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We sell used books to make a living. Every now and then we sell a book with an interesting story behind it.

We have sold a few used books to really famous people; or, at least they had famous names. Some did seem unmistakable though, like when we sent a book to John D. Rockefeller, IV in West Virginia; or, Paul Tagliabue in New York City.

We have sold books to universities, government agencies, courts and movie studios; one was ordered to be used in a movie. People are often looking for a cherished book as a child, or occasionally, one that their grandparents wrote or illustrated.

Today “Carol” called. In grief, she was on an unusual mission. She wanted to order a book to place in her father’s casket. The book was, My Father Can Fix Anything by Mabel Watts (Whitman, 1965). She shared how her father had read this book to them when they were little. It was a children’s book with sweet pictures, about a father who repaired all the broken things in his child’s little world. The reading of this book so many years ago was such a lasting and tender memory that she wanted to have this book in her father’s coffin with him when he was buried.

 My son Clyde III took the order, and my son Nathan packaged it. We shipped it out overnight to her. Needless to say, it was a touching moment for us here; our eyes were getting misty. A father now still and silent; surely to be missed. A family in loss and sorrow; a hole left that could not be easily mended. All parts of the course of this earthly life.

How appropriately was the title of the book, though: My Father Can Fix Anything. Though “Carol’s” father may have fixed many things in her childhood, he could not fix this. How cold and final death seems; but my own heart was encouraged that, indeed, My Father Can Fix Anything.

Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)

Our Father can fix anything – even death, the greatest of all man’s problems – the last great enemy of mankind.

 “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (I Corinthians 15:26).

The only way to destroy death is by resurrection!

“The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice” (John 5:28)

The ultimate result is that our Father will fix even death and,

“And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be All in all (I Corinthians 15:28).

For surely, My Father Can Fix Anything!

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AARP

“The hoary [gray] head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31).

I received my invitation to join AARP by mail this week. I will turn 50 in a few days. I consider reaching 50 to be an honored marker in my life. I have actually been looking forward to my AARP letter to arrive for months. I probably won’t join – as I am not really the “joining” type; that’s not really the issue in my heart. Although I have no plans on retiring (now or in the future – why should I, as long as I can do what I love to do!), it just seems an appropriate token of this milestone in my life.

I have not dreaded being 50. After all, what is the alternative? In fact I embrace it as part of God’s all-wise plan of life – and what a plan it is! My hair is even beginning have a few strands of gray – which I am thankful for. This is the prime of life! I finally seem to have a true grip on life in general, and my Father’s life in particular. I am thankful to be turning 50.

In this strange day when youth is valued above age, we must allow our perspective to be adjusted by the sure truth of the Bible. The Scripture places great worth upon age.

We live in a society that seems to devalue old age, while placing importance on youth. It can be seen everywhere – geared to the youth, being young, looking young, restoring youth – but none of this is God’s plan: He has not designed life to work this way. He values old age, and He knows what He is doing. Always.

Do not be tempted to give in to society’s idea that – just in a man’s prime, just when he is truly ready to get started – it is time for him to “retire” and go play golf.

Alfred Montapert wrote concerning age:

Too old to be useful?

Don’t you believe it!

Only years make men. Rarely do the great men of history distinguish themselves before they are fifty, and between fifty and eighty they do their best work – both as regards to quality and quantity …

Noah Webster, when between sixty and seventy, performed the Herculean task of his life in the production of his dictionary …

Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (on his back, on a scaffold) when he was nearly ninety. (Alfred Armand Montapert, Success Planning Manual (1967), page 243).

“… The beauty of old men is the gray head” (Proverbs 20:29).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Windber, PA

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A Memorial

Clyde L. Pilkington, Sr.
January 6, 1911 – February 14, 1996

It is hard to believe that the greatest man that I ever knew has been asleep in Christ (I Thessalonians 4:14) for nearly 13 years. Today is his birthday; he would have been 98. This man was my father.

I am not sure, maybe many children see their fathers as the greatest men they have ever known. One thing is for sure, I truly miss him. He was a faithful and loving husband and father and I was very privileged to have been his son.

I shall never forget his weak and gentle voice attempting to sing and hum the hymns of yesteryear in his last days. As I looked into his eyes for the last time, I remember him looking straight back into mine. I told him that I loved him so very much and that we would miss him greatly, but that I rejoiced that we see each other again. A tear came to his eye and he took a few long, delayed, restful sighs and closed his eyes.

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:22).

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:55, 57).

It has been my honor and privilege to have my mother live with me the past few years. She was his great love; and he hers. As anyone who knew them knew, they were very close. Even after 13 years she still misses him dearly. Some days are extremely hard for her; but her pain is tempered with the joy of resurrection hope. I appreciate those of you who have expressed your love to her over these years.

“Happy Birthday,” dear dad. I love you very much. Rest well. I will see you in the morning!

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Welcome to my blog!

I have been encouraged on occasions to begin a blog – so here we go!

All of life is an adventure; and so much more so for the believer. The life of God in us produces a lifetime of adventure – what I like to call the great adventure of faith. And how can it not be so, for we are talking here about the very life of God at work “in us!”“according to power that works in us.”

With the assistance of my dear friend, André Sneidar, I will begin providing a number of themed blogs.

This one – The Great Adventure of Faith – will be my personal blog. It will be a place where I will share personal thoughts, information, updates, etc. – along on this great adventure of faith!

In addition to this personal blog, I have set up a blog where I will post my own daily Bible study articles. You can visit this at:

http://dailygoodies.wordpress.com

I also have set up 12 other themed blogs. These will allow me to post collections of “Goodies” based on common topics. You are welcome to subscribe to as many of these particular blogs for which you have an interest. I have blogs for the following themes:

Bible Study – http://approvedworkmen.wordpress.com/
Right Division – http://godspresentpurpose.wordpress.com/
Body of Christ – http://godsecclesia.wordpress.com/
Freedom – http://christsfreemen.wordpress.com/
Human Government – http://kingdomsofthisworld.wordpress.com/
The Home – http://godsembassy.wordpress.com/
Identification in Christ – http://divinereckoning.wordpress.com/
Love – http://greatestofthese.wordpress.com/
The Religious System – http://mysterybabylonthegreat.wordpress.com/
The Salvation of All – http://salvationofall.wordpress.com/
Sufferings & Trials – http://godsforgottengift.wordpress.com/
Various, Uncategorized – http://choicegleanings.wordpress.com/

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