"Twas The Night Before Jesus Came"

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed. Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY! The light of His face made me cover my head It was Jesus! returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. In the Book of Life which He held in His hand Was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound. While all the rest were left standing around. I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight. In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There's only one life and when comes the last call We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

written by Unknown Author

Monday, May 18, 2015

Be Thou...

Be Thou
1 Timothy 4:12
"Be thou an example of the believer, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." Let's look at what a Christian should be.
First, we are to be examples in word (logos), the manner in which we talk or write, to be Christ like. Remember He was the word from the beginning, so let us be examples of Christ.
Next, in conversation (anastrophe), it means the way we live, our behavior. People are watching you, they are watching us! Are we Christ like in our conversation?
Paul asked about charity (agape). This is love as God loves. We are to love one another, to love God, ever to love our enemies! How are you doing in this department?
What about spirit (pneuma). This is that which we can't see or touch, but is the inner person where we meet and know God. Have you met with Him today (we must worship in spirit).
Also in faith (pistis), we know that faith is the substance of things not seen. It's trust, belief, faithfulness, yes that substance by which you were saved. Faith cometh by hearing, so are we listening to God?
Last, Paul speaks of purity (hagneia). This deals with moral cleanness. The flesh is lustful and sensual and we are called unto godliness and purity so we are to deny self and live unto Christ. Many have fallen into fornication, adultery, even pornography (if you look upon a woman with lust you have committed adultery in your heart). Are your thoughts pure?
So Paul calls on us to be "be thou" examples, how are you doing?
God Bless
9-12-13