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“Near, My God To Thee”

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8).

The song, Nearer My God to Thee, is one of the most beloved of all hymns. On May 21, 1889 during the Johnstown City Flood, a railroad train was overturned by swirling waters. A young woman on her way to be a missionary in the Far East was trapped in one of the cars. She had no hope of rescue, but she calmly spoke to the many people that were staring at this horrible tragedy. She prayed and then sang “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and was joined by the sorrowing sympathizing crowd. She was then ushered into the presence of the God she loved and desired to serve.


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Let’s Stay On Track

Hebrews 12:1 “. . . and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” 

Today we are running in a race and we don’t know how long it will be, nor how far we will have to run. It will not end until the hour we shed these earthly bonds. When the race ends, if we have run according to the rules set by God, we will receive as our prize a home in glory with God and the redeemed (Phil. 4:13-14).

The track we’re running on is called, “the world,” strewn with all manner of difficulties, temptations and sins that seek to block our way to a successful finish. Only through patience and perseverance will we be able to endure the adverse conditions and emerge victorious. Patience will allow our hearts to rejoice under all conditions. The God we love and trust, the God we serve, the God to whom we have committed ourselves is in control.


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“Batten Down The Hatches”

“. . . for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev 6:17 NASU).

 

Today, I took our Maltese for a walk; it was overcast. A woman at her car asked if it was going to rain. I said, “Looks like it.” She said, “It’s time to batten down the hatches.” It has been a while since I heard this expression. It originally meant to secure a ship’s hatch-tarpaulins, the coverings in the openings of the deck of a ship, especially when rough weather was expected. It is now a figurative expression meaning to prepare for a difficulty or crisis.


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