Category: Hope in troubled times


SINGING YOUR BEST TUNE

SINGING YOUR BEST TUNE

By: Gary L. Rodgers

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Trials and troubles there is no escaping them. Why do we sometimes go through so much? The  Lord allowed me to go through a tough time recently and through that I have leaned to keep my eyes on Him and be on the watch for the good that may come.  And the good did come.

WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT

Wouldn’t it be great if everything went just perfect for all of us? Imagine; no more pain, no more sickness, no more struggles and hardships. No problems! For those of us that have put our complete faith and trust in Christ we will someday experience all of this, but not in this present time frame. Our real joy is just ahead of us, sometimes it feels so close that I almost imagine that I can reach out and touch it.

WHY DO WE SOMETIMES GO THROUGH SO MUCH

But why do we have to go through all of this? Is there any good that can come from it? Yes! There is a lot of good that can come from the trials that we face. Imagine if you will what life would be like if we never faced another problem in our lives. Beautiful thought isn’t it? Well what if it was that way, would we pray as much, would we rejoice in the Lord as much, would we call on Him as much? How many of us have gone through a terrible time in our lives and have said Lord if you will just deliver me from this situation I will tell everyone how great you were to me and I would spend the rest of my life serving you and being the person that you want me to be.  Or, Lord please deliver me from this and I will never do it again! Lord if you help me I promise that I will yada, yada, yada. How many broken promises have we made to the Lord?  I know that I have broken my share.  When things are going great don’t many of us have a tendency to ease up on our prayer life and daily devotions? But when we are in the thick of it, my how we pray and search the scriptures for direction. I like what I heard a preacher recently say about being in these trials and troubles. He said that we need to be just like the little tea-pot that sings its best tune when it is up to its neck in hot water. How true that is.

During my trial I wanted so much to be healed and delivered from all of the pain and suffering that I was going through. All I could think of was how long is this going to last. Is there any end to it? Will it soon be over? All I could see was the immediate circumstance. I couldn’t see the two souls that God had planned for me to witness to. I couldn’t see the edge of the fiery pit that these two people were delivered from.  All I knew was that I wanted to be delivered from all this pain and suffering.

THE TRIAL

After my initial operation for a shoulder replacement I came home two days later with absolutely no pain and discomfort, I felt great. I had no pain for fifteen days. It wasn’t until after this that I went through so much.

I was looking at my immediate need, but the Lord was looking at the big picture. What if these two people had faced a Christless eternity because no one shared the gospel with them? All of my pain and suffering would have been but a mosquito bite by comparison to what they would have felt. But praise God a miracle happened and these two people were transformed into a child of God. We need to get this idea out of our heads that everything is going to be peaches and cream for us because we belong to the Lord. The Apostle Paul faced prison, shipwreck and being stoned for the cause of Christ. Yet through it all he kept his eye on the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14) Look at what has happened because of the sufferings that he went through. Paul went on and won many to Christ and down through the centuries, how many after reading the writings of Paul and through the conviction of the Holy Spirit have come to confess their sins and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. Have we not read in scripture where it says “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; (Philippians 1:29)

SUFFERING FOR CHRIST

None of us enjoy suffering and pain, and when we go through it that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are being chastened for some wrong doing. Sometimes we go through this to further the ministry of the gospel so that others will come to know him. In 1 Peter 4: 12 and 13 we read “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

No, I didn’t enjoy what I was going through at the time, but as I look back at the big picture that the Lord had in mind I can rejoice over the outcome and praise Him for it all.  I believe that initially this started out as an attack from Satan, but God in His infinite wisdom and great love for each of us, turned a nightmare into a moment of glory for Him. Praise His wonderful name!

A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT

It is my hope to encourage those of you that are saved and going through so much to keep pressing forward. Soon it will all be over and we will find ourselves in the presence of the Lord forever. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.

THE INVITATION

If you are not a born again believer in Christ then I wish to invite you to come into his presence through prayer, trusting Him to save you and deliver you from a Christless eternity in a terrifying place called Hell. I invite you to bow your head with a humble spirit and follow along in this simple prayer.

Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

THOSE LEFT BEHIND

By: Gary L. Rodgers

1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52In 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.

53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

Dear Friend,

The thought of you reading this message tears at my heart when I think of the time frame in which you may possibly be reading it. If you are reading this after the Rapture of the church has taken place, then I know what you are about to face in these last days, and the loneliness that you will experience. Because of that I decided to put together this message to hopefully help you find your way through these dark hours. I have asked many people to please store this message in their Bibles so that you and others like you would find it. I’m convinced that when the Rapture of the church occurs that multitudes of people are going to fill up church buildings everywhere with scores of people asking a lot of questions. And I am also certain that the one thing that people will seek after is a Bible, so that they can search for answers on their own with regard to what will happen next during this Tribulation period. I may not know who you are and I can only hope that you will listen to me and follow through with the right decision for yourself during this situation that you are faced with. I’m sure that you are probably scared and confused and wanting to know what happened. Hopefully I can help you somewhat with your questions.

PRE-RAPTURE SALVATION

The Bible was given to us by God so that we could see ourselves for who we truly are. We are all hopelessly lost sinners needing a Savior to pull us from the road that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13) It was also given to us so that we would know what steps that we needed to take for salvation in order to be saved from the terrible fiery pit of Hell. For me it was a matter of acknowledging that I was a sinner, confessing my sins to The Lord and asking Him to forgive me, at which time I put my complete trust in Him to get me to Heaven. Not church membership or baptism, but Christ alone. If these other things would have been necessary for salvation, then what would have been the point of Christ going to the cross? We could have simply participated in some religious act or obeyed the laws of Moses and that would have been all that was needed. (Galatians 2:16 & 21) It is impossible for man to keep all of the laws of Moses. Adam and Eve had but one law to keep and that was to stay away from the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil. (Genesis 2:17) And they failed at keeping just one. The thief on the cross did not come down and participate in any pious acts, so how was Christ able to tell him “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) It was his faith in Christ that saved him and nothing more, and nothing less. All through the Bible I found that the door to Heaven is unlocked by the key of faith (that unwavering confident trust that goes beyond all logic and reasoning) in the Messiah.

Christ died on the cross for each of us; shed His blood as the total and complete payment for our sins; (Hebrews 9:22) He was buried in a tomb and on the third day He rose from the dead, alive forevermore and then was seated at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.

Everyone will stand before a Holy God someday and give an account for themselves. (Romans 14:12) Getting saved did not make me perfect; it meant that I have been rescued by God from a path that I was on which was leading me to face an eternity in Hell. Christ provided a way for me to be able to stand free of guilt in the presence of a Holy God by washing away all of my sin with His own blood. (1st John 1:7-9, Revelation 1:5)

Satan will stand as my accuser, but Christ will defeat his accusations in my defense in that Heavenly Court because I have been redeemed by His (Christ’s) blood, the blood of the Lamb. (1 Timothy 2:5, John 1:29)

EVERYONE FAILS GOD IN SOME WAY

We all fail God before and after we get saved. Peter did it, he denied Christ three times. King David did it, he committed adultery and murder. The Apostle Paul acknowledged that he was always struggling with sin, and at times he would fall to sins temptation. The point is that we all fail God in our lives; why? Because we have this sinful flesh that will always war against our spiritual body. (Romans 7:17 – 25)

The difference is that if we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ then our sins will be forgiven and God will not remember our sins any more, whereas before salvation our sin stood between us and God. (Psalms 103:12, Isaiah 43:25) God told Adam that if he took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). Because Adam disobeyed God all of humanity was plunged into sin and the penalty of death passed upon each of us. (Romans 5:12) “For the wages of sin is death” says Romans 6:23. For all of humanity there is a payday someday unless we accept the payment that Christ made for each of us. And because I accepted what He did for me I could rest assured that Heaven would be my home. (Romans 10:9&10, John 10:27-30, John 14:1-3)

THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

For those left behind after the rapture of the church there is hope but it will be very costly.

To continue for you; I’m sure that you are wondering what was the meaning behind the disappearance of so many; and what can I expect to see happen next? All the people who suddenly disappeared, the graves that opened up and are now empty; what happened, and where did they go? The truth is that every believer that trusted Christ for their salvation; their total being was taken out of this world by God in what we Christians called the Rapture. (1st Corinthians 15:51-55) The word Rapture is not found in scripture, it is a Christian term meaning a snatching away. God took us out so that we would not face the fury of His wrath. (1st Thessalonians 5:9) And we are currently with Him during this seven-year period that you are now faced with called the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble. (Daniel 12:1-13, Matthew 24:1-51, Jeremiah 30:7)

PREPARATION FOR THE DAYS TO COME

I know that you are going to hear all sorts of explanations as to who we were and where we went. And I’m certain that with all of this so-called UFO activity (which I believe to be demonic influence) that the False Prophet will try to link us with that. And with his deceiving tongue (Matthew 24:21-26) some of his explanations are going to be very convincing, but you must by all means reject all of these lies and stick with the truth of God’s Word. You should be searching the scriptures and reading the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel to get a better understanding of these events and to prepare for the days to come. There will be seven years from the date that the Rapture took place until Christ returns to destroy the Antichrist and the False Prophet and all those that follow them. During this first three and one half years the False Prophet will be busy at explaining away the rapture and setting the stage for the Antichrist to set himself up in the Jerusalem Temple as the Messiah. (2 Thessalonians 2:3&4) You will be given peace during this time frame and it will seem as though everything is getting better. But I warn you that this is a temporal peace that will last for a short time.

THE SECOND THREE AND ONE-HALF YEARS OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION

In the second three and one half years of the seven-year Tribulation period it will get worse, much worse. I know that this will be a terrifying time for all of you that will be facing those days but I feel compelled to continually urge you to not be drawn into the lies of the False Prophet and the Antichrist. You need to put aside all of the false explanations that you will be hearing and to simply know that this was God’s doing. You need to hold to The Lord Jesus Christ as your final hope in these last days. The False Prophet will try to convince everyone that they need to take the Mark of the Beast (The Beast is a man who was given the number 666. Six is the representative number for man, 666 represents a super human being with great power. The number 7 is God’s number for perfection and man (6) never gets any closer than this (666) to becoming equal to God). You will be asked to take the mark either in your forehead or on your hand. Charge cards will become a thing of the past, and I suppose that with all of the identity thefts that have happened over the years that The False Prophet will convince many into believing that this is the only way to safeguard against that. People have gotten so use to not paying with cash that this will seem much easier and better. But I warn you that there is a dark sinister meaning behind this mark that is not visible to the naked eye. God totally forbids that anyone should take this mark, for if you do you will be seen as an enemy of God and have absolutely no hope of ever getting to Heaven. (Revelation 14:9-11)

THE LAKE OF FIRE IS A PLACE RESERVED FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS AND ALL THOSE THAT REJECT CHRIST

 If you accept this mark then you may as well stop reading right here and now and go on with the few years that you have left in this life and prepare yourself for an awful eternity in the lake of fire where it will be thousands upon thousands of times much worse than anything that you could possibly imagine or suffer during this seven-year Tribulation period. You weigh out the difference in the balance. Seven years of suffering and hardship or a never-ending eternity in the depths of hell. Not only will the lost suffer the eternal fires of hell, they will never have so much as a drop of water to put on their dry tongues (Luke 16:24), they will never have any food to eat, they will never have any sleep or comfort. They will never see nor hear anyone else. They will forever be alone and forgotten by everyone that once knew them.

During the Tribulation period it will seem like Hell on earth. Without the mark of the beast you will not be able to buy nor sell anything. You will be hunted like an animal and taken prisoner as an enemy of the people. You will be killed for not taking the mark and for standing firm with your belief in God. You must hold fast your position until the end. (Matthew 24:13, Revelation 14:12 & 13) If you accept the mark you will never see Heaven and any present suffering that you have put yourself through will have been in vain. What are a few days, a few months or a year or two of these hardships when the end result would be an eternity for you in Heaven?

You cannot be rescued from this seven-year tribulation period in the same way that I had been rescued (saved). The Rapture is now past. Somewhere in your life you have heard or read the gospel message about accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and rejected it. And because you have done this of your own free will you are now faced with this horrible brief seven-year period in history. It will be the worst of times far beyond anything that we have ever imagined, and thank God it will not go beyond the seven years. I urge you to please put your faith and Trust in Jesus Christ at all cost and never waver from it. Everyone will suffer in some way during this Tribulation period. God will pour out His anger upon the world and all will suffer to some degree. But again no matter how horrible or painful it becomes it does not go on forever. If you give in to the False Prophet and Antichrist you will have absolutely no hope. Everyone will live through eternity somewhere; you are the one to decide where.

THE LIES OF SATAN THROUGH THE FALSE PROPHET AND THE ANTICHRIST

The False Prophet and Antichrist will convince multitudes to accept them as their only hope for the future. Remember; they will give the world a peace that will last only 3 ½ years. They will persuade people into believing that it will last forever, but it’s a lie; it will not last. Their hidden objective is to destroy the Jews and anyone who believes and puts their trust in Christ. They will cause children to turn in their parents as enemies of the people. Husbands and wives will turn on one another. Boyfriends, girlfriends, fiancés and neighbors; many of them will turn against one another and follow after the Beast. So who do you trust? Can you survive alone?

No matter what happens, you must hold firm to your faith in the word of God and in the Son of God. During this time frame you will not be able to get saved in the same way as I had done, you will be required to forfeit your life in order to gain entry into the Kingdom of God. Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

So please I beg you again, suffer through with whatever it takes and God will rescue and avenge your soul. You need to prepare for this period in your life. So go and do whatever you can to help yourself. I wish that there was more that I could do for you. I can only give you a warning; you will need to do the rest. I pray that if you are left behind after the Rapture of the Church that you will become one of those as mentioned in Revelation 6:9–11 and Revelation 7: 9-17 It will be very frightening, it will be the most difficult time that you have ever faced in your life, it will be painful, but in the end it will be worth it. Think about it, a couple of years of suffering, or an eternity filled with it. Remember that the choice is yours, and like it or not you will choose one of the two.

BEFORE THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

For those that are here before the Rapture of the Church occurs why not take advantage of the gift that God is offering to you? Bow your head in prayer and confess to Christ that you are a lost sinner in need of a Savior. Believe that Christ has died in your place and took all of your sin upon Him and paid the full penalty in your stead. Accept that Christ went to Calvary for you, died on the cross and was buried in a tomb and that on the third day He rose from the grave as a Living Savior and is now seated in Heaven at the right hand of God the Father. Ask Christ to come into your heart and be your personal Lord and Savior and to wash you with His shed blood so that all of your past, present and future sins may be washed away forever. Amen!

If you have done this then you are now a child of God and have the right to call Him Abba, Father. Romans 8:14-17

Pray for the lost to be saved; ask God to fill you with His Spirit so that you have the power needed to win lost souls to Him. Go to the lost and present the gospel of Christ to them and lead them in prayer to the saving of their souls. Everyone must personally come to Christ seeking His forgiveness. We cannot do it for them. It is a personal thing that they must do for themselves. But you can help them with their prayer and God will bless you for it. If you don’t know how to witness to someone then feel free to share this message with them.

By all means pass this on to others to place in their Bibles to help someone who will face the Tribulation period. Time is of the essence; Christ stands at the very threshold of coming for His children.

Every one of us that are saved as a born again believer in Christ will come to realize that this present world is as close to hell as we will ever get. For those that are lost in their sins on that final day, then this present world is as close as they will ever get to Heaven.

THE QUESTION OF THE DAY

How old does a person need to be to die? How old will you be when you die? Is it possible that it could happen at any time; even today? If you were to die today, do you know for sure that you would go to heaven? Read the following references regarding this all important question. (1st John 5:13, John 3:14-18, John 10:27-30)

May the Holy Spirit protect this moment from any influence by Satan that would prevent you from opening up your heart to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. Through the power of his name and the cleansing of his blood we ask it. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

By: Gary L. Rodgers

What are the signs of the times? Are we on the time-table for the end time events?

We are living in some very troubled times. There are wars and rumors of wars[1], terrorist threats and attacks, people justifying the murder of innocent victims in the name of their religious beliefs. People losing their jobs in an unstable economy, exhausted Unemployment benefits, high credit card debt, mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcies, robberies, Scam artists, Ponzi schemes, whole families being murdered by a parent family member because of today’s pressures, people daring enough to steal anything in broad daylight, even sneaking through your home while you’re there. No wonder why people are under such pressure and living in fear and anxiety today. Why is all of this happening? Will it ever end? Is there no relief to all of this madness? Government spending running out of control, corrupt political figures, and economic meltdowns; where is all of this taking us? This is not happening just in the United States it’s happening all over the world. Leaders making all sorts of campaign promises that never come to fruition. The world is looking for someone who can settle the economic crisis, put people back to work, bring peace to our world and give us hope for tomorrow. Is there no one that can resolve all of our problems? Just one man is all it would take, one man who can settle our fears and give us hope. If one man would step forward with the power and ability to do all of this, the whole world would fall down and worship him.

THE STAGE IS BEING SET FOR A WORLD LEADER

Yes there is one that will have the power and ability to bring peace to the world and settle the economic stress that everyone is under. And before he comes on the scene there will be many that will present themselves as Christ hoping to gather a following to take over the world through false hopes and lies.

A prophet will come that will point to someone who will shortly come on the scene who will be a strong leader.  This prophet that I mentioned is a false prophet whom I believe will attempt a mock recreation of the message and work of John the Baptist in order to introduce the Antichrist as Jesus Christ. Remember that there are a lot of things that this false prophet must do to prepare the way for the Antichrist. He must explain away the Rapture of the Church. I believe that he may possibly incorporate into his lies the UFO sightings as a way to show that the Rapture was nothing more than an alien world taking out those that they have planted here on earth to cause the breakdown of the stability and harmony between people’s and nations, and to incite wars for mans total annihilation. I also feel that he will find ways to take the Bible to make it appear that it speaks of himself and the coming false Messiah, the Antichrist. Will he be convincing? In Matthew 24:24 we are told: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” The Bible tells us that in the last day’s people will have itching ears and will listen to fables and turn away from sound doctrine.[2] The world is ready to accept a false prophet and a false Christ. Yes he will bring peace to the world, but it will only last for 3 ½ years. He will set himself up in the Temple of God in Jerusalem and proclaim himself to be God. This leader will be a man who will overthrow the powers of world figures and religious leaders to make himself appear to be the Messiah who was sent here by God to save the world from destruction. He will cause an idol in his likeness to have life and to speak and it will do great wonders in full view of the world. People will bow down and worship him, saying that there is none like him, and he will demand that you worship him and he will destroy anyone that doesn’t. [3]

DECEMBER 21, 2012

Not long ago we were hearing rumors of a catastrophic event that would supposedly occur on December 21, 2012 during the Winter Solstice when the sun aligned with the center of our solar system. That date marked the end of the Mayan Calendar which was designed to bring us through the twelve signs of the Zodiac over a 26,000 year period. The Mayans believed that this date would bring about a regeneration of the earth, a new world age, a new creation. Over the past few years we have been seeing atmospheric changes, strong earth quakes, tsunamis, famines, incurable diseases and an increase in cancers. [4] We are seeing many frightening things happening in our world today. We cry for peace when there is no peace, we cry for safety when there is no safety.[5] We shudder in fear as we see these days approaching and faint at the very thought of things that we will be faced with. People are desperate for a leader that they can follow and look up to.

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE THESE HORRORS?

What will people do in desperation? Even good people will do some bad things during desperate times. What hope can we offer them? There is only one hope and that hope is Jesus Christ and Him only. Christ does not force you to accept him any more than we force people that we know to accept us. It has to be a voluntary acceptance of their own free volition or else it means nothing. Those of us that have trusted Christ as our Lord and Savior have been made aware of the signs of the times[6]. We have hope and are comforted in Christ.[7] Satan has blinded more people than cataracts has ever done. He has people believing that there are a number of certain sins that can never be forgiven and that they have no hope nor any chance for Heaven. It’s true that no sin will enter into Heaven, and it’s also true that all sin can be forgiven except one. And that is the unpardonable sin of Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.[8] The miracles Jesus performed through the power of the Holy Spirit gave evidence that validated his words and his ministry.[9]

When the Pharisees said that Jesus performed his miracles through Beelzebub they committed a serious offense of Blasphemy against the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus confronted them with their Blasphemy when he said in Matthew 12:27 “And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast [them] out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

ARE WE SOON HEADED FOR TOTAL ANNIHILATION?

Are we on the time-table for the end times? By what we are given in scripture and in view of all of the world events and problems that we as a people are facing, and the groaning and travailing of the earth I believe that we are on schedule, and December 21st came and went and it proved that it was not the date that would bring about catastrophic events to end life as we know it.  I believe that there is a possibility that we could see more frequent changes in the weather and more earthquakes and tsunamis. Some of those changes that we see could become very serious. But scripture teaches us that there will be a seven-year Tribulation period and a Thousand Year reign of Christ in the city of Jerusalem here on earth before this earth passes away and a New Heaven and a New Earth is created. I have no reason to question that. God saw Noah, Job, and Moses through the storms that they were faced with. He was with Jonah in the belly of the whale. He was with three Hebrew young men in a fiery furnace. He was with Daniel in the Lion’s Den. And he will see His children, you and me through our storms as well. He said that he will never leave us nor forsake us and we should never fear what man can do to us.[10] We are told in scripture that there are many things that will come to pass but the end is not yet.

A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE SAVED

Dear brother or sister in the Lord. I know that you may be struggling through some hardships and it’s easy for me and others to tell you not to fret when we are not going through what you are faced with. But we all are confronted with varying degrees of hardships throughout our life; and none of them are ever easy for any of us. I can only hope that when I go through those tough times that I will be like Paul and Silas;[11] filled with the Holy Spirit in such a way as to be able to sing praises to our God. I hope that I will stay focused on Christ and come through those times as a shining example like they were. It’s at these times that we need to unite together in prayer seeking God’s help. Some of these hardships can only be handled through prayer and fasting.[12]

Lord; as your children we come to you in prayer seeking your help. Please direct us in the way that we should go so that you can steer us through our fears in these trying times. May we all keep our eyes focused on the north sides[13] of the heavens watching for the return of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We thank you for the victory that we have in the name of Jesus. Amen!

THE INVITATION

Are you held captive in great fear and stress because of the signs of the times? Are you feeling alone with no hope in sight of ever getting through it all? Then I invite you to come to the one that can help you through every trouble and trial that you will face in your life. He is a friend that will stick by your side closer than any brother. He stands ready to write your name down in the book of life as one of His own. Only you can do this for yourself, no one can do it for you. Simply bow your head with a repentant heart and follow along with this prayer.

Dear Lord I kneel before you as a lost sinner seeking your forgiveness for every sin that I have ever committed. I believe and trust in you and ask that you would wash away all of my sins with the blood that you shed for me on the cross at Calvary. I know that you died to pay the penalty for my sins and that you were buried in a tomb and three days later you arose from the grave as proof that you are indeed the sacrificial Lamb of God.[14] Please send the Holy Spirit into my heart so that I can live a victorious life in this world of hopelessness. Help me to live for you as a shining example to others. Amen!

CLOSING

We will all face the pressures of these days. We can either lie there and take it or fight back through prayer and fasting. The victory is ours, so let’s take a stand together and claim it.

I recently heard a preacher bring a message regarding being under pressure and how we should react to it. I particularly liked his saying. He said that “We should be like the little tea-pot who whistles its best tune when it is up to its neck in hot water!” Amen! And Amen!

May the Lord grant you a peaceful day!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision.  Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!


[1] Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7,  Luke 21:9 (It would be good to read the entire chapter of Matthew 24)

[2] 2 Timothy 4:3-5

[3] Revelation 13:15

[4] Matthew 24: 6-8

[5] 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

[6] Matthew 24:25

[7] 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11.

[8] Matthew 12:22-31 – Blasphemy is the abusive contemptuous slander and irreverent evil speaking of or action against the Deity or anything that is held sacred. In Theology it is the crime of crediting to oneself equality to the rights and attributes of God. That is why the Scribes and Pharisees hated Christ and wanted him condemned to death because he made himself equal to God. Their laws demanded death as noted in the verse below. But bear in mind that they never proved that he committed any sin. They said that he committed blasphemy because they knew that it would take the faith of the people in him as the Messiah to prove his innocence. And many did believe; even many of the Chief Rulers believed but would not confess him for fear of being put out of the Synagogue and losing the praise of men. John 12:42-43

In a recent discussion that I had with my Pastor on the unpardonable sin he enlightened me to some things that I never thought on before. First of all the unpardonable sin was a sin accusation directed to and in the very presence of Christ himself. The only references that either speak of or allude to the unpardonable sin are found in the gospels of Matthew 12:22-31, Mark 3:22-30 and Luke 11:14-15.  If this sin could be committed at any time other than in the absolute presence of the person of Christ himself, then why doesn’t any of the Pauline letters give a warning to believers about this? Wouldn’t Paul have warned the brethren about committing this horrible sin if it were possible for them to do it?

[9] John 11:45-53 – We find that many of the Jews believed in Christ when they saw the miracles that he did, and there were some that returned to the Pharisees to report what they had seen and heard. The Pharisees were fearful that if they left Christ alone to his ministry and to perform his miracles that many would believe in him and that the Romans would take away their priestly estate or position and destroy the nation of Israel. So the High Priest Caiaphas prophesied that one man should die for the people and spare the nation, and to gather together the scattered seed of Israel. (See Isaiah 49:5 and 6)

[10] Hebrews 13:5 and 6

[11] Acts 16:23-25

[12] Matthew 17:20 and 21, Mark 9:29

[13] Psalm 48:1 and 2

[14] John 1:29 and 36

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