Posts Tagged ‘income’

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.

New Jerusalem living

Today’s thoughts come from the study of Revelation 22:3 in the Prophecy Guide.

What a place to be! God’s throne will be there and Christ’s throne as well! Those that live there will have ready access to the throne and will also serve as representatives of God, being there enables them to see first hand how God handles things, so they can emulate Him in the areas they work.

There will never be the delivering to destruction in New Jerusalem. If you are there you are “safe” from the curses of anyone. No one will be able to declare you are to be delivered to destruction. It just will not be done!

Next, the slaves of the Lord Jesus will be paid! There will not be any forced service, but service done for the Lord will be rewarded. This puts things into perspective today. Are we willing to serve the Lord without pay, just because we love God will all of our being? Are we willing to follow His plan today, just because we cannot stand living any other way? Such people are bound for the New Jerusalem, where the dedicated to God live, and where, although slaves to God, because of redemption, they are paid slaves! They have an income from the service they perform! Our work for God is a form of worship, so we are paid as if we were priests of God.

If you are not preparing for eternity, please get serious today. Every day we are not given over to learning to serve God here, is another day lost to eternity. Prepare to be a citizen of the New Jerusalem. The benefits far outweigh the discomfort.