Monday, September 29, 2008

"If Only We Believe" - A Poem by Dawn Taylor

If only we believe
The Lord will set us free
We’ll trust Him and obey
He showed us all the way

If only we believe
Our sins will be forgiven
His light will shine on us
From all the realm of heaven

If only we believe
And this not of our own
We’re dressed in righteousness
That’s His and His alone

If only we believe
We’ll do the best we can
Perfection to achieve
But only by His hands

His love and grace and power
He’ll give this very hour
While we live and breathe
If only we believe

Dawn Taylor
June 22, 2008

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Will We Focus on Christ or on Crisis?

Did you know that we are living during the VERY BEST time in history? We are! First of all, we are alive and relatively well! In 1900, the composite male life expectancy was but 41 years. The child mortality rate in 1900 was 20%, one out of every five children did not survive childhood. Secondly, we are far better off than even the RICHEST people were in 1900. The average annual family income was $400.00. The wage earner worked an average of 58 hours per week to earn $7.70! Only 46.5% of the population owned their own homes. Only 5.5% of homes had indoor plumbing. Barely 5% of homes had a telephone and some kind of indoor stove. In 1900, the number of homes with electricity was statistically zero. Also, totally absent in the typical 1900 household were automobiles, radios, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, air conditioning, microwaves, televisions, computers, VCR’s, cell phones and internet access! Finally, the typical home was missing such things as insulation, carpeting and furniture as we know it. ALL of us live better than the Vanderbilt’s did in “Biltmore House” in 1900!

The “Good Old Days?” Not hardly!

During these times of economic turbulence…”Count your many blessings, name them one by one! Count your many blessing see what God has done!”

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What IS the Gospel?

"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you THE GOSPEL which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you belived in vain. For I delivered first of all that which I also received:

1) That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and

2) That He was buried, and

3) That He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, and

4) That He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as one born out of due time."

- The Apostle Paul noted this in I Corinthians 15:1-8 (NKJV)

The Gospel is the GOOD NEWS that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, that He rose again on the 3rd day AND that ALL OF THIS was WITNESSED by too many to EVER be denied! This is the Gospel I proclaim! Won't you help me?

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