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Not Saved!

Evening, December 31

     “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” 
         — Jeremiah 8:20

Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All these hopeful seasons have come and gone—your summer and your harvest have past—and yet you are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved. Let me ask you—will you e…

A New Year's Eve Prayer

Almighty Father, as we prayerfully come to the end of 2012, if it isYour Will, and hopefully, if it is Your Will to see the dawning of 2013, I as well as others want to thank You this moment for Your blessings,Your loveYour protection and Your Son for my and their salvation,King and LordHallelujah! We can't remember all of Your loveYour protection of unseen danger's, thank YouThank You for the food on our tables, shelter, jobs, families and churches; I [We] just want to say, "thank You!thankYou! thank You!" Lord, some of us that have infirmities that are with us unto death can say, "Thank You for my [our] infirmities: "8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord ... that it might depart from me. 9And He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 Therefore l take pleasure in infirmities, in repro…
December 31: From Beginning to EndLamentations 4:1–5:22; Romans 16:1–27
Endings are always difficult. But when they’re new beginnings, they’re revitalizing.

At the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans, we not only see Paul the apostle, but Paul the empathetic and concerned pastor. Paul knows that if dissension or temptation rules over the Roman church, they will fail in their ministry, so he warns them (Rom 16:17–19) and offers them a word of hope: “And in a short time the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you”(Rom 16:20). Here, Paul is echoing God’s words to Adam, Eve, and the serpent after the fall, when, instead of carrying out God’s request to bring order to creation (as He had done in the beginning), humanity turned from Him, defacing His image (Gen 1:1–2, 27–28; 3:14–20). But while Gen 3:15 merely depicts Satan biting the heel of humanity and being struck on the head in return (Gen 3:15), Paul depicts Satan as being crushed …