The Weekend Funnies – Comic Books and Parent Teacher Meetings

Here’s your weekly Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Enjoy!

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Calvin and Hobbes (c) 2014 Bill Waterson.

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Asante Children’s Choir from Africa Comes to Beausejour Community Church

On Friday, October 3rd, Beausejour Community Church hosted the Asante Children’s Choir for a free concert. Over a hundred people from the church and surrounding community came to enjoy powerful inspirational singing and dancing from fifteen children – all aged 11-18 – and all who are apart of Asante Ministries sponsorship program.

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(Bottom Photo: Some of the choir students hanging out with some of the youth after the choir’s concert – we billeted 10 choir members and chaperones at our house!).

“Asante” is a Swahili word translated “Thank You” in English. The Asante Children’s Choir is made up of children from East Africa, a region recovering from years of civil war and genocide that have claimed millions of lives leaving thousands of children and women as orphans and widows. The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colourful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform.

The children who have been rescued from some of life’s most difficult circumstances take pride in expressing gratitude through their music. Their performances are the true testimonies and living “Thank-You” (Asante) sung to everyone who has invested in their lives giving them great pride and hope for a brighter future.

The Asante Children’s Choir is touring Western Canada from September 2014 – February 2015. Visit asantecanada.ca for more info. Here are some upcoming shows:

October 15 @ 7pm – Morris Multiplex (Morris, MB)
October 18 @ 7pm – Church TBA (Winkler, MB)
October 19am – Morden Mennonite Church (Morden, MB)
October 19pm – Cornerstone Ministries Church (Crystal City, MB)
October 24 @ 7pm – Missions Fest Youth Service (Brandon, MB)
October 25 @ 10, 3, 7 – Missions Fest Main Serivce (Brandon, MB)
October 26 @ 11am – Virden Alliance Church (Virden, MB)
October 26pm – Moosomin Baptist Church (Moosomin, SK)
November 2 @ 8:45, 11am – Faith Baptist Church (Regina, SK)
November 2 @ 6:30pm – St. Michael’s Retreat Centre (Lumbstead, SK)
November 6 – Alpine Church of God (Swift Current, SK)
November 7 @ 7pm – Salem Lutheran Church (Shaunavon, SK)
November 8 – Salvation Army (Maple Creek, SK)

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Transforming Your Relationships – #Sermon of the Week

TRANSFORMATION #2: TRANSFORMING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

(Beausejour Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)

Transforming Your Relationships

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

INTRO TO TOPIC: Two weeks ago we started a new series in the Sermon on the Mount, looking at the greatest message ever preached by Jesus.

OPENING TEXT:

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matt. 7:24-27, NKJV).

  • If you want to experience a transformed life, we must build it on Jesus’ teaching!

THE BIG IDEA: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us wisdom for transforming our relationships from shallow and superficial to deep and meaningful.

TRANSFORMATION DEFINED: to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphosis; to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.

  • Jesus wants to help us transform our relationships!
  • If they’re bad, they can become good. If they’re already good, they can become better!

ILLUSTRATION: “Arrest Mistake”

A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy road. Suddenly the light turned yellow just in front of him. He does the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman hit the roof and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting. He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him.” “I noticed the “What Would Jesus Do” bumper sticker, and the silver Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally I assumed you had stolen the car.”

  • Do you need a transformation in YOUR life?

THE GUIDELINES FOR LIVING A TRANSFORMED LIFE:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:17-20).

  • If we teach and do His commandments, we will be great in the Kingdom.
  • FATHER ILLUSTRATION: As a father, I have rules for my kids because I love them.
  • We don’t keep God’s commands to get God to love us.
  • They are for our benefit, to help us transform our lives for the better!

1.  FROM ANGER AND OFFENSE TO LOVE AND FORGIVENESS:

 

“You have heard that it was said to those of old: ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you (offense), leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will be no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.” (Matt. 5:21-26).

  • Remember, our highest calling is to love God and love people.
  • If we don’t love people, we don’t really love God (1 John 4:20).
  • Be quick to make things right in your relationships.
  • If someone has offended you, go and talk to them about it.
  • To be transformed in our relationships, we must walk in love and forgiveness.
  • In the next chapter, Jesus teaches: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:14-15).

 

2.  FROM LUST TO PURITY:

 

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery’. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28).

  • Jesus said that blessings don’t come just from an external observance of the rules.
  • We must have a clean hands AND a pure heart! Jesus said that lust is as bad as adultery.
  • When a man looks at pornography, he begins to see women as mere objects for his pleasure, instead of a sister in Christ that he should love and respect.

 

ILLUSTRATION: A man and his wife were shopping at a mall kiosk, and a beautiful young woman in a short, form-fitting dress strolled by. His eyes followed her. Without looking up from the item she was examining, his wife asked, “Was it worth the trouble you’re in?”

 

Jesus said: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30).

  • In verses 29-30, Jesus is talking about radical amputation – but he is not telling you to actually physically cut off your hands or pluck out your eyes!
  • Radical amputation = to cut off all accesses in your life to temptation.
  • To have blessed relationships, we must walk in purity.

 

3.  FROM UNFAITHFULNESS TO FAITHFULNESS:

 

“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you what whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matt. 5:31-32).

  • People today don’t understand the Biblical concept of covenant – promise – faithfulness.
  • The Bible says, “A friend loves at all times.” (Prov. 17:17).
  • To have healthy relationships, we must walk in faithfulness – and love at all times.
  • When a friend messes up, forgive them! Don’t ‘unfriend’ them!

 

CLOSING BIBLE STORY:

“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him… But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one… And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:3-11).

  • Like Jesus, we need to make sure that we don’t condemn people who sin.
  • But in the same way, if we discover that we have sinned, we need to go and sin no more.

 

CLOSING CHALLENGE: HOW DO WE CHANGE?

  • Do you want to experience a transformation in your relationships?
  • Then it’s time to replace your anger and offense with love and forgiveness.
  • It’s time to replace your lust with purity, and replace your unfaithfulness with faithfulness.

 

THE GOAL = BE MORE LIKE JESUS:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23).

 

HOW TO GET THERE – SPEND TIME WITH JESUS:

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

Beausejour Community Church Website: www.beausejourchurch.ca

Pastor Chris Jordan’s Blog: http://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/

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The Weekend Funnies – Everything’s Gotta Have Rules!

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This Sunday at Beausejour Community Church, we are continuing our Transformation series from the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5-7. Here, Jesus gives us Wisdom for Building an Unshakeable Life. When we live our lives in obedience to the Bible, we can experience a transformation in every area of our lives, including our relationships. I want to challenge you – read the Bible, then put it into practice in your life!

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20).

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2014 Bill Waterson.

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The Top 10 Most Popular Posts on New Life in the Past Year

Want to see some of the most popular posts you may have missed?

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Here are the top 10 posts of the past 365 days…

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My Interview with the New Canadian Music Group Onelife

ONELIFE INTERVIEW: October 2014:

by Chris Jordan

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With the September 2014 release of their debut EP, Winnipeg based band Onelife has emerged from the home studio of Colin Graves (vocals/keyboards) armed with a 5-song collection of melodic alternative rock tunes. The self-produced debut EP fuses the melodic Edge-esque sounds of guitarist Tyrone Wollmann with Graves’ 80’s influenced synths, set over syncopated rhythms created by drummer Jason Johnson and guest bass player Micah Bell. Vocalist Laura Graves brings an added dimension to the sound, blending her rich alto to her husband’s lead vocal.

Mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by producer/engineer Adrian Bradford (Mat Kearney, Amanda Falk) and mastering engineer Reuben Cohen (Foo Fighters, Ingrid Michaelson) Onelife strives for an epic if not anthemic sound. Lyrically, themes such as commitment and self-doubt are evident, but the common thread is the hope that can be found in the midst of struggle. In the month’s leading up to the release of the EP, multi-instrumentalist Donovan Wollmann, also the younger brother of Tyrone, joined Onelife as their permanent bass player. Future recordings will feature Donovan on the bass guitar. (source: onelifemusic.ca).

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Chris: How did the group Onelife come to be?

Colin: That’s a question that has a very long answer, but to sum it up, Jason, Laura and I go way back as friends, and playing together, that kind of thing – probably about 14-15 years or so. Tyrone and I met and started writing music and playing together about 9 years ago. The four of us have been playing music and song writing in the studio for several years.  About three or four years ago, we talked about doing some original material. We got serious about it, built a recording studio and started writing in earnest and rehearsing more. It’s built momentum since then, mostly through the recording process. We’ve always lacked having a bass player, and when Donovan recently came on board, he filled that missing piece for us.

Chris: How did your self-titled album project come about?

Colin: We’ve been working on an album for the past few years. Mostly writing and developing several ideas…songs and parts of songs. Rather than tackle a full length release, we narrowed it down to five songs that we felt fit well together, for the EP. We’ve spent the last year and a half tracking them and getting them mixed and mastered and here it is.

Chris: What does the name Onelife signify?

Colin: (smiling) It’s nothing profound; it was inspired by the lyrics from a Switchfoot song, off their Oh! Gravity album. The song is called Faust, Midas and Myself, the song says, “You’ve got one life, one life, one life left to lead…” It serves as a reminder that we have exactly that and it’s important that we’re living it with purpose, trying to make it count. That’s something we’re all striving to do, sometimes we succeed, many times we fail, but it’s a message that I hope comes through in our lyrics.

Chris: What are some of your personal musical influences? Who do you like to listen to?

Jason: Besides Sandi Patti? (laughs). I guess I’d have to say big influences include Peter Gabriel, Genesis, a lot of 80’s kind of pop stuff. For me personally as a drummer, a lot of references from hip-hop, like I’m talking the early stuff. That and some contemporary stuff like Collective Soul, a number of us love Switchfoot. My music tastes are pretty eclectic. I’ve played in many different bands with different styles.

Tyrone: I grew up listening to and playing metal – European metal. A lot of my influences are bands like In Flames. And there’s also a lot of 80’s influence.

Jason: Cause that’s when you were born?

Tyrone: Yes, that’s right. And U2. The Edge comes out in my playing apparently.

Chris: That’s one of the things that I felt when I first listened to the album was a definite U2 influence on the music.

Laura: I grew up listening to a lot of different styles of music, like the older style 70’s and stuff. Right now, there are certain artists I really like, like Amanda Cook. My favourite band right now is The Bros. Landreth. So I love the bluesy rock kind of stuff and bluegrass, but a wide range including celtic music.

Donovan: I grew up listening to and playing bluegrass, believe it or not – a long ways away from what we’re playing now. I’ve always listened to anything and everything. I don’t really have a specific artist.

Colin: For myself, early influences are a lot of synth pop/new wave from the 80’s – Tears for Fears, Michael W. Smith, Genesis, Phil Collins, all that kind of stuff. I love lots of different styles of music. That comes through a lot in my song writing.

Chris: You have five different tracks on the album. Would you be willing to share the story behind one or some of them?

Colin: Lyrically and musically, the way the songs came together? It was interesting how My Heart is Yours came to be. You (Chris Jordan) had given me a copy of an outline for a (youth fantasy) book you’re working on (The Voyagers: Mutiny on the Fellowship), and I was interested to read it. And I was reading through this outline, and it inspired me. The cool thing about the song is that I wrote the entire melody and the whole basic arrangement for it on my iPad. I even recorded the original keyboard and drum part on there, which was a different approach. That was the first time I had done that. From there we transitioned the song to the full band, and it took on a whole new life. I was inspired by the outline of your book and the ideas and themes in there, and that’s present in the lyrics. None of the songs on the EP I would say are autobiographical necessarily, except Let The Beauty Begin, to a degree. Tyrone and I wrote the first song Lonely Side, that one took a long time to write.

Tyrone: I came to you with the verse, pre-chorus and chorus first, the first of three versions…

Colin: And the chorus and the melodies changed. So some songs come together very quickly, and some take a long time to write. Lonely Side – one of my favourite tracks that we’ve written – took a long time to come together – a couple of years. And then another song like Let the Beauty Begin, I wrote that one probably within half an hour, virtually the whole thing. Not all of the lyrics, but all of the music, the chord progression and melody came together in half an hour sitting down at the piano at my parent’s place.

Chris: Do any of the rest of the band have a particular track on the album that’s a favourite, and what is it about the song that appeals to you personally?

Jason: I really like When We Were One because it’s a got a great message for anybody who is either married or has been in a relationship. It’s talking about fighting for a relationship. So the message of the song to me is really powerful. I love that one because I think playing live, that one will translate really well, and a lot of people will feel some sort of cool kind of emotive thing in the audience. I don’t want that to sound weird, but I think that really has a cool atmosphere to it, and I think people will really connect with that.

Chris: I’d have to agree with you. I think that a message that encourages couples or a married couple in the world we’re living in today where there are so many relationship struggles will definitely bring encouragement and hope. That’s good.

Tyrone: It would be between When We Were One and Lonely Side because they will be fun to play live, and they will bring a lot of energy.

Chris: How has your Christian faith influenced the music on this album?

Colin: Lyrically speaking, I never sit down and write lyrics and say, “This is going to be a Christian song” or that kind of thing. I just sit down to write lyrics about something I feel strongly about, or some emotions that are close to me at the time. So we don’t write ‘Christian music’, but our faith is going to come through in the lyrics because that’s who we are and that’s what’s in our hearts. We don’t consider ourselves a Christian band, genre-wise. We don’t strive to be a ‘Christian’ rock band. We are Christians by faith, but we want our music to appeal to a broad audience and demographic. Certainly our faith is evident in our words.

Jason: But I’d also hope that there’s a depth to the lyrics and purpose with hope and encouragement, whether we’re talking about a real topic or tough issue relationally, people go through that, whether they know God personally or not. So just the reality of different situations, to come at it with a message of hope and being real, trying not to fluff anything, but to just be honest in integrity with what it’s like to breath in and breath out as a human here, and hopefully we can bring encouragement to people through our music.

Chris: This is one question I’m looking forward to hearing an answer to: Do you have any plans in regards to touring or promoting the album yet?

Jason: Yes. (Everyone laughs).

Chris: Can I quote you on that? “The drummer said yes.” Anything concrete or specific? Any sort of time frame?

Jason: Time frame? Yes, we’re working on rehearsing not only the songs, just to be tighter as a band, but also rehearsing with a show in mind, to put something together so that we’re as prepared as possible. As far as a time frame, no one knows the day or hour just yet, but mid to late November is a hope. I guess we just wait to see what would be the right fit for a gig to really launch some things. I think after that, building momentum and building relationship with other local bands and making friends and connections, I think things will really grow from that. We definitely want to be pro-active in talking to different venues and events to see if it’s something that we could be a part of, if it would be a good fit.

Chris: Sounds good, I’m looking forward to that first live show.

Chris: What can people expect in regards to a live show when they see you perform?

Colin: A lot of lights, a lot of pyro and bungee cables. (laughing). We’re still kind of feeling that out. We like to turn things up.

Tyrone: Yeah, it’s going to be loud.

Jason: It’s not your grandmother’s rock music.

Laura: It’s not going to be a coffee shop.

Colin: We like the energy of some good hard-hitting music, but hopefully as much diversity as possible from some real high energy tunes, straight-ahead, rock-sounding tunes, to more laid back groove-based tracks. We’re working through the dynamics of that. Some of the songs will sound a bit different than they do on the CD which is cool because it allows us to be continuously creative, by reinventing some of the arrangements for a live audience.

Chris: What plans and goals do you have for onelife for the future?

Laura: I’d like to do a European tour.

Donovan: Bermuda. (laughs).

Colin: It’s hard to say. We’re open to anything. We are in a different situation than a lot of bands in that we are all married, most of us have kids, committed jobs and careers, and so we’re not going to be just taking off for three months to pull up in different places on tour. But we really want to see where it takes us, and look for opportunities.  We’ll focus locally first of all and try to build some momentum there. We’re open to lots of different experiences. We’ll see what fits us as a group.

Chris: Any closing remarks you would like to add? Anything else that you want listeners, fans, or potential fans to know about Onelife?

Tyrone: We rock.

Jason: We sure do. (laughs).

Laura: We want people to relate to the songs. They speak to the struggles, the battle’s we all face, it’s real life. But there’s that element of hope present, and I hope that resonates as well.

Chris: If people who are listening to your music want to get a hold of you to give you some feedback, how can they do that online?

Colin: We have a pretty strong social media presence. We have our website http://www.onelifemusic.ca, and from there you can link to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube channels. We are very active on social media,we love to interact with people who are listening to our music. That’s something we do on a daily basis, and we love to hear feedback from people.

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When Jesus Returns, Will YOU Be Left Behind? – #Sermon of the Week

WHEN JESUS RETURNS, WILL YOU BE LEFT BEHIND?

(Beausejour Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)

To listen to or download this audio MP3, click HERE.

LEFT BEHIND

INTRO TO TOPIC: Discuss the new movie Left Behind, the books the movie’s based on, and increasing interest everywhere with people wanting to learn about the end times.

Discuss: “88 Reasons Jesus Will Return in 1988”, Y2K/Year 2000, 2012 End of the World

THE BIG IDEA: Because of all of the false teaching about the end times in the world today, it’s important to go to the Bible for ourselves to learn about the second coming of Jesus.

1. JESUS DESCRIBES THE END TIMES: (Matthew 24:3-14).

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

  • SPIRITUAL DECEPTION – many false religions and teachings.

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

  • POLITICAL UNREST: nations are races/people groups and kingdoms are countries.

And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

  • NATURAL DISASTERS – famines, earthquakes, tsunamis – happening every day.

9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

  • RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION – millions of Christians are persecuted in the world today.

10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

  • RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWNS – this is definitely increasing today!
  • Note: all of these things: spiritual deception, political unrest, natural disasters, religious persecution and relationships breakdowns have been happening all throughout history.

 

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:3-14).

  • THE KINGDOM PREACHED INTO THE WORLD = the final sign

2. THE TIMING OF THE SECOND COMING:

 

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31).

  • There is much debate about the timing of the second coming and the rapture, and especially two topics called the ‘seven year tribulation’ and the ‘millennium’.
  • In this passage, we see the second coming of Jesus connected to the rapture.

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:36-44).

  • No one knows when Jesus will return, so beware of anyone who sets dates!
  • The important thing is: Jesus is coming soon, and we need to WATCH & BE READY!

3. THE RAPTURE: CAUGHT UP IN THE CLOUDS:

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:16-18).

  • God wants us to comfort each other with these words, especially in troubled times!
  • Teaching about the end times shouldn’t bring fear or worry, but hope and encouragement
  • This is an event many people call the rapture, when Jesus takes us home to Heaven.
  • Although the word ‘rapture’ is not in the Bible, the concept is.
  • Three main views of the millennium: premillennial, postmillennial and amillenial.
    • To learn more about this, see our “Revelation 2012” series!

CLOSING: IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE:

    • 51 But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. 53 For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. 54 When this happens — when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die — then at last the Scriptures will come true: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! 58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (1 Cor. 15:51-58, NLT).
    •  Jesus is coming back soon, and our job is to be strong and steady – to BE READY!
  • When Jesus returns, will you be left behind? That’s up to YOU!

ILLUSTRATION:

The superintendent of a large Christian school was concerned about the mess he found in so many classrooms he visited. Papers were everywhere, and the students’ desks were cluttered. Feeling strongly that learning could not take place in such an untidy environment, he took action. He chose one classroom for an experiment, introduced himself and made this proposition:

“Your teacher, principal and I provide a well-equipped classroom for you to enjoy but we need your help in keeping your desks and the classroom orderly. I would like each of you to clean out your desk today and begin keep it clean this school year. One day I will return and inspect your desks and the person with the neatest desk will be given this $100 bill. I won’t tell you which day it will be. It will be a surprise. Not even your teacher or the principal will know the day.”

The children squealed with excitement and began immediately pulling things from their desks, filling the trash baskets with crumpled papers, stacking their books neatly inside their desks, and neatly lining up their pencils and pens. Every morning for the first week, every student checked his or her desk to make sure it was in perfect condition, confident that today would be the day the superintendent returned. The next week, a few boys grew weary of the exercise and returned to their old habits. By the third week, several students said, “I doubt if he’ll come back at all. He just said that to make us keep our desks clean.”

After two months, no one in the classroom bothered to inspect their desks. Except for one girl. Dutifully, she checked her desk every day, making sure things were in proper order. For months, she was teased by the other students. “He’s not coming back! Why do you keep looking for him? You look stupid believing that promise.” Still, she kept her desk in perfect condition and waited.

Near the end of the school year, there was a knock on the door and the superintendent entered. Quickly, the students began frantically to clean their desks. But the superintendent held up his hand for them to stop and the superintendent inspected each desk. One after another, he rejected them for being messy. One boy tried giving excuses but to no avail. Another blamed the teacher for not reminding them. Another blamed the superintendent for making them wait so long.

Finally, the superintendent arrived at the desk of the little girl who confidently displayed her well-kept desk. After inspecting it, he took her by the hand to the front of the classroom and awarded her the $100 bill. “Boys and girls,” he said kindly, “this girl never stopped believing I would return so she kept her desk in perfect order. She didn’t need to worry about what day or even what time of day I would arrive because she was always ready. Always.” (Source: Sermoncentral.com).

Beausejour Community Church Website: www.beausejourchurch.ca

Pastor Chris Jordan’s Blog: http://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/

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