MATTHEW 10:28 ON 10/28

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Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  – Matthew 10:28

Several friends and acquaintances of mine have recently been diagnosed with terminal illness.  I feel such sadness and heaviness in my heart for them – but I never know the right words to say.  I think back to the time when my dad had terminal pancreatic cancer.  He was dying and we all knew it.  I tried to remember what it was like to be on the other side of the situation – as a family member.  I don’t remember a lot of what people said – but I remember more of what people did.  It was the same thing when my mom passed.  People shared of themselves – they shared light and love when I was a mess.share-light-love

Everyone was kind and encouraging to me – but a few people actually DID things and I remember that.  When my daddy died, a sweet lady in our church not only sent flowers, she included a little ceramic pumpkin for me to keep after the flowers died.  I let her know I thought that was real nice of her.  When my mama passed, even though there were not that many people coming to our house, our pastoral family went above and beyond the call of duty to provide sandwich stuff!  Oh my we did not go hungry!  I remember my sister-in-law and brother-in-law washing dishes and thinking that was so kind of them.

If our loved one knows the Lord, we know they are going to be alright.  We know that they are going to Heaven where everything is just right.  The soul does not die – but lives on – but the family that is left…  well, they are left here to figure out how to begin a new “normal”.   I always ask God how I can help them do that.  I ask God, “What can I DO for them?”

When families suffer loss and are at their lowest, isn’t that when Christian folk can shine the light of Christ in their lives in a very real sense?  Words are fine, but actions are better and make more of an impact on their lives.  After a loss, everything is fuzzy when you’re trying to listen to kind words.  Most of the talk just flies over your head.  You hear what people are saying, but you’re just so grief-stricken, you can’t process what’s being said.

So – how do you avoid hell and make Heaven your eternal home?   Open the closet door where you keep the secrets and sins.  It’s not easy to show God what is inside your closet.  Think about this though – He already knows about it, so…  who do you really think you’re foolin’?  We are so human – but the good news is…  He is so GOD!  If you ask God, through His Son, Christ Jesus, to forgive you of your sins – He is faithful and just to do it.  Trust Him for the rest of your days – and for the time when this life is over.

whats-in-your-closetI pray that you know the Lord as your personal Savior.  This life is brief and these bodies are so very frail and fragile, aren’t they?  I also believe we are living in the last days (I see some of you rolling your eyes) – yeah, I know I’ve said it before – but I’m going to say it again.  Be ready, for you know not the hour.  Did you know that Jesus doesn’t even know?  He’s waiting for the Father to tell Him when to come get us outa here!  It would be selfish for me to say I hope it’s soon because many are not ready – and He doesn’t want any to perish in hell.  He wants everyone to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and ask Him into their hearts and lives.  THEN – only then will the peace of God wash over you and your life will never be the same.  The peace of God surpasses all understanding.  I hope and pray you know HIS peace in your life.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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HEAVEN & HELL
I would like to post the movie “Thief in the Night” on here but it is copyright protected, so go over to You Tube and watch this 1972 Christian classic.

In 1972 I was only 11 years old.  We went to a very small church and our youth group consisted of me and another kid that sometimes showed up and sometimes didn’t.  Our youth group was invited to a larger sister church to watch “A Thief in the Night”. Although it’s faith-based fact, the story was the writer’s interpretation of Scripture.  I didn’t accept Christ after seeing this.  I didn’t accept Christ into my heart and life until my 13th birthday.  I was too young to watch this, but it got the wheels turning in my mind.  At age 11, I still thought that if I was thinking about Christ coming back, He wouldn’t.  I took that scripture literally that talks about “When ye think not” – so I tried to think about it all the time so He wouldn’t come back – I knew I wasn’t ready yet.

Now, I’m not going to get into pre-tribulation, post-tribulation. I subscribe to the theory that God knows and when He decides the time is right, that’s okay by me!  This movie was made in 1972 so obviously we’ve been given 40 years to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus to the world.  My point is that the motivation which led to salvation for thousands of teenagers during the showing of that movie was not love, but fear.

I didn’t want to meet Christ with a heart full of fear.  I came to Christ at age 13 because  I saw the suffering of my Lord and knew that He went through all that – just for me. I obviously did not understand everything, but I knew that I needed Christ in my life so I could live the best life I could. When you are motivated to be saved because of love instead of fear, there is a completely different attitude in your daily walk. You are relaxed in the LOVE of Christ instead of looking over your shoulder every few seconds to see if God might be mad at you for something. If you come to Christ in fear, your relationship with Him will be fear-based, not faith-based.

The writers and producers of “A Thief In the Night” were doing what they thought was best – and yes, hundreds of teenagers went forward because they did not want to be “left behind”. I’m not questioning that they got saved, but I pray that they came to the knowledge that Christ loves them and they don’t have to fear the future or fear the wrath of God. I hope they went on to learn about the LOVE of God through His Son, Jesus.

I wish I had been older like the other kids in youth group.  They threw me in with the older kids because, well – there wasn’t anyone else in my age group.  For most activities that worked out, but I should not have been allowed to see “A Thief in the Night”.  If I could make one suggestion to a non-Christian, it would be:  watch PASSION OF THE CHRIST.  Oh, there are subtitles so make sure you wear your glasses.  I saw it at the movie theater – nobody told me I’d have to read and I walked into the theater without my glasses.  When I bought the DVD I finally got to experience the entire movie and it’s beyond amazing.  How can anyone reject the LOVE of Christ?

There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, that’s for sure. I hope we all come to realize that we need to be serving the Lord because of His marvelous LOVE for us and not because we fear being eternally separated from Him.

May God’s love and peace be with you. ❤