My Father in Law’s Passing

Psalm 116:15

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.

Yesterday, January 16, 2017 my dear father-in-law met his Savior face to face. No more suffering, no more heartache, no more worn out body, no more anything that is not good…instead, he is forever in the presence of the One Who loves him and each of us the very most.




A lot of people have no idea of where they are going after they die. Even if a person lives to be a 100, time on this earth is a blink of the eye compared to eternity.  My FIL knew for sure where he was going.   I like the way that this link explains the way a person can get to Heaven and know for sure they are going there after they die.   It does not have to do with being a “good enough” person.  If it did, none of us would make it.  I have copied and pasted the message below.  John 3:16 is Good News for all of us!




“The gospel in its simplest form is ten words: “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.”




The centrality of the gospel is not based on what we do for Christ, but what He did for us. He has provided a way for sinners to be pardoned instead of punished. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we can have a relationship with God that transforms our lives forever when we place our trust in Jesus alone.




John 3:16 offers a simple outline of the three things God wants us to know: His love, His gift, and His offer of salvation.





God’s Love – “For God so loved the world”


God’s love is so remarkable because He loves us not for who we are, but in spite of who we are. Harsh words, lies, selfishness—we are guilty of all of these and more. No matter what we’ve done, God still loves us. As sinners who have broken God’s commandments, we deserve His anger rather than his love. But God loves us so much that instead of turning His back on us, He turns His face toward us. Two thousand years ago, His love provided a gift only He could give.





God’s Gift – “that He gave His only begotten Son”


The gift is God’s Son—Jesus Christ. Because we have sinned, we deserve to die and be separated from God forever. The Bible identifies that place of separation as hell. But God gave His Son to take our punishment. Begotten means “one of a kind.” Jesus Christ is God’s unique son. He is perfect. Christ is our substitute. On a cross two thousand years ago, He died for our sins. As God, He came back to life, proving He had conquered sin and death once and for all.



Because the price for our sin has been paid, the way to God is clear and simple.




God’s Offer – “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”



Jesus did not mean “whoever goes to church, is baptized, helps the poor, or tries to live a good life.” Whoever is not just the wealthy business person, the pastor at church, the volunteer at school, the alcoholic, or the struggling single parent—it’s every single one of us.




The word believe means to “trust,” “depend,” or “rely on.” Knowing about Jesus is not enough. We have to place our trust in Jesus Christ alone to save us. That means we must trust Christ as our only way to heaven, the only way we can have a relationship with God.




There is nothing more important than your need to trust Christ. You can tell God you are trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior through a simple prayer. It is not a prayer that saves you; it is trusting Christ that saves. Prayer is simply how you tell God what you are doing.




Dear God, I know I’m a sinner. I know my sin deserves to be punished. I believe Christ died for me and rose from the grave. I trust Jesus Christ alone as my Savior. Thank you for the forgiveness and everlasting life I now have. In Jesus’ name, amen.


8 thoughts on “My Father in Law’s Passing

  1. Loved reading this simple gospel presentation. it’s always good to stay close to the basics in what we believe and teach others!
    thank you for sharing.
    love and prayer for your family at this time.


  2. Well said, Paula. We love you and we continue praying for you as you walk your journey.

    Much love & prayers for all the family over his loss on this earth, but my what BLESSINGS when you KNOW that you KNOW and he KNEW … He is FREE, Happy, Loving, Enjoying, Worshiping, Blessed! For those still here it’s harder for sure, but God’s Word and His promises and assurances keep us standing (or kneeling) … we love you and we pray for you.


  3. Dear Paula,
    I am so sorry for your loss and your husband’s loss. It is always hard to lose a parent whom we love. I am rejoicing that you know where he is now and that he was faith filled.

    What a beautiful presentation you made about Jesus and trust. We all need to hear it over and over again until it sinks in and we finally understand what has really happened for us who believe. We really do need to trust and sometimes it is hard and at other times we just know that we know that we can trust and not be afraid.

    I hope this finds you feeling well and that the chemo is working this time as well as it did last time. I pray for your and your family that though you miss your FIL that you also will be able to rejoice over his New Life in eternity with the Eternal Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and all the saints. May God be with you now and always.
    Lovingly, in Christ Jesus,
    Kathy Geiger


  4. You can be thankful you got to spend quality time with him during his visit in your home. I know John was expecting to see him more often with him moving to Florida. The world is in such chaos these days that I know he is blessed to not have to suffer anymore, it is only we who are left behind who feel the pain of loneliness and need of our parents love and advice and encouragement. Thank you for letting us know. Still praying for all f you.


  5. I like to send my deepest sympathy to you and your husband I’m so sorry to hear this ( the passing of your father- law)I’m praying that God give you guys the strength to move on, i encourage you guys to continue to love on one another and keep God first he will direct your path.


  6. Sorry to hear about your loss, heaven’s gain. We still miss the person but look forward to being reunited. Take care of yourself — we like you this side of heaven!


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