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October 30, 2015, 7:38 AM

Future Minded, but living in the Present

"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven." Acts 1:11 Five times in this first chapter of Acts the literal visibility of Christ's ascension is mentioned. The ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven was personal and visible. His return, the angels declare, will be in like manner. But then the angels make this encouraging announcement. Jesus is coming back! Although the disciples stood gazing at the departure of Christ, they can't stay there. Now that Jesus is gone, and because He promises to return, the earth, not the sky, must be the focus of their gaze and their labors. The same statement is good for us today, isn't it? While we look by faith toward Heaven we must now focus our labors upon earth. We have work to do, in expectation of our Savior's return. Jesus is returning soon. Every eye will see Him and every knee will bow to Him. But the important question is how will you see Him when He comes? Will you see Him as ruler and judge, or as Redeemer and Savior?

October 29, 2015, 5:36 PM

AGreat Faith

"Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me." Matthew 15:25 We don't even know the name of this Canaanite woman who comes to Jesus for healing for her daughter. But, we do know she has great faith, because Jesus Himself commends her for it. When she first approached Jesus He did not answer. Then He called her a dog but, before it was over, He told her how great her faith was, and healed her daughter. Why? Because she came to Him, she worshipped Him, and she trusted Him: "Lord, help me." Her great faith charged past all obstacles to fall at Jesus' feet and beg for mercy. How big is your faith, today? Is it as big as your God?

October 28, 2015, 7:45 AM

A Firm Foundation

He looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10 Abraham left his home, his family, and everything that was familiar and comfortable to him. God called, and he went. Verse 8 says that Abraham went out not even knowing where he was going! But then verse 10 reminds us why he was willing to go -- he did not know exactly where he was going, but he did know what he was looking for. He was looking for a city that is built on a firm foundation. What are you looking for out of life today? Do you trust in familiar surroundings, or your 401(k), or even your family for your security? Or are you looking to God and building your life on His Word and His leading each day?

October 27, 2015, 6:50 PM

What happens when we die?

"What happens when we die?" This is perhaps the biggest and most important question that humans face, and yet we have no way of finding out the answer for ourselves until the time of death comes. Every one of us, regardless of our religion or worldview, has to answer that question by faith. Some have faith in Jesus and believe in Heaven, others have faith that death is final. As a Christian, we can look forward to the reality of when we die; "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-9 Let's make sure we have accepted Jesus now so He will accept us then!

November 30, 1999, 12:00 AM

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