Looking Forward

June 5, 2014


celebrate Jesus Son of God

SCRIPTURE

But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

~2 Peter 3:13, NLT

QUOTE

A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.

~C.S. Lewis

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Without something to look forward to, all humans give way to despair. We need a future event to set our hopes on. For the young and able, it could be a vacation at the beach or a cruise. For those who have to work hard, it could be a Sabbath. For those who work but not that hard, it could be a weekend but we all need something in which to look forward or else we become gloomy, pessimistic and hopeless souls. What about a man who has a massive stroke: can’t talk, can’t sit up and cannot feed himself; does he have any reason to look forward? What about a person with stage 4 cancer? No believer in Christ is ever hopeless. We can all look forward to heaven.

You have probably heard the story of the Christian woman who was dying with cancer: she made all her arrangements in advance, the dress, the make up, the entire nine yards and she insisted they put a fork in her hand. When her family questioned her, she said, “When mother told us to keep our forks, it meant desert was coming. When people ask you why there is a fork in my hand, you tell them she understood that the desert was yet to come. Jesus always saved the best for last.”

EXTRA animated

  • Another Great Day in VBS/VBX…194 total. VBX goes to CARING PLACE tomorrow. If you want to donate can goods or bring clothes, have them at church by 9:00 a.m. Today is Evangelism Day in VBS.
  • VBS Commencement program Sunday Night at 6:00 followed by picnic.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS Saturday morning at Cracker Barrel…9:00 am. 

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  • A Gallup poll released earlier this week suggests that nearly 50 percent of Americans continue to believe that God created human beings “in present form” in the past 10,000 years.
  • The World Watch List (WWL) Research team of Open Doors International has released  a top ten list of the countries who persecute Christians: this research is based on persecution incidents between Nov. 1, 2012, and March 31, 2014, is topped by Nigeria. The others, in order, are: Syria, Egypt, Central African Republic (CAR), Mexico, Pakistan, Colombia, India, Kenya and Iraq. For a complete country summary of the Top 10 Violence List, go to https://www.opendoorsusa.org/downloads/pdf-downloads/violence-top-10-countries-2014.pdf.In all countries where Christians are persecuted, researchers recorded 3,641 churches and Christian properties destroyed and 13,120 other forms of violence against Christians such as beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests and forced marriages.

 

 

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