From Pastor Barry. . .
THANK YOU, JOAN BOTZKO
When you read this, Joan and I will be enjoying the gentle waves on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Shortly before we left, however, we had the privilege of attending a memorial service for Joan Botzko, Karen Whinna’s mom. In Ecclesiastes 7:2, Solomon declares, ”It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.” Most any pastor I know prefers officiating at a funeral rather than a wedding. Solomon has explained why. Funerals cause us to face up to the hard reality of our mortality; we will all die (unless Jesus returns before that.) So funerals are times to deal with a truth we might otherwise avoid. Avoiding the question of death, and especially life after death, can have eternal consequences. Joan Botzko knew the value of funerals. So she planned her own. And she planned it well so that those attending would be confronted with their own mortality AND that they would be told how to be sure of an eternity with Jesus Christ after they died. Pastor N. Bruce Creswell, at Joan’s request, told us that she was celebrating with her Savior and that she wanted him to tell us how to join her. And he did. So I recommend you go to all the funerals you can. Deal with the reality of your mortality. And if you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, consider trusting that when Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross of Calvary it was to take the punishment you deserve for your sins. If you come to that place of trust and dependence, you won’t have to worry about your life after death. God’s Word assures you that your eternal destiny will be with Jesus. And Joan Botzko.
This coming Sunday we are glad to be receiving another message from guest speaker, Greg Whitus (see his bio further down in this Communique). WORD OF LIFE Care Group will be responsible for beverage set-ups.