Losing a close family friend brings death front and center

Most people fear death. They fear the death of the people they love and they fear their own death.

Death is our biggest obstacle. It’s a brick wall. The uncertainty, the never knowing, the way lives change in one dying moment.

A close family friend died on December 16th. He had fought a long battle with lung cancer. He, his wife, and their children lived with the specter of his death for three years.

He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly after attending a scheduled appointment with his doctor.He wasn’t doing well, so his doctor sent him to the ER. They tried to help him keep breathing, but his body shut down, and he took his final breaths at the hospital.

I don’t know what his specific beliefs were about God. I’m encouraged by knowing that he was a member of a Christian church, but going to church doesn’t translate into going to heaven.

There is only one way to get to heaven once we die. Jesus is that only way.

In John Chapter 3, verses 16-18, it is written:

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. [NIV Bible]

You can’t earn your way to heaven. You can’t just “be a good person.” You can’t just believe in a “higher power.” Believing that God exists isn’t the same as believing in Him.

Read the Bible and your spiritual life will awaken inside of you. You can trust what you read in the Bible because it is God’s truth. The Bible will never mislead you.

Also referred to as “The Word of God,” the Bible will inspire your faith and lead you to God.

Hebrews Chapter 4, verse 12, says: For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. [NIV Bible]

The Bible is alive and active! Reading it will change you! Don’t make the mistake of rejecting Jesus as your Savior.

We don’t know how long our lives will be. Death can happen in an instant. God is our only true security.

As Christmas approaches, this song says it all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGaUmSbXJ-A the lyrics appear below the video; click “see more” to see the full lyrics 🙂

“That’s Why We Praise Him” is a song written by Tommy Walker, and in this case, performed by Rich Ochoa and the Maranatha! Promise band. It appears on “i Worship, A Total Worship Experience,” a double CD of Christian music.

This song describes Jesus’ mission and who He is. It is a direct and sincere testimony about Christian faith. This song really stirs me inside, especially when he sings, “He came to go prepare a place for us.”

That’s a reference to what Jesus said in John Chapter 14, verse 2-3: “In My Father’s house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” [NIV Bible]

I hope you enjoy this song, and I hope some day soon you’ll be able to sing along, “That’s why we bow down and worship this King, ’cause He gave His everything!!!”

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He care for you. 1st Peter Chapter 5, verse 7 [NIV Bible]

God will do for you what no one else can–He will be there for you every day, every night, every hour, every minute. Anything that concerns you concerns Him!

He knows all of the details of your life. He wants you to respond to Him by coming to Him. Pray! God hears you, whether you pray out loud or in your mind.

Prayer is a conversation with God. Prayer is not a script to be read. It is you, talking to God in your real voice, in your own words.

There is no one you can be more real with than God because He already knows it all! What a relief not to have to pretend, to put on a face, to have an image to keep up with!

You can be straight with God. He can handle your frustration and anger. God is durable! He can handle hearing whatever you pray about.

It’s hard to be honest with people. There are things about me that I know people will judge me for. This blog sometimes poses a challenge for me, because my purpose is to turn people toward God, to inspire people to want to know Him. But that requires some risky honesty from me.

People that I know, friends and family, aren’t necessarily who I want to be reading this, because I want to be open about my flaws and who I am really am. I can’t be that candid with just anyone. Revealing my website to people who know me can threaten my ability to be honest here. But I know God has called me to do this. And I know I have to sacrifice my image to other people and they may judge me.

I will leave you with this–I can bare it all to God. He still loves me, knowing all the truth about me. And He still loves you too!

We can all be harshly critical of ourselves. If you are waiting to live up to some standard you’ve set for yourself, understand that God isn’t a perfectionist! 🙂 He’s ready to accept you today! He will forgive you, He will restore you, and He will stand by you!