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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Two Little Lines Etching Themselves on my Mind

Posted by Emma on February 25, 2013 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Quotes

“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. ”

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.”

-C.T Studd

What are you doing with your one life?

The Shocking State of Art

Posted by Emma on January 3, 2013 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought

Today I went to the MIlwaukee Art Museum. It was inspiring and beautiful to walk through the displays of art from centuries ago. Here are my two  favorites.
View of Dordrecht

Landscape with Mountains and River

Then we came to the modern art section. To my brother and I, it was repulsing. Seeing the beautiful paintings, can you really call this art?

144 Pieces of Zinc
Yes, this is considered art. It is 144 zinc plates on the floor. This so called piece of art is laughable. Seriously, that is art? (I hope I am not offending someone by laughing at their master piece but considering the other images it holds nothing to them.) I show this image because it is laughable and not repulsing like some of the other ones are. I do not wish to taint you with exposure to them.

Modern art leaves you shaking your head asking what has come over us that we can call this art. After a head shake, we walk on and never give it any more serious thought. It does not inspire us to greatness, it does not awe us with beauty, it does not fill us with wonder. It leaves us empty, confused, and appalled (well, it leaves some of us appalled).

As I pondered this, it struck me how similar art is to the American church. Our culture has degenerated in the past several decades and so has our church. I wonder if the degeneration of art is a result of the decaying of our culture. I suspect it is. I know that a lot of the degeneration of the church is a result of a decayed culture. We have let the culture into our church, making excuses about how we have to reach the culture. Nothing in the Bible says you have to let the culture in to the church, in fact it tells us to be separate from the cultures around us, to be holy to God. (1 Peter 1:16). The church use to be a place of love and godliness. It left people with a sense of awe at the beauty of God, wonder because of how much He had done for us, and inspiration to live for Him and show His greatness to the world. It was a beautiful body of believers tied together by love. That love spread to those around them, showing the glory of God and His greatness.

Today, the church is a disconnected gathering of people, some of whom are there because they love the Lord but the majority are there because it is the “right” thing to do. The church leaves you feeling empty, they have nothing so they can offer you nothing. It leaves you confused. You hear one thing from the Bible and see a very different thing lived out. It leaves you appalled. At least it leaves me appalled. Appalled because of the hypocrisy, the lack of love, the eagerness to be as the world, and the effort spent to NOT obey God’s word. You may think I am being harsh or that I do not know what I am saying. Yes, it is harsh but it is true. I have been to many churches, dozens of them. I have yet to find one church that did not leave me empty, confused and appalled. I have yet to find one church that was a true body of believers bringing glory to God. I have yet to find one church that genuinely loved with God’s love.

Art needs a revolution so that it does not slide into childish scribbles any more than it has. The American church needs a revolution so that it does not slide into the world any more than it already has. It is time that the American stood up, threw out the world, reopened the Bible. It is time that the American church loved as Christ loved. It is time that the American church inspires people with the awe and glory of God by showing His greatness to the world.

Tonal Importance

Posted by Emma on January 2, 2013 | Filed under: Attitude,Daily Thought,Leadership,Love,Words

I was reminded today that your tone is reflecting in other people as you speak with them. If you are harsh, they will be as well. If you are gentle, they may follow suit. If you are laid back, likely they will seem laid back. It is important that we are careful about the words we choice and thoughtful about the tone in which we say them. Perhaps that is what it means in Colossians 4:6 when we are instructed to “let your speech be always with grace”. Our tone needs to be one of grace. We also in Ephesians 4:15 are instructed to speak the truth in love. Our speech should have the tone of love.

Take thought to what you say and also take thought to how you say it. 

Truly Awesome Power

Posted by Emma on May 7, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought

A moment ago, I stepped outside and witnessed one of the most amazing lightening displays I’ve seen in a long time. The lightening was flashing all around me. It was coming from behind the trees surrounding my house, silhouetting them with every flash. Some was flashing high up, lighting up the entire sky, showing the clouds and the magnificence up there. Others were flashing lower down, between the tree trunks and branches. It was unbelievably awesome!

As I stood out there, I was just overcome with the realization that my God has the power that controls this lightening. It is incredible power. Power that can destroy, that slashes through the air. And that is just a small glimpse of the greatness of God’s power. He is a consuming fire; a God to be feared. Yet, He used His power to come to earth, die on a cross, and rise again. The power of God that shatters the sky with lightening is the power of Jesus that burst the cords of death. That was a display hundreds of times more awesome than the lightening display I just witness.

That God, who flashes his lightening on the sky and burst the cords of death as He rises from the dead, is our God! That is an awesome thought. He loves us, and that is incomprehensible. Our God is an awesome God! Our Jesus is amazing! That power is available to us! I have just begun to see that power in my life.

Standing out there, watching the lightening. I was truly in awe at my Jesus. The only thing I could do was worship. Our God is powerful! Our Jesus is awesome! Our Lord has no limits! Worship Him!

You’re a Grownup when…

Posted by Emma on April 24, 2012 | Filed under: Attitude,Character,Daily Thought,Leadership

  • You know there are many things more important than yourself.
  • You’re willing to say, “I was wrong.”
  • You’re attentive to the footprint you will have left on the world.
  • You make decisions that benefit all who are involved.
  • You forgive the carelessness of the young, and regret the thoughtlessness of your own youth.
  • You are willing to learn from others’ experiences and mistakes.
  • You finally realize you have no one to complain to.

Growing up is a choice you make by identifying your values and then acting accordingly; jettisoning the excuses while retaining your sense of humor.

I stumbled across this today and really liked it. I don’t know where it is originally from but I think there is a lot of truth in the points they make. Young people need to live out these principles and become grownups. The one thing I would add from personal experience is, You’re a grownup when you give up your own wants and desires to work for the best of those around you and under your care.


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