How Simple Can It Be?

Deuteronomy 10:12-15 (12)

Alma grew up in our church.  Her grandfather was one of the founders.  The church bore his last name.  She seldom missed a service.  Tragically, in spite of her exposure to the gospel she had never been saved.  I prayed for her often.  I visited her regularly.  Numerous times I explained the plan of salvation as simply as I could and asked her if she would like to pray to ask God to forgive her for her sins and become the Lord of her life.  Each time she refused.  Her answer became familiar.  “Bro. Woods, it is just so hard to understand.” 

In our devotional text for today Moses seemed to be expressing the same frustration I felt.  “How easy can it be?  How simple can it be?”  “What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to . . . “  The path to the foot of the cross is clearly marked and easy to follow.  At the end of the path the Savior eagerly awaits your arrival.

Why do we try to complicate what Christ has made simple?  Isaiah said, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”  Isaiah 35:8

By Dr. Gayle Woods

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Continued Benefit

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1 Cor. 15:35-45

Our government just keeps on giving! They seem to want to raise people from the depths of their current circumstance. This was evidenced a few years ago when a letter appeared in the national news that had been sent to a deceased person by the South Carolina Department of Social Services. The recipient must have been overjoyed and filled with deep gratitude at the possibility of continued benefit when he read:

Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances. (From a letter to a dead person from the Greenville County, South Carolina Department of Social Services)
(“I See What You Mean – Persuasive Business Communication” by D. Joel Whalen, p 17.)

Yes, they seem to want to raise to “incorruption” those who have been “sown in corruption.” Well, the Department of Social Services doesn’t have too good a record in raising people from the dead. However, we who know Christ as our Lord and Savior have that assurance. By following in the footsteps of the risen Lord we can walk through the darkness of the grave and into the brilliant light of resurrected life. He is the Resurrection and the Life! The Child of God truly is the one who will experience continued benefit.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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Andrew Jackson’s Request

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1 Cor. 15:22-28 (23)

Three months before his death, president Andrew Jackson wrote a letter headed, “Hermitage, March 27, 1845” in which he said, “I have prepared an humble depository for my mortal body beside that wherein lies my beloved wife, where, without any pomp or parade, I have requested, when my God calls me to sleep with my fathers, to be laid; for both of us there to remain until the last trumpet sounds to call the dead to judgment, when we, I hope, shall rise together, clothed with that heavenly body promised to all who believe in our glorious Redeemer who died for us that we might live, and by whose atonement I hope for a blessed immortality.”

This expression of faith describes the hope of all believers. Jesus who rose first will not abandon those who commit their hearts and lives to Him. He will come again to receive us to Himself. We, like Him, will rise from the grave a resurrected, reconstituted, regenerated, redeemed reminder to the world, the flesh and the devil that Christ is triumphant! He lives and we shall live with Him throughout eternity.

(Report #57, p. 6, in “Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives, made during the Second Session of the Thirty-Sixth Congress, 1860-1861.”)

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