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This Too Shall Pass: COVID-19 Is Defeated.

AN EMPTY STREET WITHOUT PEOPLE IS FAR BETTER THAN AN EMPTY HEART WITHOUT JESUS

-Archie Skillz

We’re very much aware of the symptoms, mode of transmission and prevention of Corona Virus(COVID-19). We were told that:

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

  1. STAY home as much as you can
  2. KEEP a safe distance
  3. WASH hands often
  4. COVER your cough
  5. SICK? Call ahead
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Why Gospel Barrel?

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See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

— GALATIANS 6:11.

This is the first post on our new blog. We’re just emptying the Gospel Barrel, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when we post new updates.


So many people are eager to know the rationale behind the name, Gospel Barrel. Let us unveil the summary of this plain secrete…
The Bible reveals to us the birth, death resurrection, ascension, and the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.
After the Mission of Jesus Christ on Earth, He passed unto us a very great commission to fulfill.

Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms.

-J.I. Packer

“As The Deer” 🦌 -Song Lyrics, Chords And Background Story

“In 1984 I was a school teacher in Seattle, and since I had the summer off I decided to go back to Bible College, but only for the summer term. I headed for Dallas, Texas and Christ For the Nations Institute. Little did I know what was about to happen to me, especially with all that I would be exposed to and the worship emphasis of the school.” ~Martin J. Nystrom

“I had a roommate at CFNI who was a very vibrant Christian. He challenged me to go on a fast – a period of time when a person refrains from eating solid food in order to give time to the reading of the Bible and to prayer.”

“I took up the challenge, and on the 19th day of the fast I found myself sitting at a piano trying to write a song. I was simply playing chord progressions when I noticed a Bible on the music stand of the piano.

It was open to Psalm 42. My eyes fell on the first verse of that chapter…

Psalm 42:1

As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

“After reading the verse I began to sing its message, right off the page. I wrote the first verse and the chorus of a song, pretty much straight through. The whole of the adventure was completed in a matter of minutes. I then repeated the song I had just written. I wanted to seal it in my mind.”

“I had no intention of showing the song to anyone. It was to be for my own devotional time with the Lord. However, before leaving the school to go back to Seattle, I did share it with one person, Dave Butterbaugh. He introduced it to the students of the school and it became a favorite.”

“Since that introduction of the song, it has been translated into several languages and is often sung in other countries. Orchestras have used it. It has been sung in unusually different styles.”

‘As The Deer’ Lyrics

Marty continues to write songs and travel extensively, teaching in worship conferences. In Korea in the 1990s, he attended one such conference and as he walked into the stadium 100,000 Koreans were singing “As the Deer.”

How To Play

Key: C

C G Am E
As the deer panteth for the water
F G C
So my soul longeth after Thee
C G Am E
You alone are my heart’s desire
F G C
And I long to worship Thee.

Epic Transformation Of Ghanaian Gay Who Found Christ Wows Social Media

Some before and after photos of a former member of the LGBT community in Ghana have sparked massive reactions on social media following his transformation into a full-fledged Christian.

Aaron Adjetey: Before And After

Aaron Adjetey Akrong, who is now addressed as an Evangelist, was gay for a number of years until he was “arrested by Christ” to follow him.

After laying down his tools to pick up the cross, he’s now actively pushing for an anti-LGBTQ Bill before parliament that criminalises the activities of homosexuals to be passed into law.

A Twitter account that shares Church-related content shared photos of the man’s transformation, starting from when he was “in the world” and after he gave his life to Christ.

The photos have elicited reactions from Twitter users, with people expressing varying opinions.

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Higher Ground Lyrics, Chords, and background story.

Lyrics

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Higher Ground Guitar Chords

             A             D  

I’m pressing on the upward way,

                A             E7 

New heights I’m gaining every day;

              A           D    

Still praying as I onward bound,

                A           E7 A 

“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
              A             E7 

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,

                           A           

By faith, on heaven’s tableland

                           D    

A higher plane than I have found;

               A           E7 A  

Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

Scripture References

  • Philippians 3:14 – I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

    Psalm 18:33 – He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.

The Story

Reverend Johnson Oatman, Jr. lived from 1856 to 1921. He joined the Methodist church at age 19. He was licensed to preach and even ordained, but he ended up never pastoring a church. Instead, he became a businessman, busy first in a mercantile business and later in the insurance business.

For many, the story would end there. But for Oatman, around the time he was 36 he started writing gospel songs. Between then and his death at age 65, he wrote an estimated 5,000 hymns in his “free time”. That’s about 4-5 new texts a week. His lyrics were in great demand by the leading gospel musicians of the day, and yet he never received more than $1.00 for any of his songs. Some of those songs include hymns that still continue to be sung and well loved today such as “Count Your Blessings” and “No, Not One”.

Sometimes, especially in today’s world, it seems that we need to choose between serving God and having a career. There’s even the misconception that the only ones who really “serve God” are the ones who give up their careers and devote themselves full-time to a ministry or a charity. While those are certainly high callings, I really appreciate the example that Johnson Oatman left. He proved that having a career and serving God doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. All you need to do is know the gifts that God has given you, be willing to use them, and pray that He lift you above the world to higher ground. Once this happens, there’s no telling what good works He will use you for.

Dear Jesus, I’ve got your Mama😂

Little Leroy went to his mother demanding for a bicycle. His mother decided that he should take a look at himself and the way he acts.

She said, “Well Leroy, it isn’t Christmas and we don’t have the money to just go out and buy you anything you want. So why don’t you write a letter to Jesus and pray for one instead.”

After his temper tantrum his mother sent him to his room. He finally sat down to write a letter to Jesus.

Dear Jesus,
I’ve been a good boy this year and would appreciate a new bicycle.
Your Friend,
Leroy

Now, Leroy knew that Jesus really knew what kind of boy he was (brat), so he ripped up the letter and decided to give it another try.

Dear Jesus,
I’ve been an OK boy this year and I want a new bicycle.
Your Truly,
Leroy

Well, Leroy knew this wasn’t totally honest, so he tore it up and tried again.

Dear Jesus,
I’ve thought about being a good boy this year and can I have a bicycle?
Leroy

Well, Leroy looked deep down in his heart, which by the way was what his mother really wanted. He knew he had been terrible and was deserving of almost nothing. He crumpled up the letter, threw it in the trash can and went running outside.

He aimlessly wandered about depressed because of the way he treated his parents and really considered his actions. He finally found himself in front of a Catholic Church. Leroy went inside and knelt down, looking around not knowing what he should really do. Leroy finally got up and began to walk out the door and was looking at all the statues. All of a sudden he grabbed a small one and ran out the door. He went home, hid it under his bed and wrote this letter.

Jesus,
I’ve got your mama. If you ever want to see her again, give me a bike!
Sincerely,
You know who😂🤣🤣🤣

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