'Twas The Night Before Jesus Came'
'Twas the night before Jesus came
and all through the house
Not a creature was praying,
not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain
on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing
Why Satan Hates Communion
Toward the end of a lengthy prayer, shortly before his arrest, Jesus said, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you” (John 17:20, 21, New Living Translation).
Jesus prayed for unity among his people because he understood that bickering Christians preaching love would be about as effective in spreading the gospel as a 300-pound man recommending a new weight-loss program. Everybody knows inconsistency kills credibility. When what you’re doing starts conflicting with what you’re saying, you’re well on your way to becoming a laughingstock.
Great People Do 4 Others
In last years NCAA basketball Final Four playoffs, I was interested in the statement made the coach from Kentucky prior to the game. He was asked, "Why has your team done so well? What is it about this team that has made it come as far as it has, because everybody wants to know about success?"
He said, "We have a motto on our team, and the motto is this:
Truth what is true?
Like Pontius Pilate, multitudes today sneer, "What is truth?" The ultimate virtue in our culture today is tolerance. Anyone who insists that there is an absolute standard of truth is regarded as an intolerant bigot and a threat to the welfare of our nation.
The Christian unashamedly regards Jesus Christ as the standard of truth. Jesus said, "I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" (John 18:37).
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