This is All Saints Day
one of the finest, most joyful days of the Christian year. It’s the day
when we remember and give thanks for all true believers around the
world, especially those who have gone before us into heaven.
Evangelicals often pay little attention to the Christian year (for
various reasons), but this is one holiday that should really be a “holy
day” for us. For starters, make a mental list right of believers you
know who are in heaven today. Do you have loved ones and friends who
died in the Lord? Think of those saints of God who have passed from
earth to heaven in the last 12 months. Remember them. It is biblical
and right that we should not forget those who have entered the “Church
Triumphant.” Give thanks to God for their life and testimony. Let the
memory of their faith
inspire you to serve Christ today.
across this thought that seems fitting for this special day: “A world
without saints forgets how to pray.” We don’t pray to the saints or
through the saints and we don’t pray for the saints (they’re already in
heaven and don’t need our prayers–we’re the ones who need both to pray
and the prayers of others), but we let the memory of their faith
inspire us to pray and serve the Lord today.
I found this brief meditation by A. W. Pink on "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15)
. Here are three sermons that will help you focus on the promises of God that go beyond death:At Home With the Lord: What is the Christian View of Death?
Acorns to Oak Trees: How are the Dead Raised?
Inside the Pearly Gates: What Will We Do in Heaven?
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