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Hope for the Nations

As I was thinking about the brokenness in the world during Gospel for Asia’s all-night prayer meeting, I wrote this, then we sang this song.

There are people with actual problems.
There are children enslaved in labor.
Men who break down ships for a living.
A toxic, dangerous, illegal task.

There are people groups hated by everyone.
Like the Rohingya, without a home.
They are pushed aside, abused.
Is there anyone who cares for them?

Innocent, scared children,
Lied to and forced to beg.
Literally maimed or blinded
For more profit, they said.

There’s the woman who thinks she’s worthless.
I’m a sex doll, is what she thought.
I’m no better than this, it’s what I deserve.
But of truth and hope she knows naught.

Jesus. Hope of the nations.
Jesus. Comfort for all who mourn.
You are the source of heaven’s hope in earth.

Jesus. Light in the darkness.
Jesus. Truth in each circumstance.
You are the source of heaven’s light on earth.

In history, you lived and died.
You broke the chain.
You rose to life!

You are the hope, living in us.
You are the rock in whom we trust.
You are the light, shining for all the world to see.

You rose from the dead,
Conquering fear.
Our prince of peace,
Drawing us near.

Jesus our hope, living for all who will receive.
Lord we believe.

The Privilege of Suffering

Pondering these verses.

You are given, in this battle, the privilege not merely of believing in Christ but also of suffering for his sake. It is now your turn to take part in that battle you once saw me engaged in, and which, in point of fact, I am still fighting. 

Philippians 1:29-30 (Phillips translation)

God of this City

I spent an afternoon in Dallas with some friends, and part of our adventure was going to the top of the Sheraton to see the city. 

We spent some time praying for the city and worshipping, and this song was very fitting. 

“God of This City” by Chris Tomlin

You’re the God of this City 

You’re the King of these people 

You’re the Lord of this nation 

You are 


[Verse 2]

You’re the Light in this darkness 

You’re the Hope to the hopeless 

You’re the Peace to the restless 

You are 


There is no one like our God 

There is no one like our God 


[Chorus]

For greater things have yet to come 

And greater things are still to be done in this City 

Greater thing have yet to come 

And greater things are still to be done in this City