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Archive for December 19th, 2008

Born the King above everything,

A King, though in a stable,

Born so poor, beyond inn door,

So poor – and yet so able!   -eab, 12/19/06

Written while pastoring in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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Have you traveled beyond the Old Testament (OT)?

Christians are not “left-overs” from OT – there are serious differences after the Cross!

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Saturday worship

– it was no glitch that Christ AROSE on a new day, the first day of the week!

It is now His day, the “Lord’s Day.”

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Priests

– priests with OT flashy clothing, priests with their OT power.

The disciples (and since) are not priests but ministers/pastors.

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Wealth

– the “Health and Wealth” people are trying to still equate money with blessings.

Come on over into the New Testament where this is not the same.

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Divorce and Remarriage

– adultery is not the same as fornication. “…If, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress” Rom 7.3.  Leave OT reasoning.

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on War.  Christ does not agree 

– David killed many – the Son of David killed none; Christ said “turn the other check.”

The men making money off of war deceive with “God and country” camouflage.    

 

 

 

   

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“Does Jesus Care?”   

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Frank Ellsworth Graeff was born this date 12/19/1860 in Tamaqua PA.  He was a Methodist minister who was so bright and cheerful that he was dubbed “The Sunshine Minister.”  Frank died 7/29/1919 after penning some 200 hymns. 

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