It is certainly a reality in …

“It is certainly a reality in our day that too few men and women are willing to keep the “top side” of their souls open to God and to His light from heaven. You may wonder about such expression as the “top side” of the soul, but I do think it is in line with Bible teaching, and certainly in line with all Christian experience. The heart and soul are open to God in some people’s lives, but certainly not in others. We should be aware that man’s forgiveness is not always like God’s. When a man makes a mistake and has to be forgiven, the shadow may still hang over him among his fellows. But when God forgives, He begins the new page right away. Then when the devil runs up and says, “What about his past?” God replies, “What past? He has been forgiven!” Now, I think that kind of forgiveness and justification and acceptance with God depends upon a person’s willingness to keep the “top side” of the soul open to God and His saving grace!”

– A. W. Tozer

Did you see …

Written by Tom Graffagnino.
[re Mark 5: 1-20]

Did you see the boat approaching?
Were you with the Gadarene?
Were you with him there that morning?
Were you moved by what you’d seen?

Did you see Him from the hillside?
Did you see Him calm the squall?
Were you standing in the graveyard,
Dead and buried by the Fall?

Did the darkness there possess you?
Were you hopeless just like me?
Did you dwell among the tombstones
By the Sea of Galilee?

Did we cry out in our madness?
Were we called there to the shore?
Did the Word of Truth cut through us?
Like a sword right to the core?

Were we drawn to Him that day, sir?
Did He call us to His side?
Did the Spirit, sir, compel us?
Were we called to be His bride?

Did you hear the demons screaming
When He set you free, my friend?
Do you think He came to find us
Even as He stilled the wind?

Did He find us bruised and naked?
Did He see through our façade?
Did you recognize The Maker…
Son of man and Son of God?

* * *

“Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.[a] 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him,[b] not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him….
…And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.—Mark 5: 1…20

do not try to make the Gospel tasteful to carnal minds …

“My dear brethren, do not try to make the Gospel tasteful to carnal minds. Hide not the offense of the cross, lest you make it of no effect. The angles and corners of the Gospel are its strength: to pare them off is to deprive it of power. Toning down is not the increase of strength, but the death of it.”

– Charles Spurgeon