“There must be some kind of way out of here,” said the joker to the thief.
“There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief. Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth. None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”
“No reason to get excited,” the thief he kindly spoke. “There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate. So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”
--“All along the watchtower” – Bob Dylan
Have you heard someone say that? There has to be some way out of all this confusion… People go about their daily lives, never really fully understanding things. Everyone is in a quest for more. More money… More influence… More, more, more… There are those who feel that life is a joke – you evolved from a monkey, and when you die, that’s it, nothing more. He who dies with the most toys, wins.
But, you and I, we’ve been through that… We’ve a story to tell to the nations… How there really is more to this life, than just this life. That we were created by God, and each of us has a unique purpose. That he who dies with the most toys, still dies and is bound for Hell unless they have accepted Jesus as Savior. But the hour is getting late - we don't know when the trumpet will sound...
Take a look it's all around you
See the world from different views
The way you shine from the inside
I know with out a doubt
It's more than what you'll be
In the world's eyes.
Whoa you're oh so beautiful, you don't need anyone's approval
You've got to believe in your self you know you are
You're crazy beautiful
--“Crazy beautiful” – Chasen?
But it will not be easy…
3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
All along the watchtower,
Princes kept the view,
While all the women came and went —
Barefoot servants too.
And so, the world continues on – “the same as it ever was”… But…
Outside in the cold distance,
A wildcat did growl.
Two riders were approaching, and
The wind began to howl.