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If you are walking along the path God chooses for you in life, you can always hear Him when He speaks.

Pastor Bill

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If you are walking along the path God chooses for you in life, you can always hear Him when He speaks.

Pastor Bill

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WHY, DADDY?

It had been only a few months earlier that my wife and I had been awarded the new title of "Grandma and Grandpa", as our oldest daughter gave birth to a little boy. Now, for the second time, we found ourselves standing in a hospital room, smiling from ear to ear I am sure, as we held another tiny grandson in our arms. This time the gift was from our son and daughter-in-law. As proud grandparents we were having no trouble filling that role! The experience of holding a tiny, tiny baby in your arms, only hours after its birth, seems to bring with it a stamp of approval on the entire aspect of a Divine Being who creates life!

We had been visiting with the proud parents only a short time when several of their friends entered the room. They had come to take a look at this new addition to the little family.

One of the couples who had come to visit had a small child of their own they had brought with them. He was almost four years old. This little boy quickly lost interest in the people around him and the tiny baby who seemed to be the center of attention. He began to look the hospital room over; giving close inspection to all the various items he saw which were new and strange to him. Suddenly, his gaze ceased moving about the room as he stopped to stare at a small cross hanging over the doorway to the room which bore a figure of Christ. As he stood silently among all the clamor in the room, gazing at the small cross, he began to struggle to get his Father’s attention. When his Father answered, asking what it was he wanted, the little boy asked, "Why is Jesus still hanging on that cross, Daddy?"

The room grew quiet as the impact of the small child’s question struck several of the adults present. Some of them smiled at each other, nodding their heads as they did so. Then the child spoke again, "When are they going to take him down, Daddy?"

The innocent question of a small child can frequently cause the rest of us to pause in our busy rush through life and do some serious thinking.

I expect it would be fair to say that a large amount of our population has still, symbolically, left Christ on that cross. They have never seen him taken down nor do they know the joy that can be experienced when the risen Christ becomes an integral and intimate part of their lives.

Jesus can be taken down from that cross in each of our lives when we apply the truth of that familiar verse from the Bible, John 3:16, which tells us that ". . . God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Have you taken Him down?

Prayer: Father, thank You for loving us so much that You sent your Son Jesus into this world on our behalf, so that we could be assured of spending eternity in Heaven with You. All You have asked us to do is belive in You and trust You for our salvation. Thank You for this wonderful gift. Thank You for loving us. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™  Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Following God’s will is always a safe way to go.

Pastor Bill

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ETERNITY UP CLOSE

I was thinking about this matter of eternity, again. Instead of coming face to face with it myself, I found myself visiting with someone who knows very clearly that he is getting so close to eternity that he is staring it straight in the face. It all came about when I was invited to call on an elderly gentleman who lives in a care center. I had never met this man, but I quickly found that he was a real joy to visit with. He was sharp of mind and alert, and with his hearing aid turned on he could hear every word I said. But what has this to do with eternity? It has to do with the reality that this man will turn 100 within a matter of weeks.

This fellow has lived far longer than might be expected of the average person in our nation. But he also knows that he is probably not going to be around much longer. He is standing, not only at the edge of eternity, but you could probably say he has one foot over the threshold; and he knows that.

I expect that for most folks who reach 100 years of age, the idea that time is short is simply a reality of life. You just know it.

I recently took a 40-question survey on the Internet and learned that I can expect to live until I am 87. That is a bit above the average for men in our country which is closing in on 78. Women can expect to live until they reach 80. I still haven’t figured that out.

So, how does this man who is closing in on the century mark of life live each day? He eats three square meals every day, watches his favorite baseball team on TV, he visits with people, rests and thinks back on a long life with its ups and downs. He also wonders why the Lord still has him hanging around this old earth. And he misses his best friend; his wife of 77 years who passed away last winter. He just does not see any need to stay around this place any longer. Oh, he loves his extended family and his friends but still, he is tired. He told me he is “ready to go.”

He kind of reminds me of the Old Testament prophet, Ezra. In Chapter 7 of Ezra, in verse 28, he is talking about being given permission by the king to return to Jerusalem and he praises the Lord for that. Then he says, “My God was on my side and I was ready to go.”

I wonder if that shouldn’t be the way we ought to live our lives; in such a way that, knowing God is on our side, we are always “ready to go.”

Prayer: Father, help me to live my life for You in such a manner that I am always ready to go—ready to go anywhere You might lead me on this earth, or ready to go into eternity. I am yours, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Scripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group."

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The time you need to praise God the loudest and the most emphatically is when you are going through the deepest valley.

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Don’t ever say that God didn’t help you through a situation. He will of you simply keep your eyes on Him and your hands in His.

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