"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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Duty


Galatians 6:9-10
Paul the Apostle had great knowledge of Old Testament scripture, he spent a life time
 studying (how much do we study?) and writing know the epistles.  God uses greatly his
 knowledge and understanding of Old Testament truths to help those he writes to 
(that includes believers today).
We think of the Saints in Old Testament times who failed, they missed the mark, they 
came up short of their duty.  Paul could then declare, (inspired by God) "all have sinned
 and come short of the glory of God" many had, yes, all have!
Yet, as Christians we also miss the mark, we fail in our duty, and we all grow tired. 
 Paul knew that, Paul felt that, Paul had even experienced that.  So he writes to those
 in Galatia (and all that read) "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season 
we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all 
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith".
How easily we grow weary and especially in duty!  If work was fun we would call it
 play and not labor.  Yes, we grow tired, yes, it's hard to do good to those who use us
 and abuse us, but Jesus said it this way, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would 
that men should do to you, do even so to them:", that's the golden rule! 
Don't grow weary, press on dear child, for in due season we will reap the harvest.

2-28-13