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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Stop! What Is Christmas Really About?

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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. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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Spiritual Eyes

Every Christmas season I seem to find myself in a battle against my selfishness and selflessness! On the one hand I am thinking about all the amazing gifts I could get for my friends and family, and on the other hand there seems to rise up in me this desire to get all the things for myself that I don’t actually need.
I believe life isn’t random, the feelings and emotions we experience during the Christmas season don’t just come from “something in the air.” In my experience the Holidays can be fun and stressful at the same time. They can be the best of times and the most dreaded of times! Why is that? How can it be that the season of Thanksgiving and the season Christmas can become so messy? As a Christian I believe with the right perspective we can unfold a mystery that to an untrained eye goes completely unnoticed.
So lets take a step back for a minute…
Christmas is the season for cerebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. It was through the birth of Jesus that salvation has come into the world, and set us free from sin and death.
Many of you have probably heard the famous verse in the bible John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” It was the most selfless act that the world has ever seen. The King volunteering His life on the altar to save the people that despised him, spat on him, and uttered all kinds of evil against him.
Not only did he lay his life down, but it was for the joy set before him that he went to the cross. Jesus was giddy with joy to receive the reward on the other side of the cross. It is in this mystery of King Jesus and the cross that I want to get perspective behind what is physically seen and spiritually seen. At the cross their was nothing pretty happening in the physical. An innocent man was being beaten beyond description, flogged and tortured to the point of being unrecognizable.
It was not a pretty sight. Yet the Bible says it was out of an abundance of love that He hung on the cross. That’s because Jesus was seeing in the spiritual. Jesus could see through the outer layer of the flesh into the deeper treasures of the spirit.
Inside of the men and women who despised and rejected Jesus is a spirit created by God, made in the image of God, and worth redeeming. God even goes so far as to say, “His desire is that non would perish, but all would come to repentance.”
My hope for you this Christmas season is that you would have eyes to see that true value of your life. You have been created as the most beautiful of all creation and you are loved by a God who wants to father you. As we continue to inch closer to Christmas my challenge to you is to get to a quiet place and simply ask God what His thought are about you.
 Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Taylor Wilkins
FCA Salem Area Director (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
twilkins@fca.org
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he  do…” John 14:12
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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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We Are All Under Construction

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It is so good to have our guest bloggers back in the fold after our recent shut down. Tonight it is Jeannie Pallett, preparing is for the new year. Thank you Jeannie.
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Under Construction
This is my first post for 2016 and as I think about this past year, I am aware of so many changes.  Heart changes especially.  I think of how God has never left our side or ceased in His thoughts about us.  His good plans are continually unfolding and He has been faithful to help us find our way through the wilderness into the pleasant place He has prepared for us.
He has placed us right where we are for purposes that are solely His and my heart needs to continually yield to His so I might know and walk fully in in those purposes.  It is the will of God alone that will give true meaning to our lives and they will be fruit bearing too.  And aren’t we all wanting to bear fruit if we are His children?  The gifts He has given us, the special and particular way He has created and shaped us are gifts we dare not squander.  He places us in specific areas and connects us with people whose hearts He unites ours with and He then moves in us so our giftings flow.
We have seen this very thing as a result of our recent move.  He has amazed us in the preparations He has made for us in our neighbourhood and connecting us right away with His sons and daughters.  He presented us with a choice too.  Would we attend the same ‘stream’ of church or would we be willing to go where He lead us?  It’s true, we attended three churches whose denomination we have been involved with over the years, but in not one did we have the sense that we belonged.
We chose the new and unfamiliar because we were not blind to the leading of the Lord.  Though the church and people be unfamiliar, we have known we have been placed for purpose and our hearts have already been forged in unity with some precious believers who love God with a depth that blesses my heart.
I am under construction and seeking to love God with all my heart.  The same way our physical home is under construction as it is being renovated, so God is making changes in my heart.  He does not want me to stay the same, He wants to beautify me with the fullness of His salvation, just like we want to beautify our home.  We saw good bones in our home, and today I am sensing God is saying there is life in our bones and He wants to breathe the beauty of His new life into us; into me.  The foundation and walls are good and strong, they are well built  but there are still some touch ups necessary.
Are you aware of any changes God is wanting to make in your heart’s home?  Is He perhaps leading you in a way you have not been before?  If we have been to a place before, we do not need to be lead, and since God is always wanting and ready to do that ‘new thing’ should we not be always holding His hand and asking Him for eyes to behold the new?
Asking Him for eyes to see and a heart that loves Him more in the new year.
Blessing you, I wish you all a new year filled with His promises unfolding.
Love Jeannie
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