The pilgrims at last encounter death, the King of Terrors for the unbeliever, but our Lover’s kiss for the believer. Christian comes into the River with much fear and doubt, but Hopeful shows us the role of those who stand alongside the dying believer and encourage him with Scripture and the remembrance of Christ’s faithfulness. Hopeful comes to the River with much faith and passes over in peace and with confidence. ––A wonderful reminder of our need to prepare now to die well. May God bless His Word.

Dr. James La Belle

Pastor La Belle was born in Florida, raised in Alabama until he was 15 years old, and then lived in Washington until he was 30, when he and his family left for Seminary in Philadelphia. He and his wife Chantry have been married for 24 years and have 7 children from ages 19 to 9: River, Schylie, Forrest, Terra, Sandy, Rocky, and Chantry. Pastor La Belle has published two books with Joel Beeke (Living by God's Promises and Living Zealously), with a third forthcoming (Living for God's Glory in Marriage) and is currently working on a Doctorate in Puritan Studies.

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