It's the first Saturday of spring (and a very quintessential spring day indeed) and we are marching toward Easter. With spring comes increased hustle and bustle, so we invite you today to find a quiet moment, calm your busy heart and reflect on this beautiful prayer. Let's posture our hearts today in preparation for a corporate gathering tomorrow at 10am.
Thou hast led me singing to the cross
where I fling down all my burdens
and see them vanish,
where my mountains of guilt are levelled
to a plain,
where my sins disappear, though they are
the greatest that exist,
and are more in number than the grains
of fine sand;
For there is power in the blood of Calvary
to destroy sins more than can be counted
even by one from the choir of heaven.
Thou hast given me a hill-side spring
that washes clear and white,
and I go as a sinner to its waters,
bathing without hindrance
in its crystal streams.
At the cross there is free forgiveness
for poor and meek ones,
and ample blessings that last for ever;
The blood of the Lamb is like a great river
of infinite grace
with never any diminishing of its fullness
as thirsty ones without number drink of it.
O Lord, for ever will thy free forgiveness live
that was gained on the mount of blood;
In the midst of a world of pain
it is a subject for praise in every place,
a song on earth, an anthem in heaven,
its love and virtue knowing no end.
I have a longing for the world above
where multitudes sing the great song,
for my soul was never created to love
the dust of earth.
Though here my spiritual state is frail and poor,
I shall go on singing Calvary’s anthem.
May I always know
that a clean heart full of goodness
is more beautiful than the lily,
that only a clean heart can sing by night
and by day,
that such a heart is mine when I abide
- “Calvary’s Anthem”, from The Valley of Vision
Posted: March 15
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Love, though wildly romanticized and often nebulous, is the single greatest sentiment sought after by human kind throughout the centuries. The desire to love and be loved is the foundation of the majority of our songs, literature and film. John Lennon even went so far as to say that “all you need is love.”
Though the meaning of love is often cluttered with misguided culture and centered around self, the intrinsic desire for unconditional love is intentionally and graciously birthed in each person by God, who is in Himself true love.
God is the author of marriage, the creator of family, the designer behind all human relationships. He gets love. Creation was breathed in love and humankind was offered eternal salvation through the single defining act of love.
When Jesus’ closest followers asked Him which of the many good commandments was the most important, He replied that the greatest law is to love God passionately and wholeheartedly. And the second most important is similar, to love people with that same love.
Valley Christian Assembly is a group of people that are asking all of the same questions about love that the world is asking, but while looking to the only source of answers, Jesus Christ. As we learn together how to truly love and accept the unconditional, unmerited love of Christ, we will discover not how others should love us, but rather, how to shower those we know and meet with the same, crazy love that was first shown to us.
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