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.
The title of this post may seem peculiar because we hardly think of Nineveh, a metropolitan city of Assyria, being full of faith. They worshipped foreign gods, did not believe in God, and were so wicked that their wickedness came up before God (Jon 1:2)! Even the king of Nineveh himself admitted that the people were evil and that violence was in their hands (Jon 3:8b). How could such a city, great as it was, have faith in God?
[Jonah] cried out and said, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ (Jon 3:4)
Perhaps there was more to God’s message. But all we see recorded is that Jonah basically proclaimed that Nineveh was doomed; that they were condemned already. If we were to hear such a message today, how would we respond? Continue reading