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In Evil long I took Delight
http://billrandles.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/in-evil-long-i-took-delight/ ^ | 1789 | John Newton

Posted on 09/07/2010 9:22:32 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles

In Evil long I took delight,

Unawed by shame or fear.

Till a new object struck my sight,

and stopp’d my wild career:

I saw one hanging on a tree

By agonies and blood,

Who fixed His languid eyes on me,

as near His cross I stood.

Sure never till my latest breath,

Can I forget that look:

It seemed to charge me with His death,

Though not a Word I spoke:

My conscience felt and own’d the guilt

and plunged me in despair:

I saw my sins,His blood had spilt,

and helped to nail Him there

Alas I knew not what I did!

But now my tears are vain:

Where shall my trembling soul be hid?

For I the Lord hath slain!

-a second look He gave which said,

“I freely all forgive;

This blood is for my ransom aid:

I die that thou may’st live.”

Thus while His death my sin displays

In all its blackest hue:

Such is the mystery of grace,

It seals my pardon too.

With pleasing grief, and mournful joy,

My spirit now is filled,

That I should such a life destroy,

Yet live by him I killed

By John Newton-(Author of Amazing grace- former slave owner and slave, a man so depraved even his fellow sailors abhored Him, but saved by Amazing grace of God!)


TOPICS: Ministry/Outreach; Prayer; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: amazing; grace; jesus; newton

1 posted on 09/07/2010 9:22:37 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

God blessed John Newton with His forgiveness and with a way with words that blesses those who read and sing them. Thank you for posting this; I hadn’t read or heard this Newton piece before.


2 posted on 09/07/2010 9:29:07 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: pastorbillrandles

This is what should be sung in Churches, and only hymns like this.

These type of Hymns are mini-sermons all by themselves. Full of life, full of the Gospel, full of encouragement, full of conviction!

I pray to God that the churches of America wake up and toss overboard the little light-weight useless ditties that masquerade as Hymns today.

They are worth less than colored-water, as far as spirtual nourishment is concerned.

It is the difference between red-meat and moldy bread.


3 posted on 09/07/2010 9:29:13 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: pastorbillrandles

Beautiful, and a great reminder of Jesus’ love for us.
Thank you for posting this!


4 posted on 09/07/2010 9:29:15 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: LUV W

PING


5 posted on 09/07/2010 9:30:47 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Thank you. Amazing Grace is one of my favorite hymns and it’s
good to read this verse. Knowing God makes all the difference...


6 posted on 09/07/2010 9:34:38 PM PDT by LUV W (DIMs?......start packin'--you're fired!....I can see November from my house!)
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To: pastorbillrandles
If you really want to mess up your mind, go back and read/sing it to the tune of "Gilligan's Island".

You'll notice that it fits perfectly. Do you know why?

7 posted on 09/07/2010 9:38:05 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: pastorbillrandles

Thank you, that has always been a favorite of mine.


8 posted on 09/07/2010 9:50:30 PM PDT by Natural Law (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: SoConPubbie

Add “And Can it Be That I Should Gain” by Charles Wesley to your list.


9 posted on 09/07/2010 11:20:45 PM PDT by pankot
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To: pastorbillrandles

Very moving! THANKS for posting!


10 posted on 09/08/2010 2:24:11 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: pastorbillrandles

Amazing Grace and it’s History (just awesome): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMF_24cQqT0


11 posted on 09/08/2010 3:20:40 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: justlurking

Why?


12 posted on 09/08/2010 6:29:13 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles
Both are in "ballad meter": alternating 8 and 6 syllable verses.
13 posted on 09/08/2010 6:32:03 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: justlurking

Whewww! I thought you were going to say that the Television series stole the hymn and changed the words! Thanks-Pas Bill


14 posted on 09/08/2010 6:33:24 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

Oh, that our eyes would be open to the evil that entertains us. And we’ve shut the door to shame ever entering out conscious thought.

Thank you. I appreciate the works of true servants of the Living God. The Truth rings loudly in their testimony.

If we spent a weekend debating the transformed life of Mr Newton, I dare say we would make more progress than after any empty debate over the jots and tittles of many a ‘learned’ theologian and the defense of what they ‘truly’ mean.


15 posted on 09/09/2010 5:05:05 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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