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NOT IF JESUS IS LIKE DAD


Some months ago I heard a touching story about a humble, consecrated pastor whose young son had become very ill. After the boy had undergone an exhaustive series of tests, the father was told the shocking news that his son had a terminal illness. The youngster had accepted Christ as his Savior, so the minister knew that death would usher him into Glory; but he wondered how to inform one in the bloom of youth that he soon would die.


After earnestly seeking the direction of the Holy Spirit, he went with a heavy heart through the hospital ward to the boy’s bedside. First he read a passage of Scripture and had a time of prayer with his dear child. Then he gently told him that the doctors could promise him only a few more days to live.


"Are you afraid to meet Jesus, my boy?" asked his devout father.


Blinking away a few tears, the little fellow said bravely, "No, not if He’s like you, Dad!"


(From a sermon by James Kirkland, Paradise - Fathers - Stewardship, 6/20/2011)

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