10-21-15 Partiality

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1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:

4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

James 2:1-4 KJV

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In church we always want to look our best;

We’ve got our Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes,

But there’s a fellow that’s so poorly dressed

His only suit’s so worn his elbows shows.

I promise you someone in church will gasp,

Will roll their eyes, then whisper to a friend.

Don’t be the one to shun the poor man’s grasp;

Please don’t compare him to the latest trend.

The Savior doesn’t see a rag from gloss;

A tattered shirt’s the same as Vera Wang.

It all is level at the bloody cross;

He only wore our sins when He did hang.

A judging heart is evil at its best;

See all alike and you’ll be surely blessed.

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12-31-14 You’ll Surely Know

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To know beyond a doubt if you love God,

Observe your life and see the fruit you bear.

If you shun His commandments you’re a fraud;

How can you claim to love if you don’t care?

God’s moral laws are still in place today,

And done sincere in faith, His light shines through.

Look to the edicts Jesus did convey,

Your neighbor should you love, your brother, too.

You must love God with everything you’ve got,

And if you do believe Christ died for you,

Submit your life to Him as Spirit wrought;

A new man will emerge: you’ll know it’s true.

You’ll know that you know Him without a doubt

If you keep His commandments all throughout.

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And hereby we do know that we know him,

if we keep his commandments

1 John 2:3 KJV

12-6-14 Manifested

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Would you, my friend, send out your only son,

To such a place where he’d be scourged and killed,

To save a wayward world who’d largely shun

The love he gave to have your will fulfilled?

God knew the world was doomed, so steeped in sin,

His Son would have to die so we could live,

And not just die, but sacrificed wherein

We’d not just live, but He our sins forgive.

How great a love is this! It makes me weep

To comprehend the pain we put Him through,

But still, O friend! God’s will He still did keep

That we might have salvation, living new.

God’s love for us was manifested so

He sent his Son to us so we could know.

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In this was manifested the love of God toward us,

because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,

that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9 KJV