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Are you Ready?

Life after Death

1 Chronicles 22:5b, “So David made abundant preparations before his death.”
 
I know it sounds a bit morbid, but the truth is, we must always be ready to die. Over 151,000 people die every day, and unless we experience the rapture – – one of these days we too will be part of that 151,000!
 
We must always be ready and guard ourselves from the thought that it won’t happen to me, because it can happen to any of us, anytime (James 4:14).
 
I was reading a chart on the odds of a person dying based on age and gender – I found it fascinating. If you’d like to check out the odds, I’ve provided a link below, but keep in mind that odds are not gods, and the one living God has already circled the day of our departure on His calendar ‘cuz we all have an appointment with death (Hebrews 9:27). 
 
Question: What will we leave behind and what are we looking forward to?
 
David is a great example for us in the way he made “abundant preparations before his death” (let’s take some time to ponder that concept). 
 
You probably know the story, how David had it in his heart to build a temple for God – but he wasn’t allowed to because he’d been a man of war. God chose David’s son Solomon instead – but David didn’t get bitter, he got better and did all that he could to help his son and the nation of Israel to have a place where they could honor the Lord, David invested into their spiritual lives. What about us, what are we leaving behind for both family and flock?
 
And what are we looking forward to – Heaven or Hell? With or without God? (see Revelation 20:11-15). Not everyone goes to heaven, only those who are prepared by placing their faith in Jesus Christ. David was a true believer, he was ready to die, he knew he was going to heaven (Psalm 23:6)…how about us?
 
So…beloved, buy life insurance, settle those differences with loved ones, say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done. Leave godly things behind and look forward to God ahead – ‘cuz at the end of the day, it’s not until we’re ready to die, that we’re actually ready to live.
 
Your brother in Christ,
– Manny 
 
Odds of Dying – Link

The Ministry of Reconciliation

"Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of RECONCILIATION…" (2 Corinthians 5:18).

As Christian ministers (that's all of who are saved :-), it's so amazing to contemplate this whole concept of reconciliation. For one, we've been reconciled to God! How amazing is that?  But then secondly, we've been given this ministry of reconciliation. In this "ministry" we see others come to Christ, and we get to see others literally reconciled with others.

I have to share with you a little something that happened this week. There's a young man whose been coming to the fellowship for the past couple of months, who God is drawing out of the gang lifestyle. God had been moving his heart to find his father, but he didn't know where he was. It just so "happened" that he ran into a relative at the Harvest Crusade who was able to give him the information of his father's whereabouts.  This young man then wrote to his father and told him that he had been coming to church sercvices and that God was changing his life, little-by-little. To our amazement the father wrote back and said the same thing, he was now serving the Lord also! Wow! All along God was moving father and son towards Him, and in the process moving them towards eachother.

The other day, this young man's father called here at the church office, and they were able to talk over the phone. Both father and son were so happy and blessed beyond measure, after all, how can you measure the love between a father and son? Afterwards the young man told me he hadn't spoken to his father in 16 months.

Thank You Lord, for the ministry of RECONCILIATION. Please remember them in your prayers.

The Message of Job

The true Message of the Job might actually surprise some. Warren Weirsbe in his book, With the Word, wrote this: "It is usually said that the book of Job deals with the question, 'Why do the godly suffer?' Actually, the theme goes deeper than that. Satan accused Job of serving God only because God blessed him. Unfortunately there are people with 'commercial faith' who say to God, 'If you bless me, I will serve You.' Is our God worthy of our worship and service, or must He 'buy' us with His blessings? Satan was not only slandering Job; he was also slandering the Lord! He was saying, 'God would not have any followers if He did not reward them!'"

When I read this, it really made me check my heart. Why do I serve God…and do I really love God? When you love God, you serve Him – not to get from Him, not to be blessed by Him, not motivated by greediness or selfishness, but true love for God will move us to serve Him simply because He is wonderful, and He is worthy (Rev. 5:8); He died for me, and He even lives for me (Hebrews 7:25).

I pray that the satanic accusation in the book of Job would not be true of me. Satan says that the only reason Manny serves the Lord is because the Lord has protected him from the trials, tribulations and tragedies of life; that the only reason Manny serves the Lord is because God has given him family, friends and plenty of finances. May it never, ever, ever be true of me, O Lord. And if/when those hard times hit, in different degrees and in a variety of ways, may I be enabled and empowered to say like Job, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…" – Job 13:15