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Archive for February 14th, 2010

Christ is King,

 

            of the Kind Kingdom.

 

The only Kingdom,

 

            of its kind.        

           

– eab, 12/7/09

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If tomorrow were the last of days,

The entrance of the eternal phase,

The beginning of condemnation or praise.

How would you spend today?

 

If tomorrow saw the flight of health,

Or by dusk’s light the loss of all wealth.

Coming quite aware or all by stealth.

How would you spend today?

 

If tomorrow your goals were lost to sight,

Your plans so great, plunged into dark night,

Never again to have hope or light.

How would you spend today?

 

Or – if tomorrow you were blind or lame,

And you were not ever to be the same,

Or – if tomorrow morning never came.

How would you spend today?

                – eab, 2/10/05

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Mansion Over the Hilltop

 I’m satisfied with just a cottage below,
A little silver and a little gold;
But in that city where the ransomed will shine,
I want a gold one that’s silver-lined.

Refrain
I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop,
In that bright land where we’ll never grow old;
And someday yonder we will never more wander,
But walk the streets that are purest gold.

Tho’ often tempted, tormented and tested
And, like the prophet, my pillow a stone,
And tho’ I find here no permanent dwelling,
I know He’ll give me a mansion my own.

Don’t think me poor or deserted or lonely,
I’m not discouraged, I’m heaven bound;
I’m just a pilgrim in search of a city,
I want a mansion, a harp and a crown.

Ira Forest Stanphill was born this date, 2/14/1914, at Bell­view, New Mex­i­co. (Bellview is just across the Texas line in the upper half of NM.)  He is reported to be able to play the pi­a­no, or­gan, ac­cor­di­on, and uku­le­le by the time he was ten.  He later was a minister and song writer.  He died 12/30, 1993, at Over­land Park, Kan­sas. 

The following are some of his better known songs:

Happiness Is the Lord

He Came to Me

He Washed My Eyes with Tears

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Jesus and Me

Mansion over the Hilltop

Room at the Cross for You

Suppertime

Time and Time Again

Unworthy

We’ll Talk It Over

You Can Have a Song in Your Heart

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