Emma Jean Ray Poems
Built on The Rock!

The Poems
of

Sis. Emma Jean Ray



Table of Contents


  1. A Christian
  2. A Collector
  3. Apostolics in Action
  4. A Preacher
  5. A Request
  6. A Sower
  7. Be Careful
  8. Be Strong
  9. Blessed
  10. Butter and Honey
  11. Changed
  12. Christian Ethics
  13. Christmas
  14. Close to God
  15. Do It For Jesus
  16. Eat and Live!
  17. Eternal Home
  18. Father
  19. Fathers
  20. Fragrance of the Rose
  21. Friend
  22. Friend-II
  23. Give
  24. Give II
  25. God Said
  26. Hold Out Your Cup
  27. Higher
  28. Humor
  29. If
  30. I'm Blessed
  31. Invest
  32. Jesus
  33. Kind
  34. Kindness
  35. Lamp Oil
  36. Lay Up
  37. Led By The Spirit
  1. Love I
  2. Love II
  3. Mother I
  4. Mother ll
  5. Mortal
  6. New Parents
  7. One Heaven
  8. Our Choir
  9. Our Computer
  10. New Year
  11. Pray I
  12. Pray II
  13. Pray III
  14. Pray IV
  15. Refill
  16. Renew
  17. Simple Is Beautiful
  18. Spirit and Truth
  19. Ten Commandments
  20. Ten Talents
  21. Thanks
  22. Thank You
  23. The Call
  24. The Child of a King
  25. The Greatest Battle
  26. The Honey Bee
  27. The Lighthouse
  28. The Law of the Harvest
  29. The Lord and The Pastor
  30. The Lost
  31. The Quilt
  32. The Sea
  33. The Tree of Life
  34. Thirst
  35. The Watchman
  36. Youth
  37. Witness




A Collector

There are many people people collecting something they believe to be, or may become valuable.  Some collect very rare paintings.  They will travel the world over and pay any amount for an original Rembrandt or Monet. There are many imitations and if you aren't very astute and aren't able to tell the genuine from the fake, you are apt to become bankrupt and end up with a cheap imitations.

The same is true for diamonds.  A zirconia is often mistaken for a diamond and may even be more brilliant, but it is imitation and of very little value.

Some people collect rare and beautiful stamps, and will pay hundreds of dollars for one stamp.  Others collect antiques and many other items.  They like to display and talk about what they believe is a valuable and prized possession.

I also am a collector of the most valuable and prized possessions.  It should always be on display and talked about.  "What?"  You may ask.

Truth!  I really love collecting truth and go about it with a fervor that would make the richest art colloector envious. Without a doubt, if you have been reading my poems and articles, you will readily agree; I love truth!

Proverbs 23:23 says, "buy the truth and sell it not."  Why?

Psalms 19:9-10 "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, much fine gold."

Proverbs 8:10-11;  "receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge, rather than choice gold.  For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."

What is truth?

Psalms 25:10;  "All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth."

Luke 10:28;  "This do and thou shall live.

II Peter 1:10;  "If ye o these things, ye shall never fall:

Revelations 21:7  "He that overcometh, shall inherit all things."  Life, the blessings, the kingdom, eternal life, the new earth . . . everything.  Remember all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to truth.

How do I go about collecting truth?  I read what the Bible says about each subject.  I have in my mind three compartments.  One is my "strongbox" continually under lock and key.  When I get one thing figured out and know it is truth, I file it away there.  Once it goes into the strongbox, it's indisposable, locked in, kept, lived by, not for sale.

Another compartment is my "maybe box" until I can take it out, check it with the Bible, with the Spirit, etc.  There it may lay for a while to be thought about and studied thoroughly, then either into the "strongbox" or into the third and last bin.  My "trash bin."

Sometimes when something comes along that is flagrantly false, a red light goes on and a bell goes off.  "Wrong!"  That goes immediately into my "trash bin."

Apostle Paul said in I Peter 1:13, "Gird up the loins of your mind."  Tighten up, pull in, keep the good, throw out the bad.  Don't believe every old thing.  Your mind will become so over crowded and cluttered up, you won't know what is truth and what isn't.

Astrology - trash
Fortune telling - trash
Slight of hand - trash
False doctrine - trash
Trinity - trash
Jesus Name baptism - Truth!  Keep that!

Isaiah 55:2 "Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread?"

John 6:35 "I Am the Bread of Life - Truth!  Keep it!

You Lord?  Yes!  John 14:6, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . .

Keep it!

Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippian 4:8

Anything else is leavened bread, puffed up with sin, pride and whatever.  "Trash."  Throw it out; it's just plain poison.  Who said it, makes no difference.

God Bless you

Emma Jean Ray



Refill

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal, (1 Co 13:1).

God help us never to become just a noise, without the actual "gut wrenching" feeling that we have when we love someone enough to give ourself for them.

I see all the time, we are living in a very greedy, selfish generation.  Everyone seems too busy in getting to give.  Taking rather than doing.  "Me and mine, that's all I care about."  "Everybody can look out for themselves."  "I'm too busy."

Be careful!

I was reading in Rev:1-4.  Here is a people who have good works, patience, could not bear evil, labored for His names' sake and did not quit.  Apparently doing everything that could or knew to do be saved, and yet the Lord said He had one thing against then.  They just did not have the Love they had when they started.

When I began to search my own heart about this, I realized I fell into the very same pattern.  It can be so easy to say "I love you," and not feel anything.  People can shout and at the same time taking something from a brother or sister that is not theirs.  People can amen what's preached without ever applying it to themselves.  People can preach till they turn blue, and "thou shalt not" and never feel any compassion for the people that need to care about them.

Well, needless to say, the more I thought about it, the more I felt my need for the real thing that could make me what I should be.  Then the scripture came to me in James 4:3: "Ye have not because ye ask miss."  I thought "Lord, I am doing the very best I can, and I don't ask for anything that is not mine or to hurt anyone.  I care about people as much as I know how."  I was, but I just couldn't seem to feel more love.

Then I prayed, "Lord, I'm trying, please help me."

I was reminded then of Romans 8:26, "we know not what to pray for as we ought, but the spirit itself maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Then I prayed "Father, let your spirit make intercession for me.  Help me to really, really love people."

The Lord said "think of someone you love."

I said "Lord, I love my son who just had back surgery."

He said "now I want you to visualize him on the cross in your place."

I said "Oh my God, no!  and all of a sudden I felt a love for the Lord just flood my heart.  How He had really, really cared enough about me to do that!

Then I started feeling the same love for my Pastor, for all the things he does to really try to help us, and right own down to the sinners in our church for the first time, just looking for someone to just care.

Needless to say, I cried until I couldn't cry!  I care like I've never been able to care.  I hurt for people.  Now I realize we must pray for love.   It can only come from God, because, God is love.

It is impossible for us to love evil, but with Love, we can tolerate it, and look for the good in people.  That also comes from God.

Eph 3:16-18
(v-16)  "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
(v-17)  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
(v-18)  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; "

Friend, you can't go any higher or deeper or to any length, that the Lord didn't go for you!  And all because He loves you.  God bless the church.

Emma Jean Ray



Hold Out Your Cup

When I think of Jesus, I feel so very glad,
I want to hear the good things, don't talk about the bad.
I know what all is out there, I know it isn't good,
Tell me what the Lord has done, the Bible says I should.

Don't advertise for Satan, or spread his awful news,
let's have a happy outlook, it's up to us to choose.
Negative thoughts get me down, and maybe they do you.
So tell me all the good things, tell me all the true.

I think the world's a good place, the good outweighs the bad,
I'm thankful for so many things, the blessings I have had.
Every day is a precious day, with many good things in it,
let's enjoy it to the fullest and never waste a minute.

If we want the blessing, just hold out your cup,
you will find the Lord is here and He will fill it up.
Cheerfulness is catching, so enjoy everything,
the blooming of a flower, the little birds that sing.

The Lord created everything, and He said it is good,
we can all enjoy it, I really think we should.
We can all be happy, no matter what says what,
If we will just be thankful for the things that we have got.

Emma Jean Ray



Prayer for the Aged

Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older, and some day will be old.

Keep me from getting talkative and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every occasion.

Release me from craving to try to straighten out everybody's affairs.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details - give me wings to get to the point.

I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains.  Help me to endure them with patience.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains - they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint - some of them are hard to live with - but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy.  With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all - but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Submitted by Elder Ray



Renew

I picked up a book at the D.M.V.,
to take a closer look.
I read it over several times, and memorized the book.

My drivers license will soon expire,
so I had to do my best.
To answer every question,
to pass the driving test.

When the day finally came,
I took my place in line.
And passed the test with excellence,
because I took the time.

To read and follow all the rules,
just like they told me to.
Because I knew they meant it,
and nothing else would do.

Jesus brought the Gospel,
made sure we got the book.
Like the D.M.V., we must renew,
so take a closer look.

Make sure you follow everything,
just like He told you to.
And without a wait, at the golden gate
with excellence, He will pass you too.

Emma Jean Ray



Spirit and Truth

I have studied the Bible for many years and much of it I still do not understand.  However, when I do get the light on something I believe very important, I like to share it with my brothers and sisters of like faith.

Many times I have read the Apostles writing to different churches and wondered why Apostle Paul, Peter, etc., would say "God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, when there is only one."

I was praying as I read one day and all of a sudden I received the light of truth of it, and it seemed to make it all so much clearer to me.  I hope I can help someone else to see the truth of it as I did.

John 1:18 says, "No man hath seen God at any time."

Luke 24:39 Jesus said, "a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have."

John 1:17 "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."

John 4:24 Jesus said "they that worship Him (God), must worship Him in spirit and truth."

So when Paul was writing to the churches in Phil 1:1, Col 1:2, I Thes 1:1, II Thes 1:2, I Tim 1:2, II Joh 1:3, etc., and said, "God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ," he was saying, "who are in the spirit and truth."

There was a time when people could sacrifice to God and do just about anything, but after Jesus came and brought in the dispensation of grace, we must also obey the Word.  So, when you read, "God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ," it does not mean two persons, but spirit and truth.

God bless you.  I hope this will bless you as it has me.

Emma Jean Ray



One Heaven Restored Twice

I was recently asked the question: "How many heavens are there?"  It seems because Apostle Paul said "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven, (2 Co 12:2)."  And because of that, some people believe there are either three different levels of heaven or two more out in the atmosphere someplace.

That concept is not true.  2 Pe 3:5  "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
(v-6)  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
(v-7)  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
(v-8)  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
(v-9)  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
(v-10)  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
(v-11)  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
(v-12)  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
(v-13)  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Now these three things Paul was speaking of: The atmosphere of the gravity surrounding the earth was renewed once and will be again, as well as the earth itself.  No, there are not three level of heaven or three different atmospheres out in space.

Also, Paul did not go in the flesh up through space, but rather was projected forward in spirit to the time after this heaven is again restored, to see things that will be hereafter.

"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption," (1 Co 15:50).

In other words, flesh and blood cannot live or travel through space, except of course, for a short period in a space capsule.  Also, notice Apostle Paul said " . . . was caught up into paradise," (2 Co 12:4),   so after this heaven and earth are to be restored, that will be paradise.  They are not two separate places.  When we die the body returns to dust and the spirit, to God who gave it, (Ecc 12:7).

When the Lord returns our spirit, we'll put on a new body. (v-28)  "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
(v-29)  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation,"(Joh 5:29).

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory, "(Col 3:4).

I hope this may answer someones question about heaven and what happens to us when we die.  God is a spirit.  He rules the whole universe and we make contact with Him in spirit, but when He appears again in a glorified body we will be like Him if we are found faithful and full of the Holy Spirit.

Emma Jean Ray



Love II

People in all nations, in all walks of life will go to almost any extreme or expense searching for love.  Someone to really care about them.  A president, a sweetheart, a wife, a husband, a friend, a boss.  Just someone to really care.

No wonder Apostle Paul said, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity, (love),"  (1 Co 13:13)

If a sweetheart loves you, they will be true.  If a wife or husband loves, you they will go to the very last mile for you.  A friend who loves you will be a friend always.  A boss who loves you, will not replace you and a president who loves his people will not sell them out.

I am convinced if we were to describe the Holy Ghost, it would be "the Spirit of Love," (Eph 3:16)
(v-16)  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
(v-17)  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
(v-18)  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
(v-19)  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
(v-20)  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
(v-21)  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

. . . but faith which worketh by love, (Gal 5:6).  If you want power with God, love Him the most.  If you want to be accepted in church, love it the most.  If you want to be a better mate, love more.  If you want to be a soul winner, love people more.  If you need a friend, love them.

Remember, the greatest of these is love, and love doesn't take . . . it gives.  John 3:16.

Emma Jean Ray



Led by the Spirit

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God, (Rom 8:14)

Let us look for a moment on what it means to be led by the spirit of God  We must be able to recognize what the Spirit of the Lord is.  It is actually the distinguishing quality, personality or character.  For I am the LORD, I change not; (Mal 3:6).  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever, (Heb 13:8)

Constant!  What Jesus was, He is and will be when He returns.

Here is His character:

Holy - Luke 1:35, Acts 4:27, Rev 3:7
Righteous - Isa. 53:11, Heb 1:9
Good - Matthew 19:16
Faithful - Isa 11:5, I Thess 5:24
True - John 1:14, 7:18, I John 5:20
Just - Zech 9:9, John 5:30, Acts 22:14
Guileless - Is 53:10, I Pet 2:22
Sinless - John 8:46, II Cor 5:2
Spotless - Heb 7:26
Obedient - Psa 4:8, John 4:34, 15:10
Zealous - Luke 2:49, John 2:17, 8:29
Meek - Isa 53:7, Matt 11:29
Lowly in heart - Matt 11:29
Long-suffering - I Tim 1:16
Compassionate - Isa 40:11, Matt 15:32
Benevolent - Matt 4:23-24, 9:35, Acts 10:38
Loving - John 13:1, 15:13
Self-denying - Matt 8:20, II Cor 8:9
Humble - Luke 22:27, Phil 2:8
Forgiving - Luke 23:34

If we are led by His Spirit, we also will be constant in keeping the commandments, faithful in well doing, holy, avoiding the very appearance of evil.

Apostle Paul said "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith," (II Cor 13:15).  Remember, we are to follow the Lord, not establish something new.

Jesus said "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen, (Mat 28:20)."

Emma Jean Ray



A Sower

A sower went forth some seed to sow
Where each of them fell he would never know
He only knew they were precious seed
That could grow and grow to meet a need.

He loved his Master who had sent him out
that some would grow he had no doubt
Which ones would sprout he did not know
but he had no time to watch them grow.

His Master had said they would bring a yield
to go out quickly and sow all the field
There were hungry people every where
and hungry birds that fly the air.

So he went out quickly to shoulder the load
to spread the seed all along the road
His Master had said there would come the rain
that some would grow and produce again.
When the harvest was ripe, he would surely know
but you must not stop just to see it grow
The day that I harvest, you will get your pay
but I will meet your needs from day to day.

The Lord is the Master we are seeking to please
but there just isn't time for taking our ease
People are hungry for the fruit we can give
and if they eat of this fruit, they will surely live

Luke 8:11, and Haggai 1 & 2

Emma Jean Ray



A Preacher

A Preacher He walked into the vestibule
and stopped to look around,
This little church seemed different
from the others he had found.

He walked on in and took a seat
just checking out the crowd;
Then the music started playing;
why, it was fast and loud!

The women all wore dresses
and didn't cut their hair; All the men were red necks
no earrings anywhere!

He thought "Man, this is weird!
Have I gone back in time?
Surely I am dreaming
or worse yet, lost my mind!"

The people lifted up their hands
and he couldn't understand
Who everyone was waving at
or why some would stand.

He thought "Maybe I am dreaming
why, this just couldn't be;
I'll scoot way down in my seat
so they won't notice me."

Then pretty soon the preacher stood
his Bible in his hand;
He said "As I read the word of God
will everybody stand?"

"Stand up to read a book?
Now, just who is this cat?
Oh well, I guess I can but
I would rather sit!"

Then pretty soon the preacher seemed
to really come unwound.
He was yelling, walking, sweating,
and moving all around.

He even took his coat off
and flung it on a chair;
The people started clapping
with "amens" everywhere!

"Man! These cats are crazy!
They're as loony as a coon!
I guess I'd better blow this joint
and it can't be too soon!"

Then he caught a word or two
about a spirit or a ghost;
His hair just kind of stood on end;
He felt the least, to say the most!

When service finally ended
he just headed for the door.
He said "Man, they are crazy!
I won't come back any more!"

But something just keeps drawing.
He found he couldn't stay away.
Then he slowly started listening
to what they had to say.

One night he felt a drawing;
he was holding to his seat
But when they gave the altar
call he was somehow on his feet.

He was walking to the altar
feeling sorry he was mean;
Then he asked God to forgive
him and he felt so pure and clean.

The people all were smiling;
Coming up to shake his hand.
He thought "Boy this is something
I just do not understand!" That young man just kept coming
until he finally understood;
He received the Holy Spirit
and it felt so very good!

Guess what? He made a preacher
He can preach and he can pray
And will be the first to tell you
It's what the whole world needs today!

Emma Jean Ray



Thank You

Thank You Father, for the sweet Holy Ghost. It's money from home,
and we need it most.

From the greatest Father,
that has ever been.
Straight from Heaven,
and given to men.

May we use it wisely,
in all that we do.
To invest in our future,
in Heaven with you!

Emma Jean Ray



The Quilt

The cross represents the birth of Christ
The dove, the Holy Ghost
The peace is for the peaceful hearts
Who came to love Him most?

The red is for the precious blood
Jesus shed upon the cross
To redeem mankind back too himself
So we need not be lost

The leaved are for the tree of life
In paradise with God
When we receive a brand new body
No longer made of sod

The quilt is just a love gift
And something we could do
For the Lord and for the building fund
Because we love Jesus too.

Emma Jean Ray



Preacher

Emma Jean Ray



Be Strong

If I should write one single rhyme,
for all the Christians of all the time.
I would not write of perfect bliss,
but rather a simple poem like this:

When trouble comes hold your head high,
and look that trouble right in the eye.
Say "I will be bigger than you, you see,
the Lord will never let you defeat me."

Then repeat these words "you cannot last,
the Bible says this too shall pass."
I can do all things through Christ, it's true,
therefore trouble, I'm stronger than you!

(Written for herself)

Emma Jean Ray



Butter and Honey

Isaiah (7:15), speaking of the Lord, says "Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evils and choose the good."

What then?  Is eating real honey supposed to make one wise?  No. In reading the Bible I found there are types of types of evil and good.  Speaking of the transgressor, (Psa 55:21), "the words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords."

(Psa 19:9-11), "The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (v-10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (v-11) Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward."

So we find honey is a type of the Word of the Lord.  If the eating of butter and honey (as a lot of us do) was to remind the Lord, I feel we would do well to remember this lesson every time we eat it so the Lords' lesson is always before our eyes.  By them we should also be warned of the soft, easy words of the transgressor and their final consequences.

May the Lord richly bless and keep you saved in our year of 1991.

Emma Jean Ray



Changed

The caterpillar crawls along the ground
A lowlier worm, may never be found
He is ugly and slow, no earthly good
Yet he crawls along like a caterpillar should.

He obeys the Master and one day soon
You will find him there in a silk cocoon
Oh, but when he comes out, his change has come
He can fly all day, in the warmth of the sun.

He is raised in beauty, raised in power
No longer a worm, this is now his hour
He flies around on silken wings
To light on flowers, buds and things.

A beautiful creature, a pleasure too
There's a lesson here, for me and for you
The Bible says, we too must sleep
And rise again, our destiny to keep.

Sown in weakness, raised in power
A heavenly body, when we reach that hour
So be not weary, because one day
We must change, and fly away.

In I Corinthians 15:49
A beautiful picture of a future time
A brand new body eternal life given
To be with the Lord, forever in Heaven

Emma Jean Ray



Christian Ethics

I was reading the ministerial ethics in the forward magazine and it was beautiful it made me cry.  I began to consider myself as part of this beautiful church and to ask myself what exactly my Christian ethics were.

By borrowing from the ministerial ethics and changing parts for myself as a guide to live by and perhaps help others, I submit this version of:

Christian Ethics

Not laws to obey, but principles to live by, striving to be a good follower of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  • I will consistently keep myself clean in mind, body and spirit.
  • I will safeguard the Holy Name; Jesus, the ministry, my brothers and sisters in Christ, called to be saints.
  • I will speak the truth in love, live honestly and avoid the appearance of evil.
  • I shall hold as sacred all confidences placed in me.
  • I will obey a spiritual leader rather than anyone else.
  • I will seek to learn the ways of the Lord so I may witness to others and place their feelings above my own.
  • I will seek to be a help and never a hindrance to my local church, support it with my presence, tithes and prayers.
  • I will refrain from speaking evil of anyone, especially my brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • I will always seek to compliment others and never make them feel small.
  • I will strive to be orderly and well mannered at all times.
  • I will pray for the sick, reach out to the needy, caring and sharing to the best of my ability.
  • I will live peacefully with the members of my household and let them know they are loved.
  • I will share the work and meet their needs if possible.
  • By Gods' Grace and help, I will stand firm on the truth at all times.
  • I will love and honor the Name of Jesus as long as I live.
  • AMEN

    Emma Jean Ray



    Christmas

    Christmas is a special time
    Of happiness and giving
    A time to love and fellowship
    Beyond our average living.

    All because our Savior came
    That special day to earth
    When not only Christ was born
    But Christmas came to birth.

    Jesus gives us love and joy
    Of fellowship and giving
    So every year we can have
    A special day of living

    Now Christmas day has gone
    The fellowship and giving
    Can still remain within our heart
    A better way of living

    Emma Jean Ray



    Close to God

    I overheard two ministers talking one day when one asked the other about the scripture in Acts 2:39, whether it meant far off in time, or distance.  The other minister said he did not know.

    Having a curious mind, I decided to study the Bible and find out.

    The Bible states "From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psa 90:2)  So I knew it did not mean time.  Then we read "though he be not far from everyone of us." (Acts 17:27-28)  I knew it did not mean distance.  What then?  Paul said "we were far off, but are made nigh by the blood of Christ," (Eph 3:8), by the Gospel.

    Jesus shed His blood to usher in the Covenant of the Gospel.

    So if our ways are not like the Lords, (or the Gospel), we are far off.  Not in time or distance, but in being close to Him in our ways, or, our manner of living.

    So many times I have heard someone say, "I wish I were closer to the Lord."  I have seen people go to the altar and pray, crying out and earnestly desiring to be closer to the Lord, get up and go on about the same old ways that are so far from being God-like.  It is good to pray, but when we ask the Lord for help, let us make every effort we can to fulfill the thing we ask for.  Jesus said "if a man love me, he will keep my words and my father (the spirit), will love him (John 14:23).

    Jesus also said in "He that sent me is with me (John 8:29).  The Father (spirit), will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode (or home) with him."

    Jesus also said "He has not left me alone, for I do always those things that please Him."  There's the answer!

    What about power?  Jesus said "all power is given me in heaven and earth," (Mark 28:18). In Luke (5:10), the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

    If we want power present to heal, it only comes through the power of the Lord (or Spirit), and if it isn't there, we had better start taking inventory of our ways and making them more like the Lords' so the Lord (or Spirit), will be there when we need Him because He is the only one that has the power to heal, cleanse and save us.

    We should live every minute of every day to please the Lord and be more like Him.  Not because we are made to do it.  Jesus said "teach all nations," (Matthew 28:19-20).  What?  To observe all things whatsoever I have said unto you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.

    May God enlighten and be present to help you in time of need.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Eat and Live

    Moses went up with God on the mountain
    And brought down the tablets of stone
    Written by God, the Almighty
    Things to do and to be left alone

    He wrote them plain and simple
    He wished them to be understood
    Now it seems Israel soon had forgotten
    They were written for Israel's own good.

    Many centuries have passed since Moses
    Generations have come and gone
    And now our Great God Almighty
    Writes on hearts made of stone

    Today He is writing the same things
    Still easy to be understood
    Exactly just what He gave to Moses
    Still written for people's own good.

    So before we break a commandment
    Let us pause for a moment and think
    He gave to eat of His body
    He gave us His blood to drink.

    Let us ask ourselves the question
    What more could our Savior give?
    These things He has freely given
    That we may eat of His Word and live

    Isaiah 55:1-3

    1.  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
    2.  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
    3. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

    You may read o the sure mercies of David in 2 Samuel 7:4-16.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Eternal Home

    Sometimes I feel so helpless,
    As small as small can be,
    And wonder why the Lord would choose,
    A person such as me.

    I realize He must have known,
    I wasn't terribly wise,
    Then I consider the tiny atom,
    So it must not be my size.

    The Lord can take a tiny thing,
    And place His power in it,
    To fight the greatest battle,
    And win it in a minute.

    We must not here grow weary,
    But stay within His church,
    He will not ever forsake us,
    Or leave us in the lurch.

    Then when the appointed day shall come,
    For the Lord to claim His own,
    We too, will have a special place,
    In that Eternal Home.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Friend

    I am only a woman, no wealth, no fame,
    Very few people even know my name.
    But I have a Friend, like no other one,
    He is the Father, He is also the Son.

    His name is Jesus, He is a Friend indeed,
    When I am in trouble, He meets my need.
    All of His riches and all of His fame,
    Are mine to share, even His name.

    I really love Him, since we first met,
    And all of His help, I will never forget.
    So don't feel pity for me at the end,
    I will just be going to live with a friend.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Friend-II

    A friend doeth good at all times,
    Words so wise and understood,
    Are you a friend to your brother?
    Would you help him if you could?

                          Jesus Would!

    If you saw your brother hungry,
    You had plenty and to spare.
    Would you blame him for his failure?
    Or would you care enough to share?

                          Jesus Would!

    If your brother had a problem,
    And was doing the best he knew,
    Would you criticize his efforts?
    Or take his hand and guide him through?

                          Jesus Would!

    If you knew you hurt your brother,
    By something you had done,
    Would you care enough to make it right?
    Until his friendship you had won?

                          Jesus Would!

    Jesus gave us ears to hear
    And eyes that we might see,
    He said, "When you do it unto others,
    You do it unto me"!

                          Jesus Sees!

    When it's time to enter heaven,
    The Lord is standing by the gate,
    Will He say to you, "Come in my friend?"
    Or will He say, "Too late?"

                          Jesus Will!

    Emma Jean Ray



    Give II

    Oh, give your best
    My precious heart
    Before the day I must depart
    To meet the god
    I'm waiting for
    For whom my soul
    Is kept in store



    Emma Jean Ray



    If

    If I should climb the highest mountain
    Or swim the deepest sea
    It would not bring the satisfaction
    My Savior gives to me.

    If I should cross a burning desert
    Or build a castle tall
    In eternity, that is nothing
    It would have no worth at all.

    If I carve my name in history
    For the greatest mighty deed
    When I stand before the judgment
    For all of this I have no need.

    If I could count my worth in trillions
    Riches here beyond compare
    When I stand before my maker
    It would count as nothing there.

    I am still just flesh and blood
    Makes no difference what I say
    When I face the final judgment
    I only pass if I obey.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Invest

    In Job 22:2-3, Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, " (v-2)  Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
    (v-3)  Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?"

    Frankly, I have wondered the same thing at times when He owns it all anyway, and the Bible says "who has resisted His will?"

    So, I began to study the Word to find out and now I can truthfully say, yes it is!  What a wonderful thing to realized that we can be profitable to God!

    Matthew 25:14-27 tells us about the Lord giving the talents and says when He returns He is expecting His own back with usury (interest or profit).

    Verse 27 of that scripture calls it His money, given to us to use and profit with.

    I Cor. 12:7, tells us what it is.  "But the manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal."  So every one of us who have received the Holy Ghost (spirit), have been given something to use and profit with.  This is from the Lord, and is not something we acquire by hard work or dedication on our own.

    One may not be able to preach, sing, play music etc., like someone else, but each one of us can live godly and holy.

    (I Tim 4:8-16)
    (v-8) "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. (v-12) Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
    (v-13) Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (v-14) Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
    (v-15) Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
    (v-16) Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.""

    I Cor. 15:22-23
    (v-22)  "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
    (v-23)  But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming."

    (Rev 7:14-15)
    (v-14) . . . And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    (v-15)  "Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night . . .

    Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual," (1Co 15:46).

    Remember the only profitable servant is the one who uses the Holy Ghost daily, and the profit God to is, we must do it to populate the new heaven and earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, or the next world.  The only save investment.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Kind

    Brother Ray and I drove out to see the new church building.  I sat in the car while he walked out to examine the structure.  I felt awe at the size and certain pride in the new building but more than that, I felt the awesome presence of God there.  Since then I have prayed for the building project, but mostly for the people whose lives will be touched and guided here.

    My mind went back to David who wanted to build a house for the Lord, but was refused because he was a man of war.  The Lord chose Solomon instead because he was a man of peace.  A kind gentle man who sincerely loved the Lords' people.  When he asked the Lord for wisdom and knowledge to lead, the Lord not only gave him wisdom and knowledge, but great riches also.

    So King Solomon ruled, prospered, became widely known and loved, not only by the Lord, but the people also.

    After King Solomon died, his son, Rehoboam became king.  He called a council and asked the older men who had reigned with King Solomon why his father had been so successful.  The told him "if thou be kind to this people, and please them and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants forever." (II Chron 10:7).

    Then Rehoboam asked the young men, and they advised him to make it harder on the people.  Rehoboam took the young mens' advice and Israel rebelled against the house of David to this day (II Chron 10:19).

    I feel like Bro Mullings is a strict man, but also a kind man, that it is a privilege for him to be leader.  However there is a great responsibility also.

    I think we all have a great responsibility: to be obedient to God and our Pastor.  To be kind to our pastor and each other.  To treat people the exact way we want to be treated, so the work of the Lord can go forward and prosper, to accomplish the Lords' purpose.  "For we are laborers together with God: ye are Gods' husbandry, ye are Gods' building." (I Cor 3:9)

    Truly, we are "living epistles, read of all men."

    (II Peter 1:4-8)
    (v-4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
    (v-5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
    (v-6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
    (v-7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
    (v-8) For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I believe we could inject the words we and our for ye and your, because this certainly applies to each of us.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Simple Is Beautiful

    I am a simple person, and I like things made simple so that I may better understand them and to me, simple is beautiful!

    In I Cor. 14:8 Apostle Paul said "for if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

    I feel we are in a battle.  Good against evil.  Truth against false, and believe me, I want to be saved.  So I want to know truth in order to prepare myself for Gods' kingdom.

    I also feel the Lord wants everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth, no matter what church you attend, your race or sex, so I am writing this in the hope it may help someone to get a better grip on truth and to become firmly established in the truth Jesus gave in John 8:24, "for if ye believe not that I AM He (Father-God), ye shall die in your sins."  God forbid that anyone should die in their sins if it be at all possible, I can help them.

    There has long been a controversy between Oneness and trinity and over scriptures.  Trinity uses a scripture found in Gen 1:26 to try to prove two persons in the Godhead where God said "let us make man in our image, after our likeness."  But if you read the next verse it says, God created man in His own image.

    Now let me break this down for you.  The Bible says in John 4:24, that God is a Spirit.  Jesus said in Luke 24:39 "a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have."

    But God looked down through time, until the time when He would put on flesh and bones, and spake of things that were not yet as though they were, (Rom 4:17).  So when He created mankind spirit and flesh, if God had said "I will make man in my own image, at that time, we would have been a spirit.  So He was not speaking of two persons, but rather of two things, ie., the spirit and flesh.

    Now I have always believed there is only one God, and if He is all powerful, One is all we need!  Thank God we only have one!  However, I when would read the New Testament, like where Paul would say "grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ," (Eph 1.2), and I would ask the question "why Paul, when there is only one God?"

    Then one day as I read I began to pray and ask the Lord to open my understanding on that.  He did, and I was amazed at the simplicity of it.

    Now we know God is a spirit, but John 1:17 says "grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."  So when Apostle Paul said "grace be unto you and peace from God the father and our Lord Jesus Christ," he was saying "grace and peace be unto you who are in the spirit and truth!"

    Jesus said in John 4:23, " but the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship Him."  The next verse, (John 4:24), "God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.

    There was a time when God winked at ignorance, but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).

    So friend if you really want to be saved, get in the truth.  There are no other gods and on other way to prepare for the battle for your own soul!

    May God richly bless all our ministers and keep them, to preach the truth so simple, even a babe like me may understand!

    Emma Jean Ray



    Ten Talents

    I had often wondered what Jesus meant exactly in Matt 25 where He gave out the ten talents.  I knew in very 27 He said it was His money and He gave it to profit with.

    I feel sure all of us who invest in some venture, expect to receive profit, but I just did not fully understand what His money was.

    One day while reading, (I Cor 12:7), "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal," and suddenly I knew the Holy Spirit is the Lords' money and that we are supposed to use it to profit with.  Not only for our profit, but for the Lord and other people also.

    If the Lord called us, forgave us, cleansed us, and filled us with the Holy Ghost, we are all able to do something, no matter how inadequate we feel.

    Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, (Rom 12:6), etc.  And on through the rest of that chapter, I have listed here ten of the things mentioned, everyone of us can use to profit with.  Prophecy, ministry, love, honesty, ambition, patience, peace, hospitality, long suffering, and goodness.

    Prophecy - - The Lord does not expect all of us to foretell the future or preach.   "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. "(Rev 19:10).  Even a child can tell a playmate about Jesus.

    Minister - -  Does not mean we all are called to be a preacher.  There are many ways to minister to the Lord: "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. "(Matt 25:40).  Cook, wait tables, clean the church, help the sick, etc.

    Love - - Giving of yourself to others, etc.

    Ambition - - Not lazy in our own work of the Lord.

    Patient - - Staying calm in adversity, keep our cool.

    Hospitable - - Generous, kindly, especially in receiving guests.

    Peaceful - - Making peace with God, ourselves and others.

    Longsuffering - - Do not get even or do wrong for wrong, etc.

    Good - - Doing what we think would be pleasing to the Lord and others.

    These are things we all can and must do, or be an unprofitable servant and guilty of burying our talent.

    The Lord purchased the church with His own blood.  He is the head of it and it is His way of preparing a people to inhabit the new heaven and earth.  One of these days He is coming back to receive His own, with usury.  Out children are an increase too, if we raise them to be a Christian.

    If we stay full of the Holy Ghost and faithfully follow these ten things mentioned, we are a profitable servant.  We will not be found guilty of burying our talent, or the Lords money.

    Do not be discouraged. (Gal 6:9)

    Emma Jean Ray



    Kindness

    Kindness is a virtue
    To take it by itself
    Should never be discarded
    Or laid upon a shelf
    It should be in the
    Forefront for everyone to see
    And kind is such a lovely way
    For all of us to be

    Friends come in every size
    And quickly we will find
    If we treat them as a friend
    And if we are kind
    A harsh word spoken
    Can drive them all way
    We can find ourselves alone
    Without a friend that way

    Let us take the word kindness,
    Treasure it and use it
    Always being careful,
    Lest we should abuse it
    We are out to win the world
    So be a kind friend
    Jesus too is kind to us
    , To save us in the end

    Emma Jean Ray



    Lamp Oil

    When a woman who wears jewelry receives a large diamond engagement ring, she is so happy and thrilled about it; she wants to show it off to everyone she meets.  She thinks about it, dreams about it, and because it is a very valuable possession her joy is seen by everyone.

    Also a man, when he finally gets his dream car, loves to show it off, talk about it, compare it and just beams with happiness, etc . . .

    So is everyone who receives a valuable cherished gift, until finally the new starts to wear off, and some way, it doesn't seem quite as valuable as it was, and is just taken for granted.

    The Kingdome of Heaven, (righteousness, peace, joy in the Holy Ghost), is just exactly the same way.

    When a new convert receives the Holy Ghost, they are so very joyful.  They tell everyone they see about it, but by and by, it becomes just the usual thing.  The first bright joy has worn off, leaving them more like they were before.  They may still live holy and still have the Holy Ghost, but have lost the joy and enthusiasm they had at first.

    I was reading about the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-10), Five wise and five foolish.  They were all good, they all had lamps, but five of them had no oil. " Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows," (Heb 1:9).

    Friend, the joy (oil of gladness), is what makes the lamp burn and give light to all that are in the house and will light up the city.

    The Lord is really, truly going to come back one of these days.  How much oil of gladness do we have?  God help us to be full of joy, rejoicing, happy, glad, telling people what we have.

    The Lord promises (actually, we have His last will and testament), eternally life, with no sickness, no death, no sorrow.  A brand new body and riches beyond compare.  He will let us reign as Kings and Priests to God!

    Can a diamond outshine that?  Can any car or any other gift compare to it?

    Let us shout, run, preach, testify, witness and talk about these things.   And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might, (Deu 6:5).

    And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod, (2 Sa 6:14).  In Acts 2:4, the Apostles "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,"  Pro 4:18   "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. "

    Lord Jesus, sell us some oil.  So what if it costs us an acquaintance or two?  Those things will not make our lamp burn.  Only "joy in the Holy Ghost" does that.

    When Jesus comes back, let us have our lamps burning, rejoicing, and " Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God," (Heb 12:2)

    Emma Jean Ray



    For New Mommies and Daddies

    We are thankful for the special give
    the Lord gave unto you.
    It floods our heart with joy and love,
    for the little someone new.
    May the dear Lord bless and keep you,
    in the shelter of His arm. Direct you both with loving steps,
    and keep you safe from harm.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Pray

    On a hill one day was placed a cross;
    It was rugged and made by hand
    It was ugly, grotesque, no beauty had this;
    And on it was placed a man

    He was bearded and dirty, his head was bowed.
    His robe like a tattered sack,
    He was bloody and nailed to the ugly cross.
    His clothes were stuck to his back.

    He had lived as a boy without pony or toy;
    Not mischievous or full of fun,
    But a strange, shy, quiet little lad;
    Just Joseph, the carpenter's son.

    He grew up telling them what they should do;
    "No earthly good" they said.
    "And he always seemed to get his kicks
    from raising the sick and the dead".

    Had you been one of those standing by that day
    Not knowing what was ahead
    And could only have judged by the clothes he wore
    The things that were done and said.

    You would have send a man who was loved by few
    A "do gooder" people would say.
    "Away with him! Away with him!
    Just give us Barabbas today!"

    "Who needs such a fellow? Just leave us alone!
    Don't preach to us with your tears!
    We are Abraham's children. We're doing all right
    For hundreds and hundreds of years!"

    So they crucified Jesus, the Prince of Peace
    On Golgotha Hill that day.
    "Who needs such a fellow? Good Riddance!" they said
    And went on their merry way.

    It has been a long time since Jesus died;
    Almost two thousand years.
    The world has steadily gotten worse
    So we preach and cry our tears.

    We say to the world: "Wake up my friend;
    It is later than you think!
    Your children are hooked on sex and drugs;
    They are killing themselves with drink!"

    Repent people!
    And turn from your sins;
    Humble yourselves and pray.
    Time is now swiftly running out!

    Emma Jean Ray



    Pray For Our Troops

    Here's to our troops in a foreign land,
    Fighting for right in the desert sand.
    Through heat or cold, depressed or blue,
    We want you to know we are praying for you.

    The Lord is near you, the Lord still cares,
    And He will answer the tiniest prayers.
    He still loves you whatever you do,
    And we here at home still love you, too.

    Our flag still waves the red, white and blue,
    We are still free, sincere thanks to you.
    The Lord won't forsake you; He will hold your hand.
    Through all of the perils of the desert sand.

    When this is over, we will welcome you too,
    With friends and loved ones waiting for you.
    With hearts full of love, we sincerely pray,
    For the Lord to be with you day after day.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Pray III

    Lord, what can I say?
    To lighten the way
    For people such as these;
    They are living their days to give you praise
    I wish you would tell me, please.

    They are living epistles
    Read of all men,
    Their mind is stayed on you;
    They are very loyal and all very kind
    So, what would you have me do?

    Lord, they work hard in houses and yard
    At labor and business, too;
    They sweat and pray show others the way
    Are honest in all they do.

    They pay their dues Help spread the good news Are faithful in every way; They have a good heart and they do their part So, what in the world can I say? Then a whisper of thought On the silence was brought As a small voice showing the way: "Dear daughter of mine I know all the time Just humble yourself and pray."



    The Call

    A call is a longing from something above,
    a call for companionship, a call for love.
    A call for something, a desire of the heart,
    a deep deep longing, for something apart.

    A call of the wild, a call of the Dove
    a call for someone or something to love.
    But the highest calling we can have without question, is the calling of God, to becoming a Christian!

    Emma Jean Ray



    Be Careful

    It's all right to join in praising,
    it's OK to run and shout
    We love to watch as others learn,
    to jump and leap about.

    But if you are not living right,
    your spirit is in doubt,
    Don't tangle with the devil,
    or try to cast him out.

    Seven Jews thought they could do,
    what they saw the Apostles do, They thought, "If that little runt can cast him out,
    then we know we can too!"

    We've heard others' preaching this,
    and Paul, he preached it, too,
    So come out of there, in Jesus Name;
    now we're commanding you!

    That made the devil angry;
    he said "Yeah, that's part true;
    Jesus I know, and Paul I know,
    but pray tell, who are you?"

    Then he leaped right in the middle,
    of these seven little Jews,
    He said "Don't mess with me boys,
    cause I'm just plain bad news!"

    Now when they got a chance to run,
    though wounded and ashamed,
    They streaked from there as naked,
    as they were that day they came.

    The devil knows who Jesus is;
    he knows He is the best,
    So we can resist the devil,
    and let Jesus do the rest.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Youth

    When you are young and healthy
    Sometimes you feel so good
    Sometimes very down and out
    And so misunderstood.

    One day you feel important
    Like the world belongs to you
    Then suddenly you realize
    Now, that just wasn't true.

    You see, you're like a little plant
    Growing in the earth
    You feel the sun, the wet, the cold
    Not having reached your worth.

    But life will mold and make you
    A lady or a man
    Until you too, in all you do
    Are part of the master plan.

    Being a Christian is like wearing a dress . . . It's not what you put on, but what you put in it! Sin is like trading stamps . . . You have to lick them and put them in their place before redemption! Being a Christian is like eating wheaties . . . It builds you up, not out! You will never hear Jesus say: "Be cool, and hang out." He says: "Be on fire and hang in there!"

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Tree of Life

    After God created the first man (Adam), He put him in a beautiful garden.  In the midst of the garden was a tree of life.  Adam was allowed to eat of it and as long as he ate of it, he would not die.  After Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, he was driven out of the garden.  Not because God no longer loved him, but God did not want sin to live forever.

    In Proverbs the third chapter, the Bible tells us some very beautiful things about keeping the way of the Lord.  It says "It is a tree of life to all who are wise enough to keep it."

    Rev 22:2, John was allowed to see the tree of life and shows us a clear picture of what it is like.  By keeping the way of the Lord in all He tells us to do, we are making our way back into the very presence of God and will have access to the tree of life, as Adam did.  Then we can eat of the tree of life and live forever.

    As did Adam, if we allow sin in our life, we are actually separating ourselves from the only source of life.

    God did not and will not tolerate sin or disobedience.  If we disobey God we are forsaking our own mercy.  God loves us just the same, but hates sin.

    Emma Jean Ray



    New Year

    Bad times, glad times, sad times and sorrow,
    Came to pass in '89, but what about tomorrow?
    Some of it we could not help, some of it we could
    So let us better what we can, till better understood.

    No crying, no sighing, self-pity has to end,
    Let us be a better Christian, a neighbor and a friend.
    Let us praise our Savior daily, and sing His praises loud,
    Let us all live Holy, and make our Savior proud.

    Whether good times, or bad times, we have another day;
    To be living witness, to reverence and to pray.
    If possible to make the time as happy as we can,
    Be better to our Pastor, and to our fellowman.

    After all it was for us, the Savior came to give,
    His own life on Calvary, so we may better live.
    And as I start another year, Lord help me always see,
    The glory of each day on earth, your presence gives to me.

    To treasure every moment, so many things of worth,
    Until the day I hear Him say "You've fill your time on earth."
    No crying, no sighing, put gladness in my heart,
    And I'll praise you Lord, for everything,
    From the bottom of my heart.

    Emma Jean Ray



    A Request

    Dear lord,
    in nineteen ninety two
    please help us all be more like you
    if we may ask just one request
    please help us give our very best
    to those of whom we have to do
    what we do to them, we do to you!

    Emma Jean Ray



    Fragrance of the Rose

    Like a walk into God's garden
    My salvation is to me
    As I feed on spiritual blessing
    Much more clearly can I see
    The Lord prepared the garden
    Placed His first son, Adam, there
    To dress it and to keep it
    With God's tender, loving care
    Our life is like a garden
    Plant or work it as we may
    If we plant His Godly seeds
    The Lord is with us every day
    I pray, Rose of Sharon, lead me
    In the path your hands have laid
    So I may walk with you forever
    And need never be afraid

    Emma Jean Ray



    Our Computer

    We are living in a computer age
    Knowledge increased all the time
    People running, learning, doing
    While they neglect their mind.

    Our mind is a small computer
    And it has been there since birth
    But we tend to overlook it
    Or to realize it's worth..

    Be careful what you file in it
    Because without a doubt
    If you punch in it confusion
    That is all you can take out.

    Jesus made a covenant
    And He spent a lot of time
    To put His laws within our hearts
    And write them in our mind.

    you can't improve on truth my friend
    truth's the best that's ever been
    it came straight from God Almighty
    And was handed down to man

    our mind is a great possession
    and all the wealth can't buy it
    don't let it become polluted
    Don't even let them try it

    so when the devil comes along
    and plants a seed of doubt
    Read again what Jesus said
    And quickly cast it out.

    lest your mind be blank or vile
    file the truth into it
    don't give the devil access
    But it's up to you to do it!

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Watchman

    The watchman stood upon the hill
    His camp below, at rest and still
    He was damp and cold, the hours long
    But he told himself, I must be strong

    If I fail my watch, in a careless way
    The enemy will take our lives today
    Those are my comrades, I love them all
    I volunteered for the watchman call

    I will be strong, and I know I can
    I must not lose, not a single man
    I will plan my course, with all I can do
    No matter the cost, I will lead them through

    I have the map and the compass, too
    If I stay alert, we can all get through
    They have placed their lives into my hand
    We will finish the journey, I know we can

    He smiled in the night, step light as air
    Oh ho, my enemy, I know you are there
    I know your strength, your hateful pride
    But the God of Jacob is on our side

    The enemy waited, not a single chance
    To surprise the watchman, and thus advance
    The sky grew pink, a new day broke
    Rested and ready, the encampment awoke

    Not far the journey now, to home and friend
    They were fast approaching the journey's end
    Loud blew the trumpet, the gate swung wide
    With all of their loved ones, waiting inside

    With much rejoicing, feasting and such
    They said "we are so happy, we missed you so much"
    Then asking the soldiers, "how did you get through?"
    They said to the watchman, "we owe it to you!"

    To our pastor, the Watchman

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Sea

    I love the sea when it's angry
    I love to hear it roar.
    I love to watch the breakers form,
    And break along the shore.

    I love the spray so salty,
    And the sea gull's distant cry.
    I love to watch the sea reflect,
    The colors of the sky.

    I love the sea in any mood,
    I love its many sounds.
    And I love to know that God alone,
    Can keep it in its bounds.

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Lost
    the-lost He stood before the judgment seat
    With Jesus on the throne
    No longer did his deeds and thoughts
    Belong to him alone.

    There were seraphims and elders
    And angels standing by
    He knew exactly where he was
    No need to wonder why.

    His legs felt weak as water
    He was white and shaking too
    He was face to face with Jesus
    And eyes that pierced him through.

    Then he heard a voice as thunder
    He distinctly heard Him say
    "Condemned to death eternal
    Please take this one away."

    He screamed and begged for mercy
    Another chance to make it right
    As they led him from the lighted hall
    Into the blackest night.

    Through a tunnel dark and hot
    To the flames he saw ahead
    Then he saw the evil spirits
    And his heart was filled with dread.

    He could hear the screams of others
    Hear their moans and curses too
    Tormented here within the flames
    And nothing they could do.

    He cried, Oh God, I'm in hell
    I'm hurting through and through
    I had my chance and missed it
    Pray God, my friend, don't you!!

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Lord and the Pastor

    After the preaching was over,
    After the prayer and the song,
    After the voice's were silent,
    After the people had gone,

    I could feel the presence of Jesus,
    It seemed I could hear him say,
    "you lifted up my people,
    I was proud of you today."

    Again the church was silent,
    I locked up the door to go home,
    So glad for those few precious moments,
    I spent with my savior alone.

    Written especially for Pastor Ron Mullings

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Lighthouse

    Like a ship in a storm at sea
    tossed in a terrible gale.
    I did not have a compass
    in ribbons was my sail.

    I did not know directions
    I was lost as lost could be.
    Until the Man in the lighthouse
    shined His light on me.

    He leads me through the darkness
    He warns me of the reef.
    He warns me of the jagged rocks
    That could mean the death of me.

    The Gospel is the lighthouse
    and Jesus is the Man.
    He says if you will follow me
    I'll lead you safe to land.

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Honey Bee

    He hums as he works,
    through rain or shine,
    While laying up treasures,
    for those of his kind.

    While never distracted,
    or changing his pace,
    He's contented and happy,
    a part of his race.

    He loves his queen,
    as a honey bee should,
    And always working,
    for the hive's own good.
    One little member,
    of a big master plan.
    Purchased with blood,
    and given to man.

    Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood, (Act 20:28).

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Greatest Battle

    A challenge came,
    an answer given
    A battle raged,
    one day in heaven

    God was God,
    there was no doubt
    The day he threw
    bright Lucifer out

    Lucifer an angel,
    he should have known
    He could never rule
    on God's great throne

    No doubt he fought,
    for all he was worth
    Thrown out of heaven,
    and down to earth

    Still full of wrath,
    and mean deceit
    He would not bow,
    or admit defeat

    Still mad at God,
    a formidable foe
    He said "I will rule,
    on earth below

    I will lie and cheat,
    do all I can do
    To deceive the people,
    I hate them too!"

    "I will get even,
    just wait and see
    They will be my slaves
    and bow to me."

    Then God said "No,
    that is my creation
    I will go down,
    and bring salvation

    I will win them back,
    whatever the cost
    A soul's too precious,
    and shall not be lost."

    He came in person,
    said "Here, take me!
    I will pay the price,
    let them go free."
    He gave his life, on the cross that day

    To win us back,
    and show us the way
    Death couldn't hold him,
    he rose again

    Is now our Savior, and our best friend
    Still strong in battle,
    the fight goes on
    He will not surrender,
    till the battle's won
    So the battle rages,
    over every soul

    Sell out to Satan,
    or be made whole
    The Lord is doing,
    all He can do

    The choice is yours,
    it's up to you
    Either Hell below
    or Heaven above
    Live in torment
    or with God in love

    One thing is certain,
    the battle will end
    And the day will come,
    when we need a friend

    I don't know how,
    and don't know when
    But the Lord will conquer,
    death and sin

    In the longest battle,
    that has ever been fought
    For souls so priceless,
    they cannot be bought

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Child of a King

    In everything we find to do
    And everything we say
    Let us always be a Christian
    And help along the way.

    Our brother may grow weary
    Or a sister feeling blue
    Let us keep our faith and spirit high
    As that helps others too.

    We pass this way only once
    Our life is short and fleeting
    We must not lose a single chance
    To give a cheerful greeting

    And if we have a chance to help
    In a special way or need
    Let us always do it freely
    Not in malice or with greed.

    When we walk through that gate of pearl
    Onto that golden street
    We are sure to be a welcome sight
    To every one we meet


    Then when the angels lead us
    To our father on the throne
    He will say to us, well done, my child
    I love you, welcome home!



    Emma Jean Ray



    Give

    Jesus is the only Savior
    He is in the world today
    And in a still small voice
    You too can hear Him say

    Not as this world giveth
    Do I give unto thee?
    But I offer you forgiveness
    If you will follow me

    My way is the way of peace
    A much better way to live
    Freely I will give to you
    So you too may freely

    Give Peace and joy in this world
    And in the one to come
    Eternal life with me child
    My daughter or my son

    You will inherit all things
    When My ways you learn to share
    But please pass them on the others
    Because you see, I CARE!



    Emma Jean Ray



    God Said
    When the earth was dark and void
    God spoke and there was light
    He made the sun to rule the day
    The moon to rule by night

    He said, "Let the waters all draw back
    And let dry land appear
    And of these wonders be no lack
    Year after shining year."

    He created the snow capped mountains
    The majestic shining seas
    He brought forth plants upon the earth
    The animals, birds and bees.

    He created the hills, the valleys
    And the burning desert sand
    Then God made man, to rule the earth
    The major part of His plan.

    You see, God is still creating
    He is now perfecting man
    That is just the crowning glory
    Of God's mighty, wonderful plan

    So when God says "It is finished".
    When finally comes the end
    God will have a perfect creation
    With comrade, a man, a friend.



    Emma Jean Ray



    WITNESS

    Oh, pity the man; whether friend or foe
    if the way of God, he does not know
    He is dry inside, an empty shell the truth
    the life, he cannot tell.

    He stumbles on his weary way
    with little comfort, night or day
    he searches for a friend indeed
    and hopes someone, will see his need.

    He finds no pleasure in what he's got
    he knows there's something, but knows not what
    Could take this burden and heavy load
    and help him find a better road.

    He wanders on his weary way
    just getting tired and turning gray
    No satisfaction, poor at most
    if he doesn't have the Holy Ghost,

    Let's be a witness, and start today
    to help him find a better way
    Tell him that Jesus is a friend indeed
    will carry his load and meet his need.

    Tell him we love him, no matter what
    that we aren't out for what he's got
    Reach out to him with love unfeigned
    until a brother, of him we've gained.



    Emma Jean Ray



    A Christian

    A quiet path
    Subdued wrath
    Like fire in low embers
    A prayer prayed
    Decision made
    A Christian -one remembers…..



    Emma Jean Ray



    Thanks!

    Thanks to you lord,
    for all you have done.
    in nineteen hundred and ninety one.
    new families added,
    new babies who came,
    new converts baptized in Jesus' name

    For preaching and teaching,
    your anointing too,
    for Truth Tabernacle
    and all that they do
    for a lovely building
    we can call our own
    a house of prayer,
    a new church home
    for all you have given,
    you're loving and caring
    for brothers and sisters
    all working and sharing

    now help us do better
    in the year ninety two
    lord, it will be easy,
    if we do it for you!



    Emma Jean Ray



    Blessed

    Awakening early I walked outside
    To greet the spring, arms open wide
    Her roses blooming, her grass so green
    Her sky so blue with rosy sheen

    In private silence I felt to pray
    To thank God for that lovely day
    In quiet solitude he seemed to say
    "I know your thoughts before you pray

    This, my cathedral, with towers high
    To join my kingdom in the sky
    All of my creatures, this wall embraces
    For all the people of many faces

    When turned upward to search for me
    Their ways, their praise, I surely see.
    You are all my children, my own creation
    Just join me now, in meditation"

    I bowed my head in reverence there
    With folded hands in silent prayer
    With heart felt peace so much at rest
    One of god's creations so surely blessed.



    Emma Jean Ray



    Do it for Jesus

    No need to worry
    To stew and to fret
    Though fierce the battle
    It's not over yet

    I guess I'm a soldier
    I love a good fight
    When it's against evil
    And I'm in the right

    I have a commander
    As great as can be
    And all of his forces
    Are backing be

    When I wear the armor
    Of apostle Paul
    I can stand against nations
    My back to the wall

    There's never a devil
    can bring me down
    I'm fighting for a home
    A robe and a crown

    Then after the battle
    When victory is mine
    I'll march through heaven
    Just having a time

    When I meet my commander
    I know what I'll do
    I'll say, "Sir, it was nothing
    I done it for you "!



    Emma Jean Ray



    Father

    He sat alone in his easy chair
    With wrinkled brow and silver hair.
    In contemplation of days gone by,
    With not a word, just a quiet sigh.

    I ask him, sir, has your life been good?
    Would you go back if by chance you could?
    He thought for a moment then nodded his head,
    In all sincerity he quietly said;

    "my life has been busy, pleasures few,
    I've worked very hard, and I loved it too!
    I raised my family and gave them a home,
    Raised them in church, till they were grown.

    I lived as a Christian, the lord my guide,
    He gave me the peace, I feel inside.
    Yes, with all of the trouble, and all the pain,
    I would gladly go back, and do it again!"



    Emma Jean Ray



    Fathers

    To all of the fathers,
    young and old.
    Thanks for your help,
    and love untold.

    In appreciation,
    for all you do. May we all just say,
    we love you too!

    Emma Jean Ray



    Higher

    The higher the mountain, the deeper the snow.
    The faster the river, will tumble and flow.
    The larger the battle, the bloodshed and pain.
    The greater the glory, the victor will gain.

    The cutting and pruning, as a rosebush grows.
    The greener the foliage, the larger the rose.
    The harder the labor, the strain and the test.
    The sweeter our sleep, when we lie down and rest.

    The bigger the trial, if we stand the test.
    The greater our faith, when we give it our best.
    The greater our patience, when we're tested and tried.
    The stronger we grow, and the sweeter inside.

    The more we study, the Lord's written word.
    The more we become, adapt with the sword.
    The greater the praise, we will offer to god.
    The more he will bless, as we travel the sod.



    Emma Jean Ray



    Humor

    Ills, chills, spills and bills.
    It seems there's no end to it,
    I think life is worth the strife,
    If I can just live through it!

    No one knows better than I.
    How quick life and time can fly,
    While I was making up my mind,
    I find it left me far behind.

    As he walked by, we hear him say;
    "I think I'll take the easy way,
    When he came back we heard him say;
    I'll pay and pay and pay and pay."



    Emma Jean Ray



    Jesus

    Jesus was a baby
    and His mother loved Him
    she held Him and rocked Him
    like all mother's do.
    a first son to Joseph
    who fled into Egypt
    to save Him from Herod
    yes, Joseph loved Him too.

    When only a youngster
    and lost from His parents
    He sat in the temple
    with men of renown
    asking them questions
    and giving the answers
    they all were astonished
    at the wisdom they found

    Yet Jesus kept growing
    gaining more wisdom
    growing in favor
    with God and man
    then a great burden
    a world of lost sinners
    was placed on His shoulders
    by the Fathers' own hand

    With Love that was boundless
    He ministered unto them
    a vagabond preacher
    no wealth and no home
    to save all from evil
    and led them to heaven
    yet He was mistreated
    rejected and stoned.

    Then His own disciples
    whom Jesus loved dearly
    conspired against Him
    denied Him and fled
    He gave His life freely
    on a cross at Galgotha
    that we might be cleansed
    by the blood that He shed.

    Why shouldn't we love Him?
    and keep His commandments
    tell of His glory
    and praise His dear Name
    though absent in body
    He's with us in spirit
    concerned for His people
    His love is the same



    Emma Jean Ray



    Mother

    No praise can be high enough to tell of her magnitude
    No words are sufficient to tell of her fortitude
    To tell of her patience with children she bears
    And no love can equal the love that she shares

    Her children come first in her every thought
    The service she gives could never be bought
    Her life is spent serving through good times and bad
    She's a true mediator between them and Dad
    Be they saint or sinner her love never falters
    That child she worships at loves hidden alters

    When her life is over her race has been run
    No deed can be greater that the one she has done
    When she faces the Master to receive her reward
    A standing ovation will be led by the Lord

    When the praise and applause has all died away
    In my mind I can see her again hear her say
    "For my son and my daughter I just did what I could"
    While Jesus says smiling "I knew, Daughter, you would"



    Emma Jean Ray



    Mortal


    I prayed, Father, give me wisdom
    And peace, my life to live.
    Instead He gave a loving heart
    The ability to forgive.

    I prayed, father, make me perfect
    And I will follow thee.
    Instead He gave me freedom
    Said he would be with me.

    I said father, I have prayed amiss
    I see that I was wrong
    He said, daughter, you're still mortal
    And I knew that all along.



    Emma Jean Ray



    Love


    Love is a beautiful, elusive thing
    Like a fleeting, shining bird on the wing
    It dips and soars on the wings of gauze
    Will flee or stay for only a pause.

    It does not grow from the rain and sod
    It's a beautiful, precious part of God
    It thrives on kindness, gentleness too
    It has to be free, to come to you.

    If you try to squeeze it, or hold it tight
    It will fly away, like a bird in flight
    But in true humility and serving too
    You will find it will stay very close to you.

    When people's faults are stark and glaring
    Love can soften and change it by caring
    Love with prayer, though only a breath
    Is the greatest gift, and stronger than death

    We are all earthly, a part of the earth
    An earthly vessel, but we have our worth
    We can hold sunshine, from heaven above
    If we will let Jesus, just fill us with love



    Emma Jean Ray



    Lay up for the Children

    I know what I sow, I will surely reap,
    If I sow to the flesh, that I cannot keep
    But if I sow to the spirit a little each day,
    I am laying up treasures along the way.

    What is the treasure I wish so to keep?
    My greatest desire away down deep.
    Is it not for the souls of those I love?
    For their life eternal with our God above.
    For what would it profit, though I gain wealth,
    And lose my family, their life, their health,

    Just a ragged old beggar I much rather be,
    Than lose one soul of my dear family.
    The things of the flesh will all pass away,
    The lord has promised there will be a new day.
    To live with Jesus forever somewhere,
    I want my loved one's to all be there.

    Lord make me a mother that knows how to pray.
    And give me the wisdom to know what to say,
    Lord please let your love flow ever through me,
    And truth to enlighten so others may see.



    Emma Jean Ray



    I'm Blessed

    When I asked the Lord for riches,
    By His Word I heard Him say.
    "How hard for them to enter in,
    You are better off this way."

    I asked the Lord for beauty,
    To stand out in the crowd.
    He said, "I want you humble,
    Because I resist the proud."

    Then I asked the Lord for wisdom,
    To know the future and the past.
    The more you know, the more required,
    It's better not to ask.

    I prayed Father, please forgive me,
    Will you just supply my need?
    He said, "Now you're asking in faith,
    And I surely will, indeed."



    Emma Jean Ray



    Our Choir

    Let me say a word or two,
    About people I admire,
    Our brothers and our sisters,
    In our beautiful church choir

    When I see them walking up,
    In line to take their place
    I can see the love for Jesus
    That is written on each face.

    As they sing their special songs,
    And let the music soar,
    I am sure the Lord is listening,
    He's the One they're singing for.

    They say sound waves travel,
    Can be picked up in the air,
    So I wouldn't be surprised,
    If the Lord's recording there.

    And at a time when needed,
    By an angel, sends it down,
    To help the ones who need it
    To let them hear the sound.

    A precious saint lay dying,
    Not so very long ago.
    She could hear our choir singing,
    She told our Pastor so.

    Who knows if the Lord can use,
    Things offered unto Him,
    To increase the faith of other's
    And minister unto them?

    So please choir, be not weary,
    You are laying up treasures, too.
    When you minister unto others,
    The Lord will minister unto you.



    Emma Jean Ray



    Mother - 2

    No praise can be high enough to tell of her magnitude
    No words are sufficient to tell of her fortitude
    To tell of her patience with children she bears
    And no love can equal the love that she shares

    Her children come first in her every thought
    The service she gives could never be bought
    Her life is spent serving through good times and bad
    She's a true mediator between them and Dad
    Be they saint or sinner her love never falters
    That child she worships at loves hidden alters

    When her life is over her race has been run
    No deed can be greater that the one she has done
    When she faces the Master to receive her reward
    A standing ovation will be led by the Lord
    When the praise and applause has all died away
    In my mind I can see her again hear her say
    "For my son and my daughter I just did what I could"
    While Jesus says smiling "I knew, Daughter, you would"



    Emma Jean Ray



    Love

    Love is a beautiful, elusive thing
    Like a fleeting, shining bird on the wing
    It dips and soars on the wings of gauze
    Will flee or stay for only a pause.

    It does not grow from the rain and sod
    It's a beautiful, precious part of God
    It thrives on kindness, gentleness too
    It has to be free, to come to you.

    If you try to squeeze it, or hold it tight
    It will fly away, like a bird in flight
    But in true humility and serving too
    You will find it will stay very close to you.

    When people's faults are stark and glaring
    Love can soften and change it by caring
    Love with prayer, though only a breath
    Is the greatest gift, and stronger than death

    We are all earthly, a part of the earth
    An earthly vessel, but we have our worth
    We can hold sunshine, from heaven above
    If we will let Jesus, just fill us with love



    Emma Jean Ray



    Ten Commandments

    Moses went upon the mountain,
    there to meet God all alone.
    He received the Ten Commandments,
    on some tablets made of stone.

    Though the Bible doesn't say it,
    I'm sure Moses understood.
    They were straight from God Almighty,
    And for all the people's good.

    Now to hear some people tell it,
    they were not commands at all.
    They are just a few suggestions,
    they could keep or let them fall.

    I for one am still persuaded,
    they are commandments all the way.
    He did not bring back ten suggestions,
    they are still force today.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Thirst

    Like clear cold water
    In a thirsty land
    So is the bible
    To a Christian man

    Emma Jean Ray



    Apostolics in Action

    (Note:)

    Sis. Emma Jean Ray wrote this poem for the Apostolics In Action! newsletter created monthly by Bro. &Sis Cavaness.  Sis. Ray was an integral part of the newsletter handing in some 60+ poems and articles.  This document you're reading is a complete collection of all those put into the newsletter.  Enjoy.

    AIA Poem

    Apostolics In Action! is a letter meant to bring the times and lives
    of Christians in our service to the King.

    We have our share of problems but there's joy along the way.
    Jesus is our Saviour and He's with us every day.

    If the way seems hopeless and you don't know what to do,
    LOOK UP!  Your Saviour's watching you.

    He has all power in heaven, also on earth below.
    When we live our lives as Christians, He will conquer every foe!

    Emma Jean Ray



    The Law of the Harvest

    A man rocked a boat to see if it would tip;  It did!
    A laborer stepped on a nail to see if it would go through his shoe;  It did!
    A man looked into a gun to see if it was loaded;  It was!
    A woman looked into a patent medicine booklet to see if she was sick;  She was!
    A workman smelled escaping gas, and struck a match to see if he could find a leak;  He found it!
    A young girl keep late hours to see if it would really hinder her office work;  It did!
    A young man tried drinking liquor to see if it would make him act like a fool;  It did!

    God's Word says, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

    You cannot afford to play with sin . . .

    If you do, you shall reap the terrible results.

    Emma Jean Ray



    Who Was Emma Jean Ray?



    Emma Jean Ray was a Christian.  In the strictest sense of the word.  She believed it, she taught it, she read it, and she lived it!

    One of the finest Christian ladys this author has ever had the privilege of knowing.  And, she raised some of the godliest people I know.  Her demeanor spoke holy.  Her character, her speech, her dress . . . all 100% lady, and 100% godly Christian.

    I speak of the lady who is the maternal grandmother of our Pastor.  Her daughter, Donna Mullings, wife of our assistant pastor, Jerry Mullings, is a prime example of her raising, as well as Sis. Eleanor Schmidt, sister to Sis Donna Mullings.  Daughters of Emma Jean Ray, both godly Christians themselves, following the godly example laid down by their mothers' own life.

    Have I placed Sis Emma Ray too high upon a pedestal?  She would be the very first to say yes, but, the Bible tells me to give honor to whom honor is due.

    And, so these roses of honor and respect for a great pillar of God in the church, are well earned, and if here today, would take them reluctantly, but with grace.  I never failed to learn and receive of her at every occasion to be in her company.  After her husband, Owens, died she eventually married again to a man of God, Elder William Ray, a minister of the Gospel for many years, also a godly Christian.  Together they forged on through life, depending on each other instead of children.

    Elder Ray was a carpenter by trade and was always involved in some way with the building of the church facility on Hosking Rd, Truth Tabernacle.  They attended that church until they both left this life to join the sainted millions around the throne of Him for Whom they lived.

    I count it a great honor and a great privilege to have known these great people of God.  While my wife, and I turned out a newsletter for that great church, Sis Emma usually had an article or poem she had written.  She turned in more articles than any other person, myself included.  All originals.  Even though we have made great effort in our attempt to locate as much of her work as possible, we know some have been missed, perhaps lost forever.

    In the five years we did the newsletter, she turned in well above the 74 articles on this page.  These have blessed hundreds as the little newsletters in which they were included were sent to many others after being read, and shared again and again.

    Besides being a poet, I hear she also loved to paint.  I will attempt to obtain some picts of her work and share them here.

    Although we miss her here, we know without a doubt that she is dancing around the throne of God with her brand new tireless, ageless incorruptible body.  And knowing her and a little about her character, I am convinced she hasn't missed one step!

    Dance on my Sister!  One day I will make that journey myself to be with Him in glory forever and ever.  There, I will see many of your family dancing around the throne worshipping the Only Wise, True, Savior and God: Jesus Christ!  I'll also see my Elder whom I respected so highly.  He will be doing his own fancy stepping in that brand new body of his own.

    What a day that will be!  You're already experiencing that day, enjoying what you spoke about, wrote about, and lived about.

    Blessings on you Sis Emma Jean Ray.

    George Cavaness



    Emma Jean Ray
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