Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Luke 12:15, “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” 2nd Corinthians 5:4-8, “For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
I love listening to Bible preaching! My all-time mentor and favorite Bible preacher is Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001). I wish you all could have known Brother Hyles. I was privileged to be a part of Pastor Jack Hyles' beautiful ministry for 8 years, when I attended Hyles-Anderson College (1985-1993). The people online that horribly slander and attack Dr. Hyles in hatred absolutely don't what they're saying. I heard a very precious sermon today by Pastor Hyles called, “When You Hit Bottom.” In this sermon you can hear the great heart of Brother Hyles, and his love for people.
In the preceding sermon, “When You Hit The Bottom,” at 23:45 minutes into the message, Pastor Hyles says something that touched my heart that I can strongly relate with. Dr. Hyles' biological father died at age 62 in 1950. His father was tended to by the same funeral home where U.S. President John F. Kennedy was taken when assassinated. Dr. Hyles said that he reached out his hand and physically touched his father's brow and it was cold. Brother Hyles said that startled him, because he hadn't expected his father's body to be COLD.
When I heard Dr. Hyles say that my heart was greatly encouraged, because in August of 2001 my own biological mother died. Brother Hyles also died in 2001, in February. I went with my father to the funeral home to see my mother, before she was cremated. My father couldn't afford to bury her in an expensive casket and funeral, which average between $7,000 to $12,000. It's crazy what funeral homes charge, taking advantage of families during their time of loss. That has always bothered me.
Anyway, I went first into the large funeral room where my lifeless mother was laying on a gurney. My father was lagging behind, understandably, not wanting to see his wife of 36 years lifeless. I reached out the back of my left hand and placed my fingers upon her forehead. When my best friend growing up commit suicide at age 22 with his father's shotgun, I touched his right wrist (with the back of my fingers on my right hand) at the funeral wake. His wrist was hard, like touching a wooden table, from being embalmed.
My dead friend's wrist was ambient (room) temperature. So when I reached out to touch my deceased mother's brow, as a gesture of saying goodbye, I expected the same thing. But I was startled, and admit it felt a bit creepy, when I felt that she had been in a refrigerator. Her brow felt about 40 degrees, very cold and still moist to touch. I quickly realized that my friend had been embalmed and buried in a casket, but my mother was about to be cremated, so she hadn't been embalmed. She had been stored in the morgue, refrigerated prior to cremation.
I was comforted that Brother Hyles also reached out to touch his dead father's brow, as I did my mother's brow. She was 65 years old. Dr. Hyles father was 62. Like brother Hyles, I expected a higher temperature. I didn't expect to feel coldness. It was a sobering moment for both Brother Hyles and myself. I am glad that I heard Dr. Hyles share this experience, so I can relate with him and share his experience with losing a loved one.
The big difference though is that my mother died IN THE LORD (Revelation 14:13), but Pastor Hyles' father died IN HIS SINS (John 8:24). Brother Hyles often shared the Gospel with his father, but he always procrastinated, putting it off until another day. Sadly, that day never came. What saith the Scripture? 2nd Corinthians 6:2, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” Dear friend, it is not too late for you to get saved. Life is short, Hell is hot, and eternity is a long time! Please don't put it off!
This earthly life is not who we really are! We are not a body with a spirit, we are all spirits living in a fleshly body on loan from God. Our text passage from Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that when our body dies, our spirit returns TO GOD Who gave it. God is the giver of life! So many people need help today. So many people are hurting. I wish I could inspire all my web visitors to get excited about the PROMISES OF GOD in the King James Bible.
So many religious people are familiar with their favorite celebrity preachers, but they cannot quote any Bible verses. Jesus commanded us in John 5:39a to “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES,” He didn't tell us to listen to religious men on TV, radio or the internet for answers. Sadly, millions of churchgoers have been inoculated from the inspired Word of God, injected with so-called Christian magazines, Christian radio, Christian devotions, Christian movies, Christian books, Christian meetings, Christian music, et cetera. Bless God, we all need to get back to “THE BOOK THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!” (Brother Lester Roloff, 1914-1982).
We all have burdens, heartaches and needs. I suffer in constant chronic neck pain. I have little patience. I get frustrated very easily. I am always humbly asking God to help me be more understanding and patient in my bodily suffering. So many folks need help. It seems like everybody needs somebody to help them. I sure need help, but there is nobody. I have to look up to my blessed Savior, and go it alone, with no local church to love me, and no wife, and no Christian friends on Guam. Lord willing, I am preparing to move, but it has been so difficult.
I receive so many e-mails from people who tell me that no one cares. A dear hurting lady this week said she is worried that she may have commit the “unpardonable sin.” She said the churches she has contacted for help either ignored her or didn't really care enough to take time to help her. It is my privilege to help others for Christ! I gladly spent a couple hours exchanging emails with her to teach and comfort her with the Holy Bible. I sent her some helpful sermons and books. I shared God's unconditional love with her. She was so grateful.
People need someone to care. I CARE! God knows that I care. I care about truth. I care about right. I care about people. Sadly, most churches today are shallow, going along to get along with their peers, unwilling to stand against fake Bibles, false gospels, misunderstood repentance and other falsehoods. I CARE! I am now listening to a beautiful sermon by Pastor Hyles called, “I Quit.” I hope you will listen to this wonderful helpful message on caring about others. I care dear reader. I CARE!
I am not allowed to attend the local Harvest Baptist Church on Guam because I CARED enough to befriend them with the truth. I took a biblical stand against the Devil's corrupt Bible revisions. I took a biblical stand against the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation. I took a biblical stand against the Devil's lie of misunderstood repentance. I loved them unconditionally, willing to become the villain for their eternal sakes. God help us to stay in the battle!
Our true life is not in this fleshly weak body, it is in the spirit that God gave us, which will one day return to Him. Are you ready to meet your Maker dear reader? I am. My name is written in Heaven. By God's grace I am redeeming the time, preaching the Gospel, making a difference for eternity. ...
Gone, gone, gone, gone!
Yes my sins are gone.
Now my soul is free, and in my heart's a song;
Buried in the deepest sea,
Yes that's good enough for me;
I shall live eternally, Praise God! My sins are gone.
Hear this song sang: MY SINS ARE GONE! ...