Fellowship's a maker of friendships_
Think back on your life and see
How many friendships you can trace
To this spirit of harmony.
Fellowship--working with others
Has a way of bringing to light
Talents and gifts we might never know
With only a greeting polite.
Fellowship's more than the
Of getting to know each other;
It's a Christian obligation
To join hands with your brother.
It's a Christian's obligation
To share in work to be done,
And the good Lord adds fellowship
To make the work seem more fun.
fellowship is God's own way
Of joining with labor and mirth
The hands and hearts of His people
In building His kingdom on earth.
Helen Lowrie Marshal
Up For Jesus
Get up, get up for Jesus
Ye soldiers of the Cross:
A lazy Sunday morning
Means certain harm and loss;
If Christians on a weekday
Begin their work at seven,
They surely can on Sunday,
Start worship at eleven
Power of Example
Benjamin Franklin wished to interest the people of Philadelphia in
street lighting, he didn't try to persuade them by talking about it -
instead, he hung a beautiful lantern on a long bracket before his own
door. Then he kept the glass brightly polished,
and carefully and religiously lit the
wick every evening at the approach
of dusk. People wandering about on the dark
street saw Franklin's light a long way off and came under
the influence of its friendly glow with grateful hearts. It wasn't long
before Franklin's neighbors
began placing lights in
brackets before their homes, and soon the entire
city awoke to the value of street lighting and took up
the matter with interest and
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set
on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a
bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the
house. Let your light so shine
before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in
Matthew 5: 14-16
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise
in the assembly of the saints" (Psalms 149:1)
"A man's religion must be
strengthened by connection with a live church. But your religion must
be part of you, something you feel in your heart and practice in your
life. Religion changes a human being from a small ineffective detached
unit, into a part of a might whole. It makes him serve others, and
this service is returned to him in kind."
If religion can
do this, how much more should our Christianity do to make us into
servants for our Christ.
One Sunday morning, drowsing in the back pew of a little
country church, I dimly heard the old preacher urge his flock to 'stop
worrying about your own halo and shine up your neighbor's!' And it
left me sitting up, wide-awake, because it struck me as just about the
best eleven-word formula for getting along with people
that I ever heard.
I like it for
its implication that everyone, in some area of life, has a halo that's
worth watching for and acknowledging. I like it for the picture
it conjures up: everybody industriously polishing away at everybody's
else's little circle of divine light. I like it for the firm way it
shifts the emphasis from self to interest and concern for others.
Finally, I like it because it reflects a deep truth; people have a
tendency to become what you expect them to be.
"So many of us define ourselves by what we have, what we wear, what
kind of house we live in and what kind of car we drive. . .
If you think of yourself as the woman in the Cartier watch and the Hermes
scarf, a house fire will destroy not only your possessions but your
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