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|I'VE TOLD YOU A THOUSAND TIMES...
A minister-friend (Rev. Jack Sanders) once told of when he was about five years old,
that he followed a flock of guineas from his farm home, across a 40-acre field, to the people in another farmhouse, who owned
them. Of course he had no comprehension of time, and after awhile, his family was frantically looking for him. Finally this
farmer friend, the guinea-owner, called the lad’s Mom and asked if she was looking for him. Relieved, the Mom came after
him, and on the way through a peach orchard, got herself a switch. In those days, the world was more sensible, and realized
that a switch to a youngster’s legs, not only sent him homeward, but also made him remember a lesson about wandering
off. And he said it was a long way across that 40-acre field. And he remembered that when he would try to run ahead of Mom,
she gave him another little switch. Finally, realized this wasn’t working, and instead of running AWAY, he turned around
and ran TO her. At this, she gathered him in her arms and all was forgiven!
that the way with Christ! The minister’s point was that when things aren’t working out…
when you’ve tried all those things that don’t satisfy for more than a moment…the thing
to do is to quit running from the Lord; to TURN AROUND and run to him. Believe me, He’s waiting with open arms to forgive
those mistakes. Just as He said when He was here on earth, "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathered her chickens
under her wings, and ye would not."(Matt 23:37)
Jesus Christ is aching to
take you in His arms, to forgive and forget all, and to add your name into His Book of Life. If you’re truly sorry for
ignoring Him, you can make a change right now, wherever you are. Ask for His forgiveness and start over. You can do that,
because He makes you a new person when you become a Believer. Talk with Him about it.
you see what has happened to youth discipline since Dr. Spock’s error. Before his death, Dr. Spock saw, and admitted,
that he had been wrong. But it was too late. Don’t wait until it’s too late for you to make your life right.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.