We’ll never have to say goodbye


Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist



I had the opportunity to go “home” this week. Even though we have lived in London for around 20 years, my hometown is Galion, about an hour and-a-half north of here.

It’s not too often that I get away and get to go back to my hometown, but this week, Beth and I decided to do it. I was able to visit with our two sons and our granddaughter. It was great. After our lunch and visit, we drove around the town and looked at familiar sights, our old homestead, my parent’s home (they are both deceased and now it belongs to someone else) my grandparent’s home, the school that I and our boys attended, the cemetery where all of my family and relation are buried, and several other places of interest to us.

I have to admit, while standing at the gravesites of my grandpa, grandma, mom and dad, I shed a few tears. I know they are not there but if you have lost a loved one, you know what I mean? It would be great to be able to live again in Galion because we would be closer to our boys and to our grandson and to our granddaughter, as well as many of our friends and everything else that is familiar.

So, as difficult as it was to leave, London is now where we belong because this is where the Lord has called us to live and this is where His ministry has led us.

I don’t want to sound like I am complaining because I am not. Beth and I have made many tremendous friends here in London, we have a super-great church family, and God is allowing us to build a brand new worship center, so we know that we are blessed. There’s just something about our “hometown” and if you have ever moved, you know what I mean.

As I was thinking about that this week, I also thought about this — Heaven is our real home if we are a Christian. Actually, we’re just passing through this world as we attempt to follow God’s will in our lives. In God’s ministry, we have been able to live in Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, so we have moved several times in our lives. And, aside from being homesick every once in a while, we are more than happy here in London because we know this is where God wants us. And this is where we are going to stay until the Lord calls us home or until Jesus comes again.

In thinking about Heaven, there are actually two places where people are going to spend their eternal life: Heaven, for the Believer or hell, for the non-Believer. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, repented of your sins and accepted the free gift of eternal life, then Heaven is going to be your eternal home. On the other hand, if you have not, then your eternal home is going to be hell. There is no purgatory, no coming back and doing it over again, no reincarnation, no second chances.

You must be right in what you believe once you draw your last breath, or you will be eternally wrong. So my question for you to think about for this week is this: If what you believe is not the truth, would you want to know the truth?

I’m not talking about what someone believes, or what your pastor is preaching or your Sunday School teacher is teaching, I’m saying, if what you believe is not the truth, would you want to know the truth according to God’s Word? See, you cannot be wrong in what you believe, or you will not spend your eternity in Heaven with God. Not everyone is going to Heaven. So, the choice is yours — Heaven or Hell?

Listen, if you are not sure where you are going to spend your eternity, why not contact me and let me show you want the Bible says. Then you can make an intelligent decision for yourself and know that when you die, Heaven is going to be your eternal home, and you will never have to leave. Ever.

And that is Something to Think About for this week.

We’d love to have you and your family worship with us this Sunday. If you don’t have a home church, please check us out at 10:45 a.m. You will be glad you did.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.