The gambler explained that he had wasted his talent and money all his life, and certainly was not worthy of heaven. The soul of the old man told how he had never gone to church and had never really helped anyone, so he was also sure he was not worthy to go to heaven. But, as soon as the old man finished his story, the gambler spoke up and said that none of that was true. The old man had always noticed when he had gone into town, and then the old man would go to the gambler’s house and leave a flower or a little rock on the porch. Each flower or rock came with a note saying how he missed his friend the gambler, and how the gambler’s humor and laughter made his life better. The gambler went on to tell how much these little notes of kindness had meant to him, and because he knew there was a note of kindness waiting for him when he finally came home, that he often held back that last bet so he would have enough money to get home. The gambler knew the old man was worthy of heaven, even if the old man didn’t know it yet.
Collect and Deliver were angels who were also sisters. They had been created by God to gather the souls of the recently deceased and bring those souls either directly to heaven or to the training station. Most souls needed to go to the training station to learn all the protocols of heaven and have time to adjust to the fact that their life on earth was over.
The Army has taught chaplain Ken Bolin a lot about religion — and not just his own.
The Gospels are filled with stories of hope. We are in the season of hope. Some people call this the season of Pentecost.
There’s a party Saturday — and everyone’s invited.
If we are truly observant, we can see Jesus Christ acting in people’s lives locally and around the world! When we are attentive to the spiritual life, we will be awed at the sheer immensity of the Christian faith!
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! — Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)
Prayers to encourage and comfort the soul will increase my spirituality, giving me abundant life and peace. During the day, I am often confronted with many issues, some relevant to family and friends, job and coworkers or even a stranger. Therefore, I must prepare myself with the Word of God. The Word of God will lead me and guide me throughout the day.
This faith walk is modeled after a prayer activity called the Stations of the Cross.
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — John, 3:16