Do not be surprised if the world hates you on account of Christ. The Spirit will strengthen you and help you to testify of Him.

Scripture: John 15:18-16:1

ESV Text: John 15:18-16:1


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 15

     18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

     26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.(KJV)


(Alt. audio): Chapter: 16

     1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 268:
Zion Mourns in Fear and Anguish

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Zion mourns in fear and anguish, 
Zion, city of our God. 
“Ah,” she says, “how sore I languish, 
Bowed beneath the chastening rod! 
For my God forsook me quite 
And forgot my sorry plight 
Mid these troubles now distressing, 
Countless woes my soul oppressing. 

2. “Once,” she mourns, “He promised plainly 
That His help should e’er be near; 
Yet I now must seek Him vainly 
In my days of woe and fear. 
Will His anger never cease? 
Will He not renew His peace? 
Will He not show forth compassion 
And again forgive transgression?” 

3. “Zion, surely I do love thee,” 
Thus to her the Savior saith, 
“Though with many woes I prove thee 
And thy soul is sad to death. 
For My troth is pledged to thee; 
Zion, thou art dear to Me. 
Deep within My heart I’ve set thee, 
That I never can forget thee. 

4. “Let not Satan make thee craven; 
He can threaten, but not harm. 
On My hands thy name is graven, 
And thy shield is My strong arm. 
How, then, could it ever be 
I should not remember thee, 
Fail to build thy wall, My city, 
And look down on thee with pity? 

5. “Ever shall Mine eyes behold thee; 
On My bosom thou art laid. 
Ever shall My love enfold thee; 
Never shalt thou lack Mine aid. 
Neither Satan, war, nor stress 
Then shall mar thy happiness: 
With this blessed consolation 
Be thou firm in tribulation.” 


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For comfort amid life’s floods and tempests, remember Jesus who, at His second advent, will come and deliver you from them all.

Scripture: John 14:1-11

ESV Text: John 14:1-11


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 14

     1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

     4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 216:
On Christ’s Ascension I Now Build

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1. On Christ’s ascension I now build 
The hope of my ascension; 
This hope alone has always stilled 
All doubt and apprehension; 
For where the head is, there as well 
I know his members are to dwell 
When Christ will come and call them. 

2. Since Christ returned to claim his throne, 
Great gifts for me obtaining, 
My heart will rest in him alone, 
No other rest remaining; 
For where my treasure went before, 
There all my thoughts will ever soar 
To still their deepest yearning. 

3. Oh, grant, dear Lord, this grace to me, 
Recalling your ascension, 
That I may serve you faithfully, 
Adorning your redemption; 
And then, when all my days will cease, 
Let me depart in joy and peace 
In answer to my pleading.