Monday, November 30, 2009

Day 334- Don’t Avoid the Bell

"Not called!" did you say? 'Not heard the call,' I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world. These are the words of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. Every year around Christmas a part-time employee will ring the bell for the Salvation Army. Every year I ask the bell ringers, "What does salvation mean?" I can only think of a few that can answer that question, but I can think of countless times where it created an opportunity to share the good news. Today, I told my bell ringing friend that salvation comes from no other except through Jesus Christ.

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