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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Nov 5, 2011
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      Dearly Beloved,
      �Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name� (1
      Chronicles 29:13 NIV).
      �Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!� (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV).
      A typical Yoruba Baptist cannot so easily forget the hymn, �A F�Ope
      F�Olorun.� The hymn is one of the most popular hymns among the Yoruba
      Baptists especially during a naming ceremony. It is sung to thank God for
      the new-born baby. However, the hymn � originally written in German by
      Martin Rinkart (1586�1649) titled �Nun dank�et al�le Gott� and translated
      to English by Catherine Winkworth (1827�1878) before it was translated to
      Yoruba � is more than a naming ceremony hymn. It is a hymn that was
      testifying to the goodness of God especially in the time of a war. The
      lyrics of the hymn attest to this.
      Stanza One is full of appreciation to God �with heart and hands and
      voices.� The reason is that God has done wondrous things in blessing us
      with countless gifts of love from our mothers� arms till this moment. In
      Stanza Two, the composer of the hymn wanted this bounteous God to be near
      us through all our lives by keeping us in His grace, guiding us when we are
      perplexed, and saving us from all evils in this world. Meanwhile, Stanza
      Three continues to eulogize God. It gives a profound concept about God as
      the one eternal God who manifests Himself as the Father, the Son, and the
      Holy Spirit. He is the one that the earth and the heavens will continue to
      adore both now and evermore. Amen.
      In spite of the circumstance that led to the composition of this hymn, the
      hymn is full of praises of and thanksgiving to God. What is your
      circumstance presently? Learn to praise God for who He is, and thank Him
      for what He is doing in your life. Paul advised the Thessalonians, �...give
      thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ
      Jesus� (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). We can indeed thank God even during our
      most trying times. Thanks be to God!
      In His service,
      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
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      whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
      GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).

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