Sunday, April 22, 2012
Two Worlds Sometimes Confuse Us
To begin with, I want to share a little story with you that appeared in our church bulletin. It was in response to a sermon our pastor, Dr. Don Guthrie, preached. When he told the story, people were so moved that he decided to reprint it in the bulletin. Here it is:
"In 1930 Arthur Stace attended a meeting for men at St. Barnabas Church in Sydney, Australia. As he heard the gospel, he found the strength to give up drinking. Six months later he heard Rev. John Ridley say, "I wish I could shout 'Eternity!' through the streets of Sydney". Arthur felt called to do exactly that.
So, he began to get up at 5:00 A.M. every day and he would go where he believed God directed him and write ETERNITY on the sidewalk in white or yellow chalk…fifty times a day for nearly 30 years.
The one-word sermon became part of the conscience of the city. On New Year's Eve, 1999 (32 years after Arthur's death, at the end of the New Millennium fireworks spectacular, there it was again, in letters fifty feet high on a bridge over Sydney Harbor— Arthur's word--ETERNITY! Well done, Arthur."
As one who, in the natural course of events, is closer to eternity than many of my readers, this subject is of increasing importance. From now on, this blog will be my chalk. I want everyone who reads these words to be aware of eternity, and the absolute need for each of us to preach about it, and teach about it as long as the Lord gives us breath. Not one of the hundreds of millions of people living on this planet will escape eternity. Every one of us will one day be there. In which world will we live? As we walk the streets of our world today we anticipate the world to come in eternity. We are often confused about this. The world as we know it today is not our final destination. The world of eternity is. Let's do all we can to clear up the confusion.
This blog will be dedicated to the proposition that our Lord Jesus desires that none perish, that is live the eternal death of hell. In fact, He wants all people to live with Him in Heaven, if only they would choose to do so. So, from this day forward the material seen on this blog will be designed to provide preachers and teachers with a little bit of information they can use to propagate the idea that "God is not willing that ANY should perish, but that all should come to repentance." It's a simple proposition, but an eternally important one.
BTW, I likely will not post as often as before, and then again I may post more often. That's just to keep you on your toes.