It all comes down to a 6-word phrase which many of us have heard . . . “in Him, and in Him alone”.
Are we placing all of our trust in Jesus, or are we depending also — or in total — upon our merits: our works and our adherence to laws and commandments ?
An Exceedingly Inspiring Witness of Faith
The most common relationship is friendship. And we can have no greater friend than Jesus. Here is a link to the story behind the beloved hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
The Glorious Litany
Pastor Shadrach Meshach Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) came from humble beginnings, born in Robertson County, Texas, the oldest of eight children and the son of a Baptist minister. In 1940, he was called to preach. He ultimately pastored Calvary Baptist Church, San Diego, California, from 1953 to 1993.
Lockridge’s most remembered message includes a six minute description of Jesus Christ, known as “That’s my King!“. But the remaining one hour of the sermon that encapsulates that six minutes is exceedingly rich. For its foundation is Matthew 6, where we find the doxology, For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
The Legacy of Thomas Tallis – What Legacy Will You Leave ?
Thomas Tallis (1505–1585) was one of England’s greatest composers.
No contemporary portrait of Thomas Tallis survives. A portrait was painted by Gerard Vandergucht 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no reason to believe that it is his likeness. Thomas Tallis was buried in the chancel of the parish of St. Alfege Church in Greenwich, and the exact location of Tallis’s remains is unknown. His remains may have been discarded by laborers between 1712 and 1714, when the church was rebuilt. And nothing remains of Tallis’s original memorial in the church.
The only trace we have of Thomas Tallis being here are his sublimely beautiful compositions. An example is If Ye Love Me. Many will at once recognize its lyrics, “If ye love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter, that He may bide with you forever, ev’n the spirit of truth.”
Tallis’s composition, Spem in alium (Latin for “Hope in any other”) – widely considered to be the greatest piece of English early music – begins with: “I have never put my hope in any other but in You, O God of Israel”. “Amazing in its beauty” does not come close to the aural experience of those who listen. “Ten minutes in heaven” is a more accurate description . . .
A transcendent testimony of humility, Thomas Tallis left no memorial for himself, instead leaving only enduring adorations of Jesus, the Messiah.
Thomas Tallis poured freely from his heart, that the highest meaning of his life might be praised by all future generations.