The Old Rugged Cross

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more updates about the new book. 

+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor this week. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂 

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We have our regular guest blogger for the second month of each month here tonight. She has a perfect post for the Easter season. She talks about one of my favorite songs. The Old Rugged Cross.

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The Old Rugged Cross

I cannot sing and cry at the same time. Therefore, I never sing “The Old Rugged Cross.” You see, I had a precious grandmother whom I adored. She loved to sing the old hymns, loud and off-key. And that hymn was one of her favorites. I can still hear her voice ringing in my memory. Jesus has been listening to her sing for the last 56 years. I’m sure she sings much better now.

George Bennard, a Methodist evangelist, wrote the first verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” in 1912 and finished the hymn one year later. It is said that during one of his revival meetings, Bennard suffered ridicule when some youths heckled him. After which, he experienced a life struggle.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the first verse and chorus…

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

The One dying for the world’s sins carried a rugged crossbeam that fateful day…

A large, jeering crowd, intermingled with a great many mourners, moved toward Golgotha’s hill on the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Grief). A man, whipped beyond recognition, stumbled in agony under the weight of His crossbeam.

So disfigured and injured was He that the soldiers “laid hold on one Simon, a Cyrenean…and on his shoulders they put the cross, for him to carry it behind Jesus.” (Luke 23:26 Weymouth)

Jesus said to His disciples…

“If anyone desires to come after Me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross,

and follow Me.”

(Matt. 16:24 NKJV)

Matthew Henry wrote, “In taking up the cross, we must follow Christ’s example, and bear it as he did.”

Is it our heart’s desire to trail behind in the footsteps of Jesus so that we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him daily? I say as Paul did, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Phil. 3:10 NIV)

My heart has been to Golgotha’s hill. The agony of that cross pierced the depth of my soul. My life received the precious blood of salvation poured out at the foot of that cross, washing me with the Savior’s forgiveness, cleansing me of all my sins.

Therefore, I will deny myself, take up that old rugged cross, and follow Christ daily.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

How about you? Will you deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus daily?

From His feet,

Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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Is Your Lamb Too Little?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.
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Welcome back Lynn Mosher as a guest blogger. He post inspire, and give us hope.

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Is Your Lamb Too Little?

 

“Each man is to take a lamb for his family,

one lamb to a house.

If the family is too small for a lamb,

then share it with a close neighbor.”

(Ex. 12:3b-4a Msg)

When God initiated the first Passover, He unleashed the last plague on Egypt as the Death Angel. To protect His people from the destruction, He instructed each family to take a spotless lamb, “a male of the first year” (Ex. 12:5 NKJV), into their home.

(Interestingly, the word first here means son as the builder of the family name. It also means one’s immediate physical male offspring or animal offspring and is most often translated son.)

Following God’s instructions, after killing the lamb, they were to save the blood in a basin, then God commanded them, “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.” (Ex. 12:22a NIV)

Safe, protected by the blood, as God said the smearing of the blood would be a sign for Him to pass over that dwelling, as a sign of salvation from death to life.

Then came the new covenant. The shed blood from a different kind of lamb, “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:19 NKJV)

Jesus said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins…Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life.” (Matt. 26:28 NIV, John 5:24a NKJV)

This blood of the Lamb is to be smeared on the entrance to our heart’s home.

And that precious, spilled blood is our salvation from death to life. Anyone who believes in Him “will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24b NIV) Our Eternal Passover.

“If the household be too little for the lamb…” (Ex. 12:4 KJV) Let’s turn that around.

Is our Lamb big enough to share?

If we have taken this Lamb into our heart’s home, are we guilty of selfishly hoarding His salvation? A. B. Simpson said that “we have no right to claim the purchase of the Savior’s blood for ourselves alone, and that we are guilty of selfishness, dishonesty and base ingratitude if we can be content to be saved without having done everything in our power to give our fellow men an equal opportunity of eternal life. Have we understood this? Have we lived this?”

Hmmm…have I? Do I keep Him to myself? Who is my neighbor that I might share this blemish-free Lamb with him or her? Who crosses my path in my daily walk? Do I claim that precious purchase of salvation merely for myself, or do I share Him and He is thus multiplied just as Jesus fed the five thousand plus?

Or is my Lamb too little?

Paul wrote, “He died for all.” (2 Cor. 5:15 NKJV) Exodus 12:3 in the Modern Language version says, “One lamb for each home.” One Lamb for all.

Therefore, take the First and Only Son, as the builder of the family name, into your house, your heart. Take the whole Lamb, the whole Christ, the whole salvation. Take His blood; smear it on the lintels of your heart for eternal security. One Lamb to keep us protected, to feed upon, to drink from…and share with others.

Is your Lamb too little? Or is He big enough to share?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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God is Speaking to You. Yes, You!

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Welcome back Dennis Booth from Australia. He is our regular guest blogger at this time. His post today wakes up to the fact that God talks to us all the time, but we often do not listen. Thank you Dennis for sharing this wisdom.

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Do you believe God speaks to you in some form or another?

Not audibly because I am fairly certain that could not occur but by a thought in your head that you know could only come from a place where love is supreme.

Or it might simply be a circumstance occurs where you say to yourself “this/that has to be of God because there is no other explanation.”

Now atheists will reject this as flight of fancy because of course to them there is no God, more particularly no God of those who followed Christ.

So I as a Christian am going to ask you to go along with the premise that I have from time to time felt God put something on my heart that needed to be said to the populace in a wider sense.

And in the past month or so I kept getting the word “intense/intensely”.

And put into a context you will I believe see that it has great meaning.

We all have the capacity to love or to hate, to show compassion or to be cold in a situation which accords itself to compassion.

We all can espouse what we believe in to a situation that reaches intensity and we know that to be true of factions within our world today…..some which put fear into our everyday lives.

And it is those very factions that have developed an intensity in the way they perceive a mission or missions that allows actions to take place where love and compassion as we would know it are not present.

However the world now more than ever needs to not be lethargic, not be complacent, not be disinterested but instead become more intense in their love of what is right and how does that then reflect on our ability to rise above fear.

If you really want to know what intense love is there can be no greater example for Christians than a God who gave His only begotten son, Jesus Christ to the world to be sacrificed for our sins.

Today more than at any other time in recent history people are being indifferent to who God is and what He represents.

And more and more parents of children are concerned about the future for their children in a world seemingly at ease with indifference, political correctness, terrorism etc.

Yet years and years ago, because of their intense love for God and Christ, people were martyred but went to their death knowing the intensity of their passion would overcome their fear of death.

More and more there is no place in the world anymore for a passive attitude. …we must become intense in our love because the opposite is intense in hate and the result of that is too terrible to contemplate.

Dennis Booth

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Clothes Tattered and Worn? No Worry.

We just started a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 90,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 88,850.  If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Our guest blogger for today, is our most consistent writer we have. She has never missed an assignment and they have all been done by deadline. This dedication shows in her work. Thank you so much Lynn Mosher for being there every month for your readers.

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My Robe is All Scrunched Up!

‟For He has clothed me with garments of salvation

and draped about me the robe of righteousness.”

(Is. 61:10 TLB)

This robe cannot be rented, and it cannot be put on lay-away. It cannot be tried on for a while and, then, taken off.

I have one. God wrapped a covering of deliverance, prosperity, rescue, liberty, safety, welfare, and victory around me as a believer, to cover and clothe me in His garment of rightness, justice, and virtue.

It’s called the robe of salvation. David said, ‟For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Ps. 149:4 NKJV)

It is a forever gift…but it was not free. It came with a great price tag to the Giver: the blood of Jesus.

In His pleasure, the Lord clothed me in a robe of spiritual refinement beyond compare, beautifying my soul with heavenly grace. I cannot work to purchase this robe or work to keep it, no matter how hard I try.

Jesus told The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22 about the king who arranged a marriage for his son. When the king went to greet his guests, he spotted a man without a wedding garment.

It was the custom of many countries in Jesus’ day to wear long, white robes at public festivals, weddings, and other occasions. Royalty and the wealthy provided wedding garments for those invited to a wedding. Noblemen also gave a garment to someone they wished to honor.

Refusing to accept or wear the gifted garment was not only the highest insult and deepest disrespect, but, in some countries, also worthy of punishment.

The robeless attendee to this wedding presumptuously entered in his own attire, in his own way, without the garment given him by the king and, therefore, he dishonored the king.

As Christ died to purchase my wedding garment, I cannot enter the heavenly wedding feast without it.

So, what am I to do with this gifted garment? How do I wear my regal robe of righteousness, my beautiful wedding garment..

* inside out?

* backwards?

* upside down?

* thrown over my shoulder?

* dragging it on the ground?

* casually tied around my waist?

* all rumpled and scrunched up?

Do I drag my robe of beauty through the mud of disobedience? Crushed by Israel’s adulterous behavior and attitude, God said to them, ‟You dragged your beauty through the mud.” (Ezek. 16:25a GNB)

What do I do to de-beautify my robe? What is my behavior beneath it? Do I use it to hide under or try to throw it off to misbehave?

In the past, I would sometimes squirm beneath it or struggle to throw it off, to act the way I wanted. But instead, Paul reminded me to ‟Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Eph. 4:22-24 NLT)

And I’ve learned to follow Paul’s other advice, ‟Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” (Rom. 13:14 NLT)

When I first tried it on, it felt uncomfortable and scratchy like burlap. It felt as though it didn’t fit right; it was too large.

But now, I’m growing into it! It’s comfy, falling in velvety smooth folds of peace and joy around me. I love twirling around in it and praising the Lord, for He has given me ‟the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Is. 61:3 NKJV)

So, wherever I go and whatever I do, I must remind myself I am clothed with Christ’s presence, with His robe of holiness, and, therefore, I must keep that robe clean and unscrunched!

Do you have a precious robe like this? How are you wearing it? Is it all scrunched up?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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