Waiting with Great Anticipation

I am very eager to see what happens in the end times. Many people will look at the whole idea of Christ return with fear, but this is simply because the do not know the truth about what is coming.

Christ word to us in John 14:3 states “After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am.”

“It was customary for travelers in those old days to send some of their party on in advance, to find lodging and make arrangements for them in some great city. Many a time one or other of the disciples had been ‘sent before His face into every place where He Himself should come.’ On that very morning two of them had gone in, at His bidding, from Bethany to make ready the table at which they were sitting. Christ here takes that office upon Himself.” (Taken from Expositions of Holy Scripture (Alexander MacLaren))

He told us that he took this office upon Himself in the verse before this. We find him saying “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2

He is preparing a great place for us to dwell, and if he is doing this he will surely come again and have us join him there as well.

Many times, when travelling I look forward to my destination, but even more so I look forward to going home and be relaxed again.

He we are waiting on this earth, but it is only temporary in the long run of eternity. We have a great home waiting for us in heaven, and he promised his will return for us.

I, for one, am looking forward to that day that we will go home to be with him. How about you?

 

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A Treasure Map

In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. —Joh_1:1

The Bible has been banned, burned, scoffed, and ridiculed. Scholars have mocked it as foolish. Kings have branded it as illegal. A thousand times over it the grave has been dug, and the dirge has begun, but somehow the Bible never stays in the grave. Not only has it survived, it has thrived. It is the single most popular book in all of history. It has been the best-selling book in the world for years!

There is no way on earth to explain it. Which perhaps is the only explanation. The answer? The Bible’s durability is not found on earth; it is found in heaven. For the millions who have tested its claims and claimed its promises there is but one answer—the Bible is God’s book and God’s voice …

The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God’s plan and passion to save his children. That is the reason this book has endured through the centuries… It is the treasure map that leads us to God’s highest treasure, eternal life.

The Inspirational Study Bible

 

Taken from Lucado’s devoational

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The Best Is Yet to Be

 

I will also give to each one who wins the victory a white stone with a new name written on it. —Rev_2:17

Makes sense. Fathers are fond of giving their children special names. Princess. Tiger. Sweetheart. Bubba. Angel…

Isn’t it incredible to think that God has saved a name just for you? One you don’t even know? We’ve always assumed that the name we got is the name we will keep. Not so… The road ahead is so bright a fresh name is needed. Your eternity is so special no common name will do.

So God has one reserved just for you. There is more to your life than you ever thought. There is more to your story than what you have read…

And so I plead… Be there when God whispers your name.

 

 

(From Max Lucado Devotional book.)

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The Final Test

Have you ever had to do a test in school, or university? I know many people try to study hard for it and work at doing their best. The will cram the notes into their head for the test, even if they forgot what they studied afterwards, as long as I can pass the test.

When it comes to life we have many test and trials that we go through, however in the end, there is only one test that we need to be ready to pass. That one test is the final test, which will get us into heaven.

Have you ever thought about that test? I would be the most important test for your entire life, you should consider. However, many people figure that this will be the hardest test too, did I do enough, have I paid the price to make it into heaven. Or did I do too many bad things which will close that door way for me.

If you know they answer this is one of the easiest tests to pass. The only question you must answer is “did you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.” If you did, then you pass the entrance exam. It is that easy.

Maybe you should review if you have agreed to this, and if not consider changing your answer, Jesus is waiting to hear from you today.

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A Fathers Pride

This devotional comes from Lucado’s daily devotional. Enjoy.

 

God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives. —2Pe_3:9

[To those who embrace Christ as Savior,] he has promised a new birth.

Does that mean the old nature will never rear its ugly head? Does that mean you will instantly be able to resist any temptation?

To answer that question, compare your new birth in Christ to a newborn baby. Can a newborn walk? Can he feed himself? Can he sing or read or speak? No, not yet. But someday he will.

It takes time to grow. But is the parent in the delivery room ashamed of the baby? Is the mom embarrassed that the infant can’t spell … that the baby can’t walk … that the newborn can’t give a speech?

Of course not. The parents aren’t ashamed; they are proud. They know that growth will come with time. So does God.

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The Christmas Story

Christmas season is upon us one more time. It is the annual event that many people look forward to. We get excited to come together as a family and celebrate he day that god’s son came to this world. It is a special event for many because if this day had not happened we would not have had Jesus living his life, as God among us, and eventually dyeing so we may join him in heaven.

The Christmas story come from the four Gospels, each with their own focus on his coming. The most common one however that people read I taken from Luke, who was a doctor, and so I bring to you “The Christmas Story” for your reading.

 

The Birth of Jesus Christ

    Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.  This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

The Shepherds and the Angels

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” 

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. 

 

Luke 2:1-20 (NASB)

 

 

Merry Christmas everyone.

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I am always there.

Have you ever noticed how patient God can be? Even when we are wondering away on our own trail he is waiting patiently for us to come before him and worship him one more time. And we know that he waits patiently, and in light of all of eternity, even waiting a few years for us to come to him is like a drop in the bucket, and split second, and he has all the time in the world to wait for us promising he will always be there. He even said….

“I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  (Heb 13:5 NASB)

 

My friend once sent me this letter. I still read it from time to time to remember he is always there beside me. Enjoy and remember he is always there.

 

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The Coming of the Son of Man

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The Coming of the Son of Man

Luk 21:25  “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 

Luk 21:26  people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 

Luk 21:27  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 

Luk 21:28  Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 

 

Isn’t it amazing how the world has become so chaotic. This may sound like a dumb statement. Who would want to rejoice over devastation. I know that bad things happen in this world. I have been in middle of some of them myself. Floods, typhoons, earth quakes, I have lived through them all. I understand why people would be afraid, however, the Bible tells us there “there will be signs”. If God is going to give us a sign, a signal, that he is returning to us, would we not want to be watching for it, with great joy?

And what does he say will be these signs. Like our scripture says “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

 

Does this not sound like what we are hearing in the news today? Do not take me wrong, I am not rejoicing that these things are happening, but I am rejoicing that they are a sign of things to come, they are a sign of who is coming. Jesus is coming again, and then he will reign forever and ever.

I use to always say to my kids, “the end of the world is coming, are you ready.”

ARE YOU READY? I am.

 

 

 

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Set Apart

 

I really enjoyed what Lucardo had to say the other day in his devotional. It really shows how we are to act in this world, though many do not. I thought I would share this with you as well. Enjoy.

 

August 24

 

Set Apart

The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. —Gal_5:22-23

In the third century, St. Cyprian wrote to a friend named Donatus:

This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden… But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out … you know very well what I would see; brigands on the high road, pirates on the seas, in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds…

Yet in the midst of it, I have found a quiet and holy people… They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians…

What a compliment! A quiet and holy people

Quiet… Not obnoxious. Not boastful. Not demanding. Just quiet…

Holy… Set apart. Pure. Decent. Honest. Wholesome…

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