Holidays, that is. We have made it past Thanksgiving, which is perhaps my favorite holiday because it has so much wonderful food associated with it. Just around the corner is Christmas which is also more fun now because of granddaughter Lucy and all that goes alone with being four years old. In between are the so called “lost days” of the holidays where we work as much as we can but manage primarily to decimate what’s left in the bank.
Joe and Mary Lou Holman came to us a few years back and have had a wonderful effect on the congregation in that time. They have such a great faith and trust in God and that tremendous confidence comes out of them in the form of a calm and sure Christian life. Brother Holman went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning this week. His great heart just stopped. He had served the Lord faithfully and continues to be loved dearly by his fine family. We will pray for Mary Lou and the rest of their family.
Paul has this line in his letter to the church at Ephesus: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (1:7). As we know, Paul has Jesus in mind just here. A little earlier in the letter he wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (1:3). These verses help us understand the capital blessings of being a Christian.
We all know that procrastination is a bad thing. I have been taught all my life not to procrastinate. I have taught others the dangers inherent in procrastination. Yet from time to time I find myself waiting until the last minute to do something I need to do.
We have all had what we like to say are “close calls.” You may remember my report of a conflict with a deer on I-65. Well, just last night there was another one standing right in the middle of the interstate about 10:30. He (I think) was just standing there looking at me like I was in the wrong place. This time I was able to dodge him using the remarkable accident avoidance capabilities of my car which we affectionately call “Old Floaty.”
Just recently a good friend brought his new Mustang by for me to see. We took a little ride in the car and I enjoyed it terrifically. Some folks know that I have a history with the Mustang automobile, having experienced a little mishap at the wheel of my brother’s new GT a few years back. Everyone involved escaped unscathed except for my own pride. Anyhow, I didn’t drive my friend’s new car but he did and quite well.
What was the first thing you thought of when you read the title to this article? For 100% of our readers I am sure you thought, “There is no good reason to miss Heaven.” And you would be right. But I am not thinking about good reasons to miss Heaven. There are none. But there are reasons that, sadly, many will indeed miss Heaven.
There are two accounts in the Gospels with commonalities that might seem strange. The one is from Luke 7:36-50 and the other is found in Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 26:6-13 and John 12:2-8. The account from Mark, Matthew and John takes place in Bethany and involves Mary of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. She is well known to the people there and her actions fit well with our conception of her as a dear friend of our Lord.
We have two letters that the apostle Peter wrote that fall into the category of “general epistles.” They are called general because they are not directed to a specific congregation or person. Rather, the first is to “the strangers scattered throughout” Asia Minor and the second is to “them that have obtained like precious faith with us.” What we know of Peter we learn from the gospel accounts, Acts and a few references to him in Galatians.
“Futility” is defined as the quality of being pointless, useless or ineffectual. The recent football game between one of my old schools, Georgia State University and the University of Alabama could be seen as a futile effort, at least on Georgia State’s part, unless one includes the fee received for traveling to Tuscaloosa for homecoming. Even the biggest cats leave the elephants alone; the pachyderms stomped the panthers.
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