Sunday, April 22, 2018

Amazing Grace


Grace! 'tis a charming sound,
harmonious to the ear.
- Philip Doddridge -




And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; 
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, 
may abound to every good work.
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 -

Enjoy the music while you read the beloved words
of this well-known hymn.




Amazing grace-
how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

T'was grace that taught
my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

Thru many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought us safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.
- John Newton -




And of his fulness have all we received, 
and grace for grace. 
For the law was given by Moses, 
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
- John 1:16-17 -


The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. 
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 
so that, just as sin reigned in death, 
so also grace might reign through righteousness 
to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD.
- Romans 5:20-21 -




Calling himself a "wretch" who was lost and blind,
John Newton recalled leaving school at the age of eleven
to begin a life as a rough, debauched seaman.
Eventually he engaged in the despicable practice of capturing natives
from West Africa to be sold as slaves to markets around the world.
But one day the grace of God put fear into the heart 
of this wicked slave trader through a fierce storm.
Greatly alarmed and fearful of a shipwreck,
Newton began to read The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis.
God used this book to lead him to a genuine conversion
and a dramatic change in his way of life.

Feeling a definite call to study for the ministry,
Newton was encouraged and greatly influenced 
by John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield.
At the age of thirty-nine, John Newton became an ordained minister
of the Anglican church to the little village of Olney,
near Cambridge, England.
To add further impact to his powerful preaching,
Newton introduced simple heartfelt hymns 
rather than the usual psalms in his services.

Until the time of his death at the age of eighty-two,
John Newton never ceased to marvel at the grace of God
that transformed him so completely.
Shortly before his death he is quoted as proclaiming
with a loud voice during a message,
"My memory is nearly gone,
but I remember two things:
That I am a great sinner 
and that Christ is a great Savior!"
What amazing grace!
- Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck -




Saved by grace alone!
This is my plea:
Jesus died for all mankind,
And Jesus died for me.
- Philip Doddridge -




Have a blessed Lord's Day,
sweet friends!

21 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Oh, how thankful I am for GRACE! The grace of God is the sweetest gift! What a powerful reminder you shared here, dear Stephanie! And your beautiful bouquet shows the beauty of it all the more...thank you, Jesus, for grace!

Wishing you a lovely week! Much love and blessings to you ♥
~Libby

Nina said...

Amazing Grace has such a deep and profound lyrics, it’s one of my favorite hymns (I know it by heart both in Finnish, Danish and English! :) Your photos are beautiful, it’s always a blessing to visit you here!
Sunshine and all the best to you and your family, Stephanie!
Nina

Lowcarb team member said...

Love these lyrics.
Your photographs are wonderful to see.

All the best Jan

Patti said...

Oh, yes, I am so thankful that I was given the grace to SEE how much I need the Lord! I love that hymn!

I am just returning to blogging after an absence of almost a year. I can't believe I missed the teacup exchange again. One of these times, I really want to partake.

Blessings,
Patti

(formerly of Joy in the Middle, now Ninety-Twelve Psalms Avenue)

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

This is one of my favorites... it helps to know the story of the lyrics... it ALWAYS makes me cry! Your flowers are beautiful and thank you for reminding me that there is GRACE all around us on this beautiful Sunday. I look forward to your Sunday posts..... hugs... Marilyn

Mari said...

Such a beautiful song, and it's especially poignant on the bagpipes.
I love John Newtons testimony.

Debbie Harris said...

"My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior" Amazing thought provoking statement! That is so true. I will remember that always, thank you for sharing.
Stephanie, this was one of your spectacular posts! That video and music gave me chills, awesome. It brought back a beautiful memory of Uncle Del's memorial service, that group was played, remember? Quite moving.
Amazing Grace is such a great hymn.
You have such a way of making any floral arrangement look absolutely gorgeous in your photos.
Awesome post!
Love you~ Mom

hobbyloes said...

What a beautiful song, so nice to hear, beautiful post!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Such a beautiful post! My husband performed a funeral over the weekend and they had a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace at the graveside. Our pastor just finished a series yesterday and it was on Saul's conversion. Another "Amazing Grace" story but also he pointed out that we seldom recognize Ananias. Because of HIS obedience . . . WE are sharing in the gift of salvation today. Ananias went obediently to minister to Saul who in turn took the message of the Gospel to the Gentiles. Amazing Grace, indeed!

Creations By Cindy said...

His divine Grace is more than amazing isn't it? Where would I be without His grace! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Chris Lally said...

The perfect way to start the week, Stephanie. A profoundly beautiful post! I am at a loss for words at the moment.

Marilyn Mathis said...

Truly "Grace Will Always Be Greater Than Sin" as the song goes. It is such a wonder that no matter who we are or what we have done, God's grace is available for us. Beautiful photos and I love the story of John Newton. Hugs.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh how I love that hymn, Stephanie, and love to sing it, too. I never knew the background of how the hymn came about and the conversion John Newton. Thank you for sharing with us, sweet friend. Love and blessings to you......

Henny Penny said...

Thank you. I enjoyed this so much!

Carol Z said...

Beautiful photographs. A few years ago I saw a play based on John Newton's life -- what a life and what a transformation. Take good care!

krishna said...

Another lovely post from my sweet friend..

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful post, we just sang this in church yesterday, I love the stories behind the songs. I love his quote at the end of his love, wonderful way to wrap it up.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Sylvia said...

So beautiful, Stephanie, I didn't know the story behind this Amazing hymn.
The music is so beautiful and heart touching. Praise God for His Amazing Grace through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Wandering Wren said...

Amazing Grace is one of those hymns, I only need to hear a couple of bars and I'm off remembering singing this at Primary school with gusto, or wavering and wobbling my way through it's beautiful but sad words singing at funerals... So beautiful.
Wren x

Lillie said...

Lovely post. Amazing Grace is one of my favorite, brings back childhood memories.

Have a good week !

Grace H. said...

Hey Stephanie! Tagged you for the Liebster Award over on my blog! http://blog.hellandfamily.com/DontYouKnowThatImSinging/post/2018/04/30/Liebster-Award!
If you don't do it, that's fine. Just thought I'd check and see. ;)

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