New Vienna Church of Christ
The Clouse Family
Brad - Annaleigh - Julie - Will
Dear Church Family,
The beginning of this New Year has been a difficult one as we have lost three faithful members of our church family – Bea McVey; Becky Johnson; Eldon Eastridge. The reality of death always makes its presence known (see Heb.9:27). Although we are saddened by their loss, we are also encouraged by their gain – HEAVEN! In fact, I am reminded of what Jesus says to us in Jn.14:1-3 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people! We take great comfort in knowing that Bea, Becky, and Eldon were prepared for heaven. So let us as a church family live everyday as a prepared people. Of course, the question may be asked, “How can I be prepared?” (1) Believe (in Jesus Christ and what He has done for you); (2) Repent (of your sins); (3) Confess (that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God); (4) Be Baptized (having your sins washed away). If we are a prepared people then let us do our best to help those around us make the necessary preparations. Praise God that through His Son Jesus He has prepared a place for us!
In Christian love, Brad