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Roll Call!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

This week we have been looking at 2 Corinthians chapter five. Paul stresses that we must have a new life in Christ in order to spend eternity with Him in heaven. It is not enough to say words or do good deeds—we must have our name written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

This week's hymn is "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder." In 1893, James Black was a Methodist Sunday school teacher in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As he was calling roll one day for a youth meeting, young Bessie, daughter of a drunkard, did not show up, and he was disappointed at her failure to appear. He commented to a friend, "Well, I trust when the roll is called up yonder, she'll be there." He tried to find an appropriate song for the situation but could not find one in his song book.

Here is how Mr. Black describes how he came to write the hymn:

"This lack of a fitting song caused me both sorrow and disappointment. An inner voice seemed to say, 'Why don’t you write one?' I put away the thought. As I opened the gate on my way home, the same thought came again so strongly that tears filled my eyes. I entered the house and sat down at the piano. The words came to me effortlessly... The tune came the same way—I dared not change a single note or word."

"When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder"

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;

When the saved of earth shall gather
over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.


When the roll, is called up yonder,
When the roll, is called up yonder,
When the roll, is called up yonder,
When the roll is called up yonder I'll be there.

On that bright and cloudless morning
when the dead in Christ shall rise,
And the glory of His resurrection share;

When His chosen ones shall gather
to their home beyond the skies,
And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.


Let us labor for the Master
from the dawn till setting sun,
Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care;

Then when all of life is over,
and our work on earth is done,
And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.


To access When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder, this week's inspirational video from GloryScapes.com, please go to: http://www.gloryscapes.com/whentherolliscalledupyonder in your browser or click on the image below.

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Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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