Wednesday, April 11, 2007

CANCER = DEATH=GAIN? FOR SOME!


This from the wires

"WASHINGTON — Former Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson announced Wednesday he's in remission from lymphoma.

Thompson, who is considering a run for the White House in 2008, told FOX News that the illness is treatable.

"I have had no illness from it, or even any symptoms. My life expectancy should not be affected. I am in remission, and it is very treatable with drugs if treatment is needed in the future — and with no debilitating side effects," Thompson said."

So we have another major player from the political arena dealing with cancer. Elizabeth Edwards the wife of Presidential candidate John Edwards and White House spokesman Tony Snow have both recently announced that their battle with the disease resumes. While Fred Thompson advocates it will not effect him,John Edwards presses on with his campaign, and Tony Snow promises to be back to work in short order, there is a sobering reality to all of this. That reality is that death is real,coming and no respecter of persons. You cannot buy your way out of it, you cannot order it gone and you cannot charm it away. It is a reality that all reading this blog and all walking the face of the Earth today will have to face. Some sooner than others, but we all will face it.

For the believer in Christ though, there is a different reality to death. The Word of God tells us in the book of Philippians that for the believer death is gain. A strange thing to say that begs the question why. Why and how could death be gain? Simply because it takes us to the presence of the Lord. Due to Jesus Christ and His death burial and resurrection for all that are His. It is the power of Christ that takes the sting out of death for followers of Jesus. For all others death will bring great judgment and a forever in Hell where they will feel the fury of Gods wrath for rejecting His Son. But for the one who has received Jesus Christ as the owner of His life and the forgiver of his sins, death will be a great day, a going home celebration.

As we admire the tenacity and courage of people like Fred Thompson, Elizabeth Edwards and Tony Snow, let us all be mindful of and remember to pray for their faith in Christ of need of it. As only in Jesus Christ can you praise God for and see such a heinous thing like Cancer as a blessing from God that simply takes you home!

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pastor tom
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