Special Commentary: 10.24.18 The Churches Finest Hour?

Acts 1:8 KJV
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Power: 

doo’-nam-is
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

I woke up this morning and what I saw being brought to my tv made me shudder.  Someone who must be full of hate sending pipe bombs through the mail targeting a certain group of people, leaders.

In America this could be the church’s finest hour.  They could be the light drawing all to the comforting arms of Christ Jesus.  Yet this will not be the case.  Instead they have looked to government and politicians for validation.  The only validation that the body of Christ needs is that which comes from the throne room of God in the person of the Holy Ghost.

The witness that Christ commanded us to be is diluted by politics.  The church is not a political body, but rather a powerhouse for God.  The message that is needed is that of the cross, not arguments of policy.

As a pastor I was taught ethics about politics.  When there was an election I was taught to just tell those within the sound of my voice was to say, ‘vote your conscience’.  Please, do not think that I don’t have political views, but they should never take center stage when I would stand behind the pulpit.

I find no place in the New Testament where the Apostles joined hands with the government that ruled the land.  Now, Paul the Apostle was quite equipped that he could have stood face to face with the government on all things political.  Paul was highly educated in the Roman Law and also the Law of the Torah.  He was a Jewish man who also was a Roman citizen.

The only thing that matters in this life is one thing that being what we do for Christ.

Only One Life Twill Soon Be Past

Poem by:  C. T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

— extra stanza —

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee

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