Preface: When Vicki and I took Kimberly to Brownwood for her 2nd year of college (at Howard Payne University), I quietly put a sticker in the street side window of her 2nd story dormitory room. It was simply a picture of a lighthouse.
Lighthouses are frequently used in the Christian faith due to the many references to light in the Bible. The lighthouse is used to reflect God's guidance and words, and it represents God's power to protect and comfort. The beacon symbolizes the light of Christ that Christians use as a guide for life. The light also represents salvation and hope for those who are spiritually lost.
My prayer was then, that Kim's room would be the place where others would seek God's guidance, and her friends would gather there for encouragement, support and accountability to one another.
I also started a daily e-mail devotional for that year that I called "From the Lighthouse". The kids passed the word around, and we had a couple of dozen or more that emailed me and asked to be added to the subscriber list.
The story below was one of those devotionals back in December, 2000. ... phh
He wasn't ready for their coming. It could have cost him his life.
It was a howling wind all day. The temperature was pretty nice, but the wind really blew. As they approached the end of a tree row with nothing but grass and a barbed wire fence for several miles ... a big whitetail buck got up right in front of them where he had been bedded down. They had taken him totally by surprise.
His hearing was impaired by the howling wind. Normally you probably would not have gotten within a mile of him. Fortunately for him they were just out hiking.
The deer took a couple of steps and tried to jump the barbed wire fence. As he started his jump he hooked a horn in the top strand of the fence and flipped completely over on his back and hit the ground with a thud. His feet got tangled in the bottom strand of fence. He struggled for several seconds before he could free himself.
They thought he had broken his neck when he hit the ground, but after freeing himself he ran about a quarter of a mile to the next fence and cleared it by plenty. Last time they saw him he was still running.
I thought to myself -- he wasn't ready for their coming. It could have cost him his life. ... phh
Updated 9/5/2012 - phh:
The Scriptures are full of warnings concerning the approach we should take concerning the return of our precious Lord and Savior. We can be sure that He is coming … the question is when? The way to not be caught by surprise, is to always be ready.
When you went to church last and joined in the singing ... did you sing with the same fervency with which you would sing if you knew Jesus was coming this week? When your pastor shared from the Holy Scriptures, did you listen with the same intensity with which you would if you knew He were coming today? Did you overlook the shortcomings of your fellow workers today with the same compassion and love you would if you knew you would stand before Jesus tonight? Did you treat your spouse and children today with the same respect you would if you knew Jesus would appear shortly?
Will you be ready for the Lord when He comes? You should be expecting Him soon because if He is coming when we least expect it, judging from church attendance and spiritual fervency, He is coming any day!
When the prophesied Rapture occurs, Every born again, believing True Christian will disappear from the face of the earth.
Then those left behind will be faced with a life or death question: Whether or not to take the "mark" of Satan.
Since no one will be able to buy or sell without the "mark," you are signing a death warrant if you refuse it. But there is eternal life after our earthly death. Only those who refuse the mark during this period will go to heaven.
So, if you are unfortunate enough to miss the rapture, your dilemma is: Live now and die, or die now and live.
Source: Adapted from an article at www.compass.org
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13
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