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~ Atonement Verses In Bible

 In the New Testament there are 290 references to the love of God, 290 times when God had declared His love for man. But in the same chapters and the same verses there are more than 1,300 references to the atonement, 1300 assurances that salvation can be had through the blood of Christ.

—G. Franklin Allee

~ Nothing But The Blood

 At a great parliament of religions, held in Chicago many years ago, practically every known religion was represented.

 During one session, Dr. Joseph Cook, of Boston, suddenly rose and said: “Gentlemen, I beg to introduce to you a woman with a great sorrow. Bloodstains are on her hands, and nothing she has tried will remove them. The blood is that of murder. She has been driven to desperation in her distress. Is there anything in your religion that will remove her sin and give her peace?” A hush fell upon the gathering. Not one of the company replied.

 Raising his eyes heavenwards, Dr. Cook then cried out, “John, can you tell this woman how to get rid of her awful sin?” The great preacher waited, as if listening for a reply. Suddenly he cried, “Listen. John speaks: ’The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sins’ (I John 1:7).”

 Not a soul broke the silence: the representatives of Eastern religions and Western cults sat dumb. In the face of human need, the Gospel of Jesus Christ alone could meet the need. The sin of the race demanded the blood of Calvary.

—Frederick A. Tatford

~ Devil And Martin Luther

 There is a legend of Martin Luther, that, during a serious illness, the Evil One entered his sickroom and, looking at him with a triumphant smile, unrolled a big scroll which he carried in his arms.

 As the fiend threw one end of it on the floor, it unwound by itself. Luther’s eyes read the long, fearful record of his own sins, one by one. That stout heart quailed before the ghastly roll.

 Suddenly it flashed into Luther’s mind that there was one thing not written there. He cried aloud: “One thing you have forgotten. The rest is all true, but one thing you have forgotten: ’The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. ’ “ And as he said this, the Accuser of the Brethren and his heavy roll disappeared.

~How Can Blood Cleanse Sin?

 A preacher was speaking from the text, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Suddenly he was interrupted by an atheist who asked, “How can blood cleanse sin?”

 For a moment the preacher was silent; then he countered, “How can water quench thirst?”

 “I do not know,” replied the infidel, “but I know that it does.”

 “Neither do I know how the blood of Jesus cleanses sin,” answered the preacher, “but I know that it does.”

—Sunday School Times

~Argentina’s River

 Argentina’s waters have some chemical properties which prevents the cleaning of wool. Huge quantities of dirty wool must be shipped abroad to be returned as yarns. Import and export taxes must be paid both ways.

 Chemists say that there is only one river in Argentina whose waters could be used to wash wool clean enough for manufacturing into cloth. But this stream in the north is too far from transportation to be commercially useful.

—Adapted from Aquilla Webb

~ House Of A Thousand Terrors

 In the market place of Rotterdam, Holland, stood for many years an old cornerhouse known as “The House of a Thousand Terrors.” The story:

 During the 16th century, the Dutch people rose in revolt against the cruel King Philip II of Spain. Philip sent a great army under the Duke of Alva to suppress the rebellion. Rotterdam held out for a time but finally capitulated.

 From house to house the victors went, searching out citizens and then killing them in their houses. A group of men, women, and children were hiding in a cornerhouse when they heard soldiers approaching. A thousand terrors griped their hearts. Then a young man had an idea. He took a goat in the house, killed it, and with a broom swept the blood under the doorway out to the street.

 The soldiers reached the house and began to batter down the door. Noticing the blood coming out from under the door, one soldier said: “Come away, the work is already done here. Look at the blood beneath the door.” And the people inside the house escaped.


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