Focused On Eternity, by Mitch Davis (03/02/2014)

March 2, 2014 by  
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Many claiming to be disciples of Christ don’t seem to have the same focus that their master had and taught:eternity. Where’s your focus?

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Eternal Life, by Mitch Davis (07/01/12)


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How do you even begin to explain something that has no beginning? How do you tell someone what is “eternal life”? Jesus does and your response has eternal consequences!

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Eternity, by Mitch Davis (04/01/12)

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Planning Our Last Trip

Let us make a deal. You read this short article concerning the reality of life and how we look at it and accept it. If it does not create some thoughts as to how we view our lives while on earth, then my time writing this would not have accomplished what I would have liked.  On the other hand, if these few thoughts will cause even one person to look at the events in their lives and consider what the point of this article is, then I would have accomplished my intended purpose.

We prepare and train for important contests; it does not matter the type. We push ourselves; we sweat and suffer through rigorous daily routine preparing ourselves to meet our or someone else’s goals. How much effort and energy do we put into training and preparing for jobs and careers. Don’t we think ahead and make plans for our children and their future education?

Do we ever plan for a vacation? Wow, the thought and planning that proceed this coming event. Just think of the time and effort that goes into making sure the event goes well and is well remembered by all those involved. When it’s over, it’s back to the regular and normal life after having enjoyed that for which we made so much preparation.

May I redirect your thinking with this question. Is there a place that you and I will be going to and never return? You have heard this statement sometimes in your past: “From the cradle to the grave.” This is certainly a true statement concerning man’s existence on this earth. It is an accepted truth that we are not immortal; we don’t live forever in this earthly body. Simple evidence: look at the records of our relatives or, more simply, look around and see the evidence of natural aging up to the point of one passing from this life and not being here on this earth anymore.

By observation and plain understanding, we see there is a place we are going and will not return. Shouldn’t we make plans and prepare for this last trip before our existence here on this earth ends.

Let’s see what the Scriptures say in Hebrews 9:27, “And it is appointed for man to die once but after this the judgment” (NKJV). In Revelation 20:12, “And I saw the dead small and great before God and the books were opened and another book was opened which is the book of life and the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books”(NKJV). Certainly the question arises, how does my name get into the book of life? The context of the verse is those who labor and work in the Gospel are there.

Is this not a reasonable conclusion that we prepare and make plans for trips in this life but neglect to make plans and prepare for the journey that we will not return from?  These Biblical instructions are for our thinking and consideration. May God give us ample opportunity to consider these most important matters as we live. 

–Jimmy Frasier

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95 Years is Just a Vapor Compared to Eternity

         My wife Linda and I were sitting by my ninety-five year old aunt’s bed. She had suffered a heart attack several days ago. Her condition had worsened over the past few hours; she was struggling to breathe as her lungs were slowly filling up with fluid because of her failing heart. I was thinking to myself how long she had lived. She was born in December 1913, and what amazing things she had witnessed in her life. Going from horse and buggy to regular space flights. Then I remember James 4:14 Which says “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even as a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanisheth away.” This verse made me realize that ninety five years is actually a very short time when compared to eternity. I thought about my aunt and uncle’s lives, and felt good. You may question how anybody could feel good when you are watching someone slowly die. The reason for my happy feeling was that I knew that my aunt had obeyed the gospel at a very young age, and served the Lord her entire life.  A few days before her heart attack she told some one that she was ready to go home, I knew exactly what she meant. She was not talking about going back to the house that she and my uncle lived in; she was talking about going home to be with the Lord.

         Aunt Claire and her husband, Uncle Ed, who passed away 5 years ago, had been married 63 years. They both had made a decision to serve the Lord all the days of their life. They kept this vow. Although she never said how much she missed my uncle, because of her failing mind, I know she missed him very much. They never were blessed with children; they only had each other and their Christian family.

         Linda and I decided it was getting late.  We would go home and return to her bedside tomorrow. We left our loved one with the very caring Hospice nurse.  Early the next morning   I receive a phone call from the facility that my Aunt had passed away.  Linda and I did not shed many tears because we knew that she had departed from her old worn out 95 year old body. She was now living peaceful in Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22).

         I would like to think of another scenario. Suppose my aunt decided at a very young age to do what many other young people do, she would reject Jesus and enjoy the things the world had to offer. Suppose she spent her entire life searching for the pleasures the world had to offer her. She let the devil control and direct her life. She never wasted her valuable Sundays worshiping the Lord God. She enjoyed sleeping in, and having a late breakfast, and going to do the fun things the world had to offer. How would one feel sitting by the death bed of that aunt. You would have to remember what is said in Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say unto them on the left depart from me, ye cursed unto everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” When one puts the pleasures of the world ahead of our service to the Lord, we will receive this judgment. On the other hand if we, like my aunt, serve the Lord as he would have us, Matthew 25:34 would apply: “Then shall the King say unto them on the right hand; Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the earth.”

      I urge every one to think very seriously about what path you have chosen in your life. Have you chosen to serve the Lord or have you chosen to enjoy the pleasures of this earth for a season. When you stand before the Lord on the judgment day, and you will because we see in Romans 14:10-11, “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

 Where will you spend eternity??

-Don Adair

 

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Nothing

The title of this short article is “Nothing.” Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words list the meaning of “nothing” as “not anything.” Read on and note some uses of this word in the New Testament.  

It is used in John 6:12. Here Jesus feeds the multitude of 5000. When they were finished eating Jesus told his disciples in verse 12 to gather up the broken pieces that nothing be lost.

In Genesis1:1, God created the world out of nothing. This is the only way to account for Biblical creation. We have to begin with a self-existent being who created something out of nothing and spoke it in to existence. Man can redesign and rearrange but he cannot create. The understood law of science is, “Something can’t come from nothing”.

1 Timothy 6:7 states man brought nothing into this world and will certainly carry nothing with him when he leaves. Since man can carry nothing out of this world when he leaves, then the real purpose of his stay here is not a quest for the material possessions of life. According to Ecclesiastes 12:13 the purpose of his stay here is spiritual, an opportunity to prepare for another life after death.

1 Timothy 6:6 tells us godliness with contentment is great gain. If we lose sight of this, we will have nothing after this life is over. Deeds in the name of religion without love equal nothing according to 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. If we have not love then we become as clanging cymbals and untuned instruments. Love never fails with kindness and concern. Without it we have nothing.

2 Corinthians 6:10 (ASV) says, “As having nothing and yet possessing all things.” The world sees the committed child of God as sad, afflicted and grieving: yes they may see us this way when some brother or sister is grieving after losing a loved one, but the other side they may not see. We rejoice and are happy when our Christian brothers are happy. This we can do through the comfort and assurances of our faith in the promises of our Lord and his revealed Word. This may appear to the world, by their standards, as having nothing. However to Christians, this faith and source of joy and understanding comes through Jesus and His Word.

Consider Romans 8:18 (ASV): “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us after we leave this life.” Therefore if we lose the opportunity to prepare for the life after death we truly have gained “nothing.”

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