August 9, 2022     2:39 pm
21. Third Week in Advent - Saturday
The hour of death
          Behold! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!   Acts 7:56
          When our last hour comes, the crisis will be at hand, the great crisis, as physicians call that turning-point of a sickness which makes it plain whether recovery or death will be the final outcome. All who in the hour of death are found to believe in Christ will be saved; those, however, who lack this faith will be damned. And it is just in the hour of death, the most important and critical hour, that we are very weak, most exceedingly so, least able to accomplish anything ourselves. It is just then that the Evil Foe will see his opportunity for making the last and fiercest assault upon us. And what then? - When Stephen knew that his last hour was at hand, he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and he said: "Behold I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God." He saw that Jesus was going to be with him in death and to help him.- I tell you, Christian, just when you need the Saviour most, He will be nearest to you, to rescue you. Then His strength will be made perfect in your weakness. And you shall conquer all, yes, all the terrors of death. This is most certainly true.- But let no man defer his conversion to that hour when reason, sense, and thinking fail like a flickering light that wavers to and fro until it is completely extinguished. Today you live, today repent! Be His own now, that in your last hour Jesus may own you and deliver you.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, grant that through Your Word and Holy Spirit now and always I may believe in You and be Your own. And when my last hour shall come, then come, O faithful Saviour, and grant me Your strength and keep the devil from me, and receive my spirit as You received that of Stephen. Amen, You will do this, You faithful Saviour, who says regarding Your sheep: "I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." Amen, Lord Jesus, Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:39 pm