CAPT. KENNETH M. SWEETING
Former Bahamasair 737 Jet Pilot
As a boy of twelve, Capt. Sweeting remembered his Creator in the days of his youth. (Ecclesiastes. 12:1). It was the results of Christian families and the faithful witness of a missionary, Brother Phil Canner, who had the privilege through the work of the Spirit of God to lead Capt. Sweeting to a personal, saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Island of Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. This gave blessed assurance when we heard of his fatal car accident on February 4th, 1986.
Since Capt. Sweeting was my first cousin, I heard his name mentioned many times at home by my parents, Robbie & Alice Weatherford, who loved him dearly; but it was not until I started traveling through the Bahama Islands as a minister of the Gospel that I often had the privilege of meeting Capt. Sweeting. He was often the pilot of my flight, and it sure is a good feeling when flying to know personally the captain of your flight.
As we look at some of the fast flights in our world today we are amazed, but seldom do we look at the speed of the most important flight in time, which is our life where our soul will land in an eternal destination. For there are two destinations: Heaven, the City of God, where Christ has gone to prepare a place for those that love Him (John 14:3) or Hell, the place of the Christ rejecters. (Matthew 25:41).
At Birth we started our flight in time at a speed of sixty seconds a minute. Some lives are longer flights than others; no one knows when his or her flight in time will end. “The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we FLY away.” (Psalm 90:10). This is why we need to know who is in command of our flight to eternity.
The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Without Christ as Saviour, your life is like a flight lost in the turbulence of sin's darkness, traveling sixty seconds a minute away from God to eternal destruction. But, praise God, Satan’s grip on the controls of your soul’s destination can be broken, Christ can be in command, and your soul’s dangerous flight can be turned around. Then you can know "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding". (Philippians 4:7). “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the prescence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19). “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:12). “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14).
It is my prayer with the Christian family of Capt. Sweeting that all those who read this tract will be able to truthfully say:
“Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.
I'll fly away, O glory, I'll fly away;
When I die, hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away."
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1).
PASTOR ROBINSON E. WEATHERFORD
PO Box AB 20074
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