Birthdays and Anniversaries
11-21 Carolyn Anthony
11-24 Karl Jones
Rachel Prater, Dena’s cousin, Rodney’s, recovering at home. Prayers please.
Chloe Birdwell, relative of the Weeks’s, great improvement, in a program in Houston. Keep praying, please!
Paul Tyler has a bad sort Parkinson’s. Got stem cell treatments. Pray for their success.
Bill Grubbs, skin cancer.
Tonita, Paul’s friend, heart valve replacement needed
Preston Downey, friend of Steve’s, recovering at home
J R Medellin, Tiffany’s (Chance) husband, still doing well. Vanessea is doing well after her surgery.
Shirley Weeks, Steve’s mom, continues to have trouble.
Sarah, Chris Girvin’s sister, on hospice care
Robert and Sue Waller, health issues
Darla Nitti, Wendi’s mom, not doing well.
Leta, has a recurring cancer, prayer request from her granddaughter via our website.
Tammy Jones, Weeks’ neighbor, kidney failure/dialysis
“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires” (2 Peter 3:1-3 ESV).
Jesus is coming again.
For two millennia deniers have been denying, doubters have been doubting, mockers have been mocking, and scoffers have been scoffing. Yet Jesus is coming again.
Some who question this are honest seekers. Others scoff with a façade of philosophy, but the real motivation is sin. As the Holy Spirit says, they are “following their own sinful desires.”
Jesus’ return implies responsibility for life here. Many do not want to be answerable for their actions. So instead of reasoning about Jesus’ return they respond emotionally, “Where is the promise of his coming?”
They look around and see that life has been continuing, and jump to the conclusion that he will not come again.
God has been patient with mankind. This should not be confused with failure to follow through with his promises. He does not wish “that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). But there will come a day when all these things will be dissolved.
We know the what — Jesus is coming. We do not know the when.
That we do not know when he is coming is a feature not a bug. This knowledge — of the what but not the when — should cause us to consider “what sort of people” we ought to be. We should reject the life of sin and selfishness and pursue lives of holiness and godliness (2 Peter 3:11).
Each day we wait for Jesus is a day we can use to bring glory to God, grow in his image, and bless others. We can even respond to the scoffers in a Christ-like manner. Yet let us not get bogged down, for there is much to do.
My friends, the scoffers will scoff, but Jesus is coming again.
“Take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18).
Lee Parish, link to original article