My 95-year- old aunt passed away in November, 2016.
And my almost-93- year-old Dad passed away in February, 2017.
Both of them had pre-paid their funeral costs. Years ago they met
with the local funeral home director, selected the casket and made
monthly payments until everything was paid for—including the
honorariums to pay the minister and musicians.
What an incredibly generous and loving act that was! My
brother and I weren’t burdened with the tremendous expense of
The Bible gives us a similar example in Genesis 23. In fact, an
entire chapter is devoted to Abraham’s purchase of a cave for the
burial of his wife, Sarah—and where he would also be buried years
You may remember that God told Abraham to move, but he
didn’t know where God was taking him. In faith, Abraham and Sarah
followed God. As a result, he didn’t own any land in Canaan. But in
Genesis 17:8, we read that God had promised to give Canaan to
So Abraham was actually moving in faith when he purchased
the burial plot for himself and his wife. He took God at His Word,
believing he and his future relatives would fill the land.
Abraham was proving his faith in what God had promised!
I want to be more like Abraham.
Oftentimes, we say we believe God’s promises, but when we’re
faced with difficulties, we fail to put our faith into action and claim
what God has already promised.
How about joining me in living inside the promises God has
This weekend I’m speaking in Rocky Mt., N.C. and would love
to know you’re praying for me.
It’s one thing to say we believe; it’s another to
Many times professing Christians act like
atheists. We say we believe but when we make
decisions or deal with hardships, we act like we don’t
I am praying that I will be more like Abraham and live
what I believe. Will you join me in that prayer?