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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of September 13-19, 2021: “Billy, He’s Not Dead; He Rose from the Dead”.
As I write to you on this Monday, September 13, 2021, I do so with a heavy heart. I just learned, a few hours ago, that my mother, Barbara Mugnolo, passed into Eternal Life suddenly at age 87. At this time, many things are running through my mind as to who she was in the things that she both said to me and did for me.
As to what she did for me … well, those things are too numerous for me to count. She had tremendous patience with her oldest sonyours trulyin helping him to understand and deal with a “hidden disability” that came about from a premature birth. Her forbearance with me helped me to overcome many obstacles in life so I could go on to become who I am today. To this, I can only say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21, 23).
As to the many things she said, one thing stands out above and beyond all others. I was about five or six years old and there was much talk out in the world then over the statement, “God is dead”. I thought about the crucifix at Church which portrayed the dead Christ and became scared that death was truly the end both for Him and for all of us. As I expressed these fears to my mom, she told me, “Billy, He’s not dead; He rose from the dead."
These words, even in my child’s mind, struck home like a thunderbolt: Jesus didn’t stay deadHe was alive! Somehow, as I reasoned, His rising wasn’t just about Himit was for me, too! While it took me until my college years to fully understand this, a seed was planted in my young life. Once again, to my mom, I can only say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
In the days to come, please especially remember in your prayers my dad, Anthony Mugnolo, and all my family. I would also encourage you to take any opportunity that you might have to tell a small child about Jesus. It may well make all the difference in the world for them and even for their eternity itself.
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source.
This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing.
Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)