By the Sea of Crystal

A fresh sea of blossoms in early spring on a crystal clear day should encourage us all to remember our Heavenly Father’s promise of a complete renewal, made possible by a true faith and trust in Him, regardless of the winter we are currently enduring.

The theme of this Hymn’s text is drawn from John’s vision of the saints in glory, singing one of their great doxologies (Rev. 7:9-17). The initial reference to the “sea of crystal” is from Revelation 4:6 and the final (rhetorical) reference to the “King of kings” (st. 3) comes from Revelation 17:14.
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“By the Sea Of Crystal, Saints in glory stand,
Myriads in number, drawn from every land,
Robed in white apparel, washed in Jesus’ blood,
They now reign in Heaven with the Lamb of God.”

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The Wonder of His Eclipse

General revelation provides us with the knowledge that God exists. “The heavens declare the glory of God,” says the psalmist [in Psalm 19].

God’s glory is displayed in the works of His hands. This display is so clear and manifest that no creature can possibly miss it.

It unveils God’s eternal power and deity (Romans 1: 18– 23). Revelation in nature does not give a full revelation of God. It does not give us the information about God the Redeemer that we find in the Bible. But the God who is revealed in nature is the same God who is revealed in Scripture.

Not everyone in the world has read the Bible or heard the gospel proclaimed. But the light of nature shines upon everyone in every place, in every time. God’s general revelation takes place every day. He is never without a witness to Himself.

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“Like one who runs a race
with strong and eager pace,
it speeds across the heavens;
the sun its path completes,”

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Praise the Lord!

Fat tire bikes open up new opportunities to enjoy our Creators majestic work.
Sun , waves, melting ice, the joy of rolling motion in fresh air, over ice and sand, pedaling on a set of floating wheels.

Sometimes living in thankfulness is easier than at other times but even then the words of Psalm 150 are always steadfast and true.


“Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness! “

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Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

“Holy, Holy, Holy” is a Christian hymn written by Reginald Heber in 1826. The hymn is based on Isaiah 6:1-3 and Revelation 4:8, which describe the worship of God by angels in heaven. The hymn is often sung to the tune “Nicaea,” which was composed by John B. Dykes in 1861. The video location is along the northern shore of Lake Erie near Kingsville ON.


” Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee:
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!”

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Strangers In A New World

Growing up as a young boy in a Dutch immigrant family from the 1950’s had many mixed memories. This song is meant to musically portray the reflections of an old man who now, looking back in time at his own experiences, knows he must have some lesson to pass on.

This song was written in the late 1980’s and is written about what was experienced in the life of a young child born in Winnipeg and growing up as a young immigrant’s son.

This same child is much older now, and a lot has transpired, both good and bad, some happy and some, sad. It remains wonderful to know, that even now with faith in Christ, there is so much still to be gained.

The best is yet to come.


” And if I could count the times I was told
That we belong to Him,
And if there is only one small thing
That I can leave for my son;
I’ll pass him my candle, and I’ll say just as often,
That we, we belong to Him.”


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