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Absent from the body: Present with the Lord - 1 Corinthians 5:8

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April 14, 2013 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Many of us have been praying for Pastor Rick Warren and his family over the loss of his precious son, Matthew. Pastor Rick shared this tweet a few days ago, “After 4 days, finally got to see my son’s body. He wasn't in it anymore. “Absent from the body is to be home with the Lord.”
It struck a tender cord in my heart. 
My own mother left her earthly body in December and those very words are what jolted me back to reality. 
I stayed alone with Mom’s body for a few hours before the funeral home’s employees arrived. It seemed fitting since I had been by her side during a very long illness. She knew and I knew she would leave this world, but nothing prepares one for the jolt of seeing a loved one’s lifeless body. That includes those of us who are fully equipped by the Lord to minister to the ill.
I didn't cry, but I felt like I was swimming aiml…

There’s no going back - based on Genesis 19:14

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Written: March 3, 2013
Genesis 19:14 …one of the messengers gave this instruction:
Messenger:Now run!Run for your lives! Don’t look back or stop anywhere in the plain. Head for the hills, or you’ll die along with everyone else.

There’s no going back.
The story of Lot and his wife fascinates because many of us can’t help but continue to remember and stay in pasts that have been forgotten in God’s eyes. God is a place of safety, but our flesh is torn between here and now instead of eternal bliss.
Living a life that’s focused on God is such a privilege. What if God let me do life as I preferred on my own terms?
·What would I be interested in?
·Who would my friends would be?
·How I would spend my free time?
·What I would care about?
·Who I would care about?
·Would I go along with popular culture?
·Would I turn my back on wrong just to be in the right?
·Would I care deeply about those things that make no sense to most people?
·Would I put myself out on a limb?
·Would I share the vulnerabilities that ha…