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Now would be a good time for the rapture, come Lord.

The great thing is, amongst all this uncertainty, I know where my future lies.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38‭-‬39 NIV
 

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So the complexity of everything around us just happened. You can believe that a Timex watch is taken apart completely and placed in a plastic bag and then all on its own all the pieces came together and it kept time perfectly. The fact is, if there is a design, there is a designer. Each one of us are uniquely made and we have a creator that loves us with an unconditional love. Yes, there are things we do not understand, but we all live in a sinful word. Look around at the beauty that God has created. Read his word and allow him to change you. For it is by grace that we are saved and what a wonderful gift it is.
 

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MATHEW chapter 24;
24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
 
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Hopefully god would judge me on my actions and not whether or not I believed in him or not.
Unfortunately if we were judged soley on our actions NO ONE would make it to Heaven. Everyone of us would fall miserably short. The reason belief is important is not for the sake of believing, or because God needs it from us, its because only faith can drive us to choose to pursue a relationship with Jesus who bridges the chasm between us and God.
 

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No matter the circumstances or what this world throws at us, God will never forsake us. Amen!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4 NKJV
 
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Today is proclaimed a National Day of Prayer

And this is a good one. Anne Graham Lotz is an amazing prayer warrior




Father God,

In a world of famine, floods, and fire; disease, death, and the disruption of our everyday activities, on this day when the President has called for a National Day of Prayer, we choose to look up…from our knees. We see You seated on the throne of glory, in control of all things.[1] All things. We know that You are a God of mercy, of grace, of faithfulness, of loving-kindness.[2] So we reject fear of the coronavirus and its impact on our lives, and instead, place our faith in You. You have said that Your ears are open to our cry,[3] that Your eyes are upon us,[4]and that Your arms are long enough to reach us[5] and strong enough to hold us.[6] Hold us now. Hold us close. Quiet our racing hearts. Breathe Your Spirit of peace into the fear and turmoil within us.

Even as I pray for Your peace, I wonder…could this wicked, insidious, evil virus be the trigger that sparks a spiritual awakening in our beloved nation? Are You trying to get our attention, demanding that we wake up in our relationship with You? I know we desperately need to wake up.

We have legalized defiance of Your institution of marriage; we celebrate relationships that contradict Your instructions; we exterminate life that You created and that bears Your image…for our own convenience; we have become so secularized we don’t even acknowledge You exist, much less reverence or obey You.

You have my attention. Therefore, like the prophet Daniel of old, I turn to You in humility and shame as I confess on behalf of America some of the national sins that come to mind…[7]

  • I confess national addiction to sex. To money. To pleasure. To entertainment. To pornography. To technology. To drugs. To alcohol. To food. To television. To popularity. To ourselves.
  • I confess our foolishness of denying You as the one, true, living God, our Creator to whom we are accountable, living as though our lives are a cosmic accident with no eternal significance, purpose or meaning.
  • I confess our greed that has run up trillions of dollars of national debt.
  • I confess our arrogance and pride that has led us to think we are sufficient in ourselves.
  • I confess to believing that the prosperity of our nation is because we are great while refusing to acknowledge that all blessings come from Your hand.
  • I confess that we depend upon our military might and our weapons systems to protect us from harm and danger while denying, defying, and ignoring You.
  • I confess that we have succumbed to the pressure of pluralism in our desire to be inclusive so that we honor other gods as though You are just one of many.
  • I confess that we have allowed the material blessings You have given us to deceive us into thinking we don’t need You.
  • I confess that we live as though material wealth and prosperity will bring happiness.
  • I confess that we have marginalized truth and mainstreamed lies.
  • I confess that we have become one nation under many gods, divided and polarized, with license to sin and justice that no longer follows the rule of law.
Holy Spirit of the living God, convince us of the need to turn away from our sin and get right with You.[8]

Lord God, have mercy on us! As we repent of our sin and return to You, return to us! There is no one like You to help the powerless against this mighty disease. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on You and in Your name we come against this vast, invisible enemy.[9]

Once again, we hold You to the promise you gave to King Solomon. You said, When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among My people, You said if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, You said then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. You said, Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers…[10]

We hold You to Your word as we plead with You. Hear our prayer. Forgive our sin. Heal our land. We are standing in the gap for our nation.

We pray in the name of the One who is Our Deliverer. Our Beautiful and only Savior. Lord of the nations. Son of God and Son of Man. The living, reigning, soon to return Lord of lords and King of kings, Jesus Christ.

In His name and for His glory we pray,

Amen



[1] Isaiah 6:1

[2] Ephesians 2:4; 2 Corinthians 9:14; Exodus 34:6.

[3] Psalm 4:3

[4] Psalm 33:18

[5] Isaiah 59:1

[6] Psalm 139:7-10

[7] Daniel 9:1-19

[8] John 16:8

[9] 2 Chronicles 14:11

[10] 2 Chronicles 7:13-15
 

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My father in laws sermon this morning hit the nail. His sermon was on the situation the Israelites faced with Goliath. He said the first mistake they may was agreeing to fight on his terms. When the enemy wants to make a deal it's because he is losing and knows it. Our enemy has lost and he wants us to fight on his terms to drag us down. We should fight on our terms which is running to Christ.
 

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We had 60 people in attendance today (we average 125). I scrapped my sermon this morning and decided to focus on praying and singing. I told our folks that this would be our last public gathering until further notice. Crazy times, crazy times.
My wife tells me our Pastor's FB live sermon, which we watched since they cancelled our service, had over 1k views! She said there watch parties and potentially many who don't normally attend probably watched, which is awesome! (I don't do FB like I used to so not sure what these watch parties are lol 🤷‍♂️)
 

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Challenge to brothers and sisters on here. Lets make use of the biggest weapon we have. God says his ways arent always our ways and his thoughts arent always our thoughts.

2 Chronicles 7:14
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
 

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He Will Hide Me
Written by: Kyla Rowland

I am Job lying helpless suffering lost but not hopeless
I am David crying mercy Lord on me
I am Elijah in a cave dreading the light of day
I am Daniel humbly bowed faithfully
I am Paul in a prison lifting praise to Heaven
I am John cast out but not down
I am Moses seeking shelter in the cleft of the rock
Here I am Lord hide me again

Chorus:

I finally made it to the cleft of the rock
I’m glad for I could no longer stand
Many times I will struggle to reach that old rock
But He will hide me again and again


Now I’m safe from the stranger
Safe from the danger that would try to do me great harm
I am wrapped up and warm in the love of my Master
I am resting while I lean on His arm
So I’ll stay a little longer until I am stronger
When all of my healing is done
The ravens will feed me and His hand will keep me
And hide me ‘til I can go on


He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry thirsty land
He hideth my life with the depths of His love

And He will hide me again and again
And again
 

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I hope and pray that you change your mind about God and His Son before it's too late. Everything we are seeing today is the Bible being fulfilled. This should be removing our doubts about whether or not God's Word is true.
 

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Challenge to brothers and sisters on here. Lets make use of the biggest weapon we have. God says his ways arent always our ways and his thoughts arent always our thoughts.

2 Chronicles 7:14
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
What we are seeing right now is the humbling phase ..... we are not even close to the healing part. There are still folks in this country that haven't acknowledged that God even exists. However, "God pours out his blessings on the just and the unjust". There will be a spiritual awakening in this country. I just hope I am around to see it. It will probably be after Pence (true man of God) wins the presidency in 2024.
 

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I think this event going on is going to lead to the Great Tribulation, and the rapture is about to occur.
 

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Everything we are seeing today is the Bible being fulfilled.
Actually, if you take just a minute to study the statement, it is true ... every day of every week of every month of every year as far back as there is a form of recorded history ...
 

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Actually, if you take just a minute to study the statement, it is true ... every day of every week of every month of every year as far back as there is a form of recorded history ...
I was referring to the passages concerning the things that would take place on earth just before the rapture like disease, pestilence, earthquakes, and famine. However, you are correct as well sir. The Bible has been a prophetic guide for thousands of years.
 

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I was referring to the passages concerning the things that would take place on earth just before the rapture like disease, pestilence, earthquakes, and famine. However, you are correct as well sir. The Bible has been a prophetic guide for thousands of years.
And a guide to and for good living ... remember, you know not the day or hour ...
 

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Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

1st Corinthians 13:7
We as Christians must prepare our hearts to take the burdens of others on our backs in love, whether emotional, physical or spiritual.
 
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