Echoes From the Campfire

When you fear God, it’s the end of fearing man.”
              –Jim Burnett (The Bible and the Badge)

    “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
              –Matthew 28:6 (NKJV)    
Sometimes I find myself shaking my head at things that are moronic.  I read a couple of days ago about a survey that took place in the United Kingdom.  The results of this survey showed that over half of the “Christians” in the UK do not believe in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Come on!  If they don’t believe in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus they cannot be Christians, for that is the foundational creed of Christianity.  I don’t know about the world in which we live, but I do know…

         “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
          I know that He is living, whatever men may say;
          I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
          And just the time I need Him He’s always near.”
                   –A.H. Ackley

With all the stupidity that is taking place in the world, the Lord is still there beside me, taking care of me and showing His mercy to me. With all of the problems in the world He still shows mercy toward mankind.  He cares for me, He leads me through the darkest nights and the storms that may come my way.  Right now, I trust in Him to be with me in the situations that may confront me.  Right now, he holds my hand as we walk along this life, but soon, very soon He will come for me.

         “In all the world around me I see His loving care,
          And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
          I know that He is leading, thro’ all the stormy blast,
          The day of His appearing will come at last.”

Though there are troubles in the world, we, as Christians, those who believe in the risen Lord, should be singing His praise.  Paul implores us to “rejoice, and rejoice some more.”  The world is searching for answers but man has none, however, if they turn to the Lord He will give them hope.  In the midst of the world’s jeering and mockery, He looks for me to praise Him.  What else can I do, for He is “so loving, so good and kind.”

         “Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
          Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
          The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all your find,
          None other is so loving, so good and kind.”

A person is not a Christian unless he believes in the crucifixion and the resurrection.  There must be that genuine born-again experience.  One that changes the hearts and allows Jesus to reign and live there.  An experience that cannot be taken away.  He is risen!  He is risen and because of the defeat of death, hell, and the grave I have the hope that He will walk with me all the way to Glory.

                        “He lives, He live, Christ Jesus lives today!
                         He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
                         He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
                         You ask me how I know He lives?
                         He lives within my heart.”