Scripture Verse

When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. Acts 11:23

Introduction

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Elisha A. Hoffman
1839–1929

Words: Eli­sha A. Hoff­man (1839–1929).

Music: Po­po­ca­té­pe­tl H. C. Coll­ins, in The Gos­pel Way, by An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter et al. (Dal­ton, Geor­gia: A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1923), num­ber 21 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Col­lins’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Temptation my soul may assail,
To woo me from Jesus away,
But cannot, it cannot prevail;
With Christ I’ve decided to stay.

Refrain

I promised that I would be true,
I would not my covenant break;
I care not what others may do,
My Jesus I will not forsake.

The world for my soul lays its snares,
And tempts me each ongoing day,
But strengthened by faith and by prayer,
With Christ I’ve decided to stay.

Refrain

Why should I forsake this dear Friend,
And out in the wilderness stray?
’Tis He doth each moment befriend,
With Christ I’ve decided to stay.

Refrain

No other so gracious could be,
And love me so greatly alway,
So kind and forgiving is He,
With Christ I’ve decided to stay.

Refrain