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Romans 8:19-23 The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.   Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

Walking through Pilot Knob State Park this time of year I could see deeper in the woods since the leaves were off the trees. I could also see a lot of dead trees, some standing and providing homes for birds, some that fell but leaning against a live tree and others on the ground rotting.

As I looked at the dead trees I was reminded of Romans 8.  Seeing all these dead things, not to mention a dead opossum on the park road, should remind us that something went wrong, death is not right nor according to God’s original creation. Death is an intruder, it was not there when God “saw all that he created and it was very good.” Gen. 1:31.

The created order had nothing to do with death entering this world and beyond the grave, but it was affected by the one who caused it – Adam. Gen. 3:17-18.

However, only because of the grace of God there is hope. That hope pointed to the Messiah, Jesus coming into the world to redeem all creation, including mankind, through his death and resurrection. This hope, or absolute certainty, is for us today as we look forward to Jesus second coming in which this earth will be purged, and purified by fire and God will make it anew.

Death will not always be here, it will be swallowed up in life, and unless you don’t know Christ as your savior then you will be swallowed up by eternal death.


One day soon all God’s people will be set free from sin, receive a new and perfect body, and mind living in the full presence of God forever. Will I see you there?


Pastor Bob

By The Way:

Wednesday 10, 3:00 Confirmation.

Sunday 11, 9:00 A.M. Morning worship. Sermon: Blood-Bought Inheritance

10:15 Sunday school for all ages.

Tuesday 13, 5:45 Deacon meeting/6:30 Council meeting.

Nov. 12-19, OCC collection