11-29-14 The Day is Here

suffering for Jesus

The day is here when Christians suffer much;

They’re taunted, tortured, murdered for their Lord.

They bear the cross as He once bore it such,

Then kneel and lose their head by brutal sword.

They must not be ashamed to claim His name;

They could have lied and stayed alive instead,

But these great martyrs boldly do exclaim

And glorify our God to lose their head.

Don’t be ashamed if you must suffer, too,

The blades and hammers of such men that hate

Because you call Christ Lord and His word true.

Exalt the name of Jesus; don’t abate!

He suffered much and died upon the cross.

Can you not stand for Him whate’er the loss?

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Yet if any man suffer as a Christian,

let him not be ashamed;

but let him glorify God on this behalf.

1 Peter 4:16 KJV

10-28-14 Acknowledging Christ

Caravaggio-Crucifixion_of_Peter

The time is coming and already here

When calling Christ your Lord brings prejudice:

Some places in the world your life’s to fear;

The civilized themselves will taunt and hiss.

You used to care how many friends you had,

But now there’s only One you call your Friend.

To be unpopular was once thought bad,

Now Christ’s the only one you can depend.

Acknowledge Jesus, don’t be shy to tell,

There’s some within that crowd to hear your voice.

The Spirit will convict them free from hell

And cause the angels then to so rejoice!

Confess the name of Christ both far and wide.

There’s nothing now to fear; He’s at your side.

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Whosoever shall confess me before men,

him shall the Son of man also confess

before the angels of God.

Luke 12:8 KJV