Rise above the world every day for Jesus.
Rise above the world every day for Jesus.
“Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind…for when I die; the first face I will ever see will be the face of my Blessed Saviour.” These are the words of the greatest gospel hymn writer the world has ever seen, Francis Jane Crosby.
Fannie was born on March 24, 1820 in the south-eastern part of New York State. At six weeks old she came down with a cold in her eyes. With the family doctor out of town, a country doctor came and put hot mustard poultices on her eyes immediately blinding her for the rest of her life. The country physician left town before anyone could figure out that he did not even have a license to practice medicine. Fannie never had hard feelings towards the doctor. In a forgiving spirit she believed that it was permitted by God to fulfill His perfect will and plan for her life.
When she was just a year old Fannie’s father, John Crosby, died. Francis would live with her mother and grandmother for the next fourteen years. Her grandmother introduced her to the Scriptures. It was said that Fannie could recite by memory the Pentateuch, Ruth, many of the Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and passages from the New Testament. Her knowledge of the Bible would undoubtedly be a great resource for what God had in store for her life.
When Fannie was turning fifteen her Mother told her that she had been accepted to go to The Institute For The Blind in New York City. Fannie was very excited; she would now have a chance like others to get an education. In March of 1835, Francis left her family to go to New York City’s Institution For The Blind. Here she would stay for the next twenty-three years.
Fannie always had a fascination for the poetic verse. By age eight she had composed her first few lines, that read, “O what a happy soul I am! Although I cannot see, I am resolved that in this world, contended I will be. How many blessings I enjoy, that other people don’t. To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t!” The Institution For The Blind did not encourage her much, for they believed that she needed to learn a trade that she could financially support herself on. The people that did encourage her influenced her greatly. The famed poet, William Cullen Bryant’s encouragement was later expressed by her to friends, “He never knew how much he did by those few words.”
In the fall of 1843, when Fannie was twenty-three, she addressed Congress for The Institution For The Blind. She became well acquainted with many political figures of her day, including all of the presidents during her lifetime besides George Washington.
When Fannie was thirty-one, she apparently received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior during a revival service in New York City. It was on the third line of the fifth stanza of ‘Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed?’ that she gave herself to Christ.
In March of 1858 Francis Jane Crosby married Alexander VanAlstyne. Alexander began putting her poems to music. Soon she was contacted by William Bradbury, a hymn publisher, who asked her to write hymns for him. She began writing a couple every day and never stopped. Her first one that got world-wide attention was Pass Me Not. She wrote the words to this hymn after hearing a prisoner of a New York prison cry out “O Lord, don’t pass me by!” Other great works are Close To Thee, Saved By Grace, To God Be The Glory, All The Way My Savior Leads Me, and Blessed Assurance, just to name a few. Safe In The Arms of Jesus, is said to be the greatest she had ever written. She would write up to seven hymns in one day. One day she heard an unfamiliar tune and asked someone near her who the author was, to her surprise she found out it was her!
Francis J. Crosby died at the age of ninety-four. She wrote thousands of hymns that are still in use today. What she accomplished in her lifetime is amazing considering that she could not even see the world around her. On the world’s greatest gospel hymn writer’s tomb stone reads a simple line, “she hath done what she could.”
Most Sunday School Teachers think that they only have 45 minutes with their class every week. Most will tell you that their responsibilities stop there. What most teachers don’t know is that you can have an impact on your class beyond Sunday Morning. Here are some simple steps you can take, to encourage, edify, and exhort your class throughout the week.
Often times in life we find the need for balance in a specific area of our lives. Normally we see the imbalance between two priorities in our life, like time spent with our family vs. time spent on the job. When a problem of balance is found, we then try to put counterweights to tip the scale of life, in a more balanced way. For some Christians we are imbalanced in the area of our relationship with the world.
The Bible tells us that we are a “called out people,” a people that are to be separate from the world yet we must live in the world and still be a witness to it. In a time when you can hardly watch anything decent on T.V. we, as Christians, struggle to be Biblically separated. Some Christians go to the extreme, and consider themselves biblically separated, when in fact they are isolated from the world. A Christian, who is completely isolated cannot be a witness that every child of God is called to be. There is a difference between being separated from the world and isolated from the world.
A person who is Isolated from the world is a person with
A person who is Biblically Separated from the world is a person with
The Church is a hospital for the sinner as well as a training facility for the saint. You should not alienate your worldly friends and family for fear of compromise, but evangelize them for fear of their being lost forever in Hell’s flames.
The analysis of the Critical Text and the Received Text should be enough reason to say that the King James is a reliable Bible. What is the purpose of a Bible you cannot trust as absolutely true? If you could not trust your Bible on everything, what would the foundation of your faith rest on? The fourth reason that I use the KJB is because I need a trustworthy Bible. The NIV and other versions have footnotes that question the accuracy of their own text. I need a dependable Bible that I can trust.
The King James can be trusted by its text and by its translation process, but what if trust is not a factor? What if it was, which Bible can be understood the most? The King James is known for its use of “thee” and “thou.” The modern translations, like the New King James, do not use this type of archaic language that confuses most people. The uses of “ye” and “thee” were not used at the time of translation of the King James. This 13th century English is a more perfect way for the translators to convey the plurality of the Hebrew and Greek language. When the new versions refer to “you,” in some cases, which is singular, instead of the correct term “ye,” which is plural, it changes the meaning of whom the Bible is referring to. Is this command for just one person, or is it for all of us? The fifth reason why I use the KJB is because of the correct use of language that it contains. How can you not know to whom the Bible is referring to?
If you were to look at any new translation, you would find that the new Bible versions have each had several revisions. This is the publisher’s admission that their translation is not perfect. Even in the footnotes of several versions they declare that they are not sure if a portion of scripture should even be in their Bible. The sixth reason why I use the King James is because I need a pure Word of God. If we cannot know for sure that every Word of God pure, then why do we even have to obey it? What if publisher questions “Go ye into all the world?” Should we then question “Thou shalt not kill?” The King James Bible has had a few revisions as well, but these revisions were for spelling and printing errors-not textual changes. I need a Bible that is pure.
After clearly understanding the differences between the Received Text and the Critical Text, the two translation methods, the importance of trustworthiness, the value of the correct use of language, and the necessity of the purity of God’s Word, I have come to the conclusion that the King James Bible is the Bible that the English speaking people of the world need to use. My belief in the King James Bible has never been as strong as it is now. The KJB will still be attacked as it has been. It may be looked down upon as old and not with the times. Its readers may also find animosity towards them for their firm stand upon its holy pages. God’s Word has never been popular. The Word was hated before the world hated us. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” - John 15:18 I hope that Baptists in my generation will still hold to the King James Bible as it did in the previous generations. If my generation does not stand with the King James, I am glad to know that He will still hold to His promise of keeping His Word pure for future generations. “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.” -Psalm 105:8
The King James Bible has been under attack for more than four hundred years. Since the 1611 printing in London, it has been opposed and criticized as an untrustworthy Bible. These attacks have increased steadily since the Westcott and Hort Text was published from the late 1800’s. Even today there is still a heated debate over the King James Bible and the modern translations, such as the NIV, ESV, and NKJV. Although there is a current controversy over the King James there still is a large group of people in Christian circles, like me and other Baptists that only use the King James Bible. There are several reasons why I still use the King James and not the newer versions.
One of these reasons, which I believe is the most important, is that the King James Bible was translated from the Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus or Received Text is the Greek New Testament that the early church fathers used for their Scripture. The Textus Receptus makes up 95% of all the New Testament manuscripts. It has also been called the Majority text, Ecclesiastical text, and the Byzantine text. These texts agree with each other completely. It is the most trusted and most reliable source out there. The King James is one of the only English translations that use this text. There is a drastic difference from the Textus Receptus and its counterpart, the Critical Text.
The Critical Text is the second reason why I use the King James Bible. The Critical Text is the remaining 5% of manuscripts that do not agree with the Received Text. Most of these texts, that are different from the Textus Receptus, come from the epicenter of Gnosticism and heresy, Alexandria. Alexandria, Egypt was a place, in the early Christian centuries of 200-500 A.D., where heretical doctrines, such as faith plus works equal salvation, developed. Out of this place came most of the Critical Text.
The two main texts, the Vaticanus and Siniaticus were used in Westcott and Hort’s first Critical Text. The Vaticanus was found deep within the Vatican Library, forgotten. This text had hundreds of disagreements with its complementary partner, Siniaticus. Siniaticus was found in a trash pile, which was used for fire kindling, in a monastery. Even the monks knew that this manuscript was no good. These two texts, one from the most trusted of religious institutions, the Vatican, and one from a trash pile, were put together into one text by Westcott and Hort. Westcott and Hort found that these two texts differed with each other several hundred times. It is from this text that all new translations, from the 1880’s and up, use as their primary source. This is another fact that I base my belief on why I only use the KJB.
If the text of the NIV or any other new version was taken from the Textus Receptus, would there still be a problem with them? Yes, there would be. The translation process of most of the newer versions focuses on meaning rather than words. This “dynamic equivalence” gives the translators powers to define what they think a portion of Scripture should mean, rather than letting the words define the portion of Scripture itself. The third reason on why I use the KJB is because I need a Bible that was properly translated. The King James Bible translators used the translation technique called “formal equivalency.” This method of translation translates each word to an equivalent meaning. Every word in the King James Bible, besides italicized words, which were used for the flow of thought, has a Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek counterpart that is equivalent to the English word. The KJB is one of the only Bibles, in print today that uses formal equivalency as its translation method.
Part Two will be the next post.
"And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles." - Acts 14:27
With the priority placed on a certain ministry (Christian School, Daycare, Bible College), and the recent “home church” movement among Baptists, there seems to be a lack of importance placed on the local church. We as Baptists have lost the value of the local Church. Our ministries of our local churches may reach people, but we must always see the importance of the local church. Christ died for the Church-not a ministry of the church.
The Church was set up to accomplish the Great Commission. That command is to…
Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Belief by Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner
Unveiling Islam is an abundant resource of two Islamic brother’s story of the religion of Islam. Its history, culture, and beliefs are extensively covered within its pages. In my opinion it is one of the best books on the subject.
This book helped me understand the differences and similarities of Islam and Christianity. There are many facts in the book that you can use to your advantage in witnessing to a Muslim. Before I read Unveiling Islam, I had no idea that Jesus is regarded and honored as a prophet to Muslims. (see Chapter 15: Jesus According to the Qur’an) If you are looking for the “do’s and don’ts” of the Islamic culture, to help you witness to your Muslim friends, then read Unveiling Islam.
Note: I do not agree with several comments of the book. The authors regrettably chose to use modern translations of scripture.
"And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." -Genesis 2:18
In a time where these issues are prevalent, here is a simple outline on God's view of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. This study is not a complete study of all scripture, but is a concise one that was taken from a biblical perspective.
I. Marriage: God instituted marriage at the beginning-(Genesis 2:18.)
Marriage has always been “good” in in His Sight.
1. God sees Marriage as a picture of Christ and the church-(Eph. 5:22-
2. It came from His Heart-(Genesis 2:18)
3. He planned that marriage should be a Lifelong Covenant-(Romans
II. Divorce: Divorce should never enter into the minds of anyone as an escape from marriage. It should never be an option. It is clear from Scripture that it is a bad choice.
1. God Hates Divorce- (Malachi 2:6)
2. It was never apart of God’s Plan-(Matthew 19:8)
III. Remarriage: Remarriage is unacceptable in God’s eyes. God sees Remarriage as Adultery. -(Matthew19:9)
1. Adultery was forbidden in the Ten Commandments-(Exodus 20:14)
2. Adultery is part of the works of the flesh-(Galatians 5:19)
3. Adultery was punishable by Death-(Leviticus 20:10)
"23. For There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.
There are many times in a christian's life where the christian will go though a hard time of trial. A place where no one wants to be. There are only a few times, where a christian will go through a trial that will also effect an unbeliever. It is in those times when we Christians, are given the opportunity to shine for Jesus Christ; to be the salt and light of this world.
Here in Acts 27, Paul is in a terrible storm, a trial. He is reminded by God, that He will bring him safely to Rome. He then proclaims to the prisoners and crew of the ship what God had told him and, that he believed God!
We need to show the lost world that even when we are going through a rough time, that we still believe God. There are many people, especially lost people, who will look, on how you are handling your situation. They are wondering how you will go through your own troubled times. They have no one to turn to when they are hurting, now it is time for you, to show them who you will turn to. Show them today that you still believe God!
Serving as Children's Director in Metairie,LA at Southshore Baptist Church.
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