On November 5th we celebrated a life well-lived during Gayle Jackson's Memorial Service at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia (see attached). The loss of our mentor, brother and friend is still very fresh, but we acknowledge with pure joy our belief that Gayle is with our Lord and Savior for eternity, and that we will see him again.
Gayle had a vision for this monthly blog to impact readers positively for the Kingdom. It is part of his legacy in the R12.2 ministry he launched many years ago. We intend to continue inviting men to contribute writings as they are led by the Holy Spirit, and we will publish and post these writings in memory of Gayle.
This month's installment comes from our dear friend and Brother in Christ, Bill McCurine. It was originally scheduled for posting in October, but we delayed publishing in observance of Gayle's memorial service. This is one of the last blogs Gayle collaborated on with his fellow ambassador for Christ.
One definition of wisdom is "knowledge applied." Couple this definition with what the Psalmist tells us:
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!" (Psalm 111:10 ESV)
Bill offers us great insight into the connection between identity and the Gospel in this piece, so we encourage you to pay close attention.
Suffering is common to all mankind, every era, every culture, every ethnicity, and every nationality. Suffering is universal. No one completely escapes suffering. Jesus knows the reality and depth of our suffering. Jesus identifies with us because He loves us. Because He loves us, He gave Himself up to be crucified so that we could be saved in Him and through Him. Jesus understands our darkest hour and laid down His body as a bridge from mortality to eternal life, from alienation to adoption by the living God.
Good reading and good life.
In His name,
Arthur, Bob, Chris & Steve