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I'm Tired Just Reading About It!

Friday, November 9, 2018

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“There is nothing more bothersome to me than retiring. Weird things happen when you disengage; first you get negative, then you start telling people about your latest surgeries, and eventually you lose touch. I want to stay in touch.” – Chuck Swindoll

Noah was 600 years old when The Flood began. Abram was 75 when God told him to leave Haran and start walking to “a land that I will show you.” Moses was 80 and Aaron was 83 when they first approached Pharaoh, insisting that he let God’s people go.

Caleb, one of my biblical heroes, was 85 when he demanded an inheritance from Joshua that included a mountain filled with pesky giants that needed to be driven out. The list goes on and on…

Chuck Swindoll, age 84, is cut from the same cloth. Born in El Campo, TX, he overcame a bad case of childhood stuttering thanks to his high school drama teacher. After graduation, Swindoll got a job and studied mechanical engineering before entering the Marines. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, a school that he would later serve as president and chancellor.

Married in 1955 and ordained into the ministry in 1963, Chuck served under J. Dwight Pentecost in Dallas before pastoral stints in Waltham, MA; Irving, TX; and Fullerton, CA. In 1998, he founded Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX, where he still serves as senior pastor.

Not one to let grass grow under his feet, Swindoll has authored 70 books and hosts a radio broadcast, Insight for Living, that is heard on 2,000 stations in 15 different languages.

If anyone deserves to take it easy in their twilight years, it’s Chuck Swindoll. And yet, he continues to keep his foot squarely on the spiritual accelerator. It’s no wonder that Christianity Today named Swindoll one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past 50 years (1956-2006).

So, what’s your excuse – and mine – for not serving the Lord until our dying breath?

“Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.” Deuteronomy 34:7 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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