Saturday, September 14, 2019

Meeting Together


Ronnie W. Wolfe – September 12, 2019

We meet on the shores of borrowed time
There to keep our souls in line
With the word of God with its ancient glow
To help our yearning hearts to grow.

Assembled with loved ones all aflame
With Gospel truth through Jesus’ name
With joy we sing the songs of Zion
And worship true the royal Lion.

The church of God will never fail,
Through generations weak and frail;
But with God’s purpose well in hand,
He keeps his watch across the land.

Assemblies true to God’s own word,
We preach the message greatest heard,
Knowing well we have the power,
Proclaiming truth from hour to hour.

The Spirit gave to his congregation
Approval for this dispensation,
For time until the Lord shall come
To do his work and take us home.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Just Beyond The Meadow

Dr. Ronnie Wolfe – June 14, 2019


Just beyond the meadow, just beyond the greenest grass,
Just beyond the flowing river; that’s where my soul shall pass.
From the shadow of the valley to the highest mountain peak,
I’ll travel, quickly travel, to a land all Christians seek.

I’m glad I did not falter when I heard the Gospel sound.
I’m glad by grace I trusted in the Savior that I found.
I’m happy that I turned around from sin to set me free
From the awful, fearful judgment on those who don’t believe.

Just beyond the meadow I will leave this world behind.
I will follow Jesus’ leading as he holds this hand of mine.
“Lead on,” I say, “to righteousness,” as only He can do.
You’re welcome in this promised land, by faith you may go, too.

So, take the time to trust Him, the Lord of all the earth.
He gives a message holy that brings a second birth.
You must believe in Jesus; God’s wrath is hard and fast.
Believe He died and came to life; He gives a life that lasts.

Now, look beyond the meadow, beyond the greenest grass,
Just beyond the flowing river; that’s where your soul shall pass,
If you truly trust in Jesus; He’ll forgive you of your sin;
And, when you’ve passed the meadow, He’ll surely greet you in.



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Just Across The River

 By Ronnie W. Wolfe -- 5-21-2019
For funeral of Patricia Combs

Just across the river there’s a great, amazing place
Where people there reside by His amazing grace,
Where angels there attend the heavenly altar pure
And grace applies the salve of God’s eternal cure.

Just across the river of death so stained with earthly dread,
Victory reigns in heavenly realms through spirits of the dead.
Come thirsty souls and drink the blessings given from above,
And bask in heavenly sunlight and the wonder of God’s love.

Just across the river we leave the world behind
And shed the stress of everyday and hurts of every kind.
We wash our hands of all the pain and sorrow we once knew,
Now enjoying heavenly bliss and blessings not a few.

So, come, begin your journey now t’ward heaven’s open gate;
Trust that Jesus paid the price; trust him; don’t be late.
Parted saint are there, await our entrance to review,
As we by faith cross o’er the bar to where all things are new.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Every Religion Has A Book

By Dr. Ronnie Wolfe

Christianity Has A Book

We call our book The Bible. It is made up of 66 smaller books, which, we believe, have been inspired by God and that the Holy Spirit inspired men to write down what God wanted to be written, word for word, every word inspired to God's satisfaction.

This Bible is divided into two major parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is a testimony of God's covenant with Israel through God's law, which was given to Moses. If Israel kept the law, God would bless them and make them an everlasting kingdom; but, if they did not obey the law, God would judge them, and they would not inherit the spiritual home, a city whose builder and maker is God.

The New Testament is a testimony of the fulfillment of prophecies in the Old Testament which point to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived during the period of the New Testament, and he fulfilled many prophecies of his coming, his growing up, his death, his burial, and his resurrection. Also, there are other prophecies in the New Testament of conditions in the world, societal conditions to expect as time goes on, and of future events that will culminate in Jesus' coming again and of the remaking of the earth to a perfect condition and a kingdom of peace forever.

In order to enjoy the benefits of the blessings given in the Bible, a person must read it and absorb its content and meaning as much as possible. God has many blessings for those who read it (See Revelation 1:3).

The Bible also teaches us through the grace of God how we should live, how we should conduct ourselves in society, what authorities to obey, and what our morals are. We should surrender our bodies (Romans 12:1) to the Lord, our minds (Philippians 2:5) and all of our members (Romans 6:13) as instruments of righteousness.


Cults And Other Religions Have A Book

Every cult has a book by which they learn and obey certain conditions and activities concerning their belief. There are many cults, but they all go by their own code of ethics, which is usually written in a book. Jehovah's Witnesses have their own translation of the Bible, Mormon's have their Book of Mormon and other books.

Judaism uses only the part of the Bible that we call the Old Testament. They do not call it this; they call their Bible "The Jewish Scriptures." This is simply the Old Testament without the New Testament. They study this book, learn this book, try to obey this book, and they love this book.

Buddhism has a book called Tripitaka, which is the sacred text for their beliefs. They revere these texts and study them. They teach them to their followers, and they practice what the texts teach.

Hindus have several texts called Vedas, and each text deals with a certain item in their belief system, which teaches the followers how to perform specific kinds of worship, mental attitude, and practice.

Islam has a book called Koran. It also is a book which describes the attitudes and practices of the followers, which are called Muslims. 

Jainism has a book of scripture they call Agamas, which is made up of small texts called sutras, and they memorize these and pass them on to their children. 


Communism Has A Book

More than any other book, no doubt the book The Communist Manifesto is the basic text for communism. Several other well known books express the same ideals and are used for communist attitudes and practices.

Socialism And Public Education Has A Book

Public education was not the primary way of education in America in its early years. There were many private schools, which were supported by humanitarians and churches. Education was of a high caliber at that time. When Unitarians took over the operation of Harvard University in 1805, socialism's ideas began to become familiar in this country. 

Then a man named Robert Owen wrote a book in 1816 entitled A New View of Society, in which he expressed his belief that man is not depraved and that man is completely able to bring himself to perfection by the formation of good character and by keeping everyone happy, a Utopia. He thought that the earlier a student started learning his program, the better it would be for society.

This book was the beginning of what we call Socialism, so Robert Owen is considered the father of Socialism. The Unitarians loved his book and his ideas, so they began to encourage a compulsory public education system so that every student would be educated to be like all the other students, little Socialists. Thus, one writer noted, "Indeed, public education was to become the socialists' primary instrument for promoting socialism."

The ideas of Robert Owen have been memorized and taught to children for over 150 years as our country goes deeper and deeper into Socialism. Owen's ideas were written down in many textbooks, and his ideas are inculcated into almost every textbook, whether it be in philosophy, science, technology, or cooking. Socialists love their book(s).

Conclusion

Every religion, every cult, every social institution has a book. The Christian textbook, the Bible, is the only book and the only religion in the main which is not revered and loved by its people. It is neglected, scoffed, and harassed by many. Christians do not teach their children to memorize passages from our book.

We should be ashamed, because many Christians are ashamed of their book. Therefore, many are ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If Socialists were to neglect their writings as much as we do our Bibles, Socialism would quickly die. If the books of world religions were neglected as much as our Bible, they would collapse. Why is our religion seemingly on the brink of failure in our country? Could it be because we neglect the very book that strengthens our cause and gives us courage to stand for what we believe? Certainly I would think that is the case. What should we do?