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I'd Rather Have Jesus

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  What politician or political activist can truthfully say...?   I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold; I’d rather be His than have riches untold; I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands; I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand   Refrain: Than to be the king of a vast domain Or be held in sin’s dread sway; I’d rather have Jesus than anything This world affords today.     I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause; I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause; I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame; I’d rather be true to His holy name     He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom; He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb; He’s all that my hungering spirit needs; I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.   from the site www.timelestruths.org   Although American hymnals show Rhea Miller as the author of this song, Swedish sources attribute the original to Prince Oscar. In 1888 he relinquished his royal title and right to succession in order to marry a c

1 Corinthians 13 and Politicians

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1 Corinthians 13:1-7   Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  1. Most politicians have silver tongues; they're good public speakers, and have charisma, but what good is fine or rousing speech without the love of Go

The Atonement - by William Blane

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Th’ Atonement was no business act,        In which the Saviour did contract, To undergo so many pains, That He might cleanse so many’s stains. He gave His all—His life’s blood flowed To reconcile the world to God. ‘Twixt God and man, to close the rent, The spotless Lamb of God was sent. If all the sins of Adam’s race, With perfect justice to each case, In Heaven’s balances were laid, They would be utterly outweigh’d By Jesus’ death. The value lies All in th’ infinite sacrifice: When Christ for man was crucified, Th’ Creator for the creature died. extract of his poem, from the book Lays Of Life and Hope

Servant of Christ, Stand Fast!

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Servant of Christ, stand fast amid the scorn Of men who little know or love thy Lord; Turn not aside from toil; cease not to warn, Comfort and teach. Trust Him for thy reward. A few more moments' suffering, and then Cometh sweet rest from all thy heart's deep pain. For grace pray much, for much thou needest grace; If men thy work deride - what can they more? Christ's weary foot thy path on earth dost trace; If thorns wound thee, they pierced Him before; Press on, look up, though clouds may gather round; Thy place of service He makes hallowed ground. Have friends forsaken thee, and cast thy name Out as a worthless thing? Take courage then; Go, tell thy Master, for they did the same To Him, Who once in patience toiled for them: Yet He was perfect in all service here; Thou oft hast failed; this maketh Him more dear. "The time is short," seek little here below; Earth's goods would cumber thee, and drag thee down; Let daily food suffice; ca

IS ALL TRUTH GOD'S TRUTH?

"All Truth Is God's Truth"?* So Says "Christian" Psychology Psychology pretends to be the study of the soul; in fact, it has become known as the cure of souls. But is not the "cure of souls" the domain of the Bible? God is the only One who can take care of man's spiritual problems, and in fact, He has done so. The Bible claims that God has given to the believer "all things that pertain unto life and godliness" (2 Pe. 2:3). We don't need help from Freud , et al. .      "Christian" psychology says that we do need such help, that the Bible doesn't have all the answers we need, that prayer, repentance, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and other Biblical remedies are not enough because there are psychological problems that require something more. Does it not seem a bit odd that God has apparently inspired the likes of Freud, Jung, Maslow, Rogers, et al. , with the "truths" unknown to the apostles and

Poem by William Blane

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The Sacred Hour   O tell me not of worldly lore And treasures of the earth! To him who draws from Heaven’s store They can be little worth. I sail a sea of Love divine, Unfathomed and unbound; I search a deep and wealthy mine Where gems of Heaven are found. The Spirit’s breezes gently blow That I may sail this sea; His is the light to search and show God’s deep, deep things to me. O Book of wondrous depths and heights, Of wisdom ever new, Which in ten thousand various lights Brings Jesus into view; Whatever truths in thee I trace New aspects meet mine eye, And of His glory and His grace Page unto page doth cry! Of Science and Philosophy I’ve heard the spreading fame; They’re broad and deep, and urged, they say, By many a pressing claim. ‘Tis said Philosophy hath charms Which prove celestial birth; That Science, with distended arms, Grasps heaven in grasping earth. I know not; neither have I tried Their claims to disallow; A tr

Warning: Avoid William Barclay's Writings

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William Barclay:  Are His Writings Dependable? by William MacDonald William Barclay is one of the most enigmatical writers on the religious scene today. At one moment he can delight you with his scintillating comments on the Scripture. Then in the next breath he will shock you with his unabashed heresy. He has a special gift of speaking out of both comers of his mouth. At first you are ready to welcome him warmly into the evangelical fold, but on further reading you begin to wonder if he accepts any of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.      It cannot be denied that he serves up vast amounts of helpful background material for the serious Bible student. And his word studies are unforgettable. But there is death in the pot! Interspersed with all that is appealing and attractive is the poison of modernism and of higher criticism.      If we were to use the methods of the higher critics, we could easily prove that his books were written by two or even t