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, July 10, 2008

La Ciudad 2008 - A Poem of Testimony

Months of preparation, of heart and soul and mind
Meeting after meeting, making plans for our time
Cutting here, gluing there, string up a pole with fish
Punch a hole, bag the crafts, thanks for all the help with this
A piano tuned for music, taught us how to sing
A heart made just for children, imagined gospel schooling
Three young minds of prayer, eager to obey
Joined the great commission, shared Jesus every day
Men of honor joined in, the gospel to present
Leaving jobs and family, a witnessing they went
Natural was the appearance, even some faces refused to shave
Kept in line by two mothers, to ensure we all behaved
The gift of tongues displayed, by one’s native birthright
Translation of English into Spanish, souls embraced the Light
Through Bible stories, songs of praise, memory verses too
Puppets, crafts, tracts and video, the light of Christ shined through
Repentance there was granted, as faith sprang forth from hearts
For eight or nine adults and children, a new beginning starts
But let us not forget that one, at home God chose to keep
Was yet a testimony still at work, and rewards still able to reap
Neither shall we overlook, those who gave that some may go
Financial support got us there, but the prayers kept us afloat
Each one of you may not have gone, yet still had a part
In a mission trip that saw souls saved, as the Spirit worked in hearts
When coming home from such a time, I doubt we stay the same
I pray we take what God has shown us, and press on in Jesus name

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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.