Friday, August 22, 2008

The Faithful One

Our Faithful, Unfailing Friend

"Having loved His own who were in the world,
He loved them to the end."
John 13:1

Christ loves unto the uttermost. His love is not worn
out by our faultiness, our dullness, nor even by our
sinning. Christ bears with us in all our sad failings;
and is patient toward all our weakness, infirmity, and
sin. He is our faithful, unfailing friend, though we
give Him but little love--and that little mingled with
doubts, complainings, murmurings, and ingratitude.
Many of us make it hard for Christ to be our friend;
yet He loves unto the end--unto the uttermost!

(J. R. Miller, "The Building of Character" 1894)

"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Word For Wednesday

How Majestic Is Your Name/ Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Correct Perspective

“I Remember Two Things”

My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.

—John Newton, quoted in Jonathan Aitken, John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007), 347 From Of First Importance.