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          It is my goal that the viewer of these photos of mine will sense the true meaning of the verse in the Bible that says,
          "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD."
          Psalm 150:6

    Wed, Mar 15th - 10:48PM



    Another Hill to Climb in Mid-Wales

    See the photo large at:

    http://www.photography-cafe.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-16153

     

    WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
    Jeremiah 6:16
    By the late Jack Scott



    How Great a Sinner
    Are You?                        

                                          




    Although it occurred about thirty-six years ago, not long after I first arrived from Ireland, I remember the conversation as if it happened yesterday. I had been "volunteered" to be a part of an evangelistic team whose task it was to visit every home in Toronto with the message of the Gospel. We were representing first and foremost the blessed Lord Jesus Christ, and secondly Jarvis Street Baptist Church, a well known historic evangelical church near the city centre.

    I had made several calls that evening but only one stands out in my memory. The house was an older well kept, ivy covered brick home in a respectable and affluent area of the city.

    The man who opened the door in response to my knock was well groomed and very polite. He had the kind of confidence which is born of success. I introduced myself and explained the purpose of my visit. He smiled indulgently,

    "My dear fellow", he said, "This is a respectable neighbourhood. We are all good people around here."

    He paused for a moment and then went on. "I'm quite religious and I'm not really a great sinner. The message you have is for great sinners."

    For a second or two, I prayed quietly. "How shall I answer this man?" I felt a little intimidated for a moment, but I composed myself quickly.

    "Sir," I said, "If a man broke the greatest of all of God's commandments, would that make him a great sinner?"

    He looked a little puzzled and then the air of confidence returned. "Yes, I'd say so." He replied. "But I'd never do anything like that."

    I quickly opened my New Testament at Matthew 22 and requested him to read aloud verses 35 to 40 inclusive.

    He took my New Testament and began reading with a look that said, "Oh, I'll indulge him for a few minutes."

    He read the words clearly...at first:

    "Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

    By the time he got to verse thirty-eight, his look of confidence had begun to ebb and so had the colour in his cheeks.

    When he finished reading, his eyes were toward the paved door step.

    "No one keeps those commandments", he almost whispered.

    "That is true." I replied. I then went on to quote Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God."

    The man nodded his agreement. The Holy Spirit was working through the Word of God convicting him of sin. He listened receptively as I related to him the story of redeeming Grace and of the Saviour who bore the penalty of sin on Calvary. I rejoiced that the good news is that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

    R. A. Torrey, a famous American preacher of a bygone era, when he was in Australia, was approached by a man who looked like a boxer. He said to Torrey, "I am not a Christian, but I am moral, upright, honorable and blameless, and I'd like to know what you have against me."

    Mr. Torrey looked the man straight in the eye and replied, "I charge you, sir, with high treason against Heaven's King!"

    God's great commandment is that we love Him with all our heart with all our soul and with all our mind. To disobey this great commandment is indeed high treason against the King Eternal. Since Adam transgressed in the garden of Eden no one except the Man Christ Jesus, who is God manifest in the flesh, has kept this the greatest of all commandments. Since we have broken such a weighty commandment as this we have absolutely no hope of earning salvation by our good works.

    As we read in Titus 3:5, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." And in Romans 3:20, "Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sin."

    No, there is no justification by good works or keeping the law, but there is justification through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Romans 5:1, we read these tremendous words, "Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ."

    My wife sometimes sings an old hymn which declares the divine principle of salvation by grace alone. Do you agree in your heart with the words it proclaims?


    Not what these hands have done
    (Click to hear music)


    Not what these hands have done
    Can save this guilty soul;
    Not what this toiling flesh has borne
    Can make my spirit whole.



    Chorus:
    Thy work alone, my Saviour,
    Can ease this weight of sin;
    Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,
    Can give me peace within.



    Not what I feel or do
    Can give me peace with God;
    Nor all my prayers, or sighs, or tears
    Can bear my awful load.



    Thy love to me, O God,
    Not mine, O Lord, to Thee,
    Can rid me of this dark unrest,
    And set my spirit free.



    No other work save Thine,
    No meaner blood will do,
    No strength, save that which is Divine,
    Can bear me safely through.



    I praise the God of grace,
    I trust His love and might;
    He calls me His, I call Him mine,
    My God, My joy, my light.


    When we have entered into a living union with Christ, through faith in His precious blood, the shackles of sin are broken and we are enabled to do the works which please God, not in order to earn eternal live but because we now have it abundantly.

    The Apostle John in his first epistle explained, "These things have I written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life." (I John 5:13).

    The Lord Jesus Christ himself said: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: and the good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep." (John 10:10 & 11).

    Are you working for that which you can never earn, or are you trusting in what Christ has accomplished for sinners?




    Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
    He is missed greatly by his family.

     









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    Sat, Mar 11th - 10:46PM



    Shadows of the Kissing Bridge, West Montrose, Ontario

     

    Resting in Him
    by Cornell K. Wilmoth
     
    My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
    Exodus 33:14
     
     
    I do not understand, dear Lord,
    Why this has come, not see
    Why days are dark and nights so long,
    And clouds o'ershadow me.
     
    Dost thou not understand, my child,
    Why clouds o'ercast the sky?
    That without rain no rainbow bright
    Could be, and flow'rs would die?
     
    So in thy life, my precious one,
    Shall I send only sun
    To wither, scorch what dormant lies;
    And little raindrops shun?
     
    Come lay thy weary head and rest
    Upon my breast--nor pine.
    This is from me; I know what's best
    Thy beauty to refine.
     
    Just trust me when through paths unknown
    I lead--perchance with pain.
    Lean hard, my child, take thou my hand;
    Some day I'll make it plain.
     
    There may be mountains rough and steep
    There may be valleys lone,
    There may be jagged rocks, or thorns.
    But thou art ne'er alone.
     
    For I'll go with thee every step;
    They pain and grief I'll share.
    So lean the harder, child of mine.
    I've placed the burden there.
     
    Dear Lord, I may not understand
    The way Thou leadest me.
    Suffice to know that Thou, Oh God,
    The path ahead doth see.
     
     


    Comment (1)

    Thu, Mar 9th - 3:13AM

    The Lighthouse



     

    Point Clark Lighthouse

     

     



     




     

    The Lighthouse
    (Click to hear music)

    Then Jesus spoke to them again,
    saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows
    Me shall not walk in darkness,
    but have the light of life."

    John 8:12


    Words and Music: ©Ronnie Hinson

    There's a Lighthouse on the hillside,
    that overlooks life's sea.
    When I'm tossed it sends out a light,
    light that I might see.
    And the light that shines in darkness,
    now will safely lead me home,
    And if it wasn't for the lighthouse,
    my ship would sail no more.


    And I thank God for The Lighthouse,
    I owe my life to Him.
    Jesus is The Lighthouse
    and from the rocks of sin,
    He has shown the light around me,
    so that I might clearly see.
    And if it wasn't for The Lighthouse,
    where would this ship be?


    Everyone that lives around us,
    says tear that old lighthouse down,
    The big ships don't sail this way anymore,
    ain't no use in it standing round.
    But then my mind goes back to that stormy night,
    when just in time I saw the light
    With the light from that old lighthouse,
    that stands there on the hill.


    And I thank God for The Lighthouse,
    I owe my life to Him.
    Jesus is The Lighthouse
    and from the rocks of sin,
    He has shown the light around me,
    so that I might clearly see.
    And if it wasn't for The Lighthouse,
    Where would this ship be?





     







     



    Comment (4)

    Sun, Mar 5th - 3:32PM

    Because He Lives









    Because He Lives
    (Click to hear music)


    Words and music by William J. Gaither
    copyright 1971

    "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
    Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
    Matthew 28:6



    God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
    He came to love, heal and forgive;
    He lived and died to buy my pardon,
    An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!


    Chorus
    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!


    How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
    And feel the pride and joy he gives;
    But greater still the calm assurance:
    This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!


    Chorus
    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!


    And then one day, I'll cross the river,
    I'll fight life's final war with pain;
    And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,
    I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!


    Chorus
    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!








    Comment (2)

    Wed, Mar 1st - 10:45AM

    Search Me O God



     




     





     

    Cleanse Me
    (Click to hear music)


    Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
    Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts I pray.
    See if there be some wicked way in me;
    Cleanse me from ev'ry sin and set me free.


    I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
    Fulfill Thy Word and make me pure within.
    Fill me with fire where once I burned with shame;
    Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.


    Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine;
    Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
    Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
    I now surrender, Lord--in me abide.


    O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival--start the work in me.
    Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
    For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.




     



     



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