LESSONS FROM GEESE

雁的教訓

 

“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.”   Job 12:7

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FACT 1

As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% more range than if each bird flew alone.

LESSON

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the trust of one another.

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin”  1 John 1:7

“That ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”       Philippians 1:27

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FACT 2

When a goose falls out formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

LESSON

If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:4

 

“We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”      1 John 3:16

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FACT 3

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back in to the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

LESSONS

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese; people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangement of gifts, talents or resources.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”     Galatians 6:2

 

“For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want…”             2 Corinthians 8:13-14

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FACT 4

The geese flying in formation honk the encourage those up front to keep up with their speed.

LESSON

We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, productivity is much greater. Individual empowerment results from quality honking.

“And the God of all comfort; Who comforeth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”    2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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FACT 5

When a goose gets sick, wounded or short down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

LESSON

If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

 

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to lift him up.”   Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

“See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” 1 Peter 1:22

“…Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the flowls of heaven?

Job 35:10-11

 

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ARE YOU READY?

“And they that were ready went in…”

 

Matthew 25:10


A countdown to zero and a nuclear war presents the nightmare scenario of atomic annihilation. The rise of global terrorism, with the expanding worldwide “nuclear-club” that provides availability to rogue nations with fissile material on a black market; all points to an increased likelihood of certain nuclear attacks.

 

Doomsayers and Hollywood screenwriters believe that the ancient Mayan calendar prophecy of a countdown to the year 2012 is the ultimate end of everything!

 

What does the Bible say and promise as to an actual “Countdown to Zero?” That we are all going to die is certain, but most hope that it will not be all at the same time! Humanity has long feared a doomsday scenario of killer asteroids, mega volcanoes/earthquakes, pandemic plagues, along with a massive global financial collapse.


 

–THE REAL COUNTDOWN TO ZERO—

 

Above and importantly beyond all such possible scenarios is the GOD promised certainty of the return and appearing of Jesus Christ, as King of all kings and Lord of all lords. If we are to be prepared and ready, this is the enormous issue all should face. There is a countdown to zero, by GOD!

 

This coming again of Jesus is as certain as the dawn, for the very reputation of the eternal truthfulness of God is here at stake.

 

GOD has promised, having given His Word, that this shall certainly take place. Many believe that this great, world changing event, will now very soon begin. GOD raised Jesus Christ from among the dead to first receive heaven’s acclamation and glory. From there, as Heir of all things, it is promised He will come once again but on this occasion to reign over all nations and all of mankind.

 

The profound mystery of the cross of Jesus Christ is that GOD Himself has taken the wickedness of our sinful unbelief and laid upon His beloved Son, that iniquity of us all. Instead of the absolute necessity that I should be punished by a Faithful Creator and holy GOD for my sins, this same GOD, sent His Son to make full payment upon that cross for sin. Reconciliation to GOD Himself is now possible through the fact that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses the believer from all sin. 1 John 1:7

 

The full flood-tide of GOD’s love may now flow down into our hearts, if we believe and receive the offer to be made ready for this next great global event.

 

In His great love for us, His purchase payment that offers such a costly redemption, is valid personally only if I own the enormity of my debt to GOD and my utter bankrupt inability to make any adequate payment for all that I am and have done.

 

Jesus alone, can make any and all of us ready for the enormity of what is about to take place in the world.

 

Jesus only can wash us clean through His precious life blood shed to make us ready and prepared to meet our GOD.

 

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?

 

Not only for a next great monstrous terrorist attack or the next great global financial collapse, but for GOD’s great promised intervention in all things. Insurance policies, securities and reserves will all prove completely inadequate to survive this great event.

 

THE READY

 

There is in the world a very special, happy, and free people who are fully ready for what lies ahead, are you among them? Are you ready?


 

You can see that these people are ready, for they are watching, waiting, believing and expecting Jesus Christ to come and set all things right. These people have discovered that Jesus Christ alone can first set them right, which then makes them ready for His great return. These happy, blest and free individuals are truly ready for this next great global event, for they eagerly look up unto Jesus to soon come, as they say. “Perhaps Today!” “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20

 

These especially happy and free people are definitely ready—again we ask, are you among them? We clearly see they are ready, for they wait and expect this event to take place at any moment. They watch and believe this because GOD has promised the certainty of it. We plead with you, be ready.

 

ARE YOU READY?

 

Jesus Christ is coming again. His kingdom reign will be global, just, and the fulfilment on earth of GOD’s promises. He will punish all evil-doers and reward all faithfulness. His coming again will be the answered response to the 2,000 year long prayer, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

 

Prior to this event, the same Lord Jesus Christ will privately return for those who have individually trusted in Him as personal Redeemer, Saviour, Shepherd and Lord. All who know their need of Jesus, the Saviour of sinners will be ready for this event also.

 

Will you be ready? Will you survive?

 

A mere intellectual awareness is not sufficient, there must be much more than philosophical conjecture. A real change of mind to GOD and faith in Jesus Christ is called for from us individually. Acts 20:21

 

The deliberate choice to believe GOD will result in the greatest calm you have ever experienced. You will cease all desperate efforts to locate an alternate exit, for all who put their trust in Jesus shall never be ashamed. Romans 10:11

 

“Those that were ready went in.”

 

Matthew 25:10


 

—John A. Short

 

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Read GOD’s word and promises:

 

Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; 2 Timothy 4:1;

 

Revelation 17:14; Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.

 

 

 

 

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Are You Saved?

 

Acts 16: 30 – 31 says “And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

But what are we saved from? The Bible says “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
We need to be saved from sin, and our loving Creator and God has offered us all a remedy for sin in our lives. That remedy includes deliverance from the penalty, from the power and from the presence of sin.

 

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We can be delivered from the penalty of sin.

Romans 8: 1 says “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who in Christ Jesus.”

There comes a moment in our lives when through one circumstance or another we are confronted with the Gospel and have realized that God, because of His great love, gave His only Son to die as a substitute for us.

When we repent toward and believe toward the Lord Jesus Christ, at that moment we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of God and born again into His family.

The Lord sees the population of the world as two groups, the saved and the lost, the saints and the ain’ts. We are all in the lost department until we are saved, as Jesus said “I have come into the world to seek and to save that which was lost.”

What a joy it is to realize that our Creator God in love revealed Himself and came down into our human race to give His life and save us by His precious soul cleansing blood.

 

 

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We can be delivered from the power of sin.

1 Corinthians 1: 18 says “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
The angel said to Mary “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1: 21.

As believers we know that sin grieves God and cuts off our communion with Him so we come to hate sin, and instead we hunger and thirst for His righteousness as we sanctify the Lord our God in our hearts. This comes from a daily commitment to prayer, reading the Bible, fellowshipping with other Christians. Besides we do not want to be ashamed at His coming, when he takes us home to glory. So then it is our privilege and delight to live day by day according to His Word which is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

Galatians 5: 16 says “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

 

 

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We will be delivered from the presence of sin

1 Thessalonians 4: 17 says “Then we are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall ALWAYS be with the Lord.”

Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall enter into Paradise and always be with the Lord. It will be at that time when the Lord Jesus will descend from heaven to take His Bride, the church to be with Him in heaven for all eternity. What a joy that Day will be, and what a wonderful peace and assurance we have as believers as we trust in the promises of God’s Word. How it draws out our hearts afresh to our precious Lord Jesus Christ, our eternal God and companion.

Do you, dear friend, have a right, real, intimate and a loving relationship with Him who wants to spend eternity with you?

 

 

Written by : Graham & Carole Taylor

Photo by:   Amanda Chu

 

 

 

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Excuse Me!

 

You and I Met today not altogether by chance. I may not have had the opportunity to speak with you personally to become better acquainted but will you permit me to share with you the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me.

 

Some time ago I met and became personally acquainted with the most remarkable person, so great, so good and so outstanding that it has become a joy, mission and passion for me introduce Him to others. The great tragedy is that so many know about Him, but so few know Him personally. You have probably already guessed that I am speaking about Jesus Christ.

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To some He is little more than a work of curse and blasphemy. To others He is a source of embarrassment. But to those who know Him, He is just simply, wonderful.

A man named Paul severely persecuted the first Christians but after he met Jesus personally, Paul’s life was totally changed and transformed. Paul said,
“This is faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15

 

It is offensive to us and hurts our pride to admit our failure and need to honour, respect and worship the One true God. But our lawless living and way of “doing it all our own way” is deeply offensive to God. We have, everyone of us, broken God’s holy commands and sinned so often against God and our neighbor. But how truly wonderful it is to experience God’s mercy and power in Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and to heal us with the gift of a new life, a new heart and a new destiny.

 

 

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God is perfect in justice and holiness and must judge all sin and sinners, but has in mercy and in His great love prepared a world-wide amnesty for all. Everyone has been promised equal and perfect non-preferential justice before God, for all mankind and their works will be judged by the timeless and perfect moral law of God. We shall all give an account of ourselves to God.

 

Reader, whatever your disappointment with people, your disillusionment with life and your confusion about religion, let me assure you that it is not the fault of Jesus Christ. He has been misrepresented, betrayed, hated, denied and cursed by man but He remains majestically the Lord, Saviour and Redeemer of the world, and
He now in love appeals to all of earth’s billions and to you, to
“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

 

This incomparable “rest” is God’s salvation from the guilt of all committed lawlessnesses and sin against God. A present freedom and salvation from the power of Satan in this life is yours if you believe in and trust Christ. The glorious future of a certain home in heaven is promised to all who repent and believe before God’s true and pure, judgment is executed.

 

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Will you believe Him?
Of course this shall mean the need of a total change of mind toward God and sorrow expressed to God for those offenses committed against Him. You will need to seek God’s forgiveness.

 

Will you seek Him?
This will also include an acknowledgement that God is true in all that He has said and done in the death of His Son Jesus Christ. “Christ died for the ungodly.” “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Friend, seek God’s forgiveness for your sins today and experience the wonder of the cleansing power of Jesus Christ. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1John 1:7

 

Call upon the Name of the Lord today, tomorrow may well be too late!

 

 

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Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary

(I)
A young virgin was surprised by an angel of the Lord,
Bringing an important message, from almighty God,
Who said, “you will soon be pregnant, and will bear a son,
Amazed she replied, “but of men I know not one”,

A mighty son of David he will surely be,
To lead God’s people to a final victory,
All the mysterious prophesies of old,
Will before you now amazingly unfold,

Her heart thus strengthened with faith and hope and love
From our dear Saviour high in heaven above,
She worshiped in peace and sweet accord,

My soul now magnifies the Lord,
But you must go your cousin Elizabeth to meet,
Even in old age, soon a baby she will greet,

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When Mary then arrived in Elizabeth’s room,
The babe who was doubtless to be born very soon,
Leap for happiness and joy deep within her womb,

Elizabeth it seems already knew the story,
That Mary would bear the Christ of eternal glory,
As soon as you arrived, the babe leap within my womb, said she,

What an honor that the mother of my Lord should visit me,
So the day soon arrived for John the Baptists birth,
And no greater prophet has ever walked the earth,

 

 

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Joseph though had no idea of God’s wondrous plan,Mary 3
And thinking Mary had slept with some other man,
As most righteous men would think of course,
Felt it was the best to sue for a divorce,

So the angel to him also came, to reveal Jehovah’s wondrous plan,
That the Almighty Creator would now become a man,
The seed within Mary, was from the Holy Spirit,
So both God’s and man’s nature Christ would thus inherit

So he humbly obeyed, and took her as his wife,
Soon to bear witness to this brand new life,
Caesar however had decreed that a census must be done,

So they traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem town,
But there was no room for them in the inn that day
So they found refuge in a stable down the way,
And the King of Glory was laid in a manger filled with hay,

 

(IV)
The angels were kept busy once again that night,
Appearing to some shepherds, who received quite a fright,
They were then also told the amazing truth,
Of the birth of the Messiah, Son of David, Of Boaz and Ruth,

They hasted to the stable, and found the stable bare,
Kneeling in adoration, before God’s Son and chosen heir,
Soon after return to Nazareth, wise men from the east,
Came searching for the one Isaiah calls the Prince of Peace,

They visited king Herod, expecting him in a palace to be born,
But the cruel king wanted nothing but to make his parents mourned,
He wanted not the slightest competition, it would surely seem,
So sought to end God’s purpose, and mankind’s long- time dream,

Bethlehem, says Micah, “Though you’re but a little town,
Out of you will come a Saviour who will wear the promised crown”,
Jeremiah then picks up the story, of Rachel weeping and sad,
As so many infants lay by wicked Herod dead,

 

 

 

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Gladly an angel had been busy once again,
And they were safe in Egypt to avoid that pain,
Once they took the babe to the temple to present him to the Lord,

And God’s aged servant Simeon warned, “your heart will be pierced by a sword,”
He prophetically looked forward, to that day before the cross,
When Mary shared something of Christs agony and loss

Cruel nails in hands and feet, thorns that made his only crown,
His back so mutilated and torn that the blood just trickled down,
So although the rugged cross was not a real surprise,
Tears undoubtedly would have filled dear Mary’s eyes,

 

(VI)
An even greater pain however was when the Father turned away his face,
As he bore the awful burden of human sin, of man’s disgrace,
The sun was blotted out that day to hide the agony
Of Jesus final hours as he hung upon the tree,

There were two Mary’s who sought the body on resurrection day,
When the soldiers were terrified as the angel rolled the stone away,
Strangely to me it doesn’t seem clear if she was one,
But what a glorious and touching moment, when she met her risen son,

On judgment day I wonder will she receive a special reward, For her
humble part in bearing the Messiah, Son of man and Son of God,
One thing though is most certain, her joy will be complete,
With redeemed from every land, worshipping at her son, her Saviour’s feet …..

 

 

 

Written : Peter Bardsley

Photo by Amanda Chu

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THE LITTLE MESSENGER

This is A True Story

 

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On Sunday afternoons, the Pastor and his eleven-year old son went out to hand out Gospel tracts. This particular Sunday, it was very cold outside and pouring down rain.
The young lad bundled up in his warmest clothes said, “Father, I’m ready.” To which his father replied, “Ready for what?”
“Dad, you know it is time we gather our tracts together and go out.”
Father responded by saying, “Son, it is a very cold day and pouring down rain!”

The lad gave a very surprised look, saying “But father, are not people still going to hell, even though it is raining?”
“Son, we cannot go out in this weather.” Despondently the boy asked, “May I go, please?” His father hesitated for a moment then said, “Son, you may go, here are some tracts, but do be careful son.”
“Thank you, father!” And with that he was off and out into the rain.

The eleven-year old boy walked the streets of the town, going from door to door, handing to all he met, a Gospel tract. Two hours later he was soaked, bone-chilled, wet and down to his very last tract. He stopped on the street corner and looked for someone to whom he could pass on this very last one, but the streets were totally deserted.

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He then turned forward the first home he saw, went up to the front door and rang the bell. Nobody answered. He rang it again and again but still no answer. He waited and still no answer. Finally he turned to leave but something stopped him. Again he turned to face the door, ring the bell, and also knock loudly on the door. He waited, something holding him there at the front door. He rang once again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. She asked softly, “What can I do for you, son?”
With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, the little boy said, “Ma’am, I’m sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that God really does love you and I came to give you this my very last Gospel tract which will tell you all about Jesus, His great sacrifice and love. With that he handed her his last tract and turned to leave. She called out to him as he departed –
“Thank you son and may God bless you.”

 

 

The following Sunday morning the Pastor and father was in the pulpit. As the service began, he asked, “Does anybody have a testimony they would like to give?”
Quietly and slowly in the back row an elderly lady stood up. As she began to speak a look of glorious radiance was upon her face.
She said, “No one in his meeting knows me. I’ve never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a believer. My husband passed away some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world.

Last Sunday being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so cold in my heart, for I had come to the end of all hope – I could no longer go on. I had no desire nor will to live. So, I took a rope and chair and ascended the stairway into the attic. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood upon the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing upon that chair, so lonely and miserable, I was about to leap off when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, I’ll wait a minute and whoever it is will go away. I waited and waited but the ringing of the doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent. Then the person ringing the doorbell began also to knock loudly. I thought to myself, who on earth can this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or come to see me.

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I loosened the rope from my neck and headed for the front door as the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked, I could hardly believe my eyes. For there was the most radiant and angelic-faced little boy that I had ever seen in my life. His smile, oh I could never describe it to you! And the words that came from his mouth, caused my heart that had so long been so dead, to leap to life, as he exclaimed with an angel-like voice, ‘Ma’am, I just came to tell you that God really does love you!’ Then he gave me this Gospel tract that I now hold in my hand and the Angel-boy disappeared out into the cold and rain. I closed the door and read slowly every word of this tract. I then went up to my attic to get that rope and chair. I would not be needing them anymore, for you see, I believed and became a happy child of God. Since the address of your place was on the back of this tract, I have come here to personally say ‘thank-you’ to God, for His little messenger came ‘in just the nick of time’ and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity of separation from God, in hell.”

By this time there were now no dry eyes, and shouts of praise and thanksgiving resounded to the very rafters of the building. Pastor-dad descended from the pulpit to the front seat where the little lad was seated. He took his son up in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably. Probably this universe had never seen a father that was more filled with love and honour for his son, – except for One.

That Father allowed also His Son to go out into a cold and dark world. He even sent Him into the world. He received back this Son with joy unspeakable, as all heaven shouted praises and honor to God. The Father seated His own beloved Son on His throne far above every principality and power and every name that is named. Jesus Christ is Son of God and Saviour of the world! He is God the Saviour.

 

Tignes-100-225x300There may be someone who is reading this who is also going through a dark, cold and lonely time in his or her soul. You may even be a Christian, for Christians are not without problems, or you may not yet know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Saviour. Whatever the case and whatever the problem or situation you find yourself in and no matter how dark it may seem, I want you to know that I just came to tell you that God really does love you. He really does. He sent His Son to suffer, die and bear in Himself the just punishment for your sins.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

 

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Good News of Resurrection

 復活的喜訊

Jesus said …  : “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (  John 11:25)

 

 

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If we do not believe that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, we would also not be able to believe that a mere mortal will rise again from death.

 

We must know precisely that the person who has said: ” I am the resurrection, and the life”, He is not just any common human being , He is the Saviour of all mankind. He is Christ, the Son of the Living God.

 

The good news of resurrection is that, because Christ has risen from death, those who believe in Him will have the same assurance : though he were dead, yet shall he live.” 

When Jesus Christ said the above words to Martha, He was very near to the path of the cross. However, for the sake of glorifying the Father and for the sake of showing the world that He was sent by Him, He needed to perform one miracle: to raise Lazarus from death, even after he died four days already.

 

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How is  the resurrection a good news to you and to me?

For Lazarus himself, he had experienced real resurrection on that day! For Martha, who had heard from her own ears the Lord’s promise of resurrection, had eye-witnessed the resurrection of her own brother!

For us, who believe in Him, because of the Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection, we could also receive this promise and accept this assurance: he that believeth in me,though he were dead, yet shall he live.” 

 

 

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Today, my body of perishable and corruptive, on that very Day, will not only be resurrected; it will also become an incorruptible and ever-living body. And it will be able to live with God in His glory for ever and ever.

Do not wait until the resurrection after death; even now, you could have a taste of this resurrection life. When you trust in Jesus Christ, His resurrection power will come upon you. You could then experience this vibrant life power.

The resurrection of Christ has ascertained to us his accomplishment of the salvation.

Why? Because God has already called sinners “justified”; and He has forfeited their deserved penalties. So that those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ, they will receive a new and eternal life.

 

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“Therefore if any man be in Christ , he is a new creature :  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ” (II Corinthians 5:17)

 

Friend , do you believe in the resurrection ?  From the moment you start trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, you will attain this resurrection life.  

 

 

Written:  Ray J. Sunbeams

Photos:  Tom Wells

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MARY MAGDALENE

Listen to

Mary Magdalene

— A true Easter story

 

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Mary stood just near the cross in deepest misery,

The Lord she loved so very much, Had died in agony.

She could not understand it all, Her grief was very deep,

In anguish great she lingered there, And many saw her weep.

 

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She sorrowed through the Sabbath day, But first day of the week,

She went into the garden Her dear Lord to seek.

But oh! The scene that met her eyes, The stone was rolled away

And in the tomb – two angels sat, Where the Lord did lay.

 

 

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Oh! Where was the master? The precious Lord she sought,

What ever could have happened, She bowed her head – distraught.

Then the angel spoke to her, And asked her why she wept,

“My precious Lord has disappeared Although a watch was kept.”

 

 

And as she turned away from them, Blinded, by her tears,

She saw somebody standing near And told him, of her fears

And as the stranger spoke her name, Her heart leapt at His word,

“Mary, don’t you know me,” Yes, it was her Lord.

 

 

 

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“Master” was her joyous cry, As at His feet she fell,

“Mary, do not touch me, But go – my brethren tell.

“Tell them I have risen, From death and from the grave,

That now I have the power, All men’s souls to save.”

 

 

And so the gospel story, God’s living word so true

Tell of Jesus glory, And His Love for you

If you truly seek Him, He your name will call,

Kneel at His feet like Mary, Just surrender all.


 

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     Poem by:   Doris Amy Rulton
     Photos:  Sunbeam Team

 

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IT IS FINISHED

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John 19:30

From the cross this triumphant word was uttered, “It Is Finished!”

 

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Three words in English, two in Chinese, but just one in the original Greek.  That one word “tetalestai” sounds much more impressive, and is more glorious, than all other words. 

It is the shout of victory from the lips of a Conqueror.  The word means more than just imply, the work was done.  It embodies the thought of “perfect” or “complete.” 

We humans finish a good many things, but they are never perfect and complete. 

All that man touches is tainted with failure and imperfection – not so however, this great work of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ. 

He came to do GOD the Father’s will, to glorify GOD, to take away the sin of the world.

 

What did He finish? Redemption.  He purchased the entire world of men, women, boys and girls. 

He paid full price, to redeem that is, buy back to God, the lost world of sinners.

 

On that cross, by sacrifice of His precious blood, He accomplished the will of God and laid the basis for the carrying out of God’s eternal plan and purpose in redemption of wisdom, love and power.

 

His death was an accomplishment. With us as humans, death is a pitiful demonstration of sin and failure. Death, for us ends all our hopes, works and our will.

 

He did not say, “I am finished,” but “It is finished.” When I die I am finished, as far as my work is concerned; but when Jesus died He actually commenced His work.

 

He starts where others end. We discover this when we are saved. When we give up doing things to try to save ourselves, then, He saves us.

His priestly ministry began when He died, and now that He is risen from the dead and seated on the throne, He continues that blessed ministry. 

He died to save and now lives to continue to save and keep all who believe Him.

 

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Yes, it is all “finished.” The great work of redemption was finished once and for all.  By one offering He perfects forever all those that are sanctified. 

Nothing can be added to His perfect work, – you cannot improve upon it by adding “good works” to it. 

GOD is totally satisfied with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Nothing can be taken from it, for it is all done by GOD.

 

 

The UNFINISHED WORK

 

Let us remind ourselves however, that there is still an “unfinished” work.  The first verse of the book of Acts tells that “Jesus began both to do and to teach.” He did not finish this other work. 

Christ alone could do that mighty work of redemption; but He has left other work that we are privileged to undertake. 

Christ laid the foundation for the salvation of sinners in His precious death on Calvary, when He shed His life’s blood, and now as His people, redeemed and sanctified, we are to carry on the work of building on that foundation.

We are to be diligent; seeking to win souls for Christ, that they as living stones, might be built into this great Building, His Body, the Church, where He may dwell forever in the midst.

 

You will be able to take part in this work if you believe in Christ as your Saviour and Lord.

 

Let us be earnest in His service, so that we may someday hear these glowing words of commendation which He once spoke concerning the believer and disciple Mary, “She hath done what she could.

 

 

THE CROSS MISUNDERSTOOD

 

What is the cause of mankind’s darkness in understanding; and such confusion in apprehension, that results in a complete misunderstanding in religion?

 

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The reason is they know not the doctrine of the cross of Christ, and why, when upon the Cross He loudly and triumphantly cried out, “It is Finished.”

 

That cross indisputably demonstrates mankind’s imperative need of redemption, and that the death penalty (spiritual, physical, eternal death,) is met by the Son of GOD, Jesus Christ. 

All must experience that cross in order that another life, eternal life, – a life out of resurrection, may be imparted to those who will believe.

 

People in general do not understand the cross.  Most think as the Jew thought, that Judaism would introduce a great and lasting kingdom, and that religion would improve and change mankind’s nature. 

Most, utterly mistake the gospel, by thinking that Christianity is destined to improve humanity. The cross does not speak of an improvement of mankind, but rather an end.

 

The cross, the ultimate symbol of a death execution of open shame, suffering and pain, states clearly that this is the end of all hope in mankind.

 

The eternal Son of GOD representatively offers Himself up in sacrifice for ungodly sinners.  He will bear away your sins, but only if you believe Him. 

The cross speaks of death, judgment and sacrifice on behalf of others.

 

Christ died for the ungodly,” that is for sinners like me and like you He died, to give us this never-to-be-repeated opportunity, which is to have our sins forgiven, to be pardoned and to possess eternal life.

 

During this day of GOD’s grace reigning through righteousness, all who are offended by the preaching of the cross and who are stumbled because of This Man Jesus Who said, “IT IS FINISHED,”- shall be lost forever.

 

Instead of being stumble, and offended because of Christ and His cross, all who humbly fall at His feet, believing Him and His word, shall experience what it is to pass from death into what is truly Life.

 

GOD is still inviting sinners to come, believe and be saved and safe forever.

 

Come to Jesus – believing Him and His word,  “IT IS FINISHED

Written by:   John A. Short

Acknowledgement:  © Christian Book Room / Gospel Tract Series

Photo by Sunbeams & M.E. Head

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About the “IT IS FINISHED” poster

CBR has produced thousands of these posters and they can be found in many homes throughout China.

One aged sister in Hainan province had a worn and folded copy that she would at first opportunity unfold and happily use to witness to others, stating that none except the Lord Jesus could say that He had completely finished the work He came to do.

If you have believed Christ’s finished work, you too can have the privilege and joy to witness to others how great is this Person hand His work completed on behalf of all.

 

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Have You Thought About Your Soul?

 

mmexport1387413501153Have you ever stopped to wonder

What this life is all about?

Why you’re here and where you’re going

When your lease of time runs out?

 

Maybe you’ve been too busy,

Trying hard to reach your goal;

Would you let me ask you kindly,

Have you thought about your soul?

 

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You may reach the highest portals,

And your dreams may all come true,

Wealth and fame may be your portion,

And success may shine on you.

 

All your friends may sing your praises,

Not a care on you may roll;

What about the great tomorrow

Have you thought about your soul?

 

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Don’t forget your days are numbered

Though you may be riding high,

But, like all of us poor mortals,

Someday, you sure will die.

 

Your success and fame and glory,

Won’t be worth the bell they toll;

Let me ask you just one question,

Have you thought about your soul?

 

If you’ve never thought it over,

Spend a little time today;

There is nothing more important,

That will ever come your way,

 

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Than the joys of sins forgiven,

And to know you’ve been made whole,

In the Name of Christ, my Saviour,

Stop and think about your soul.

 

Author unknown

Acknowledgment:  Herald of Hope

Photo By M. E. Head

 

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People Need The Lord

People Need the Lord

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Everyday they pass me by,
I can see it in their eyes
Empty people filled with care
Headed who knows where

 

On they go through private pain,
Living fear to fear
Laughter hides their silent cries
Only Jesus hears

 

People need the Lord
People need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams
He’s the open door

 

People need the Lord
People need the Lord
When will we realise
People need the Lord

 

We are called to take his light
To a world where wrong seems right
What could be too great a cost
For sharing life with one who’s lost?

 

Through his love our heart can feel
All the grief they bear
They must hear the words of life
Only we can share

 

People need the Lord
People need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams
He’s the open door

 

People need the Lord
People need the Lord
When will we realise
That we must give our lives, for
People need the Lord

 

Sang by Mina Mun

editor’ note:
Mina and her husband Seong came from Korea, they were serving the Lord in Papua New Guinea planting tribal churches among the West Gimi People at the time of this song recorded (Nov.  2010)
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I Am The Lord’s! O Joy Beyond Expression

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我乃屬主

 

 

 

 

1.   I am the Lord’s !  O joy be-yond ex-pres-sion, O sweet re-sponse to voice of love di-vine;

Faith’s joy-ous Yes   to the as-sur-ing whis-per,   Fear not , I have re-deemed thee, thou art Mine.

 

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2.   I am the Lord’s !  it hush-es eve-ry mur-mur,  It soothes the fev-ered spir-it to its rest;  I am the Lord’s !   it is the child’s re-join-der, Who knows and feel the Fa-ther’s will is best.

 

 

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3.   I am the Lord’s !  O  ea-ger-ly and glad-ly, Tri-umph-ant-ly and grate-fu-ly we sing;  I am the Lord’s ! it is the rock un-fail-ing   To which our storm-tossed souls in dan-ger cling.

 

 

 

4.   I am the Lord’s !  yet teach me all it mean-eth,   All it in- volves of love and loy- al- ty,  Of ho-ly ser-vice, full and glad sur- ren- der,  And un- re- served   o- be- dience  un – to Thee.

 

 

 

5.   I am the Lord’s !   yes; bod-y, soul and spir-it;  They’re sealed,  and  ir-re-cov-er-a-bly  Thine;  As  Thou,  Be- lov- ed,   in Thy grace and ful-ness    For ev-er and for ev-er – more art mine.

 

 

Acknowledgment: The Believers Hymn Book Resource Page

Tune: Raynolds  Metre: 11. 10. 11. 10

Lyrics from:  Hymn#394 “THE BELIEVERS HYMN BOOK”

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Photos  by Nola Crowford

 

 

 

Alternative tune:  SANDRINGHAM:

 

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