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MARCH 8 – I will wait till my change comes

MARCH 8 – I will wait till my change comes

Job 14:14  If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. 

What blessed event Job is talking about. He had great joy with family and friends till tragedy struck. Now we find a life full of sorrow and sadness. Friends came but at this point, they were very condemning and not much comfort. He had lost riches and a comfortable life. He had lost his children and even his wife said to curse God and die. Now his friends are telling him how great a sinner he is. This is a miserable life.

I remember when I brought my father home to spend his last days with me and my wife. He was on dialysis three days a week. This would wear him out. There were times after dialysis I would tell dad, I need to stop at this house and spend a few minutes talking to these people. His mild dementia might prevent him from remembering my name, yet he realized this was God’s work. His reply was always, you go ahead, I will wait right here for you. There were two prayers he prayed. “Lord take me home.” He knew this old world was not his home.” The second prayer was, “Lord if you are going to leave me here, give me my health so I can serve you.” He never prayed restore my health so I can enjoy the pleasures of this world. The time he was on this earth, he called it “tenting and tabernacling.” In other words, he considered his time here as being temporary.

Job knew that time on this earth is only for an appointed time. God had set a time for man. Job knew where he was going at death. He knew there would be a change. Some of you were something on your wrist that counts your steps. Job said that God numbers his steps. That is a recognition that God knew him intimately and knew every sin. We must realize that God has an intimate knowledge of us. He knows our thinking and our motives. He knows that one day we will stand before Him. We will be judged. May we stand before him having served Him faithfully and served Him his way.

Serving God in spirit and in truth is our work on earth.

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William Andrew Dillard
The phrase, “Dying. thou shalt surely die” is a literal translation of the Hebrew words revealing the penalty for eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The serpent capitalized on the words, assuring Mother Eve that she would not immediately fall down dead from eating of the forbidden fruit. Additionally, there was good food to be had and knowledge to be gained. Of course, he purposely did not reveal that unlike God, she would not be able to always choose the good and shun the evil. What subtlety in his lies!
So, with sin now incorporated into the basic makeup of the species, it is appointed unto men once to die. Hebrews 9:27. Is there anyone who could successfully argue against this consistent process? Every hospital testifies that men get sick and die. Every cemetery shouts that it is appointed unto men once to die. Every undertaking establishment says that it is appointed unto men once to die. Old age, and the loss of mental acumen bears witness that it is appointed unto men once to die, so death reigns on planet Earth without respect of persons. The Bible is plain in declaring that the last enemy of mankind to be destroyed will be death. 1 Cor. 15:26.
But GOOD NEWS! For those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, death has indeed been destroyed as the enemy. Jesus soundly defeated it on the cross long, long ago. He not only defeated it, He made it to lay down at our feet and patiently wait for the nod of God to become our transport from the terrestrial to the celestial.
Consequently, there is no fear of the grim reaper in the eternally young heart of the redeemed. Neither is it waited upon with dread. Conversely, the Father of Spirits is fellowshipped in increasing intensity in the full realization that should the Lord Jesus not appear bodily in His glorious second coming, the hideous monster of death will become a limousine to carry us over into the higher dimension in style to the shout of throngs of awaiting saints constituting the grandest welcoming committee imaginable, and in their midst is the blessed Son of God by whose Word, Work, and Authority we enter that heavenly home.
But until then, sin continues to raise its ugly head and we do what we would not. Thus does the reality of its penalty exercise itself in all of us: “Dying, thou shalt surely die.”

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There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

John Adams: There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

John Adams 9LIBERTY LETTERS, 1776

Daniel Webster records that in 1776, while some men vacillated as to Independence, John Adams, the “Voice of the Declaration,” arose and stirred the hearts of his countrymen with these immortal words:

Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence. But there’s a Divinity which shapes our ends. . . . Why, then, should we defer the Declaration? . . . You and I, indeed, may rue it. We may not live to the time when this Declaration shall be made good. We may die; die Colonists, die slaves, die, it may be, ignominiously and on the scaffold.

Be it so. Be it so.

If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready. . . . But while I do live, let me have a country, or at least the hope of a country, and that a free country.

But whatever may be our fate, be assured . . . that this Declaration will stand. It may cost treasure, and it may cost blood; but it will stand and it will richly compensate for both.

Through the thick gloom of the present, I see the brightness of the future as the sun in heaven. We shall make this a glorious, an immortal day. When we are in our graves, our children will honor it. They will celebrate it with thanksgiving, with festivity, with bonfires, and illuminations. On its annual return they will shed tears, copious, gushing tears, not of subjection and slavery, not of agony and distress, but of exultation, of gratitude and of joy.

Sir, before God, I believe the hour is come. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, Independence now, and Independence forever.

Source: The Works of Daniel Webster, 4th ed., 1:133–:36 Adams speech was delivered before the Continental Congress.

Liberty Letters is a project of The Moral Liberal’s, Editor in Chief, Steve Farrell.

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William Andrew Dillard



The eternal powers have decreed, and no one may change it. One may foolishly live in denial, but that does not change it. One may prioritize it deeply beneath a thousand other things that consume all the time and energies of one’s days, but that does not change it. Medical science is powerless against it; governmental edicts are meaningless against it. It is universal and unalterable. So, what is this awesome decree? “It is appointed unto men once to die . . .” Hebrews 9:27.

Death is the very last enemy of mankind that shall be destroyed I Cor. 15:26. It is to be ultimately swallowed up in victory. Until then, it is no respecter of persons. It invades the cottage of the most humble peasant, and it does not give the palace of the king a pass. It takes old and young as well as those in the prime of life. The day of its appearance is not predictable, but its appearance is sure. “It is appointed unto men once to die…”

Men go to extreme lengths to beat death. They create medicines to cure every malady that could result in death, but death still comes. They engage in cryogenics to be revived at a later time, but that fails and death reigns. “It is appointed unto men once to die. . . “

Additionally, there is another part to this decree so stated in Hebrews 9:27, “. . . but after this the judgment.” As sure as death, so sure is judgment. None shall escape it. None shall alter it. There is the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers, and the Great White Throne Judgment for unbelievers. Both will be totally thorough, and both will be totally righteous even to the degree that not a single voice will be raised against their verdicts. 

Jesus described the people of the generation of his earthly ministry as children playing in the marketplace, lamenting because others were not marching in step with their every whim. Two thousand years later, that description still stands, but the people so engaged have multiplied exponentially. Regardless, the divine appointments stand, and surely it is the fool who lives in denial and determined unpreparedness to step into those unavoidable portals.

Thus it is unalterably decreed: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Is this not a wake-up call? Does this not underscore the importance of the prime directive of every person’s life? Hear it in the words of wisdom so ably penned by Solomon. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man,
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecc. 12:13-14. Are you ready for your appointments? You will keep them!

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She wouldn’t let him die

On March 06, 2004, Dr. David L. Cummins and his contingent came upon the site of that terrible Oung-pen-la prison in Burma where Adoniram Judson had suffered for those long agonizing months.  They had already visited the grave of the Heroine of Ava, Ann Judson, (see the entry for Mar. 4), who had faithfully beat a path to the prison in Ava during those agonizing months when her precious husband was held there. But one night, her beloved had been taken and forced to march 12 miles to Oung-pen-la. The prisoners were in such bad health that they were wheeled on an ox cart the last four grueling miles. The resilient Ann traveled with a Bengali servant, two little Burmese girls, and little baby Maria in her arms.  She rode 12 miles in an ox cart, but had no housing, but was allowed to stay in the jailers paddy bin. That became there home for six months. During that time little Maria died of smallpox, and Ann’s health failed and she lay between life and death. The fact that Adoniram was needed to interpret a peace settlement between the Burmese and British finally gained him his freedom. However in 1902 Adoniram’s son Edward traveled to Burma and found the exact Oung-Pen-la prison site and bought the 2.58 acre plot and donated for the construction of a church in memory of his father. The Judson Memorial Baptist Church sits on the site today. It began with sixteen members and has just over one hundred in attendance today.  They baptize twice per year. Saw Seelah is the present pastor, his father was the pastor from 1975 to 1997. He assured Dr. Cummins that he preaches the good news of the Gospel of Christ.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 135 – 136.

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A New Look At Doubting Thomas

How many years had I had a dim view of Thomas the Doubter. Too many. While preparing for a study for Church on Wednesday night, my eyes were opened to the man Thomas truly was. I had heard too many references about his doubting and that had clouded my thoughts on Thomas.

Let me show you a few things about Thomas that are seldom mentioned. John 11:14-16, Jesus has the desire to go see the family of Lazarus. The disciples objected on the grounds that the Jews wanted to kill Jesus. All except Thomas. His reply – “let’s go die with him.”

How often is this quoted of this great man. Now I say great for these four reasons.

1. He displayed a fervent love for the Master. (Do you?)

2. He was ready to act. (Are you?)

3. He was ready to give an expression to his faith by death. (Will you?)

4. He opposed the other disciples in their faithlessness. (Would you?)

John 14:5,6 – Where Jesus said “Let not your hearts be troubled …..I go to prepare a mansion for you … ” Jesus finished this up by saying “And whither I go ye know and the way ye know. Thomas made two revealing statements at this point – “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. – How can we know the way?” Here are some points on this statement.

1. Thomas was anxious about the Lord leaving him. (Are we anxious when we drift from the Lord?)

2. Thomas desired the truth. (Do we desire the truth?)

3. Jesus answer was bigger than the question. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”  ( Are you on this way, in this truth, and truly living and going to see the Father. There is only One way.)
To know Christ is to know the Goal and the way to it.
John 20:24-31 records The doubt that Thomas had. How hard we judge Thomas on this one account. Let our memory wander back to resurrection morning and two disciples from the inner circle racing to the tomb and experiencing wonder and doubt. How about when Peter denied Jesus three times. After the crucifixion and resurrection in there not a statement about the disciples remembering certain things that Jesus told them?
One thing that Thomas could not do was believe through the belief of others. Rush to verse 28 where Thomas says – MY LORD AND MY GOD.”
1. Instant dispersion of doubt.
2. Admiration.
3. Adoration.
4. Recognition of Supreme Diety.
My respect for Thomas has been elevated. He had courage and strength of conviction.
May we all desire these fine points of Thomas.


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