Westside Baptist Church of York  

Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"...This night your soul is required of you..."                                            

  Luke 12:20

  Each of us has a body and a soul, and as long as they are united, we live. But when the soul departs from the body, we die. The struggle for life is the struggle to keep body and soul together. This struggle confronts everyone - rich and poor, educated and illiterate, powerful and powerless. Indeed, "What man can live and not see death?" (Psalm 89:48) There are very many causes of death, as we all know. Many of these causes are common and predictable such as drugs, strokes, and cancer. Yet some are strange and unpredictable, such as earthquakes, terrorism, and wild animals. Mankind struggles to prolong life, to keep body and soul together, in large part, because life is so enjoyable. There are very many opportunities to enjoy this glorious and unique planet, our family and loved ones, and legitimate pleasures, pursuits, and employments of life. Even Satan could say to God (Job 2:4), "Skin for skin! Yes all that a man has he will give for his life." But our lives are not really about the good things of life, but about the Giver of those good things. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17) The great blessing of life is to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent to redeem us from our sins. We are all accountable to God for our sins, and unless we are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ, we must suffer the righteous everlasting punishment due us. Jesus said that unless we believe in Him as God's appointed Savior of sinners, we will die in our sins. Every day many arise from their beds in the morning little dreaming that before the day is over they will be irretrievably lost. A rich farmer boasted of his great riches which would last him for many retirement years so that he could enjoy life. God said to him, "You fool! This night your soul is required of you." (Luke 12:20) It is God who separates our souls from our bodies, and it is He who determines when. He requires our souls of us. He takes His authority over us seriously. Let us, then, become true believers and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.



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