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  1. Be gone, Rabbi, nor interfere again. What had they done, them pigs, what was their sin against you that you could not leave them be? Now get you hence. Go back to Galilee--- we hear they still appreciate your pearls of wit, there. Preach to hicks and barefoot girls, tax men and harlots---all those have believed your words. Around here, shall we be deceived? One question, though---was that man's life so fine, so meaningful, you had to drown our swine to save him? Did you not compute the cost of wasting hogs to spare a man that lost? We do not want you here, despite your powers. Your values just are not the same as ours. Starward
  2. The Lord has blessed these many years, and I am growing old. The twilight calls my spirit, as these memories unfold. Leaving behind all worldly things, I say my finest work was in the job that I have cherished long: our church's clerk. Here, in this little building that has stood a century, I kept the records of our fellowship for all to see. Our heritage is precious. Over by that one side door, Gramps Davis told us how he lived through Shiloh, in the War. Each harvest time, our Sunday School put on a jubilee--- fried chicken and the fixin's underneath that yonder tree. And Brother Robertson was always first to sneak some fudge: he sure could eat in those days, when he was a Federal Judge. In all those files and ledgers, I wrote down each date and name. But that is just chronology, and time is just a frame for life that starts nine months before the baby takes first breath, and ends in autumn sunset as an old man faces death. Somewhere between the warm, soft blanket, and the cold, dark grave, believers come to Jesus Christ, and find Him glad to save. Some say this present world of ours is growing more complex: such complications---schoolhouse murders, drugs, and homo-sex. Some say that life is meaningless, evolved from random chance; that God's creative work is really lucky circumstance. Some say the Gospel is just wishful thinking, thin as mists, more fit for hicks and barefoot girls than highbrow humanists. AND YES!, among those hicks and barefoot girls, the faith is well. The church stands firm, though all the sinful world slides into Hell. Belief is more than wishful thinking, sitting in some pew. We have been born again in Jesus, whether we be few or many, and that means we hold on to God's precious Word, in which enjoyment of Salvation is, in Christ, assured! Our fellowship in Christ lasts always, whether here or there, or (for that final generation) raptured through the air. Starward
  3. View Edit [for Lady Certainly] That night, we swore our faithfulness unto the very end. We all spoke in a proud, courageous tone. Bu when the temple guards came, armed, into Gethsemane, we ran. He had to face them all alone. Three years we walked with Him. We saw the miracles He did. His Words had brought us joy as never known in all the world before those days. Despite all He had done for us, we left Him standing there alone. Three trials, before priests, prince, and governor; and then the scourge that flayed His skin, and sliced down to the bone; the beam upon His bleeding back; the walk to Golgotha: His hour had come. He met it, all alone. Those Romans drove their dirty nails into His sinless flesh, then raised that cross right up. But not one groan came out of Him. Then I remembered . . . He had come for this, and He had said He would not be alone. His Father, God, went with Him, as we mortal men could not. (We are but carnal, weak, and always prone to make a mess of very blessing God has given us. But in this nature, we are not alone: for you, and you, and you, too, would not have done other than we did, although you love to cry and moan about us. You might even have betrayed Him for those coins. So leave your proud self-righteousness alone.) Six hours, He hung upon that cross, until His breaking heart gave way to death. The spirit in Him had flown back to His Father. Then they took Him down and brought Him to a brand new tomb (but it was just a loan). In those three years we spent with Him, He told us many things. And one came back to me: a seed is sown and buried in the ground where it must die to bring forth life. Or else, it must lie lifeless, there, alone. Then on the morning of the first day of that week, we heard good news from Mary Magdalene: the stone upon His grave had been rolled back by angel hands, and He had risen from the dead. And THIS alone proves all the rest. I say that Jesus is the Son of God, the Saviour and the Lord, and He has shown us all the Way of Faith that leads unto Eternal Life. CHRIST IS SALVATION, CHRIST, AND CHRIST ALONE. Starward

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