Encircling Love (Part 1…A New Altar Call)

Originally posted on February 17, 2010 at 6:06 am

Scripture references;

22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;25Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  Acts 17:22-32 KJV

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  1 John 4:8 KJV

You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me.  Psalm 139:5 HCSB

I am thinking about that speech the Apostle Paul made to those men of Athens in Acts 17:22-32. It is called “The Areopagus Address”.  What an altar call that was!  They needed to repent just like all people in every age.  All need to hear, believe, and receive the message of the gospel, and all are promised the gift of salvation if they do that. It is such a precious gift to have the Lord come and dwell in us. To have Him is to have love; to be encircled in love.

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Softly and Tenderly by Will L. Thompson


Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.


Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?


Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.


O for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.




  1. bendedspoon said,

    February 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Whoa! Just this morning I have been thinking of ‘coming home” of where ‘home’ really is’ of how I find ‘home’. And this confirmation is not a coincidence 🙂

    That was a great speech by Apostle Paul and how he very well understand how it is with God that He “dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing…” And I believe!

    Thank you Theresa for sharing this, you have given me so much to think about for today. 🙂

  2. February 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm


    I am looking forward to reading your next post on your blog. You make me think, too.

    The salvation of the Lord and the kingdom of God are such wonderful things to explore and write about. I am thinking about these two verses:

    “20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21

    Jesus was right there in the midst of them, so the kingdom of God was there. It is interesting how one of the petitions in the Lord’s prayer is “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). We are to look and pray for the Lord’s bodily return, but we also have the promise that He would be in us and we would be in Him in John 17 and Matthew 18:

    “20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:20-23

    “20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20


  3. Ann said,

    February 21, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Thank you, Theresa

    ‘Home’ will be such a beautiful place, will it not? I’m looking forward to that one but my heart hurts for those who are yet to come home to Him.

    Praying the altar calls will not go unheard and that even one will be reconciled to Papa through what you have written here. ( Who knows who God will draw here through a ‘google’ search?! 😉 )

    ‘You Are God Alone’ comes to me after reading Princess Rea’s post. He is ‘not a God who is need of anything we can give’ but He’s ‘the only God who is worthy of everything we can give’ …!

    Much blessing,

  4. February 21, 2011 at 4:34 am


    “‘You Are God Alone’ comes to me after reading Princess Rea’s post. He is ‘not a God who is need of anything we can give’ but He’s ‘the only God who is worthy of everything we can give’ …!”

    That reminds me of a praise chorus I learned over 20 years ago:

    “Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy,
    Thou art worthy, O Lord,
    To receive glory, glory and honor,
    Glory and honor and pow’r;
    For Thou has created, hast all things created,
    Thou hast created all things,
    And for Thy pleasure they are created:
    Thou art worthy, O Lord!”

    It’s all about the attitude of the heart. 🙂

    “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” Mark 9:41

    I know what you mean about being burdened for the lost, too. I hate to see people pass up what the Lord offers, and I have cried many tears for the ones who are closest to my heart. My comfort lies in the fact that the Lord cares even more than I do.


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