“Rejoice, rejoice, ye Christians all,
And break forth into singing!
Since far and wide on every side
The word of God is ringing.
And well we know, no human foe
Our souls from Christ can sever;
For to the base, and men of grace,
God’s word stands sure for ever.”
Read God’s Book continually; nay, never let the sacred volume be out of your hand. Learn, so that you may teach. Hold fast to the words of faith, according to sound doctrine, so that you may be able thereby to exhort and refute the gainsayers. ‘Continue thou in the things that thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them’; and ‘Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope and faith that are in you.’ Your deeds must not belie your words, lest, when you are speaking in church, some one may say to himself: ‘Why do you not practise what you preach?’
(Jerome, in A Clergyman’s Duties)
(This article was written by Frank Reed and was originally posted here)
We make a life to deal with the life we have inherited. We forge our life. We have two options:
1. One way is to forge our own way.
2. The other way is to accept and live God’s way.
Today many youth do not accept family, do not accept church, do not accept society. So, they make a life to deal with the pain of their inheritance. Their experiences have shown them that society, as they know it, has not been useful, has not been authentic, has not been God or Godly. Where to turn?
Are they too harsh in their judgment of their inheritance? Quite likely. On the other hand, they have make sense of life somehow. Where to turn?
It is easy to split into all good or all bad. Life has good and life has bad. Honesty and balance are key. The Scripture is the source. That is where to turn. That is the answer for life.
In the Scripture we find Spirit and Life. That is what Jesus said. That is what He is still saying. That is where Jesus wants you to turn. Whether you are young or whether you are old. That is where to turn.
You can drown life in good things. You can drown life in bad things. Either way, you drown. Only Jesus has the water of life. He offered that to the ‘woman-at-the-well.’ He offered that to Nicodemus. He offered that to the whole nation of Israel. He is offering that to you.
That is where to turn.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
(Psalm 1, KJV)
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John 1:8–9, ESV)
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.