First Line Friday (week 54): Good Friday & Easter

April 14, 2017 First Line Fridays 39

Happy Good Friday!

Today is a special Friday for everyone, whether or not you embrace Jesus as Savior.

To find out why, read this

Since it’s Friday, it’s also time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

BUT I’m going to do something different since it’s Good Friday…

(my blog, my rules lol)

Music is a huge part of my life, especially praise and worship

(Well.. and country too but that’s not relevant here lol)

Especially at Easter, God uses music to draw me closer to Him.

One of my favorite songs to sing around Easter is “Alive” by Natalie Grant.

My absolute favorite line is “… the Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave.

Every grave.

Physical death. The death of your dreams. The death of a career. The death of a marriage.

That stone has been rolled away because of what Jesus did on Good Friday and when He rose again on Easter Sunday!

Whew! I’m getting Bapticostal over here! 😉

Ok – now YOU comment with a favorite line from one of your fave songs!

Then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

Bookworm Mama || Singing Librarian Books || Faithfully Bookish || Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen || All the Book Blog Names are Taken || Robin’s Nest

Fiction Aficionado || Bibliophile Reviews || Kathleen Denly || Lauraine’s Notes

With A Joyful Noise || A Baker’s Perspective

 

Carrie

39 Responses to “First Line Friday (week 54): Good Friday & Easter”

  1. Katie Donovan

    Bapticostal! LOL! That’s a great word!

    I’m featuring Bodie & Brock Thoene’s “Behold the Man” this week. Wishing you a very blessed Easter!

    • Carrie

      lol 😉 A very blessed Easter to you too, my dear friend!

  2. Trisha Robertson

    I love the song you posted! I have so very many favorites, it’s nearly impossible to pick only one. One of my go-to favorites is JJ Heller. I’ve sang her songs for special music at church on more than one occasion. Her song “Your Hands” is top of my list. “Your hands that shaped the world, are holding me”
    “When my world is shaking, Heaven stands. When my heart is breaking, I never leave your hands.” “One day you will set all things right”

    • Carrie

      that song from JJ Heller is just beautiful! one of my go-to songs as well

  3. Suzie Waltner

    Bapticostal. Love it!! 🙂

    I’m going to some to go old school for my fave lines. And I’m going to cheat (or maybe double down) and include the lines from both the first and second verses of “The Solid Rock”

    “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ love and righteousness.”

    “When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on his unchanging grace.”

    Such beautiful promises in this timeless hymn.

    • Carrie

      that is one of my very favorite hymns – those words! oh my heart!

  4. Paula S.

    My favorite hymn is When I Survey the Wondrous Cross! That says it all!
    First line: The police lights in my rearview mirror almost destroy me. From If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock.

  5. Debra E. Marvin

    I can’t pick a hymn today but I’d certainly choose any of the older ones. Growing up and standing next to my grandmother at church made me love them. And – later, when she was in a nursing home, I’d go on Sunday after church when they had their church service. All those tiny, reedy, old-lady voices singing the old hymns made me a mess every time!

    Have a glorious weekend! I’m reading multiple stories at once, but this one is with me at work (shhh. dont tell) I stood, that bleak day, in the graveyard in the village near Winton Park. (Sandra Byrd, A Lady in Disguise is on my kindle but I’ve been listening to the audiobook at night)

    • Carrie

      i love that book from Sandra! And oh – yes – what beauty there is in tiny, reedy, old-lady (or man) voices singing praises to Jesus!!

  6. Becky Smith

    Oh, so hard to pick! I love Chris Tomlin’s At the Cross: “Where Your love ran red
    And my sin washed white, I owe all to You.” But I also love Jews For Jesus: “The sacrifice Lamb, has been slain, His blood on the altar, a stain, to wipe away guilt and pain, to bring hope eternal.” And then there’s Hillsong’s: “Hallelujah, Jesus is alive, death has lost its victory and the grave has been denied!”

  7. Beckie Burnham

    I am currently leading a Bible study based on Handel’s Messiah. Every week we study the scripture that inspired it and listen to various passages. This past week “coincidentally” featured the crucifixion. (We missed a few weeks due to spring break and storms, so we are a bit behind. ) in addition to the Messiah we listened to How Great The Father’s Love For Us — “I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom. But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.

    Thanks for this week’s post!

  8. Marylin Furumasu

    Hi Carrie,
    For me it’s from the new Hillsong song: What a Beautiful Name

    Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
    You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
    The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
    For You are raised to life again

    You have no rival, You have no equal
    Now and forever, God You reign
    Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
    Yours is the Name, above all names.

    Have a Blessed weekend!

  9. Amanda Tero

    I’ll choose a verse, actually. 🙂 I’m a pianist and arrange. This week, I completed “At the Cross.” My favorite verse in that song is the last…
    But drops of grief can ne’er repay
    The debt of love I owe:
    Here, Lord, I give myself away –
    ‘Tis all that I can do!

    I think you’re friends with me on FB? I posted a video of me playing the verse on my personal page, just if you’re interested. 😉

  10. Karen Sargent

    I can’t sing these lines of Chris Tomlin’s “Amazing Grace” without emotion squeezing my throat: “My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God my Savior has ransomed me.” Love it!

    BONUS! Because I’ve been waiting all week to share this… 🙂

    My first line is from Candice Curry’s autobiography A CON MAN’S DAUGHTER: “I could hear my name being called, but I was stuck somewhere between a dream and reality.”

    But the line that made me keep reading is this one, a thought Candice had as a 13-year-old: “I strained to hear God’s voice in my ear but only heard Satan whisper how much he loved me.”

    • Carrie

      yes! Amen to the Chris Tomlin lyrics. Those are very special to me as well. And OH what a powerful line from A Con Man’s Daughter. Wow!

  11. carylkane

    Happy Resurrection Weekend! There are so many wonderful songs celebrating His resurrection.

    One of my favorite lines is by Yesuha. IT IS FINISHED!

  12. Heather

    Jonny Diaz “Breath”

    Breathe, just breathe
    Come and rest at my feet
    And be, just be
    Chaos calls but all you really need

    Is to take it in fill your lungs
    The peace of God that overcomes
    Just breathe
    So let your weary spirit rest
    Lay down what’s good and find what’s best
    Just breathe

    Happy Good Friday!

  13. Courtney Clark

    Asking me to pick a favorite line from a song is like asking someone to pick their favorite kid. I just can’t! So, here’s a line from a fav song I listened to on the way to work today:

    For God so loved your broken heart
    He sent his son to where you are
    And he died
    To give a reason for the world

    -from The Reason for the World by Matthew West

  14. DeAnna Dodson

    Okay, I can’t pick just one line or verse, because it all works together, but this is a deep favorite of mine (especially the glorious Second Chapter of Acts version):

    My Jesus, I Love Thee

    My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou art mine
    For Thee all the follies of sin I resign
    My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou
    If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ’tis now

    I love Thee because Thou has first loved me
    And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree
    I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow
    If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ’tis now

    I’ll love Thee in life and I will love Thee in death
    And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath
    And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow
    If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ’tis now

    In mansions of glory and endless delight
    I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright
    I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow
    If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ’tis now

    First line:

    “The company, ushered by a disapproving butler into the yellow saloon of Sir Richard Wyndham’s house in St. James’s Square, comprised two ladies and one reluctant gentleman.”

    The Corinthian, Georgette Heyer

    • Carrie

      that’s such a special hymn to me – Avalon’s version is completely awesome as well!

  15. Andrea Stephens

    One of my favorite songs during this time is Newsong’s “Arise My Love”

    Not a word was heard at the tomb that day
    Just shuffling of soldiers’ feet as they guarded the grave
    One day, two days, three days had passed
    Could it be that Jesus breathed His last

    Could it be that His Father had forsaken Him
    Turned His back on His Son, despising our sin
    All Hell seemed to whisper, “Just forget it, He’s dead”
    Then the Father looked down to His Son and said

    Arise, My Love
    Arise, My Love
    The grave no longer has a hold on You
    No more death’s sting
    No more suffering
    Arise, arise, My Love

    The earth trembled, and the tomb began to shake
    And like lightning from Heaven, the stone was rolled away
    And as dead men, the guards, they all stood there in fright
    As the power of love displayed its might

    Then suddenly a melody filled the air
    Riding wings of wind, it was everywhere
    The words all creation had been longing to hear
    The sweet sound of victory, so loud and clear

    (Chorus)

    Sin, where are your shackles
    Death, where is your sting
    Hell has been defeated
    The grave could not hold the King

    (Chorus)

  16. Yvette-Bookworlder

    I’m going with the first song that sprang to mind – a new favorite, Natalie Grant’s King of the World. The part of the chorus that gets stuck in my head is:

    How could I make you so small
    When you’re the one who holds it all
    When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world

    Happy Good Friday!

  17. Beth Erin

    I’ve had my bluegrass gospel pandora station cranked up today and I agree with you, music is powerful! I’m sharing from “My Worth is Not in What I Own” by Keith & Kristyn Getty:

    I will not boast in wealth or might
    Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
    But I will boast in knowing Christ
    At the cross

    Really the whole song just sings directly to my soul. I’m so thankful for God’s grace! Blessed Easter to you and yours, Carrie!!!