[C76 VS 6 26 March 2001
(Parody: Beatles: Let it be)
The advice the Beatles give for “when I find myself in times of trouble” is “Let it be”. I believe God’s advice is different. God calls on us to trust Him and follow Him (and I don’t find that easy at all!) because, if we seek His heart, we’re covered by His blood. I don’t know many people who don’t struggle with this. After all, we are called upon to “take up the cross” and not to take a seat & chill.]

Long ago in Ur’s old land
God appeared to Abraham
Telling him to leave
And trust in Him, trust in Him.

Egypt was a horrid place
For Pharaoh showed no sign of grace;
So God sent Moses saying:
“Set them free, set them free.”

Jesus walked beside the sea
In far-off ancient Galilee
Choosing His disciples:
“Follow me, follow me.”

When I find myself in times of trouble
Holy Spirit, come to me
Speak those words of freedom:
“Trust in me, follow me.”

“Trust in me, trust in me
Follow me and you will see
I will give you freedom
Follow me, trust in me.”

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C72 VS 4 I WON’T HIDE MY LOVE AWAY is a dialogue between what we often tell ourselves (ordinary print) and what God says (italics). If you know of someone who struggles with his or her self-worth, then maybe this poem is for that person.
[23/12/2000
[Parody of Beatles’ You’ve got to hide your love away -rearr.]

Here I stand, head in hand
Feeling so depressed

Come to me, you heavy laden:
And I’ll give you rest

My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now
My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now

I feel I’m so very worthless
I’m such a dead loss

Come lay all your burdens down
Here before My Cross

My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now
My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now

Sometimes life is just too hard
Can’t cope all on my own

Come with Me, walk with Me
No need to walk alone

My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now
My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now

Sometimes I’m just to jolly tired
I can hardly stand

I’ll come to you; I’ll carry you
In the palm of My Hand

My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now
My Child, cast all your burdens on Me now

Can’t see how You love me, Lord:
So much weakness in me

Come my Child, rise with me;
And share my Victory

My Child, cast all your burdens on me now
My Child, cast all your burdens on me now

Mt 11:30: 1 Pet 5:7; 1 Cor10:13; 1 Cor 15:57; 1 Jn 5:4

[C70 VS 3 [Nov/Dec 2000]
(Parody: the Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night— rearranged)
]

It’s been a hard life’s fight
And we’ve been struggling ‘gainst the odds;
It’s been a hard life’s fight
And we’d be beaten without God:

So then we’ll get home to Him
Who has freed us from sin
‘Cause we have victory in Him.

When I’m in You, Lord,
There’s nothing I cannot do, Lord;
When I’m in You, Lord Jesus,
You’re holding me tight, tight, YES!

It’s been a hard life’s fight
But in Him there’s victory;
It’s been a hard life’s fight
But He has set the captives free:

So we will stand on His word
And believe what we’ve heard:
That He’s proclaimed our liberty!

When I’m in You, Lord,
There’s nothing I cannot do, Lord;
When I’m in You, Lord Jesus,
You’re holding me tight, tight, YES!

It’s been a hard life’s fight
And we may pass through seas and fire;
It’s been a hard life’s fight
But we know we’re His desire:

So then we’ll come home to Him
Who has freed us from sin
‘Cause we have victory in Him!

When I’m in You, Lord,
There’s nothing I cannot do, Lord;
When I’m in You, Lord Jesus,
You’re holding me tight, tight, YES!

It’s been a hard life’s fight
And we’ve been struggling ‘gainst the odds;
It’s been a hard life’s fight
And we’d be beaten without God:

So then we’ll come home to Him
Who has freed us from sin
‘Cause we have victory in Him,
‘Cause we have victory in Him!

1 Cor 15:57; 1 Jn 5:4; 2 Cor 1:21; Phil 4:13; Eph 1:11; Eph 3:16; Gal 2:16; Is 42:7; Is 43:2; Is 49:9

( C77 VS7) Jan 2001
[Parody: Beatles: Yesterday

This song is both serious and rather cheeky. Do you remember John Lennon saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus? That’s why I have used a parody of Lennon’s song as a declaration. Thanks, John!]

Yesterday, when Salvation seemed so far away
You sent Your Son to light the way
And, Jesus Christ, I’m Yours today!

Yes, I’m not quite the man I used to be
Your Presence is compelling me
And, Jesus Christ, I’m Yours today!

Bridge
Why You love me so I don’t know,
I just can’t say;
You say that You love me, Lord,
And I’ll stand upon Your Word

Yesterday, when Salvation seemed so far away
You sent Your Son to light the way
So, Jesus Christ, I’m Yours today!

Jn 8:12; Jn 9:5; 2 Cor 5:7; 2 Cor 6:2; Rom 6:4;

[This is a parody of Beatles: He loves you, yeah, yeah – rearr. As sung, with great gusto, at a depression support meeting. Knowledge of God’s love is central to our existence; and we need to remind ourselves of it — frequently]

He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
And with a Love like His
You know that you can stand

You feel you are alone
You feel that life’s uphill
Heart’s heavy as a stone
And your soul is feeling ill—

But He loves you!
And you know you can rejoice
(YES! YES! YES!)
He loves you
Just listen to His voice

He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
And with a Love like His
You know that you can stand

He ascended into Heaven;
At the Father’s right hand
He intercedes for you
And you know that you can stand—

Because He loves you!
And you know that that is true
(YES! YES! YES!)
He loves you
And He intercedes for you

He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
And with a Love like His
You know that you can stand

Robed now in majesty
Jesus is glorified
He reigns with God the Father
And the Holy Ghost on high

And he loves you!
And you know you should be glad
(YES! YES! YES!)
Yes He loves you
And you know that you can stand!

He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
He loves you, YES! YES! YES!
And with a Love like His
You know that you can stand
With a Love like His
You know that you can stand

Act 2:33; Act 3:2; Rom 8:26f; Eph 4:8; Heb 1:3; Heb 8:1; Rev 19:6