Saturday, February 15, 2014
Last week, those in the area in which we live experienced something that
doesn't happen often: we had cold, icy weather. Many of our children were
out of school for three days, and many businesses closed their doors for a
day or two due to the icy conditions.
Thankfully, those in our area knew the cold, icy weather was coming. But for
people in the Birmingham, AL, and Atlanta, GA, areas, they had no idea.
Winter Storm Leon wasn't supposed to go that far north. So for a lot of
people, they were stranded at work, school, stores, and on the roads when
the ice began to fall from the sky. It is estimated that over 11,000 people
were stranded in schools across Alabama on Tuesday night of last week.
In the midst of all the chaos, inspirational stories began to emerge of good
Samaritans who took people in, helped provide food, and rescued people from
car accidents due to the icy roads.
But probably one of the most inspirational stories that surfaced was about a
Birmingham doctor who walked approximately six miles to perform life-saving
brain surgery. Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was at Brookwood Medical Center on Tuesday
morning when he received a call about a patient at Trinity Medical Center
who needed emergency surgery. Dr. Hrynkiw got in his car, but didn't make
it more than a few blocks before traffic stopped. Knowing he needed to
hurry, Dr. Hrynkiw got out of his car and walked about six miles in the snow
and ice to Trinity Medical Center. He arrived at the hospital, performed
the surgery, and saved the patient's life. It's truly a story of courage and
But what if Dr. Hrynkiw had decided that the patient's life wasn't worth
walking six miles in the snow and ice? What if he decided that it was too
difficult to get there, and that there was nothing he could do? Thankfully,
he didn't make that decision. And thankfully, there was something he could
Because of our sins, WE are in a desperate, deadly condition (Romans 6:23).
But God loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus - "the Great
Physician" - to provide the remedy for our sins (John 3:16). Jesus came
"from a great distance" in comparatively deplorable conditions (read
Philippians 2:6-8), but He came anyway - because He loves us.
Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have
not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:31-32).
And the truth is.... We have ALL sinned! (Romans 3:23)
It cost Jesus His life in order to provide the remedy for our sin: "He
himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins
and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed" (1 Peter
The Great Physician will save those who: place their faith and trust in Him
(Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) into Christ for
the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). He will continue to "make whole" those
who continue to walk in the light of His word (1 John 1:7).
Won't YOU accept the Great Physician's remedy for YOUR sin-sick soul?
-- Eric Gray and David A. Sargent
Monday, February 10, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
by Tom Wacaster
I have lived through a virtual revolution in how we acquire knowledge through our reading abilities. The modern age of digital reading devices has opened up a whole new world to the accessibility of knowledge. How you may feel about the good and/or bad of the digital age depends on your background I suppose.
I must confess that this little article is a combination of my weekly "Tom's Pen" and an attempt to inform my readers of books that are available on my website in various reading formats. First, a word about books and and reading in general. Mark Twain is attributed with having said, "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
It seems to me that the present generation does not read nearly as much as did their parents and grandparents. This may be due to the invention of television and/or the movie industry. Virtual reality has caused books at the local library to take a back seat. Our local library offers not just books - old fashioned, printed-0n-paper books - but DVD's, CD's, audio books, VHS tapes, and popular books of the past in digital format.
Having said that, I have explored the possibility to getting my hands on some old and out-of-print books that are in public domain (that simply means that the copyright was not renewed, and the 50 year time has lapsed allowing that book to be open for public use) and making those available in digital format. I have just completed my first project on a book by Harry Rimmer.
Mr. Rimmer published this book on the deity of our Lord almost a century ago. The title is "The Magnificence of Jesus," and for some unknown reason it had limited printing and distribution. There are some old printed copies of the book available on Ebay, but the prices range from "relatively inexpensive" to outrageously expensive.
I have formated the book into digital format and put it on my website book store available in Kindle, IPad, and Sony formats. I do not agree with everything Mr. Rimmer believes, but this work is a classic and should be in every preacher's library. Mr. Rimmber held to the premillennial view of the kingdom of God, and that false doctrine appears in the book. However, his comments on the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, the God-man aspect of the Savior excell.
Please visit my website to purchase a copy for a mere $2.39. I will send you an email asking for the format you want, and then make arrangements to get a link to you to download into your epub reader.
While you are at my site, peruse my other books, in printed format or epub format. I also make some of my commentaries available for ESword.
Someone once wrote:
Let books be your dining table,
And you shall be full of delights
Let them be your mattress
And you shall sleep restful nights.
I hope you will make it a practice in this new year to read a few good books. It really will enrich your life.
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By the way all shipping is free on my website with the exception of a free copy of my paper back, "Studies in Galatians." You can acquire a free copy of this little book by simply paying the postage.
Like many students in our nation, Tyler Doohan, a fourth grader at East Rochester Elementary School in New York, was out-of-school on Monday, January 20, due to a holiday. Because of the time out of class, Tyler spent Sunday night with some extended family at his grandfather's trailer in Penfield, a suburb of Rochester.
Perhaps it was the smell of smoke or popping sounds caused by the fire, but Tyler awoke from sleep very early on Monday morning and saw that the trailer was on fire. This eight-year-old sprang into action awaking 6 other people including two other children, ages 4 and 6 enabling them to get out of the trailer safely.
Tyler's uncle, Steven Smith, and his grandfather, were still in the burning trailer, so Tyler rushed back in to help them. His uncle was disabled and used a wheelchair because he'd
lost part of a leg.
Tyler, his uncle, and his grandfather did not make it out of the trailer. Fire investigators found Tyler's body just a few feet from his uncle's bed.
Chris Ebmeyer, Fire Chief of the Penfield Fire Company, said the casualties would have been much worse had Tyler not reacted so quickly. "He saved those other six people," Ebmeyer told the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper of Rochester.
The East Rochester School District sent a letter to all families saying Tyler "bravely and selflessly" gave his own life "to save the lives of six others and he is truly a hero."
Tyler Doohan reminds us of the greatest Hero of all
When we were doomed because of our sins and headed for the "everlasting fire" of punishment, God sent Jesus to our rescue so that we would not perish in the flames (Ephesians 1:7). Jesus went "into the fire" and suffered the punishment for our sins. He "endured hell" so that we
wouldn't have to. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree [i.e., the cross], so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed" (1 Peter 2:24). He gave His life for us so that we might live (1 Thessalonians 5:10).
Jesus will save and give eternal life to those who accept His offer of salvation on His terms: placing their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turning from sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). He will continue to cleanse those who strive to continue to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).
Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13
Tyler demonstrated that kind of love. His actions provide a glimpse of the great love that Jesus demonstrated for ALL of mankind to offer salvation
from the greatest peril: how He bravely and selflessly gave Himself to save ALL who would come to Him in trusting obedience.
Won't YOU respond to His great love by accepting His gift of salvation and life on His terms?
David A. Sargent
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