014

If I had to name my favorite of all the devotional posts by Emily Polis Gibson at Barnstorming that I’ve read in the 2 1/2 years since I discovered her blog, I think it would have to be her entry Dayspring to Dimness, which she posted in 2012, and which I then posted here at L&B.   The quotation from Gerard Manley Hopkins, exhorting us to let Christ “easter in us” has stuck with me over the past 2 years, and it is undergirding my resolve to enter fully into this 50 day Easter season and invite Christ to increase His light, His beauty, His truth, His joy in me.  I want to live more in the fullness of His resurrection life!

So… I was excited to see that Emily has again posted Hopkins’ quote, and her reflection on what it means. 

Here’s the key portion of her reflection:

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins

Too often, the bright light of Easter morning dims over time
as I return to my daily routine.
In mere days,
the humdrum replaces the extraordinary,
tragedy overcomes festivity,
darkness overwhelms dawn.

The world encourages this,
I don’t muster enough resistance.
I climb right back into the tomb of my sin,
move the huge stone securely back in place,
and lie there waiting for rot to settle in.

I am not alone. I have plenty of company with me behind the stone.

The stone is pushed aside,
the burden shouldered,
the debt completely paid.

How can we allow the light to dim?

He is risen.

We are eastered beyond imagining.


Yes!  Amen!  Hallelujah!!

Oh Lord, continue to Easter in us, transform us.  Let us live in Your resplendent joy and radiance these coming 50 days!


Romans 8:11:  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.


April 22, 2014

From ABC News:

Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country’s chaotic civil war. . . .

Syria is considered the world’s most dangerous assignment for journalists. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in April that 61 journalists were kidnapped in Syria in 2013, while more than 60 have been killed since the conflict began.

The widespread abductions of journalists is unprecedented, and has been largely unreported by news organizations in the hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help to negotiate the captives’ release. Jihadi groups are believed to be behind most recent kidnappings. . . .

Meanwhile Saturday, the head of the mission charged with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons said the government had removed or destroyed around 80 percent of the country’s chemical weapons material. In a statement, Sigrid Kaag said at this rate, Syria could reach its deadline to eliminate its chemical weapons program within a United Nations-set deadline of June 30.

1 Corinthians 15:3-9 (ESV)
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

Dear Jesus,
I do not know exactly where You appeared to all of these disciples, but it was most likely in Israel. I do know that last of all You appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus. Come again to Syria, we pray. Amen.

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