Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!

It’s hard to find adequate words to describe 99-year-old evangelist Billy Graham’s passing from this world to the next.

Many tributes issued the day he passed called him “America’s preacher.”

I like that since our country will probably not see the likes of a Billy Graham again, but for a man who spent decades preaching to more than 200 million people in 185 countries, he was more than that.

In an unparalleled career spanning seven decades as a minister, evangelist, author, and internationally respected religious leader, it’s probable that Graham touched more lives for Jesus Christ than anyone since the Resurrection.

Before any theologians or ministers disagree, remember that Jesus’ disciples and the Apostle Paul didn’t have access to jet travel, the Internet or satellite communications when preaching the Gospel.

That’s not to say that Rev. Graham didn’t walk a mile in their shoes. The Washington Times reported that according to pedometers attached to his legs, he once logged 40 miles pacing various stage platforms during a month of preaching.

Billy Graham served as a spiritual adviser for 11 U.S. presidents, ranging from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. His Billy Graham Crusades reached tens of millions. In 1984 one of his Crusades attracted 1.1 million in a single service in Seoul, South Korea.

In 1991 he preached to 250,000 in NYC’s Central Park. In the spring of 1995 his “Global Mission” satellite-enabled crusade reached an estimated 1 billion people over several weeks in 117 languages.

A Billy Graham Crusade was like a Jesus-loving Rosetta Stone.

He always referred to his crusades as “personal evangelism on a grand scale,” eschewing the term “mass evangelism.”

Rev. Graham often ventured away from his beloved Asheville, North Carolina, but his message never ventured far from his favorite Bible verse of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

That message was his go-to move, his holy ace-in-the-hole. His consistent message of God’s love available through the forgiveness of sins made possible by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross transcended borders, ethnicity, and language.

He hammered home that message of God’s love each and every sermon – from city to city, country to country, and continent to continent.

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Graham was the greatest evangelist since the Apostle Paul.

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina said, “He will be missed on Earth and embraced in Heaven.”

Graham himself said in one of his many books, “My home is Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee may have said it best the morning Rev. Graham passed.

“When I heard this morning that Billy Graham had died I said, ‘That’s fake news.’ Billy Graham’s not dead. He’s more alive now than he’s ever been.”

God bless you Billy Graham, or as the Bible says in Matthew 25:23: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

Sources: thewashingtontimes, foxnews.com

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Copyright 2018, Dean A. George©

One View on “The View’s” Christian Bashing

Joy Behar loves to use her television vehicle to go on Christian bashing joyrides.

The carrot-top Behar got a double bonus the day before Ash Wednesday when she used her hen house perch atop ABC’s The View to mock Vice-President Mike Pence’s Christian faith.

Because Pence is both a devout Christian and a conservative, it was MOGO day for Behar (Mock One, Get One free).

In a round table discussion The View gals were responding to a video clip of former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman commenting on Pence’s faith on the reality TV show Big Brother.

Upon hearing Omarosa’s claim that Jesus talks to Pence, Behar pounced like a starving Roman Coliseum lioness surrounded by Christian hors d’oeuvres.

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” Behar said snarkily to applause from an audience whom half thinks she is an ABC news anchor.

“That’s called ‘mental illness,’ if I’m not correct,” she added, spiking the rhetorical Christian bashing ball.

As I began writing this on Ash Wednesday, Behar’s insults reminded me of those who mocked Jesus during his last tortured hours on earth.

After His sentencing, when He was savagely scourged with the cruelest tools of torture Rome had ever devised, Pontius Pilates’ soldiers ridiculed and insulted Jesus, cloaked him in a faux robe and jammed a circle crown of thorns on his head.

Then there was the raucous Jerusalem throng on the route to Calvary where onlookers spit and hurled invectives while Jesus struggled to carry the massive wooden beam that would soon hold his impaled body with primitive spikes.

Finally there was the ultimate insult as the sinless One was hung front and center between two common thieves while religious leaders, residents of Jerusalem and Roman soldiers scoffed, scorned and sneered at Him while he hung battered, bloody and severely dehydrated.

Through bloodied eyes swollen with gashes and cuts, His nearly naked body bruised, broken and His life energy draining away one painful gasp at a time, Jesus Christ looked out over those silently applauding His execution and whispered, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Joy Behar and others who trash Christianity don’t know what they are doing either.

People like Behar see themselves as enlightened, inclusive and compassionate – except when it comes to those who acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

They don’t see the “true joy” and fulfillment that comes from living a godly life in Christ Jesus, and just as the “enlightened” and learned ones of Jesus’ day did, they mock and ridicule what they don’t understand.

During his ministry Jesus warned His disciples “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you as well.” 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Fox and Friends co-host Ainsley Earhart said it best the day after KillJoy Behar’s insensitive comments: “I just felt sorry for her. As a Christian, obviously she doesn’t know Christ. She doesn’t know the joy and love that He provides to so many people, so it just made me feel sorry for her.”

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

Sources: foxnews.com, breitbart.com, thewrap.com 

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Super Bowl Champs Give God the Glory

To say the NFL had a tough year would be the understatement of understatements.

The anthem protests were about as popular as the president’s State of the Union speech was with Democrats, or beef stew is at a vegan potluck.

Fortunately for the NFL though, this year’s Super Bowl finally lived up to most of the hype. The game between the victorious Philadelphia Eagles and defending champion New England Patriots left millions on the edge of their seats. It featured thrilling back and forth scoring, some gutsy trick plays never seen before in a Super Bowl and outstanding performances by both team’s quarterbacks.

Super Bowl LII also gave us a first-time Super Bowl champion that knows when to kneel and when not to kneel. Did you know that the Philadelphia Eagles were the only NFL team not to have a single player take a knee in protest during the national anthem?

What’s more, when the Eagles kneel, they mean business.

When Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked to describe his 10-year journey from high school coach to Super Bowl champ, here’s what he said:

“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity.”

Tight end Zach Ertz, who scored the go-ahead touchdown with a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, said, “Glory to God first and foremost. We wouldn’t be here without Him.”

Eagles starting QB Carson Wentz was lost for the season with an ACL injury in Week 14 but he didn’t let that incident color his euphoria an hour after his team’s stunning victory.

“God is so good!!!! World Champions!!!! So proud of this team!!!! Told y’all my boy @NFoles_9 was gonna shine tonight! Well deserved my bro! #AO1 #flyeaglesfly,” Wentz tweeted.

Wentz replacement Nick Foles, the Super Bowl LII MVP, gave glory to God when asked how he felt moments after the Super Bowl win. A devout Christian, Foles announced a few days prior to Sunday’s game that he plans to enter the ministry after his football career and shared that last year he enrolled in seminary classes.

“I want to be a pastor in a high school. It’s on my heart. I took a leap of faith last year and signed up to take classes at seminary. I wanted to continue to learn and challenge my faith. It’s a challenge because you are writing papers that are biblically correct. You want to impact people’s hearts,” Foles told the Associated Press.

“I can’t play football forever,” Foles said. I’ve been blessed with an amazing platform and it’s just a door God has opened, but I still have a lot of school left and a long journey.”

In hindsight it’s ironic that Foles helped lead the Eagles to their Super Bowl win since he told the Associated Press he came close to retiring after the 2016 season.

After receiving his request to be released by the L.A. Rams after the 2016 season, he prayed about his future and joined the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid, who drafted Foles in 2012 in the third round when he was the Eagles head coach. Foles later signed with the Eagles as Carson Wentz’s backup, leading the Eagles beginning in Week 15 through the playoffs and to their first ever Super Bowl win.

Along the way Foles had notched the highest passer rating in NFL postseason history for quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 75 passes. Not counting Sunday’s Super Bowl game he had completed 72 of 96 passes for 793 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in three games for a 116.4 passer rating.

Throughout it all the man Philly fans call “Saint Nick” has remained humble, faithful and loyal to his calling.

“It took a lot more faith to come back and play than it would’ve to go in the other direction,” Foles said. “Either way would’ve been fine. Either way, I would’ve trusted in God. I would’ve done something else and glorified God in that instance.”

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

Sources: breitbart.com, westernjournal.com, apnews.com, espn.com

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Alexander Hamilton: Unapologetic Christian

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor.

President Donald Trump told a crowd of about 50,000 at a Liberty University commencement address May 13th, 2016, “In America we don’t worship government. We worship God.”

America’s fourth president, James Madison wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

The Founding Fathers knew that for their experiment in democratic self-government to succeed it needed a solid foundation, and that foundation should be built on the cornerstone of Judeo-Christian morality and respect for the rule of law.

One such Founding Father that knew the importance of faith in decision making was Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was born a “love child” in the West Indies back when out-of-wedlock births were considered scandalous. Because of that he was banned from Christian schools on the island of St. Croix and received his early schooling from a local Jewess.

When he was just 12-years-old his mother Rachel was a single parent and encouraged him to clerk at Beekman and Cruger, a busy import-export firm that traded with New England. After she died a year later Hamilton was virtually an orphan since his Scottish father had abandoned their family when his oldest son was 10.

After his mother’s death the young Hamilton continued to channel his energy into work and self-education, impressing his employer enough that they put him in charge at age 14 while they traveled for up to five months at a time on business.

As a pre-teen Hamilton was a voracious reader and was befriended by a Presbyterian minister/newspaper publisher on St. Croix. Rev. Hugh Knox appreciated Hamilton’s intellect and befriended him because he saw potential in the young man.

Likewise Rev. Knox was a major influence and father figure to the ambitious Hamilton. Knox was passionate about his faith, and Hamilton soaked up that passion from both their talks and Knox’s fiery sermons. At age 15 the enthusiastic young Christian publicly shared his faith when an apocalyptic letter he wrote about a devastating Caribbean hurricane was published in Knox’s newspaper.

St. Croix’s local officials were so impressed by Hamilton’s writing and intellect that they collected funds to send him to New York for formal schooling. Rev. Knox and two New York City-based clergymen he arranged as mentors for the 16-year-old encouraged him to attend prep school before applying to college – preferably at Princeton where they sat on the board of trustees.

Lacking a formal education, Hamilton did attend a Princeton prep school for one year, the Presbyterian Academy in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. When it came time to apply to a college though, the ambitious young man opted to attend King’s College (now Columbia University) because they approved his request to study on an accelerated program.

True to his goal, Hamilton immersed himself in his studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in just one year.

During his time at King’s College classmates like Robert Troup often witnessed Hamilton’s faith on display, over and above the mandatory chapel services and prayer time.  Alexander Hamilton author Ron Chernow notes that Troupe was “powerfully affected by the fervor and eloquence” of Hamilton’s prayers and attested that Hamilton “was a zealous believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.”

As reported in the February, 2016 Christianity Today, far from being a religious fanatic, Hamilton approached his personal faith analytically. Relying on his intellectual curiosity and what he had learned from Rev. Knox, he studied the claims of Christianity logically and objectively.

Somewhat like author Lee Strobel’s personal story in The Case for Christ, Hamilton questioned, pondered and weighed the evidence contained in the Gospels concerning the Christian faith. Whereas Strobel was once an atheist who later became a Christian, Hamilton was fervent about his faith from an early age but suffered some spiritual stumbles upon entering public life.

Next week we’ll share how Hamilton’s “fall from grace” involved a public sex scandal, blackmail, the death of a family member defending his honor and one of the most famous duels in American history.


Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.


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Copyright 2018, Dean A. George©

Wholly An O Holy Night

Celebrating Christmas without Christ is like a sugar rush.

The joyful holiday music with the catchy melodies and cheerful lyrics is addictive.

Together with the brightly colored lights, beautifully decorated trees and seasonal wreaths festooned with festive red bows, it all helps augment a celebratory holiday environment pulsating with excitement and anticipation.

Then Christmas Day arrives amid a flurry of rapidly shredded wrapping paper and flying gift bows.

That Yuletide chaos is punctuated by squeals of delight and beaming parents immersed in a few minutes of holiday glee at the sight of their mini-me’s making memories that last a lifetime.

Within a day or two the sentimentality rush from the holiday subsides and kids and adults alike wonder at the improbability of how fast the holiday came and went.

Psst…it doesn’t have to be that way.

With the right perspective Christmas can be the time where believers can experience the ‘thrill of hope,’ immerse themselves in the beloved ‘sweet hymns of joy’ and reflect on the child who taught us to ‘love one another.’

If you haven’t listened to the words of O Holy Night this Christmas, you should take a few minutes and treat yourself. As beautiful and inspiring as the music is, the lyrics are equally poignant and eloquent.

O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

(Chorus) Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

After hearing the lyrics and awe-inspiring music of O Holy Night, who isn’t willing to fall on their knees and praise His holy name?

The second stanza depicts the shining star of Bethlehem, the miraculous but humble birth of the Christ child and the arrival of the three wise men. Consider the last verse of the second stanza:

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend.

Christ came into the world not only to intercede on our behalf with God the Father and forgive us our sins, but to encourage us to trust in Him and be our friend in all our trial and error experiences.

The scriptures teach us that Christ was born as a flesh and blood human because He loves us and so we might know Him better. He came to live life in our shoes and to experience temptation and human frailty as one of us.

For instance, Christ was fully human when he experienced numbing grief with the passing of his friend Lazarus.

As a human being Jesus endured the humiliation of being an innocent man ridiculed and mocked by His accusers; suffered through the spectacle of a public scourging, and the unimaginable pain of being nailed to a cross – all while enduring alienation from His heavenly Father.

During his brief three-year ministry Christ was the ultimate social justice warrior. He healed the sick, cured the lame, helped the deaf to hear and the blind to see. He assembled a rag-tag group of followers, ministered to thousands, fed the hungry and clothed the naked.

In short, he taught us by example to love one another.

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

As Linus reminds us every year in the Charlie Brown Christmas special, that’s what Christmas is all about. We just have to remind each other now and then by meditating on inspirational carols like O Holy Night.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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Safe Spaces for a Merry Christmas

Tell-tale signs that Christmas season is here:

  1. A sleigh-load of snowflake stories about harrowing encounters with nativity scenes in public places;
  2. Creative efforts to craft generic names for what deplorables call Christmas trees; and
  3. The left’s annual ritual to “bleachbit” the Christ child from Christmas.
Grinches Bloom At Christmas

Every Christmas season is replete with examples of nose-out-of-joint Scrooges who won’t rest until they take the lump of coal from their own dark hearts and leave it in their neighborhood’s Christmas stocking.

It isn’t enough these grinches shun Christmas personally — they insist on trying to ruin it for everyone else.

Last year around this time the small Indiana town of Knightstown was forced to remove a cross from the top of a large evergreen tree in the town square because the threat of an ACLU lawsuit.

A Christmas tree had been placed in the town square for decades, but the town was ordered to remove it when one distressed resident who drove through town daily was “forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact” with the cross on top of the tree.

We all have our crosses to bear – or not.

Two years ago an Elkhart, Indiana high school was banned by a judge from re-enacting the nativity scene using live performers — something the community had been doing for decades.

The school eventually compromised by using mannequins instead of students, but residents of the northern Indiana community recognized the real dummies in their annual Christmas reenactment.

Every Yuletide it’s déjà vu voodoo: Christian-phobic zealots like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) harass faith-based communities with limited funding to fight back.

The holiday carping against Christmas traditions by such groups is always the same: They object to public-displayed nativity scenes; they rename pine trees non-offensive names like “holiday trees;” and they protest against any Christmas song and imagery with a religious context.

“Holiday” Tree

These Christmas bigots think that acknowledging Christ in Christmas will make us a theocracy similar to Iran — except with more fa-la-la-la-la.

Observing the holiday set aside to celebrate the birth of God’s son is OK with these paragons of civil virtue – as long as we exclude God the Father and hide the baby Jesus away in a manger outside public view.

We Hoosiers pride ourselves on common sense solutions, and here’s one for blog readers:

Let’s allow towns and cities who honor and respect Christmas traditions to designate themselves “Christmas Sanctuaries” or Constitution Sanctuaries.”

Presently there are over 300 sanctuary cities, counties and states in the United States that protect criminal aliens from deportation.

Sanctuary cities collect millions in federal funding while consistently dissing federal law. If these “sanctuaries” can ignore federal law, surely cities and towns wanting to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with traditional symbols of the season can ignore threats from whiners like the ACLU and the FFRF.

These new sanctuary cities could host traditional Christmas celebrations on public and school property free of litigation. Christmas carols could be sung again loud and off-key at school pageants. Merry Christmas salutations could be openly exchanged without requiring offenders to don the scarlet letter “C.”

Christmas Sanctuary Cities

Christmas sanctuary communities would provide real safe spaces for those who love Christmas, religious liberty and American freedom.

The Declaration of Independence says our rights come from our Creator. If our elected officials are unable or unwilling to protect our religious liberty, then what could be more American than a grassroots effort by hundreds of communities tired of political correctness to reclaim their public squares?

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see. 


The original version of this post was published Dec 20, 2016 in LifeZette.

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Lincoln and the Mother of Thanksgiving

Lincoln signed the Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863

The name Sarah Josepha Hale may not sound familiar to most Americans, but she played an integral role in today’s holiday. A tireless advocate of education for girls and women in 19th century America, she worked as a writer and editor in order to support her five children after her husband David Hale, a lawyer, died of a stroke in 1822.

In 1830 she penned a book of poetry called Poems for our Children.  One of the poems was titled, “Mary’s Lamb,” which later became known as “Mary’s Little Lamb.”

Sarah Josepha Hale – the Mother of Thanksgiving

Mrs. Hale worked as a writer and editor for a single magazine for 40 years.  As writer and editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book she had been advocating and writing our nation’s leaders for years to set aside a single day for America to count its blessings.

She had even written five previous U.S. presidents with her suggestion, but it had always fallen on deaf ears. On September 28, 1863 the determined editor wrote yet another letter to President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward advocating the country observe a single day as a day of prayer and thankfulness.

Here in part is what she said:

Permit me, as Editress of the “Lady’s Book”, to request a few minutes of your precious time, while laying before you a subject of deep interest to myself and — as I trust — even to the President of our Republic, of some importance. This subject is to have the day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.

You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive (sic) fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.

Historians have recorded that according to an 1864 letter from Lincoln secretary John Nicolay, the proclamation  the nation’s 16th president delivered on Oct 3, 1863 was actually written by Secretary of State William Seward and sold one year later to support Union troops in the Civil War.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household.

It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards.

Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.

And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.

Abraham Lincoln and Sarah Josepha Hale

Today we live in divisive times. Many political observers have speculated that America is more divided today than at anytime since the Civil War.

This Thanksgiving Day as millions of families gather together across the country, my prayer is that we can peacefully put aside our differences, humble ourselves before God as one people, and petition Him in prayer for a return of peace, unity and harmony for our country.

God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sources: biography.com, abrahamlincolnonline.org, shestokas.com

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Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who tolerate everything but free speech and conservative ideals, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see. 


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They Live and We Live Because He Lives!

Losing friends and family to death is heartbreaking; losing a parent or spouse is devastating.

As Christians we enjoy the promise that if the deceased was a believer, we will at some point in the future see them again face to face. It’s that promise that comforts us in our grief, acts as a spiritual salve for our suffering and gives us endearing hope that however bleak our loss may seem, we can anticipate joyfully reuniting one day with lost loved ones.

Fred and Dean George

Our family lost its patriarch Easter week last year, and despite the knowledge that his warrior’s heart was growing fainter, we clung to the emotional life buoy that he would thwart death’s advance one more time. We believed it because he believed it.

The day before he passed, our 83-year-old Dad told my sister he honestly thought he wasn’t going to die, that he just had to rest awhile, regain some weight that he’d lost and he’d be back to work soon running his concrete finishing business.

Dad loved to work, and everyone that knew him respected him for his work ethic. Sadly, there was no working around two heart attacks that night. With the aid of a ventilator his heart was still working the next morning, but he had no pulse.

His instructions had been clear in such an event: he wanted nothing to do with life support or hospice, no postponing the inevitable if his once tireless body had finally worn out.

Dad was at peace with dying because he knew what millions of other faithful servants before him had known: because our Lord beat sin and death through His selfless act of love on the cross at Calvary, there was no reason to fear death. Nor was there any reason to dread it or run from it.

Somehow it seemed appropriate that the funeral services celebrating Dad’s life were held at 11 a.m. on Good Friday. It was at that hour over 2,000 years ago that Jesus hung in agony from a wooden cross on behalf of an unbelieving and undeserving humanity. A few hours later the blameless one who had been mocked as King of the Jews was carefully removed from that cruel Roman cross, wrapped in donated linens and mournfully placed in a borrowed grave.

After Jesus fulfilled his Father’s plan to offer humanity a spiritual life buoy by reconciling us to Him through the forgiveness of our sins, what happened next demonstrates why our Dad didn’t fear dying. On that third day following his scourging and crucifixion, Christ’s rising from the dead is why none of us have to fear dying – today, tomorrow or ever.

Photo courtesy of Jane Ruckman

Easter is a joyful reminder that though we shed involuntary tears when losing loved ones, the seemingly insurmountable abyss separating us from them is temporary. The promise of seeing them again isn’t a fairy tale or a mental illusion meant to give us temporary solace in our grief.

God’s love for us is greater than anything in this world. Mercifully, even the inevitable sting of death isn’t permanent to anyone who trusts in the risen Christ.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. For those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country, welcome. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who tolerate everything but free speech and conservative ideals, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see. 

The post was written Easter weekend, 2016 while returning from Dad’s funeral in Florida

Copyright 2017, Dean A. George©

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