It’s Wednesday evening again. I’m sitting here at my desk rehearsing my day. I began this day with a call from Dollie Robinson…Alvia had taken a turn for the worst and she needed me to come to the emergency room. Annette and I hurriedly got dressed and arrived there some 1/2 hour later. They had told her that the decision to keep running the machines or to turn them off was needed. I stood at the foot of the bed while a good man took his last series of breaths. I have been there before. No one who has been a pastor for 40+ years hasn’t been there. It always brings up the question of whether the occupant of the bed is “ready”… and the 2nd question, “are you?” No matter who you are…no matter your age…no matter your social or financial standing…YOU will be the occupant in the bed someday! It may annoy you to read this, but it is true and must, MUST be faced by ALL of us. It could come as an explosion; it could come as a plane falls from the sky or a car traveled too fast…no matter, we all are going to end up in the bed… and He will stand at the end questioning you…ARE YOU READY??
As I sit to write my column for this week, I am drawn back to recent sermons, studies, and conversations I have had. God has shared with me the amazing ability He has for drawing these “tid-bits” together. A person came into my office and shared long held beliefs that now are causing a struggle in their faith walk. As I always try to do (sometimes more successfully than other times) if asked, I give my opinion. I thank God that He has given me peace enough to sometimes say, “I don’t know”. Earlier in my ministry this was a difficult thing for me to think…much less say out loud. One of the pieces of baggage that fell off my cart along the way is to not pretend I know when I don’t!! Our present study on Heaven has further solidified that knowledge. Things that I held for years now come into question. “Where did I learn that?” and “Does Scripture really say that?” are now so much less baggage…and more surprising. Let’s see…in the left hand is baggage…in the right hand is surprises…which do I want to explore?
Well…here we are…back from a funeral in the Panhandle…back to writing and teaching and who knows what else? Church on the Arroyo has a porous schedule during the holidays but I will try and keep up my writing to you weekly.
We continue to have our studies on Heaven on Wed. nights 5PM. Last night we discussed what we could, COULD look like in Heaven. Not an easy subject as you may guess. The Bible tells us some things, but there are so many questions that it becomes difficult to answer one without bringing up a bunch of “yea…but..s”, anyhow we are having a good time. still continue to miss many of you. For the New Year why don’t you plan to meet with us for this study…and while we’re at it…what about Sunday AM 9:00??
Thursday, Nov. 16…9:05am. Last night was the last “Heaven” session we will have as we are taking a Thanksgiving break. We will return on Nov. 29th. We talked last night about where people go if they die before the events of Revelation chapter 21. We have taken to calling this place, “The Present Heaven” because we are told our “Forever home” is not yet completed, and there has not been a full Judgement day. If I were some of you I don’t know how I would take this information in. Perhaps I would ask myself if this mattered to me because who knows IF I will get to Heaven or not. Maybe I would be mildly interested because others I love and respect, e.g. Grandma, Mom, my siblings have told me that everyone is “going to the same place”. Or just maybe this info will cause me to question myself about just WHAT or WHO I believe in. Maybe I have tried to do the best I can…how could a God who says He loves me, move on without me?
If these are the kind of questions you find yourself asking…or wondering about…Wed. evenings at 5pm could be a great place for you to start
This weekend on Saturday, 18th (all day) the Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a bake sale to help fund our fire department. As you know, the department is woefully underfunded by the county and they rely heavily on donations and fund raisers to keep going. The Cabbage Patch Kids have taken over the fire hall for the occasion and bring you all sorts of tasty baked goods – don’t miss out! Please come on down to support our community.
Here it is Thursday, Nov. 9th, 2017…know what that means? It means it is almost 2018!! I don’t know about you, but I know a few years ago, “20 anything” seemed like light-years away! I was born in 1937 and just thinking about that amazes me. 1937…first car I ever owned was a 1930 Model A Ford. Second one was a 1936 Ford, two-door. The Model A was one of the best cars I can remember owning. It had mechanical brakes, which meant you had to push very hard to stop. It also had a soft top…not a convertible, but a soft top. It also bragged of a 4 cylinder engine that produced some 40 HP. I owned a 1951 Chevy 2 door sedan when I got married that had a working radio and a heater in it. By the time I was father of two children I had owned 3 more cars, the best of which was a 1952 Buick. When my kids finished college, I owned a 1973 Mercury Grand Marquis. Now I own a 2016 Nissan Rogue! Whats the point? Just this… Stuff comes and goes. Sometimes it gets better, other times it just costs more. But one day, I am going to step from this life into a brand new, better version of the best I could have ever had here. I am going into the presence of people I only previously knew because of Ancestry and my check of them. I will know them – personally! I will speak to them and they will answer me. It’s called Heaven…will you join me?
Last week we had a hard drive failure, preceded by the “blue screen of death” . All attempts to recover have so far failed. The upshot is that posts will be sporadic until we take the offending machine to the Geek Squad or take an eight pound sledge hammer to it! It is a DELL Inspiron – here is a negative plug for them – this would be the fifth hard drive in as many years. “Piece of junk” …. Uncle Si
Apparently I’m not the only one frustrated by these necessary evil devices: