And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life. (Rev 2:8)
Lord Jesus Christ said that He was dead and came to life. Do you believe the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ? Christianity is different from all other religions in the world, for we serve a risen Lord. The fact that Jesus Christ is alive is central to the Christian faith. In this world, no matter how chaotic our life might be, God is always in control because He is a risen Lord.
Recently, some brothers and sisters who had not come to church in a long time came back to attend service. I was both surprised and glad to see them again. When I told other members that they had returned, they also reacted with surprise and joy. However, our reactions made me realize one thing – in a sense, we were surprised because we were not expecting them to come back. In a sense, though we must have prayed for these lost sheep at one point in time, we were surprised because for a long time, we may have forgotten about them.
Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? (Acts 26:8)
Defending his ministry before King Agrippa, the apostle Paul was amazed that people found it so unbelievable that God had the power to raise the dead. Do you believe in the resurrection of the dead, and do you hold firmly to such hope? Has it occurred to you that one of the main reasons for going to church each week is to receive Sabbath rest, which foreshadows our eternal rest? Now we take a break from our daily toil and labor and go to church for Sabbath rest; later, we cease all work and enter into God’s eternal rest.
Being a child of God is blissful. We are blessed, protected, and guided by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yet, Paul reminds us that if only for this life, we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men (1 Cor 15:19). Continue reading →
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1 Cor 13:12)
When reading the obituary of a celebrity, have you ever noticed that the wealth, fame, and success of the dead can only last a short span of this life? Death is the end of a life and also the beginning of another life. When we don’t know Jesus Christ, we make choices as though this life were all we had. In reality, this life is just the introduction to eternity. Therefore, we need to evaluate things from an eternal perspective.
The apostle Paul reveals that one day we will be complete when we see God face to face. This truth should strengthen our faith – we don’t have all the answers now, but then we will. Someday we will see Jesus Christ in person and be able to see with God’s perspective. Continue reading →
Awake, awake! O sojourner,
Stir your heart from spiritual slumber
Resting weary in battle deep
He promised He would come for us
That He would not tarry, but come.
Not long ago we promised Him
(as He, too, promised us)
to love and cherish forever the One we love
Awake, awake! O dejected soldier,
Be not in your heart dismayed
Are you tired before the enemy great
And cannot see the path ahead
Put down your heart’s burden
Let Him carry thee and find thy rest Since the time He lit a flame in my heart to live and die for the self-same Cause It was a covenant between us
Awake, awake! O you scribe who battle with pen
And not the sword
For the ink dwindles and revelation is scarce
Though the herd stalls are vacant and the olive tree fails
It is His Spirit that inscribes
Not ability or tongue of men The heart hopes for the day of the marriage feast For “I have seen the consummation of all perfection”
We’re too far in to turn back.
Dawn breaks in the darkest night…
Like the fledgling eagle learning to fly
In quietness and trust that He provides:
Step. Drop. Fly.