Honey, I Can’t Find You Or The Kids!

...In The Twinkling of An eye…The Trump Will Sound…And We Shall Be Changed

A Fictional Narrative

What would you do if you woke up one morning and your wife and children were missing? Well, that happened to me! I woke up to find my house empty and the people I love missing. After searching for them throughout the whole house and noticing that my wife’s car was in the driveway; I checked my wife’s day planner just in case the family had an early event that I had forgotten about. There was no such appointment listed in her day planner, but there was a note inside the front cover. The note said that if she and the children were missing; I was to look for a book in the bookcase that she had left in case this very thing happened.

As soon as I saw the title of the book I knew what had happened. With a feeling of dread, I went to the bookcase and found the book she mentioned in her day planner. It was titled “The Rapture Of The Church.” My wife had told me about this event on many occasions. She said that there would come a time when the Lord would come for all those that trusted in Him. She said that it would happen in an instant – in the twinkling of an eye. This made no sense at all to me at the time and seemed like something that sounded quite unbelievable, even a little fanatical. My wife was very level-headed about most things, but I considered her belief in a sudden rapture of believers to be pretty far out.

I remember her talking to me about her faith and encouraging me to come to church and to read the Bible. I thought I might be interested in that someday, but my focus was on the here and now. Most of my friends were not religious and felt the same way. My wife would share her faith in the Lord with me when the opportunity arose. She would gently and sometimes humorously point the way. One time, I found her standing in the kitchen going up and down on her toes repeatedly. When I asked her what she was doing, she said she was practicing for the Rapture. This of course was done in jest, but she was gently reminding me of her faith in the Lord and hoping that I would see my need as well. She was always sensitive to my feelings, but I knew she was sincere in her faith and wanted to share it with me. How I now wish that I had listened!

After my family disappeared and I realized what had happened and where they had gone; I started reading the Bible. It says that we are sinners with a fallen nature and in need of a savior. The Bible tells us that God loves us and gave His Son to die on the cross to pay for our sins. The Bible also says that we need to place our faith in Christ and Him crucified to be saved. I grew up in a church that taught that Jesus died for our sins, but I never fully understood what that meant. Just before He died, Jesus cried out “It is finished”. He had paid the price for all my sins and my faith in Him saved me and brought me into the kingdom as a son of God. I saw now how it was all by faith from first to last. We can know that were are saved because of what He did, not because of anything we do.

My friends, knowing of my wife’s faith, started asking me questions after what turned out to be millions of people going missing at the same time. I explained to them that I had started reading the Bible and that the Bible spoke about this event and other end-time events that were coming in the near future. The Lord was coming to judge the Earth and there would be terrible times leading up to His Second Coming, but if we were to place our faith in the Lord, we would be saved.

I wish that I listened to my wife and read the Bible. I realize now that the life of faith is a wonderful life with many blessings along the way, chief of which is a close walk with the Lord. I now know what that life is and no matter what lies ahead; I know that I will see my family again on the other side and I will be with my Lord forever.

The Rapture

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1Thessalonians 4:16-18)

(See The A,B,C’s of Salvation page on this website)

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Today Is The Day Of Salvation

We Are Not Promised A Tomorrow

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”. Titus 2:11

Jonah 2:9 says, “Salvation is of the Lord.” So, just what is this salvation and how is it obtained? Theologically, according to the KJV Bible Dictionary, salvation is, “The redemption of man from the bondage of sin and the liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him eternal happiness.” In other words, we are forgiven our sins and released from its bondage, saved from Hell (eternal separation from the Lord) and offered eternal life (to be with the Lord forever). This amazing salvation is offered to us by a loving God. If we are to know just how to receive this wonderful salvation, we need to understand the following:

MAN IS A SINNER – Man is a sinner and cannot save himself. Romans 3:23 says, ” For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Due to original sin all of mankind is born with a sin nature. We cannot save ourselves. Romans 3:10-12 says speaking of all mankind, ” There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who understands, there is none who seek after God. They are all gone out of the way (way of God), they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.” What an indictment! Without the Lord, we are spiritually dead and without hope in the world.

GOD LOVES US – The Lord loves us and desires to have us come to Him and to the salvation He has provided. Ephesians 2:4,5 says, “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins.” He is a merciful God and does not want to punish us, but He is also just and cannot overlook sin. Due to His nature sin must be judged. The Lord saw our hopeless state and had mercy on us. His love for us found a way to rescue us from ourselves and provide a great salvation for us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life.” (John 3:16)

CHRIST PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR SINS –At His first advent, Jesus as God in the flesh came to save mankind from sin. John 1:1,14 says of Him, ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” He came to pay the price for our sins by dying on the Cross. Isaiah 53:6 makes this clear, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way (none righteous), and the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.”

IT’S BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH– It’s by grace from first to last. Romans 6:23 says, ” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We receive this gift of God by faith. Ephesians 2:8,9 says. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” The Lord is offering this gift of eternal life to all those that will believe. The Philippian jailer cried out to Paul, ” What must I do to be saved.” Paul’s response was immediate and sure ” Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved….” Acts 16:30,31. We can receive this wonderful salvation by repenting of our sins and coming by faith and believing that Jesus paid the full price for our sins with His great sacrifice on the Cross. Romans 10:10 makes it very clear, it says, ” That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” The following is a prayer acknowledging our guilt and confessing our need of the Lord:

SINNER’S PRAYER – Dear God in Heaven, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins, the way I’ve lived, the things I have done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with the precious Blood of Jesus from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, and He is alive. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of my soul, and I make Him the Lord of my life. And according to your word which cannot lie, I am washed: I am cleansed, I am forgiven. I am saved. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer and believed it, you have passed from death to life and have become a child of God (born again) and will spend eternity with the Lord. This is the great Salvation He has provided for all those that love Him. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him (Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons (and daughters) of God.” We become the children of God by coming in faith and accepting the free gift the Lord has provided for us. This salvation offered by the Lord came at a great price to the Lord. I’m convinced that we will never fully or totally understand just how much it cost the Lord to provide this wonderful salvation for us. “We love Him because He first loved us.” We have a great God.

Jesus’ great sacrifice has delivered us from this present evil world as Galatians 1:4 tells us, “Who gave Himself for our sins (the Cross), that He might deliver us from this present evil world.” Salvation comes from the Lord and the Lord alone and comes to us by faith in Jesus Christ and His great work on the Cross. Jesus said, ” I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man comes unto the Father but by Me”. We should thank the Lord every day for providing the way of salvation. Yes, “Salvation is of the Lord”, and what a great salvation it is. Praise Him.

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Cornelius – A Good Man Yet Not Saved

The Lord Seeks Out Those With A Heart Towards Him

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. ” (Luke 19:10)

Cornelius was a Gentile and “a centurion of the band called the Italian band.” He was in charge of about one hundred men. We will see that he was a good man and a person well respected in his city of Caersarea. The Bible has the following to say about him:

“A devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.” (Acts 10:1)

So, here we have a devout man who feared God, provided for those in need, and prayed to God faithfully. We will see that although all these qualities were admirable, and something we should all strive after, they did not save Cornelius. Cornelius was unsaved. However, this man’s good life was noticed by the Lord. We will see that the Lord, through the Apostle Peter, will show Cornelius the way of salvation. The Lord always responds to those with an earnest heart.

“He (Cornelius) saw in a vision…..an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius…. And he (the angel) said unto him, your prayers and your alms are come up for a memorial before the Lord.” (Acts 10)

Cornelius was instructed by the angel to send for Peter in Joppa so that he might hear the Gospel and be saved. By the way, this would be the first Gentile to be saved as recorded in the Book of Acts. The Lord was opening the door for “whosoever will” to come to the saving knowledge of the Lord. On this occasion, Peter received a vision from the Lord as well.

“And (Peter) saw Heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to earth. (Acts 10)

In the sheet coming which came down from Heaven were “all manner of four feated beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.” These would be seen by Peter as unclean animals.

“And there a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” (Acts 10)

Peter responds to this by telling the Lord, no, that he had “never eaten anything common or unclean.” These were seen by the Jews as defiled and forbidden by the Law of Moses. The unclean animals were representative of the Gentiles in the vision. Through this vision, the Lord would show Peter that what was done on the cross was for the Gentile (all other nations) as well as the Jew. As Peter pondered these things, men sent by Cornelius arrived.

“While Peter thought of the vision, the Spirit said unto him, behold, three men seek you. Arise therefore and get down, and go with them, doubting nothing for I have sent them.” (Acts 10)

Peter, of course, agreed to go with them, and when he arrived in Caesarea he found Cornelius waiting for him with his whole family. Peter shared with them what the Lord had shown him, that he, “should not call any man common or unclean.” And Cornelius explained to Peter that he had been fasting and an angel had appeared to him and instructed him to send for Peter. And now that Peter had arrived, he and his family were anxious to hear all the Lord had commanded Peter to share with them.

“Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation, he who fears Him, and works righteousness, is accepted Him (Christ). (Acts 10)

Peter goes on to share the Gospel with Cornelius, starting with John the Baptist who introduced Christ. How Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, went throughout Israel doing good and healing all. He shared with them that the Apostles and others were witnesses to all He did and that God was with Him. How He was crucified and rose from the dead, and that all that believe in Him will receive remission of sins. Cornelius and his family believed all that Peter shared with them. The Bible goes on to say that, now saved, the Holy Spirit fell on them all.

“While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the Word.” (Acts 10)

Cornelius and his family believed and were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit showing that salvation was for all and not limited to the nation of Israel. This record of the salvation of Cornelius shows us that the grace of God is for all those who believe and that salvation is by grace (unmerited favor) alone. Just as the Lord looked favorably upon Cornelius; He seeks out and will come to all those that look to Him with a sincere heart.

God Loves Us

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

(See the A,B,C’s of salvation page on this website)

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Once Upon A Time, There Was A King

A Fictional Narrative

And the King’s kingdom was magnificent. The royal castle was huge and extraordinarily appointed with the finest of everything. He had many happy subjects that all lived within the confines of the kingdom.

It hadn’t always been that way. In an earlier time, one-third of his subjects rose up against the king siding with an evil subject who wanted to be king. Our king was more powerful than the evil subject and his followers and he banished them from the kingdom.

In a matter of time, the king sent two of his subjects to a land on the outskirts of the kingdom. They were to work the land and rule it for the king. The only royal order the king gave them was that they were not to cross over into the land of the evil king; the very one that had been banished from the kingdom.

The two subjects were happy in their new home. The new land was beautiful and was dressed with many fruit trees and wonderful surroundings.

Some time passed with the two enjoying their new home and meeting with the king when he came to visit. Everything was grand and the two enjoyed their new life immensely. However, they did notice that the land that ran adjacent to theirs seemed to contain much beauty as well. The king of that land was the evil subject who had been banished and he encouraged them to come for a visit. He promised that he would give to them from the goodness of his land and show them how they might be a king. In time, the two did cross over and did partake of what that land had to offer. However, once they were there, they felt guilty for they had disobeyed the royal order of their king who had been so good to them.

Shortly thereafter, their king came for a visit and called out to them. They were across the border in the land of the evil king and could not get back to their wonderful land. The king told them that they had lost the privilege of living in their land, but that he had a plan that would bring them out of the evil land and home to him in the magnificent castle one day.

The plan involved the king’s son who would come to rescue them from the evil land by providing a way out. The son did come and showed them the way to all the goodness of the kingdom. He was accompanied by a helper who aided the son in all that the son did. The evil king, however, was able to kill the son. With that done, the evil king thought he had won and that the two would have to stay with him and that he could make them his servants forever. What he didn’t realize was that the good king would now reclaim the evil king’s land and destroy him and his kingdom because he had shed innocent blood by killing the king’s only son and heir.

And then, the most astounding thing happened. With the aid of the helper, the son rose from the dead and pointed the way home to the two. He told them that he was returning to his father, but that he would return to bring them home and that they were to expect that his return could come at any time. He also left a helper behind to show them the way. The helper told them that the only way home was to believe in what the son had done for them in coming and dying to free them. The helper encouraged them by telling them exactly what the son had told them before he left. He continually told them that the son loved them and that he was within the walls of the castle preparing a place for them for when they returned. He told the two to have complete faith in the son as they waited for his return. The evil king did all he could to discourage the two, but they listened to all they were told and had faith in the son, believing that he would one day return for them.

One grand day it happened; the son appeared in a most glorious and breathtaking way. The son took them to the king’s magnificent castle where there was a grand banquet to welcome them home. The two were finally home to stay and they lived happily ever after in the presence of the king who made them joint-heirs of the kingdom with the son.

This, of course, is a fictional tale and has a happy ending. Well, The Greatest Story Ever Told, a true account, has the happiest ending of all time. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) As the words of the song say:” We are on our way to Heaven and the journey gets sweeter every day.” First Thessalonians tells us what the end result will be: “and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Hallelujah.

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He shall Appear And We Shall Be Like Him

…… We Shall See Him As He Is.”

“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God……” (1 John 3:1)

We are sons (and daughters) of God by way of adoption through our being born-again or born from above. We hear it said today regarding all of mankind that we are all children of God. In the sense of creation, this a certainly true; God created us all. However, in the sense of relationship, this is not true. To have a relationship with the Lord, we must come to Him in repentance and faith, believing that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. The Lord cannot call us His own unless this is done. In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, it says: “But as many, as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His Name.” We can see from this verse that becoming a son of God is conditional. We are not sons or daughters of God by natural birth, but by rebirth in the Spirit. Again, when we place our faith in Jesus and His great work at the cross we are born into the family of God by faith.

“……Therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.” (1 John 3:1)

The world does not acknowledge that we are sons and daughters of God by relationship to Him through faith because it does not acknowledge Jesus as the only way to God. 1 John says, “Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father.” There are those today that believe that there is a God but do not acknowledge that He sent His Son as the savior of all mankind. Or if they do, do not place their faith in the Son and His great work at the cross to establish a relationship. So, they do not understand that relationship with the Lord must be established by repentance and faith in Christ crucified.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it does not yet appear what we shall be…” (1 John 3:2)

The above verse is stating that even though we do not yet have our glorified bodies that we will receive in the resurrection, we are “sons of God” today in the same sense as we will be then. We will be changed by the Lord at the resurrection, but our relationship with the Lord is established now as we come to Him in faith. The Lord has not revealed to us in total all we shall be when we receive our glorified bodies, but we are no less sons of God today then we will be after we receive our glorified bodies. The following gives us some insight into just what we will happen when we do receive our glorified bodies.

“…But we know that, when He (Jesus) shall appear….” (1,John 3:2)

The Lord will appear when He comes for the church at the time of the Rapture. All those redeemed both living and dead will be caught up to be with Him forever. 1Thessalonians says, “For the Lord, Himself (Jesus) shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (Raptured) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.” All believers including both the resurrected dead and those which are alive at the time of His return will be caught up to be ever with the Lord. All the redeemed will receive their glorified bodies at this time. This event, the Rapture of the church, is part of the first resurrection.

“….We shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” (1John 3:2)

This verse tells us that our glorified bodies will be like His. Philippians 3:20 says in part that we are: “eagerly waiting to welcome, the Lord Jesus Christ, and to receive Him to ourselves; Who shall change the outward appearance of the body of humiliation so as to conform it to an outward expression like to the body of His glory.” We are currently like Him spiritually in that we have been born of the Spirit and we are being conformed more and more spiritually to His likeness by the Spirit’s sanctifying work in our lives every day. The glorified body will conform our “outward expression” to be like “the body of His glory.”

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body.” (Philippians 3:21)

Wow, what great things we have to look forward to in the future. We will no longer be limited to this world. There will be no more sin nature, death will be no more, no more tears, no more pain or sickness. We are created beings and not God, but we will come into the fullness of being sons and daughters of God. When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection He could appear and disappear at will and could pass through walls. Although not specifically addressed in the Bible some say that with the glorified body travel will be at the speed of thought. We’ll have to wait and see on the travel, but it goes without saying, our glorified bodies will be a vast improvement over the tent we now dwell in.

We will also see Him as He is. We can only see Him now as He is by faith for, in our current bodies, we could not look upon the Lord of glory. At the Rapture, we will receive our glorified bodies and look upon the Lord and see Him as He is. Although this will be truly amazing and we yearn for that day, the greatest promise we have regarding our future is that we will be with the Lord evermore. We are truly blessed now and have the sure hope of the Lord’s promises for the future awaiting us.

“And every man who has this hope in Him (the resurrection) purifies himself (we are sanctified by placing and keeping our faith in Christ and Him crucified. It’s the only way).” (1 John 3:3)

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The Fork In The Road

How Do We Walk Out This Life Of Faith? – Of The Two Roads Or Paths Before Us Only One Will Bring Us The Victory We Seek!

“You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

A Fictional Narrative

There was once a man who began a long journey along a pathway to what he was promised was a wonderful future destination. Almost immediately, he came upon a fork in the road. One of the ways he had to choose from seemed like a continuation of the path he had just begun on his journey. The other seemed quite familiar and comfortable to him. It reminded him of the former times before he began his journey on the path. He wondered which way he should choose? He knew his future could depend on it. Would he end up at the same destination on either path? He hesitated for a period of time to consider his options.

In the end, he chose the old familiar comfortable path that was before him. It was a well-worn path and seemed to be the right choice. Most of the other travelers were going this way as well. However, once he started down this path the sky darkened and he had to make his way uphill along what had become a rocky path. There were also dangers along the way that gave him great fear. He pushed forward along the way showing great determination even though things had become very difficult. The other travelers he came across on his journey assured him that he was on the right path. They encouraged him to just try harder and to overcome his fears and the difficulties by persevering despite the troubles.

“Are you so foolish having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:3)

He was starting to believe that something was terribly wrong. He had no peace, the troubles increased and there seemed to be no way for him to have a successful journey. What could he do? He had made his choice and felt he must push forward. He continued on for some time fighting to go on until his strength ran out. He was completely exhausted and sat down at the side of the path. He saw others go by continuing on their journeys, but he had not the strength, nor the will to go any further. It just seemed like there was no way that he could continue along the path. He was very discouraged and felt like his only option was to give up.

“Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, Because you have left your first love.” (Revelation 2:4)

And then he thought back to the time he started his journey along the path. The way seemed easier then and he remembered how he loved walking along the path in those days. He decided he would go back to the fork in the road and choose the other path. He spoke to other travelers he met as he made his way back, warning them of the dangers ahead and pointing the way back to the fork in the road. He was quite surprised that most did not listen, but continued on their way. It didn’t take him long to return to the fork in the road and start down the other path once he had made the decision to return.

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Immediately, everything seemed brighter. The path did lead uphill at times, but he had a renewed strength. There were dangers and areas of the path were rocky as well, but he seemed to forge through these with a joy he had not known. The sky became overcast and threatening at times as well, but he had a renewed faith and a sure hope that he would arrive at his final destination. He found that he had a great peace that he had not experienced on the other path. In spite of some difficulties along the way, he was able to continue on toward his goal with a confidence and an assurance that all was well. Overall, the journey on this path was nothing like his previous experience on the other path. Although this path was not well-traveled, he knew he had found the right way and that he would reach his promised journey’s end.

“You rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

And then one day the man came to his final destination. It was a beautiful land. It was all he could have ever hoped for. He was so thankful and was filled with great joy. As he entered the land, he looked back on his journey and rejoiced in the fact that he had found the right path and had persevered until reaching his final destination. It was called the Promised Land and the man could not believe his good fortune in coming into this wonderful land that offered him all he could ever desire and a land that he could now call home.

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” Reverend Billy Graham 1918- 2018

[We are called to a life of faith. Faith in Jesus and Him Crucified. This is our first love. As we place our faith in the Lord and His great work at the cross; Romans 8:2 tells us that the Holy Spirit will work mightily in our lives to bring us victory.]

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Has Anyone Noticed The Lateness Of The Hour?

Keep Me Safe In The Hollow Of Your Hand

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

The Lord’s return may very well be right at the door. Of course, no one knows the day or hour, but we do know that prophetically there is nothing that needs to be fulfilled prior to His coming for His own.

The above verse tells us a few things about Noah. Warned of the coming destruction by the Lord, Noah believed Him and acting in fear (reverence) built an ark at the Lord’s instruction which saved him and his family. By this one act, Noah condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness (right with God) that comes by faith (faith in the coming Redeemer). Genesis says “Noah walked with God”. What an affirmation of a godly life! That the Lord would say that of us is all we could ask or hope for in this life.

What was the condition of the hearts of men at the time? Genesis 6:5,7 says “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth.” As an aside, if God had not done this, because of the increasing evil, man would have destroyed himself over time. But here’s the good news, “But Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord.” This is grace freely given by the Lord looking forward to what Christ would accomplish at the Cross.

It’s incredible if you think about Noah and the building of the ark. He is called a “Preacher of Righteousness.” It took 100 years to build this enormous vessel and the whole time Noah preached to all those that would listen of the coming flood and destruction of all life on earth. Some Bible scholars believe that in the 1600 years from the time of Adam to the flood there may have been some 300 million people on the earth at this time. Of course, no one knows, but with their long life spans it certainly is a possibility. There would have been those that completely ignored the message and went about their lives, laborers helping to build the ark, and those coming to see what they perceived as his foolish venture, probably with some even mocking him. In the end, not one person believed him outside of his family and all were destroyed. No, Not one person believed! Incredible!

Some have questioned the very existence of Noah saying it is an allegory. Admittedly, It is quite an incredible event and if Noah had not believed the Lord, all life on earth would have been destroyed. Jesus left no room for doubt when He, in confirming the existence of Noah and the flood, said this in Matthew 24:37,38 “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” The inference here is that they went about their daily lives with no regard for the Lord or what was about to take place.

Does this sound familiar? The world continues on without a care for the Lord or for the end time prophecies whose fulfillment may be right at the door. The flood (so to speak) will come. We also know that those that believe in the Lord are never in the majority at any time in history. Though we are in the minority like Noah, we rest in the knowledge that the Lord has spoken and we have heard His Word to us and are safe in His love. We are told in God’s Word that the world will not get better over time, but will continue its downward spiral.

We know that righteousness comes by faith. Faith in the shed blood of Christ. Noah looked forward to the Lord’s great work on the cross. Jesus is our ark so to speak …… our place of safety. We can rest in the knowledge that the Lord protects His own. Noah and the ark are a picture of those of us that are alive when the Lord comes for His church. All believers, at that time, will be taken out or raptured (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) prior to the destruction that is prophesied before the Lord’s coming at the end of the age.

So like Noah, God has warned us of the coming destruction. We in fear (taking God at His word), build an ark of safety (place our faith in Jesus and His work at Calvary), which saves us from the judgment of God about to be poured out on the world. It’s interesting to note that when it was time for Noah to enter the ark, the Lord told him to come into the ark. By this we see that the Lord was in the ark first (come instead of go into the ark), calling Noah to join Him in the ark of safety.

So we see that as we walk with God as he has called us to the safety of His grace, we are in His presence and protected from the destruction that will come upon the world.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Just as the ark was in the care of the everlasting arms as it was lifted by the floodwaters, we are protected by these same everlasting arms and they will lift us to safety when He returns for His own, or when we are at the end of our lives. Praise His Name for the Lord is good and His mercy and grace will bring us safely through the storm.

Till The the Storm Passes By

‘Till the Storm passes by. When the long nighTt has ended and the and the storms come no mTil the ore. Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore. In that land where the tempest never comes. Lord, may I dwell with Thee when the storm passes by. Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more. Till the clouds roll forever from the sky. Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand. Keep me safe until the storm pas

Til the storm passes over, ’til the thunder sounds no more. ’til the clouds roll forever from the sky. Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of thy hand. Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

Composed By Mosie Lister

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Our Journey To God On This Path Called Life

There’s An Emptiness Within Us All That Only God Can Fill

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

If we seek to know the Lord and His way in our journey through this life, we must seek Him with our whole heart. And if we do choose to pursue the Lord, we will find that there are only two ways to approach Him for both salvation and for relationship – through faith or works. To address the later first, the works (or good things) that we do in our life to gain favor with the Lord are the hope of many or most. We are told from our earliest years that we must work hard in this life to be successful. This, of course, is true. If we do our very best to succeed we will be rewarded for it. So, why can’t we do the same in our approach to the Lord? Doesn’t He want us to live a good life and do good works? Works that will make this a better place to live – works that will honor Him. Isn’t this what the Lord wants and what the Bible says our lives should be like?

Yes, we are to live good lives before the Lord and do our best to help others. But the question is: Do these things count toward finding favor with the Lord for our salvation? The answer is no! Our works are not acceptable to the Lord for our salvation. We are sinners unable to live a life pleasing to the Lord. We are helpless in ourselves. We stand guilty before God unable to pay the debt owed. The Lord is holy and just and for this reason, must require payment for sin. The Bible says that “the wages (payment) of sin is death.” Fortunately, the Lord, in His mercy has provided a way. This way is by unmerited favor or grace. The Lord Jesus came and paid the debt owed to God for our sins through His sacrifice at the cross. God accepted His death as full payment for the sins of all those that will repent of their sins and place their faith in the Lord’s great work at Calvary. We come to the Lord in repentance and accept the gift of salvation He has provided. Our works then come forth out of a grateful heart. As it has been said, good works will not produce proper faith, but proper faith will produce proper good works.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

If God provided for our salvation at Calvary, why aren’t more people coming to the Lord in faith to accept His loving gift? The answer is pride. It is hard for us to admit that we are sinners unable to help or save ourselves. We want the Lord to accept the good in our lives as worthy of salvation. We see ourselves in Heaven someday because we have lived good lives. However, if we were to be honest with ourselves, we know that we are flawed with a fallen nature and in need of a savior. Many are in Hell today as a result of believing that to live good lives alone will be acceptable to the Lord when they stand before Him.

What place does living a good life and doing the best we can to help others hold in our lives? These are fine goals for us and the Lord wants us to live good lives before men, but are faith must not be in these things for salvation or sanctification (our daily living). If we could live a life acceptable to the Lord in our own strength then Jesus need not have died on the cross. Our focus must be on faith in His great sacrifice and not on ourselves. God loves us and has provided a way for us to be with Him in eternity. It is a narrow way, but not a difficult way. We must not let our pride keep us from the Lord who loves us and has exhibited proof of His love before the whole world at Calvary.

“But that no man is justified by the Law (by what we do) in the sight of God, it is evident (obvious, for man cannot perfectly obey God) for, the just shall live by faith (the only way from first to last)” (Galatians 2:11).

On our journey on this path called life, we will encounter many things, great joy, sorrow, and at times hardship may be our companion, but through all the events and circumstances we encounter along the way, hopefully, it will lead us to an encounter with the Lord. He is found by the few who earnestly seek Him with their whole heart. His way is a straight and narrow way that leads us to Calvary.

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13).

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The King Is Calling – The Royal Decree

There Once Was A Good King That Ruled Over A Large Kingdom

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)

A Fictional Narrative

There once was a good king that ruled over a large kingdom. He had many subjects that dwelt in the kingdom and they all enjoyed all that the kingdom provided. The kingdom was beautiful and the king saw to it that his subjects had all they needed in life. The one thing he asked of them was for their allegiance.

He sent out a royal decree to all those in his kingdom. The decree required his subjects to acknowledge him as King and to acknowledge his goodness and generosity toward them. Considering how good the king was to everyone, the king’s request seemed like something all those in the kingdom would be happy to affirm. However, there were those that took exception to the king’s request. The number of those that objected were not few, in fact, they were in the majority. Those close to the king were totally baffled by this. The king was so good to all his subjects. Why would any of them choose to deny this?

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2)

As evident as the king’s right to rule seemed to be, and how obvious it was that the king provided bountifully for all his subjects, those opposed to the decree would not acknowledge the king or his goodness towards them. They lived their lives enjoying all the king provided, but would not recognize him as king, or acquiesce to his request regarding the decree.

Some of those in the kingdom that loved and served the king attempted to go to those opposed and share their love for the king with them and ask why they would not acknowledge such a wonderful king. They found that, for the most part, those opposed did not want to hear anything about the king. It was like a veil had been placed over their eyes and they could not see what was so obvious; that the king loved his subjects and was good to all.

“The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:9)

Those close to the king asked him if he might have them go out and arrest those opposed to him and cast them out of the kingdom. The king would not allow this stating that he did not want to take the chance of mistakenly casting any of his loyal subjects out of the kingdom. He would wait for the royal banquet.

“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares (the wicked), and bind them in to bundles to burn them (Hell): but gather the wheat (those that love the Lord) into my barn (Heaven).” (Matthew 13:30)

The royal banquet was also part of the decree. It was to be a grand event. All of the king’s subjects were invited, but those opposed to the king’s decree were not to be allowed at the banquet. It was only for those that loved and obeyed the king. It was a reward of sorts for obedience and service.

The day of the banquet came and it was a feast not to be equaled in the kingdom before or since. Those that loved the king sat with him enjoying the very finest the kingdom had to offer. Those opposed to the king were cast out of the kingdom into utter darkness. The amazing thing was that some of those opposed actually tried to get into the banquet. They felt that they deserved to attend. The king said, “I loved you and provided for all your needs. I encouraged you to come to me and acknowledge me as your king. You would not, so you will therefore not be allowed at the banquet and will be cast out of the kingdom.

“And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life (the list of all those that have come to the Lord in faith) was cast into the Lake of Fire (forever and ever).” (Revelation 20:15)

Of course, the above is a fictional account, but the Lord God is calling out to all those in the earth today. All are to acknowledge him and His goodness. We are able to seek the Lord and come to Him in faith in this life only, once we die our fate is sealed. There is no Purgatory and there are no unbelievers in Hell. We acknowledge the Lord and His goodness by realizing that we are sinners and need a savior. His name is Jesus. He came and died for the sin of the world and promises salvation to all those who come in repentance and place their faith in Him. Jesus, the King, is calling out:

“Come all you who labor and are heavy laden (living life without the Lord) and I will give you rest (salvation through faith in Jesus and the cross).” (Matthew 11:28)

Won’t you hear Him calling out to you and come to Him today? We have no promise of tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation. The Bible says, ” ..You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” We are here for a short time but are meant to live for eternity with the King in His goodness. Won’t you acknowledge His goodness towards you and come home to the Lord today.

“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper (banquet) of the Lamb (Jesus).” Revelation 19:9

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Jonah – One Whale Of A Story

Historically Accurate? Read The Story And Find Out!

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40)

Jonah was called by God to go to Nineveh and “cry against it; for their wickedness.” It was the first time the Lord had sent one His prophets to a gentile nation to warn them. Jonah knew that this could end very badly for him. Nineveh was part of the Assyrian Empire which was the mightiest empire of that time and certainly a threat to Israel. Even in Israel, a prophet’s warning was usually not well received and could result in the prophet being killed.

After considering what the Lord wanted him to do, and all the reasons for not going there: Jonah fled “from the presence of the Lord.” He boarded a ship bound for Tarshish which was in the opposite direction from Nineveh. The ship experienced a great storm sent by the Lord and all on board feared greatly. While all the crew was calling on their gods to save them; Jonah was fast asleep. They woke him up and told him to call upon his God.

After Jonah told them just who his God was, “The God of Heaven, which has made the sea and dry land”, they were “exceedingly afraid.” They asked Jonah what they were to do with him for he let them know that he had fled the presence of the Lord. Jonah told them to cast him into the sea and the calm would return. Initially, they were reluctant to do this, but after Jonah cried out to the Lord that He would not hold them guilty of innocent blood, they cast him into the sea, and the sea became calm.

The Bible says, “The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah and he was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah prayed to the Lord from the fish’s belly and repented of his disobedience. The Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah out onto dry land.

The Lord told Jonah once again to go to Nineveh and preach repentance to them. This time Jonah obeyed. The word of the Lord to them was repent or they would be destroyed in forty days. The people of Ninevah believed God, fasted and repented of their ways “from the greatest of them even to the least of them” and were saved from destruction.

Jonah was not happy with this turn of events – that the Lord would forgive this heathen cruel city. He reasoned that it’s destruction would have benefited Israel. This was extremely displeasing to the Lord for the prophet to take a stand against His will. The Lord was patient with the prophet, but in the end, silenced him by showing Jonah that it was always the His will that all men be saved. We see this same mercy and grace today in the Lord’s giving of His Son to die on a cruel cross to save those that will hear the message of salvation and be saved from certain judgment.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We can learn much from this account. It shows us that the Lord controls everything the wind, the sea, and even a great fish. It is also an example of the Lord’s great patience, mercy and care. He brought Jonah back from his place of disobedience to an obedience that enabled him to face the cruel city of Nineveh with an ultimatum from the Lord that could have brought certain death upon him. This was also a lesson and warning for Jonah’s nation of Israel to not involve themselves in idolatry. Unfortunately, a warning they failed to heed. The Lord’s mercy toward the unsaved is also seen here. Those in the ship sought the Lord after seeing what happened. All of Ninevah repented and were saved from judgment. It was also a sign to all of the coming Messiah some 700 hundred years later.

The Lord’s mercy and longsuffering are seen here. We can be assured that the Lord is patient with us and watches over us for our good. Even if we get off in the wrong direction at times, the Lord, as a loving shepherd, will guide us back to the right way. He is faithful to us at all times. The final lesson from the story of Jonah is for us today. The Lord is asking that we believe Him and obey Him. We are called to share the “Good News” with a world lost in sin. Today, through His church, He calls out to all those in the world that do not know Him.

[The story of Jonah is an incredible one. Some have doubted its authenticity. However, the introductory verse in this article and the following verse were spoken by Jesus. He, in fact, by His words, authenticated the Biblical account of Noah as historically accurate.]

“For as Jonah was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of Man be to this generation.” (Luke 11:30)

The Lord Our God

The Lord our God is ever faithful. Never changing through the ages. From this darkness, You will lead us. And forever we will say, You’re the Lord our God.

(Composed by Jason Ingram & Kristian Stanfil)

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