Beside Me There is No Savior www.kevinhinckley.com Why Dogs Bite… World Class Mountain Climber
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Belaying has brought [him] his best and worst moments in climbing. [He] once fell from a high precipice, yanking out three mechanical supports and pulling his belayer off a ledge. He was stopped, upside down, 10 feet from the ground when his spread-eagled belayer arrested the fall with the strength of his outstretched arms.
“Don saved my life,” [he said]. “How do you respond to a guy like that? Give him a used climbing rope for a Christmas present? No, you remember him. You always remember him.”
It is the wounded Christ who is the captain of our soul—he who yet bears the scars of sacrifice, the lesions of love and humility and forgiveness.
Those wounds are what he invites young and old, then and now, to step forward and see and feel. . . . Then we remember with Isaiah that it was for each of us that our Master was “despised and rejected . . . ; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). All this we could remember when we are invited by a kneeling young priest to remember Christ always.
Built by Slaves
City Wall- 84 feet wide, 336 feet high
Known for their addiction to self-indulgence and effeminacy
Money dissolved any tie or contract
Belief in their invincibility
Conquered by Cyrus, as Isaiah fortold
Who is the Lord that I should know him?
Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice?
Who is Abinadi, that I and my people should be judged of him, or who is the Lord, that shall bring upon my people such great affliction?
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob,
and he that formed thee, O Israel,
Fear not; for I have redeemed thee,
I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee;
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior;
I gave Egypt for thy ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he;
before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Put me in remembrance;
The Atonement of Christ] is the very root of Christian doctrine. You may know much about the gospel as it branches out from there, but if you only know the branches and those branches do not touch that root, if they have been cut free from that truth, there will be no life nor substance nor redemption in them.
Go ye forth of Babylon,
flee ye from the Chaldeans,
with a voice of singing declare ye,
tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth;
say ye, The Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
Too many people want to be good—but not too good; others want to be bad—but not too bad. Some want to serve the Lord without offending the devil.
As [another] once observed, one cannot dance and dine in the great and spacious building and still hold on to the iron rod.
And it came to pass that they did multiply and prosper exceedingly in the land of Helam…
Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.
Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day. Yea, and thus it was with this people.
For behold, I will show unto you that they were brought into bondage, and none could deliver them but the Lord their God, yea, even the God of Abraham and Isaac and of Jacob.
And it came to pass that he did deliver them, and he did show forth his mighty power unto them, and great were their rejoicings