Watching for the Day

Are you watching?  Do you know what to watch for? What are we looking for?  Why should we watch?  There will be a day when God will judge the earth.  Sounds scary, doesn’t it?  There will be seven years of tribulation that will be really bad here on earth.  Not the most encouraging news we could hear.  But, there will also be a day when God makes all things new.  When Jesus returns and takes us home.  When there will be no more tears, or sorrow or pain, no more disease or death.  No more evil.  For those of us who trust in Jesus and are children of God, it will be a glorious, wonderful occasion when we will be in His presence.  That is why we watch.  With anticipation.  Not with fear, but excitement! Continue reading “Watching for the Day”

Coming Troubles

Things in the world seem to be getting crazy lately.  We have the corona virus and the panic because of it in the stores, in the stock market and our retirement investments.  Within the past year, there has been conflict with North Korea, and Russia and China, not to mention the Middle East.  There have been several uprisings, protests and riots in many countries.  We had fires in the west and Australia and the Amazon jungles and elsewhere.  A plague of locusts is sweeping through Africa.  We had hurricanes and earthquakes and other natural disasters.  Just yesterday in Eastern Washington where we used to live, there was an earthquake, a tornado, hail and snow.  People seem to get offended much more easily than they used to and it seems like there is more bickering going on in our government (as well as many of us with each other on social media) than working on solutions.  Things that were never accepted before are now being accepted that should not be, even in some churches.  Living our faith and talking about God is often being met with tension or hostility (this has been the case for a long time in many countries, but it is beginning to happen here in the U.S.).  Many who profess faith in God do not live it, or we are either complacent or judgmental or unloving, or perceived to be.  Are we entering into the end times?  Perhaps.  Is our country in for a fall?  Perhaps.  Is it all gloom and doom?  No.  There will be hard times ahead.  There are hard times now.  But, there will also be glorious times ahead for those who trust in Jesus (we will talk more of this in the next post). Continue reading “Coming Troubles”

The Good and Bad of Fire

Fire will burn you, but it also provides so much to improve our daily lives.  It gives us light.  It gives us heat.  We cook with it.  We use it to purify metals and to shape them into tools and so much more.  As we discussed in the previous post, God often reveals Himself through fire.  Here we will discuss how fire is used for judgement, but it is also used to purify us, to help us to grow.  It is also used to represent the evil schemes of the devil, but we know that fire will await him in the end. Continue reading “The Good and Bad of Fire”

God’s Promise: All Things Will Be New

Jesus tells us that He will return.  When He does, He will make all things new.  One day He will take us home and we who follow Him will be in heaven for all eternity.  What is here now will be gone.  What is to come will be so much better for those who accept Christ’s gift of eternal salvation.  He died for us so that we can be part of His kingdom forever.  His desire is that all would turn to Him.  Please don’t wait until it is too late. Continue reading “God’s Promise: All Things Will Be New”

God’s promises: Jesus Will Return

Jesus promised that He will return.  He will come for His people.  He will reign on this earth and He will take His people home to be with Him forever.  Those who are in Christ should be excited and look forward to this day.  When He comes, He will bring His reward with Him to His children.  There will be great tribulation during that time, though.  Will He take His people home before or after?  That is another subject.  Whichever it may be, we need to be ready.  But in the meantime, if you are a believer, this will be a great moment.  I hope that all of you will consider this and if you do not know Jesus, please seek Him and accept the gift of grace that He offers freely to you before it is too late. Continue reading “God’s promises: Jesus Will Return”