Slightly Obsessed #171 "Your Lord Is Coming: Like The Days Of Noah" by Pamela Thorson on 2017-02-01 09:29:41
In the coming weeks, Slightly Obsessed will explore the Scriptures regarding end-time events and what Jesus meant when He said that the coming of the Son of Man will be “just like the days of Noah.”
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” – Matthew 24:42
In our kitchen a small walkie talkie sits at its charging station. It’s always on, because we are part of a volunteer fire department in our rural community. Our area is a high risk for wildfires during the summer and fall months, and we live miles away from the nearest fire stations. Because of the likelihood of fire, our community finally built its own fire house, purchased a fire truck, and trained volunteers to protect our property.
Our system is linked with the local county sheriff’s department, and we’re always on call, should the alarm come to assist a neighbor. We don’t know when the next fire is coming, or if we’ll even be needed. But we’re always on the alert.
Deep within the soul of each true believer in Christ is the knowledge that we are made for more than the brief years we walk upon this earth. Our great hope as followers of the Lord Jesus is the promise of resurrection to live in eternity with God.
The New Testament Scriptures are permeated with a sense of urgency. The early disciples clearly believed that the return of Christ was imminent. Although God alone knows the timing of the course of His plan as it is played out on the world stage, He has commanded us to “Be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” (Matthew 24:44)
We live in an age of great uncertainty. Radical changes in the political environment of nations and a sense that we are hurtling toward some catastrophic worldwide event has sparked new interest in end-time prophecy. Today online conspiracy theories abound, along with well-meaning but misguided predictions. When it comes to eschatology, the study of last or final events, are you pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, premillennial, postmillennial, amillennial, or just plain confused?
It’s tempting to relegate the debate over Jesus’ coming to the Bible scholars. It seems like pointless arguing when there are so many urgent things the Church could be doing.
But as we’ll see in the next weeks, what we believe about the last days and Christ’s soon return is crucial to how we live every day. Because we can’t know what day He’s coming, we are commanded to be always ready.
Together, let’s find out why.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, released in 2014. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
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These planes are still operable, so although some of them were open for people to walk through, the cockpits were off-limits for obvious reasons. No one wanted a tragedy to happen because an unauthorized person tampered with the controls. People who don’t know what they’re doing shouldn’t be in control.
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Slightly Obsessed #188: Freedom
He was shouting “Freedom” as he plowed his car at twenty-one miles an hour into the granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments.
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Release Date: July 28, 2017 Reviewer: Andrew Funderburk Rating: 4 stars
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