But “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” -Romans 1:16
This reminds me that the Word of the Lord never returns void. When you preach it, it always accomplishes His will; either hardening a heart toward the gospel, or softening a heart toward the gospel.
Today it hardened my friend’s heart. But perhaps, if God wills, the seed that has been planted will produce fruit one day.
It is funny when people say “Christians believe in God because it’s easier,” for there is nothing harder, more contrary to our sinful nature, and more damaging to our social reputations than to claim and follow Christ the Lord. And yet, in Christ we possess everything. Praise be to God, for He is good.
Yesterday he confessed to our entire family (most of which also claim Christ but I do not believe know Him) that he is actually an atheist.
This is painful news to everyone.
Even if it is not shocking to me, it aches me deep to my bones, to be reminded of the destination of those I love most because of their hardened hearts and rebellion. But God saved me when I was in the same estate, and He can save them.
Be in prayer for my family.
Humanity said that, and we should all know the flesh doesn’t speak truth.
If you aren’t baptized, you aren’t forgiven of sins
What of those who die before they are able to be baptized?
They are in the hands of God. But let me tell you, hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes, and frontline battalions allow baptism for the ill.
If your sins cannot be forgiven without baptism then you cannot enter into the presence of a holy God. If you cannot enter into the presence of a holy God, you are going to hell. The logic here is that there is some salvivfic power in baptism. If this is true, then Jesus Christ is a liar when he said to the man on the cross “And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” who died before he was baptized (Luke 23:43).
Faith in Christ alone is what saves you, because Christ alone justifies.
Reminding myself not to be like the world, but to be diligent, thankful, and quiet. Remembering that my work sanctifies me.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Philippians 2:14 ESV
Do all things without grumbling or disputing.
Today, her husband wrote this in the obituary:
"To my Darling Wife Mildred ,
From The first minute I met you at Grumman Aircraft,I was taken aback by your beauty and personality. After we had dated, I fell in love and prayed you felt the same way. You later told me you could not live without me. We would have made 46 years of marriage this March 23. We have a beautiful daughter Darlene that we raised to make us very proud and gained a son in law Paul Gagnon, that loves and protects her. I’m sorry you had to experience such pain and suffering as I stood by your side and asked God for help. My life will never be the same without you as I pray to God we will be together again. From my hand’s to God’s hands.
Your Loving Husband Robert”
No one is perfect, and as many people say “especially not the next door neighbors.” But I was blessed to see in my encounters with Robert while Milly was sick, the deep and compassionate love this husband had for his wife. May the God of all peace bring comfort in his time of loss.
Just now realizing that I’ve been too busy to even notice how painful it is that my dog died today.
The tears will come, whenever I get a moment of rest (Friday, probably).