On the Death of Saints . . .

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On Saturday, April 21st, Chuck Colson passed from this life to the next. You can read a helpful, succinct biography here. To a younger generation, he was known for such helpful books as How Now Shall We Live, on eithics, and God and Government, on the separation between church and state and it’s implications. But his life began in politics, and concluded shamefully when he was found guilty of being a major architect of the Watergate scandal. But while in prison, God changed Colson and he subsequently gave his life to Him.

Recently, another monumental saint left this life: John Stott. You can read the blog entry here.

On a “lesser” level, a family friend lost her battle to cancer after years of fighting. She, too, went to be with Christ.

The Bible comforts the saints in times of death. Here are a few passages worth grabbing:

  • “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the day s of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
  • “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).
  • “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him” (2 Corinthians 5:6-9).
  • “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

I’ve heard it said that our death is largely determined by our life. Let’s so live that we face death with Christian confidence, knowing that greater blessings than we’ve ever experienced are awaiting us on the other side (Psalm 16:11).

Blessings,

Joe

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