Author: Todd Wood

I am a servant of Jesus in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Join me in seeking Jesus in this city.

Jerry Brady on death

The Post Register, September 21, 2014

Good article on the Opinion page:  “Improving the end” by Jerry Brady

Jerry introduces his article with the words of David M. Walker, co-chairman of a committee on medicine within the National Academy of Science,

The United States health care system is poorly designed to meet the needs of patients near the end of life.  [It] is geared towards doing more, more, more and not necessarily consistent with what patients want.

Let me gently suggest that the only thing hospitals can do is put band-aids on the physical struggles we face.  Eventually, we all will die.  And that is where pastors have such important jobs.  You share the good news in helping Idahoans in this city cross over with peace in Christ.  May God increase your tribe.  May you magnify your calling.

Louise Smith on Friendship

The Post Register, Saturday, September 20, 2014

Good article on the Opinion page: “With the change of seasons, reflect on what matters most to you” by Louise Smith

She writes,

And it has been said, many times I’m sure, in different venues, if you have a valued friend, you have been given the richest blessing.”

Reading her article reminded me of what Jesus said in John 15:14,

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made know to you.

To have Jesus as a friend is to have everything that matters.

Question on LDS and Evangelicals in the I-15 Corridor

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This past week, some young people asked me the question,

What is the difference between the two groups?

I can look just like my LDS friends.  I like the KJV Bible translation.  I wear from time to time white shirts and ties.  I enjoy singing hymns.  I do not drink alcohol.  I am conservative.  I strive to be a family man.  I eat chocolate at the Deseret bookstore. I hang out at the BYU-Idaho library.  I have my internet forays like everybody else in bloggernacle.  Seems like I am a good fit for Idaho Falls, Idaho, right?

So are there any differences?  This question is asked to me.  Hmm . . . would you like to pull up a chair?  I am back.

Let me quickly suggest some differences that you might agree with:

  1. Eternal distinctions between Creator and creature because we did not preexist with God.
  2. God creates out of nothing.
  3. Though distinct, the Son is as fully God as the Father and to be worshipped.
  4. The 66 books of the Bible are canon.
  5. It must be faith alone in Christ alone to have full access to the Father.  To be in the presence of the Father is grace alone.  And it is a life changed by God’s power.
  6. Lives changed by the Lord Jesus comprise Christ’s Church.
  7. It is only heaven when you are in the presence of the Father, Son, and Spirit.  Anything else would be hell.

Watersprings

Late last night, I was reading to my youngest boy from The NKJV Daily Bible.  We were in the Psalms portion for September 18, and I came across this verse:

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings (Psalm 107:35).

Beautiful verse for Southern Idaho, isn’t it?

Certainly, that is the inspiration for the local church in Idaho Falls named Watersprings.