Online Devotionals: 05

People Get Ready
Verses to Read: 1 Thes. 4:13-28
When I became a follower of Jesus, I was taught that God was going to “vanish” all of the people of God at any given moment… and that if you weren’t ready to go, you’d be left behind. This was a teaching that was originally designed to give hope, but because it was based in fear, it ended up causing more anxiety than hope.
Paul was dealing with people who were being told wrong things about the final Ressurection in Thessolonika as well. To give them hope, he spelled out the “final countdown” of how God would rescue all of the people of the Kingdom. It’s very simple, and doesn’t have a lot of date-specific details. MUCH more hopeful.

I need to remember that God WILL rescue all of us who are part of the Kingdom – and to do whatever I can to encourage as many as possible to be a part of that Kingdom as well. But GOD is the one who does the rescue; I’m just doing my small part, and staying hopeful.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, come quickly. But if you choose to wait, please use me to expand your Kingdom while I’m waiting for You. Amen.

Showing my age: “It’s the Final Countdown!” (from the band Europe)

1 Response to “Online Devotionals: 05”

  1. 1 kris July 21, 2009 at 3:24 am

    hey Ed!!! remember me? i was a devout follower of the RFJ house back in the early 80’s….we sang together at Expo 86′ with the Eastside four square church, Dance of Joy with the gang….mike Washburn, Dave, jericho, and numerous other folks….i am on the phone with Deby and we were talking about you and i found this site, she drove by the ol’ RFJ house by Westminister Church.

    how many kids do you have? i have 1 daughter who will be 5yrs old in september. just hope that you and jami are doing well.

    take care,


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