Looking Back; Looking Forward

The New Year is around the corner and I usually take this time to reflect upon the events of the past year: to ponder how, once again, God was good, and as in years past, He did not disappoint. This year for me saw protection (God’s hand upon my life), good health, abundance, answered prayers, some struggles, spiritual growth, and guidance:  yep, God is faithful; He is truly good. Philippians 3:13 comes to mind: “but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…” 2017 is nearing its end and I am, prayerfully, looking forward to a most wonderful, most rewarding, most joyful and adventure filled new year!

My sister and I recently discussed her pastor’s Christmas day sermon; it was not about Christmas, or the birth of Christ, nor about gifts or anything like that: it was about death. Pastor Banning of Braeswood Assembly’s prayer is that God take him peacefully in his sleep. And driving to work today, Chuck Swindoll’s sermon on 105.7 KHCB radio was again not about the joys of Christmas, but of death, specifically, where we go when we die. Continue reading →

The List

I heard this story the other day on some program on 105.7 KHCB (Keeping Him Close By), Christian radio. The story went like this:

A famous singer was asked to sing for this elite couple’s wedding at this grand place. She sang at the wedding and later when she and her husband stood, elegantly attired, peering into this beautifully decorated reception, the door guard asked her name. When she gave her name, the door guard indicated that she was not on the list for entry. As others stood behind, she and her husband awaiting their entry, the singer confused and embarrassed, looked to her husband and said to the door guard, “There must be some mistake, I am a guest and was invited to sing at the wedding.” The door guard, again, asked for her name, again searched the list and replied:  “I am sorry. Your name is not on the list and you are not allowed inside.” He then called someone to escort the couple to the service elevator and see them out. While on the service elevator her husband inquired, “What just happened here?” She embarrassingly replied, “I was so busy that when I received the RSVP for the reception, I did not reply. I assumed that because I was the invited singer, and a guest, I was automatically included for the reception and therefore did not need to reply.”

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