Archive for October, 2011

As I sit here contemplating the recent death of a dear brother in Christ (Pastor Steve Schueren), my heart is heavily burdened for those who are left behind. The deep pain I feel for his family, his friends and his congregation can only be partially expressed in tears. The right words to say all seem wrong, so I pray that God, through His word, would speak the exact words needed to provide comfort to each one who is hurting as a result of Steve’s passing.

I have come to grips with the fact I may never fully comprehend the circumstances surrounding the nature of Brother Steve’s death. However, through the fog of this situation, God has used this and other events around it to remind me of many things. In which I would like to share a few of these things with you (in no particular order):

1) Our days on earth are truly numbered and yesterday’s number will never come again.

2) I can see more clearly why the Gospel is “Good News” to all who believe. (God has provided a Savior who took our sin upon Himself and in exchange, robed us with the perfect righteousness of His Son)

3) Why John Newton called grace “Amazing”

4) Psalm 119:9-11 must become a reality in my life

5) Spiritual warfare is real and we must view passages such as Ephesians 6:10-18 as our battle plan.

6) Never categorize sin by degrees (big and little). All sin must be dealt with!

7) The salvation of Christian is not earned by obedience to the law, but purchased on the cross over 2000 years ago by Christ.

8 ) The importance of demonstrating Godly character to my wife and Children

9) I never want to be found doing anything that I would not do in the last seconds of my life

10) How I live my life is just as important as what I say and teach

11) God does not need me to accomplish His plans, yet He has given me the privilege to be used in His kingdom

12) The importance of understanding the doctrine of Justification rightly

13) Self righteous hypocrites fail to see the weight of their own sin.

14) Every aspect of our salvation is bound up in our eternal union with Christ

15) The verse that is commonly known for its simplicity is one of the most profound passages in all of scripture:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I give thanks to God for allowing me to come into contact with the life, ministry and friendship of Brother Steve Schueren. May God continue to use both his life and death for His own Glory!

In Christ,
Gary Chaffins


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