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Topic: Walk (07/20/06)
TITLE: Red Sky at Night, Godís Delight
By Virginia Gorg
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I love walks. I wonder where we‚Äôll go today, Barry thought.
Sally and Sam headed for the door with Barry and his things.
‚ÄúSally, let‚Äôs take that new path through the woods.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs where those wildflowers were planted. They should be up now. Barry will like them, too.‚ÄĚ
Flowers! God created them for us to enjoy.
A short stroll later, they entered the park. ‚ÄúI was right ‚Äď just look at those snapdragons.‚ÄĚ
Lovely. Such vibrant colors.
‚ÄúLook - there.‚ÄĚ Sam pointed. Gazing upon the setting sun, they followed the red glow across the lake to the path in front of them.
A clicking shutter was heard as Sam took several pictures. ‚ÄúGod changes the sunset every day. I could take hundreds of pictures and never see two the same.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs that verse in the Bible about the sunset at night bringing fair weather in the morning?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs in Matthew.‚ÄĚ Sam paused as they continued walking. ‚ÄúI never thought about how true that is. When we have a red sunrise, it usually rains. It‚Äôs amazing that God told us everything He wanted us to know, all in one book.‚ÄĚ
Around the bend, they saw their neighbors, Joe and Anne. ‚ÄúHow are you? Barry is growing so fast. How old is he now?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs four months old.‚ÄĚ Sally beamed as Anne bent down to speak to Barry.
I love Anne. She always says such nice things to me.
The two couples walked together, discussing the changes at church. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know about this new pastor,‚ÄĚ Joe remarked. ‚ÄúHe seems a bit brash to me.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI rather like him, and I especially like his preaching about salvation. He‚Äôs really opened my eyes to eternal life.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSally, I hear what you‚Äôre saying. I just think he could be a bit softer in his message.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBut Joe, if we hear only nice preaching and none of the message about the horrors of hell, how many people can we really expect to reach with Christ‚Äôs message?‚ÄĚ
Joe‚Äôs Christian newness contrasted with his wife, who had been a Christian most of her life. After fifty years, God had answered Anne‚Äôs prayer.
Anne touched Joe‚Äôs arm. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs right, you know. That‚Äôs what I‚Äôve been telling you too. We have to hear Jesus‚Äô good works, but we also need to hear about eternal separation from Him.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSam, what about you? You‚Äôre the newest board member. What‚Äôs the feeling about Pastor Ted?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe entire board likes Ted and we are excited that he‚Äôs reaching people with Christ‚Äôs message. He preaches that the Bible is entirely true and accurate.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSo you‚Äôre telling me that we have to believe in Christ and hell, too? I was raised to believe that hell exists only on earth ‚Äď this is all new to me.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúRemember the study in John we just completed? In that, Jesus says that He is the way, the truth, and the life.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI remember my memory verse from John 3:16 ‚Äď whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. That makes sense now! Now all I have to do is walk in His ways, follow His word, and strive to please Him. I just wish I‚Äôd learned this before I turned 70.‚ÄĚ
Sally‚Äôs joy could be heard in her voice. ‚ÄúSam, you‚Äôre never too old to do God‚Äôs work. Noah was six-hundred when he built the ark.‚ÄĚ
Joe chuckled, ‚ÄúWhen I‚Äôm six hundred, I‚Äôll be in heaven with Christ.‚ÄĚ
Amid laughter, Sam said: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs nine o‚Äôclock, we better get Barry home. Besides, I have to get up early tomorrow for that 6:00 am meeting.‚ÄĚ
As the friends arrived home, they turned to look at the radiant colors of the setting sun.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs so lovely, as if God used His best oil paints to give us this picture.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSam, you‚Äôre always so eloquent with words. That‚Äôs just one of the reasons I love you so much.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúGood night, neighbors. God bless.‚ÄĚ
Entering the house, Barry thought: Whew, I‚Äôm dog-tired from all that walking. I‚Äôm going to sleep in my pet bed. Tomorrow is another day, and I‚Äôm glad I am living and have hope, for a live dog is better than a dead lion.
Matthew 16:2-3 ("When evening comes‚Ä¶It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,'‚Ä¶, ‚Äėmorning, it will be stormy, for the sky is red...')
Ecclesiastes 9:4 (Anyone who is among the living has hope‚ÄĒeven a live dog is better off than a dead lion!)
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