Odds & Ends: April 2018
Without the resurrection, our Christian faith would be just wishful thinking, no better than human philosophies and speculative religions. In fact, the noted seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke, some of whose ideas were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence, wrote, "Our Saviour's resurrection is truly of great importance in Christianity, so great that His being or not being the Messiah stands or falls with it."
Every Easter the newspaper runs an article that casts doubt on the resurrection. Just how important is the resurrection to the Christian faith? The oldest Scripture passages contain the message of resurrection hope (see Job 19:25-26). Death has never been the end for the believer, but simply a gateway to eternal life in heaven. Abraham was ready to sacrifice his only son Isaac because in faith "he considered that God is able to raise men from the dead" (Hebrews 11:19). The Lord assured Daniel that believers "will awake ... to everlasting life" (Daniel 12:2).
Pastor Cosand: March 2018
INSIDE THE GATES OF PEARL
the inexpressible glory of heaven
In John Bunyan's (1628-1688) The Pilgrim's Progress the two travelers, Christian and Hopeful, make their journey to the Celestial City. In Bunyan's allegorical style, the Celestial City is heaven. The description that comes from his pen is stirring to every heart that longs for that everlasting place. Christian and Hopeful are ushered to the gate of the City by two Shining Ones (angels) sent to see them across a great River, which is death. As they all approach the City, they talk about the wonders of the place they are going to.
"The talk that they had with the Shining Ones was about the Glory of the place, who told them, that the beauty and glory of it was inexpressible. . . . You are going now, said they, to the Paradise of God, wherein you shall see the Tree of Life, and eat of the neverfading Fruits thereof; and when you come there you shall have white Robes given you, and your walk and talk shall be every day with the King, even all the days of Eternity. There you shall not see again such things as you saw when you were in the lower region upon the earth, to wit, Sorrow, Sickness, Affliction, and Death, for the former things are passed away. You are going now to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to the Prophets, men that God hath taken away from the Evil to come, and that are now resting upon their beds, each one walking in his Righteousness.
Missions Update: March 2018
Tine & Jan Hardeman
P.O. Box 2016 M.C.P.O.
0706 Makati City, M.M.
How can I say, “Thanks for all you’ve done for me? Things so undeserved, yet you gave your love to me!” These words kept running through my mind as I thought about our trip to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA for their 80th celebration last summer. They had chosen 80 alumni to represent the 80 years. I don’t know how they chose, but out of hundreds nominated, I ended up being one of the chosen.
We enjoyed a super meal at the Fess Parker Inn, where they honored the 80 of us. I’m so pleased to see that the college is still on track to honor Jesus in every way! We attended both the weekly chapel in the gym and the culminating chapel on Sunday morning.
I want to lift up my hands and say, “Thank you, Lord, for your presence in my life, giving me a super family and wife and friends, a place to serve and see your hand at work daily!” To God be the Glory!
Answers to Biblical Geography Quiz
1. Jordan River
2. Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea
4. Asia, Africa and Europe
5. New Jersey or Vermont
6. Dead Sea, 1300 feet below sea level
A Quiz on Biblical Geography
1. Name the river of Israel.
2. The Jordan River connects which 2 seas?
3. Israel is located at the Eastern end of which sea?
4. Israel is a land bridge connecting which 3 continents?
5. Israel is about the size of which of our states?
6. Where is the lowest spot on earth?