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    20 Years On - A Testimony Concerning God's Grace

    "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 1:18

    I was looking through an old autograph book this week. It contained signatures of all my Bible College (seminary) friends from June 1987. Some of the people who wrote in this little book are now in heaven... men like Rev. James Hunt, the Dean of Students, and an Irish student called Vaughan Gage, who was killed on a missionary trip to Africa under very suspicious circumstances... and one of them is now a Member of Parliament in England... their words are very precious to me.

    In one entry a friend of mine, Graeme Adams, now a pastor in Dundee, Scotland drew three crosses on a hill, the central one being the largest one.. and he wrote these simple words: "John.. always remember Calvary. Graeme" He probably doesn't remember doing that.. but now, 20 years on (in 2 months..) he and I are continuing to do just that.. remembering Calvary, all because of the grace of God.

    How gracious God is to us... not only for the cross, but for the grace to help us see its worth, and sustain our interest as the years roll by. That ugly cross.. the place of torture, pain and suffering is beautiful in our eyes, for what Christ achieved for us there makes it our only gateway to heaven. Quite something eh? - Pastor John Samson

    P.S. Want to be blessed by an outstanding article on the cross?? See J. I. Packer's "The Logic of Penal Substitution" article found here .

    Posted by John Samson on April 15, 2007 10:40 PM

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