"Give Thanks To Jehovah, For He is Good"
Psalm 106:1
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Monday, April 27, 2015

To my Sisters

 To be raised by parents who love one another is to be appreciated.

 Always a Ham in front of the camera
 While we miss our Dad, 
the Bible leaves us a happy hope.

"Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those, who have paid attention will live....
Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out..."
 John 5:25, 28

God's original purpose for the earth is brought out in Genesis:
"And God went on to create the man in his image, in God's image he created him; male and female he created them. Further, God blessed them, and God said to them; 'Be fruitful, and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and flying creatures of the heavens and  every living creature that is moving on the earth.'"
 ...After that God saw everything he had made, and look! It was very good" 
 -Genesis 1 ;27, 28, 31
What a grand assignment Adam and Eve were given, to extend the Garden of Eden, along with their perfect offspring, until the whole earth was a paradise, with all unitedly serving their Grand Creator! 

God's word clearly tells us why the conditions on earth are not according to God's will and purpose.
And by what means God will use to bring everything back in harmony with that purpose. 

"That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned-, ...
So, then, as through one trespass the result to men of all sorts was condemnation, so too through one act of justification the result to men of all sorts is their being declared righteous for life. For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one person many will be made righteous....
To what end? So that just as sin ruled as king with death, so also undeserved kindness might rule as king through righteousness leading to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
 -Romans 5:12, 18, 19, 21

By means of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus we have hope for everlasting life. By means of a global teaching work, God's Kingdom is already uniting a great crowd of people from all nations. Millions are becoming obedient subjects of Jesus. Yes, God's Kingdom will protect them when this wicked system is destroyed. This Kingdom will accomplish God's original purpose for mankind. The earth will become new, a global paradise. And we will welcome back all those who have died. I am looking forward to the fulfillment of this promise:
"...Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
-Revelation 21:3, 4


Pedaling said...

I look forward to that day.

In the meantime, I believe that those who have passed are not simply waiting dead in their graves for this great day.
They are busy- there is a spirit world, a holding place where progression and teaching still exists before the great judgement day and the second coming.
Dad's body is in the grave, for now, but his spirit is alive and well.

Those are sure fun pictures.
I'm going to save them to my file! :)

sweet older sister said...

I trust the Bible and base my faith on God's word, it clearly states:
"His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish." -Ps 146:4

"For the living know they will die, but the dead know nothing at all...Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might, for there is no work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the Grave, where you are going." Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10

This is what Jesus and his disciples taught.(John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15) Jesus left us with hope and demonstrated that hope for the dead in connection with his friend Lazarus.(John 11:21-24, 39-44) The good news for the dead is that there is a resurrection. (Job 14:14, 15)

Sandy Beals said...

Those are great pictures. Was that at their 50th Anniversary? Dad always like to have a party and have all his loved ones around. That's where he was the happiest.