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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 17, 2011 - Rapture!

By Gary Rogers

Excitement was high in front of the church. River, a little boy with bright blue eyes and long, curly blonde hair, was grinning as big as his little face could handle. He was so excited that all he could do was walk back and forth telling people what was about to happen. People were laughing and talking about their anticipation of the event. Others, including me, were standing around just wanting to watch as it all transpired. In front of the church a charter bus was loading a little over 30 people headed to Phoenix for a Fine Arts Festival.

In the evening service we had prayer for all those making the trip. The first one in front of the church for prayer was Parker, another little boy filled with excitement about the trip. Parker came running up to the front ready to be identified as one of those about to leave. River was excited about a big bus and the trip that was about to begin. Parker was excited that he had a seat on the bus and he was about to leave.

In John 14:3, Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again” (NKJV). This promise from the Master was clear and without any possibility of misunderstanding. He was leaving, but He would come back. First Thessalonians 4:16,17 describes some of the details of this return of Christ, saying, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

I believe such promises are to be taken just as presented. They are not figurative. They give specific details of a coming event. Jesus is coming back. Believers will be “caught up” and experience a Rapture from here to the sky and meet Jesus in the air.

This Rapture is a trip God has scheduled. Today we should live with the excitement of River, knowing a trip is about to take place. We should live with the anticipation of Parker, knowing we have a seat on the bus. Jesus is coming back! Let’s help people get their seats reserved and have a crowd ready to leave, anticipating Christ’s return.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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