Friday, August 31, 2012

What Christians Will Sing, Say or Hear in the Great Day of God's Judgment

“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

            “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
                        who is and who was,
            for you have taken your great power
                        and begun to reign.
            The nations raged,
                        but your wrath came,
                        and the time for the dead to be judged,
            and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
                        and those who fear your name,
                        both small and great,
            and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

            “Great and amazing are your deeds,
                        O Lord God the Almighty!
            Just and true are your ways,
                        O King of the nations!
            Who will not fear, O Lord,
                        and glorify your name?
            For you alone are holy.
                        All nations will come
                        and worship you,
            for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

            Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
                        for his judgments are true and just;
            for he has judged the great prostitute
                        who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
            and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
            Once more they cried out,
            The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”

“Amen. Hallelujah!”

            “Praise our God,
                        all you his servants,
            you who fear him,
                        small and great.”
            For the Lord our God
                        the Almighty reigns.
            Let us rejoice and exult
                        and give him the glory,
            for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
                        and his Bride has made herself ready;
            it was granted her to clothe herself
                        with fine linen, bright and pure”—
            for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One Way to Encourage Your High School Freshman

Here is what Jim Elliot wrote to his sister Jane as she was preparing to enter High School:

“Begin each day with private reading of the Word and prayer.  Bunyan has well said, ‘Sin will keep you from this Book, or this Book will keep you from sin.’  From the very first, as you begin high school, give out gospel tracts to those you meet.  Make a bold start – it’s easier that way, rather than trying to begin halfway through.  Memorize Scripture on the street car. Buy up the time! It’s costly because it’s so fleeting. These are terse remarks, and trite, but I wish someone had said them to me about Labour Day, 1941.  ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.”

- Quoted from Elisabeth Elliot, Shadow of the Almighty, 38-39.