When I was a child I thought of death as something
horrible. The thought of dying was very gloomy also when I thought
I was going to die at the age of twenty. Now, my outlook on death
is different. I still dread the excessive pain that sometimes precedes
death and the thought of leaving my family I love so dearly, but
I think of death as natural---like life. I don't believe the length
of life is nearly as important as the quality of it.
As I look at what the Bible reveals concerning God's
people beyond the grave, I do not find any evidence of their wanting
to be returned to their former state. To the contrary, I am made
to think they are better on the other side. 1 Samuel 28:15 reads,
"Why hast thou disquieted me to bring me up?" In Luke
16:25 Lazarus, after his death, was comforted. The apostle Paul,
whose words were directed by the Holy Spirit, said he had "a
desire to depart and to be with Christ which is far better"
The Holy Spirit by the mouth of David helps me as
I near the end of this life in Psalms 97:10 "Ye that love the
Lord hate evil--He preserveth the souls of the saints." "Precious
in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints"--Psalms
116:15. Therefore, death cannot be so bad.
When I am gone I don't want those who love me to
weep but rejoice because I have the faith that God will forgive
me for everything in my life that was not right and that I have
a hope of better and enduring life promised to all "that love
Ted will be finishing up his series
of studies on Philippians with the Lebanon church this morning.
June 30th (pm)
Official Town, Ashaiman
This evening Ted will be worshiping
with the Official Town church of Christ in Ashaiman.
July 1st - 3rd
Abaam/Kade, Eastern Region
On Monday, Ted, Edward
Owusu-Ansah and Paul &
Matilda Addo will leave Tema for the Eastern Region.
1st stop will be Kade where they will meet with bro. Isaac
Adjei and work out the final plans for the Abaam campaign.
MondayWednesday they will be conducting house to house evangelism
and public preaching in Abaam where bro. Daniel
July 4th - 6th
Abodom/Kade, Eastern Region
On Thursday the evangelistic efforts
will move to Abodom. Bro. Martin Oppong
is now preaching at Abodom.
Note: Bros Solomon
Quainoo (Adonkrono); Edward Quansah
(Boadua); Gideon Osei-Dabo (Pramkese)
as well as many other brethren from area churches will be joining
us in the evangelistic efforts in Abaam and Abodom.
Campaign Updates: Ted will be
trying to send back regular updates (and photos if possible) during
the campaign in Ghana. These will be posted on the Ghana web-site
and can be reached by going to either the churchs homepage
Just click on the Campaign 2002 link (like at the top of this
article) that you will find on either page.
the next few weeks the following men will be preaching for us while
Ted is in Ghana.
30thDaniel Stearsman, Auburndale.
7thJim Beltz, Kissimmeee
14thChris Steele, New Port