It’s a nice warm day in the Downriver by Sunday morning the lilacs will have burst into bloom here at the church. While spring is bursting into life around us it seems that we have been visited with dying of late. On the way home from the church to Granville Cottage there is a cemetery. There are at least a half dozen fresh mounds there. It’s good to be alive, but it is better to know that in Christ we will never, never die.
Dan Cummings is a pastor friend who I admire in so many ways. He is one of the finest preachers in the state. He is a marathoner. He is a good dad and a fine husband. He is a leader of men. I admire him more than I can say and often listen to his preaching on my iPod.
A few weeks ago it was announced that he has inoperable cancer. If God does not choose to intervene in a miracle, he will not live. He is trying to write and preach to the glory of God while he is dying. He is writing and preaching through his affliction. This is his blog. There are links to his preaching, too.
We often quote Richard Baxter who said; I preach as a dying man to dying men. We all preach as dying men to dying men. In light of Dan’s condition the reality of that is very sharp now. May God give Dan grace to die if that is what He has chosen for him. May he give each of us grace to live and die.
May each of us seize every moment of life we are given for the Glory of God and for things eternal that will never pass away. It’s good to be alive but it is much better to know that in Chrsit we will never, never die.
Pastor Ken Pierpont
Evangel Baptist Church
May 2, 2008
An archive of Dan’s sermons can be found here.