Our friend’s husband, Robert Keith crossed over from life as we know it and was born into eternal life in the early morning hours today. One of the best perspectives at a time like this is not to commemorate the day one dies, but rather celebrate their birthday into Heaven. This point of view is not my original idea but something I heard Jack Brickhouse, the famed Chicago broadcaster say and I have never forgotten it. That statement can be summed up in one word, HOPE. That is what we Christians called “the blessed hope.”
I have to be honest. As I am writing this blog, I am fighting the urge to preach. But I am compelled to say that the only hope has for receiving eternal life is by faith in the works of Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:6-9 NIV
These two scriptures propose that eternal life, just as life as we know it, is really another gift from God. Our (life) works have absolutely nothing to do with it. The only work that matters is what Jesus accomplished by his life, death and resurrection. God’s grace sent Jesus to die for us so that we could receive the free gift of eternal life just by “having faith” that Jesus is all we need to go to heaven and by inference believing God and His holy word, the Bible.
This is the core message of the Christian faith. It is so simple and uncomplicated that even a child can understand it.
This is the message that fueled the Jesus Movement which began in 1967 – and the music from that era. We know that Robert Keith embraced the message and the music. See the Snt Radio Blog from September 3, 2011. He turned 57 in earth time this past Monday. Today is is birthday in Heaven, where time has no place and there is no disease. In the truest sense, He is free!
As I mentioned in last week’s post, there is a cause on facebook where you can show some love. Robert is survived by his wife Harriet and her son, Gabriel. They are facing some big bills and both were laid off in September of this year. Please share a financial gift in Robert’s memory.
In Robert’s memory, we will be featuring the music from the Robert list on Saturday November 12, 2011
THE ROBERT LIST
1. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? by Larry Norman
2. For the Sake of the Call by Steven Curtis Chapman
3. Strong Tower by Kutlass
4. More Power To Ya by Petra
5. Love Broke Thru by Phil Keaggy
6. Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis
7. Beyond Belief by Petra
8. Love Takes Time by Bryan Duncan
9. Ancient of Days by Bob Ayala
10. Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech
11. He Reigns by Newsboys
12. He’s Alive by Don Francisco
13. There Is A River by The Gaithers
14. Easter Song by 2nd Chapter of Acts
15. Shine by Newsboys
16. Grave Robber by Petra
17. Destined To Win by DeGarmo & Key
18.Awesome God by Rich Mullins
19. Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crown
SnT Radio.com will play one song per hour from the above playlist beginning at 12am on Saturday, November 12, 2011.
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