A Parpared Place

 

It has correctly been said, “Heaven is a pre-pared place for a prepared people.” Before Jesus re-turned to His celestial home He comforted his dis-ciples with these words, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and re-ceive you unto myself; that where Iam, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3).

What kind of place has the Lord gone to pre-pare for His people? The Bible pictures heaven as a bright and radiant city, beautiful and grand to behold . “and the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breath…And the building of the wall of it was of Jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones… And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamb is the light thereof” (Rev. 21).

Every Christian longs to go to this city where his treasure is laid up and where his heart abides. Paul became homesick for heaven and stated his desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. On this earth we are but strangers, foreigners and sojourners. We are on our way to the city of God. “For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20).

Again, the Bible depicts heaven as a place of love, joy and peace. Nearly everything that my generation has known has been war and rumors of war. My father fought in World War II; and many of my own generation lost their lives in the Korean Conflict. Even now we shutter at the thought of an all-out atomic warfare, which could wipe life off the face of the earth.

Think of the misery , pain, sorrow, and suffering, which have been caused by the greed, hatred and envy of mankind. Think of the broken-hearted mothers as they have read the message, “Your son has been killed in action.” Think of the lonely wives and the under-privileged children.

In heaven none of these things shall be; for God is there and God is love. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

Jesus has prepared a wonderful place for His people-a place too wonderful to miss! Let us therefore prepare ourselves that we may be fit to live there and be ready to meet the Lord when He returns to claim His own.

A.T. Pate

 

 



Sunday Night Singing 9.28.2014



WHERE ART THOU?

 

 

 

 

Genesis 3:9



THE CHRISTIAN AND WORSHIP

 

In a recent Gallup Poll two persons in every three surveyed indicated that they think that it is possible for a person to be a good Christian and not attend church ser-vices. In replying to the question, “Do you think a person can be a good Christian if he doesn’t go to church,” 67% of those polled said, “Yes.” According to the same survey, it was found that 20% do not attend religious services, 5% seldom attend and 27% attend only occasionally.

In determining our religious duties and responsibili-ties, we must not make the error of being guided simply by the thoughts and opinions of men. Well said the prophet Jeremiah, “It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nei-ther are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heav-ens are higher than your ways, and my thoughts” (iSA. 55:8,9).

The Bible teaches that one cannot be a good Christian if he refuses to regularly worship God. In fact, God desires His children to worship Him. He seeks true worshippers.

While talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus said: “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall wor-ship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seekth such to worship Him” (John 4:23). God seeks people to worship Him.

The first church at Jerusalem was composed of persons who worshipped God with regularity. Of the three thousand souls who heard the preaching of Christ, believed and were baptized, it is said, “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

The day of worship for the early Christians was the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s resurrection. Concerning the saints at Troas, we read: “Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them” (Acts 20:7).

Hence, it was the practice of early disciples to regularly meet on the first day of the week for worship. This assembly was not to be neglected. This meeting was not to be condidered unimportant or optional. Hear the inspired injunction: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so uch the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).

For the Christian, worshipping God is more than a duty; it is a privilege. Each time he communes with God in praise and devotion, he is drawn closer to Him; he becomes more like Him.

May the Almighty help each of us to understand and appreciate the supreme importance and significant value of worship.

A.T. Pate

 

 



1 Peter 5

 

 

 

 

 

1 Peter 5



Golden Rule

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 7:12

 



The Best Day Of The Week

 

 

Some time ago, while living in Nashville, Tennessee, I remember visiting with a splendid family who worshipped where I preached. These people were newcomers to our community and this was my first visit with them. It was a most delightful call.

During the course of our conversation, the mother thrilled to tell me what her little daughter had said one Saturday. The precious little girl had said, “Oh boy! Tomorrow will be Sunday, the best day in the week!” Sunday, the Lord’s Day, to this little girl, meant attending Bible School and learning about Jesus. To her, it was the best day of the week.

How wonderful it would be if every child could have the privilege of belonging to a family that attends Bible study each Lord’s Day. What a blessing for children to be brought up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

Before one can come to the Lord, it is essential that he learn (John 6:45). To be approved of God, we must study (2Tim. 2:15). The Word of God cleanses (John 15:3), purifies (1Pet. 1:22), and saves,(James 1:21). It is the means by which we grow, from a babe in Christ (1Pet.2:2) unto spiritual maturity (Heb. 5:12-14). How vital is Bible study!

In America crime is at an all-time high-and a great part of it is attributed to youth . J. Edgar Hoover, former F.B.I. director, insisted that “If we are to change the rampant materialism that is the base of so many of today’s evils…we must look to every spiritual weapon at our command,” and then adds: “Certainly the Bible is such a weapon.”

Parents, take your children to Bible study. Don’t rob them of this blessed privilege.  

“A little girl with shining eyes— her face aglow

Said, “Daddy, it is almost time for Sunday school. Let’s go.

They teach us there of Jesus ‘ love, of how He died for all,

Upon the cruel cross to save those who on Him will call.’

‘Oh, no!’ said daddy, “Not today, I’ve worked hard all week

And I must have one day of rest. I’m going to the creek.

For there I can relax and rest and fishing’s fine they say,

So run along; don’t bother me, we’ll go to church someday.

Months and years have passed, but daddy hears that plea

No more;

‘Let’s go to Sunday school.’ Those childhood days are o’er.

And now that daddy ‘s growing ild, when life is almost through,

He finds the time to go to church, but what does daughter do?

She says: ‘Oh daddy, not today—I stayed up most all night.

And I’ve just got to have some sleep; besides, I look a fright’

Then daddy lifts a trembling hand to brush away his tears,

As again he hears the pleading voice distinctly through the years.

He sees a small girl’s shining face upturned, with eyes aglow

As she says, ‘It’s time for Sunday school, please Daddy, won’t you go?”

A.T. Pate

 

 



Following Paul #5

 

 

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17

 



The Man Who Ask For A Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua 14:12



The Book of Numbers 2

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers