You Love Me Anyway

Posted on 05/07/2017 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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A REASON TO REJOICE
by Benjamin R. Faust

I have a reason to rejoice
I have a reason to clap my hands
I have a reason to lift my voice
and sing praises to the great I Am

I have a reason to move my feet
and take the Gospel into the street
I have a reason to lose my will
and let Jesus take full control

For you have set my feet to dancin'
You have filled my heart with joy
You have freed me from my passions
and filled me with the Holy Ghost

You have set my heart on fire
Fill my soul with your desire
and Melt me Lord 'til
only you remain!


LORD YOU'VE BEEN SO GOOD
by Benjamin R. Faust

VERSE ONE
Lord, You've been so good to me
You gave me sight when I was blind
You showed me light I could not see
You brought me truth I could not find

Lord, You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me!

CHORUS
And so I praise You in the morning
and I praise You in the night
For You are my Salvation
You are my Guiding Light
So I give You my everything
I just can't give You less
When You sent Your Son to love me
You gave me Your best!

VERSE TWO
Lord, You've been so good to me
You set my feet on solid ground
You rescued my life from the grave
when no other help could be found
Lord, You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord, You've been so good to me!

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BRIDGE
Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (better than I deserve)
Lord You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me

Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (you're good all the time)
Lord You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord You've been so good to me

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You gave me Your best!
You gave me Your best!

Lord, You've been so good to me.


WITH ALL THAT I AM
by Benjamin R. Faust

I praise you Lord
I praise you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I praise you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I praise you with all that I am
Yes I praise you with all that I am

I'll serve you Lord
I'll serve you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I'll serve you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I'll serve you with all that I am
Yes I'll serve you with all that I am

I love you Lord and
I'll love you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I love you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I love you with all that I am
Yes I love you with all that I am


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Father God, You are so worthy of all our praise and worship. You alone are worthy to be lifted up and I just want to give You all that I am or ever hope to be. You always see the real me. I ask that as I share what You have given that I would emulate You and Your character. I only want to do what You would have me do and to be like You, oh Lord. I pray these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Please be seated.

When I was listening to a song, tears streamed down my face and I just couldn't stop them. I sobbed, knowing full well the meaning of the song and what the Father had done for me.

The song was You Love Me Anyway by Sidewalk Prophets. If you are watching this video, click the link to watch the video of the song. If you are listening to this fire side chat, go to youtube or itunes and search for the song. You won't regret listening to it.

This song gave me an idea for this fire side chat that I titled You Love Me Anyway. I am going to try to share what I know God placed on my heart without crying too much. I want you to hear what I have to say, but my emotions may take over. I apologize beforehand for the possibility of you all not being able to understand me.

Here we go. Please have a listen and please remember. Jesus loves you anyway.

I was deceived by the serpent and I bit into the apple. You love me anyway.

I also bit into the apple. You love me anyway.

I killed my brother. You love me anyway.

I murdered a man. You love me anyway.

I lusted after a woman and killed her husband. You love me anyway.

I tricked my husband into giving the wrong son the birthright. You love me anyway.

I said “no” to going to Nineveh. You love me anyway.

I was raped by my step brother. You love me anyway.

We sold our brother into slavery. You love us anyway.

I am a woman with a sinful past who hid two spies. You love me anyway.

I am a tax collector. You love me anyway.

I was one of your closest friends, but I denied you and betrayed you in front of others. You love me anyway.

I sold you for 30 pieces of silver. You love me anyway.

I killed Your followers. You love me anyway.

We were killed for believing in You. You love us anyway.

All of these people were in the Bible. Some did things. Some had things done to them. All are loved by God. The love of God is greater than their sin. It isn't that God does not see their sin. It isn't that He erased it per say.

No, the main thing is that God wants us to move passed our sin. He wants us to realize we sin, to repent, and then to move on. To allow ourselves the grace and mercy and love that He shows us every day.

God is holding out His hand for us to take it. He wants to say “Yes, you sinned, but there is something else for you. My love. I love you anyway.”

But God, I betrayed Your trust. I sinned. How can You love me?

But God...

And God reminds you...reminds me...look at ALL these people...you know some and some you don't...they did things to Me...to My people...to My Beloved Son! I should be the one who is angry! I should be the one exacting revenge! I was betrayed! My love and mercy and grace were thrown in My face! And yet...again and again I reach out. And again and again the cycle continues.

When will you see that God's love is in reach?

Will you continue to break the heart of God? Of the One that saved you from yourself? Of the One that loves you continuously? His love is everlasting. All we must do is accept it.

I can not understand this love. This love that is so forgiving and so big. Why oh God...when I can see all the things I have done have You chosen me to be Your Beloved Daughter? I don't understand.

And I can hear God say “You don't need to understand it. Just accept it.” Then, Father God wraps me tightly in His arms and allows me to cry for the grace and mercy and love He has shown me...that He has shown us all.

What a beautiful, beautiful miracle. The miracle of God's love shown to us all. Nothing is more important than to realize that He loves us anyway.

Say it with me: God loves me anyway.

It's altar call time. Come and pray. Talk to God. Thank Him for loving you anyway.

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After this time at the altar, we will have a fellowship time up the stairs to your left. Everyone is inviting to join us.

You are free to leave whenever you do to do so.

My God Bless you this week. May He Who loves you anyway keep reminding you of your importance to Him.