All my life I had a longing
For a drink from some clear spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.

Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings,
Through His blood I now am saved.

Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.

Poor I was, and sought for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.

Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.

Written by Clara T. Williams 1875

Music by Ralph E. Hudson 1875

One Sacrifice One Time!

For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  Hebrews 9:24-28

Peter’s Failure

Have you and I ever promised the Lord some great thing and then failed Him in it?  Peter did.  His story of failure is tucked in and around the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  

The wonderful thing about this account is that the Lord Jesus knew everything about Peter before He called him.  He knew Peter’s frame.  Messiah Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him at that critical moment.   

We have to ask ourselves; did it end their relationship?  Did the Lord cross Peter off the list?  Did He say; I told you so?

Mark’s Gospel is the only account that records the Lord’s tender acknowledgement to Peter by way of the angel at the empty tomb………….read on!

Scene I

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

But he (Peter) spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise.  Mark 14:26-31

Scene II

And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:

And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.

But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest.  And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.

And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.

And he denied it again.  And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.

But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.

And the second time the cock crew.  And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.  Mark 14:66-72

Scene III

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  Mark 16:1-7

The Lord Jesus knows you and I.  

Start at the Beginning

If you are a first timer to this blog or if you have only been reading the newest articles found on page one, I would like to suggest that you begin by reading the earliest articles, which are found at this time, on page 18.

I am suggesting this because although much of the information found here stands alone, there are also sequences which tie together subsequent articles and which build on certain themes and/or Bible doctrine.

The greatest benefit to the reader, in my opinion, is to start at the beginning.  You can still check out the most recent article, if you like,  on your way there!

…..let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.….

To My Children….

When you get down…….how do you get back up?  When you get discouraged, how do you encourage yourself?  When you doubt yourself, where do you get confidence?  When you don’t want to go any farther, how do you motivate yourself to take another step?

Do you have a life verse?  A life verse is a Bible verse that you come back to over and over again.  It contains a promise or an encouraging truth to which you cling regardless of how you feel or regardless of what is going on around you.  It is what you stand upon and build your life on.  It is God’s promise to you.  It is personal.  It is purposeful.

If you don’t have a life’s verse, start reading your Bible and don’t stop until He gives you something.  Check out these verses: Habakkuk 3:16&17, Phil 4:13, Psalm 1, Psalm 34, Psalm 120:1, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 66:16, Isaiah 41:10, II Timothy 1:7, II Corinthians 12:10, Jeremiah 33:3……..and yes, you can have more than one life’s verse.