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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Do You Feel Like a Failure?

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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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Do you suffer from chronic bad hair days? Does it seem like everything that can go wrong does? Do you hid from the world to avoid failing in front of it again?

Many of us have been there. We would rather stay in bed than face the day. It is hard enough to exist when we see what is happen around us, and then we are suppose to try to compete?

If you are like me and have had a past of running from the world, let me share some insights I have learned because I turned to God, and He showed me the paths to take:

Draw Near

We should stay close to God at all times, no matter where we are. He is with us constantly. We just need to realize that, and lean on Him when we are feeling lost. He cares for us. He even loves each and every one of us, warts and all. He made us in His own image. That shows He will be there for us whenever we need Him.

Hold Fast

Never let go of Hope. That is the theme of this blog, and that is what I strive for. I have been called the hope whisper by some of my author friends. I am honored, but in reality we all should be hope whispers. We all should be examples to others who are lost and fighting depression.

Be Encouraged

It is very important to surround ourselves with positive people. We should interact with other Christians at our churches. Mingle with your neighbors. Live off of their friendliness, and support. Stay close to family members who are the pillars of your strength.

If you feel like a failure, run to God, and He let you know you are a person of worth. You are a person He has plans for. He knows you better than any other person.

You may feel you are such a sinner that you aren’t worthy of God’s love. Never more do you need to say, “My sin is too much, or I am not worthy!” God knows your history. He knows what you have done. He only wants you to admit to Him that you have sinned, and ask Him for forgiveness, and your life book is clean of all sin. You are starting fresh with Him.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Is the Bible the Only True and Final Word?

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Many people don’t want to believe that God would sentence people to “eternal fire,” for rejecting Him. But it is clearly taught in scripture. Sinners who don’t seek forgiveness from God will face separation from Him.

False teachers will tell us that the Bible isn’t the final word. They will try to convince us that their own doctrine is the true answer. They pick and choose certain versus from the Bible and twist them into a meaning that fits the way they want to live.

The truth of the Bible must not be compromised, because it gives us the real facts about Jesus and salvation. The Bible is inspired by God and should never be twisted or manipulated.

Even some of our churches today have false teachers who “have secretly slipped in,” and are twisting the Bible’s teachings to justify their own opinions, life style, or wrong behavior. In doing this, they may gain temporary freedom to do as they wish, but they will discover that in distorting Scripture they are playing with fire. God will judge them for excusing, tolerating, and promoting sin.

Today, even some Christians minimize the sinfulness of sin, believing that how they live has little to do with their faith. But what a person truly believes will show up in how they act. True followers who have faith will show it by their deep respect for God.

False teachers claim they possess secret knowledge that gave them the authority that they have. The bottom line is, beware of those who claim to have all the answers and who belittle what they do not understand.

I realize that it is tough, at best, to concentrate on what is the truth, and on what to believe. There are far too many “false teachers,” in this world who would love to sway us into believing that what they say is true. We even find it in out political arena.

Stay with God’s Word, and hold it to be the only truth you need. Never allow someone to convince you of an outside doctrine that shoots off into another direction from the Bible.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

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Are You Friends With Sinners? Do you Love Them?

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We are planning for the future in our new bookstore too. We only have one book available right now that I have written, which is called, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” It reaches out to those who may be suffering from anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, self-doubt, hopelessness, and the many other usual suspects. Click on the “Bookstore” tab able to check it out.

We also plan to have books from our other administrators Michael Clark, and Dennis Booth as soon as their books are published. Both of their books will be uplifting and reach out to the same people.

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It is over a week now since Easter. We had 2,169 people at our church. We average about 1,000. My question always is, where are all the people the rest of the year? Are they only Christmas and Easter “Christians?”

It certainly is not for me to judge them, but they miss out on the wonderful teachings that are provide in our churches all year long.

Last Sunday our Pastor shared with us that Jesus the  the first and the last. There can only be one person in first place in a race, and only one person who is last. Jesus is the only one that can be both.

He was the first one who cared enough for you an me to die on the cross. He is the last one who will come down from heaven and rule this earth.

Think on this:

Are you friends with sinners? Do you love them? Would you go out of your way to help them?

Jesus, is a friend to all sinners. He loves them as much as He does you and me. He went out of His path many times to heal and speak to sinners.

One thing that people can’t seem to grasp is that Jesus was actually dead. He took His last breath on the cross and was laid in a tomb pronounced legally dead by the soldiers who pierced His side with a spear.

Yet, he rose again and was seen by many people. He talked to them. He allowed them to touch His wounds.

Question…. Would you die for someone else? Would you take a bullet to save a life? Jesus knew ahead of time what was going to happen, but still went to the cross to die for you and me.

Now that we have had Easter, and rejoice over the resurrection, do you still go to church?

Try to give one day a week to the LORD to thank Him for what he did for you. Each Sunday, go to your local church and worship Him.

Remember:

You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And…never, ever, give up!

 

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