Pat’s Chat “These are the beginning of sorrows.”

Our church is not meeting together for Worship Service or Prayer Meeting or any Board or other meetings that are usually scheduled.  Instead, we call in on a conference line and we’re working on getting our services on some kind of system we can access on our home computers or smart phones and actually see the speaker.  Who would have believed a few weeks ago we would even need that?  Why are we surprised?  We all know that Matthew 24 shows us what will be happening just before Jesus arrives the second time and it says in verse 7 that “There will be pestilences in diverse places” and verse 8 says “These are the beginning of sorrows.”  Pestilences are said to be disasters, usually diseases in a word search I did just now.  You can join us if you want to on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m., or Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evenings (which has been at 6:00 p.m. because some of our members don’t like to drive in the dark, so it may be at 7:00 p.m. now on daylight saving time, I am not sure), the number to call is 1-605-468-8026/access code 319635#, then just announce yourself and you are in the meeting.  We have people calling from Tennessee, Alabama, and even Texas.

Some people are scared when we talk about such things as Jesus coming soon.  There is no need to be scared. God is still in control of it all.  If He allows you to suffer, He promises to be with you.  He was with the young men in the fiery furnace.  He was with the nine people who chose to get on the ark.  He was with Daniel in the lion’s den.  He will not leave you or forsake you.   If you love Jesus and believe that He came the first time to this earth as a human being so He could pay the price for your sins and mine (because the “wages [cost] of sin is death [eternal death]” Romans 6:23.   He suffered at the hands of men and died a cruel death on a cross – which is what we deserve for all our disobedience, so that we can live a life eternally with Him, which ETERNAL LIFE He deserves because He never sinned, and He shares that with us because He loves us and gives it to us as a gift.  I heard a preacher on television say that we cannot do anything to make Him love us more, nor can we do anything to make Him love us less.  His love for us is unconditional, but He asks us to serve Him each day, not our own fouled up desires, not all the temptations Satan puts before us, but serve Him.  He says, “If you love me, keep my commandments” John 14:15. What saves us is BELIEVING that He died to save us – that is our faith, and it is faith that saves us.  But if we love Him, we will want to please Him and He says, if we really love Him, we will keep His commandments, won’t steal, kill, commit adultery, etc.

I want you to remember that in I John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  It is HE that cleanses us, no number of prayers or good deeds, no prayers from other people can cleanse us.  He is the ONLY One who can cleanse us.  And forgiveness takes only a confession to Him from YOU, yourself, a confession of your sin(s) and He is the One who forgives you and cleanses you.  

Read and memorize Psalm 91 for comfort in these times of troubles that are foretold to happen just before Jesus comes.  It will bring you comfort and peace in all the turmoil around us.



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