Heaven or Hell, by Choice

This tract was written by my grandfather, Laurance W. Long.

Laurance W. LongDear You:

Yes, dear you. You are dear to God. God loves man despite the fact that he is sinful and deserves to be punished. This can be understood as we realize that parents love their children even though they often do things that are wrong.

And God wants the best for errant man, even as parents want the best for their errant children.

When God created man, He gave him not only a body but an eternal soul and spirit, in His own image and likeness. With his body, man could easily relate to the earth. And by his spirit, he could have fellowship with God. He could have fellowship with God only by his spirit because God is a spirit and “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto Him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:14). So man is both physical and spiritual, material and immaterial.

When God created man, He made him perfect. The Bible says, “God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31).

In making man like unto Himself, God gave him a will, with the ability to think and reason and make choices. And with the ability to make choices, man could choose either right or wrong. God wanted man to live Him, but He wanted such love to come from a willing heart as a matter of choice, not because he had been programmed to do so like a robot. Thus, man was given a will. God an man then enjoyed fellowship together from willing hearts. They were like-minded and shared common interests: true fellowship and communion, for without like-mindedness there can be no fellowship: friendship, yes, but no fellowship.

Then Came a Problem: Sin and Death

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How Thankful

This poem was written by my grandfather, Laurance W. Long.

Laurance W. LongHow thankful I am Christ died and bled!
How thankful I am His blood was shed!
My sins He bore to set me free…
He freely gave His life for me!

How thankful I am His Word did plea,
“All ye that labor come unto Me.”
In great distress, to Him I cried…
My cry was heard and blood applied!

“How thankful, my Lord,” I often repeat;
But will I lay my life at His feet?
He gave His life, His live, His all;
Will I give mine and heed His call?

“How thankful,” I say when all is well;
But sinners are dying and going to hell!
“Go ye … pray ye” His Spirit does plead…
How thankful am I who know the need?

How pleased, I’m sure, my Lord will be
When He can say “Well done” to me.
Take, use my life, dear Lord, I pray,
For that’s how thankful I am today.

Communion with God …a series of echoes

This is a devotional written by my grandfather, Laurance W. Long.

Laurance W. Long“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek” (Psalm 27:8).

Communion with God may be likened to a series of echoes. When God speaks, and “echo” response should come from His children. An echo is immediate. It does not vary from the original . . . it is an accurate reproduction. God says SEEK . . . we should seek. God says GIVE . . . our echo should be to give. SERVE, serve. LOVE, love. OBEY, obey . . . in complete conformity with the command. Then, in turn, the child may ask his God for mercy. And God’s reply is MERCY. Bread, BREAD. Grace, GRACE. Peace, PEACE. Communion with God . . . a series of echoes going both ways, all the day.