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Sweet Memories of Yesteryear No.3

May 12, 2013

Sweet Memories of Yesteryear
No.3

I thank the great God and Father for the sweet memories of yesteryear that are etched in my heart. Many things that I saw and heard as a young Christian have made a lasting and memorable impression that will follow me till my earthly journey comes to an end. Please bear with me as I mention some of the more important things that will encourage all of us.

Sixth, I remember the time when members of local congregations openly rejoiced when a person was immersed into Christ. Their emotions were publicly intense. Sometimes the people, including the evangelist, would audibly weep. Why? They understood how sin destroys the soul and any hope of an eternal home in heaven! Therefore, to see a sinner yield to God’s will and experience freedom in Christ touched their souls. They understood that even heaven rejoices when a sinner repents! Jesus said,

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)

Luke tells us that when the Ethiopian eunuch was immersed, “he went on his way rejoicing.” (Acts 8:39) There is good reason for exuberance when a person is rescued from the dominion of darkness! (Colossians 1:13) The fact that I have seen such joy is a sweet memory of yesteryear that I pray I will not forget.

Seventh, I recall the time when God’s people believed singing was an act of worship, and they sang in a way that “knocked the roof off the building.” They understood how important singing is to an assembly gathered for worship. They knew scripture not only tells us to sing, but it tells us to “sing and make melody with/from the heart.”(Ephesians 5:19) They sang with gratitude in their hearts. (Colossians 3:16) During that time God’s people also knew we are to continually offer to God the fruit of lips that openly profess his name! (Hebrews 13:15) Singing soothes the soul. It enlivens the heart! It helps a broken spirit heal! How can a person who has been forgiven of horrible sins such as adultery, drunkenness, homosexuality, theft, vile language, and gossip not sing to God with the very fiber of his being? I have often said,

“A congregation of Christ is not a funeral home, therefore, we should sing upward and outward with great enthusiasm.”

I remember hearing singing that was so emotional and strong that the tears flowed. Not for show, but for the joy of salvation in Christ.

Eighth, I remember a time when strong members of local congregation really cared for erring brothers and sisters. They knew the eternal value of restoring a brother or sister who was caught in sin. (Galatians 6: 1) They were willing to help carry each other’s burdens. They did not laugh at a weak brother or sister. They realized that they could be the one who needs help along life’s way. They did not excuse sin, but they reached out with a helping hand, tempered with love and mercy! When they confronted the sinner, the sinner knew it was done with concern, not from egotistical pride. It was clearly understood that

“whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover a multitude of sins.”(James 5:19-20)

Everything was done to bring the erring back to the right way. They were not always successful, but they made every reasonable effort because they loved the sinner.

Ron Daly
For more teaching on crucial issues visit the following blogs:
www.exegeticalessays.blogspot.com
www.biblicallanguagesresearch.blogspot.com
www.dalysnttranslationproject.blogspot.com

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The Path of Righteousness

February 10, 2013

The Path of Righteousness

The Psalmist wrote, “Happy is the person ‘who does not walk in the plans of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of mockers; but his delight is in the law of Yahweh, and he mediates on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1)

Who says it is easy to always do the right thing? It isn’t but it’s always right to do the right thing. The way of the transgressor is hard or their ruin. (Prov. 13:15) The way of the righteous is sometimes difficult because evildoers make it so. But there are blessings that accompany the path of righteousness that do not follow the wicked.

It sometimes seems that doing right leads to more and more sorrow and hardship, but it all ends when this life is over.

Remember the rich man and Lazarus? In this life it seems the rich man “had it all.” But he really didn’t. He was lacking the very thing that matters most. He failed to love and obey God and care for his fellow human beings. So, in a very real sense he was poverty stricken, the poorest of the poor, because be was destitute with regard to God’s favor. On the other hand, “poor” Lazarus was neglected by the rich man, but be was rich toward God, and when he died “angels carried him to Abraham’s side.” (Luke 16: 19-31) “Happy are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Happy indeed.” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Rev. 14: 13)

The path of righteousness is best for mankind. It makes the world a better place to live. Just think if everybody walked in the path of righteousness–all the hatred, theft, vulgarity, sexual immorality, murder, drunkenness, lying, envy, promiscuity, and all other forms of ungodliness would vanish! God’s favor would be upon the land.

The path of righteousness is a way of light! The person who walks in the path of righteousness walks with God. John wrote, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all…if we walk: in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sm.” (1 Jno. 1:5-7) The person who does not walk in the light walks in the darkness. The Christian chooses to walk with God. He does not apologize for doing so.

The path of righteousness is a path of joy. The person who walks in it does not fear life or death. He has the great Shepherd to lead him along life’s way to the land of endless day. He looks for a home with God, and he knows that in that home ultimate peace, joy, and happiness awaits all the redeemed of the earth.

The believer’s worst day on this earth is far better than the unbeliever’s best day.

No words will be more satisfying to the people of God than to hear Jesus say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Mat. 25:34)

Ron Daly

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