This Week's Sermon ( 4-25-17 )

" Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. "   1 Corinthans  15:51-52


Whenever Jesus is going to return, the fact is, He will return.

Paul thought Jesus was going to return back in his day.

This is why he said;

" 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.  "   1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Note how Paul described the " rapture " - which means in the Greek, " caught up " as is translated, as happening in the blink of an eye.

I remember an airline a long time ago, whose executives would not allow 2 born again christian pilots in the cockpit during the same flight.

The reason was, should the rapture take place during the flight, there would be no one left to fly the plane and keep the passengers alive.

While I was driving recently, I wondered what would happen should the rapture happen while I was driving.

Obviously, my car would crash somewhere.

I also thought of other believers in Jesus if they are driving when the rapture takes place what would happen to their vehicles.

There will be many wrecks and no doubt many get hurt from crashing driverless vehicles.

What if a born again surgeon is performing heart surgery on a patient when the rapture takes place.

My friend, no matter what, Jesus is going to return when He is ready to.

When I hear His shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God, I will gladly go up to meet Him in the clouds no matter where I'm at or what I'm doing.

Jesus said we are to watch for His return.

We need to be willing to lay everything aside and go to be with Him. That is, if we really want to be with Him.

Jesus clearly said;

 

" And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  "   Luke 24:34-36

I have noticed in recent months because of what is going on throughout the world, that more and more believers are wanting Jesus to return. They tell me they think these are signs of the return of Jesus.

Surprisingly, even unsaved people tell me they are wondering what is going on.

That is interesting.

I did not used to hear much about the return of Jesus from christians until recently. Many were in love with their life and their prosperity and would rather stay here and enjoy it.

My friend, as Jesus said;

" Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "   Matthew 6:19-21

As with Paul, John and Peter and the rest, their heart was in Heaven and they would rather have been with Jesus.

We need to be like this too.

Let us look for Jesus and anxiously wait for His return, being willing to let go of everything we have, when He does return.

It is certain if we die first before Jesus returns, we will have to let go of everything.

Wayne Brown

Today's Bible Verse John 14:23-27

" Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 
He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 

These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. "

Today's Bible Verse Revelation 5:9-10

" And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. "

Today's Bible Verse Luke 8:22-25

" Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 
But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 

And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.  "

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