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.

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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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Some People Like Darkness Rather Than Light, Because They do Evil Things

Some People like darkness rather than light, because they do evil things.

How is that for an opening line?

That statement is true in many ways. It is so much easier to-do you own thing- than to try to obey God. The walk through the darkness is a much easier and wider path. The path that God wants us to be on is a much more narrow and straight path.

Can God exist with all the evil in the world?  

This is a good question. We see so much evil through-out the world. Just look at the Middle East. There have been dictators sending terror through the hearts of the people for many years. But now the people have become brave and rioting is spreading like the plague.

There is not only evil in this world, but there are afflictions that come over us and pull us down like a huge magnet. It  could be depression, fear, addictions, self-doubt, low self-esteem, anxiety, and the list goes on.

Have you been faced with oppression in your country? Do you battle any of the afflictions I mentioned above?

So, can God exist in this world with all the evil, and afflictions?

Think on this:

  • We wouldn’t have a sense of right or wrong if God didn’t exist.
  • Jesus came face to face with evil, but continued to love.
  • It is at the cross that we feel the true love in all this evil.
  • It is often when we face the worst pain that we love the most.

WE can face all evil if we believe in out LORD Jesus Christ. However, following Jesus can be challenging and rewarding at the same time.

There are so many time when we try to witness to someone about the evil in this world that we are ridiculed, and harassed. We get persecuted for telling the truth because people often don’t want to hear the true. They would have to change their ways, and their ways are an idol to them that they placed ahead of God.

The other side of the story is that it is so rewarding to follow Jesus. We will wear many crowns, for the harassment, ridicule, and persecution we have gone through on this earth.

This earth will not last, but the love of God is for eternity!

When the times come to witness to someone, don’t be a person who poses as a Christian, and then fearfully walks the other way. Stand up for God, and be strong in your convictions for Him.

How does this help with evil, and all the afflictions we face? God knows every hair on our head. He knows our hurts, our pains, and sufferings. He is there for each of us. All we have to do is call out to Him, and he will take our hand and guide us through the storm.

Yes Satan is alive and well. Yes He will do anything he can to make you think that God doesn’t care. 

Remember, Satan is just a misguided, fallen angel. God is the supreme Master of all the angels, and the universe. Which side do you think you will do better with? God or Satan?

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Think How Devastating it Would be if you Lost Your Children

Be a Friend to Someone

 

Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

Job 2:13 (emphasis mine)

 

Job went through every kind of hardship you can imagine, but his worst hardship was the loss of his own children. Just think how devastated you would be if all of your children perished in one day.

The friends of Job knew that saying things like, “We are so sorry this happened to you,” would not help at all. So they just stayed near him to help him feel comfortable, and waited.

Many of us have friends who are heroes to us. This is because they never look down on you. They are always there for you when you need them. They still like you when you’ve made a mistake. The following talks about how you can be a hero to someone at a critical time of their life.

What do you say when you are with a person who has just lost a loved one? Do you try to explain why God took them? Do you say how sorry you are that it happened?

I lost my father on May 4, 2001, and it was very hard for me, because we had grown so close in the final two weeks of his life. At the service, people kept coming up to me and saying how sorry they were, and that my father was at peace now. “If there anything I can do,” many of them said. None of this helped me at all. I knew they meant well, but I wanted them to go away and leave me alone.

The one person that really helped me through the whole service was my wife, Charlotte. She never said anything to me about how I was going to be OK. She just held my hand the whole time, and silently gave me reassurance. That was what I really needed! I wanted her to stay close to me, because she—not all the well-wishers who kept coming past me in the receiving line—was the one who was really helping me.

Job lost his children and most of his possessions. Some of his friends came to him and mourned with him. They just sat with him and didn’t say a word. He had a tremendous close encounter with God, and his friends were there to share it with him.

When you are with a friend or loved one who has a loss, just be there and be close to them. You don’t have to saying anything. Your presence will be their comfort. Reminds me of the little boy who walked in the door and announced that he had just visited the newly widowed neighbor.

“What did you say?” his surprised mother asked.

“Nothing. I just sat on her lap and cried with her.”

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion andGod of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2 Corinthians 1:3–5

Further Adventures

Have you been to a funeral, and didn’t know what to say to the mourning family? Try saying nothing. They are glad you honored their loved one who has passed away. A hug and a smile will do wonders.

 

Something to ponder

Isn’t it funny how friends are like the walls of a house? Sometimes they hold you up. Sometimes you lean on them. But sometimes it’s enough to know they’re just standing by.

* Excerpt from: Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World

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