To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
– Isaiah 43:10-13
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
– Psalms 23
Dottie Rambo tells the inspiration this classic song of hope, then sings it as only she can.
And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
– Acts 11:26
Self-profession of being a Christian is well and good, but far from enough.
“Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father who is in Heaven.
Many will say to Me in that Day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name have cast out devils, and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’
And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’
– Matthew 7:21-23
If you were hauled into court charged of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
– Second Corinthians 3:2
Do people see The Christ reflected in your life or merely hear your words proclaiming Christ like a politician making promise?
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
– Matthew 7:1-3
People are quick to quote the first two words, but forget the rest of what Jesus said. We are allowed to judge – honestly.
We must accept that what ever measure or standard we set, we too must be accountable to the same.
To judge when we ourselves are guilty of the same or similar makes us hypocrites.
Remember what Jesus said to the woman caught in the act of adultery:
“Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”
– John 8:11
Written by the late, great Mosie Lister, “How Long Has It Been” has always been one of my favorites.
Here I am privileged to sing it with The Crystal Valley Quartet. I am also the pianist.