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Christ For The World

Ponder: Can we evangelize our world? Will we?

Scripture: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 NKJV).

Jesus said to take His gospel to the entire world. Not everyone will respond positively; in fact, the majority will reject the Lord (Matthew 7:13, 14). Our task remains: give everyone an opportunity. The hymn, “Christ for the World,” points out three things in as many verses that will help us fulfill this divine mandate:


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Respect

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

In 1947, Paul Tournier wrote in The Whole Person In A Broken World that a major problem was a lack of respect shown to people. He points out that people tend to become more aggressive when they are not given respect as an individual. In 2014, we can echo his statement. Many problems today are caused by a lack of respect. Respect for others and being respected seem to be a rare commodity in our society.


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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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