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  1. ( |o )====::: says:

    Excellent, Michael!
    I took a crass liberty and turned this into a Stinging meditation for an audience of One…

    Every breath I take
    Every move I make
    Every bond I break,
    Every step I take…
    ( |o )====::: (instrumental)

    Every move I make and every vow I break
    Every smile I fake, every claim I stake…
    ( |o )====::: (instrumental)

    Every single day, every word I say
    Every game I play, every night I stay…
    ( |o )====::: (instrumental)

    <3

  2. Michael says:

    G,

    Crass liberties are welcome here… 🙂

  3. Em says:

    Oh great now “i’ll be watching you” will be in my head all day..

    That said, Michael’s points are well stated… I’ve concluded that signs of the times cycle and gain in intensity… One of these cycles will be the final one, but our task is not to debate them

  4. Paige says:

    AAAAAAA-men!!

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    Nailed it!!!

  6. Chris says:

    Amen Jesus we love you Lord!!

    The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
    Revelation 22:17 NIV
    https://revelation.bible/revelation-22-17

  7. Donner says:

    Thank you, Michael.

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    I think you’ve been reading Augustine…

    “But I wish you to be without anxiety. He who is without anxiety waits without fear until his Lord comes. For what sort of love of Christ is it to fear his coming? Brothers, do we not have to blush for shame? We love him, yet we fear his coming. Are we really certain that we love him? Or do we love our sins more? Therefore let us hate our sins and love him who will exact punishment for them. He will come whether we wish it or not. Do not think that because he is not coming just now, he will not come at all. He will come, you know not when; and provided he finds you prepared, your ignorance of the time of his coming will not be held against you.”

  9. Bride of Christ says:

    Thank you for a wonderful post. I love the verse from Jeremiah and it is very encouraging to me at the moment. I am in Hawaii helping my daughter and her husband, who is stationed here at Wheeler Army Base. They have a new 6 week old son who has a minor issue feeding as he had to have surgery for tongue-tie. He was almost 12 lbs. at birth and he needs a lot of milk, but has trouble with his feedings. They also have a rambunctious three-year-old! I have been here three weeks and I am exhausted! The Jeremiah verse reminds us to love our own AND everyone else in the communities he has placed us in. What a wonderful reminder of how much God loves families and children, and that he wants us to live our lives to the fullest instead of second-guessing the future and making our neighbors into enemies because they belong to different political party or church.

  10. Michael says:

    Thanks for all the kind words folks.
    I wish I could pull chunks of Augustine out of my memory like that… amazing stuff, Duane.

  11. MM says:

    We all have time lines and I often say, “some of us are closer to the end of the age the others.”

    What I fail to understand is the obsession with the end of the age when Jesus rarely talked about it and focused more on the days to day parts of life. I believe if people would actually carefully read their bibles it would be found God’s continual emphasis isn’t on the future, but on the day.

    Maybe it’s the human propensity to always wanting to be somewhere else.

    The grass must be greener in my neighbors yard.

  12. Michael says:

    MM,

    A whole subculture sprung up around dispensational eschatology…making it much more vital than it really is.
    I have enough to keep me busy day to day…

  13. MM says:

    “ I have enough to keep me busy day to day…”

    Agreed!

  14. Em says:

    i can understand the aversion to a Church removal before all hell breaks loose here. However, as i wasn’t sucked up in the “end times” frenzy a short while ago – Hal Lindsey got his material from a pastor who shall stay nameless here – said pastor, a dispensationalist, as am i, i strongly disapproved of making it the focus of our day. It has a place, but…
    Michael and others here are – IMO – correct in saying that we are here to occupy with Christ and all that entails (as Ambassadors from another kingdom?).
    IMV we are given an outline of how things are planned to play out in order to reassure us, not sidetrack us….
    Dunno, though, do i. 😇

  15. MM says:

    Em

    Here’s my question, what can any of us do about the end of this age and the coming of the Lord?

    Answer; live each day.

    But that’s too simple, doesn’t sell books and make people famous.

  16. MM says:

    BTW Em,

    So, about the rapture/removal of the church; frankly what difference does it really make? Assuming the Messiah does return on His schedule, why should we even care about a rapture?

    The cynical me says people are using fear to prey on others for their own gain, whether it be financial or some other motive. Reminds me of how popular the book series, ‘Left Behind,’ was. Of course Harry Potter has also been a huge publishing success. So what does that say about us?

    He will work out the end of each of our personal ages, that I am sure of and live with it in peace.

  17. Em says:

    why should we even care about a rapturing out of the Church… i am a mid-triber removal of the Church, myself… there is a great deal of correlation and description of those last 7 years (if you are literal about it)…
    i’m not here to teach, but i read that at a certain point God pours out His vials of wrath onto the earth and call me a sissy, but i don’t want to be here for that, so… i think we, the Church are called out and then, after a period of time, Christ comes back to rule and reign down here (i think a thousand years… time will tell) and we come back with Him…. i don’t believe the mainline churches teach that and i have no problem, so long as they teach that we do have responsibilities here as members of the Body of Christ for as long as we live…
    God keep

  18. Jean says:

    A resurrected guy and a mortal walk into a bar…

  19. Em says:

    The resurrected guy passes right through, the mortal yells, “ouch, that really hurts!”. LOL

  20. UnCCed says:

    The longer I live, the more I think the greatest amazement or miracle of heaven for us will be we will all love each other, finally, and no one will more deeply enjoy the experience, maybe even with tears of joy, than He, through whose blood we’re all joined.

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