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A Quote

This is a quote that I read off of one of the blogs my mother reads, called “Like Merchant Ships“, and she got this quote out of a book she got from the library, called “Things I Want My Daughters to Know”, by Alexandra Stoddard. I myself have not read the book, but I thought this quote was amazing, and wanted to share it with my readers.

To live content with small means;
To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;
To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;
To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.
–William Henry Channing

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ

This is the essay that I wrote this year for the Grandbury Street Bible Search. I scored a 94 out of 100, and got 1st place with it. Personally, think I could have done better, but for having only an hour, and a vague idea of what I wanted to say, it’s all right. This is the slightly edited version that I made when I typed it into my computer, so it’s a little bit better than the original, at least by a little bit.

 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

 

At end of the book of Luke, just before Jesus ascended back up into heaven, He is recorded giving His disciples some last instructions. In these last words of Jesus, He explains to them why certain things had happened the way they had, and what they were to do once He had gone back up into heaven. Today, we also can learn several things from these words of Jesus.
In Luke 24: 46 Jesus says, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise again the third day.” Jesus is telling His disciples that it was absolutely essential that He die on the cross. One reason was to fulfill prophecy. There are many places in the Old Testament, specifically in Isaiah and the Psalms, where there is prophecy of Jesus’ death, and every single one of them was fulfilled. Another reason was that if Jesus had not died, the sins of all mankind could not have been forgiven, and it would be impossible for us to be saved. But it was equally important that He rose from the dead the third day. If Jesus had stayed in the tomb, He would have been like all other men before Him, and we still could not be forgiven. But, He did rise again, conquering death for all of us. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, all men can have hope, if they will obey the laws God has set forth.
Continuing on, Jesus says, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations, and they did! If you look at the Book of Acts, you will see that they traveled all over the known world, and everywhere they went, the Gospel was preached. If the Gospel had not been spread all over the world, no one would have known what they needed to do to be saved, and Jesus would have died in vain.
Preaching the Gospel is a task set to all Christians. Every one of us can be out telling others the good news that Jesus died for them. And, we should want to! If God, the one who made the whole universe, loved us enough to send His only begotten son into this world to carry our sins for us to the cross, we should be so excited, we can’t help but tell others what Christ has done for us! I hope and pray that all Christians, myself included, can have the zeal and enthusiasm that the Early Christians had, and teach all who will listen the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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