- Written by Wayne S. Walker
"Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps" (1Pet 2:21)
A song which encourages us to follow the example that Jesus left for us is "Let The Beauty of Jesus Be Seen" (#454 in Hymns for Worship Revised, and #230 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text of stanza 1 was written by Albert W. T. Orsborn (1886-1967). No other information is available, except that it is dated around 1916. Orsborn is identified as an early Salvation Army leader. A Salvation Army collectable website lists an e-book entitled The Poet General--Albert W. T. Orsborn C. B. E., by Bernard Watson, and Kingsgate Publishing has a compact disc of Salvation Army hymns by Herbert Booth and Orsborn. The text of stanzas 2-4 was added by George L. Johnson in 1934.
- Written by Bob W. Lovelace
Apostasy once spawned continues to promote itself. It has been said that certainty and boldness in presentation are often separated in time by the amount of support. But once put in motion (production), and given sufficient support, both financial and numerical, its full-blown presence presents itself to the brotherhood.
- Written by Monty F. Parker
A little girl, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, the preacher's sermon this morning confused me."
The mother said, "Oh! Why is that?"
The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?"
"Yes, that's true," the mother replied.
"He also said that God lives within us. Is that true, too?"
Again the mother replied, "Yes."
"Well," said the girl. "if God is bigger than us and he lives in us, wouldn't he show through?"
I like that little girl's way of putting it. If God lives in us, then there's no way of keeping Him from "showing through". That's the essence of Christian living----living in such a way that people around will see God in our lives. (He'll show through)
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16).
A simple question as you start this day: Is God "showing through" in your life?
- Written by David Holder
Given To Hospitality
I've had the privilege of being invited into a Christian's home in the Ethiopian countryside. The hut was a round structure made of mud and grass formed over a eucalyptus pole frame with a thatched-grass roof. The floor was dirt, and the benches were crudely made from logs. In this primitive structure, we were warmly welcomed and loved.
Many, if not most, of us in our country have nice, comfortable homes. But more and more of us seem to be using them less and less to practice hospitality. In Paul's "living sacrifices" theme of Romans 12, in a paragraph about love, he includes "practicing hospitality." The term literally means "love for strangers." Inns in those days were few and far between, and were often unsafe places. It was important for Christians to open their homes to fellow-believers who were traveling. In fact, Paul's verb means not merely practicing but "pursuing" hospitality.