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    The Highest End

    Dear PB brethren,

    I was recently meditating on the first question of the Larger Catechism and penned the following lines; perhaps you will find them an encouragement as you seek after your highest end.

    THE HIGHEST END
    By Matthew E. Winzer

    The chief and highest end of man
    is God to glorify,
    and to the full to have this God
    for ever to enjoy.

    Wait not until your life is spent
    to take to heart this truth,
    Remember your Creator in
    the happy days of youth.

    Then as you grow and learn that life
    has many cares in store,
    You'll have the one most needful thing
    that is for ever sure.

    This is the better part to choose,
    for when old age draws nigh,
    You won't despair as others do
    who live afraid to die.

    No, you can breathe your last and know
    you've lived unto the Lord,
    And He will say to you, Well done!
    Go into your reward.

    There you will sit and reign with Him,
    and you will apprehend
    The love of Christ Who gave you grace
    to reach your highest end.
    Yours sincerely,
    Rev. Matthew Winzer
    Australian Free Church,
    Victoria, Australia

    "Illum oportet crescere me autem minui."

  2. Most excellent! Thank you, pastor.
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    Kipp Soncek
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    I had to link it on my facebook.

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    Thank you for sharing. It's wonderful.

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    It brings to mind Ecclesiastes, one of my favorite books. Thank you.
    Brian Withnell
    Deacon, OPC
    Leesburg, Virginia

    You cannot train for war in the midst of a battle. Prepare before the battle starts; if the battle is long and hard, you will wish you had.

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    Many thanks for this excellent piece.
    Stuart
    Finaghy Baptist, Belfast, UK
    In Him the fulness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form and in Him you are complete (Col 2.9-10)

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    Very nice. I would like to share it with someone.
    The man who is disposed to think of his sin as a great calamity, rather than as a heinous crime, is not likely either to reverence God or to respect His law. - John Kennedy, 1873
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    Very encouraging.
    Joshua F
    Mountain View Community Church
    Fort Collins, CO

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    I've recently been meditating on the Proverbs and it really struck me most profoundly for the first time how apt the analogy of the pursuit of two Ladies is to the believer's walk. The seduction of the Strange Woman is easy. She flatters and her rewards come quickly only to find you have been ensnared as prey in a trap. Lady Wisdom cries out that She only is wisdom and worthy of pursuit but such pursuit is lifelong. Taken together with Ecclesiastes and the recognition that our present life is but a "vapor" or "breath" this pursuit is the only thing that provides perspective and meaning to all the blessings of this sojourn.
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