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Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Top 5 Spiritual Questions Asked of Billy Graham in 2017 

Question# 2: What is the rapture? 

Answer: There are many Christians who believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ will be in two phases. First, He will come for believers, both living and dead, in the “rapture” (read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). In this view, the rapture—which is the transformation and catching up of all Christians, dead or alive, to meet Christ in the air—will be secret, for it will be unknown to the world of unbelievers at the time of its happening. 

The effect of this removal, in the absence of multitudes of people, will, of course, be evident on earth. Then, second, after a period of seven years of tribulation on earth, Christ will return to the earth with His church, the saints who were raptured (Matthew 24:30, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:13, Revelation 1:7). He will be victorious over His enemies and will reign on the earth for 1,000 years (the millennium) with His saints, the church. 

After 1,000 years, living unbelievers and the wicked dead now raised to life will be judged at the great white throne judgment. They will then be cast into the lake of fire, while the saved will live forever with Christ in a new heaven and earth (Revelation, chapters 19-22). 

Many other evangelical Christians believe that Christ’s return and the rapture will not occur until the seven years of the tribulation have ended. As far as the latter view is concerned, the rapture will not be secret, since it will be part of Christ’s visible and triumphant return to end this present evil age (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). At this point, interpreters differ as to whether there will be a literal thousand year reign of Christ on earth or whether the white throne judgment and the new heaven and earth will immediately appear. 

All Christians do not agree on every detail of what will occur in the final events of this world’s history. Some of these events and their order of occurrence have simply not been made clear in the Bible. What is important is that all Christians hold in common that Christ will ultimately return bodily, visibly, and gloriously to reign and rule with His resurrected and transformed saints forever and ever. The details of this great event will be made known in God’s own time. 

www.billygraham.org ~ copied article (Question# 3 will be in our May 2018 issue)

 
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God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, “I love you.” ~ Billy Graham

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine. ~ Dwight L. Moody 

Jesus means life to me. Jesus is our savior. When I think about Jesus, I think about the sacrifice He made so that we may have eternal life. I can certainly tell you I'm not afraid to die, and I certainly have a peace about my life. ~ Jake Peavy

 
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A Great Falling Away 

I have a burden that's been on my heart for a long time and what I am about to share is what God has laid on my heart and it comes from a heart of love for my fellow man and my brothers and sisters in Christ. I go to bed with it on my mind and I wake up with it on my mind and it's a heavy burden that breaks my heart.  

The Bible tells us there will be a great falling away before Christ returns and I have lived to see it happen. It continues to grow worse each day and I know this is one of the signs before He returns. We leave God out of everything, sad to say that even some churches don't welcome His Presence there anymore, it has happened in our schools, our government and even in our families who have no time left to pencil God into their busy lives, even on the Lord's Day. He commanded us as Christians to use six of the seven days He gave us to work and on the seventh day to rest from all our labor and worship Him, but so many have taken this day to do whatever they want and never think about entering the doors of His house to worship Him. This has caused a breakdown in our family unit, our churches, and our schools and unfortunately our society as a whole and it has left a horrific effect on our world in which we live.  

Another sign of His coming, they will cry peace, peace but there will be no peace, sound familiar? We hear it all the time but they are looking to our government and other sources to fix these problems and they do not have that power in their hands to do so, it lies in God's hands, and He has been left out of about everything. A lot of churches can't have evening services anymore or in some cases even closed their doors permanently because there is not enough attendance that even warrants opening the church doors, how sad. It all boils down to this, man is selfish in all his ways and the only time they call on God is when they have exhausted all other available options. Their first option being those in authority over us to fix everything and then they play the blame game, there is no unity anymore and there won't be as long as we leave God out of His rightful place.  

When everything else becomes more important than serving God, then we're on the path of no return. God help us should be our prayer as Christians, we are repeat offenders and no different than those in Bible times, never learning from the past. If you know your Bible then you know what happened and it's not a pretty picture of what is coming to this world in the form of judgment. God be merciful to us is my plea, we have left our first love and if we don't repent, judgment from the hand of Almighty God is going to fall as never before. I have debated about this post and it was not something that I wanted to do but I felt the urgency to do so. Love and prayers to all, we serve a God who is full of mercy and grace and if only we will humble ourselves, pray for forgiveness and let Him have His rightful place in our hearts and lives, He will heal our land and bless His people. Something for us all to think about including myself… have a blessed day. 

Written by Jean Hunt, Facebook post - 03/19/18 

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The Accepted Time 

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:2c: “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Nothing deserves our immediate attention more than our eternal soul, yet, the vast majority of people look at salvation as a trivial matter. The vast majority put it off as a last priority in their lives.  

God’s Word puts an utmost urgency in its appeal for people to accept salvation today. Their very souls are at stake for all eternity. The common temptation is any day except today. The sad truth is we can’t get salvation yesterday and we can’t get it tomorrow because we only live in present tense and that’s today! That’s the reason the scripture tells us that now is the accepted time. The vast majority of people will never make it to Heaven simply because they could not book it in the accepted time. They will realize their tragic mistake for all eternity too! 

Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen, 03/30/18 

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Everywhere and Nowhere 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?—Psalm 139:7 

A family friend who, like us, lost a teenager in a car accident wrote a tribute to her daughter, Lindsay, in the local paper. One of the most powerful images in her essay was this: After mentioning the many pictures and remembrances of Lindsay she had put around their house, she wrote, “She is everywhere, but nowhere.” 

Although our daughters still smile back at us from their photos, the spirited personalities that lit up those smiles are nowhere to be found. They are everywhere—in our hearts, in our thoughts, in all those photos—but nowhere. 

But Scripture tells us that, in Christ, Lindsay and Melissa are not really nowhere. They are in Jesus’s presence, “with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). They are with the One who, in a sense, is “nowhere but everywhere.” After all, we don’t see God in a physical form. We certainly don’t have smiling pictures of Him on our mantel. In fact, if you look around your house, you may think He is nowhere. But just the opposite is true. He is everywhere! 

Wherever we go on this earth, God is there. He’s there to guide, strengthen, and comfort us. We cannot go where He is not. We don’t see Him, but He’s everywhere. In each trial we face, that’s incredibly good news. 

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is knowing God is with us! 

www.odb.org, Written by: Dave Branon, February 10, 2018 ~ copied article 

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Far Better 

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better (Philippians 1:2). 

An old Scotch preacher had struggled all through his ministry to help those who were facing death. He had difficulty in this part of his ministry because he had never himself conquered the fear of death. 

Near the end of his life, he moved to another house. When all the furniture had been removed from the old home, he lingered there. His children had been born there. He had prepared hundreds of sermons within those walls. It was hard for him to leave. A thousand memories moved through his mind. 

Finally, one of those helping in the move came to him and said, “Everything’s gone; and the new house is better than this one.” 

It was just what he needed. The sermon in that statement was unforgettable. He understood Paul’s desire to depart and be with Christ because heaven is far better. The years that remained found him capable in aiding others to prepare for heaven. 

There are many wonderful sights on earth… but heaven is far better.
 
Fond friendships are formed on earth… but heaven is far better.
 

Dream homes rise out of the minds of architects and under the sound of the builder’s hammer… but heaven is far better. 

Sweet music is played by gifted people and it echoes in great auditoriums produced by famous orchestras… but heaven is far better. 

And for the Christian, heaven is home!
 

jvim.com, Soul Food Devotional, 02/19/18 ~ copied article 

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Who Does The Bible Call A Fool? 

One of the best known verses about a fool in the Bible is from Psalm 14:1 which says “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.” The Hebrew word used for “fool” in Psalm 14:1 is “nabal” and means “foolishness” or “senseless” and indeed it is foolish not to believe that God exists. I am not calling a non-believer a fool; God is. In the New Testament, the Greek word used for “fool” is “aphrōn” which means “without reason,” “without intelligence” or “senseless” as we read in Luke 12:20 where Jesus says “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'” In both of these cases, it is foolish to deny the existence of God and for the one who Jesus spoke about in Luke 12, it was foolish for the rich man to deny God and at the end of life, “the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). 

We have already read that the fool denies the existence of God (Psalm 14:1) because all we need to do is to look at creation and see that a creation demands a Creator, just as a painting demands a painter. Unbelievers are without any excuse in denying God’s existence because “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1) and “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:2) and so unbelievers cover their eyes and close their ears to the obvious fact that God must exist. The creation is what is called “general revelation” or the fact that God has revealed Himself in His creation. It would be like an ant denying the existence of the earth upon which he walks and gathers food. We really know in our hearts that God does exist; it’s just that people deny God’s existence because they either love their sin and don’t want to stop or they are so full of pride that they refuse to humble themselves and acknowledge that there is a supreme and sovereign God that rules over all. It could even be both. 

Contrary to what non-believers say, they have no excuse for denying the existence of God because “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20). Instead of acknowledging God, knowing that He exists, “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rom 1:25). This is why the psalmist and other authors of the Bible repeat this so often that “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 53:1). 

The Bible describes anyone who refuses to believe in God as a fool because they know in their heart that He does exist and that He will bring judgment upon everyone who refuses to humble themselves and confess their sins, repent of them, and turn to Christ and put their trust in Him. Everyone will acknowledge the existence of God someday, but for many, it will be too late, and it will be at the judgment seat of Christ (Rev 20:12-15). Sooner or later it will be at “the name that is above every name so at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-11). Paul gives one last warning to everyone who refuses to bend the knee and confess that Jesus is Lord and King that it is “because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works” (Rom 2:5-6). 

www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com, Written by: Jack Wellman ~ copied article 

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Q. Why are frogs so happy?
A. They eat whatever bugs them.
 

Q: Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building?
A: Of course. The Empire State Building can't jump.
 

Q: What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it?
A: Envelope.