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A New and More Perfect Edition

June 21st, 2013 No comments / Public Domain Mark 1.0

John 5:26-31 (29)

In one of his lighter moments, Benjamin Franklin penned his own epitaph. He didn’t profess to be a born-again Christian, but it seems he must have been influenced by Paul’s teaching of the resurrection of the body. Here’s what he wrote:

The Body of

B. Franklin,


Like the Cover of an old Book,

Its contents torn out,

And stript of its Lettering and Guilding,

Lies here, Food for Worms,

But the Work shall not be wholly lost:

For it will, as he believ’d, Appear once more,

In a new & more perfect Edition,

Corrected and amended

By the Author.

He was born Jan. 6. 1706.

Died                    17

 (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin. P. 44.)

Unfortunately Benjamin Franklin’s hope was unfounded.   Just hoping that God will correct our lives when we die is not enough.  There is no hope for resurrected life except through Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:8,9)  Paul writing to the Christians at Corinth said, “51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Cor 15:51-53

by Dr. Gayle Woods


Categories: Devotionals

The Present Reality

June 21st, 2013 No comments
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2 Cor. 4:7-14 (14)

In “The Body,” Chuck Colson recounts that on May 1, 1990 at Moscow’s Red Square the usual procession of military might was being paraded before the throngs of people. Tanks, missiles, and troops passed before the Communist party elite. It was a demonstration of power and self-sufficiency for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In the wake of the parade, however, surged a mass of protesters. They were crying out their chants of desperation. They wanted “Bread! . . . Freedom! . . . Truth!”

As Mikhail Gorbachev, the soviet leader watched, some Orthodox priests hoisted a massive eight-foot crucifix. Parishioners holding ropes helped to pull the cross to a vertical position. Raised about the crowd, the cross bearing our Lord “obscured the giant poster faces of Karl Marx, Fredrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin that provided the backdrop for Gorbachev’s reviewing stand.” Then the shout of the priests was heard above the clamor of the protestors. “Christ is risen!”

Even in the midst of persecution the risen Lord makes His presence known. He has risen and in Him we know abundant life. Because He lives we live. This wonderful truth cannot remain in chains. This wonderful truth cannot remain entombed. This wonderful truth cannot be erased from history. No matter what effort is taken to rob believers of their hope in Christ, this wonderful truth will again emerge resplendent above the unbelieving throng a victorious testimony to a historic fact and a present reality.
(Charles W. Colson, The Body, 1992, Word Publishing, p. 231.)

by Dr. Gayle Woods

Categories: Devotionals