Comfort, Hope and Forever Young

Colossians 2:2 (NLT)

I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.

On September 8, 2015 I attended and delivered a message at the funeral of a beautiful young lady who died unexpectedly of “natural causes” at the age of just 23.

What’s amazing to me is how this invitation came exactly two weeks after I left full-time employment to pursue the things of God.

As I stood at the lectern, it dawned on me that I was fulfilling my purpose – to reach young people with the truth of God and His word.

I’m still in awe at how God works. I pray I never lose that child-like wonder; at how God can care so much about His creation, let alone a person like me who has made so many mistakes. And I still do…just ask my mentor.

So that was my message, GOD CARES and OUR LIVES MATTER, not only to God, but to each other. (you can download my message/notes here).

Not only that, but hearing all the things that were said, by family and friends of this young lady, none of whom I knew personally, and how it all connected to the message God gave me to deliver, was just another subtle confirmation that God is not only real, but speaks to us and through us.

God exists. I’ve done my research.

Many will say, that all philosophies and religions teach the “golden rule” – to be doers of good, but they miss one key thing – what do we do with our sin nature that was passed down from Adam? No matter how hard we try and no matter how many good deeds we do, only Jesus can and did live perfectly and in the end paid the price for all of humanity. Romans 5:18

So if you have questions about who God is and how that matters to your life, please leave me a comment. I’d love to pray with you and help you live a life of purpose, hope and be “forever young” in eternity.

And that’s a good segue into how I concluded my message at the funeral of a lady 23 years young – with the lyrics of the song “Forever Young” written by Bob Dylan (and a team which included Rod Stewart). Too old for most of the patrons, but significant in it’s composition.

Thanks Merv – it wasn’t a coincidence that you gave me the lyrics to that song on my last day of work.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for your truth and life. According to Colossians 2:2, please use me more and more so that many people will come into an understanding of your perfect and mysterious plan, which is Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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