The inspiration for this website came from a Scripture song I heard over 10 years ago at a ladies retreat:
Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
A word fitly spoken shall be,
Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
Let my life bring glory to thee.
¶ A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Although some of the "stories" listed are made up, the Scriptural truths they illustrate are very real and can be of great benefit in a Christian's walk with the Lord and as illustrations for the lost.
It is my heart's desire that amongst the pages of this website, the Christian find words of encouragement and be spurred on to service for our Lord, and that seekers of the truth find Salvation in the timeless truths of God's Word for these troubled times.
Canadian Victoria Day
The Monday before May 25th (usually the 3rd Monday in May) in Canada is a national holiday known as Queen Victoria’s Birthday (or Victoria Day in Canada). It is celebrated as the beginning of summer to start planting gardens and opening summer resorts. It is also recognised as the official birthday celebration of the reigning monarch. Fireworks are a primary part of the holiday. Queen Victoria established Canada as a nation and chose Ottawa as the capital city. The following story of the queen will broaden your understanding of the Queen’s beliefs and willingness to develop those beliefs for herself.
Can We Know that we have Sure Salvation?
Many people want to know that they have guaranteed salvation to be in Heaven, many people believe that we can’t be sure at any particular time. Who is right? Are we to remain without assurance throughout our spiritual lives on this cursed planet earth?
Perhaps this true and publicly known example will help you to know for yourself.
Queen Victoria wanted to be sure and asked her Chaplain after a worship service held in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, "Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?" The Chaplain did not believe that there was a way for a person to be certain in this sinful life. His comments were published in the "Court News" where a modest evangelist named John Townsend read the article.
After reading the answer given to Queen Victoria by the Chaplain, and having considered the question, Townsend began to think and pray about answering her himself. This is the note he sent to the queen:
To her gracious Majesty, our beloved Queen Victoria, from one of her most humble subjects:
With trembling hands, but heartfelt love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life in the Home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 10:9, 10?
I sign myself, your servant for Jesus’ sake, John Townsend.
John told others about his letter to the queen and gained many supporters who offered many sincere prayers before God asking a blessing for the Queen’s understanding. Approximately 2 weeks later John received a simple envelope which contained a letter that read:
To John Townsend: Your letter of recent date I received and in reply would state that I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to. I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God’s grace to meet you in that Home of which He said, "I go to prepare a place for you." (signed) Victoria Guelph
This Salvation is freely offered to everyone — royalty or not!
During her reign Queen Victoria had a royal physician, Sir James Simpson of Edinburgh, who was a man of deep faith, and knew that "in Christ there was neither slave nor free, male nor female, for all are one and equally valued in the Lord" (see Galatians 3:28). Simpson was a pioneer in general anesthetic and using it for childbirth. When Simpson was dying in extreme pain, he commented: ‘When I think, it is of the words ‘Jesus only’ and really that is all that is needed, is it not?’
"Farewell best friend, here at last I shall rest with thee, with thee in Christ I shall rise again."
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