Thursday, October 2, 2014

Remembering Rick

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Today I am remembering our friend Rick Bauer on this the 11th anniversary of his passing on to heaven. Rick was among the finest men I have ever known. 

Rick was a loving husband, devoted father, loyal family member, compassionate physician, gifted athlete, talented drummer, encouraging friend and a faithful follower of Christ.

He is well remembered and is greatly missed.  

I read that C. S. Lewis, the popular author of the Chronicles of Narnia series said that while on this earth we are "on the wrong side of the door." But he added, "All the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor it will not always be so."

Jesus doesn't leave us "on the wrong side of the door." It is because of Him that we anticipate what’s on the other side; heaven. The hope He gives us is not due to our good character or selfless service, nor because we have earned the right to enter heaven by any of our own efforts. No, we will see our Savior only because of our faith in His supreme sacrifice on the cross for our sins.

When we reach heaven, we'll understand the far-reaching implications of the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."   

Rick lived each day preaching, not with words but rather with  modeling the life of the One who stands at the door of our lives and knocks. Invite him in.

Your pastor and partner in ministry,

Congratulations to Justin and Jenna Braun on the birth of their son Jase Spencer. 7 lbs 14 oz 19’’ long born Oct 1.

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