Lauren Daigle

I Believe!

A View From The Pew!


August 7, 2022

In Luke’s gospel (Luke 12:32-40) Jesus tells his disciples to be prepared. He said, “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit”. Jesus tells them this because just a few verses earlier he told them what to be prepared for. Jesus revealed to them that, “ is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  That announcement is pretty much to the point. There’s no pussyfooting around there. Simply put, Christ’s disciples are to receive positions of responsibility/authority in the kingdom of God. 

Paul confirms this fact of responsibility/authority when he wrote to the Corinthians chastising them for their lack of responsibility to one another. In the 6th chapter of 1st Corinthians Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?” And he also wrote, “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?”  Disciples of Christ have a rather amazing destiny ahead. No, it doesn’t appear that Christ’s redeemed are going to be laying around the pearly gates all eternity sipping tea, eating angel-food cake and chatting about the bad old days back on planet earth. No, it appears we are going to be fairly busy  (on earth, in fact) participating in the conduct of a divine government, the kingdom of heaven -- God’s kingdom.

God’s written Word is pretty abundant on that matter, but yet, whereas time and space in a Call to Worship doesn’t lend to addressing that topic in depth, let it suffice to say for now that the king of that Godly kingdom has promised to return here to collect his sanctified disciples and establish that promised kingdom. And, that is exactly what we as Christ’s disciple have been told to prepare for. In fact, as Luke's narrative continues, Jesus goes on to tell his disciples, and in Jesus’ unique and oblique way, to get with the program and be on constant watch for his return. He tells them, they won’t know the day or the hour. But, he tells them that it will happen! However, in this passage from Luke Jesus is only telling a part of the story. And if one doesn’t take the whole biblical narrative into account, then one will only see a piece of the story, not the whole story. 

At other times Jesus speaks of his coming as well. He speaks of it in Matthew, Mark and John. And, Paul speaks of it frequently in his letters. And it is always the same, we cannot know the day and the hour of our Lord’s return. And as I have said many times, that is a fact. I have often stated it is a fact much like that in the expectation of giving birth. All things being perfect, a woman does not know the day or hour she will deliver in birth. But she certainly knows when she will not. She knows that a normal, healthy birth will not occur at 11 or 12 months. Nor will a normal, healthy and safe birth take place at 5 or 6 months. No, a woman knows her season of birth, she knows the signs of its nearness. She knows because she is constantly aware of her condition -- she watches!  While others all around her may be vaguely aware something is soon to happen, or some even oblivious at all as to what is going on inside her, she knows --  and she watches!

Likewise, Jesus and the prophets have told us to watch for the “signs of his coming.” And, they have stated many of the signs which would precede his coming (and again, in cloaked and oblique terms.) They all give us the season, but lack the day and the hour. With or without any “day or hour” in hand, if one is not watching as Jesus commanded us to do, then we won’t even be aware of the season even when it is upon us. And, to be sure, the season is upon us already.

The way any of us can know this is to do as Jesus told us -- watch! But an uninformed observation is as fruitless as not even watching. One has to know what to watch for. And, to know what to watch for, one has to know God’s Word in the matter. And that, well, that takes a bit of commitment. Let us all heed the command and warnings of our Lord, Jesus. Let all his disciples watch! Let us all learn what it is we are to watch for. Let us learn the language of the Scriptures so we may know. Let none of us be “caught unawares” For we, as Jesus said, “...must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." But again, and without doubt in this disciples' understanding, the season is here now!

Come Soon Lord, Jesus!

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Take a look at who stopped by the NSUMC a few days ago when they were on the way to some appointments in Nashua, NH.

That's right! Revs. Jim and Lynne Mentzer stopped by for just a bit so Jim could be presented with the gift that the NSUMC had prepared from him. A gift of a framed photo of the NSUMC church that he would have as a small memento of his time with us. 

A few were able to get away during this busy summer time to see Jim and his wife, Lynne, one more time. 

Check our the photo!


Of special interest, click the link below to see an article published on the website

 "The Conversation" that may be of great interest to those familiar with the story of the destruction of Sodom and the rescue from the city of Abraham's nephew, Lot. Both events are depicted in the Book of Genesis. The article is thought provoking indeed. And so with that, everyone is encouraged to give it a read.

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Biblical Exploration!


On  Thursday, Aug 11, the NSUMC will conduct another session of it Biblical Exploration series. This week the focus of our study will be:

 Hebrews 11:29-12:2

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Remember, we will be examining the Scripture passages that will be read at the following Sunday morning worship service. And that, so all may have a clearer understanding as to what will be read and perhaps preached about. 
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