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- Beyond the Bend –

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Hebrews 4:7, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”
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I’m amazed to hear that many people have the idea that when their life has run its course and they take their final last breath, they will no longer exist. However, so much more lies ahead! Frank W. Boreham (1871-1959) illustrates this in his book “Wisps of Wildfire.” A few weeks ago, in a small boat, I was making my way up one of the most picturesque of our Australian rivers. The forestry on both banks was magnificent beyond description … a canoe glided ahead of us. Presently, the waters seemed to come to an end and as we watched the canoe, to our astonishment, it just simply vanished.

But when we came to the point at which the canoe had so mysteriously disappeared, we beheld a sudden twist in the river artfully concealed by the tangle of bush. The blind alley was no blind alley after all!” Then, making reference to believers in Christ who had died, Boreham observed, “[They] have gone on – like the canoe. It had turned a bend in the river; they have turned a bend in the road.” Life may seem to end at death. At that “bend in the road,” however, the Christian is introduced into a new world where life at its best is enjoyed throughout the eternal ages. However, all who have rejected Christ as Savior will face God’s judgment and be eternally separated from Him (John 3:16-18).
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Closing thoughts:

Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “May we live here like strangers and make the world not a house, but an inn, in which we sup and lodge, expecting to be on our journey tomorrow? The end of life is in some ways like the end of a day. Life’s journey is long and we tend to get tired. We long for our labors to be finished and the suffering to be over. Ahead lies the night of death; but thank God, morning is coming! A wonderful life lies just ahead for the weary Christian traveler of this world. 2 Corinthians 5:8 tell us, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord forever.”

Perhaps the reason Jesus said, “I am … the Bright and Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16) is that he made possible the glorious dawn that awaits everyone who believes and has trusted in Him for salvation. Thus, the prospect of heaven is one of the most comforting truths in the Bible. Not only can we find hope in knowing that we will someday be in Jesus’ presence, but we can also anticipate seeing loved ones who are waiting for us on the other side. How glad we can be that we have the assurance of eternal life with Christ! The end of life here marks the dawning of a wonderful new day in the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords. The questions then remain:

(1) What awaits you beyond the bend of this life?
(2) If you were called into eternity today, would you be prepared to meet God face-to-face?
(3) Have you opened your heart to Him (Hebrews 4:7)?
(4) Are your sins forgiven?
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You must accept God’s Son today if you want to live in heaven’s sunshine tomorrow
 

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