George Scott Railton – raised right!

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Unknown to too many, Commissioner George Scott Railton was one of the most powerful men of God in the annals of Christian history. He lived a life of total surrender and died in a train station, sick and still boldly attempting to further the gospel of his Lord Jesus Christ throughout the Earth. This he had broadly done as William Booth’s key man, during the early development of the still prominent Salvation Army.

How may a Christian parent raise their child to be such a man. Here is a rare glimpse into a pattern of child rearing worthy of being imitated.

This early influence it may have been which later led the Commissioner to attach such importance to prayer and singing in Salvation Army Meetings. He evidently had scant use for ‘preaching’ from his earliest youth. In these days of child study and moral suasion, his views upon corporal punishment and its effect upon himself will be of interest to some parents:

“My dear mother made upon me an unalterable impression in favor of the old-fashioned whipping system, to which I ever cling. She made me absolutely sure, firstly, that nothing could by an possibility remain hidden from her; and, secondly, that upon the discovery of any wilful disobedience or other conduct deserving of it, a whipping would follow. She made of whipping always a solemn means of grace. She never struck one of us an odd blow. When worthy of the whipping I would be sent upstairs, and then before punishment she always prayed with me and talked with me as to the will of God until I felt intensely my guilt before Him and longed for the whipping to be over. I do not believe the whipping itself was over-severe, or need to be, but it was all terrible enough to be a perpetual safeguard against every temptation, and an eternal memory for good.

“The wisdom of the plan always strikes me as opposed to the weak folly that either leaves children unchecked or inflicts such punishments as shutting up, or putting to bed, which really affects the rest of the family more than the culprit, and cannot constitute anything like the same dread which I felt.

“The texts most effectually put into me were: ‘Thou God seest me,’ ‘Lying lips are an abomination unto the Lord,’’The eye that mocketh at his father and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out,’ ‘Though hand join in hand, sin shall not go unpunished.”

These verses seem strangely opposite to those most commonly chosen for the children of today, but they are characteristic of that special era. The dawning spiritual life of little George was, as he himself found in the light of mature years, a strange contradiction. Yes, we see how wonderfully it enabled him in the days ahead to grapple with and win those who had spent a lifetime in rebellion against God. He says:

“My parents did all that the dearest and best and most conscientious could to guard me from all evil, and to win me for God; but the clearest light they could give, and the alluring influence of their quietly joyous and constant service to God and  men, only made more terribly evident my own natural dislike to God and to His service in any form.”

(Douglas, Eileen, and Mildred Duff. Commissioner Railton. London: The Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, Ltd., 1921. pgs. 4-5. Print.

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St. Valentine: Honoring the Man and Not the Day!

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St. Valentine, St. Valentine

(Sung to the tune of “O’ Christmas Tree” a.k.a. “O’ Tannenbaum”)

St. Valentine, St. Valentine,
This is your song; this is your rhyme.
You gave your blood in ancient time
With love of Christ your only crime.
Now what of that great memory?
Have we honored your history?

St. Valentine, St. Valentine,
Forgive these vain festivities.
With diamonds cut from poverty
And lips once red now chocolatey
And lovers loving without love,
How do you view us from above?

St. Valentine, St. Valentine,
What is it that you’re thinking of?
Surrounded by the martyred saints,
Who shed their blood without complaint;
Do you look down and blush with shame
To see how we have used your name?

St. Valentine, St. Valentine,
Oh no, you did not die in vain.
Many still find your Savior too
And then we find the real you
And are encouraged when we find
Our brother, dear Valentine.

(Written by Abel Prudhomme)

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Rebel Against Your Hand

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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn,

It’s time to delete them: Life is back in!

Alerts and memes and selfies and fans…

Leave them! Stop staring at the palm of your hand!

 

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Breath! Think! Uncurl your spine!

Reach like a man! Touch the Divine!

Abandon the virtual! Rush to the real!

Awaken your conscience! Think and feel!

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Be intelligent, being not a machine,

Nor a grunting trained animal who stares at a screen.

The rebellion’s begun! You’re not alone!

Simply turn on your mind, and turn off your phone!

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59 Million Babies KILLED! – Wanna do something to try and stop it?

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Tell President Trump to go and speak to the ProLife Rally on Friday in person. President Reagan only spoke to them by telephone. (No other president even did that!) Tell him, go and speak to them himself, in person, at the rally!

EMAIL PRESIDENT TRUMP AT

president@whitehouse.gov

THEN SEND A SECOND MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THIS WAY:

  1. Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov
  2. At the top of the page, put your mouse on “Participate”
  3. On the list of things there, click on “Contact the White House”
  4. Fill out the form and type your message (“Go and speak to the Pro-Life Rally on Friday in person.”)
  5. click on the “Send” button at the bottom.

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Top 5: Resolutions for Christians in 2017 (with links to the best apps & sites)


I. Spirit

  1. Receive… the Word of God: memorize 25 new Bible passages.
  2. Perceive… the Word of God: research 6 new subjects in the Bible.
  3. Believe… the Word of God: pray through for at least 3 big requests.
  4. Achieve… the Work of God: add a 4th timer monthly by doing this weekly:
  • Retrieve… the lost: 21 invites = 14 ph. #s = 3 guests = one 2nd – 5th timer = great joy!
  • Relieve…   the church: alternate spending a night outside of church with…
      • the saints: in a small intimate prayer meeting for revival; and
      • the new people: include them in your family night every other week.
  1. Perceive… the Blessings of God: learn 24 hymns & list all 2016 blessings.

 

II. Soul

  1. Strategize… set aside one-hour-a-week to plan next week.
  2. Express… write 12 new poems this year.
  3. Cultivate… a correct attitude.
  4. Enjoy… a few simple things.
  1. Learn… how to read faces.

 

III. Mind

  1. Plan…     your goals.
  2. Organize… your documents.
  3. Chronicle… your life (at least 25 times this year).
  4. Improve… your vocabulary, grammar and other skills.
  5. Read… at least 25 books this year.
  • 15 life stories (biographies & autobiographies)
  • 5 doctrinal works (prayer, Bible, evangelism, preaching, etc.)
  • 5 works directly related to revival.
  1. Increase your brain power: IQ, EQ, and taming the monkey.

 

IV. Body

  1. Live… use the S Health, Google Fit or FitBit to walk 10,000 steps a day.
  2. Drink… use the Water Drink Reminder & evaluate progress monthly.
  3. Eat… use the 30 Days Diet Plan Builder & evaluate progress monthly.
  4. Work… use the Jefit Workout Tracker & evaluate progress monthly.
  • Weights… at least 2-times-a-week
  • Cardio… at least 3-times-a-week
  • Stretching… at least 5-times-a-week
  1. Master… a martial arts kata and create a kata from Ephesians 6:10-20.

 

V. Others – care for the members & visitors in your church and…

  1. Spouse… work on your marriage and help fulfill one of his/her dreams.
  2. Children… go to a theme park (Sea World or etc.) at least once this year.
  3. Parents… call them 36 times & visit them for at least 1 whole week.
  4. Relatives… write to at least 24 cousins, nieces or nephews via Messenger.
  • Siblings… write each one a sentimental handwritten letter with the Gospel in it.
  • Maternal… write the same type of letter to each aunt & uncle + first cousins & kids.
  • Paternal…  write the same type of letter to each aunt & uncle + first cousins & kids.
  1. Volunteer… at a rescue mission like the Salvation Army Harbor Lights.

 

 

 

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Time to Wonder (nonsensical?)

What if time… stopped…

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I remember reading
In Wesley’s Journals
(Not condensed,
The full four
Volume
Unabridged
Original)
Of a little girl
Who was revived
After… having… died.

She spoke clearly,
Descriptively
And at length of…
Heaven,
Of which she at length
Described
How… time… had… stopped…

Tick, tock.

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I have been old
After
I was young
and found it peculiar
(As have those before and beside me –
Or is it behind and beyond –
I cannot somehow decipher which,
Right now;

Any… way…)

That time,
Who should slow down
As we get older,
Instead speeds up.

Wait,
Is Time…
Flirting?
Or is it…
Coy?
Or are we
Running faster
After
Something that we’ll
Never see?

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When time…
Shall be no more

(I’ll end
That sentence
Later,
Right?)

Do not chase the
Jack Rabbit,
He is already
Here.

Near.

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They have . . .

“They have have awakened to the value and solemnity of time, and feel that the one thing needful is to fill our few and swiftly passing years with a life large and useful and ever more abundant.   But it must be a life like Christ’s, for His was the best; and any life, however filled with excitement or success, of which He disapproves, would not seem to them worth living.”

(From the closing words of the preface to “Imago Christi: the Example of Jesus Christ”, by Rev. James Stalker, D. D., American Tract Society, N.Y, N.Y., 1889)

 

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