“Whose privilege is it?”

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I have received several phone calls from terminally ill people requesting counsel on how to die.

One of the people is a lady who lives alone in modest circumstances. She is a widow, has buried both her children, and is the last surviving member of her family.

She is truly alone in this world.

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Joy Comes In The Morning

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It was a clear, crisp night, Sunday November 30, the end of a wonderful day.

In the morning I preached at an assembly in Hamilton, a place where that I had not been for a few years. The subject was prayer, from Matthew 6, and the Lord’s voice was heard. Susan and I came home thrilled with the way the saints responded.

The afternoon was spent in prayer and preparation for the evenings teaching on John 17, as well as writing an article for a brother who wanted to know why Jesus said that the “violent take the kingdom by force.” in Matthew 11:12. I wanted to give him the article that evening.

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“Gordon, does God hate me?”

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Several years ago I received a phone call from someone I had not seen in many years. He mentioned his name and asked if I remembered him. I assured him that I did remember him. I had been his pastor when he was getting started in his adult life.

He then told me that he had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, was given 6-18 months to live, and asked me to visit. I quickly  made arrangements to see him.

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What Goes Round Comes Round

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Isaiah 40:1

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A number of years ago, in a time of personal struggle, a very fine and mature Christian brother drew alongside me and ministered grace. He was full of compassion and love as he led me through a maze of problems. I became very close to him because of his ministry to me.

This same person also drew alongside Susan within hours of her late husband’s death. Once again he was a “father in Israel” to her. His warm and loving manner did much to comfort and strengthen Susan in her very lonely times.

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I’m doing my best!

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My heart went out to the patient in the hospital bed.

His situation was clearly hopeless and yet the family was encouraging him to beat the disease.

They talked incessantly about when he would be coming home to celebrate the birthday in a couple of months. Certainly they meant well but they only added to the suffering of the already exhausted man. He was trying his best to cooperate with the hospital staff but it was not helping.

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