“But before the end comes,
the good news must be preached to all nations.”
~Mark 13:10, CEV~
Happy Easter to everyone! I’m sorry that we haven’t posted in so long, but the hospital has been a busy place today (tons of people visiting kids for Easter) and we wanted to wait for good news to report. Aaron finally got extubated around noon today. His countenance completely changed when they took the tube out. He went from depressed, lethargic and swollen to a bright-eyed, mobile little guy again. In fact, he immediately started looking for something to put in his mouth within minutes. He has been peeing like a champ all day and is almost back to his pre-surgery size. After almost 6 hours of withholding his feeds, I finally strongarmed one of the attending physicians to order his feeds started again. Aaron has been restless and agitated begging for a real meal! But I guess we’ll have to start with a few ccs an hour through the tube for now and build him back up. Please pray for his continued progress. Hopefully, we will be able to hold our little guy again soon.
Please continue to Pray for Majel and Jesse Dean. Jesse is home from rehabilitation. Now, Majel is his head nurse. Pray for her to not feel overwhelmed as she takes care of Jesse. Pray for daily progress in Jesse’s condition.
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
THE STORY HAPPENED in the 1800’s…
In days past, rural people of the Southern States, we now call in the USA, “the Bible Belt,” were used to hard work and plain living; most of them were “Bible believers.” It did not matter if they were Baptists or Methodists or whatever; they believed the Bible over their “church creed.” Most did not know what their church creed taught. Honesty was part of their embedded character. Religious debates were very common; people desired to hear and know the truth. They would ask, “What does the Bible teach?”
A debate was to be held at a certain time and place. As folks started to arrive on horseback and wagons, the building filled quickly. The proposition for discussion was, “Is Baptism necessary for one to be saved?” The Baptist debater was present; however, the debater from the church of Christ did not show up. What happened, an accident, bad weather, did he get sick? What should they do?
Finally, the elders of the local church asked the “oldest elder” present to take the place of the evangelist that was absent. “I am not a debater” the elder explained, but with pressure he agreed to debate the Baptist champion and to do the best he could.
With great eloquence the Baptist debater pressed that “baptism had nothing to do with salvation; it was faith only.” When the old elder got up for his speech he turned the pages of his New Testament to Mark 16:16 and read, “He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be dammed.” With this said, he sat down. With huge frustration at the shortness of the old elder’s remarks the Baptist champion took his allotted time and again preached “faith only.” When it was the old elder’s turn again for his speech, he slowly turned the pages of his New Testament and found Mark 16:16. With his thin old finger pointing to Mark 16:16, he looked up at the packed house and stated, “Yup, it’s still there.” With this affirmation, enormous good humored laughter filled the meeting house. The debate was over. With open Bibles the crowd of plain, honest people went their own ways. (Donald R. Fox)
The Bible does not change. The Word of God, however, will change the hearts of honest men. We must remember and heed:
“He that rejecteith me, and receiveth not my words,
hath one that judgeth him;
the words that I have spoken,
the same shall judge him in the last day.”