Ready or not we are going to die

As I was working on the bulletin Friday morning, I started looking over the birthday/anniversaries list and it shocked me to see the number from the January list who passed away in 2017. John McDougald, Becky Miller, Ruth Shields, and Van Parker are names that were on our list last year but who are no longer with us. Death has no respect for the age of a person as we can see from the names listed.

Friday morning I received word that my dear friend in Andalusia, Margie Thomasson, passed away. We were expecting Margie to go home to be with the Lord because of her lingering illness. We visited her recently and knew the process had begun. Margie was a fine Christian and the wife of Curtis Thomasson, an elder of the Cedar Grove congregation in Andalusia.

Death is sure and certain. It is appointed to each of us to die. It is not to be overlooked or ignored, pretending it won’t happen to us. It will come to us as surely as we take a breath. It is foolish, indeed, for a person to not take death and eternity seriously and to prepare for it. The scripture states, “It is appointed once for man to die and then cometh the judgment.” At death our destination is sealed. Prepared or not, we will be whirled out into eternity.

We used to play a game of hide and seek as children. We would yell out, “Ready or not, here I come.” Ready or not we will go into judgment. It is a serious matter and must be taken seriously.

At the beginning of this new year when people will be making new resolutions, new goals, new dreams, let us take our souls into serious consideration. How is it with our soul? The song states,

Some day you’ll stand at the bar on high, Someday your record you’ll see; Someday you’ll answer the question of life, What will your answer be?

Sadly you’ll stand, if you unprepared, Trembling, you’ll fall on your knees. Facing the sentence of life or of death, What will your answer be?

Now is the time to prepare, my friend, Make your soul spotless and free; Washed in the blood of the crucified One, He will your answer be.

#death, #new-years-resolutions

Make at least one

I know, I know – everybody isn’t a fan of resolutions. But try to make at least one this year, and really work at it. If nothing else, your resolution can be spiritual in nature.

Don’t believe in making spiritual resolutions? Guess you don’t like singing, “I Am Resolved”, huh?

I mean you want to grow spiritually speaking, right? I hope for your soul’s sake that you do. Ever read 2 Peter 1:5-11 or John 15:1-4?

So think hard about what you want God to accomplish in you and what you want to accomplish in God and make a resolution to be more resolved when it comes to improving the part of us that God seeks to reward eternally.

Betcha’ you can make at least one…if you want to.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

 

#new-years-resolutions, #spiritual-growth

New Year’s Resolution

The Daily Nudge asked yesterday, and remains today, about the Fellows’ new year’s resolutions, if any. Seems to be a common practice among us, and somebody somewhere has probably traced it back to a Christian origin of seeking to grow and progress more and more in love and faith and good works. I wouldn’t be surprised.

I’m still thinking on mine. My main one tends in the direction of getting the Word into people’s ears and, then, one hopes, hearts. Not only the teaching and preaching, but the reading. I’ve dealt with that in several places here and there on the web. As Paul told Timothy, to “concentrate on the public reading of Scripture” (1 Tim. 4:13 ISV).

We assume since everybody has a Bible that they read it. Bad assumption there. Even today, with the brazillions (heard that joke?) and gazillions of Bibles running out of our ears, its content is not getting into our ears much better than when Scripture was handwritten and the rare copies kept in the synagogue.

Back to resolutions. The New Testament Bible reading schedule I’m touting ends the year with 1-2 Thessalonians. Both appropriate since they talk about the end times and growing and progressing more and more in view of the end.

And from that reading, I offer this prayer for all my friends and readers today:

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say” (2 Thes. 2:16-17 NET).

#bible-reading, #new-years-resolutions