From A Distance

From A Distance

But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. – Matthew 26:58 Most serious-minded Christians desire a closer walk and relationship with Jesus, as against mere playing church and having occasional affair with Him in time of need. However, a relationship with Jesus is as demanding as – if not more demanding than – a relationship with a lover. This is so because if put at the centre of your dealings, a relationship with Christ will not only influence for the better all other relationships you may have, it will also affect your general comportment. Meanwhile, this relationship can only do this much if it becomes intimate and is accorded a priority. If it is approached and handled in an offhanded manner, you may not be able to realise its full potential. Worse, you may lose it altogether. Peter realised this bitter truth some hours after making emphatic confessions to stick by Jesus come what may (Matthew 26:31-35). But, when the critical moment came and Jesus was seized by the adversaries, he could not live up to his profession, but instead fled for dear life. After regaining his composure, however, he could only follow Jesus at a distance to see what would become of Him. And because he now followed from distance, it was easy not to

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I May Never See Tomorrow

I May Never See Tomorrow

I may never see tomorrow There’s no written guarantee And things that happened yesterday Belong to history. I cannot predict the future I cannot change the past I have just the present moment I must treat it as my last. I must use the moment wisely For it soon will pass away And be lost to me forever As part of yesterday. I must exercise compassion Help the fallen to their feet Be a friend unto the friendless Make an empty life complete. The unkind things I do today May never be undone. Any friendships that I fail to win May nevermore be won. I may not have another chance On bended knee to pray, And I thank God with humble heart For giving me this day. — Author Unknown Meditation: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15-16 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: The Choice You Make Tomorrow is Not Promised Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

The Mountain Climber

The Mountain Climber

They tell the story of a mountain climber who, desperate to conquer the Aconcagua, initiated his climb after years of preparation. But he wanted the glory for himself; therefore, he went up alone. He started climbing and it was becoming later and later. He did not prepare for camping but decided to keep on going. Soon it got dark. Night fell with heaviness at a very high altitude. Visibility was zero. Everything was black. There was no moon, and the stars were covered by clouds. As he was climbing a ridge at about 100 meters from the top, he slipped and fell. Falling rapidly he could only see blotches of darkness that passed. He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked in by gravity. He kept falling and, in those anguishing moments, good and bad memories passed through his mind. He thought certainly he would die. But then he felt a jolt that almost tore him in half. Yes! Like any good mountain climber, he had staked himself with a long rope tied to his waist. In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air he had no other choice but to shout, “Help me God! Help me!” All of a sudden, he heard a deep voice from heaven, “What do you want me to do?” “Save me!” “Do you

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The Old Paths

The Old Paths

The Old Paths was written by a retired minister who lives in Tennessee I liked the old paths, when Moms were at home. Dads were at work. Brothers went into the army. And sisters got married BEFORE having children! Crime did not pay; Hard work did; And people knew the difference. Moms could cook; Dads would work; Children would behave. Husbands were loving; Wives were supportive; And children were polite. Women wore the jewelry; And Men wore the pants. Women looked like ladies; Men looked like gentlemen; And children looked decent. People loved the truth, And hated a lie; They came to church to get “IN”, Not to get “OUT”! Hymns sounded Godly; Sermons sounded helpful; Rejoicing sounded normal; And crying sounded sincere. Cursing was wicked; Drugs were for illnesses and nothing more; And divorce was unthinkable. The flag was honoured; Our country was beautiful; And God was welcome! We read the Bible in public; Prayed in school; And preached from house to house To be called a Hero of our nation was worth dying for; To be called a Christian was worth living for; To be called a Traitor was a shame! Preachers preached because they had a message; And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY! Preachers preached from the Bible; Singers sang from the heart; And sinners

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What Is Christianity?

What Is Christianity?

Christianity means having faith in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. It means to trust in the Bible as God’s Holy Infallible Word. It is realizing sin separates us from God who is righteous and just; Knowing we can’t be reconciled on our own, so in Christ we trust. It is understanding we cannot earn God’s grace by virtues or good behavior. It is acknowledging we’re sinners who need the atonement of our Savior. It’s realizing that laws and religion do not have the power to save us. It’s knowing and loving Jesus and accepting the gift that He gave us. It is believing that Jesus took our sins at the cross for our debt to be paid. It is assurance we have eternal salvation because of the sacrifice He made. It’s asking for God’s forgiveness and to help us make a fresh start; Asking Him to be with us always, and to fill us in mind and in heart. It is having faith in God’s sovereignty for He knows what’s best; Thanking Him for all He has done and for how we’ve been blessed. This is the message of the Gospel; Good News to those who will hear it. And when we accept and follow Jesus we receive the help of the Holy Spirit. Being a Christian transforms us

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Have You Sharpened Your Axe?

Have You Sharpened Your Axe?

A young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job. “That depends,” replied the foreman. “Let’s see you fell this tree.” The young man stepped forward and skillfully felled a great tree. Impressed, the foreman exclaimed, “You can start Monday.” Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday rolled by. Thursday afternoon the foreman approached the young man and said, “You can pick up your paycheck on the way out today.” Startled, the young man replied, “I thought you paid on Friday.” “Normally we do,” said the foreman. “But we’re letting you go today because you’ve fallen behind. Our daily felling charts show that you’ve dropped from first place on Monday to last place today.” “But I’m a hard worker,” the young man objected. “I arrive first, leave last and even have worked through my coffee breaks!” The foreman, sensing the young man’s integrity, thought for a minute and then asked, “Have you been sharpening your axe?” The young man replied, “No sir, I’ve been working too hard to take time for that!” Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to “sharpen the axe” In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever but less happy than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how

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