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John Harper died 4/14/1912, in the icy waters near the Titanic.  He was a Baptist preacher from Glasgow, Scotland who was returning to preach again at Moody Church where he had previously ministered a three month period. He & his daughter, Nana were aboard when she “struck an iceberg” about 11:40 PM.  John wrapped Nana in a blanket & handed her over to go into a lifeboat.  He handed his own life-jacket to another passenger.

A survivor clearly remembered that John shouted “Women, children & the unsaved into the lifeboats.” It was John, according to book, The Titanic’s Last Hero, who called upon the band to play “Nearer, My God, to Thee.”  He prayed on deck “with holy joy on his face.”  When the ship started lurching he jumped into the water swimming from one to another urging them to call on Jesus & be saved.

One, Aquilla Webb, told four years later how John had come near him (both floating on wreckage) asking if he was saved.  Webb said he was not to which John said “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ & thou shalt be saved.” A wave pushed John away but God allowed him be swept by Webb again & John asked “Are you saved now?” When Webb answered in the negative John repeated the verse & shortly after was claimed by hypothermia & slipped under the cold water. Webb said, “I am John Harper’s last convert.” 

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Ÿ 1 Cross

Ÿ Used less than half a day (in that time bore the “weight of the world”)

Ÿ Rough – has three nails embedded in its fiber

Ÿ Heavily blood stained – no bone fragments

Ÿ Comes with placard – words in Hebrew, Greek, Latin

– eab, 4/20/11

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Judas did the most evil deed.

He’s guilty of greed, so guilty of greed.

“O what thirty pieces won’t buy;

I gain – so what, if the Innocent die.”

The priests and elders paid no heed,

When he returned silver to plead.

– eab, part of a song

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The thief looking sideways could see

That Face did not “go with” that tree.

It took all he could muster,

These last words to utter.

“When Thy kingdom comes remember me.”

(Luk 23)

– eab, 4/24/05

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Man cannot obliterate one sin (no man!) –

the wonderful God Man, Christ –

died to remove ALL sin.

– eab, 6/29/11

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There is coming a day when

               All we have known,

               All we have grown,

               All we have sown,

Will be instantly sealed in place.

By His mercy

               We shall rise,

               Through His receding skies, 

               Having said our last “good byes,”

To meet, the first time, our Savior face to face.

O Earth

               This land of trials and tears,

               This realm of sorrows and fears,

               This time of gossip and sneers,

Will forever slip down – down, out, and away.

And forever

               We will be privileged to be,                               

               With Him “who died for me,”

               And His glory we shall see,

In His land of light, love, and endless day!

– eab,  3/19/08                  

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On the distant horizon it has dimly shone,

Heaven – is it your goal, alone,

Or have you talked to Him via “telephone”

Have you prayed un-uttered words – a groan?

Do you want to see Him face to face,

Who on Mount Calvary hung in your place?

Heaven without Him, is a selfish goal.

Christ is the true attraction of the tempered soul.

– eab,  3/18/08

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