Hello my friends and welcome back for another service of Cowboy Church.
Today's musical selection begins with Jim Reeves singing Have Thine Own Way Lord. This song was written by Adelaide A. Pollard in 1902. Pollard had a strong urge to go to become a missionary in Africa. When her attempt to raise funds failed to fall through she found herself feeling distressed. However at a prayer meeting she heard an elderly lady pray, "It really doesn't matter what you do with us, Lord -- just have your way with our lives . . .." This simple prayer stuck with her an moved her. When she got home that night she sat down and wrote this song. This simple story shows us that God may not give us something we think we should have when we think we should have it because he has a powerful work to perform through our lives first and with how many people have been moved by this song it is easy to say that God knew what he was doing. Next up comes Tennessee Ernie Ford singing Rock of Ages. This hymn was written by Augustus Toplady. In the 1775 article, Life a Journey, he published the first stanza of the hymn. A year later the complete hymn appeared in Gospel Magazine under the title A Living and Dying Prayer for the Holiest Believer in the World. This is followed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans singing Softly and Tenderly. This song was written by Will Lamartine Thompson, who also wrote patriotic and secular songs as well as gospel. His other gospel song include Lead Me Gently Home Father and Jesus is all the World to Me. Softly and Tenderly was first published in Sparkling Gems, Nos. 1 and 2, a collection of hymns published by Thompson's own company, in 1880. Before his good friend evangelist Dwight L. Moody passed away Moody told Thompson “Will, I would rather have written ‘Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling’ than anything I have been able to do in my whole life.” This recording comes from Roy and Dale's 1973 gospel album, In the Sweet By and By. Next is The Bailes Brothers with their 1951 recording of Daniel Prayed. Next comes Charlie Rich singing Old Time Religion. It is unknown all who wrote this song, yet Charles Davis Tillman plays a major role in why we know this song today. Tillman was born shortly after the American Civil War and one day he was passing some fields in South Carolina and heard some former slaves singing this song. It stuck with him and he jotted down the lyrics. The song was officially published for the first time in 1873, but who knows how long it was around before then. This recording comes from Rich's 1976 gospel album, Silver Linings. Next is the singing cowboy, Gene Autry with Silver Spurs (Upon the Golden Stairs). Gene co-wrote this with Cindy Walker. This recording comes from an episode of Gene's Melody Ranch Radio Show dated 11/18/45. This is followed by Johnny Cash singing No Earthly Good. In the notes for the Unearthed box set, John wrote, "That's a song I wrote for phony pious Christians 'You're so heavenly minded you're no earthly good.' People who are always talking about Heaven and how close we are to being there give Christianity a bad name. And it should have a good name because it's a wonderful thing. Wonderful and I don't like it, it makes me very angry, when charlatans abuse and misuse the Gospel of Jesus Christ, It's outrageous and totally uncalled for." Today's musical selection ends with The Sons of the Pioneers singing The Place Where I Worship. This recording comes from their 1963 gospel album, Hymns of the Cowboy.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:8
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. Psalm 119:30
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 2 Samuel 7:28
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. Proverbs 11:13
Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. Proverbs 28:26
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. Daniel 6:23
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelations 21:5
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. Luke 3:18
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble on its own. Matthew 6:34-35
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Thanks for joining me come back next week for another service of Cowboy Church. Happy trails to you until we meet again.