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Thursday, September 3, 2009

A life well lived!

Friends, thank you for praying with me yesterday on behalf of Lana and her family. Lana is now with the Lord and I can only imagine the fun she's having with Him this very moment.

It is times like these that I am reminded and even more grateful for the hope we have in Jesus Christ, specifically His death and resurrection, which makes eternal life with Him possible. Without this hope, death would be final and no redemption would be found. 1 Corinthians 15:19 puts it this way, "If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men." But thanks be to God, we do not have hope in Christ ONLY for this life, but also for eternal life. God takes what was perishable and makes it imperishable, giving us victory over death through Jesus Christ. What a redemptive God we serve!

When I think of Lana, I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 15:58 which says, "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." Lana was a woman that not only abounded in the work of the Lord, but took great delight in the Lord...even in the face of death. And we can rest assured that her labor was not in vain.