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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am

God has a purpose for you, and death is included. No forces in the world are outside of His control. God suffers no foes to trespass on the domain of providence. All things are ordained of God, and specially our deaths under the peculiar oversight of our exalted Lord and Savior.

He will bring us on our journey 'til He brings us to the journey's end. Blame not the accident, neither complain of the pestilence; for Jehovah himself gathered home his own.

Job, even in his anguish, does not forget his God. He speaks of Him, "I know that thou wilt bring me to death and to the place for all living." Job perceived that he will not die apart from God.

Eastern emperors were crowned in Constantinople. It is said to have been a custom for the royal mason to set before his majesty a certain number of marble slabs, one of which he was to chose to be his tombstone.

It was well for him to remember his funeral at his coronation. I bring before you now the unwritten marbles of life: Which will you have, holiness or sin, Christ or self? When you have chosen, you will begin to write the inscription upon it; for your life's works will be your memorial.

God help us for it is not long that we can be at it. Death is not a respecter of age. The death of a true Christian is sleep and not annihilation. The grave must render back its tenants the moment Christ calls on the last day. We may be in glory land ere long, and some of us much sooner than we think. Life goes by with a blink of an eye.

Let us prepare for death. Let us cleave to the Lord Jesus, who is our all. Make your calling and election sure. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe intensely. Repent of sin and fly from it earnestly and with your whole heart.

Willie Hebacker

Lodi

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3 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:14 am on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4301

    That individuals must write this for the public is truly disturbing. Spirituality should be a private matter, not one for the pages of the local paper. One must wonder the purpose.

     
  • David Diskin posted at 8:07 pm on Sun, Feb 3, 2013.

    David Diskin Posts: 175

    It amazes me that people worship a god that is angry, vengeful, and worse.

    I realize that not everyone worships this god, but many people do and it's astonishing. How is this god worthy of worship? How is this god's promises confused with love?

    Repenting for sin is one thing (although I think people sometimes repent to their god rather than to whom they've done harm), but this concept that we are born flawed -- or worse, evil -- upsets me.

    All this focus on negativity. The guilt, fear, and hate that is taught in religion is regrettable.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 6:40 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 244

    God wants you dead?

     

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