Daily Devotions

Church Fires

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According to USA Today, "Fires at several predominantly black churches in Southern states the past two weeks — at least three of them attributed to arson — raise concerns about potential fallout from the recent South Carolina church shooting.

The fires have all taken place in the weeks since the attack June 17. A 21-year-old man with apparent white supremacist beliefs is accused of going on a shooting rampage inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., killing nine people."

Pray today for peace in our country. Pray for those Christians who have lost their sanctuary. Pray that God will give them a sanctuary within their hearts, even as they've lost their building.

A Better Afterlife

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Jill and I, along with another family member spent one afternoon, not long ago, at the Durham Museum in Omaha. They had a special exhibition on ancient Egypt. They had a number of sarcophagi (stone tombs) and mummies in fine condition. It took weeks to prepare the bodies for proper burial in ancient Egypt. Along with the high cost of bodily preparation, there were huge expenses for items so that when the body is resurrected, the person will be able to provide for the expenses in the afterlife.
As I was reading the information, it became clear that Ancient Egyptian religion believed in an afterlife, but a better preparation for the afterlife would be for those wealthy enough take the material goods with them. If the poor were fortunate enough to have their body properly preserved, they would still go into the afterlife ill prepared.
How different is the Christian religion. There is no special place for the rich in the resurrection. All enter eternal life equal. That is no small idea to celebrate. We are blessed to have a God who cares about each individual's well-being, rather than what advantages we can offer to appease a fickle god. Say a prayer of thanksgiving for our God, who provides every opportunity for us to receive eternal life, without a cost.

“I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely (without a cost).”
(Rev. 21:6)