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‘Twas the Night before Jesus Came

Posted by wordforit on December 12, 2007

 

‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house, not a

creature was praying, not one in the house.

Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care, in hopes that

Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed, not once ever

kneeling or bowing a head.

And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap

was watching the Late Show

while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter, I sprung to my

feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window, I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters

and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear but angels

proclaiming that Jesus was here!

With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray,

I knew in a moment this must be The Day!

The light of His face made me cover my head; it was

Jesus!

returning just like He had said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,

I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand

was written the name of every saved man,

He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;

When He said, “It’s not here”,

my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love

He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready He rose without a sound,

while all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees but it was too late;

I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;

Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear;

The coming of Jesus is drawing near.

There’s only one life and when comes the last call,

we’ll find that the

Bible was true after all!

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Thanks to my Baby Sis for framing and giving this poem to me.

I Love You!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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Following the Bean

Posted by wordforit on December 5, 2007

How do we know to what and to whom to listen? The value of a churchs’ efforts is only as strong as their willingness and desire to follow scriptural teachings with the purest of intentions. The church has a responsibility to address issues with which its members will be coping in everyday life without instilling fear, but instead confidence and courage in the saving grace of a relationship with Jesus. Of course, God is love, but He also has a temper toward disobedience and we have to understand the misconceptions that are inundating our lives.

That said, Richard Ritenbaugh offers valuable insight in to trying to keep too close an eye on every little news bite, and of what we should be aware and alert from a Godly perspective.

I am not a member of The Church of the Great God and we do have some differences in theological beliefs. I do, however, find many of their articles substantial.

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Following the Bean

By Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Forerunner, “WorldWatch,” June 2007

Sometimes, watching world events can be a little like a street-corner shell game. We carefully watch where the bean is placed under one of the shells, and we try to follow it as the dealer, or “operator” as he is known, rapidly slides the shells around the table in a dizzying, chaotic course. Yet, somewhere along the line, our eyes become distracted, and we lose the bean in the confusing flurry of hand movements. Where the bean is becomes a mere guess.

Right now, and for the past several years, the bean has been passed among the shells labeled “Iraq,” “Iran,” and “Al Qaeda.” We have watched news pour out of the Middle East in an almost incessant stream of bombings, attacks, retaliations, offensives, captures, initiatives, talks, and a host of other significant and trivial events. They are enough to make one’s head swim! Where is the bean, the nugget of knowledge that will indicate where world news and prophecy begin to align?

In actuality, the news game is worse than the shell game because the former contains far more than three shells. Obviously, there is an “America” shell, a “Russia” shell, a “China” shell, a “Japan” shell, a “Germany” shell, a “Vatican” shell, a “U.N.” shell, an “Israel” shell, a “Palestine” shell, an “Arab” shell, an “environmentalist” shell, an “IMF” shell, an “NGO” shell, a “rogue regime” shell, and a bucketful of others. Which ones do we follow? We need more than a scorecard to keep track of them all as they converge, crisscross, scatter in various directions, change speeds, and generally follow no rational pattern. We fear that if we look away for more than a few seconds, we might miss something important and lose the bean.

The game intensifies even further because we have to watch more than just a little table. Though they are rapidly losing market share, newspapers-especially giants like The New York Times-still lay out the playing field. Television and radio news outlets pick up the newspaper headlines and run brief stories based on what the print editors deem to be newsworthy. Internet news sites give the headlines their due, but because of the web’s nature, they can also feature stories that hit the cutting room floor at the Times. Beyond this, bloggers have the ability to dig even deeper still, supplying the curious surfer with minute details-and opinions-on just about any news event in the world. Also to be considered are news magazines, governmental and corporate analyses, foundation studies, and of course, private-party knowledge. The amount of available information is staggering.

Perhaps the most worrying feature of the news game is that the bean may not actually be under any of the shells on the table. In other words, there is always the nagging fear that events are happening “under the radar”-and so far out of sight that very few people even become aware of their significance. Because of this worry, a whole cottage industry has sprung up around the edges of the news business, the shadowy realm of conspiracy theories. Here, facts mingle with suppositions and distrust of institutions in an uneasy alliance. Could the bean be hiding out of the mainstream?

One element in the shell game remains to be considered: the operator. In reality, the shell game is a confidence trick, not a fair game of chance. A skilled operator can shift the bean in and out of any shell he desires, and the player will never be the wiser. On the mean streets of New York and other metropolises where this game is common, the operator often works with a pickpocket, further swindling distracted players and spectators. In the end, the shell game is a ruse, a distraction, to carry on other nefarious purposes.

Thus, we must ask the question, how profitable is watching current events in a world awash with information? Is it vital to our salvation, or does it distract us from more important spiritual activities? Does it keep us keyed in on what is really happening in the world, or are we being suckered by satanic sleight-of-hand? Can we be ready for Christ’s return if we are not riveted to the news ticker?

Jesus warns in Luke 21:34-36:

But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and the Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

It is plain that He commands us to watch, but watch what? He does not say, “Watch world events”. We have traditionally interpreted verse 36 to mean that, but the context only tells us to be observant, aware, on guard, alert, on duty. What we focus on is up to us, but Jesus’ introduction to His command to watch is heavily weighted toward “watch your step” rather than “watch world events”.

The parallel passage in Matthew 24:36-51 gives equal time to being aware of conditions around us and of our behavior toward others. This argues that we take a more balanced approach to following the news bean. Becoming fixated on the intricacies of world news will lead to neglect elsewhere in our lives, and ironically, too often it is our relationship with God that suffers. In fact, we must give priority to prayer, study, overcoming, and living God’s way of life, and if we do, God will be sure to reveal the bean’s location to His saints when the time comes (Amos 3:7).

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PO Box 471846
Charlotte, NC 28247-1846
(803) 802-7075

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Mega Church Pastor and Dr. Spock

Posted by wordforit on November 20, 2007

As far as Dr. Spock, I never did understand what was so attractive about allowing someone else to have so much influence in raising ones’ children. It’s odd that when many parents were given an excuse for not being responsible in addressing misbehavior ( as it essentially amounts to) they also began to refuse to take responsibility for misbehavior. (All due respect to those who are, and were, abused).

It takes courage to admit being wrong, as Bill Hybels has done. Pray sincerely regarding the wrongs of any church, especially when it affects astronomical numbers of individuals.

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A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church
By Bob Burney

If you are older than 40 the name Benjamin Spock is more than familiar. It was Spock that told an entire generation of parents to take it easy, don’t discipline your children and allow them to express themselves. Discipline, he told us, would warp a child’s fragile ego. Millions followed this guru of child development and he remained unchallenged among child rearing professionals. However, before his death Dr. Spock made an amazing discovery: he was wrong. In fact, he said:

We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren’t firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. Of course, we did it with the best of intentions. We didn’t realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self-assurance of parents.

Oops.

Something just as momentous, in my opinion, just happened in the evangelical community. For most of a generation, evangelicals have been romanced by the “seeker sensitive” movement spawned by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. The guru of this movement is Bill Hybels. He and others have been telling us for decades to throw out everything we have previously thought and been taught about church growth and replace it with a new paradigm, a new way to do ministry.

Perhaps inadvertently, with this “new wave” of ministry came a de-emphasis on taking personal responsibility for Bible study combined with an emphasis on felt-needs based “programs” and slick marketing.

The size of the crowd rather than the depth of the heart determined success. If the crowd was large then surely God was blessing the ministry. Churches were built by demographic studies, professional strategists, marketing research, meeting “felt needs” and sermons consistent with these techniques. We were told that preaching was out, relevance was in. Doctrine didn’t matter nearly as much as innovation. If it wasn’t “cutting edge” and consumer friendly it was doomed. The mention of sin, salvation and sanctification were taboo and replaced by Starbucks, strategy and sensitivity.

Thousands of pastors hung on every word that emanated from the lips of the church growth experts. Satellite seminars were packed with hungry church leaders learning the latest way to “do church.” The promise was clear: thousands of people and millions of dollars couldn’t be wrong. Forget what people need, give them what they want. How can you argue with the numbers? If you dared to challenge the “experts” you were immediately labeled as a “traditionalist,” a throwback to the 50s, a stubborn dinosaur unwilling to change with the times. “…

Full Article (townhall.com~new window)

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