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THE GREATEST LOVE

Christ was born to save mankind

From the eternal death we all deserve

He looked beyond our sin-tainted selves

All of humanity’s failed attempts

To keep God’s law

Christ offered Himself

The Lamb of God

To be spit upon

Railed against

Scourged nearly to death

Tried like a criminal

Although He is purer than gold

The people jeered Him

They were of mob mentality

Who didn’t know what they were doing

They had allowed Satan to take control

Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!  they cried

They set Him on the road to Calvary

No human would be acceptable

As a sacrifice before the Father

Christ bore all sin

He felt the scourge of God

As He hung on the cross

Till His breath expired

Christ was laid in the tomb

By a devoted follower

His tomb was sealed

With a heavy stone

Put under centurion guard

Our King of Kings

Could not be held

By the bonds of death

He rose on the third day

Jesus Christ has conquered sin

He’s vanquished death

 Defeated Satan

Christ has given us newness of life

If we would but accept it

HOW TO LIVE ABUNDANTLY

God wants you to live a rich life.  His grace is so abundant that even if you are going through a difficult time, you can still receive precious gifts from Him.

I will show you how to receive these gifts in order to make your life easier.  I will give you the steps.

     1.  Thirst after Him

God gave each of us a longing for something outside of ourselves which nothing else can satisfy.  Some may not even be aware of Christ’s ability to satisfy on a deep level.  They are totally engrossed in and satisfied with worldly things.

However, when God calls to you offering grace, come to Him.  You may be a lost soul who needs Jesus or perhaps you are a Christian in name only.  Once you drink of His living water you will never need to thirst again.

As Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well,  “whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst.  But water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”  (John 4:14).

     2.  Come, buy what is priceless and costs you nothing

Continue to accept God’s offers of mercy and grace.  This makes for an abundant life.  And accept what you cannot give to yourself.  You are a sinner — we all are.  You cannot save yourself.  Christ died for you on the Cross of Calvary because He wants to redeem you.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

He offers you this gift of life freely.  Believe in Christ’s saving sacrifice.  It will bring peace of mind while you’re sojourning on this earth.

     3.  Come just as you are

Jesus always mingled with sinners.  He came to save sinners.  God will accept you just as you are.  He offers forgiveness of sins to those who ask.  Also, He will work with you to iron out your bad habits.  You don’t need to be perfect.  Come just as you are.

Accept Him as your Savior.  Ask Him to be Lord of your life.  Review the Ten Commandments found the Bible in the book of Exodus 20:1-17.  In prayer, let Him show you your sins.  Confess them and ponder on the grievous nature of them.  Repent of these sins, intending not to do them again.

He has promised to forgive you.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

     4.  Develop a personal relationship with Him

God desires a personal relationship with you.  He wants to get to know you.  He wants to lead you to truth and to an abundant life.

Fix your mind on the One who created you.  You are a wondrous creation.  God has special plans for you.  He wants you to share your life with Him.  Let your disappointments help drive you to Him.  Spend some time with Him in prayer each day.

     5.  Read your Bible daily

A wealth of truth is found in the Bible.  If you base your decisions on divine counsel found in the Bible, God will surely bless you.

The entire Bible testifies of Jesus.  Getting to know Him and learning His ways will be enriching.

“His (God’s) truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).  God’s truth helps you navigate life, helping to protect you from the snares of the evil one, Satan.  Partnering with God will defect many arrows.

God will help you endure the tough times by preserving the joy you’ve developed in your inner core.  You will have been strengthened by prayer, thanksgiving, and getting to know God through relationship and by pouring through His Word, the Bible.

     6.  Obey God

The business of Christians is to obey and follow Jesus Christ.  God’s very character is reflected in the Ten Commandments.  His law is unchanging, just as God’s character never changes.

Obeying the law habitually is born out of love for God.  “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14: 21).

Jesus promised the gift of joy to those keeping His commandments.  “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:10,11).

     7.  Follow Him

God offers the gift of peace to all His followers.  The apostle Paul taught the Philippians in these words:  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6,7).

To follow God, you need to make His priorities your priorities.  These priorities are spelled out in the Bible.  One of these is serving others, i.e., ministering to their needs.

Many people are unaware of their spiritual needs.  After you’ve tended to some of their basis physical and emotional needs, e.g., serving a hot, nutritious meal to a group of homeless people and socializing with them, people are more receptive to your offering to minister to them spiritually.

A follower of Jesus will share his or her testimony of what Jesus has done for them with those needing Jesus Christ in their lives.

Spreading the Everlasting Gospel to those in need of a Savior is essential as well as spiritually rewarding.

In conclusion, you endear yourself to God when you obey Him.  He delights in showering mercy upon you.

Being a follower of Jesus enables you to naturally think of others first and to find joy in serving others.

A truly abundant life on earth is found only in conjuction with providing others with the hope of eternal salvation.  One can accomplish this by testifying of Christ’s saving power found in the Bible.

Knowing Christ comes in part by reading His Word and by having a personal relationship with Him.  We need both of these.

Once you come to the living waters Jesus Christ offers, you will never thirst again.  God will enable you to find peace of mind, joy in all circumstances, and the hope of salvation found in Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations are from the NKJV

 

 

 

FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S PROMISE

You are beautiful
For your triumph over death
Your heart has clung
To our Lord and Creator

You’ve run the race
With the end in mind
Reunion with the holy
Ransomed by His sacrifice
A fulfillment of His promise

You will see Him face to face
Kneel and worship
With song and praise
Rising from your lips
In acknowledgement
Of your fervent loyalty

Isn’t this what you want
A deep response to your Creator’s
Beckoning love song
Woven through the hearts of all
As a tapestry made more beautiful
By the Second Coming of
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

THE GREATEST GIFT

Why choose death
When you can turn
To the Lord of life
And live

Sin brings destruction
Satan controls
The Lord of life gave His life
So you can live with Him
Forever
Content, saturated with love
Needing nothing else but His approval
Never to flounder again on your own
Freed from sin
Knowing He is the First and Last
Our eternal Balm
He heals the brokenhearted
Gives hope to the downcast
When all seems lost
Every effort is futile
He gives wings to fly
Soaring to heights above clouds
The surety of a paradise He chose for you
He would give you nothing less
You are the love of His life

He comes as a knight
To the darkness of this world
Gently lifting the willing
On to His white stead
Bound for the New Jerusalem
And eternity
All are chosen, marked for mercy
Few are willing
Join this grateful few
Who give loyalty to Him
When He calls

When He knocks
Open the door
Allowing Him to transform your character
Your holy vessel
Now far from falling
To the wiles of Satan
Freed
No longer captive to sin
But glorious
Glowing with His righteousness
Never to crave worldly ways again
For now you know Him well
Content in His love
Jelled in the conviction, a truth
He died and rose for you
Why choose death
When Jesus Christ is our salvation
Cling to Him
Till He takes you home
To reign with Him forever

HOPE FOR A FALLEN WORLD

My friend is dying
Lord, what did he ever do
To deserve prolonged suffering?
My mind cannot grasp a reason
Other than our human condition
Deceived by Satan
Into receiving sinful natures
A scourge on humankind
All destined to die
And many, untimely deaths
Like my friend
Young yet,
Formerly bright
Struck down by Huntingtons
A cruel disease

What can help to transform
Our world of destruction?
Hearts bound to Jesus’ heart
Ready to give rather than receive
Functioning as a cradle for grieving
Embracing vulnerable souls
Leading them to the Great Healer

What smooths jagged emotions
Left by a legacy of sin?
Lifts hopes for redemption?

Grace from God
Flowing to sinners
Finding an anchor in faith
In Jesus’ perfect sacrifice

Looking forward
To an everlasting home
Standing in His presence
Casting our crowns at His feet
The Lord of the universe
Our healing balm

AN INVITATION

This story has no end
We are espoused to the King
He chose us
We are His elect
He loves His bride
We are the Body of Christ

We feel undeserving
Of His mercy and love
His love knows no bounds
His sacrifice complete
The King of Glory
Bids us come to the Cross
For forgiveness

In surrendering to His will
Our lives are transformed
A softness, tender as a rose
Pervades our being
A faithfulness defines us
In a reciprocal relationship
With our King, the Lamb of God
We are espoused to Him
His love never dies

The Marriage Feast
Is coming soon
Make haste
Accept His proposal
Humble yourself
In service to the King
For many await knowledge
Of His mercy and His love
Love others as He has loved you
Introduce them
To the King of Glory

UNSURPASSED LOVE

Loving Jesus
Scourged and spat upon
Taking my sins upon you
Suffering for me
Even while I preferred to stay in darkness
You hung on the Cross for all mankind
Suffering the crushing weight of sin
While all continued to rebel against You
Not considering the enormity of sin
But You, condemned
By the wrath of the Father against sin
An evil scourge not removed
Except by the sacrifice only You could supply
And the Father, suffering immeasurably
Giving You, His only Son
To suffer such ignominy and pain, loss
The loss of the love of the Father
And a death You feared might be Your end
A grave You couldn’t see beyond

We kneel
Bowing our heads to You
The Lamb of God
Our Redeemer

JESUS CHRIST SAVES

Jesus’ gift of life to us
The eternal life we lost in sin
He offered to us at the Cross
Because He loves us endlessly.
He suffered total separation from God
Fearing it may be His eternal grave.
Yet He clung to this horrible death
Because He knew there was no other way
To appease God’s wrath against the mar
The enormity of sin.

Jesus’ resurrection shone so bright
To all who would believe in Him.
His ever mastery of love and life
He revealed in full glory.

Those who love Him will reign with Him
As saints and even priests,
To complete the justice and the love
Christ proved at Calvary.

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