Jesus Is Our Sure Defence
1 Corinthians 15:35-58
Jesus, meine Zuversicht
Johann Crüger, 1653

1. Jesus is our sure defence.
Why should we then fear or waver?
All our hope and confidence
rests on him, the risen Saviour.
Even in our darkest hour
he will shield us with his power.

2. We are flesh and must return
to the dust whence we were taken,
but we from the Scriptures learn
that from death we shall awaken:
We like buried seed that dies
shall unto new life arise.

3. What into the earth we sow,
standing at the graveside grieving,
is the seed that soon will grow,
glory from our God receiving.
He to every grain here sown
gives a body of its own.

4. What is weak and mortal here,
prey to illness and destruction,
shall with glorious power appear
in the hour of resurrection.
What today is sown disgraced
in great honour shall be raised.

5. God his own shall glorify
in a wondrous transformation.
Though not all of us may die,
all shall gain their full salvation
in the twinkling of an eye
when the Lord comes from on high.

6. When we hear the trumpet’s sound
and the dead are raised immortal,
we shall see with joy profound
how the grave must serve as portal
leading past all woe and strife
into everlasting life.

7. Then the word shall be fulfilled,
once by ancient prophets spoken:
“See how Satan’s might is quelled,
how the power of death lies broken.
Where, O death, is now your sting?”
Christ has conquered! He is King!

8. To our God be thanks and praise:
he through Christ made us victorious.
Be then steadfast all your days;
see how death’s defeat assures us
that in him who comes again
all your toil is not in vain.

William Helder and William W.J. VanOene, 1979


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Hymn 67

This is a sampling of the congregational singing of Hymn 67 Come Lord Jesus Maranatha. (Canadian Reformed Church Smithville 2017)

The text for Hymn 67 in the Canadian Reformed Book of Praise – Come Lord Jesus Maranatha was co-authored by William Helder and William W.J. VanOene, 1979/2009

John Goss composed the melody for LAUDA ANIMA (Latin for the opening words of Psalm 103) for this text in 1868. (It is in the public domain)

Along with his original harmonizations, intended to interpret the different stanzas, the tune was also included in the appendix to Robert Brown¬ Borthwick’s Supplemental Hymn and Tune Book (1869).
LAUDA ANIMA is one of the finest tunes that arose out of the Victorian era.
A reviewer in The Musical Times, June 1869, said, “It is at once the most beautiful and dignified hymn tune which has lately come under our notice.”



Leaf and Blade

It was a very cold day in December 2018 and Pastor Edwar Dethan visited us briefly at home to teach me a song he had written and that he wanted some accompaniment for at his mission presentation slated later that week, here in Lincoln ON.

Coming in from Timor Indonesia and not being used to our climate he was still stiff and shivering as he quickly picked up a freezing borrowed guitar and could hardly play a note.

None the less he left us with a very wonderful little song based on Lord’s Day 10 from the Heidelberg Catechism that nearly anyone can learn to play.

Now as we live at a time when many are looking for things to teach or do with their stay at home children I thought this might be of interest to some.

For an interesting variation play the D and Em chords in the 5th and 7th position.

Now do you see ….how nothing comes by chance?


This past summer we had an extended family camping at a local park. I used a GoPro camera to capture one of our camp fires as the evening fell.

Today is March 21, 2020 and it seems as though the world has changed completely. As I work and live in isolation, safely in a warm home, I count my many blessings and remember many fond memories of the past.

We are currently witnessing the outbreak of what appears to be a world wide Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Time will tell how this event will turn large or small but I know the One that turns all events.


This could be one of the top 10 favourite Psalms that are sung and played in the Canadian Reformed Churches.

The words are beautiful, very comforting and the melody supports the versification nicely.

It’s quite easy to play and sing.

Try using the ‘Melody and Animation’ video on the left to get started