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Is This The End? (II Kings 2; II Thessalonians 2)

October 21, 2013

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter,”  II Thessalonians 2:15

Last week I received an email from Dr. David Jeremiah concerning the subject of our blog, “Is this the end.”  Now, do not be impressed by my receiving this email, so did about a million other people.  The email was a link to a message preached by a Messianic Jew on the subject of the demise of Damascus. The message is about 53 minutes long.  It was well worth my time.

In essence the message spoke of two things:  1.  God’s return 2.  Man’s demise.  As I listened to that message, my heart began to race as I thought, “Is this the end?”

Many thoughts were racing through my mind as I considered the end of this world.  Probably the same thoughts were running through the minds of the people Paul was addressing in II Thessalonians 2.  These believers had been told, “The end has already come.”

Here in chapter two we find Paul answer to their fright.  Two things stand out:

1.  There is a clear Word:

The end had not come!  Paul gives three reasons why he knows the end has not come:  1.  The Lawless one has not come (The Antichrist).  2.  The Holy Spirit has not been taken away (Still restraining evil).  3.  People are still being saved.

2.  There is a clear warning:

The end is coming!  As we draw near to the end, Satan’s power will be increased (His deception will be amazing).  But at the same time, Satan’s destiny is assured (Christ will destroy him with the word of His mouth).

As I read this chapter, I came away with both peace and passion!!

Think it through:

1.  You and I can have peace because we know that our Lord is sovereignly in control of the events of this life.

2.  You and I should live with a passion to get the gospel to all the world before the end comes.  The Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of people who are sharing the gospel.

What will we do?

This day, I will share my faith with the assurance that God is for me.  This day, I will trust in my Lord’s ability to open the eyes of the blind to see their need of the gospel.  This day, I will trust in the results that God gives!!!

Debating The Sabbath

May 23, 2012

And Jesus said to them, ‘I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or destroy life?” Luke 6:9

Recently I had a very interesting conversation with a person who was working through (in their mind) the importance of Sunday worship.  This person had some very compelling reasons why they were not attending church.  Their reasons ranged from, “I have family to take care of and I have no other time to do work at home because I work 50-6o hours per week.”  Everything this person said was true and everything this guy was going through was true.

Here was my question in response, “Do you think God would place requirements on your life that are not valuable to you?”  This morning we discover in our More For Christ readings, Luke 6:1-19, a debate between Jesus and those who had placed requirements on the Sabbath.  These requirements were hindering the true purpose of the Sabbath.

As we follow Luke’s narrative we discover Jesus rationale in this debate:

1.  Jesus debated from the rationale of the Lord’s day being for our nourishment Vs: 1-6

2.  Jesus debated from the rationale of the Lord’s day being for our greatest needs, Vs: 7-11

As we read these verses we discover that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.  We are nourished as we worship the Lord.  We are nourished as we read and are taught his word.  We see needs being met as we work together in his family for his glory.

Brothers and sisters, there is no debate when it comes to the Lord’s day.  One cannot gain what we gain in Christ anywhere else.  No radio program. internet podcast, or Tv ministry can replace or come close to the value of our presence in God’s house on the Lord’s day.

I challenge you to lead the way by being faithful in your worship every week.  I challenge you to be faithful in your work with your church every week.  This is God church and we are His body.

The Battle For The Lord’s Day

December 2, 2011

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solomon rest, a holy convocation.  You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in your dwelling places.” Leviticus 23:3

Certainly every day belongs to the Lord.  We are commanded in I Corinthians 10:31, “Whatever you do, do all for the glory of the Lord.”  However there is one day since creation that has been set apart as a day of rest and worship.  We, in the church call it, “The Lord’s day.”

Through the ages, the church has always known what day they were to set aside and they have always know that this day is a day of worship.  For example, Justin Martyr wrote about worship in the early church, “Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead.”  Historical Theology, Pg 661, Gregg Allison

However in recent times the Lord’s day has come under attack in our society.  It seems that societies respect for this day is all but gone.  The question that came to my mind, is simply, “Why?”

When you study the book of Leviticus, you discover how Israel was able to remember God’s work in her life.  God prescribed 7 yearly feasts that were both reminders of God’s deliverance as well as pictures of the ultimate deliverance that would come through Jesus Christ.  As Israel celebrated these feasts they were called to remembrance.

In this I greatly feel there is a correlation to why we are losing the battle for the Lord’s day.  God’s people are being drawn away from this day of worship.  It seems that each event of our lives includes a Sunday event that precludes us from coming to church.  There was a day when society would not schedule events on Sunday because they knew the church would not attend.  However this is often no longer the case.

Think with me about what happens when we fail to lead our family in worship.  First, the gospel is not heard.  This very morning, I rejoiced in reading Hebrews 7:24, “He holds His Priesthood eternally, because He continues forever.”  

I wrote in my journal, “I am so blessed that Jesus is not only my Great High-Priest, He is also my wife’s and my children’s Great High Priest.”  Because of His eternal priesthood every generation has the opportunity of salvation.

Brothers and sisters, if we fail to honor the Lord’s day our family will fail to hear the gospel.  Second, the gospel is not heeded.  Our family’s cannot respond nor can they live by the gospel unless they are weekly being reminded of the gospel. Finally, the gospel is not proclaimed to the world.  If our family fails to consistently be in worship, there is no challenge to share the gospel with the world.

This day, I plead with you to once again place the Lord’s day where it belongs in your life.  For the sake of your family and for the sake of your fellow-man.  Hear the word of the Lord, “Do not neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25