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Four Most Horrifying Words

What a glorious day that will be at the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but for some it will not be so glorious. The unbelieving world will cower in their caves crying out to the rocks to fall upon them and hide them from the coming Lord and His wrath. (See Revelation 6:16-17). On the other hand, all those who claimed to believe in Christ will be awakened at an hour they did not expect and will rush out to meet the Lord with glad tidings in their heart thinking all is well. They all without exception had become drowsy and fell asleep, because the promise of His coming had been for a very long time. To this date its been nearly two thousand years since the promise was first given to His disciples. Perhaps the great missionary efforts had ceased and revivals had become a relic of the past replaced with conferences geared to a favorite doctrine. Even one on one evangelism was frowned upon my most for being too exclusive. It appears that the entire church drifted off to sleep and was only now awakened at the news of Christ’s return, which no doubt caused much panic among all to let their light shine in a very dark world as they all rushed to meet the bridegroom. Continue reading Four Most Horrifying Words

Church in the Last Days

As we fast approach the end of days my heart aches for the church. It deeply grieves me to see her stumble and fall prey to the world. Spiritual eyes reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly. Yet, in all of her various forms she is still the church of the living God established by His Son, nurtured by the Spirit, and ministered to by each of her members. It’s instructive to see that Jesus Christ first addresses the seven historical churches in the book of Revelation prior to the unveiling of the great struggle between the powers of evil and the risen Lord. These timeless messages are for all the churches in every age from the first century to the coming of Christ in glory to defeat Satan and his host of wickedness. As Christ walks among the churches He is holding her messengers in His right hand (See Revelation 1:20) and with all seeing eyes He is continually giving her comfort, commendation, exhortation, and rebuke. It was Christ who established His church and indicated that the gates of hell would not prevail against her. (See Matthew 16:18) Simply put, all the false doctrine, all the schisms, and all the host of wickedness will not destroy the church. Jesus Christ loves the church referred to often as His Body. Continue reading Church in the Last Days

The Face of Evil

The Face of EvilWhen I think about all the evil up front and in our face these past six months I can’t help from thinking about the words of Jesus who said concerning the last days, “Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24: 12-13). You might say that the horrific acts of lawlessness were so despicable that it would be wrong to mention them in the same context that “the love of most will grow cold.” Perhaps if we understood the true meaning of love as Jesus spoke of it then it would be easier to see the connection. Jesus Christ gave us a new definition for love that has set His followers apart from the rest of the world for two millennia. So incredible is this love that volumes have been written in a quest to plummet the depths of its sociological significance. In the past two thousand years only a few groups have come close to applying its principles to their social interaction, but like bright shining lights in the firmament they too have just as quickly faded out as burning embers against the night sky. True Christian love goes so far against the grain of our human nature that it’s quite impossible to emulate apart from a radical transformation in Christ Jesus. The simplest yet the most profound definition of Christian love is, “it’s selfless.” It takes no thought of self but is completely other centered. Continue reading The Face of Evil