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Watching the Sky

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21 - The Great American Eclipse. Today, millions of people are watching the sky in anticipation of viewing a total solar eclipse. For many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Many have been spent months, or even years, planning where they will be for this day. They are hoping for the perfect weather, clear skies. A total solar eclipse truly is an amazing experience. I have never seen one, but I can understand the excitement and anticipation of viewing one. But, there is always the chance that clouds could cover this sight. The wrong cloud at the wrong time could bring disappointment to so many people. All the time spent planning, for nothing? 

A future day - The Return of Jesus Christ. Some day, unknown to man, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, is going to descend from heaven with a shout. No one will miss this event. The Bible says every eye shall see Him. Jesus tells us to watch and to prepare for this event as well. But, many people are not prepared for this. He is coming to receive His people, those who have accepted Him as their Savior and King, and take them to an eternal bliss in heaven. He is coming as a judge over those who have rejected Him. There are also people who are excited with anticipation for this day. There are others who are terrified because they know they are not ready to meet Him. Planning for this day will not result in disappointment. Our hope and our faith will become sight. It will be real. 

Whether or not you prepare to see the eclipse, only affects what you will see and do today. Tomorrow will be another day to go on with life. But, whether or not we prepare for the return of our Lord Jesus will make a difference for the rest of our lives and forever. Are you prepared for this? 

Until He comes - enjoy the eclipse!

Here are some Bible verses referring to Jesus' return: Mark 13:33-37, Revelation 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 2:28. 

All Power is Given Unto Me

Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017

And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth - Matthew 28:18

Jesus spake these words to His disciples as a part of what we call the Great Commission. But as I read these verses this week I was also thinking about His resurrection. How can Jesus claim to have all power? What power is it? What can this power do? I will list some that I can think of. 

  He has power over death. He has triumphed over death. 1 Corinthians 15:54 says death is swallowed up in victory. This is the resurrection. We do not need to fear death because Jesus has conquered it for us.  He also has power to change our lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, and all things are become new. He can take the sin and despair in our lives and give us a life of joy and hope. We do not need to be slaves to Satan and sin. Since Jesus has conquered sin and death in His resurrection we have power to stop drinking, smoking, lusting, lying, stealing, and the list could go on. He also gives power to His followers to go and teach His Gospel. This is found in the Great Commission. We have do not need to fear as we take His teachings in to enemy territory. He has ALL power. He finishes a few verses later saying that He is with us always. Are you(am I) scared to proclaim the good news of His resurrection? Take hold of His power! The last thing I have for here is He has the power to judge us. We will all stand before Him some day to receive of the good or evil that we have done. He has the power to allow us in to heaven or to cast us in to everlasting fire(Matthew 25:32, 33). The same power that brought Him back to life will give eternal life to those who believe and obey Him, and will also condemn those who reject Him. 

 Has Christ's almighty power touched your life? Has it changed your life? If you have not received this power, believe in His name, and He will transform your life, into all things new. 

Jesus LIves!

What Christians are Thankful for that the World Is Not

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016

(This is based on the sermon at Light of Truth on Sunday morning November 20 by Anthony Kreider)

Happy Thanksgiving Day! What are you thankful for today? Everyone has something that they can be thankful for. But there are some things that Christians can be thankful for that the world cannot. Most of these are not pleasant or enjoyable, but it is only with them that we will grow and thrive spiritually and can walk with the Lord Jesus.

  1. We are thankful for the Law. Galatians 3:24 says the Law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. In Romans 7:7, Paul writes that he would not have known what sin is without the Law. If God would not have showed us what is right and wrong, we would have no way of knowing we have transgressed against Him, and in need of a Savior. Through the Law we can see our own sinfulness and recognize our need of a Savior. 
  2. We can be thankful for conviction. In John 16:7-8, Jesus tells us the Spirit will come to convict us of sin. Repentance and salvation only come after conviction of the Spirit. Conviction is not pleasant, but what peace comes when we listen to it and repent of our sin.
  3. We can be thankful for humbling experiences. James 1:9-11 - Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. God can use a humiliating or embarrassing situation to remind us of our own weakness. The next time you feel humbled, thank God for the reminder that you were too proud, and that only in our weakness can we find strength in Him.
  4. We can be thankful for brotherhood accountability. If we love each other we will sharpen each other spiritually. I can see faults in my brethren that they can't see. They can see faults in me that I can't. We need the help and encouragement from each other to be faithful in a wicked world. Hebrews 3:13 tells us to exhort each other daily, lest an evil heart of unbelief be found in anyone of us. 
  5. We can be thankful when we have problems or experience suffering. James 1:3 - the trying of your faith worketh patience. Again, the problems and trials of our lives serve to remind us of our weakness and need of someone greater, God. Patience will help us rejoice in suffering - 1 Peter 3:14. Only as we have patience can we bear trials and pain, anticipating an eternal future in the glories of heaven. 
  6. We can be thankful for the chastisement of God. Hebrews 12:6. If we are chastised by God, this means we are His children. What a wonderful blessing to be thankful for! If we are never chastised, if God never allows hardship in to our lives, does that mean we are not His children? So the next time it seems that God is not being fair to you, be thankful that He is trying to bring you closer to Him.

            How can we be thankful for these things that don't make us feel thankful? We must die daily to ourselves and allow Christ to live in us. We must have our eyes set on eternity. If I am just focused on enjoying each day with as much fun and pleasure as I can, I will not be able to be thankful when I am suffering. Only as I am completely surrendered to God and His will, will I be able to give thanks in ALL things(Ephesians 5:20).

Happy Thanksgiving!