Dear Children and Grandchildren

Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord. Psalm 102:18

 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18 

Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.   Joel 1:3

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2 

Dear Family,

For many years, I have been deeply challenged to study the Bible to gain a true and accurate knowledge of God and His ways and purposes, and to apply God’s principles in my life.  I certainly have not arrived, either in understanding or application, but hopefully I have grown. These blogs are based on my understanding of the Bible and are often just working thoughts that are incomplete or sketchy. I do not have an overabundance of insights into the Bible or theological musing but what I have, I give you. Although the purpose of my journaling is to transmit my faith into future generations, its greatest value has been to encourage my own spiritual progress.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

“God will never lead us or direct us contrary to what He has taught or promised in His Word.” Titus 1:2

Many parts of the Bible require interpretation to discover the principle behind His words.
It is not important that you accept my interpretation. God is the teacher. What I have written here could be wrong. I pray that it is not. I also pray that God will teach you His truth even when I am wrong. Perhaps He will push you to study the scriptures yourself to discover the exact truth. If this work leads you to open the scriptures and read and think about  Jesus, then it will have accomplished much. If this work does no more than lead you to search for other material and find something better it will have accomplished something.

Our time on earth is only a brief period in our existence. Someday it will come to a close, and on the horizon is the larger segment of our life—eternity with God in His kingdom. God created us to live forever, and He wants us to spend eternity in heaven with Him. I like to think about the glorious future that awaits us. I hope and pray that your walk with our wonderful God will flourish, for in knowing and loving God, we will spend eternity together in His Kingdom.

When I go, what I leave behind for you is not a great fortune.  The legacy I leave is simply that I walked with God.

I want to love God and others more, but as Robert Frost penned, “I have miles to go before I sleep.”

Someday, I will leave this world with great confidence because I have experienced the assurance and reality of salvation and I will spend eternity with you, my loved ones, in God’s Kingdom.

Love Always

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, 
a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.          Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
 

 

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