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Gentle Jesus

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) was a Methodist evangelist who wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. Some, like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” are great, soaring hymns of praise. But his poem “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild,” first published in 1742, is a child’s quiet prayer that captures the essence of how all of us should seek the Lord in sincere, simple faith.

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Think Of Them No More

My early years as a believer in Christ were laden with foreboding. I had the impression that when Jesus comes back, all my sins will be portrayed on a giant screen for everyone to see.

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The Small Giant

The towering enemy strides into the Valley of Elah. He stands 9 feet tall, and his coat of armor, made of many small bronze plates, glimmers in the sunlight. The shaft of his spear is wrapped with cords so it can spin through the air and be thrown with greater distance and accuracy. Goliath looks invincible.

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Born To Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of disaster.

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One Amazing Letter

Once in a while my wife and I open the mail to find a letter with no words on it. When we take the “letter” out of the envelope, we see a piece of paper with nothing more on it than a colorful mark made with a felt pen. Those “letters” warm our hearts because they’re from our preschool granddaughter Katie, who lives in another state. Even without words, these letters tell us that she loves us and is thinking about us.

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A Possum’s Pose

Possums are known for their ability to play dead. When this happens, the possum’s body wilts, its tongue flops out, and its heart rate declines. After about 15 minutes, the animal revives. Interestingly, animal experts do not believe that possums purposefully play dead to evade predators. They faint involuntarily when they become overwhelmed and anxious!

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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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More Of Him, Less Of Me

While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my daughter Libby asked me, “Dad, are we famous?” To which I replied, “No, Libby, we’re not famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about us!”

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Let Me Be Singing

When I asked a friend how his mother was getting along, he told me that dementia had robbed her of the ability to remember a great many names and events from the past. “Even so,” he added, “she can still sit down at the piano and, without sheet music, beautifully play hymns by memory.”

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With Him Forever!

In 1859, during the turbulent years prior to America’s Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to speak to the Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As he spoke, he shared with them the story of an ancient monarch’s search for a sentence that was “true and appropriate in all times and situations.” His wise men, faced with this heady challenge, gave him the sentence, “And this, too, shall pass away.”

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27 thoughts on “With Him Forever!

  1. jimthejesusfreak says:

    Hi, Doctor Perspective. Great post and analysis as always! It sounds as if you are saying that we should not make judgments in the gray areas. Aren’t we forced to do so daily in our justice systems in our countries? Here in the U.S.A. where I live, the standard for guilt for a capital crime is “beyond a shadow of a doubt”, whereas for lesser crimes it is “beyond a reasonable doubt”. My own feeling is that we do the best we can, with the verdict “not guilty” in capital cases unless there is overwhelming evidence and no other possible conclusion than that the accused committed the crime. For example, that infamous video from the Vietnam war in which the one man shoots the other in the head. If at least two or three witnesses said, “We were there, and we know the shooter. He did indeed kill that other man in cold blood.” No other conclusion can be drawn, and the death penalty is appropriate. In fact, not executing the guilty party is a crime because the evil remains. Unfortunately our societies today are very guilty of this crime of omission. We use the standard “beyond a shadow of a doubt” because if an innocent person is executed, two crimes are committed; the innocent person dies needlessly, and the guilty person(s) is/are spared. Only the latter is the case if no execution is performed due to lack of evidence. Don’t get me started about evidence and how wrong it is to throw out illegally gathered evidence! Does the fact that the evidence was illegally gathered make the accused any less guilty?! Sorry!

  2. sentinel46 says:

    “…Dear Beloved Heavenly Father, thank you eversomuch for the establishment of Your Truth and WORD in Your Words and in the hearing of our minds and hearts of thine only Begotten Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the sharing of the lesson this day and everyday…in Jesus’ name …amen…”

    Bible References:
    …Genesis 1:1-31; Genesis 2:1-25; Genesis 3:1-24; Exodus 33:1-23; Deuteronomy 30:1-20; Deuteronomy 32:1-47; Joshua 24:1-27; 2 Chronicles 7:3; Psalm 27:13-14; Psalm 51:1-19; Psalms 68:35; Psalms 73:25-28; Psalms 90:1-17; Psalms 100:1-5; Psalms 102:15-28; Psalms 103:1-23; Psalms 106:1-48; Psalms 118:1-29; Psalm 121:1-8; Psalm 136:1-26; Psalms 138:1-8; Psalm 139:1-18; Isaiah 40: 1-31; Isaiah 41:1-21; Jeremiah 31:3; Lamentations 5:19; Daniel 6:26; Matthew 5:14-16; Matthew 11:25-30; Matthew 16:13-20; Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:1-18; John 3:1-36; John 6:1-71; John 8:1-59; John 9:1-41; John 10:1-42, 30; John 11: 1-44; John 13:31-35; John 14:1-28; John 15:1-27; John 16:1-33; John 17:1-26; John 18:1-40; John 20:1-31; John 21:1-25; Acts 2:14-47; Acts 4:1-37; Romans 5:1-28; Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:1-39; Romans 10:1-15; Galatians 5:1-26; Ephesians 1: 1-23; Ephesians 2:1-22; Ephesians 3:1-21; Ephesians 4:1-22; Ephesians 5:1-21; Colossians 3:1-17; Hebrews 13:5-8; 1 Peter 2:1-12; I John 5:1-21;…Revelation 1:1-21:27…Matthew 5:13-16…2 Corinthians 13:11-14…

    “Blessed assurance Jesus the Christ is mine, and all that I AM is, is become HIS’”

    Deuteronomy 30:19

    “…This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…”

    Joshua 24:15

    “…But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD…”

    Psalm 90:1-17
    The Eternity of God, and Man’s Frailty
    A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
    90 Lord, You have been our dwelling place[a] in all generations.
    2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
    Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
    Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
    3 You turn man to destruction,
    And say, “Return, O children of men.”
    4 For a thousand years in Your sight
    Are like yesterday when it is past,
    And like a watch in the night.
    5 You carry them away like a flood;
    They are like a sleep.

    In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
    6 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
    In the evening it is cut down and withers.
    7 For we have been consumed by Your anger,
    And by Your wrath we are terrified.
    8 You have set our iniquities before You,
    Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
    9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
    We finish our years like a sigh.
    10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
    And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
    Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
    For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
    11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
    For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
    12 So teach us to number our days,
    That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
    13 Return, O LORD!
    How long?
    And have compassion on Your servants.
    14 Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
    That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
    15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
    The years in which we have seen evil.
    16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
    And Your glory to their children.
    17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
    And establish the work of our hands for us;
    Yes, establish the work of our hands.
    Footnotes:
    a. Psalm 90:1 Septuagint, Targum, and Vulgate read refuge.

    Psalm 136:1-26
    Psalm 136
    1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
    His love endures forever.
    2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
    His love endures forever.
    3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
    His love endures forever.
    4 to him who alone does great wonders,
    His love endures forever.
    5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
    His love endures forever.
    6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
    His love endures forever.
    7 who made the great lights—
    His love endures forever.
    8 the sun to govern the day,
    His love endures forever.
    9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
    His love endures forever.
    10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
    His love endures forever.
    11 and brought Israel out from among them
    His love endures forever.
    12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
    His love endures forever.
    13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder
    His love endures forever.
    14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
    His love endures forever.

    15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
    His love endures forever.
    16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
    His love endures forever.
    17 to him who struck down great kings,
    His love endures forever.
    18 and killed mighty kings—
    His love endures forever.
    19 Sihon king of the Amorites
    His love endures forever.
    20 and Og king of Bashan—
    His love endures forever.
    21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
    His love endures forever.
    22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
    His love endures forever.
    23 He remembered us in our low estate
    His love endures forever.
    24 and freed us from our enemies.
    His love endures forever.
    25 He gives food to every creature.
    His love endures forever.
    26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
    His love endures forever.
    Footnotes:
    a. Psalm 136:13 Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 15

    Matthew 5:14-16)

    14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

    Matthew 11:25-30
    Jesus Gives True Rest

    25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

    Matthew 28:18-20

    All Authority In Heaven

    “…Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age…”

    John 8:12
    Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony
    “12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

    John 9:5
    5 “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

    John 14:23

    Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

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