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University United Methodist
Church in Salina, Kansas.
Since 1917, University UMC
has been located at 1509
South Santa Fe (map),
adjacent to the Kansas
Wesleyan University campus.
We invite you to come and
visit our prayer garden,
prayerfully reflect upon the
windows, and attend our
worship and fellowship
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| Trust and Obey Hymn 467 in Our Hymnal
One of my favorite past times is to find and
read stories behind the hymns we sing, thus
finding out their origin, why they were written.
1 John 1:7 says: “but if we walk in the light as
he himself is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us
from all sin.”
One night at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting in
Brockton, Massachusetts, a young man stood up to testify about
his confidence of salvation. He said, "I am not quite sure,"
meaning that he wasn't really certain that God would save him
from his sins –– and then he continued, "But I'm going to trust,
and I'm going to obey" –– meaning that he planned to trust God
for his salvation and to do what he could to obey God's will.
"I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey." Daniel Towner was
the song leader for that meeting. He was so impressed by the
young man's testimony that he wrote down those words and
stuck them in his pocket. Later, he wrote to a friend, John
Sammis. In his letter, he told about the young man's testimony
and included the young man's words: "I am not quite sure, but
I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey."
Sammis quickly transformed those words into a hymn chorus:
"Trust and obey, For there's no other way to be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey." Soon he had five stanzas to go with the
chorus, and he sent them to Towner, who composed the tune
that we still sing today.
I have always trusted God and obeyed what He shares with me.
He has never, ever let me down. When my grandfather died I
was 12 years old. I remember praying, “Please God, don’t let
him die!” He didn’t answer that prayer with a yes; but I still felt
God’s love in my life. The same was true with our second son
Timothy, whom we lost at age 30 days. There were so many
birth defects that we couldn’t ask for him back; but again God’s
love was there, even before Timothy was born. Everything that
happened during those 30 days you could see and feel God’s
hand every step of the way.
So my prayer for you today is that you will trust and obey, for
there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.
During the first three Sundays of August we will try to make
sense of God’s will for our lives, as we ask, “Why do bad things
happen to good people?”
Why? Making Sense of God’s Will
Why does God allow tragedy and suffering to exist? Why are my
prayers not answered? Why does God sometimes seem so
distant and uninvolved? Does God have my whole life planned
out for me? Do my decisions make a difference? Why should I
trust God when nothing seems to make sense? We all wrestle
with these questions. When we go through tough times or
unexpected joy it’s natural to wonder how (or if) God’s will is at
work in our world. Even people who are deeply committed to
their faith struggle to answer and re-answer these perplexing
questions. In this series, I will try to help make sense of these
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prayer warriors who
will pray for you.
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