January 4, Marsha took me to the ER at Mercy Bella Vista after I woke her before dawn with severe chest pains.  After being stabilized at the clinic, I was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where I was immediately taken to the cath lab in anticipation of a stent or stents being inserted in any blocked arteries.  As I laid on the table waiting for anesthesia to be administered, I didn’t know when I awoke where I would be–in the hospital or before Jesus in heaven.  Though I was ready for either, I knew that Marsha was not ready to lose me, and that I have grandkids I want to see get married and have children of their own (a long time from now!) Of MOST importance was that I was at peace with the outcome, whichever it would be.  I was not afraid!

I shared this Wednesday evening at the close of the service at Word of Life, knowing that somebody present would have been unsure about the outcome had they been lying on that table instead of me.  And, I share it now, asking my readers the same question I asked Wednesday evening.  If you were in the place I was in, are you sure if you would have been at peace regardless of the outcome?  Or, perhaps you need the assurance that I have–that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21).  That only comes when you accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Are you unsure? Message, call, text or email me and I’ll help you.  Or open your Bible to Romans 10:9-10 and 13, and become a “whosoever”.  Don’t have a Bible?  Follow this link:,13.nasb.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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