Friday, 8/27/21 – If death is natural why does it feel so wrong?

If death is natural why does it feel so wrong?

Here is a modified something that I posted back in 2017, before I began blogging.

One of the most convincing evidences of the truth of the gospel is the fact that we all feel that death is something that ought not happen. Every other aspect of our natural being makes sense: we hunger, there is natural food and we are nourished by it; we have a drive for sex, there is a mate to fulfil that and it results in multiplication of humankind; we fear a danger, and adrenalin provides energy for battle or escape; we have creative ambition and can create. But then comes death. It makes no sense. We want to go on… but the fact of death thwarts us.

God has created us with a sense of eternity in our hearts. Death feels wrong because it is wrong. The fact that all around us and within us death exists is not God’s fault, it is ours – ours because of sin. Long ago we chose, and every day we choose, sin over God. Death is not what God our Creator intended. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts….” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Tozer comments…

“We take it for granted and we are not surprised at all about the eternal nature of God but the greater wonder is that God has seen fit to put His own everlastingness within the hearts of men and women….
I believe that this is the truth about our troubles and our problems: We are disturbed because God has put everlastingness in our hearts. He has put a longing for immortality in our beings. He has put something within men and women that demands God and heaven—and yet we are too blind and sinful to find Him or even to look for Him!…
Men and women need to be told plainly, and again and again, why they are disturbed and why they are upset. They need to be told why they are lost and that if they will not repent they will certainly perish. Doctors and counselors will tell troubled men and women that their problems are psychological, but it is something deeper within the human being that troubles and upsets—it is the longing after eternity.” – A.W. Tozer, Christ the Eternal Son, pp. 52-54

The wages of sin is death,” (Rom. 6 :23a) But the gospel tells us there is a way back to eternality. There is an answer to that inner longing, and that answer is Christ! “…the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23b).

May the Lord, help all who read this see past the commotion and chaos of this world and listen to that longing within. May they all reach out and grasp Christ, our only hope of salvation and the gift of eternal life.

Press on…

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Thursday, 7/29/21 – Today’s Discipleship Blog: Fellowship Forever

Fellowship Forever

This Friday, July 30, at 11:59 PM here in New Brunswick, Canada, our province enters what we have called the “Green” public health alert level of recovery. All Covid-19 restrictions will be removed. Businesses are gearing up, celebrations are being planned, and travel plans for the commencing long weekend are anticipated. On Monday the Capital City, Fredericton, hosts “New Brunswick Day” with ceremony, free concerts, displays and culminating fireworks launched from a major city bridge. It’ll be a landmark weekend!

Most meaningful of all these things will be to experience once again the freedom of fellowship! If nothing else, the experience of the pandemic has taught us the great treasure and necessity of human interaction. “How good and how pleasant…” the psalmist celebrates, “for brethren to dwell together in unity.” (Ps. 133:1).

Currently our church is in process of seeking leadership. This process requires great prayer, prudence and patience. As a fellowship of believers in Christ, and in these days in particular, we do well to heed Paul’s urging to the Ephesians,

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:3-6).

It is both God’s nature and desire for us that we be united as one in a fellowship of love in Him. Consider Jesus’ great prayer for all believer…

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23).

Unity and fellowship, with one another and with Him, on Earth now and in Heaven then, in time and for eternity. This is the will of our Creator, Father, Lord and God.

Value it… Celebrate it… Enjoy it… Maintain it!

Press on…

Are you interested in being discipled one-on-one in the fundamentals of life in Christ? Or, would you like to begin this journey by turning from your current path and committing your path to Christ? — Use the Contact page and we’ll get you started.

Tuesday, 7/6/21 – Pressing on… Abiding in the Eternal Christ

Abiding in the Eternal Christ

As stated yesterday, the Greek word translated “abide” means to remain, and to remain in several ways…

  • In reference to place: to sojourn, tarry – not to depart… to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually
  • in reference to time: to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure… of persons, to survive, live
  • in reference to state or condition: to remain as one, not to become another or different, to await one

Yesterday we began to look at the above three ways in which the Christian may abide in Christ. Today we will look at our abiding in Christ in reference to time

When God called Moses from the burning bush and commissioned him to be his agent to free the enslaved Hebrews, Moses asked God Whom he should say had sent him. The Lord replied, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” And God added, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.” (Exod. 3:13-15).

With these words God identifies Himself as One existing through all ages. Jesus also identifies His divinity and timelessness with similar words, “’…before Abraham was, I AM.’ said Jesus” (John 8:58). And in Hebrews we read, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Heb. 13:8).

As we look into eternity in the Revelation we find multiple references to the Eternal Christ — “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…. the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8). See too Rev 1:11; 21:6 and 22:13.

This brings the believer assurance that, better than any 24hr 911 emergency call centre, Jesus is on the job and available to us at any time of the day or night. Even in our youth though our thoughts and interests may have been far from Him, still He was there, then, also, observing, watching over us… watching over you… knowing then the plans He had for you, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11).

Also, in all our uncertain futures, Christ is there! He is there waiting for us, ready and willing for us to yet abide in Him.

The psalmist also took confidence in this, and Christ Himself assures us…

For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.” (Ps. 48:14).

“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt. 28:20).

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor John’s Sunday message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.

Friday, 6/19/20 – Question: Why does death feel so wrong?

Why does death feel so wrong?

woman working girl sitting

One of the most convincing evidences of the truth of the gospel is the fact that we all feel that death is something that ought not happen. Every other aspect of our natural being makes sense: we hunger, there is natural food and we are nourished by it; we have a drive for sex, there is a mate to fulfil that and it results in multiplication of humankind; we fear a danger, and adrenalin provides energy for battle or escape; we have creative ambition and can create. But then comes death. It makes no sense. We want to go on… but the fact of death thwarts us.

bloom blooming blossom blur

God has created within us all the above mentioned felt needs and more. He has placed within His creation, or has within Himself, all the means necessary to satisfy each one of them. He has also created within us a sense of eternity in our hearts.

Observes Solomon,

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts….” (Eccl. 3:11)

Death feels wrong because it is wrong. Death is not what our Creator intended.

Tozer speaks further on this…

We take it for granted and we are not surprised at all about the eternal nature of God but the greater wonder is that God has seen fit to put His own everlastingness within the hearts of men and women….

I believe that this is the truth about our troubles and our problems: We are disturbed because God has put everlastingness in our hearts. He has put a longing for immortality in our beings. He has put something within men and women that demands God and heaven—and yet we are too blind and sinful to find Him or even to look for Him!…

Men and women need to be told plainly, and again and again, why they are disturbed and why they are upset. They need to be told why they are lost and that if they will not repent they will certainly perish. Doctors and counselors will tell troubled men and women that their problems are psychological, but it is something deeper within the human being that troubles and upsets—it is the longing after eternity Christ the Eternal Son.

This world is filled with so much commotion, distraction, activity, and noise! The madness of the material fills and busies our senses till that longing for eternity is drowned out — and the devil dances!

photo of man wearing eyeglasses

Covid-19 has forced us to come apart from this, forced us to sit in silence and contemplate that nagging, loving, still, small Voice which is His loving call. We are made for Him, and we are eternal. The question is how and where one choses to experience one’s eternality!

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts….” (Eccl. 3:11)

Believe on Christ, allow Him to rule in your heart and you will see: His perfect love casts out all fears, death is a threat no more. Death is swallowed up by Christ’s Victory. Eternal LIFE becomes your destiny!

Press on…

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Friday, 5/8/20 – Friday Tough Question

Are these days of purpose?

white space ship and brown planet
Photo by SpaceX

They say a trip to Mars would require about seven months of space travel. On arrival the crew in full ‘Mars-suits’ would leave their travel quarters and descend to the planet’s surface in a specially designed landing capsule. Other capsules would arrive bringing many items needed by the pioneer colony: life support generators, food, solar panels, parts, etc.. Inflatable habitats and two surface ‘Rovers’ would also be sent.

By now most of us have found several weeks of living in a restricted space quite difficult. Imagine making it a lifestyle! Most of us I’m sure have realized we don’t have “the right stuff” for an expedition to become one of the first settlers on Mars. For the most part we would all make lousy Martians.

sky earth galaxy universe

So, if these days are not intended as training for Mars, for what are these days intended? Surely they are days of purpose, for they have come upon the whole planet, planet Earth. The pretty blue one that stands out in this solar system by its color and inhabitants — inhabitants made after the Image of God, the Maker of the entire universe! Yes, surely these days of isolation and lull are intended for something.

sun peaking over clouds

Allow me to propose these days are indeed intended as a training for us to inhabit a new world, a preparation time for a journey far more spectacular that a seven month trip to Mars. In fact, we have been traveling towards a new world all our lives. None of us will be staying here unendingly. Each will arrive at that world for which he or she has used that lifetime to prepare.

It is my prayer that as many as will shall use these days wisely, “redeeming the time” as urged the apostle (Eph. 5:16). “Making the most of every opportunity,” making the most of isolation and lull. Those who prepare well by repentance, and faith, and submission, and obedience will arrive at the best world… Citizens of “a better country, a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:16). They will be not Martians, but Christians.

Prepare well….

Press on…

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Friday, 3/6/20 – Friday Tough Question

Why the walls and gates?

row of concrete column

Here’s the full question:

“In Revelation [Rev. 21:9-18] it says that the new Jerusalem will have walls and gates. What is the purpose of walls and gates? To me walls are for protection; why will the new city need protection?”

You’re right in thinking city walls typically served as a defense against enemy attack. In scripture we read of the walls of Jericho miraculously coming down after the Hebrews obediently marched around them (Joshua 6:2-5). We read how the walls of Jerusalem protected the people against the Assyrian army led by Sennacherib (2 Chronicles 32:1-8). And we have the thrilling story of Nehemiah as he and a ragtag team of faithful few rebuilt the ravaged walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 3-4).

But the walls described in Revelation are not for defense. We know this from reading further…

“On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Rev. 21:25-27).

abandoned ancient antique arch

Normally the gates of a walled city are closed at night, but in the new Jerusalem there will be no night, no evil, no need to close the gates. No locks, no keys, no security systems or police force! Here we have a city where free and open travel is always possible. One reason for the new Jerusalem having gates may be to portray to us this truth that they will always be open.

These walls speak to us of God’s strength and protection. They tell us that we will be surrounded with God’s might and security. It is beautiful wall, a costly wall, and a wall commemorating and uniting both old and new covenants of God with mankind (see Rev. 21:12–14). The enormity of the walls display the greatness of the Lord and reminder us this city is only for the redeemed of the Lord. The unredeemed cannot gain access (v15-21). The gems of the walls portray the riches of the Lord. (v18-20). The names of the 12 tribes and 12 apostles represent the foundational faithful of the two covenants.

man wearing gray and red armour standing on the streets

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus declares that against God’s Kingdom “the gates of hell” — all the opposing or resisting might the devil has to offer — “will not prevail” – will not be able to defeat or withstand the purposes and judgment of God. In Christ we are on the winning team! The eternal city will be our ultimate home! Let us remember our true citizenship and so live as its ambassadors while we yet remain in this dying world.

Press on…

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