Scriptures with Songs

To Rejoice Before the LORD!

harvest-rejoiceFACILITATOR: Joyful Sabbath brethren. Welcome to our Hymn Singing and Scriptural Reading for today’s Sabbath service. May we call on Mr. _______________________ to lead us in the opening prayer.

Opening prayer…

Thank you, Mr._________________. Let us open our hymnals on:

HYMN 1: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee  (page 6)

HYMN 2: Praise My Soul, The King of Heaven (page 8)

HYMN 3: The Lord Eternal Reigns (page 9)

A. COMMAND TO REJOICE BEFORE THE LORD

The Holy Bible is replete with exhortations to rejoice. In fact, the word “rejoice” can be found in the Bible 258 times (194 in the Old Testament, 64 in the New Testament). Add to these are words “glad” “gladness” and “joy”, “joyful”, and we can come up with hundreds of times these words were written and enjoined in the Scriptures.

In addition, God commanded us to rejoice before Him. And it is a command with specific purpose. We are not only to rejoice anywhere or anytime or with anyone we want to. But these are explicit commands to rejoice in His presence—before our God the Creator. Our first set of Bible readers will further explain these:

BIBLE READER 1: ________________ will be reading verses that will explain the command to rejoice in the place that God has chosen and to rejoice with the family, household members and strangers within your gates or in other words, guests in your house

Deuteronomy 12:5,7,12-14,18

Deuteronomy 14:23-26

Deuteronomy 27:4-5,7

BIBLE READER 2:_________________ will be reading verses that will illustrate the command to rejoice during the appointed time of the Lord – the Feast Days of God

Leviticus 23:2,4, 39-40

Deuteronomy 16:10-11, 13-15

Deuteronomy 26:3, 10-11

FACILITATOR: Thank you bible readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we sing the following hymn

HYMN 4:  O Give Thanks and Praise the Eternal ( Page 15)

B. CAUSES OF REJOICING – NATION OF ISRAEL

FACILITATOR : Please be seated brethren. Let us now focus our attention on the causes of rejoicing. In a poem made by Helen Steiner Rice, she aptly summarized the reason for our rejoicing:

You ask me how I know it’s true

That there is a living God-

A God who rules the universe,

The sky… the sea.. the sod…

A God who holds all creatures

In the hollow of His hand,

A God who put infinity

In one tiny grain of sand…

A God who made the seasons-

Winter, summer, fall and spring,

And put his flawless rhythm

Into each created thing…

What better answers are there

To prove his Holy Being

Than the wonders all around us

That are ours just for the seeing!

Our next set of Bible readers will be reading some of the events that caused the nation of Israel to rejoice before the Lord.

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Lessons from the Ten Plagues of Egypt

plagues-mbpOpening prayer…

Thank you, Mr._________________. Let us open our hymnals on:

HYMN 1: Praise the Eternal with a Psalm, (page 2)

HYMN 2: Guide Us, O Thou Great Redeemer (page 60)

HYMN 3: The Battle Belongs to the Lord (page 170)

In today’s Passover celebration, the first Day of Unleavened Bread, we will focus our hymn singing and scriptural readings on the lessons that we can learn from the Ten Plagues of Egypt.

The 10 Plagues of Egypt from the Book of Exodus is one of the most well known events from the Bible. Some people are familiar with the details of the plagues themselves, but not everyone understands their full impact on ancient Egypt.

At the time the Egyptians did not recognised the Holy One of Israel, the God that sent Moses back to the Pharaoh, the Egyptians believed and worshipped many gods and idols. There were gods of the sky, gods of the waters, gods of the land, gods for just about everything. Each one of the ten plagues that God sent through Moses were not just random plagues. These ten plagues are a direct attack against the Egyptian gods and idols.

In the end, the plagues did not only devastate Egypt both physically and economically, but more importantly their gods were proven powerless to help Egypt and the Pharaoh from the true God of Israel. Each of the ten plagues targeted a specific one or combination of the Egyptian gods or goddesses whose attributes or activities as described in Egyptian religion and mythology are specific characteristics of the One True God.

So, why did God send the plagues? Our first Bible reader _______________will be reading pertinent verses that show the reasons why God send the plagues to Egypt.

BIBLE READER 1: Exodus 7:3-5; Proverbs 1:1-7, 20-31

The nine (9) Bible readers to follow will be reading the 10 plagues that struck Egypt. They will also be reading a short commentary and description of the idol or god or goddess that the particular plague brought by God the Almighty is attacking.

Bible readers 2 to 4 will be reading the verses pertaining to the first set of plagues that struck Egypt.

BIBLE READER 2: will be reading the story of how God through Moses and Aaron turned the Nile River into Blood. Exodus 7:14-25

Psalm 78:16; Isaiah 55:9-11;

Isaiah 64:8;

Acts 14:17; Colossians 1:15-16

Commentary :  This plague targeted Egyptian triune gods, Hapi, Anquet and Khnum.

As a water god, Hapi was a deity of fertility - he provided water, food and the yearly flooding of the Nile. The Egyptians believed that without Hapi, Egypt would have died, and so he was sometimes revered even above Ra, the sun god. As a result he was held the father of all beings and things.

Anqet was a goddess of the waters of the Nile, a goddess of fertility, who was thought to embrace the river. She was believed to be a protective deity, one who gave life to the pharaoh and the whole land of Egypt itself.

Khnum was originally a water god who was thought to rule over all water, including the rivers and lakes of the underworld. He was believed to make sure that there is enough precious black silt onto the river banks to make them fertile. The silt also formed the clay, the raw material required to make pottery. As a result he was closely associated with the art of pottery. According to one creation myth, Khnum molded everything on his potter’s wheel, including both the people and the other gods.

When God turns the Nile River into blood, it is to show that God is more powerful than these three gods combined. God alone is the Creator of lands, rivers and sea and He is our only Master Potter.

BIBLE READER 3: will be reading the plague about frogs—Exodus 8:1-15

Genesis 1:20-21

Isaiah 4:4

Ezekiel 36:25

Titus 2:11-14

1John 1:9

Commentary : Heqet (Heket) was a goddess of childbirth and fertility in ancient Egypt. She was depicted as a frog, or a woman with the head of a frog. Frogs symbolized fruitfulness and new life.

According to one tradition, she was the wife of Khnum. He created each person on his potter's wheel, and she breathed life into them before they were placed in their mother's womb.

Pregnant women wore amulets depicting Heqet for protection during pregnancy and childbirth. She was also believed to have the power in resurrecting the dead. Frogs also symbolized filthiness and impurities. When God brought the plagues of the frogs, this is to remind the Egyptians of their filthiness and that only God can cleanse them of their impurity.

The plague of the frogs depicted God as having the control over His creatures, including frogs. God alone brings about resurrection and new life.

BIBLE READER 4 : will be reading the plagues about lice and flies—Exodus  8:16-19; 8:20-32

Genesis 1:24-25

Psalm 104:25

Hebrews 7:3

John 11:25

Romans 6:4

1Thess 4:14

Commentary :  Khepri or Kheper (who had the head of a fly)was associated with the scarab or dung beetle. The Egyptians, however, believed that the young scarab emerged spontaneously from the burrow as if created from nothing. Thus, Kheper was a self-created god. The scarab beetle also lays its eggs in decaying flesh of animals, leading the ancient Egyptians to speculate that those scarab beetles were created from dead matter. As a result, Khepri was strongly associated with rebirth, renewal, and resurrection.

The plagues of the lice and flies showed God that he has the power over insects like lice and flies. He is the only God who has no beginning and no end. He is the true source of birth, renewal and resurrection.

Thank you Bible readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

HYMN 4: Give Thanks and Offer Praise (page 41)

The next bible readers will continue to tell us the story about the plagues that afflicted Egypt.

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Lessons from God's Creatures - Animals

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Scriptures with Songs: Lessons God's Creatures –THE ANIMALS

PRELUDE Music

OPENING PRAYER

OPENING HYMNS:

HYMN 1:  Praise You the Lord, p.40

HYMN 2:  Great God Who Made the Universe, p. 13

HYMN 3:  We Sing the Mighty Power of God p. 3

The Bible shows a vital interest in every aspect of God’s creation. It looks upon the creatures in terms of how mankind relates to it rather than in terms of its physical structure or nature. For example, in Genesis 1:14, it states that God created the heavenly lights for signs and seasons and for days and years. It does not state how God was able to combine all chemical/material components to create what we now call stars. Also, in Genesis 1:29, it states that God created the herbs and fruit bearing trees for food of both man and beast.

In Genesis 1:25, it was stated that His creation was “good”, translated from the Hebrew word “tov” which means that vital and important lessons can drawn from them. God is the Creator of all things and He is also concerned with His creation. Not even a lowly sparrow falls to the ground without God’s eyes on it (Matt 10:29).

So, in today’s Hymn Singing and Scriptural Reading Service, we will focus on God’s creatures that populate the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The animals. Scientists form theories about animals based on their physical characteristics and draw conclusion to justify yet a popular theory, the evolution. On the other hand, the Bible reveals the unique role of animals in relation to man.

Our first set of Bible readers will elucidate certain facts about these creatures-

BIBLE READER No. 1  will read the creation account and the privilege and responsibility God gave to man concerning the animals

Psalm 104:20-25

Job 38:1-4,39-41

Job 39:1-4,13-17

Genesis 1:20-28

Deut 5:12-14

BIBLE READER No. 2 will read the account about Noah and the directive given by God in anticipation of the flood that will kill both wicked man and beast. Notice that in this account, God is not only mindful about Noah’s family but also His creatures.

Genesis 6;6-9,13-14,17-21

Genesis 7:2-3,7-9,19-23

Genesis 8:1-2,15-19

Genesis 9:1-2,11

BIBLE READER NO. 3 will read the account of how God used some of the animals to plague and strip off the pride of Egypt.

Exodus 8:1-4,8-11,16-17,20-24

Exodus 9:1-4,8-10

Exodus 10:3-6,13-15

FACILITATOR: Thank you to our first set of bible readers. Let us now rise brethren and sing responsive thanksgiving hymns.

HYMN 4: Some Trust in Chariots,

HYMN 5: When Israel Out of Egypt Went, p 92

FACILITATOR : Thank you brethren, Please be seated. As mentioned in God’s command to Adam, man should subdue and have dominion over animals. God also determined right from the very start how to utilize animals. Our next 3 bible readers will read Scriptures that show the fundamental use of animals

BIBLE READER NO. 4 will read the accounts of Abel, Noah and Abraham as they sent sweet smelling aroma to God through the sacrifice of animals. He will also read God’s statutes through Moses regarding offerings.

Genesis 4:2-4

Genesis 8:20-22

Genesis 22:1-8,11-13

Leviticus 1:1-4,10,14

Leviticus 23:2,12,18-19

BIBLE READER NO. 5 will read the statutes of God about animals as food for man.

Genesis 9:3-4

Leviticus 11:2-3,9,20-21,41-43,46-47

 Leviticus 3:17

Leviticus 7:23

BIBLE READER NO. 6 will read other uses of animals – for clothing, as beasts of burden and as a means of transportation, etc.

Deut 22:10  

Deut 25:4  

Genesis 37:25

Genesis 3:21

Psalm 144:13-14

Numbers 31:20

Proverbs 27:23,26-27

Matthew 3:4

2Samuel 16:1-2

Matt 21:1-7

FACILITATOR : Thank you bible readers. Please all rise brethren as we sing the following hymns as we praise God:

HYMN 6: Like the Deer, p. 184

HYMN 7:  On Eagle’s Wings, p 84

Thank you brethren. Please be seated. And now, let us direct our attention to specific animals that God used in order for man to learn some spiritual lessons. These animals have certain characteristics that God would like His people to have. The Bible is generous  in giving us the details on how these animals paraded their enviable character.

The first animal we will study is the Eagle. Eagles are included among the birds mentioned in the Bible (Lev. 11:13),not suitable for food, but they were admired as majestic birds. The golden  eagle, which was common in the land of Israel, is really dark brown with sprinkles of gold, has a 26-meter  (8-feet) wingspread. It nests in high places that are inaccessible (Jer.  49:16). There, in a nest which the eagle makes larger each year, the eagle  hatches two eggs. Usually only one eaglet survives to adulthood.  An eagle has KEEN EYESIGHT. He can spot his prey while soaring hundreds  of feet in the air. Like a lightning bolt, he drops to seize it, killing it  quickly with his powerful claws. Then he swoops back to his nest to rip the  meat apart and share it with his young. BIBLE READER NO. 7 will read a passage about the eagle having a very keen eyesight or vision. She/He will also be reading verses about the importance of having a vision of God’s plan.

Job 39:27-29

Prov 29:18

Habakkuk 2:2-3

Eph 1:15-19

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Mga Hiwaga sa Biblia

Mga Hiwaga sa Biblia

SONG SERVICE SCRIPT – MARCH 9, 2013

mystery Magandang umaga ng Sabbath mga kapatid. Maraming salamat sa ating Sharing Village ensemble sa kanilang prelude na nagbukas sa atin sa presensya ng ating Panginoong Diyos. Tayo’y magsitayo at sa ating pagsisimula ng gawain at pagpupuri sa Panginoong Diyos, ating tawagin si Ginoong ____________ para tayo ay pamunuan sa ating panimulang panalangin.

 Maraming salamat G.________, manatili tayong nakatayo at buksan ang ating hymnal sa

 HYMN 1 – pahina 32 –ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING

HYMN 2 – pahina 165 – GOD OF THE AGES

HYMN 3 –pahina 71 - GATHER US IN

Maraming salamat mga kapatid, kayo’y mangagsiupo.

MYSTERY, MISTERYO, HIWAGA, LIHIM O SIKRETO – mga kataga o salita na kapag ginagamit sa ating pangkasalukuyan pananalita ay nangangahulugan ng mga natatagong mga bagay o kaalaman.

Marami sa atin ay nakahiligan nang magbasa ng mga tinatawag na mystery books na kung saan ang may-akda ay pilit na itinatago ang tunay na pangyayari sa buong aklat at sa dulo lamang inihahayag ang tunay na pakahulugan.

Subalit ang Bibliya, ang ating banal na aklat ay hindi isang “mystery book”.

Sa tuwing mababanggit sa Banal na Kasulatang ang salitang “mystery”, misteryo o hiwaga, kaakibat nito ang mga salitang, “inilalahad, “ibinubunyag”, “ipinapaintindi”, o sa wikang Ingles, “revealed”, “manifested”, “comprehend”, “understand”.

Sa katunayan, ang salitang Griyego, musterion, na pinagmulan ng salitang mystery ay may kahulugang – “upang ipaalam ang kahulugan ng mga espesyal na sikreto”.

Ang mga tao, dahil sa kanilang mga kasalanan at sariling limitasyong pisikal ay nananatiling mangmang sa kung ano ang plano ng Diyos kapag sila ay hinayaan sa kanilang mga sariling interpretasyon at kaparaanan.

Ang Panginoong Diyos na mahabagin ay sinasagot ang kakulangang ito sa pamamagitan ng paglalahad ng kanyang plano.

Kaya naman, ang plano ng Diyos ay inilalahad, ang tawag sa Bibliya ng mga ito ay “mystery”, “misteryo” o “hiwaga”.

Sa araw na ito ng Sabbath, ating pag aaralan ang mga misteryo na inilahad ng Panginoong Diyos sa kanyang Banal na Kasulatan.

Ang ating unang grupo o batch ng mga tagabasa ay maglalahad ng unang tatlong misteryo ng Diyos.

1.UNANG TAGABASA (Reader 1) – ay magbabasa ng mga piling talata tungkol sa MISTERYO NG BANAL NA KASULATAN

Roma 16:25-27

Colosas 1:24-27

2 Timoteo 3:15-17

Deuteronomio 29:29

2.PANGALAWANG TAGABASA (Reader 2) –ay magbabasa naman ng tungkol sa MISTERYO NG PANANAMPALATAYA

1 Timoteo 3:8-9

1 Corinto 2:6-7,12-16

3. PANGATLONG TAGABASA (Reader 3) –  ay magbabasa ng mga talatang tungkol sa MISTERYO NG MABUTING BALITA

Efeso 6:14,17-20

Efeso 3:3-6,8-12

Isaias 61:9-11

Salamat sa unang grupo ng mga tagabasa.

Sa pamamagitan ng ating pananampalataya,dito natin mauunawaan na sa halip na itinatago,binubuksan sa atin ng ating Panginoong Diyos ang katotohanan ng kanyang ebanghelyo at kautusan.

Tayo’s magsitayo at ating pagtibayin ang pagpapasalamat at pagpupuri sa Kanya sa pamamagitan ng pag awit. Buksan natin ang ating hymnal sa

HYMN 4- pahina 86 – FEAR NOT REJOICE AND BE GLAD

HYMN 5- pahina  186 – THE LAW OF GOD

Salamat mga kapatid. Kayo’y magsiupo at pagtuunan natin ng pansin ang misteryo ng Diyos. Ano nga ba ang gustong ipahiwatig ng Panginoong Diyos tungkol sa Kanya? Ano ang papel na ginagampanan ng Diyos Ama at ni Jesu-Cristo? Ang lahat ng ito ay inihahayag sa mga piling talata na babasahin ng ating mga sumusunod na tagabasa:

4. PANG-APAT NA TAGABASA (Reader 4) –ay magbabasa naman ng mga talatang nagpapahayag ng MISTERYO NG PAGKAMAKADIYOS. Paano napapakita ang kahulugan ng karakter na ito ng Diyos

1Timoteo 3:14-16

1Timoteo 4:6-8

Filipos 2:5-11

5. IKALIMANG TAGABASA (Reader 5) – ay magbabasa ng mga piling talata na naghahayag ng MISTERYO NI CRISTO

Colosas 4:3-4

Roma 1:2-4

Hebreo  4:14-15

1Juan 1:1-4

6. IKA-ANIM NA TAGABASA (Reader 6) – ay magbabasa ng mga talata tungkol sa MISTERYO NG PAGKADIYOS NI CRISTO

Colosas 2:2-3

Colosas 2:9-10

Juan 10:29-30

Mateo 11:27

Awit 110:1-4

 

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Garden Lessons in the Bible

gardensGarden Lessons in the Bible (Scriptures With Songs)

PRELUDE

OPENING PRAYER :

OPENING HYMNS :

Hymn  1: The Creator of Life (p. 202)

Hymn  2: All Praise Him (p.223)

Hymn 3: All His Children (p.147)

Introduction

In John 15:1-2, Jesus Christ said,” “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

In these verses we find a very revealing description Jesus used to describe the work of His Father, God as a “vinedresser”

In other translations, vinedresser was translated as “gardener”(NIV, NLT) God as the Gardener.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is replete with flora and fauna, trees, shrubs, rivers or ponds, flowers and fruits. Indeed, God uses these imageries to make known His plan. Jesus Christ compares God’s Kingdom to a vineyard, to a farm, to a piece of land with trees, plants and animals. In other words, to a garden.

In today’s Song Service, we will visit five gardens in the Bible that are very significant in the fulfillment of God’s plan for mankind. We will look into each one’s symbolism to better appreciate God’s role as a vinedresser – as a gardener.

The first Garden that we will visit is the Garden of Eden – the so-called Garden of Birth or beginnings.

Bible Reader 1: Will read how detailed God was in making things ready for man by “planting” the first garden.

Genesis 2:4-22

Bible Reader 2 : will read verses that introduced another being in the Garden of Eden that “destroys” the idyllic setting of Eden. In Ezekiel 28, he was represented by the King of Tyre and in Ezekiel 31, he was represented by Pharaoh.

Ezekiel 28: 12-19

Ezekiel 31:2-14, 18

Bible Reader 3: Will read verses that usher in the birth of man’s sin. Man had been given a choice – to obey God or not, and in this instance, no matter how beautiful and perfect the surroundings were, man chose the wrong path that resulted in his banishment from the Garden.

Genesis 3:1-24

Hymns:

Hymn 4: Great God Who Made the Universe (p.13)

Hymn 5: God Leads Us Along (p.83)

FACILITATOR: After the Fall of Man,God guarded the Garden of Eden so that man will not eat the fruit of the tree of life and live miserable lives forever. End of story? No! The Bible introduces us to another Garden, the Garden of En Gedi that explains to us God’s quality in action – LOVE. In 1 John 4:7-9, it says,

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”

Bible Reader 4: Will read verses in the Song of Songs that describe the love between a man and a woman exemplified by the rich visualization of the Garden of En Gedi.

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Song of Songs 1:1-8, 12-17

Song of Songs 2:1-3,10-14

Song of Songs 4:12-15

Song of Songs 5:1

Song of Songs: 6:2-3

Bible Reader 5: Will read verses that showed God’s love for Israel. Please note the imageries used by God to describe His love for Israel

Hosea 2:14-17, 19-23

Hosea 14:4-8

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Scriptures With Songs: Justice and Righteousness

rays_lightScriptures With Songs: JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS

PRELUDE Music

FACILITATOR : Thank you COGSV Music Ensemble for that fitting prelude to our praise and thanksgiving service to our Almighty Father this Sabbath day.  Joyful Sabbath brethren, may we all rise and may we request Mr. _________________ to lead us in the opening prayer.

OPENING PRAYER :

FACILITATOR : Thank you, Mr.________________. For our first opening hymn,

HYMN 1:  A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, p.30

HYMN 2:  Rejoice in God, p. 30

HYMN 3: Sing Praises and Rejoice, p.4

Thank you brethren, you may all now take your seats.

In four weeks’ time, we will be celebrating the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. As we meditate on the significance of this Feast, we remember the redemptive act of God through the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, we are redeemed from our sins and making ourselves reconciled and declared “just” before God.

Hence, in addition to redemption and reconciliation as lessons to remember during the Passover celebration, TWO other facets or aspects of this Feast that we need to learn and exercise is JUSTICE and RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Oftentimes, we thought   righteousness is different from justice. However, in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, both Hebrew and Greek words for “righteousness” have the same root word for “justice”. Thus, biblically speaking justice and righteousness are two inseparable words. One cannot say person is “just” without making him upright or “righteous” before God.

One writer says that righteousness is God’s character or His inherent quality while justice is God’s righteousness in action. God’s righteousness is God’s equity of character which means to possess all good qualities in perfection and perfect balance. While another writer defines justice, "a harmony

which comes from a right relationship to the covenant Lord and to the neighbour to whom a person is related by covenant bond"'.

Righteousness is the resultant quality developed after exercising justice through obeying the statutes, laws and commandments of God.

Jesus Christ taught us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:37-39)

Prophet Micah counseled, “He has shown you , O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

A. DEFINITION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE

Our first set of bible readers will illustrate these meanings by reading the following Scriptures:

BIBLE READER No. 1 will read bible verses pertaining to righteousness, translated from the Hebrew word “tsedeq” which means “justify, righteous, just, justice, cleansed” ( Strong’s 6663-6664)

Psalm 85:10-13

Psalm 48:10

Psalm 119:142-144

Isa 45:8

Isa 51:1,5-7

Hosea 2:19

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“Strengthen Me”

The past two months brought peril of robbers, crises, affliction by prolonged illness while the Hipe family continuously ministered in household of the LORD, and He delivered them through it all. Our dedicated elder Raul was then able to offer this song “Strengthen Me,” during the Sabbath of August 22, accompanied for the first time by both his children, Ralph on guitar and Arielle on keyboard. Just a couple of weeks after Ralph began learning guitar chords, mom Vivian had no idea the music she selected from Sally DeFord's collection was way beyond beginner's level, but wonder of wonders, both their children were blessed to rise in joyful offering...

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