“A kind of notion has come through false teachers, all over the world, that there is a great eternal progress beyond this life, and that no difference how we live, nor how we die, away out beyond the grave somewhere, sometime, we are going to reach the perfection of God Himself, and it is by the false lie that the devil has planted into the hearts of the people that hundreds and thousands are going down to hell day after day.
“But the end of all things is at hand:” – 1 Peter 4:7
Eternity! Eternity! Oh if
The soul could grasp the lengthening, lengthening,
Ever endless lengthening, lengthening of this,
One of the great songs from the Lutheran Hymnal. The golden evening brightens in the west, Soon, soon, to faithful warriors cometh rest, Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.
Oh, how little we know about heaven here! How little we know about that great crown that God has in store for you and for me, if we will repent, and be faithful until death!
Dear Lord, “Oh, grant that each of us now met before Thee here, may meet together thus when Thou and Thine appear. And, follow Thee to heaven, our home. E’en so, Amen, Lord Jesus, come!
Dear Lord, thank you for You. You our our help, our hope, our promise for the untold ages to come. How faithful you are. Let us remember your goodness today and forever.
Caroline M. Noel wrote the words to this hymn in 1870 as part of a collection entitled, The Name of Jesus, and Other Verses for the Sick and Lonely. It was published in Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1875, and has been a comfort to saints for more than 140 years.
Do you remember the slang term, reality check? It’s a reminder from a friend when one’s thinking is distorted. As the current political drama beats down on all of us, this hymn can serve as a welcome balm and pull us back into a Biblical way of thinking.
In the year of Christ 286, a most remarkable affair occurred; a legion of soldiers, consisting of six thousand six hundred and sixty-six men, contained none but Christians. This legion was called the Theban Legion, because the men had been raised in Thebias: they were quartered in the east until the emperor Maximian ordered them to march to Gaul, to assist him against the rebels of Burgundy.
Sarah Flower Adams was a Shakespearean actress in 19th century England. When failing health kept her from acting, she began to write hymns.
Nearer, My God, to Thee is based on the dream of Jacob in Genesis 28.