Thursday, January 18, 2018

Up Hill

Up Hill
by Christiana Rossetti

Does the road wind up hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
From morn till night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for me when the slow, dark hours begin?
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night ?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at the door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labor you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.

"Come For Coffee"


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Ice Cream Social Banner

"Come To Our Ice Cream Social" in black and white
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"Come To Our Ice Cream Social" in aqua blue

"Come To Our Ice Cream Social" in green

"Come To Our Ice Cream Social" in pink

"Come To Our Ice Cream Social" in red
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 A church celebrates 100 year anniversary 
with an old-fashioned ice cream social.

Now and Then

Now and Then
by Rev. W. C. Richards

Now - the tumult of the battle surging,
Now - the clouds that shut the warriors in;
Some who faint, and more the conflict urging -
Sighs and shouts together in the din!

Then - the splendor of the conquest shining,
Not a victor on the plain uncrowned;
Not a sigh for any loss repining -
Rapture waking all the sky around!

Now - our shrinkings from so many crosses,
And life's valleys watered by our tears.
Foolish tears we weep o'er little losses -
Trailing always through their mists our fears.

Then - the one cross we'll remember only -
Making of our crosses steps to Christ;
One dear cross whose passion vast and lonely
Bound us sweetly in redemption's tryst.

Now - the hidings of our Father's glory -
Walls that close around the earth and sun;
Weak unrest with nature's half-told story,
Knowledge only evermore begun.

Then - then the curtain of the universes
Rolled away, as mists at morning fled;
Each star that shines its history rehearses,
And ignorance, with sin and death, is dead.

Now - the anguish of all mortal sorrow.
Now, the groans that from our hearts are wrung,
Vain expectancies of bliss to-morrow,
All to-morrows with deep sackcloth hung.

Then - all sorrow from the bosom banished,
God himself to wipe our tears away;
Then - the cheats of earthly hopes evanished,
All to-morrows merged in heaven's to-day!

Now - the psalm that tells us death is strongest:
Strongest, surest of the foes we have;
Now - the waiting for the shadow's longest,
Till it falls upon the hallowed grave.

Then - the anthem of the resurrection -
We shall chant death's sure destructive o'er;
And shadows to the grave in dark direction,
From heaven's sunlight shall grow long no more.

Party Presents in Black and White

"Baby Shower" text and gifts
 Description of The Illustration: tumbling presents to announce a baby shower, bridal shower or Birthday celebration at your church or community center, black and white illustrations, ribbons and bows, invitations and celebrations, gifts and boxes

"Bridal Shower" text with gifts
"Happy Birthday" text with gifts
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A Pilgrim's Song

A Pilgrim's Song

I JOURNEY along
On a cloudy day.
Apart from the throng
Of the glad and gay.

But Jesus is near,
More perfectly known,
When we may appear
To travel alone.

Those passing along
With skies ever bright
Have lost the sweet song
He gives in the night.

Comfort By The Way

Comfort By The Way

I JOURNEY through a desert drear and wild:
Yet is my heart by such sweet thoughts beguiled.
Of Him on whom I lean, my strength and stay,
I can forget the sorrows of the way.

Thoughts of His love! the root of every grace
Which finds in this poor heart a dwelling-place;
The sunshine of my soul, than day more bright,
And my calm pillow of repose by night.

Thoughts of His sojourn in this vale of tears!
The tale of love unfolded in those years
Of sinless suffering and patient grace,
I love again and yet again to trace.

Thoughts of His glory! on the cross I gaze,
And there behold its sad yet healing rays;
Beacon of hope! which, lifted up on high,
Illumes with heavenly light the tear-dimmed eye.

Thoughts of His coming! for that joyful day
In joyful hope I watch, and wait, and pray;
The dawn draws nigh, the midnight shadows flee.
And what a sunrise will that advent be!

Thus, while I journey on, my Lord to meet,
My thoughts and meditations are so sweet
Of Him on whom I lean, my strength, my stay,
I can forget the sorrows of the way.

Called Aside

CALLED ASIDE.
" I have somewhat to say unto thee."

Called aside‚
From the glad working of thy busy life.
From the world's ceaseless stir of care and strife,
Into the stillness by thy Heavenly guide,
For a brief space thou hast been called aside.

Lonely hours
Thou hast spent, weary on a couch of pain,
Watching the golden sunshine and the rain;
Hours, whose sad length only to Him was known,
Who trod a sadder pathway, dark and lone.

Laid aside:
May not the little cup of suffering be
A loving one of blessing given to thee?
The cross of chastening sent thee from above
By Him who bore the cross, whose name is Love.

Called aside:
Hast thou no memories of that "little while"?
No sweet remembrance of thy Father's smile?
No hidden thoughts that wrapped thee in their hold
Of Him who did such light and grace unfold?

Called aside-
Perhaps into the desert garden dim,
And yet not lone, if thou hast been with Him,
And heard his voice in sweetest accents say,
Child, wilt thou not with me this hour stay?"

Called aside,
In hidden paths with Christ thy Lord to tread,
Deeper to drink at the sweet Fountain Head;
Closer in fellowship with Him to roam.
Nearer perchance to feel thy heavenly home.

Called aside.
Ob, knowledge deeper grows with Him alone,
In secret of his deeper love is shown,
And learned in many an hour of dark distress
Some rare, sweet lesson of his tenderness.

Called aside.
We thank Thee for the stillness and the shade,
And for the hidden paths thy love hath made,
And, so that we have wept and watched with Thee,
We thank Thee for our dark Gethsamene.

Called aside:
O restful thought - He doeth all things well‚
O blessed sense, with Christ alone to dwell:
So, in the shadow of thy cross to hide,
We thank Thee, Lord, to have been called aside.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Thinking Man...

"Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." Hosea 14:9
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"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways my ways," Isaiah 55:8
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Angel of Pain

Angel of Pain
by Saxe Holm
Angel of Pain, I think thy face
Will be in all the heavenly place
The sweetest face that I shall see,
The swiftest face to smile on me.
All other angels faint and tire;
Joy wearies, and forsakes Desire;
Hope falters face to face with Fate,
And dies because it cannot wait;
And Love cuts short each loving day,
Because fond hearts cannot obey
That subtlest law which measures bliss 
By what it is content to miss.

But thou, O loving, faithful Pain,
Hated, reproached, rejected, slain,
Dost only closer cling, and bless
In sweeter, stronger steadfastness.
Dear, patient angel  to thine own
Thou comest, and art never known,
Till late, in some lone twilight place,
The light of thy transfigured face
Sudden shines out, and speechless they
Know they have walked with Christ all day.

Cleansing Fires

Cleansing Fires

Let thy gold be cast in the furnace.
Thy red gold, precious and bright;
Do not fear the hungry fire.
With its caverns of burning light:
And thy gold shall return more precious,
Free from every spot and stain;
For gold must be tried by fire,
And a heart must be tried by pain!

In the cruel fire of sorrow
Cast thy heart - do not faint or wail;
Let thy hand be firm and steady,
Do not let thy spirit quail;
But wait till the trial is over,
And take thy heart again,
For as gold is tried by fire,
So a heart must be tried by pain!

I shall know by the gleam and glitter
Of the golden chain you wear,
By your heart's calm strength in loving,
Of the fire they have had to bear.
Beat on, true heart, for ever
Shine bright, strong golden chain,
And bless the cleansing fire
And furnace of living pain!

Folded Hands

Folded Hands

I stood by the Master's vineyard,
In the light of the morning sun;
I thought over the day's sweet labor,
And I he great rewards to be won;

For I longed to be up and doing
In the harvest-field so rare,
That my hands should be busy toiling, 
Plucking the clusters fair.

As I turned to enter the vineyard,
The sound of coming feet
Caused me to pause and listen,
That the comer I might greet.

And my Master stood before me,
In the golden morning light;
His smile cast a heavenly radiance
That blinded my mortal sight.

But it entered my heart, and filled it
With a love and a rapture sweet;
And I bowed in glad adoration
Before my Master's feet.

And his words, like silvery music
From the distant starry sky,
Came into my listening spirit,
An echo from strains on high.

And thus spake the Master, "Daughter,
I know thy longing heart
In the toil of my rich-laden vineyard
Is eager to bear a part.

"But from thee no active labor
The Master's cause demands;
Within thy low cottage doorway
Only sit with folded hands,

And the patient endurance of sorrow,
And a burden sore of pain,
Till I come with a welcome summons.
To bring thee eternal gain."

So he led me to my cottage,
And left me within the door;
But the brightness of his presence
Stays with me for evermore.

I see on the fair sweet uplands 
The pleasant vineyard ground;
And the echo of happy voices
Comes to me, a cheering sound.

I wait for his welcome footsteps;
Perchance they are coming to me:
I watch for his radiant smiling,
That his dear face I may see.

And this, like a sweet bird, nestless
In my heart, else desolate:
They serve me who at my word
But fold their hands-and wait." 

by Sophie Bronson Titterington

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wisdom for those who are foolish...

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17 and "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
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"For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know." Jeremiah 4:22 and "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
And He said to them, "O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!" Luke 24:25 and "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name. you will accept him." John 5:43
"Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool." Proverbs 19:1 and "To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled." Titus 1:15 and "A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?" Ecclesiastes 10:14
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Scriptures about false witness or testimony...

"If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." 1 Peter 4:14 and "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." Matthew 5:11
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"And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." Deuteronomy 5:20 and "So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me," says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:5
"How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood." Job 21:34 and "...then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment," 2 Peter 2:9
"With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered." Proverbs 11:9 and "...until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:13
"For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit." Psalm 35:20 and "Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he sets an ambush for him." Jeremiah 9:8
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Scriptures for those without a home...

"If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD you God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be." Deuteronomy 15:7-8
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"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49 and "And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise." Luke 3:11
"He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor, his righteousness endures forever, his horn is exalted in honor." Psalm 112:9 and "But if anyone has the world' goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth." 1 John 3:17-18
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:4 and "And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40
"If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday." Isaiah 58:10 and "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
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 Rice takes care of veterans and the homeless being ostracized 
by the wealthy who want the poor and forgotten to be invisible.
So far the city and the wealthy are winning the battle against

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Inevitable Result Of Living...

The Inevitable Result Of Living, And Dying, Without Christ

Death like an archer, staunch and true,
That never missed a mark:
At last will send his arrow through.
The stubborn sinner's heart.
And then that stubborn sinner dies,
An angry God to meet:
In vain he then laments, and sighs,
His ruin is complete.
Excluded from eternal life,
In darkness and despair
Without lone single ray of light, 
To cheer him anywhere:
To realize the second death.
Is what he must endure;
And he of all good things bereft
Because he is impure;
The blood of Christ that purifies
The human soul from sin:
And the believer justifies,
Who trusts alone in Him;
On earth he slighted, and refused,
Or put it off till death; 
And thus God's grace, he then refused.
Until of life bereft,
He has himself alone to blame,
That he is suffering so:
It's useless for him to complain,
He's made his bed in woe. 
by Collings

Our Works Can Not Save Us

Our Works Can Not Save Us

Jesus Christ demands our whole heart,
And He will never take a part:
He our redeeming work has done,
Before our day on earth begun.
Sorrow for sin is just, and right,
Well pleasing in our Savior's sight:
But never can, for sin atone,
For Jesus himself, saves alone.
Repent, and all your sins forsake.
By grace, through faith, salvation take:
This is our work which must he done,
Before we can to Jesus come,
Yet if we partly in it trust,
Our Lord's free grace, we from us thrust.
If in our works we rest content,
Our own salvation we prevent:
And yet we must repentant be,
Before we can salvation see.
There's no salvation in good deeds,
Man's righteousness, he vainly pleads:
For his transgression of God's law.
Which none have kept without a flaw.
Our sin, and vileness, Lord we plead,
Thou art indeed our friend in need.
For our best works will not supply
Our souls with joy after we die.
But when in that bright world above,
We taste of our Redeemer's love
We shall see our good works in time,
Recorded by the hand divine.
by Collings

Our Lord's Prayer In Verse

Our Lord's Prayer In Verse

Our Father in heaven above,
Great fountain of eternal love:
Hallowed be thy holy name,
By saints and angels, both the same,
Oh let thy holy kingdom come,
And thy most righteous will be done;
As angels do thy will above,
We mortals should obey in love;
As members of one family,
Help us Father to obey thee.
With daily bread our need supply,
We do on Thee, for this rely.
Forgive our sins, and let us live.
As we our enemies forgive:
And live in peace with them on earth,
As children of thy Spirits birth.
Into temptations lead us not,
Lest we fall into satan's plot;
From evil, Lord deliver us,
For we in thy protection trust.
The kingdom, and the power divine,
And glory, be forever Thine. 
by Collings

The most effective and efficient way to wisdom...

"In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:6
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"The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility." Proverbs 15:33.
"Many plans are in a man's heart, But the LORD directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9
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What Are the Omitted Books of the Bible?

        The excluded books are known as "Apocrypha," and are as follows: I Esdras, II Esdras, Tobit, Judith, several chapters of Esther which are found neither in the Hebrew nor the Chaldee, The Wisdom of Solomon, The Wisdom of Jesus, son of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, The Song of the Three Holy Children, The History of Susanna, The History of the Destruction of Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manasseh, I Maccabees, II Maccabees. They were excluded by the early Christian Church on the ground that they were of doubtful authority and not tending to spiritual edification. This decision has never been reversed, although in some periods of the Church's history a number of the apocryphal writings were published in smaller type after the regular books in the Bible. At one time the volume of apocryphal writings was even larger than the genuine, but very many of them, being rejected, quickly perished.

Who Compiled the Old Testament?

       It is claimed that the books of the Old Testament were collected and arranged under the supervision of Ezra, though modern scholarship disputes the claim. The epistles of Paul to the various churches were collected and incorporated with the other epistles and the Gospels and Revelation into one book during the first half of the second century, and as we learn from Eusebius, were in general use soon after the year 300 A. D.

Why Is Seven Used More than Any Other Number?

       The symbolism of "seven" should be traced back to the symbolism of its component elements, "three" and "four," which represent divinity and humanity. Hence, "seven" represents the union between God and man. Among the Persians, the Greeks, the ancient Indians, the Romans, and all nations where seven days in the week were recognized, the influence of the number seven prevailed. It was called by Cicero "the knot and cement of all things," because in "seven" the spiritual and natural world were comprehended in one idea. Some writers claim that the Hebrews borrowed it from their heathen neighbors. The Sabbath, being the seventh day, suggested seven as the appointment for all sacred periods. The seventh month was ushered in by the Feast of Trumpets; seven weeks was the interval between the Passover and the Pentecost, and so on, recognizing seven as the symbol of all connected with the Divinity.

What Are the Sacred or, Symbolical Numbers?

       There are certain numbers employed in Scripture that are known as sacred or symbolical numbers. Among these are:
  • seven (perfection), as the triune symbol of deity and the four quarters of the earth
  • forty, a "round number," signifying duration, distance, quantity
  • ten (completeness); five, as used in offerings etc.
  • four, related to the quarters of the globe, the shape of the holy of holies in the temple, etc.
  • three, symbol of supreme divinity
  • twelve, which derives its significance from the twelve tribes and which has been called the "square number," the "zodiacal number," the "apostolic number." 12x12 means, symbolically, fixity and completeness, and taken a thousand-fold, it gives the grand multiple of 144,000 (otherwise a countless multitude)
  • one thousand symbolizing the world wholly pervaded by the divine - a world redeemed

Scriptures About Hoarding...

"Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, "When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?"skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat. The LORD has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget anything they have done." Amos 8: 4-7
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"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it." Proverbs 3:27 and "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to the family of faith." Galatians 6:10
"he who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it." Proverbs 11:26 and "The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on me: and I caused the widows' hearts to sing for joy." Job 29: 13
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." Matthew 6:19 and "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content..." 1 Timothy 6:8-10 and 17
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A running man plus text...

"Coming Soon" text
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"Interview" text
"Intercession" text
"The End" text
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Old-Fashioned Type Setters

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bride with roses - "Wedding Announcement"

Bride with roses in black and white
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bride with roses in blue
bride with roses in peach or cinnamon
bride with roses in almond
bride with roses in green
bride with roses in plum
bride with roses in rose or pink
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A Wedding Kiss

red kissing couple

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black kissing couple
pink kissing couple

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Musical Notes Frame

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Tools of the artist...

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