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Around the Cross

BEARING SIMON

Matthew 27:32 (ASV)

“And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to go with them, that he might bear his cross.”

“What would you do?” That’s the name of a TV program where unusual circumstances are played by actors to see what those that are watching this terrible situation unfold do or perhaps not do.What would you do, if you were watching this terrible act unfold on our Lord and Savior? Would you just stand by and watch and be concerned, but not enough to get involved. Not enough to help Jesus.Like Simon, would you have to be compelled to help out in a very distressful situation?

Mark 8:34 (ASV)

“And he called unto him the multitude with his disciples, and said unto them, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Are we truly committed to taking up the cross and following Jesus? Or perhaps just helping out someone in need. We have opportunities every day to reach out and give a helping hand.But are our lives so busy that someone has to compel us to help out. Let’s look around and take up someone’s cross today and lend a helping hand.Around the Cross we see? What does Jesus see in you around the Cross?

SONG: “Not a Step Will I Take Without Jesus”

Prayer: Father, I pray that as I see my fellow man hurting and in need that I will show compassion and not be compelled by guilt to reach out and help. Help me take up the Cross and follow Jesus. In His Name – Amen

Jack Wheeler – Fresno CA

jlwheeler39@gmail.com



Are You Afraid?

“For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). 

Every Sunday morning, and maybe Sunday evening and perhaps Wednesday evening and special meetings, you go to church. You go because you’re a Christian. You attend Bible classes, listen to the sermon, partake of communion, and sing and pray. That’s good. You’re supposed to do those things because you’re a Christian.

Have you ever considered the fact that what you’re doing is marching with the millions? Joining the crowds that profess a belief in God and Christ is an act of commitment. Going out and telling your friends and neighbors and those in the world who don’t believe in God is an act of courage.

Noah had courage while he preached and built the ark. Daniel had courage when he refused to obey the king and was thrown to the lions. It took courage for the apostles to preach and teach about Jesus. A clerk in Morehead, Kentucky, had courage when she stood up for her belief in God’s law for marriage.

We still live in an adulterous and sinful generation where people refuse to acknowledge our God and Savior and obey. We know what will happen to those “that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” They “shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (II Thessalonians 1:8, 9).

May we who call ourselves Christians do everything we can to save others from God’s wrath. Let us have the courage to stand up and tell them about our loving God and His Son who gave His live to save us. Let us not be chickens.

Hymns: “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus!”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give us the courage to tell others about You and Your love. May we never be afraid, but stand up for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

donnarichmond93455@yahoo.com



What Does God Look Like?

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7).

John tells us that love is from God and those who love know God. We are to love one another. What does godly love look like? We are going to go to I Corinthians 13:4-8a and look at the characteristics of love. 


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