Sunday, August 22, 2010

In Tribute to Mom

Helen Kindig was at Forest Lawn Mausoleum and Cemetery when she was fourteen years of age. While there, she observed a statue of Jesus as a butterfly lighted on the statue. “How wonderful,” she thought. It reminded her of when the Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove after He was baptized by John in the Jordan River. She went home and knelt by a chair, repented of her sins, and invited Jesus into her heart. Just then the first broadcast of “The Haven of Rest” came on the radio.

She later got married to a godly man and changed her last name to Keiser. Her father asked their pastor Dr. Louis S. Bauman what kind of people the Keiser family were. He knew them when he lived in Ohio before moving to California. He said, “They are the salt of the earth.”

She wanted her children to know the same Jesus she had come to know and love. She wanted them to have eternal life and go to heaven. So she made sure all of her children went to Sunday school, church, and Vacation Bible School. And she lived a godly life in front of her family and friends and loved the Lord Jesus Christ. Her favorite song was “My Jesus I love thee, I know thou art mine.” These words are inscribed on her tombstone. She knew that without Jesus a person would be tormented by fire forever. She cried bitterly when Mary Kindig, her sister-in-law, died. For Mary was an atheist. She didn’t want that same destiny for her descendants.

There’s no doubt that Helen Keiser went to heaven when she died. This is because for a Christian “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” Solomon wrote that the living should remember that death is waiting for us all. The question is, “Do you have eternal life and are you going to heaven?”

If you want eternal life and to go to heaven, you can repent of your sin and invite Jesus into your heart right where you are today. A sample prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my evil and come into my heart.

Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me I will in nowise cast out.” “For all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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