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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

May He Find Us Faithful

Sunday, Father’s Day, was quiet. I missed seeing the children and grandchildren in Denver, because I preached in Penrose, which is about two hours from Denver. Vacations, recreation, and other activities pushed the bottom out of our Sunday morning attendance. We had no music, so I led the congregation in the singing of “The Old Rugged Cross” without accompaniment.

I have been preaching through 1 Thessalonians, and spoke about the rapture Sunday morning. Because many pews were empty, it almost seemed like the rapture had occurred. It would be very special if it did occur on a Sunday morning during church, wouldn’t it? That would be a dramatic way to end lengthy sermons.

Later this morning I will conduct a graveside service for a 92-year-old woman, who was alert and productive until a stroke ended her earthly life. She enjoyed preparing theological papers on her computer and mentoring younger Christian women. At 90, she typeset a booklet I wrote about the end times. Prophecy was one of her favorite subjects. Now in Heaven she has all the answers to questions so many people ask about the rapture, the tribulation, the millennium, and the eternal state.

The rest of us must continue to search the prophetic Word, hope for the imminent return of our Savior for us, and serve Him faithfully in the interim. There is even more work for us to do now that another faithful believer is with the Lord. May He find us faithful.

© 2008, Jim Dyet

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