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Taking advantage of opportunities to do good works

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 —Today I am thinking of a favorite scripture passage from the Book of Ephesians in the Bible that states while we cannot work for our salvation because it is a free gift from God received by faith, our salvation leads to good works. (Eph. 2:8-10)

Ephesians 2:10 reads — “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

It came to mind as I read a short piece in the “Notebook” section of World Magazine dated May 31. The piece titled, “Coffin carver,” told of a good work God called Bobby Siears, a professional cabinetmaker, to “one Sunday morning last year to help grieving families.” Since that time, he has made more than 65 small caskets for children, some the size of a shoebox for premature babies. Parents who have lost a child find his gesture comforting. His good work is for anyone in need, regardless of income, race or religion, according to the article.

Siears was ready for the good work. He had developed the skill and stocked a woodshop with the appropriate tools. God called him to the task when a special needs boy in his hometown of Sorrento, Louisiana wandered off and drowned in a ditch. The next day he got up at 4:30 a.m. and built a little casket. The article explains that overnight something inside him changed.

For the full Opinion and others, read the Tuesday, June 24, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.


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