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ginnyrose
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 The Hell Bound Train

The other evening I listened to the sermon "The Cry from Hell" given by David Legge. It is a good sermon, the text coming from the incident Jesus shared about the rich man in hell speaking with Abraham. (Luke 16:19-21).

As I was thinking about this sermon, my mind went back - many years - to a couple tracts that were widely distributed during the 1950s and 60s. I found these online and would like to share them here. The message of these tracts have stayed with me all these years. Hope it will minister to you all as they have done to me.

And if there are any other similar stories, I would invite others to share them as well. And I may add other poems/song dealing with a similar theme.

ginnyrose
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The Hell-Bound Train

Tom Gray lay down on a barroom floor,
Having drunk so much he could drink no more;
So he fell asleep with a troubled brain
To dream that he rode on a hell-bound train.

The engine with murderous blood was damp
And was brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp;
An imp, for fuel, was shoveling bones,
While the furnace rang with a thousand groans.

The boiler was filled with lager beer
And the devil himself was the engineer;
The passengers were a most motley crew—
Church member, atheist, Gentile, and Jew,

Rich men in broadcloth, beggars in rags,
Handsome young ladies, and withered old hags,
Yellow and black men, red, brown, and white,
All chained together—O God, what a site!

While the train rushed on at an awful pace—
The sulphurous fumes scorched their hands and face;
Wider and wider the country grew,
As faster and faster the engine flew.

Louder and louder the thunder crashed
And brighter and brighter the lightning flashed;
Hotter and hotter the air became
Till the clothes were burned from each quivering frame.

And out of the distance there arose a yell,
"Ha, ha," said the devil, "we're nearing hell!"
Then oh, how the passengers all shrieked with pain
And begged the devil to stop the train.

But he capered about and danced for glee,
And laughed and joked at their misery.
"My faithful friends, you have done the work
And the devil never can a payday shirk.

"You've bullied the weak, you've robbed the poor,
The starving brother you've turned from the door;
You've laid up gold where the canker rust,
And have given free vent to your beastly lust.

"You've justice scorned, and corruption sown,
And trampled the laws of nature down.
You have drunk, rioted, cheated, plundered, and lied,
And mocked at God in your hell-born pride.

"You have paid full fair, so I'll carry you through,
For it's only right you should have your due.
Why, the laborer always expects his hire,
So I'll land you safe in the lake of fire,

"Where your flesh will waste in the flames that roar,
And my imps torment you forevermore."
Then the cowboy awoke with an anguished cry,
His clothes wet with sweat and his hair standing high

Then he prayed as he never had prayed till that hour
To be saved from his sin and the demon's power;
And his prayers and his vows were not in vain,
For he never road the hell-bound train.


~continued~


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 2009/7/2 19:27Profile
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 Re: "Papa, Hell is So Hot"

Here is the other one. I finally found it after searching for it a long time although it was not a continous search..

ginnyrose
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[b]"Papa, Hell is So Hot!"[/b]

Papa, Hell Is So Hot or, her last drink

A True Story
A young lady, just as intelligent as any young lady, went to a revival meeting. The power of God was on the meeting. Sinners were being saved, and Christians were being revived. The power of God struck this young girl, and tears begin to roll down her cheeks; she took out her handkerchief and wiped them away. Her father, a wealthy farmer, stood on the outside with others, and looking across the tent, he remarked to a friend," if my daughter goes to that altar I will wade in blood to my neck to take her out of there." But a young man was standing by her side, and she did not go that night. The father got into his car and drove home, and the young man took the young lady home in the buggy.

When she got inside, she saw him- her big 240- pound father-walking the floor, and she knew that something was wrong. She said, " Papa, what is the matter with you? Why are you not in bed?"

He answered,” I have stayed up to give you your orders,”

She said" Papa, what in the world have I done?”

He replied," I looked across that tent tonight and saw you weeping, saw you with your handkerchief up to your eyes. May, if you go to that mourner's bench, I will wade through blood to my neck to take you out of there; and when I get you home, I will wear out a hickory over your back.”

He put it so strongly that she knew he meant what he said. She began to weep and went to her room. There in the darkness she settled it that she would not go with God. She was a beautiful girl, between the ages of 19 and 20. She closed her fists and said, "Oh, God, I will never seek Thee! Oh, God, take this feeling away from me! Oh, God, lighten my heart! I do not want to feel this way! Lord I will never seek Thee! I will never go to that altar! Take this burden away from my heart!" God heard her prayer. The Holy Spirit left her, and her conviction was gone. She went to bed and went to sleep. Because you can go to bed and go to sleep , do not think you are saved. Many people go to be and go to sleep to whom God will never speak again.

The next morning this young lady got up and went to school, came back, and went to the service that night. Her father stood in the same place as the night before, and kept his eyes upon her. When the altar call was given, he looked across and saw her standing with a young man, laughing. He took his neighbor by the arm and said," Look at my daughter. I conquered her last night before I went to bed. She will never got to that altar.” So this girl laughed and giggled while other folks wept and got saved.

But listen! The meeting closed on Sunday night and settled the destiny of dying men and women. The tents were taken down, and the preachers left the grounds. On Monday morning this girl went to school as normal, as she did all that week. The next Monday morning, as she started, she said," Mamma, my head is hurting me." The mother said," May, go on to school." She went, but returned in two or three hours saying," Mamma, my head is hurting so badly I couldn't stay.

She went to her room and went to bed. She had been in bed for three days, when on Thursday afternoon, she sent for her mother to come up. She said, "Mamma, I am sure that you and Papa do not know my condition, and I want you to send for a doctor. I am in an awful condition, and I am going to die." The mother was excited, and said," I will, I will!" She had the family physician come.

He touched the big, strong father on the shoulder and asked him to come outside to the automobile. He loved the family. They had been kind to him. He said, "You have been true to me, and I must be true to you. You have called me too late. Your daughter will soon be in eternity, and if you have anything to tell her, tell her at once. It is no use for me to tell you that I can help her, or to call more doctors. In a few hours he will be gone."

Some of the neighbors a mile away heard that fathers scream. What do you suppose was the first thing he thought of? I know-the night he conquered her and made her settle with God. He left the automobile and came in wringing his hands. He fell at her bedside and said, " Oh, May! Seek the Lord. May pray! Give your heart to God! Pray, May, pray!" She put her hand on his face and said," Papa, please don't taunt me with the name of God-please don't mention His name to me. My heart has been like a stone since that night you gave me those orders. I went to my room and asked God to leave me, and God took me at my word.” Then she told him that she was conscious that her doom was sealed, and that from the beginning of her illness she knew she was going to die.” She said, Papa, what time is it?" He answered," Four o'clock in the afternoon.” She said," How slowly these hours are passing by, but just think, I'm going to a place where there is no time."

They had built a new home out on the pike, and there old home stood out in the field, with the old moss-covered bucket. She said, Papa, go to the old moss-covered well and bring me a fresh drink of water." In the place where I’m going there will be no water." He went and brought the water, put it to her lips, and she drank it. Her mother was praying and her two unsaved sisters were down on the floor praying.

Oh, I have heard the loudest prayers from sinners praying for their loved ones that I have ever heard from anybody's lips. I have heard louder prayer's around corpses than I have ever heard around the altar; but I had to rebuke those who prayed, saying," Do not mock God by praying for dead loved ones."

This dying girl said," Papa, put your arms under my arms and pull me up in this bed. My feet are on fire. They are slipping." He put his arms beneath hers, and drew her up in the bed. Again, she said," Papa, my feet are slipping. Take my feet out of the fire." He said," May, I have done all I can. Your head is against the head of the bed." She said, Papa, go back to that old well again, and bring your daughter another drink of water." He started for the water, but before he got back his beautiful daughter had gone into eternity.


Listen, friends! That father goes to town to buy hardware or groceries, and he stands over the counter like a maniac, and the merchant has to talk to him to find out what he wants. He goes to the field to plow, but he does not plow. He goes to salt the cattle, but forgets to take the salt. When he goes to the market, he stands there and does know what he wants.

Everyone who knows the story knows what is the matter with that father; they know what is on his mind.

May this tract be a WARNING to parents not to obstruct the way of there children, not to keep them from this free and full salvation that was purchased for us by Jesus Christ on the cruel cross, fitting us for heaven. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that he also shall reap" (Gal.6:7) " He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy"(Proverbs.29:1) by Pastor Bona Fleming


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thank you for sharing this here with us all. This has really made me think about how short our time here on this earth is, not one moment of it should be wasted ever, we never know when we will be called to stand before the Lord. Hell is real, far to many people do not realize just how real.

rdg

 2009/7/2 19:55Profile
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 Re: "I Dreamed I Searched Heaven for You "

Here is a song that was sung a lot when I was a teen back in the 1960s. Hope it ministers to [i]someone.[/i]

Blessings,
ginnyrose
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I dreamed I searched Heaven for you

I dreamed I had gone to that city
That city where never comes night
And I saw the bright angels in glory
I saw the fair mansions of light
I gazed for long, long years of rapture
On the face of my Savior so true
And I sang with the seraphim holy
Then I dreamed I searched Heaven for you.

Refrain:
I dreamed I searched Heaven for you
Searched vainly through Heaven for you
Oh won't you prepare to meet me up there?
Lest we should search Heaven for you

I looked on both sides of the river
That flows through the city of God
I searched through bright mansions celestial
And streets of gold pavement I trod
The faces of saints by the million
I scanned in my yearning to see
That face I had cherished so fondly
The face that had grown dear to me.
Refrain:

I asked of ten thousand sweet angels
Have you seen this beloved one, pray tell?
Have you met in the bright courts of Heaven
That one whom on earth we loved well?
They shook their heads sadly and told me
That they had not seen you, and then
I knew that somewhere in the darkness
You wandered, lost in your sin.
Refrain:


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Ginny, thanks for this! "The Hell Bound Train" takes me back... I remember listening to it being read out on an old tape cassette many years ago! The reader read it with such vigour and those words made a big impression on me then, as a teen.
We don't hear these words being spoken now... I am wondering if I can actually obtain a copy of this being read out to give to friends? I'll do a search to see...

 2009/7/3 16:43
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Hquest,

I have no clue whether a recording of this is available. Maybe you will just have to make one yourself! All I have ever seen was in a tract form but now it is posted on the web in different places with a little variation - some say it was 'Tom Gray' at the beginning and others 'A Texas cowboy'. Not a whole lot difference.

Do you know of any more stories, poems similar to the ones shared? If so, I wish you would post them here. I would love to see them.

A few years ago, I got a transcript of a taped message detailing a vision a brother had when he was deathly sick. Dad wanted several copies made to share with his grandsons who were prodigals. He tried playing this tape but they reacted in anger...Yes, I have witnessed the truth of Abrahams' answer to the rich man in hell "they have the prophets..." Still, these messages do challenge some, including me.

Blessings,
ginnyrose

EDIT: I do have two more I want to post sometime.


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 Re: I Dreamed that the Great Judgment Morning

I dreamed that the great judgment morning,
Had dawned and the trumpet had blown,
I dreamed that the nations had gathered
To judgment before the white throne.
From the throne came a bright shining angel,
And stood on the land and the sea,
And swore with his hand raised to heaven,
That time was no longer to be.

[i]chorus[/i] And O, what a weeping and wailing,
As the lost were told of their fate;
They cried for the rocks and the mountains,
They prayed, but their prayer was too late.

The rich man was there, but his money
Had melted and vanished away;
A pauper he stood in the judgment,
His debts were too heavy to pay.
The great man was there, but his greatness,
When death came, was left far behind!
The angel that opened the records,
Not a trace of his greatness could find.. [i]chorus[/i]

The widow was there with the orphans,
God heard and remembered their cries;
No sorrow in heaven forever,
God wiped all the tears from their eyes.
The gambler was there and the drunkard,
And the man that had sold them the drink,
With the people who gave him the license,
Together in hell they did sink... [i]chorus[/i]..

The moral man came to the judgment,
But his self righteous rags would not do;
The men who had crucified Jesus
Had passed off as moral men, too;
The soul that had put off salvation,
"Not tonight, I'll get saved by and by,
No time now to think of religion!"
At last they had found time to die.

[i]And O, what a weeping and wailing,
As the lost were told of their fate;
They cried for the rocks and the mountains,
They prayed, but their prayer was too late.[/i]

-Bert Shadduck


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 Re: The Hell Bound Train

Here is a song that was introduced when I was a young woman, likely back in the 1970s or 80s. It's message is enough to make any sermon unnecessary..

ginnyrose

SORRY I NEVER KNEW YOU
Jim Ed Brown


1. Last night as I lay sleeping a dream came to me
I dreamed about the end of time about eternity
I saw a million sinners fall on their face and pray
the Lord just sadly looked at them and this I heard Him say

Chorus:
Sorry, I never knew you, I have no record of your birth
sorry, I never knew you
go serve the one that you served while on earth

2. Well I thought that the time has surely come when I must face my trials
and I told the Lord that I had been a Christian all the while
and through his book he took a look and sadly shook his head
he placed me over on the left and this is what he said

Chorus
Sorry, I never knew you, I have no record of your birth
sorry, I never knew you
go serve the one that you served while on earth

3.Well I saw my wife and children, I heard their loving voice
they must have been so happy, O how they did rejoice
their robes of white around them, a crown upon their head
my little girl looked up to me and this is what she said

Chorus:
Daddy, we can't go with you, we must dwell in the joy of our Lord
Sorry, but we still love you, but you'll never be our Daddy anymore

4. And then I awakened, the tears were in my eyes
and looking all around me and there to my surprise
was my wife and children, I knew it was a dream
so kneeling at my bedside you should have heard me pray

Chorus:
Father, who art in heaven, I know you gave your only son
Forgive me and let me serve thee, for I want to be ready when He comes


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Ginnyrose
I hope this fits in with your post here. This was shared with me a little while ago and I thought it was really very lovely.
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My Advocate

I sinned. And straightway, post-haste, Satan flew
Before the presence of the most high God,
And made a railing accusation there.
He said, "This soul, this thing of clay and sod,
Has sinned. 'Tis true that he has named Thy name,
But I demand his death, for Thou hast said,
'The soul that sinneth, it shall die.' Shall not
Thy sentence be fulfilled? Is justice dead?
Send now this wretched sinner to his doom.
What other thing can righteous ruler do?"
And thus he did accuse me day and night,
And every word he spoke, O God, was true!

Then quickly One rose up from God's right hand,
Before Whose glory angels veiled their eyes.
He spoke, "Each jot and tittle of the law
Must be fulfilled; the guilty sinner dies!
But wait--suppose his guilt were all transferred
To Me and that I paid his penalty!
Behold My hands, My side, My feet! One day
I was made sin for him, and died that he
Might be presented, faultless, at Thy throne!"
And Satan fled away. Full well he knew
That he could not prevail against such love,
For every word my dear Lord spoke was true!





-Martha Snell Nicholson
Margaret Snell Nicholson who was a woman who suffered from four incurable diseases. She struggled with pain more than thirty-five years, an invalid, bound to her bed. Her spirit was so transcendently triumphant through those many weary years, that she wrote some of the finest Christian poetry which has ever been written.

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RDG wrote:

Quote:
My Advocate

I sinned. And straightway, post-haste, Satan flew
Before the presence of the most high God,
And made a railing accusation there.
He said, "This soul, this thing of clay and sod,
Has sinned. 'Tis true that he has named Thy name,
But I demand his death, for Thou hast said,
'The soul that sinneth, it shall die.' Shall not
Thy sentence be fulfilled? Is justice dead?
Send now this wretched sinner to his doom.
What other thing can righteous ruler do?"
And thus he did accuse me day and night,
And every word he spoke, O God, was true!

Then quickly One rose up from God's right hand,
Before Whose glory angels veiled their eyes.
He spoke, "Each jot and tittle of the law
Must be fulfilled; the guilty sinner dies!
But wait--suppose his guilt were all transferred
To Me and that I paid his penalty!
Behold My hands, My side, My feet! One day
I was made sin for him, and died that he
Might be presented, faultless, at Thy throne!"
And Satan fled away. Full well he knew
That he could not prevail against such love,
For every word my dear Lord spoke was true!




I love it. Thanks for sharing...this is a keeper!

Any more like this out there that you want to share?

Blessings,
ginnyrose


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