Dare 2B Daring - July 09, 2018
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“If Christ be anything, He must be everything.” – C.H. Spurgeon
The song, All or Nothing at All, was composed by Arthur Altman in 1939. Jack Lawrence penned the memorable lyrics.
That same year – on August 31st, to be exact – a young vocalist named Frank Sinatra recorded the song with Harry James and His Music Makers (later known as the Harry James Orchestra). Initially, the recording drew little attention, but Columbia Records reissued it in 1943 during a musicians’ strike. It quickly became a hit, staying atop the Billboard charts for 21 consecutive weeks.
Over the years, this classic of the American songbook was recorded by – among others – Billie Holliday (1958), Steve Lawrence and Al Martino (1959), Keeley Smith and Shirley Bassey (1960), John Coltrane and Sarah Vaughan (1962), Bobby Darin and Anthony Newley (1963), Jack Jones (1966 and 1997), Al Jarreau (1989), Barry Manilow (1994), and even Bob Dylan (2016). Sinatra recorded updated versions of his original in 1962, 1966 (my personal favorite), 1977 and 1982.
Lawrence’s haunting lyrics include the following lines…
All or nothing at all
Half a love, never appealed to me
If your heart, never could yield to me
Then I’d rather (rather) have nothing at all
All or nothing at all
If it’s love, there is no in between
Why begin then cry, for something that might have been
No I’d rather (rather) have nothing at all
My friend, God wants all of us or – dare I say – none of us. That was the message that the risen and glorified Christ conveyed to the lukewarm church in Laodicea through John, the Apostle.
Jesus gave His all on Calvary’s cross… and He deserves and expects no less from us now. Let’s not make Him sick to His stomach by offering Him “half a love”.
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President