A Good Report
My Momma & Butterflies
I lost my Momma on 5/4/12 just 2 days before my 36th birthday. It was and continues to be the most profound loss I have ever experienced. Momma loved the Lord. She taught me to love God and to love others. She served from a young age as a waitress, then at 36 went back to school to become a nurse. She served the geriatric and pediatric special needs patients. Her life was filled with heartbreak except for the Lord, her children and her grandchildren. Her favorite song was “How Great Thou Art” and her favorite verse Ephesians 2:8. Momma struggled with depression for most of her adult life and sometimes she was not able to attend church. During those days, she clung to the verses in Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. After Momma passed, I began to see butterflies everywhere. Sometimes it would be a real butterfly other times I would see a butterfly on something. I couldn’t help but think of Momma every time I saw one. One day the Lord spoke to me, “Just like a butterfly starts as a caterpillar and then weaves a cocoon then emerges the beautiful butterfly, your Momma has been set free from the bondage and chains of this life. Woo hallelujah! John 8:36 says “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Momma was set free from sin and death the moment she accepted Jesus’ salvation. She was set free from this life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Momma is a new creature she is with the Lord because the Word says in 2 Corinthians 5:8: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with Lord.” I rejoice in knowing that she is with the Lord. I rejoice in knowing I will see her again. I praise God for being a loving Father who sends such words of encouragement to a daughter who still grieves on the wings of butterflies.
In loving memory of Cheryl A. Williams. I Just thought this might be a comfort to someone.
Dana L. Shields, Lafayette , GA
Testimony of How The Lord Revealed True Doctrine
I was questioning the doctrine of unconditional eternal security and asked the Lord to show me the true doctrine. On Saturday June 28, 2014, I got mad at God, blamed Him, and use some blasphemous words. On Sunday the 29th between Sunday School and worship service I prayed Lord forgive me for getting mad at you and the words I used and do not take away your Spirit. During the singing of the last song, the Holy Spirit moved on me and I knew that the doctrine of unconditional eternal security was right doctrine. I have learned that some scriptures that are used by people who teach that it is false doctrine are misinterpreted. One of the scriptures is Romans 8:24, which says, “For what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” I do not see how eternal security or the lack of it plays a part in this scripture.
Evert Hastie III, Wichita, KS