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Sacred Ordinary - I finally found a way to explain what it means to me: "It is forged in the daily and tempered in the ordinary. It is a slow and steady and deliberate gathering of the years. It is a combination of keen attentiveness—to God, to self, to others, to life—and holy indifference—to trifles, to insults, to useless distractions. It is planned, not in some goose-stepping mechanical way, but in the sense that it builds on a resolve to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of you, and to take every though captive and make it obedient to Christ."
- Stephen A. Macchia

2016 I have chosen to live in light of ETERNITY. "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39 KJV I want my little life that I have been given to be a testimony for the blood that was shed for me on Calvary's cross.


This year and for the years to come, it is about surrendering to God and giving my family and those I meet along the way, JESUS! I am going to let my light shine. LIFE is SHORT! We do not know when we will die. Each day we need to make the most of the time that we have, for it may be our last. AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST, all of us should live each moment in light of eternity.


The decisions we make in this life determine where and how we will spend the next. We should, therefore, make certain that the right decisions are made.


The final states are fixed, there is no second chance. Finally, we should have heaven constantly on our mind so as to have an impact in this world. (Especially our family)


I want to leave an Eternal Legacy. Living in light of Eternity causes us to focus on what is truly important. It is not about the furniture we own, the clothes we wear, the places we want to travel or even the church we attend. IT IS ALL ABOUT SOULS and if they KNOW JESUS PERSONALLY.


Lord, remind us just how brief our time here on earth will be. Our days are numbered, our life is fleeting. Each of us is just a vapor, a breath. Are we living in light of ETERNITY? Are we ready to meet our maker?

Living in Light of Eternity
Christina

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Examining the Realities of Heaven & Hell

I will be adding this book to my reading basket. I am so excited to get started on it! 


An examination of the realities of heaven and hell, as well as the frailty of earthly life. Believers will be encouraged to understand what comes next as we put to rest many of the popular caricatures of eternal life. Will we have bodies? Will we recognize one another? Will we retain our individuality and personalities? These are questions clearly answered in Scripture. Not only will the fear of death dissipate, but this brings a freedom to live unencumbered by the anxiety and worry of this life.    


Jason Velotta is a Chaplain at Jackson Madison County General Hospital as well as the Associate Pastor of Christ Church in Brownsville, TN. He holds an Mdiv, an MABS, and an MM from Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga, TN, as well as a BA from Luther Rice University. 


 Jason currently lives in Brownsville, TN with his wife Dana and their three children Jacob, Jesse, and Sophie.