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For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  

-- 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God, ever interceding for us, but a day is coming when he will descend from heaven. He will not come quietly, because it will be the final time, and everything will change. As I said in the title, it is a return trip, so even with all the excitement he is only staying long enough to get us. We need to know how it will happen so when a false teacher comes up with a false narrative we can say, sorry you are wrong about this too. We will choose to believe God’s word and dismiss yours as just wrong.

Posted Friday, 25 June 2021 by PastorPeter

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  

-- 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Sometimes we wonder why God chooses things for us, but we are called to trust him that he is getting it right on our account. When I say our account I don’t mean to say that it should be all about us, it isn’t, but he has our good, at heart. He said, “All things work together for good, for those who love him…” and so part of his choices take that into account. In this verse he chooses that the dead in Christ will rise first, and to that I say hurrah, not because I know why it matters, but because I cheer at all his choices because he is good.

Posted Thursday, 24 June 2021 by PastorPeter

For we say this to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 

-- 1 Thessalonians 4:15

There had to be a reason that we aren’t aware of that required Paul to say these things. He was answering a question that we didn’t hear but was really important to his church. The pain they felt about this question was hurting him to, and he wanted them to know that those who died would not in any way, be at a disadvantage. Jesus would gather them in a way that they too would be front and center of the celebration of his second coming. We need to have that all consuming desire to be with Jesus. We are advantaged with all sorts of good things. but that can’t over shadow our need to be with him and part of him, as our first hope and priority.

Posted Wednesday, 23 June 2021 by PastorPeter
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