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The Rev. Chris Christenson

Burdened, buried, bound in slavery

Labor long and far from home

Working, wishing, wanting, waiting

Not forgotten, not alone

Exodus must be the answer;

The power of God intercede

Guiding, guarding through the waters;

Fire and cloud take the lead

Finding, feeling this new freedom;

Yet there’s grumbling on the quest

No satisfaction, no thanksgiving;

Put the giver to the test

Gracious God he gives in mercy;

Even to faithless cries

Water from the rock is flowing;

Bread and bird from on High

Looking, lusting, longing idols

god of self and god of gold

Pagan treasure, fleshly desires

The human heart would be sold

Dying souls need their salvation

The Lamb of God slain to give

Lifted high with our sin bearing

All who look to him will live

One name to bring me out of this wilderness

One name to set captives free

One name alone to lead to the Promised Land

One name to Christ, glory be

Only one name under heaven

Christ by which we must be saved

“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. ... Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10,12

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The Rev. Chris Christenson is pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crescent.


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