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1 Bible 2Romans 10:13, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”
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I would like to share with you a favorite hymn of mine written by Fanny Crosby and put to music by William H. Doane. I must add that Fanny Crosby is one of my most favorite hymn writers. Whenever I share a hymn, I also like to give some information regarding the writer. Fanny was born on March 24, 1820 in South East, New York in a one-story cottage. At age six she caught a slight cold in her eyes. The family physician was away and another country doctor was called in to treat her. He prescribed hot mustard poultices to be applied to her eyes, which destroyed her sight completely! It was later learned that the man was not qualified to practice medicine, but it was too late to prosecute him because he had left town and was never heard from again. Fanny never felt any resentment against him, but believed it was permitted by the Lord to fulfill His plan for her life. A wise mother set about immediately to prepare her daughter for a happy life, in spite of this great handicap. Neighbors and friends pooled money together in order to send her to consult with the best eye specialist in the country, Dr. Valentine Mott. She is the greatest hymn writer in the history of the Christian Church, who later wrote, “And I shall see Him face to face, and tell the story, saved by grace.” Though blind, she witnessed to over 8,000 of her poems set to music and over 100,000 copies of her songs printed. As many as 200 different pen names, including Grace J. Frances, were given her works by hymn book publishers so the public wouldn’t know she wrote so large a number of them. She produced as many as seven hymn-poems in one day. Some of her precious hymns were: (1) Blessed Assurance; (2) He Hideth My Soul; (3) Jesus Is Calling; (4) Tell Me the Story of Jesus; (5) To God Be the Glory, and (6) Saved by Grace. However, the one I have selected for today is:

– Rescue the Perishing –

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

Refrain:

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.

Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.

Refrain:

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
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Closing thoughts:

Fanny Crosby wrote hymns about Jesus Christ, the Savior of sinners, and the only One who saves and “Rescues the Perishing”. I read a book sometime back, which describes a marshal in Napoleon’s army, who was completely devoted to the emperor. One day the marshal was mortally wounded in battle. As he lay dying in his tent, the called for Napoleon, who soon came to his side. The officer thought the emperor could save his life. But Napoleon just shook his head and turned away. The book describes the tragic scene, “As the dying man felt the cold, merciless hand of death drawing him irresistibly behind the curtain of the unseen world, he was still head to shriek out, ‘Save me, Napoleon! Save me!’” In the hour of death, that soldier discovered that even Napoleon could not rescue him. Similarly, when a person seeks deliverance from spiritual death, they find that no human being has the power to save” (1) No minister of the gospel; (2) No priest or Rabbi; and (3) Not even those who are great prayer warriors. My friend, only Jesus Christ can save a soul from eternal death. The Bible clearly tells us, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Have you asked Jesus to save you? If not, do it now because He always answers those who plead for His mercy and put their trust in Him. He is the only One who saves.

There is no other name on earth
By whom salvation’s given
Save Jesus Christ the Lamb of God,
God’s precious gift from heaven! – Stairs
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Christ believed is Salvation received.

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