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Just as I am

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Dear Friends,

I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.

This past week I began re-reading Billy Graham's autobiography fittingly titled: Just as I am.   Anyone who ever watched a Billy Graham crusade knows that the signature hymn of invitation was "Just as I am."  The hymn was written by a British woman named Charlotte Elliott in 1835. The background to its writing is exciting.

Miss Charlotte Elliott was vi­sit­ing some friends in the West End of Lon­don, and there met the em­i­nent Swiss min­is­ter, Casar Ma­lan. While seat­ed at sup­per, the min­is­ter began asking her about her relationship to the Lord and said he hoped that she was a Christ­ian. Charlotte took of­fense at this, and re­plied that she would ra­ther not dis­cuss that quest­ion. Dr. Ma­lan said that he was sor­ry if he had of­fend­ed her, but explained that he al­ways liked to speak a word for his Mas­ter, and that he hoped that the young la­dy would someday be­come a work­er for Christ. When they met again at the home of a mu­tu­al friend, three weeks lat­er, Miss Ell­i­ott told the min­is­ter that ev­er since he had spok­en to her she had been try­ing to find her Savior, and that she now wanted to know what she needed to do: How should she come to Christ?  The preacher looked at her and said: "Charlotte, just come to Him as you are."
 
Later that evening with those words still in her mind Charlotte put her trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. From that experience she later wrote the words that God used to bring millions to faith in Jesus Christ.  She wrote: 
 
Just as I am - without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
- O Lamb of God, I come!
 
Just as I am - and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
- O Lamb of God, I come!
 
Just as I am - though toss'd about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
- O Lamb of God, I come!
 
Just as I am - poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
- O Lamb of God, I come!
 
Just as I am - Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
- O Lamb of God, I come!

See you Sunday! 
Pastor Doug