O THOU who art King of kings and Lord of lords, we worship Thee.
Before Jehovah's awful throne, we bow with sacred joy.
We can truly say that we delight in God. There was a time when we feared Thee, O God, with the fear of bondage. Now we reverence, but we love as much as we reverence. The thought of Thine omnipresence was once horrible to us. We said, "Whither shall we flee from His presence?" and it seemed to make hell itself more dreadful, because we heard a voice, "If I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there." But now, O Lord, we desire to find Thee. Our longing is to feel Thy presence and it is the heaven of heavens that Thou art there. The sick bed is soft when Thou art there. The furnace of affliction grows cool when Thou art there and the house of prayer, when Thou art present, is none other than the house of God and it is the very gate of heaven. Come near, our Father, come very near to Thy children. Some of us are very weak in body and faint in heart. Soon, O God, lay Thy right hand upon us and say unto us, "Fear not." Peradventure, some of us are alike and the world is attracting us.
Come near to kill the influence of the world with Thy superior power. Even to worship may not seem easy to some. The dragon seems to pursue them and floods out of his mouth wash away their devotion. Give to them great wings as of an eagle, that each one may fly away into the place prepared for him, and rest in the presence of God today.
Our Father, come and rest Thy children now. Take the helmet from our brow, remove from us the weight of our heavy armour for awhile, and may we just have peace, perfect peace, and be at rest. Oh! help us, we pray Thee, now. As Thou hast already washed Thy people in the fountain filled with blood and they are clean, now this morning wash us from defilement in the water. With the basin and with the ewer, O Master, wash our feet again. It will greatly refresh. It will prepare us for innermost fellowship with Thyself. So did the priests wash ere they went into the holy place.
Lord Jesus, take from us now everything that would hinder the closest communion with God. Any wish or desire that might hamper us in prayer remove, we pray Thee. Any memory of either sorrow or care that might hinder the fixing of our affection wholly on our God, take it away now. What have we to do with idols anymore? Thou hast seen and observed us. Thou knowest where the difficulty lies. Help us against it and may we now come boldly, not into the Holy place alone, but into the Holiest of all, where we should not dare to come if our great Lord had not rent the veil, sprinkled the mercy seat with His own blood, and bidden us enter.
Now, we have come close up to Thyself, to the light that shineth between the wings of the cherubim, and we speak with Thee now as a man speaketh with his friends. Our God, we are Thine. Thou art ours. We are now concerned in one business—we are leagued together for one battle. Thy battle is our battle and our fight is Thine. Help us, we pray Thee. Thou who didst strengthen Michael and his angels to cast out the dragon and his angels, help poor flesh and blood that to us also the word may be fulfilled, "The Lord shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly."
Our Father, we are very weak. Worst of all we are very wicked if left to ourselves and we soon fall a prey to the enemy. Therefore, help us. We confess that sometimes in prayer when we are nearest to Thee at that very time some evil thought comes in, some wicked desire. Oh! what poor simpletons we are. Lord, help us. We feel as if we would now come closer to Thee still and hide under the shadow of Thy wings. We wish to be lost in God. We pray that Thou mayest live in us, and not we live, but Christ live in us and show Himself in us and through us. Lord, sanctify us. Oh! that Thy spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God.
Come, Holy Spirit, we do know Thee. Thou hast often overshadowed us. Come, more fully take possession of us. Standing now as we feel we are, right up at the Mercy Seat, our very highest prayer is for perfect holiness, complete consecration, entire cleansing from every evil. Take our heart, our head, our hands, our feet, and use us all for Thee. Lord, take our substance, let us not hoard it for ourselves, nor spend it for ourselves. Take our talent, let us not try to educate ourselves that we may have the repute of being wise, but let every gain of mental attainment be still that we may serve Thee better.
May every breath be for Thee, may every minute be spent for Thee. Help us to live while we live, and while we are busy in the world as we must be, for we are called to it, may we sanctify the world for Thy service. May we be lumps of salt in the midst of society. May our spirit and temper as well as our conversation be heavenly. May there be an influence about us that shall make the world the better before we leave it. Lord, hear us in this thing.
And now that we have Thine ear, we would pray for this poor world in which we live. We are often horrified by it. O, Lord, we could wish that we did not know anything about it for our own comfort. We have said, "Oh! for a lodge in some vast wilderness." We hear of oppression and robbery and murder, and men seem let loose against each other. Lord, have mercy upon this great and wicked city. What is to be done with these millions? What can we do? At least help every child of Thine to do his utmost. May none of us contribute to the evil directly or indirectly, but may we contribute to the good that is in it.
We feel we may speak with Thee now about this, for when Thy servant Abraham stood before Thee and spake with such wonderful familiarity to Thee, he pleaded for Sodom, and we plead for London. We would follow the example of the Father of the Faithful and pray for all great cities, and indeed for all the nations. Lord, let Thy kingdom come. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth. Chase the old dragon from his throne, with all his hellish crew. Oh! that the day might come when even upon earth the Son of the woman, the Man-child, should rule the nations, not with a broken staff of wood, but with an enduring sceptre of iron, full of mercy, but full of power, full of grace, but yet irresistible. Oh! that that might soon come, the personal advent of our Lord! We long for the millennial triumph of His Word. Until then, O Lord, gird us for the fight and make us to be among those who overcome, through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of our testimony, because we "love not our lives unto the death."
We lift our voice to Thee in prayer, also, for all our dear ones. Lord, bless the sick and make them well as soon as it is right they should be. Sanctify to them all they have to bear. There are also dear friends who are very weak, some that are very trembling. God bless them. While the tent is being taken down, may the inhabitant within look on with calm joy, for we shall by-and-by "be clothed upon with our house that is from heaven." Lord, help us to sit very loose by all these things here below. May we live here like strangers and make the world not a house but an inn, in which we sup and lodge, expecting to be on our journey tomorrow.
Lord, save the unconverted and bring out, we pray Thee, from among them those who are converted, but who have not confessed Christ. May the Church be built up by many who, having believed, are baptized unto the sacred name. We pray Thee go on and multiply the faithful in the land. Oh! that Thou wouldst turn the hearts of men to the Gospel once more. Thy servant is often very heavy in heart because of the departures from the faith. Oh! bring them back. Let not Satan take away any more of the stars with his tail, but may the lumps of God shine bright. Oh! Thou that walkest amongst the seven golden candlesticks trim the flame, pour forth the oil, and let the light shine brightly and steadily. Now, Lord, we cannot pray any longer, though we have a thousand things to ask for. Thy servant cannot, so he begs to leave a broken prayer at the Mercy Seat with this at the foot of it, we ask in the name of Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.
What We Learned Together Communion Sunday May 14, 2023
We are focusing on John 3:16 this morning for our communion study. One commentator wrote, “What proclamation of the Gospel has been so oft on the lips of missionaries and preachers in every age since it was first uttered? What has sent such thrilling sensations through millions of mankind? What has been honored to bring such multitudes to the feet of Christ? What to kindle in the cold and selfish breasts of mortals the fires of self-sacrificing love to mankind, as these words of transparent simplicity, yet overpowering majesty?” It is a great testimony in this verse. These words in John 3:16 are important for each of us here this morning. The message of salvation here in the Gospel of John through the words of Jesus. We have entitled the message “Whoever Is Believing in The One and only Son. May we all go forth from this time together telling others the truth in John 3:16. The message we can speak this week because of our time of communion this morning as those who are believing in Him.
In this Scripture passage we are given truth from God for us about salvation. Here in these verses we see The Grace of God through the Truths of Salvation in Giving His Son [3:16-18]
In verse 16 The Truth of The Greatness of The Love of God. In verse 17-18 The Truth of The Seriousness of The Judgment of God. Four simple points from this one verse. This one verse contains just a few words in which a sermon could be preached on every word in this one verse.
First, His One and Only Son was given to Display—The Love of God. Verse sixteen begins “For God so loved the world . . .” The first word “for” points us back to verses 14-15 in John chapter three. There The Deliverance by God for the Consequences of Sin in Providing His Son. The Old Testament reference in Numbers 21 His provision for cure from the poison of the serpents. As one commentator said, “Moses raised a bronze snake on a pole as a cure for a punishment due to disobedience. So Jesus would be lifted up on a cross for people’s sin.” In verse 15 “so that whoever [sing] believes might in Him have eternal life.” The character of those who are believing personal and presently. The great declaration that Jesus would be lifted up! He would be raised up on the cross and die in the place of sinners. Jesus is the remedy and cure for the poison of our disobedience within as the very One lifted up that we would look to Him for salvation. You Have This Salvation Who Believe in The Savior To Save Me The Sinner. Deliverance from sin in the look to the solution which God provided for them and for us! God so loved the world, meaning He loved the world in this way and in this manner. Not how great is His love, for it is great indeed! The very nature and character of God as The One who loved the world. We must begin with God for He is first in this truth. Not His emotion but His action. Not His feeling but His giving, doing, the sacrificing. His personal actual, and real love for the world where mankind dwells. “God’s love is to be admired not because the world is so big and includes so many people, but because the world is so bad.” John would write later in his epistle of First John, “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” [I John 4:9-10] He gave the greatest and the best, His only begotten Son, for the least and the worst.
Second, His One and Only Son was given to Provide—The Gift of God. Then John writes, “that He gave His only Son . . .” Language uniquely used of Jesus. For Jesus is “the one and only/only begotten” “unique,” and there is no other like Him or can take His place or has His importance. The one most precious and therefore God was most generous in giving His One and Only Son! “Who can estimate the value of God's gift, when He gave to the world His only begotten Son? One that thinks lightly of man's need and man's sin, would do well to consider man's Saviour. Sin must indeed be exceeding sinful, when the Father must needs give His only Son to be the sinner's Friend!” [J. C. Ryle]
Third, His One and Only Son was given to Believe—The Promise of God. Here the purpose is given for the giving of the Son “so that everyone who believes in Him . . .” This is the repeating of the phrase in verse fifteen. No matter who they might be and what they have done, and how bad of a person they are or what kind of sinner they have been. My belief which results in an active faith that looks at Jesus & His provision for me. He is the remedy. He is the cure. He is the Only Savior. “The love of God in the great gift, and then in the great plan by which that gift becomes available to guilty men.” [Charles Spurgeon] Whoever Is Believing In The One and Only Son!
Fourth, His One and Only Son was given to Testify—The Truth of God. “ . . . will not perish, but have eternal life.” In the context the consequence of not looking up to the snake lifted up that one would die because of their sin. Perishing does not mean that one ceases to exist but suffering the death as the consequence of the judgement of God. A reminder for us all there are two kinds of people. We gather here this morning as a people declaring we are believing in Jesus as the remedy for our sin, and the cure for the poison in our lives. There are some who are perishing because they would not believe and will receive the punishment of the judgment of God. This verse calls us to be such ones who are the believing ones, and even as we gather together as a church body giving testimony as ones who are believing in Him. As we celebrate communion together we are stating publicly, “I am a believer. I am believing. I look to Jesus. He is my Savior.”
Is John 3:16 more than words you learned a long time ago? Is it the way you live your life? Does this verse express who you are believing in the One and Only Son? If that is true than people would hear us declaring to them the truth of John 3:16. And there is the truth in the next two verses. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” [John 3:17-18] Our testimony this morning is that I am believing, that Jesus is my Savior. Our testimony that we are the one which John 3:16 describes as whoever is believing in Him. I know this is true for so many here today who are believers. But there may be one here today who has not believed. Understand what you see as wrong in your life that God see its also and that Jesus is the remedy for your sins in your life. Look to Jesus this morning!
As Charles Spurgeon said, “Will anyone refuse? This good gift, this perfect gift,-can you decline it? Oh, that you may have faith to lay hold on Jesus, for thus he will be yours. He is God's free gift to all free receivers; a full Christ for empty sinners. If you can but hold out your empty willing hand, the Lord will give Christ to you at this moment. Nothing is freer than a gift. Nothing is more worth having than a gift which comes fresh from the hand of God.”
The Way to God by Charles Haddon Spurgeon March 27, 1859
The Spurgeon Library | The Way to God
When Adam was perfect in the garden of Eden, God walked with him in the cool of the day. God and man held the most intimate and affectionate intercourse with one another. Man was a happy creature, God was a condescending Creator, and the two met together and held sweet converse and communion. But from the moment when Adam touched the forbidden fruit, the way from God to man became blocked up, the bridge was broken down, a great gulph was fixed, so that if it had not been for the divine plan of grace, we could not have ascended to God, neither could God in justice come down to us. Happily, however, the everlasting covenant ordered in all things and sure, had provided for this great catastrophe. Christ Jesus the Mediator had in old eternity been ordained to become the medium of access between man and God. If you want a figure of him, remember the memorable dream of Jacob. He laid him down in a solitary place, and he dreamed a dream, which had in it something more substantial than anything he had seen with his eyes wide open. He saw a ladder, the foot whereof rested upon earth, and the top thereof reached to heaven itself. Upon this ladder he saw angels ascending and descending. Now this ladder was Christ. Christ in his humanity rested upon the earth, he is bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh. In his divinity he reaches to the highest heaven, for he is very God of very God. When our prayers ascend on high they must tread the staves of this ladder, and when God's blessings descend to us, the rounds of this marvellous ladder must be the means of their descent. Never has a prayer ascended to God save through Jesus Christ. Never has a blessing come down to man save through the same Divine Mediator. There is now a highway, a way of holiness wherein the redeemed can walk to God, and God can come to us. The king's highway, --
"The way the holy prophets went—The road that leads from banishment."
Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life.
Let us think for a moment of Jesus Christ as the way to God. The reason why man cannot come to God as he did in the garden is, that God is the same, but man is changed. God is as affectionate and as condescending as ever, but man is unholy and impure. Now, God is as pure as he is affectionate, while God is love it is just as true that God is infinitely just and holy. His holy eyes cannot endure iniquity. If, then, a sinful creature could obtain access to God, if a rebellious creature could come into the immediate presence of the Most High, the effect must be disastrous in the extreme, for it would be a necessity of God's nature that he must utterly devour the creature in which he sees sin to be. Come into the presence of God, O sinner, and thou mightest as well march into a consuming fire. As Nebuchadnezzar's furnace burned the men who came to throw in the three holy children so must God, the consuming fire, burn and destroy us, even if we approach him with our prayers and thanksgivings, were it not for the interposition of Jesus Christ the Mediator. I say, this is a necessity of his nature. God is necessarily just, and justice cannot endure a sin. God is necessarily pure and holy: he might sooner cease to be God than cease to be pure. Now, the approach of impurity to him he must repel. Though no laws can bind him, yet the law of his nature never can be broken. His nature is, "I will by no means clear the guilty." He is slow to anger, he is great in power, and he is ready to forgive, but so long as guilt lies unforgiven he is also ready to punish, nay, he must punish or else cease to be. Consequently, no man can come to God as a sinner, unless he comes to him to be utterly destroyed, and that without remedy. You do not wish so to come to God. Happy is it, then, that we are enabled to tell to all our fellow-creatures of a way whereby we can come with joy and gladness to the Father, through Jesus Christ.
What We Learned Together Sunday March 19, 2023
INTRODUCTION “The Last Letter”
We are in the Upper Room Discourse found in John Chapters 13-17. Here Jesus is instructing His disciples in this unique narrative found only in the Gospel of John. We receive this teaching by Jesus for His disciples. Words from Jesus for His disciples because of His departure. Some commentators give John 13:31-14:31 this section in The Upper Room Discourse. These are departing words of comfort and care. His words of instruction and direction. The mask of Judas been removed by Jesus and a shelter of comfort in His words given to His disciples. In this first division of the Upper Room Discourse there is a series of questions from His disciples [Peter 13:37, Thomas 14:5, Philip 14:8, Judas 14:22]. We have entitled our message today “First Things First in These Final Words by Jesus.”
First, His Statement of His Divine Glory [13:31-32]. Jesus says this Because of the Reality of All That Is Going to Happen and The Necessity He Be Glorified in All Ways. One commentator defined glory as “In general the glory of God refers to his "own essential worth, greatness, power, majesty, everything in him which calls forth man's adoring reverence." Glory is the wonderful majesty and magnificence of Who God Is as He Has Revealed Himself. The repeated word glorified as Jesus states plainly the focus and emphasis that he deserved to be glorified. In verse 31 Jesus describes The Glory of the Son of Man and the Glory of God In Him. “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.” Now it was to happen that the glory of God displayed [cf. 7:37-39; 12:16, 20-23; 16:14; 17:4-5]. For you and me to truly understand the perfections of God we must preoccupy ourselves with the work at Calvary. There the satisfaction of God’s righteousness and God’s justice. There the manifestation of His holiness and His faithfulness. There the demonstration of His wisdom and His grace as the One who is both just and justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. In verse 32 Jesus states God Will Glorify Him and His Glory Will Be the Glory of God. “if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself.” What glory He displayed and how glorified He is because of what he would do on the cross according to the will of the Father. He is glorified in us as we show Him to be the One who saves, rescues, redeems, delivers. He is glorified in our songs about Him, about His cross, about His saving work. As J.C Ryle wrote, “Let it be noted that the Lord regards His own atoning death on the cross as the most glorious part of His work on earth; and that nothing so tends to glorify the Father’s attributes of justice, holiness, mercy, and faithfulness to His promises as the death of the Son. Let it be noted that the Lord does not speak of His death as a punishment, disgrace, or humiliation, but as an event most glorious—glorifying both to Himself and to the Father. So Christians should learn to “glory in the cross.” [Expository Thoughts on the Gospels]
Second, His Announcement of His Departure [13:33]. Jesus says this Because of The Reality of His Going Away from Them and The Necessity They Would Remain Without Him. Jesus addresses His disciples as “Little children” because they are dear to Him, He is endeared to them, and He loved them. His language of affection during all that would happen that night and the days ahead. The words of Jesus comfort them, help them, encourage them, and strengthen them. Remember how John began this chapter “Jesus, knowing that His hour had come that He would depart from this world to the Father.” [13:1] Here the words of Jesus are striking in contrast to what He just said about Him being glorified. Jesus says to His disciples, “I am still with you a little longer . . . now I also say to you: ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.” The phrase a little while is from the word micron we use in English. Therefore Jesus speaks about going to prepare a place for His disciples in John 14:1-6. Even later in this Upper Room Discourse Jesus explains further why He must go away. “But I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I am leaving; for if I do not leave, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” [John 16:7] And also Jesus spoke these words, “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” [16:28]
Third, His Commandment for His Disciples [13:34-35]. Jesus says this Because of The Reality of His Love for Each of Us and The Necessity of Our Love for One Another. In verse 34 Loving Disciples of Jesus Knowing His Love for Each of Us. “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another.” Again present active verbs in these words of Jesus. And then Jesus said, “just as I have loved you that you yourselves love one another.” Their love for one another newly defined from His love for them. We often have two categories of people in these matters. Those who are easy to love and those who are hard to love. The love by Jesus of His disciples is the standard and measure of our love for one another. As we have said throughout this chapter the love of Jesus is shown in the way He serves, sacrifices, speaks, shares, supports, and suffers. Charles Spurgeon said, “We are to love our neighbor as ourselves, but we are to love our fellow-Christians as, Christ loved us, and that is far more than we love ourselves.” What hinders our ability and choice in loving one another? It is usually because we look at the person and judge them from our own perspective rather than loving them as Jesus loved us. What I mean is that we must have certain thoughts about others removed from our thinking about others. Such thoughts would include, “they are not worthy of my love,” or “they do not deserve my love,” or “I will not love,” or “they have not earned my love,” or “they have not loved me.” This love we are commanded here by Jesus in His words for us as His disciples is the choice to sacrifice, commitment to service, and conduct to share. We are quick to place limits for the degree of our love, and boundaries around the measure of our love, rather than simply modeling Jesus’ love for His disciples. And more specifically His love for you as His disciple! In verse 35 Being Disciples of Jesus Having This Love for One Another. Jesus then says, “by this all will know that my disciples you are if love you have among one another.” A distinguishing mark for His disciples. A defining quality for His disciples. One commentator wrote, “So Tertullian reports the pagans of his day (a century after this Gospel was published) as saying of Christians, ‘See how they love one another!’” [A. B. Bruce] There are other measures of discipleship, but they come after this mark. Jesus would mark us as His disciples by our love for one another. We can mark ourselves as His disciples by our love for one another. The world can mark us as His disciples by our love for one another. Did you notice the last phrase in verse 35? Literally translated, “if love you have among one another.” A third class conditional sentence used by Jesus here to state that this would be true for some and not true for others. This then calls us to examine whether this is true for us here now in this place among His disciples here at New Life Fellowship. This command to love one another is the consequence of His grace, obedience to His voice, and the presence of His place as taught that the Holy Spirit would be sent to His disciples. And let us not forget the first fruit of the Spirit is love [Galatians 5:22]. Some Scripture passages which speak to the obedience of love in the Christian life: “Let all that you do be done in love” [I Corinthians 16:14] . . . “but faith working through love” [Galatians 5:5-6] . . . “but through love serve one another” [Galatians 5:13] . . . “showing forbearance to one another in love” [Ephesians 4:1-2] . . . “but speaking the truth in love” [Ephesians 4:15] . . . “fervently love one another from the heart” [I Peter 1:22] . . . “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins” [I Peter 4:8] . . . “Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” [I John 3:18]. And finally, The apostle John wrote, “This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” [I John 3:22]
Fourth, His Fulfilment On Behalf of His Disciples [13:36-38]. Jesus teaches us here Because of the Reality of Our Own Limitations and The Necessity of His Own Sufferings. Another prophecy of Jesus to soon be fulfilled highlighting His words. Some parallel accounts are found in the Synoptic Gospels [Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22]. See how Peter skips over the words of Jesus in verses 34-35. Have we not also at times skipped these words of Jesus in wanting to know what we wanted to know? See the words of Jesus to Peter. “Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.” [John 13:36] Especially explained in chapter 14 as Jesus communicates that He desires for His disciples to be with Him. Peter mistakenly puts confidence in his own flesh and his own will in what he would do for Jesus. The words by Peter are indeed bold, direct, confident, and proud when he said, “I will lay down my life for You.” It was not what Peter would do for Jesus but what Jesus would do for him. What assurance and confidence these words of Jesus give us as His disciples who fail, struggle, battle, and even deny in moments of weakness. The final phrase, “Truly, truly I say to you . . .” notes the grace of Jesus knowing what peter would do and still He loved him even to the end. Here we see “Peter did not recognize his own limitations” and “unaware of his weaknesses.” Oh the grace of God and the love of Jesus in the life is this man Peter who would one day lay down his life for Jesus!
We have see both The Reality and Necessity in these First Things First in These Finals Words by Jesus.
Again the Lord Jesus promises and predicts showing that He understands all the things that are going to happen and therefore we look to Him. Next, Glorifying Jesus because of Who He Is and What He has Done. Also Obeying Jesus because of How He has loved us and Who We Are as His Disciples. Therefore Being a disciple of Jesus showing the love of Jesus for His disciples as those who know the love of Jesus as His disciple. Always remembering the Christian standard according to the words of Jesus for His disciples. Following Jesus in His example of Humble service [John 13:15] and His love of His disciples [John 13:35]. Are you following Him in these two areas of your Christian life? Will your testimony this week be you are His disciple in your humble service and sacrificial love for others? May the Lord Jesus be glorified in us as His disciples hearing His words and following Him as a church body and as Christians in our community.
Amidst us our Beloved stands,
And bids us view His pierced hands,
Points to His wounded feet and side,
Blest emblems of the crucified.
What food luxurious loads the board,
When at His table sits the Lord.
The wine how rich, the bread how sweet,
When Jesus deigns the guests to meet.
If now, with eyes defiled and dim,
We see the signs, but see not Him;
O may His love the scales displace,
And bid us see Him face to face.
Thou glorious Bridegroom of our hearts,
Thy present smile a Heaven imparts;
O lift the veil, if veil there be;
Let every saint Thy beauties see.
Pastor Timothy J. Atkins
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Pastor, Teacher, Discipler, and Follower of Jesus.