But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (are dead), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (go ahead of) them which are asleep.
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. (1Th 4:13-18)
This is the classic statement of “the blessed hope” of Christians. I’ve read it so many times at funerals and gravesides. Here, it says to “comfort one another with these words.” Paul says to Titus: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (Tit 2:13)
Jesus told His followers that He was going away for a while but that He would come again to be with them. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (Act 3:20-21)
Jesus would not tell them when He was coming back. He said: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Mat 24:36)
Look at what else He says: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Mat 24:31)
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. (1Co 15:51-52)
You may want to write the above references down in the front of your Bible so you can find them in a hurry. You might have to read verses at a funeral or graveside and you would be ready. (I’m serious. You don’t know when you may be called on to say something good at a funeral. Be ready.)
Three things make Christians obnoxious to people today. 1. We think everybody around us needs redemption to be OK. 2. They know many church people who don’t have it together. 3. They don’t think they are bad enough for Jesus to have to be nailed to a cross to pay for their sins. They are not perfect, but not bad enough to need to be saved. Our biggest problem with lost people is getting them lost. That’s why the Holy Spirit must do it.
And when he is come, he will reprove (convince, convict) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (Joh 16:8) We are to preach the gospel to every creature in the world but we are not commissioned to save them, because we cannot save them. Jesus saves! We don’t save. Our job is to ask: “Do you need to be saved? Do you want to be saved? Do you know how to be saved? Would you like for me to show you how to be saved? That’s it.
Christians have a book that claims to know about the future of the world and that Jesus is going to rule the world. It bothers people that we think we know that.
The Humanist Manifesto II of 1973 declared: “No deity will save us. We must save ourselves.”. John Dewey, professor at Columbia University in New York City and the father of public education signed it. The unbelieving world is struggling to build a one-world government that will bring about peace and prosperity …without God. It’s a massive reenactment of the Tower of Babel.
The young prophet, Daniel, interpreted the awesome dreams of the first great world ruler: Nebuchadnezzar. Anyone can read about it in Daniel, chapter 2. I daresay we are approaching the iron and clay feet of the beast. That’s the place where the great stone hewn out of a mountain without hands is going to strike the great image and smash it to pieces and a wind will blow away the dust. And the stone will fill the earth.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. (Dan 2:44-45)
Cheer up Christian! If you've read the Book, you know we win! Ω
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
FEBRUARY 20, 2017 – MONDAY
A.M. Numbers 3-4
P.M. Mark 3:22-35
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MEMORY VERSE THIS MONTH:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. (Hos 4:6-7)
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Groups (3:15): When the Roll Is Called (Gaither Group)
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Clean Ears for Better Hearing.
NOTE: This cannot be covered in one paragraph; is written for education and not as medical advice.
Several million Americans have impaired hearing and for many of them, the cause is built-up wax in their ears. I know by experience that hearing aids stimulate the production of more ear wax in the ears. I have checkups every three months. I was losing hearing and my recent check-up revealed dry, hard deposits stuck to the right ear drum. He could remove a small amount (it hurt) and that improved my hearing some. The rest must be soaked to be removed. (At AMAZON I bought a small DR. MOM OTOSCOPE (2 AAA batteries) for letting someone look into my ears, about $25.)
Doctors can remove earwax at a cost of about $25 per ear. Your insurance may or may not pay for it. Several million people remove the soft wax from their ears with Q-Tips. (Not recommended) But, I have been doing it for 60 years. Gently insert Q-Tip in the ear and twist it as you pull it out of the ear. Do this 3-4 times and the obvious problem is solved….at least, for now.
Two problems with this. You may injure your eardrum. And invariably, you will pack some of the wax deeper into the ear where it will harden and reduce your hearing. It will have to come out.
A better way of home cleaning of ears is to lie on your side while someone drips 3-4 drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal. Use enough so that it hits bottom and cuts off your hearing. It will create a storm of foam. Lie still 3-4 minutes and go to the bathroom sink. Lean that ear over the wash basin and use an ear bulb syringe to squirt short bursts of warm water up, into the ear. Do this several times. Most likely, you will see in the sink, pieces of ear wax. Put some more hydrogen peroxide into the same ear and lie still 3-4 minutes. Repeat rinsing at the sink. You’ve done what you can do to dislodge the wax. Do the same in the other ear. Insert a twisted piece of cotton in your ear(s) to absorb water. Remove cotton next morning.
If the deposit in the ear is hardened and attached to the ear, go to the next step. At night, lay a towel over your pillow. Lie on your side and have someone to drip several drops of “sweet oil” (modified Olive oil) until it bottoms out. Pull slightly on the lobe of the ear to open the ear canal. It doesn’t hurt but it’s a pretty good shock when the oil hits bottom. Oil should not be cold. Pinch off a small amount of cotton from a standard cotton ball and twist it into a rope-like piece. Insert firmly into your ear. Go to sleep in that position, letting the oil soak into the wax. The next morning, remove the cotton. Follow the hydrogen peroxide procedure above, either that morning or that evening, at your convenience. You may have to repeat this 2-3 times to get complete results.
Go to your drug store and select the kit in a box that suits you and your purse. The E.R.O Ear Wax Removal System is a good choice. It has a squeeze bulb and a bit of hydrogen peroxide. A quart of hydrogen peroxide is a good thing to have in the house. Also, look for SWEET OIL by HUMCO in a 4oz brown bottle. It does not have a dropper but you can purchase one at the drug store.
You may want to invest in a DR. MOM OTOSCOPE, a magnifying glass with tips for inserting into ear. For home, occasional use, the size that uses two AAA batteries, will be good enough. About $25.00 at AMAZON. We are shipped from the factory with only two ears. Take good care of them.
NOTE: I have had no medical training of any kind. I do research and writing and offer this for educational purposes only. You may need to check with a medical professional. Most of my HEALTH TIPs are 1-2 paragraphs. This subject cannot be covered in 1-2 paragraphs. You may want to GOOGLE “ear wax” and read more. Ω