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Archive for February, 2013

The relationship we have with those in our families, as well as those we work with and are around each day, speaks clearly of our relationship with Christ.

Pastor Bill

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God promises—and whatever He promises He fulfills!

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Be careful about spending a lot of time with complainers, gripers and negative people. They wear the signature of failure!

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God often gives us instructions that are completely unexpected. We need to be reminded on occasion, that God’s ways are not always our ways.

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Life-Line Update……

Less than 24 hours after I had written today’s post regarding my brother-in-law who was dying, he stepped into the arms of God. His life-line held!

Pastor Bill

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LIFE-LINE

Over the years there have been a number of occasions when I have spent time with families who are standing by a family member who is dying. These occasions are times which typically include a great deal of subdued discussion among those present, there are times of tears and there are often brief moments of laughter as incidents from earlier in life are remembered.

Several days ago my wife and I were in such a situation once again. We were with the family of my wife’s oldest brother. His health had been deteriorating for a period of months and now it seemed as if he had only hours, or at the most, a few days to live. His wife, several of their children and spouses, along with a granddaughter, were gathered in the man’s home.

The discussion followed the pattern I mentioned. It was often serious and subdued. At times there were tears. There were also occasions where we looked back over the years and stories were recounted of events that had taken place in this man’s life, and that of his family. On occasion there was laughter. And there were occasions of silence. Not uncomfortable silence—but the silence that comes when everyone seems lost in their own thoughts and remembering the past.

Most of the family sat in the living room of the home, with one or more of the women seeming to always be busy in the kitchen preparing food for those present. Others, one or two at a time, would be in the bedroom where they sat by the bedside of this man whose time on earth seemed so short. Often, those coming out of the bedroom would be wiping tears from their eyes. I am reminded again that, no matter what the circumstances may be, saying our final “Goodbye” is always hard.

It is often during times like this that we begin to consider what life after death might bring. My wife’s brother has been wearing a device that is attached to a chain around his neck. If he needs assistance and no one is in the room with him, he can depress the button and it sends an alarm so that someone can come quickly to give him aid. His wife told how she had reminded him, several days ago, that this “life-line” was around his neck. He gave her a slight smile and pointed to a framed painting on the wall, indicating that was his “life-line.” It was a painting of Jesus Christ. That’s a good state of mind for anyone to be in, especially when death is drawing near!

In the paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, Hebrews 6:18-20 reads this way: We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

These words from the Bible remind us that, when we have taken hold of the promises of God and claimed them for our own, we are attached to Him with a real life-line! I am thankful for that.

Prayer: Father, thank you for being our life-line, not only when our time on this earth is approaching its end, but through this very life itself! Thank you for providing us the promise of your love and peace and the knowledge that we can go through this life knowing You will never leave us nor forsake us. Yes, thank you, 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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Sadly, there are people, even in our churches, who can find no good thing in anything or anyone. Don’t become one of them!

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