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A Word from Woody. . .
"A Prophetic Word"
There are times we read things that refresh us by the realism. I.e.,
what is said is truth, no matter how convicting or negative it may
seem. We realize that this is a truth we
to hear from someone mature in the Lord.
That is how I felt as I read from my friend Dan Young, a missionary
in La Paz, Mexico, in his email newsletter for the close of 2014. I
would like to share some of his words with you. Dan insightfully
With continual changes swiftly carrying the world almost daily
towards a redefinition of good and evil in the global arena of
politics, ethical values, moral beliefs, and newly established laws
which oppose the Judeo-Christian values, it seems to me that the
signs described in the Biblical prophecies pointing to the end times
are here now or just around the corner. I admit that I am sometimes
an alarmist, and it may very well be thousands of years before
Christ’s second coming, but it sure seems like the major events of
the end times are quickly falling into place right before our eyes
I so look forward to Christ’s victorious reign when in the end he
will make all things right. As I read Scripture, it appears tough
times await the church and the world before Christ’s return and God
tells us to persevere to the end.
Revelation 21:1- 7 is probably my favorite passage of all of
Scripture. I so look forward to those ‘days’ when it will all be
new. God will dwell with us and we with him. What glory and wonder
and joy. . . No more death, mourning, crying or pain. . . Everything
will be new. WOW, now that will be awesome!!!
When I read Scripture, it seems to me that Mathew 24: 9-14 is what
awaits us next in the line up of coming events. We will be hated by
all nations because of Christ, betrayed by family and friends, with
the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold. False
prophets will deceive many people. (Though this has begun world
wide, it is not ‘fully experienced’ yet.) We know God is in control,
but it does appear some rough waters are on the horizon awaiting
God’s people. May we be willing to suffer for Christ’s sake and stay
true to God and may we share the message of Christ’s love and
salvation while there is still opportunity.
There is much here for us to heed. As we enter the New Year 2015,
may the Lord prepare us for whatever is in the future—suffering,
joy, or glory. And may we prepare ourselves spiritually so we stand
strong in the faith. Sunday worship, small group Bible studies,
daily devotional times, and this month’s January Retreat (January
30-31; please see article inside) are great ways to accomplish this!
Yours in Christ and for Christ,