Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cowboy Church #115

 Hello my friends and welcome back for another service of Cowboy Church.

Earlier this year Loretta Lynn released a new album, Still Woman Enough. This album was mostly made up of covers of old songs as well as new versions of Loretta's most famous classics. One of the highlights of her lovely version of Where No One Stands Alone. The song was originally written by Mosie Lister in 1955. Lister had written many great southern gospel songs including, His Hand in MineHe Knows Just What I NeedTill the Storm Passes By and Then I Met the Master. Next the Sons of the Pioneers sing All God's Children Got Wings. This is followed by Charley Pride singing Whispering Hope.  This beautiful hymn comes from the pen of Alice Hawthorne (the pen name for poet Septimus Winner), who is best known for her contributions to children's music with songs like, Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? and Ten Little Indians. This version comes from Charley's first gospel album, Did You Think to Pray. Next The Charlie Daniels Band preforms The Old Rugged Cross. The song itself dates back to 1913 and was written by evangelist, George Bennard. Actually the first verse was written in 1912. It was written while Bennard was a part of a series of revival meetings in Albion, Michigan. He was worried about the complete disregard for the gospel around him and wrote this verse as a repose. Of writing it Bennard said, "I seemed to have a vision ... I saw the Christ and the cross inseparable." The song wouldn't be completed for several months, when he was leading meetings at a local church in Pokagan, Michigan. He played it for Rev. Leroy (the sponsoring pastor) and his wife, Ruby Bostwick, both of whom found themselves moved to tears. It was then incorporated into a service at that church on June 7, 1913. The song has the same effect today as it must have back then. This version comes from the band's 2002 album,  How Sweet the Sound: 25 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Greats. Unlike the group's earlier Christian albums, which contained original songs, this album is made up of old gospel classics. In my opinion this is one of the band's best albums of the 21st century. Next comes Lynn Anderson with Meanwhile Back at the Cross. This song sends an important reminder to us. Now matter what this world can do to us, all of it pales strong in comparison to what Jesus did for us on the cross. So no matter what we should stand strong and proud for our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. This song comes from Lynn's first gospel album and her last album before she passed, 2015's Bridges. This is followed by The Oakridge Boys with The Baptism of Jesse Taylor. This song reminds us how God can truly change us inside and out. We need no longer be slaves to sin, but can be set free by Jesus. We continue with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (joined by their children) singing Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam. Today's musical selection concludes with Gene Autry singing When Mother Played the Organ (And Daddy Sang a Hymn). This recording comes from an episode of Gene's Melody Ranch radio show dated 8/25/46. Gene is joined by The Cass County Boys, The Kettle Sisters, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra. 

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

                                                                                Psalm 103

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid … for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31.

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1Timothy 4:12.

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  2 Timothy 2:22

Thank you for joining me come back next week for another service of Cowboy Church. Happy trails to you until we meet again. 

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