One of my favourite sermons. Lester Roloff after he had been wrongfully imprisoned.
Lots of singing, and some powerful preaching.
Today Jack Patterson continues Roloff's ministry to the downtrodden youths.
I'm in Nova Scotia, in the little town of Digby, on the northwestern horn. I drove back the youth group of Biblebelievers' Baptist Church from Montreal, 14 hours of driving time. Out of cash and gas.
Consecrated, Redeemed, I didn't get to pass by western union yet and might not be able today. Don't worry, I'll be taken care of. I might also be teaching Sunday school. Please pray for me. Been praying much with Pastor Peter, it's a real blessing.
It is now 5:50 P.M. over here. We're an hour ahead of Montreal.
Isa 26:19 ... together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
Okay. So since I turned fifty years of age I keep getting notification from all sorts of health departments asking me to go for all kinds of tests. The latest episode was a letter I got from the funeral parlour asking me if I have made funeral arrangements. I realize this may shock some of you but interestingly enough, and being the organized person that I am, and since we do not have a family cemetery in Canada, I figured I should be ahead of the game and I signed the application form returning the questionnaire in the postage-paid envelope.
Last night a lady from the parlour called me and we went over my requirements. Did I want a regular burial or cremation. (I am a Christian I replied, I wanted the traditional Christian burieal). Where did I want to be buried and why. I had picked a location and explained the reason for that particular spot being that I knew several believers buried there. The lady, for some reason, wanted to know what did I mean by "believers". Of course that threw the subject wide open and I got to witness to Claire who was quite open to the gospel. You call it burial site, but it is resurrection ground (got that from my assistant pastor, Brian). I want to rise with fellow believers from the same spot. She wanted to hear more about the resurrection and life after death. I explained to her that in order to rise you must fulfil one condition: you must be born again. I believe in God and in good, she said. I repeated the condition. You must be born again. You talk like one of the men I buried she replied (lol). We speak the same langauge because we have the same spirit, I replied.
For over half an hour, Claire and I conversed and I got to witness to her very clearly about her need to trust the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, she did not understand what I meant by "trust". Again I explained that it is not by works of righteousness but by faith we are saved through grace, not by works lest any man should boast. Also that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, that on the cross he had paid the price for all our sins and when he cried "it is finished" he had completed the job.
In the end, the lady agreed to meet with me in June to complete the formalities on condition that she would tell me about the burial plan and I would tell her about my resurrection plans.
Talking about the formalities, I wish to say that the stone they lay on the grave will cost $2500 alone and it has to conform to certain norms if I want it made elsewhere. I have often wondered about the epitaph that I would want on my grave.
I think I would like the verse above especially the phrase: awake and sing ye that dwell in the dust: thy dew is as the dew of herbs..
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