The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
Ronald Reagan 1911-2004
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this
This is perhaps one of the most important statements made by the
oldest person ever to be elected president. Ronald Reagan was 69
He started his life in a four-room apartment over the general store
in Tampico, Ill. Before he was elected president, Reagan created an
impressive resume working first as a radio sports announcer, then as
an actor and a two-term governor of California.
Gorbachev on Sunday hailed Reagan as a great president:
"Reagan was a statesman who, despite all disagreements that existed
between our countries at the time, displayed foresight and
determination to meet our proposals halfway and change our relations
for the better, stop the nuclear race, start scrapping nuclear
weapons, and arrange normal relations between our countries,"
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said Reagan "had a
higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for
liberty and he did it without a shot being fired."
He left office in 1989 with the highest popularity rating of any
retiring president in the history of modern-day public opinion
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three children, Michael, from his
first marriage and Patti Davis and Ron from his second. His oldest
daughter, Maureen, from his first marriage, died in August 2001 at
age 60 from cancer.
Our prayers are with the family and the nation.
One news report stated that many are leaving messages for the late
president. One was by a nine year old boy thanking him for being
responsible for bringing down the Berlin wall. He went on to state
that because the wall came down, his mother was able to leave East
Germany and as a result, she met and married his father...resulting
in his being here.
The Berlin Wall was a stronghold. Many died trying to bring it down
or to render it impotent by getting around it or through it. Many
of these men and women died just a few feet from freedom.
My friend, many of you have your own "Berlin Walls" They are
called "strongholds" Many give up their freedom staying behind
these "walls" and not even trying to get out. Much like most of
those behind the Berlin Wall, they do not think there is anything
they can do.
Just as Ronald Reagan "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall", there is
one that said...."satan...tear down this wall!"
The last stronghold any of us will face is death.
Jesus Christ has pulled down this long standing wall. It was
erected at the beginning of human history when Adam and Eve first
disobeyed God. They were told not to eat of one particular
tree..the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 3: 1-7) This
wall was instantly erected the moment they disobeyed. Yet, even
then, God promised that this wall would be torn down.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and
between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou
shalt bruise his heel.
This wall was represented by the veil in the temple. This veil
prevented any contact except under very strict conditions and then
only once a year between man and God. It protected the Holy of
Holies. Two thousand years ago, not only was this wall torn down
once and for all, the veil that represented this wall was torn down
too..from top to bottom which showed that it was God Himself that
torn down this wall. As a result, we all have direct access not
only to this room..the Holy of Holies..but to God Himself.
Death was defeated.
1 Corinthians 15
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to
pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
Many of those behind the Berlin Wall died trying to get over it.
Many did do so and lived a free live...often leaving others behind.
This is true for this final wall, the wall of death. Look at what
God says about those that do find freedom:
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the
Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his
Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but
the righteous hath hope in his death.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh
and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that
through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that
is, the devil;
There is another side. Just as many died in East Germany trying to
scale the wall, many die trying to pull down this final wall:
Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have
no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn
from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why
will ye die, O house of Israel?
What makes the difference? Why do some succeed in pulling down this
Wall of Death while others do not?
Those that succeed, do so because they realize it is not "they" that
pull the wall down, but the ONE that God promised would way back
when this wall was erected. It was pulled down by Jesus Christ. We
have but to accept that this wall is no longer there. We do that by
simply asking God to credit the payment Jesus made to pull this wall
down to our account.
Those that do not trust in Christ will still find the wall intact.
They will die trying to get through it. There is a saying..born
once..die twice. Born twice, die once.
Ronald Reagan was the one most responsible for the Berlin Wall being
torn down..but much more important was that the wall of DEATH was
destroyed by the SON OF GOD...JESUS CHRIST!
My friend..what side of this wall are you on? Do you realize that
it has been brought down for any that will believe?
Whichever side of the Berlin Wall you were on would matter for
perhaps 60 to 70 years..but the side of the Wall of DEATH you are
on will matter for eternity!
Take the sting out of death today...Whisper HIS
To destroy death....
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