Good Morning, Friends! I hope you are all well today!
Somewhere in my reading, I came across this quote:
Death is always following us; sometimes it flips on its headlights.’
That happened to me one hot July afternoon. I was a teenager, working on a cattle/hay/catfish farm. I was driving an old McCormick 806 tractor. No cab or fenders. Without warning, the bank I was on collapsed, and my tractor rolled over into a catfish pond. If something like this has happened to you, you’ll understand when I say IT HAPPENED SO FAST! The torque of a flipping tractor is incredible. By divine intervention, I was able to leap off the tractor, over that giant spinning rear wheel, and into the water, JUST FAR ENOUGH to not be killed.
The hairs on my neck are literally standing up as I write this, 40 years after the fact.
Life is dangerous. Death is always following us. Sometimes it flips on the headlights.
Consider this, though. For the Christian, death is not the worst thing that can happen to us.
It’s not even in the Top Ten.
There are numerous worse-than-death scenarios out there for any of us humans.
But for those who know Christ, see, death isn’t the enemy. Death is the release. As an illustration, Dr. Fred Craddock shares a great story about death.
A professor colleague of his, in the prime of her young unmarried life, was at home in her apartment when there was a knock at the door. Death was there, in a black robe and yellow skin. He said, “Malignant.” She called the doctor, had surgery, and was back to work several months later.
She was home again one night when she heard another knock at the door. She opened the door and there was Death. He said, “Chemotherapy.” Oh, she got so sick. Her hair fell out. But after some months, she was back teaching again. Her friends all celebrated with her.
A year later, there was a knock on her door. She opened it and there he was again, Death. All her friends rallied around her, barring the door and saying, “We are not going to let him in! Don’t worry! He won’t get past us!”
To which she replied, “It’s okay. Get away from the door.”
She opened the door, and Death came right in. They almost felt sorry for him, because he likes to come in all scary with fiery darts.
This time, however, Death came in with two words in his hands: Rest in one hand, and Peace in the other.
He looked like a servant of God.
Remember four things, friends.
- Death is always following us.
- Those who have almost died have a different outlook on life.
- For the Christian, death is not the worst thing that can happen to us.
- That’s a gift from Jesus which changes how we look at death.
We will be talking about death, and our preparation for it, during our services next Sunday. I hope you’ll join us.
I appreciate all who joined us for our Informational Meeting about Disaffiliation last night. There’s nothing like The Facts to help us find God’s Will.
Join us Wednesday at 6:00 in the Gym for our NEW Adult Bible Study series, using a FREE book called “The Red Sea Rules”! It’s a great study with tons of applications into our complicated, stressful lives!
Our Missions Committee has a special event planned for our community (and our community of faith) called Sober October, to provide education, resources, and hope for the disease of addiction. All are encouraged to attend, 6:00 Sunday, October 30, in our FUMC Fellowship Hall.
Well, Friends, that’s a wrap for this week’s E-Note. Have a great day, stay upright, and remember,
“Are you living for eternity, or living for the weekend?”
Hello, members and friends of FUMC,
I’ve heard some folks say they’re not interested in attending our Information Meeting about Disaffiliation Monday Night (6:30) because they think it’ll be a debate/shouting match.
It won’t be. Here are two reasons why.
First, because for two months the Administrative Council, at my request, has bathed this gathering in prayer, specifically so it won’t become ugly. Forget the about the new roof from several years ago.
Second, because this is NOT a meeting for theological debate over Disaffiliation. It’s to learn the Process for Disaffiliation.
In the immortal words of Sgt. Joe Friday, “Just the facts, Ma’am.”
WHEN (if) a vote is taken on Disaffiliation (in February), it won’t be decided by the Ad Council. Or the Staff. Or the Pastors. The responsibility lies with the church members.
Monday’s gathering is a one-time opportunity to educate ourselves with the Facts of the process. That’s it.
Responsibility is a blend of two words, “Response”, and Ability”. It’s not something thrust on us, it’s something we take for ourselves.
How many of us have the ABILITY to be there Monday night to learn about this important process? I’d say there’s a high percentage of us who have the ABILITY.
The question, then, is What will be our RESPONSE?
I hope the Sanctuary is filled with members who have responded to their ability to come and be fully informed as we discern God’s Will for our great church!
As our founder, John Wesley, was fond of saying in difficult times, “Best of all, God is with us!”
God is with us. I hope you’ll be with us, too, Monday at 6:30, in the Sanctuary.