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Rev. Cleavant Derricks


Well, we finally got back to our hymn story research and writing! The work finished today was a borderline project, since the author was a little wilder in his music of later years than is really honoring to God. He went the way of John Peterson and others like them.

At any rate, the songs Rev. Cleavant Derricks wrote in the 1930’s when things were rough for people in America everywhere, were well received and encouraging! Cleavant worked hard to bringing out a strong proper rhythm, simple wording that is easy to remember and follow, and lively tunes with strong bass parts. He was a prolific writer of songs when he started out and then lost the enthusiasm after serving in World War II as an Army music director.

He decided to settle down and become a Baptist preacher, but his singing kept on going, but not in prestigious or notable churches. Finally in financial straights, he contacted a music producer, asking if he could sell some new songs he would work at writing. They instead did two record albums with him, supplying some much needed income, which was even more important, because it turned out he was dying of cancer.

To use the information in bulletins or other articles for church use, just eliminate the parts not wanted. I have paragraph starts in hopes I will eventually find out more information and be able to expand what was written.

The new article is: Rev. Cleavant Derricks, gospel song writer and Baptist pastor.

Keep, Part 6


This portion is from the Epistles of John. He uses the term several times and in a very spiritual setting.

First, we gain assurance of our knowledge of the Lord Jesus by reverently following His commandments. This is interesting terminology for the greasy grace Christians of today. Yes, the words are “His commandments.” We gain experience in our knowledge of our Savior through total commitment and obedience to His commands. To further frustrate the greasy grace teachers, Christ never taught the overthrow of the Old Testament commandments. They are all for the child of God’s benefit. Not one of them is “ceremonial” or for mystical benefit, but they all are for immediate and practical benefit. But this is just the first reference.

To see the study, use the following link:

Keep, Obey Requirements

Kept, Part 3


The key to abiding in Christ is by keeping His commandments, just as Christ kept the commandments of God. What a tall order! Christ studied the law intently as a son of Levi to the point he knew it better than the teachers of the law of His day! How is it that Christians think they can abide in Christ when they do not have devotions and conduct real fervent daily study of the Scriptures? Furthermore, how can they abide in Christ if they are not following one that does study Scripture fervently? So much for the church today! There is so much busy work and socializing, no one takes the time to study and follow Scripture, so everyone does that which is right in his own eyes.

Furthermore, Christ prayed to God about His disciples. He says that they were God’s and God gave them to Him. In other words, these men were men who were devout Jews, seeking to live the holy life, and to obey the Word of God. Christ thus knew them because of their intensely holy lives, and thus was able to solicit them as His own disciples. Because they were already living holy lives, they were able to be taught and they were able to understand the things the Lord Jesus spoke. Furthermore, instead of speaking parables to them with no explanation, He was able to explain his stories to the disciples, because they had spiritually fertile minds. The Gospels are proof that they took Christ’s Words reverently, because they record His actions and sayings from four different perspectives, but are in agreement. In this same line, churches today cannot be built on new Christians, but must be built on solid, holy people. Paul went first to the synagogues, because that was the most likely place to find devout people who were obedient to God. He did not always find people there that were devout, but when he did, he was able to convert them, and build a church with them. Today’s methods of church planting involve trying to entertain people into being conned into coming to “church services” and trying to extract money from them so that more entertainment can be provided. This is all wrong. A church must be built on those who are already living a devout and holy life that are pliable to the Word of God and just need encouragement to organize in obedience to the Savior.

Of course there is more, but time is short! To see the study, use the following link:
Keep, Obey Requirements