An Important Message!
October 13, 2017
For the past month or so I have been focusing on our mission as Christ’s Church to constantly be in prayer and to constantly keep watch for our Lord’s promised return. As it is, I feel that mission to be very specific to my calling from God and His Son, Jesus. And thus, I have endeavored to continually speak, write and act to remind all in our fellowship of our calling to prayer and of our attention to the “signs of the times” as regards our Lord’s return.
I would like to stress here that our Lord’s return is frequently likened, by the Prophets and the Gospels, to the birth of a child. As most women who have experienced a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy understand, the day or the hour of delivery is simply unknown. However, the final days of such a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy are well known and are, in fact, anxiously anticipated. Within those “final days” there is much speculation and joyful anticipation for the birth of the child, and signs of its arrival, within the period of those “last day” are diligently observed and noted, with each sign being held as a hopeful possibility of an imminent birth.
As already noted, so it is with our Lord’s return. Whereas the hour or the day of his return remains unknown -- unknown up until moments before the actual appearance (birth), all can know, all should know, when the last days are at hand. Be assured, we are in those last days. But, as with a birth, it takes enlightened understanding and foreknowledge of the mechanics of the process for the signs of that process to be even recognized. And once that process is understood, then one must be diligently aware, seek for, and interpret any and all signs (symptoms) displayed by the one soon to deliver. That, in a nutshell, is the directive we received from our Lord to continually exercise. We are to watch, and watch with knowledge and understanding of the process for his promised returned.
As amazing as it always sounds, we have all heard of instances where a woman has, to her utter shock and bewilderment, given birth not even knowing she was pregnant. Many factors play into such a thing. Total ignorance of the natural process and/or total ignorance of her own body and “symptoms” are two likely factors. Let us not be so unawares! Let us strive to understand the process (for a lack of a better word) and the signs of our Lord’s return. He told us to watch. And, he told us what to watch for. Jesus wanted, and wants, us to be aware, ready and not to be caught off guard. He told us to watch and pray for his return. Knowing the times and the signs of that event are entirely possible. If such was impossible, why would Jesus tell us to watch and what to watch for?
So, my friends, let us keep watch. The Church is in labor. She is close to her delivery. Our salvation is much closer now than when we first believed. And so, let us pray as Jesus taught us…”thy kingdom come!”
North Salem United Methodist Church
February 22, 2018
Before birth God started “thumping” in my chest
Prayerfully communicating to me.
“I will always be with you.” (See Psalm 139, Matthew 28:16f)
Running down the road offering prayers in my steps
God is “thumping” in my chest,
Praying for and with me when words won’t come. (See Romans 8:26)
Filled with love for life and the joy the day I sense
God’s “thumping” in my chest with affirming rhythm,
And when fearful God’s rapid “thumping” reassures me. (See Psalm 23)
Beckoned into a ministry of compassion which unsettles me
God is “thumping” in my chest
And I know I am not abandoned. (See Luke 5:1-11)
Ah, but I want to flee to Tarshish, when the call comes but
God’s beat goes on and the “thumping” in the chest
Takes me to Nineveh with a task to do. (See Jonah)
The rhythm in my chest is out of sync
God is “thumping” in my chest at triple time
To get me out of denial. (See Psalm 51)
Conversion, they call it, for the rhythm is back,
God is “thumping” in my chest and
Brings me back home experiencing great peace. (See John 14:27)
Someday, the beating in my chest will stop but
God will be “thumping” in my soul
Taking me where God wants me to go. (See John 14)
(The heart is a constant reminder of what the mystics referred to as being “immersed in God and God being immersed in us.” God in whom we move and live and have our being is and in biblical language often centered in the heart. The use of words meaning heart in the Bible exceed 700 times. Thumping is a reference to the primary action of God in our prayer life.”)
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
A NSUMC Adult Bible study will recommence on Saturday morning January 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Although Paul's Letter to the Romans will again be explored, various selected topics in support of the study of Romans will also be investigated.
No preregistration is required. Simply arrive at our church located at 389 North Main St., in Salem any Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. starting January 20, 2018
Come join with other learning disciples of Christ as we explore the amazing truths revealed within the Living Word of God!
We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
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