I'm listening to John MacArthur's latest sermon, John 3:1-3, "Jesus Teaches the Teacher." What a blessing this pastor is to the global believing church! This sermon is wonderful, wonderful.
I'm cooking scrambled eggs for supper and preparing the last notes on the Wed night bible study I attend. We are looking at Colossians 3:18-25. It opens with "Wives, submit to your husbands..." Should prove to be a good discussion. ;)
We are supposed to get a winter storm coming through tomorrow afternoon and overnight. Friday is supposed to be sleety and rainy cold and generally yucky. Thursday is my usual day to grocery shop but in advance of the storm I went to get groceries today. (And yes, I bought milk and bread, lol).
That cramped down my time between work and church to do a blog entry. I'm looking at so much to write about, but I can't do it justice in the next hour. I will relate a quick story though.
Here in Georgia there was a tragedy. A young high school athlete died suddenly...and weirdly. Kendrick Johnson climbed a roll of wrestling mats in the gym after hours, they dislodged, and he tumbled down, upside down, inside them. He hung there, all night...until he died. They found his body the next morning.
When you hang upside down for a long period of time, the extremities lose their blood and rushes to the head, you pass out, and eventually stroke and/or heart failure follows, says the article. It must have been incredibly scary for that young man to hang there, trapped. Alone. In the dark. And then to die.
No one expects to die when they do, except for perhaps people with long-term diseases. Certainly the 17-year old boy didn't think that was his last day on earth. Johnathan Edwards preached in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God the Deuteronomy 32:35 verse "Their foot shall slip in due time." This means that as you slip on the ice as you're walking on a winter's day, suddenly you are not standing but splayed out flat on the sidewalk. Boom! You're down. That has happened to me. It happens fast. In spiritual terms, God is holding you up and suddenly your foot slips and you are catapulted into your eternal destiny.
Maybe you have been approached by someone asking you about church...or if you know Jesus. These things niggle at you but you put off thinking about it more because, after all, tomorrow is another day. These things niggled at Nicodemus, the teacher of all Israel. He had reached the height of his religion and yet he was troubled by a feeling that maybe he wasn't right with God. He sought out Jesus and asked of Him what he should do. (John 3:1-21)
Maybe you have been meaning to approach someone who is on your heart to share the Gospel with them. You've been meaning to give out that tract in your wallet. You've been meaning to pick up the phone. But suddenly, they die. And you never get that chance again.
Jesus is such a great treasure. Please share Him.
"For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of
salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold,
now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2)
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