“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 (NIV)
Today, the federal government introduced the highly controversial yet much-awaited legislation regarding medically-assisted death with a qualifier that bounds the law “for adults who are suffering intolerably and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable.” Furthermore, the bill restricts eligibility to those who are mentally competent, 18 or older, have a serious and incurable disease, illness or disability and be in advanced state of irreversible decline in capability.
“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” – 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Perhaps most of you know Jack Lalanne for his “Power Juicer” – a notable appliance he invented known to extract juice from virtually any fruit or vegetable. He popularized the phrase, “That’s the power of juice!” from the marketing of this device.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
As a pastor, the events that I look forward to the least are funerals and burials. But perhaps I shouldn’t feel that way. It’s perhaps the most significant in the life of one who has surrendered their life to Christ. The transition to total rebirth has truly taken hold in their life as they are welcomed to their eternal dwelling place. I got to witness that yet again when we laid to rest our beloved sister in the Lord, Teresita Gonzales – dearly loved mother of Jenelle – just yesterday at Glen Oakes.
The blog this week will seem like a eulogy, partly an encouragement, but mostly exhortation from God’s word. Much of what will be here are reflections that I shared at her memorial service yesterday. Continue reading