Lord, I Want To Be Like Jesus

Music HighwayA few days before Christmas, December 14, 2017 to be exact, I learned of the passing of Dr. R. C. Sproul. He was a preacher, a teacher, an apologist, a historian, an author, and a theologian – to name a few of his titles and accomplishments.

I was well acquainted with his daily program, Renewing Your Mind,  heard on WIHS 104.9 FM. There he often intently expounded on the theology he lived by.

He was a pillar within the reformed church which
follows much of John Calvin’s view of God’s
salvation.

Often, on his program on that Christian radio station, I
often enjoyed his reviews of church history mixed
with a good command of Latin – which was for
centuries the major language of the Roman Catholic
liturgy. His talks on the areas of core Christian doctrines
helped me meditate on the Word of God.

But it was his strong convictions on Calvinism that led
me to purchase and read one of his classic books,
Chosen By God.

It was this book which caused me to join the
Facebook, closed-to-the-public, Calvinistic group
I mentioned in my previous post. (Click on
Close Encounters of the Reformed Kind).

Dr. R. C. Sproul  (1939 – 2017)

I was also very aware, for as long as I can remember, Sproul’s other classic book, The Holiness of God, but never read it and did not intend to do so. But, this year 2018,  January 8th, I downloaded the digital, Amazon Kindle version of it and have been reading about God’s holiness and its significance for us. Apparently, of course, this subject was very important and dear to Dr. Sproul’s heart.

I know that one day in my life beyond, I will sit and chat with him where we disagreed. He may actually say to me, “See, I told you so!” Or he may not.

But the topic we both will be discussing while in heaven is: WHAT IS IN STORE FOR US NEXT!

Yes, I have much I want to say on this subject of heaven
and how many of us Christians, over the centuries
and perhaps right up to the moment of Christ’s return,
have gotten a little off focus and why.

And, yes, after Christ returns, everything will be made clear.
But, as of now, I want to be like Jesus, in my heart.

 

Fernando Ortega

Lord, I Want To Be Like Jesus   (circa 1750)
lyrics – Unknown
music – Unknown
sung by – Fernando Ortega
genre – African – Amer­i­can spiritual
source – Lord, I Want To Be A Christian
album – In A Welcome Field (2000)

LYRICS:

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.

Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart.

Album

Oh I want to be like Jesus,
Oh I want to be more holy
In my heart, in my heart, in my heart,
I want to be like Jesus.

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart, in my heart, in my heart.
(Lord, I want to be like Jesus) [3x]

 

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Classic hymn/spiritual version …

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