FREE FROM THE FEAR FACTOR
(Compact version of the message given by Pastor Benoy George in the Sunday worship service on 6/01/2013)
Deliverance from fear is key to a victorious Christian life...
Peter was one disciple Lord Jesus often rebuked for his recklessness. He used to act without thinking. There were times he acted on impulse and then, fear got the better of him. One such instance was when he tried to emulate Jesus by walking on the water. But, no sooner had he started to walk than he drowned. We read in the Bible - Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"It is clear here that Peter was overwhelmed by the demons of fear and doubt when he saw the strong wind.

On a later occasion, to be precise just before the trial of Jesus Christ, Peter boasted that he would not deny Jesus in any eventuality. But Jesus predicted that he would deny him three times before the cock crowed. And during the trial Peter entered the courtyard and was warming himself near the fire when a young lady challenged him to be one among the disciples of Jesus. Peter immediately denied Jesus; and he repeated the cowardly denial twice more before the cock crowed.
But, after the resurrection and the ascension of Jesus, and after the descent of the Holy Spirit, we see a completely transformed Peter. Filled and anointed with the Spirit, Peter, on the day of the Pentecost preached to more than three thousand people, of different tongues and nationalities. We read in the Bible that about three thousand of the assembled crowd were saved on that day.
Afterwards, Peter along with John healed a crippled beggar. It was with authority that Peter commanded the man, "In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, walk." Not a shred of fear or doubt, but, poised and confident. After the man was healed, a crowd gathered there - the place was called Solomon's Colonnade- and Peter spoke to them with assurance on the saving grace of Christ. In the following passages, we see how Peter accomplished a successful ministry for the Lord. He stood trials, was put to prison(s), and in the end, so we understand from Church history, was martyred for Christ.
What an inspired life driven by the transforming power of the Spirit! The capricious, feckless, timorous man had converted to the extent that he pioneered an Apostolic movement which was to turn the world upside down. So,my dear brethren, we too should be free from any fear which arrests our progress as strong believers. If we lead a life acceptable to both God and men, we have nothing to fear. As thoughtful Christians, we should watch our steps. Our thoughts, talks and actions should convince the world that we are true believers free from any nagging doubt or fear. Through such an effective witnessing, we can please God and win people for Him.
Let us submit unto the life changing charisma of the Holy Spirit and be released from any sort of fear that is stymieing our growth as Christians.

THE SPIRIT OF SONSHIP

(Sunday Sermon Pastor Shiju Mammen, guest, on 17th March, 2013)
It is my pleasure to share from the word of God in this church. Before I begin to preach I want to tell you that I would not preach to you, but rather, teach you some Biblical facts. I teach in two seminaries, one in Kollam, Kerala and the other in Andhra Pradesh. Actually, I travel a lot and visit many churches - even today, it is a stopover for me on a missionary trip to Nepal. While visiting a church in Kerala some time back, an elderly believer told me after the church - "Brother, now there is no growth in our church." His remark was inquisitive. I pondered the question - What would be the reason behind the lack of growth in churches? Finally, I got an answer; the church would not grow unless the individual member had grown. My dear brothers and sisters, if our church has to grow, each one of us must grow as a believer. If we read Ephesians Chapter 2, we can better understand this growth phenomenon. Let us read it:
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (which is done in the body by human hands)- 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus intended to remind them of their past and warned them against the perils of returning to their older ways. Some members of the church showed an inclination to go back to paganism. Paul emphatically reveals in this epistle the eternal benefits of a Christ-led life and the futility of a Christ-less life. Paul's message holds true even today as it strongly admonishes us to remember our past and compare it with the liberty in Christ. We had no relationship whatsoever with Israel, God's chosen people; we were lost in our Godless ways - without hope, without direction. We were at enmity with God and had no peace in our lives. But, still God loved us and sacrificed His only begotten Son to redeem us. We read in Psalm 8: 5 and Hebrews 2: 7 that we were made a little lower than the angels. Yet, when the angels sinned there was no redemption for them, but, for us God sent His Son to be crucified on Calvary. When law prevailed, it was necessary to shed blood for liberty. On the altar of the tabernacle, a lamb was slain every time someone approached the priest for the remission of his / her sin(s). But, this privilege was only allowed to the Jews. A heathen had no chance of remission of sins. Entry to the tabernacle was banned for the heathen. But, when Jesus died for our sins, we became connected with God; now, we too are his chosen ones. Jesus made peace between God and us and we now have fellowship with Him. Now, we can approach him as a son approaches his father.

When Israel was under the law, Israelites had to live according to the rules and regulations prescribed in it. They had to keep the Ten Commandments. Is it easy keeping the Commandments? How many of us can keep even one? Idol worship is forbidden; we may say we do not worship idols; but, when we place anything, education, employment, property or money, before God we are worshiping it. It is commanded, "You shall not murder." But, how often we commit murder by calling someone 'a good for nothing fool'? Law was all about docility, whereas the grace of Christ is all about liberty. It is our responsibility not to misuse this liberty.
We have been granted the privilege of calling God Abba, Father (Romans 8: 15) in the spirit of adoption to sonship. God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba, Father (Galatians 4:6). We no longer have the spirit of slavery. Once we were slaves, but, now we are God's sons, His children. We have been made free from the spirit of bondage. I am presenting an illustration here so that we can have better clarity of this adoption to sonship. A man (presumably, in the olden days) was walking through the marketplace when he suddenly sighted a boy who was up for sale as a slave. The man bought this boy and adopted him as son; now listen, this man already had a son at home who he had fathered. But, the adopted son would get equal rights to his property, name and other things; he would then become equal with the natural heir.
God made us his sons and daughters that we would be built together in Christ as His church. We are now part of God's household; no more strangers to it. We have access to the Father through one Spirit. Remember our past when we were in the most treacherous places. Psalm 40: 2 says that, "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand."

Paul further clarifies what growth is in Ephesians 4: 11 - 16. "11So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." We have to mature and grow up to Christ. As I mentioned earlier when individuals grow, the church will also grow. Let me tell an incident to illustrate this growth. Sometime back I was short of money and I had to send money to some missionaries working in the rural parts of an Indian state who I support. One particular missionary kept reminding me that he needed to buy a bicycle. On Sunday, after my preaching, the children in that church came to me and gave me 4000 rupees asking me to send it to a missionaries working in remote areas for buying a bicycle. I asked them from where they got this much money. They told me that they used to save the one and two rupee coins their parents gave them as bus fare to go to school. I was greatly moved by their gesture. Still being children they are maturing in Christ as believers.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us together grow and mature to the level God expects from us. Our growth will accordingly reflect in the growth of our church. Let God bless us together.

SPIRITUAL THIRST
[Sunday Sermon (Psalm) by Brother Joy Varughese, Church Vice-president on 17 / 02 / 2013]

Psalm 63 was composed by David when he was in the Desert of Judah. We know the desert is a very dry place with acute shortage of water; it is very difficult to survive in such an arid place. In Genesis 21 we can read about Hagar who was finding it difficult to survive in the Desert of Beersheba with her child. Her child was panting for water and was about to die. But, God opened her eyes and she found a well of water in the desert (Verse 19). When we find the going tough, God will come to our aid; he will quench our spiritual thirst and refresh us.

When Israelites were journeying through the desert, God brought forth water from the rock. Let us praise Him for His miraculous deeds for us. Let us draw near to Him so that we can drink from the Rock that was cleft for us.

Psalm 63 is known as a Morning Psalm. In King James Version, the first verse goes like this, "O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee." I remember when we were kids, every God fearing family used to wake up in small hours of the morning to praise and pray to God. The change in the lifestyle might be preventing many families from following this ideal practice. But, surely, it is a blessing to seek God early in the morning.
The usage, ' a dry and thirsty land, where no water is' implies a situation when people are living in a spiritually barren state and a child of God may face hindrances and difficulties in spiritual and physical life.

As a hornbill thirsts for water in the desert, his soul thirsts for God. The tropical bird has to rely on water pouring down from the sky to quench its thirst, the child of God should also satiate his thirst by looking upwards and drinking off the downpour of Spirit. He should also store energy for the journey ahead like a camel, metaphorically referred to as the ship of the desert, stores gallons of water as it traverses the barren tracts.

When we found ourselves in hostile situations, we should resort to worshiping God as Paul and Silas did when they were in the prison. God will then provide a solution for the problems we face. Remember, God shields and protects us as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.
We have to please God to get blessings from Him. Whenever the children of Israel pleased God they were abundantly blessed; but, whenever they displeased Him the channel of blessings got blocked. We should always speak truth to please God. The last part of the Psalm says, "... the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped." Lie may benefit us temporarily, but, truth is everlasting. Hence, let us turn aside from a life founded on lies that may seem materially beneficial for the time being and lead a life based on and guarded by truth to reap eternal spiritual

"HOW YOUNGSTERS CAN LIVE IN SPIRIT"

( Small Message given by a believer of Jesus about today's Young generation during the Youth meeting- 13/01/2013)

"How can a young man can keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands" {PSALM 119:9,10}
By the word of God in us we can make our self pure. By the word of God we can protect our ways from the counsel of the wicked.
{PSALM 1:2} says that the for a righteous, his delight is in the law of God & on his law he meditates day & night.
The world will always hate us because we are not of the world but our Lord loves us because we are his.
We can see that today's generation is more inclined to worldly pleasure and hence are not much focused about the spiritual growth but the heavenly Shepard is always waiting for the wandered sheep. We are his sheep and our Jesus wants us to be united in him and not to the world {MATHEW 18:10-14 : Parable of the Lost Sheep }
Jesus came to the world just like us as a normal man but he always restricted sin to come into the heart. He condemned the Sin from flesh through tears & prayers to the heavenly father.
{1 TIM 4:12}:- "Don't Let anyone look down on you because you are Young, but set an example for the believers in speech, life, love, in faith & in purity" - We can set an example by our living. Those who see us should see Jesus in our behavior. It is tough to become like Jesus but with Prayers & control over all the veil we can achieve it.
{PHILIP 2:2-4}: It clearly says how a true believe should be. We should considers better than us and never do things for our selfish desires. We have to humble ourselves during tough & rejecting situation. Jesus suffered for us and we are here to take part in his sufferings. For the worldly people these words will be funny & rubbish but for the one whom Jesus has touched will take this in a spiritual manner. We should not be in the world to create a denomination of Christianity but to be called as one in Christ.
For the Youngsters:-
My brothers & sisters, many may ask us that with the word of God only what we will eat, drink, wear... I tell you that what Jesus told his disciples about the spiritual food: JOHN 4:34---> "My food is to do the WILL and to finish the work of the one who has sent me"
While following all these we may be named as different from others and people may doubt our spirituality and may also question our faith, so how we have to respond?? Shall we also respond them with anger & impose all the word of God on them or compelling them to believe in Jesus??... NO.. No... and never...

See {1PETER 3:15,16}:- "ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO THOSE WHO ASKS TO GIVE THE REASON FOR YOUR HOPE & FAITH YOU HAVE, do this with gentleness & respect, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their Slander"
Reply them in this way because that is the time of testing.
"Remember- my dear friends living in this world, It is only JESUS who came for the sinners & gave the himself as a sacrifice ONCE FOR ALL.
Let us pray to JESUS in this way:- O LORD.. make me and my dear one just like you only....... AMEN

POWER FROM ON HIGH

(Compact version of the message given by Pastor Benoy George in the Sunday worship service on 10/02/2013)

"I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high"(Luke 24: 49).

Jesus spoke these words to his disciples and other people with them as he was about to ascend to heaven. Jesus was very particular that they should receive the power i.e. the Holy Spirit from on high before witnessing Him in this world. In John 16: 7 - 11, we see Jesus telling the disciples, "But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned."

Taking a cue from these words of Jesus, we should realize the fact if we are to work for Christ in this world, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit. The disciples obeyed Jesus' words and tarried in Jerusalem until they were endued with the power from high on.

"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?" Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine." Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
"'In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
"Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him:
"'I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.'
"Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
"'The Lord said to my Lord:
"Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet."'
"Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah."
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call." With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day."
We see here Peter boldly speaking to the crowd who assembled there in bewilderment hearing the sound. Before being anointed with the Holy Spirit, Peter was timid and inconsistent. But, now when he spoke people were cut to the heart. If men with anointment arise, there is no doubt that the church and land will be revived.
If we turn our attention to the Old Testament we can find many men with anointment; Joseph was one such man. It is said about him that the Lord was with him so that he prospered and the Lord gave him success in everything he did. If we emulate Joseph and lead an anointed life on the earth, we can also taste success.
Joel who was a minor prophet spoke thus, "What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten;what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten"(Joel 1: 4). Dear brethren, is this an analogy of our spiritual state? Then, we need to renew ourselves with the power from on high. We truly require this power to expand the Kingdom of God. May God anoint and bless us with His Spirit!!!

SUNDAY SERMON (PSALM) BY BROTHER E. M. SHAJI, CHURCH SECRETARY, ON 27 / 01 / 2013

The sons of Korah proclaimed God as their "refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). History records the 46th psalm as a favorite of Martin Luther. During the turmoil of the Reformation the psalm inspired him and he used to share it with his friends.

A refuge is some place where one feels safe and secure. Even, ferocious robbers after committing daredevil heists hide in their shelters where they think no one can easily trace them.

People seek refuge in something or someone; in family life the husband is a refuge for the wife, and the parents for children. Likewise, believers have to seek refuge in God who can protect them in extremely dangerous situations.
Many people tend to believe that troubles and sufferings are punishments from God for disobeying Him and not leading a godly life. If it were so, Paul the Apostle would have been the most punished believer ever. He gave up a comfortable life for the sake of Christ and went through numerous troubles and persecutions. Paul reveals in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, 'To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.'
The psalmists further say,"Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling" (2-3). Many a time, we feel as though we are losing the ground beneath our feet; but, we should not panic and grow weak as God is sheltering us. Calamities may occur all around us, but, we should firmly stand our ground as they will not last long.

"The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge"

(verse 7). God was with Jacob all through his journey; when, he was fleeing from his brother, he saw a dream while he he was resting with stones under his head for pillows, he saw a special dream. In his dream he saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven and the angels of God ascending and descending on it. The Lord appeared above and told Jacob among other things that "in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 28:12-14). Jacob was in an adverse situation, but, God kept him company and assured him that he would not perish in desolation;instead he would live on to become a blessing for all people on the earth.
Dear believers, when the Lord of hosts is with us, we have nothing to fear; the God of Jacob is our refuge and he will protect us and lead us all the time as we journey through this wilderness.

FOLLOWED BY THE SONG WRITTEN BY MARTIN LUTHER BASED ON PSALM 46

SUNDAY SERMON (PSALM) BY BROTHER E. M. SHAJI, CHURCH SECRETARY, ON 27 / 01 / 2013 FOLLOWED BY THE SONG WRITTEN BY MARTIN LUTHER BASED ON PSALM 46

The sons of Korah proclaimed God as their "refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). History records the 46th psalm as a favorite of Martin Luther. During the turmoil of the Reformation the psalm inspired him and he used to share it with his friends.

A refuge is some place where one feels safe and secure. Even, robbers after committing daredevil heists hide in their refuge where they think no one can ever trace them.

People seek refuge in something or someone; in family life the husband is a refuge for the wife, and the parents for children. Likewise, believers have to seek refuge in God who can protect them in extremely dangerous situations.

Many people tend to believe that troubles and sufferings are punishments from God for disobeying Him and not leading a godly life. If it were so, Paul the Apostle would have been the most punished believer ever. He gave up a comfortable life for the sake of Christ and went through numerous troubles and persecutions. Paul reveals in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, 'To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.'

The psalmists further say,"Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling" (2-3). Many a time, we feel as though we are losing the ground beneath our feet; but, we should not panic and grow weak as God is sheltering us. Calamities may occur all around us, but, we should firmly stand our ground as they will not last long.

"The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge"
(verse 7). God was with Jacob all through his journey; when, he was fleeing from his brother, he saw a dream while he he was resting with stones under his head for pillows, he saw a special dream. In his dream he saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven and the angels of God ascending and descending on it. The Lord appeared above and told Jacob among other things that "in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 28:12-14). Jacob was in an adverse situation, but, God kept him company and assured him that he would not perish in desolation; instead he would live on to become a blessing for all people on the earth.

Dear believers, when the Lord of hosts is with us, we have nothing to fear; the God of Jacob is our refuge and he will protect us and lead us all the time as we journey through this wilderness.

Lyrics: Martin Luther Translation by Frederick H. Hedge
Music: Martin Luther Harmony from The New Hymnal for American Youth
Tune: EIN' FESTE BURG, Meter: 87.87.66.667

1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God's truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.