Although at the time of the Seaway re-construction of Morrisburg, the above paving job was being done on Park Avenue on November 12, 1957. Today, this is the west end of Maud Street. Note: the side walk is in and some of the mature trees of today have obviously not been planted.
Always Be Ready
Well, here we are, a brand new year, 2013. We are not supposed to be here according to some wag. December 21, 2012, it was supposed to be all over. But we’ve heard these stories before, haven’t we?
I don’t know why it is that some people are so foolish as to claim to know something that even Jesus, the Son of God, said it wasn’t His to know.
In Matthew 24:36, we read Jesus’ words, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son but My Father only.”
Jesus’ words were in response to questions from His disciples as to when the end of the age would be.
The problem with all these presumptions is the danger that comes to us when nothing happens. People get to the place of ignoring anything that is said about the world coming to an end.
And that is a danger because it will come to an end some day when God, who created it all, determines that it is time.
Sinful humanity will one day be judged, Satan will be bound and God will make all things new where there will be no sin, no sickness, no dying.
That’s the promise of God.
Of course, those who have believed on His Son for the forgiveness of sin need not fear, we will be with God in His glorious kingdom.
Maybe you are thinking, “I’ve heard all of this foolishness before.”
May I encourage you to take a few moments to read 2Peter 3:1-16 and know that God knows. Back to Matthew 24, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will by no means pass away.”
I don’t know when the world as we know it will come to an end, and I don’t worry about it either. My hope is in Jesus Christ who tells me if I believe on Him that is, if I come to Him confessing my sins and trusting in Him to cleanse me from all sin, which He promises to do, that I need not worry about what happens in this life because He has gone back to His Father in Heaven to prepare a place for me and he will come again for me that I may be where He is, John 14:1-3.
That can also be true for you, for everyone. All you have to do is confess your sins, turn from your old ways of living to satisfy self and follow Jesus. I trust you will make that choice and believe in God, who knows all things.
For the past number of years, I have truly enjoyed writing this Perspectives Column as Pastor at the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle. Although, as of December 30, 2012, I have retired from full time pastoral ministry I will continue to do so, along with other members of our clergy here in South Dundas.
I wish God’s blessing on you and your families.
Maybe we’ll see each other around, as I do have eight good reasons to be around here.
God bless each of you for your kind words over the years. You will not soon be forgotten.
Rev. Duncan Perry,
Editor’s Note: All of us here at The Leader wish Rev. Perry all the best in his retirement years, and, yes, we look forward to seeing him out and about in the community.
We thank Rev. Perry for his many years of penning a Perspectives column and look forward to his continued efforts. We also welcome interim Pentecostal pastor, Rev. Lorna Casselman who will be joining our Perspectives Column writers.
This is a very significant week in the life of the church. Palm or Passion Sunday received its contrasting names from the day’s Gospel-Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem leads to his passion and crucifixion.
Maundy Thursday gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment” to “love one another” spoken at his Last Supper where he washed the disciples’ feet.
Good Friday marks Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, and death. Easter Vigil is celebrated on Holy Saturday evening after sundown, prior to Easter Sunday.
Historically, it can be a time for baptizing and receiving new members and celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
Easter Sunday is celebrated with joy. The message “He is Risen Indeed” turns the events of Holy Week and the story of our own lives into a victory. This day initiates the Easter season’s 50 days.
In these days, we are called to draw closer to God and to one another. We have the assurance that Jesus lived, died and rose again–and can give meaning to our often empty lives.
Good Friday is a dark day. Good Friday is a reminder of our inconstancies, our lack of courage under fire, our willingness to join the crowd rather than stand by our convictions and our friends. It is an accusing finger condemning our weaknesses.
Easter, however, just two days later, is the revelation of the pure love of God for all people. It is the death of fear, the end of despair, the awakening of belief in the goodness of God in spite of the evil of human beings.
May we remember that Holy Week is a precious time, revealing to us once again how very much our Christ loves us.
The resurrection of Jesus lit a flame in the hearts of men and women which has never been extinguished.
It confirms forever the teachings of the man from Nazareth who said, “Because I live, you shall live also. I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”
We are so blessed for Jesus promises us hope, peace, joy, love, light and eternal life in His arms. Our Saviour can bring glory out of darkness and resurrection out of death. And in a few days Jesus will be Risen, He will be Risen Indeed.”
May all of you be touched by the poignancy of Jesus’ death and by the celebration of Easter.
Give thanks for family and friends and count your other blessings.
And know that Jesus cherished us enough to lay His life down for us. We can rejoice always–for we are the precious sons and daughters of the living Lord.
Happy Easter, Happy Spring!