Sunday

On April 27, we are going to have a memorial service for our church family, in memory of our friend, Kay, who died of cancer in February. Kay’s son, daughter and ex-husband did not do her funeral anything like she wanted it done. She had asked our pastor’s wife, Bethany, and me to sing at her funeral.


I had been trying to decide what to sing – I have a bunch of songs that I normally do for funerals – but I wasn’t satisfied with any of those. So I think I’ll do this one (I’ve done it a couple of times before):



 


From the Patriot Guard Rider’s Site:


This is a Confirmed mission!!


The family of TSgt Anthony L. Capra, of Fredericksburg, VA has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to participate in services for their Hero in Fredericksburg  and at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) – both to occur on Friday, 18 April 2008.


Planning is underway and mission plans will be posted here when completed.


USAF





After church, we went to Olive Garden for lunch. I had only been one other time. I don’t think we’ll go all that often, since it is as expensive as going to Red Lobster. But the restaurant is very nice, and very roomy. All 5 of us were able to sit at one table without being crowded. All restaurants should be that way.


I was thinking about something this morning. We are studying the book of Acts in our Bible Study right now, and we are about to get to the part where a life is turned completely in the opposite direction….


Have you ever thought that you were not good enough to live for God? Maybe you’ve done things in the past that God didn’t approve of, and you just think He could never accept you the way you are…so why even try? Maybe you think your life has gone in the current direction so long, it’s too late to turn around?


Consider this life…


Acts 7:58-8:1…..Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.


59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.


8:1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.


Stephen was being stoned to death. Saul was a Jew – a Pharisee – whose goal in life was to destroy those who followed Jesus Christ.


Acts 8:1-3….On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.


Acts 9:1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul , Saul , why do you persecute me?”


5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.


“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”


7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.


10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”


“Yes, Lord,” he answered.


11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul , for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”


13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”


15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”


17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul , he said, “Brother Saul , the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.


And anybody who has studied any scripture at all, knows Saul was the apostle Paul. He had been trying to destroy the church. He had been killing Christians. How much more opposed to Christ can a man be? He genuinely believed these Christians were wrong, and was going to wipe them out.


But God stopped him in his tracks on the road to Damascus, and turned him all the way around. Then the man who killed those who preached Jesus, himself preached Jesus.


15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.


And Paul did exactly that. Paul thought he was headed in the right direction, but God had other ideas.


God can take ANY life and turn it all the way around. How about yours?


Rom 10:9….9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved .


Acts 2:21….21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved .’ 





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2 thoughts on “Sunday

  1. @chatcat42 – I do, too, and I had forgotten I had it. I had been praying about what to sing at the memorial service. I have Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, It Is Well With My Soul….all standards I do at funerals. But I did not feel any of those were what I should sing, although Kay loved all of them. Then last night one of the other church members called me to see if I knew the name of a song that somebody else had heard, and wanted sung at his mom’s funeral. He thought the name of the song he heard was “Going Home.” After I thought a while, and heard the words run through my head, I realized this is the song he heard. And I realized it was the perfect one for Kay’s service. God not only works in mysterious ways…..sometimes they are downright weird 😆

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