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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 29, 2013 - Today Could Be the Day

By Doug Clay

Do you sometimes feel like you have "no future?" Are you running low on hope? Do you fall asleep and wake up with the same worries?

Please take a worry break for a couple of moments and read these verses out loud — maybe a few times.

"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, NIV).

Think about it — at any moment Christ himself is going to suddenly appear, raise the bodies of believers who have died, rapture or "snatch up" the living Christians, and reunite the living and the dead with himself. "We will be with the Lord forever."

Eugene Peterson describes the central role the future plays in our life:

"The way we conceive the future sculpts the present, gives contour and tone to nearly every action and thought through the day. If our sense of future is weak, we live listlessly. Much emotional and mental illness and most suicides occur among men and women who feel they have no future.

"The Christian faith has always been characterized by a strong and focused sense of future with belief in the Second Coming of Jesus as the most distinctive detail. …

"The practical effect of this belief is to charge each moment of the present with hope. For if the future is dominated by the coming again of Jesus, there is little room left on the screen for projecting our anxieties and fantasies. It takes the clutter out of our lives. We're far more free to respond spontaneously to the freedom of God."

You may feel like life is dark — but keep looking up, because at any moment heaven's light is going to come and provide a new and eternal dawn that will eliminate darkness forever.

He's coming soon!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.




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