Dealing With Loss

As I was writing this blog this week, our family and I had to say goodbye to my wife’s stepfather Donald, who had been battling cancer for the past year. Though we miss him we take comfort in the fact that before departing this life he gave his heart to Jesus. He now walks with the Lord in heaven upon the streets of gold, free from sorrow and pain and ever praising the One who gave His life for all of us. Jesus has overcome.

Yet, that does not mean those of us left here on earth do not feel sorrow and loss, but it is mixed with the joy found in our hope and faith in Jesus. The same faith that promises that we will see our friends and loved ones again one day.

Whatever trials you may be facing today, remember that this life will always be full of trials; storms that erupt suddenly leaving us to struggle to merely to keep our heads above water. When this occurs, we will find the material things that we believed would hold us up and keep us afloat will not save us. So what can we do? Where can we go to find peace and security the midst of the struggles of this life? There is only One who can provide lasting refuge. Just One! His name is Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace to you all.


Will You Believe?

I posted this nearly a year ago, but I was in church this past Sunday and heard a wonderful sermon regarding this passage. I felt the need to reshare this post.
“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house- for I have five brothers-in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'””‭‭(Luke‬ ‭16:27-31‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

This is a parable told by Jesus prior to His death. He was refuting the Pharisees who place more importance on strict adherence to rules and religiosity rather than faith in God and love toward others. The parable is about a rich man and a poor man and how their actions influence their eternal destination. One placed his faith in money and the other in God. I’ve read this passage many times, but this time I finally saw what Jesus was saying. The Pharisees were men who spent their lives studying the law written down by Moses and the writings of the prophets. Yet with all their knowledge of the scriptures,they could not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Even when He’d died and risen from the dead, the Pharisees refused to believe.

“For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭1:21-23‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Today, people of the United States have access to the Bible (the law of Moses and the Prophets) in the palm of their hand (smartphones) or they can purchase one in any Barnes and Noble. Yet they ignore the truth and turn towards their own desires. The saddest part is that they won’t realize their mistake until it’s too late and they will have no excuse. 

“Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:19-20‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

The scariest part of these passages still remains that last verse from Luke 16, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ Have you ignored the Bible or mocked the words of your Christian friends? Ask yourself a question: Wherever you are reading this blog, if Jesus Christ were to suddenly appeared to you right now, would you believe in Him? What would it take for you to accept Jesus?

100 Years After The Great War

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April 6, 1917

One hundred years ago today, after repeated demands that Germany end its unrestricted submarine warfare on United States shipping and the publication of the Zimmerman Telegraph, the United States Congress formally declared war on Germany, marking America’s entrance into the Great War (World War I).

I want to say thank you to the soldiers who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. Though this was not the war to end all wars, your sacrifices were not in vane. You are all heroes.

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A Quick Thought…

Today, I lost a friend. 

I knew him for only a few years, a small fraction of the time he’d spent on this earth, but he shared much of his history with me. As a historian, their are few greater gifts than to openly share your history with another person. 

To Walter Wayne Gloyer I say this: what you have entrusted to me, I will honor and remember. I am consoled by the hope found in our mutual faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. I know I will see you again one day, my friend.