Between Heaven and Hell There’s a Cross

 

 

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Luke 12:51-53 “Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? I tell you, No, rather division. From now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

A daughter accepts Christ as her Savior and her life changes. She begins to exhibit characteristics of a Christian, and her family is taken aback. Soon they are estranged and the costs begin to mount up for the girl. She suffers hateful accusations meant to prompt a change in her faithfulness to Christ.

“Well, hello Miss Goody Two shoes!”

“Who do you think you are?”

“You’re not fun anymore.”

“We’re not good enough for you anymore?”

“You’ve stopped swearing.”

“Gee, you’re as phony as a two-dollar bill.”

“You’re not my daughter anymore!”

“Don’t cram that “Jesus stuff” down our throats.”

“You’re not welcome here till you change back to your old self.”

“You can go to hell for all we care!”

.Our Lord warned us that we would be scorned, hated and abused, but our reward is heavenly.

Luke 9: 26 “If any man will follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily. Whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, will save it. What’s your reward if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?”

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I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;

I’d rather be His than have riches untold;

I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;

I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

 

Refrain:

Than to be the king of a vast domain

And be held in sin’s dread sway;

I’d rather have Jesus than anything

This world affords today.

 

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;

I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;

I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;

I’d rather be true to His holy name.

 

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;

He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;

He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;

I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

~Rhea F. Miller, 1922

 

Between Heaven and Hell . . . There’s a Cross

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Between Heaven and Hell . . . There’s a Cross

 © 2011 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

 

The cost of following Jesus has a steep price tag, particularly in family relationships.

Luke 12:51-53 “Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? I tell you, No, rather division. From now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

A daughter accepts Christ as her Savior and her life changes. She begins to exhibit characteristics of a Christian, and her family is taken aback. Soon they are estranged and the costs begin to mount up for the girl. She suffers hateful accusations meant to prompt a change in her faithfulness to Christ.

“Well, hello Miss Goody Two shoes!”

“Who do you think you are?”

“You’re not fun anymore.”

“We’re not good enough for you anymore?”

“You’ve stopped swearing.”

“Gee, you’re as phony as a two-dollar bill.”

“You’re not my daughter anymore!”

“Don’t cram that Jesus stuff down our throats.”

“You’re not welcome here till you change back to your old self.”

“You can go to hell for all we care!”

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We pay a steep price for our fellowship with Jesus. Our Lord warned us that we would be scorned, hated and abused, but our reward is heavenly.

Luke 9: 26 “If any man will follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily. Whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, will save it. What’s your reward if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?”

.

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;

I’d rather be His than have riches untold;

I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;

I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

 

Refrain:

Than to be the king of a vast domain

And be held in sin’s dread sway;

I’d rather have Jesus than anything

This world affords today. 

 

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;

I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;

I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;

I’d rather be true to His holy name.

 

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;

He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;

He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;

I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

~Rhea F. Miller, 1922

 

A Field of Gold

Oak Tree in Field

© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.   All rights reserved

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A sputtering drone lurched into view

Spurred on by a spring-fed breeze

Settled atop its rich golden coup:

A sunflower field, seized by bees.

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Nectar rife in each stout bloom

“I’m in heaven,” spoke the bee

“A taste of honey in each fat flume

A field of gold just waits for me!”

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It cruised with utmost accuracy

In its field of dreams that spring

This was plain-and-simple piracy

Such colonial dining, on the wing.

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“Golden sweet powder for me, for me

My gift is my work, and I work to give

Thus, God made me a bee, so SEE!”

Day 2 0f NaPoWriMo

Occupied

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2 Chronicles 5

Temple Preparation
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Solomon ordered the elders of Israel to place all David’s treasures of silver, gold, and musical instruments in the house of God, for these were committed to the Lord. Later all the men of Israel gathered before King Solomon as the priests and Levites sacrificed multitudes of animals for the feast. Afterwards the priests carried the ark into the house of the Lord, into the Holy of Holies.

The ark contained only the two stones on which were the laws of the covenant. When they came out of the Holy place, the priests and Levites sang and played musical tributes of praise to their God, thanking Him in one voice: “He is good, His mercy endures forever.” Suddenly the temple was veiled as His glory occupied His house!

When we covenant with God, our bodies become His temple. Having dedicated all our treasures (all we have and all we are), we lay them at the feet of Jesus, the ultimate, supreme Sacrifice. God can then enter our hearts and fill us with His glory. We must remember…this is the living God!

Does He occupy our houses?

May we praise and thank Him in voice and heart for His covenant with us! Amen

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul;
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole.
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation, so full and free!

Gold and Silver

ark of the covenant

Image by schmish via Flickr

 

2 Chronicles 5

Temple Preparation

Overview-the Feast

Solomon ordered the elders of Israel to place all David’s treasures of silver, gold, and musical instruments in the house of God, for these were committed to the Lord.  Later all the men of Israel gathered before King Solomon as the priests and Levites sacrificed multitudes of animals for the feast.  Afterwards the priests carried the ark into the house of the Lord, into the Holy of Holies.   The ark contained only the two stones on which were the laws of the covenant.  When they came out of the Holy place, the priests and Levites sang and played musical tributes of praise to their God, thanking Him in one voice: “He is good, His mercy endures forever.”  Suddenly the temple was veiled, as His glory occupied His house!

When we covenant with God, our bodies become His temple.  Having dedicated all our treasures (all we have and all we are), we lay them at the feet of Jesus, the ultimate, supreme Sacrifice.  God can then enter our hearts and fill us with His glory.  We must remember…this is the living God! May we praise and thank Him in voice and heart for His covenant with us!  Amen

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul;

Thank you, Lord, for making me whole.

Thank you, Lord, for giving to me

Thy great salvation, so full and free!