Praise God for His message shared through Ted on Sunday!  GR8 stuff!

At first I wanted to put “Speechless” on here because of one of the songs Steve played that had the lines:

When I think about the Lord
And how He saved me
And how He raised me

Those made me think of the chorus to Geoff and Steven’s “Speechless”

I am speechless
I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by Your wonderous grace
You have saved me
You have raised me from the grave
And I speechless
In Your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us

But after this listening to the message on Sunday in Fairway, there was no doubt what song I wanted to put up, especially as we remember and reflect upon our Lord Jesus Christ’s death *and* resurrection this Easter!  That song is “The Wonderful Cross”.  I’m not going to ask you to sing with me, but if you have a few minutes, definitely take the time to reflect on the sacrifice of love Christ joyfully made (Hebrews 12:1-2).  As Geoff sings in one of his songs, it was a price that was paid so that love could save the day.

The Wonderful Cross
By Isaac Watts, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, J.D. Walt (from the album The Noise We Make)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
All who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all

If the song sounds vaguely familiar, the original hymn is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts ( – includes a MIDI version, lyrics, and the history of the hymn and other cool info as well)

Galatians 6:11-18 (English Standard Version)

Final Warning and Benediction

 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

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