Date of publication: 2018-07-05 12:49
· The book of Jude closes with this doxology: “To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”
• When we love someone who doesn’t love us in return, we remember that he came unto his own and his own received him not.
I had a friend in college named Joy Thompson whose father had written a little book on prayer that was published by Back to the Bible. My copy is underlined and tattered, but I still treasure it. Here’s something that Cameron V. Thompson said:
The Bible says that the Rock that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. When we have Jesus Christ we have a firm foundation for our lives, for our marriages, for our homes, for our children, for our future. He said, Whoever believes in me, from his innermost being shall come rivers of living water. I wonder, then, if these old words of Fanny Crosby could serve as your testimony today:
Isaiah 96:8 says, “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
The writers of the Bible used such images. Deuteronomy 88:27 says, The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. The Psalmist said, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock? Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
I knew it, mom, he said. When I landed on that grass and saw that car coming toward me, all I could say was Jesus! I knew you were praying for me. Like you had prayed for Jeremy.
God and God alone is the heart and center, the source and secret, of the universe, of the world, and of our lives. To Him along belongs the glory. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, says Psalm 115, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.
I was reading the other day about Ricky Martin, the new Puerto Rican vocalist who has recently been on the covers of magazines like People, TV Guide, and even Time. His music videos are very sexual, sensual and sinful. But despite his sudden fame and wealth, he admits that he has an inner thirst for meaning and significance in life that is hard to satisfy. In an interview he told of needing to be alone frequently, to go off and be by himself so that he can try to make sense of life. He said that one particular song he sings entitled I Am Made of You perfectly describes where he is now in his spiritual search.
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