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    (see also LORDSHIP OF CHRIST and JESUS)

    John Newton was a rough, dirty sailor with a foul mouth and an appetite for rotten living. He hated life and life hated him. He was captain of a slave ship. Then someone placed in his hands a copy of Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ. He also had the gift of a good mother who told him about the Savior when he was young. And then he was saved. He went all over England sharing his faith. Well past his "retirement" age, he had to have an assistant stand in the pulpit with him on Sundays. He was nearly blind and spoke in whispers, but nothing could keep him from preaching while he still had breath.

    One Sunday, while delivering his message he repeated the sentence: "Jesus Christ is precious." His helper whispered to him: "But you have already said that twice." Newton turned to his helper and said loudly, "Yes, I've said it twice, and I'm going to say it again." The stones in the ancient sanctuary fairly shook as the grand old preacher said again: "Jesus Christ is precious!"

    Source Unknown.

    Commentary & Devotional

    Meaning no disrespect to the religious convictions of others, I still can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time -- possibly to your own home town. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father's shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father's shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing -- the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, propertyless young man who...left no written word has, for 2000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals, all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived -- all of them put together. How do we explain that?...unless he really was who he said he was." 

    Ronald Reagan


    If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.

    There are two hundred and fifty-six names given in the Bible for the Lord Jesus Christ, and I suppose this was because He was infinitely beyond all that any one name could express. 

    Billy Sunday in a sermon, "Wonderful," quoted in The Real Billy Sunday.


    In Christ We Have:

    A love that can never be fathomed
    A life that can never die
    A righteousness that can never be tarnished
    A peace that can never be understood
    A rest that can never be disturbed
    A joy that can never be diminished
    A hope that can never be disappointed
    A glory that can never be clouded
    A light that can never be darkened
    A purity that can never be defiled
    A beauty that can never be marred
    A wisdom that can never be baffled
    Resources that can never be exhausted.

    Source Unknown.

    Christ for sickness, Christ for health,
    Christ for poverty, Christ for wealth,
    Christ for joy, Christ for sorrow,
    Christ today and Christ tomorrow;
    Christ my Life, and Christ my Light,
    Christ for morning, noon and night,
    Christ when all around gives way
    Christ my everlasting Stay;
    Christ my Rest, and Christ my Food
    Christ above my highest good,
    Christ my Well-beloved Friend
    Christ my Pleasure without end;
    Christ my Savior, Christ my Lord
    Christ my Portion, Christ my God,
    Christ my Shepherd, I His sheep
    Christ Himself my soul to keep;
    Christ my Leader, Christ my Peace
    Christ hath wrought my soul's release,
    Christ my Righteousness divine
    Christ for me, for He is mine;
    Christ my Wisdom, Christ my Meat,
    Christ restores my wandering feet,
    Christ my Advocate and Priest
    Christ who ne'er forgets the least;
    Christ my Teacher, Christ my Guide,
    Christ my Rock, in Christ I hide,
    Christ the Ever-living Bread,
    Christ His precious Blood hath shed;
    Christ hath brought me nigh to God,
    Christ the everlasting Word
    Christ my Master, Christ my Head,
    Christ who for my sins hath bled;
    Christ my Glory, Christ my Crown,
    Christ the Plant of great renown,
    Christ my Comforter on high,
    Christ my Hope, draws ever nigh.

    Source Unknown.