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Title: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 12:04:17 PM
Just give me that old time Gospel  ...

Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

We see daily where people are changing theology and the doctrines of churches to "fit" the society of today. It is said by some that the Bible is a "living, breathing, changing" book, that teachings change from it as society changes. The truth is that no matter how much man wants it to change to meet their desires and understandings, the Bible, God's word, does not change. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the same. Jesus Christ came to us in the flesh to proclaim things that had been kept secret from the foundation of the world. That foundation cannot be changed nor modified to fit our desires. No man can pay the price to build an equal foundation.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 12:16:58 PM
Have You Tasted My Jesus? 

At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year they have what is called Baptist Day. It is a day when all the Baptists in the area are invited to the school because they want the Baptist dollars to keep coming in. On this day each one is to bring a sack lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every Baptist Day the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center.

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr. Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about thirty seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium.

"Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. "Docta Tillich ..." CRUNCH, MUNCH ... "My question is a simple question, "CRUNCH, CUNCH ..."Now I ain't never read them books you read ... "CRUNCH, MUNCH ... "and I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek ... " CRUNCH, MUNCH ... "I don't know nothin' about Niebuhr and Heidegger ..."CRUNCH, MUNCH . He finished the apple.

"All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate-was it bitter or sweet?"

Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple."

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you tasted my Jesus."

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers. Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

— Author Unknown


We see all sorts of doctrines and theologies today. Man in his finite wisdom attempts to understand scriptures, dissecting it in his own fashion, putting in his or her own desires into what it all means. These people go so far as to throw out portions of scripture because it doesn't seem to fit what they believe or it "just doesn't seem right" to them.

God gave His inspired text for a reason. That reason is to remove any doubt in those that are truly seeking Him as to how He desires us to be, the things that He wants us to do.

Why the old time gospel, what's wrong with todays gospel? What's the difference anyway? Well, the simple truth is, todays gospel, for the most part, is another gospel altogether. Paul wrote, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:"   Galatians 1:6

What Paul said, was that the Galatians had removed themselves from the truth, to a strange and altered gospel, unfamiliar with the teachings of Christ. Brass had replaced the gold, "...and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields..." 1 Kings 14:26-27.

There is alot of brass in the church today, sadly most professing christians don't know the difference, they don't know the God they have come to worship. We have self proclaimed prophets and apostles that live by their own wisdom and are directed by their own greed.

The old time gospel worked, when people got saved, they stayed saved, they stayed holy, they stayed humble, giving all the glory to God. "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls"   Jeremiah 6:16.

The Old, Old Way

Refrain
Are you walking in the light,
In the blessèd, blessèd light?
Is it shining in your soul today?
With a firm abiding faith
That will triumph over death,
Are you walking in the old, old way?

By:  Fanny Crosby   (1820-1915)



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 12:24:26 PM
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face;

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

2Pe 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:13:33 PM
The Gracious Invitation

"Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." —Matthew 11:28.

Gracious "word" of a gracious Savior, on which the soul may confidingly repose, and be at peace forever! It is a present rest—the rest of grace as well as the rest of glory. Not only are there signals of peace hung out from the walls of heaven—the lights of Home glimmering in the distance to cheer our footsteps; but we have the "shadow" of this "great Rock!" in a present "weary land." Before the Throne alone is there "the sea of glass," without one rippling wave; but there is a haven even on earth for the tempest-tossed—"We who have believed DO enter into rest."

Reader, have you found this blessed repose in the blood and work of Immanuel? Long going about "seeking rest and finding none," does this "word" sound like music in your ears—"Come unto Me"? All other peace is counterfeit, shadowy, unreal. The eagle spurns the gilded cage as a poor equivalent for his free-born soarings. The soul's immortal aspirations can be satisfied with nothing short of the possession of God's favor and love in Jesus.

How unqualified is the invitation! If there had been one condition in entering this covenant Ark, we must have been through eternity at the mercy of the storm. But all are alike warranted and welcome, and none more warranted than welcome. For the weak, the weary, the sin-burdened and sorrow-burdened, there is an open door of grace.

Return, then, unto your rest, O my soul! Let the sweet cadence of this "word of Jesus" steal on you amid the disquietudes of earth. Sheltered in Him, you are safe for time, safe for eternity! There may be, and will be, temporary tossings, fears, and misgivings—manifestations of inward corruption; but these will only be like the surface-heavings of the ocean, while underneath there is a deep, settled calm. "You will keep him in perfect peace" (lit. peace, peace) "whose mind is stayed on You." In the world it is care on care, trouble on trouble, sin on sin, but every wave that breaks on the believer's soul seems sweetly to murmur, "Peace, peace!"

And if the foretaste of this rest be precious, what must be the glorious consummation? Awaking in the morning of immortality, with the unquiet dream of earth over—faith lost in sight, and hope in fruition—no more any bias to sin—no more latent principles of evil—nothing to disturb the spirit's deep, everlasting tranquility—the trembling magnet of the heart reposing, where alone it can confidingly and permanently rest, in the enjoyment of the Infinite God. "These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:16:31 PM
The Comforting Assurance

"Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things." —Matthew 6:32

Though spoken originally by Jesus regarding temporal things, this may be taken as a motto for the child of God amid all the changing vicissitudes of his changing history. How it should lull all misgivings; silence all murmurings; lead to lowly, unquestioning submissiveness—"My Heavenly Father knows that I have need of all these things."

Where can a child be safer or better than in a father's hand? Where can the believer be better than in the hands of his God? We are poor judges of what is best. We are under safe guidance with infallible wisdom. If we are tempted in a moment of rash presumption to say, "All these things are against me," let this "word" rebuke the hasty and unworthy surmise. Unerring wisdom and Fatherly love have pronounced all to be "needful."

My soul, is there anything that is disturbing your peace? Are providences dark, or crosses heavy? Are spiritual props removed, creature comforts curtailed, gourds smitten and withered like grass?—write on each, "Your Father knows that you have need of all these things." It was He who increased your burden. Why? "It was needed." It was supplanting Himself—He had to remove it! It was He who crossed your worldly schemes, marred your cherished hopes. Why? "It was needed." There was a lurking thorn in the coveted path. There was some higher spiritual blessing in communion with God. "He prevented you with the blessings of His goodness."

Seek to cherish a spirit of more childlike confidence in your Heavenly Father's will. You are not left unfriended and alone to buffet the storms of the wilderness. Your Marahs as well as your Elims are appointed by Him. A gracious pillar-cloud is before you. Follow it through sunshine and storm. He may "lead you about," but He will not lead you wrong. Unutterable tenderness is the characteristic of all His dealings. "Blessed be His name," says a tried believer, "He makes my feet like hinds' feet" (literally, "equals" them), "he equals them for every precipice, every ascent, every leap."

And who is it that speaks this quieting word? It is He who Himself felt the preciousness of the assurance during His own awful sufferings, that all were needed, and all appointed; that from Bethlehem's cradle to Calvary's Cross there was not the unnecessary thorn in the crown of sorrow which He, the Man of Sorrows, bore. Every drop in His bitter cup was mingled by His Father: "This cup which You give me to drink, shall I not drink it?" Oh, if He could extract comfort in this hour of inconceivable agony, in the thought that a Father's hand lighted the fearful furnace-fires—what strong consolation is there is the same truth to all His suffering people!

What! one superfluous drop! one unessential pang! one unneeded cross! Hush the secret atheism! He gave His Son for you! He calls Himself "your Father!" Whatever be the trial under which you are now smarting, let the word of a gracious Savior be "like oil thrown on the fretful sea;" let it dry every rebellious tear-drop. "He, your unerring Parent, knows that you have need of this as well as all these things."

"Your word is very sure, therefore your servant loves it."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:17:15 PM
The Power Of Prayer

"Whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." —John 14:13

Blessed Jesus! it is You who has unlocked to Your people the gates of prayer. Without You they must have been shut forever. It was Your atoning merit on earth that first opened them; it is Your intercessory work in heaven that keeps them open still.

How unlimited the promise—"Whatever you shall ask!" It is the pledge of all that the needy sinner requires—all that an Omnipotent Savior can bestow! As the great Steward of the mysteries of grace, He seems to say to His faithful servants, "Take your bill, and under this, my superscription, write what you please." And then, when the blank is filled up, he further endorses each petition with the words, "I WILL do it!"

He farther encourages us to ask "in His name." In the case of an earthly petitioner there are some pleas more influential in obtaining a benefit than others. Jesus speaks of this as forming the key to the heart of God. As David loved the helpless cripple of Saul's house "for Jonathan's sake," so will the Father, by virtue of our covenant relationship to the true Jonathan (lit., "the gift of God"), delight in giving us even "exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think."

Reader, do you know the blessedness of confiding your every need and every care—your every sorrow and every cross—into the ear of the Savior? He is the "Wonderful Counselor." With an exquisitely tender sympathy He can enter into the innermost depths of your need. That need may be great, but the everlasting arms are underneath it all. Think of Him now, at this moment—the great Angel of the Covenant, with the censer full of much incense, in which are placed your feeblest aspirations, your most burdened sighs—the odor-breathing cloud ascending with acceptance before the Father's throne. The answer may tarry—these your supplications may seem to be kept long on the wing, hovering around the mercy-seat. A gracious God sometimes sees it fitting thus to test the faith and patience of His people. He delights to hear the music of their importunate pleadings—to see them undeterred by difficulties—unrepelled by apparent forgetfulness and neglect. But He will come at last—the pent-up fountain of love and mercy will at length burst out—the soothing accents will in His own good time be heard, "Be it unto you according to your word!"

Soldier of Christ! with all your other armor, do not forget the "All-prayer." It is that which keeps bright and shining "the whole armor of God." While yet out in the night of a dark world—while still camping in an enemy's country—kindle your watch-fires at the altar of incense. You must be Moses, pleading on the Mount, if you would be Joshua, victorious in the world's daily battle. Confide your cause to this waiting Redeemer. You cannot weary Him with your importunity. He delights in hearing. His Father is glorified in giving. The memorable Bethany-utterance remains unaltered and unrepealed—"I know that You hear me always." He is still the "Prince that has power with God and prevails"—still promises and pleads—still He lives and loves!

"I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait; and in his word do I hope."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:17:56 PM
The Unveiled Dealings

"What I do you know not now; but you shall know hereafter." —John 13:7

O blessed day, when the long sealed book of mystery shall be unfolded, when the "fountains of the great deep shall be broken up," "the channels of the waters seen," and all discovered to be one vast revelation of unerring wisdom and ineffable love! Here we are often baffled at the Lord's dispensations; we cannot fathom His ways—like the well of Sychar, they are deep, and we have nothing to draw with. But soon the "mystery of God will be finished;" the enigmatical "seals," with all their inner meanings, opened. When that "morning without clouds" shall break, each soul will be like the angel standing in the sun—there will be no shadow; all will be perfect day!

Believer, be still! The dealings of your Heavenly Father may seem dark to you; there may seem now to be no golden fringe, no "bright light in the clouds;" but a day of disclosures is at hand. "Take it on trust a little while." An earthly child takes on trust what his father tells him: when he reaches maturity, much that was baffling to his infant comprehension is explained. You are in this world in the childhood of your being—Eternity is the soul's immortal manhood. There, every dealing will be vindicated. It will lose all its "darkness" when bathed in the floods "of the excellent glory!"

Ah! instead of thus being as weaned children, how apt are we to exercise ourselves in matters too high for us! not content with knowing that our Father wills it, but presumptuously seeking to know how it is, and why it is. If it is unfair to pronounce on the unfinished and incomplete works of man; if the painter, or sculptor, or artificer, would shrink from having his labors judged of when in a rough, unpolished, immature state; how much more so with the works of God! How we should honor Him by a simple, confiding, unreserved submission to His will—contented patiently to wait the fulfillment of this "hereafter" promise, when all the lights and shadows in the now half-finished picture will be blended and melted into one harmonious whole—when all the now disjointed stones in the temple will be seen to fit into their appointed place, giving unity, and compactness, and symmetry, to all the building.

And who is it that speaks these living "words," "What I do?" It is He who died for us! who now lives for us! Blessed Jesus! You may do much that our blind hearts would like undone—"terrible things in righteousness which we looked not for." The heaviest (what we may be tempted to call the severest) cross You can lay upon us we shall regard as only the apparent severity of unutterable and unalterable love. Eternity will unfold how all, all was needed; that nothing else, nothing less, could have done! If not now, at least then, the deliberate verdict on a calm retrospect of life will be this—"THE WORD of the Lord is right, and all his works are done in truth."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:18:31 PM
The Father Glorified

"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." —John 15:8

When surveying the boundless ocean of covenant mercy—every wave chiming, "God is Love!"—does the thought ever present itself, "What can I do for this great Being who has done so much for me?" Recompense I cannot! No more can my purest services add one iota to His underived glory, than the tiny candle can add to the blaze of the sun at noonday, or a drop of water to the boundless ocean. Yet, wondrous thought! from this worthless soul of mine there may roll in a revenue of glory which He who loves the broken and contrite spirit will "not despise." "Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit."

Reader! are you a fruit-bearer in your Lord's vineyard? Are you seeking to make life one grand act of consecration to His glory—one thank-offering for His unmerited love? You may be unable to exhibit much fruit in the eye of the world. Your circumstances and position in life may forbid you to point to any splendid services, or laborious and imposing efforts in the cause of God. It matters not. It is often those fruits that are unseen and unknown to man, ripening in seclusion, that He values most—the quiet, lowly walk—patience and submission—gentleness and humility—putting yourself unreservedly in His hands—willing to be led by Him even in darkness—saying, Not my will, but Your will—the unselfish spirit, the meek bearing of an injury, the unostentatious kindness—these are some of the "fruits" which your Heavenly Father loves, and by which He is glorified.

Perchance it may be with you the season of trial, the chamber of protracted sickness, the time of desolating bereavement, some furnace seven times heated. Herein, too, you may sweetly glorify your God. Never is your Heavenly Father more glorified by His children on earth, than when, in the midst of these furnace-fires, He listens to nothing but the gentle breathings of confiding faith and love—"Let Him do what seems good unto Him." Yes—you can there in the furnace, glorify Him in a way which angels cannot do in a world where no trial is. They can glorify God only with the crown; you can glorify Him with the cross and the prospect of the crown together! Ah, if He is dealing severely with you—if He, as the Great Husbandman, is pruning His vines, lopping their boughs, stripping off their luxuriant branches and "beautiful rods!" remember the end!—"He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit," and "Herein is my Father glorified!"

Be it yours to lie passive in His hands, saying in unmurmuring resignation, Father, glorify Your name! Glorify Yourself, whether by giving or taking, filling my cup or "emptying me from vessel to vessel!" Let me know no will but Yours. Angels possess no higher honor and privilege than glorifying the God before whom they cast their crowns. How blessed to be able thus to claim brotherhood with the spirits in the upper sanctuary! no, more, to be associated with the Savior Himself in the theme of His own exalted joy, when he said, "I have glorified You on earth!"

"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:19:05 PM
The Tender Solicitude

"The very hairs of your head are all numbered." —Matthew 10:30

What a "word" is this! All that befalls you, to the very numbering of your hairs, is known to God! Nothing can happen by accident or chance. Nothing can elude His inspection. The fall of the forest leaf—the fluttering of the insect—the waving of the angel's wing—the annihilation of a world—all are equally noted by Him. Man speaks of great things and small things—God knows no such distinction.

How especially comforting to think of this tender solicitude with reference to His own covenant people—that He metes out their joys and their sorrows! Every sweet, every bitter is ordained by Him. Even "wearisome nights" are "appointed." Not a pang I feel, not a tear I shed but is known to Him. What are called "dark dealings" are the ordinations of undeviating faithfulness. Man may err—his ways are often crooked; "but as for God, His way is perfect!" He puts my tears into His bottle. Every moment the everlasting arms are underneath and around me. He keeps me "as the apple of His eye." He "bears" me as a man bears his own son!"

Do I look to the future? Is there much of uncertainty and mystery hanging over it? It may be, much foreboding of evil. Trust Him. All is marked out for me. Dangers will be averted; bewildering mazes will show themselves to be interlaced and interweaved with mercy. "He keeps the feet of His saints." A hair of their head will not be touched. He leads sometimes darkly, sometimes sorrowfully; most frequently by cross and circuitous ways we ourselves would not have chosen; but always wisely, always tenderly. With all its mazy windings and turnings, its roughness and ruggedness, the believer's is not only a right way, but the right way—the best which covenant love and wisdom could select. "Nothing," says Jeremy Taylor, "does so establish the mind amid the rollings and turbulence of present things, as both a look above them and a look beyond them; above them, to the steady and good hand by which they are ruled; and beyond them, to the sweet and beautiful end to which, by that hand, they will be brought." "The Great Counselor," says Thomas Brooks, "puts clouds and darkness round about Him, bidding us follow at His beck through the cloud, promising an eternal and uninterrupted sunshine on the other side." On that "other side" we shall see how every apparent rough blast has been hastening our boats nearer the desired haven.

Well may I commit the keeping of my soul to Jesus in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator. He gave Himself for me. This transcendent pledge of love is the guarantee for the bestowment of every other needed blessing. Oh, blessed thought! my sorrows numbered by the Man of Sorrows; my tears counted by Him who shed first His tears and then His blood for me. He will impose no needless burden, and exact no unnecessary sacrifice. There was no unnecessary drop in the cup of His own sufferings; neither will there be in that of His people. "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him."

"Therefore comfort one another with these words."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:19:59 PM
The Good Shepherd

"I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me" —John 10:14

"The Good Shepherd"—well can the sheep who know His voice attest the truthfulness and faithfulness of this endearing name and word. Where would they have been through eternity, had He not left His throne of light and glory, traveling down to this dark valley of the curse, and giving His life a ransom for many? Think of His love to each separate member of the flock—wandering over pathless wilds with unwearied patience and unquenchable ardor, ceasing not the pursuit until He finds it. Think of His love now—"I AM the Good Shepherd." Still that tender eye of watchfulness following the guilty wanderers—the glories of heaven and the songs of angels unable to dim or alter His affection—the music of the words, at this moment coming as sweetly from His lips as when first He uttered them—"I know my sheep." Every individual believer—the weakest, the weariest, the faintest—claims His attention. His loving eye follows me day by day out to the wilderness—marks out my pasture, studies my needs, and trials, and sorrows, and perplexities—every steep ascent, every brook, every winding path, every thorny thicket.

"He goes before them." It is not rough driving, but gentle guiding. He does not take them over an unknown road; He himself has trodden it before. He has drunk of every "brook by the way;" He himself has "suffered being tempted;" He is "able to support those who are tempted." He seems to say, "Fear not; I cannot lead you wrong; follow Me in the bleak waste, the blackened wilderness, as well as by the green pastures and the still waters. Do you ask why I have left the sunny side of the valley—carpeted with flowers, and bathed in sunshine—leading you to some high mountain apart, some cheerless spot of sorrow? Trust me. I will lead you by paths you have not known, but they are all known to me, and selected by me—Follow Me."

"They know Me!" Reader! can you subscribe to these closing words of this gracious utterance? Do you "know" Him in all the glories of His person, in all the completeness of His finished work, in all the tenderness and unutterable love of His every dealing towards you?

It has been remarked by Palestine travelers, that not only do the sheep there follow the guiding shepherd, but even while cropping the herbage as they go along, they look wistfully up to see that they are near him. Is this your attitude—"looking unto Jesus?" "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths." Leave the future to His providing. "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not lack." I shall not lack!—it has been beautifully called "the bleating of Messiah's sheep." Take it as your watchword during your wilderness wanderings, until grace be perfected in glory. Let this be the record of your simple faith and unwavering trust, "These are those who follow, wherever He sees fit to guide them."

"The sheep follow him, for they know his voice."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:20:29 PM
The Abiding Comforter

"And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." —John 14:16

When one beloved earthly friend is taken away, how the heart is drawn out towards those that remain! Jesus was now about to leave His sorrowing disciples. He directs them to one whose presence would fill up the vast blank His own absence was to make. His name was, The Comforter; His mission was, "to abide with them forever." Accordingly, no sooner had the gates of heaven closed on their ascended Lord, than, in fulfillment of His own gracious promise, the bereaved and orphaned Church was baptized with Pentecostal fire. "When I depart, I will send Him unto you."

Reader, do you realize your privilege—living under the dispensation of the Spirit? Is it your daily prayer that He may come down in all the plenitude of His heavenly graces on your soul, even "as rain upon the mown grass, and showers that water the earth?" You cannot live without Him; there can be not one heavenly aspiration, not one breathing of love, not one upward glance of faith, without His gracious influences. Apart from him, them is no preciousness in the Word, no blessing in ordinances, no permanent sanctifying results in affliction. As the angel directed Hagar to the hidden spring, this blessed Agent, true to His name and office, directs His people to the waters of comfort, giving new glory to the promises, investing the Savior's character and work with new loveliness and beauty.

How precious is the title which this "Word of Jesus" gives Him—the COMFORTER! What a word for a sorrowing world! The Church militant has its tent pitched in a "valley of tears." The name of the divine visitor who comes to her and ministers to her needs, is—Comforter. Wide is the family of the afflicted, but He has a healing balm for all—the weak, the tempted, the sick, the sorrowing, the bereaved, the dying! How different from other "sons of consolation!" Human friends—a look may alienate; adversity may estrange; death must separate! The "Word of Jesus" speaks of One whose attribute and prerogative is to "abide with us forever"—superior to all vicissitudes—surviving death itself!

And surely if anything else can endear His mission of love to His Church, it is that He comes direct from God, as the fruit and gift of Jesus' intercession—"I will ask the Father." This holy dove of peace and comfort is let out by the hand of Jesus from the ark of covenant mercy within the veil! Nor is the gift more glorious than it is free. Does the word, the look, of a suffering child get the eye and the heart of an earthly father? "If you, then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit unto those who ask Him?" It is He who makes these "words of Jesus" "winged words."

"He shall bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said unto you."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:21:04 PM
The Gracious Verdict

"Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more" —John 8:11

How much more tender is Jesus than the tenderest of earthly friends! The Apostles, in a moment of irritation, would have called down fire from heaven on obstinate sinners. Their Master rebuked the unkind suggestion. Peter, the trusted but treacherous disciple, expected nothing but harsh and merited reproof for faithlessness. He who knew well how that heart would be bowed with penitential sorrow, sends first the kindest of messages, and then the gentlest of rebukes—"Do you love Me?" The watchmen in the Canticles smote the bride, tore off her veil, and loaded her with reproaches. When she found her lost Lord, there was not one word of upbraiding! "So slow is He to anger," says an illustrious believer, "so ready to forgive, that when His prophets lost all patience with the people so as to make intercession against them, yet even then could He not be gotten to cast off this people whom He foreknew, for His great name's sake."

The guilty sinner to whom He speaks this comforting "word," was frowned upon by her accusers. But, if others spurned her from their presence—"Neither do I condemn you," Well it is to fall into the hands of this blessed Savior-God, for great are His mercies.

Are we to infer from this, that He winks at sin? Far from it. His blood, His work—Bethlehem, and Calvary, refute the thought! Before the guilt even of one solitary soul could be washed out, He had to descend from His everlasting throne to agonize on the accursed tree. But this "word of Jesus" is a word of tender encouragement to every sincere, broken-hearted penitent, that crimson sins, and scarlet sins, are no barrier to a free, full, everlasting forgiveness. The Israelite of old, gasping in his agony in the sands of the wilderness had but to "look and live;" and still does He say, "Look unto me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth." Upreared by the side of His own cross there was a monumental column for all time, only second to itself in wonder. Over the head of the dying felon is the superscription written for despairing guilt and trembling penitence, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners." "He never yet," says Charnock, "put out a dim candle that was lighted at the Sun of Righteousness." "Whatever our guiltiness be," says Rutherford, "yet when it falls into the sea of God's mercy, it is but like a drop of blood fallen into the great ocean.

Reader, you may be the chief of sinners, or it may be the chief of backsliders; your soul may have started aside like a broken bow. As the bankrupt is afraid to look into his books, you may be afraid to look into your own heart. You are hovering on the verge of despair. Conscience, and the memory of unnumbered sins, is uttering the desponding verdict, "I condemn you." Jesus has a kinder word—a more cheering declaration—"I condemn you not: go, and sin no more!"

"And all wondered at the gracious WORDS that proceeded out of his mouth."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:22:00 PM
The Wondrous Relationship

"Whoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." —Mark 3:35

As if no solitary earthly type were enough to image forth the love of Jesus, He assembles into one verse a group of the tenderest earthly relationships. Human affection has to focus its loveliest hues, but all is too little to afford an exponent of the depth and intensity of His love. "As one whom his mother comforts;" "my sister, my spouse." He is "Son," "Brother," "Friend"—all in one; "cleaving closer than any brother."

And can we wonder at such language? Is it merely figurative, expressive of more than the reality?—He gave Himself for us; after that pledge of His affection we must cease to marvel at any expression of the interest He feels in us. Anything He can say or do is infinitely less than what He has done.

Believer! are you solitary and desolate? Has bereavement severed earthly ties? Has the grave made forced estrangements—sundered the closest links of earthly affection? In Jesus you have filial and fraternal love combined; He is the Friend of friends, whose presence and fellowship compensates for all losses, and supplies all blanks; "He sets the solitary in families." If you are orphaned, friendless, comfortless here, remember there is in the Elder Brother on the Throne a love deep as the unfathomed ocean, boundless as Eternity! And who are those who can claim the blessedness spoken of under this wondrous imagery? On whom does He lavish this unutterable affection? No outward profession will purchase it. No church, no priest, no ordinances, no denominational distinctions. It is on those who are possessed of holy characters. "He who does the will of my Father who is in heaven!" He who reflects the mind of Jesus; imbibes His Spirit; takes His Word as the regulator of his daily walk, and makes His glory the great end of his being; he who lives to God, and with God, and for God; the humble, lowly, Christ-like, Heaven-seeking Christian—he it is who can claim as his own this wondrous heritage of love! If it be a worthy object of ambition to be loved by the good and the great on earth, what must it be to have an eye of love ever beaming upon us from the Throne, in comparison of which the attachment here of brother, sister, kinsman, friend—all combined—pales like the stars before the rising sun! Though we are often ashamed to call Him "Brother," "He is not ashamed to call us brethren." He looks down on poor worms, and says, "The same is my mother, and sister, and brother!" "I will write upon them," He says in another place, "my new name." Just as we write our name on a book to tell that it belongs to us; so Jesus would write His own name on us, the wondrous volumes of His grace, that they may be read and pondered by principalities and powers.

Have we "known and believed this love of God?" Ah, how poor has been the requital! Who cannot subscribe to the words of one, whose name was in all the churches—"Your love has been as a shower; the return but a dew-drop, and that dew-drop stained with sin."

"If a man love me, he will keep My Words; and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:22:32 PM
The Befriended Orphans

"Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said"—
"No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you." —John 14:18

Does the Christian's path lie all the way through Beulah? No, he is forewarned it is to be one of "much tribulation." He has his Marahs as well as his Elims—his valleys of Baca as well as his grapes of Eschol. Often is he left unbefriended to bear the brunt of the storm—his gourds fading when most needed—his sun going down while it is yet day—his happy home and happy heart darkened in a moment with sorrows with which a stranger (with which often a brother) cannot understand. There is One Brother "born for adversity" who can. How often has that voice broken with its silvery accents the muffled stillness of the sick-chamber! "I will not leave you comfortless—the world may, friends may, the desolations of bereavement and death may; but I will not; you will be alone, yet not alone, for I your Savior and your God will be with you!"

Jesus seems to have an especial love and affection for His orphaned and comfortless people. A father loves his sick and sorrowing child most; of all his household, he occupies most of his thoughts. Christ seems to delight to lavish His deepest sympathy on "him that has no helper." It is in the hour of sorrow His people have found Him most precious; it is in "the wilderness" He speaks most "comfortable unto them;" He gives them "their vineyards from thence"—in the places they least expected, wells of heavenly consolation break forth at their feet. As Jonathan of old, when faint and weary, had his strength revived by the honey he found dropping in the tangled thicket—so the faint and woe-worn children of God find "honey in the wood"—everlasting consolation dropping from the tree of life, in the midst of the thorniest thickets of affliction.

Comfortless ones, be comforted! Jesus often makes you portionless here in this world, to drive you to Himself, the everlasting portion. He often dries every rill and fountain of earthly bliss, that He may lead you to say, "All my springs are in You." "He seems intend," says one who could speak from experience, "to fill up every gap love has been forced to make; one of his errands from heaven was to bind up the broken-hearted." How beautifully in one amazing verse does He conjoin the depth and tenderness of his comfort with the certainty of it—"As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you, and you SHALL be comforted!"

Ah, how many would not have their wilderness-state altered, with all its trials, and gloom, and sorrow, just that they might enjoy the unutterable sympathy and love of this Comforter of the comfortless, one ray of whose approving smile can dispel the deepest earthly gloom! As the clustering constellations shine with the most intense luster in the midnight sky, so these "words of Jesus" come out like ministering angels in the deep dark night of earthly sorrow. We may see no beauty in them when the world is sunny and bright; but He has laid them up in store for us for the dark and cloudy day.

"These things have I told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:23:04 PM
The World Conquered

"In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." —John 16:33

And shall I be afraid of the world, which is already conquered? The Almighty Victor, within view of His crown, turns round to His faint and weary soldiers, and bids them take courage. They are not fighting their way through untried enemies. The God-Man Mediator "knows their sorrows." "He was in all points tempted." "Both He (that is, Christ) who sanctifies, and they (His people) who are sanctified, are all of one (nature)." As the great Predecessor, He heads the pilgrim band, saying, "I will show you the path of life." The way to heaven is consecrated by His footprints. Every thorn that wounds them, has wounded Him before. Every cross they can bear, He has borne before. Every tear they shed, He has shed before. There is one respect, indeed, in which the identity fails—He was "yet without sin;" but this recoil of His holy nature from moral evil gives Him a deeper and more intense sensibility towards those who have still corruption within responding to temptation without.

Reader! are you ready to faint under your tribulations? It is a seducing world?—a wandering, wayward heart? "Consider Him who endured!" Listen to your adorable Redeemer, stooping from His Throne, and saying, "I have overcome the world." He came forth unscathed from its snares. With the same heavenly weapon He bids you wield, three times did He repel the Tempter, saying, "It is written."—Is it some crushing trial, or overwhelming grief? He is "acquainted with grief." He, the mighty Vine, knows the minutest fibers of sorrow in the branches; when the pruning knife touches them, it touches Him. "He has gone," says a tried sufferer, "through every class in our wilderness school." He loves to bring His people into untried and perplexing places, that they may seek out the guiding pillar, and prize its radiance. He puts them on the darkening waves, that they may follow the guiding light hung out astern from the only Ship of pure and unsullied humanity that was ever proof against the storm.

Be assured there is disguised love in all He does. He who knows us infinitely better than we know ourselves, often puts a thorn in our nest to drive us to the wing, that we may not be grovelers forever. "It is," says Evans, "upon the smooth ice we slip; the rough path is safest for the feet." The tearless and undimmed eye is not to be coveted here; that is reserved for heaven!

Who can tell what muffled and disguised "needs be" there may lurk under these worldly tribulations? His true spiritual seed are often planted deep in the soil; they have to make their way through a load of sorrow before they reach the surface; but their roots are thereby the firmer and deeper struck. Had it not been for these lowly and needed "depths," they might have rushed up as feeble saplings, and succumbed to the first blast. He often leads His people still, as He led them of old, to a "high mountain apart;" but it is to a high mountain—above the world; and, better still, He who Himself has overcome the world, leads them there, and speaks comfortable unto them.

"I hope in your Word."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:23:36 PM
The Little Flock

"Fear not, little flock; it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." —Luke 12:32

The music of the Shepherd's voice again! Another comforting "word," and how tender! His flock, a little flock, a feeble flock, a fearful flock, but a beloved flock, loved of the Father, enjoying His "good pleasure," and soon to be a glorified flock, safe in the fold, secure within the kingdom! How does He quiet their fears and misgivings? As they stand panting on the bleak mountain side, He points His crook upwards to the bright and shining gates of glory, and says, "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you these!" What gentle words! what a blessed consummation! Gracious Savior, Your gentleness has made me great!

That kingdom is the believer's by irreversible and inalienable charter-right—"I appoint unto you" (by covenant), says Jesus in another place, "a kingdom, as my Father has appointed unto me." It is as sure as everlasting love and almighty power can make it. Satan, the great foe of the kingdom, may be injecting foul misgivings, and doubts, and fears as to your security; but he cannot divest you of your purchased immunities. He must first pluck the crown from the 'brow upon the throne', before he can weaken or impair this sure word of promise. If "it pleased the Lord" to bruise the Shepherd, it will surely please Him to make happy the purchased flock. If He "smote" His "Fellow" when the sheep were scattered, surely it will rejoice Him, for the Shepherd's sake, "to turn His hand upon the little ones."

Believers, think of this! "It is your Father's good pleasure." The Good Shepherd, in leading you across the intervening mountains, shows you signals and memorials of paternal grace studding all the way. He may "lead you about" in your way there. He led the children of Israel of old out of Egypt to their promised kingdom—how! By forty years' wilderness-discipline and privations. But trust Him; dishonor Him not with guilty doubts and fears. Look not back on your dark, stumbling paths, nor within on your fitful and vacillating heart; but forwards to the land that is far off. How earnestly God desires your salvation! What a heaping together of similar tender "words" with that which is here addressed to us! The Gospel seems like a palace full of opened windows, from each of which He issues an invitation, declaring that He has no pleasure in our death—but rather that we would turn and live!

Let the melody of the Shepherd's voice fall gently on your ear—"It is your Father's good pleasure." I have given you, He seems to say, the best proof that it is mine. In order to purchase that kingdom, I died for you! But it is also His: "As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered, so," says God, "will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day." Fear not, then, little flock! Though yours for a while should be the bleak mountain and sterile wasteland, seeking your way Zionward, it may be "with torn fleeces and bleeding feet;" for,
"It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:24:08 PM
The Unlimited Offer

"If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." —John 7:37

This is one of the most gracious "words" that ever "proceeded out of the mouth of God!" The time it was uttered was an impressive one; it was on "the last, the great day" of the Feast of Tabernacles, when a denser multitude than on any of the seven preceding ones were assembled together. The golden bowl, according to custom, had probably just been filled with the waters of Siloam, and was being carried up to the Temple amid the acclamations of the crowd, when the Savior of the world seized the opportunity of speaking to them some truths of momentous import. Many, doubtless, were the "words of Jesus" uttered on the previous days, but the most important is reserved for the last. What, then, is the great closing theme on which He rivets the attention of this vast auditory, and which He would have them carry away to their distant homes? It is, The freeness of His own great Salvation—"If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink."

Reader, do you discredit the reality of this gracious offer? Are your legion sins standing as a barrier between you and a Savior's offered mercy? Do you feel as if you cannot come "just as you are;" that some partial cleansing, some preparatory reformation must take place before you can venture to the living fountain? No, "If any man." What is freer than water?—The poorest beggar may drink "without money" the wayside pool. That is your Lord's own picture of His own glorious salvation; you are invited to come, "without one plea," in all your poverty and need, your weakness and unworthiness. Remember the Redeemer's saying to the woman of Samaria. She was the chief of sinners—profligate, hardened, degraded—but He made no condition, no qualification; simple believing was all that was required—"If you knew the gift of God," you would have asked, and He would have given you "living water."

But is there not, after all, one condition mentioned in this "word of Jesus?"—"If any man thirst." You may have the depressing consciousness that you experience no such ardent longings after holiness—no feeling of your affecting need of the Savior. But is not this very conviction of your need an indication of a feeble longing after Christ? If you are saying, "I have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep," He who makes the offer of the salvation-stream will Himself fill your empty vessel—"He satisfies the longing soul with goodness."

"Jesus stood and cried." It is the solitary instance recorded of Him of whom it is said, "He shall not strive nor cry," lifting up "His voice in the streets." But it was truth of surpassing interest and magnitude He had to proclaim. It was a declaration, moreover, especially dear to Him. As it formed the theme of this ever-memorable sermon during His public ministry, so when He was sealing up the inspired record—the last utterances of His voice on earth, until that voice shall be heard again on the throne, contained the same life-giving invitation—"Let him that is athirst come, and whoever will, let him take of the water of life freely." Oh! as the echoes of that gracious saying—this blast of the silver trumpet—are still sounding to the ends of the world, may this be the recorded result,
"As he spoke THESE WORDS, many believed on him."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:24:38 PM
The Sonful Servitude

"My yoke is easy, and my burden is light." —Matthew 11:30

Can the same be said of Satan, or sin? With regard to them, how faithfully true rather is the converse—"My yoke is heavy, and my burden is grievous!" Christ's service is a happy service, the only happy one; and even when there is a cross to carry, or a yoke to bear, it is His own appointment. "My yoke." It is sent by no untried friend. No, He who puts it on His people, bore this very yoke Himself. "He carried our sorrows." How blessed this feeling of holy servitude to so kind a Master! not like "dumb, driven cattle," goaded on, but led, and led often most tenderly when the yoke and the burden are upon us. The great apostle rarely speaks of himself under any other title but one. That one he seems to make his boast. He had much whereof he might glory—he had been the instrument in saving thousands—he had spoken before kings—he had been in Caesar's palace and Caesar's presence—he had been caught up into the third heavens—but in all his letters this is his joyful prefix and superscription, "The servant (literally, the slave) of Jesus Christ!"

Reader! do you know this blessed servitude? Can you say with a joyful heart, "O Lord, truly I am Your servant?" He is no hard taskmaster. Would Satan try to teach you so? Let this be the refutation, "He loved me, and gave Himself for me." True, the yoke is the appointed discipline He employs in training his children for immortality. But be comforted! "It is His tender hand that puts it on, and keeps it on." He will suit the yoke to the neck, and the neck to the yoke. He will suit His grace to your trials. No, He will bring you even to be in love with these, when they bring along with them such gracious unfoldings of His own faithfulness and mercy. How His people need thus to be in heaviness through manifold temptations, to keep them meek and submissive! "Jeshurun (like a bullock unaccustomed to the harness, fed and pampered in the stall) waxed fat, and kicked." Never is there more gracious love than when God takes own means to curb and subjugate, humble us, and to prove us—bringing us out from ourselves, our likings, our confidences, our prosperity, and putting us under the needed YOKE.

And who has ever repented of that joyful servitude? Among all the regrets that mingle with a dying hour, and often bedew with bitter tears a dying pillow, who ever told of regrets and repentance here?

Tried believer, has He ever failed you? Has His yoke been too grievous? Have your tears been unalleviated—your sorrows unsolaced—your temptations above that which you were able to bear? Ah! rather can you not testify—"The word of the Lord is tried;" I cast my burden upon Him, and He "sustained me"? How have seeming difficulties melted away! How has the yoke lost its heaviness, and the cross its bitterness, in the thought of who you were bearing it for! There is a promised rest in the very carrying of the yoke; and a better rest remains for the weary and toil-worn when the appointed work is finished; for thus says "that same Jesus,"
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, and you shall find REST unto your souls."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:25:09 PM
The Measure Of Love

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you." —John 15:9

This is the most amazing verse in the Bible. Who can sound the unimagined depths of that love which dwelt in the bosom of the Father from all eternity towards His Son?—and yet here is the Savior's own exponent of His love towards His people!

There is no subject more profoundly mysterious than those mystic inter-communings between the first and second persons in the adorable Trinity before the world was. Scripture gives us only some dim and shadowy revelations regarding them—distant gleams of light, and no more. Let one suffice. "Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him."

We know that earthly affection is deepened and intensified by increased familiarity with its object. The friendship that began only yesterday is not the sacred, hallowed thing which years of growing communion have matured. If we may with reverence apply this test to the highest type of holy affection, what must have been that interchange of love which the measureless span of Eternity had fostered—a love, moreover, not fitful, transient, vacillating, subject to altered tones and estranged looks—but pure, constant, untainted, without one shadow of turning! And yet, listen to the "words of Jesus," As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you! It would have been infinitely more than we had reason to expect, if He had said, "As my Father has loved angels, so have I loved you." But the love borne to no finite beings is an appropriate symbol. Long before the birth of time or of worlds, that love existed. It was together with Eternity itself. Hear how the two themes of the Savior's eternal rejoicing—the love of His Father, and His love for sinners—are grouped together—"Rejoicing always before Him, and in the habitable part of His earth!"

To complete the picture, we must take in a counterpart description of the Father's love to us—"Therefore does my Father love me," says Jesus in another place, "because I lay down my life!" God had an all-sufficiency in His love—He needed not the wearisome love of creatures to add to His glory or happiness; but He seems to say, that so intense is His love for us, that He loves even His beloved Son more (if infinite love be capable of increase), because He laid down His life for the guilty! It is regarding the Redeemed it is said, "He shall rest in His love—He shall rejoice over them with singing."

In the assertion, "God is love," we are left truly with no mere unproved affirmation regarding the existence of some abstract quality in the divine nature. "Herein," says the apostle, "perceive we THE LOVE,"—(It is added in our authorized version, "of God," but, as it has been remarked, "Our translators need not have added whose love, for there is but one such specimen")—"because He laid down His life for us." No expression of love can be wondered at after this. Ah, how miserable are our best expressions compared with His! "Our love is but the reflection—cold as the moon; His is as the sun." Shall we refuse to love HIM more in return, who has first loved, and so loved us?

"Never a man spoke like this man."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:25:48 PM
The Brief Gospel

"Only believe." —Mark 5:36

The briefest of the "words of Jesus," but one of the most comforting. They contain the essence and epitome of all saving truth.

Reader, is Satan assailing you with tormenting fears? Is the thought of your sins—the guilty past—coming up in terrible memorial before you, almost tempting you to give way to hopeless despondency? Fear not! A gentle voice whispers in your ear—"Only believe. Your sins are great, but My grace and merits are greater. 'Only believe' that I died for you—that I am living for you and pleading for you, and that 'the faithful saying' is as 'faithful' as ever, and as 'worthy of all acceptance' as ever."—Are you a backslider? Did you once run well? Has your own guilty apostasy alienated and estranged you from that face which was once all love, and that service which was once all delight? Are you breathing in broken-hearted sorrow over the holy memories of a close walk with God—"Oh that it were with me as in months past, when the candle of the Lord did shine?" "Only believe." Take this your mournful soliloquy, and convert it into a prayer. "Only believe" the word of Him whose ways are not as man's ways—"Return O backsliding children, and I will heal your backsliding."

Are you beaten down with some heavy trial? Have your fondest schemes been blown upon—your fairest blossoms been withered in the bud? has wave after wave been rolling upon you? has the Lord forgotten to be gracious? Hear the "word of Jesus" resounding amid the thickest midnight of gloom—penetrating even through the vaults of the dead—"Believe, only believe." There is an infinite reason for the trial—a lurking thorn that required removal, a gracious lesson that required teaching. The dreadful severing blow was dealt in love. God will be glorified in it, and your own soul made the better for it. Patiently wait until the light of immortality be reflected on a receding world. Here you must take His dealings on trust. The word of Jesus to you now is, "Only believe." The word of Jesus in eternity (every inner meaning and undeveloped purpose being unfolded), "Didn't I tell you that you will see God's glory if you believe?"

Are you fearful and agitated in the prospect of death? Through fear of the last enemy, have you been all your lifetime subject to bondage?—"Only believe." "As your day is, so shall your strength be." Dying grace will be given when a dying hour comes. In the dark river a sustaining arm will be underneath you, deeper than the deepest and darkest wave. Before you know it, the darkness will be past, the true Light shining—the whisper of faith in the nether valley. "Believe! Believe!" will be exchanged for angel-voices exclaiming, as you enter the portals of glory, "No longer through a glass darkly, but now face to face!"

Yes! Jesus Himself had no higher remedy for sin, for sorrow, and for suffering, than those two words convey. At the utmost extremity of His own distress, and of His disciples' wretchedness, He could only say "Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me." Believe, only believe.

"Lord, I believe, help my unbelief."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:26:19 PM
The Great Calm

"Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." —Mark 6:50

"It is I" (or as our old version has it, more in accordance with the original), "I AM! do not be afraid!" Jesus lives! His people may dispel their misgivings—Omnipotence treads the waves! To sense it may seem at times to be otherwise—wayward accident and chance may appear to regulate human allotments; but not so: "The Lord's voice is upon the waters"—He sits at the helm guiding the tempest-tossed bark, and guiding it well.

How often does He come to us as He did to the disciples in that midnight hour when all seems lost—"in the fourth watch of the night,"—when we least looked for Him; or when, like the shipwrecked apostle, "The terrible storm raged unabated for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone."—how often just at that moment, is the "word of Jesus" heard floating over the billows!

Believer, are you in trouble? listen to the voice in the storm, "Fear not, I AM." That voice, like Joseph's of old to his brethren, may seem rough, but there are gracious undertones of love. "It is I," he seems to say; It was I, that roused the storm; It is I, who when it has done its work, will calm it, and say, "Peace, be still." Every wave rolls at My bidding—every trial is My appointment—all have some gracious end; they are not sent to dash you against the sunken rocks, but to waft you nearer heaven.

It is sickness? I am He who bore your sicknesses; the weary wasted frame, and the nights of languishing, were sent by Me. Is it bereavement? I am "the Brother" born for adversity—the loved and lost were plucked away by Me. Is it death? I am the "Abolisher of death," seated by your side to calm the waves of ebbing life; it is I, about to fetch My pilgrims home—It is My voice that speaks, "The Master has come, and calls for you."

Reader, you will have reason yet to praise your God for every such storm! This is the history of every heavenly voyager—"SO He brings them to their desired haven." "So!" That word, in all its unknown and diversified meaning, is in His hand. He suits His dealings to every case. "So!" With some it is through quiet seas unfretted by one buffeting wave. "So!" With others it is "mounting up to heaven, and going down again to the deep." But whatever be the leading and the discipline, here is the grand consummation, "SO He brings them unto their desired haven." It might have been with you the moanings of an eternal night-blast—no lull or pause in the storm. But soon the darkness will be past, and the hues of morn tipping the shores of glory!

And what, then, should your attitude be? "Looking unto Jesus"—looking away from self, and sin, and human props and refuges and confidences, and fixing the eye of unwavering and unflinching faith on a reigning Savior. Ah, how a real quickening sight of Christ dispels all guilty fears! The Roman keepers of old were frightened, and became as dead men. The lowly Jewish women feared not; why? "I know that you seek Jesus!" Reader, let your weary spirit fold itself to rest under the composing "word" of a gracious Savior, saying—
"I wait for the lord, my soul does wait, and in HIS WORD do I hope."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:26:49 PM
The Dying Legacy

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you." —John 14:27

How we treasure the last sayings of a dying parent! How specially cherished and memorable are his last looks and last words! Here are the last words—the parting legacy—of a dying Savior. It is a legacy of peace.

What peace is this? It is His own purchase—a peace arising out of free forgiveness through His precious blood. It is sung in concert with "Glory to God in the highest"—a peace made as sure to us as eternal power and infinite love can make it! It is peace the soul needs, that is nowhere else to be found, but through the blood of His cross! "Being justified by faith, we have peace with God." "HE gives His beloved rest!"

How different from the false and counterfeit peace in which so many are content to live, and content to die! The world's peace is all well, so long as prosperity lasts—so long as the stream runs smooth, and the sky is clear; but when the flood is at hand, or the storm is gathering, where is it? It is gone! There is no calculating on its permanency. Often when the cup is fullest, there is the trembling apprehension that in one brief moment it may be dashed to the ground. The soul may be saying to itself, "Peace, peace;" but, like the writing on the sand, it may by obliterated by the first wave of adversity. But, "not as the world gives" the peace of the believer is deep—calm—lasting—everlasting. The world, with all its blandishments, cannot give it. The world, with all its vicissitudes and fluctuations, cannot take it away! It is brightest in the hour of trial; it lights up the final valley-gloom. "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace." Yes! how often is the believer's deathbed like the deep calm repose of a summer-evening's sky, when all nature is hushed to rest; the departing soul, like the vanishing sun, peacefully disappearing only to shine in another and brighter universe! "I seem," said Simeon on his deathbed, "to have nothing to do but to wait: there is now nothing but peace, the sweetest peace."

Believer! do you know this peace which passes understanding? Is it "keeping (literally, 'garrisoning as in a citadel') your heart?" Have you learned the blessedness of waking up, morning after morning, and feeling "I am at peace with my God;" of beholding by faith the true Aaron—the great High Priest—coming forth from "the holiest of all" to "bless His people with peace?" Waves of trouble may be murmuring around you, but they cannot touch you; you are in the rock-crevice against which the fiercest tornado sweeps by. Oh! leave not the making up of your peace with God to a dying hour! It will be a hard thing to smooth the death-pillow, if peace be left unsought until then. Make sure of it now. He, the true Melchizedek, is willing now to come forth to meet you with bread and wine—emblems of peaceful gospel blessings. All the "words of Jesus" are so many streams contributing to make your peace flow as a river—"These things have I spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace."

"I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace unto his people and to his saints."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:27:19 PM
The Supreme Investiture

"All power in heaven and in earth is given unto me." —Matthew 28:18

What an empire is this! Heaven and earth—the Church militant—the Church triumphant—angels and archangels—saints and seraphs. At His mandate the billows were hushed—demons crouched in terror—the grave yielded its prey! "Upon his head are many crowns." He is made "head over all things to His Church." Yes! over all things, from the minutest to the mightiest. He holds the stars in His right hand—he walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, feeding every candlestick with the oil of His grace, and preserving every star in its spiritual orbit. The Prince of Darkness has "a power," but, God be praised, it is not an "all power;" potent, but not omnipotent. Christ holds him on a chain. He has set bounds that he may not pass over. "Satan," we read in the book of Job, "went out (with permission) from the presence of the Lord." He was not allowed even to enter the herd of swine until Christ permitted him. He only "desired" to have Peter that he might "sift him;" there was a mightier countervailing agency at hand: "I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not."

Believer, how often is there nothing but this grace of Jesus between you and everlasting destruction! Satan's key fitting the lock in your wayward heart—but a stonger than the strong man barring him out. The power of the adversary fanning the flame—the Omnipotence of Jesus quenching it. Are you even now feeling the strength of your corruptions, the weakness of your graces, the presence of some outward or inward temptation? Look up to Him who has promised to make His grace sufficient for you; "all-sufficiency in all things" is His promise. It is power, too, in conjunction with tenderness. He who sways the scepter of universal empire "gently leads" His weak, and weary, and burdened ones—He who counts the number of the stars, loves to count the number of their sorrows; nothing too great, nothing too insignificant for Him. He paves His people's pathway with love!

Blessed Jesus! my everlasting interests cannot be in better or in safer keeping than in Yours. I can exultingly rely on the all-power of Your Godhead. I can sweetly rejoice in the all-sympathy of Your Manhood. I can confidently repose in the all-wisdom of Your dealings. "Sometimes," says one, "we expect the blessing in our own way; He chooses to bestow it in His." But His way and His will must be the best. Infinite love, infinite power, infinite wisdom, are surely infallible guarantees. His purposes nothing can alter. His promises never fail. His word never falls to the ground.

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but MY WORDS shall not pass away."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:27:48 PM
The Divine Glorifier

"He will bring me glory by revealing to you whatever he receives from me." —John 16:14

The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus in the unfoldings of His person, and character, and work, to His people! The great ministering agent between the Church on earth and its glorified Head in Heaven—carrying up to the Intercessor on the throne, the ever-recurring needs and trials, the perplexities and sins, of believers; and receiving out of His inexhaustible treasury of love—comfort for their sorrows—strength for their tears—fullness for their emptiness—and this the one sublime end and object of His gracious agency—"He shall glorify Me." "He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak." My words of sympathy—My omnipotent pleadings—the tender messages sent from an unchanged Human Heart—all these shall He speak. "He shall tell you," says Goodwin, commenting on this passage, "He shall tell you nothing but stories of My love." He will have an ineffable delight in magnifying Me in the affections of My Church and people, and endearing Me to their hearts; and He is all worthy of credence, for He is "the Spirit of truth."

How faithful has He been in every age to this His great office as "the glorifier of Jesus!" See the first manifestation of His power in the Christian Church at the day of Pentecost. What was the grand truth which forms the focus point of interest in that unparalleled scene, and which brings three thousand stricken penitents to their knees? It is the Spirit's unfolding of Jesus—glorifying Him in eyes that before this, saw in Him no beauty! Hear the keynote of that wondrous sermon, preached "in demonstration of the Spirit, and with power,"—"HIM has God exalted to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to His people, and forgiveness of sins."

Ah! it is still the same peerless truth which the Spirit delights to unfold to the stricken sinner, and, in unfolding it, to make it mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. All these glorious inner beauties of Christ's work and character are undiscerned and undiscernible by the natural eye. "It is the Spirit who quickens." "No man can call Jesus Lord, but by the Holy Spirit." He is the great Forerunner—a mightier than the Baptist—proclaiming, "Behold the Lamb of God!"

Reader! any bright and realizing view you have had of the Savior's glory and excellency, is of the Spirit's imparting. When in some hour of sorrow you have been led to cleave with preeminent consolation to the thought of the Redeemer's exalted sympathy—His dying, ever-living love; or in the hour of death, when you feel the sustaining power of His exceeding great precious promises—what is this, but the Holy Spirit, in fulfillment of His all-gracious office, taking of the things of Christ, and showing them unto you; thus enabling you to magnify Him in your body, whether it be by life or death? As your motto should ever be, "None but Christ," and your ever-increasing aspiration, "More of Christ," seek to bear in mind who it is that is alone qualified to impart the "excellency of this knowledge."

"The Spirit of truth which proceeds from the Father, HE shall testify of ME."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:28:18 PM
The Joyful Transformation

"Your sorrow shall be turned into joy." —John 16:20

Christ's people are a sorrowing people! Chastisement is their badge—"great tribulation" is their appointed discipline. When they enter the gates of glory, He is represented as wiping away tears from their eyes. But, weeping ones, be comforted! Your Lord's special mission to earth—the great errand He came from heaven to fulfill, was "to bind up the brokenhearted." Your trials are meted out by a tender hand. He knows you too well—He loves you too well—to make this world tearless and sorrowless! "There must be rain, and hail, and storm," says Rutherford, "in the saint's cloud." Were your earthly course strewed with flowers, and nothing but sunbeams played around your dwelling, it would lead you to forget your nomadic life—that you are but a sojourner here. The tent must at times be struck, pin by pin of the moveable tabernacle taken down, to enable you to say and to feel in the spirit of a pilgrim, "I desire a better country." Meantime, while sorrow is your portion, think of Him who says, "I know your sorrows." Angels cannot say so—they cannot sympathize with you, for trial is a strange word to them. But there is a mightier than they who can. All He sends you and appoints you is in love. There is a provision and condition wrapped up in the bosom of every affliction—"if need be;" coming from His hand, sorrows and riches are to His people equivalent terms. If tempted to murmur at their trials they are often murmuring at disguised mercies. "Why do you ask me," said Simeon, on his deathbed, "what I like? I am the Lord's patient—I cannot but like everything."

And then—"your sorrow shall be turned into joy." "The morning comes"—that bright morning when the dew-drops collected during earth's night of weeping shall sparkle in its beams; when in one blessed moment a lifelong experience of trial will be effaced and forgotten, or remembered only by contrast, to enhance the fullness of the joys of immortality. What a revelation of gladness! The map of time disclosed, and every little streamlet of sorrow, every river will be seen to have been flowing heavenwards—every rough blast to have been sending the ship nearer the haven! In that joy, God Himself will participate. In the last "words of Jesus" to His people when they are standing by the triumphal archway of Glory, ready to enter on their thrones and crowns, He speaks of their joy as if it were all His own. "Enter into the joy of your Lord."

Reader, may this joy be yours! Sit loose to the world's joys. Have a feeling of chastened gratitude and thankfulness when you have them; but beware of resting in them, or investing them with a permanency they cannot have. Jesus had his eye on heaven when He added—"Your joy no man takes from you."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:28:52 PM
The Omnipotent Prayer

"Father, I will that they also whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory." —John 17:24

This is not the petition of a suppliant, but the claim of a conqueror. There was only one request He ever made, or ever can make, that was refused; it was the prayer wrung forth by the presence and power of superhuman anguish: "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me!" Had that prayer been answered, never could one consolatory "word of Jesus" have been ours. "If it be possible"—but for that gracious parenthesis, we must have been lost forever! In unmurmuring submission, the bitter cup was drained; all the dread penalties of the law were borne, the atonement completed, an all-perfect righteousness wrought out; and now, as the stipulated reward of His obedience and sufferings, the Victor claims His trophies. What are they? Those that were given Him of the Father—the countless multitudes redeemed by His blood. These He "wills" to be with Him "where He is"—the spectators of His glory, and partakers of His crown. Wondrous word and will of a dying testator! His last prayer on earth is an importunate pleading for their glorification; His parting wish is to meet them in heaven—as if these earthly jewels were needed to make His crown complete—their happiness and joy the needful complement of His own!

Reader! learn from this the grand element in the bliss of your future condition—it is the presence of Christ; "with ME where I am." It matters comparatively little as to the locality of heaven. "We shall see Him as He is," is "the blessed hope" of the Christian. Heaven would be no heaven without Jesus; the withdrawal of His presence would be like the blotting out of the sun from the firmament; it would uncrown every seraph, and unstring every harp. But, blessed thought! it is His own stipulation in His testamentary prayer, that Eternity is to be spent in union and communion with Himself, gazing on the unfathomed mysteries of His love, becoming more assimilated to His glorious image, and drinking deeper from the ocean of His own joy.

If anything can enhance the magnitude of this promised bliss, it is the concluding words of the verse, in which He grounds His plea for its bestowment: "I will—that they behold My glory;"—why? "For You loved (not them, but) ME before the foundation of the world!" It is equivalent to saying, "If You would give Me a continued proof of Your everlasting love and favor to Me, it is by loving and exalting My redeemed people. In loving them and glorifying them, You are loving and glorifying Me—so endearingly are their interests and My own bound up together!"

Believer, think of that all-prevailing Voice, at this moment pleading for you within the veil!—that omnipotent "Father, I will," securing every needed boon! There is given, so to speak, a blank check by which He and His people may draw unlimited supplies out of the exhaustless treasury of the Father's grace and love. God Himself endorses it with the words, "Son, You are ever with me, and all that I have is Yours." How it would reconcile us to Earth's bitterest sorrows, and hallow Earth's holiest joys, if we saw them thus hanging on the "will" of an all-wise Intercessor, who ever pleads in love, and never pleads in vain!

"Be it unto me according to YOUR WORD."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:29:22 PM
The Immutable Pledge

"Because I live, you shall live also." —John 14:19

God sometimes selects the most stable and enduring objects in the material world to illustrate His unchanging faithfulness and love to His Church—"As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so does the Lord compass his people." But here, the Redeemer fetches an argument from His own everlasting nature. He stakes, so to speak, His own existence on that of His saints—"Because I live, you shall live also."

Believer! read in this "word of Jesus" your glorious title-deed. Your Savior lives—and His life is the guarantee of your own. Our true Joseph is alive. "He is our Brother. He talks kindly to us! That life of His, is all that is between us and everlasting ruin. But with Christ for our life, how inviolable our security! The great Fountain of being must first be dried up, before the streamlet can. The great Sun must first be quenched, before one glimmering disciple which He lights up with splendor can. Satan must first pluck the crown from that glorified Head, before he can touch one jewel in the crown of His people. They cannot shake one pillar without shaking first the throne. "If we perish," says Luther, "Christ perishes with us."

Reader! is your life now "hidden with Christ in God?" Do you know the blessedness of a vital and living union with a living, life-giving Savior? Can you say with humble and joyous confidence, amid the fitfulness of your own ever-changing frames and feelings, "Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me"? "Jesus lives!"—They are the happiest words a lost soul and a lost world can hear! Job, four thousand years ago, rejoiced in them. "I know," says he, "that I have a living Kinsman." John, in his Patmos exile, rejoiced in them. "I am He that lives" (or the Living One), was the simple but sublime utterance with which he was addressed by that same "Kinsman," when He appeared arrayed in the lusters of His glorified humanity. "This is the record" (as if there was a whole gospel comprised in the statement), "that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." Paul, in the 8th chapter to the Romans—that finest portraiture of Christian character and privilege ever drawn, begins with "no condemnation," and ends with "no separation." Why "no separation?" Because the life of the believer is incorporated with that of his adorable Head and Surety. The colossal Heart of redeemed humanity beats upon the throne, sending its mighty pulsations through every member of His body; so that, before the believer's spiritual life can be destroyed, Omnipotence must become feebleness, and Immutability become mutable! But, blessed Jesus, "Your word is very sure, therefore Your servant loves it."

"I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:29:52 PM
The Abiding Presence

"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." —Matthew 28:20

Such were "the words of Jesus" when He was just about to ascend to Heaven. The mediatorial throne was in view—the harps of glory were sounding in His ears; but all His thoughts are on the pilgrim Church He is to leave behind. His last words and benedictions are for them. "I go," He seems to say, "to Heaven, to my purchased crown—to the fellowship of angels—to the presence of my Father; but, nevertheless, Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

How faithfully did the Apostles, to whom this promise was first addressed, experience its reality! Hear the testimony of the beloved disciple who had once leaned on his Divine Master's bosom—who "had heard, and seen, and looked upon Him." That glorified bosom was now hidden from his sight; but does he speak of an absent Lord, and of His fellowship only among the holy memories of the past? No! with rejoicing emphasis he can exclaim—"Truly our fellowship is with Jesus Christ."

Amid so much that is fleeting here, how the heart clings to this assurance of the abiding presence of the Savior! Our best earthly friends—a few weeks may estrange them—but centuries have rolled on—Christ is still the same. How blessed to think that if I am indeed a child of God, there is not the lonely instant I am without His guardianship! When the beams of the morning visit my chamber, the brighter beams of a brighter Sun are shining upon me. When the shadows of evening are gathering around, "it is not night, if He, the unsetting 'Sun of my soul,' is near." His is no fitful companionship—present in prosperity, gone in adversity. He never changes. He is always the same—in sickness and solitude, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death. Not more faithfully did the pillar-cloud and column of fire of old precede Israel, until the last murmuring ripple of Jordan fell on their ears on the shores of Canaan, than does the presence and love of Jesus abide with His people. Has His word of promise ever proved false? Let the great cloud of witnesses now in glory testify. "Not one thing has failed of all that the Lord our God has spoken." This "word of the Lord is tried!"—"having loved His own, which were in the world, He loved them unto the end."

Believer! are you troubled and tempted? Do dark providences and severe afflictions seem to belie the truth and reality of this gracious assurance? Are you ready, with Gideon, to say, "If the Lord be indeed with us, why has all this befallen us?" Be assured He has some faithful end in view. By the removal of prized and cherished earthly props and refuges, He would unfold more of his own tenderness. Amid the wreck and ruin of earthly joys, which, it may be, the grave has hidden from your sight, One nearer, dearer, tenderer still, would have you say of Himself, "The Lord lives; and blessed be my Rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted." "Thanks be to God, who always makes us to triumph in Christ." Yes! and never more so than when, stripped of all competing objects of creature affection, we are left, like the disciples on the mount, with "Jesus only!"

"These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:30:23 PM
The Resurrection And Life

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies." —John 11:25

What a voice is this breaking over a world which for six thousand years has been a dormitory of sin and death! For four thousand of these years, heathendom could observe no light through the bars of the grave; her oracles were speechless on the great doctrine of a future state, and more especially regarding the body's resurrection. Even the Jewish Church, under the Old Testament dispensation, seemed to enjoy little more than fitful and uncertain glimmerings, like men groping in the dark. It required death's great Abolisher to show, to a benighted world, the luminous "path of life." With Him rested the "bringing in of a better hope"—the unfolding of "the mystery which had been hidden from ages and generations." Marvelous disclosure! that this mortal frame, decomposed and resolved into its original dust, shall yet start from its ashes, remodeled and reconstructed—"a glorified body!" Not like "the earthly tabernacle" (a mere shifting and moveable tent, as the word denotes), but incorruptible—immortal! The beauteous transformation of the insect from its embryo state—the buried seed springing up from its tiny grave to the full-eared corn or gorgeous flower—these are nature's mute utterances as to the possibility of this great truth, which required the unfoldings of "a more sure word of prophecy." But the Gospel has fully revealed what Reason, in her loftiest imaginings, could not have dreamt of. Jesus "has brought life and immortality to light." He, the Bright and Morning Star, has "turned the shadow of death into the morning." He gives, in His own resurrection, the pledge of that of His people—He is the first-fruits of the immortal harvest yet to be gathered into the garner of Heaven.

Precious truth! This "word of Jesus" spans like a celestial rainbow the entrance to the dark valley. Death is robbed of its sting. In the case of every child of God, the grave holds in custody precious dust, because it is redeemed. Talk of it not, as being committed to a dishonored tomb!—it is locked up, rather, in the casket of God until the day "when He makes up His jewels," when it will be fashioned in deathless beauty like unto the glorified body of the Redeemer. Angels, meanwhile, are commissioned to keep watch over it, until the trumpet of the archangel shall proclaim the great "Easter of creation." They are the "reapers," waiting for the world's great "Harvest Home," when Jesus Himself shall come again—not as He once did, humiliated and in sorrow, but rejoicing in the thought of bringing back all His sheaves with Him.

Afflicted and bereaved Christian!—you who may be mourning in bitterness those who have died—rejoice through your tears in these hopes "full of immortality." The silver cord is only "loosed," not broken. Perchance, as you stand in the chamber of death, or by the brink of the grave—in the depths of that awful solitude and silence which reigns around—this may be your plaintive and mournful soliloquy—"Shall the dust praise You?" Yes, it shall! This very dust that hears now unheeded your footsteps, and unmoved your tears, shall through eternity praise its redeeming God—it shall proclaim His truth!

"Lord, to whom shall we go but unto you; you have the WORDS of ETERNAL LIFE."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:30:58 PM
The Little While

"In just a little while I will be gone, and you won't see me anymore. Then, just a little while after that, you will see me again." —John. 16:16

Long seem the moments when we are separated from the friend we love. An absent brother—how his return is looked and longed for! The "Elder Brother"—the "Living Kinsman"—sends a message to His waiting Church and people—a word of solace, telling that soon ("a little while"), and He will be back again, never again to leave them.

There are indeed blessed moments of communion which the believer enjoys with His beloved Lord now; but how fitful and transient! Today, life is a brief Emmaus Journey—the soul happy in the presence and love of an unseen Savior. Tomorrow, He is gone; and the bereft spirit is led to interrogate itself in plaintive sorrow—"Where is now your God?" Even when there is no such experience of darkness and depression, how much there is in the world around to fill the believer with sadness! His Lord rejected and disowned—His love set at nothing—His providences slighted—His name blasphemed—His creation groaning and travailing in pain—disunion, too, among His people—His loving heart wounded in the house of His friends!

But, in just a little while, and all this mystery of iniquity will be finished. The absent Brother's footfall will soon be heard—no longer "as a wayfaring man who turns aside to tarry for a night," but to receive His people into the permanent "mansions" His love has been preparing and from which they shall go no more out. Oh, blessed day! when creation will put on her Easter robes—when her Lord, so long dishonored, will be enthroned amid the Hosannahs of a rejoicing universe—angels lauding Him—saints crowning Him—sin, the dark plague-spot on His universe, extinguished forever—death swallowed up in eternal victory!

And it is but "a little while!" "Yet a little while," we elsewhere read, "and He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry." "He will stay not a moment longer", says Goodwin, "than He has despatched all our business in Heaven for us." With what joy will He send His mission-Angel with the announcement, "the little while is at an end;" and to issue the invitation to the great festival of glory, "Come! for all things are ready!"

Child of sorrow! think often of this "little while." "The days of your mourning will soon be ended." There is a limit set to your suffering time—"After you have suffered a while." Every wave is numbered between you and the haven; and then when that haven is reached, oh, what an apocalypse of glory!—the "little while" of time merged into the great and unending "while" of eternity!—to be forever with the Lord—the same unchanged and unchanging Savior!

"A little while, and you shall see Me!" Would that the eye of faith might be kept more intently fixed on "that glorious appearing!" How the world, with its guilty fascinations, tries to dim and obscure this blessed hope! How the heart is prone to throw out its tendrils into the earth, and get them rooted in some perishable object! Reader! seek to dwell more habitually on this the grand consummation of all your dearest wishes. "Stand on the edge of your nest, pluming your wings for flight." Like the mother of Sisera, be looking for the expected chariot.

"He is faithful that promised."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:31:40 PM
The Beatific Vision

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." —Matthew 5:8

Here is Heaven! This "word of Jesus" represents the future state of the glorified to consist not in locality, but in character; the essence of its bliss is the full vision and fruition of God. Our attention is called from all vague and indefinite theories about the circumstantials of future happiness. The one grand object of contemplation—the "glory which excels," is the sight of God Himself! The one grand practical lesson enforced on His people, is the cultivation of that purity of heart without which none could see, or (even could we suppose it possible to be admitted to see Him) none could enjoy God! "The kingdom of Heaven comes not with observation—the kingdom of God is within you."

Reader, have you attained any of this heart-purity and heart-preparation? It has been beautifully said that "the openings of the streets of heaven are on earth." Even here we may enjoy, in the possession of holiness, some foretaste of coming bliss. Who has not felt that the happiest moments of their lives were those of close walking with God—nearness to the mercy-seat—when self was surrendered, and the eye was directed to the glory of Jesus, with most single, unwavering, undivided aim? What will Heaven be, but the entire surrender of the soul to Him, without any bias to evil, without the fear of corruption within echoing to temptation without; every thought brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; no contrariety to His mind; all in blessed unison with His will; the whole being impregnated with holiness—the intellect purified and ennobled, consecrating all its powers to His service—memory, a holy repository of pure and hallowed recollections—the affections, without one competing rival, purged from all the dross of earthliness—the love of God, the one supreme animating passion—the glory of God, the motive principle interfused through every thought, and feeling, and action of the life immortal; in one word, the heart a clear fountain; no sediment to dim its purity, "no angel of sorrow" to come and trouble the pool! The long night of life over, and this is the glory of the eternal morrow which succeeds it! "I shall be satisfied when I awake, with Your likeness."

Yes, this is Heaven, subjectively and objectively—purity of heart and "God all in all!" Much, doubtless, there may and will be of a subordinate kind, to intensify the bliss of the redeemed; communion with saints and angels; re-admission into the society of death-divided friends. But all these will fade before the great central glory, "God Himself shall be with them, and be their God; they shall see His face!" Believers have been aptly called 'sunflowers'—turning their faces as the sunflower towards the Sun of Righteousness, and hanging their leaves in sadness and sorrow when that Sun is away. It will be in Heaven the emblem is complete. There, every flower in the heavenly garden will be turned Godwards, bathing its tints of loveliness in the glory that excels! Reader, may it be yours, when canopied by that cloudless sky, to know all the marvels contained in these few glowing words, "We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."

"And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself even as he is pure."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:32:11 PM
The Many Mansions

"IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS." —John 14:2

What a 'home aspect' there is in this "word of Jesus!" He comforts His Church by telling those who soon their wilderness wanderings will be finished—the tented tabernacle suited to their present probation-state exchanged for the enduring "mansion!" Nor will it be any strange dwelling—a Father's home—a Father's welcome awaits them. There will be accommodation for all. Thousands have already entered its shining gates—patriarchs, prophets, saints, martyrs, young and old, and still there is room!

The pilgrim's motto on earth is, "Here we have no continuing city." Even "Sabbath tents" must be taken down. Holy seasons of communion must terminate. "Arise, let us go from here!" is a summons which disturbs the sweetest moments of tranquility in the Church below. But in Heaven, every believer becomes a pillar in the temple of God, and "he shall go no more out." Here on earth, it is but the lodging of a wayfarer turning aside to tarry for the brief night. Here we are but temporary tenants— our possessions are but moveables—ours today, gone tomorrow. But these many "mansions" are an incorruptible and unfading inheritance. Nothing can touch the heavenly inheritance. Once within the Father's house, and we are in the house forever!

Think, too, of Jesus, gone to prepare these mansions— "I go to prepare a place for you." What a wondrous thought—Jesus now busied in Heaven in His Church's behalf! He can find no abode in all His wide dominions, befitting as a permanent dwelling for His ransomed ones. He says, "I will make a new heavens and a new earth. I will found a special kingdom—I will rear eternal mansions expressly for those I have redeemed with my blood!"

Reader, let the prospect of a dwelling in this "house of the Lord forever," reconcile you to any of the roughnesses or difficulties in your present path—to your pilgrim provision and pilgrim fare. Let the distant beacon light, that so cheeringly speaks of a Home brighter and better far than the happiest of earthly ones, lead you to forget the intervening billows, or to think of them only as wafting you nearer and nearer to your desired haven! "Would," says a saint, who has now entered on his rest, "that one could read, and write, and pray, and eat and drink, and compose one's self to sleep, as with the thought—soon to be in heaven, and that forever and ever!"

"My Father's house!" How many a departing spirit has been cheered and consoled by the sight of these glorious Mansions looming through the mists of the dark valley—the tears of weeping friends rebuked by the gentle chiding—"If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go unto my Father!" Death truly is but the entrance to this our Father's house. We speak of the "shadow of death"—it is only the shadow which falls on the portico as we stand for a moment knocking at the longed-for gate. Then next—a Father's voice of welcome is heard—"Son! you are always to be with me, and all that I have is yours."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:32:40 PM
The Promised Return

"I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also." —John 14:3

Another "word of promise" concerning the Church's "blessed hope." Orphaned pilgrims, dry your tears! Soon the Morning Hour will strike, and the sighs of a groaning and burdened creation will be heard no more. Earth's six thousand years of toil and sorrow are waning; the Millennial Sabbath is at hand. Jesus will soon be heard to repeat concerning all his sleeping saints, what He said of old regarding one of them: "I go to awake them out of sleep!" Your beloved Lord's first coming was in humiliation and woe; His name was, "the Man of Sorrows;" He had to travel on, amid darkness and desertion, His blood-stained path; a crown of thorns was the only crown He bore. But soon He will come "the second time without a sin-offering, unto salvation," never again to leave His Church, but to receive those who followed Him in His cross, to be everlasting partakers with Him in His crown! He may seem to tarry. External nature, in her unvarying and undeviating sequences, gives no indication of His approach. Centuries have elapsed since He uttered the promise, and still He lingers; the everlasting hills wear no streak of approaching dawn; we seem to listen in vain for the noise of His chariot wheels. "But the Lord is not slack concerning His promise;" He gives you "this word" in addition to many others as a keepsake—a pledge and guarantee for the certainty of His return, "I will come again."

Who can conceive all the surpassing blessedness connected with that advent? The Elder Brother arrived to fetch the younger brethren home!—the true Joseph revealing Himself in unutterable tenderness to the brethren who were once estranged from Him—"receiving them unto himself"—not satisfied with apportioning a kingdom for them, but, as if all His own joy and bliss were intermingled with theirs, "Where I am," says He, "there you must be also." "He who overcomes, will I grant to sit with Me on My Throne."

Believer, can you now say with some of the holy transport of the apostle, "Whom having not seen, we love"? What must it be when you come to see Him "face to face," and that forever and ever! If you can tell of precious hours of communion in a sin-stricken, woe-worn world, with a treacherous heart, and an imperfect or divided love, what must it be when you come, in a sinless, sorrowless state, with purified and renewed affections, to see the King in His beauty! The letter of an absent brother cheering and consolatory as it is, is a poor compensation for the joys of personal and visible communion. The absent Elder Brother on the Throne speaks to you now only by His Word and Spirit—soon you shall be admitted to His immediate fellowship, seeing him "as He is"—He Himself unfolding the wondrous chart of His providence and grace—leading you about from fountain to fountain among the living waters, and with His own gentle hand wiping the last lingering tear-drop from your eye. Heaven an everlasting home with Jesus! "Where I am, there you may be also."—He has appended a cheering postscript to this word, on which He has "caused us to hope"—
"He which testifies these things says, surely I come quickly."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:33:14 PM
The Closing Benediction

"Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when He comes shall find watching." —Luke 12:37

Church of God! is this your attitude, as the expectant of your Lord's appearing? Are your loins girded, and your lights burning? If the cry were to break upon your ears this day, "Behold the Bridegroom comes," could you joyfully respond—"Lo, this is my God, I have waited for him"? WHEN He may come, we cannot tell—ages may elapse before then. It may be centuries before our graves are gilded with the beams of a Millennial sun; but while He may or may not come soon, He must come at some time—yes, and the day of our death is virtually to all of us, the day of His coming.

Reader! do not put off the solemn preparation. Do not be deceived or deluded with the mocker's presumptuous challenge, "Where is the promise of His coming?" See to it that the calls of an engrossing world does not foster this procrastinating spirit. It may be now or never with you. Do not put off your sowing time until harvest time. Leave nothing for a dying hour, but to die, and calmly to resign your spirit into the hands of Jesus. Of all times, that is the least suitable to attempt to get the vessel filled—to attend to the great business of life when life is ebbing—to trim the lamp when the oil is done and it is flickering in its socket—to begin to watch, when the summons is heard to leave the watchtower to meet our God!

Were you never struck how often, amid the many gentle words of Jesus, the summons "to watch," is over and over repeated, like a succession of alarm-bells breaking ever and anon, amid chimes of heavenly music, to rouse a sleeping Church and a slumbering world?

Let this last "Word" of your Lord's send you to your knees with the question—"Am I indeed a servant of Christ?" Have I fled to Him, and am I reposing in Him, as my only Savior?—or am I still lingering like Lot, when I should be escaping?—sleeping, when I should be waking?—neglecting and trifling, when "a long eternity is lying at my door?" He is my last and only refuge; neglect Him—all is lost!

Believer! you who are standing on your watchtower, be more faithful than ever at your post. Remember what is implied in watching. It is no dreamy state of inactive torpor: it is a holy jealousy over the heart—wakeful vigilance regarding sin—every avenue and loophole of the soul carefully guarded. Holy living is the best, the only, preparative for holy dying. "Persuade yourself," says Rutherford, "the King is coming. Read His letter sent before Him, 'Behold I come quickly;' wait with the wearied night-watch for the breaking of the Eastern sky."

Let these "Words of Jesus" we have now been meditating upon in this little volume, be as the Golden Bells of old, hung on the vestments of the officiating High Priest, emitting sweet sounds to His spiritual Israel—telling that the true High Priest is still living and pleading in "the Holiest of all;" and that soon He will come forth to pour His blessing on His waiting Church. We have been pleasingly employed in gathering, up a few "crumbs" falling, from "the Master's table." Soon we shall have, not the "Words" but the presence of Jesus—not the crumbs falling from His table, but everlasting fellowship with the Master Himself!

"Amen, even so, come, Lord Jesus."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 02:49:23 PM
Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.


Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Rom 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Rom 3:29  Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
Rom 3:30  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Rom 3:31  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Rom 4:4  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Rom 4:5  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:52:20 PM
PARDONING GRACE

"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." —Isaiah 1:18

My soul! your God summons you to His audience chamber! Infinite purity seeks to reason with infinite vileness! Deity stoops to speak to dust! Dread not the meeting. It is the most gracious, as well as most wondrous of all conferences. Jehovah himself breaks silence! He utters the best tidings a lost soul or a lost world can hear—"God is in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing unto men their trespasses." What! Scarlet sins, and crimson sins! and these all to be forgiven and forgotten! The just God "justifying" the unjust!—the mightiest of all beings, the kindest of all!

Oh! what is there in you to merit such love as this? You might have known your God only as the "consuming fire," and had nothing before you except "a fearful looking for of vengeance!" This gracious conference bids you dispel your fears! It tells you it is no longer a "fearful," but a blessed thing to fall into His hands! Have you closed with these His overtures? Until you are at peace with Him, happiness must be a stranger to your bosom. Though you have all else beside, bereft of God you must be "bereft indeed." Lord! I come! As your pardoning grace is freely tendered, so shall I freely accept it. May it be mine, even now, to listen to the gladdening accents, "Son! Daughter! be of good cheer! your sins, which are many are all forgiven you."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:52:47 PM
NEEDFUL GRACE

"As your days, so shall your strength be." —Deuteronomy 33:25

God does not give grace until the hour of trial comes. But when it does come the amount of grace, and the nature of the special grace required is granted. My soul! do not dwell with painful apprehension on the future. Do not anticipate coming sorrows; perplexing yourself with the grace needed for future emergencies; tomorrow will bring its promised grace along with tomorrow's trials. God, wishing to keep His people humble, and dependent on Himself, gives not a stock of grace; He metes it out for every day's exigencies, that they may be constantly "traveling between their own emptiness and Christ's fullness"—their own weakness and Christ's strength. But when the exigency comes, you may safely trust an Almighty arm to bear you through! Is there now some "thorn in the flesh" sent to lacerate you? You may have been entreating the Lord for its removal. Your prayer has, doubtless, been heard and answered; but not in the way, perhaps, expected or desired by you. The "thorn" may still be left to goad, the trial may still be left to buffet; but "more grace" has been given to endure them. Oh! how often have His people thus been led to glory in their infirmities and triumph in their afflictions, seeing the power of Christ rests more abundantly upon them! The strength which the hour of trial brings, often makes the Christian a wonder to himself!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:53:19 PM
ALL-SUFFICIENT GRACE

"God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all-sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good word and work." —2 Corinthians 9:8

All-sufficiency in all things! Believer! Surely you are "thoroughly furnished!" Grace is no scanty thing, doled out in pittances. It is a glorious treasury, which the key of prayer can always unlock, but never empty. A fountain, "full, flowing, ever flowing, over flowing." Mark these three ALL’S in this precious promise. It is a three-fold link in a golden chain, let down from a throne of grace by a God of grace. "All grace!"—"all-sufficiency!" in "all things!" and these to "abound." Oh! precious thought! My need cannot impoverish that inexhaustible treasury of grace! Myriads are hourly hanging on it, and drawing from it, and yet there is no diminution—"Out of that fullness all we too may receive, and grace for grace!"

My soul, do you not love to dwell on that all-abounding grace? Your own insufficiency in everything, met with an "all-sufficiency in all things!" Grace in all circumstances and situations, in all vicissitudes and changes, in all the varied phases of the Christian's being. Grace in sunshine and storm—in health and in sickness—in life and in death. Grace for the old believer and the young believer, the tried believer, and the weak believer, and the tempted believer. Grace for duty, and grace in duty—grace to carry the joyous cup with a steady hand, grace to drink the bitter cup with an unmurmuring spirit—grace to have prosperity sanctified—grace to say, through tears, "Your will be done!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:55:09 PM
COMFORTING GRACE

"I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you." —John 14:18

Blessed Jesus! How Your presence sanctifies trial, takes loneliness from the chamber of sickness, and the sting from the chamber of death! Bright and Morning Star! precious at all times, You are never so precious as in "the dark and cloudy day!" The bitterness of sorrow is well worth enduring to have Your promised consolations. How well qualified, Man of Sorrows, to be my Comforter! How well fitted to dry my tears, You who shed so many Yourself! What are my tears—my sorrows—my crosses—my losses, compared with Yours, who shed first Your tears, and then Your blood for me! Mine are all deserved, and infinitely more than deserved. How different, O Spotless Lamb of God, those pangs which rent Your guiltless bosom! How sweet those comforts You have promised to the comfortless, when I think of them as flowing from an Almighty Fellow-Sufferer—"A brother born for adversity"—the "Friend that sticks closer than any brother!"—one who can say, with all the refined sympathies of a holy exalted human nature, "I know your sorrows!" My soul! calm your griefs! There is not a sorrow you can experience, but Jesus, in the treasury of grace, has an exact corresponding solace: "In the multitude of the sorrows I have in my heart, Your comforts delight my soul!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:55:40 PM
RESTRAINING GRACE

"Satan has desired to have you, that he might sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not." —Luke 22:31, 32

What a scene does this unfold! Satan tempting—Jesus praying! Satan sifting—Jesus pleading! "The strong man assailing"—"the stronger than the strong" beating him back! Believer! here is the past history and present secret of your safety in the midst of temptation. An interceding Savior was at your side, saying to every threatening wave, "Thus far shall you go, and no farther!" God often permits His people to be on the very verge of the precipice, to remind them of their own weakness; but never farther than the brink! The restraining hand and grace of Omnipotence is ready to rescue them—"Although he stumbles, yet he shall not be utterly cast down." And why? "For the Lord upholds him with His right hand!" The wolf may be prowling for his prey; but what can he do when the Shepherd is always there, tending with the watchful eye that "neither slumbers nor sleeps?" Who cannot subscribe to the testimony, "When my foot slipped, Your mercy, O Lord! held me up?" Who can look back on his past pilgrimage, and fail to see it crowded with Ebenezers, with this inscription: "You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling"? My soul, where would you have been this day, had you not been "kept" by the power of God?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:56:13 PM
RESTORING GRACE

"I will heal your backslidings." —Hosea 14:4

Wandering again! And has He not left me to perish? Stumbling and straying on the dark mountains, away from the Shepherd's eye and the Shepherd's fold, shall He not leave the erring wanderer to the fruit of his own ways, and his truant heart to go hopelessly onward in its career of guilty estrangement? "My thoughts," says God, "are not as your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways." Man would say, "Go, perish! ungrateful apostate!" God says, "Return, O backsliding children!" The Shepherd will not, cannot allow those sheep to perish which He has purchased with His own blood! How wondrous His forbearance towards it!—tracking its guilty steps, and ceasing not the pursuit until He lays the wanderer on His shoulders, and returns with it to His fold rejoicing! My soul! why increase by farther departures your own distance from the fold?—why lengthen the dreary road your gracious Shepherd has to traverse in bringing you back? Do not delay your return! Do not provoke His patience any longer! Do not venture farther on forbidden ground! He waits with outstretched arms to welcome you once more to His bosom. Be humble for the past, trust Him for the future. Think of your former backslidings, and tremble—think of His patience, and be filled with holy gratitude; think of His promised grace, "and take courage."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:56:48 PM
SANCTIFYING GRACE

"I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again." —Philippians 1:6

Reader! Is the good work begun in you? Are you holy? Is sin being crucified? Are your heart's idols, one by one abolished? Is the world less to you, and eternity more to you? Is more of your Savior's image impressed on your character, and your Savior's love more enthroned in your heart? Is Salvation to you "the one thing needful?" Oh! take heed! there can be no middle ground, no standing still; or if it be so, your position must be a false one. The Savior's blood is not more necessary to give you a title to Heaven, than His Spirit to give you a fitness for it. "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His!" Onwards! should be your motto. There is no standing still in the life of faith. "The man," says Augustine, "who says 'Enough,' that man's soul is lost!" Let this be the superscription in all your ways and doings, "Holiness to the Lord." Let the admonishing word exercise over you its habitual power, "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord." Moreover, remember, that to be holy, is to be happy. The two are equivalent terms. Holiness! It is the secret and spring of the joy of angels; and the more of holiness attained on earth—the nearer and closer my walk is with God—the more of a sweet earnest shall I have of the bliss that awaits me in a holy Heaven. Oh! my soul, let it be your sacred ambition to "Be holy!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:57:21 PM
REVIVING GRACE

"Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint." —Isaiah 40:31

"Will You not revive us, O Lord?" My soul! are you conscious of your declining state? Is your walk less with God, your affections less heavenly? Have you less conscious nearness to the mercy-seat, diminished communion with your Savior? Is prayer less a privilege than it has been?—the pulsations of spiritual life more languid, and fitful, and spasmodic?—the bread of life, less relished?—the seen, and the temporal, and the tangible, displacing the unseen and eternal? Are you sinking down into this state of drowsy self-contentment, this conformity of your life with the world, forfeiting all the happiness of true religion and risking and endangering the better life to come? Arise! Call upon your God! "Will you not revive us, O Lord?" He might have returned nothing but the withering repulse, "How often would I have gathered you; but you would not!" "Ephraim is joined to his idols; let him alone!" But "in wrath He remembers mercy." "They shall revive as the corn." "The mouth of the Lord has spoken it." How and where is reviving grace to be found? He gives you, in this precious promise, the key. It is on your bended knees—by a return to your deserted and unfrequented chamber! "Those who wait upon the Lord!" "Wait on the Lord; be of good cheer, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 07, 2007, 03:58:01 PM
PERSEVERING GRACE

"The righteous shall hold on his way." —Job 17:9

Reader! How comforting to you amid the ebbings and flowings of your changing history, to know that the change is all with you, and not with your God! Your spiritual vessel may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. You may think your pilot has left you, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The ship which bears your spiritual destiny is in better hands than yours; a golden chain of covenant love links it to the eternal throne! That chain can never snap asunder. He who holds it in His hand gives you this as the pledge of your safety—"Because I live, you shall live also." "Why are you then cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? hope in God!" You will assuredly ride out these stormy surges, and reach the desired haven. But be faithful with yourself: see that there be nothing to hinder or impede your growth in grace. Think how little may retard your progress. One sin indulged—one temptation tampered with—one bosom traitor, may cost you many a bitter hour and bitter tear, by separating between you and your God. Make it your daily prayer, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:48:10 PM
DYING GRACE

"I have the keys of hell and of death." —Revelation 1:18

And from whom could dying grace come so welcome, as from You, O blessed Jesus? Not only is Your name, "The Abolisher of Death;" but You Yourself have died! You have sanctified the grave by Your own presence, and divested it of all its terrors. My soul! are you at times afraid of this, your last enemy? If the rest of your pilgrimage-way be peaceful and unclouded, does there rest a dark and portentous shadow over the terminating portals? Fear not! When that dismal entrance is reached, He who has the keys of the grave and of death suspended at His golden belt, will impart grace to bear you through.

Death is but the messenger of peace. Your Savior calls you! The promptings of nature, when, at first, you see the darkening waves, may be that of the frightened disciples, when they said, "It is a ghost, and cried out for fear!" But a gentle voice will be heard high above the storm, "It is I! Do not be afraid!" Death, indeed, as the wages of sin, must, even by the believer, be regarded as an enemy. But, oh! blessed thought, it is your last enemy—the cause of your last tear. In a few brief moments after that tear is shed, your God will be wiping every vestige of it away! "O Death! where is your sting? O Grave! where is your victory? Thanks be unto God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!" Welcome, vanquished foe!—Birthday of heaven!—"To die is gain!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:48:46 PM
AFTER GRACE, GLORY

"The Lord will give grace and glory." —Psalm 84:11

Oh! happy day, when this toilsome warfare will all be ended, Jordan crossed—Canaan entered—the multitude of enemies of the wilderness no longer dreaded—sorrow, sighing, death, and, worst of all, sin, no more either to be felt or feared! Here is the terminating link in the golden chain of the everlasting covenant. It began with predestination; it ends with glorification. It began with sovereign grace in eternity past, and no link will be lacking until the ransomed spirit is presented faultless before the throne! Grace and glory! If the pledge is sweet, what must be the reality? If the wilderness table contains such rich provision, what must be the glories of the eternal banqueting house? Oh! my soul, make sure of your saving interest in the one, as the blessed prelude to the other. "Having access by faith into this grace, you can rejoice in hope of the glory of God;" for "whom He justifies, them He also glorifies!"

Has grace begun in you? Can you mark—though it should be but the drops of the incipient streamlet which is to terminate in such an ocean—the tiny grains which are to accumulate and issue in such "an exceeding weight of glory?" Do not delay the momentous question! The day of offered grace is on the wing; its hours are fast numbering; and, "No grace, no glory!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:49:17 PM
ANOTHER COMFORTER

"I will ask the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever."—John 14:16

Blessed Spirit of all grace! how often have I grieved You! resisted Your dealings, quenched Your strivings; and yet You are still pleading with me! Oh! let me realize more than I do the need of Your gracious influences. Ordinances, sermons, communions, providential dispensations, are nothing without Your life-giving power.

"It is the Spirit that quickens." "No man can call Jesus, Lord, but by the Holy Spirit." Church of the living God! is not this one cause of your deadness?—My soul! is not this the secret of your languishing frames, repeated declensions, uneven walk, and sudden falls—that the influences of the Holy Spirit are undervalued and unsought? Pray for the outpouring of this blessed Agent for the world's renovation, and your own. "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh," is the precursor of millennial bliss.

Jesus! draw near, in Your mercy, to this dull heart, as you did of old to Your mourning disciples, and breathe upon it, and say, "Receive the Holy Spirit." It is the mightiest of all blessings; but, like the sun in the heavens, it is the freest of all—"For if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit unto those who ask Him!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:49:52 PM
PROVIDENTIAL OVERRULING

"All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." —Romans 8:28

My soul! be still! you are in the hands of your Covenant God. Were all the strange circumstances in your history the result of accident, or chance, you might well be overwhelmed. But "all things," and this thing (be what it may) which may be now disquieting you, is one of these "all things" that are so working mysteriously for your good. Trust your God! He will not deceive you—your interests are with Him in safe custody. When sight says, "All these things are against me," let faith rebuke the hasty conclusion, and say, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" How often does God hedge up your way with thorns, to elicit simple trust! How seldom can we see all things so working for our good! But it is better discipline to believe it. Oh! for faith amid frowning providences, to say, "I know that your judgments are good;" and, relying in the dark, to exclaim, "Though He slays me, yet will I trust Him!"

Blessed Jesus! to You are committed the reins of this universal empire. The same hand that was once nailed to the cross, is now wielding the scepter on the throne—"all power in heaven and in earth is given unto you." How can I doubt the wisdom, and the faithfulness, and love, of the most mysterious earthly dealing, when I know that the Roll of Providence is thus in the hands of Him who has given the mightiest pledge Omnipotence could give of His tender interest in my soul's well-being, by giving Himself for me?


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:50:22 PM
SAFE WALKING

"All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies." —Psalm 25:10

The paths of the Lord! My soul! never follow your own paths. If you do, you will be in danger often of following sight rather than faith—choosing the evil, and refusing the good. But "commit your way unto the Lord, and He shall bring it to pass." Let this be your prayer, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths." Oh! for Caleb's spirit, "wholly to follow the Lord my God"—to follow Him when self must be sacrificed, and hardship must be borne, and trials await me. To "walk with God"—to ask in simple faith, "What would You have me to do?"—to have no will of my own, but this, that God's will is to be my will. Here is safety—here is happiness.

Fearlessly follow the Guiding Pillar. He will lead you by a right way, though it may be by a way of hardship, and crosses, and losses, and privations, to the city of God. Oh! the blessedness of thus lying passive in the hands of God, saying "Undertake for me God!"—dwelling with holy gratitude on past mercies and interpositions—these as pledges of future faithfulness and love—hearing His voice behind us, amid life's many perplexities, exclaiming, "This is the way, walk in it!" "Happy," surely, "are every people who are in such a case!" Happy, Reader! will it be for you, if you can form the resolve in a strength greater than you own: "This God shall be my God forever and ever; He shall be my Guide even unto death!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:56:35 PM
LOVE IN CHASTISEMENT

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten." —Revelation 3:19

Sorrowing Believer! what could you wish more than this? Your furnace is severe; but look at this assurance of Him who lit it. Love is the fuel that feeds its flames! Its every spark is love! Kindled by a Father's hand, and designed as a special pledge of a Father's love. How many of His dear children has He so rebuked and chastened; and all, all for one reason, "I love them!" The myriads in glory have passed through these furnace-fires—there they were chosen—there they were purified, sanctified, and made "vessels fit for the Master's use;" the dross and the alloy purged, that the pure metal might remain.

And are you to claim exemption from the same discipline? Are you to think it strange concerning these same fiery trials that may be purifying you? Rather exult in them as your adoption-privilege. Envy not those who are strangers to the refining flames—who are "without chastisement." You should surely rather have the severest discipline with a Father's love, than the fullest earthly cup without that Father's smile. Oh! for grace to say, when the furnace is hottest, and the rod sorest, "Even so, Father!" And what, after all, is the severest of your chastisements in comparison with what your sins have deserved? Do you murmur under a Father's correcting love? What would it have been to have stood the wrath of an unpropitiated Judge, and that, too, forever? Surely, in the light of eternity, the heaviest pang of earth is indeed "a light affliction!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:57:16 PM
A CONDITION IN CHASTISEMENT

"If need be."—1 Peter 1:6

Three gracious words! Not one of all my tears has been shed for nothing! Not one stroke of the rod has been unneeded, or that might have been spared! Your heavenly Father loves you too much, and too tenderly, to bestow harsher correction than your case requires! Is it loss of health, or loss of wealth, or loss of beloved friends? Be still! there was a needs be. We are no judges of what that "needs be" is; often through aching hearts we are forced to exclaim, "Your judgments are a great deep!" But God here pledges Himself, that there will not be one unnecessary thorn in the believer's crown of suffering. No burden too heavy will be laid on him; and no sacrifice too great exacted from him. He will "temper the wind to the shorn lamb." Whenever the "need be" has accomplished its end, then the rod is removed—the chastisement suspended—the furnace quenched.

"If need be!" Oh! what a pillow on which to rest your aching head—that there is not a drop in all your bitter cup but what a God of love saw to be absolutely necessary! Will you not trust His heart, even though you cannot trace the mystery of His dealings? Not too curiously prying into the "Why it is?" or "How it is?" but satisfied that "So it is," and, therefore, that all must be well! "Although you say you cannot see Him, yet judgment is before Him, therefore trust in Him!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:57:49 PM
STRENGTH IN THE WEAK

"A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench." —Matthew 12:20

Will Jesus accept such a heart as mine?—this erring, treacherous, traitor heart? The past!—how many forgotten vows—broken covenants—prayerless days! How often have I made new resolutions, and as often has the reed succumbed to the first blast of temptation, and the burning flax been well-near quenched by guilty omissions and guiltier commissions! Oh! my soul! you are low indeed—the things that remain seem "ready to die." But your Savior-God will not give you "over unto death." The reed is bruised; but He will not pluck it up by the roots. The flax is reduced to a smoking ember, but He will fan the decaying flame. Why wound your loving Savior's heart by these repeated declensions? He will not—cannot give you up. Go, mourn your weakness and unbelief. Cry unto the Strong for strength.

Weary and faint one! You have an Omnipotent arm to lean on. "He faints not, neither is weary!" Listen to His own gracious assurance: "Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you with the right hand of my righteousness!" Leaving all your false props and refuges, let this be your resolve—"I trust in the Lord for protection!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:58:20 PM
ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE DESPONDING

"Him that comes unto me, I will in no wise cast out." —John 6:37

Cast out! My soul! how often might this have been your history! You have cast off your God—might He not often have cast out you? Yes! cast you out as fuel for the fire of His wrath—a sapless, fruitless cumberer. And yet, notwithstanding all your ungrateful requital for His unmerited forbearance, He is still declaring, "As I live, says the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies." Your sins may be legion—the sand of the sea may be their befitting type—the thought of their vileness and aggravation may be ready to overwhelm you; but be still! your patient God waits to be gracious! Oh! be deeply humbled and softened because of your guilt, and resolve to dedicate yourself anew to His service, and so coming, "He will by no means cast you out!" Despond not by reason of former shortcomings—your sins are great, but your Savior's merits are greater. He is willing to forget all the past, and sink it in oblivion, if there be present love, and the promise of future obedience. "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?" Ah! how different is God's verdict from man's! After such sins as yours, man's sentence would have been, "I will in nowise receive!" But "it is better to fall into the hands of God, than into the hands of man;" for He says, "I will in nowise cast out!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:59:09 PM
EACE IN BELIEVING

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives." —John 14:27

"You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You." "Perfect peace!"—what a blessed attainment! My soul! is it yours? I am sure it is not, if you are seeking it in a perishable world, or in the perishable creature, or in your perishable self. Although you have all that the world would call enviable and happy, unless you have peace in God, and with God, all else is unworthy of the name—a spurious thing, which the first breath of adversity will shatter, and the hour of death utterly annihilate! Perfect peace! What is it? It is the peace of forgiveness. It is the peace arising out of a sense of God reconciled through the blood of the everlasting covenant—resting sweetly on the bosom, and the work of Jesus—to Him committing your eternal all.

My soul! stay yourself on God, so that this blessed peace may be yours. You have tried the world. It has deceived you. Prop after prop of earthly scaffolding has yielded, and tottered, and fallen. Has your God ever done so? Ah! this false and counterfeit world-peace may do well for the world's work, and the world's day of prosperity. But test it in the hour of sorrow; and what can it do for you when it is most needed? On the other hand, what though you have no other blessing on earth to call your own? You are rich indeed, if you can look upwards to Heaven, and say with an unpresumptuous smile, "I am at peace with God."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 12:59:40 PM
BLISS IN DYING

"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." —Revelation 14:13

My Soul! is this blessedness yours in prospect? Are you ready, if called this night to lie down on your death-pillow, sweetly to fall asleep in Jesus? What is the sting of death?—It is sin. Is death, then, to you, robbed of its sting, by having listened to the gracious accents of pardoning love, "Be of good cheer, your sins, which are many, are all forgiven?" If you have made your peace with God, resting on the work and atoning blood of His dear Son, then is the Last Enemy divested of all his terror, and you can say, in sweet composure, of your dying couch and dying hour—"I will both lay down in peace and sleep, because You, Lord, make me to dwell in safety!" Reader! ponder that solemn question, "Am I ready to die? Am I living as I should wish I had done when that last hour arrives?"

And when shall it arrive? Tomorrow is not yours. "Truly, there may be but a step between you and death." Oh! solve the question speedily—risk no doubts and no peradventure. Every day is proclaiming anew the lesson, "The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong." Seek to live, so that that hour cannot come upon you too soon, or too unexpectedly. Live a dying life! How blessed to live—how blessed to die, with the consciousness, that there may be but a step between you and glory!


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:00:11 PM
A DUE REAPING

"In due season you shall reap, if you faint not." —Galatians 6:9

Believer! all the glory of your salvation belongs to Jesus—none to yourself; every jewel in your eternal crown is His— purchased by His blood, and polished by His Spirit. The confession of time will be the ascription of all eternity: "By the grace of God I am what I am!" But though "all be of grace," your God calls you to personal strenuousness in the work of your high calling—to "labor," to "fight," to "wrestle," to "agonize;" and the heavenly reaping will be in proportion to the earthly sowing: "He that sows sparingly, shall reap also sparingly; and He that sows bountifully, shall reap also bountifully!" What an incentive to holy living, and increased spiritual attainments!

My soul! would you be a star shining high and bright in the firmament of glory?—would you receive the ten-talent recompense? Then be not weary. Put on your armor for fresh conquests. Be gaining daily some new victory over sin. Deny yourself. Be a willing cross-bearer for your Lord's sake. Do good to all men as you have opportunity; be patient under provocation, "slow to wrath," resigned in trial. Let the world take knowledge of you that you are wearing Christ's uniform, and bearing Christ's spirit, and sharing Christ's cross. And when the reaping time comes, He who has promised that the cup of cold water cannot go unrecompensed, will not allow you to lose your reward!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:01:26 PM
AN END OF WEEPING

"The days of your mourning shall be ended." —Isaiah 60:20

Christ's people are a weeping band, though there be much in this lovely world to make them joyous and happy. Yet when they think of sin—their own sin, and the unblushing sins of a world in which their God is dishonored—need we wonder at their tears?—that they should be called "Mourners," and their pilgrimage home a "Valley of Tears?" Bereavement, and sickness, and poverty and death following the track of sin, add to their mourning experience; and with many of God's best beloved, one tear is scarce dried when another is ready to flow!

Mourners! rejoice! When the reaping time comes, the weeping time ends! When the white robe and the golden harp are bestowed, every remnant of the sackcloth attire is removed. The moment the pilgrim, whose forehead is here furrowed with woe, bathes it in the crystal river of life—that moment the pangs of a lifetime of sorrow are eternally forgotten! Reader! if you are one of these careworn ones, the days of your mourning are numbered! A few more throbbings of this aching heart, and then the angel who proclaims "time," shall proclaim also, sorrow, and sighing, and mourning, to "be no longer!" Seek now to mourn your sins more than your sorrows; reserve your bitterest tears for forgetfulness of your dear Lord. The saddest and sorest of all bereavements, is when the sins which have separated you from Him, evoke the anguish-cry, "Where is my God?"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:02:01 PM
A SPEEDY COMING

"Behold, I come quickly." —Revelation 3:11

"Even so! come, Lord Jesus!" "Why do the wheels of Your chariot tarry?" Six thousand years this world has rolled on, getting timeworn with age, and wrinkled with sins and sorrows. A waiting Church sees the long-drawn shadows of twilight announcing, "The Lord is at hand." Prepare, my soul, to meet Him. Oh! happy days, when your adorable Redeemer, so long dishonored and despised, shall be publicly enthroned in the presence of an assembled universe, crowned Lord of All, glorified in His saints, satisfied in the fruits of His soul's travail, destroying His enemies with the brightness of His coming—the lightning-glance of wrath—causing the hearts of His exulting people to "rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." Prepare, my soul, to meet Him!

Let it be a joyous thought to you—your "blessed hope"—the meeting of your Elder Brother. Stand oftentimes on the watchtower to catch the first streak of that coming brightness, the first murmur of these chariot wheels. The world is now in preparation! It is rocking on its worn-out axle. There are voices on every side proclaiming "He comes! He comes to judge the earth!" Reader! are you among the number of those who "love His appearing?" Remember the attitude of His expectant saints: "Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when He comes, will find WATCHING!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:02:41 PM
EVENING LIGHT

"At evening time it shall be light." —Zechariah 14:7

How inspiring the thought of coming glory! How would we rise above our sins, and sorrows, and sufferings, if we could live under the power of "a world to come!" Were faith to take at all times its giant leap beyond a soul-trammeling earth, and remember its brighter destiny. If it could stand on its Pisgah Mount, and look above and beyond the mists and vapors of this land of shadows, and rest on the "better country." But, alas! in spite of ourselves, the wings often refuse to soar—the spirit droops—guilty fears depress—sin dims and darkens—God's providences seem to frown—God's ways are misinterpreted—the Christian belies his name and his destiny.

But, "At evening time it shall be light"—The material sun, which wades through clouds and a troubled sky, sets often in a couch of lustrous gold! So, when the sun of life is setting, many a ray of light will shoot across memory's darkened sky, and many mysterious dealings of the wilderness will then elicit an "All is well!" How frequently is the presence and upholding grace of Jesus especially felt and acknowledged at that hour, and griefs and misgivings hushed with His own gentle accents, "Fear not! it is I; do not be afraid." A triumphant death-bed! It is no unmeaning word; the eye is lit with holy luster, the tongue with holy rapture, as if the harps of heaven were stealing on it. My soul! may such a life's evening time be yours!


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:03:14 PM
EAVENLY ILLUMINATION

"What I do you know not now; but you shall know hereafter." —John 13:7

As the natural sun sometimes sinks in clouds, so, occasionally, the Christian who has a bright rising, and a brighter meridian, sets in gloom. It is not always "light" at his evening time; but this we know, that when the day of immortality breaks, the last vestige of earth's shadows will forever flee away. To the closing hour of time, Providence may be to him a baffling enigma; but before the first hour has struck on heaven's chronometer, all will be clear. My soul! "in God's light you shall see light;" the Book of His decrees is a sealed book now—"A great deep" is all the explanation you can often give to His judgments; the why and the wherefore He seems keep from us, to test our faith, to discipline us in trustful submission, and lead us to say, "Your will be done!"

But rejoice in that hereafter—light which awaits you! Now we see through a glass darkly; but then, face to face. In the great mirror of eternity all the events of this chequered scene will be reflected; the darkest of them will be seen to be bright with mercy—the severest dispensations, "only the severer aspects of His love!" Pry not, then, too curiously; pronounce not too censoriously on God's dealings with you. Wait with patience until the grand day of disclosures; one confession shall then burst from every tongue, "Righteous are You, O Lord!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:03:49 PM
A GLORIOUS REUNION

"I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also." —John 14:3

If the meeting of a long absent friend, or brother, on earth, be a joyous event, what, my soul, must be the joy of your union with this Brother of brothers, this Friend of friends! "I will come again!" Oh! what an errand of love, what a promised honor and dignity is this!—His saints to share, not His Heaven only, but His immediate presence. "Where I am, there you shall be also!" Father, I will (It was His dying wish—a wondrous addition in that testamentary prayer) that those whom You have given me be with me where I am." Happy reunion! Blessed Savior, if Your presence be so sweet on a sin-stricken earth, and when known only by the invisible eye of faith, what must be that presence in a sinless Heaven, unfolded in all its unutterable loveliness and glory!

Happy reunion! it will be a meeting of the whole ransomed family—the Head with all its members—the Vine with all its branches—the Shepherd with all His flock—the Elder Brother with all His kinsmen. Oh, the joy, too, of mutual recognition among the death-divided—ties snapped asunder on earth, indissolubly renewed—severed friendships reunited—the triumph of love complete—love binding brother with brother, and friend with friend, and all to the Elder Brother! My soul! what do you think of this Heaven? Remember who it is that Jesus says shall sit with Him upon His throne—"He who overcomes."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:04:22 PM
EVERLASTING ESPOUSALS

"And I will betroth you unto Me forever." —Hosea 2:19

How wondrous and varied are the figures which Jesus employs to express the tenderness of His covenant love! My soul! your Savior-God has "married you!" Would you know the time of your betrothal? Go back into the depths of a bypast eternity, before the world was; then and there, your espousals were contracted: "I have loved you with an everlasting love." Soon shall the bridal-hour arrive, when your absent Lord shall come to welcome His betrothed bride into His royal palace. "The Bridegroom tarries;" but see that you do not slumber and sleep! Surely there is much all around demanding the girded loins and the burning lamps. At "midnight!" (the hour when He is least expected) the cry may be—shall be heard—"Behold, the Bridegroom comes!" My soul! has this mystic union been formed between you and your Lord? Can you say, in humble assurance of your faith in Him, "My beloved is mine, and I am His!" If so, great, unspeakably great, are the glories which await you! Your dowry, as the bride of Christ, is all that Omnipotence can bestow, and all that a feeble creature can receive. In the prospect of those glorious nuptials, you need dread no pang of widowhood. What God has joined together, no created power can take asunder; He betroths you, and it is—"forever!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:04:55 PM
 JOYFUL RESURRECTION

"This corruptible must put on incorruption." —1 Corinthians 15:53

Marvel of marvels! The sleeping ashes of the sepulcher springing up at the tones of the archangel's trumpet!—the dishonored dust rising into a glorified body, like its risen Lord's! At death, the soul's bliss is perfect in kind; but this bliss is not complete in degree, until reunited to the tabernacle it has left behind to mingle with the sods of the valley. But tread lightly on that grave, it contains precious, because ransomed dust! My body, as well as my spirit, was included in the redemption price of Calvary; and "those also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." Oh! blessed Jubilee-day of creation, when Christ's "dead men shall arise"—when, together with His dead body, they shall come; and the summons shall sound forth, "Awake, and sing, you who dwell in the dust!"

All the joys of that resurrection morn we cannot tell; but its chief glory we do know—"When He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." Like Him!—My soul, are you waiting for this manifestation of the sons of God? Like Him!—Have you caught up any faint resemblance to that all-glorious image? Having this hope in you, are you purifying yourself, even as He is pure? Be much with Jesus now, that you may exult in meeting Him hereafter. Thus taking Him as your Guide and Portion in life, you may lay down in your dark and loathsome grave, and look forward with triumphant hope to the dawn of a resurrection morn, saying, "What time I awake, I am still with You!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:05:27 PM
 NIGHTLESS HEAVEN

"There shall be no night there." —Revelation 21:25

My soul! is it night with you here? Are you wearied with these midnight tossings on life's tumultuous sea? Be still! the day is breaking! soon shall your Lord appear. "His going forth is prepared as the morning." That glorious appearing shall disperse every cloud, and usher in an eternal noontide which knows no twilight. "The sun will never set; the moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end." Everlasting light! Wondrous secret of a nightless world!—the glories of a present God!—the everlasting light of the Three in One, quenching the radiance of all created orbs—superseding all material luminaries. "My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning!" The haven is nearing—star after star is quenched in more glorious effulgence—every bound over these dark waves is bringing you nearer the eternal shore. Will you not, then, humbly and patiently endure "weeping for the night," in the prospect of the "joy that comes in the morning?" Strange realities! a world without night—a heaven without a sun; and, greater wonder still, yourself in this world—a joyful citizen of this nightless, sinless, sorrowless, tearless Heaven!—basking underneath the Fountain of uncreated light! No exhaustion of glorified body and spirit to require repose; no lassitude or weariness to suspend the ever-deepening song—"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:06:02 PM
A CROWN OF LIFE

"And when the Chief Shepherd comes, your reward will be a never-ending share in His glory and honor." 1 Peter 5:4

What! is the beggar to be "raised from the ash-heap, set among Princes, and made to inherit a throne of glory?" Is dust and ashes, a puny rebel, a guilty traitor—to be pitied, pardoned, loved, exalted from the depths of despair, raised to the heights of Heaven—gifted with kingly honor—royally fed—royally clothed—royally attended—and, at last, royally crowned? O my soul, look forward with joyous emotion to that day of wonders, when He whose head shall be crowned with many crowns, shall be the dispenser of royal diadems to His people; and when they shall begin the joyful ascription of all eternity, "Unto Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us Kings—to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."

Will you not be among the number? Shall the princes and monarchs of the earth wade through seas of blood for a corruptible crown; and will you permit yourself to lose the incorruptible diadem, or barter it for some perishable nothings of earth? Oh! that you would awake to your high destiny, and live up to your transcendent privileges as the citizen of a Kingly Commonwealth, a member of the blood-royal family of Heaven. What would you not sacrifice—what effort would you grudge, if you were included at last in the gracious benediction, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world?"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:06:38 PM
THE VISION AND FRUITION OF GOD

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever." And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making all things new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true." Revelation 21:3-5

Glorious consummation! All the other glories of Heaven are but emanations from this glory that excels. Here is the focus and center to which every ray of light converges. God is "all in all." Heaven without God!—it would send a thrill of dismay through the burning ranks of angels and archangels; it would dim every eye, and hush every harp, and change the whitest robe into sackcloth. And shall I then, indeed, "see God?" What! shall I gaze on these inscrutable glories, and live? Yes, God Himself shall be with them, and be their God; they shall "see His face!" And not only the vision, but the fruition. Oh! how does sin in my holiest moments damp the enjoyment of Him! It is the "pure in heart" alone who can "see," far more—who can "enjoy" God. Even if He did reveal Himself now, these eyes could never endure His intolerable brightness.

But then, with a heart purified from corruption—a world where the taint of sin and the power of temptation never enters—the soul again a bright mirror, reflecting the lost image of the Godhead—all the affections devoted to their original high destiny—the love of God the motive principle, the ruling passion—the glory of God the undivided object and aim—the will no opposing or antagonist bias—man will, for the first time, know all the blessedness of his chief end—"to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever!"



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 08, 2007, 01:23:43 PM
TELL ME THE OLD, OLD STORY

Tell me the old, old story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
Tell me the story simply, as to a little child,
For I am weak and weary, and helpless and defiled.

Tell me the old, old story, tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the story slowly, that I may take it in,
That wonderful redemption, God’s remedy for sin.
Tell me the story often, for I forget so soon;
The early dew of morning has passed away at noon.

Tell me the story softly, with earnest tones and grave;
Remember I’m the sinner whom Jesus came to save.
Tell me the story always, if you would really be,
In any time of trouble, a comforter to me.

Tell me the same old story when you have cause to fear
That this world’s empty glory is costing me too dear.
Yes, and when that world’s glory is dawning on my soul,
Tell me the old, old story: “Christ Jesus makes thee whole.”


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:07:56 AM
A Loving Purpose

"The Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant." Psalm 35:27

What is "prosperity?" Is it threads of life weaved into a bright outcome? a full cup? ample riches? worldly applause? an unbroken circle? No, these are often a snare; received without gratitude; dimming the soul to its nobler destinies. Often spiritually it rather means God taking us by the hand into the lowly Valleys of Humiliation; leading us as He did his servant Job of old; out of his sheep, oxen, camels, health, wealth, children; in order that we may be brought before Him in the dust, and say, "Blessed be His holy name!"

 Yes! The very reverse of what is known in the world as Prosperity (generally) forms the background on which the Rainbow of Promise is seen. God smiles on us through these rainbows and teardrops of sorrows! He loves us too well. He has too great an interest in our spiritual welfare to permit us to live on in what is misnamed "Prosperity." When He sees duties languidly performed, or coldly neglected; the heart deadened, and love to Himself congealed by the absorbing power of the present world, He puts a thorn in our nest to drive us to the wing, and prevent our being grovelers forever!

 I may not be able now to understand the mystery of these dealings. I may be asking through the tears, "Why this unkind arrest on my earthly happiness? Why so premature a lopping of my boughs of promise? Such a speedy withering of my most cherished gourd?" The answer is plain. It is your soul’s prosperity He has in view. Believe it, your true Ebenezers will yet be raised close by your Zarephaths (the place of furnace).

 His afflictions are no arbitrary appointments. There is righteous necessity in all He does. As He lays His chastening hand upon you, and leads you by ways you know not, and which you never would have chosen. He whispers the gentle accents in your ear, "Beloved I wish above all things that you would prosper, and be in health."

 Rest in the quiet consciousness that all is well. Murmur at nothing which brings you nearer His own loving Presence. Be thankful for your very cares, because you can confidently cast them all upon Him. He has your temporal and eternal "prosperity" too much at heart to appoint one superfluous pang, one needless stroke. Commit therefore, all that concerns you to His keeping, and leave it there.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:08:28 AM
The Safe Refuge

"A man shall be a shelter from the wind; and a refuge from the storm; like streams of water in the desert; and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land." Isaiah 32:2

"A man!" This first word forms the key to the precious verse, It is "The man Christ Jesus!" And when and where is He thus revealed to His people as their hiding place and shelter? It is, as with Elijah of old, in the whirlwind and the storm! Amid the world's bright sunshine, in the tranquil skies, uninterrupted prosperity, they seek Him not! But when the clouds begin to gather, and the sun is swept from the firmament; when they have learned the insecurity of all earthly refuges, then the prayer ascends, "My heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I." The Earthquake, the Tempest, the Fire, and then "the still small voice!" Sorrowing believer, you have indeed a Sure Refuge; a Strong Tower which cannot be shaken! The world has its refuges too. But they cannot stand the day of trial. The wind passes over them and they are gone! But the louder the hurricane, the more will it endear to you the abiding Shelter; the deeper in the clefts of this ROCK, the safer you are.

 A Man! Delight often to dwell on the humanity of Jesus; you have a brother on the throne! a "living Kinsman," one who "knows your frame," and who, by the exquisite sympathies of His exalted human nature, can gauge, as none other can, the depths of your sorrow.

 An earthly friend comes to you in trial, he has never known bereavement, and therefore can not enter into your woe. Another comes; he has been again and again in the furnace; his heart has been touched tenderly as your own; he can feelingly sympathize with you. It is so with Jesus. As man, He has passed through every experience of suffering. He has Himself known the storm from which He offers you shelter. He is the ROCK, yet "a Man!" "Mighty to save;" yet mighty to compassionate! "Emmanuel, God with us!" He is like the rainbow in the material heavens, which, while its summit is in the clouds, each base of its arc rests on earth; or like the oak which, while it can wrestle with the tempest, yet invites the most feeble bird to fold its wing on its branches!

 Mourner! Go sit under your "Beloved's shadow with great delight." Hide in His wounded side! The hand which pierced you is ordering your trials; He who roused the storm is the hiding place from it; and as you journey on, gloomy clouds mustering around you, let this bright rainbow of comfort ever arrest your drooping eye; "For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way... since He Himself has gone through suffering and temptation, He is able to help us when we are being tempted."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:08:59 AM
The Reason for Chastisement

"Whom the Lord loves He chastens." Hebrews 12:6

What! God loves me when He is discharging His quiver upon me! emptying me from vessel to vessel! causing the sun of my earthly joys to set in clouds? Yes! O afflicted, tossed with tempest; He chastens you because He loves you! This trial comes from His own tender, loving hand; His own tender, unchanging heart!

 Are you laid on a sickbed; are sorrowful months and wearisome nights appointed unto you? Let this be the pillow on which your aching head reclines. It is because He loves me!

Is it bereavement that has swept your heart and desolated your dwelling? He appointed that chamber of death, because He loves you! As it is the suffering child of the family which claims a mother's deepest affections and most tender solicitude, so have you at this moment embarked on your side the most tender love and solicitude of a heavenly Father. He loved you into this sorrow, and will love you through it. There is nothing capricious in His dealings. LOVE is the reason of all He does. There is no drop of wrath in that cup you are called to drink. "I do believe," says one, "He has purchased these afflictions for us, as well as everything else. Blessed be His name, it is part of His covenant to visit us with the rod." What says our adorable Lord himself? The words were spoken, not when He was on earth, a sojourner in a sorrowing world, but when enthroned amid the glories of heaven. "As many as I love I rebuke and chasten." (Revelation 3:19)

 Believer! rejoice in the thought that the rod, the chastening rod, is in the hands of the living, loving Savior, who died for you! Tribulation is the King's Highway and yet that highway is paved with love. As some flowers before shedding their fragrance require to be crushed, so does your God think it suitable to bruise you. As some birds are said to sing their sweetest notes when the thorn pierces their bosom, so does He appoint affliction to lacerate, that you may be driven to the wing, singing, in your upward soaring, "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed!"

Be it ours to say, "Lord, I will love You not only despite Your rod, but because of your rod." I will rush into the very arms that are chastening me!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:11:33 AM
mmutability

"I the Lord change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed." Malachi 3:6

The Unchangeableness of God. What an anchor for a storm tossed sea! "Change is our portion here!" Scenes are altering. Joys are fading. Friends! some of them are removed at a distance; others have gone to their 'long home'. Who, amid these checkered experiences, does not sigh for something permanent, stable, enduring? The vessel has again and again slipped its earthly moorings. We long for some secure and sheltered harbor.

 "I change not!" Heart and flesh may faint; yes, do faint and fail but there is an unfainting, unfailing, unvarying God. All the changes in the world around cannot affect Him. Our own fitfulness cannot alter Him. When we are depressed, downcast, fluctuating, our treacherous hearts turning aside "like a broken bow," He is without one "shadow of turning." "God who cannot lie," is the superscription on His eternal throne; and inscribed on all His dealings.

 "I change not!" Precious name! It forms a blessed guarantee that nothing can befall me but what is for my good. I cannot doubt His faithfulness. I dare not arraign the rectitude of His dispensations. It is covenant love which is now darkening my earthly horizon. This hour He is the same as when He "spared not His own Son!" Oh, instead of wondering at my trials, let me rather wonder that He has borne with me so long. It is of the Lord's unchanging mercies that I am not consumed. Had He been man, changeful, vacillating, as myself, long before now would He have spurned me away, and consigned me to the doom of the cumberer. But, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord." He is without any variableness.
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:13:38 AM
Divine Sympathy

"I know their sorrows." Exodus 3:7

Man cannot say so. There are many sensitive fibers in the soul the best and most tender human sympathy cannot touch. But the Prince of Sufferers, He who led the way in the path of sorrow, "knows our frame." When crushing bereavement lies like ice on the heart, when the dearest earthly friend cannot enter into the peculiarities of our grief, Jesus can, Jesus does! He who once bore my sins also carried my sorrows.

 That eye, now on the throne, was once dim with weeping! I can think in all my afflictions, "He was afflicted," in all my tears, "Jesus wept."

"I know their sorrows!" He may seem at times thus to forget and forsake us; leaving us to utter the plaintive cry, "Has God forgotten to be gracious," when all the while He is bending over us in the most tender love. He often allows our needs to attain their extremity, that He may stretch forth His succoring hand, and reveal the plenitude of His Grace! "The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy."

 And "knowing" our sorrows, is a guarantee that none will be sent but what He sees to be needful. "I will not," says He, "make a full end of you, but I will correct you in measure." (Jer. 30:11) All He sends is precisely meted out; wisely apportioned. There is nothing accidental or fortuitous; no unneeded thorn; no superfluous pang. He "puts our tears in a bottle." (Psalm 61:8) Each one is counted, drop by drop, tear by tear, they are sacred things among the treasures of God! Suffering believer, the iron may have entered deeply into your soul; yet rejoice! Great is your honor; you are partaker with Christ in His sufferings. Jesus a sorrowing, sympathizing Jesus, "knows" your aching pangs and burning tears, and He will "come down to deliver you!"
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:14:20 AM
A Gracious Condition

"If need be." 1 Peter 1:6

What a blessed motto and superscription over the dark lintels of sorrow! "If need be!" Every sharp arrow from the quiver of God is feathered with it! Write it, child of affliction, over every trial your God sees fit to send! If He calls you down from the sunny mountain heights to the dark glades, hear Him saying, "There is a need be." If He has dashed the cup of prosperity from your lips, curtailed your creature comforts, diminished your "basket and your store," hear Him saying, "There is a need be." If He has ploughed and furrowed your soul with severe bereavement; extinguished light after light in your dwelling; hear Him therefore stilling the tumult of your grief "there is a need be." Yes! believe it, there is some profound reason for your trial, which at present may be indiscernible. No furnace will be hotter than He sees to be needed.

Sometimes indeed, His teachings are mysterious. We can with difficulty spell out the letters, "God is love!" We can see no "bright light," in "our cloud." It is all mystery; not one break is there in the sky! No! "Hear what God the Lord speaks." "If need be."

 He does not long leave His people alone, if He sees the chariot wheels dragging heavily. He will take His own means to sever them from an absorbing love of the world; to pursue them out of self; and dislodge usurping clay idols that may have vaulted on the throne which He alone may occupy. Before your present trial He may have seen your love waxing cold, or your influence for good lessening. As the sun puts out the fire, the sun of earthly prosperity may have been extinguishing the fires of your soul. You may have been shining less brightly for Christ, effecting some guilty compromise with an insinuating and seductive world. He has appointed the very discipline and dealing needful; nothing less could have done!

 Be still, and know that He is God! That "need be," remember, is in the hands of Infinite Love, Infinite Wisdom, Infinite Power. Trust Him in little things as well as great things, in trifles as well as emergencies.

 Seek to have unquestioning faith. Though other paths, doubtless, would have been selected by you had the choice been in your hands, be it yours to listen to His voice at every turn in the road, saying, "This is the way, walk in it." We may not be able to understand it now, but one day we shall come to find, that AFFLICTION is one of God's blessed angels; a ministering spirit, "sent forth to minister to those who are heirs of salvation." Lovelier, indeed, to the eye, is the azure blue; the fleecy summer vapors, or gold and vermilion of western sunsets. But what would become of the earth if no dark clouds from time to time hung over it; distilling their treasures, reviving and refreshing its drooping vegetable tribes?

 Is it otherwise with the soul? No. The cloud of sorrow is needed. Its every raindrop has an inner meaning of LOVE! If, even now, afflicted one, these clouds are gathering, and the tempest sighing, lift up your eye to the divine scroll gleaming in the darkened heavens, and remember that He who has put the Rainbow of promise there, saw also a "need be" for the cloud on which it rests!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:14:54 AM
Presence and Rest

"My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." Exodus 33:14

Moses asked to be shown "the way." Here is the answer: The way is not shown; but better than this, God says, "Trust Me, I will go with you!" Afflicted one! hear the voice addressing you from the cloudy pillar. It is a wilderness promise which "the God of Jeshurun" speaks to His spiritual Israel still. He who led His people of old "like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron," will manifest towards you the same Shepherd love. The way may be very different from what we could have wished; what we would have chosen. But the choice is in better hands. He had His own wise and righteous ends in every devious turning in it.

 Who can look back on the past leadings of God without gratitude and thankfulness? When His sheep have been conducted to the rougher parts of the wilderness, He, their Shepherd, has "gone before them. When their fleece was torn, and footsore and weary, He has borne them in His arms. His presence has lightened every cross and sweetened every care. Let us trust Him for an unknown and checkered future. Other companionships we cherished may have failed us, but One who is better than the best, goes before us in His gracious pillar cloud. With Him for our portion, take what He will away, we must be happy; we can rise above the loss of the earthly gift, in the consciousness of the nobler possession and heritage we enjoy in the Great Bestower. He may have seen fit to level clay idols, that He, the All Satisfying might reign paramount and supreme. He may have seen to take earthly "presences" away, to give us to breathe more earnestly the prayer "If YOUR presence go not with us, carry us not hence." He will not allow us to rear havens on earth, and to write upon them, "This is my rest." No- 'tenting time' here; resting time yonder! But "Fear not," He seems to say "You are not left without a friend or without solace on the way Pilgrim in a pilgrim land! 'My presence shall go with you.' In all your dark and cloudy days; in your hours of faintness and depression; in sadness; in life and in death! And when the journey is ended, the Pillar needed no more, 'I will give you rest'."

 The pledge of Grace will be followed with the fruition of Glory!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:15:36 AM
The Giver and the Taker

"The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job1:21

Noble posture this; to kneel and to adore! To see no hand but ONE! Sabeans; Fire; Whirlwind; Sword; are all overlooked. The Patriarch recognizes alone "The Lord" who gave and "The Lord" who has taken. What is the cause of so much depression, needless sorrow, ungospel murmuring in our hours of trial? It was what Rutherford calls "our looking to the confused rollings of the wheels of second causes;" a refusal to rise to "the height of the great argument," and confidently to say, "The will of the Lord be done!" a refusal to hear His voice; His own loving voice, mingling with the accents of the rudest storm; "It is I!" "Is there evil in the city, and the Lord has not done it?" Is there a bitter drop in the cup, and the Lord has not mingled it? He loves His people too well to intrust their interest to any other. We are but clay in the hand of the Potter; vessels in the hand of the Refiner of silver. He metes out our portion. He appoints the bounds of our habitation. "The Lord God prepared the gourd." "The Lord God prepared the worm." He is the Author alike of mercies and sorrows, of comforts and crosses. He breathes into our nostrils the breath of life; and it is at His summons the spirit returns "to the God who gave it!"

 Oh, that we would seek to regard our own lives and the lives of those dear to us as a loan. God, as the Great Proprietor, Who, when He sees fit, can revoke the grant or curtail the lease He gave! All mercies by Him bestowed; by Him continued; by Him withheld.

 And how often does He take away, that He may Himself enter the vacuum of the heart and fill it with His own ineffable presence and love! No loss can compensate for the lack of Him, but He can compensate for all losses. Let us trust His love and faithfulness as a taking as well as a giving God. Often are Sense and Sight tempted to say, "Not so, Lord!" But Faith, resting on the promise, can exult in this Rainbow spanning the darkest cloud, "Even so, Father, for it seems good in your sight!"
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 07:16:09 AM
Deliverance in Trouble

"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will glorify Me." Psalm 50:15

How varied are our days of trouble! Sickness, with its hours of restlessness and languor. Bereavement, with its rifled treasures and aching hearts. Loss of substance; the curtailment or forfeiture of worldly possessions; riches taking to themselves wings and fleeing away; or, severer than all, the wounds from friends; abused confidence; withered affections; hopes scattered like the leaves of autumn!

 But "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Tried one! He leaves not your defenseless head unsheltered in the storm. "Call upon Me!" He invites you into the pavilion of His presence! Better the bitter Marah waters with His healing, than the purest fountain of the world, and no God! Better the hottest furnace flames with one there "like the Son of God," than that the dross should be allowed to accumulate, and the soul left to cleave to the dust! He, "the purifier of silver," is seated by these flames, tempering their fury! Yes, He gives the special promise, "I will deliver you." It may not be the deliverance we expect; the deliverance we have prayed for; the deliverance we could have wished. But shall not the most severe trial be well worth enduring, if this be the result of His chastening love; "You will glorify Me." "Glorify Him!" How? By a simple unreasoning faith; by meek, lowly, unmurmuring acquiescence in His dealing; these dealings endearing the Savior and His grace more than ever to our hearts.

 The day of trouble led His saints in all ages to glorify Him. David never could have written his touching Psalms, nor Paul his precious epistles, had not God cast them both into the crucible. To be teachers of the Church of the future, they had to graduate in the school of affliction. If He is appointing similar discipline, let it be our endeavor to glorify Him by active obedience, as well as passive resignation; not abandoning ourselves to selfish, moody, sentimental grief; but rather going forth on our great mission; our work and warfare; with a vaster estimate of the value of time, and the grandeur of existence. "Give glory to the Lord your God before He cause darkness; and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains; and, while you look for light, He turned it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:03:17 AM
Pitying Love

"Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him." Psalm 103:13

"Abba, Father!" is a Gospel word. A father bending over the sick bed of his weak or dying child; a mother pressing, in tender solitude, an infant sufferer to her bosom. These are the earthly pictures of God. "As a father pities." "As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you!"

 When tempted in our season of overwhelming sorrow to say, "Never has there been so dark a cloud, never a heart so stripped and desolate as mine," let this thought hush every murmur, "It is your Father's good pleasure!" The love and pity of the most tender parent is but a dim shadow compared to the pitying love of God. If your heavenly Father's smile has for a moment been exchanged for the chastening rod; be assured there is some deep necessity for the altered discipline. If there be unutterable yearnings in the soul of the earthly parent as the lancet is applied to the body of his child; infinitely more is it so with your covenant God as He subjects you to those deep wounds of heart! Finite wisdom has no place in His ordinations. An earthly father may err; is ever erring; but "as for God His way is perfect." This is the explanation of His every dealing: "Your heavenly Father knows you have need of all these things!"

 Trust His heart when you cannot trace His ways. Do not try to penetrate the cloud which "He brings over the earth," and to look through it. Keep your eye steadily fixed on the rainbow. The mystery is God's, the promise is yours. Seek that the end of all His dispensations may be to make you more confiding. Without one misgiving commit your way to Him. He says regarding each child of His covenant family, what He said of Ephraim of old (and never more so than in a season of suffering) "I do earnestly remember him still." While now bending your head like a bulrush; your heart breaking with sorrow; remember His pitying eye is upon you. Be it yours, even through blinding tears, to say, "Even so Father!"
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:03:47 AM
The Blessed Hope

"That blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ."  Titus 2:1

What a bright rainbow for a stormed-wreathed sky! Hope is a joyous emotion! Poetry sings of it; music warbles its lofty aspirations; but alas! how often does it weave fantastic visions then vanish! "In the morning" the flowers of life are flourishing and growing up; "in the evening" a mysterious blight comes; they lie withered garlands at our feet! The longing apparitions of the whole life seem realized; one wave of calamity overtakes us, and washes all away!

 But, there is one "blessed hope" beyond the possibility of blight or decay; "The hope of the glory of God," the "Hope which makes not ashamed;" "the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior!"

 If we long on earth for the return of an absent friend or brother, separated from us for a season, by intervening oceans or continent; if we count the weeks or months until we welcome him back again to the parental home, how should the Christian long for the return of the "Brother of brothers," the Friend of friends: "I will come again," is His own gracious promise, "To receive you unto Myself!" Oh happy day! when He shall be "glorified in His saints;" when His people will suffer no more, and sin no more. No more couches of sickness, or aching hearts; or fevered brows; no more opened graves, or bitter tears; and, better than all, no more guilty estrangements and traitorous unholy hearts! It will be the bridal day of the soul. The body slumbering in the dust will be reunited a glorified body to a redeemed spirit. The grave shall be forever spoiled; death swallowed up in eternal victory. "So shall we be forever with the Lord."

 Reader, do you "love His appearing?" Are you looking with eager expectant attitude of those who are "looking for, and hastening unto the coming of God." "Yet a little while, and He that shall come, will come!" If you are a child of the covenant, having conscious filial nearness to the Throne of grace, you need not dread the Throne of glory! True, He is the "great God," but He is "our Savior." It is a "Kinsman Redeemer" who is ordained to "judge the world in righteousness." Yes! turn your eye oftener towards this bright Rainbow spanning a glorious future; for remember, it is "to them who look for Him," that He shall "appear the second time without sin unto salvation!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:05:41 AM
A Gracious Removal

"The righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace! They shall rest in their beds." Isaiah 57:1-3

How this thought reconciles to earth's saddest separations! The early (what we are apt to think the too early) graves of our "loved and lost," have saved them from much sorrow, much suffering, much sin! Who can tell what may have been brooding in a dark horizon? The fairest vessel; the life freighted with the greatest promise; might have been made shipwreck on this world"s treacherous sea. My God knows what is best. If He plucked His lily soon, it was to save it some rough blast. If He early folded His lamb, it was to save it having its fleece soiled with earthly corruption. If the port of glory was soon entered, it was because He foresaw the threatening tempests that screened from our limited vision; "So He brought them to the haven where they would be!"

 Yes! the quiet haven! The storms of life are over! That shore is undisturbed by one murmuring wave. "He shall enter into peace!" the rest which "remains!" Did the ransomed dead, at the hour of their departure, sink into blank oblivion; inherit everlasting silence, sad indeed would be the pangs of separation. But, "weep not, she is not dead, but sleeps." Yes! weep not! She is not dead but lives! At the very moment earth's tears are falling, the spirit is sunning in the realms of everlasting day, safely housed, safely home! The body "rests in its bed." The grave is its couch of repose! We bid it the long "good night" in the joyful expectancy of a glorious reunion at the waking time of immortality; the "morning without clouds," whose "sun shall no more go down."

 Child of sorrow! mourning over the withdrawal of some beloved object of earthly affection. Dry your tears. An early death has been an early crown! The tie sundered here links you to the throne of God. You have a brother, sister, a child in heaven! You are the relatives of a ransomed saint! We are proud when we hear of our friends being "advanced" in this world. What are the world's noblest promotions in comparison with that of the believer at death, when he graduates from grace to glory? When he exchanges the pilgrim warfare for eternal rest?

 Often, in your hours of sadness, contrast the certainty of present bliss, with the possibilities of a suffering, sorrowing, sinning future; the joys in possession, with the evils which might have been in life. You may now, like the Shunnamite of old, be gazing with tearful eye on some withered blossom, but when the question is put, "Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?" in the elevating confidence that they have "entered into peace," and are "resting in their beds," be it yours joyfully to answer, "It is well."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:06:13 AM
Unveiled Mysteries

"You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." John 13:7

Much is baffling and perplexing to us in God's present dealings. "What!" we are often ready to exclaim, "could not the cup have been less bitter; the trial less severe; the road less dreary?" "Hush your misgivings," says a gracious God; "arraign not the rectitude of My dispensations. You shall yet see all revealed and made bright in the mirror of eternity!"

 "What I am doing" -it is all my doing, my appointment. You have partial view of these dealings; they are seen by the eye of sense through a dim and distorted medium. You can see nothing but plans crossed, and gourds laid low, and "beautiful rods" broken. But I see the end from the beginning. "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

 "Later you will understand!" Wait for the "later" revelation! An earthly father puzzles not the ear of infancy with hard sayings and involved problems. He waits for the manhood of being and then unfolds all. So it is with God! We are now in our infancy; children lisping in earthly infancy a knowledge of His ways. We shall learn the "deep things of God." in the manhood of eternity! Christ now often shows himself only "behind the lattice," a glimpse and He is gone! But the day is coming when we shall "see Him as He is!" when every dark hieroglyphic in the Roll of Providence will be interpreted and expounded! It is unfair to criticize the half finished picture; to censure or condemn the half developed plan. God's plans are here in embryo. "We see," says Rutherford, "the broken links in the chain of His providence. Let the Molder work his own clay in whatever frame He pleases." But a flood of light will break upon us from the sapphire throne; "In your light, O God! we shall see light." The "need be," muffled as a secret now, will be confided to us then, and become luminous with love.

 Perhaps we may not have to wait until eternity for the realization of this promise. We may experience its fulfillment here. We not infrequently find, even in this present world, mysterious dispensations issuing in unlooked for blessings. Jacob would never have seen Joseph had he not parted with Benjamin. Often would the believer never would have seen the true Joseph had he not been called on to part with his best beloved! His language at the time is that of the patriarch "I am indeed bereaved!" "All these things are against me!" But the things he imagined to be so adverse, have proved the means of leading him to see the heavenly king "in His beauty" before he dies. Much is sent to "humble us and to prove us." It may not do us good now, but it is promised to do so "at our latter end."

 I shall not dictate to my God what His way should be. The patient does not dictate to the physician. He does not reject and refuse the prescription because it is nauseous; he knows it is for his good, and takes it on trust. It is for faith to repose in whatever God appoints. Let me not wrong His love or dishonor His faithfulness by supposing that there is one needless or redundant drop in the cup which His loving wisdom has mingled. "Now we know in part, but THEN shall we know even as also we are known!"
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:06:42 AM
The Choosing Place

"I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10

The Furnace of Affliction! It is God's meeting place with His people. "I have chosen you," says He, "in the furnace of affliction. I will keep you there, until the purifying process is complete; and if need be, in a 'chariot of fire' I will carry you to heaven!" Some fires are for destruction, but this is for purification. He, the Refiner, is sitting by the furnace regulating the flames, tempering the heat; not the least filing of the gold but what is precious to Him! The bush is burning with fire, but He is in the middle of it; a living God in a bush; a living Savior in the furnace! And has this not been the method of His dealing with His faithful people in every age. First, trial; then blessing. First, difficulties; then, deliverances. Egyptian plagues– darkness, brick kilns, the Red Sea, forty years of desert privations; then Canaan! First, the burning fiery furnace; then the vision of "one like the Son of God!" Or, as with Elijah on Carmel, the answer is first by fire, and then by rain. First, the fiery trial, then the gentle descent of the Spirit's influences, coming down like "rain upon the mown grass, and as showers that water the earth."

 Believer! be it yours to ask, "are my trials sanctified?" Are they making me holier, purer, better, more meek, more gentle, more heavenly minded, more Savior like? Seek to "glorify God in the fires." Patience is a grace which the angels cannot manifest. It is a flower of earth; it blooms not in Paradise; it requires tribulation for its exercise; it is nurtured only amid wind, and hail, and storm. By patient, unmurmuring submission, remember, you, a poor sinner, can thus magnify God in a way the loftiest angelic natures cannot do! He is taking you to the inner chambers of His covenant faithfulness. His design is to purge away your dross, to bring you forth from the furnace reflecting His own image, and fitted for glory! Those intended for great usefulness are much in the refining pot. "His children," says Romaine, "have found suffering times happy times. They never have such nearness to their Father, such holy freedom with Him, and such heavenly refreshment with Him, as under the cross!" Beloved! "think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you . . . but rejoice!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:07:13 AM
Mourning Ended

"The days of your mourning shall be ended." Isaiah 9:20

The believer has "mourning days." The place of his sojourn is a valley of tears. Adam went weeping from his paradise, we go weeping on the way to ours. But, pilgrim of grief! your tears are numbered. A few more aching sighs; a few more gloomy clouds; and the eternal sun shall burst on you, whose radiance shall never more be obscured! Life may be to you one long "Valley of Baca" a protracted scene of "weeping!" but soon shall you hear the sweet chimes wafted from the towers of the new Jerusalem, "Enter in to the joy of your Lord!" "The Lord God shall wipe away all tears from off all faces!"

 "The days of your mourning!" It is a consoling thought that all these days are appointed; meted out; numbered. "Unto you it is given," says the apostle, "to suffer!" Yes! and if you are a child of the covenant, your mourning days are days of special privilege, intended to be fraught with blessing. To the unbeliever, they are pledges of everlasting woe; to the believer, they are preludes and precursors of eternal glory! Affliction to the one is the cloud without the Rainbow, to the other, it is the cloud radiant and lustrous with gospel promise and gospel hope!

 Reader! are you now one of the many members of the family of sorrow? Be comforted! Soon the long night-watch will be over; pain, sickness, weakness, weariness. Soon the windows of the soul will be no more darkened. Soon you shall have nothing to be delivered from, your present losses and crosses will turn into eternal gains, the dews of the night weeping, (nature's tear-drops) will come to sparkle like beautiful gems in the morning of immortality! Soon the Master's footsteps will be heard, saying, "The days of your mourning are ended," and you shall take off your sackcloth, and be girded with gladness.

 Up to that moment, your life may have been one long DAY of mourning! but once past the golden portals, and the eye can be dim no more; the very fountain of weeping will be dried! The period of your mourning is counted by DAYS of your eternal rejoicing by eras and cycles! "Why are you then cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? hope in God!" I will gaze through my tears on this celestial rainbow, and sing this "song in the night," which the God, Who is to wipe my tears away, has put into my lips: "And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:07:42 AM
The Abiding Friend

"I will never leave you, nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

No human friend can say so. The closest and dearest of earthly links may be broken, yes! have been broken. Distance may part, time estrange, and the grave separate. Loving earthly looks may only greet you now in mute smiles from the portrait on the wall. But here is an unfainting, unvarying, unfailing Friend. Sorrowing one! amid the wreck of earthly joys which you may be even bewailing, here is a message sent from your God, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you!" Your gourd has withered, but He who gave it you remains! Surrender yourself to His disposal. He wishes to show you His present sufficiency for your happiness. As often your heart in silence and sadness weaves its plaintive lament, "Joseph is not, and Simeon is not!" think of Him who has promised to set "the solitary in families" (Psalm 68:6) and to "give unto them a name and a place better than of sons or of daughters!" Alone! you are not alone! Turn in self-oblivion to Jesus. It is not, it cannot be "night," if He, "the Sun of your soul," be ever near! In the morning, He comes with the earliest beam that visits your chamber. When the curtains of night close around you, He, to whom "the darkness and the light are both alike," is at your side! In the stillness of night, when in your wakeful moments, the visions of the departed flit before you like shadows on the wall, He, the sleepless Shepherd of Israel, is tending your couch, and whispering in your ear, "Fear not, for I am with you!"

 Your experience may be that of Paul, "All forsook me!" But, like him, also, you will doubtless, be able to add in the extremity of your sorrow, "Nevertheless, The Lord stood with me, and strengthened me!" He can compensate by His own loving presence, for every earthly loss. Without the consciousness of His friendship and love, the smallest trial will crush you. With Him in your trial, supporting and sustaining you under it, (yes, coming in the place of those you mourn), you will have an infinite and inexhaustible portion, in the place of a finite and mutable one. Many a cloud is there without a Rainbow in Nature; but never in Grace. Every sorrow has its corresponding and counterpart Comfort. "In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart, your comforts have refreshed my soul" (Psalm 94:19). If in the midnight of your grief your earthly sun appears to have set forever, an inner, but not less real sunshine, lights up your stricken heart. The stream of life may have been poisoned at its source, but blessed be His name if it has driven you to say, "All my springs are in YOU!" "The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore will I hope in Him!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:08:16 AM
Unwilling Discipline

"He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men." Lamentations 3:33

In our seasons of trial, when under some inscrutable dispensation, how apt is the murmuring thought to rise in our hearts; "All these things are against me!" Might not this overwhelming blow have been spared? Might not this dark cloud which has shadowed my heart and my home with sadness, have been averted? Might not the accompaniments of my trial have been less severe, "Surely the Lord has forgotten to be gracious." No, these afflictions are errands of mercy in disguise! "He afflicts not willingly." There is nothing capricious or arbitrary about your God's dealings. Unutterable tenderness is the character of all His allotments! The world may wound by unkindness; trusted friends may become treacherous; a brother may speak with unnecessary harshness and severity; but the Lord is "abundant in goodness and in truth." He appoints no needless pang. When he appears like Joseph to "speak roughly," there are gentle undertones of love. The stern accents are assumed, because He has precious lessons that could not otherwise have been taught!

 Ah! be assured there is some deep necessity in all He does. In our calendars of sorrow, we may put this luminous mark against every trying hour, "It was needed!" Some unfruitful branch in the tree required pruning. Some wheat required to be cast overboard to lighten the ship and avert further disaster. Mourning one! He might have dealt far otherwise with you! He might have cut you down as a fruitless, worthless cumberer! He might have abandoned you to drift, disowned and unpiloted on the rocks of destruction. Joined to your idols, He might have left you "alone" to settle on your lees, and forfeit your eternal bliss! But He loved you better. It was kindness, which blighted your fairest blossoms, and hedged up your way with thorns. "Without this hedge of thorns," says Baxter, "on the right hand and on the left, we would hardly be able to keep the way to heaven."

 We, in our blind unbelief, may speak of trials we imagine might have been spared, chastisements that are unnecessarily severe. But the day is coming when every step of the Lord's procedure will be vindicated; when we shall own and recognize each separate experience of sorrow to have been an unspeakably precious and important period in the history of the soul. Yes! child of God. The messenger of affliction has an olive-branch in one hand, a love-token plucked from the bowers of paradise; and in the other, a chalice mingled by One too loving and gracious to insert one needless ingredient of sorrow! Remember, every drop of wrath in that cup was exhausted by a surety-Savior. In taking it into your hand, be it yours to extract support and consolation from what so mightily sustained a greater Sufferer in a more awful hour, "This cup which YOU give me to drink, shall I not drink it?"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:14:29 AM
Death Vanquished

"I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades." Rev. 1:18

An enthroned Savior speaks! "I am the Living One". Others have passed away, but I ever live, and ever love! I am now living! A personal Savior; "Christ your life!" Are you stooping over some treasured house of clay which the whirlwind has made a mass of ruins? I roused the whirlwind from its chamber. I appointed the startling dispensation. I ordered the shroud, and prepared the grave! Let not "accident," "chance," or "fate," enter into the vocabulary of your sorrow. I am the Lord of death as well as of life. I have the keys of "Hell and of the grave" suspended at my belt. The tomb is never unlocked but by Me. Let others talk of the might of the King of Terrors. He has no might but by my permission.

 More than this, mourning one! I was "DEAD." I myself once entered that gloomy portico! I sanctified and consecrated it by my presence! I was a tenant of the tomb. This now glorified body was once laid by human hands in a borrowed grave! Can you dread to walk the Valley trodden by your Lord?; to encounter the "last enemy," which He fought and conquered. Death! It has been converted by Him into a "parenthesis in endless life."

 "I am He that was DEAD"; "I Am He who lives." What more could the Christian desire than this twofold assurance? On the Day of Atonement of old, the blood was sprinkled alike on the mercy seat; the voice of blood arose from the floor below, and the mercy seat above. So it is with the voice of our Elder Brother's blood. It cried first from earth beneath and now from Heaven. His dying love, is now ever living, imperishable and immutable as His own being!

 As the Rainbow in the material firmament can never cease to appear, so long as the present laws of nature continue, and there is a sun in the heavens; so the Rainbow of the Everlasting Covenant, and all its blessings, can only fail when Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, ceases to shine, and ceases to be! With such a Rainbow over-arching the future, one limb resting amid the cloud-lands of life, the other melting its hues into the deeper shadows of the Valley of Death, "I will fear no evil, for You, O SAVIOR GOD, are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:15:03 AM
The Greatest Gift

"Since God did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us all things?" Romans 8:32

These are amazing words! God; the Infinite, God; identifying Himself (so to speak) with the experiences of human sorrow; silencing every murmur with the unanswerable argument "I spared not my own Son. I gave my greatest gift for you; will you not cheerfully surrender your best to Me? Can you refuse after this unspeakable gift of My love, to trust Me in lesser things? The greater gift may surely well be a pledge for the bestowment of all needed subordinate good!"

 He promised to give "all things"; these "all things" are in His hand. They will be selected and allotted by His loving wisdom; crosses as well as comforts; sorrows and tears, as well as smiles and joys. Mourning one, this very trial which now dims your eye, is one of these "all things." Trust His faithfulness. He would as soon wound the Son of His love as wound you!

 "Won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us all things?" There is a "blessed impossibility," after the bestowment of the Gift of Gifts, that He will inflict one unnecessary trial, or withhold one needed benefit. Think of His love when He offered His Isaac on the altar. It is the same at this hour infinite and immutable. Yes! We may well be reconciled, even to the denial of earthly blessedness, because ordered by Him who gave Jesus! Lying meekly in the arms of His mercy, be it ours to say in filial confidence, "Lord, anything with Your love; anything but Your frown!"

 "All things." The whole range of human needs and necessities is known to Him. The care He invites me to cast upon Him is "all my care"; the need "all my need!" This is His own special promise. "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8) He will give me nothing and deny me nothing, but what is for my good. Let me not question the appointments of infinite wisdom. Let me not wound Him by one dishonoring doubt. Let me lean upon Him in little things as well as in great things. After the pledge of His love in Jesus, nothing can come wrong that comes from His hands! If tempted at times to harbor some unkind misgivings, let the sight of the cross dispel it. Looking to the Rainbow in the cloud gleaming with the words, "He loved me, and gave Himself for me!" be it mine to say:

Lord, though You bend my spirit low,
Love only will I see;
The very hand that strikes the blow,
Was wounded once for me.
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:15:34 AM
Sleeping and Waking

"Those also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Or, as these words have been rendered: "Those who are laid asleep in Jesus." We bid an earthly friend "Good night" in the pleasing expectation of meeting next morning. The saints are "laid asleep" in the grave of Jesus, in the sure and certain hope of meeting Him in the morning of immortality!

 Child of God! weep not for those who have "departed to be with Christ." It is with them "far better." Do not think of them "gone." That is a word taken from the vocabulary of death, and which, it is to be feared, is often employed with many in the heathen sense of annihilation. Seek not "the living among the dead." Think rather that the last sigh was scarce over on earth, when the song was begun in Heaven! The Spirit winged its arrow-like flight among ministering seraphim. Hear that voice stealing down in the soft whisper of Heaven's music, and saying, "if you loved me you would rejoice, because I said, I go unto my Father!"

 The body, the casket of this immortal jewel– the soul, is left for a season to the dishonors of the tomb. But it is only for a brief "night-watch." That dust is precious, because redeemed. Body as well as soul was purchased by the life-blood of Emmanuel. Angels guard these slumbering ashes; and the day is coming when God shall "send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other." Oh, if there be "joy among the angels of God over one sinner who repents," what shall be the joy of those blessed beings over the myriads of rising dead, hastening at their summons to their crowns and thrones!

 Christian mourner! "Your brother shall rise again." Wish him not back amid the storms of the wilderness. Be thankful rather that the wheat is no longer out in the tempest and rain; but safely garnered, eternally housed. Would you, if you could, weep that blessed one back from glory? Would you ask him to unlearn Heaven's language and be once more involved in the dust of battle? No, rather "rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Death is not an eternal sleep. "Yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Jesus is now whispering in your ear the glorious secret hidden from ages and generations, and which was left to Him, as "the Abolisher of Death," to disclose: "Your dead shall live; together with My dead body shall they arise." He is pointing you onward to that hour of jubilee, when the summons shall be addressed to all His sleeping saints: "Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust!"

 Oh happy day! when I shall see my Savior God in all the glories of His exalted Humanity; and with Him, the once "loved and lost," now the loved and glorified, never to be lost again! "The Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with you." Not one shall be wanting. In concert with those whose tongues are now silent on earth, we shall then unite in the lofty anthem, sung by the ingathered Church triumphant, "O death, where is your sting! O grave, where is your victory! Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:16:07 AM
Invisible Harmonies

"We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to them who are  called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

We are apt to, "limit the Holy One of Israel", and to say, "Some things have worked together for our good." God says, "All things!" Joys, sorrows, crosses, prosperity, health, sickness; the gourd bestowed, and the gourd withered; the cup full, and the cup emptied; the lingering sick-bed, the early grave! Often, indeed, would sight and sense lead us to doubt the reality of the promise. We can see, in many things, scarce a dim reflection of His love. Useful lives taken; blossoms permanently plucked; spiritual props removed; benevolent schemes blown up. But the apostle does not say, "We see," but "We know." It is the province of faith to trust God in the dark. The uninitiated and undiscerning can not understand or explain the revolutions and dependencies of the varied wheels in a complicated machine; but they have confidence in the wisdom of the Engineer, that all is designed to "work out" some great useful end. Be it ours to write over the mysterious dealing, "This also comes from the Lord of Hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in working." Let us "be still and know that He is God." "We have a wonderful advertisement of a Physician from the Spirit of Truth," says one, "who heals all your diseases. He requires but one thing, to take all He has prescribed, bitter as well as sweet!" He will yet vindicate His own rectitude and faithfulness in our trials; our own souls will be made better for them; He himself will be glorified in them. "Doubt not my love," He seems to say, "the day is coming when you shall have all mysteries explained, all secrets unraveled, and this very trial demonstrated to be one of the 'all things' working together for your good. Men see not the bright light in the clouds, "but it shall come to pass that at EVENING TIME it shall be light!"
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:16:51 AM
The Unchanging Name

"Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8

All is changing here. Life is a kaleidoscope, made of shifting forms; new scenes, new tastes, new feelings, new associations; and alternation of cloud and sunshine, tempest and calm. Its joys are like the airy bubbles on the stream, tinted with sunlight; we touch them; they are gone! We have to tell of vacant seats in our sanctuaries; vacant seats at our home-hearths; the music of well known voices hushed. Often just when we imagine we have at last obtained a stable footing, the scaffolding gives way, the props on which for a life time we had been leaning fails, and we feel ourselves out amid the pitiless storm.

 But is there nothing stable amid all this mutability? Nothing secure and abiding amid these fleeting shadows? Yes! Jesus is without any variableness. Nineteen hundred years have rolled by since He left our world. The world has changed, but He is to this hour the same. We can follow Him through all His wondrous pilgrimage of love on earth. We can behold Penitence crouching at His feet, and sent away forgiven. Sorrow tracking His footsteps with tears, and sent away with her tears dried and her wounded spirit healed. Pain and sickness pleading with pallid lip and wasted feature; and Disease, at His omnipotent mandate, taking wings to itself and fleeing away! And He who is now on the heavenly throne is "that same Jesus." His ascension glories have not altered His changeless heart, or alienated His affections. In Him we have a Rock which the billows of adversity cannot shake. The spent fury of the chafing waves may reach us; no more; and this only endearing the security and value of the abiding Refuge!

 How often does God rouse the storm to drive us from all creature confidences, to the stable One! How often does He poison and pollute the stream to lead us to seek the everlasting Fountainhead! "We may have lost much; but if we have found You, O blessed Jesus, we possess infinitely more than we have forfeited. We can glory in the persuasion that nothing can ever separate us from Your love."

A look may alienate us from our best earthly friends; an unintentional word may estrange, the grave must sunder. But "the Lord lives, and blessed be my Rock, and let the God of my salvation be exalted." What You have been "yesterday"; yes, from everlasting ages; You are to this day, and You shall be forever and ever! We can look to the rainbow of your promises and behold all of them in You "yes and amen!" You are addressing us from your throne in glory; that throne spoken of in Revelation as encircled with "the rainbow of emerald" (the emblem of perpetuity), and saying, "Fear not, I am He that lives and was dead, and behold I am alive forever more!" "Because I live, you shall live also!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:21:24 AM
Strength for the Day

"As your days so shall your strength be." Deuteronomy 23:25

Believer! have you not felt it so? Have you not found plants distilling balm, growing beside sorrow's path? supports vouchsafed, which were undreamed of until the dreaded cloud had burst, and the day of trial had come? Trouble not yourself regarding an unknown and veiled future; but cast all your cares on God. "Our sandals," says a saint now in glory, "are a proof against the roughest path." He whose name is "the God of all grace" is better than His word. He will be found equal to all the emergencies of His people; enough for each moment and each hour as they come. He never takes us to the bitter Marah streams, but He reveals also the hidden branch. Paul was hurled down from the third heavens to endure the smarting of the "thorn", but he rises like a giant from his fall, exulting in the sustaining grace of an "all-sufficient God."

 The beautiful peculiarity in this promise is, that God proportions His grace to the nature and season of the trial. He does not give an 'advance  supply of grace', but when the needed season and exigency comes, then the appropriate strength and support are imparted. He does not send the rainbow before the cloud, but when the cloud appears, the rainbow is seen in it! He gives sustaining grace for a trying day, and dying grace for a dying day.

 Reader! do not morbidly brood on the future. Live on the promise! When tomorrow comes with its trials, Jesus will come with tomorrow and with its trials too. Present grace is enough for present necessity. Trust God for the future. We honor Him, not by anticipating trial, but by confiding in His faithfulness, and crediting His assurances, that no temptation will He send greater than we are able to bear. Even if you should see fresh storm-clouds returning after the rain, be ready to say, "I will fear no evil, for You are with me!" Insufficient you are of yourself for any trial, but "your sufficiency is of God." The promise is not "Your grace," but "My grace is sufficient." Oh, trust His all-sufficiency in all things. Jehovah Jireh, "the Lord will provide." See written over every trying hour of the future, "So shall your strength be!"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:21:54 AM
The Grave Spoiled

"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be your plagues. O grave, I will be your destruction." Hosea 13:14

Christian! the grave is lit with Emmanuel's love. The darkest of all clouds, that which rests over the land of Hades, has the brightest rainbow in it. These gloomy portals are not to hold your loved and lost ones forever. The land of forgetfulness, where your buried treasures lie, is not a winter of unbroken darkness and desolation. A glorious spring time of revival is promised, when the mortal shall put on immortality, and the corruptible shall be clothed with incorruption.

 The resurrection of the body! It is the climax of the work of Jesus; its culminating glory. Paul represents a longing Church as "waiting for the adoption, the redemption of the body." It was the pre-eminent theme of his preaching; "He preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection." It was the loved article in his creed, which engrossed his holiest aspirations, "If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead." It was the grand solace he addressed to other mourners. It is not when speaking of the immediate bliss of the departed spirit at the hour of death, but it is when dwelling on the "last trump"; the dead "rising incorruptible," and "caught up," in their resurrection bodies, "to meet the Lord," that he says, "Therefore comfort one another with these words." Blessed day; the Easter of creation! the dawn of the Sabbatic morn! the Jubilee of a triumphant Church! Christian mourner! go not to the grave to weep there. Every particle of that moldering dust is redeemed by the oblation of Calvary; and the great Abolisher of death is only awaiting the ingathering of the elect to give the commission to His archangels regarding all His saints, which He gave of old regarding one, "Loose him and let him go!" And who can paint the glory of these resurrection bodies, reunited to their companion spirits, fashioned like their Lord's? Every sense, every faculty, purified, sublimated, overflowing with holiness; emulous with ardor in His service; eager to execute His will; retaining it may be, the personal identities of earth, the old features worn in the "nether valley." The Lamb, in the midst of the throne, "leading" them and "feeding" them; climbing along with them, steep by steep, in the path of life, and saying at each ascending step in the endless progression, "I will show you greater things than these!" Meanwhile He has Himself risen as the pledge of this resurrection of all His people. The Great Sheaf has been waved before the throne as the Pledge of the mighty harvest. "Christ the First Fruits, afterwards those who are Christ's at His coming." "Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection!"
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:22:25 AM
Everlasting Love

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn  you!" Jeremiah 31:3

Believer! are you tempted now to doubt His love? Are His footsteps lost amid the night shadows through which He is now conducting you? Remember He had His eye upon you before the birth of time; yes, from all eternity! What appears to you now some sudden capricious exercise of His power or sovereignty, is determination and decree of "everlasting love." "I have loved you," He seems to say, "suffering one, into this affliction; I will love you through it; and when My designs regarding you are complete, I will show you that the love which is 'from everlasting is, to everlasting!'"
 Child of God if there is a ripple now agitating the surface of the stream, trace it up to this fountain-head of love. God is faithful. He cannot deny Himself. If some dark clouds are now intercepting those gracious beams, He must have some wise end to subserve.

"For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will bring you back. In a moment of anger I turned my face away for a little while. But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you," says the Lord, your Redeemer. "Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth and destroy its life, so now I swear that I will never again pour out my anger on you. For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but even then I will remain loyal to you. My covenant of blessing will never be broken," says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:7-10

 God sets His rainbow in the dark sky; and as if it were not enough that His people should look upon it and take comfort in its many and varied promises; He himself graciously becomes a party in gazing on the covenant pledge, "And the rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I shall look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant!" (Genesis 9:16) He puts himself (so to speak) in mind of His own everlasting love! In His saint's dark and cloudy day, when they imagine that their eyes are alone resting on the tokens of covenant faithfulness, the eye of a covenant keeping God is resting upon them too. "I will look upon my own promises," He seems to say. "They shall be memorials to Myself of my purposes of unchanging mercy." Nor is this love merely a general indiscriminate affection. The verse speaks of each individual member of the Covenant family, "I have loved you!" "O my Father", says Madam Guyon, "it seems to me sometimes as if You did forget every other being in order to think only of my faithless and ungrateful heart."

 Let us seek to view our trials as so many cords of loving-kindness, by which our God is seeking to draw us, yes, and will draw us nearer Himself. Who knows what mercy may be bound up in what may seem to us dark and mysterious dispensations? We are apt to misname and misinterpret His ways. We call His dealings severe trials. He calls them "loving-kindness." Drooping saint! let your eyes rest on the rainbow over-arching the throne of God, spanning from eternity to eternity; and read for your comfort the gracious declaration, "The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him."
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:22:57 AM
Invoilable Attachment

"There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

Close is the tie which binds brother to brother; the companions of infancy, sharers of one another's joys and sorrows; cast in the same human mold; having engraved on their heart of hearts, the same hallowed associations of life's early morning.

 But the time for separation at last comes. The birds must leave the parent's nest, and try their pinions beyond their native valley. The world's call to work and warfare is imperious. The old homestead, like a dismembered vessel, is broken to pieces; and the inmates, like the vessel's planks, are strewn far apart on life's ocean. The world's duties sever some; unhappy estrangements at times, may sever others; death, at some time, must sever all.

 But there is One whose friendship and love, circumstances cannot estrange, distance cannot affect, and death cannot destroy. The kindest of earth's relatives may say to us regarding this true Elder Brother, as Boaz said to Ruth, "It is true that I am your near kinsman, however there is a kinsman nearer than I." He is brother, yes more than a brother; Friend, Counselor, Portion Physician, Shepherd, all combined! Happy for us, when the old avenues of comfort are closed up, to hear Him, whose faithfulness is unimpeachable, saying, "I will not fail you or forsake you!" Happy for us when the old moorings give way, to have one safe Anchorage, that cannot be removed or shaken. "I shall now go to sleep," said a remarkable saint, who, driven about with storm and tempest, at last found the safe Shelter, "I shall now go to sleep on the Rock of Ages!"

 Tried believer! He has never failed you and never will. With Him are no altered tones, no fitful affections. The reed may be shaken, but the Rock remains immutable. He is Himself the true "rainbow in the cloud." The promises of scripture, like the varied hues in the natural rainbow, are manifold. But all these promises are "In Him" (2 Corinthians 1:20). Yes, and it is in the "cloudy day" that this Divine encircling rainbow most gloriously appears. Never would we have known Christ as the "Brother, born for adversity," unless by adversity. It is trial that unfolds and develops His infinite worth and preciousness. When the love of earthly friends is buried in the grave, the love of the Heavenly Friend shines forth more tenderly than ever. As Jonathan of old, wandering faint and weary in the woods, found honey distilling from a tree and was revived by eating it; so, faint and weary one; wandering among the tangled thickets, the deep glades of affliction, seat yourself under your "Beloved's Shadow with great delight," and let His "fruit be pleasant to your taste!" This "Tree of Life" distills a balm for every broken, wounded, bleeding heart; every faint and downcast spirit. Yes, Jesus will make, in this the hour of your loneliness and sorrow, His own life giving, life sustaining words and promises, "sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb." Though now exalted on the throne, "inhabiting the praises of eternity," He still manifests the Brother's heart and the Brother's tenderness. "He is not ashamed to call them brethren."
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:23:26 AM
The Supporting Presence

"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you." Isaiah 43:2

What a diversity of afflictions in this trial world! "Waters," "rivers," "floods," "flames," "fires!" The Christian is here forewarned that he will encounter these in some one of their innumerable phases; whether it be loss of health, loss of wealth, loss of friends, baffled schemes, or blighted hopes.

 But, blessed thought; these trials have their limits. The floods will not "overflow," the fires will not "burn," the flames will not "consume." God will "stay His rough wind in the day of His East wind." He will say, "Thus far shall you go, and no farther."

 And, better still, Jesus will be in all these trials, and prove sufficient for them all. We shall hear in the midst "of the great fight of afflictions" the sound of our Master's footsteps. He Himself has passed through these flames, braved these floods, and bowed His guiltless head to these storms. He comes to us as He did to His disciples in the very midst of the tempest, and says, "Fear not, it is I, do not be afraid."

 Believer! what is your experience? Is it not that of the triumphant Israelites? "They went through the flood on foot; there did we rejoice in Him" (Ps 66:6) "The Flood!" the very scene of your trial, you were able to march boldly through it, unappalled by the threatening waves; yes, with your lips vocal with praise! How this moral heroism, this strange "rejoicing?" It was because the God of the Pillar-cloud was at your side. Your rejoicing was "in Him." He made you "more than conqueror." You may have many adversaries ranged against you: "Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword." But there is ONE in the midst of fires and flames and floods mightier than all; and with Him at your side, you can boldly utter the challenge to the heights above and the depths beneath, "Who shall separate me from the love of Christ?" "Oh, Sirs!" says Thomas Brooks, "there is in a crucified Jesus something proportionable to all the difficulties, needs, necessities, and trials of His poor people."
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:24:06 AM
Fellow-Feeling

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are– yet was without sin." Hebrews 4:15

"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around Him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord." Ezekiel 1:28

 What an elevating truth. The Sympathy of the God-man-Mediator (the true Rainbow in the cloud), JESUS in our sorrows! What a source of exalted joy to the stripped and desolate heart! What a green pasture to lie down upon, amid the windy storm and tempest, or in the dark and cloudy day!
 The sympathy of man is cheering and comforting; but "thus far shall you go, and no farther." It is finite, limited, often selfish. There are nameless and numberless sorrows on earth, beyond the reach of all human alleviation.

 The sympathy of Jesus is alone exalted, pure, infinite, removed from all taint of selfishness. He has Himself passed through every experience of woe. There are no depths of sorrow or anguish into which I can be plunged, but His everlasting arms are lower still. He has been called, "The great sympathetic nerve of His Church, over which the afflictions, and oppressions, and sufferings of His people continually pass." Child of Sorrow! a human heart beats on the Throne! and He has your name written on that heart. He cares for you as if none other claimed His regard. As the Great High Priest, He walks in the midst of his Temple lamps (His golden candlesticks,) replenishing them, at times, with oil; trimming them, if need be; but all in order that they may burn with a steadier and purer luster.

 He was "tempted in every way." Blessed assurance! I never can know the Sorrow into which the "Man of Sorrow" can not enter. Ah rather, in the midst of earth's most lacerating trials, let me listen to the unanswerable challenge from the lips of a suffering Savior, "Was there ever any sorrow like unto my sorrow?" Yet He refused not to drink the cup of wrath! He shrunk not back from the appointed cross! "He set His face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem;" and even when He hung upon the bitter tree, He refused the vinegar that would have assuaged the rage of thirst and mitigated physical suffering. Are we tempted at times to murmur under God's afflicting hand? "Think about all He endured when sinful people did such terrible things to Him, so that you don't become weary and give up." Hebrews 12:3. Shall we hesitate to bear any trial our Lord and Master sees meet to lay upon us, when we think of the infinitely weightier Cross He so meekly and uncomplainingly carried for us?

 Afflicted one! Have your eye on this radiant Rainbow in your cloud of Sorrow! You may, like the disciples on the Transfiguration mount, "fear to enter the cloud," but hear the voice issuing from it, "This is my Beloved Son, hear Him."

 Jesus speaks through these clouds! He tells us our cares are His cares; our sorrows His sorrows. He has some wise and gracious end in every mysterious chastisement. His language is, "Hear the rod and He who has appointed it" (Micah 6:9). He has too kind and loving a heart to cause us one needless or superfluous pang.

 Oh that we may indeed hear the voice out of the cloud, and seek that the trials He sends in love may be greatly sanctified. Let us not dream that affliction of itself is a pathway to Heaven. Clouds do not form the material rainbow. These glorious hues come from the sunbeams alone. Without the latter, we could discern nothing but blackened heavens and dismal rain torrents.

 It is not because those clad in "white robes" had "come out of great tribulation" that they were enjoying the beatific Presence; but because they had "washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation. 7:14). We have only reason to glory in affliction when it has been the means of bringing us nearer the Savior, and leading us to the opened Fountain.

Jesus! my only hope you art,
Strength of my failing flesh and heart;
Oh! could I catch a smile from Thee,
And drop into Eternity!
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:24:38 AM
A Speedy Coming

"Yet a little while, and He shall come and will not tarry." Hebrews 10:37

"A little while," and the unquiet dream of life will be over, and the "morning without clouds" shall dawn. A few more tossings on life's tempestuous sea, and the peaceful haven shall be entered. A few more night-watches, and the Lord of love will be seen standing on the heavenly shore, as once He did on the shores of an earthly lake, with an eternal banquet of love prepared for His "children." Yes! "He comes!" that is the Church's "blessed hope." It is the voice and presence of her "Beloved" which will turn "the shadow of death into morning." The dead; the ransomed dead; shall "hear His voice and come forth;" those "asleep in Jesus" God is to "bring with Him." His final invitation is not, "Go, you blessed, to some bright paradise of angels prepared elsewhere for you;" but "Come share my bliss; be partakers in My crown," "Enter into the joy of your Lord!" Paul's heaven was described in two words: "With Christ." John's heaven was made up of two elements: of likeness to Jesus, and fellowship with Jesus. "We shall be like Him," "we shall see Him as He is." In his sublime apocalyptic visions, when "the door was opened in heaven," the first object which attracts his arrested gaze is, "One who sat upon the throne" around whom was "a rainbow like unto an emerald." (Revelation 4:2,3)

 Our happiness will not be complete until we are ushered into the full vision and fruition of Jesus. We are nourished in this far off land from "the King's country," but we shall not be satisfied until we see the King Himself. Jacob received full wagon loads from Joseph, but he could not rest until he had seen Joseph with his own eyes; when he did so, the aged man's spirit "revived." We receive manifold pledges of covenant mercy from the true Joseph, in this "house of our pilgrimage" but we long to "behold His face in righteousness." We shall only be "satisfied" when we "awake in His likeness!"

 "Come! Lord Jesus, come quickly!" "He will not tarry!" Each sun, as it sets, is bringing us nearer the joyful consummation. Time is hastening with gigantic footstep, to the advent throne. The sackcloth attire of a now burdened creation will soon be exchanged for the full robe of light and beauty which is to deck a "Sabbath world."

 Happy day! when "the Rainbow," in a nobler sense, "shall be seen in the cloud;" not the Rainbow of Promise, but He in whom all the promises blend and center; "Behold, He comes with clouds!" Seek ever to be in an attitude of watchfulness. Like the mother of Sisera, let faith be straining its ear for the whir of the chariot wheels; that when the cry shall be heard; "Behold, it is He!" we may be able joyfully to respond, "Yes! this is our God, we have waited for Him!" "It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, He will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them." Luke 12:37.
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 09, 2007, 08:25:13 AM
Eternal Joy

"Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return to Jerusalem, singing songs of everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be overcome with joy and gladness." Isaiah 35:10

Believer! leave your "Rainbow in the cloud" behind you; and with your eye on the "Rainbow round about the throne" (Revelation 4:3), think of the glad return of God's ransomed ones to Zion; every tear drop dried, every pang forgotten!

 Once wanderers "in the wilderness, in a solitary way," prisoners "bound with affliction and iron," mariners struggling in a tempest (Psalms 112:4, 10, 23); mark the termination of their checkered history. God is not only represented as succoring their fainting souls, shivering in pieces their chains, and enabling them to buffet the angry surges; but He leads the pilgrims to "a city of habitation." He rescues the captives from "darkness and shadow of death." He brings the storm-tossed seamen to their "desired haven," and puts the "everlasting song" into the lips of all, "Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalms 112:7, 14, 30)

 Sorrowing one! tossed on life's stormy sea, soon will that peaceful haven be yours. From the sunlit shores of glory, each and all of your trials will be seen to be special proofs of your Heavenly Father's faithfulness, circled with a halo of love! You may now be going forth "weeping," bearing your precious seed, but you shall "doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing your sheaves with you."

 As some seeds require to be soaked in water before they germinate, so is immortal seed often here soaked in tears. But, "those who sow in tears shall reap in joy." Though "weeping may endure for the night, joy comes in the morning!" "You are," says Rutherford, "upon the entry of Heaven's harvest; the losses that I write of are but summer showers, and The Sun of the new Jerusalem shall quickly dry them up." The "song of the night" shall then blend with the song of the skies, and inner, glorious meanings will be disclosed to sight, which are now hidden from the eye of faith! "Sorrow and sighing shall forever flee away!" "No sickness, no sorrow, no pain," said an aged saint now entered on these glorious realities; "but this is only your negative. What, O God! must be your positive?" "Songs," "everlasting joy," "joy and gladness." It will be song upon song, joy upon joy, gladness upon gladness! These songs of Heaven will be "songs of degrees." The ransomed will be ever graduating in bliss, mounting "from glory to glory," each song suggesting the keynote of a louder and loftier one.

 Reader! are you mourning the loss of those who "are not," the music of whose voices is hushed for the forever of time, and who have left you to travel companionless and alone the wilderness journey? A few more fears, a few more tears, and you shall meet them in the day-break of glory! No, more; they have but anticipated you in an earlier crown. If they have left you behind for a little season to continue your night-song; think with bounding heart of that eternal day, when, looking back on the clouds floating in the far distance in the nether valley, you shall be able to join in the anthem said to be sung by the twenty-four elders as they gaze on the throne encircled by the "RAINBOW OF EMERALD," for "they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!" (Revelation 4:3, 8)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:41:43 AM
The Believer the Object of Divine Love

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. I John 4:9.

Pause, my soul, adore and wonder,
Ask, Oh, why such love to me?
Grace hath put me in the number
Of the Saviour's family:
Hallelujah!
Thanks, eternal thanks to thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:42:15 AM
Redeemed by the Blood of Christ

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, -- But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.I Peter 1:18, 19

Our sins and griefs on him were laid;
He meekly bore the mighty load:
Our ransom price he fully paid,
By offering up himself to God.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:43:07 AM
Renewed by the Holy Ghost

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5

Vain is every outward rite,
Unless thy grace be given:
Nothing but thy life and light,
Can form a soul for heaven.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:43:52 AM
Partaker of the Divine Nature

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4

Blessed are the sons of God;
They are bought with Christ's own blood;
They produce the fruits of grace
In the works of righteousness:
Born of God, they hate all sin;
God's pure word remains within.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:44:30 AM
Justified Before God Through Christ

By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Acts 13:39

Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, and glorious dress;
'Midst flaming worlds, in these array'd,
With joy shall I lift up my head.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:45:05 AM
United to Christ

I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, he same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

Lord of the vineyard, we adore
That power and grace divine,
Which plants our wild, our barren souls,
In Christ the living Vine.

For ever there may I abide,
And from that vital root,
Be influence spread through every branch,
To form and feed the fruit.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:45:39 AM
Joint-Heir with Christ

If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. Romans 8:17

Pronounce me, gracious God, thy son;
Own me an heir divine;
I'll pity princes on the throne,
When I can call thee mine:
Sceptres and crowns unenvied rise,
And lose their lustre in mine eyes.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:46:13 AM
Complete in Christ

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him. Col. 2:9, 10

Thy saints on earth, and those above,
Here join in sweet accord:
One body all in mutual love,
And thou their common Lord.
Yes, thou that body wilt present
Before thy Father's face,
Nor shall a wrinkle or a spot
Its beauteous form disgrace.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:47:03 AM
Christ the Believer's Advocate

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Look up, my soul, with cheerful eye,
See where the great Redeemer stands--
Thy glorious Advocate on high,
With precious incense in his hands.

He sweetens every humble groan,
He recommends each broken prayer;
Recline thy hope on him alone,
Whose power and love forbid despair.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:47:37 AM
Christ the Hope of the Believer

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope. 1 Tim. 1:1

Jesus, my Lord, I look to thee;
Where else can helpless sinners go?
Thy boundless love shall set me free
From all my wretchedness and woe.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:48:08 AM
Christ the Life of the Believer

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Col. 3:4

If my immortal Saviour lives,
Then my eternal life is sure;
His word a firm foundation gives,
Here let me build, and rest secure.

Here, O my soul, thy trust repose;
If Jesus is for ever mine,
Not death itself, that last of foes,
Shall break a union so divine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:49:11 AM
Christ the Peace of the Believer

Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometime were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace.Eph. 2:13, 14

"He is our peace" -- for by his blood
Sinners are reconcil'd to God;
Sweet harmony is now restor'd,
And man beloved, and God ador'd.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:49:41 AM
Christ the Righteousness of the Believer

This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our righteousness. Jer. 23:6

Saviour divine, we know thy name,
And in that name we trust;
Thou art the Lord our righteousness,
Thou art thine Israel's boast.

That spotless robe which thou has wrought,
Shall clothe us all around,
Nor by the piercing eye of God
One blemish shall be found.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:50:15 AM
The Temple of the Spirit

Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God. 1 Cor. 6:19

Creator Spirit! by whose aid
The world's foundations first were laid,
Come, visit every humble mind;
Come, pour thy joys on human kind:
From sin and sorrow set us free,
And make us temples worthy thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 05:50:46 AM
Sanctified by the Spirit

God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 2 Thess. 2:13

Come, Holy Spirit, love divine,
Thy cleansing power impart;
Each erring thought and wish refine
That wanders near my heart.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 02:50:25 PM
Upheld by the Spirit

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. Eph. 3:16

Assisted by his grace,
We still pursue our way;
And hope at last to reach the prize,
Secure in endless day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 02:51:05 PM
The Spirit of Adoption Received

Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father. Rom. 8:15

Assure my conscience of her part
In the Redeemer's blood,
And bear thy witness in my heart
That I am born of God.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 02:51:58 PM
Comforted by the Spirit

When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John 25:26

In the hour of my distress,
When temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess --
Sweet Spirit, comfort me.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 02:59:25 PM
Sealed by the Spirit

Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph. 4:30

Forbid it, Lord, that we
Who from thy hands receive
The Spirit's power to make us free,
Should e'er that Spirit grieve.

O keep our faith alive,
Help us to watch and pray;
Lest, by our carelessness, we drive
The sacred Guest away.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:00:09 PM
Taught by the Spirit

When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. John 16:13

Thine inward teachings make me know
The mysteries of redeeming love,
The emptiness of things below,
And excellence of things above.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:00:55 PM
Fellow-Citizen with the Saints

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and the household of God. Eph. 2:19

The kindred links of life are bright,
Yet not so bright as those
In which Christ's favoured friends unite,
And each on each repose:
Where all the hearts in union cling,
With Him, the centre and the spring.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:02:07 PM
Lives a Life of Consecration to God

I beseech you therefore, brethren, but the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom. 12:1

Thine, wholly thine, I want to be;
The sacrifice receive:
Made, and preserved, and saved by thee,
To thee myself I give.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:02:44 PM
Lives a Life of Hope

Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 21

Rejoice in glorious hope;
Jesus, the Judge, shall come,
And take his servants up
To their eternal home:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, he bids his saints rejoice.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:03:22 PM
Delivered from Condemnation

There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom. 8:1

O Love, thou bottomless abyss!
My sins are swallow'd up in thee;
Cover'd is my unrighteousness,
While Jesus' blood through earth and skies,
"Mercy, free boundless mercy!" cries.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:04:23 PM
Delivered from the Power of Satan

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Heb. 2:14

Dry up your rears, ye saints, and tell
How high your great Deliverer reigns;
Sing, how he spoiled the host of hell,
And led the tyrant Death in chains.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:05:10 PM
Delivered from All Iniquity

Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:7, 8

Fix'd on this ground will I remain,
Though my heart fail, and flesh decay;
This anchor shall my soul sustain,
When earth's foundations melt away:
Mercy's full power I then shall prove,
Lov'd with an everlasting love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:05:49 PM
Delivered from All Enemies

He delivereth me from mine enemies; yea, thou liftest me above those that rise up against me. Psalm 18:48

Foes are round us, but we stand
On the borders of our land:
Jesus, God's exalted Son,
Bids us undismay'd go on:
Onward then we gladly press
Through this earthly wilderness.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:06:47 PM
Enjoys a Present Salvation

Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Pet. 2:10

Fill'd with holy emulation
Let us vie with those above:
Sweet the theme -- a free salvation,
Fruit of everlasting love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:41:33 PM
Preserved unto Eternal Salvation

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pet. 1:5

Saints by the power of God are kept
Till full salvation come;
We walk by faith as strangers here
Till Christ shall call us home.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 11, 2007, 03:42:08 PM
A Pilgrim to a Heavenly Country

Now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hat prepared for them a city. Heb. 11:16

'Tis true, we are but strangers
And sojourners below;
And countless snares and dangers
Surround the path we go:
Though painful and distressing,
Yet there's a rest above,
And onward we are pressing
To reach that land of love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:44:46 AM
Supreme Love to God

"Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? --- And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind." Luke 10:25, 27

Yes, I would love thee, blessed God!
Paternal goodness marks thy name;
Thy praises, through thy high abode,
The heavenly hosts with joy proclaim.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:45:25 AM
Gratitude to God

And one of them, [the ten lepers,] when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. Luke 17:15

What thanks I owe thee, and what love,
A boundless, endless store,
Shall echo through the realms above,
When time shall be no more.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:46:00 AM
Obedience to God

Ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Rom. 6:17, 18

Love is the fountain whence
All true obedience flows;
The Christian serves the God he loves,
And loves the God he knows.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:47:06 AM
Submission to God

We have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? Heb. 12:9

Oh let my trembling soul be still,
While darkness veils this mortal eye,
And wait thy wise, thy holy will
Wrapp'd yet in tears and mystery:
I cannot, Lord, thy purpose see,
Yet all is well -- since ruled by thee.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:47:49 AM
Faith in Christ

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. 1 John 5:1

Lord, I believe thy heavenly word;
Fain would I have my soul renew'd;
I mourn for sin, and trust the Lord
To have it pardon'd and subdued.

O may thy grace its power display,
Let guilt and death no longer reign;
Save me in thine appointed way,
Nor let my humble faith be vain.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:48:30 AM
Love to Christ

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt. 10:37

Whom have I on earth below?
Thee, and only thee, I know:
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
Thou art all in all to me.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:49:04 AM
Self-Denial for Christ

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

Take up thy cross, let not its weight
Fill thy weak spirit with alarm,
My strength shall bear thy spirit up,
And brace thy heart, and nerve thy arm.

Take up thy cross, and follow me,
Nor think till death to lay it down;
For only he who bears the cross
May hope to wear the glorious crown.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:49:40 AM
Confession of Christ

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:15

I'll tell to all poor sinners round,
How great a Saviour I have found;
I'll point to his redeeming blood,
And say, "Behold the way to God."


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:50:20 AM
Devotedness to Christ

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. Rom. 14:8

My soul, and all its powers,
Thine, wholly thine, shall be;
All, all my happy hours
I consecrate to thee:
Whate'er I have, whate'er I am,
Shall magnify my Saviour's name.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:50:54 AM
Imitation of Christ

For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. John 13:15

Thy fair example may I trace,
To teach me what I ought to be:
Make me, by thy transforming grace,
My Saviour, daily more like thee.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:51:33 AM
Christ is Precious

Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious. 1 Pet. 2:6, 7

Jesus, in thy transporting name
What glories meet our eyes!
Thou art the angels' sweetest theme,
The wonder of the skies.

Oh may our willing hearts confess
Thy sweet, thy gently sway;
Glad captives of thy matchless grace,
Thy righteous rule obey.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:52:09 AM
Possession of the Spirit of Christ

Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom. 8:9

Author of our new creation,
Let us all thine influence prove;
Make our souls thy habitation;
Shed abroad the Saviour's love.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:52:41 AM
Led by the Spirit

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom. 8:14

Lead us to holiness -- the road
That we must take to dwell with God:
Lead us to Christ -- the living way,
Nor let us from his pastures stray:
Lead us to God -- our final rest,
In his enjoyment to be blest:
Lead us to heaven -- the seat of bliss,
Where pleasure in perfection is.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:53:12 AM
Conviction of Sin

There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. Psalm 38:3, 4

O Thou that hear'st the prayer of faith,
Wilt thou not save my soul from death,
My soul that rests on thee?
I have no refuge of my own,
But fly to what my Lord hath done
And suffer'd once for me.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:53:49 AM
Repentance for Sin

Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 2 Cor. 7:10

My lips with shame my sins confess
Against thy law, against thy grace:
Lo, should thy judgments grow severe,
I am condemn'd, but thou art clear.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:54:21 AM
Hatred to Sin

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9

Oh! give, Lord, the tender heart
That trembles at the approach of sin,
A godly fear of sin impart,
Implant and root it deep within.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:54:52 AM
Mortification of Sin

They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal. 5:24

Great God, assist me through the fight;
Make me triumphant in thy might:
Thou the desponding heart canst raise;
The victory mine, and thine the praise.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:55:28 AM
Self-Righteousness Renounced

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. Phil. 3:8

On thee alone my hope relies;
Beneath the cross I fall,
My Lord, my life, my sacrifice,
My Saviour, and my all.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:56:01 AM
The World Overcome by Faith

Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

'Tis faith that conquers earth and hell
By a celestial power;
This is the grace that shall prevail
In the decisive hour.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:56:32 AM
Non-Conformity to the World

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15

Why should our poor enjoyments here
Be thought so pleasant and so dear,
And tempt our hearts astray?
Our brightest joys are fading fast,
The longest life will soon be past;
And if we go to heaven at last,
We need not wish to stay.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:57:05 AM
Spiritual-Mindedness

They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Rom. 8:5

Let worldly minds the world pursue,
It has no charms for me;
Once I admired its trifles too,
But grace has set me free.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:57:38 AM
Heavenly-Mindedness

Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:20

Beyond the bounds of time and space
Look forward to that heavenly place,
The saints' secure abode;
On faith's strong eagle pinion rise,
And force your passage to the skies,
Strong in the strength of God.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:58:09 AM
Constrained by Love

The love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 2 Cor. 5:14, 15

Be all my heart, be all my days,
Devoted to thy single praise;
And let my glad obedience prove
How much I owe, how much I love.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:58:39 AM
Love of the Truth

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:6

Order my footsteps by thy word,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:59:10 AM
Perseverance in the Truth

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 1 John 2:19

When any turn from Zion's way,
(Alas, what numbers do!)
Methinks I hear my Saviour say,
Wilt thou forsake me too?


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 11:59:44 AM
Love to the Scriptures

I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. Ps. 119:127, 129

Here mines of knowledge, love, and joy,
Are open'd to our sight,
The purest gold without alloy,
And gems divinely bright.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 12:00:12 PM
Love to Enemies

Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Luke 6:3

Lord, shall thy bright example shine
In vain before my eyes?
Give me a soul akin to thine,
To love my enemies.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 12:00:41 PM
Love to the Brethren

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:7

Bless'd be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2007, 12:01:11 PM
The Witness of Conscience

Hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 1 John 3:19, 21

How happy are the new-born race,
Partakers of adopting grace!
How pure the bliss they share!
Hid from the world and all its eyes,
Within their hearts the blessing lies,
And conscience feels it there.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:16:50 AM
God the Believer's Sun and Shield

The Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Ps. 84:11

If thou art my shield and my sun,
The night is no darkness to me;
And fast as my moments roll on,
They bring me but nearer to thee.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:17:24 AM
God the Portion of the Believer

God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Ps. 73:26

His boundless grace shall all my need supply,
When streams of creature-comfort cease to flow:
And should he some inferior good deny,
'Tis but a greater blessing to bestow.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:17:58 AM
God the Refuge of the Believer

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Psa. 46:1,2

God is our refuge in distress,
A present help when dangers press;
In him undaunted I'll confide,
Though earth were from her centre toss'd,
And mountains in the ocean lost,
Torn piece-meal by the roaring tide.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:18:31 AM
God the Guide of the Believer

This God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Ps. 48:14

Haste thee on from grace to glory,
Arm'd by faith, and wing'd by prayer;
Heaven's eternal day's before thee,
God's own hand shall guide thee there.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:19:02 AM
God the Glory of the Believer

Thou, Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Ps. 3:3

Lord, let thy grace surround me still,
And like a bulwark prove,
To guard my soul from every ill,
Secured by soverign love.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:19:34 AM
All Blessings Through Christ

All things are yours' whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. 1 Cor. 3:21-23

Let Christ assure me he is mine,
I nothing want beside;
My soul shall at the fountain live,
When all the streams are dried.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:20:16 AM
All Blessings in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph. 1:3

Oh the rich depths of love divine!
Of bliss a boundless store!
Dear Savior, let me call thee mine,
I cannot wish for more.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 10:20:55 AM
Pardon Through Christ

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin. Col. 1:14

O Lamb of God, thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransom'd church of God
Is saved, to sin no more.

E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:50:32 PM
Justification Through Christ

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Rom. 3:24

No righteousness but his we own,
No ransom but his blood alone:
While on the Father's name we call,
Our faith pleads Christ as all in all.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:51:07 PM
Reconciliation Through Christ

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Rom. 5:10

Let us love, and sing, and wonder;
Let us praise the Savior's name:
He has hush'd the law's loud thunder,
He has quench'd Mount Sinai's flame:
He has wash'd us with his blood,
He has brought us nigh to God.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:51:36 PM
Adoption Through Christ

As many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12

Let others boast their ancient line,
In long succession great;
In the proud list, let heroes shine
And monarchs swell their state:
Descended from the King of kings,
Each saint a nobler title sings.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:52:09 PM
Rest in Christ

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

Jesus, with thy word complying,
Firm our faith and hope shall be;
On thy faithfulness relying,
We will seek our rest in thee.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:52:41 PM
Safety in Christ

I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28

"Unnumber'd years of bliss
I to my sheep will give;
And while my throne unshaken stands
Shall all my chosen live."

Enough, my gracious Lord,
Let faith triumphant cry;
My heart can on this promise live,
Can with this promise die.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:53:22 PM
Strength Through Christ

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13

I can do all things, and can bear
All sufferings, if my Lord be near;
Sweet pleasures mingle with the pains,
While his left hand my head sustains.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:54:03 PM
Spiritual Freedom Through Christ

If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36

Sweet is the freedom Christ bestows,
With which he makes his people free,
A liberty no mortal knows
Till they his great salvation see.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:54:36 PM
Consolation Through Christ

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace. 2 Thess. 2:16

In every trouble, sharp and strong,
My soul to Jesus flies;
My anchor-hold is firm on him,
When swelling billows rise.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:55:16 PM
Peace with God Through Christ

Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:1

No fiery vengeance now,
Nor buring wrath comes down;
If justice call for sinners' blood,
The Saviour shows his own.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:59:18 PM
Access to God Through Christ

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Eph. 3:12

Come boldy to the throne of grace,
Where Jesus kindly pleads;
Ours cannot be a desperate case
While Jesus intercedes.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 02:59:53 PM
Victory Through Christ

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57

Thus strong in the Redeemer's strength,
Sin, death, and hell we tranple down,
Fight the good fight, and win at length,
Through mercy, an eternal crown.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:00:28 PM
Indwelling of the Spirit

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Cor. 3:16

Think what Spirit dwells within thee;
Think what Father's smiles are thine;
Think that Jesus died to win thee:
Child of heaven, canst thour repine?


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:01:02 PM
Intercession of the Spirit

The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom. 8:26

Let pure devotion's fervours rise,
Let every holy feeling glow;
Oh, let the rapture of the skies
Kindle in our cold hearts below.
Come, vivifying Spirit, come,
And make our hearts thy constant home.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:01:35 PM
Sanctification by the Spirit

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. 1 Pet. 1:2

Can aught beneath a power divine
The stubborn will subdue?
'Tis thine, eternal Spirit, thine,
To form our hearts anew,
'Tis thine the passions to recall,
And upwards bid them rise;
And make the scales of error fall
From reason's darkened eyes.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:02:24 PM
The Fruits of the Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal. 5:22, 23

'Tis God himself the ground prepares,
His Spirit sows the land;
And every pleasant fruit it bears,
Is nurtur'd by his hand.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:02:59 PM
Inheritance Among the Sanctified

Brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Acts 20:32

From earth we shall quickly remove,
And mount to our native abode;
The house of our Father above,
The palace of angels and God.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:03:31 PM
Increase of Grace

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing. Ps. 92:12,14

Lord, one thing we want,
More holiness grant;
For more of thy mind and thy image we pant:
While onward we move
To Canaan above,
Come, fill us with holiness, fill us with love.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:04:06 PM
Persevering Grace

The righteous shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Job 17:9

The righteous, bless'd with light divine,
Shall prosper on their way;
Brighter and brighter still shall shine,
To glory's perfect day.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:05:31 PM
Confidence in Prayer

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. 1 John 5:14

He who for man their Surety stood,
And poured on earth his precious blood,
Pursues in heaven his mighty plan,
The Saviour and the friend of man.


With boldness, therefore, at the throne,
Let us make all our sorrows known;
And ask the aid of heavenly power,
To help us in the evil hour.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:06:02 PM
Preservation in Trouble

In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me upon a rock. Ps. 27:5

When I can trust my all with God,
In trial's fearful hour--
Bow, all resign'd, beneath his rod,
And bless his sparing power;
A joy springs up amid distress,
A fountain in the wilderness.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:06:31 PM
All Things Work Together for Good

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28

God will keep his own anointed;
Nought shall harm them, none condemn;
All their trials are appointed;
All must work for good to them:
All shall help them
To their heavenly diadem.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:07:02 PM
Peace of Mind

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isa. 26:3

Saviour, on earth I covet not
That every woe should cease;
Only, if trouble be my lot,
In thee let me have peace.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 15, 2007, 03:07:33 PM
Peace in Death

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. Ps. 37:37

How bless'd the righteous when he dies,
When sinks a weary soul to rest!
How mildly beam the closing eyes!
How gently heaves the expiring breast!

Life's labour done, as sinks the clay,
Light from its load the spirit flies;
While heaven and earth combine to say,
"How bless'd the righteous when he dies!"


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 16, 2007, 06:57:13 AM
Good Works to Be Done

These things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. Titus 3:8

Whate'er is noble, pure, refined,
Just, generous, amiable, and kind,
That may my constant thoughts pursue,
That may I love and practise too.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:41:25 AM

Good Works to Be Done to the Glory of God

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31

Through Jesus Christ the Just,
My faint desires receive;
And let me in thy goodness trust,
And to thy glory live.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:42:38 AM
Good Works to Be Done After the Example of Christ

He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6

To do his heavenly Father's will
Was his employment and delight;
Humility and holy zeal
Shone through his life divinely bright.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:43:15 AM
Good Works to Be Done Through the Grace of Christ

Now the God of peace make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Heb. 13:20, 21

Then shall we do, with pure delight,
Whate'er is pleasing in thy sight,
As vessels of thy richest grace;
And, having thy whole counsel done,
To thee and thy co-equal Son
Ascribe the everlasting praise.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:43:47 AM
Good Works to Be Done in the Name of Christ

Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Col. 3:17

Whate'er I say or do,
Thy glory be my aim;
My offerings all be offered through
His ever blessed name.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:44:19 AM
Improvement of Time

Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Rom. 13:11

The time is short, but who can tell
How short his time below may be?
To-day on earth his soul may dwell,
To-morrow in eternity.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:44:50 AM
Improvement of Privileges

That on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15

Father of mercies, we have need
Of thy preparing grace;
Let the same hand that gives the seed
Provide a fruitful place.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:45:22 AM
Improvement of Opportunities

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Eccles. 9:10

Whate'er our hands shall find to do,
To-day may we with zeal pursue;
Seize fleeting moments as they fly,
And live as we would wish to die.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:47:25 AM
Spiritual Diligence

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:13, 14

A scrip on my back, and a staff in my hand,
I march on in haste through an enemy's land:
The road may be rough, but it cannot be long,
So I'll smooth it with hope, and I'll cheer it with song.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:47:58 AM
Entire Consecration

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Rom. 6:13

Yield to the Lord, with simple heart,
All that thou hast, and all thou art:
Renounce all strength, but strength divine,
And peace shall be for ever thine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:48:33 AM
Open Profession of Christ

Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 10:32

Should I to gain the world's applause,
Or to escape its harmless frown,
Refuse to countenance thy cause,
And make thy people's lot my own,
What shame would fill me in that day,
When thou thy glory shalt display!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:49:17 AM
Evil Appearances to Be Avoided

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thess. 5:22

Our Saviour by a heavenly birth
Calls us to holiness on earth,
Bids us our former follies hate,
And from the wicked separate.

We must have holy hearts and hands,
And feet that go where he commands;
A holy will to keep his ways,
And holy lips to speak his praise.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:49:47 AM
Diligence in Keeping the Heart

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Prov. 4:23

Thy business be to keep thy heart,
Each passion to control;
Nobly ambitious well to rule
The empire of thy soul.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:50:16 AM
Search the Scriptures

Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

Lord, thy teaching grace impart,
That we may not read in vain;
Write thy precepts on our heart,
Make thy truths and doctrine plain;
Let the message of thy love
Guide us to thy rest above.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:50:47 AM
Secret Prayer

Thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father wich is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt. 6:6

Far from the paths of men, to Thee
I solemnly retire;
See Thou, who dost in secret see,
And grant my heart's desire.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:51:20 AM
Thanksgiving

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thess. 5:18

Praise to God, immortal praise,
For the love that crowns our days;
Bounteous Source of every joy,
Let thy praise our tongues employ.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:51:51 AM
Meditation

His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:2

I love in solitude to shed
The penitential tear;
And all his promises to plead,
When none but God is near.

I love to think on mercies past,
And future good implore;
And all my cares and sorrows cast
On him whom I adore.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:52:23 AM
Self-Examination

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 2 Cor. 13:5

At evening to myself I say,
My soul, where hast thou glean'd to-day,
Thy labours how bestow'd?
What hast thou rightly said or done?
What grace attain'd or knowledge won,
In following after God?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:53:38 AM
In Prosperity to Be Humble

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. Rom. 12:3

Lord, if thou thy grace impart,
Poor in spirit, meek in heart,
I shall, as my Saviour, be
Rooted in humility:
Pleas'd with all the Lord provides,
Wean'd from all the world besides.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:54:08 AM
In Adversity to Trust God

Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Isa. 1:10

If Providence our comforts shroud,
And dark distresses lower,
Hope paints its rainbow on the cloud,
And grace shines through the shower.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:54:38 AM
Self-Government

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Prov. 16:32

Happy the man, whose cautious steps
Still keep the golden mean;
Whose life, by Scriputre rules well form'd,
Declares a conscience clean.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:55:08 AM
Self-Denial

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 1 Cor. 10:23

Lord, ever let me freely yield
What most I prize to thee,
Who never hast a good withheld,
Or wilt withhold from me.

Thy favour all my journey through,
Thou art engaged to grant;
What else I want, or think I do,
'Tis better still to want.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:56:36 AM
Contentment

Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb. 13:5

Since he has said "I'll ne'er depart,"
I'll bind his promise to my heart,
Rejoicing in his care:
This shall support while here I live,
And, when in glory I arrive,
Will praise him for it there.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:57:07 AM
Patience

Ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Heb. 10:36

I would submit to all thy will,
For thou art good and wise;
Let every anxious thought be still,
Nor one faint murmur rise.

Thy love can cheer the darksome gloom,
And bid me wait serene,
Till hopes and joys immortal bloom
And brighten all the scene.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:57:37 AM
Meekness

Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love. Eph. 4:2

Meekness, humility, and love,
Did through thy conduct shine;
Oh may my whole deportment prove
A copy, Lord, of thine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:58:08 AM
Temperance

Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:34

The world employs its various snares,
Of hopes and pleasures, pains and cares,
And chain'd to earth I lie:
When shall my fetter'd powers be free,
And leave these seats of vanity,
And upward learn to fly?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:58:40 AM
Gravity and Sincerity

In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity. Titus 2:7

Pure may I be, averse to sin,
Just, holy, merciful, and true;
And let thine image form'd within,
Shine out in all I speak or do.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:59:13 AM
Watchfulness

Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. Luke 12:37

Arm me with jealous care,
As in thy sight to live:
And oh, thy servant, Lord, prepare,
A strict account to give.

Help me to watch and pray,
And on thyself rely;
Assured if I my trust betray,
I shall for ever die.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 05:59:42 AM
Diligence in Worldly Calling

Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you. 1 Thess. 4:11

Midst hourly cares, may love present
Its incense to thy throne;
And while the world our hands employs,
Our hearts be thine alone.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 17, 2007, 06:00:12 AM
Eminent Holiness the Desire of the Believer

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:12

Oh for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2007, 05:18:20 AM
To Show Forth the Praises of God

Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Pet. 2:9

Not by your words alone,
But by your actions show,
How much from him you have received,
How much to him you owe.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2007, 05:18:53 AM
To Depart from All Iniquity

Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Tim. 2:19

Faith must obey her Father's will,
As well as trust his grace;
A pardoning God is jealous still
For his own holiness.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2007, 05:19:27 AM
Stedfastness in the Faith

Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Gal. 5:1

From Egypt lately freed
By the Redeemer's grace,
A rough and thorny path we tread
In hopes to see his face.

The flesh dislikes the way,
But faith approves it well;
This only leads to endless day,
All others lead to hell.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2007, 05:20:01 AM
Zeal in Defence of the Gospel

I exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 3

In conquests of thy might,
May I loyally delight;
In thy ever-spreading reign,
Triumph as my greatest gain:
Make me conscious by this sign,
Gracious Saviour, I am thine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2007, 05:20:39 AM
Zeal for Good Works

Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Heb. 10:24

Awake, my soul, awake, my love,
And serve my Saviour here below,
In works which all the saints above
And holy angels cannot do.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2007, 05:21:12 AM
Zeal for Divine Worship

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb. 10:25

Oh let me always find a place,
Within the temples of thy grace;
Till God command my last remove,
To dwell in temples made above!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2007, 05:21:46 AM
Concern for the Peace of the Church

Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 2 Cor. 13:11

Make us of one heart and mind,
Courteous, pitiful, and kind;
Lowly, meek in thought and word,
Altogether like our Lord.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:16:06 PM
Mutual Love

>Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. Eph. 5:2

Among the saints on earth
Let mutual love be found;
Heirs of the same inheritance,
With mutual blessings crown'd.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:16:46 PM
Mutual Subjection

All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 1 Pet. 5:5

Lord, for ever at thy side
May my place and portion be;
Strip me of the robe of pride;
Clothe me with humility.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:17:18 PM
Mutual Honour

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Phil. 2:3

Oh let each esteem his brother
Better than himself to be;
And let each prefer another,
Full of love, from envy free:
Happy are we,
When in this we all agree.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:17:51 PM
Mutual Forbearance

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Col. 3:13

May we each with each agree,
Through thy uniting grace:
Our gift shall thine accepted be,
Our life be love and praise.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:18:56 PM
Mutual Candour

Judge not, that ye be not judged. Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matt. 7:1, 3

Make us by thy transforming grace,
Great Saviour, daily more like thee:
Thy fair example may we trace,
To teach us what we ought to be.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:19:27 PM
Mutual Forgiveness

Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Eph. 4:32

"Is Christ divided?" What can part
The members from the Head?
Oh how should those be one in heart
For whom our Saviour bled?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:20:06 PM
Mutual Admonition

I myself am persuaded of you, mu brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Rom. 15:14

Bonds of everlasting love
Draw our souls in union,
To our Father's house above,
To the saints' communion.
Thither may our hopes ascend,
There may all our labours end.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:31:17 PM
Mutual Consolation and Edification

Comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thess. 5:11

While we journey, let us
Help each other on the road;
Foes on every side beset us,
Snares through all the way are strew'd:
It behoves us,
Each to bear a brother's load.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:31:53 PM
Mutual Intercession

Pray one for another. -- The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one--
Our comforts and our cares.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:32:26 PM
Unity of Sentiment

Whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Phil. 3:16

Bound to one Lord, by common vow
In one great enterprize;
One faith, one hope, one centre now,
Our common home, the skies.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:33:05 PM
Unity of Judgment

I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor. 1:10

Lord, subdue our selfish will,
Each to each our tempers suit,
By thy modulating skill,
Heart to heart, as lute to lute.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:33:44 PM
United Prayer

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matt. 18:20

Where two or three with sweet accord,
Obedient to their sovreign Lord,
Meet to recount his acts of grace,
And offer solemn prayer and praise;
There, saith the Savior, will I be
Amid the little company.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 19, 2007, 05:34:18 PM
United Praise

Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and humns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col. 3:16

Teach us, though in a world of sin,
Heaven's bless'd employment to begin,
To sing our great Redeemer's praise;
And love his name, and learn his ways.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:16:15 AM
Pious Conversation

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Eph. 4:29

Wheresoever two or three
Meet, a Christian company,
Grant us, Lord, to meet with thee:
Gracious Saviour, hear!
When with friends beloved we stray,
Talking down the closing day,
Saviour, meet us in the way:
Gracious Saviour, hear!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:16:46 AM
Compassion for the Weak

We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Rom. 15:1

When weaker Christians we despise,
We do the great Redeemer wrong;
For God, the gracious and the wise,
Receives the feeble with the strong.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:17:23 AM
Compassion for the Afflicted

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Heb. 13:3

With pity let my breast o'erflow,
When I behold another's woe; And hear a sympathizing part,
Whene'er I meet a wounded heart.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:18:41 AM
Compassion for the Poor

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Gal. 6:10

Awake, my charity, and feed
The hungry soul, and clothe the poor;
In heaven are found no sons of need,
There all these duties are no more.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:19:16 AM
Compassion to Those Who Have Erred

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a foult, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Gal. 6:1

Lord, we would strive, and hope, and wait,
The offending still to reinstate;
And when a broken heart we view,
Our Christian friendship quick renew.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:19:49 AM
Freedom from Slander

Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. James 4:11

Love is a pure and heavenly flame,
And much regards a brother's name;
It hopeth all things, and believes,
Nor easily a charge receives.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:20:17 AM
Esteem for the Ministry

We beseech you to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. 1 Thess. 5:12, 13

How beauteous are their feet,
Who stand on Zion's hill;
Who bring salvation on their tongues,
And words of peace reveal!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:20:48 AM
Prayer for the Ministry

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit; -- and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. Eph. 6:18, 19

With heavenly power, O Lord, defend
Those whom we now to thee commend;
Thy faithful messengers secure,
And make them to the end endure.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:21:18 AM
Unbelief Should Be Guarded Against

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Heb. 3:12

How oft, deceived by self and pride,
Has my weak heart been turn'd aside;
And, Jonah-like, has fled from thee,
Till thou hast look'd again on me!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 11:21:53 AM
Caution Against Apostasy

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Heb. 12:15

What bright exchange, what treasure shall be given,
For the lost birthright of a hope in heaven?
If lost the gem which empires could not buy,
What yet remains? -- a dark eternity.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 02:20:31 PM
Believers Are the Salt of the Earth

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matt. 5:13

Strive thou with studious care to find
Some good thy hands may do;
Some way to serve and bless mankind,
Console the heart, relieve the mind,
And open comforts new.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 02:21:09 PM
Believers Are the Light of the World

Ye are the light of the world. Matt. 5:14

Walk in the light -- and thine shall be
A path, though stormy, bright;
For God in love hsall dwell with thee--
And God himself is light!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 02:21:47 PM
The Universal Rule of Equity

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matt. 7:12

Blessed Redeemer, how divine,
How righteous is this rule of thine,
To do to all men just the same
As we expect or wish from them.

How bless'd would every nation prove
Thus ruled by equity and love!
All would be friends without a foe,
And form a paradise below.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 02:22:20 PM
To Glorify God by Holy Conduct

I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles. 1 Pet. 2:11

Help thy servant to maintain
A profession free from stain;
That my sole reproach may be,
Following Christ, and fearing thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 02:22:56 PM
Abounding in the Work of the Lord

My beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor. 15:58

Sow in the morn thy seed,
At eve hold not thy hand,
To doubt and fear give thou no heed,
Broad-cast it round thy land.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 02:23:42 PM
Decision of Character

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matt. 6:24

Not a broken, brief obedience
Does the Lord of heaven demand;
He requires our whole allegiance,
Words and deeds, and heart and hand:
God will hold divided sway
With no diety of clay.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 20, 2007, 02:24:16 PM
Holy Example

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 5:16

So let our lips and lives express
The holy gospel we profess;
So let our works and virtues shine
To prove the doctrine all divine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:36:49 AM
Love to Our Neighbor

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well. James 2:8

Love lays its own advantage by
To seek its neighbour's good;
So God's own Son came down to die,
And bought our lives with blood.

Love is the grace that keeps its power
In all the realms above;
There faith and hope are known no more
But saints for ever love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:37:23 AM
Seek the Edification of Our Neighbour

Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. Rom. 15:2

May I from every act abstain,
That hurts or gives another pain:
Still may I feel my heart inclin'd
To be the friend of all mankind.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:37:56 AM
Love to All Men

The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you. 1 Thess. 3:12

May love, that shining grace,
O'er all my powers preside;
Direct my thoughts, suggest my words,
And every action guide.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:38:27 AM
To Seek the Salvation of Others

He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:20

My God, I feel the mournful scene;
My bowels yearn o'er dying men;
And fain my pity would reclaim,
And snatch the firebrands from the flame.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:38:58 AM
Give Due Honour to All

Render to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Rom. 13:7

Our sovereign with thy favour bless;
Stablish the throne in righteousness,
Let wisdom hold the helm;
The counsels of our senate guide,
Let justice in our courts preside,
Rule thou, and bless the realm.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:39:31 AM
Consistency

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Phil. 2:15

That wisdom, Lord, on us bestow
From every evil to depart,
To stop the mouth of every foe,
While upright both in life and heart,
The proof of godly fear we give,
And show them how the Christians live.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:40:02 AM
Circumspection

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15, 16

Let every flying hour confess
I gain the gospel fresh renown;
And when my life and labours cease,
May I possess the promised crown.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:40:32 AM
Discretion

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Psalm 112:5

Believers love what God commands,
And in his ways delight;
Their gracious words, and holy hands
Show that their faith is right.

Their converse is with God above,
Their labours bless mankind;
Their works of mercy, peace, and love,
Through Christ acceptance find.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:41:04 AM
Moderation

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Phil. 4:5

We'll look on all the toys below
With such disdain as angels do;
And wait the call that bids us rise
To mansions promised in the skies.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:41:36 AM
Forbearance

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Rom. 12:19

May I feel beneath my wrongs
Vengeance to the Lord belongs;
Nor a worse requital dare,
Than meek revenge of prayer:
Much forgiven, may I learn,
Love for hatred to return.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:42:10 AM
Industry

Let a man labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that ye may have to give to him that needeth. Eph. 4:28

To thee my very life I owe;
From thee do all my comforts flow;
And every blessing which I need
Must from thy bounteous hand proceed.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:42:43 AM
Integrity

That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. 1 Thess. 4:12

Come, let us search our ways, and try
Have they been just and right;
Is the great rule of equity
Our practice and delight?

In all we sell, in all we buy,
Is justice our design?
Do we remember God is nigh,
And fear the wrath Divine?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:43:14 AM
Fidelity

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10

Thy gifts are only then enjoy'd
When used as talents lent;
Those talents only well employ'd
When in his service spent.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:43:49 AM
Truth and Sincerity

Wherefore, putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Eph. 4:25

Let those who bear the Christian name
Their holy vows fulfil;
The saints, the followers of the Lamb,
Are men of honour still.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:44:19 AM
Gentleness and Meekness

Speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men. Tit. 3:2

Bless'd are the men of peaceful life,
Who quench the coals of growing strife,
They shall be called the heirs of bliss,
The sons of God, the sons of peace.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:44:50 AM
Benevolence

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from teh world. James 1:27

The poor are always with us here:
'Tis our great Father's plan,
That mutual wants and mutual care
Should bind us man to man.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:45:21 AM
Overcome Evil with Good

If thine enemy hunger feed him: if he thirst, give him drink: fo in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom. 12:20, 21

Thus artists melt the sullen ore of lead,
With heaping coals of fire upon its head;
In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow,
And loose from dross the silver runs below.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:45:51 AM
Perseverance in Doing Good

Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Gal. 6:9

Meek pilgrim Zionward, if thou
Hast put thy hand unto the plough,
Oh look not back, nor droop dismay'd,
At thought of victory delay'd:

Doubt not that thou, in season due,
Shall own his gracious promise true;
And thou shalt share their glorious lot,
Whom doing well hath wearied not.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:46:25 AM
Submission to Authority

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work. Titus 3:1

Lord, thou has bid thy people pray
For all that bear the sovereign sway,
Who as thy servants reign;

Rulers, and governors, and powers--
Behold, in faith we pray for ours;
Nor let us plead in vain.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:46:55 AM
Universal Holiness the Believer's Aim

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil. 4:8

Father of eternal grace,
Glorify thyself in me;
Meekly beaming in my face,
May the world thine image see.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:47:27 AM
Believer's Humble Confession

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. Luke 17:10

My present triumphs, and my past,
Are thine, and must be to the last;
And if the crown of life I wear,
Thy hand alone must place it there.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 21, 2007, 11:47:56 AM
The Great Motive to All Duty

Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Cor. 6:19, 20

Oh! grant us, Lord, to feel and own
The power of love divine;
The blood which doth for sin atone,
The grace which makes us thine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:43:38 AM
Joy in God

Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. Psalm 5:11

When with his smiles my soul he deigns to bless,
Nor cares nor crosses can my peace destroy,
Possessing all things if I him possess,
Enjoying all things if I him enjoy.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:44:43 AM
Joy in Christ

We are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Phil. 3:3

The opening heavens around me shine
With beams of sacred bliss,
While Jesus shows his heart is mine,
And whispers, I am his.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:54:27 AM
Joy in the Holy Ghost

The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Rom. 14:17

Holy Ghost, dispel our sadness,
Pierce the cloud of sinful night;
Come, thou source of joy and gladness,
Breathe thy life, and shed thy light.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:55:00 AM
The Gospel a Source of Joy

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15

Bless'd are the souls that hear and know
The gospel's joyful sound;
Peace shall attend the path they go,
And light their steps surround.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:55:38 AM
The Atonement a Source of Joy

We joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Rom. 5:11

There is a fountain fill'd with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel's veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty strains.

They dying thief rejoic'd to see
That fountain in his day;
And here may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:56:09 AM
The Scriptures a Source of Joy

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. Jer. 15:16

Oh may these heavenly pages be
My ever dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see,
And still increasing light.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:56:46 AM
The Sabbath a Source of Joy

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Oft as this peaceful day shall come,
Lord, raise my thoughts from earthly things,
And bear them to my heavenly home,
On faith and hope's celestial wings
Till the last gleam of life decay,
In one eternal sabbath day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 22, 2007, 07:57:53 AM
Pardon a Source of Joy

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. Psalm 32:1, 2

The Saviour smiles! o'er my bless'd soul
New tides of hope tumultuous roll;
Earth has a joy unknown in heaven,
The new-born peace of sin forgiven;
Tears of such pure and deep delight,
Ye angels! never dimm'd your sight.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:33:12 AM
Hope of Glory a Source of Joy

By whom [Jesus Christ] we have access by faith into this grace whereinwe stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom. 5:2

By faith to Pisgah's top I fly,
And there delighted stand,
To view beneath a cloudless sky,
The spacious promised land.

The Lord of all the vast domain
Has promised it to me;
The length and breadth of all the plain,
As far as faith can see.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:33:48 AM
Godly Fear a Source of Joy

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Psalm 128:1, 2

Happy, beyond description, he
Who fears the Lord his God;
Who hears his threats with holy awe,
And trembles at his rod.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:34:22 AM
Obedience a Source of Joy

I will delight myself in thy commandments which I have loved. Psalm 119:47

Then shall my heart have inward joy,
And keep my face from shame,
When all thy statutes I obey,
And honour all thy name.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:34:51 AM
Communion with God a Source of Joy

There be many that say, Who will show us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou has put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. Psalm 4:6, 7

Lord, what is life? if spent with thee,
In humble praise and prayer,
How long or short my life may be
I feel no anxious care:
Though life depart, my joys shall last,
When life and all its joys are past.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:35:22 AM
Communion of Saints a Source of Joy

My goodness extendeth not to thee; but to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:2, 3

If 'tis sweet to mingle where
Christians meet for fervent prayer;
If 'tis sweet with them to raise
Songs of holy joy and praise;
Passing sweet that state must be,
Where they meet eternally.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:35:54 AM
Prayer a Source of Joy

Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Isaiah 56:7

Prayer makes the darken'd cloud withdraw,
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:36:23 AM
Salvation a Source of Joy

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. Psalm 20:5

Salvation! oh the joyful sound!
'Tis pleasure to our ears;
A sovereign balm for every wound,
A cordial for our fears.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:36:53 AM
Early Piety a Source of Joy

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

Grace is a plant, where'er it grows,
Of pure and heavenly root;
But fairest in the young it shows,
And yields the sweetest fruit.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:37:22 AM
A Good Conscience a Source of Joy

Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world. 2 Cor. 1:12

O happy soul, that lives on high,
While men lie grovelling here;
Whose hopes are fix'd above the sky,
And faith forbids his fear.

His conscience cleans'd from all his sins,
Love, peace, and joy combine
To form a life whose holy springs
Are hidden and divine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:37:52 AM
Benevolence a Source of Joy

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Bless'd is the man whose heart expands
At melting pity's call,
And the rich blessings of whose hands
Like heavenly manna fall.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:38:21 AM
Tribulation a Source of Joy

We glory in tribulation: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope. Rom. 5:3, 4

Then let us wait the' appointed day,
Nor call this world our home;
To pilgrims in a foreign land,
Afflictions needs must come.

Who rule the world, o'errules their end,
They destined are for good;
And bear the saints to realms of rest,
Though mighty as a flood.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 23, 2007, 07:47:56 AM
Temporal Blessings Sources of Joy

Ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. Joel 2:26

Thy bounty gilds the path of life
With every cheering ray,
And oft restrains the rising tear,
Or wipes that tear away.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:40:18 PM
The Divine Blessing a Source of Joy

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

Better than life itself thy love,
Dearer than all beside to me;
For whom have I in heaven above,
Or what on earth, compared to thee?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:40:59 PM
The Divine Protection a Source of Joy

Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. Psalm 63:7

Since thou hast been my help,
To thee my spirit flies;
And on thy watchful providence
My cheerful hope relies.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:41:36 PM
Divine Acceptance a Source of Joy

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy work. Eccles. 9:7

Whilst I see thy love to me,
Every object teems with joy;
Here, oh may I walk with thee,
Then into thy presence die!

Let me but thyself possess,
Total sum, of happiness;
Real bliss I then shall prove--
Heaven below, and heaven above.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:43:02 PM
Joy Following Sorrow

Weeping may endure for a night; but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again,
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:43:37 PM
Joy the Duty of the Believer

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11

Let those refuse to sing
Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King
Should speak their joys abroad.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:44:06 PM
Joy to be Sought Through Christ

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24

Dark and cheerless is the morn,
Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day's return,
Till thy mercy's beams we see:
Day-spring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in our hearts appear.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:44:37 PM
Believer's Joy Is Satisfying

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. Psalm 65:4

These are the joys which satisfy,
And sanctify the mind;
Which make the spirit mount on high,
And leave the world behind.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:45:06 PM
Believer's Joy Is Abiding

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11

Art thou not mine, my living Lord?
And can my hope, my comfort die,
Fix'd on thine everlasting word--
The word that built the earth and sky.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:45:40 PM
Believer Has Joy in Death

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Luke 2:29, 30

When we have number'd all our years,
And stand, at length, on Jordan's brink;
Though the flesh fail with mortal fears,
Oh! let not then the spirit sink:
But strong in faith, and hope, and love,
Plunge through the stream to rise above.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 24, 2007, 01:46:12 PM
Heaven the Consummation of Joy

Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Matt. 25:21

Soldier of Christ, well done!
Praise be thy new employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Saviour's joy.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 25, 2007, 05:55:45 AM
Believer Forewarned of Sorrow

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
Leads to the land where sorrow is unknown.
No traveller e'er reached that bless'd abode,
Who found not thorns and briars in his road.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 26, 2007, 07:59:16 AM
Sources of Sorrow -- Loss of Divine Favour

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Psalm 51:12

Ah! why, by passing clouds oppress'd,
Should vexing thoughts distract thy breast?
Turn, turn to Him, in every pain,
Whom never suppliant sought in vain.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 27, 2007, 11:50:35 AM
Sources of Sorrow -- Indwelling Sin

I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Rom. 7:23

Nature may raise her fleshly strife,
Reluctant to the heavenly life:
But grace omnipotent at length
Shall arm the saint with saving strength,
Through the sharp war with aids attend,
And his last conflict sweetly end.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 28, 2007, 12:31:09 PM
Sources of Sorrow -- A Deceitful Heart

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jer. 17:9

With flowing tears, Lord, I confess,
My folly and unstedfastness;
When shall this heart more stable be,
Fix'd by thy grace alone on thee?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 28, 2007, 01:52:38 PM
2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2Co 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.


Yes, Lord give me that old time Gospel. The Gospel of the Bible is just as relevant today as it was in the time of Paul. There are those coming out today that claim new revelations, a change in the Gospel. We have been forewarned of these and told not to take heed of them. These individuals bend toward "itchy ears", telling them what is pleasing to them and their desires.

We must be born again, not according to mans word but by the word of God. This is the word that last forever, unchanged (incorruptible). It is this word that the Gospel comes to us and not by new revelations of men.


1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.


Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 29, 2007, 10:29:41 AM
Sources of Sorrow -- Ingratitude of the Ungodly

They that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me. Psalm 38:20, 21

If wounded love my bosom swell,
Deceived by those I prized too well;
He shall his pitying aid bestow,
Who felt on earth severer woe:
At once betray'd, denied, or fled,
By those who shared his daily bread.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 30, 2007, 10:10:24 AM
Sources of Sorrow -- Reproach of the World

Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. Heb. 13:13

If on my face, for thy dear name,
Shame and reproach shall be,
I'll hail reproach, and welcome shame,
If thou remember me.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 31, 2007, 06:50:04 AM
Sources of Sorrow -- Persecution

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Ps. 138:7

Man may trouble and distress me,
'Twill but drive me to thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me,
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 01, 2007, 07:29:34 AM
Sources of Sorrow -- Earthly Losses and Bereavements

Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21

Oh! blessed be the hand that gave;
Still blessed when it takes:
Blessed be he who smites to save,
Who heals the heart he breaks
Perfect and true are all his ways
Whom heaven adores, and earth obeys.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 02, 2007, 06:02:48 PM
Sources of Sorrow -- The Sins of Others

Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. Psalm 119:136

I sorrow for the mental night
In which mankind around me lie:
Almighty Father, by thy might,
Arouse them from their lethargy.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 03, 2007, 11:22:30 AM
Sources of Sorrow -- The Number of the Wicked

Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matt. 7:13, 14

Strait is the way, the door is strait,
Which leads to joys on high:
'Tis but a few that find the gate,
While crowds mistake, and die.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 04, 2007, 08:54:48 AM
Sorrow Chosen Rather than Sin

Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Heb. 11:24, 25

It is not for me to be seeking my bliss,
And building my hopes in a region like this
I look for a city which hands have not piled;
I pant for a country by sin undefiled.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 05, 2007, 11:35:56 AM
Believer's Confidence in Trouble

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Hab. 3:17, 18

Although my wealth and comfort's lost,
My blooming hopes cut off I see,
Yet will I in my Saviour trust,
Whose matchless grace can reach to me.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 06, 2007, 06:46:08 AM
Believer's Comfort in Trouble

This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. Psalm 119:50

Thus trusting in thy word, I tread
The narrow path of duty on;
What though some cherish'd joys are fled?
What though some flattering dreams are gone?
Yet purer brighter joys remain:
Why should my spirit then complain?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 07, 2007, 07:00:35 AM
Christ an Example to the Afflicted

Even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. 1 Pet. 2:21

Our glorious Leader claims our praise
For his own pattern given,
While the long cloud of witnesses
Show the same path to heaven.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 08, 2007, 10:31:37 AM
The Patriarchs Examples to the Afflicted

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of withnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Heb. 12:1

Once they were mourning here below,
And wet their couch with tears;
They wrestled hard, as we do now,
With sins, and doubts, and fears.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 09, 2007, 07:14:23 AM
The Prophets Examples to the Afflicted

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. James 5:10

And shall not we aspire,
Like them our course to run?
The crown if we would wear,
The cross must first be borne.
Divinely taught, they show'd the way,
First to believe, and then obey.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 10, 2007, 08:06:47 PM
Benefits of Affliction -- Self-Abasement

Surely after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. Jer. 31:19

Dumb at thy feet I lie,
For thou hast brought me low;
Remove thy judgements, lest I die;
I faint beneath thy blow.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 11, 2007, 10:31:49 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Contrition for Sin

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Hos. 5:15

What though afflictions pierced my heart!
I bless the hand that caused the smart;
It taught my tears awhile to flow,
But saved me from eternal woe.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 12, 2007, 08:03:28 PM
Benefits of Affliction -- Patience

The trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:3, 4

Through waves, and clouds, and storms,
He gently clears thy way:
Wait thou his time -- the darkest night
Shall end in brightest day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 13, 2007, 11:38:56 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Humility

If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up mine head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction. Job 10:15

To the heart truly humbled by woe,
The annointing of joy shall be given;
To the tears that from penitence flow,
The peace that's the forerunner of heaven.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 14, 2007, 10:43:49 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Submission

I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. Psalm 39:9

Take all, great God, I will not grieve,
But still will wish that I had still to give:
I hear thy voice, thou bidd'st me quit
My paradise; I bless, and do submit;
I will not murmur at thy word,
Nor beg thy angel to sheath up his sword.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 15, 2007, 12:23:22 PM
Benefits of Affliction -- Hope

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psalm 42:5

The gloomiest day hath gleams of light,
The darkest wave hath bright foam near it;
And twinkles through the cloudiest night
Some solitary star to cheer it.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 16, 2007, 10:36:07 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Holiness

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Heb. 12:11

Our hearts are fasten'd to this world
By strong and endless ties;
But every sorrow cuts a string,
And urges us to rise.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 17, 2007, 10:24:31 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Tries Our Sincerity

He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10

Though sorrows rise, and dangers roll
In waves of darkness o'er my soul;
Though friends are false, and love decays,
And few and evil are my days--
Yet even in nature's utmost ill,
I love thee, Lord! I love thee still.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 18, 2007, 12:26:33 PM
Benefits of Affliction -- Brings Sin to Remembrance

If they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; then he showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. Job 36:8, 9

My former hopes are fled,
My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead
In trespasses and sins.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 19, 2007, 09:53:12 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Leads to Prayer

O remember not against us former iniquities: let they tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low. Psalm 79:8

Ah! whither could we flee for aid
When tempted, desolate, dismay'd;
Or how the hosts of hell defeat,
Had suffering saints no mercy-seat?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 20, 2007, 11:17:21 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Brings Us Back to God

I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. -- Then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now. Hos. 2:6, 7

Long unafflicted, undismay'd,
In pleasure's path secure I stray'd:
Thou madest me feel thy chastening rod,
And straight I turned unto my God.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 21, 2007, 01:42:41 PM
Benefits of Affliction -- Exercises Our Faith

Ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. 1:6, 7

Dark are the ways of Providence,
While those who love thee groan;
Thy reasons lie conceal'd from sense,
Mysterious and unknown.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 22, 2007, 12:20:21 PM
Benefits of Affliction -- Teaches Our Frailty

Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness. Isa. 38:12

Lord, let me know mine end,
My days, how brief their date,
That I may timely comprehend
How frail my best estate.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 23, 2007, 06:48:07 AM
Benefits of Affliction -- Remind us of Former Mercies

We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us. 2 Cor. 1:9, 10

His love in times past forbids me to think
He'll leave me at last in trouble to sink:
Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review
Confirms his good pleasure to help me quite through.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 24, 2007, 11:14:50 AM
Affliction Succeeded by Glory

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Cor. 4:17

All trials and sorrows the Christian prepare
For the rest that remaineth above;
On earth tribulation awaits him, but there
The smile of unchangeable love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 25, 2007, 08:41:27 AM
God Does Not Tempt to Sin

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:13, 14

My crimes, though great, do not surpass
The power and glory of thy grace;
Oh! wash my soul from every sin,
And make my guilty conscience clean.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 26, 2007, 05:59:22 AM
Temptations -- From Satan

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Cor. 2:11

Fear not Satan's strong temptations
Though they tease thee day by day,
And thy evil inclinations
Overwhelm thee with dismay!
Thou shalt conquer,
Through the Lamb's redeeming blood.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 27, 2007, 10:34:14 AM
Temptations -- From a Depraved Nature

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. Rom. 7:21

Oh! who can free my troubled mind
From sin's oppressive load?
O wretched man! how shall I find
Acceptance with my God.

My soul with transport turns to thee,
To thee my Saviour turns;
Cleansed by thy blood, and saved by grace,
My soul no longer mourns.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 28, 2007, 07:02:46 AM
Temptations -- From the Love of Riches

They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 1 Tim. 6:9

Oh lay not up upon this earth
Your hopes, your joys, your treasure,
Here sorrow clouds the pilgrim's path,
And blights each opening pleasure.
All, all below must fade and die,
The dearest hopes we cherish,
Scenes touch'd with brightest radiancy,
Are all decreed to perish.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 01, 2007, 04:43:00 AM
Temptations -- From the Fear of Man

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Prov. 29:25

The taunts and frowns of men of earth,
What are they all to me!
Oh they are things of little worth,
Weigh'd with one smile from Thee,
Who bore a sorrow deeper far,
Than all these stingless trifles are.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 02, 2007, 03:36:28 PM
Temptation to Neglect Good Works

Ye did run well; who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth? Gal. 5:7

Better that we had never known
The way to heaven through saving grace,
Than basely in our lives disown,
And slight and mock thee to thy face.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 03, 2007, 10:52:17 AM
Temptation to Legal Dependance

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect in the flesh. Gal. 3:3

Go, you that rest upon the law,
And toil and seek salvation there;
Look to the flame that Moses saw,
And shrink, and tremble, and despair.

But I'll retire beneath thy cross--
Saviour, at thy dear feet I'll lie;
And the keen sword that justice draws,
Flaming and red, shall pass me by.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 04, 2007, 10:25:06 AM
Temptation to Formality in Religion

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Rev. 3:2

God is a Spirit just and wise;
He sees our inmost mind:
In vain to heaven we raise our cries,
And leave our souls behind.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 05, 2007, 09:39:47 AM
Temptation to Slothfulness in Religion

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works. Rev. 2:4, 5

I need the influence of thy grace
To speed me in the way,
Lest I should loiter in my pace,
Or turn my feet astray.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 06, 2007, 12:08:18 PM
Temptation to Self-Indulgence

I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Cor. 9:27

When thy statutes I forsake,
When my graces dimly shine,
When my covenant I break,
Jesus, then remember thine:
Check my wanderings
By a look of love divine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 07, 2007, 10:41:28 AM
Temptation to Trifle with Sin

Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Rom. 6:1

Shall we go on to sin,
Because thy grace abounds?
Or crucify the Lord again,
And open all his wounds?
We will be slaves no more,
Since Christ has made us free;
Has nail'd our tyrants to his cross,
And bought our liberty.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 08, 2007, 06:57:34 AM
Temptation to Spiritual Pride

For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 1 Cor. 4:7

Oft have I turn'd my eyes within,
And brought to mind some latent sin
But pride, the vice I most detest,
Still lurks securely in my breast.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 09, 2007, 09:33:40 AM
Temptation to Envy the Wicked

As for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 78:2,3

Their feet are in a slippery place;
Their riches swift as shadows fly;
Their honours end in deep disgrace;
In mirth they live, in anguish die.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 10, 2007, 03:52:58 AM
Temptation to Mistrust Providence

If God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Matt. 6:30

I know not what may soon betide,
Or how my wants shall be supplied;
But Jesus knows, and will provide.

When creature comforts fade and die,
Worldlings may weep--but why should I?
Jesus still lives, and still is nigh.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 11, 2007, 10:41:22 AM
Temptation to Despair

I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. Psalm 69:2, 3

Prostrate before thy mercy-seat,
I cannot if I would despair;
None ever perish'd at thy feet,
And I would lie for ever there.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 12, 2007, 11:34:22 AM
Temptation Humbles the Believer

Lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 2 Cor. 12:7

What though a thorn my bosom bears,
And varied are the wants and cares,
That mark my chequer'd way!
My God hath said, in whom I live,
"My grace is thine, and strength I give
According to thy day."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: kerrylou1 on March 13, 2007, 10:43:16 PM
Amen to that.

Kerry


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 14, 2007, 05:46:03 AM
Temptation to Be Resisted

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph. 6:12

From strength to strength go on,
Wrestle, and fight, and pray;
Tread all the powers of darkness down,
And win the well-fought day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 14, 2007, 05:47:08 AM
Temptation to Be Avoided

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. Prov. 4:14, 15

A wicked world and wicked heart
With Satan are combined:
Each acts a too successful part,
In harassing my mind.

But fighting in my Saviour's strength,
Though mighty are my foes,
I shall a conqueror be at length
O'er all that can oppose.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 15, 2007, 12:52:29 PM
Temptation Avoided by Watchfulness and Prayer

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. Matt. 26:41

Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye that feel the tempter's power,
Your Redeemer's conflict see,
Watch with him one bitter hour;
Turn not from his griefs away,
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 16, 2007, 08:08:17 AM
Temptation Overcome by Faith

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Eph. 6:16

Let faith exert its conquering power,
Say in thy tempted, trembling hour,
"My God, my Father, save thy son!"
'Tis heard--and all thy fears are done.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 17, 2007, 10:38:15 AM
Believer Armed Against Temptation

Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:13

The Christian warrior--see him stand
In the whole armour of his God;
The Spirit's sword is in his hand,
His feet are with the gospel shod.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 18, 2007, 11:08:07 AM
Preservation from Temptation

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation. Rev. 3:10

Thus preserved from Satan's wiles,
Safe from dangers, free from fears,
May I live upon thy smiles,
Till the promised hour appears:
When the sons of God shall prove
All their Father's boundless love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: kerrylou1 on March 18, 2007, 01:32:58 PM
Pastor Roger,

You certainly have said much concerning the Gospel. It is good to hear the many facets of our faith and the encouraging words of our Lord Jesus.

I was thinking this morning, the whole sum of the Gospel may be found in that one statement of Scritpure, "Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved."

That demands of everyone and excludes no one. We are only excluded when we resist the Gospel and will not believe in the Lord Jesus.

Kerry.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 18, 2007, 01:37:43 PM
Quote
"Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved."

That demands of everyone and excludes no one. We are only excluded when we resist the Gospel and will not believe in the Lord Jesus.

Amen! For God would have all to be saved.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 19, 2007, 11:11:51 AM
Preservation in Temptation

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12

When aught shall tempt my soul to stray
From heavenly wisdom's narrow way,
To shun the precept's holy light,
Or quit my hold on Jesus' might,
May He who felt temptation's power
Still guard me in that dangerous hour.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 20, 2007, 11:50:36 AM
Deliverance from Temptation

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations. 2 Pet. 2:9

What though fierce and strong temptations
Press around thee on the way,
And thy sinful inclinations
Often cause thee great dismay!
Look to Jesus,
Thou through him shalt gain the day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 21, 2007, 02:22:41 PM
Christ the Strength of the Tempted

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9

Why should I fear the darkest hour,
Or tremble at the tempter's power!
Jesus vouchsafes to be my tower.

Though hot the fight, why quit the field?
Why must I either fear or yield,
Since Jesus is my mighty shield?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 22, 2007, 12:10:39 PM
Abraham Lincoln's Favorite Devotionals
September 27
Christ's Sympathy with the Tempted

In that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Heb. 2:18

Touch'd with a sympathy within,
He knows our feeble frame;
He knows what sore temptations mean,
For he has felt the same.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 23, 2007, 01:48:33 PM
Christ's Intercession for the Tempted

The Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desire to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. Luke 22:31, 32

Though faint my prayers, and cold my love
My stedfast hope shall not remove,
While Jesus intercedes above.

Against me earth and hell combine;
But on my side is power Divine;
Jesus is all, and he is mine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 24, 2007, 02:11:24 PM
The Lord's Prayer for the Tempted

Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Matt. 6:13

Protect us in the dangerous hour,
And from the wily tempter's power,
Lord, set our spirits free;
And if temptation should assail,
May mighty grace o'er all prevail,
And lead our hearts to thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 25, 2007, 10:32:42 AM
Freedom from Temptation in Heaven

To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Rev. 3:21

Though temptations now attend thee,
And thou tread'st the thorny road,
His right hand shall still defend thee,
Soon he'll bring thee home to God:
Full deliverance
Thou shalt have in heaven above.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 26, 2007, 12:12:34 PM
Duty of Retrospection

Thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldst keep his commandments. Deut. 8:2

Thus far the Lord has led me on,
And made his truth and mercy known;
And while I tread this desert land,
New mercies shall new songs demand.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 27, 2007, 10:17:17 AM
Of the Divine Help

Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. 1 Sam. 7:12

Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither, by thy help, I'm come:
And I hope, by thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 28, 2007, 11:53:32 AM
Of the Divine Guidance

Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? and this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God. 2 Sam. 7:18, 19

Render'd safe by his protection,
I shall pass the watery waste;
Trusting to his wise direction,
I shall gain the port at last;
And with wonder,
Think on toils and dangers past.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 29, 2007, 05:16:25 AM
Of the Divine Faithfulness

Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word. Psalm 119:65

Since first the maze of life I trod,
Hast thou not hedged about my way,
My worldly vain designs withstood,
And robb'd my passions of their prey?
Thrice happy loss, which makes me see
My happiness alone in thee!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 30, 2007, 05:12:19 AM
Of the Divine Forbearance

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not, They are new every mornning: great is thy faithfulness. Lam. 3:22, 23

Lift up to God the voice of praise,
Whose goodness, passing thought,
Loads every minute as it flies
With benefits unsought.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 31, 2007, 06:16:00 AM
Of the Divine Mercy

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:10

He hath with a piteous eye
Look'd upon our misery:
Let us, then, with gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind:
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 01, 2007, 05:03:36 PM
Of the Divine Counsel and Instruction

I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. Psalm 16:7

Sure the Lord thus far has brought me,
By his watchful tender care;
Sure, 'tis he himself has taught me
How to seek his face by prayer:
After so much mercy past,
Will he give me up at last?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 02, 2007, 08:18:20 AM
Of Divine Promises Fulfilled

Ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed therof. Josh. 23:14

In all my ways thy hand I own,
Thy ruling providence I see;
Assist me still my course to run,
And still direct my paths to thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 03, 2007, 12:23:07 PM
Of Unnumbered Blessings

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Psalm 40:5

For mercies countless as the sand,
Which daily I receive
From Jesus, my Redeemer's hand,
My soul, what canst thou give?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 04, 2007, 03:10:06 PM
Of Early Pious Instruction

Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and has been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. 2 Tim. 3:14

Lord, hast thou made me know thy ways?
Conduct me in thy fear;
And grant me such supplies of grace
That I may persevere.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 05, 2007, 10:55:02 AM
Of His Natural State

You that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. Col. 1:21

Plunged in a gulf of dark despair,
We wretched sinners lay,
Without one cheerful beam of hope,
Or spark of glimmering day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 06, 2007, 11:24:07 AM
Of the Sins of His Life

How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin. Job 13:23

My past transgressions pain me;
Lord, cleanse my heart within;
And evermore restrain me
From all presumptuous sin.

So let my whole behaviour,
Thoughts, words, and actions be,
O God, my strength and Saviour,
Acceptable to thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 07, 2007, 09:47:50 AM
Of Past Unprofitableness

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? Rom. 6:20, 21

Lord, I confess my numerous faults,
How great my guilt has been;
Foolish and vain were all my thoughts,
And all my life was sin.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 08, 2007, 11:11:48 AM
Of the Season of Conversion

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col. 1:12, 13

Since the dear hour that brought me to thy foot,
And cut up all my follies by the root,
I never trusted in an arm but thine,
Nor hoped but in thy righteousness Divine:--
Cast at thy glorious feet, mine only plea
Is what it was, dependance upon Thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 09, 2007, 10:33:57 AM
Of Spiritual Deliverance

Great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. Psalm 86:13

He pardon'ed my transgressions,
Bade all my sorrows cease;
And, in his rich compassions,
Restored my soul to peace.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 10, 2007, 09:45:44 AM
Of Spiritual Enjoyments

I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Sol. Song 2:3, 4

Kindly he brought me to the place
Where stands the banquet of his grace;
He saw me faint, and o'er my head
The banner of his love he spread.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 11, 2007, 05:07:07 PM
Of Support in Affliction

Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction. Psalm 119:92

God of my life, how good, how wise
Thy judgements to my soul have been!
They were but blessings in disguise,
The painful remedies of sin.
How different now thy ways appear,
Most merciful, when most severe!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 12, 2007, 10:28:47 AM
Of Answers to Prayer

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1, 2

Did ever trouble yet befall,
And he refuse to hear thy call?
And has he not his promise pass'd,
That thou shalt overcome at last?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 13, 2007, 08:54:21 AM
Of Deliverance from Adversity

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities. Psalm 31:7

Oh, magnify the Lord with me;
Come, join his name to bless:
To him did I in trouble flee;
He saved me from distress:
Oh, let him then your refuge be,
Nor shall you fail success.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 14, 2007, 10:32:11 AM
Of Deliverance from Danger

Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. Lam. 3:57, 58

Be all my added life employ'd
Thy image in my soul to see:
Fill with thyself the mighty void;
Enlarge my heart to compass thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 15, 2007, 09:26:31 AM
Of Deliverance from Death

O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:3

Thy mercy chased the shades of death,
And snatch'd me from the grave;
Oh may thy praise employ that breath
Which mercy deigns to save!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 16, 2007, 12:14:56 PM
Of the Vanity of Human Life

And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been. Gen. 47:9

This life's a dream, an empty show,
But the bright world to which we go
Hath joys substantial and sincere:
When shall I wake, and find me there?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 17, 2007, 12:53:22 PM
Of Departed Friends

I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 1 Thess. 4:13, 14

Though loved and lost, not ours the pang of those
Whose earth-born grief no heavenly balsam knows:
We would not call their spirits from their home
Where sin assails them not, and sorrow cannot come.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 18, 2007, 10:12:39 AM
Aged Believer's Retrospect

O God, thou has taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not. Psalm 71:17, 18

Still hath my life new wonders seen
Repeated every year:
Behold, my days which yet remain
I trust them to thy care.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 19, 2007, 12:06:44 PM
Retrospection Should Lead to Gratitude

What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:12, 13

When all thy mercies, O my God,
My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view I'm lost
In wonder, love and praise.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 20, 2007, 06:17:27 AM
Retrospection Should Lead to Self-Examination

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Psalm 77:5, 6

Help me, O Lord, to try my heart,
To search with strictest care,
And all my thoughts, and words, and ways,
With Scripture to compare.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 21, 2007, 11:03:51 AM
Retrospection Should Lead to Self-Abasement

And Jacob said, I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant. Gen. 32:10

Unworthy, Lord, of all
Thy mercies though we be,
Yet for the greatest we may call,
The greatest are most free.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 22, 2007, 11:56:14 AM
Retrospection Should Lead to Repentance

Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: that which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. Job 34:31, 32

In thought, in will, in word and deed,
What evils have I done,
Against the God of grace and love,
His Spirit and his Son?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 23, 2007, 11:32:00 AM
Retrospection Should Lead to Amendment of Life

I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. Psalm 119:59, 60

Thou art my portion, O my God;
Soon as I know thy way,
My heart makes haste to obey thy word,
And suffers no delay.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 24, 2007, 06:10:21 AM
Retrospection Should Lead to Confidence in God

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. Psalm 116:7, 8

For this, when future sorrows rise,
To him will I direct my cries;
For this, through all my future days,
Adore his name, and sing his praise.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 25, 2007, 10:06:31 AM
Retrospection Should Lead to Devotedness to God

Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. 1 Sam. 12:24

My God, my King, thy various praise
Shall fill the remnant of my days;
Thy grace employ my humble tongue
Till death and glory raise the song.

May every hour successive bear
Some thankful tribute to thine ear;
And by thy grace accepted be,
As works of love perform'd for Thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 26, 2007, 12:46:17 PM
Believer's Confidence in God

My times are in thy hand: make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. Psalm 31:15, 16

"My times are in thy hand,"
My God, I wish them there;
My life, my friends, my soul, I leave
Entirely to thy care.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 27, 2007, 11:45:31 AM
Of Future Support

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Psalm 37:3, 4

The birds without barn or storehouse are fed;
From them let us learn to trust for our bread:
His saints what is fitting shall ne'er be denied,
So long as 'tis written, The Lord will provide.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 28, 2007, 09:44:32 AM
Of Deliverance from Trouble

Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Psalm 71:20

From every piercing sorrow
That heaves our breast to-day,
Or threatens us to-morrow,
Hope turns our eyes away;
On wings of faith ascending,
We see the land of light,
And feel our sorrows ending
In infinite delight.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 29, 2007, 09:33:34 AM
Of Being Kept by Christ

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 2 Tim. 1:12

Beneath his smiles my heart has liv'd,
And part of heaven possess'd;
I thank him for the grace receiv'd,
And trust him for the rest.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on April 30, 2007, 06:28:13 PM
Of the Completion of the Work of Grace

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phil. 1:6

He will complete the work begun,
He will his own defend;
Will give me strength my course to run,
And love me to the end.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 01, 2007, 12:03:57 PM
Of the Triumphs of the Gospel

His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Psalm 72:17

Lord, let the thought of that bright day
Kindle our hopes, and warm our love;
Cheer us while here on earth we pray,
And crown our songs in heaven above.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 02, 2007, 10:26:13 AM
Of the End of His Warfare

The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim. 4:6, 7

Oh most delightful hour by man
Experienced here below,
The hour that terminates his span
Of conflict and of woe!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 03, 2007, 10:24:42 AM
Of Victory Over Satan

The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Rom. 16:20

Now let my soul arise,
And tread the tempter down;
My Captain leads me forth
To conquest and a crown:
A feeble saint shall win the day,
Though death and hell obstruct the way.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 04, 2007, 10:00:20 AM
Of Victory Over Sin

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 7:24, 25

Now to the God of victory
Immortal thanks be paid,
Who makes us conquerors while we die,
Through Christ our living Head.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 05, 2007, 12:52:26 PM
Of Victory Over the Grave

God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Psalm 49:15

There, till the archangel's trumpet sound
Ages of silence I shall lie;
Then from my earthly cell rebound,


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 06, 2007, 09:42:16 AM
Of the Certainty of Death

When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return. Job 16:22

Welcome, sweet hour of full discharge,
That sets my longing soul at large;
Unbinds my chains, breaks up my cell,
And gives me with my God to dwell.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 07, 2007, 09:38:12 AM
Of Support in the Hour of Death

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

When the vale of death appears,
(Faint and cold this mortal clay,)
Kind Forerunner, soothe my fears,
Light me through the darksome way:
Break the shadows,
Usher in eternal day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 08, 2007, 11:12:20 AM
Of the End of the World

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Pet. 3:10

Lo! it comes--that day of wonder!
Louder chorals shake the skies:
Hades' gates are burst asunder;
See the new-clothed myriads rise!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 09, 2007, 10:00:54 AM
Of a Joyful Resurrection

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. Job 19:25, 26

Though worms may waste this with'ring clay,
When flesh and spirit sever;
My soul shall see eternal day,
And dwell with God for ever.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 10, 2007, 09:59:55 AM
Of the Coming of Christ to Judgment

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Rev. 1:7

Great God! what do I see and hear!
The end of things created:
The Judge of mankind doth appear
In clouds of glory seated;
The trumpet sounds, the graves restore
The dead which they contain'd before:
Prepare, my soul, to meet him.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 11, 2007, 11:13:50 AM
Of Meeting the Judge

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Cor. 5:10

Oh! on that day, that wrathful day,
When man to judgment wakes from clay,
Lord, be the trembling sinner's stay,
Though heaven and earth shall pass away.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 12, 2007, 12:31:45 PM
Of Entire Acquittal

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Rom. 8:33, 34

Fear not the drum's earth-rending sound,
Dread not the day of doom;
For He that is to be thy Judge,
Thy Saviour is become.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 13, 2007, 10:48:53 AM
Of Participation in the Judgement

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? 1 Cor. 6:2

See the Judge, our nature wearing,
Cloth'd in majesty divine;
Ye who long for his appearing
Then shall say, "This God is mine:"
Gracious Saviour,
Own us in that day of thine!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 14, 2007, 11:30:35 AM
Of Being Presented Faultless

Unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. Jude 24

What transport then shall fill my heart,
When thou my worthless name wilt own;
When I shall see thee as thou art,
And know as I myself am known!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 15, 2007, 08:47:09 AM
Of an Incorruptible Body

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Cor. 15:54

Where then thy triumph, Grave? and where thy sting,
O sullen Death? what terror dost thou bring?
We burst thine iron band, and soar on high--
Glory to Christ the Lord, who brings us victory!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 16, 2007, 10:14:31 AM
Of a Glorious Body

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Phil. 3:21

My flesh shall slumber, in the ground
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound;
Then burst the chains, with sweet surprise,
And in my Saviour's image rise.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 17, 2007, 11:42:24 AM
Of Being with Christ

To me to live is Christ, and to die is gain, For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better. Phil. 1:21, 23

'Tis best, 'tis infinitely best,
To go where tempests never come;
Where saints and angels, ever blest,
Dwell, and enjoy their heavenly home.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 18, 2007, 11:06:57 AM
Of Being Ever with Christ

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:17

Oh, who can tell what joy shall beam
On all the ransom'd race,
When they shall join the hallow'd strains
And see the Saviour's face!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 19, 2007, 09:20:27 AM
Of Reigning with Christ

It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with him. 2 Tim. 2:11, 12

Ever upward may we move,
Wafted on the wings of love:
Looking when our Lord shall come,
Longing, gasping after home!
There may we with thee remain,
Partners of thine endless reign.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 20, 2007, 11:07:42 AM
Of Being Like Christ

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

Him eye to eye we there shall see,
Our face like his shall shine:
Oh, what a glorious company,
When saints and angels join!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 21, 2007, 11:22:32 AM
Of an Heavenly Habitation

We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor. 5:1

There is a home for weary souls,
By sin and sorrow driven;
When toss'd on life's tempestuous shoals,
Where storms arise, and ocean rolls,
'Tis found above--in heaven.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 22, 2007, 04:17:08 PM
Of Perfection of Knowledge in Heaven

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor 13:12

As through a glass I dimly see
The wonders of thy love;
How little do I know of thee,
Or of the joys above!

'Tis but in part I know thy will--
I bless thee for the sight--
When will thy love the rest reveal
In glory's clearer light?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 23, 2007, 09:59:46 AM
Of a Crown of Righteousness

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day. 2 Tim. 4:8

God has laid up in heaven for me
A crown which cannot fade;
The righteous Judge, in that great day,
Shall place it on my head.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 24, 2007, 10:41:22 AM
Of Reunion with Glorified Spirits

What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 1 Thess. 2:19

We soon shall join the throng,
Their pleasures we shall share,
And sing the everlasting song
With all the ransom'd there:
Hallelujah!
We are on our way to God.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 25, 2007, 07:39:35 AM
Believer's Anticipations a Call to Holiness

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Pet. 3:14

Yet with these prospects full in sight
I'll wait thy signal for my flight;
For while thy service I pursue,
I find a heaven in all I do.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 26, 2007, 08:26:18 AM
Eternal Life the Gift of God

Now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:22, 23

From thee, my God, my joys shall rise,
And run eternal rounds,
Beyond the limits of the skies,
And all created bounds.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 27, 2007, 10:45:12 AM
Eternal Life the Purchase of Christ

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Heb. 9:12

Pardon and peace to dying men,
And endless life are given:
By the rich blood that Jesus shed
Our souls are brought to heaven.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 28, 2007, 11:32:05 AM
Eternal Life Secured by the Spirit

The Holy Spirit of promise is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph. 1:13, 14

Dost thou not dwell in all the saints,
And seal the heirs of heaven?
When wilt thou banish my complaints,
And show my sins forgiven.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 29, 2007, 11:28:48 AM
Heaven the Desire of the Saints

Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord, we are confident, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Cor. 5:6, 8

In that bright city I would dwell,
With that bless'd church the Saviour praise,
And, safe, redeem'd from death and hell,
Sit at his feet through endless days.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 30, 2007, 07:41:57 AM
Heaven a Rest

There remaineth a rest to the people of God. Heb. 4:9

Oh where shall rest be found,
Rest for the weary soul?
'Twere vain the ocean-depths to sound,
Or pierce to either pole.

Beyond this vale of tears,
There is a life above,
Unmeasured by the flight of years--
And all that life is love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 31, 2007, 11:47:06 AM
Heaven Compared to a Marriage Supper

Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. Rev. 19:9

"Worthy the Lamb!" aloud they cry,
"That brought us here to God:"
In ceaseless hymns of praise they shout
The merits of his blood.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 02, 2007, 12:02:36 PM
Heaven an Inheritance

He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of etermal inheritance. Heb. 9:15

There is my house and portion fair,
My treasure and my heart are there,
And my abiding hom;
For me my elder brethren stay,
And angels beckon me away,
And Jesus bids me come.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 02, 2007, 12:03:11 PM
Heaven a Kingdom

I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. Luke 22:29, 30

O God! O Good beyond compare!
If all thy meaner works are fair,
How glorious must that kingdom be,
Where thy redeem'd shall dwell with thee!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 03, 2007, 10:28:31 AM
Heaven Is Prepared Mansions

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

High in yonder realms of light,
Far above these lower skies,
Fair and exquisitely bright,
Heaven's unfading mansions rise.

Glad within these bless'd abodes,
Dwell the' enraptur'd saints above,
Where no anxious care corrodes,
Happy in Immanuel's love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 04, 2007, 08:00:38 AM
Heaven Compared to Paradise

Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:43

There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain.

There everlasting spring abides,
And never-withering flowers:
Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This heavenly land from ours.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 05, 2007, 11:09:09 AM
Heaven a State of Holiness

There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Rev. 21:27

The soul, from sin for ever free,
Shall mourn its power no more,
But clothed in spotless purity,
Redeeming love adore.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 06, 2007, 11:25:48 AM
Heaven a State of Happiness

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11

Love, in an ever-deepening tide,
O'er all the plains above
Spreads, like a sea immensely wide--
For God himself is Love.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 07, 2007, 10:33:50 AM
Heaven a State of Service

They serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. Rev. 7:15

And swift to do his high behest
Each spirit wings its flight;
And virtue glows on every breast,
A gem of purest light.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on June 08, 2007, 12:29:41 AM
Amen..


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 08, 2007, 12:02:53 PM
No Sorrow in Heaven

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev. 21:4

Joy and gladness banish sighs,
Perfect love dispels their fears,
And for ever from their eyes,
God shall wipe away all tears.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 09, 2007, 11:30:51 AM
No Curse in Heaven

There shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it. Rev. 22:3

When we shall Christ in glory meet,
Our utmost joys shall be complete:
When landed on that heavenly shore,
Death and the curse shall be no more.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 10, 2007, 09:12:32 AM
No Night in Heaven

There shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. Rev. 22:5

Nor needed is the shining moon,
Nor e'en the sun's bright ray;
For glory, from the sacred throne,
Spreads everlasting day.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on June 10, 2007, 06:02:13 PM
BEULAH LAND..
I'M LONGING FOR YOU..
AND SOMEDAY..ON THEE I WILL STAND
WHERE MY HOME
SHALL BE ETERNAL...
BEUALAH LAND...SWEET BEULAH LAND...


It does not matter the times...He's the same today as yesterday...His mercy is renewed to us each day He gives...He keeps us in the shelter of His wings...and puts His angels charge over us...This earth will pass away and all in it...but on this earth...He has prepared us...he has prepared us to STAND through His word.....and by His power we can GO...In the Name of Jesus and tell the gospel even though there is persecution..and by His love...we can REST...safely in His presence everytime we come to Him in prayer....knowing our hope in SECURE in Jesus...and this is what this world and all that can come against us can never take away from those who are in Christ Jesus..


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 10, 2007, 07:45:39 PM
Amen sister, that is the beautiful and wonderful hope that we have in Jesus.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 11, 2007, 07:56:43 AM
No Death in Heaven

They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage: neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels. Luke 20:35, 36

There pain and sickness never come,
And grief no more complains;
Health triumphs in immortal bloom,
And endless pleasure reigns.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 12, 2007, 10:50:22 AM
Praises of Heaven

They sung a new song, saying, Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Rev. 5:9

Hark! hark! the voice of ceaseless praise
Around Jehovah's throne,
Songs of celestial joy they raise,
To mortal lips unknown.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on June 13, 2007, 12:35:52 AM
I thought about the old time gospel and how brothers and sisters would not be brothers and sisters in the church only but out of the church...to invite those they do not know in the body to their home for dinner...to know one another as we are one..to meet the needs within the body...I thought about discipleship...There are so many people who go from church to church looking to be accepted and I have heard of those who have been hurt through a church and it should not be...Church is a place to go and Thank God...to hear His word...to bring the lost and the hurting...and to minister to them...Church has come so far from what is is meant to be...I know that there is alot of emphasis on programing and so much competition in numbers that the numbers are not discipled and fall away as babes left on their own...the program needed to day is to strengthen the body by the Word...I know the Word is mentioned so much in this forum..and I thank God for all of you who know how importrant it isand how it is life to those who apply it in their daily lives...It amazes me and encourages me...Everytime I post I think of the song...
I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God...and to bring those who do not know the Lord into this light and disciple those that they can get stronger and not be thrown around by winds of doctrine that lead them astray...There is so much God will use us for if we will be available to His call and to do that which He commanded us to do..and that being the Gospel...there is no greater calling and no greater ministry...


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on June 13, 2007, 09:30:13 AM
Amen Sister, Amen
"Bring me that old-time religion"..............!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 13, 2007, 09:50:52 AM
Amen, sister! I can also remember a time when most of an entire city would get together for fellowship in the Lord. Several churches in the town would pass out fliers inviting the entire town and those from nearby towns out to a gathering for food and worship. Not only would these people be invited to church members homes for dinner later but many from the churches would continue going to their homes for visits, talking to them at the market or anywhere else they would see them.

In recent years people have become so secluded, changing the word of God to avoid offending them or not giving it to them at all. God's true word is still just as beautiful today as it was 2,000 years ago and if we truly love as God says we should we should all want to continue sharing that beautiful old time religion with any and all that we meet and to continue bringing the babes in Christ to a fuller maturity in Him.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 13, 2007, 12:24:46 PM
Society of Heaven

These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb: therefore are they before the throne of God. Rev. 7:14, 15

Clad in raiment pure and white,
Victor-palms in every hand,
Through their great Redeemer's might,
More than conquerors they stand.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 14, 2007, 09:57:39 AM
Saints Shall Be with God

He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Rev. 21:3

Oh glorious hour! oh bless'd abode!
I shall be near and like my God;
And flesh and sin no more control
The sacred pleasures of the soul.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 15, 2007, 09:16:22 AM
Saints Shall Be with Christ

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory. John 17:24

Oh then shall the veil be remov'd,
And round me thy brightness be pour'd:
I shall meet Him whom absent I lov'd,
I shall see Him whom unseen I ador'd!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 16, 2007, 12:14:31 PM
Saints Shall Inherit All Things

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Rev. 21:7

The saints in his presence receive
Their great and eternal reward;
With Jesus in heaven they live;
They reign in the smile of their Lord.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 17, 2007, 11:53:16 AM
Saints Shall Be Perfect

Ye are come unto the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. Heb. 12:22, 23

A life in heaven! oh what is this?
The sum of all that faith believed;
Fullness of joy, and perfect bliss,
Unseen--unfathom'd--unconceiv'd.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 18, 2007, 09:30:08 AM
Saints Shall Be Glorious in Appearance

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matt. 13:43

The Lamb is their light and their sun,
And, lo, by reflection they shine;
With Jesus ineffably on,
And bright in effulgence divine.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 19, 2007, 10:12:16 AM
Saints Shall Be Honored as Victors

I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. Rev. 7:9

Now the conquerors bring their palms
To the Lamb amidst the throne,
And proclaim in joyful psalms,
Victory through his cross alone.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 20, 2007, 09:56:32 AM
Saints Shall Be Kings and Priests Unto God

Thou hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Rev. 5:10

Thou hast redeem'd our souls with blood,
Hast set the prisoners free,
Hast made us kings and priests to God,
And we shall reign with thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 21, 2007, 08:56:36 AM
Joys of Heaven Are Sure

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! Psalm 31:19

This is the hope that shall sustain me
Till life's pilgrimage be past;
Fears may vex, and troubles pain me,
I shall reach my home at last.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 22, 2007, 10:33:01 AM
Joys of Heaven Are Abundant

The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water. Rev. 7:17

The Lamb that fills the middle throne
Shall shed around his milder beams,
There shall they feast on his rich love,
And drink full joys from heavenly streams.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 23, 2007, 09:53:06 AM
Joys of Heaven Are Satisfying

I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psalm 17:15

Oh! when awaken'd by thy care,
Thy face I view, thy image bear,
How shall my breast with transport glow!
What full delight my heart o'erflow!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 24, 2007, 11:50:12 AM
Joys of Heaven Are Eternal

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out. Rev. 3:12

The everlasting doors
Shall soon the saints receive,
Above, with angel powers,
In glorious joy to live:
Far from a world of grief and sin,
With God eternally shut in.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 25, 2007, 11:24:30 AM
Believers to Wait for Heaven

Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. Dan. 12:12, 13

Jerusalem, my happy home,
My soul still pants for thee;
When shall my labours have an end
In joy, and peace, and thee.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 26, 2007, 10:32:07 AM
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

 St. Francis of Assisi quotes

Such profound words. The Gospel is not just words that we are to teach to all but it is a way of life that should shine forth from ourselves daily.


3Jn 1:4  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 27, 2007, 11:56:32 AM
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
Saint Augustine



Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom 4:21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Rom 4:24  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.




Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on June 28, 2007, 12:00:12 AM
The Roman Road...I have given the tract to so many people...
I recently obtained a study...Letters from Prison...all the wrings of Paul while he was in prison...Have any of you been through this study?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 28, 2007, 12:05:09 AM
Not by that name but I am sure that I have done a similar study.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 28, 2007, 11:59:57 AM
"We have an unchanging gospel, which is not today green grass and tomorrow dry hay; but always the abiding truth of the immutable Jehovah." (C.H. Spurgeon)

Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Gal 1:11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Gal 1:12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Gal 1:13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Gal 1:14  And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Gal 1:15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
Gal 1:16  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Gal 1:17  Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Gal 1:18  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
Gal 1:19  But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
Gal 1:20  Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
Gal 1:21  Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
Gal 1:22  And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
Gal 1:23  But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
Gal 1:24  And they glorified God in me.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 29, 2007, 12:58:11 PM
"Avoid a sugared gospel as you would shun sugar of lead. Seek the gospel which rips up and tears and cuts and wounds and hacks and even kills, for that is the gospel that makes alive again. And when you have found it, give good heed to it. Let it enter into your inmost being. As the rain soaks into the ground, so pray the Lord to let his gospel soak into your soul."
C.H. Spurgeon


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 30, 2007, 10:59:17 AM
"Never lose heart in the power of the gospel. Do not believe that there exists any man, much less any race of men, for whom the gospel is not fitted."

C.H. Spurgeon


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on July 01, 2007, 12:29:33 AM
Amen...


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 01, 2007, 10:52:55 AM
"When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed." (C.H. Spurgeon)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 02, 2007, 09:01:42 AM
When you think of the cross, what thoughts come to your mind? Steeples, necklaces, churches?

Or do your thoughts go deeper? Do words like these come to mind? Jesus, nails, blood, pain, death, tomb, empty tomb, joy, promise, life, eternal life, saviour.

Oh, the words of the cross, so full of pain. So full of passion. So full of promise, God's promise. His promise to you. His promise to give you life everlasting.

You, that's where his thoughts are. He is thinking about you. As you ponder the cross, He wants you to know  ... He did it for you. He did it just for you.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Act 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 02, 2007, 10:18:01 PM
To stretch our faith, to take the risk,
God says we will suceed
If we but ask Him for strength
And grace that we will need.      D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 03, 2007, 04:01:10 PM
The True Shepherd

“Ah, brethren, this is the mark of every true shepherd whom Christ sends - he comes in by the door, that is, the blood of Christ. He speaks of sin, because he has seen its greatness; he speaks of pardon, because he has been forgiven; of blood, because he has felt its power. ‘He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.’ No other qualification will do. All the learning at colleges will never make a minister. All the eloquence in the world will never make a minister.”

- Robert Murray M’cheyne


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 03, 2007, 05:33:08 PM
Do good to all and kindness show-
That's what God's word commands;
For when we're serving in Christ's name,
We are His feet and hands.                     Fitzhugh
                   


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 04, 2007, 11:08:18 AM
“There is nothing attractive about the gospel to the natural man; the only man who finds the gospel attractive is the man who is convicted of sin.” (Oswald Chambers)

“A gospel that elevates man and dethrones God is not the gospel.” (Will Metzger)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 04, 2007, 01:05:19 PM
We who love Jesus are walking by faith,
Not seeing one step that's ahead;
Not doubting one moment what our lot may be,
But looking to Jesus instead.                                 Fields


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 05, 2007, 11:34:31 AM
“You may spoil the gospel by substitution. You have only to withdraw from the eyes of the sinner the grand object which the Bible proposes to faith--Jesus Christ--and to substitute another object in His place… and the mischief is done.    J.C. Ryle


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 05, 2007, 02:26:25 PM
Savior, let me walk beside Thee,
Let me feel my hand in Thine;
Let me know the joy of walking
In Thy strength and not in mine.        Sidebotham


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 06, 2007, 10:16:43 AM
Just exactly what is the Gospel?

We hear the Gospel spoken of quite frequently by many. But exactly what is the Gospel? The book of Mark puts it quite simply in the very first verse. It is the good news of the coming of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist tells us in Mat 3:1 it is the good news of " the kingdom of heaven". We are told in numerous places that Jesus went around "preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God".

We find in Luke 4 where it is so clearly stated that:

Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.


This wondrous good news of the coming of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God is "salvation to everyone that believeth"


Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Salvation, salvation from death under the law by God's perfect grace.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom 4:21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Rom 4:24  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 06, 2007, 12:32:08 PM
Unfailing is God's matchless love,
So kind, so pure, so true;
And those who draw upon that love
Show love in all they do.                    D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 07, 2007, 03:40:24 PM
2Co 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 07, 2007, 10:05:30 PM
To follow Christ we must let go
Of all that we hold dear;
And once we have denied ourselves,
Our gains become more clear.           Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 08, 2007, 11:33:01 AM
Pro 25:27  It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.


Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Heb 13:15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

All glory is His. Through His grace are we saved and through His grace do we strive for His glory. We do not work for that which is seen of man but for that which is in Heaven.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 08, 2007, 05:53:38 PM
To fear the Lord means giving Him
Our reverence, trust, and awe,
Acknowledging His sovereignty,
Submitting to His law.                Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 09, 2007, 06:51:52 AM
 The Old Gospel from the Bible says, "God forgives all our sins through Christ Jesus."

    Our culture offers a New Gospel that says, "You can't name anything 'sin' anymore.  Don't criticize what people do in private. If you name anything 'sin,' you are INTOLERANT.'

The Old Gospel quotes Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    The New Gospel quotes Mat 7:1  Judge not, that ye be not judged.

The Old Gospel wants to tell the whole world about Jesus Christ.

    The New Gospel tells Christians, "Shut-up.  Don't say anything about religion.  Keep your faith private.  You can use Jesus' name only for cursing, not for blessing."

Jesus told His Disciples:  Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


Notice Jesus did not say, "You can choose any way to God; what you prefer - my way or another religion - doesn't-matter. " 
 
No, Jesus said, "I AM THE WAY." - the only way!

Notice Jesus did not say, "Here is my opinion."
 
Jesus said, "I AM THE TRUTH."   

Notice Jesus did not say, "Follow my example for successful living."
 
Jesus said, "I AM THE LIFE."

A few hours later after Jesus said these words to His Disciples, Jesus stood on trial in-front-of Pontius Pilate.  Jesus told Pontius Pilate, "This is why I was born and came into the world: to tell people the truth. And everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me."

Pontius Pilate mocked Jesus, saying, "What is truth?!" (John 18:37)

Each Christian also must know what is true.  Each Christian also must stand on the Truth.

Are you girding yourself with truth? (Eph 6:14 )



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 09, 2007, 10:19:39 AM
Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today;
He has no feet but our feet to lead men in His way;
He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died;
He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.           Flint


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on July 10, 2007, 12:59:00 AM
Praise be to God that the gospel is not old, for His mercy is new everyday...I am so thankful for the gospel that set a person like me free and has made my path straight that I can walk in the newness of life, to become a new creation that only God can do in my life and everyday, I am reminded of what Jesus has done for me. If you only knew what He saved me from, then you would know the love I have that offers no debate but to please Him in just my daily life that others can see Him through me and that is all i have to give for I do not know of any other way to repay Him than to live for Him...


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 10, 2007, 08:42:45 PM
Of all the many blessings
That our gracious Father send,
I thank Him most of all today
For loyal-hearted friends.         Halse


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 11, 2007, 08:45:37 AM
Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.


No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.
John Calvin



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 11, 2007, 09:27:15 AM
There is a quiet resting place,
Where peace and joy are found;
Where burdens may be laid aside
And faith and love abound.          Moore


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 12, 2007, 12:31:49 PM
Many teach today that only the part of Jesus' saving grace is the true gospel and that anything to do with sin or hell has nothing to do with it. Without the story and understanding of sin and hell there would be no need for the rest. So it is important that we understand what sin and hell is about and why it is so important that we tell others what they need saved from. Sin leads to death, not a temporary thing where a soul ceases to exist, but an eternal suffering of death.

God does not wish for anyone to suffer such a torment. He would have all men saved. It is up to though to take that step of faith in and through Him. Won't you come to Him today?



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on July 12, 2007, 12:52:52 PM
Amen..


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 12, 2007, 02:35:00 PM
Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord--in me abide.              Orr


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 13, 2007, 10:24:44 AM
Reply implicitly upon the old, old gospel. You need no other nets when you fish for men; those your Master has given you are strong enough to hold the little ones. Spread these nets and no others, and you need not fear the fulfillment of His word, ‘I will make you fishers of men.’ [Charles Spurgeon]



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 13, 2007, 10:26:26 AM
We must never confuse our desire for people to accept the Gospel, with creating a Gospel that is acceptable to people.” – Oswald Chambers



"The gospel is neither a discussion or a debate. It is an announcement."  - Paul S. Rees


Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff, including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 13, 2007, 12:19:27 PM
O that my life may useful be
As I serve Jesus faithfully;
And may the world see Christ in me--
This is my earnest prayer.                      Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 14, 2007, 11:32:31 AM
Betrayed, denied, tortured, mocked, crucified on a crude cross, His blood shed and died. Yet more innocent than a new born lamb was He. He endured this in place of you and I that we may see eternal life. How great a love is this.

PRAISE GOD HE IS RISEN!

One day He will come for those that have accepted Him as their Saviour that we may enjoy eternal life with Him.

We love Him because He first loved us.

Will you reject Him also or will you accept the wonderful love that He has for us?



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 14, 2007, 03:06:30 PM
He possessed all the world had to give him,
He had reached every coveted goal;
But, alas, his life was a failure,
For he had forgotten his soul.         Denison


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 15, 2007, 11:09:50 AM
What is the connection of the Old Testament to the Gospel?

There are those that would have us throw away the Old Testament books. To disregard any teachings that come from them. The Old Testament is the entire basis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our schoolmaster. Without it the understanding of the need for Jesus Christ might escape us completely.

We are told how God created all there is and it was "very good". We see how many chose to disobey God whereby sin entered into the world. We see how man tried to please God with his own works (Gen 4:3 ) We see how many continually rejected God, the formation of the laws that no man could hold to on his own.

We also see the many references and prophecies of God's solution for this and His love for mankind, for mankind to be reunited with Him.

The New Testament, the gospel of Jesus Christ who is come to save those that were lost.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 15, 2007, 01:34:06 PM
O God, in whom our trust we place,
We thank You for Your Word of grace;
Help us its precepts to obey,
Till we shall live in endless day.                 Huss


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on July 17, 2007, 03:03:00 AM
I know that I am not much...but make me a fisher of men...Let us go and drop the net...that it will be full...


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 17, 2007, 08:59:06 AM
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.           Anon


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 17, 2007, 12:41:43 PM
Buddha never claimed to be God. Moses never claimed to be Jehovah. Mohammed never claimed to be Allah. Yet Jesus Christ claimed to be the true and living God. Buddha simply said, "I am a teacher in search of the truth." Jesus said, "I am the Truth." Confucius said, "I never claimed to be holy." Jesus said, "Who convicts me of sin?" Mohammed said, "Unless God throws his cloak of mercy over me, I have no hope." Jesus said, "Unless you believe in me, you will die in your sins." --Unknown


Fundamentally, our Lord's message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did not come merely to give bread; He said, "I am the bread." He did not come merely to shed light; He said, "I am the light." He did not come merely to show the door; He said, "I am the door." He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said, "I am the shepherd." He did not come merely to point the way; He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." --J. Sidlow Baxter



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 17, 2007, 07:07:23 PM
O God, may the life
Of Jesus within
Give strength to restrain
Our urges to sin.               D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 18, 2007, 11:10:58 AM
We must not advocate a self-centered gospel in place of a God-centered one. Scripture has been twisted,  either misused or taken out of context to support self instead of the wonderful grace of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is His work and none of our own that provides Salvation. It is through Him and no other name that we may see eternal life.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 18, 2007, 03:18:25 PM
You have called us, Lord, to witness---
To tell others of Your Son;
Spirit, give us words so simple
That they'll reach some seeking one.             D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 03:52:43 PM
We must not advocate a self-centered gospel in place of a God-centered one. Scripture has been twisted,  either misused or taken out of context to support self instead of the wonderful grace of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is His work and none of our own that provides Salvation. It is through Him and no other name that we may see eternal life.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!.Hallelujah! AMEN!AMEN!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 03:54:14 PM
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!.Hallelujah! AMEN!AMEN!
zillionsssssssssssssssssssssss


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 04:10:42 PM
You have called us, Lord, to witness---
To tell others of Your Son;
Spirit, give us words so simple
That they'll reach some seeking one.             D. De Haan
  Islandboy, come on there is room in the boat, we leave early after irrigation,let`s  go fish  some men ,they all look like wide mouth bass ,cause they think they know everything, easy to catch sometime,they nibble a lot. and God does the rest....Praise Jesus He is in the boat.lovein Jesus .Def me catch a big fish today..i did in Jesus i was able to testify big time ...glory God is so so good


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 04:20:08 PM
I know that I am not much...but make me a fisher of men...Let us go and drop the net...that it will be full...
Hey! Maryjane when are we leaving, please don't` leave me behind, i wont be a burden i am not much,,i have parts that don't work so well but i am courageous and willing  and obedient to the Capitan i would make a good skipper and i have a mascot..we don`t eat much and we are patient..in jesus,Def ,i am eager to go i am a good fisher of men you will see..i have a God teacher...


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 04:30:02 PM
What is the connection of the Old Testament to the Gospel?

There are those that would have us throw away the Old Testament books. To disregard any teachings that come from them. The Old Testament is the entire basis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our schoolmaster. Without it the understanding of the need for Jesus Christ might escape us completely.

We are told how God created all there is and it was "very good". We see how many chose to disobey God whereby sin entered into the world. We see how man tried to please God with his own works (Gen 4:3 ) We see how many continually rejected God, the formation of the laws that no man could hold to on his own.

We also see the many references and prophecies of God's solution for this and His love for mankind, for mankind to be reunited with Him.

The New Testament, the gospel of Jesus Christ who is come to save those that were lost.


Yummy!! great food ,the last two phrase ..I will meditate and absorb into my blood(His blood for i am in He)till he comes and get me,very soon Pastor Roger that was so good to my soul thank you. in Jesus..Def


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 04:48:49 PM
Yummy!! great food ,the last two phrase ..I will meditate and absorb into my blood(His blood for i am in He)till he comes and get me,very soon Pastor Roger that was so good to my soul thank you. in Jesus..Def
good night every body ,you are never alone, God is Love and Jesus is always there in you,and i am tire so peaceful  night to you Pastor Roger and all brothers and sister of the Ship..nightynight.in Jesus Def.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 04:50:23 PM
Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.


No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.
John Calvin


Good...Def


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 18, 2007, 04:51:44 PM
To fear the Lord means giving Him
Our reverence, trust, and awe,
Acknowledging His sovereignty,
Submitting to His law.                Hess
Amen!..Def


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 18, 2007, 09:49:43 PM
God's unseen presence comforts me,
I know He's always near;
And when life's storms besiege our soul,
He says, "My child, I'm here.                      D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 18, 2007, 09:53:51 PM
Def, I am sure that with that great Love you have in your heart for the Lord, that when he comes or sends for us, be it boat or bus or beam me up, He won't forget you. :) :) :)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 19, 2007, 07:53:07 AM
Goodmorning you will not be alone all day all his angels are camping around you .in jesus.Def


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Maryjane on July 19, 2007, 11:45:08 PM
Def..amen...


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 20, 2007, 10:00:08 AM
When we are happy or when we are blue,
God is aware of whatever we do;
All of our sorrows He takes as His own--
And He will never leave us alone.                Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 21, 2007, 11:56:45 AM
Confession

Biblically we confess our faith and we confess our sins.  Both are declarations.  To confess our faith means to publicly declare our belief in Christ.  To confess our sins means to admit them.  Of course, our confession is properly accompanied by a request of forgiveness.

When we confess our sins to the one against whom we have sinned, we are humbling ourselves and becoming vulnerable.  Our confession before God is the same.  It is an act of humility, a necessary attitude when we approach the infinitely holy God of the universe.  Confession is a sweet release and welcome healing to the soul.  Once completed, confession restores relationships and often brings blessing.  Confession is good.  It is sometimes hard, but it is always good.

Have you ever committed a sin that you have tried to hide?  Have you ever tried to bury a sin in your heart?  Have you ever sinned against someone and not asked forgiveness because to do so would mean to face the person and admit your sin, risk the shame and embarrassment of such an admission, become vulnerable, and show humility?  Have you ever confessed a sin to God only but not to the person you've sinned against?  After all, it is easier to confess our sins to the God we can't see than to the person we can.  Have you ever done this and struggled with trying to get by with confessing to God, but not to the one you've offended?  If so, if you have ever hidden your sin and not followed through in the confession that God desires, then you know the ache of the Holy Spirit who gentle and persistently calls you to repentance.

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin (John 16:8).  He indwells our hearts and requires that we not harbor sin.  He lets us know that we have an obligation to be vulnerable, admit our wrong, ask for forgiveness, and receive it.  He desires our purity and we cannot be pure by harboring unconfessed sin in our hearts.  Therefore, He calls us to confession and restoration.  He is persistent.  Finally, when confession is made Jesus is glorified and your fellowship with God is restored.  Nevertheless, if you do not confess your sins, then the loving work of the Spirit will gently, constantly, and persistently call you to confession.  When the Holy Spirit wants you to admit your sin, He will not leave you alone.  He makes His presence felt.  He doesn't give up.

It is both a pain and a blessing to be convicted by the Spirit of God.  It is painful because that is what conviction is, painful.  It is unpleasant and the longer you resist, the more He persists and the more our discomfort is felt.  On the other hand, the Spirits conviction is a blessing because it means you belong to God and He is actively working in your heart.  It means He has not given up on you and that He desires what is best for you -- even though that means doing something that may not be pleasant.  It is good to be convicted by the Spirit of God.  It is very good.

Confession is also good.  We need to not harbor sin in our hearts.  We need to openly declare our sins before God and, if need be, before others.  Jesus died to remove our sin and to grant fellowship with God.  He did not die so that we could hide sin in our hearts.  You see, God, who is holy, is too pure to look upon evil (Hab. 1:13).  Therefore, He gently and persistently calls us to confess our sins, to be cleansed, and to walk in fellowship with the Son (1 Cor. 1:9).

"In Victor Hugos great Les Miserables Jean Valjean, the ex-convict, under a new name, had buried his past and became the prosperous mayor of a provincial town. But one day he learned that in a neighboring village an old man arrested for stealing apples had been identified as the notorious and long-sought ex-convict, Jean Valjean. That news precipitated a crisis in the soul of the real Jean Valjean. Should he keep silent, or should he reveal his identity and be sent back to the gallows? Should he remain in paradise and become a demon, or go to hell and become an angel?

His first impulse was to say nothing and do nothing. Out of a secret closet in the wall he drew a blue linen blouse, an old pair of trousers, an old knapsack, and a huge cudgel shod with iron at both ends. These were the last ties which attached him to the old Jean Valjean. He threw them into the fire, and then seized the candlesticks which the Bishop had given him and flung them into the flame. But a voice said, Jean Valjean, there will be many voices around you which will bless you, and only one which will curse you in the dark. All those benedictions will fall back before they ascend to God. This made him take the candlesticks out of the fire and replace them on the mantel. All through the night he fought his awful battle, until, in the morning, his servant told him that the carriage he had ordered to take him to the town where the old man was on trial waited at the door.

The next day as the president of the court was about to pronounce sentence, the true convict stood up before the court and said, I am Jean Valjean. Some thought that he was mad, and others pitied him for the sacrifice he had made. As he left the courtroom, he said: All of you consider me worthy of pity, do you not? When I think what I was on the point of doing, I consider that I am to be envied. God, who is on high, looks down on what I am doing at this moment, and that suffices.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 21, 2007, 12:26:36 PM
How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe;
How often, when trials  like sea-billows roll,
Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.        Cushing


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 22, 2007, 10:36:40 AM
Conviction of sin

Conviction can be a powerful thing in the life of a Christian. As followers of Jesus we are indwelt by the living God who is holy and righteous. The Lord himself purchased us with His blood (Acts 20:28), and we are no longer our own. We belong to the Holy One of Israel. Since we are no longer our own and since we belong to God, He has taken up residence in us. As Jesus said in John 14:23, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him." God lives in us.

Sometimes in our Christian lives we sin. Such acts of rebellion against God brings us to the place of conviction in our hearts were the Holy Spirit sometimes gently, sometimes with strength, prods our hearts, pricks at our innermost being, nudges at our soul, and brings us to the place of confession and repentance. This persistent and sometimes gnawing conviction of the Holy Spirit is a wonderful thing, no matter how unpleasant it is at the time.  But that is the nature of many good things; they sometimes are best gained through discomfort.

God loves us enough not to leave us alone. He has our best interest at heart. He does not want to us to participate in that which grieves Him and harms us. This is why Jesus said that He would not leave us alone but that He would send the Comforter who would help us and guide us (John 14:26; Acts 9:31). This Comforter is the one who grants us the assurance of our salvation so that we might know we possess eternal life (1 John 5:13).  He also anoints us and teaches us (1 John 2:19).  And, He also consistently and lovingly convicts us of our sins.  Why does he do this? Again, to bring us to confession and repentance.

How are you with God? Do your sins result in conviction in your soul? Is your relationship with the Lord such that even your minor sins brings an uncomfortable awareness of conviction? If you do not experience this, then you are either not saved, hardened of heart, or are in need of repentance. If you do not experience a conviction of due to your sins perhaps you are perfect.  Or, perhaps you are so sanctified in your walk with the Lord that you rarely sin. Perhaps, it is possible. But in my life, I have yet to arrive at such a place. In my life the Holy Spirit is active in a wide variety of ways.  Conviction is simply one of them by which He ministers holiness to me, and I'm thankful. Are you thankful? Does your conviction bring you to repentance and confession?

"Lord, thank you for forgiving me of my sins and thank you for continuing to work in my heart to make me more like you. Please convict me of my sins so that I might know from what I need to turn so that I might not grieve you, and so that I might bring glory to your name. Do with me as you wish Lord."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 22, 2007, 02:34:16 PM
O God, my heart is the altar
And my love for you is the flame;
I'll keep the fire burning for You, Lord,
And I will rejoice in Your name.             Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 22, 2007, 05:28:03 PM
O God, my heart is the altar
And my love for you is the flame;
I'll keep the fire burning for You, Lord,
And I will rejoice in Your name.             Hess
I am going to sleep in the burning bush....."SHHH"goodninght the Lord God is Here.........in Jesus Def.xx


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on July 22, 2007, 05:30:20 PM
I am going to sleep in the burning bush....."SHHH"goodninght the Lord God is Here.........in Jesus Def.xx


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 23, 2007, 10:49:25 AM
Dying with Christ

Here is a trick question.  Have you died yet?  I am not talking about a near death experience.  I am talking about a theological statement made in the Bible and what it means.  In short, if you are a Christian, you have died.  Please consider the following scriptures:  "Now if we have died with Christ..." (Rom. 6:8); "If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world..." (Col. 2:20); "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God," (Col. 3:3); "It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him," (2 Tim. 2:11).

Our death in Christ is a death to the old self, the old ways, the sinful life.  It is a reality and a hope.  It is truth as well as life.  Jesus so completely represented us on the cross, that when He died, it is said that we died.  This is why Paul says in Col. 3:5, "Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry."  You are to mentally reckon, intellectually acknowledge, meditate on, think in such a way as to consider yourselves dead to sin.

Of course, we Christians know that we struggle with sin, that it is not dead in us, that we fail, and continually come to the Lord Jesus and ask for forgiveness.  We Christians, know what we are inside.  We know we are not perfect and that many of the thoughts of our mind would terribly embarrass and shame us if they were publically spoken.  Such is the reality of our fallen selves.  Yet, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin.  We are to think of ourselves as dead to sin.

The reason we can do this is because of Jesus and what He did on the cross.  Only through Jesus can we be delivered from sin.  Only through the shed blood of God the Son, can our lives be made right before God the Father.  The reality of the crucifixion and of Jesus' bearing our sins, all of them, in His body, is realized in the acknowledgement of our deadness to sin.  This is an important truth that God wants us to understand.  But, understanding it isn't enough.  You must practice it.  This does not mean, however, that you ignore your sins, or say you have none, or claim perfection.  Rather, it is an admission that you are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus and that you are "in Christ" and reckoned as dead to sin because of Jesus.  Your mind is an important battleground in the war of sanctification and it begins with your own death.  If you are a Christian, then you have died to sin because of your relationship with Jesus.  Therefore, consider yourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ.  Turn from the deeds of the flesh and seek Jesus.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 23, 2007, 12:26:01 PM
He is coming! "Star of Morning",
All the faithful caught away,
When the trumpet, in a moment,
Ushers in the glad new day.           Dimmock


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 24, 2007, 10:41:01 AM
Discipleship

What do you think of when the word discipleship comes to mind?  Do you think of discipline, or following Jesus, or helping others, or memorizing scripture, etc.?  When I think of discipleship, of being a follower of Jesus, one common theme always comes to mind.  It is found in Jesus' words in Luke 9:23, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."  To me, this is the essence of discipleship.

The cross was a place of great pain and humiliation, but it is also a place of great love.  Jesus' endured the scorn and ridicule of so many in order to  buy life for us.  He allowed Himself to be led to a place where He would suffer greatly.  He humbled Himself so that He could die.  He did not boast in Himself.  He did not seek His own. He did not remember a wrong suffered. Instead, He loved.  He taught.  He healed.  He forgave.  This is what He meant when He said pick up your cross and follow Him.  He wants you to follow Him to the place of where you die to yourself, where you live humility, where you do not boast, where you are forgiving and loving, and kind -- and where you bring glory to God.  This is what He is asking of us because this is what He exemplified. We cannot serve two masters.  Either Jesus is Lord or our lives, or we are.

To be a disciple of Jesus means that we follow Him.  It means that we are trying to become like Him in many ways.  This is a very difficult thing to do because He is so good and we are sinners.  So much of it is left up to ourselves and our responsibility.  God lets us choose our way, our needs, our disciplines.  Of course, He desires that we seek Him first; He desires that we love Him first.  But, He will not force us into this.  He lets us grow and learn from our success as well as our mistakes.  He allows us the opportunities to die to ourselves and thereby grow in Christ.  He provides the means for us to put others first.  He arranges things so that we can make godly choices or choices that suit our fleshly desires and needs.  In this, He is discipling us by providing choices to make in our lives.

Every opportunity of every day can be a place of turning.  Whether or not someone else knows you are a Christian, or knows the motives of your heart, you are to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace," (Eph. 4:1-3).  It is a high calling this thing called Christian discipleship.  But it is a worthy calling.

Nevertheless, when I compare myself to Jesus, I find myself falling short.  To be honest, I don't like bearing the cross daily.  It is heavy.  I am not particularly fond of disciplining myself to read His Word, not to mention actually applying it to my life.  Being humble is something I struggle with and considering the welfare of others means that I have to be less selfish.  All of these things are difficult -- and all of these things are unChristlike.  Therefore, I cling to the cross, confess my sins, and yet again ask for forgiveness and the strength to continue to walk in a manner worthy of my calling.  I will choose to follow Him regardless of the difficulties, the humiliation, and the suffering.  Why?  Because that is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  That is what it means if I claim the name of Christian for myself.

How about you?  Do you claim the title of Christian?  If so, are you living as though that were true?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 24, 2007, 11:35:14 AM
Thy Word is a lamp to my feet,
A light to my path always,
To guide and to save me from sin
And show me the heavenly way.      Sellers


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 25, 2007, 12:06:50 PM
Enslaved

Are you a slave?  There are two kinds of slaves we can choose to be according to the Bible.  First, 2 Pet. 2:19 says, "...by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved."  Second, 1 Cor. 7:22 says, "For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lords freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave."

Before we were Christians, a great many of us followed the lusts of our heart, indulging in our flesh, our egos, and our desires.  We were slaves to these lusts and answered their call, all the while thinking that it was us who was in control.  But, what benefit were we deriving of those things that we are now ashamed of?  I see no benefit.  Rom. 6:21 says, "Therefore, what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death."  The truth is that being a slave to sin brings nothing but bondage, suffering, and sin.

But now, by the grace of God, we are set free from the enslavement of our passions.  We are called of the Lord, freedmen, the slaves of Christ.  I would rather be the slave of Christ than a slave of my flesh.  The former brings joy and peace.  The later brings pain and anguish.

Which are you?  Which do you want to be?  It is a good idea to periodically sit back and analyze your relationship with God.  First of all, are you saved?  Have you trusted in the sacrifice of Christ alone, who is God in flesh, for the forgiveness of your sins.  Are you are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1)?  Have you received Jesus (John 1:12)?  Do you rely in no way on your own effort to be saved (Rom. 4:5)?  If so, then praise God.  But, if you have not done this, then you are still a slave to your sins -- whether you believe it or not -- and are on your way to eternal damnation.

However, if you are a Christian and still struggle with some of the sins of your past, there is comfort for you.  First, you must understand that God still loves you and forgives you -- because of Jesus.   Second, you must realize that you are not saved by your "staying good."  You are saved by grace, not by your sustained goodness and obedience.  Third, you must continue to war against your sin and confess it to the Lord -- each and every time you fall.  Fourth, you must, by faith, receive the forgiveness of Jesus and not guilt-whip yourself into a false sense of "penance" in a morbid attempt to appease God by making yourself suffer so as to be found worthy to be with God.  There is nothing you can do to be found worthy to God.  All your worth is found in Jesus.  You must look to Him and to Him alone for your salvation and your sanctification.  You must throw yourself completely upon Jesus and trust Him alone -- for everything.

Jesus is the one who you must seek.  Spend regular time with Him in prayer asking for strength, for deliverance, and faith.  Remember that Jesus is gentle and kind.  He loves you and is desiring fellowship with you.  Go to Him in all things.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 25, 2007, 12:20:35 PM
Lord, let me be a shining light
In all I say and do,
That Your great love displayed in me
May lead someone to You.                 Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 25, 2007, 01:57:40 PM
Lord, let me be a shining light
In all I say and do,
That Your great love displayed in me
May lead someone to You.                 Sper

Amen. A prayer that we should all be doing daily.

I love the posts that you have been making in this thread.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 26, 2007, 12:28:20 PM
Facing Ourselves

In light of two Christian friends suddenly discovering they have terminal cancer, I have been forced to face some issues in my own life.  As a Christian who defends the faith, who teaches about God's love, and who seeks to have the ministry of Jesus spread as far as possible, I find that my own heart is cold, dark, and selfish.  I do not liked what I see.

My two friends are facing death and one of the first things I think of is that I am glad it isn't me.  I hate to admit it, but it is true that I am more concerned about myself than them.  How selfish I am in my heart.  My wife, who can cry compassionately for her friend who has terminal cancer, shames me by the demonstration of her kindness and empathy.  My own heart does not weep as easily as hers.  Instead, I am glad that I am "okay."  Don't be mistaken.  I feel for my friends and I am sorry that they have cancer and I pray that God will heal them both.  But, I am not broken inside over their plight.  I am not so empathetic as I should be because the compassion in my heart is wedded to my desire for personal safety and comfort.  Somehow, I feel as though I am betraying Christ and what He stands for.  Have I not learned what I need to learn in life so that the woes of others move me to a greater compassion?  Have I become so comfortable in my life and patterns, that my heart has grown cold?  Is God trying to show me something through the suffering of others?

In John 11, we read the story of Lazarus.  Verses 2-5 say, "And it was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.  3The sisters therefore sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick...5Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus."

We know the story.  Lazarus dies and Jesus raises him from the dead.  But what is interesting is that Jesus waited. He tarried.  He did not rush to Lazarus to heal Him after He finds out that Lazarus is ill.  Instead, the Bible says in verse six, "When therefore He heard that he was sick, He stayed then two days longer in the place where He was."  Why did Jesus wait two days longer?  It seems to that one of the reasons was so that Lazarus could die so that Jesus could raise Him from the dead and glorify God and so that the disciples would believe in Him (John 11:15) and know that Jesus is the "resurrection and the life" (John 11:25).  But, please take note of what Jesus does as He approaches the place where Lazarus has died.  "When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled, 34and said, "Where have you laid him?" They *said to Him, "Lord, come and see." 35Jesus wept. 36And so the Jews were saying, "Behold how He loved him!" (John 11:33-36).

I am always impressed by the compassion of Jesus.  Here He is, God in flesh, a man of men, the living Word of God and yet, Jesus weeps -- in public.  His compassion was so true that He was not ashamed to cry before other men.  He loved dearly and truly and His love moved Him to compassion.  His compassion led Him to action.

Whenever I study Jesus and His life, I invariably feel uncomfortable because in so doing I am forced to see myself in light of His kindness, compassion, goodness, truth, sacrifice, and love.  I always fall short and I always WILL fall short.  So, I find that I like to hide in the corners of my own comfort and self righteousness and say "Well, at least I go to church, don't lie, and help people understand God better.  I mean, I'm not THAT bad."  But the truth is, I AM that bad.  I AM selfish with an underdeveloped sense of love and compassion.  But, as long as it doesn't have to be tested, I can stay comfortable and secure.

Isn't that just like us to find a comfortable level of spiritual existence where we don't have to face ourselves the way we should?  I don't know about you, but that is definitely a problem I have and the cancer in my friends has forced me to realize just how sinful I am in my heart which, as the Bible says, is desperately wicked and deceitful (Jer. 17:9).  Again, I do not like what I see.

What about you?  How is your heart doing?  Are you so comfortable that your heart isn't being stretched?  How is your compassion for others?  How is your love for them?  Are you led to action, to prayer, to help, to minister to others when they are in times of need or do you brush it off because to face the needs of others means that you have to face yourself?

We all have issues to deal with before God.  But, one thing I know is that Jesus' compassion for us is infinite and holy.  He knows our weaknesses, our selfish desires, and our sins.  Yet, the amazing thing is that He still loves us -- in spite of what we are.  He loves us not because of what we are, but because of what He is.  He said He will never leave us or forsake us (Matt. 28:20).  He knows us all too well and yet, He loves with an infinite love.  Let us look to Jesus and learn how to be more like Him. To Him be the glory.  To Him be the praise. 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 26, 2007, 02:52:25 PM
O love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.                          Matheson



Your welcome, Pastor Roger. I am enjoying your posts as well.                 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 27, 2007, 12:06:47 PM
Humility - Phil. 2-8

Are you humble?  I have a friend who jokingly says, "I'm proud of my humility."  The funny thing is that he actually is one of the more humble men I know.  He and I both realize that humility is no joke.  It is a hard thing to master.  If I say I am humble, then am I humble?  If I think I'm humble, am I?  Or what if I say, "In my humble opinion, I'm not very humble," then what do I do?

What is humility?  Biblically there are several facets to humility, but I want to focus on that aspect that deals with our relation to God.  Therefore, humility is the right understanding of who you are before God.  Notice, I did not say it means that you have to hate yourself, or call yourself names, or say you aren't worth anything, etc.  Humility is that quality of a Christian that demonstrates a right relationship and position before God.  This demonstration is manifested in attitude, words, and deeds.  John the Baptist was humble: "And he was preaching, and saying, "After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals," (Mark 1:7).  He knew who he was in relation to Jesus.  Remember the parable of the tax gather in Luke 18:9-14 where he said, "Lord have mercy on me a sinner"?  Jesus called him humble.  He knew that before God, he was a sinner.

How about you?  Are you humble before your Lord -- don't answer.  Instead, think of who Jesus is, His holiness, His greatness, His majesty, His love, His sacrifice, etc.  And remember that Jesus humbled Himself by becoming one of us, "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross," (Phil. 2:8).  Then, ask yourself if you are humble or not.

Romans 12:3 says, "For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith," (NASB).  God does not want us to think too highly of ourselves.  Instead, he wants us to think soundly.  Whenever I start getting prideful and begin thinking that I know a lot about the Bible, or how big my website is, or whatever else I can boast about, the Lord reminds me of how utterly pompous I really am.  Does God need me to carry out His will on this earth?  Nope.  Does He need me to answer tough questions for people?  Nope.  Does He need me to "get things done"?  Nope, not at all.  He doesn't need me at all.  That is why it is really amazing that He uses me in spite of what I am inside.  Now, THAT is grace!  Praise God!  What I need to do is listen to Him, look to the cross, love God first, love my neighbor second, and not think more highly of myself than I ought.  Oh Lord, I pray that you would fill my heart with humility as I look to your Son, that you would not let me think more highly of myself than I ought, and that I would love you and honor you.

We need to be humble for many reasons, but 1 Pet. 5:5 has a good one to focus on:  "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." I don't want God to oppose me.  I suspect you don't want Him to oppose you either.  It is good to be humble before people and to be thought of as nice and kind and not proud, but our humility before God is where we need to start, not with people. We need to start with our relationship with Him that can only come through a proper relationship with Jesus.  We need to be humble before God and dependent up Him, seeking His will.  Therefore,  prayer, the place of dependence upon God, is the practice of humility before God.  When we let our souls bask in the presence of God, we find out who we really are:  sinners, saved by grace, and kept by His love.  And, as Moses' face shined because of being in the presence of God, so too will your heart reflect the humility and love of Jesus as we spend time with Him in prayer.  Seek Jesus and you will find perfect Humility.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 27, 2007, 12:26:58 PM
Inadequate but mighty---
How strange, yet wholly true;
Weak men endured with power
The Lord's blest work shall do.           Bosch


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 28, 2007, 10:33:10 AM
Repentance

The Bible tells us, "...God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent," (Acts 17:30). But, what is repentance according to the Bible? Biblically, it can mean anything from sincere regret to altered behavior that results in a moral change. God desires that we repent. He desires that our behavior, deeds, and words be molded to the image of His Son. As Jesus said, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," (Matt. 4:17). Okay, so we are supposed to repent, But repent from what? What is it we are supposed to stop doing? What are we to change?

Sin is breaking God's law. The Law of God is best exemplified in the Ten Commandments which is a reflection of the perfect, holy, and pure nature of God's character. God cannot lie, or steal, or bear false witness because these things are against His nature. God is good. Therefore, the Law is good and it is the standard of moral perfection. But we, on the other hand, are fallen creatures who cannot keep the law perfectly. Those of use who are redeemed constantly fight with our fleshly desires (1 Peter 2:11) in an effort to obey God and be conformed to His holiness: "Be holy for I am holy," (1 Pet. 1:16). That is, we continually fight against our natural tendency to do that which is often contrary to God's will. This is why Paul said in Rom. 7:19, "For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish." So, we are to repent of any and all things contrary to God's revealed word which means we need to study the Bible so we might be better conformed to what He desires. We also need to face the reality that even though we Christians are redeemed, we are still battling our sins and, unfortunately, we fail too often to live up to the standard of God's holy perfection. This is why we need Jesus.

Jesus is the One who stood in our place and fulfilled all of the Law of God perfectly. He never sinned (1 Pet. 2:22). When we become Christians, the righteousness of Jesus is imputed to us; that is, it is reckoned to our account so that God sees us as being righteous because of the work of Christ. This means that our repentance from our sins is not without purpose or value. You see, we know too well that we repent of sins that we commit over and over again. But we must ask how can God forgive us if we have asked for forgiveness for a sin(s) and yet we continue to fall back into it? Does not our failure condemn us and prove that we have not repented? Not at all. Jesus bore all our sins in His body (1 Pet. 2:24), not just some of them, not just the ones we are able to repent of, but also the ones that we struggle with and continually fight against. The important truth is that we are not redeemed by our efforts at holiness and we do not maintain salvation by repenting and not sinning. All our hope and security is in Jesus and He loves us and forgives us as often as we need it. Of course, this does not mean that it is okay to sin just so we can be forgiven (Rom. 6:1-2). But it does mean that we are secure and free in Christ to not have to beat ourselves up in our efforts to please Him.

Beware of a pitfall. Sometimes, penance is part of our problem. Penance is a repayment, a way of fixing a wrong. Sometimes we try and make things right with God through an effort or self inflicted guilt. Of course, there is nothing wrong with making things right with someone you've sinned against and guilt is the right response to a wrong deed. But, there is absolutely no penance that we can do that can ever please God in anyway. If there were, then Jesus would not have needed to die for our sins (Gal. 2:21). The simple truth is that if we try and do something to suffer in order to make ourselves right with God, we are insulting God and the very work of Christ on the cross by attempting to please God by our works. This must be avoided at all costs. Let me restate this yet again. Penance is sinful when it is aimed at making ourselves right with God. The only way we can be right with God is by throwing ourselves at the cross and asking forgiveness from the Lord Himself.

Do you have sins you need to repent of? Are there some old habits, some new sins, some people you're not reconciled with, or something else that is contrary to God's word that you have not turned from? If so, then confess it to God and repent. Don't try and please God through your efforts to make up for a sin against Him. Please God by completely and totally relying on Jesus -- and turning from your sins. You need to know that God is there to forgive you and to love you. He is good and kind and patient with you. "Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?" (Rom. 2:4, NASB).

Repentance is a holy command of God. It is something He can give to you (2 Tim. 2:5) through the grace of His Son Jesus. Seek God's holiness and turn from that which is unholy.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 29, 2007, 10:28:45 AM
To the cross again

I am a sinner.  I don't want to be a sinner.  But I am.  I have sins that still get the best of me.  In fact, there are sins that I have confessed to God so many times that I feel like I should just make a recording of a prayer of confession, carry it around in a small tape player, aim it heavenward, and just play the tape several times a day.  But that would rob me of something special:  God Himself.

The Lord saved me knowing everything about me.  He knew I would continue to commit sins.  Yet, He chose to save me.  He knew I would have to struggle not to be an arrogant, lustful, prideful, jerk throughout my whole life and would fail countless times.  Yet, He chose to save me.  He knew that I would try and bargain my way out of guilt, out of repentance, and out of accountability.  Yet, He chose to save me.  He knew about the sinfulness of my being and the deceitfulness of my heart.  He knew everything!  Yet, He chose to save me.  Why?  Why me?  Why did He save me?  One thing I know.  It is not because of anything in me.  Not at all.  It is because of everything in Him:  love, patience, kindness, humility, compassion, empathy, sacrifice, and so much more.  I am saved because of Him and His love.

So what do I do with these persistent sins?  Do I just give into them and say, "Well, that's the way I am and God's going to have to accept me this way"?  No.  Do I say, "I can't help it so I am not going to worry about my sins,"?  No.  Do I give into them so many times that I don't feel their conviction anymore?  May it never be.  Instead, I go to the cross again, and again, and again, and again.  You see, I just don't have anything else I can do.

Let me start again.  I am a sinner.  I don't want to be a sinner.  But I am.  I have sins that still get the best of me.  But, I keep going to the cross with them, every time, and I mean every time.  Every time I fall into the same old sin, I go to the cross, confess it, and ask forgiveness...again.  When I fall again, I go to the cross again.  You need to do the same thing.  You can't let your sins get you down.  You need to go to the cross, no matter what.  You must go there.  You have to.

I need to let you in on a secret.  Don't pass it around too much, but...I'm weak and susceptible to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life (1 John 2:16).  I used to think that being a Christian meant absolute victory.  But, I have found that it means struggle, that victories are very real, but so are defeats.  This Christian walk is not that easy sometimes.  In fact, it can be quite difficult.  That is why I have to keep clinging to the cross.  I don't have anything else I can do sometimes.  I can't make any deals with God about my sin.  I can't guilt-whip myself for my sins until I feel "worthy" enough to go get forgiven!  I have absolutely nothing I can do but to continue to resist sin, judge my sins as sin, confess them to the Lord, ask Jesus to forgive me yet another time, and continue to cling to the cross of my redemption, that place where my Lord God bought the church with His own blood (Acts 20:28).  That is all I can do.  That is all you can do.

The older I get the more I realize I how much more I need the cross.  The more I see my sins reflected against the purity of Jesus, the more I realize I need His cleansing sacrifice.  I used to think that the cross was the place where I first met Christ and "got forgiven" and that now my Christian life consists of church, good deeds, confession, helps, etc.  But, more and more I am realizing that the cross of Christ needs to be central in my life, my heart, my family, my love, my speech, my writing, my thinking, and, of course, my confession.

What about you?  What is the center of your life?  Or better yet, Who is the center of your life?  Who do you go to for help with the deepest of needs, the deepest of confessions?  Go to Jesus.  Go and seek the Lord Jesus, confess your sins to Him.  Receive His forgiveness.  He knows all about you.

 

To the cross again I go.

There is nothing else I know.

Its strength is all I need.

Where Jesus for me bled.

To cleanse me of my sins

To give me strength within

Jesus alone I know.

To the cross again I go.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 29, 2007, 04:55:00 PM
Where is the heart that does not keep
Within its inmost store
Some fond rememberrance hidden deep
Of days that are no more?                      Anon


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 30, 2007, 07:11:33 AM
To what are you devoted?

It is a sad truth in our lives that we sometimes become more devoted to things other then God and His glory.  It is easy to do.  In the world, there are people who are devoted to movie stars. They admire them and elevate them to a status of extreme honor and adoration.  People are far too often devoted to sports teams, almost to the point of reference.  We become devoted to political parties, ideologies, causes, and even cars.  Devotion is all around us in the world.  Some of it is good and some of it is not.  Good examples of devotion can be found in the love of a mother for her children and of a father for his family.  Bad examples can be found in extreme devotion to cars, houses, appearance, money, and possessions.  It is in our nature to become obsessed with things.

Now, there is nothing wrong with being devoted to something -- unless that devotion becomes an obsession. If it does, it pushes out proper behavior and proper adoration of God.  This then becomes sinful.  There should be nothing that holds more devotion in our lives than the Lord.  Everything else, must follow far behind.

 When you look at your own heart and look for what is most important to you, what you devote the most time to, what you find?  To what are you most devoted?  When I look inward, I become a bit uncomfortable.  Though there are things that require greater amounts of time than worship and adoration to God (i.e., work, sleep), what is most critical?  What is most important?  I find that sometimes, that the thing I feel most intensely devoted to isn't the Lord.

Yes, it is very easy to get out of sync regarding the Christian walk. It is easy, very easy, to become devoted to something so much, that it infringes on one's relationship with Christ.  When we realize that, we must take a step back, reassess what is most important to us, and once again look to the cross of Christ where His love and patience abound.

I'm reminded of a very important Scripture. "If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tim. 2:13). And another, "What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?" (Rom. 3:3). And still, another, "God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Cor. 1:9).

The priority of our devotion should always be God first. Notice the last verse above where it states that God desires we have fellowship with Jesus Christ. This fellowship is the Greek word "koinonia." It means "intimacy and communion." God wants this intimacy and this communion with us.  He wants our devotion to Him because it is only in this intimacy with the Lord Jesus that we can truly know what proper devotion really is and thereby experience the wonderful joy of the Lord's grace in a great way.

We need to look to the cross where we see the wonderful demonstration of God's loving devotion to us.  It is there that we see a perfect devotion, a perfect devotion combined with perfect love -- that brings glory to God.

Are you seeking God?  Are you devoting yourself to Him?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on July 30, 2007, 08:58:45 PM
Soon shall the morning gild
The dark horizon rim,
Thy heart's desire shall be fulfilled---
"Wait patiently for Him."                    Havergal


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on July 31, 2007, 10:43:04 AM
Waiting

How many of us have wondered why God doesn't answer some prayers? You know, the ones about getting that new home, or curing a sickness, or saving a person, or getting a job, or whatever it is. I have sometimes found myself bewildered that God doesn't open the eyes of someone lost in a cult, especially when all the evidence and truth are right there in front of him. Then there is the time when we have a sick loved one and we ask the Lord to heal, and the healing either comes or doesn't come quickly. Sometimes, medicine is needed, and much time. In each situation we have to wait to see what happens, to learn how the Lord has worked it out, to find out the method of His answer.

Noah had to wait 120 years while building the ark before the word of the Lord would be fulfilled. Abraham had to wait until old age before Sarah gave birth to Isaac. The Israelites had to wait hundreds of years to be delivered from Egypt. Ruth had to wait patiently for the Lord to provide Boaz to marry her. David had to wait until after Saul had died and the Lord had placed Him as king. The woman with the issue of blood had to wait 12 years to be healed by touching Jesus' garment. Jesus had to be born, grow, and wait until the age of 30 before he could begin His ministry and fulfill the predetermined plan of God (Acts 4:27-28). God has a plan and a purpose and they are worked out in lives, in history, in time. Therefore, we have to wait for the Lord to provide for our needs, healings, and hopes. We must be patient and not give up hope. God is patient. God has a plan in your life and the lives of others.

Waiting is a virtue. Its durability is directly related to its object of faith. If you trust the Lord and His goodness and if you believe that the Lord will provide what you need, then waiting for His answer and provision is an act of faith. Remember, faith is only as good as who you place it in. But, also remember that you must pray for God's will to be done, not your own. This is what Jesus prayed for in the Garden (Luke 22:42).

This Easter is the proof of God's love for you. The fact that Jesus has physically risen from the dead (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:1-4) is proof that God loves you and has provided for you. Even as Jesus had to wait three days to be raised, so too you must wait the appropriate length of time for the Lord to raise in you the work He has called you to do. You must wait for the answers to your prayers. But you can patiently wait on God, trusting that He loves you and wants the best for you.

So, labor patiently for the Lord. Pray always. Keep believing despite the circumstances and in spite of the long periods of time that sometimes wane between the request and the answer. Wait in faith, knowing that the call of God will come as well as the answers to the questions of your heart.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 01, 2007, 06:13:57 AM
What is a Christian?

Many think they are Christians because they claim to believe in Jesus.  But, believing in Jesus often means nothing, or anything, particularly here in America where pluralism and relativism are rampant.  Intolerance is the only thing not tolerated by the postmodernist who says, "My truth is different than your truth, so don't judge me with your outdated morals."  Such commentary by the non-thinking and spiritually dead is all too common.  But it doesn't change the true meaning of what it means to be a follower of Christ.  So, what does it mean to be a Christian?

First of all, to be a Christian, you must first know who Christ is.  Biblically, He is God in flesh, second person of the Trinity (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9).  He is the great "I AM" (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58).  He is the savior who was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), who died, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4), physically (John 2:19-21).  He alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  Only by the name of Jesus may a person be saved (Acts 4:12) and all who do not trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins will be judged (Matt. 25:41) accordingly.  Jesus is both God and man (Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; Phil. 2:5-8).  He is our eternal intercessor (Heb. 7:25) who mediates our salvation to the Father (1 Tim. 2:5).  To Him be the glory.

He is not merely some man who was wise (Secularism).  He was not the product of sexual relations between a god and goddess from another world (Mormonism).  He is not a man in tune with the divine consciousness (Christian Science).  He is not the first created thing in the universe (Jehovah's Witnesses).  He is not the harmonious, really-neat-teacher (New Age).  He is the creator of all things (Col. 1:16-17; Isaiah 44:24).  He is Lord!

Once you know who Jesus is, you must trust Him to forgive you of your sins.  Ask Him to forgive you.  He will.  Then, once you are saved, you are a Christian.  But, you are not a trophy to be placed on a shelf and left alone.  You are more like a pair of sneakers to be used.  That is what it means to be a Christian.  It means you have found the true Savior, not a false one of the cults.  It means you have been saved by God's grace, through faith (Eph. 2:8) and are now seeking to please Him in your life by following His commands (1 John 2:4).  Such obedience does not save you nor contribute to your salvation.  This obedience is motivated by love and thankfulness and is a response of being saved.

So, being a Christian means knowing the true Christ and following Him in truth.

However, in America, apostasy has reared its ugly head in the church.  There are those who do not hold Christ in the highest of regard, as God in flesh, and because they fail to do that, they fail to understand the gospel, they fail to become saved, and they fail to understand what it means to be a Christian.  Take the following quote as an example (Note: I am not suggesting all Methodist churches are like this): 

    "Glide Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco has this Call to Worship in their printed bulletin on Sunday and recited by the leader:  "We are all of us Christians, Jews, liberals, Bolsheviks, anarchists, socialists, Communists, Keynesians, Democrats, Civil Righters, Beatniks, ministers, moderate Republicans, pacifists, teachers, doctors, scientists, professors, Latin Americans, New Africans, Common Marketers, even Mao Tse-Tung. Doubtless. From Lyndon Johnson to Mao Tse-Tung, we are all Christians."   This church once preached the Gospel and from which, several decades ago, a most powerful evangelistic note was sounded. Today, many of its services are performed in the mode of the modern dance. Suggestive gyrations are indulged in and the church has become a haven for dope addicts, hippies, homosexuals, and sex-pots."  (Tan, Paul Lee, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations (Garland, Texas: Bible Communications, Inc.) 1996.)

There is nothing wrong with ministering to the lost, but it is all for nothing if a false Christ and false hope of what it means to be a Christian is presented.  So, I ask you, are you a Christian?  Do you follow the true and living God the Son?  Do you trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of your sins?  Examine yourselves, as the Scripture says, and lean in Christ alone for the salvation that is freely offered (Rom. 6:23).


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 01, 2007, 02:32:21 PM
When Christ returns, we'll see His face
And be transformed by His good grace;
Hope will become reality---
Much more than we could ever see.        Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 02, 2007, 11:30:27 AM
You become what you want

What do you want in life?  Car? House? Good job? Spouse? Kids? etc.... There is nothing wrong with wanting those things -- as long as they do not become more important than Jesus.  But what about wanting spiritual things?  Do you want a moldable, shapeable, humble, kind, gracious, and loving heart that is ready and willing to be used of the Lord for whatever He would have in store for you?  You might say yes, but if you do, read this paragraph again and see how much you really want to be moldable, shapeable....loving, etc.  Getting to that place isn't easy.  It is one thing to say we want Christian character.  It is another to pursue it.

In the garden of Adam and Eve, when the first two humans rebelled against God, they suffered the consequences of their rebellion and the Lord let them have what they wanted.  They sinned and hid themselves from God.  God let them do this and, surprisingly, He gave them what they asked for.  They decided to act independently of God's will and God let them have independence:  loss of fellowship with Him.  They did not trust in God's way of eternal life (keeping the Law in the garden -- remember, they were sinless at that time) and God let them have the consequences of it:  judgment by the law.  They covered themselves with their own works (fig leaves) and God let them have what they asked for:  hard work in the world.  Eve listened to the words of the serpent and for this rebellion was cursed with pain in childbirth.  Why? Because as the bearer of life under the arrangement of God's covenant, there was no suffering and God's command to multiply and fill the earth (Gen. 1:28) would naturally and easily be fulfilled.  But, after sin, the very thing Eve was meant to do, bear life in a perfect world, would then be achieved in an imperfect world with the natural consequence of sin:  pain and suffering.

Let's bring it home.  We inherited the hearts of our ancient parents.  There is in us all a tendency towards rebellion and independence from God.  If you seek this independence either on purpose (by willful decision to reject God and/or His truth) or by accident (through actions or inactions not in harmony with God's word), then God will let you have what you want.  If you are an atheist who rejects God, He will let you have that rejection and your heart will become more and more atheistic.  If you are a Mormon who seeks to become a god, then He will let that desire in your heart grow until it crowds out the humility of standing before the only true God in the universe.  If you are a Jehovah's Witness who rejects the Trinity and believes that Jesus is a created thing, then He will allow your mind to grow cold and believe that a created thing can save you from your sins as you cooperate with God to become saved in part through your vain works.

If you were to read Romans 1:18-32, you'd see where the wrath of God's judgment upon the unbelievers is to give them over to the depravity of their hearts and minds.  God lets them have what they want.  I cannot help but wonder that when we Christians openly rebel against God in some (minor?) way, will God not let us also have what we want?  Will He not let us have our little rebellion and the consequences that go along with it?  Of course, this cannot mean that we lose our salvation because we have eternal life (John 10:27-28; 1 John 2:19).  But, are our hearts not affected by what we do and think and say?  Perhaps this is why we are admonished in Scripture to "... put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth," (Col. 3:8) and also, we are told "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things" (Phil. 4:8).

I for one, do not want to give way to the pride and selfishness in my heart that have helped to shape me into what I am today.  Rather, I want the love, grace, and kindness of God to shape me and not the pride and rebellion of my flesh.  How can I do this?  I must choose what is good in thought, actions, and deed instead of choosing what is unholy.  When I have been wronged and I want to strike out in anger, hopefully I will instead choose to love.  When I am discouraged because of my circumstances, perhaps I will choose to have joy.  When I am disturbed by a pending problem, may I instead choose to be at peace.  When I am tempted to react quickly, may I choose patience.  When I am treated unjustly, I will try to choose kindness.  When someone is bad to me, perhaps I will show him goodness.  When others have not kept their word, I will choose to be faithful.  When others are harsh, I will seek to show gentleness.  And, when I want something quickly, I will try and show self-control.

It is because of what Jesus has done on the cross for me and Him giving me a new heart that will enable me to live and walk by faith (Hab. 2:4).  May He receive the glory.

Gal. 5:22-25 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit."

You become what you want.  What do you want?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 02, 2007, 02:30:39 PM
There's so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight's far too dim,
But come what may, I'll simply trust
And leave it all to Him.                      Overton


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 03, 2007, 07:15:42 AM
Your Mind

The Bible sees the mind as that place of contemplation, judgment, and intention. Our minds allow us to be rational, to weigh evidence, to make decisions about right and wrong, options, etc. Our minds allow us to worship, praise God, pray, love, repent, and trust. In this we are made in God's image with the mental capacities not shared by any animal on the planet.

How many thoughts pass through our minds every day? It must be thousands. We constantly think and contemplate. If we multiply this by the number of years we live, then we undoubtedly produce millions and millions of thoughts. Furthermore, if we realize that we are to give account to God for all our words, then we are quickly sobered. Jesus said, "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it should come to light" (Mark 4:33). All we can do is humbly lay ourselves before God and be grateful for God's grace to us. Because of Christ's sacrifice He will not remember our sins, either of deed or of thought (Heb. 10:17). Thank you, Lord, and may you be praised for your kindness. 

Knowing that we are cleansed in Christ, we can then set our minds on godly things. "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:2-3). Notice what Paul says. He says that because we have died with Christ (trusted in Christ and been counted in Him on the cross), that we are to set our minds on the things above, not the things on earth. Paul is not saying we can't think about our mortgage, food prices, family, etc. He is stating that our minds need to be focused on God, on living the Word, on presenting Christ to the lost, on God's glory, etc. We are not our own. We belong to the one who has purchased us with His blood, (Acts 20:28) and are indwelt by God Himself (John 14:23). Our minds are to be taken into the service of godliness. Our thoughts are to be holy.

Again, praise be to God for His grace to us in revealing to us what our minds are to focus on: "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things" (Phil. 4:8). Within the confines of our daily lives, are we guiding our thoughts to dwell on what is pure, lovely, good, excellent, and worthy of praise?

The more you read God's word and the more you humble yourself in prayer, the more you are able to set your minds on the things that are above. You cannot be godly in your mind apart from the strength of God's presence. This is why you must seek God and be close to Him in fellowship (1 Cor. 1:9). In His presence, your mind is changed and your heart is moved. As Moses' face shined with the glory of God after leaving His Almighty presence, so too will your mind shine with the glory of God as you spend time in devotion to the Lord. Let your mind dwell on God's mercy, goodness, love, kindness, grace, provision, and faithfulness. Memorize scriptures that deal with God's holiness and purity. Wash yourself with the Word. Spend time in prayer with God and seek His will and guidance. He desires to be with you (Ex. 25:8).

    "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Rom. 12:2).


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 03, 2007, 07:43:32 PM
Almighty, matchless, glorious God,
Inhabiting eternity,
I bow to You and give You praise,
In awe that You can live in me.        Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 04, 2007, 11:40:45 AM
A call to fellowship - 1 Cor. 1:9

Why did God create us?  This is a deep question and theologians have been discussing it for centuries.  Let me throw in my two cents' worth.

I suspect that there are many reasons why God created us:  for His glory, to have people to love, to demonstrate His greatness, etc., and I am sure they are all true.  But, there is another one that I want to focus on:  Fellowship.

1 Cor. 1:9, "God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (NASB).  In Greek, the word "fellowship," is "koinonia."  It is also translated as "communion."  God wants to have an intimate communion, a close fellowship with us.  Remember the garden of Adam and Eve and when they sinned?  Who hid themselves?  Adam and Eve.  Who went looking for who?  It was God looking for them.  After the expulsion from the garden, after the flood, and at the time of the Exodus, God says to the people, "And let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them."  Again, who is seeking to dwell with who?  It is God seeking man.  Take a look at John 1:1,14 which says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."  The word "dwelt" is the Greek "skano-o" and it also means to tabernacle, to tent, to dwell among.  Again, it is the Lord who is seeking us, who is dwelling among us. Of course, we see that we are the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16), and this signifies that the Lord is in us and with us.

This simply tells us that God is a God of fellowship, that He desires to have people to be with and to love.  God is love (1 John 4:8), and the nature of love is to give (John 3:16).  God desires that we have an intimate relationship with us through His Son, Jesus.

Do you have that intimacy with Jesus?  Do you spend time with Him talking to Him? Do you seek the relationship and fellowship with God that He desires and has manifested throughout history -- especially in the cross?

Seek Jesus.  Have fellowship with Him.  It is what God wants.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 04, 2007, 02:56:25 PM
Important as your task may be---
The work you must fulfill----
Be sure you keep that human touch
If you would do God's will.                   D.De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 05, 2007, 11:05:21 AM
Close Calls

It is unavoidable that we will all die -- unless we are first raptured.  Death is a reality that we know will claim us one day.  But, like so many other things, we dismiss the thoughts of its arrival, until it comes a little too close for comfort.

Sometimes we experience unexpected illnesses or accidents that abruptly force us to face God, our mortality, and our future.  This can be a very good thing, especially if you are not a believer.  But, what if you are a believer?  What then?  If you suddenly woke up in an intensive care unit and you didn't know if you were going to make it or not, what would you be thinking about regarding your life and God?  It is hard to say unless you are actually there, but the longer you live, the more that scenario either has been a reality or will be one.

Since we will all face death one day, why wait to think about the meaning of your life until you are forced to?  Why wait to talk to God about what is really in you, about what you really feel, really doubt, really believe?  Close calls can be good for the soul.  God can use them to cause us to face ourselves and Him.  Close calls can wake us up and help us sort out our priorities.

Sometimes, when life is comfortable and predictable, we let our priorities slip because we take our eyes off of the Lord and put them onto our lives and even on our ability to get things done.  I can't help but wonder if God doesn't use sickness and misfortune in the world to cause us to re-evaluate ourselves before Him.  After all, don't we need to do that from time to time even if we don't think we need it?  Don't we need to see if we are growing closer to the Lord or not?

I think that it can be quite merciful that God would allow us to undergo hardship since such hardship can bring us closer to Him -- if we allow the opportunity to do that.  Personally, I am thankful for close calls.  Of course, I don't enjoy them, but they can be quite helpful by scraping away all of our self reliance and exposing ourselves before God.

So what about you?  Do you need a close call to get you thinking?  Do you need a drastic wake up call from God to get you to reconsider your life with Him?  Maybe, maybe not.  But, why don't you just sit down and talk to God.  Why not take a survey of your spiritual life and see where you are at with the Lord?  Open the Word of God, read, and pray.  Talk to Him.  He is always there to listen, close calls or not.
 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 05, 2007, 11:06:21 AM
Are you being perfected - Phil. 1:6?

Lately, there has been a passage of Scripture that has been echoing in my mind.  I can't think of any reason at all for this, except to say that perhaps God is wanting me to focus on it.  The passage of Scripture is Phil. 1:1-6 which says, "Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (KJV).  I am drawn to the final verse and as I think about it, I am encouraged.   (By the way, it was the verse of the week in the last newsletter which I did not realize until I reviewed it.)

We need the confidence of knowing that the Lord is working in us, that He has not left us alone, and that He is very concerned about us.  Sometimes we experience the stale and dry, that season where we seem to have reached a stone wall in our spiritual development.  Of course, this could be true for many due to sin or rebellion of some sort.  But, for those who simply seek God and desire to experience Him more and more and yet find themselves wondering and waiting, this verse is for you.  It has three main parts.

First, the work that was begun in you was regeneration.  When you trusted in Christ and were born again, you were changed.  This is the beginning of the work of God in your hearts.  God saves us as we are, but He does not leave us as we are.  He changes us.  Initially, when we are saved, we are justified; that is, we are declared righteous in God's eyes.  That is the easy part because it is all done by the Lord.  The hard part is the changing part.  It is called sanctification, and is the process God puts us through to conform us more and more into the image of His Son, Jesus.  It is this second, part, this sanctification, that is hidden in the phrase of Phil. 1:6 where it says, "...will perform it..."  In other words, the Lord is "performing" (KJV), "perfecting" (NASB), us.  This perfecting will proceed until "...the day of Jesus Christ."  This is a reference to the return of Christ.  By design, the Bible leaves us with the impression that the return of Jesus can be accomplished at any time. This work will continue in all Christians in all places and in all times, until the return of Jesus.  Once He has been revealed, we will all be with Him (1 Thess. 4:16-5:2) and we will no longer as a whole church or as individuals need to be perfected since the full manifestation of our salvation has been realized in the resurrection and/or change of our bodies to the incorruptible state.

So, Phil. 1:6 carries with it the past, present, and future work of God in us and for us because of what Jesus has done on the cross.  Remember, it is because of Jesus, and only because of Jesus that the Lord will and is working in us.  If you are having problems of some sort, doubting your salvation, unsure about your growth, etc, let the Lord speak to your heart by spending time in prayer and reading His word.  He uses these things to "perfect" the work that He has begun in you.  Remember that the Lord will never forsake you or leave you.  He cannot be unfaithful, and His love for you cannot fail.  To the Lord be the glory.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 05, 2007, 11:07:00 AM
The Assurance of Salvation

One of the more annoying problems in Christians' lives is the issue of assurance of salvation. We've all been there. We've all wondered if we are really saved or not. We've looked at our lives and actions and thoughts and sometimes just said, "How can I be saved if I am like this?" I've counseled many Christians who have doubted their salvation and who have worked themselves into worry and sometimes even depression over the issue. I've always thought that the solution was pretty basic. I ask the person, "Why do you think you might not be saved?" Almost always the reason is, "Because I have a sin in my life. Because I can't beat this one sin. Because of my thoughts. Because I keep failing." "Okay," I say. "So you know you're supposed to be doing better than you are, right?" "Yes," they say. "I am supposed to be doing better and I'm not. This is why I doubt that I am saved." So, I give them this illustration.

Let's say that we are on a 20 foot boat out in the ocean. We are sailing along when we notice two men in the water. There is no other boat around, so it is obvious these two men are in trouble. We take a life preserver, tie it to a rope, and throw it to them. It lands just a few feet short. We start yelling and yelling for them to grab the life preserver so we can pull them in. "Come on," we yell. "Grab it! Grab it!" One of the men, exhausted, reaches out his arm for the life preserver but falls short. "Grab it!" we yell again. He reaches again and his arm plops down in the water from fatigue. The waves slap his face, but he tries again. The other man is simply floating face down in the water. He isn't struggling at all. But, the first man is trying for that life preserver. He is fighting against the ocean, the wind, and the waves, all which are greater than he is. That is when I ask the person, "Which one of the two men in the water is alive?" Always, the response is, "The one reaching for the life preserver." "Right," I say. "He is struggling for life. Dead people don't struggle for life.... and spiritually dead people do not struggle against their sin. Only those who are dead, who have no life in them, do not struggle. The fact that you are struggling against your sin is one very good sign that you are very much alive in Christ. If you were not struggling at all, then it might be true that you weren't saved. But, since you war against your sins, then it sure sounds like you're saved to me." Usually, the eyes brighten at this point. I then keep going.

"Do you believe there is only one God in all existence, all places, and all times?" "Yes," they answer. "Do you believe in the Trinity, that God is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?" Again, "Yes." I continue. "Do you believe Jesus is God in flesh?" "Yes."  "Do you believe Jesus is the only way to salvation?" Again, "Yes." "Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead three days later?" Another, "Yes." "Good," I say.

1 Cor. 2:14 says, "But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised." I continue by telling them that a natural man is someone who is not saved. Now, these are absolutely, definitely spiritually discerned truths that they answered yes to above. They are that there is only one God and that God is a Trinity, that Jesus is God in flesh, that Jesus is the only way to salvation, and that Jesus died for sinners and rose from the dead three days later. In other words, the fact that the person confesses these things and believes them is further, very strong evidence, that he is spiritually alive. Usually, the person is encouraged even more.

And finally, I tell them that Jesus gives us eternal life (John 10:27-28) and He does not fake us out when we ask to be forgiven and for Him to be Lord of our lives. He said in Luke 11:10-12, "For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened. 11Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12"Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" In other words, you get what you ask for from the Lord (except for sinful and selfish things, of course); He does not bait-and-switch. If you ask for eternal life from Jesus, that is what you get--no matter how you feel, no matter how your emotions may mislead you. The truth is that God's word tells us that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to us if we ask. The Holy Spirit only indwells believers.

We all have our struggles and we all need to take into account the fact that we are still sinful and we are going to struggle with our sin. But, if you begin to doubt your salvation because you don't "feel" saved, then stop trusting your feelings and start trusting God at His word. Ask yourself if you are struggling against your sin. If you aren't, maybe you aren't saved. But if you are, then that is a sign of life. Ask yourself if you believe in the Trinity, that Jesus is God in flesh, and that He died and rose from the dead. If you do, that is a sign of spiritual renewal. Ask yourself if you believe what Jesus said about Him not faking you out, about Him giving to you the Spirit if you ask. If you do, then that means you are believing Him at His word. Take your eyes off your feelings and failures and put them on Christ, His word, and His sacrifice. Trust in Him and Him alone....not what you feel, not what you fail at. He didn't save you because of your works or your "goodness." He did not save you because of what is or is not in you. He saved you because of what is in Him: love and truth.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 06, 2007, 12:19:32 PM
Intimacy with God

Intimacy with God is a hard thing to attain.  The word "intimacy" carries with it the aspects of a relationship with someone where you are vulnerable, loving, trusting, etc.  To have an intimate relationship with God means that the deepest part of you is having a relationship with a deep part of God.  Of course, we cannot fathom the deepest part of God, but He condescends to our level and reveals a part of Himself that only the Christian (through the cross of Christ) can enjoy.  In addition, in heaven, this intimacy will not be hindered by sin.

The model of true intimacy is the Trinity. God is a Trinity of persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Therefore, our intimacy with God (and with each other) is ultimately a reflection of God's intimacy within the members of the Godhead.  This means that intimacy is an essential part of the very nature of God and because we are made in His image, it is natural to us as well.  This is why we are capable of intimacy with others and with God.  It is in our nature.

Our intimacy with God first began in the Garden of Adam and Eve, when God walked with man (Gen. 2 3).  It was something that God desired.  As we know, Adam sinned and the intimacy with God was lost.  But, God had a plan and He covered Adam and Eve with animal skins and shedding blood in the process (typifying the sacrifice of Christ in the future) so that the fellowship with mankind could be restored.  This was realized at the cross where Jesus became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:17) and bore our sins in His body (1 Pet. 2:24).  Therefore, we are able to come to God through Jesus our mediator (1 Tim. 2:5).

Since Jesus is God in flesh, our mediator, this means that the intimacy we have with God is with Christ.  In fact, we are "called into fellowship with His Son, Christ Jesus" in 1 Cor. 1:9.  The word "fellowship" in the Greek is "koinonia," which is translated in the KJV as "communion" in 1 Cor. 11 in reference to the communion supper.  It is interesting that communion is the place where we accept the ultimate vulnerability of God in Christ who humbled Himself by becoming susceptible to death.  In this, I think, is a clue to true intimacy with God:  humility.  As Christ was humble to the point of death, so we too must be humble to the point of death; that is, death to ourselves, our selfish desires, our personal wants.  When compared to God, our purpose should not be to see what we can get from Him.  It should be to glorify Him and to love Him.  Pride seeks its own.  Humility seeks others.  Isn't that what intimacy is, the seeking of another in the deepest sense?  How can we do this if we are proud?

Intimacy with God is a privilege freely given to us by Christ in His sacrifice on the cross.  He removed our sins so that we might dwell with God.  Therefore, if there is sin in your life it will hinder your fellowship, your intimacy with God.  Ask Jesus to reveal your sins to you so that you might repent of them and not hinder the fellowship of intimacy that God so lovingly desires with you.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 07, 2007, 10:07:58 AM
I will meet thee again in that deathless land,
Whenever thy foot shall imprint the strand;
And the loveliest things that have here been mine
Shall there in eternal beauty shine.                          MacDonald


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 08, 2007, 10:17:31 AM
Search Me, O God

Psalm 139:23-24 says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way."

These are perhaps some of the most poignant words in the entire Bible. In these two verses there is so much. We see the Psalmist asking God to search him, to look to the deepest part of what he is, his own heart. Why would the Psalmist ask this? And, why would any of us ask it? The reason is simple. We cannot know our own hearts as well as God can. He indwells us, knows every thought, is aware of every feeling, and He understands us better than we do. If we ever needed anyone to reach down in the depths of our hearts to find out what is unholy so that it can be removed, it is God.
David is the psalmist. David is asking God to prove, to test his loyalty because he is not like the wicked men spoken of earlier in the Psalm. David desired God and God's holiness.
When God asked Solomon what he wanted, Solomon asked for wisdom, and because he did not ask for money, and power, or fame, God blessed him with all of them. Wisdom was a great thing to have. Nevertheless, Solomon fell into idolatry in his later years and his wisdom did not help him in the end.

By contrast, David said, "One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple" (Psalm 27:4). Even though David committed adultery, murdered Bathsheba's husband, and used deception to cover his great sins, God, who knew this would happen, said of him through Samuel, "The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people..." (1 Sam. 13:14). There was a quality in David that pleased God. What was that quality? It was David's heartfelt desire for the Lord.

You need to know this, because it will help you to understand the intimacy that David sought with God which ultimately led him to ask God, "know my heart." David seeks God in the most intimate place and asks Him to examine him there. David asks God to see if there is any hurtful way in him -- in the deepest part of his being. David was being vulnerable.
Is there any hurtful way in your heart? Would you be able to ask God to search your heart down to the deepest levels and reveal to you the secrets that not even you know is there? Would you trust God enough to ask Him to expose and root out of you that which is displeasing to Him? Do you have the courage to bow your knees, to lower your head, to lay prostrate before God, and to become as vulnerable as you can to Him as you ask him to look into your heart, to see if there's anything bad in there, and to deal with it accordingly? Such a request grows out of humility as well as increases humility. It is the ultimate trust in God. It can be scary. But it is definitely good.

David did not simply ask God to see if there's any hurtful way in him and leave it at that. He asked to be led by God in the everlasting way. This means to be corrected and sanctified by God's loving hands.

David did not know the Messiah, since Jesus was far distant in the future. But David knew the Messiah would come. You, on the other hand, know the everlasting way -- if you know Christ as your savior. Jesus, who is God in flesh, who died in the cross and rose from the dead bodily, is the everlasting way. Therefore, for you to be led by God in the everlasting way is to be led to Christ.

May the desire of your heart be that you would seek Jesus, that you would dwell in His house forever, and that you would behold His beauty. God desires that you desires this because He loves you.




Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 08, 2007, 10:18:11 AM
Are you saved?

The Bible says "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!" (2 Cor. 13:5).  Well, are you in the faith?  Have you examined yourself?  It is easy to ask and sometimes difficult to answer.

The Christian faith is as follows.  There is one God in all existence who is eternally existent from the past through to the future.  God is a Trinity of three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14); they are not three gods, but one God (Is. 44:6-8).  Jesus is the Word who was God and was with God that became flesh (John 1:1,14) and was made under the Law (Gal. 4:4).  Because we are sinners (Rom. 3:23), who have broken God's law (James 2:11), and because we cannot be saved in anyway by our own works (Rom. 4:1-5), Jesus bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24), died, was buried, and rose again on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4), in the same body He died in (John 2:19-21) so that as many as receive Christ (John 1:12) are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1) and escape the righteous wrath of God (Rom. 5:9).

What a lot of people fail to realize is that Jesus is not saving us from sin.  Jesus is saving us from God!  You see, when a person breaks the Law of God, there is a punishment that must be carried out upon that person.  God is the one who carries out that punishment.  This punishment is eternal because God is eternally holy and righteous.  Our sins against God take on an infinite quality not because of who we are, but because of who God is -- because we have offended an eternal and infinite God.  Therefore, the sinner incurs an eternal and infinite offense against God.  This means there is absolutely no way that a finite, sinful creature can undo the offense against an infinitely pure Being.  This is why we need Jesus who is God in flesh.  This means that His sacrifice has eternal and infinite value and it is infinitely sufficient to save us from our sins.  Therefore, this means that it is only through Jesus that we can be saved and not by our own efforts in any way.

It is God who damns.  It is God who judges.  Sin does not send people to hell.  God does.  Of course, this is not a popular or "feel-good" notion that God is the one who is righteously judging the sinner and righteously condemning him to eternal hell.  But, that is the truth.  Yet, thanks be to God that because He loves us, He sent His son to save us from our sins so that we might escape the righteous judgment of God.  God is not some eternal ogre waiting to spit His wrath upon the weak and helpless.  Not at all.  He is loving and good and gracious and He desires that all be saved.  He offers the sacrifice of His Son as the loving and gracious means by which we may be saved.  It is a miraculous and wondrous act of love.

Now, what about you?  Have you completely trusted in Jesus and in nothing else for the forgiveness of your sins?  Have you received Christ?  Are you relying on Jesus and Him alone for your righteousness, for your safety, your forgiveness, or are you putting even the smallest bit of your works before God as part of the reason you are to be saved?  If you are relying in any way on your efforts, then you are in great danger of damnation, if not still unsaved.  Righteousness before God does not come by your efforts, but through the sacrifice of Christ; otherwise, Jesus died needlessly (Gal. 2:21).  If you could get to heaven by being good, then there was no need for Jesus to die for sins.

You are to examine yourself, to test yourself to see if you are in the faith.  This means that you must first know what the Christian faith is and what it means that to enter into that faith.  Furthermore, you must know and acknowledge that there is only one God in all existence, that Jesus is God in flesh, that you are a sinner, that you need to repent of your sins, and that the only way to find forgiveness is to trust in Jesus alone, by faith alone, through grace alone.

Don't waste any time wondering.  If you aren't sure, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins (1 Cor. 1:2).  Receive Him (John 1:12).  Turn from your sins and to Him.  Trust Him alone. 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 08, 2007, 11:56:16 AM
The God who governs galaxies
And makes the thunder roar,
Gently guides my little craft
With safety to the shore.      Berg


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 09, 2007, 09:45:54 AM
The Bible

What is the Bible?  Is it inspired or man-made, inerrant or faulty, myth or history?  For some, the Bible is a wondrous book given by God to men.  For others, the Bible is a collection of myths used to control people's thinking.  Whatever the opinion, it goes without saying that the Bible is perhaps the singularly most influential book in history.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by about 40 authors, over about 1600 years, on three continents, in three languages.  It contains history, poetry, fiction, doctrine, narration, and prophecy.  It is historically accurate, contains incredible claims of God's work and words, has prophecy, and it all points to one man:  Jesus.

The Jews wrote and assembled the Old Testament and the Christians wrote and assembled  the New.  Both Testaments contain teaching, prophecies, and doctrine.  But, it is the New Testament where we see Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament.  In fact, the Bible is about Jesus. "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me" (John 5:39).  I always tell people when they come up to something difficult, "Put Jesus into it and see if it makes sense."  Usually, the light comes on and things then make sense.  Take, for example, the offering of Isaac by Abraham and notice the similarities between Isaac and Jesus:  Only begotten Son, Isaac in Genesis 22:2; Jesus in John 3:16.  Offered on a mountain (hill), Gen. 22:2 and Matt. 21:10.  Took donkey to place of sacrifice, Gen. 22:3 and Matt. 21:2-11.  Two men went with him, Gen. 22:3; Mark 15:27; Luke 23:33.  Three day journey - Jesus: three days in the grave, Gen. 22:4 and Luke 24:13-21.  Son carried wood on his back up hill, Gen. 22:6; John 19:17.  God will provide for Himself the lamb, Gen. 22:8 and John 1:29.  Son was offered on the wood, Gen. 22:9 and Luke 23:33.  Ram caught in thicket of thorns, Gen. 22:13 and Jesus' crown of thorns, John 19:2.  The comparison continues, but you can clearly see that Jesus is reflected in the Old Testament, which explains why Isaac was offered.  He was a prophetic typology pointing to Jesus as the true sacrifice.  Okay, so we now see that the Bible is about Jesus.  This is fine intellectually, but what does it mean to us as Christians on a spiritual level?

As Christians, the Bible is not simply a book of stories and moral truths.  It is the very word of God, inspired, inerrant, true, and infallible.  It is God breathed (2 Tim. 3:16).  But, it is also more than that.  It is the truth of God that resonates in the souls of those in whom the Holy Spirit indwells.  It is the means and the measure of our lives made real by God's indwelling.  It is the revelation of God's will for us and the world.  It is the promise of God to deliver the believers.  It is, in reality, the loving and true words of our God.  In this sense, it is alive.

Because of the God-breathed nature of the Bible, we Christians need to inhale its goodness on a regular basis.  It is no different than our need to breathe.  We must constantly take in air in order to live.  Likewise, we must constantly take in God's word in order to live spiritually and to grow in our love and obedience to God.  We cannot ignore His word and expect to grow in grace and life.  We cannot set His word aside and expect to walk in goodness and truth.  We cannot forget about God's word and expect to walk in holiness.  On the contrary, in order to grow in our relationship with God, we must have the word of God in us.  In order to walk in goodness and truth, we must study His word so it can guide us.  In order to live in holiness, we must live in God's word.  There is no other way.  We need His word.  We need His truth.  We need His food for our souls.  It is the cross of Christ that makes all this possible in us.  The cross is where the love and truth of God was most perfectly manifested.

God's word, when deeply studied, reveals two things:  God and yourself.  It reveals to you the sovereign and holy God of the universe who loves you and desires your salvation and presence.  But, it also reveals the sin in you.  It is like a mirror that enables you to see who you really are as it reflects yourself back to you compared to Jesus, the one who sacrificed Himself for us so that we might become more like Him as we study His holy word.

So, do you meditate on God's word?  Do you make it a part of your life?  Do you desire it like medicine, like food, like air?  Do you experience its goodness as it washes over your soul and cleanses your heart and mind from the filth of the world?  If not, repent, open the Bible, pray for understanding and truth, and then read.  Do it regularly.  You need it.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 09, 2007, 09:52:06 PM
Lord, help me not to cover sin,
Those secret wrongs that lurk within;
I now confess them all to Thee;
Transparent I would always be.         D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 10, 2007, 11:29:18 AM
Blurred Lines

Jesus drew lines in the moral landscape of Israel.  he opposed the religious hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees and set a proper distinction between what is holy and what is hypocrisy (Matt. 23).  For this, he was killed.  But, the powerful testimony he left before his death and after his resurrection is recorded in the Bible.  His words and life are a beacon of light to all who want truth and desire to know the difference between right and wrong.  With Jesus, there were absolutes.  With Jesus, there really is such a thing as truth and error, right and wrong, eternal life and eternal death.

However, in today's world, relativism, which is the bedfellow of the secular, is becoming the temptress of the sacred.  In the world of the secular, people are taught to avoid passing judgment, whether it be in regard to other peoples' beliefs, or lifestyle preferences, sexual orientation, moral judgments, faithfulness, and personal ethics.  The secularists want tolerance shown to their ungodly lifestyles.  So, they consider sin to be an anachronistic and meaningless concept.  The world does not want the Christian to shine a holy light on its sin.  Instead, the world wants to have its sin without condemnation, without guilt, and without consequence.  The world offers a philosophy of "It is right if it is right for you," and "What is wrong for you is not necessarily wrong for anyone else."  In the secular realm of relativism, there are no absolutes.  There are no paradoxes.  There are no truth statements except to say that all views are acceptable -- except the biblical one.  In Judges 17:6 it says, "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes."  When there is no King, when there is no God, then truth becomes a disposable opinion.  The secularists of today, like the kingless people of ancient Israel who have no direction, want to do what is right in their own eyes.

It doesn't take long for any serious Bible student to recognize the problems of relativism aren't only in the secular realm.  It is in the Christian church as well.  We see so-called Christian denominations and churches that approve of homosexuality, or couples living together, or who preach from how-to books and not the Bible, who water down the gospel, and teach a weak doctrine of God, sin, Christ, and salvation.  Unfortunately, these kinds of churches are in bed with their secular mistresses and are being seduced into further and further spiritual adulteries.  Their eyes are not on God's word, but on relativism.  That is why the lines that Jesus drew so sharply in the Gospels which separate the sacred from the secular are becoming more and more blurred by the relativism of today as it seeps into the Christian church.

The blunt truth is, however, that there is an absolute right and wrong.  We find it in the Bible which says that homosexuality is a sin.  It is not an "alternate lifestyle."  It is a rebellious act of people who oppose the God-ordained institution of marriage between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:18-25).  The Bible says that living together is a sin.  It is wrong, since it is the participation of the sexual union outside of the covenant establishment of marriage.  The Bible teaches us about husbands and wives, not about "significant others."  The Bible teaches us to NOT bow to social norms if they contradict God's word.  Therefore, it is always wrong to lie, always wrong to commit adultery, always wrong to steal, always wrong to bear false witness, etc.  It is wrong because God says it is wrong, because what is right is based upon God's holy character.

Furthermore, doctrine is important and there can be no compromise on the truth of what God has revealed.  There is only one God in all existence who has always been God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; Psalm 90:2).  God is a trinity (three persons in the Godhead - Matt. 28:18-20; 2 Cor. 13:14).  Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:1,14).  Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).  If you do not believe and trust in Christ alone for salvation, then you are damned to eternal hell (John 3:77-18; Matt. 25:46).  These are only some of the many truths of the Bible that are under attack from the world, from the cults, and other false religions.  As unpopular as they may be, they are still true.

We Christians are to sharpen the lines between truth and error. But, to do this we must first know what the truth is.  We must know what the Bible actually says about right and wrong, about doctrine, about God, about ourselves, about judgment, and about Jesus.  And then, we must be willing to say, "That is sin" when we see sin.  We must be willing to stand up for righteousness, even if it costs us.  Far too many Christians compromise and let the world take their truth and gospel in exchange for comfort and safety.  The manifestation of this compromise is found in churches with social agendas instead of biblical mandates, who do not condemn sin, but practice it and who seek ways to appease the world instead of God.

Let me say it again:  The world wants to blur the lines that separate the absolutes of morality and truth from its lies and compromise.  The world wants Christian morality and absolutes removed.  It wants moral and truth grey areas to overshadow biblical truth.  By contrast, however, the Christian church is supposed to sharpen those lines by preaching, teaching, and standing up for the absolute truths of God's word.

But, should we be a people that stand united in truth with fists raised in stern defiance against the world's relativism and moral compromise?  Well, yes and no.  Yes, in that we are always to stand up for what is right.  No, in that if standing up for what is right is not done in love, then our message of truth cannot be heard.  Truth without love is hypocrisy.  Love without truth is is a lie.  Both truth and love must be presented in harmony.  The Christian church should be true and it should also be beautiful.  In other words, it should teach what is right and it should LIVE what is right.  1 Tim. 1:5 says, "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."

In your life, are you living both the truth and the love that Jesus presented to us?  Are you proclaiming truth at your job?  Are you teaching it at home?  Are you standing for truth in society?  Are you proclaiming truth in love?  Are you teaching truth by a loving example?  Are you living the truth?

Now, lest I risk teaching moralism and further the degradation of truth in the world, I must make it clear that both truth and love are based on the cross of Christ.  At the cross we see the perfection of truth and love realized together on the hard lines of that bloodied tree.  It is true that Jesus died and rose again.  It is true that his love for us bought us our salvation.  It is true that the cross is the only hope for mankind.  It is true that people need to die to themselves.  It is true that love is sacrificial and that it can cost us our lives.  It is true that there is such a thing as sin and it is true that we can point out what is right and wrong in the world because Jesus lived what was right and wrong, died, and rose from the dead to prove that what he said was true.

The church that has lost its truth is a false church.  The church that has lost its love is a godless church.  The church that has lost Jesus is a church of the devil.  The more the lines are blurred between the sacred and the secular, the more we move towards apostasy.  May it never be!  We must firmly trace out the lines already drawn and lovingly point out that there is a right and a wrong.  We point this out by pointing to Jesus.  But pointing this out must be preceded by living the truth, not in simply proclaiming it.

We need to make sure that the lines between the sacred and the secular do not become blurred.  We must make sure that they are sharp.  We must proclaim Christ and Him crucified and that He alone is the way, the truth, and the life.  Without Him, there is no truth.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 11, 2007, 11:08:46 AM
O worship the King,
All glorious above,
And gratefully sing of,
His power and His Love.             Grant


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 11, 2007, 11:12:23 AM
Death

Funerals are sober reminders of our own mortality.  They have a way of quietly bring us face to face with the fact that one day we will die.  Death is a patient and perpetual enemy that reduces all our arguments about life down to one truth:  one day, we will die.  But, for the Christian, this death is simply a step to the fullness of life in the presence of the Lord Jesus in Whom we have placed all of our hopes and confidence.  We know that death is not the end, and so at funerals, especially of those of believers, we have a future hope that we see our loved ones again.  We are comforted by this and the pain is made more bearable.

But what about the non-Christian?  For them, death will be an awakening.  Right now, they are not aware that death's present sleep is allowing them to have a false sense of security.  One day, for them, death will awaken and claim them and when it does, they too will awaken to the harsh reality that there is a pure and holy God who requires purity in His presence, a purity that they do not possess.  For now, the lost fight against God by not submitting to Him.  They are fleeing the truth of God's love and God's Son.  But the sting of death will abruptly awaken them.  Then they will see the spiritual reality and realize that they have lived a false dream without God all the while not worrying about what the future will bring.  They will weep on that day when they no longer sleep.

 

The sleep now holds the lost, who walk

In dream of hope and foolish thought.

They wait the day of awakening,

By death, execution, the great happening.

 

They lived a dream, of hope, less God.

They lived and knew His history.

That day they'll see and so they'll weep,

That day when no longer they sleep.

 

Death is not the most pleasant subject.  But it is an important one because death is the result of sin in the world and sin and death are all around us.  Sin brought death. "The sting of death is sin..." (1 Cor. 15:56).

If you are not a believer in the true Jesus (God in flesh, John 1:1,14; risen from the dead, John 2:19-21), then you are now dead in your trespasses in sins (Eph. 2:1).  The only way to escape the righteous judgment of God upon you is to receive Jesus (John 1:12), to call upon His name (Rom. 10:9-10), and to trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of your sins so that you might be made right before God (Rom. 5:1).

If you are a believer, then you already know what it means to be forgiven and to have the hope of the future resurrection in Christ.  We look forward, with hope and joy, to that day when death will free us from our bonds of flesh so that we might forever dwell with the Lord.  We are not asleep.  We are alive and well in Christ and when He returns, or the rapture happens, or our bodies fail us, we will live with Him forever and ever.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 12, 2007, 11:37:19 AM
Death is a rude visitor

Death is like a rude visitor. It sometimes arrives unannounced. Other times, we see it coming. It does not care about our feelings. It takes no concern for the inconvenience it brings. It wants only to be served and to be answered. It takes who it wants, and all we can do is sit helplessly by as it stomps through our lives making a mess of our emotions, wreaking havoc with those who are left to pick up the pieces. Death brings discomfort and inconvenience. It injures our hearts, robs us of joy, and takes from us our loved ones.

Death comes for whom it will, and we cannot escape its touch. It will come for us all one day, and with its grip we will be dragged from this life into the next. We will pass through the veil when death's sleep awakens and we too awaken -- on the other side. For those of us who are in Christ, when death comes we will dwell in the very presence of God and live in eternal grace. But for those who do not know Christ, their death will bring agonizing, eternal fire. These are the realities that death introduces to those who are captured by it.

Our mortality becomes all the more evident when a loved one dies. We are reminded of the failings of our own bodies when we look at the frail and empty shell of the one we have loved. We are reminded of where we are headed. We see the horizon as it approaches. Sometimes we look away. Other times we stare out into the distance wondering when and how it will come. We wait. We know it will come because we sense its work on our bodies as they slowly succumb to its touch. We ache, slow down, get sick, and endure the frame that imprisons us.

Yet, as rude as death can be, for some it is a welcome release from sickness and pain. For those who have been captured by suffering and have been forced to endure its torture, death can be a welcomed deliverance. But, of course, death is only welcome when we know that the ones we love know Christ as Savior. Even great suffering in this world is nothing compared to the eternal judgment that will fall like a hammer upon all who are not in Christ in the next world.

Death will visit us all. Where will it take you? Are you secure in Christ? Have you confessed Him as Savior and trusted in Him alone for the forgiveness of your sins? Have you gone to Him and found rest and peace in Him so that when death visits you, it will bring you to Him?

Now is the time of salvation. Death comes later.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).




Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 13, 2007, 09:24:36 AM
Lord God, I hunbly ask of You
The strength to do Your will;
I give to You my talents now
Your purpose to fulfill.               Cetas


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: David_james on August 13, 2007, 09:52:33 AM
Yet, as rude as death can be, for some it is a welcome release from sickness and pain. For those who have been captured by suffering and have been forced to endure its torture, death can be a welcomed deliverance. But, of course, death is only welcome when we know that the ones we love know Christ as Savior.
I welcome it


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 13, 2007, 11:44:40 AM
Doctrine

The word "doctrine" comes from the Greek word "didaskolos," and it basically means "teaching."  It is used many times in the New Testament.  Doctrine is extremely important in Christianity.  By it we know who God is, what He has done, what the Trinity is, the deity of Christ, His resurrection, salvation, justification, etc.  Doctrine is what defines the who's and what's of Christianity.  In fact, you can't be saved without doctrine.

It is a doctrinal statement that you are a sinner (Rom. 3:23).  It is also doctrinally true that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).  In fact, the doctrine of salvation teaches us that Jesus bore our sin in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) so that we could be justified by faith (Rom. 5:1) and escape the righteous wrath of God (John 3:18).  Doctrine.  It is important.  It is vital to our relationship with God and our salvation.  Good doctrine is like an anchor that prevents us from drifting into teachings that are false.

Unfortunately though, many Christians today shun the idea of learning doctrine.  Too many think it is a dry and boring topic that doesn't meet their felt needs.  Felt-need theology is when a person goes to the Bible to find out what needs it can meet for them.  They want God's word to help them out and make them feel better.  This can be dangerous, especially if the majority of the body of Christ is more concerned with how they "feel" than what God says.  Truth doesn't always make us feel good.  That is why sometimes people prefer to ignore the truth.  The danger is warned against in Scripture:  "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires" (2 Tim. 4:3).  We must guard ourselves and examine ourselves to make sure we are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5).

Putting felt needs before biblical truth, though usually not done intentionally, still happens far too much.  Feeling our way through the Word of God and asking questions like "What does that verse mean to you?" is a pretty good "felt-needs" way to end up in error.  Who cares what it means to us?  The question is, "What does the verse SAY?"  Good biblical examination is concerned with the doctrine of the word, the teaching, what it actually says.  Then, once that is known, we are to change to meet its truth.  Feel-good and felt-needs Christianity, so rampant in churches today, bends the word of God to the needs of the individual.  This is dangerous.  Biblical examination should be based on sound principles, doctrinal clarity, and how we need to change to meet God's truth.  This is a God-centered approach.  The felt-needs method is man-centered.

When coming to the Word of God, remember that when studying it you have two possibilities.  You can seek to master the passage (Bible study) and/or you can seek to have it master you (devotional).  Both are valid, and both are needed.  But either way, you must learn what it teaches.  You must learn doctrine so that you will be anchored in truth, God's holy and powerful truth.  This is why you must learn the basics of doctrine, that Jesus is God in flesh, salvation is by grace, the Trinity is three persons, there will be a future resurrection.  Hopefully, you will then also learn more advanced doctrines such as God's covenant system throughout history, the priesthood of Christ, the difference between justification and sanctification, the righteousness of God, and so much more.

Whatever you learn in the Bible is equivalent to learning doctrinal truths.  Do not shy away from the anchor.  Do not let yourself be engulfed by felt-needs theology, the theology of man-centered expectations and wants.  Instead, submit to God's word in truth, accepting the doctrinal instructions and teachings.  Then conform yourself to them by the renewing of your mind.  This is what the Lord tells us to do:  "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Rom. 12:2).


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 14, 2007, 09:06:45 AM
Don't get too comfortable

We live in a world hostile to Christianity.  Secularism, false religions, and self-deification are some of the tools the enemy is using to spread the lies that lead to eternal damnation.  Unbelievers are its preachers and teachers.   They do not know they are professing the false message of the evil one.  They resist the truth of God's word and unwittingly help the enemy who is prowling back and forth looking for multitudes to devour.  The Devil is using the world, secularism, and relativism to spread false beliefs and rebellion against the true God.  To see this, all we need is to turn on the TV and we can see the sins of abortion, homosexuality, paganism, and the occult promoted.  Add to this the fact that our Christian freedoms are being slowly reduced by a government more concerned with itself than its people and you can begin to see how actively hostile the world is to Christianity.  We can see it and we watch it.....from the comfort of our easy chairs.

While we sit comfortably by, the enemy is working hard.  Too many Christians want to do "the Sunday thing" only on Sundays instead of every day. Because of the complacency of the Christian church, the enemy is slowly inching us towards the edge of oblivion.  We cannot sit around and hope that those few Christians who actually fight for the faith will somehow do what they themselves are not motivated to do.  If the enemy can get the Christians' eyes off of the commission to "make disciples of every nation" (Matt. 28:18) by distracting us with creature comforts, economic security, our desire not to make waves, or the expectation that someone else will make a difference in the world, that is when we will put down our armor so we can rest in the comforts of our easy lives.  In such a state, the enemy is more effective than we are.  Too many Christians are calloused to the subtle movement of the enemy all around them and they cannot see the eminent danger approaching.  They cannot see how secularism is inching them (and all of Christianity) towards destruction.

Which do you think will happen in the future?  Will our nation encourage the development of Christian freedom or work to hinder it?  Will any of the nations of the world humble themselves to serve the true God or will they promote a one world government, moral relativism, and/or false religions like Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, etc.?   Do any of you think that merely hoping someone else will make a difference will actually make a difference?  If you do, you are self-deceived.  While the homosexuals have a united front, we Christians are fragmented into countless denominational groups.  The woman's rights movement has done so much to damage the family and even to help Christian families disintegrate.  The liberals in the media have contributed more than their share to social decay by promoting violent and immoral movies, TV, radio, etc., of which too many Christians partake.   But here is a warning.  This very comfort and security that we cherish in America is blinding us to the dangers ahead.  What dangers?  The dangers of bondage and oppression.  We think that as long as things are okay now, that things will be okay in the future.  Well, they won't be.  History tells us that the enemy doesn't sleep and he always works to destroy God's people.  Let's not sleep.  Let's not awaken one day to find ourselves in bondage to the political correctness of anyone who would define our right to speak of Christ right out of existence.  Let's not forsake the cross of Christ and let's not ignore the Great Commission.  We Christians need to pray, fast, and sacrifice in order to spread the gospel.  We Christians need to study God's word and support those who further the kingdom of God.

Don't get too comfortable.  Support missionaries.  Pray for evangelists and pastors.  Pray for God's will to be done in hearts.  Pray even to be prepared and used by God. Get out there and fight for righteousness with whatever gifts God has given you, whether it be finances, money, words, love, helps, prayer, motherhood, fatherhood, etc.  Do whatever you do for God's glory and live your lives so that the word of God would be exalted and others would see the light of Christ in you -- even if it costs you something.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 14, 2007, 02:40:04 PM
Hello,Pastor Roger.can i have a cup of coffee with you, or do i ask for a peace of greasy chain .  Do you know how fast a greasy chain is ,try it on a tractor in front of you ,with you in the truck behind being pull by the greasy chain hook to the tractor,  and the chain break`s of and goes into the truck windshield you will never doubt again the speed of a greasy chain.,,mercy


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 14, 2007, 03:30:28 PM
I think that I would rather just have the cup of coffee. We don't need any greasy chain going through a windshield.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 14, 2007, 04:08:14 PM
Don't get too comfortable

We live in a world hostile to Christianity.  Secularism, false religions, and self-deification are some of the tools the enemy is using to spread the lies that lead to eternal damnation.  Unbelievers are its preachers and teachers.   They do not know they are professing the false message of the evil one.  They resist the truth of God's word and unwittingly help the enemy who is prowling back and forth looking for multitudes to devour.  The Devil is using the world, secularism, and relativism to spread false beliefs and rebellion against the true God.  To see this, all we need is to turn on the TV and we can see the sins of abortion, homosexuality, paganism, and the occult promoted.  Add to this the fact that our Christian freedoms are being slowly reduced by a government more concerned with itself than its people and you can begin to see how actively hostile the world is to Christianity.  We can see it and we watch it.....from the comfort of our easy chairs.

While we sit comfortably by, the enemy is working hard.  Too many Christians want to do "the Sunday thing" only on Sundays instead of every day. Because of the complacency of the Christian church, the enemy is slowly inching us towards the edge of oblivion.  We cannot sit around and hope that those few Christians who actually fight for the faith will somehow do what they themselves are not motivated to do.  If the enemy can get the Christians' eyes off of the commission to "make disciples of every nation" (Matt. 28:18) by distracting us with creature comforts, economic security, our desire not to make waves, or the expectation that someone else will make a difference in the world, that is when we will put down our armor so we can rest in the comforts of our easy lives.  In such a state, the enemy is more effective than we are.  Too many Christians are calloused to the subtle movement of the enemy all around them and they cannot see the eminent danger approaching.  They cannot see how secularism is inching them (and all of Christianity) towards destruction.

Which do you think will happen in the future?  Will our nation encourage the development of Christian freedom or work to hinder it?  Will any of the nations of the world humble themselves to serve the true God or will they promote a one world government, moral relativism, and/or false religions like Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, etc.?   Do any of you think that merely hoping someone else will make a difference will actually make a difference?  If you do, you are self-deceived.  While the homosexuals have a united front, we Christians are fragmented into countless denominational groups.  The woman's rights movement has done so much to damage the family and even to help Christian families disintegrate.  The liberals in the media have contributed more than their share to social decay by promoting violent and immoral movies, TV, radio, etc., of which too many Christians partake.   But here is a warning.  This very comfort and security that we cherish in America is blinding us to the dangers ahead.  What dangers?  The dangers of bondage and oppression.  We think that as long as things are okay now, that things will be okay in the future.  Well, they won't be.  History tells us that the enemy doesn't sleep and he always works to destroy God's people.  Let's not sleep.  Let's not awaken one day to find ourselves in bondage to the political correctness of anyone who would define our right to speak of Christ right out of existence.  Let's not forsake the cross of Christ and let's not ignore the Great Commission.  We Christians need to pray, fast, and sacrifice in order to spread the gospel.  We Christians need to study God's word and support those who further the kingdom of God.

Don't get too comfortable.  Support missionaries.  Pray for evangelists and pastors.  Pray for God's will to be done in hearts.  Pray even to be prepared and used by God. Get out there and fight for righteousness with whatever gifts God has given you, whether it be finances, money, words, love, helps, prayer, motherhood, fatherhood, etc.  Do whatever you do for God's glory and live your lives so that the word of God would be exalted and others would see the light of Christ in you -- even if it costs you something.
I tried but they persecuted me and then killed me,right here on the christian blog the  7 to the 20 July  it took 13 days to crucify me,but they can not kill that eternal gift of life paid by the shed blood of the lamb of God and the filling of the Holy Spirit that i have in me cause Jesus Christ is in me and He is in God.I am the temple of the Holy Spirit of the living God..Hidden with Jesus in God..Col3:3


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 15, 2007, 09:50:31 AM
Faith - Heb. 11:1

The Bible says this about faith:  "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1, NASB).  The dictionary says faith is "confident belief in the truth."  These are great comments on faith.  But, sometimes faith is best defined as "Just plain ole' hard!"

Have you ever been in a situation where your faith is really tested, I mean REALLY tested?  Or have you ever wondered where God is in the mist of your difficulties even though you've been crying out to Him for deliverance and have seen none?  Have you ever found yourself with nowhere to turn, no real answers, no light at the end of the tunnel?  Have your heart and mind been filled with both anguish, doubts, fears, and commotion, and faith seems more like a distant concept then present reality?  I have, and if you have been a Christian for very long, then you probably have too.

Why does God allow us to go through these desert times of the testing of our faith?  Well, James tells us plainly, "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing" (James 1:2-4, NASB).  James knew what it meant to live by faith and he knew what it meant to have his faith purified.  That's right, purified.

It is easy to have faith in God when we are sitting in our easy-chairs, in our air-conditioned homes, with our remote controls in one hand, and a bag of chips in the other.  That kind of faith is easy.  However, it leads nowhere -- except to the easy-chair.  But, take it all away and you will find out what kind of faith you really have.  Take away your comforts and your security and then what kind of faith will you have in God?  You will quickly find out what you are really made of.  Will you bemoan your circumstances and whine at God or will you turn to Him in the midst of your trial and, by faith, praise His name and continue to trust Him even beyond your ability to understand?

Real trials provide for us a rare opportunity to actually praise the Lord of Heaven when life is difficult.  It is THAT kind of praise and faith that is pleasing to God (Heb. 11:6).  And, it is that kind of faith that builds your character (James 1:2-4).

Now, here is a little heresy for you from Matt Slick:  Faith does not save you.  Got that?  FAITH DOES NOT SAVE YOU!   Faith is not a substance that you put in a jar or detect with a meter.  Faith isn't a cream you apply to protect you from something.  Faith is belief, trust, etc.  The key to understanding faith lies not in faith itself but in the OBJECT of faith:  God!  Faith is only as good as who you put it in.  Faith in a false god (i.e., Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, etc.) is useless and it doesn't save you.  But faith in the TRUE God DOES save you.  You see?  Faith is only as good as who you put it in.  Faith in the true God results in salvation (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8).  Faith in a false god results in damnation.

Finally, faith "works" because of who it is placed in.  It is not a thing dependent upon you for its vitality.  It is not made real by YOU.  It is made real by WHO YOU PLACE IT IN; that is why true faith in the true God is independent of your circumstances.  Romans 12:4 says that God gives a measure of faith to everyone.  Okay, so what do you do with this measure of faith?  During trials and tribulations do you withdraw it from your spiritual walk, whine and complain, only to be faithful again when things get more comfortable?  Or, do you continue on in faith (because it is in the Creator of the Universe), in spite of your circumstance, and do exactly what the Bible says:  "The just shall live by faith" (Hab. 2:4, NASB)?  To live by faith means that you continue on trusting God because your faith is in HIM and not in your comforts, your health, your needs, your emotions, or your intellect.  To live by faith means that you trust the Lord in all circumstances.  In this, God is glorified.

Do you think that the God of Glory who died on the cross and rose from the dead is going to leave you or forsake you?  He cannot.  Therefore, your faith in Him is well placed.  But remember, His perfecting of your faith sometimes requires you to actually live by it.  Keep your eyes on Him and remember that His love and commitment to you was proven on the cross.  That will make it easier to endure the times of perfecting your faith.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 15, 2007, 09:02:15 PM
Come now to the fountain of cleansing,
Plunge deep in its lifegiving flow,
His mercy and grace are sufficient,
His pardon He longs to bestow.            Robinson


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 16, 2007, 11:30:17 AM
Feeling spiritually dry

Have you ever felt as though you couldn't hear the Lord's voice if He were next to you shouting your name?  Have you been, or are you now in, a period of spiritual dryness?  If you have had a spiritually dry time and are now past it, then praise God.  If, however, you are in the midst of one, then maybe this can help you.

First of all, it isn't necessarily bad to be in a spiritually dry place -- unless it is because of sin.  If we commit a sin that we know the Lord wants us to abandon, then He often withholds His fellowship from us.  We sense a distance between the Lord and ourselves, and it hurts.  Of course, this does not mean that the Lord is abandoning us, nor does it mean He does not love us.  If anything, it is a demonstration of His love to let us feel broken fellowship since it moves us to repentance.

On the other hand, spiritual dryness can be a specific time that the Lord wants us to go through as a time of testing and of preparation.  The Lord will allow us to be tested into order to refine our faith.  Think about it.  Do we stay Christians because of the feeling of fellowship we have with the Lord or is it because we trust in Jesus, God in flesh (John 1:1,14), as our Savior and Lord (Jude 4)?  We are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1) and our assurance of salvation is found by faith, not by feeling.  After all, "The just shall live by faith," (Hab. 2:4).  Therefore, The Lord can use a spiritually dry time to cause us to examine what and who our faith is in so that we might rest assured in the cross, and not our feelings that can deceive us (Jer. 17:9).

Spiritual dryness can also be a time of preparation.  Most every major person in the Bible that was used mightily of God had to go through a desert time.  This includes Moses, Elijah, Jesus, and Paul.  Being in a place where we are dry, waiting, wanting, praying, examining, etc., is often the proving ground of strength and refinement.  Then, after this time is completed, the thing that we have been prepared for comes upon us.  Sometimes this preparation is for hardship, sorrow, and pain.  Other times it is for blessing, reward, and ministry.  Remember, the Lord has not saved us to be trophies on a shelf.  We are instruments in His hands to be used in the world.  This usage requires that we be able to be used, able to be sent, able to trust the Lord in spite of what we see and feel!  Hence, the time of spiritual dryness that is a time of preparation.

What do you do in a time of spiritual dryness?  First of all, you should ask the Lord to reveal any unconfessed sins of which you have not repented.  If He reveals anything to you, then confess it as sin and repent of it -- even if it is a sin you have committed so many times before.  Second, you must read your Word regularly.  Third, you must pray regularly.  And fourth, you must trust the Lord through this.  You must look to Him and remember that He loves you greatly and will never forsake you.  In this, your faith will be perfected, your character improved, your walk strengthened, and you will be prepared for the tasks ahead that the Lord has called you to encounter.

And finally, in the midst of your dryness, offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.  Do not let your feelings rob you of the opportunity to praise and thank God even when the times are not so great.  Remember, it is easy to praise God when things go well.  But the true men and women of Christian character praise God through the trials as well.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 16, 2007, 09:19:02 PM
Spirit of God, please change my heart,
And give me a new desire;
I want to be a man of peace,
Not controlled by anger's fire.       K De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 17, 2007, 10:47:47 AM
Gardening

Some people might not think that parenting is a part of apologetics.  But, it is.  Christian parents have a great deal of influence in what their children think about the Lord.  After all, isn't the goal of Christian parents to bring their children up in the ways of the Lord (Prov. 22:6) so that they will serve God and glorify Him?

Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith.  The parents live that faith in their homes and are a real example of its defense.  How?  The parents are the ones who govern the home, urge the children to trust in Christ, and exemplify Christian attitudes and practice.  All of this is living the faith, and it is a profound statement of its validity -- or invalidity, depending on how the parents live out what they say they profess.  If they confess Christ with their lips and live lives that are unsanctified and speak words that are unholy, then what are they teaching their children about the power of the gospel?  Are they making a strong and able defense of the faith or are they really undermining it by their actions and deeds?

On the other hand, if parents confess Christ and live godly, humble, sanctified lives before their children, then they are demonstrating the truth of Christianity in the harmony and consistency of their words and deeds.  This is most important and profound not only because it is what we are all called to do as Christians, but also because of the great benefit it has on the children in relation to their developing faith in Christ.  Example is often greater than words in power.

After dinner in our home, we regularly have devotions.  I get the Bible and set it before me at the head of the table.  My children all know to become quiet and attentive.  I then ask each one various questions about who Jesus is, what He has done, what the Bible is, what it is about, etc.  The questions are age-appropriate. Then, after a brief discussion, I read a chapter out of the Bible.  Sometimes we talk about it, and other times we don't depending on the topic, interest, etc.  I then pray and dinner is over.  My children are exposed to the word of God on a regular basis by the head of the family and they hear and see it take the place of preeminence in our home.  Furthermore, our children know that there is a right and wrong because they hear it from the Bible.  They know that my wife and I are subject to the Lord and to His word.  They see that we are seeking to guide them in the ways of the Lord.

However, some say that we shouldn't push our children towards believing in Christ and that we should let them make their own decisions about Christianity when they get older.  What do you think?

Two men were discussing the raising of children.  The first man said that they were free will creatures and should not be constrained by the prejudices of the parents in spiritual matters, but that they should be allowed to grow on their own and make their own decisions about God.  The second man said nothing about this, but instead asked, "Would you like to see my garden?"  The first man, surprised by the change in subject, said, "Yes, I would."  They went outside and the second man pointed to a small plot of ground where weeds and crab grass were growing.  "Here it is," he said.  "This is my garden."  The first looked at the second man, confused, and said, "My friend.  This is no garden.  It is a thicket of weeds."  The second man said, "Yes, I know.  I allowed this garden to grow on its own without any direction and guidance."

Our natures are selfish and sinful.  The job of the parents is to direct and guide the lives of our children so that they develop into fine godly adults.  Left to their own direction and desires, how many children would choose the higher way?  How many would seek to be humble, loving, kind, sharing, and patient because it is right?  How many of them would naturally seek to subject themselves to the Lordship of Jesus?  We parents have to constantly train our children in virtues and constantly train them to submit to the Lord.  We do not have to train them to be selfish, mean, and complaining.  How much more should we as parents be guiding our children in the ways of the Lord, living and exemplifying the truth of Christianity in our homes so that we don't undermine the truth of the gospel in the very hearts of those whom God has given to us to raise?

Your home is your first ministry and your children are great gifts from God.  Do not take that responsibility lightly.  God will require an accounting from you regarding your children.  What will you tell Him?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 18, 2007, 11:47:24 AM
God's Sovereignty

Sovereignty, in relation to God, means that God has the absolute right to do with His creation as He desires.  Some verses that support this are as follows: Psalm 115:3, "But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases."  Isaiah 46:10, "Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure;"  Dan. 4:35, "And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, What hast Thou done?"

As you can see, God declares that He does what He wants in heaven and on earth.  But, in light of this declaration, some of us might ask, "If God is sovereign and can do what He wants in the world, then why doesn't He get rid of sin?  Why doesn't He heal all sickness?  Why doesn't God save more people, or all people?  Why does He allow terrorists to strike?  Why do the wicked prosper? etc."  We can ask more personal questions such as, "Why did my baby die?  Why is it that when I pray for someone to be well, they stay sick or seem to heal naturally later?  Why is it my friend (or me) lost my job and am having so much trouble finding work?  Why am I still suffering from xxxxxx when I ask the Lord to deliver me from it?"  The questions can go on and on.

As Christians we have to face the fact that these questions don't have easy answers.  We are told that in spite of what we see, God is in control, that the answers are sometimes beyond us, that we need to trust God, that these things are the result of sin in the world and that God is letting it have its course, etc.  Though these answers are all true, they do not always comfort because our pain sometimes overrides our faith.  In light of that, let me tell you a true story of suffering that was lessened by trusting in God and His sovereignty even though the prayer for healing was not answered.

A few years ago, my wife and I were expecting our second child.  At six months, after one of the routine examines during pregnancy, the doctor discovered a problem with the baby.  Our child, whom we named Jacob, had holoprocencephaly -- a chromosome problem that resulted in various deformities in Jacob's body.  In short, Jacob could survive in the womb, but would most certainly not be able to survive outside it.  Our son was going to die.

Abortion was not an option for us.  Instead, we prayed and asked the Lord to miraculously heal Jacob during the remaining three months of pregnancy.  We prayed and trusted God.  Finally, when it was time for Jacob to be born, my wife endured the pains of childbirth and delivered Jacob into our hands.  One half hour later, the Lord took Him home.  Jacob died in our arms.

After the funeral and after many tears, people came up to us and wanted to know how we were doing.  We told them that in spite of the pain and the loss, we were fine.  We had trusted God and God and relied on His wisdom, not ours, to handle the situation.  We knew that because God was sovereign, that He had allowed us to suffer this trauma.  And, even though we did not understand why, my wife and I were able to trust God to know that HE understood why.  We would simply find out when we finally went to be with the Lord ourselves.

Now, this is the thing that so many Christians need to learn, as difficult as it may be to accept.  God is sovereign.  He has the right to take us at any time.  He has the right to allow our children to die.  He has the right to let sickness bring us suffering.  He has the right to do with us as we will and to allow things to happen to us that we cannot comprehend and that we cannot explain.  He owes us nothing.  Yet, He loves us and is gracious.  His grace and love to use are based upon His Son Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again for our sins.  It is because of Jesus and only because of Jesus that we receive any good at all from the Lord.  It is not because we are good in ourselves or deserve some sort of compassion from God.  We do not, not one bit.  But, because of who God is, not because of who we are, God loves us and cares deeply for us.

Nevertheless, pain and suffering are a real part of our lives and we cannot help but wonder sometimes "Why?"  The answer lies in God's all-knowing character who knows better than we do why things happen the way they do.  These reasons He has not decided to reveal to us.  Therefore, we need to trust God that He loves us and that even though we might suffer great loss, God is still in control.  Sometimes, it comes down to trusting God beyond your ability to comprehend.

Do you trust God that much?  Have you relinquished yourself, your life, your breath (as Jesus did) to the Father of Glory so that He might do with you as He wishes even if it means sending you to some place you do not want to go -- as in your own cross?

Faith in God is never misplaced.  But, answers do not always arrive.  Therefore, trust God in spite of what you see.  Praise His name in the middle of your circumstances and bring glory to Him through Jesus.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 18, 2007, 04:42:09 PM
God's Sovereignty

Sovereignty, in relation to God, means that God has the absolute right to do with His creation as He desires.  Some verses that support this are as follows: Psalm 115:3, "But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases."  Isaiah 46:10, "Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure;"  Dan. 4:35, "And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, What hast Thou done?"

As you can see, God declares that He does what He wants in heaven and on earth.  But, in light of this declaration, some of us might ask, "If God is sovereign and can do what He wants in the world, then why doesn't He get rid of sin?  Why doesn't He heal all sickness?  Why doesn't God save more people, or all people?  Why does He allow terrorists to strike?  Why do the wicked prosper? etc."  We can ask more personal questions such as, "Why did my baby die?  Why is it that when I pray for someone to be well, they stay sick or seem to heal naturally later?  Why is it my friend (or me) lost my job and am having so much trouble finding work?  Why am I still suffering from xxxxxx when I ask the Lord to deliver me from it?"  The questions can go on and on.

As Christians we have to face the fact that these questions don't have easy answers.  We are told that in spite of what we see, God is in control, that the answers are sometimes beyond us, that we need to trust God, that these things are the result of sin in the world and that God is letting it have its course, etc.  Though these answers are all true, they do not always comfort because our pain sometimes overrides our faith.  In light of that, let me tell you a true story of suffering that was lessened by trusting in God and His sovereignty even though the prayer for healing was not answered.

A few years ago, my wife and I were expecting our second child.  At six months, after one of the routine examines during pregnancy, the doctor discovered a problem with the baby.  Our child, whom we named Jacob, had holoprocencephaly -- a chromosome problem that resulted in various deformities in Jacob's body.  In short, Jacob could survive in the womb, but would most certainly not be able to survive outside it.  Our son was going to die.

Abortion was not an option for us.  Instead, we prayed and asked the Lord to miraculously heal Jacob during the remaining three months of pregnancy.  We prayed and trusted God.  Finally, when it was time for Jacob to be born, my wife endured the pains of childbirth and delivered Jacob into our hands.  One half hour later, the Lord took Him home.  Jacob died in our arms.

After the funeral and after many tears, people came up to us and wanted to know how we were doing.  We told them that in spite of the pain and the loss, we were fine.  We had trusted God and God and relied on His wisdom, not ours, to handle the situation.  We knew that because God was sovereign, that He had allowed us to suffer this trauma.  And, even though we did not understand why, my wife and I were able to trust God to know that HE understood why.  We would simply find out when we finally went to be with the Lord ourselves.

Now, this is the thing that so many Christians need to learn, as difficult as it may be to accept.  God is sovereign.  He has the right to take us at any time.  He has the right to allow our children to die.  He has the right to let sickness bring us suffering.  He has the right to do with us as we will and to allow things to happen to us that we cannot comprehend and that we cannot explain.  He owes us nothing.  Yet, He loves us and is gracious.  His grace and love to use are based upon His Son Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again for our sins.  It is because of Jesus and only because of Jesus that we receive any good at all from the Lord.  It is not because we are good in ourselves or deserve some sort of compassion from God.  We do not, not one bit.  But, because of who God is, not because of who we are, God loves us and cares deeply for us.

Nevertheless, pain and suffering are a real part of our lives and we cannot help but wonder sometimes "Why?"  The answer lies in God's all-knowing character who knows better than we do why things happen the way they do.  These reasons He has not decided to reveal to us.  Therefore, we need to trust God that He loves us and that even though we might suffer great loss, God is still in control.  Sometimes, it comes down to trusting God beyond your ability to comprehend.

Do you trust God that much?  Have you relinquished yourself, your life, your breath (as Jesus did) to the Father of Glory so that He might do with you as He wishes even if it means sending you to some place you do not want to go -- as in your own cross?

Faith in God is never misplaced.  But, answers do not always arrive.  Therefore, trust God in spite of what you see.  Praise His name in the middle of your circumstances and bring glory to Him through Jesus.
If you love God cling to the Son  "my Lord Jesus Christ "and believe!!Ooh I love God the Father so so much it hurts....in Jesus Def


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 18, 2007, 08:53:32 PM
I've found that when life's brush obscures my view
With gloomy strokes that mar the scene,
God's hand appears and gives to sunless hue
And dreary skies a more majestic sheen.         Gustufson


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 19, 2007, 09:29:05 AM
The Goodness of God

In Luke 16:1-9, Jesus told us a parable of the Unrighteous Steward.  In short, the steward was squandering the possessions of the landowner.  This is discovered and the landowner demands an accounting.  Before the unrighteous steward gets fired, he goes to the people who owe the landowner money and has them reduce their bills by substantial amounts.  The end of the parable has Jesus saying this:  "And his master praised the unrighteous steward because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light" (Luke 16:9, NASB).

Why did Jesus say this?  Is He condoning deceit?  Is Jesus approving of this unrighteous steward's misrepresentation of the facts and the debt owed his master?

The most probable cultural setting for the parable is that of a large estate consisting of land divided into portions, where the steward is entrusted with carrying the business of that estate. The debtors are most likely renters who had agreed to pay a fixed amount of produce for the yearly rent. The steward was no doubt making extras "under the table," but these amounts were not reflected in the signed bills. He was a salaried official who, in addition, was paid a specific fee by the renter for each contract. The master was a man of noble character respected in the community who cared enough about his own wealth to fire a wasteful manager, and this is the key to understanding this parable.

The debtors will assume that the steward is acting on behalf of the orders of the landowner.  This means that the landowner will be looked upon as being kindhearted and noble.   The steward knows that when the landowner finds out, he will have two alternatives: First, he could gather the renters and tell them that the reductions were unauthorized and thereby showing his stinginess and risking ridicule from them and the community. Second, he can keep silent, accept the praise that is even now being showered on him, and allow the clever steward to get away with the scheme. Obviously, the steward knew the master was a generous person, otherwise he would not have taken such a risk; after all, he wasn't jailed to begin with.

Therefore, in verse 9 Jesus is not praising the dishonesty, but the ability of the steward to recognize the generosity of his master, see what was coming, and use what he had at the time to obtain something far greater: self preservation. This is significant. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. God can condemn you to eternal damnation. It is wise to seek a way out of that. In fact, the judgment of damnation is so terrible, that praise is offered to the one who, in desperation, seeks a way out of it. If the unrighteous steward was praised for trusting in the goodness of the master.

So, how much more will you be rewarded if you trust the true and holy Master, the Lord Himself?  Abiding faith in God is the action of continuous trust in Him.  Count on His goodness and trust Him. 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 19, 2007, 03:46:39 PM
good night Pastor Roger


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 19, 2007, 04:03:07 PM
Good night, sister.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 20, 2007, 12:15:19 PM
Grace

Rom. 6:14 says, "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace."  Eph. 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."  Eph. 2:8 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves..."

We Christians are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8), justified by grace (Rom. 3:24), and given grace (Rom. 12:6).  Grace abounds (2 Cor. 9:8), is surpassing (2 Cor. 9:14), and is granted (2 Tim. 1:9).  We have the riches of grace (Eph. 1:7), are strengthened by grace (Heb. 13:9), and grow in grace (2 Pet. 3:18).  We experience the grace of God (1 Pet. 4:10), know the grace of the Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:21), and are indwelt by the Spirit of grace (Heb. 10:29). Grace is the wonderful truth of God's character through Jesus which is shown to us, comes upon us, and is manifested in us.

But, what is grace?  As you have seen above, grace is multifaceted.  But, briefly spoken, grace is that unmerited, unearned favor of God upon a sinner.  On other words, grace is the favor that God shows to someone who in no way deserves to be shown any mercy, any kindness, or anything good at all.  As hard as that may be for some people to take, before an infinite and holy God, we are finite and sinful and rightfully should be judged to damnation (Eph. 2:3).  But, God is gracious to us. He does not give us what we deserve (justice).  In fact, He does NOT give us what we deserve (mercy).  Instead, He gives us what we do NOT deserve (grace).

This grace is found in Jesus (John 1:17), and only because of what Jesus did on the cross.  The cross is the ONLY reason that God is kind to us and does not instantly give us justice -- which would be eternal damnation.  No.  Instead, because of Jesus, because of the shed blood, because of the grace of God in Christ, we are able to be saved, delivered, indwelt, loved, cleansed, uplifted, strengthened, and so much more.  Jesus is the living expression of the grace of God.  Jesus is the perfect manifestation of grace and truth.  Jesus is the example of grace.

Therefore, all that is good in you, all that is right, all that you have done for the glory of God, all that you have confessed, all the sins of which you have repented, all the love you have shown, all the kindness you've given, all the mercy you have bestowed, all the humility you've exemplified, all the growth you've experienced, all the hope you've held, all the faith you've kept, all the fruit of the Spirit you've lived have all been by the grace of God through Jesus Christ because of the Cross.

Knowing this, you can then say with Paul in 1 Cor. 15:10, "...by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 20, 2007, 07:10:16 PM
The sinful flesh in which we dwell
Makes living righteously
Impossible without the Lord,
Who died to set us free.         Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 20, 2007, 07:14:16 PM
Don't judge too quickly what you see;
Treat lightly first impression;
Misunderstandings multiply
Without communication.      Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 21, 2007, 12:28:02 PM
Have you died?

We will all die one day physically.  But, have you died before then?  If you are a Christian, then you have already died.  "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" (Rom. 6:1-2)  Christians have died to sin.  The Greek aorist tense (past tense) suggests that this death happened and was completed in the past.  When did it happen?  It happened at your salvation.  So what is Paul saying here, especially since if we have died to sin, we still struggle with it?  Why is it that sin seems so pervasive, so powerful, and so persistent?  Haven't we repented of countless sins countless times, some of them the same ones over and over again?  Absolutely.  So, if we have died to sin, why is it still alive in us?

The truth is that if you are a Christian, if you have trusted in Jesus who is God in flesh as your Savior and reject any of your own works as a contribution to your salvation, but you rely completely and totally on Christ's sacrifice, then you have died to sin.  You have died through the identification with Christ on the Cross because as a Christian, you are "in Christ." "Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus," (Rom. 6:11).  Also, see Rom. 8:1-2, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."

Death in the Bible is not the cessation of existence.  It is separation.  Physical death does not mean we stop existing; we continue on in the next life.  Spiritual death means separation from God, eternally.  Therefore, your death to sin is your separation from it.  It is the separation from the power it has to damn you and to rule over you.  It also means that because you are in Christ and Christ is in you, you have the power to resist sin where before you did not.

Yes, we still sin.  Yes, we still struggle.  But our struggle against sin proves that we are not dead in our sins.  Instead we are alive in Christ.  Only those who are alive struggle for life, and we Christians certainly struggle for our life in Christ apart from sin.  So, take courage and consolation by knowing that your struggle for holiness is pleasing to God and is also a sign of your salvation, something bought for by Jesus did on the cross.

Therefore, you are not to live in sin.  You are not to live in fornication.  You are not to live in compromise.  You are not to live as though the grace of God will take care of your sins in such a way as to say that it is okay to sin just a little, or just a little more.  No.  You are dead to sin and are not to live after the ways of the flesh.  You are not to compromise our Christian walk.  You are to stand for righteousness.  If you are a Christian and you claim the name of Christ, then walk in righteousness.  Walk in the manner that Jesus walked.  Stand for truth and stand against sin. "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Pet. 1:14-16).


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 21, 2007, 03:29:50 PM
Have you died?

We will all die one day physically.  But, have you died before then?  If you are a Christian, then you have already died.  "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" (Rom. 6:1-2)  Christians have died to sin.  The Greek aorist tense (past tense) suggests that this death happened and was completed in the past.  When did it happen?  It happened at your salvation.  So what is Paul saying here, especially since if we have died to sin, we still struggle with it?  Why is it that sin seems so pervasive, so powerful, and so persistent?  Haven't we repented of countless sins countless times, some of them the same ones over and over again?  Absolutely.  So, if we have died to sin, why is it still alive in us?

The truth is that if you are a Christian, if you have trusted in Jesus who is God in flesh as your Savior and reject any of your own works as a contribution to your salvation, but you rely completely and totally on Christ's sacrifice, then you have died to sin.  You have died through the identification with Christ on the Cross because as a Christian, you are "in Christ." "Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus," (Rom. 6:11).  Also, see Rom. 8:1-2, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."

Death in the Bible is not the cessation of existence.  It is separation.  Physical death does not mean we stop existing; we continue on in the next life.  Spiritual death means separation from God, eternally.  Therefore, your death to sin is your separation from it.  It is the separation from the power it has to damn you and to rule over you.  It also means that because you are in Christ and Christ is in you, you have the power to resist sin where before you did not.

Yes, we still sin.  Yes, we still struggle.  But our struggle against sin proves that we are not dead in our sins.  Instead we are alive in Christ.  Only those who are alive struggle for life, and we Christians certainly struggle for our life in Christ apart from sin.  So, take courage and consolation by knowing that your struggle for holiness is pleasing to God and is also a sign of your salvation, something bought for by Jesus did on the cross.

Therefore, you are not to live in sin.  You are not to live in fornication.  You are not to live in compromise.  You are not to live as though the grace of God will take care of your sins in such a way as to say that it is okay to sin just a little, or just a little more.  No.  You are dead to sin and are not to live after the ways of the flesh.  You are not to compromise our Christian walk.  You are to stand for righteousness.  If you are a Christian and you claim the name of Christ, then walk in righteousness.  Walk in the manner that Jesus walked.  Stand for truth and stand against sin. "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Pet. 1:14-16).
Pastor Roger!!! that was a quick answer YES YES i am very dead in Christ Jesus  AMEN!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 21, 2007, 08:27:34 PM
O for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by every foe,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe.                       Bathurst


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 22, 2007, 07:51:52 AM
Good night, sister.

Pasror Roger i wastrying to get to the administrator or reopen my acc  because  when i want to send a image or picture they only take smily  "this is what they tell me onthe forum site""the reply is....The upload folder is full..please try a smaller file/or contact administrator....that is what i am doing.
It is not on my side cause every thing is normal on my computor ...it has been since the 19 since i upload the little pictuture on the left hand corner under my name  cause i uploded all of them  ..in everyfile"valentine `prayers `cross so on so on and not I can not show them can you pklese empty my file or whatever  I try to register over but somehow because i have the same email they do not accepte..in jesus Def Good morning you all


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 22, 2007, 08:08:02 AM
I'll get back with you.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 22, 2007, 08:18:48 AM
Def, could you copy and post the exact notice that you are getting and tell me exactly where you are receiving it. Is it when trying to add to your profile or is it when trying to post in a reply box or what?



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 22, 2007, 08:39:30 AM
It is when I am trying to answer a post the message pass but they only accept the smileys,,here is what the message send back in the space of the post.."The upload folder is full pleas try a smaller file and/or contact administrator".........and at the bottom of the page it write ___BACK___ and when I press on back  it takes me back to the original Post that I am answering .... when i press preview and then option  and then attach  and then parcour and then my image comes out the will not take it ...that is when the message come on....


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 22, 2007, 08:57:35 AM
I will get with the other Moderators to see what we can come up with. We may contact Admin on this also. We will get back with you on this.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 22, 2007, 09:02:17 AM
I will get with the other Moderators to see what we can come up with. We may contact Admin on this also. We will get back with you on this.


God Bless you Pastor Roger you I could send you a Jesus hug that you could see with your eye but It OK You will feel it with your soul how nice it is to have the same Spirit, the spirit of the Living God through Jesus Christ Our Lord .your Sister in Jesus Def :)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 22, 2007, 09:04:33 AM
God Bless you Pastor Roger you I could send you a Jesus hug that you could see with your eye but It OK You will feel it with your soul how nice it is to have the same Spirit, the spirit of the Living God through Jesus Christ Our Lord .your Sister in Jesus Def :)
I have to go fishing now.but I wont be to long got to do my job"fisher of men by exemple and sometimes" WORDS"


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 22, 2007, 09:31:09 AM
Hi def,

Do you have an account at some website like photobucket? If so could you post the web address to it without using any of the buttons to do so, so that I can see the pictures?



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 22, 2007, 09:37:28 AM
Is Christianity intolerant?

Is Christianity intolerant? Yes, it is intolerant.  In fact, it is very intolerant to say that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that no one can get to God except through Him, as Jesus Himself said in John 14:6.  It is also intolerant to state that there is no other name under heaven other than Jesus by which a person can be forgiven of his sins, as Peter said in Acts 4:12.  It is intolerant to say that there is only one true God, as Jesus said in John 17:3.  It is also intolerant to say that trying to enter into heaven by any other way than Jesus is to be a thief and a robber, as Jesus said in John 10:1.  Jesus was intolerant when He said that He is the one who reveals God to people (Luke 10:22).  Jesus was even more intolerant of religious hypocrisy when He condemned the religious know-it-alls and called them hypocrites and deceivers (Matt. 23:25-26).  Jesus was extremely intolerant of the buying and selling in the temple when He drove the people out of it by force and overturned their money tables (John 2:13-16).  Jesus was intolerant of hatred when He said "love your enemies" (Luke 6:27).  Jesus was intolerant of ignorance when He taught the people truth (Matt. 5).  Jesus was intolerant of prejudice when He gave the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37).

Yes, Christianity is intolerant because its founder, Jesus, was intolerant.  Christianity is intolerant of false gods and false gospels.  Why is it so intolerant?  Because it is shaped after Jesus.  It is intolerant because there is a hell and Jesus, who is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9), who died for our sins (1 Pet. 2:24), has made the only way to forgiveness a reality:  through Him alone (John 14:6) and without Him comes damnation.

On the other hand, Christianity is very tolerant.  It teaches to be very forgiving (Matt. 18:21-22), to be patient and kind (Gal. 5:22-23), and to be honest and wholesome (Phil. 4:6-8).   Jesus taught us to love and to heal and to be examples of kindness and truth in the world.  Jesus was intolerant of religious hypocrisy and bigotry.  He was very intolerant of false teachers.  He was intolerant of pride, rebellion, sin, covetousness, adultery, lying, cheating, stealing, fornicating, and murder.  He was intolerant of husbands treating their wives poorly.  He was intolerant of pain and was saddened by suffering.  Yet, at the same time He demonstrated the greatest love and patience with those who were guilty of all these things.  Why?  Because He is God in flesh, incarnate love, incarnate righteousness, incarnate humility.

The whole issue of whether or not Christianity is intolerant lies in who Jesus is, what He claimed, and what He did.  If what Jesus said and did is true, then Christianity isn't intolerant.  It is simply true, and it is the world that is intolerant of that truth.

Likewise, it is true that Jesus lived.  It is true that Jesus walked on water (Matt. 8:26-27).  It is true that Jesus healed the sick (Matt. 8:5-13).  It is true that Jesus calmed a storm with a command (Mark 4:39).  It is true that Jesus raised the dead (Matt. 9:25; John 11:43-44).  It is true that Jesus claimed to be God (John 5:18; 8:24; 8:58 -- see Exodus 3:14).  It is true that Jesus was killed on a cross (Luke 24:20).  It is true that Jesus rose from the dead (Luke 24:39; John 20:27).  These are not feeble claims made by crazy people who wanted to gain power and fame.  These are the claims of Christ Himself and of those who followed Him and suffered for Him and died for Him.

Either it is all true, or it is not.  Either Jesus performed miracles, or He did not.  Either Jesus rose from the dead, or He did not.  Based solely and completely on who Jesus is and what He did, Christianity is the truth; and by necessity all other religions that disagree with Jesus are wrong.

Truth is, by nature, intolerant of falsehood.  If Christianity is not true, then Jesus was not God, then Jesus did not do miracles, then Jesus did not heal the sick, then Jesus did not walk on water, then Jesus did not die and rise from the dead after three days.  But, if He did do these things, then Christianity alone is true, since in all the religions in the world only Christianity has the person of Jesus, and Jesus said that He alone was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Christianity is only as intolerant as Jesus is true.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 23, 2007, 10:42:29 AM
Marriage

Marriage is a sacred institution established by God for the primary purpose of bringing Him glory.  Its main purpose is not, as some think, to procreate, or to have companionship, or to fulfill sexual needs.  No.  Its primary purpose is to bring glory and honor to God.  It is only in marriage that we are able to carry out the commission of God to replenish the earth and to subdue it.  This commission by God can only be properly accomplished in marriage where the husband and wife, in faithful, covenantal relationship, purpose to glorify God by having children, training them in the ways of the Lord, and sending them out into the world.  This is what marriage is for.  It is outward focused (for God's glory), not inward centered (for our comfort).

Unfortunately, in this world of feminism, the biblical role of women has been compromised.  Too many Christian men don't know how to be men since, unfortunately, many of them learn "manhood" from one of two main role models on TV:  the wimpy, bumbling male buffoon who is the object of laughter or the macho stud who can kill thousands with his bare hands and then go fornicate his brains out.  Add to this sad state of affairs the unbiblical allowance of teenage rebellion and disrespect (due mostly to parental failure), and it is obvious that families are under attack.  What is a Christian family to do?

The answer is simple.  Men, it starts with you.  So listen up.  You are the ones responsible for your families.  You are the ones who are the heads of your families.  This is how God set the family structure up.  God made the first married couple in a certain order and gave them certain duties.  Adam was made first, and God put him in charge of the Garden (Gen. 2:7,15).  Adam looked for a helpmate from among all the animals and found none suitable (Gen. 2:19-20).  So, God made Eve to aid him in the commission God had given Adam (Gen. 2:22).  It was Eve's purpose to aid Adam in accomplishing the will of God.  Furthermore, remember that sin entered the world through Adam, not Eve, even though she sinned first (Rom. 5:12).  God addressed Adam for the failure, not Eve.  To use an analogy, it was Adam who was the captain of the ship and when it went aground, he was the one God came to.  Therefore, the responsibility of the family falls on the man.  If you don't like it, that is too bad.  That is how God set it up.

The healing of the Christian family begins with the head:  the husband.  The husband needs to take the helm and lead the family in spiritual matters -- whether he likes it or not.  He can't be perfect at it, and that's okay, but he is responsible for carrying out his duties as a husband and for loving his wife as Christ loved the church (Eph. 5:25).  This is a very tall order to love his wife as Jesus loves us.  But that is our calling.  It is love in the family, led and exemplified by the husband, that sets the tone of the marriage.  He is responsible for the well-being of the family.  It is to him that God will come and require an account.  This is serious business, and the man needs to take it seriously.

Aside from the unfortunate reality where women must lead due to divorce, widowhood, separation, etc., if the woman is the leader in the family it is because the man has not taken his proper place.  The man is the spiritual head, the discipler of the family (1 Cor. 14:34-35), the teacher, the one responsible for the the material, financial, and spiritual well being of his family (1 Tim. 5:8).  It is a tall order, but it is simply the way it is.  And one more thing:  a family is a family by virtue of the covenant bond of marriage.  It does not become a family once children arrive. Children are welcomed into the family at birth and need to be taught how to be proper, godly members of God's covenant family.

But what of the wife?  What is her responsibility in marriage?  It is simple.  She is to respect, honor, and support her husband (Eph. 5:33).  She is to encourage him to be the leader.  She is to not undermine his position as head.  This means that wives should not show him disrespect by speaking ill of him behind his back to anyone else.  In addition, though many women will not like it, the woman's primary responsibility is to take care of the home (Tit. 2:3-5) and to make it a suitable place for the family to dwell as she aids her husband and nurtures the children (1 Thess. 2:7) with love (Tit. 2:4).

Of course, the husband and wife are both responsible for overlapping and helping each other as they love one another (1 Cor. 13), but the primary duty of a husband is to love and provide.  The primary duty of a wife is to nurture and respect.

Is this important?  Absolutely!  Is it popular?  No.  But, it is what God calls us to do as Christians.  So I ask you, how important is your family to you?  How seriously are you considering them before God, not just in provision, but in love, nurturing, honor, training, and godly upbringing?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 23, 2007, 05:30:17 PM
I am safe when danger threatens,
For I'm trusting Christ the Lord;
Since He promised He'll be with me,
Though I fear, my faith's restored.       Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 24, 2007, 09:24:15 AM
Men

There is a crisis of manhood in the Christian church.  It has become so obvious to me lately.  Five couples I know are having marital problems.  In each case, it is the husband that is at fault.  It is no wonder, though, with the assault on manhood in American Society.  All you have to do is watch TV for a little while and you will notice domineering women and wimpy men who are insecure and inept.  The characterization of manhood by the media is definitely unbiblical and anti-Christian.  In fact, it is creeping into the church and the existence of women pastors is one of the signs of the failure of men in the Christian church to do their job.

There simply aren't enough Pastors who teach the biblical model of Christian manhood.  And Christian men too often are resting in the comfort of their churches, their homes, and their jobs to grow spiritually, not to mention be leaders.  Too many are becoming lax, apathetic, and spiritually atrophied.  For some men, their lives are so comfortable, so routine that spiritual testing and growth are things they read about in books and taking risks for the Lord is an uncommon idea.  Mission work is something that others do.  Evangelism is for those who are "gifted in that area."  Comfort can be a killer for the church and for us men.  It can make us lazy and it can bleed over into other areas of our lives.  Let me ask you men something:  Are you willing to take risks for God?  Is it in your heart to do that?

At the "Church at the top of the Hill," the parking lot is filled with new cars and mini vans.  The people happily walk into church.  Some are talking on their cell phones as they move towards the large building.  Others approach are chuckling and laughing.  They are well dressed, well fed, and quite comfortable.  They drop their kids off in the Sunday School classes and head to the air conditioned church and sit in the cushioned chairs.  The worship music is very well done and the message is polished.  Very nice.  Very comfortable.  Very routine.  Very blessed.  But, this time the pastor has an announcement before the people are dismissed and he introduces an old friend he went to Bible college with.

A man dressed in out-of-style clothes walks up to the pulpit.  He looks at the congregation.  "Ladies and gentlemen," he says.  "I come from a small town in Southern Africa where I do mission work.  The population is about 5,000.  The people there are under educated and often don't have enough food to eat.  AIDS is also prevalent.  The weather is hot and we don't have electricity all the time.  But, the people are good and they want to know about Jesus.  There are cults trying to move into the town and are offering food and literature.  Many are taking it and being misled.  But, I am only one man and I can't stop it.

"I am here to ask for help.  Is there anyone who would join me in this small town to labor to bring the gospel to these people?  You can come for a week or two.  Or if not, is there anyone here who would care to donate money to fund the work of another missionary to this small town?  I need your help desperately.  I cannot do it alone.  I will be standing at the back of the church if anyone wants to talk to me.  God bless."

If you were sitting in the church listening, what would your reaction be?  Are you threatened by the idea of such a commitment to go or to help.  Would donating funds mean you couldn't get something you've been wanting and that would make you uncomfortable?  If so, perhaps you are becoming spiritual dry, spiritually atrophied, and your priorities are out of place.  But, then again, would you want to do something if you could?  Would you feel the pull of godly opportunity tug at your heart?  I hope so.  Either way, this small story can help you discover yourself and it can get you to see that change might be necessary.  Change down deep is where it begins.  Sometimes we men need it straight.  Sometimes we need to be told to get our eyes back on Jesus.

The illustration above is a round-about way to offer a challenge to see where you are and what your priorities are as men.  So, I have a question for you Christian men who are married.  Let's bring it home to reality.  Are you leading your family in regular devotions?  Now, I'm not talking about having a devotion every single night with a regimented routine of systematic theology.  I'm talking about regular prayer with your family, maybe at dinner time, or reading the Bible with them, and guiding them.  They are your primary mission field.  Are you doing that with them?  If you are, great!  But, if you aren't, then repent right now, confess your sin to the Lord, and start leading your family.  I don't care if it isn't comfortable.  Do it.  You can't be leaders in the church and workers for God if your family is left to spiritually fend for themselves.

The dinner table is a great place to have devotions.  Also, I recommend that when you and your wife retire for the evening, read a Psalm to her in bed.  You must lead.  You certainly don't have to be perfect.  But, you must realize that the man in the family is the head of the family and he is responsible for the spiritual welfare of the family.  Your wife is not responsible for this.  You are!  It is your responsibility.  You are the captain of the ship and God will hold you accountable for that ship.  Guide it with love, truth, and service.

Now if your wife is not a Christian and regular devotions are not possible, then pray for her, love her, be patient with her, and lift her up to the Lord.  Let her see Jesus in you in your humility, love, and patience.  Wash dishes for her.  Take her out to dinner.  Don't point our her faults.  Buy her flowers.  Love her with actions and words!  Read 1 Cor. 13 and apply it.

I have a question for you Christian men who are not married.  Are you seeking to be shaped by God to become men who honor God in your lives?  The Lord desires that you become godly men who honor and glorify God in your lives.  You see, the primary reason for marriage is not for your pleasure, not for companionship, and not to have children.  The primary reason for marriage is to bring glory to God and you cannot do this if you are harboring sin and selfishness.

Men, if you have sins of lust, sexual impurity, pornography, lying, laziness, etc., then confess them to the Lord.  Turn from them.  Do NOT become lazy about sin and your battle against it.  Do NOT become complacent.  Do NOT give in to the lust and pride.  Humble yourselves before God and man.  Commit in your heart to do what is right, to be honest, men of integrity, humble, truthful, faithful, kind, and gentle.  Yet, at the same time, be men who are strong in the Lord, bold in the faith, and ready to serve your families and friends.  It isn't always easy, but it is always right.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 24, 2007, 05:49:05 PM
We can't ignore God's only Son,
He is the Lord, the Holy One;
He is the source of life and grace,
The One who died and took our place.      Fitzhugh


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on August 24, 2007, 08:31:46 PM
We can't ignore God's only Son,
He is the Lord, the Holy One;
He is the source of life and grace,
The One who died and took our place.      Fitzhugh
thank you Jesus....He has taken my place..Good night Islandboy..(+¸+)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 25, 2007, 08:24:01 AM
Not knowing

My daughter approached me with questions about the invisibility of God. She wanted to know why God does not reveal Himself more plainly in our lives. She wanted to know why our prayers seem to go unanswered. She wanted to know why God often works slowly. I realized that her questions were the result of deep contemplation. She had come to her father, the spiritual leader of the house, and was asking to know the answers.

I told her that she had asked the same questions theologians, Christian philosophers, and pastors have been trying to answer ever since the Christian Church began. I told her that the questions were very good.  I told her that God does make Himself known to us very often, but not always in the ways that we want.  If God responded to what we wanted, then how would He be God?  We talked about the mystery of God's ways, of how it is good that He does not answer all of our prayers -- since what we sometimes want turns out to be a bad idea.  We talked of how He is in control, of how He knows so much more than we do, and how we need to trust in Him by faith. I told her that I sometimes wondered the very things she was asking and though I have some answers I could give her, I told her that we can't really know for sure why God is so mysterious sometimes.  I told her that God's ways are not our ways, that we need to humble ourselves before Him and trust that not knowing the answers to the questions is OK.

She looked at me and I could tell from her expression that she did not fully appreciate my answer. She was hoping that her father would be able to give her a definitive response that would make complete sense.  So, I gave her some standard answers centering around God's foreknowledge, sovereign plan, and mercy.  I told her that in the many years of studying the cults, one of the things that I have learned about them is the comprehensibility of their gods.  In other words, you can comprehend them because they are man-made. The gods of the cults, the gods invented by the minds of people are not paradoxical.  They teach simple things about the gods they promote and have gods designed to satisfy their curiosities and questions.

I then told her that if we were to encounter the true God of the universe, it would make sense that we would discover things about Him we cannot comprehend. This is because God is so much greater than us that there would necessarily be things about Him that we cannot understand.  Again she looked at me. This time her expression seemed a bit more satisfied.

"It is okay not to know the whole answers to those questions," I told her, "because the God that we serve is so far beyond us that we will have questions that we cannot answer as well as we'd like."

She smiled and said that that made sense.

At that point I could not help but remember one of the greater pieces of wisdom I learned in seminary. A professor went to the chalkboard and pronounced to the class that he was going to write on the board a truly wise and profound theological truth. Intrigued, I paid close attention. He then wrote these words: "There is a God. You are not Him."

Over the years, that simple truth is echoed in my mind. God is so much greater than we are and there is so much about Him that we do not understand. He truly is incomprehensible, infinitely wise, incredibly wonderful, and even paradoxical. When we enter heaven I am sure that without the blinders of sin, we will have many answers revealed to us. Until that day, it is okay to not have all the answers.  Therefore, the words of Habakkuk 1:13 ring true:  "The just shall live by faith."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Shammu on August 25, 2007, 05:33:59 PM
Quote from: Pastor Roger
My daughter approached me with questions about the invisibility of God. She wanted to know why God does not reveal Himself more plainly in our lives. She wanted to know why our prayers seem to go unanswered.

Praying is also listening to what God wants of you. Look where I am, do I want to be Pastor?? Nope but,  I'm following what God wants so I am.  Praying  isn't just a one-sided.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 26, 2007, 11:11:47 AM
Amen, that it is.



Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 26, 2007, 11:12:12 AM
Peace

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27).  Peace is lost in the world without Christ. People worry, wait, doubt, and long for things they covet. They want. They need. They demand. They must have just one more thing, or one more fulfilled desire. Without direction from God, they ingrain in themselves false needs and hopes which are out of the will of God and then complain to God and doubt Him when their self-centered prayers go unanswered. The result is a lack of peace. So, to solve this problem people often try to create a false peace with alcohol, drugs, sex, or other addictions. Sometimes they deny their sin and push away the conviction of the Holy Spirit. They no longer feel the touch of God's correcting movement in their hearts. They are left to their own ways.

Those lost in the cults also want peace. They want to believe that what they are following is going to help them and get them to heaven. So, they study their false doctrines looking for half-truths that will lull their souls into a false rest. They want to be made to feel safe and at rest in their hearts.

Unbelievers want peace. But, they don't turn to God for it. They look within. They try to muster up a self-assurance, reachable expectations, and, they hope, when they achieve them, they might have confidence and peace as a result. The sad truth is that sometimes these things give them peace. But, it is a false peace. It is false because it is not based on God. It is based upon themselves, their desires, and their possessions.

True peace can only be found in being in the will of God. True peace is a gift from God found only through Christ. Think about it. If you knew you were in the will of God, and even though things were tough, would you have peace in your heart? I hope so. If you did, then your confidence and hope in life would not be based upon the situations around you, but upon God who lives in you. That way, true peace will always be yours.

I can remember a time in my life when the simple answer "yes" or "no" would have a profound affect on the direction of my future. If I answered "yes" then I could stay in the profession for which I had been trained for years - the pastorate. If I answered "no" then I would have to leave it and find something else to do. Three godly men waited for my answer. I knew that I could tell them what they were hoping (which was not my position concerning charismatic gifts) and then I would be able to remain a pastor. But, I knew I could do nothing but answer as completely truthful as possible, according to the conviction of my heart, and that doing so would mean years of study and internship would be for naught. At that point, realizing the seriousness of the decision, I reflected on my relationship with God. I wanted to please Him, even if it cost me. So, I answered according to the convictions of my heart. As a result, I lost the pastorate to which I had been called. But, I had peace in my heart knowing I had been as truthful as I could be before the Lord. If I had shaded my answer just a bit, I could have remained in the pastorate. But, I knew I would have had no peace in my heart and would have no right to preach if I gave an answer that others wanted to hear. It was not worth it. I answered the call of integrity knowing that God was looking at my heart. I answered truthfully. It cost me greatly. But, that is okay.

Peace is rest in the heart. Though life may be hard, though our bodies be frail, though pain is our companion, to be in the will of God is to abide in the peace of God. Let me find the will of God and walk in it and let all other things be as they may.

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence," (1 Pet. 1:2-3).




Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 26, 2007, 08:38:43 PM
Give as 'twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.                Wilson





Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.    James 1:22


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 27, 2007, 11:01:03 PM
Prayer

Prayer is the practice of the presence of God.  It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made.  Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God.  Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian.  Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope.  Prayer is the privilege of place where we touch the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.

The Bible speaks much of prayer.  But, sometimes, too often, we ignore prayer and seek to accomplish in the strength of our own wills those things that we desire to have or happen.  For those of us who are too often guilty of this, we need to bow our knees, confess our sin, receive God's forgiveness, and beg that the will of the Lord be done above our own.  God is sovereign and loving and He knows what is best for us and others, even if it doesn't always seem to make the most sense.

We so often come to the Lord with legitimate requests for healing, conversions, and needs and yet the answers we hope for often do not come.  We wonder and sometimes doubt.  Yet, we persevere and praise God.  We pray because we know that God hears us and because we desire to see results.  We should pray by faith, trusting God.  We should pray consistently, trusting God.  We should pray for healing, trusting God.  We should pray for others, trusting God.  We should pray, and when our prayers are answered or are not answered remember this:  If we knew what the Lord knew, we wouldn't change a thing.

Prayer changes the one praying, because in prayer you are in the presence of God laying before Him your complete self in confession and dependence.  There is nothing to hide when in quiet supplication we are reaching into the deepest part of our selves and admitting our needs and failures.  In so doing, our hearts are quieted and pride is stripped and we enjoy the presence of God.  James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."

I am reminded of another benefit of prayer:  peace.  "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7).

I suppose that we can test our prayer life and dependence upon God by the peace or lack of peace in our hearts.  In all things we are to seek the Lord, and in His continued presence peace will surely be our gain.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 28, 2007, 09:57:02 AM
Prayer for God's will

Sometimes prayer is not so easy. We ask, we seek, we wait, we hope, and we yearn to hear from God. Yet, many times, what we ask for does not come to pass and our prayers seem to be spoken into the void. But, that can be quite good. Have there ever been prayers that you are glad were not answered? Sometimes our short-sightedness causes us to pray outside the will of God, and that is the problem.

When Jesus was praying in Luke 22:42, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked the Father, "Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done." Jesus did not want to go through the ordeal of the crucifixion and He asked the Father for a way out. His prayer was not answered the way Jesus requested. Nevertheless, He submitted His will to the will of the Father, and that is the key to prayer.

What would be a good prayer? Depending on the subject, it would be a request to the Lord to forgive, to heal, to reveal, to intercede, to help, etc. But, and this is important, we must realize that it is not our will that is to be done, but God's. We must primarily ask for God's will to be accomplished, not ours. This means that we must enter prayer by faith and accept, in advance, that what we are requesting may not be answered the way we hope it will. We must look to God as the wise counselor, the all-knowing Lord who loves us deeply and who hears our prayers, but has a divine plan and purpose for His creation that God will carry out. Therefore, we must not only pray for others, for forgiveness, for healing, etc., we must also pray that we are moved into the will of God in every area of our lives so that our prayers might more accurately reflect the will of God.

Furthermore, we must ask the Lord to reveal to us anything that we are doing that prevents our prayers from being heard and prevents us from being in His will. We must seek forgiveness for our sins and conformity to God's purpose and plan. Then, our prayers will be more frequently answered.

Are your prayers answered? If not, perhaps you might want to evaluate whether or not you are in the will of God? Perhaps you might want to pray specifically to be in the will of God in your life, your desires, your location, your job, your service, etc. Ask God to speak to you and to guide you into His will.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 28, 2007, 02:58:16 PM
Speak truly and each word of thine
Shall be a fruitful seed;
Live truly and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed.       Bonar


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 29, 2007, 10:35:49 AM
Presenting the Gospel

How do you tell people that they need Jesus?   Do you tell them that Jesus loves them and that He wants to make their lives better?  Do you tell people that Jesus can forgive them of their sins?  Do you tell them that Jesus has a wonderful plan for their lives and that they should believe in Him and ask Jesus into their hearts?  If so, you may be doing a harm to their spiritual health.  That's right, harm.  Let me explain.

The Law must precede the gospel.  The Law must come first and kill the person so that the gospel can make him alive.  The Law must convict the person of his sins so he will want salvation.  It is simple.  You preach the Law first, then the gospel.  You must make people thirsty for the water of life before they will want to drink.  The Law makes them thirsty.

If a doctor told you that you needed to take some pills for two months but didn't tell you why, would you take them?  If he told you that the pills will make you feel better and that your life will be more pleasant, then would you take them?  What if you already felt fine and your life was great?  What then?  You might say, "Well, thanks.  Maybe I need them, maybe I don't.  I'll think about it."  Then let's say you gave the pills a try and you didn't notice any change in how you felt and your life didn't change either, then what?  You'd stop taking them because having given them a try and seeing no change, no reason to continue, you'd stop.

On the other hand, let's say that your doctor told you that you have a disease that will kill you in six months and that your death would be slow and painful.  He then hands you the pills and says, "But these pills can cure you and save your life.  I want you to take these."  Would you then take them?  Of course!  This is because you would recognize the desperate situation you are in.  You would recognize your great need and want the cure.

That is the purpose of the Law.  It shows us our sin. "...I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, Do not covet" (Rom. 7:7).  Then, because we realize we have sinned against God, the Law then shows us that we are under God's wrath:  "...because law brings wrath" (Rom. 4:15).  The Law brings both physical and spiritual death because it empowers sin to kill us: 'The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the la,'" (1 Cor. 15:56).  The presentation of the Law is supposed to show a person that he has a great need by demonstrating that he has violated the will of God and that he is going to have to face the terrible damnation of God on the Day of Wrath (Rom. 2:5).  If you don't do this when presenting the gospel, you are not presenting the real reason for the gospel and this can hinder a person from really coming to Christ.

God presented the Law before He presented the gospel -- for a reason.  "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith" (Gal. 3:24). God's Law is holy and righteous: "So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good" (Rom. 7:12).  Have you broken God's Holy Law? Have you ever lied, stolen, cheated, or been angry with someone unjustly?  If so, then you are a lying, stealing cheating, murderer in the eyes of God because you have committed those sins.  Like it or not, just doing those things a little bit qualifies you for the whole punishment of the Law. "Cursed is every man who does not abide by everything written in the book of the law to perform them" (Gal. 3:10). And also, "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 11 For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not commit murder"(James 2:10-11).  God is holy and righteous and He will in no way stand for anything but absolute perfection and holiness in His presence.  This is why the Holy and Infinite God of the universe must and will punish anyone who has sinned against Him by breaking His holy Law.
The Gospel

Because of the harshness and truth of the Law, we are broken before God and recognize that we can do nothing to please Him because we cannot keep the Law of God perfectly:  "For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment..."(Isaiah 64:6).  Therefore, the only thing left is to is come to the cross.  This is why it says in Gal. 3:24 "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith."  The Law pushes us towards Jesus.  It compels us to come to the only one who can forgive us of our sins.  It breaks us so that we are found hopeless inside and we then turn to another to deliver us from the wrath of God.  This is why Jesus came.  This is what the gospel is about.  Jesus died on the cross to avert the wrath of God from sinners.  Therefore, the only way to be "saved" from the wrath of God, is to trust in Christ.  This is what it means to be saved.  It means to be saved from God's wrath:  "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him" (Rom. 5:9).  The gospel is not about a "nice" God who is begging people to come to Him because He loves the sinner but hates the sin.  (The Bible never says that God loves the sinner but hates the sin.)  On the contrary:  "The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity" (Psalm 5:5).  And, "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers" (Prov. 6:16-19).  Such biblical teaching is not in harmony with most popular Christian theology today, because it doesn't present God as the "nice" God that is begging people to come to Him.  Instead, the truth is that God is Holy and He will punish the sinner.  But that isn't all of it.  God is also love (1 John 4:8) which is why He sent His Son, to save us:  "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him" (John 3:17).

So, when you present the gospel to someone, make sure you preach the Law of God first.  Let that Law work on the person you speak to.  Let it break the heart open so the seeds of the gospel can take root.  Let the Law of God make the sinner aware that he has sinned against God and that there is a coming judgment because of it.  Then, when he is ready, tell him that "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).  Tell him about how Jesus who is God in flesh (John 1:1,14) was able to live the Law perfectly (1 Pet. 2:22), satisfy the Father in heaven (1 John 2:2), give to us His very righteousness, (Phil. 3:9), and deliver us from the Judgment to come (Rom. 14:10; Heb. 9:27).  And when you do so, do it with grace: "Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person" (Col. 4:5-6). 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 30, 2007, 07:10:06 AM
Rewards

Sometimes I find myself looking heavenward and wondering what it will be like to dwell in God's presence. I know it will be wonderful. But, for now I want to live for God and do as much as I can to bring Him glory and point others to Him. There is nothing else that matters when compared to His greatness, His glory, His wonder, His beauty, and His grace. What else is there? Why live if I cannot live for Him? Why strive if it doesn't glorify Him? Why seek to work and accomplish in this life if it is not for Him, the sovereign and gracious King?

We can accomplish much in this world. We can gather possessions and money. We can raise families. We can show kindness, donate money and time for the benefit of the hurting. We can give and help; yet, if it is not for God's glory, what good is it? Yes, I know that it is good to help people. But, on the Day of Judgment when we are standing in the infinite purity of holy majesty, will those things done to help others really matter? It depends.

Something is good if it is done for the purpose of glorifying God and in the name of Christ; that is, if it is done because it is a response to the Cross and for God's glory. If we feed the poor because it makes us feel better or so that we can be recognized, then our reward has already been given, "And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full" (Matt. 6:5). If we give money to help others because it is a good thing to do, then we have already received our reward in self satisfaction. But, if we help others because it is what God wants us to do, because we have been redeemed by Christ, because we are seeking to demonstrate the goodness of God's grace to others, then that is a good work and the reward is yet to come. "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done" (Rev. 22:12).

God sees what we do in secret. He knows the motives of our hearts and knows if the center of our lives and deeds is Him or ourselves. The rewards given are commensurate with the motives. Col. 3:23-24 says, "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."

In reality, there is nothing we can do that is pure. We are touched by sin in all that we are. Yet, God says we will receive rewards in heaven. This can only be because of His goodness and grace and not because of what is in us or what we do. I see our rewards as God's gift to us...but for a reason: because He loves us and because we can bring glory to Him.

Many commentators believe that in Rev. 14, the twenty-four elders represent the Christians and the the crowns are symbolic of the rewards God gives to us. Notice what it says, "the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created." How glorious an opportunity we will have to be able to bow before the Lord and lay before Him all the good things we have done in His name. In reality, anything good we do is because of God's grace and He is the one who should get the credit. I long for that day of bearing all before the Lord and laying my crown before Him to the praise of His glory. He is worthy to receive glory and honor and power.

What is the reason for your life? What is in the depths of your heart? Who do you live for? Are you storing up rewards here on earth, or up in heaven?


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on August 31, 2007, 06:50:40 AM
Sacred Labor

Blessings.  Col. 1:29 says, "And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me."  For what do you labor?  Is it to get a better car, more money, a wonderful family?  These things are fine and there is nothing wrong with them.  But, Jesus should be the center of your life, your prayer life, your work, your school, your family, etc, and out of this focus should your labor be directed as you seek to labor for the glory of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Labor is a godly blessing.  It is a reality in this fallen world, just as it was a reality in the Garden of Eden before the fall; God told Adam to take care of the Garden, giving Adam a purpose in his labor.  Therefore, labor is a God-ordained blessing.  We are all familiar with having to labor to feed ourselves and our families.  This is good, and it glorifies God to be a productive member of society.  But, our labor is not only in the secular.  As Christians, it is in the sacred as well.  Our sacred labor is vitally important, more important, than the secular labor because in the sacred the battle for souls is fought.

Sacred labor involves prayer, petition, intercession, ministering, compassion, tithing, giving offerings, sacrifice, and so much more.  Let's quickly review these.  Sacred labor is prayerful in that it labors before the Lord in petition and intercession in asking the Lord for direction, deliverance, and salvation for those that the Lord would put upon your heart to pray for.  Sacred labor is ministering in that it is other-centered.  There are so many who need to be loved, helped, and uplifted.  Do you know of anyone in need?  Do what you can for those you can help -- even if it means you must sacrifice something.  Sacred labor is full of compassion.  It sees the needs of others and feels for them, senses their hurt and need, but it doesn't stop there.  For true compassion should motivate us to do something; otherwise, it is simply empty feeling.  Sacred labor involves tithing because the reality of this world is that money is needed.  God has ordained the order and blessing of money, which makes so many things possible.  God gives it to us to use for His glory.  If you can tithe, then tithe and support your local church.  GIVE!  Sacred labor is also the giving of offerings.  These are above and beyond the tithe.  The tithe is for your local church.  The offerings are for other people, other ministries, other needs that you see.  If it makes you cringe to give even more than a tithe, then quickly look around your house and see if you have enough possessions to be satisfied.  Then look outward to the world and see where people are dying, where the gospel needs to go forth, where needs exist.  Look further into eternity and see what treasures you want stored there.  Then, look back at your possessions.  For what are you laboring?

Finally in this small list of items, sacrifice is also a sacred labor before the Lord because it is in the trust of sacrifice that you approach the heart of God.  I say "trust of sacrifice," because to sacrifice something means that you are trusting God to provide where your sacrifice has deprived you.  As Jesus trusted the Father to resurrect Him in His sacrifice, so too must you trust the Lord to bring to you your needs as you sacrifice for others.  This is the nature of true love because true love is other-centered:  "For God so loved the world, He GAVE His only begotten Son..." (John 3:16).

Do not be caught up in the comfort and security of this world so that you constantly seek to provide yourself with one more little toy, one more little pleasure while the opportunities of sacred labor go unfulfilled around you.  Stand on the word of God, by faith, and reach out to others.  Do what you can to further God's kingdom.  Pray, petition, intercede, minister, show compassion, tithe, give offerings, make sacrifices, and do whatever else the Lord would call you to do in the service of the Kingdom of God.

Eternity is where our treasures should be stored and our eyes, and goals, and hopes should be focused.  On that distant day when we bow before the Lord, we will all want to hear His words pronounced upon us, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master" (Matt. 25:21).


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 31, 2007, 06:00:56 PM
I'll check within my own heart first,
The obvious to see,
That faults I find in others
Are really faults in me.              D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on August 31, 2007, 06:04:35 PM
If we embrace adversity,
Accepting every pain,
Then we will learn what we should know;
Our grief will turn to gain.                          Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 01, 2007, 10:39:52 AM
Sacred Duty

Luke 17:5-10 is an interesting set of verses:  "And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith! 6 And the Lord said, If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and be planted in the sea; and it would obey you. 7 But which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, Come immediately and sit down to eat? 8 But will he not say to him, Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk; and afterward you will eat and drink? 9 He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? 10 So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done."

The context is that Jesus had just instructed the disciples to forgive seventy times seven if necessary.  The disciples then ask to have their faith increased.  This makes perfect sense since the level of forgiveness that Jesus is asking of us is far beyond our normal range of tolerance.  In order to be so very forgiving we need the grace of God working in us mightily.  This level of forgiveness is an obligation of Christians.  Why?  Because we have been forgiven of far greater sins by the Lord.  As we have been forgiven, so ought we to forgive.

But then, Jesus gives an interesting story about the servant doing his standard job of serving the master.  Why did Jesus mention this here?  The answer is quite simple.  This too is an issue of obligation for Christians -- to do that which is what we are supposed to do.  In the context, we are to have faith.  The disciples asked for more faith and Jesus says, "If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and be planted in the sea; and it would obey you."  The fact is that they did have faith -- and so do you.  Whether or not your faith is great or weak, it is faith.  With that faith, trust God.  Therefore, we are to be completely trusting of God, "faithing" our way through life, leaning on Him, trusting Him for all things.

As the disciples should not get extra praise for doing what they are supposed to do, i.e., love their neighbors, have faith in God, be honest, etc.  Likewise, we Christians have certain obligations before the Lord that we should not be patting ourselves on the back for accomplishing:  going to church, praying, tithing, worship, "faithing," etc.  The whole attitude of Christians should be one of humility, not one of "I deserve" and "I should be rewarded for my faithfulness," etc.

Now, lest we fall into legalism here, our obligations before God are not legalistic impositions that make us or break us as Christians.  On the contrary, our relationship with God is based on the work of Christ, not upon our faithfulness or lack thereof.  Jesus did it all and we are saved from the righteous wrath of God through Him.

Nevertheless, are you doing what you are supposed to be doing as a Christian?  Are you praying regularly, having devotions, forgiving, loving, being patient, etc.?  These are important questions and we need to answer them periodically and make adjustments accordingly.

But one thing is for sure.  The Lord is kind and merciful and He loves us no matter who well or poorly we do.  I thank God that my relationship with Him is not based on me, but on Him.  To Jesus be the glory.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 01, 2007, 02:34:00 PM
How blest is he whose trespass
Has freely been forgiven,
Whose sin is wholly covered
Before the sight of heaven.    Psalter


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 02, 2007, 12:35:41 PM
There is a God; you are not Him

One of the best things I learned in Seminary was when a professor wrote on the board "There is a God.  You are not Him." Boy, has that proven true!  Over the years I've discovered how unwise, inexperienced, and ignorant I really am.  Also, I've noticed that God doesn't consult me with making decisions about running the universe.  And, if that isn't humiliating enough, He doesn't take any of my suggestions about how things ought to be in my own life.  I don't understand why God doesn't take my suggestions.  But, it comes down to one thing:  There is a God.  I am not Him!

The Mormons teach you can become gods.  The New Agers teach that you are, basically, already god(s) in nature.  Certain heretical "Christian" teachers on TV say we are little gods.  And, some religions teach that when you die you join with the god-consciousness so you can "realize your full potential in oneness with the divine essence"...or whatever that means.  They sure have high opinions of themselves.

When I look inside, I don't find a divine nature.  I find a sinner, a person who is struggling with sin and hoping to please the true God as he stumbles through life.  I also find the indwelling Lord who has cleansed me and continues to cleans me of my sins.  Praise be to Jesus.

"There is a God. You are not Him," is a delightful piece of truth. Think about it. Who created the universe? Was it the infinite and wise God, or was it me...or you?  I have not heard whether if God consulted any of you about how universe should be run. If He has, please let me know.  But as it stands now, He doesn't need our help.

When I look back on my life and I remember some of the prayers and desires of my heart, I find that I'm quite happy He has not answered most of them. Many times I have reminisced and winced at some of the immature and self-centered requests I have laid before God.  The older I get, the more my prayers include thanks to the Lord for not answering my prayers.  Now, I find myself praying that God do with me as He wills and that He teach me what He wants.

Since I am not God -- and the more I realize that -- the more I accept the fact that God knows a lot more than I do and is quite capable of seeing the future.  He is perfectly able to weave into my life (and yours) answers and denials to prayer requests. In fact, He is quite good at providing for us in ways that we have never even conceived of.  He is so wise and so perfect and so incredibly good, that we can trust completely Him to hear our prayers and know what is best for us, even if we don't lift it up to Him.

Now, sometimes this means that we must confess our ignorance before God since we do not understand why He will not answer some prayers such as healing others or saving others the way we want Him to.  But, it is not for us to decide what is and is not answered. It is not our world. It is God's world.  We are His people and we are to follow Him and seek His will in our lives, no matter what it is.  He is to receive the glory, not us.

Have you tried to be the God of your own life? Have you tried to inform God how things should be done? Have you spent your prayer times expressing self-centered desires and wants? I have. But, I have also sought the will of God and asked the Lord to work His will in my life -- in spite of me.  It is comforting to know that God is in control and that I am not. It is comforting to know that God loves me more than I can imagine. It's comforting to know that God can see the future and that He has it all mapped out for me. It is comforting to know that I'm trusting in an infinitely good and holy God and that He will provide for me, no matter what.

If you truly understand that there is a God and that you are not Him, then you can begin to relinquish your own rights, hopes, desires, and wants and submit them to His will.  Bend your own will to submission to His work in your life. Trust Him in all things. He is God and you are not.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 03, 2007, 09:59:38 AM
Trust in the Lord

Who do you know that is trustworthy?  I mean, really trustworthy.  Do you know anyone that you could trust with your life?  With your money?  With your home?  If you do, then you know there is a special bond between you.  One of the reasons you are able to trust another so much is because of the character of that person.  You can't trust a thief or a liar.  But you can trust someone who has a track record of integrity, honestly, faithfulness, etc.  So, in a very real sense, trust (faith) is only as good as the one you put it in.

God is trustworthy.  The Bible tells us to trust God.  In fact, the middle verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:9 which says "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes" (KJV).  While we sleep, the Lord is awake.  Though we cannot see the path ahead of us with all its blessings and troubles, the Lord sees it and guides us through it with His love.  These are truths we need to hear.  Has not the Lord been ruling the world before we were born?  Most assuredly, yes. Will He not rule it in the future?  Of course.  Since these are both true, then should not all of us Christians be trusting the Lord to rule not only this world but also our lives in the present?

Faith is an awesome reality when placed in the True God.  The false gods of the cults and false world religions cannot save help anyone anymore than the false gods of money, possessions, and power.  Oh sure, we can make ourselves safe by getting a good job, having good insurance, or getting check ups.  But, the reality is that all of the blessings that we receive are ultimately from the Lord (Matt. 5:43-48).  In fact, to put your trust in anything without giving glory to God, the True God, is a waste of time, since it is a temporary satisfaction.  Ultimately, we will stand before God on the Day of Judgment.

If there was any time when you need to trust anyone for anything, it is on the coming Day of Judgment when the Lord Himself will judge the works and motives of all people who have ever lived.  We need a fair and righteous Judge who will impartially and perfectly administer righteousness to everyone -- and that is just what will happen.  God's holiness requires perfection, and those who have sinned against Him will be judged.  You can trust God to do that and to do it correctly.  And that is the problem for us.  Because I can trust the Lord to do what is right, I must stand before Him and be judged...as will you.  But, for those of us who have trusted in Christ, we are the only ones who will escape the righteous judgment of God upon the sinners.  Only those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus, God in flesh, risen Lord, Savior, will be able to rest and not fear on that Day.  Why?  Because we can trust God at His word that when He says we will be saved from condemnation if we trust in Jesus, that it is true.  You see, our trust, our faith, is only as good as who you put it in.

God is not a man from another planet (Mormonism).  Nor is Jesus a created angel (Jehovah's Witnesses).  Jesus is not a mere prophet (Islam).  He is not a man in tune with the divine consciousness (New Age).  Nope.  Jesus is God in flesh, creator, redeemer, and the lover of our souls.

Therefore, trust in Him and in Him alone in all things.  Trust Him to be faithful to you.  Look to Him in all that you do and in all that you experience, even when it is difficult.  Remember, faith is only as good as who you put it in.  Since we Christians serve the true and awesome God of the universe, our faith, our trust, will not be wasted.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 04, 2007, 06:07:52 PM
Unity in the body

One of the biggest problems in the body of Christ is disunity.  Christianity has been fragmented and splintered into so many groups and denominations that our effectiveness is largely diminished.  After all, how are we supposed to teach the world about truth when our "truth" causes us to disagree with each other so much?

My encounters with Christians over the years has brought me to the stark awareness that far too many Christians are more concerned about a chip-on-their-theological-shoulder than they are with expanding the body of Christ.  I am constantly encountering Calvinists who attack non-Calvinists.  I find Baptists who attack Presbyterians, non-tongue speakers who attack those who speak in tongues (and vice versa), pre-tribers battling post tribers, amil versus premil, etc.  The whole thing is ridiculous.  Sure, we can have differences of opinion, and we need to because we are thinkers and we have opinions.  But our differences need to be couched in humility and love.  When these differences of opinion become more important than unity in the body of Christ, then idolatry has crept not only into the church, but also into our hearts.

The Bible tells us to have unity in the body.  Read carefully the following, "therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.  7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:1-7,12-13).

The command is unity.  Of course, unity is never to cost us the essentials.  The essentials of the faith are what make us Christians.  These essentials are the deity of Christ, the Trinity, Jesus' physical resurrection, and salvation by grace.  It is our faith in Christ, God in flesh, 2nd person of the Trinity that makes us Christians, not if we believe in pre or post-trib rapture, infant baptism or adult baptism, or praise music or hymns.  Because we are saved by the one and same Lord Jesus, it is to Him that we must look while we remember His humility, which is a vital part to being unified in the body of Christ.  We cannot be unified if we are elevating ourselves and our non-essential doctrines into the realm of the essentials.

Humility is when a person looks at another and says, "You may be right."  Humility is when you consider another more important than yourself.  Humility is when you admit that the Lord is working through another even as He may work through you; and that unity, for the glory of God and the furthering of His kingdom, is far more important than the pet doctrines we feed and water and stick on others who disagree with us.

Here the words of the Lord: "Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God" (Rom. 14:4-6).

Why is unity so important?  Two reasons.  First, unity means that we are humble with each other, which pleases the Lord, and it brings Him glory.  Second, people are going to hell and they need the gospel.  Should we be so concerned about our non-essential pet doctrines that we take our eyes off of evangelism and let the souls of the damned slip through our fingers unnoticed or even hindered by our bickering and division?  Should we allow the enemy to sow discord among our ranks so that we are fighting each other instead of him?  Or should we gather our gifts, our talents, our monies, our resources, and direct them towards reaching the lost?  After all, there isn't a Presbyterian or Baptist or Lutheran on the throne of God.

May the Lord have mercy on us and may we put our eyes upon Him and ask Him to use us, to humble us, and to cause our hearts to elevate the preaching of the gospel to the high rank it deserves, far above our denominational differences, and far above our non-essentials.  To Jesus be the glory.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 05, 2007, 04:44:56 PM
What is the Trinity?

The word "trinity" is not found in the Bible, but the concept is.  All cults deny the Trinity.  Christians claim it is true.  But, what is it?  Is it an office held by three gods (Mormonism) or a pagan concept borrowed from ancient cults (as the Jehovah's Witnesses teach)?  The Oneness Pentecostal believers teach that God is not a Trinity but is really one person who takes three forms.  So, which of these is true?  None.

The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all creation, all time, and all places.  This one God exists as three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each person is not the same person as the other; yet there are not three gods, but one.

The Bible has many references to a plurality concerning the nature of God's existence.  Consider the following verses as an example:  Gen. 19:24, "Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven."  Notice that the Lord rained FROM the Lord out of heaven.  Amos 4:10-11 says, "I sent a plague among you after the manner of Egypt; I slew your young men by the sword along with your captured horses, And I made the stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils; Yet you have not returned to Me, declares the Lord [YHWH]. 11I overthrew you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a firebrand snatched from a blaze; Yet you have not returned to Me, declares the Lord."  Notice here that the Lord is talking and says, "I overthrew you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah."  Sometimes when I show these verses to Jehovah's Witnesses (without saying anything else), they often respond with, "Are you trying to show me the Trinity?"  I then say, "You got the Trinity out of that?  Wow!"

In the New Testament, there are several verses that show God's plurality.  Here 's two.  Matt. 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."  Note that there is one name and three persons.   Also, 2 Cor. 13:14, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." These kinds of verses, and others (see http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinityplural.htm for more) are part of the means by which the doctrine of the Trinity is derived.

When we "theologians" use the word "person," we are not saying that God is three individual beings walking around who are actually one being.  That would be a contradiction.  Instead, we define a person as having self-awareness, identity, can speak, love, grieve, etc.  These are attributes of personhood, and we see all of these attributes, and more, in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  If you want to see a chart that exemplifies this, go to http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinity.htm and look around.

The Trinity is a very important doctrine within Christianity.  It is the correct view of the Godhead and needs to be affirmed by Christians.  Of course, the cults deny the Trinity, often misrepresent it as teaching three gods, or that it is an office, etc.  But the truth is that the Trinity doctrine is derived from Scripture and is unique to Christianity.

Finally, the Trinity is important because only in the doctrine of the Trinity can we have the true incarnation of God (the Word become flesh as the Son - John 1:1,14).  Only the God-man Jesus can offer a sacrifice sufficient to appease the infinite Father in heaven.  No mere man can do this.  No mere angel.  Instead, God the Word, in His grace, added to Himself human nature (Phil. 2:5-8) in order to bear our sins in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) so that He might become sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21).  This way, He atoned for our sins by the shedding of His blood (Heb. 9:22) and guaranteed that all who trust in Him will receive everlasting life (John 3:16).  Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we might then have eternal life that is received by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).  Amen to that!


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 06, 2007, 09:05:19 AM
What is truth - John 18:38?

In John 18:38, Pilate asked, "What is truth?"  That question is one of the best questions asked in the entire Bible...and it was asked by an unbeliever.  "What is truth?"  The answer to this question is very important, since various religions, secular movements, ideologies, etc., all claim to ultimately base their presuppositions on the answer to that question.  Of course, in Christianity, we hold to the truth that Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9), that He died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-4), and that on the cross He bore our sins in his body (1 Pet. 2:24).

But truth to others can consist of believing there is no God, to believe God came from another planet (Mormonism), to God being an eternal divine essence emanating in the universe (New Age), to whatever other position that the human mind can conjure up.  The problem is that they cannot all be true, since truth does not contradict itself.  God cannot be a man from another planet and NOT a man from another planet.  We cannot have God exist and not exist.

So, what is truth?  I like to say that truth is what corresponds to reality.  Look at it this way.  Reality exists. Reality is not an illusion (if it were, the statement "reality is an illusion" would be an illusion and not true).  Therefore, truth is that which conforms to reality.  Truth is not self-contradictory, and truth exists.  Since truth exists and is not self contradictory, it is absolute.  Therefore, what is absolutely true is that which corresponds to absolute reality.

Is it reality that Jesus is God? That He rose from the dead? That He walked on water?  Yes, yes, and yes.  Of course, there are those who will disagree with these statements.  To do so, they would have to say that they are not 'real,' they are not true.  But that is another subject for another time.

The Bible does not defend itself as the truth.  It simply assumes it is the truth.  It assumes that it is the revelation of God who is true and the creator of reality.  It is self- attesting and carries the prophecies, fulfillment, and history of Jesus who, according to the eyewitnesses, died and rose from the dead.  The fact is that truth corresponds to reality in the Bible.  The Disciples preached and taught based upon the resurrection.  Their "truth" reflected the "reality" of Christ conquering death. 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 07, 2007, 09:57:19 AM
Who is sovereign?

In the context of Christianity, sovereignty means that God has the right to exercise supreme and final authority over all things.  This is so because God is all-knowing, all- powerful, and all-present.  There is nothing that is outside of God's knowledge, ability, and presence.  Of course, God cannot sin or stop being God, since that would violate His own nature.  But, God can do all things that He desires to do.  This means that He always does what is right.  It also means that He is sovereign over you and over me.  The problem is not comprehending that He is supremely in control.  The problem is how we work that out in our lives and the lives of others when we are faced with great difficulties.

If God is sovereign and in control, then why does He let cancer kill people?  Why is it that there are wars, famine, floods, and fire?  Why do we see children suffer.  Why?  These questions are good ones and different answers can be offered.  But basically it comes down to knowing that we live in a fallen world where the effect of sin is working its way through history.  Like a grenade thrown into a crowd, the effect of sin hits one person with a disease and not another.  Why?  Because that is what happens sometimes.  Yet, by faith we understand that God is in control of all of this.  He has a plan and a purpose for what is happening in the world and for what He permits to happen.  In this, we need to trust Him beyond our ability to understand.  That doesn't necessarily make it easy.  But, it is true.  It means that we Christians walk by faith (Hab. 2:4).

This is crux of the Christian walk through trials:  Faith.  We must trust God in His sovereignty, in His absolute right to rule His creation as He sees fit.  In this, we must humble ourselves and trust Him.  We must prepare our hearts to trust Him.  We must practice trusting Him so that when the time of true testing comes, we will trust Him to carry out His sovereign will.

How do you think the disciples felt watching their Lord Jesus being beaten and crucified?  Do you think they were all smiling through the ordeal with great confidence because they knew the sovereign plan of God?  Hardly.  They fled and they doubted.   It didn't make sense to them to see what was happening to Jesus until AFTER the resurrection of Christ, until AFTER they had seen what God was doing by providing a sacrifice for sins so that we could be saved from the righteous judgment of God.  You see, God has a plan for things and we must trust Him in His sovereignty and we must trust that He will accomplish His divine plan.  Sometimes we get the answers to our questions here in this world and other times we do not.  But, we know that God is in control and that things happen for a reason, even if we simply are bewildered by what happens.

Consider briefly Acts 4:27-28 from the NASB, "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Thy holy servant Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Thy hand and Thy purpose predestined to occur."   Do you see how God was at work even in what seemed to be a horrible event, the death of Christ? Do you see that even though Herod and Pilate, along with others, put Jesus to death, it was in the predestined will of God that it occur?  The point is that even though things sometimes absolutely make no sense until after we see how things work out, God is in control.  We must trust Him beyond our ability to understand.  We must trust that His sovereignty is exercised both wisely and lovingly.

It is easy to say and it is easy to read.  It is not so easy to do.  But, by God's grace all things are possible. 


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 08, 2007, 11:15:43 AM
Who or what is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is almost the forgotten member of the Trinity.  Christians know that He is a member of the Godhead.  But, too many Christians know very little about Him.  Is the Holy Spirit a force like radar?  Is He alive?  Or, is He a person like the Father and Son?  Though many think they know, a lot do not.  The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Christadelphians teach that He is a force like radar.  They are wrong.  The Mormons teach that He is a male personage of flesh and bones.  Actually, the Mormons teach that the Holy GHOST is a god, the male personage, and the Holy SPIRIT is the presence of God the Father.  They also are wrong.

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity.  The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all creation, all time, and all places.  This one God exists as three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each person is not the same person as the other, yet there are not three gods, but one.  The Holy Spirit is just as much God as is the Father and the Son.  But remember, there are not three gods, but One.

The Bible has many references to the Holy Spirit, and a quick examination of them reveals many interesting characteristics about Him.

    * The Holy Spirit is mentioned on equal level with God - Matt. 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."
    * The Holy Spirit is referred to as a person by Scripture - Rom. 8:11, "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you."
      The Holy Spirit grieves - Isaiah 63:10, "But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit. Therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them." And, Eph. 4:30, "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."
    * The Holy Spirit loves - Rom. 15:30, "Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me."
    * The Holy Spirit has a mind - Rom. 8:27, "and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."
    * The Holy Spirit speaks - Acts 8:29, "And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go up and join this chariot.'"  And, Acts 13:2, "And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'"

It should be very obvious that the Holy Spirit has self-identity, is aware, and is not merely a force because a force doesn't speak, love, grieve, and have a mind.  But the cults tend to ignore these verses and tell us that the Spirit is nothing more than some presence or power.  Sure, the Spirit is a presence and a power, but that is not all He is.  He is the third person in the Trinity.  He is the one who applies the redemptive work of Christ to the believer.  He is the one who convicts the world of sin (John 16:8), who teaches (John 14:26; 15:26), and who anoints (1 John 2:27).

But, the Holy Spirit is also humble because He points to Jesus (John 15:26).  Therefore, anyone who is truly indwelt by the Holy Spirit will likewise bear witness of Jesus.

Okay, so what is the devotional aspect here?  Simple, the Holy Spirit indwells you and convicts you of righteousness and sin.  The Holy Spirit is very active in working in your lives as Christians to bring you into a closer relationship with Jesus.  We should know more about the One who makes so much possible with our Savior.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 08, 2007, 08:38:42 PM
And if my heart and flesh are weak
To bear an untried pain,
The bruised reed He will not break,
But strengthen and sustain.            Whittier


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 09, 2007, 11:37:18 AM
What does this verse mean to you?

I was once at a Bible study and the Bible study leader read several verses of Scripture. He then pointed out a particular verse and asked people what they thought it meant. The verse was not particularly ambiguous, and it was not explicitly clear.  So, people in the room began to give their opinions on what the verse meant. Some of the opinions contradicted each other. I waited to see what the Bible study leader would do with these contradictions and how he would handle what the verse might actually mean. He simply said that all the opinions sounded good and that we must find out for ourselves what God's word means. Of course, this bothered me.  Such relativism is dangerous.

The Bible study leader proceeded to go on to another verse where the same thing was done and other opinions were offered. After a few minutes I could no longer remain silent and I spoke up. Not wanting to dominate the study, I tried to remain polite and cautious as I attempted to correct an error that had just happened in the Bible study.

I carefully pointed out that though there are times when certain Scriptures are difficult to understand and that our opinions on these verses might be equally valid, if they contradict each other, they cannot all be valid. Furthermore, I pointed out that we must not subject God's word to our opinions. It is a mistake to have a group of people look at a Scripture and offer varying opinions on what it means, as though God's word means only what it means to us at that time and that we can contradict each other and that's fine.  Instead, we should ask ourselves "what does a text say?" We should work hard at trying to discover the best single possible meaning to the text is -- if that is applicable.  We should not view God's word as a well from which we draw whatever feeling, sensation, or opinion that suits us for the time. Instead, we must do our best to find out what the Word actually says to the best of our ability instead of "feeling" our way through the Scriptures using relativism as a guide.  Otherwise, we would be saying that God didn't actually mean anything specific when He inspired the writers of the Bible.  If we were to say that God's word can mean different things, then the word of God doesn't mean anything at all? The problem here is that relativism was creeping into the Bible study.

The danger in this is that if taken to its logical extreme, verses could mean anything we wanted them to mean.  With no absolutes to draw from, apostasy would begin to creep in. For example, I am reminded of how some major denominations are actually putting millions of dollars into studying the issue of homosexuality to determine to what extent people can be held responsible for this sin... if they determined that it is a sin at all! This, of course, leads down the road to apostasy and needs to be stopped.

So I ask you. When you study God's word devotionally, or otherwise, do you hope to find what it actually means so you can subject yourself to what it says, or do you try and find a meaning for Scripture that suits your needs, your feelings, and your desires? I would hope that you do the former.  We need to check ourselves.

To test yourself, I suggest that you read Romans 9:9-23. This section of Scripture is often difficult to interpret and can even be controversial.  But it is God's word, nonetheless.  In it, there is a text.  As you read the text, see if you find yourself objecting. See if you find yourself complaining the same way Paul did. See if you ask the same basic objections to the arguments that Paul is raising. If you do not, then you are failing to understand the text. If you do raise the same basic objections as you read through the verses, then that means that you understand what it says... not what you hope it means.  Then, see what your attitude is towards what the text says.  It can be very revealing.

Let our devotion to God be a subjection to his Word.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 09, 2007, 03:05:43 PM
A guilty sinner needs to hear
The simple gospel true and clear
That tells how Jesus bled and died,
And for man's sin was crucified.        D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 09, 2007, 03:08:59 PM
God of everlasting glory,
Filling earth and sky,
Everywhere Thy wonders open
To our searching eye.                 Peterson


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 10, 2007, 10:44:50 AM
Perfect in Weakness

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9

"Perfect in weakness? Who ever heard of such a thing? Is it really true that this God in whom I place my faith has enough power to shine through my weaknesses?" As humans, we all face these questions at least once in our lives.

We're imperfect, and we ourselves cannot get past this. We all have different weaknesses, but we also have one in common; sin. Sin is a very powerful weakness that only God can break through. Like this verse says, God's grace is enough to wipe away all of our sins and His power is enough to make us strong, despite the fact that we are truly weak. If we allow Him, He can shine through us. He can become even more powerful through our weaknesses.

Salvation is only for the weak, for those who have realized the difference between God and man. He is holy and perfect, and He wants to know us. Though we are lowly and wretched, He still calls us. But He doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 11, 2007, 12:36:04 PM
Cnidophobia

The other day, I was laying on my bed when I noticed a wasp flying around my room. Later on, I noticed a second wasp. I am not a fan of wasps, but I didn't want to kill them either (I guess I'm kind of a nature lover like that). And I didn't want them to just stay in my room till they starve to death and die. I had to save the wasps! (Oh yeah, I'm a dork!) So I decided to open my window beside my bed, and hope that they would fly out. But as I lay there and watched these wasps fly around, waiting for them to notice my open window and fly to freedom, I realized that if they ever do fly out my window, they would have to fly right over me, since I was laying next to the window. I always heard that wasps (and spiders and snakes, etc.) are more afraid of me than I am of them. Whoever said that was a moron. I HATE WASPS! But in spite of my fear that a wasp might land on me and decide to sting me, I laid there on my bed and kept the blinds and the window wide open so the wasps could fly right out, no matter how close they may come to me.

Laying there, waiting for the wasps to pass over me and fly out my window, I began to think that evangelism is a lot like this. We see people every day, living in their own little worlds, making themselves at home in this world, blind to the reality that there is only death and destruction waiting for them in this life, and in also in a hellish eternity. If you have any passion for God, then you probably have the God-given desire to show people God's plan for eternal salvation. But we are afraid that if we share our faith with others, we might come up against persecution. Just like trying to help a wasp fly out a window, we are afraid that we might get stung in the process.

It's natural to feel this kind of fear. Even the Apostle Paul felt that fear when he was preaching the gospel to the Corinthians: "I came to you with much fear and trembling." (1 Corinthians 2:3) It is not uncommon to be afraid to tell the gospel to people that need to hear it because we are afraid they may make fun of us, reject us, or make a mockery out of our faith. After all, our faith is unreasonable... in the worlds eyes. "The gospel is foolishness to those that are not saved." (1 Corinthians 2:18) What can we do? Look at what Peter had to say about fear, when he and the other apostles were brought under persecution. "The high priest questioned [the apostles], saying, "Didn't we strictly charge you not to teach in this name? Behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood on us.' But Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than men.'" (Acts 5:27-29) Was Peter afraid of what the high priest might do to him? No doubt, he knew that they could kill him just the same way they killed Jesus. I'm sure he was afraid. But Peter had his priorities straight. He said "We ought to obey God rather than men." Another way of saying that is to say that "We ought to fear God rather than men." In other words, we ought to have more of a passion and determination to do the will of God in doing the work of the gospel, and put aside our passion and determination to keep ourselves alive and safe from any kind of harm. Hard to do? You bet! Is it easy to be a Christian like that? Of course not. But don't be discouraged. If you really desire for God's will to be done in your life, and if you really want to be a tool to help lead people to Christ, pray that God will help you over come your fears. Then lift up Christ with your life and with your words. Persecution doesn't last long. But for the people in your life that don't know Christ and will one day experience an eternity in hell, remember that eternity is forever. So go ahead. Get stung. You'll be rewarded for it in the end.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 12, 2007, 10:58:54 AM
The Popularity Hoax

Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
- 2 Corinthians 5:11

Craig Brian Larson, author of the book Leadership, tells the story of a man who lived in a forested area and found his home overrun with mice--too many to exterminate with traps. The man bought a few boxes of D-Con and distributed them around the house, including one under his bed. That night he couldn't believe his ears; below him was a feeding frenzy. In the morning he checked the box and found it licked clean. Just to make sure the plan worked, he bought and placed another box. Again, the mice went for the flavored poison like piranhas. But the tasty and popular nighttime snack did its deadly work. In the days that followed, all was quiet.

Certainly God is not pleased when we fall into the popularity trap and devote ourselves to aimlessly trying to please everyone. Like the rodents who scurry from house to house, we sink our little teeth into the poison of believing that pleasing man over God is somehow better. The truth is, however, we can't please everyone. Even when we do follow others, there will always be times when our status as being "popular" will be provoked. The people we once knew and trusted will become just another face in the crowd.

Hiking down God's road in life is a narrow journey--very few ever journey down its path. That's why we must examine our motives as we communicate with other people: Are we trying to get favors from man or serve the living God? Where do you stand?

Faith Lesson: God's way is not the most popular way but it leads to life, not death.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 13, 2007, 10:32:55 AM
Bold-Faced Faith

I have never been a quiet person. I have never been shy or afraid to speak my mind. Even since childhood, this loud tendency was the source of lots and lots of trouble for me. Trouble with my parents, trouble at school, trouble in church...I've been told a million times in my short 18 years, "If you would ONLY learn to keep your mouth shut..."

However, there is one aspect of my life where words sometimes elude me. And that, ironically, is the one aspect of my life I need to be the loudest about.

"And [pray] for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel."
- Ephesians 6:19

My faith is many times the hardest thing for me to give words to. I worry people won't agree. I worry I'll make them mad or they'll think I'm crazy. These worries and an insane number of other things keep me from shouting my faith from the mountain tops.

However, God calls us to be bold about our faith and to tell others of the mysteries of His love and mercy with every breath we take. Not that this is always going to be easy. Millions of believers over time have been injured, tortured, or even killed for the boldness of their faith. But, He promises us that He will be with us if we do everything in His name. Our boldness to speak His name to the world will be eternally rewarded.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 13, 2007, 07:10:54 PM
When God asks you to lay aside
Some cherished work you love to do,
Accept His choice of someone else
And let Him give new work to you.     Fasick


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 14, 2007, 09:07:19 AM
Rotten to the Core

"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"
- 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)

After a violent storm one night, a large tree, which over the years had become a stately giant, was found lying across the pathway in a park. Nothing but a splintered stump was left. Closer examination showed that is was rotten at the core because thousands of tiny insects had eaten away at its heart. The weakness of that tree was not brought on by the sudden storm; it began the very moment the first insect nested within its bark.

Think of it: A heart filled with disgusting elements and energy--nothing but a lifetime of unhappiness. Such a picture, though, isn't too far from the human heart. Our lives are spent consuming thoughts, ideas, and motives contrary to God's holiness. Whether it is a dishonest business deal, a seductive thought, or a hate of another, we constantly fill our heart--God's temple--with trash.

Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit. He brings freedom, the freedom to experience salvation, the freedom to be secure with God, the freedom to move forward spiritually, and the freedom to serve in whatever capacity we are called. The Holy Spirit also brings conviction to our heart. At that moment when our hearts are the darkest, He "nudges" us to repent, to acknowledge our sin. If we follow His leading, we can experience a new start. But if we fail to listen to His call, we will fall deeply away in our walk with God.

Are you harboring sin? Do you feel guilty about something? If so, then confess both your known and unknown sin to God.

Faith Lesson: Confessing sin is a regular exercise of a healthy Christian.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 15, 2007, 10:12:40 AM
 THE TRUE CHURCH


    Many people have truly come to know Christ as Savior after having been sincere, religious "church members" for years. Though faithful supporters of some earthly church organization they had never experienced the truth of II Cor. 5:17: "If any man be in Christ he is a new creation." It is possible to be a member in good standing of some church organization, yet be outside of the one true Church of which the Bible speaks.

    This is because the true Church is not an organization but a living organism, a spiritual body, with a living Head and living members. Again and again St. Paul, by divine inspiration, calls the Church, the Body of Christ. He says: "We being many, are one Body in Christ..." (Rom. 12:5). "Ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular" (I Cor. 12:27). "We are members of His Body" (Eph. 5:30).

    How do we become members of this true Church, the Body of Christ? First, we must acknowledge ourselves to be sinners in God’s sight, for Ephesians 2 relates how Christ died for sinful men that He might "reconcile" them to God "in one Body" by the cross (Ver. 16). Thus, when believing sinners are reconciled to God by faith in Christ, they are regenerated, given a new life, by the Spirit, and by the Spirit are baptized into the Church, the Body of Christ.

    "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5).

    "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body" (I Cor. 12:13).

    Every one of us should ask himself: "Have I been baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ?" If not, trust Christ as your Savior and become a member of the one true Church. Then associate yourself with some local assembly where Christ is honored and the Bible taught, "rightly divided."


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 15, 2007, 08:34:49 PM
The Bible will transform our lives
And turn us from our sin,
If we will study and obey
God's principles within.       Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 16, 2007, 11:16:12 AM
Riding out the Storm

    Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." (Matthew 8:24-25)

The Disciples cried out, "Lord save us, we're going to drown!" Jesus rebuked their lack of faith. Then He turned to the storm and put an end to it. The storms of life are going to come. But Jesus reminds us that they will not take our lives. We will not perish. Yet we often become overwhelmed and afraid at the immensity of our circumstances. In those times, we--like the disciples--sometimes cry out for God to put an end to the storm and bring the calm into our lives once more. His merciful, loving response is at times to grant our request. But it is out of that same love He holds for us that sometimes He denies our request. He allows us to go through the storm to its finish because the benefits to us are too great for Him to do otherwise.
The storm is a time of tempering, when God works on us to make us a little stronger than before, to build our faith and to bring growth that would not come otherwise. It is part of His patient work He diligently performs in our lives, not just so we can ride out the storm, but so we can hold our eyes steadfast on Him throughout, and be able to rest in knowing we are safe.
How many times do we cry out in fear, forgetting He is with us, only to put a stop to His work in us prematurely? When we cry out for the calm, do we lose the benefits of the storm? Fortunately, though God may stop a storm or two, He does not stop His work on us (Phil. 1:6). Where one building process is ended, another will sometimes begin. Nevertheless, I cannot help but wonder what God could do in us if we would just ride out the storm.
With the beginning of a new year, each of us hopes for a better year than those before. We often hope for the new year to be one full of peace, prosperity and joy. Those are easy things to embrace. Yet perhaps each of us should be willing to embrace the storms that we will face this year, ride them out and allow God's work in our lives to bring the truest prosperity we will ever know--as we are shaped after the image of our Lord.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 16, 2007, 08:41:35 PM
Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.                          Steeper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 16, 2007, 08:45:40 PM
God knows each winding way I take,
And every sorrow, pain, and ache;
His children He will not forsake---
He knows and loves His own.     Bosch


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 17, 2007, 10:18:23 AM
Blessed are you...

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks n all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thes. 5:18).

If we were of the world rather than of God, being blessed would begin and end with ideals of health, wealth and happiness. A good job, a loving spouse and a comfortable lifestyle are certainly things with which we find pleasure. But these things can be gained through good decisions, timely choices and hard work, and often with little thought of God. All in all if our blessings are counted in similar fashion as the rest of the world, we, as Christians, have just as much chance in being blessed as the rest--or not.
So long as we are counting blessings, we might as well count the greatest blessing of all, that being the very thing that separates us from the rest of the world. No, it is not our Christian lifestyle or higher moral standard, it is the indwelling Spirit of the God of the universe.
We are truly blessed above the rest, but it is not in what we have in our success or in our health. Albeit we should express thanks to God for that which we consider good, indeed for all things. For "every good and perfect gift" comes from God. But what of the other blessings--those through which God demonstrates to us that we are His own?
What about the blessing of His correction when we go astray--done with the love of a Father to help His child find the way? How about the way we are allowed to experience a rough time in order to learn and to grow? Or what about God withdrawing His protection in order to allow us to face the consequences of our actions? Do these things sound much like blessings? Probably not the kind of blessings we are used to hearing about. Certainly not the kind we are used to proudly proclaiming at a church prayer meeting.
But these are the blessings of a loving Father, who cares for His children so much more than to see to it that they have a comfortable life--He wants to see that they have a healthy faith, good character and pure hearts. By the world's standards, these are not the blessings that make us comfortable in this life, but they are the blessings that will take us into the next.
We quickly say, "Look how God has blessed me!" when things are going our way--maybe we need to seek the same attitude when things are not exactly as we would have them. And in that moment, we can then look to God who brings good in all things (Rom. 8:28), and we might simply thank Him for how He has so richly blessed us.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 18, 2007, 05:32:53 AM
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind.... I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13, 14

Father, I will that they ... whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me. John 17:24

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. II Tim. 1:12

He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phil. 1:6

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I Cor. 9:24-25

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus. Heb 12:1, 2


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 18, 2007, 05:33:26 AM
The Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee. Deut. 31:8

If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. Ex. 33:15

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Jer. 10:23

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psa. 37:23, 24

I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psa. 73:23-24

I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38, 39


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 18, 2007, 07:04:59 PM
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
To His feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing.                    Lyte


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 19, 2007, 02:12:01 PM
Sing unto the Lord a new song. Isa. 42:10

Sing aloud unto God our strength; make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Psa. 81:1, 2

He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psa. 40:3

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Josh. 1:9

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Neh. 8:10

Paul ... thanked God, and took courage. Acts 28:15

Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Rom. 13:11-14


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 19, 2007, 02:12:29 PM
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psa. 141:2

Thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: ... and thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: . . . and when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. Ex. 30:1, 6-8

[Jesus] is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb. 7:25

The smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. Rev. 8:4

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:5

Pray without ceasing. I Thess. 5:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 20, 2007, 10:01:02 AM
He led them forth by the right way. Psa. 107:7

He found [Jacob] in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the LORD alone did lead him. Deut. 32:10-12

Even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isa. 46:4

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psa. 23:3, 4

The LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isa. 58:11

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Psa. 48:14

Who teacheth like him? Job 36:22


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 20, 2007, 10:01:29 AM
What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? ... Lord, that I may receive my sight. Luke 18:41

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psa. 119:18

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. Luke 24:45

The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name.... shall teach you all things. John 14:26

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. James 1:17

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory... give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. Eph. 1:17-19


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 20, 2007, 07:21:07 PM
The Bible, O Lord, is just like a mirror
That shows me the need of my heart,
For in it I see an accurate image,
A portrait of me----every part.      Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 21, 2007, 11:33:54 AM
Ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you. Deut. 12:9

This is not your rest. Mic. 2:10

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Heb. 4:9

Within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus. Heb. 6:19, 20

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2, 3

With Christ; which is far better. Phil. 1:23

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. Rev 21:4

There the wicked cease from troubling: and there the weary be at rest. Job 3:17

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt. 6:20, 21

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Col. 3:2


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 21, 2007, 11:34:26 AM
O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? I Cor. 15:55

The sting of death is sin. I Cor. 15:56

But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shalt he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Heb. 9:26-28

As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb. 2:14, 15

I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness. II Tim. 4:6-8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 21, 2007, 08:42:51 PM
What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.       Scriven


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 22, 2007, 08:50:41 AM
We which have believed do enter into rest. Heb. 4:3

They weary themselves to commit iniquity. Jer. 9:5

I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 0 wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Rom. 7:23, 24

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom. 5:1, 2

He that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works. Heb. 4:10

Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Phil. 3:9

This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing. Isa 28:12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 22, 2007, 08:51:16 AM
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psa. 141:3

If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, 0 Lord, who shall stand? Psa. 130:3

They provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips. Psa 106:33

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Matt. 15:11

A whisperer separateth chief friends. Prov. 16:28

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Prov. 12:18, 19

The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. James 3:8-10

Put off ... anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Col 3:8, 9

This is the will of God, even your sanctification. I Thess. 4:3

In their mouth was found no guile. Rev. 14:5


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 23, 2007, 09:34:01 AM
Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us and establish thou the work of our hands. Psa 90:17

Thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek. 16:14

We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. II Cor. 3:18

The Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you. I Pet. 4:14Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Psa. 128:1, 2

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Prov. 16:3

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phil. 2:12, 13

Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. II Thes 2:16, 17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 23, 2007, 09:34:34 AM
The apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things they had done. Mark 6:30

There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Prov. 18:24

The LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. Ex. 33:11

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. John 15:14, 15

When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants. Luke 17:10

Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Rom 8:15

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil. 4:6

The prayer of the upright is his delight. Prov. 15:8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 24, 2007, 01:06:31 PM
Think upon me, my God, for good. Neh 5:19

Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness. Jer. 2:2

I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. Ezek. 16:60

I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jer. 29:10, 11

As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isa. 55:9

I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number. Job 5:8, 9

Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them they are more than can be numbered. Psa 40:5


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 24, 2007, 01:07:06 PM
I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Josh. 1:5

There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass. Josh. 21:45

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Num. 23:19

The LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him. Deut. 7:9

He will ever be mindful of his covenant. Psa. 111:5

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands. Isa. 49:15, 16

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zeph. 3:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 25, 2007, 10:05:39 AM
They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Psa. 9:10

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Prov. 18:10

I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isa. 12:2

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psa. 37:25

For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints, they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. Psa. 37:28

The LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. I Sam. 12:22

Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us. II Cor. 1:10

Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Heb. 13:5, 6


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 25, 2007, 10:06:10 AM
They are without fault before the throne of God. Rev 14:5

The iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. Jer. 50:20

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Mic. 7:18, 19

He hath made us accepted in the beloved. Eph. 1:6

To present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. Col. 1:22

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 24:25


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 26, 2007, 05:21:30 AM
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Psa. 60:4

Jehovah Nissi (The LORD my banner). Ex. 17:15

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Isa. 59:19

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. Psa. 20:5

The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God. Jer. 51:10

We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Rom 8:37

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 15:57

The captain of their salvation. Heb 2:10

My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Eph. 6:10

Valiant for the truth. Jer. 9:3

Fight the LORD'S battles. I Sam. 18:17

Be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: ... fear ye not. Hag. 2:4, 5

Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Heb. 10:37


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 26, 2007, 05:22:09 AM
One thing is needful. Luke 10:42

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. Psa. 4:6, 7

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, 0 God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. Psa. 42:1, 2

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Psa. 63:1

I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. Lord, evermore give us this bread. John 6:35, 34

Mary . . . sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. Luke 10:39

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. Psa. 27:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 26, 2007, 04:32:21 PM
Anywhere with Jesus I am not alone,
Other friends may fail me---He is still my own;
Though His hand may lead me over dreary ways,
Anywhere with Jesus is a house of praise.             Pounds


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 27, 2007, 10:21:31 AM
I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thes. 5:23

Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5:25, 27

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Col. 1:28

The peace of God ... passeth all understanding. Phil 4:7

Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body. Col. 3:15

Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. II Thes. 2:16

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 1:8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 27, 2007, 10:22:03 AM
Will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? II Chron. 6:18

Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. Ex. 25:8

I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. Ex. 29:43, 45

Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. Psa. 68:18

Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. II Cor. 6:16

Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. I Cor. 6:19

Ye ... are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Eph. 2:22

The heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. Ezek. 37:28

11 Chron. 6:18 Ex. 25:8-Ex. 29:43, 45 Ps. 68:18

11 Co. 6:16-1 Co. 6:19-Eph. 2:22 Eze. 37:28


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 28, 2007, 11:29:25 AM
DO you remember this hymn "In The Garden"

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.                    Miles


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 28, 2007, 11:53:51 AM
Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion. Psa 65:1

To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. I Cor. 8:6

All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. John 5:23

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Heb. 13:15

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. Psa. 50:23

I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. Rev. 7:9, 10, 12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 28, 2007, 11:54:23 AM
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction. Psa. 103:4

Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name. Jer. 50:34

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction. Hos. 13:14

As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb. 2:14, 15

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36

Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Col. 3:3, 4

When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe. II Thes. 1:10


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on September 29, 2007, 07:12:42 AM
 :)


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 29, 2007, 08:37:46 AM
The only wise God our Saviour. Jude 25

Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. I Cor. 1:30

Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? Job 11:7, 8

We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. I Cor. 2:7

The mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known, by the church, the manifold wisdom of God. Eph 3:9, 10

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shalt be given him. James 1:5

The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be in-treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 29, 2007, 08:38:14 AM
When shall I arise, and the night be gone? Job 7:4

Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh. Isa. 21:11, 12

Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Heb. 10:37

He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds. II Sam 23:4

I go to prepare a place for you And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. John 14:2, 3, 27, 28

Let all thine enemies perish, O LORD; but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. Jud. 5:31

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. I Thes. 5:5

There shall be no night there. Rev. 21:25


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on September 29, 2007, 10:27:41 AM
O God, grant me the strength of heart,
Of motive, and of will
To falter not but do my part
Your purpose to fulfill.           Anon


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 30, 2007, 08:50:13 AM
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. Isa 26:3

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psa. 55:22

I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isa 12:2

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Matt. 8:26

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6, 7

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Isa. 30:15

The effect of righteousness [shall be] quietness and assurance for ever. Isa. 32:17

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come. Rev. 1:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on September 30, 2007, 08:50:51 AM
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Eph. 4:26

If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother... Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matt. 18:15, 21, 22

When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25

Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Col. 3:12, 13

Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Eph. 4:32

The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Luke 17:5


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 01, 2007, 08:42:43 AM
Help me to walk so close to Thee
That those who know me best can see
I live as godly as I pray,
And Christ is real from day to day.     Ryberg


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 01, 2007, 09:36:43 AM
My Father is greater than I. John 14:28

When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven. Luke 11:2

My Father, and your Father; my God and your God. John 20:17

As the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. John 14:31

The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. John 14:10

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. John 3:35

Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:2

Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? John 14:8-10

I and my Father are one. John 10:30

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:9, 10.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 01, 2007, 09:37:58 AM
[The woman's seed] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Gen. 3:15

His visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men. Isa. 52:14

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isa. 53:5

This is your hour, and the power of darkness. Luke 22:53

Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. John 19:11

The Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. I John 3:8

He cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. Mark 1:34

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matt. 28:18

In my name shall they cast out devils. Mark 16:17

The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Rom. 16:20


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2007, 11:40:42 AM
My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. Psa. 119:25

If ye ... be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For . . . your life is hid with Christ in God. Col. 3:1-3

Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Phil. 3:20, 21

The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Gal. 5:17

Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Rom. 8:12, 13

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. I Pet. 2:11


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2007, 11:41:15 AM
The measure of faith. Rom. 12:3

Him that is weak in the faith. Rom. 14:1

Strong in faith, giving glory to God. Rom. 4:20

O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matt. 14:31

Great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. Matt. 15:28

Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.... According to your faith be it unto you. Matt. 9:28, 29

Lord, increase our faith. Luke 17:5

Building up yourselves on your most holy faith. Jude 20

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith. Col. 2:7

He which stablisheth us with you in Christ. . . . is God. II Cor. 1:21

The God of all grace ... after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. I Pet. 5:10

We ... that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Rom. 15:1

Let us not . . . judge one another: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Rom. 14:13


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 02, 2007, 11:43:05 AM
Honor your wife and in love with her dwell,
Yield to the Savior and all will be well;
Peace He will give to both husband and wife,
Blessing their marriage with joy throughout life.     Anon


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 03, 2007, 09:53:45 AM
It pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell. Col. 1:19

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. John 3:35

God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:9-11

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. Eph. 1:21

By him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. Col. 1:16

Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. Rom. 14:9

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. Col. 2:10

Of his fulness have all we received. John 1:16


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 03, 2007, 09:54:16 AM
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. Rev. 1:19

Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. II Pet. 1:21

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. I John 1:3

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his bands and his feet. Luke 24:39, 40

He that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith truth, that ye might believe. John 19:35

We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. II Pet. 1:16

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. I Cor. 2:5


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 04, 2007, 10:34:35 AM
Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption. Isa. 38:17

God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. I John 4:9, 10

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Mic. 7:18, 19

O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psa. 30:2, 3

When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. Jonah 2:7

I waited patiently for the LORD. He brought me up ... out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock. Psa. 40:1, 2


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 04, 2007, 10:35:12 AM
The things which are. Rev. 1:19

Now we see through a glass, darkly. I Cor. 13:12

Now we see not yet all things put under him. Heb. 2:8

We have ... a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. II Pet. 1:19

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psa. 119:105

Beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. Jude 17, 18

The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. II Tim. 4:1

Little children, it is the last time. I John 2:18

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Rom. 13:12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2007, 11:40:59 AM
Him that was to come. Rom. 5:14

Jesus ... made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, . . . that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. Heb. 2:9

One died for all. II Cor. 5:14

As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Rom. 5:19

The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. That was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. I Cor. 15:45, 46

God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him. Gen. 1:26, 27

God ... hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.... the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. Heb. 1:1-3

Thou hast given him power over all flesh. John 17:2

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. I Cor. 15:47, 48


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2007, 11:41:30 AM
Things which shall be hereafter. Rev. 1:19

It is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit. I Cor. 2:9, 10

The Spirit of truth ... will shew you things to come. John 16:13

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev. 1:7

I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thes. 4:13, 14, 16, 17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 05, 2007, 05:58:27 PM
God sees in us a masterpiece
That one day will be done;
His Spirit works through all our life
To make us like His Son.                    Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 06, 2007, 09:33:29 AM
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind. Acts 20:19

Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matt. 20:26-28

If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Gal. 6:3

I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man.... not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom. 12:3

When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. Luke 17:10

Our rejoicing is this.... that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world. II Cor. 1:12

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. II Cor. 4:7


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 06, 2007, 09:33:59 AM
We have turned every one to his own way. Isa. 53:6

Noah ... planted a vineyard: and he drank of the wine, and was drunken. Gen. 9:20, 21

Abram said unto Sarai his wife.... Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake. Gen. 12:11, 13

Isaac said unto Jacob.... Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am. Gen 27:21, 24

Moses... spake unadvisedly with his lips. Psa. 106:32, 33

The men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. And Joshua made peace with them. Josh. 9:14, 15

David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. I Kings 15:5

These all ... obtained a good report through faith. Heb. 11:39

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Rom. 3:24

The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa. 53:6

Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways. Exek. 36:32


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 07, 2007, 09:37:30 AM
His name shall be called Wonderful. Isa. 9:6

The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psa. 138:2

They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matt. 1:23

JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matt. 1:21

All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. John 5:23

God ... hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. Phil. 2:9

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; and hath put all things under his feet. Eph. 1:21, 22

He had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself... KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Rev. 19:12, 16

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out. Job 37:23

What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? Prov. 30:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 07, 2007, 09:37:59 AM
The Lord's portion is his people. Deut. 32:9

Ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. I Cor. 3:23

I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. Song 7:10

I am his. Song 2:16

The Son of God ... loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20

Ye are not your own, ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. I Cor. 6:19, 20

The LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. Deut. 4:20

Ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. I Cor. 3:9

Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Heb. 3:6

A spiritual house, an holy priesthood. I Pet. 2:5

They shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels. Mal. 3:17

All mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. John 17:10

The glory of his inheritance in the saints. Eph. 1:18


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 08, 2007, 10:02:19 AM
Every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it. John 15:2

He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Mal. 3:2, 3

We glory in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Rom. 5:3-5

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees. Heb. 12:7, 8, 11, 12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 08, 2007, 10:02:51 AM
Now we call the proud happy. Mal. 3:15

Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isa. 57:15

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Prov. 16:19

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:3

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, etc.-Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD. Prov. 6:16, 17

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psa. 139:23, 24

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Phil. 1:2, 3

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matt. 5:5


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 09, 2007, 09:13:24 AM
This God is our God for ever and ever : he will he our guide even unto death. Psa. 48:14

O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isa. 25:1

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup. Psa. 16:5

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psa. 23:3, 4

Thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psa. 73:23-26

Our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Psa. 33:21

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psa. 138:8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 09, 2007, 09:13:57 AM
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul Psa. 94:19

When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psa. 61:2

O LORD I am oppressed; undertake for me. Isa. 38:14

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee. Psa. 55:22

I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. I Kings 3:7

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.... and it shall be given him. James 1:5

Who is sufficient for these things?-l know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. II Cor. 2:16

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Rom. 7:18

Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.... Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. Matt. 9:2, 22

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; ... when I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Psa. 63:5, 6


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 10, 2007, 09:10:08 AM
Hope maketh not ashamed. Rom. 5:5

I am the LORD: ... they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. Isa. 49:23

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. Jer. 17:7

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. Isa. 26:3, 4

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. Psa. 62:5, 6

I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed. II Tim. 1:12

God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus. Heb. 6:17-20


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 10, 2007, 09:10:42 AM
The offence of the cross. Gal. 5:11

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself; and take up his cross, and follow me. Matt. 16:24

Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4

We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22

Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Rom. 9:33

Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence. I Pet. 2:7, 8

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Gal. 6:14

I am crucified with Christ. Gal. 2:20

They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal. 5:24

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. II Tim. 2:12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 11, 2007, 01:47:06 PM
The Lord is at hand. Phil. 4:5

The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. I Thes. 4:16-18

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly; Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev. 22:20

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. II Pet. 3:14

Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. I Thes. 5:2-24

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. James 5:8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 11, 2007, 01:47:40 PM
The choice vine. Gen. 49:11

My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: and he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, . . and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. Isa. 5:1, 2

Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me. Jer. 2:21

The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness.... envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:... but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Gal. 5:19, 21-23

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, be purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Abide in me, and I in you.... Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit: so shall ye be my disciples. John 15: 1, 2, 4, 8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 12, 2007, 08:52:32 AM
The righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe. Rom. 3:22

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Cor. 5:21

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Gal. 3:13

Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. I Cor. 1:30

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Titus 3:5, 6

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Phil. 3:8, 9


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 12, 2007, 08:53:02 AM
The spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Rom. 8:15

Jesus... lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, Holy Father... O righteous Father. John 17:1, 11, 25

He said, Abba, Father. Mark 14:36

Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gal. 4:6

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God. Eph. 2:18, 19

Doubtless thou art our father... thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. Isa. 63:16

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. Luke 15:18-20

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children. Eph. 5:1


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 13, 2007, 10:18:50 AM
Let us go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Heb. 13:13, 14

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. I Pet. 4:12, 13

As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. II Cor. 1:7

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. I Pet. 4:14

They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. Acts 5:41

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Heb. 11:25, 26


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 13, 2007, 10:19:17 AM
The Lord Jesus Christ ... shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body. Phil. 3:20, 21

Upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. Ezek. 1:26-28

We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. II Cor. 3:18

It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is. I John 3:2

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more. Rev. 7:16

They sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb. Rev. 15:3


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 13, 2007, 05:56:40 PM
They are nailed to the cross, they are nailed to the cross !
O how much He was willing to bear.
With what anguish and loss, Jesus went to the cross,
But He carried my sins with Him there.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 14, 2007, 10:29:44 AM
Ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins and in him is no sin. I John 3:5

God, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,. . who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Heb. 1:1-3

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Cor. 5:21

Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold; ... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. I Pet. 17:20

The love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that lie died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. II Cor. 5:14, 15


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 14, 2007, 10:30:15 AM
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life. Deut. 30:19

For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. Ezek. 18:32

If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. John 15:22

That servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. Luke 12:47

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:23

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ve obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Rom. 6:16

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. John 12:26


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 15, 2007, 11:28:35 AM
As thy days, so shall thy strength be. Deut. 33:25

When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Mark 13:11

Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matt. 6:34

The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God. Psa. 68:35

He giveth power to the faint: and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Isa. 40:29

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. II Cor. 12:9, 10

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13

O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength. Judges 5:21


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 15, 2007, 11:29:11 AM
Awake, O north wind, and ... blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Song 4:16

No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Heb. 12:11

The fruit of the Spirit. Gal. 5:22

He stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind. Isa. 27:8

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. Psa. 103:13

Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. II Cor. 4:16-18

Though [Jesus] were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. Heb. 5:8

In all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb. 4:15


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 16, 2007, 09:23:33 AM
Thou God seest me. Gen. 16:13

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether... Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Psa. 139:1-4, 6

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Prov. 15:3

The ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. Prov. 5:21

God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15

The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. II Chron. 16:9

Jesus ... knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for he knew what was in man. John 2:24, 25

Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. John 21:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 16, 2007, 09:24:06 AM
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. Psa. 86:12

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me. Psa. 50:23

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Psa. 92:1, 2

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Psa. 150:6

I beseech you.... brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,. holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom. 12:1

Jesus, . .. that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Heb. 13:12, 15

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:20

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Rev. 5:12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 17, 2007, 09:49:14 AM
Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Heb. 12:1, 2

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33

Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness. Rom. 13:12

Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight 1, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. I Cor. 9:25, 27

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:13, 14

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD. Hos. 6:3


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 17, 2007, 09:49:43 AM
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Lam. 3:27

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov. 22:6

We have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us; and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Heb. 12:9, 10

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psa. 119:67, 71

I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jer. 29:11

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. I Pet. 5:6


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 17, 2007, 08:49:37 PM
The heavens reveal the power of God
To everyone living on earth;
His handiwork speaks of His splendor and care,
And makes us consider His worth.                    Sper


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2007, 09:24:40 AM
If ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; ... those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. Num. 33:55

Fight the good fight of faith. I Tim. 6:12

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations.... and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. II Cor. 10:4, 5

Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Rom. 8:12, 13

The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Gal. 5:17

I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Rom. 7:23

We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Rom. 8:37


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2007, 09:25:15 AM
If a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him? I Sam. 2:25

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world. I John 2:1, 2

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Rom. 3:25, 26

He is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. Job 33:24

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Rom. 8:31, 33, 34


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2007, 11:18:37 AM
Whom having not seen, ye love. I Pet. 1:8

We walk by faith, not by sight. II Cor. 5:7

We love him, because he first loved us. I John 4:19

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. I John 4:16

In whom ye trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Eph. 1:13

God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col. 1:27

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? I John 4:20

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John 20:29

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Psa. 2:12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2007, 11:19:03 AM
The Lord Our Righteousness. Jer. 23:6

We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isa. 64:6

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. Psa. 71:16

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isa. 61:10

Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him. Luke 15:22

To her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Rev. 19:8

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord ... that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Phil. 3:8, 9


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 20, 2007, 09:02:25 AM
Oh that thou wouldest keep me from evil. I Chron. 4:10

Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. Luke 22:46

The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. 26:41

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. Prov. 30:7-9

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. Psa. 121:7

I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible. Jer. 15:21

He that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. I John 5:18

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Rev. 3:10

The LORD knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations. II Pet. 2:9


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 20, 2007, 09:03:04 AM
One star differeth from another star in glory. I Cor. 15:41

By the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all. Mark 9:34, 35

Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. I Pet. 5:5, 6

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who ... made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Phil. 2:5-7, 9, 10

They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. Dan. 12:3


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 20, 2007, 03:15:01 PM
Trust in Him, ye saints, forever---
He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever
Those He loves from Him.             Kelly


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 21, 2007, 08:37:14 AM
Be strong, and work; for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts. Hag. 2:4

I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13

Strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Eph. 6:10

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Neh. 8:10

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets. Zech. 8:9

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not. Isa. 35:3, 4

The LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might. Jud. 6:14

If God be for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not. II Cor. 4:1

Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Gal. 6:9

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 15:57


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 21, 2007, 08:37:46 AM
The darkness hideth not from thee. Psa. 139:12

His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. Job 34:21, 22

Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? ... Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. Jer. 23:24

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; ... nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness.... Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psa. 91:5, 6, 9, 10

He that keepeth thee will not slumber. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil. Psa. 121:3, 5-7

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Psa. 23:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Littleboy on October 21, 2007, 01:51:21 PM
Praise be to God!
Mighty is he that is within us!
Let us keep the Faith Brothers & Sisters, Seeing that NOW, it is more precious than all the Gold of this world...
Your Loving Brother Duane


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 22, 2007, 10:13:03 AM
The Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Deut. 17:16

Truly if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is a heavenly. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt. Heb. 11:15, 16, 25, 26

The just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Heb. 10:38, 39

No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Gal. 6:14

Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. II Cor. 6:1

He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phil. 1:6


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 22, 2007, 10:13:33 AM
They talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. Psa. 69:26

I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Zech. 1:15

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Gal. 6:1

He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:20

Comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. I Thess. 5:14

Let us not . . . judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Rom. 14:13

We . . . that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Rom. 15:1

Charity ... rejoiceth not in iniquity. I Cor. 13:4, 6

Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. I Cor. 10:12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 23, 2007, 09:28:23 AM
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen. 2:17

She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Gen. 3:6

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:23

If by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:17

Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. I Cor. 15:21, 22

Our Saviour Jesus Christ.... hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. II Tim. 1:10

God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. I John 5:11, 12

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 23, 2007, 09:28:52 AM
The judgment seat. II Cor. 5:10

We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth. Rom. 2:2

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shalt he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. Matt. 25:31, 33

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matt. 13:43

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God thatjustifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Rom. 8:33, 34

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Rom. 8:1

We are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. I Cor. 11:32


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 24, 2007, 02:38:12 PM
The grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. I Tim. 1:14

Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. II Cor. 8:9

Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Rom. 5:20

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph. 2:7, 9

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Gal. 2:16

According to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Titus 3:5, 6


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 24, 2007, 02:38:50 PM
I am ... the bright and morning Star. Rev. 22:16

There shall come a star out of Jacob. Num. 24:17

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Rom. 13:12

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether. Song 2:17

Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come. Isa. 21:11, 12

I am the light of the world. John 8:12

I will give him the morning star. Rev. 2:28

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: ... lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:33-37


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 25, 2007, 10:06:38 AM
When thou hast eaten and art full, ... thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. Deut. 8:10

Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God. Deut. 8:11

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. Luke 17:15-18

Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. I Tim. 4:4,5

He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks. Rom. 14:6

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul.... who forgiveth all thine iniquities; ... who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies. Psa. 103:1-4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 25, 2007, 10:07:06 AM
Jesus ... was moved with compassion toward them. Matt. 14:14

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Heb. 13:8

We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb. 4:15

Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way. Heb. 5:2

He cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:37, 38

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psa. 103:13, 14

Thou, O LORD, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. Psa. 86:15, 16


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 25, 2007, 06:38:12 PM
Prone to wonder, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.           Robinson


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 26, 2007, 12:20:21 PM
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends. John 15:15

The LORD said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? Gen. 18:17

It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 13:11

God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. I Cor. 2:10

Even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. I Cor. 2:7

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. Psa. 65:4

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Psa. 25:14

I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. John 17:8

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. John l5:14


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 26, 2007, 12:20:54 PM
Thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. Isa. 60:18

The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Rev. 21:14

Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Eph. 2:19-22

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. I Pet. 2:3-5

Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion. Psa. 65:1


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 26, 2007, 05:36:35 PM
Lord, grant me a heart of compassion
So burdened for other's needs
That I will show them Your kindness
In attitudes, words, and deeds.         Fitzhugh


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on October 26, 2007, 05:40:38 PM
Surer than autumn's harvests
Are harvests of thought and deed;
Like those that our hands have planted,
The yield will be like seed.                     Harris


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 27, 2007, 09:44:18 AM
Now he is comforted. Luke 16:25

Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Isa. 60:20

He will swallow up death in victory; and the LORD God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall be take away from off all the earth. Isa. 25:8

These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters. Rev. 7:14-17

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes ; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev. 21:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 27, 2007, 09:44:50 AM
The night cometh when no man can work. John 9:4

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, they ... rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Rev. 14:13

There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. Job 3:17

Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? I Sam. 28:15

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecc. 9:10

The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. Psa. 115:17

I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day. II Tim. 4:6-8

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Heb. 4:9, 10


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 28, 2007, 09:26:51 AM
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light. Luke 11:34

The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Cor. 2:14

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psa. 119:18

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image ... even as by the Spirit of the Lord. II Cor. 3:18

God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. II Cor. 4:6

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory... give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: ... that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and

what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. Eph. 1:17, 18


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 28, 2007, 09:27:25 AM
He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Psa. 78:20

All our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ. I Cor. 10:1-4

One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John 19:34

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isa. 53:5

Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. John 5:40

My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Jer. 2:13

If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. John 7:3

Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Rev. 22:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 29, 2007, 08:48:22 AM
They that feared the Lord spake often one to another and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. Mal. 3:16

It came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. Luke 24:15

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matt. 18:20

My fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life. Phil. 4:3

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col. 3:16

Exhort one another daily, while it is called to day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Heb. 3:13

Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matt. 12:36, 37

Behold, it is written before me. Isa. 65:6


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 29, 2007, 08:49:09 AM
The trees of the Lord are full of sap. Psa. 104:16

I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. Hos. 14: 5, 6

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jer. 17: 7, 8

I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish. Ezek. 17:24

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing. Psa. 92:12-14


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 30, 2007, 10:46:09 AM
They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels. Mal. 3:17

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me: for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am: that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:6, 9, 10, 24

I will come again, and receive you unto myself John 14:3

He shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe ... in that day. II Thess. 1:10

We which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thess. 4:17

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Isa. 62:3


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 30, 2007, 10:46:43 AM
I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. Ex. 33:18

God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. II Cor. 4:6

The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.... No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John 1:14, 18

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Psa. 42:2

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face: my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Psa. 27:8

We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. II Cor. 3:18

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 31, 2007, 08:46:14 AM
Upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. Ezek. 1:26

The man Christ Jesus. I Tim. 2:5

Made in the likeness of men ... found in fashion as a man. Phil. 2:7, 8

Forasmuch ... as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death. Heb. 2:14

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. Rev. 1:18

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Rom. 6:9, 10

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? Eph. 1:20

He raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.-In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Col. 2:9

Though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God. II Cor. 13:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 31, 2007, 08:46:43 AM
Thy word hath quickened me. Psa. 119:50

The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. I Cor. 15:45

As the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. John 5:26

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:25, 26

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.... As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:4, 12, 13

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb. 4:12


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 01, 2007, 09:03:56 AM
Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Matt. 3:15

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Psa. 40:8

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matt. 5:17, 18

The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness'sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. Isa. 42:21

Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:20

What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom. 8:3, 4

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Rom. 10:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 01, 2007, 09:04:25 AM
I am thy part and thine inheritance. Num. 18:20

Whom have I in heaven but thee! and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psa. 73:25, 26

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Psa. 16:5, 6

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul therefore will I hope in him. Lam. 3:24

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Psa. 119:111

0 God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.... Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. Psa. 63:1, 7

My beloved is mine, and I am his. Song 2:16


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 02, 2007, 10:31:55 AM
Who can say, I have made my heart clean? Prov. 20:9

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psa. 14:2, 3

They that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom. 8:8

To will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Rom. 7:18, 19

We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags: and we all do fade as a leaf: and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isa. 64:6

The scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Gal. 3:22

God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. II Cor. 5:19

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:8, 9


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 02, 2007, 10:32:30 AM
The floods lift up their waves. Psa. 93:3

The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Psa. 93:4

O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. Psa. 89:8, 9

Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it? Jer. 5:22

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. Isa. 43:2

Peter ... walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matt. 14:29-31

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. Psa. 56:3


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 03, 2007, 10:54:43 AM
Thy name is as ointment poured forth. Song 1:3

Christ ... hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Eph. 5:2

Unto you therefore which believe he is precious. I Pet. 2:7

God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Phil. 2:9, 10

In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Col. 2:9

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Rom. 5:5

The house was filled with the odour of the ointment. John 12:3

They took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Psa. 8:1

Emmanuel ... God with us. Matt. 1:23

His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa. 9:6

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Prov. 18:10


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 03, 2007, 10:55:14 AM
We that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened. II Cor. 5:4

Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.... Mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. Psa. 38:9, 4

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Rom. 7:24

The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves.... which have the first-fruits of the Spirit.... groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Rom. 8:22,23

Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. I Pet. 1:6

Shortly I must put off this my tabernacle. II Pet. 1:14

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. I Cor. 15:53, 54


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 04, 2007, 09:26:41 AM
The whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire. Lev. 4:12

They took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: where they crucified him. John 19:16, 18

The bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. Heb. 13:11-13

The fellowship of his sufferings. Phil. 3:10

Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings: that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. I Pet. 4:13

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. II Cor. 4:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 04, 2007, 09:27:13 AM
God created man in his own image. Gen. 1:27

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. Acts 17:29

God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:4, 5, 10

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Rom. 8:29

We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. I John 3:2

I shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness. Psa. 17:15

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Rev. 21:7

If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. Rom. 8:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 05, 2007, 09:42:13 AM
Thou art my hope in the day of evil. Jer. 17:17

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Psa. 4:6

I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Psa. 59:16

In my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. Thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. I cried to thee, O LORD: and unto the LORD I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? Hear, 0 LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Psa. 30:6, 8-10

For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. Isa. 54:7, 8

Sorrow shall be turned into joy. John 16:20

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psa. 30:5


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 05, 2007, 09:42:43 AM
Adam.. begat a son in his own likeness. Gen. 5:3

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Job 14:4

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psa. 51:5

Dead in trespasses and sins; ... by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Eph. 2:1, 3

I am carnal, sold under sin. That which I do I allow not; for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do 1. I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. Rom. 7:14, 15, 18

By one man sin entered into the world.... by one man's disobedience many were made sinners. Rom. 5:12, 19

If through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. Rom. 5:15

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom. 8:2

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 15:57


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 06, 2007, 09:33:10 AM
The Lord giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Prov. 2:6

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Prov. 3:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. I Cor. 1:25

God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. That no flesh should glory in his presence. I Cor. 1:27, 29

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psa. 119:130

Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psa. 119:11

All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. Luke 4:22

Never man spake like this man. John 7:46

Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. I Cor. 1:30


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 06, 2007, 09:33:38 AM
The year of my redeemed is come. Isa. 63:4

Ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession.... and unto his family. Lev. 25:10

Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Isa. 26:19

The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thess. 4:16, 17

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction. Hos. 13:14

Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name. Jer. 50:34


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 07, 2007, 08:44:56 AM
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied. Isa. 53:11

Jesus ... said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Cor. 5:21

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. Isa. 43:21

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph 3:10, 11

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:7

After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph. 1:13, 14

Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. I Pet. 2:9


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 07, 2007, 08:45:28 AM
The day of temptation in the wilderness. Heb. 3:8

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. James 1:13-15

They lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. Psa. 106:14

Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost ... was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. Luke 4:1-3

He himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Heb. 2:18

Simon, Simon, . . . Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. Luke 22:31, 32


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2007, 12:28:45 PM
I am the Lord which sanctify you. Lev. 20:8

I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. Lev. 20:24, 26

Sanctified by God the Father. Jude 1

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17

The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thes. 5:23

Jesus ... that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Heb. 13:12

Our Saviour Jesus Christ . . . gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:13, 14

Both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Heb. 2:11

For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. John 17:19

Through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. I Pet. 1:2


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2007, 12:29:12 PM
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Psa. 97:11

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psa. 126:5, 6

That which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be. I Cor. 15:37

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. I Pet. 1:3, 6, 7


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2007, 12:29:46 PM
What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. Psa. 25:12

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matt. 6:22

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psa. 119:105

Thine ears shall bear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isa. 30:21

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. Psa. 32:8-11

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Jer. 10:23


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2007, 12:30:14 PM
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Prov. 3:24

There arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow. Mark 4:37, 38

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6, 7

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psa. 4:8

He giveth his beloved sleep. Psa. 127:2

They stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:59, 60

Absent from the body... present with the Lord. II Cor. 5:8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2007, 12:30:48 PM
The blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Heb. 12:24

Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29

The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev. 13:8

It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb. 10:4, 5, 10

Abel... brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof... The LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering. Gen. 4:4

Christ ... hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. Eph. 5:2

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. 10:22

Having ... boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. Heb. 10:19


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2007, 12:31:16 PM
Who knoweth the power of thine anger? Psa. 90:11

From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matt. 27:45, 46

The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa. 53:6

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Rom. 8:1

Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:1

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Gal. 3:13

God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. I John 4:9, 10

That he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Rom. 3:26


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on November 10, 2007, 07:33:10 PM
Trust in God and you will know
He can vanquish any foe;
Simply trust Him day by day,
He will be your strength and stay.     D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 11, 2007, 09:51:27 AM
Thus saith the Lord God, I will yet for this be enquired of. Ezek. 36:37

Ye have not, because ye ask not. James 4:2

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matt. 7:7, 8

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. I John 5:14, 15

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psa. 81:10

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Luke 18:1

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry The LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Psa. 34:15, 17

Ye shall ask in my name; and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me. Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:26, 27, 24


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 11, 2007, 09:52:02 AM
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Job 2:10

I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Psa. 119:75

O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isa. 64:8

It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. I Sam. 3:18

Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments. Jer. 12:1

He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. Mal. 3:3

Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Heb. 12:6

It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. Matt. 10:25

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. Heb. 5:8

Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. I Pet. 4:13

These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Rev. 7:14


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 12, 2007, 10:37:43 AM
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Isa. 59:19

Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Matt. 4:10, 11

Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph. 6:10, 11

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph. 5:11

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. II Cor. 2:11

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. I Pet. 5:8, 9

This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. I John 5:4

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Rom. 8:33


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 12, 2007, 10:38:13 AM
Oh that I knew where I might find him Job 23:3

Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Isa. 50:10

Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer. 29:1

Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11:9, 10

Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. I John 1:3

Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometime were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Eph. 2:13, 18

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. I John 1:6

Lo, I am with you alway. Matt. 28:20

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb. 13:5

The Comforter ... dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:16, 17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Def on November 12, 2007, 04:34:51 PM
Oh that I knew where I might find him Job 23:3

Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Isa. 50:10

Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer. 29:1

Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11:9, 10

Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. I John 1:3

Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometime were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Eph. 2:13, 18

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. I John 1:6

Lo, I am with you alway. Matt. 28:20

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb. 13:5

The Comforter ... dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:16, 17
"With all your heart".Yes.
Thank you Pastor Roger.
love in Jesus Def


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on November 12, 2007, 07:45:15 PM
How lovely is Thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts !
My soul longs for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God;
Blessed are those who dwell in Thy house singing Thy praise !
For a day in Thy courts is better than a thosand elsewere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
He bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord
withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in Thee !


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 13, 2007, 09:58:29 AM
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Lam. 3:40

Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. Psa. 26:2

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Psa. 51:6

I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. Psa. 119:59, 60

Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. I Cor. 11:28

If we confess our sins, he is faithful andjust to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins. I John 2:1

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh: and having a high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. 10:19-22


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 13, 2007, 09:58:58 AM
There was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Rev. 4:3

This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud.... and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. Gen. 9:12, 13, 16

An everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure. II Sam. 23:5

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. Heb. 6:18

We declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again. Acts 13:32, 33

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. Heb. 13:8


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 14, 2007, 09:23:05 AM
Reckon ye yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:11

He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24

I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:19, 20

Because I live, ye shall live also. John 14:19

I give unto them eternal life: and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. John 10:28-30

if ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God ... For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Col. 3:1, 3


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 14, 2007, 09:23:37 AM
God ... giveth ... liberally, and upbraideth not. James 1:5

Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:10, 11

The grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many... The free gift is of many offences unto justification. Rom. 5:15, 16

God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:4-7

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Rom. 8:32


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on November 14, 2007, 02:40:01 PM
If you believe on Jesus ' name,
Then of His church you are a part;
By loving others you proclaim;
"We are the church----we are the ' heart'."       Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 15, 2007, 10:46:22 AM
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

God ... hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself; not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Cor. 5:18-21

God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. I John 4:8-11


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 15, 2007, 10:46:56 AM
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. Prov. 20:27

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her... And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last. John 8:7, 9

Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? Gen. 3:11

To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. I John 3:20, 21

All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Rom. 14:20, 22

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psa. 139:23, 24


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on November 15, 2007, 07:24:01 PM
Loved with everlasting love,
Led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above,
Thou hast taught me it is so.     Robinson


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 16, 2007, 10:24:35 AM
Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Prov. 27:1

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. II Cor. 6:2

Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. John 12:35, 36

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecc. 9:10

Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry... Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:19-21

What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14

The world passeth away, and the lust thereof. but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. I John 2:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 16, 2007, 10:25:04 AM
Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Psa. 102:27

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Psa. 90:2

I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Mal. 3:6

The same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Heb. 13:8

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Rom. 11:29

God is not a man, that he should lie: neither the son of man, that he should repent. Num. 23:19

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lam. 3:22

This man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb. 7:24, 25

Fear not; I am the first and the last. Rev. 1:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 17, 2007, 10:55:04 AM
The fruit of the Spirit is love. Gal. 5:22

God is love: and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. I John 4:16

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Rom. 5:5

Unto you ... which believe he is precious. I Pet. 2:7

We love him, because he first loved us. I John 4:19

The love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. II Cor. 5:14, 15

Ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. I Thes. 4:9

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. I Pet. 4:8

Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. Eph. 5:2


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 17, 2007, 10:55:51 AM
Jehovah-nissi: The Lord my banner. Ex. 17:15

If God be for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Psa. 118:6

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee. Psa. 60:4

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. Psa. 27:1, 3

Behold, God himself is with us for our captain. II Chron. 13:12

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psa. 46:7

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them. Rev. 17:14

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Psa. 2:1, 4

Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. Isa. 8:10


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 18, 2007, 10:19:48 AM
God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. Gen. 41:52

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. II Cor. 1:3-5

Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. I Pet. 1:6, 7

The Lord stood with me, and strengthened me. II Tim. 4:17

Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. I Pet. 4:19


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 18, 2007, 10:20:18 AM
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Heb. 4:9

There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. Job 3:17, 18

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; ... they ... rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Rev. 14:13

Our friend Lazarus sleepeth.... Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. John 11:11, 13

We that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened.. II Cor. 5:4

Ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope.... But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Rom. 8:23-25


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on November 18, 2007, 09:47:26 PM
New bodies will be ours someday
According to God's grand design,
Forever with the Lord to reign---
Praise God for the promise divine.       Hess


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 19, 2007, 11:07:26 AM
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov. 3:5, 6

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Psa. 62:8

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle. lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Psa. 32:8-10

Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isa. 30:21

If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. Ex. 33:15, 16


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 19, 2007, 11:07:57 AM
The prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:14

Thou shalt have treasure in heaven.... come and follow me. Matt. 19:21

I am ... thy exceeding great reward. Gen. 15:1

Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matt. 25:21

They shall reign for ever and ever. Rev. 22:5

Ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. I Pet. 5:4

The crown of life. James 1:12

A crown of righteousness. II Tim. 4:8

An incorruptible crown. I Cor. 9:25

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me. John 17:24

So shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thes. 4:17

I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Rom. 8:18


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on November 19, 2007, 08:04:41 PM
Sin's pleasures have such great appeal,
They truly look like bargains rare;
But seldom do we clearly see
The hidden cost that we must bear.       D. De Haan


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: islandboy on November 19, 2007, 08:11:13 PM
Don't hide your sin and cover up,
Pretending there is nothing wrong;
Instead, confess it and repent,
Then God will fill your heart with song.      Sper



God placed us in a body of believers to support one another. Admit that you aren't prefect. Then seek the counsel of a godly brother or sister in Christ.

Be what God intends you to be-----don't pretend to be what you're not.


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: HisDaughter on November 19, 2007, 08:58:50 PM
Don't hide your sin and cover up,
Pretending there is nothing wrong;
Instead, confess it and repent,
Then God will fill your heart with song.      Sper



God placed us in a body of believers to support one another. Admit that you aren't prefect. Then seek the counsel of a godly brother or sister in Christ.

Be what God intends you to be-----don't pretend to be what you're not.

I really liked this.  You know there is nothing more depressing to the spirit than unconfessed sin.  I just hate carrying guilt around and not mention separation from God that one expirences when carrying unconfessed sin.  And what freedom once you confess and know that God forgives you!  Your step is lighter and your smile is brighter!  It feels like sunshine on a rainy day!
As to not being perfect.....There is nothing more wonderful than knowing that God loves me "just as I am"!  :D


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 20, 2007, 10:02:54 AM
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Col. 3:2

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. I John 2:15

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt. 6:19-21

We walk by faith, not by sight. II Cor. 5:7

We faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory: while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Cor. 4:16-18

An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. I Pet. 1:4


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 20, 2007, 10:03:31 AM
He bowed his shoulder to bear. Gen. 49:15

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. James 10:5

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. I Cor. 10:11

Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? in all this did not Job sin with his lips. Job 2:10

Aaron held his peace. Lev. 10:3

It is the LORD; let him do what seemeth him good. I Sam. 3:18

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee. Psa. 55:22

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. Isa. 53:4

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matt. 11:28-30


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 21, 2007, 10:42:35 AM
O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me. Isa. 38:14

Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God. Psa. 123:1, 2

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Psa. 61:1-4

Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm. Isa. 25:4

Christ ... suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. I Pet. 2:21-23


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 21, 2007, 10:43:07 AM
Fight the good fight of faith. I Tim. 6:12

We were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. II Cor. 7:5

Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. II Kings 6:16

Strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Eph. 6:10

Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. I Sam. 17:45

God is my strength and power: ... he teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. II Sam. 22:33, 35

Our sufficiency is of God. II Cor. 3:5

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. Psa. 34:7

Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. II Kings 6:17

The time would fail me to tell of [those] who through faith subdued kingdoms.... out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Heb. 11:32-34


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 22, 2007, 10:47:50 AM
He preserveth the way of his saints. Prov. 2:8

The LORD your God ... went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day. Deut. 1:32, 33

As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the LORD alone did lead him. Deut. 32:11, 12

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psa. 37:23, 24

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psa. 34:19

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psa. 1:6

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28

With us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. II Chron. 32:8

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy. Zeph. 3:17


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 22, 2007, 10:48:21 AM
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matt. 27:46

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; ... the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.... For the transgression of my people was he stricken.... It pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief. Isa. 53:5, 6, 8, 10

Jesus our Lord ... was delivered for our offences. Rom. 4:24, 25

Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. I Pet. 3:18

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. I Pet. 2:24

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Cor. 5:21

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Gal. 3:13


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 23, 2007, 10:23:41 AM
Thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name. Isa. 54:5

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Eph. 5:32

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah.... for the LORD delighteth in thee. And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. Isa. 62:4, 5

He hath sent me ... to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Isa. 61:1-3

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation.... as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isa. 61:10

I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. Hos. 2:19

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Rom. 8:35


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 23, 2007, 10:24:11 AM
My times are in thy hand. Psa. 31:15

All his saints are in thy hand. Deut. 33:3

The word of the LORD came unto [Elijah], saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. I Kings 17:2-4, 8, 9

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Matt. 6:25, 32

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov. 3:5, 6

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Pet. 5:7


Title: Re: Give Me That Old Time Gospel
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 24, 2007, 11:02:07 AM
Thou hast