We dwell in hope.

There are a few Scriptures that I want to share with whoever decides to read this blog today. On May 13th 2013 Norm Fugate, a father, fellow brother in Christ, friend, and servant to many passed away. Knowing him for as long as I have I know he wouldn’t want any type of recognition. Well he will have to take that up with me when I see Him in the Kingdom.

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

“I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.” Acts 2:25-28

Jesus Christ is the hope we have today. He is the hope we had before sin entered into the world, and He is the hope we have until He returns. Christianity relies on this God-man. If this Christ did not die, and was not resurrected Christianity would be false, and we would have put our hope in someone who is like the other one thousand plus false prophets. But we sing with Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 “Death is swallowed up in victory.  “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”. We sing this gladly because we have a Savior who rose triumphantly. This is why when a loved one dies who we know is a son of God we don’t grieve as though we have no hope. Yes, Norm is gone, but just like the tomb was empty on the third day Jesus Christ will call for His bride and we will rise and come to meet Him O what glorious day that we should be longing for. The wedding day that is bigger than the universe, invaluable, and a miracle. Something so supernatural we cannot fathom the cry of our lover when He returns.

I know this is short, but I want to leave you with this song:

It is not death to die
To leave this weary road
And join the saints who dwell on high
Who’ve found their home with God
It is not death to close
The eyes long dimmed by tears
And wake in joy before Your throne
Delivered from our fears

O Jesus, conquering the grave
Your precious blood has power to save
Those who trust in You
Will in Your mercy find
That it is not death to die
It is not death to fling
Aside this earthly dust
And rise with strong and noble wing
To live among the just
It is not death to hear
The key unlock the door
That sets us free from mortal years
To praise You evermore

Stacy Fugate, Trevor Fugate, and Evan “Skeeter” Fugate. Please ask that God would increase their faith and give them an invincible joy. And that our church would be there for them like the church at Phillipi served Paul.

“And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.” Philippians 4:15

In Him who is able,

Taylor

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