He Lives! He Lives!

Larry Buford
Larry Buford

The old Christian hymn, ‘He Lives,’ written by Alfred H. Ackley, is one of my favorites. It’s a celebratory song that when sung all together by the church congregation, sounds as if all of heaven is singing along as well.

The first line, “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say,” is a truth upon which the Christian walk hangs, His Lordship over our lives, and the absolute preeminence of the name above all names in this world, Jesus. Our hope is in Him.

The second stanza begins, “In all the world around me, I see His loving care; and though my heart grows weary, I never will despair.”  When we think of God’s goodness and mercy, when we consider the scripture, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’ [John 3:16 NIV], we as Christians know the promises of God are true and His mercy endures forever.

God’s omnipotence gave mankind freewill to choose right or wrong, good or evil, which is best demonstrated in the book of Job where God allowed Satan to cause calamity in Job’s life as a test to see if Job would remain faithful.

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Source: LA Sentinel | Larry Buford

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