Here for a Reason
Theme of the week: Heaven Bound
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Who Said It … Billy Graham
Billy Graham has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational books, including Angels, The Secret of Happiness, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Heart, How to Be Born Again, and Nearing Home—the book from which this week’s readings are adapted.
What he Said … Here for a Reason
No, old age is not for sissies. But that isn’t the whole story, nor did God intend for it to be. While the Bible doesn’t gloss over the problems we face as we grow older, neither does it paint old age as a time to be despised or a burden to be endured with gritted teeth. Nor does it picture us in our latter years as useless and ineffective, condemned to spend our last days in endless boredom or meaningless activity until God finally takes us home.
Instead the Bible says that God has a reason for keeping us here; if he didn’t, he would take us to heaven far sooner. But what is his purpose for these years, and how can we align our lives with it? [My book, Nearing
Home,] isn’t written just for old people. It is written for people at every stage of life—even those who never have thought much about growing older. The reason is simple: the best way to meet the challenges of old age is to prepare for them now, before they arrive.
Key Study Passage: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Adapted from Nearing Home(Thomas Nelson, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher.
Prayer for the Week
Lord, only you know how much time I have left on this earth; let me use it to your glory in the power that you provide.
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