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Lost, Found, and Delivered

By a preach friend. Very well done.

By Joseph Caples
Lost, Found, and Delivered
Ephesians 2:1-10

When I was seven years old, my brother and I went on a trip with my parents to the Red Wood National Forest in California. I remember the trip quite well. While we were there, I remember my dad cautioning us about staying close to them. He told us there were a lot of wild and very dangerous animals living in the forest. But it’s always been said that boys will be boys. My brother and I could not resist the urge to explore. The forest was very beautiful. We soon found ourselves wandering down a small trail. Our parents were no where in sight. At first we were not afraid and were not aware that we were lost. But soon it began to get dark, ans we began to hear strange noises. We called out for our dad to come get us but we were so far away, he just couldn’t hear us. We began to run while screaming and crying. We were sure some wild animal would get us. By this time we knew we were lost and in desperate need of being rescued. Finally, we just gave up and sat down. We were terribly afraid. Before long, we heard a familiar voice calling out from among the trees. We listened carefully and heard the voice again calling out to us. It was our dad. He found us, and we realized we were safe. We knew we were going home.

The Bible tells us that those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior are lost. They wander aimlessly through a darkened world of sin. Some of them don’t know they are lost. For those who do realize it, unless they are given proper direction, they may give up in total dispair.

Have you ever had the feeling that every thing is hopeless? That no matter which way you turn you just can’t seem to find direction and purpose?

In the above passage of Scripture, Paul explains to us three different conditions of our souls and shows us that there is indeed a way out of the forest of sin.

1. What We Were
A. We were dead in sins v1
B. We were walking in sin v2
C. We were by nature children of sin v3
1. Without hope (Romans 3:10, 23)
2. Without Christ (Ephesians 2:12)

2. What we are now
A. We have mercy v4
B. We have life v5
C. We have grace v8
D. We have salvation v8

3. What We Shall Be
A. We shall be like Jesus (1 John 3:2)
B. We shall be with Jesus (John 14:3)
C. We shall be given a crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4)


When we accept Christ as our Savior, Jesus shows us the way to be free from a life of sin. We can then walk with confidence away from that great dark forest of sin full of wild beasts and never worry about being lost again. Are you in that forest? Have you discovered that you are lost and are wandering aimlessly through a world of sin? “Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost,” to safely guide them out of the forest, that they might not be afraid, and be assured they are going home!

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Posted: 26 Feb 2014 07:20 PM PST


Dunster House


Erected 1930


He wouldn’t bend or bow 1659 – Henry Dunster died on this date February 27, 1659.  He was born in England around 1612 and came to know Christ as his savior.  He graduated from Cambridge in 1630 and then received his master’s degree in 1634.  He was ordained as a minister in the Church of England but was grieved with its corruption and sailed for America where he was soon installed as the President of Harvard College in 1640.  In those days some in the Anglican Church practiced immersion, as did Dunster.  In 1641 Dunster married a widow of a minister and took her five children as his own.  Two years later she died, he remarried and she had five more.  During this time he came to the conclusion that visible baptism of believers alone was correct Biblically.  When he refused to have an infant son sprinkled he was indicted and put on trial and convicted for disturbing the ordinance of infant baptism.  Because of these firm convictions Dunster left Cambridge. Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 80.


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He bore the Saviors Marks in his body


Wouters van Kuijck was finally burned at the stake on this day in 1572 after he was tortured and scourged in the prison at Dordrecht, Holland.  He had been moving his family from place to place in his effort to avoid arrest, for he was considered a heretic by the State Church for his belief that salvation was a personal matter of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.  The bailiff learned where Jan was residing and he and his men came to arrest him.  Knowing that his arrest would end in the capture of his entire family, Jan said in a booming voice, “it is I” when the bailiff knocked and asked, “Does Jan van Kuijck live here?”  Of course it was designed to allow is family to escape, which they did.  During his imprisonment he wrote a dozen letters that have been preserved, eleven to family including his daughter and one to his captors presenting clearly his faith and a warning to them of judgment.  He concluded that letter with these words, “I confess one Lord, one faith, one God, one Father of all, who is above all, and in all believers.  I believe only what the Holy Scriptures say, and not what men say.”  Fearing his testimony Jan’s mouth was gagged before he was taken to the place of execution.  Somehow he managed to relieve himself of the gag.  A fellow believer was able to draw close to him and he opened his shirt and showed him his bloody body from the scourgings, and said, “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”  As the fire was kindled he looked over those assembled and cried, “…farewell, my dear brethren and sisters, I herewith commend you to the Lord, to the Lord Who shed his blood for us.”

Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp.180-181.


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He Chose Local Church Evangelism

Fred Brown was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 23, 1909, one of nine children.  Those were days when the gospel was preached in all the major denominations in the South.   It was a protracted meeting in an old-fashioned Presbyterian church that Fred, as a seven year old, heard a message on hell, and trusted Christ as his Savior.  Even though he was gifted athletically, he turned down a football scholarship to Birmingham Southern College and followed the Lord’s leading to a new College in Panama City, Florida called Bob Jones College headed up by Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., a great evangelist.  Fred’s classmates also became household names in evangelism, Monroe Parker and Jimmy Johnson.  It was during the great depression but the Lord always provided their school bills.  At one point Fred and Jimmy were placed on trial by the Methodist Church for preaching without an official commission from the Methodist Church and were defended in Court by Bob Jones, Sr.  In 1934 Jimmy and Fred were invited to preach the gospel in Ireland.  Brown would preach the gospel in twenty foreign lands.  While in College, Fred met and married Donella Cochran on Aug. 7, 1938.  They left immediately for a one year honeymoon/evangelistic tour in Ireland.  In the 61 years after his graduation Fred preached in nearly every state across America opting for local church meetings rather than city-wide crusades.   He made his home base at the Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. where he served as board of Trustees and his wife chaired the music Department at the University and coordinated the music program at the church.  Mrs. Brown died on March 24, 1983.  Dr. Brown had several additional years of service before he passed into the presence of the Lord on Sept. 6, 1992.


Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 172 – 174.

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A Diligent Soul-Winner
From the day he came to know Christ as Savior, Bernard H. Frey, Bernie, as he was affectionately called, felt compelled to share the Gospel with an intense love of witnessing.
Following his conversion, Bernie and two other men organized the Calvary Baptist Church in his hometown of Rushmore, Minnesota.   He taught the men’s Sunday school class, ministered as Sunday school superintendent, served as a deacon, and led the way as a soul-Winner.   More than twenty men went into the ministry from the church, primarily from Bernie’s influence.  Bernard was not a young man when he answered the call to preach, but he entered Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota along with his oldest daughter.  Both transferred to Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota, upon its opening in 1957.  Bernard was among Pillsbury’s first students, and the first grandfather to graduate from the institution.  He was greatly influenced by Dr. Monroe Parker who became President of Pillsbury on February 5, 1958.  While still in College, Bernard pastored a Baptist church in Canon City, Minnesota.
In the spring of 1972, Bernie was chosen coordinator of the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches.  April 17, 1974 is a date indelibly stamped on the minds of his children as a day they said good bye to their father.  Three of Bernards’ children are serving the Lord in full-time service as a direct result of their father’s example of godliness.
Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 73-75.

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I cannot be sad if my Savior is near,
He bids all my sadness depart;
I cannot be lonely, if gently I hear
His whisper of love in my heart.

The whisper of love, soft whisper of love,
How oft, like the poor wandering dove,
I fly to the ark with my Savior to rest,
And hear His soft whisper of love.

I cannot be weary; the days are not long,
If onward I trustingly move;
And oft on my journey i pause in my song,
to hear the soft
whisper of love,

And when, from the path He has taught me to tread,
My footsteps forgetfully rove;
How kindly again to that path I am led,
And cheered by the whisper of love.

No voice in the world is so tenderly sweet,
No charm can my sorrow remove;
No accents in glory my joy would complete
Without the soft whisper of love.

Fanny Crosby

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Forth of July and Christmas

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Saviour of the world,
your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this
day the Fourth of July? Is it not that, in the chain of
human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly
linked with the birthday of the Saviour? That it forms a
leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation?
Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first
organized the social compact on the foundation of  the
Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone
of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”
John Quincy Adams, when he
delivered a Forth of July
speech at Newburyport

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