Apr 21, 2013
An original Biblical Praise and Worship song
Apr 21, 2013
An original Biblical Praise and Worship song
You proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. —1 Corinthians 11:26
At a communion service my wife and I attended, the congregation was invited to come forward to receive the bread and cup from one of the pastors or elders. They told each one personally of Jesus’ sacrifice for him or her. It was an especially moving experience during what can often become just routine. After we returned to our seats, I watched as others slowly and quietly filed past. It was striking to see how many had tears in their eyes. For me, and for others I talked with later, they were tears of gratitude.
The reason for tears of gratitude is seen in the reason for the communion table itself. Paul, after instructing the church at Corinth about the meaning of the memorial supper, punctuated his comments with these powerful words: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). With the elements of communion pointing directly to the cross and the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, that service was about so much more than ritual—it was about Christ. His love. His sacrifice. His cross. For us.
How inadequate words are to convey the extraordinary worth of Christ! Sometimes tears of gratitude speak what words can’t fully express. By Bill Crowder
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all. —Watts
The love Christ showed for us on the cross is greater than words could ever express.
Galileo may have proved mankind doesn’t live at the center of the universe, but we don’t always act like it. In March of 2014, Fox began airing “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” The documentary is a remake of Carl Sagan’s “The Cosmos: A Personal Journey,” which aired in the ’80s and attempted to find humanity’s place in a universe without God.
However, Jesus clearly identified the believer’s place over 2,000 years ago. While preparing the disciples for His death, He told them, “I go to prepare a place for you… that where I am, you may be also” (John 14:2-3), and “You will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (v. 20). In essence, the Christian’s place is with Christ.
But too often, that’s not where we choose to live. Instead, we reside down here, in the world, and leave God “up there”—out of reach and out of touch. We act like the agnostics, believing that God is around, but not realizing His powerful, active love for us.
How do we get so far off track? When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we acknowledged that God loved us enough to send His Son to die for us. But then time intervenes, and the Enemy begins to tell us, “That’s it. That’s the end of God’s love. He’s got to be over you by now.”
And we believe it, because we stop loving others. We grow tired of people. They annoy us, hurt us, and make life more difficult for us. And as our love fades for them, it also fades for God. We practice not loving, and it spills into our relationship with Him. One day He doesn’t respond according to our expectations, and angered, we stop spending time with Him. Our sin builds up, creating a wall that makes our hearts deaf to His voice, and with each day, we love Him just a little less.
Then when we stop loving God, it’s easy to think He stops loving us too. I’m convinced this is a reason the greatest commandments are to love God and love others. We have to be told to love God and others, first and foremost, because our sinful nature is to love ourselves above all. Everyone else, including God, is a distant second. And we expect He does the same.
But He doesn’t. While we may lose our perception of where we belong in the world, we’re held fast in place by God’s love for us, which is eternal and unchanging. He went to great lengths to get us there, and even more to keep us there.
Because of sin, from the fall until Jesus’ arrival in that Bethlehem stable, mankind had been without the continuous, manifested presence of God. But because of God’s love, He fulfilled His promise to overcome that separation through the Messiah, who would come so God could live with mankind once more.
But at the cross, Jesus, in love, took a step further and made it possible for mankind to live with God. We tend to think of living with God as something that occurs after our physical death—you know, in heaven, and for eternity. But it begins before that. As Paul explained, “You have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). At salvation, the old self-centered, unloving, godless person died, and a new life—with Christ, in God—began.
At the ascension, Jesus went to join the Father—the all-knowing, all-powerful, always-present Lord of all. If we abide in Christ, then we are also living in the heart of the Creator of the universe. This interlaced relationship of God and man is bound together by love: “He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him” (John 14:21).
When we love Christ, our universe revolves around Him—our treasures are in heaven (Matt. 6:20); we pray for His will to be done on earth (v. 10); and we love as He loves us (1 John 4:7-21). And when we do, the stars align, and we find joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and so many of the other qualities characteristic of a life in, with, and encircled by Christ.
by Linda Canup
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.” (Jude 1:14)
There are two Enochs in the First Age of the world. One is a son of Cain (Genesis 4:17), and the other is a seventh-generation descendant of Adam through his son Seth (Genesis 5). Jude makes very clear which one he means. Luke references Enoch in his genealogy of the Lord Jesus (Luke 3:37), also indicating that this Enoch is important to remember.
Enoch was the father of Methuselah, who was the grandfather of Noah. Although the Bible does not mention it, several of the early church scholars allude to a Book of Enoch and cite passages from it about the awful days before the world was destroyed by the great Flood.
Perhaps the most startling fact recorded about Enoch is that he “was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5). There is not much biblical data to study about Enoch. The Genesis record simply notes, “And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:23-24).
Enoch’s “walk with God” and the lifestyle that “pleased God” are the apparent motives for Jude’s short reference. Jude announces (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) that Enoch preached about the second coming of Christ! That is remarkable. Before the Bible was written, before the first world was destroyed for its universal evil, before the promise of “the seed” to Abraham and the centuries of God’s preparation for the Messiah, Enoch was proclaiming that Jesus would come—again! HMM III
Nothing shall by any means hurt you.—Luke 10:19.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.—Isaiah 43:2.
JUST as soon as we turn toward Him with loving confidence, and say, “Thy will be done,” whatever chills or cripples or enslaves our spirits, clogs their powers, or hinders their development, melts away in the sunshine of His sympathy. He does not free us from the pain, but from its power to dull the sensibilities; not from poverty and care, but from their tendency to narrow and harden; not from calumny, but from the maddening poison in its sting; not from disappointment, but from the hopelessness and bitterness of thought which it so often engenders.
We attain unto this perfect liberty when we rise superior to untoward circumstances, triumph over the pain and weakness of disease, over unjust criticism, the wreck of earthly hopes, over promptings to envy, every sordid and selfish desire, every unhallowed longing, every doubt of God’s wisdom and love and kindly care, when we rise into an atmosphere of undaunted moral courage, of restful content, of child-like trust, of holy, all-conquering calm. WILLIAM W. KINSLEY.
I have glorified thee on the earth. John 17:4
My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. — I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. — This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. — Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well — All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words, which proceeded out of his mouth.
Thou art worthy … for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and peopIe, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
John 4:34. John 9:4. Luke 2:49,50. John 11:4,40. Luke 2:52. Luke 3:22. Luke 4:22. Revelation 5:9,10.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither is his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. Isaiah 59:1
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. — While I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help, leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. — Be not thou far from me, O LORD, O my strength, haste thee to help me.
Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee. — Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us. — Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
Psalm 138:3 Daniel 9:21. Psalm 27:9. Psalm 22:19. Jeremiah 32:17. 2 Corinthians 1:10. Luke 18:7,8.