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  • Rejoice! Roe is Ruined

    To the great joy of many many people around the world, last week the US Supreme Court overturned the awful Roe Vs Wade decision from almost 50 years ago!


    This earlier ruling was the basis for abortion being a "right" in the USA. It meant that their Supreme Court had magically found a reason in the US constitution to allow people to murder unborn children.


    Now that it is overturned, the current court has finally recognised that the previous ruling was wrong all along. They are not changing, or taking away any rights, they are merely recognising that there was never any such constitutional right in the first place. This means that, like Australia, it is now up to each state to make their own rules about abortion.


    Praise God that the earlier foolishness of the court is now official!


    "Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, 

         but in their hearts they harbour deceit. 

    Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, 

         for seven abominations fill their hearts. 

    Their malice may be concealed by deception, 

         but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly." (Pr 26:24–26).


    By God's grace many of the US states already had legislation ready to go, so that as soon as Roe was struck down, laws came into effect banning or severely limiting abortion across about a quarter of the country. About another quarter are expected to either pass new restrictions or impose pre-Roe laws.


    This is fantastic news, with one fell swoop so many unborn imagers of God finally get the protection of their civil government! That's how it should be! There is much more work to do, but this is a huge step in the right direction.


    This news is only good if you believe that it is evil and sinful to poison, dismember and kill babies in their mothers womb - the place God designed to nurture, protect and give life. Unfortunately there are some deceived people who claim the name of Christ and yet still support this abhorrent practice, so perhaps one day I shall make a clear case on why abortion is always ungodly, just in case there was any uncertainty.


    Now, you may be thinking: what has this got to do with us here? Two things.


    First, this will have ripples around the world. There will be many children who will now be born and serve Christ! Yes, many will be born into poverty, or have parents who don't want them, but there is a heavenly Father who does, and who will give them untold heavenly riches.


    Unfortunately and fortunately, the US is a world "leader." As they go, many countries follow. As much as we like to distance ourselves from the yanks, we are endlessly discipled by their entertainment, books, philosophies, technology and so on. That means that if there are seismic cultural shifts in their country of 330 million people, we will be influenced, for good or ill, in our little nation of 26 million people.


    We can expect that in Australia there will be a resurgence of pro-life sentiment from both people who are newly won to the cause from US influence and existing pro-lifers who are encouraged to stand up and defend the innocent more publicly. Many of them will not belong to Christ, but we can work with these co-belligerents as long as our loyalty to Jesus is not compromised.


    Secondly, it shows even the darkest and most evil policy can be undone. We have grown accustomed to living with disappointment after disappointment on the political stage. It can feel like any work to turn back the tide of wickedness our legislators foist upon us is like building sandcastles to face the sea.


    But, when we grow weary of being battered by waves, we remember that we have the Lord as our refuge and our strength, our ever present help in trouble (Ps 46:1). Roe seemed like an insurmountable obstacle to stemming the tide of murder in the USA, yet it was not too great for God. He caused Dagon to lie flat on his face in humiliation, and similarly a modern day detestable idol is overthrown in the USA. It gives us hope that we may see similar victories on our home soil, in our day.


    The overturning of Roe vs. Wade was rather "ordinary". Many of us forget that God works through ordinary means; while we keep looking for signs and voices from heaven (Mat 12:38–39) God is busy at work accomplishing His plans. God worked through ordinary parliamentary means with William Wilberforce to abolish the British slave trade, and God worked through court cases, court justices, Trump and other unlikely characters to overturn Roe.


    While many of us would just prefer Jesus to come back and supersede all of our ungodly leaders, we must own up to the reality that we are in a world that God has commissioned us to care for, and make disciples in. We do not expect utopia this side of Christ's return, but we do know that God can act in history to make this a better world and that His Children will be agents of His change.


    With Christ before us, the Spirit in our hearts, the Word in our mouths, perhaps we can go forth into the fray and see God overthrow wickedness in our parliaments as well as in hearts that turn to Him.


    Samuel Lindsay


    "There are six things the LORD hates, 

         seven that are detestable to him: 

    haughty eyes, 

         a lying tongue, 

         hands that shed innocent blood, 

    a heart that devises wicked schemes, 

         feet that are quick to rush into evil, 

         a false witness who pours out lies,

         and a person who stirs up conflict in the community." (Pr 6:16–19).



    "God is our refuge and strength, 

         an ever-present help in trouble. 

    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 

         and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

    though its waters roar and foam 

         and the mountains quake with their surging. 


    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; 

         I will be exalted among the nations, 

         I will be exalted in the earth.” 

    The LORD Almighty is with us; 

         the God of Jacob is our fortress." (Ps 46:1–310-11).


    P.S. I know that there is a fair chance that someone who is reading this will have had an abortion. Hear this: If you have repented of this sin before God, and are trusting in Jesus, then you can have confidence that Jesus has atoned for this sin and provides full, free forgiveness! No sin is too great for God's grace, including this one. Look to Jesus, and trust him with the souls of those lost children. Do not despair, because Christ has overcome even death!

    1. published a newsletter

      ReadRejoice! Roe is Ruined
      News from Flooding Creek

      To the great joy of many many people around the world, last week the US Supreme Court overturned the awful Roe Vs Wade decision from almost 50 years ago!


      This earlier ruling was the basis for abortion being a "right" in the USA. It meant that their Supreme Court had magically found a reason in the US constitution to allow people to murder unborn children.


      Now that it is overturned, the current court has finally recognised that the previous ruling was wrong all along. They are not changing, or taking away any rights, they are merely recognising that there was never any such constitutional right in the first place. This means that, like Australia, it is now up to each state to make their own rules about abortion.


      Praise God that the earlier foolishness of the court is now official!


      "Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, 

           but in their hearts they harbour deceit. 

      Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, 

           for seven abominations fill their hearts. 

      Their malice may be concealed by deception, 

           but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly." (Pr 26:24–26).


      By God's grace many of the US states already had legislation ready to go, so that as soon as Roe was struck down, laws came into effect banning or severely limiting abortion across about a quarter of the country. About another quarter are expected to either pass new restrictions or impose pre-Roe laws.


      This is fantastic news, with one fell swoop so many unborn imagers of God finally get the protection of their civil government! That's how it should be! There is much more work to do, but this is a huge step in the right direction.


      This news is only good if you believe that it is evil and sinful to poison, dismember and kill babies in their mothers womb - the place God designed to nurture, protect and give life. Unfortunately there are some deceived people who claim the name of Christ and yet still support this abhorrent practice, so perhaps one day I shall make a clear case on why abortion is always ungodly, just in case there was any uncertainty.


      Now, you may be thinking: what has this got to do with us here? Two things.


      First, this will have ripples around the world. There will be many children who will now be born and serve Christ! Yes, many will be born into poverty, or have parents who don't want them, but there is a heavenly Father who does, and who will give them untold heavenly riches.


      Unfortunately and fortunately, the US is a world "leader." As they go, many countries follow. As much as we like to distance ourselves from the yanks, we are endlessly discipled by their entertainment, books, philosophies, technology and so on. That means that if there are seismic cultural shifts in their country of 330 million people, we will be influenced, for good or ill, in our little nation of 26 million people.


      We can expect that in Australia there will be a resurgence of pro-life sentiment from both people who are newly won to the cause from US influence and existing pro-lifers who are encouraged to stand up and defend the innocent more publicly. Many of them will not belong to Christ, but we can work with these co-belligerents as long as our loyalty to Jesus is not compromised.


      Secondly, it shows even the darkest and most evil policy can be undone. We have grown accustomed to living with disappointment after disappointment on the political stage. It can feel like any work to turn back the tide of wickedness our legislators foist upon us is like building sandcastles to face the sea.


      But, when we grow weary of being battered by waves, we remember that we have the Lord as our refuge and our strength, our ever present help in trouble (Ps 46:1). Roe seemed like an insurmountable obstacle to stemming the tide of murder in the USA, yet it was not too great for God. He caused Dagon to lie flat on his face in humiliation, and similarly a modern day detestable idol is overthrown in the USA. It gives us hope that we may see similar victories on our home soil, in our day.


      The overturning of Roe vs. Wade was rather "ordinary". Many of us forget that God works through ordinary means; while we keep looking for signs and voices from heaven (Mat 12:38–39) God is busy at work accomplishing His plans. God worked through ordinary parliamentary means with William Wilberforce to abolish the British slave trade, and God worked through court cases, court justices, Trump and other unlikely characters to overturn Roe.


      While many of us would just prefer Jesus to come back and supersede all of our ungodly leaders, we must own up to the reality that we are in a world that God has commissioned us to care for, and make disciples in. We do not expect utopia this side of Christ's return, but we do know that God can act in history to make this a better world and that His Children will be agents of His change.


      With Christ before us, the Spirit in our hearts, the Word in our mouths, perhaps we can go forth into the fray and see God overthrow wickedness in our parliaments as well as in hearts that turn to Him.


      Samuel Lindsay


      "There are six things the LORD hates, 

           seven that are detestable to him: 

      haughty eyes, 

           a lying tongue, 

           hands that shed innocent blood, 

      a heart that devises wicked schemes, 

           feet that are quick to rush into evil, 

           a false witness who pours out lies,

           and a person who stirs up conflict in the community." (Pr 6:16–19).



      "God is our refuge and strength, 

           an ever-present help in trouble. 

      Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 

           and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

      though its waters roar and foam 

           and the mountains quake with their surging. 


      He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; 

           I will be exalted among the nations, 

           I will be exalted in the earth.” 

      The LORD Almighty is with us; 

           the God of Jacob is our fortress." (Ps 46:1–3, 10-11).


      P.S. I know that there is a fair chance that someone who is reading this will have had an abortion. Hear this: If you have repented of this sin before God, and are trusting in Jesus, then you can have confidence that Jesus has atoned for this sin and provides full, free forgiveness! No sin is too great for God's grace, including this one. Look to Jesus, and trust him with the souls of those lost children. Do not despair, because Christ has overcome even death!

      1. Concrete Covenants

        The other day I made some passing comments about the nature of marriage. Let's flesh that out a bit.


        Marriages ending is a hard thing to speak about, not least because many of us have either been in marriages that have broken up, or have some close connection to a marriage that has ended. Every time we speak about the godly ideal, some of us will inevitably feel regret, sadness and perhaps shame at the way that we have failed to live in line with God's design and commands.


        Here's the good news: If you belong to Jesus, your sin is dealt with. It's taken away! It's gone! Whether your sin contributed to the ending of a marriage, or you see your own failures in your present marriage, Jesus atones for, and forgives your sin because of his redemptive work on the Cross.


        We recognise our sin, we repent of it, we trust in Jesus and we seek to embody the wonderful holiness the God has for us!


        What is marriage?

        Marriage is the covenant union between a man and woman. God encoded this design into His Creation. It is not an invention of the state or religion. There's a reason why it is found everywhere across the earth.


        "...a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh" (Ge 2:24).


        God is so committed to this design feature that He is involved in making marriages:


        "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Mt 19:6).


        There will be some who are given the gift of celibacy (1 Cor 7:7–9) but we expect, due to the way God has designed the world and what he has revealed in the Scriptures, that most people will have the gift of marriage.


        This special union is the place where our God glorifying sexuality is freed to be given and enjoyed. That sexuality bears the fruit of new life; children are the good and natural produce of marriage (Gen 1:28). The curse can get in the way of that, with infertility or death, but unless there is a providential hindering, fruitfulness is expected.


        How is marriage Covenantal?

        Covenants are like relational contracts. It's not as cold as a contract in a business sense (i.e. "If I do A, you owe me B"). Covenants do involve obligations from one party to another, but it is connected by relationship. It is much more than a contract.


        The covenants that Christians are most familiar with are found in the Old Testament, with notable examples of Abraham and Israel who covenant with God. The LORD promises to be their God and to bless them in posterity. He also outlines how they will treat each other: God's people will be faithful to Him, and he will give them life.


        God's loving relationship with his people is the model on which our marriages are based. The ultimate marriage is the heavenly marriage between Christ and His Bride, the Church. This is why Paul would tell husbands and wives to emulate God's covenantal relationship in their marriages (see Eph 5:22–27).


        We recognise the covenantal nature of marriage in the ceremonies we have adopted at weddings. Although there is a fad going around of making up your own vows (which are often not vows at all), the standard is that the bride and groom will make serious promises to one another. They invite God, their family, friends and church to be witnesses to the solemnisation of their covenant. Even if you elope, most modern governments require there to be least be an officiant and two witnesses to make the union valid.


        Concrete Covenants

        Marriages are like pillars. The ideal marriage is founded on the Rock of Christ, who upholds the world. Then, the marriage is positioned on the plinth (or base) which is a covenant which aligns and supports the pillar to fulfil its design of upholding the epic edifice we call society.


        Now, in a building of many pillars holding up the structure, you can get away with removing a couple of the pillars. There are enough others to take up the slack and share the load. You can even live with a few wonky ones because the building is still standing.


        But, in case you hadn't noticed, we're living in a building where a bunch of the inhabitants are tearing it down. They yell and whine and complain when we say that the pillars are important, and the covenant plinths are important, and the foundation is important.


        They want to excavate the foundations under the building while we're still in it. They want pour in slop and sand to replace the rock. They're running around knocking out all the pillars they can, while trying to put in piles of manure to hold up the roof.


        Unless Christ steps in to stop the current insanity, our society will collapse in on itself because all the structure will have been removed. (Maybe that's his plan? Does Christ want us to rebuild our culture and community from scratch? I digress...)


        Christians are not immune to the insanity going on around us. Many of us have adopted silly views on marriage, probably without even noticing it. For example, we may think that marriage is founded on romantic love, rather than covenant love. This means that when the feeling fades somewhat, the people think they're justified in leaving. This way of ungodly thinking will even validate adultery in the twisted conscience. Similar examples include someone is not "happy", or not "satisfied". We do expect that romantic love and happiness and satisfaction will be part of the ideal marriage because it is cultivated and worked-on, but these things are not the basis for the union.


        Another area where the silliness has crept in, is by making the decision to divorce a private matter between partners. You didn't make your covenant in private, you promised before God and people to fulfil your covenant obligations to one another. If you are going back on those promises, it is a public matter. This is not to say marital counselling and conciliation efforts should be public, but if it comes down to pulling the pin, it is not just a private matter. It affects us all as a community. Don't take the cowards way out and avoid what the Scriptures and Christian family have to say to you. We hope and pray that when marriages get rocky, we as a loving community can rally around with grace and love to see restoration.


        Because of our hard hearts, because of sin, there will inevitably be times when marriage covenants are broken, and because of this, God does permit divorce in some cases (Mt 19:8). He permits remarriage in some cases too . Yet you will notice that these are quite limited.



        God designed marriage to be the building block of society, yet it seems our society is intent on removing all the building blocks. We hope and expect that Christians will not fall into the traps of the world, but instead emulate the covenant love and faithfulness of the Lord. God has placed us in a spiritual family to help encourage us to stay faithful and grow in godliness in our marriages.


        Don't let past failure in marriage weigh you down, only make sure you have repented of any sin. We cannot change the past, only look to Christ. Look to Christ and walk faithfully to cultivate a marriage that looks like Christ & His Church. Take your covenant seriously.


        Samuel Lindsay


        "This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband" (Eph 5:32–33).

        1. published a newsletter

          ReadConcrete Covenants
          News from Flooding Creek

          The other day I made some passing comments about the nature of marriage. Let's flesh that out a bit.


          Marriages ending is a hard thing to speak about, not least because many of us have either been in marriages that have broken up, or have some close connection to a marriage that has ended. Every time we speak about the godly ideal, some of us will inevitably feel regret, sadness and perhaps shame at the way that we have failed to live in line with God's design and commands.


          Here's the good news: If you belong to Jesus, your sin is dealt with. It's taken away! It's gone! Whether your sin contributed to the ending of a marriage, or you see your own failures in your present marriage, Jesus atones for, and forgives your sin because of his redemptive work on the Cross.


          We recognise our sin, we repent of it, we trust in Jesus and we seek to embody the wonderful holiness the God has for us!


          What is marriage?

          Marriage is the covenant union between a man and woman. God encoded this design into His Creation. It is not an invention of the state or religion. There's a reason why it is found everywhere across the earth.


          "...a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh" (Ge 2:24).


          God is so committed to this design feature that He is involved in making marriages:


          "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Mt 19:6).


          There will be some who are given the gift of celibacy (1 Cor 7:7–9) but we expect, due to the way God has designed the world and what he has revealed in the Scriptures, that most people will have the gift of marriage.


          This special union is the place where our God glorifying sexuality is freed to be given and enjoyed. That sexuality bears the fruit of new life; children are the good and natural produce of marriage (Gen 1:28). The curse can get in the way of that, with infertility or death, but unless there is a providential hindering, fruitfulness is expected.


          How is marriage Covenantal?

          Covenants are like relational contracts. It's not as cold as a contract in a business sense (i.e. "If I do A, you owe me B"). Covenants do involve obligations from one party to another, but it is connected by relationship. It is much more than a contract.


          The covenants that Christians are most familiar with are found in the Old Testament, with notable examples of Abraham and Israel who covenant with God. The LORD promises to be their God and to bless them in posterity. He also outlines how they will treat each other: God's people will be faithful to Him, and he will give them life.


          God's loving relationship with his people is the model on which our marriages are based. The ultimate marriage is the heavenly marriage between Christ and His Bride, the Church. This is why Paul would tell husbands and wives to emulate God's covenantal relationship in their marriages (see Eph 5:22–27).


          We recognise the covenantal nature of marriage in the ceremonies we have adopted at weddings. Although there is a fad going around of making up your own vows (which are often not vows at all), the standard is that the bride and groom will make serious promises to one another. They invite God, their family, friends and church to be witnesses to the solemnisation of their covenant. Even if you elope, most modern governments require there to be least be an officiant and two witnesses to make the union valid.


          Concrete Covenants

          Marriages are like pillars. The ideal marriage is founded on the Rock of Christ, who upholds the world. Then, the marriage is positioned on the plinth (or base) which is a covenant which aligns and supports the pillar to fulfil its design of upholding the epic edifice we call society.


          Now, in a building of many pillars holding up the structure, you can get away with removing a couple of the pillars. There are enough others to take up the slack and share the load. You can even live with a few wonky ones because the building is still standing.


          But, in case you hadn't noticed, we're living in a building where a bunch of the inhabitants are tearing it down. They yell and whine and complain when we say that the pillars are important, and the covenant plinths are important, and the foundation is important.


          They want to excavate the foundations under the building while we're still in it. They want pour in slop and sand to replace the rock. They're running around knocking out all the pillars they can, while trying to put in piles of manure to hold up the roof.


          Unless Christ steps in to stop the current insanity, our society will collapse in on itself because all the structure will have been removed. (Maybe that's his plan? Does Christ want us to rebuild our culture and community from scratch? I digress...)


          Christians are not immune to the insanity going on around us. Many of us have adopted silly views on marriage, probably without even noticing it. For example, we may think that marriage is founded on romantic love, rather than covenant love. This means that when the feeling fades somewhat, the people think they're justified in leaving. This way of ungodly thinking will even validate adultery in the twisted conscience. Similar examples include someone is not "happy", or not "satisfied". We do expect that romantic love and happiness and satisfaction will be part of the ideal marriage because it is cultivated and worked-on, but these things are not the basis for the union.


          Another area where the silliness has crept in, is by making the decision to divorce a private matter between partners. You didn't make your covenant in private, you promised before God and people to fulfil your covenant obligations to one another. If you are going back on those promises, it is a public matter. This is not to say marital counselling and conciliation efforts should be public, but if it comes down to pulling the pin, it is not just a private matter. It affects us all as a community. Don't take the cowards way out and avoid what the Scriptures and Christian family have to say to you. We hope and pray that when marriages get rocky, we as a loving community can rally around with grace and love to see restoration.


          Because of our hard hearts, because of sin, there will inevitably be times when marriage covenants are broken, and because of this, God does permit divorce in some cases (Mt 19:8). He permits remarriage in some cases too . Yet you will notice that these are quite limited.



          God designed marriage to be the building block of society, yet it seems our society is intent on removing all the building blocks. We hope and expect that Christians will not fall into the traps of the world, but instead emulate the covenant love and faithfulness of the Lord. God has placed us in a spiritual family to help encourage us to stay faithful and grow in godliness in our marriages.


          Don't let past failure in marriage weigh you down, only make sure you have repented of any sin. We cannot change the past, only look to Christ. Look to Christ and walk faithfully to cultivate a marriage that looks like Christ & His Church. Take your covenant seriously.


          Samuel Lindsay


          "This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband" (Eph 5:32–33).

            1. published a newsletter

              ReadSanctification Is Not Gender Neutral
              News from Flooding Creek

              Updates

              EQUIP Women conference is on This Saturday! Please come to the watch party! Details in the calendar link above.


              Bible passage for this Sunday: John 7:53 - 8:11 (See also Genesis 38).

              Please be aware that we will be covering the woman caught in adultery. While this passage is likely not part of the original text of John, God still has a lot to say about sexual sin and forgiveness. Samuel will endeavour to discuss these matters in a way that is appropriate for all audiences, but parents should be aware of the topic so that they can prepare as needed for their families.

               

               

              Sunday Serving: Team 1



              Lord's Supper will be served this week

               

               

              This Sunday Night (& the following Sunday): Upstream - Church membership class. We had a wonderful time together last Sunday discussing church and it's local expression at Flooding Creek!

              This next class will be held at over a bring & share dinner at 81 Killeen St, Stratford. Arrive at 5pm.

                1. Eating & Drinking With God

                  "Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” 

                  Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank." (Ex 24:8–11).


                  Can you imagine?


                  Can you imagine going to a meal with God?


                  This little passage has always blown me away. It's tantalisingly short, and yet so full!


                  What would it have been like, to be there? To stand on that mountain and see some manifestation of God?


                  How could you even bring yourself to eat in awesome and overpowering presence of the Lord?


                  We know that no mere human has ever seen God in his essence and fullness (John 1:18). Even Moses, the "God-seer," who would converse with God like a friend (Ex 33:11), only saw the "back" of God's glory (Ex 33:23). In fact no one may see God's face and live! Even without God's face, the prospect of dying at the sight of God was clearly in view, because the passage mentions "God did not raise his hand against [them]..." Amazingly these mere men were able to see something of God, at least his feet, and live!


                  And not only live, but share a meal in the presence of the Lord!


                  Yet do you notice what came immediately before this amazing experience? The people of Israel entered into a covenant with God.


                  God rescued these folks out of Egypt, and then he entered into a gracious agreement with them to care and protect them. They were joined to God in a special relationship and then they were allowed to come into His presence. They had obligations in this relationship, but it is worth seeing just how lopsided the covenant was - God did all the hard work! It was built on God's mercy.


                  It is on the basis of God's love and mercy that people can come into his presence. He rescues them, and joins them to himself.


                  This scene on Saini, seeing God and eating in his presence, looks forward to the work of Jesus Christ. Because of the New Covenant that Jesus made with his own blood, we can "approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Heb 4:16).


                  While we are even now united with God, and free to come into his presence figuratively, the day is fast approaching when we will no longer be physically separated: "Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death" (Re 21:3–4). Like Israel dwelt with God in their midst, like the 70 elders ate before the Lord, those in Christ shall live with God, but now with no threat of death.


                  The LORD has has in store a future day of feasting on a mountain top, when death is finally destroyed. I long for that day.


                  "On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare 

                       a feast of rich food for all peoples, 

                       a banquet of aged wine— 

                       the best of meats and the finest of wines. 

                  On this mountain he will destroy 

                       the shroud that enfolds all peoples, 

                       the sheet that covers all nations; 

                  he will swallow up death forever. 

                       The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears 

                       from all faces; 

                       he will remove his people’s disgrace 

                       from all the earth. 

                        The LORD has spoken." (Is 25:6–8).


                  Samuel Lindsay