The characteristic of idols is that they fall away when they are most wanted; the characteristic of Christ is that He is nearest to us when we need Him most. — Joseph Parker

Cancellation exercise…

Can I find refuge in Jesus? — Question
I find refuge in Jesus — Affirmation
find refuge in Jesus — Exhortation
refuge in Jesus — Consolation
in Jesus — Exaltation
Jesus — Satisfaction

In a letter to the Roman Senate, purported to have been written by Publius Lentulus, Jesus is described: “…a man of stature somewhat tall; his hair the colour of a chestnut fully ripe, plain to the ears, whence downward it is more orient, curling and waving about the shoulders; in the midst of his forehead is a stream, or partition of his hair; forehead plain and very delicate; his face without spot or wrinkle, a lovely red; His nose and mouth so forked as nothing can be represented; his beard thick, in color like his hair–not very long; his eyes grey, quick and clear.” — I question the authenticity of this, especially since it seems unlikely that chestnuts would be used as comparison and the description seems too adoring for a Roman report.

The Church hurled anathemas at those who held that Christ, though great, was less than God. But those anathemas were beneficent and right. The difference of opinion was no trifle; there is no such thing as “almost God.” The thought is blasphemy; the next thing less than the infinite is infinitely less. If Christ be the greatest of finite creatures, then still our hearts are restless, still we are mere seekers after God. But now in Christ, our Savior, the one who says, “Thy sins are forgiven thee,” revealed as very God. And we believe. It is the supreme venture of faith; faith can go no higher. Such a faith is a mystery to us who possess it; it is ridiculed by those who have it not. But if possessed it overcomes the world. In Christ all things are ours. — Greshem Machin, What is Faith? p. 116

It is a very rare thing to hear even the infidel rail at the character of Jesus. — Spurgeon

To believe that Christ will return — that is faith.
To expect to meet Him — that is hope.
To invite another to meet Him — that is love.

Jesus Christ would rather have your love than your service. — Bob Jones Sr.

Forgiveness attempted on the basis of the personal benefits it gives to us (self-centered motivation) does not work because it is the same basis of our offenses. We need to go back to the cross–Jesus forgave with no view of self benefit. — Ray Cross

When I Must Leave
When I must leave you for a while

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years
But start out bravely with a gallant smile
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all the things the same
Feed not your loneliness on empty days
But fill each working hour in useful ways
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near
And never, never be afraid to die
For I am waiting for you in the sky.
— Anonymous


When my life work is ended

And I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see,
I shall know my Redeemer|
When I reach the other side,
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.

O the soul-thrilling rapture
When I view His blessed face,
And the luster of His kindly beaming eye,
How many full hearts will praise Him
For His Mercy, love an grace,
That prepares for me a mansion in the sky.

O the dear ones in glory
How they beckon me to come
And our parting at the river I recall,
To the sweet vales of Eden
They will sing my “Welcome Home!”
But I long to meet my Saviour first of all.

Through the gates to the city,
In a robe of spotless white,
He will lead me where no tears shall ever fall.
In the glad song of ages
I shall mingle with delight,
But I long to meet my Saviour, first of all!


He walked awhile among us

so that we might better see
the breadth of His compassion…
His love for you and me.

He walked awhile among us,
giving all He had to give,
to set us an example…
to teach us how to live.

He left His place in heaven,
His glory and His throne
and walked awhile among us
to show the way back home.

Jesus walks among us still
Bringing His peace to all who need it.
Sometimes mere words just aren’t
enough to take away our grief.
So we rely on God to help
and strengthen our belief.
May He uplift you gently,
take the sorrow that you bear;
then comfort you with healing
in the safety of His care.


Can I find refuge in Jesus? – Question

I find refuge in Jesus  — Affirmation
find refuge in Jesus – Exhortation
refuge in Jesus – Consolation
in Jesus – Exaltation
Jesus – Satisfaction


It hurts very deeply when we lose someone we love. But in the midst of the heartache and confusion, It is comforting to know we can find peace in the presence of Jesus. He understands our hurt and desires to heal the pain which has touched us so deeply.


The sands have been washed in the footprints
Of the Stranger of Galilee’s shore,
And the voice that subdued the rough billows,
Will be heard in Judea no more,
But the path of that lone Galilean
With joy I will follow today,
And the toils of the road will seem nothing
when I get to the end of the way.

There are so many hills to climb upward,
I often am longing for rest,
But He who appoints me my pathway,
Knows just what is needful and best.
I know in His Word He hath promised
That my strength, “It shall be as my day.”
And the toils of the road will seem nothing,
When I get to the end of the way.

He loves me too well to forsake me
Or give me one trail to much.
All His people have been dearly purchased,
And Satan can never claim such.
By and by I shall see Him and praise Him,
In the city of un-ending day,
And the toils of the road will seem nothing,
When I get to the end of the way.

When the last feeble step has been taken
And the gates of that City appear,
And the beautiful songs of the angels
Float out on my listening ear.
When all that now seems so mysterious
Will be bright and as clear as the day,
Then the toils of the road with seem nothing,
When I get to the end of the way.


It is not the tale that tells the whole
Of Man’s success or failure, but the soul
He brings, to them, the songs he sings to them,
The steadfast gaze he fixes on the goal.


At every motion of our breath
Life trembles on the brink of death,
A taper’s flame that upward turns,
While downward to the dust it burns.

A moment ushered us to birth,
Heirs of the commonwealth of earth;
Moment by moment years are past,
And one ere long will be our last.

‘Twixt that, long fled, which gave us light,
And that which soon shall end in night,
There is a point no eye can see,
Yet on it hangs eternity.

Then I met Jesus,
And His perfect love cast out fear.
Because I rest in His arms and loving care,
I no longer fear those who can kill the body.
With His promise to provide for all my needs
When I put Him first in my life,
I drift off to pleasant sleep at night.
Since He took the punishment I deserved for my sins on the cross,
And released me from hell to live with him forever,
My dreams are of heaven,
My questions are answered,
My life is filled with peace.


He was conceived spiritually|

He was born naturally
He grew up humbly
He lived perfectly
He preached gently
He died hideously
— Gene Whitfield