COMFORT ONE ANOTHER

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”


‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
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Revelation‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭



“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:51-53‬ ‭

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“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”
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Revelation‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

Matthew‬ ‭25:13‬ ‭

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:20-21‬ ‭

DO NOT WORRY

““For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-34‬ ‭

Matthew‬ ‭6:25-34‬

The God who Doesn’t Sleep Slept

Where Living Begins

Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:4).

One of the side effects of a 2006 car accident is occasional “glitches” where my brain short circuits in seizures. Each glitch results in confusion, memory loss, depression, loss of bodily functions, and insomnia. Recovery can last weeks.

A recent glitch left me with 3 weeks of an hour or two of sleep a day. Sleeplessness permits unending time to work, but also highlights the utter frailty of my humanity.

One of the unusual beliefs of cultists attached to early Christianity was that Jesus wasn’t human. They couldn’t reconcile an eternal God with humanness, and concluded that Jesus was only a spirit with an illusion of a body meant to deceive.

To combat this gnostic heresy known as Docetism, the gospel writers took great effort to emphasize Christ’s humanity. Jesus cried (John 11:35), thirsted (Matthew 27:48), could…

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