Jan 1 2012

No Greater Love

“A life not lived for others is not a life.” ― Mother Teresa

Jenni Lake of Pocatello, Idaho, was only 16 when she was told that she had a 30% chance of surviving brain cancer. “Her father said: ‘She didn’t break down and cry or anything.’

“Her mother said: ‘When they told her that she might not be able to have kids, she got upset.’”

After aggressive chemo treatments, the tumors had begun to shrink.

Jessie Bonner of the Associated Press wrote in an article: “She had learned that she was pregnant … Jenni’s journey was no longer her own.”

A little more than one year after her diagnosis, Jenni, 5 feet and 4 inches tall and weighing only 108 pounds, was at full term in her pregnancy. On November 9, 2011, her son, Chad Michael Lake, was born. Jennie died 12 days later.*

She sacrificed her life for her little son. I was especially taken by the reporter’s words, “Jenni’s journey was no longer her own.”

Is the life you live ever, really, all your own?

*(From “Mother of the year” by Don Surber, December 28, 2011, quoting an AP article by Jessie Bonner.)

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Jul 20 2009

Where have the Superlatives gone?

So many superlatives have died this year. Superlatives are people who are described as being a cut above others in some way. One after another, we have witnessed a veritable parade of famous people passing from this life into eternity.

Here are a few of the superlatives who made history and touched lives…

• Walter Cronkite – the most trusted man in America

• Steve McNair – NFL Most Valuable Player in 2003

• Billy Mays – one of the most successful infomercial salesmen

• Michael Jackson – the most successful and most tragic pop rock star

• Farrah Fawcett – had the most famous poster in 1976

• Millvina Dean – the youngest passenger on the Titanic

• Mickey Carroll – the most famous munchkin (town crier in The Wizard of Oz)

• Henry Allingham – the world’s oldest man (113-years-old, WWI veteran)

It’s interesting how a few words will tend to summarize an entire life. And such brief lives – even for the 113-year-old! There are clues to the contributions these people made to the world they left behind.  But what about their beliefs? Where in eternity have they gone?

The key to their eternal destiny was not what they did or didn’t do; not what they had or didn’t have. The determining factor in their final destination was who they knew … or didn’t know. The same is true for you and me.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14.6). No mincing of words there, no special factors involved – just truth.

To get to the Heavenly Father, we must go through the only door available, the door provided by God the Father, the ultimate superlative: Jesus Christ.

Jesus gave us the greatest commandment, whose name is above all names, the most influential person who ever lived, who is not only the best Savior, not just the greatest Savior, but the only Savior. We know where He has gone: to the Father’s right hand and by trusting in Jesus, we are there with Him right now.

Apr 2 2009

Jesus – Our Resurrection

Holy Week and Resurrection Day will soon be here – the most important week and day for every Christian.

Maybe you have celebrated Resurrection Day (Easter) all of your life but have you ever stopped to ask, “what’s so important about the resurrection of Jesus Christ?”

I know, the question may seem a bit silly but, again, have you ever asked yourself that question?

Obviously, the resurrection has nothing to do with chocolate rabbits (I like the marshmallow ones), colored eggs or new Sunday outfits. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but they certainly do not begin to explain the importance of Jesus rising bodily from the grave and exiting, alive, from the tomb.

One essential aspect of Jesus’ resurrection is the promise of the Christian’s resurrection from physical death. The annual Sunrise Service in the cemetery celebrates that promise. Every funeral service where 1 Corinthians 15 and other relevant scriptures are read, points to the wonderful promise that a Christian’s physical death is not the end.

But there’s more.

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