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Everlasting wisdom for living

 

Here are some items of everlasting wisdom.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852), early-day American statesman, lawyer, and orator believed, “If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth is not diffused, error will be; if God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy; If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.”

Through the Gospel of John, Jesus gave us two important truths -- He said (John 10:10): “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” In John 14:6, John quotes Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

In the Gospel of Luke (Luke 16:19-31), Jesus gives us this illuminating story about a rich man and a beggar: “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

“And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

“But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

“And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

“Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (KJV)

C.T. Studd (1860-1931), dedicated missionary to China, India, and Africa, included these powerful words in the first verse of his poem, “Only One Life”:

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

If we will accept and obey the Bible’s “everlasting wisdom,” we can, and we will, inherit “everlasting life.”

“I would rather live my life believing there is a God and die to find out there is not, than to live my life believing there is no God and die to find out there is.” (Attributed to Albert Camus)

Ken and Nan Webster have collected inspiration for many years from many sources, and now inspire readers of “A Matter That Matters.” Contact them at kennanco@gmail.com or visit

www.kennancompany.com.

 
 
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