You are cordially invited to hear the word of God proclaimed by
Greg Gwin of Columbia, TN
Simon Greenleaf, founder of Harvard Law School, stated that the credibility of witnesses depends on their honesty, ability, the consistency of their testimony, how their testimony conforms with experience and how it coincides with the circumstances. Using those criteria, we can evaluate the testimony of the disciples of Christ. Were they credible witnesses?
Throughout our lives, people keep records about us. Whether it be school, work or the IRS, we're being tracked, and it's only increasing in the digital age. However, none of these records are important as whether our names are recorded in the Book of Life. God is keeping a record that has eternal consequences. Nothing is as important as that record and not everyone's name will be recorded in the Book of Life.
A living will documents what you want to happen to you if you become incapacitated, incapable of making reasonable choices for yourself. What would happen if we applied that concept to our spiritual lives? What would you want others to do for you if you became "spiritually ill," manifesting the signs of spiritual weakness or unfaithfulness. If we acknowledge that nothing is more important than our souls, then it would benefit us to consider what might be our spiritual living will while we're strong enough to make good choices.
There are numerous famous battles that we may remember or even memorialize. Military leaders study battles to formulate future military strategy. One of the most important battles of the Old Testament was Israel's victory over Jericho. We benefit from studying this battle and can make spiritual applications as it relates to our faith.