Psalm 16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

God's Warth is Coming... Are You Ready?

You had better listen to the words of Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter, but he that does the will of my father in heaven.” If ye by the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. If you live after the flesh, you’ll die! The cross does not give us a minor shift or two with regard to a few of our ethical and religious values. The cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the cross has not done that, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN! My Friend face it, young rogue, you’re not a Christian until the cross has radically disrupted the very center and citadel of your life! And brought you from a life of commitment to serve self…What are the focal points of the reign of your self? If you’ve gone to the cross in union with Christ, it’s been shattered!"
- Al Martin

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How Did You Die?

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
    With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
    With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,
    Or a trouble is what you make it.
And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
    But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that?
    Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
    But to lie there -- that’s disgrace.
The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce;
    Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts;
    It’s how did you fight and why?

And though you be done to death, what then?
    If you battled the best you could;
If you played your part in the world of men,
    Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
    And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
    But only, how did you die?

Edmund Vance Cook

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