I believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit ... the Trinity in One God. I believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God given tous for inspiration, direction, education and guidance.
I believe in the Apostles Creed which we read each Communion Sunday in church.
I believe in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.
I believe in family.
I believe in keeping it simple ... similar to a mother's instruction to her child: Wash your hands. Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. Clip your nails. Take a bath. Use deodorant. Get a haircut. Polish your shoes. Change your clothes. Button your shirt. Don't pick at sores. Shut the door. Clean your room. Make your bed. Do your homework. Flush the toilet. Do your chores. Stop that noise. Save your money. Write to Gramma. Phone home first. Beware of strangers. No more TV. Wait until Christmas. Never lie. Always say Please and Thank You and Smile!
While acknowledging the depth of the wisdom of Christ, my favorite apostle Paul emphasized the simplicity of his approach to spiritual parenting. He proclaimed a message of simple sentences: Jesus loves you. He was crucified for you. He is risen. He is Lord. We have sinned. We need forgiveness. Don't trust yourself. Believe in Him. Let Him lead. Depart from sin. Love and help one another. You are a new creation. Spread the Word ... Jesus has come. He's coming again. Soon!
When I dedicated my children to the Lord when they were babies, Pastor Earl Reeves of La Jolla Baptist Church wrote a letter to them to be opened on their 12th birthday. It explained the way of salvation to them in the simplest of terms. The people of the church promised to live an exemplary life before them as Christian role models. The parents promised to teach their children in the ways of the Lord.
In turn, I have written a very similar message to my grandchildren when they were born. Some have already come of age and read theirs. For my descendents I have also added my daily prayers for their salvation, sobriety and serenity. I have also prayed for compatible Christian mates for them that they might have happy homes.
They say that leaves don't fall from the tree. I hope that you seek level paths for your feet, and take only ways that are firm (Proverbs 4:26) God speaks in a still small voice ... this is the way ... walk in it. Be listening!
I want you to know that when a loved one dies in the security of their salvation, there is great comfort in the fact that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". Death for us is not a dark journey into the unknown. It is not a lonely walk into a strange and friendless place. It is a glorious transition from the trials of earth into the joys of Heaven, where we will be reunited with our loved ones in Christ who have gone before.
Best of all, we will enjoy the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forever. Learn more ... What is a personal relationship with God?
My memorial service should be one of joy and jubilation because I will be in Heaven waiting for you!
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