Posts Tagged: Second Coming

Tonight We All Mourn!

Tonight we all mourn!

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” –Matthew 24:12

Could there be any greater evidence of the chilling of a heart than the murder of a child? What about 20 children?

It is the abundance of sin, not just in this one man Adam Lanza, but the abundance of sin in this entire world that causes love to die in the hearts of many.  We to our detriment, & the detriment of others, accept this sin for the most part on a daily basis, but today the sin struck and we found ours elves with tears silently running down our cheeks. Today the evidence was different.

Today the evidence is not a TV show that is supported by the commercialization of the products we buy.

Today the evidence is not a movie coming to a theater near you that glorifies death, that will be consumned by millions, including some of of us.

Today the evidence is not a video game that encourages murder in order to advance further in the game.

Today the evidence is real.

Today the evidence is twenty 5-10 year olds lying in a morgue.

Never to…

…have another birthday

…receive another kiss goodnight from mom or dad

…experience another swing on a swingset

…speak the tender words “I love you” to their parents as only a child can.

Never…because they are dead.

And today, sin (lawlessness) abounding doesn’t seem okay.

Tonight we all mourn. But oh how the heart of Jesus must mo urn daily as His children embrace that which destroys them, that which chills their hearts, that which kills 20 innocent children.

Oh Jesus, give us a detestation for sin.

Jesus, may the silent tears of today not be quickly forgotten…

Keep them resting on our cheeks.

Tonight we mourn…

Tomorrow help us to remember, so that we may never be the same!

Come, Lord Jesus!

October’s Top Posts:

Here are the top ten for the month of October. If you haven’t read/watched have a look now. Be blessed and share with a friend!

  1. Faster Pastor Episode #2 Unity in Diversity with a full month to run and the little pick-up from the blogs Spectrum & Advindicate moves up from #4 to #1.
  2. The Ordained Women Pastors of China made me cry both times I watched it!
  3. Daily Disappointment a little piece I wrote as I reflected on the great disappointment of 1844
  4. Pastor Dwight Nelson’s Sermon “A Mighty Throng of Women: A Second Look at Male Headship” our third video is #4 this month.
  5. Donkeys, Elephants, & a Lesson Learned at Chick-Fil-A last months top post remained in the top ten this month.
  6. What U2, Bon Jovi, & AC/DC Teach Us About Church I wrote this blog more than a year ago, but my readership was much less then and so I reposted it this month & I guess enough folk hadn’t read it so it made it back into my top 10.
  7. Introducing Speiro Media Ministries thankful for the many that have supported this endeavor and praying many more will jump in!
  8. I Love Dayton one of my favorite blogs I have ever written. Probaly because of the deep nostalgia associated with this city and great love I have for Ohio/the people of Ohio and all they did for me in my life!
  9. Faster Pastor Episode #3: Training Journal Apps. This one is all about running.
  10. The Pink Slip another blog I wrote almost 2 years ago that I re-released brings up the tail of the top 10 posts for the month of October.

 

Daily Disappointment

In November of 1844 William Miller, the leader of the Millerite Movement & the man that predicted that Jesus would return on October 22, 1844 wrote these words,

“Brethren, hold fast; let no man take your crown. I have fixed my mind upon another time, and here I mean to stand until God gives me more light. And that is, Today, Today, & Today, until He comes and I see Him for whom my soul yearns.”

Today as I attended the funeral of a young lady whom today would have turned 34 had she not died in her sleep two weeks ago without warning, I was reminded why I as a believer in the 2nd Coming of Jesus should hope for and even live in expectation of His return TODAY.

You see if Jesus had come TODAY, Carla’s parents & brother, her exended family, and friends would not be going to sleep tonight in sorrow. If Jesus had come TODAY all the tears shed in that little A-framed church would have been wiped away, if only Jesus had come TODAY.

For those living close to the heart of Jesus there should be so much in this world that daily reminds us why we are disappointed that Jesus has not returned TODAY!

Every argument with our spouse…

Every moment of temptation we succumb to…

Every cross word spoken to our children…

Every political debate we watch…

Every distant war we try to ignore…

Every explicit billboard we pass…

Every innocent victim mourned by her mother….

should cause at least a modicum of disappointment that TODAY a cloud the size of a man’s fist has not appeared in the eastern sky.

This world is not our home and so TODAY we will hold fast to hope, letting no man take our crowns. 

We will live in expectation TODAY & EVERY DAY until He comes and we see Him whom our souls yearn, and on that day, our disappointment will be no more!

Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come TODAY!