C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter: Open Letter To Friends and Family

Well folks, I have been away from the blogsphere for a week or so, but not away from work that needs to be done. Hope all has been well.

Since Easter is coming up this Sunday, I will just post the open letter I sent my friends and family as a reminder to what is most important this holiday season.




At the end of January I told you “I Love You,” but I don’t have a perfect love. I sometimes forget a name, or fail to mention every soul that has needs in prayer, and there have been times I have allowed my own struggles to cause me to lose sight that we all have them. Too often I find myself refusing to put others before myself. [1 Corinthians 13]

Around the close of February I mentioned how we are to be Soldiers for the cause of the gospel, though I do not always shine as an example of God’s mighty army. I sometimes find myself trying to cover His breastplate with mine which is dirty and full of holes. All too often do I find my feet bare, loins lacking support, and sword covered in dust. My shield sometimes slips from my grip, but there are those of you who are there to encourage me to tighten my grasp once again. [Ephesians 6]

Though I am found lacking, I would like to remind you of One who is not! This coming Resurrection Sunday, March 23rd, I would like to ask you to be mindful of Our Great Savior Jesus Christ.

His love brought Him from Heaven on high [John 3:16], though perfect, to be made in the image of sinful flesh [Romans 8:2-4], not to reign, but to suffer and die for our sin that we may be cleansed [Romans 4:25]. For this cause did He promise He would one day return with a mighty army of the saints [Jude 1:14-15] to free us from sin, the world, and the devil forevermore [Revelation 20:10-15].

During this holiday, the promotion, the rabbits, the eggs and the candy, let us not simply lightly consider the thought of the Holy Savior coming to die for us as the Lamb of God, but may we take the time to embrace the intimate fellowship we can have with our Risen Lord on a daily basis. I pray that we all take the time to speak to Him in prayer, walk with Him to church, listen to Him during the music and sermon, and to follow Him wherever He may lead us every moment of our lives. Considering through our trials, have any of us suffered equal to that of Christ, not for His own sake, but for ours.

May God keep you all close by His side.

4 comments:

Bill said...

May God's richest blessings be yours as you reflect on the extent of His love demonstrated through the death His Son on the cross and the awesomeness of His power exhibited through the resurrection.

To God be the glory!

-bill
a spiritual oasis

Travis Foulks said...

God bless you Tim. I have missed reading your work. Have a great Easter.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Bill and Travis,

I pray you and your families enjoy the closeness of the Spirit of God this Easter, and are revived to continue the work set before us!

Tim

BEAST said...

http://atheisthaven.blogspot.com/2008/03/christians-sado-masochism-filipino.html

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.