My last word of application shall be an affectionate exhortation to every reader of this paper who has found out the value of his soul, and believed in Jesus Christ. That exhortation shall be short and simple. I beseech you to cleave to the Lord with all your heart, and to press towards the mark for the prize of your high calling.
Today I want to bring you a word from an old voice. This quote comes from J.C. Ryle's book Old Paths, from the chapter regarding the state of our souls. (Note: For those who don't know, Ryle lived in 19th century England, so don't be confused by his reference to "our gracious Queen.")
Starting next month, Beacon of Hope Church will be doing a series on the Enemies of the Church, looking at enemies that we face both from within and without. As the worship music leader, I have taken a fair amount of time to prepare for this series, seeking to choose music that will compliment each topic and form a cohesive church service from start to finish (which is another topic for another time). As I have been studying and preparing for this series, the parable of the sower has continued to come to mind.
A simple servant of the Master.