Friday, June 23, 2017

Love the Truth - June 23/2017

From: Francis Harper

Love the Truth - June 23/2017

Dear Ones,

The immortal words of the Lord to Noah were, “And this is mine everlasting covenant, that when thy posterity shall embrace the truth and look upward, then shall Zion [Enoch’s city] look downward and all the heavens shall shake with gladness and all the earth should [shall] tremble with joy . . . And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant, which I made unto thy father Enoch; that, when men shall keep all my commandments, Zion should [shall] again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself” (Genesis 9:22-21 IV).

Jesus came to bear witness of light and truth, but his primary mission was to seek and save the lost. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should [shall] not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The followers [disciples] of Jesus have a similar life-saving mission: “. . . because he laid down his life for us; we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

I presided at a funeral recently for a law enforcement officer. He was a close friend of my son-in-law, Alan Ronk, who was Chief of Police in Woodbine until his retirement. Alan also participated in the funeral service. He pointed out that instead of running away from trouble, police officers run toward it, often risking their own lives to save the lives of others.

Most of us still remember 9/11/01 when more than 3,000 lives were lost, including 400 police officers and firemen. These brave men had rushed to the twin towers to assist in this heroic life-saving effort. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Each of the towers of the World Trade Center were brought down by just one large aircraft. Another plane, similar in size, crashed into the Pentagon, in Washington D.C.

Islamic terrorists hijacked a fourth airliner, Flight 93. It is believed this plane’s target was the U. S. Capitol, also in Washington D. C. Those aboard Flight 93 were aware of the tragic events of the morning. Todd Beamer, the father of three, was successful in contacting a GTE operator. He asked her to call his wife, Lisa. Then he asked the operator, Lisa Jefferson, to pray the Lord’s Prayer with him.

After prayer, Todd quickly devised an attack plan with some fellow passengers, in an effort to regain control of the plane. The last words heard by the operator were, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!” During the scuffle the plane plummeted to the earth at 400 miles per hour. This was another selfless act on behalf of others that happened many times during that ill-fated day.

Todd’s wife, Lisa, said, “Knowing truth and God’s eternal plan helped me endure the pain and sorrow without becoming hysterical. I knew in the end it would be OK. I said this over and over, and I still do. In eternity it will be OK, even though here it is not OK.”

Knowing the truth helped Kay Browning as she said to me, with a smile, “I have terminal cancer, but I am OK.” Many years earlier she had been in a car accident in which one of her daughters was killed, and Kay was so seriously injured that she would never walk again.

The truth is that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, and will come again to receive us; that where he is, we “may be also” (John 14:3).

My love to all,
Francis Harper

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