Friday, May 26, 2006
The White Church
It was many years ago that I set here remembering back when I attended an old country church with my dad each Sunday. It had one room and a outhouse around the back. It was equipped with a bell that I would love to here, and sometimes would be allowed to pull the rope attached to it to make it sound off. I look back at those days with great warmth inside. I was so young and did not understand what I do today about the reason that my dad would take us to that church. Those are days that I cherish. My dad has since passed on from this life on earth. He did not get to see my return to Christ. Somewhere in between those earlier days of going to church and becoming a young man I had taken the wrong path that was leading me to destruction. But by the grace of God He accepted me back, as a dad would do, with open arms embracing me and telling me He loved me. Oh what a fool I was when I turned from my Saviour and tried to go it alone. I can do nothing by myself but with Christ I can do anything. I can't go back to those times that I remember and reflect upon so often but I did go back to Jesus. He is still there, my Rock, my Saviour, will always be there for me and for you also. I was out there in the wilderness for twenty five years or more. It is never to late to receive Christ as your Lord and Saviour. The only time that it will be to late is when you die or Jesus returns and you have not accepted Him. Then it is to late. The gate will be closed to those who have not accepted Him. Will you accept Him today as your personal Saviour. It is the greatest thing that you will ever do. That one room church is still there and had its one hundred year anniversary about three years ago. But know it is two rooms and the bathrooms are inside today. I have went back there and visited. I even got to hear the same old bell ring at the start of the service again. I could feel my dads presence in the pew we used to sit in every Sunday. My aunt that played the piano years ago was even there and was still playing that same piano. My heart overflowed with song and praise for my Father on high. Oh how great and merciful He is.
1: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2: Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3: Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4: Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5: Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6: Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10: For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12: For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13: Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
1: Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
2: Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
3: Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
4: For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
5: Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6: Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
7: Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
8: The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.