As I sit in my pew during church,
It's easy to agree with what's said
To repeat "Amen" and "Praise the Lord"
Or simply agree, by a nod of the head.

Yet, leaving the church building,
My resolve just melts away.
What did cause my withdrawing?
Why was I in such a fray?

I thought I had all I needed
To fulfill the great commission,
But instead, working by myself
Was a cause for a great omission.

I was ashamed of my Lord that day -
And, oh, how many times in between -
I have denied the one who bought me,
As I perform my daily routine.

The boldness I needed so badly,
Was surely lacking from my effort.
I hadn't the strength to sustain me;
In my spirit there was no comfort.



As I feasted on God's Word at home,
I read of the Apostles' boldness
And saw God's power, and not their own,
Was the reason for their adeptness.

I saw how spending time with Jesus
Was what wrought such great victory:
Power to boldly speak forth God's Word,
Regardless of government decree.

How I need to get alone with God,
And beseech Him for His power.
Without the strength He alone gives,
I can't live for Him even an hour.

I don't want to be ashamed of Christ -
The one who gave His all for me -
I want to live for Him day by day!
I want that great victory!

Going forth, but not on a whim,
To go out boldly and to proclaim;
Spending my life witnessing for Him,
That eternal life, others may gain.

So day by day, as I seek to please,
The one who died and rose for me,
I must spend time with Christ my Lord
If not ashamed of Him, I am to be.

Not Ashamed of Christ
Angela Trenholm
December 29, 2003



For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John,
and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men,
they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them,
that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings:
and grant unto thy servants,
that with all boldness they may speak thy word,...
...And when they had prayed,
the place was shaken where they were assembled together;
and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:29-31

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me,
that I may open my mouth boldly,
to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Ephesians 6:19

According to my earnest expectation and my hope,
that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness,
as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body,
whether it be by life, or by death.
Philippians1:20


So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Hebrews 13:6

The midi playing is



Words: Charles H. Gabriel, 1906.
Music: “Hanford (Gabriel),” Charles H. Gabriel, 1906

More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.

Refrain

Take Thou my heart, I would be Thine alone;
Take Thou my heart, and make it all Thine own.
Purge me from sin, O Lord, I now implore,
Wash me and keep me Thine forevermore.

More like the Master is my daily prayer;
More strength to carry crosses I must bear;
More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in;
More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win.

Refrain

More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be.

Refrain


 



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