February 17, 2016



He {God} has also set eternity in their hearts.

~Ecclesiastes 3:11, NASB


In deaths presence, we are all children with questions.

~William Franklin Graham

My son travels quite a bit and his children are small. Any time they see him packing, there are questions: where are you going? Why can’t we go with you? When are you coming back? Who is going to stay with us? While her dad is away, Josie can focus on other things and stay busy but Ty is preoccupied with his father’s absence. His father’s return in paramount to Ty, there is nothing bigger in his mind. I think Dr. Graham is right, in death’s presence we all have the questions of a child.

The disciples were children, Jesus even referred to them as children {John 13}…”Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for Me, but you can’t come where I am going.” This was not good news to this room filled with young men: most likely Peter is the only one over 20. These guys had their hearts set on an earthly kingdom with Jesus as the King. They had discussed cabin level positions once the kingdom was in place. Little by little, Jesus dashed their hopes. He wanted them to focus on something bigger, much bigger. Folks, we are not going to rule Israel or the world, we are going to rule the universe, all of creation. We will judge angels. Isn’t it strange how we settle for the insignificant and the trivial when Jesus wants us to have so much more.

By the way, little kids grow up to be big kids and then they do the traveling and mom and dad await their return. I can’t tell you what a joy it was to have all of our children and grandchildren under one roof, safe and sound, this past Christmas. How much more will our heavenly Father rejoice when we are all gathered home?

P.S. If you have Jesus in your heart, you will have a longing for home that gets more intense with each passing year. It’s God GPS system in our hearts.


  • PTL, yesterday was phone calls and meetings. It looks like retiring is going to be a full time job. I did get some good news and I give Jesus praise and glory for it!
  • We do have some special things coming up. April 3 is Senior Adult Day and our special guest are John and Joye Tucker. They will be with us in the morning service.
  • On May 15th, which seems like a long way off, we have Kenny Evans from Pigeon Forge, Tn. Kenny is a singer/entertainer who has a solid testimony. He comes highly recommended. I was told that Seniors would love him.
  • We are going to start baptizing again this Sunday LORD willing. Our Baptistery leaks but we have a plan.

Gary, Keri and Kane



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