THE GREAT HOME-COMING
Jesse M. Hendley
My subject today is "The Great Home-Coming," and the
text is found in Psalm 90, verses 1 and 2. "LORD, THOU
HAST BEEN OUR DWELLING-PLACE IN ALL GENERATIONS.
BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH OR EVER THOU
HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, EVEN FROM
EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING, THOU ART GOD."
"LORD, THOU hast been our Dwelling-place, generation
after generation." The word dwelling-place here is a
Hebrew word that means literally, "place of support,
place of security." It is translated "home." Elsewhere
it is translated "habitation." It is even used of a
DEN for animals, a place where they find refuge from
the elements and from rapacious animals and whatever
would be a danger to them. It is used of HEAVEN. "God
is in His HOLY HABITATION." God is AT HOME. "Home" is
a wonderful translation for this word: "LORD, Thou
hast been our HOME in all generations."
Home-Coming in Church
We are speaking today about "Homecoming." You know,
many churches have a Home-coming Day, and it is always
a wonderful time. I was recently at a Home-coming of a
great church. People came who hadn't been there in a
long time, and they shared with each other a feast
both spiritual and material. They were so glad to see
each other, and they rejoiced together. People stay in
a church for maybe five or ten years and then move
away. But that portion of their lives does not pass
away and the fellowship they had enjoyed abides with
them. You just don't live with people in a church and
worship together, and serve God together, and sing
God's praises together, and win souls together, and
have fellowship together, and then walk off and say it
is all over. It isn't all over. Our lives are entwined
and we miss each other and are made happy to see our
Christian friends again. So Home-coming in a church is
a wonderful time. We had this great service in the
church. Souls ...
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