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Hello Friends,

How many of you have heard people whom you know, espouse to know when the Lord will return. I have known over the years people who have given the Lord’s return a date and been perfectly straight faced as they have stated clearly that they know exactly the day when he will return. The first time I heard this was back in the mid 80’s when a man who was my boss scheduled a week of vacation for the Lord’s return, and him, his family, and some of his closest Christian friends rented a cabin in the mountains to await Christs return. I asked why he bothered taking vacation, making his house payments, etc. and he got very annoyed at me, so I let it go. When they returned, he said they must have just miscalculated a bit, and that they would need to go back to the drawing board.

The next prediction that garnered much attention was of course 1999-2000 millenium date. This was truly going to be it, Israel is in disarray, which every Christian knows Israel holds the key to Christs return. Plus, America and the rest of the world have become so carnal at this point that it cant possibly go on. I even heard some people say that “the Bible even says Christ will return in 2000 years”, wow. When it didn’t happen, the local prophets all scratched their heads and said, “Oh, wait, the true millenium is actually 2001, so thats when Christ will come”.

Why have I chosen to write about this? Well, A fellow believer at work informed me that it is all going to be over in 2012. He was very straight faced when he informed me that Christs return and subsequent Judgement will occur in the spring of 2012. I then asked him if he had quit contributing to the 401K, and he looked at me like I had a third ear growing from my forehead. The point to all of this is, the first century Christians felt the second coming would be in their time, every generation since then has felt Christs return would be in their time also. A Pastor I know said back in the late 1800’s someone predicted a second coming and all the people from that town dressed in white robes, had trumpets, and climbed up in trees to await the Lord. They later tried to string up the prophet, but he beat them out of town.

So why, as Christians are we so occupied with predicting his return when the bible is very clear on us not knowing. Does this scripture tell us anything?

Matthew 24:43-44 (NIV) 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.  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

And there is also this scripture,

2 Peter 3:10 (NIV) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare

Imagine if you told your children to clean their room , and rather than clean their room, the devoted their day to trying to determine when you would next be upstairs to “check” their room. Wouldn’t you rather they just cleaned their room and were ready for you to check it anytime?

I also think it sends the wrong message to the lost in the world. I personally believe God wants us to focus on the whole race rather than just the finish. The finish is VERY important, but he has made it very clear to us that we will not know the hour or the day of the return of the Lord. I just believe that as Christians, our time could be spent much better, Say, spreading the word about God’s gift of salvation, than by planning his return. Anyway, does anyone care to offer their views on the matter. God bless you all!!!

In him

JFT

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Hello Friends,

As I write about things, take into mind, I am not pointing fingers, or saying that people are wrong. If I were judging, I would have to put myself on trial first, and the outcome would not be pretty I assure you. No, this blog is about ideas, discussions among believers in Christ who want to better serve our Lord and Saviour. That said, I move on to the feature presentation.

Our world has become very image conscious, on everything from clothes, adornmant, of course cars, and even tires. Look at the money that is spent on trying to look good. When I try on a pair of sunglasses, I have Stacia look at it to see if they look cool, when I get a ball cap, I ask to see if it looks good on me, after all, who wants to walk around looking like a goof, right?  And all of these “things” and how they look is also subjective too, what looks cool now would have been laughed at 10 yrs ago. and what looks good now will be out in a couple more years also. But, if we ask someone, hey, do you really care what other people think, most would say no.  As people how much of what we do is done to gain acceptance from others, to be viewed as cool or to be viewed as unique,etc. People have fancy cars with fancy tires and rims, not becuase they have the most comfortable ride, but because they want people to look at them and see the image they are trying to project. ” I have class, I am wealthy, I am comfortable, I am fit, I am sexy, etc.” What if we were to place half “just half” of the emphasis we place on impressing others with our image, into trying to please God, just half of that effort into praising him, or into doing his work. Volunteering at a shelter, feeding the homeless, studying with a friend. People might actually begin to see Christs love in our lives

The last couple of decades have done nothing but reinforce the image mindset on us. I had a wise person in my past that used to say “Do not use people and love things, But love people and use things”. She had it right, it doesn’t matter how glamerous we try to be during this life, the reality is this, none of it matters. God and our family and loved ones are the only things that matter. We will all leave this world with our souls only, and all our bling will just wind up in a yard sale.

God Bless and Keep you all

In Him

JFT

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Hello Friends,

I work at a large utility company in Phoenix, and was talking to Christians i work with recently about their faith, and their feelings toward sharing God with their co-workers. Most of them agreed that religion (their Faith) was best not discussed on company time. “One should not discuss religion or politics at work” was a quote from one of them, we’ll call him Bob. Bob said that discussing ones beliefs or politics has the effect of making people uncomfortable, and that we should keep our beliefs to ourselves, “as they are really a personal thing ‘. Bob also stated that you can be liable for harassment if you preach what you believe to co-workers. After all, people come to work to earn a living, they don’t come to hear your opinions about life and eternity, or who you should bow down to. Keep your beliefs to yourself. So I am curious, is this what we as Christians have come to accept? I am not saying we need to stop working, form a circle, hold hands, and sing hymns, but can we not discuss our faith with others during the day. It is not harassmant if you care enough about your co-worker to tell him the path to salvation, is it?

Imagine if God only answered prayers from monday through friday, 8-4:30. What if he were totally devoted to us, that is, until the whistle blows, is that not what we do to him when we agree to follow stupid policies for fear of persecution, to remain in the favor of a company. Imagine if you will, for a moment, going before judgement and having to answer to why you quit spreading his word when you clocked in. Hmmmm, Jim, there were 17 souls that were not saved because you did not tell people the good news, why?  Errr, well, God, it was against company policy to discuss beliefs or politics, but I went to Church every sunday.

I have a feeling that one isn’t gonna cut muster with God. If we are lucky enough to have good jobs, it is because God has blessed us with them. If I get fired for telling others about God, that is fine. He always takes care of us. Lets stand up as Children of God and stop worrying about a little persecution, there are people around the world who are dying for their belief in God, and we are so blessed to live in a land where we can worship freely. Lets not waste the opportunity to tell others about our Christ and Savior because we are worrying about being politically correct.

God Bless You All

JFT

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What Matters Most?

Hello ,

I just read an article about how many of todays super athletes with super salaries are broke. They have 200 million in the bank, yet they burn through it and find themselves in court. Evander Holyfield, the famous boxer finds himself in court for being behind on child suppport $9,000.00 and his home being auctioned off because he is 10 million behind on his mortgage payments. When asked why he felt the need to have a 109 room, 17 bathroom mansion, he said he felt the need to have such a place. Ed McMahon, Johnny Carsons sidekick on the tonight show for decades, ( for the younger crowd, Johnny Carson was Jay Leno’s Predecessor), anyway, his mansion is also in forclosure. The 90’s and early millenium have definantly been the era of excess. If you have enough money, you can do, or have anything your heart desires, that is, ahem, except Salvation. Yes, that is one thing that is still not for sale.

We have become a nation that delights in being a throw away society, where we don’t feel important unless we have a 500 dollar purse on our arm, or an expensive watch to impress others. Fortunately, I think we are beginning to see the error of our ways a bit. None of this stuff is a bit important, it will all rot away with time, but our souls will not, they will endure for all eternity, and how we live this life will determine how we live the next. As Christians, do we not need to stand out from the world, and show them that Christ does make a difference in our lives. To people who are searching for more in their lives, it is a contrast when we tell them about Christ and his sacrifice for our salvation, and then we appear to be wrapped up in materialism just like the world. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying it is bad to have nice things, it is just wrong when they become the major focus of our life. God should always be number one. Anyway, those are my thoughts, Comments?

In Him

JFT

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