The Old Rugged Cross

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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.


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.

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,



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Prayer, the most Powerful Ally We Have

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Welcome back my good friend Dennis Booth. His thoughts on prayer are right on and to the point.



If you need hope PRAY!

If you are discouraged, deeply depressed, can see not only your world but the world outside you spinning out of control PRAY!

What this world desperately needs now is revival. Revival that acts according to its worldly definition as well as the church definition.

Revival that means :revive: something or someone who is comatose, near death perhaps and needs life breathed back into them.

The greatest of the revival teachers and authors, Leonard Ravenhill makes a statement in his great book Why Revival Tarries that probably upsets a lot of people but he was a man on a mission, to let people know the only way revival will come…PRAYER.

You can have all the meetings you like but if they do not produce prayer at the altar and submission to God and tears for the sins that yes even you the Christian may have performed since you gave your life to the Lord.

God loves our worship times. He loves the preaching of the Word, but remember this…In heaven He is worshiped day and night by the millions on their knees in awe of who He is and His majesty.

He does not need to hear preaching but acknowledges the preacher for teaching those who need to know more about God, His Son and the Holy Spirit.

Yet Jesus tells us that he will intercede for us with our prayers and he sits on the right hand of the Father so He has the direct ear of God and I suspect day and night he is telling God of what our prayer needs are and God then sends out his holy angels to do something about them.

If you look closely at the life of Jesus, He spent much time alone praying.

And hours in a sense before his crucifixion he was praying.

The time for worshiping was over, the time had come to pray and was it not His disciples who asked Jesus to teach them how to pray for they knew He had access to the Father.

The great Welsh revival was borne out of prayer, constant prayer, constant tears and look what it produced…..crime was so far down as people were drawn to church to see what was happening that the Police force were rendered to a point of not being needed.

The Welsh ponies or donkey in the mines stopped moving because the men who had cajoled them with swear words no longer swore and the animals did not understand non-swearing.

Say what you like and think what you like about Brownsville at Pensacola but I personally know of people who journeyed from Australia to that place to soak in the gathering before God and many were what you might term “nominal” Christians.

But after being in that place they came home totally changed, mention Brownsville and they have tears of joy still on their face and they rejoice in their new prayer life.

Jesus taught the disciples how to pray with the Lord’s Prayer but God just wants us to call to Him and simply saying “God help me please” is need enough.

Remember this…when prayer goes up, God’s answers come down!

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One of the Most Abused Christian Ideals is Revival

* We are honored to have Dennis Booth from Australia, as our guest blogger tonight. I hope you are blessed, when you are reading this, as I was. Dennis was at the end of his rope, but through prayer, he persevered. Thank you Dennis for sharing this gut wrenching story, and how you survived.



One of the most abused Christian ideals is revival.

Revival talks of the almost wholesale transformation of a community or communities from the secular to the Christian ideal and it all starts from one point….prayer.

From the word revival and meaning much the same comes the word restoration and this is what many people in today’s highly technological world need,

Not just the ever swiftly advancing modes of technology but the need for speed in everything; work, getting to and from work, keeping up with payments for this that and everything else and leading an anything but healthy lifestyle.

It causes anxiety, stress, breakdown of the human body, breakdown of marriages and family units and it becomes a never ending cycle.

Simply put, people need balance restored. They need to see light at the end of the tunnel and they need to know how to handle stress, anxiety and everything mentioned above.

So let me say from the outset that prayer is vital and if you are not a Christian then learn to just ask God even though He may be alien to you, to listen to your pleas because He will.

A man called Paul Cho began a church in Korea years ago and that church was built on prayer and it has just gotten bigger and bigger.

In 1958 he began praying for much and within a short time 50 people had gathered to spend all night with him in prayer.

In 1984 there were over 500,000 members of his church!

They had seen prayer answered; they had seen their lives transformed and restored.

You may well say well that was over there, you do not know what I am going through.

But I can speak from experience; twice I have been out of work for some time with only my wife’s income to support me and our household.

I have had to resort to almost begging for help and for food; I have been in job situations where the stress was at times so bad I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown.

Yet what kicked in each time was my Christian faith and walk with God.

I was and admit it one who went to prayer almost as a last resort because man always feels he is bigger than anything or anyone else and it will all just go away.

But the longer I spent in prayer the more I became at ease, the more I simply read the Psalms of the Old Testament the more I began to sleep better at night.

The more I prayed the more I felt answers coming to me supernaturally.

And in fact out of the two times that were the most difficult, through prayer, came the best times not longer after.

You see prayer restored me…it revived me.

You can be full of stress and anxiety and be the walking dead and need reviving.

So we get back to the proof of what it achieves; it can produce miracles and does so daily and it can transform a community as it did in the Welsh revival.

It can make people see the errors of their way as it did in the Pensecola revival at Brownsville in Florida and it can make you appreciate that if you are indeed restored, revived then there must be something to prayer.

Non-Christians can often be the very ones who when peril is about to strike ask for prayer,,,why?

Because they know it is a straw for them to cling to and they know from hearing from others that prayer can be answered.

So revival is not just about a community being transformed or revived, you can have personal revival.

And personal revival can only come through the same agency, prayer.

But it prayer not just for five minutes but five minutes maybe for every day till you get an answer, a solution, a healing.

It will happen!

And with prayer you must have the faith that it will be answered.

There is a scripture that says Faith is the substance of things hoped for yet unseen. Hoped in this context and in the context of the day it was written means the absolute certainty.

So it is saying faith is the substance of absolute certainty that the unseen will be answered.

So pray in faith, see yourself revived, restored and set free and learn from it because there may come over times when you need to do the same.



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