When is the second coming of Jesus going to occur?

Some feel it is very soon; like within the next ten years.

Glenn Hall  "Letter to Constituents"
Dear Saints, I decided to use the remainder of funds in my campaign account to pay for a mailing to my consitutents. I thought you might like to read it.
God bless you abundantly,
Glenn Hall
I firmly believe that Jesus Christ is returning very, very soon. So soon, in fact, that I believe that the rest of my days should be spent in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ rather than working in worldly government.

I am sending this letter to you to encourage you to prepare for the imminent rapture of the Bride of Christ, the great tribulation to follow, and the return of Christ after that. I do not believe that every Christian will be raptured before the tribulation. Only those who have lived their lives for their Lord, Jesus the Messiah, will be accounted worthy to escape all that is about to happen to this world. These are those that have lived in obedience to His revealed Word, the Bible. The antichrist is about to be revealed and the tribulation will soon follow. I write this to you so that you will be counted worthy to escape the judgements soon to come.


Many proclaim that no one can know when Jesus is about to return and, therefore, refuse to think about the reality of His return. The Bible clearly teaches about the second coming of Christ. It also teaches that those who watch for His coming will know when it is about to occur. At the very least, we who watch will know the season of His coming. Here are some verses to consider:

(Luke 12:39-47 NKJV) "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. {40} "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." {41} Then Peter said to Him, "Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?" {42} And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? {43} "Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. {44} "Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. {45} "But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, {46} "the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. {47} "And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes."

In the Bible Jesus speaks in parables, that is, in figures of speech. He did this so that only those who have ears to hear will hear. Pray for an ear to hear. He grants this only to those who seek His truth. Peter asked Jesus who it was that He spoke this parable to. Jesus then made a distinction between the faithful, wise servant and the wicked servant. He contrasts the wise servant to the wicked one that keeps saying, "My master is delaying his coming." The wicked servant scoffs at the notion that Jesus is soon returning. Rather than earnestly seeking the Lord and watching for the signs of His coming, the wicked Christian is the one who is busy with his own plans concerning business, religion, and the world. He does not understand the times in which he lives.


The lawlessness of all mankind is the clearest sign of the end of the present age. Here is the scripture that dramatically states this. (2 Tim 3:1-5 NKJV) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: {2} For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, {3} unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, {4} traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, {5} having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Paul further warned that lawlessness would increase until the man of lawlessness, the antichrist, was finally revealed. (2 Th 2:7-12 NKJV) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. {8} And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. {9} The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, {10} and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. {11} And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, {12} that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

As an attorney and legislator I have seen lawlessness in every branch of government. I also see lawlessness in our houses, our families, our schools, and our businesses. All of mankind has followed the lusts of the flesh and has filled this earth with every abomination imaginable. All alike are sold into sin. Our only escape is to believe upon the One who was crucified for our sins and was raised from the dead to sit in power at the right hand of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. That is why Jesus shed His blood for us. When we believe in Him, His blood covers our sins so that we can be accepted by God into eternal life. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, {9} not of works, lest anyone should boast." This all comes by the grace of God and is by faith, not of works. Salvation is by grace and faith, but ...


In Luke 21:36, Jesus said, "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." Jesus clearly implies here that only the worthy will be allowed to escape the terrors that come upon the world in the end times. His words make no sense otherwise. This means that escaping the tribulation takes work and is different from salvation. How can we be worthy?

If you will take the time to read the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 you will see that very few churches or Christians were commended by their Lord. For example, Revelation 3:4 tells us, "You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy." Only a few Christians in the Church of Sardis were considered worthy. Why? Because they had "not defiled their garments," that is, they did not live in perpetual sin. If they did sin, they repented of their sin, asked for forgiveness, and asked for strength to live a life of holiness before God.

Christians in the Church of Philadelphia are given a special promise of escape from coming tribulation. (Rev 3:10 NKJV) "Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." In verse 8 Jesus had commended them for keeping His Word. Philadelphian Christians obeyed the Word of God. So will it be that Christians who obey God's Word today will be accounted worthy and will escape all that is about to happen.

If you believe that Jesus is coming again, you will watch for His coming. If you earnestly watch for His coming you will purify yourself before Him. (1 John 3:2-4 NKJV) Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. {3} And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. {4} Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

Jesus warned us, however, that many who were invited to His wedding feast would not be allowed to come. These are those who are not worthy. (Mat 22:4-5 NKJV) "Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ... all things are ready. Come to the wedding."' {5} "But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business." Then Jesus said, "the wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy" (Mat. 22:8). Will you do the works of God and be accounted worthy for attendance at the wedding of His beloved Son?


John concluded his gospel by saying, "[This book is] written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (John 20:31).

Paul wrote, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

If you have not yet been born again, born into eternal life, then believe that Jesus is the Messiah (the Christ) who is truly the Son of the living God. Pray to God now and receive Jesus as your Savior. Salvation is by grace and faith alone, but the Bible is equally clear that ...


One of the clearest parables concerning rewards is the parable of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13. Since all ten are virgins all ten are Christians. All ten know who Jesus is. Five of the ten, however, are foolish, while the other five are wise. What made the five foolish? They were too busy with the cares of this life to actively watch for the Lord Jesus. When the Lord came, therefore, they were not ready. The oil (spirit) in their lamps (body) was low. They did not really know the One who died for them and upon whom they had believed. Consequently, only the five wise virgins got to go with Jesus when He came for them. Those five went through an open door with Jesus, but then the door was shut. The five foolish virgins "bought" some more oil for themselves and asked Jesus to let them in too, but He told them, "I tell you the truth, I don't know you."

The door the five wise virgins entered is a symbol of the rapture. The wedding banquet is the wedding feast of the Son of God and His Bride. Not all Christians get to go to this feast, and, therefore, not all Christians are part of the Bride of Christ. Only those that have taken the time to get to know Jesus will be allowed in. That is why he said, "I do not know you." These Christians will be left to be refined as gold during the great tribulation that is about to unfold. Some Christians obey God; some do all the things the world does, even the evil things. Those who obey now will be rewarded. The rest will learn to obey God.

Revelation 19:7 says, "His Bride has made herself ready." Being ready did not come merely by initial salvation. Peter exhorted Christians to "live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God...make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him" (2 Peter 3:11,14). Paul urged the Thessalonian believers to "live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory" (1 Thes. 2:12).

Believe me, the signs of societal break down are everywhere. These are warning signs to those who have eyes to see. Pray for an eye to see the truth. Why else are kids killing kids in our schools? Why else was a murderer like O.J. Simpson set free? Why is it impossible to pass a law that stops the murder of unborn children? (Why did rage, fear, or confusion enter your heart when you read that? You know who you are.) The time of God's punishment upon all the wicked of the entire earth is at hand. We have a very, very short space in which to repent of our sins and turn to our Creator in humbleness of heart.

In one of the Bible's most important prophecies concerning the end of time and, specifically, the great tribulation, Jesus said, (Luke 21:34-36 NKJV) "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. {35} "For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. {36} "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

"Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did."
1 John 2:6, New International Version

Real Grace, Real Mercy
Oct 5, 2002
Undrai & Bridget Fizer  DominionTODAY@aol.com

Grace is not the permission of God to live in "bondages, struggles, or ignorance" with His "personal Blessing". (as though He cannot see)

Grace is not the ability to be anointed and "willfully ignorant" at the same time, with His "personal Blessing". (as though He "understands")

Mercy is not the permission of God to remain and function in "the spirit of sin" with His "personal Blessing". (as though He "overlooks")

Real Grace and Mercy is the Impartation of Truth to an individual. A Truth that is not controlled, moved, or effected by the lifestyle of the receiver. But a Gift of Love and the Promise of Real Purpose "if they" receive. (Truth, when received, will change the lifestyle of the receiver)

God's desire to tell you the Truth, while you are in a present "condition", is a powerful manifestation of His Grace, and His Mercy. His solutions, wisdom, and counsel is an act of His Grace and His Mercy. (Grace "is not" the endorsement of God for your life" if you reject His counsel)

Grace and Mercy is not effected by the present reality of the receiver. In other words, a present "condition" cannot effect the Eternal Decision made by God. It's an "Unconditional" Gesture of Love, that "if" received, will change any "condition."

(The Eternal Decision is His reaching out for you in Love. Your circumstances will not hinder Him from reaching out to you. But, you must receive what He is offering "or has has Offered.")

What you are doesn't determine how God thinks about you. If you receive what He feels about you, you won't continue to be "what you are."

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. -- Isaiah 55:6 http://www.SearchGodsWord.org/desk/?query=Isaiah+55:6

In truth, God is always close to those who genuinely seek after him. The real problem is that we drift away from him, lose interest, and leave his presence. So let's seek him and receive his grace and his help while we recognize that he alone is the one who truly saves.

Father, I seek you with all my heart. While I seek to know about you through your Word, I long to know you and be known by you as a tender father knows his child and as a child feels complete trust toward his tender father. Father, not only be my God, but also be real to me in ways that transcend explanation. Help me to sense your nearness and to know your presence. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Jesus is coming again, soon. Will you be ready to meet Him in the air, when you hear that trumpet sound? Or will you be eternally lost, and be thrown into the Lake of Fire, with the devil and his followers?

The Choice is your! Time is running out! Make up your mind TODAY!

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In His name and for His glory, always,
Ps...(Luke 12:8) "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.

Taken from "the seven letters"
Oct 18, 2002
Time for truth, Time is short...

Just recently, a neighbor brought over a CD video of a country gospel concert by Bill Gaither filmed in New Orleans called "I'll Fly Away". Gathered together were many of the famous singers past and present, and as each brought their renditions some were contemporary, some of the foot-stomping hallelujah praise songs variety, others were old favorites. It was wonderful music. But near the end of the performance, a woman got up to sing a song called "Four Days Late"...the story of Jesus when He delayed his coming to Lazarus' tomb. Suddenly, there was a distinct change in the atmosphere. A Holy Hush descended on everyone in that auditorium...there were no more people seen talking, moving around, joking. It was as if each person was a candle that began to melt under the fire of that anointing, until all that was left were puddles of wax. The Holy Spirit had stripped everyone of their pride, their flesh, their showmanship, and Jesus alone stood there like a gigantic tower that overshadowed the entire place. People were weeping, trembling. All was laid bare. No one seemed able to do anything but sit with inward reflection.

When the presence of the Lord is so strong and so powerful, nothing in this life can rival its consuming fire on the human soul. It remains the most awesome experience a person can witness. It defies description, it sweeps away everything in its path, it consumes flesh like it was tissue paper. It brings godly fear and humility....

The Bible describes an event even more powerful than this that will one day soon happen, when every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. There will be no snide remarks and caustic ridicule of Jesus...He will come in such majesty and glory that there will be no mouth argue or dare to challenge His Kingship...for every man will know who it is that speaks. All other ideas, philosophies, and opinions will become as worthless as Confederate money. No one will boast or exalt one another anymore...only Jesus will be the center of attention. Kings will throw down their crowns, the rich will cast their money aside, the famous will hide their faces, the strong and boastful will shrivel into dehydrated nothing when He walks by. Books written to tear down His truth will be thrown into the gutters, glib tongues that proudly exhalted their talents will lose their ability to even speak of themselves anymore. Stunned silence will evaporate the roar of stadiums, bars, and dance halls.

Isn't it sad, however, that when this event happens, all of these whose knees are bowed, whose tongues are confessing, whose crowns lay on the ground, who stand shaking and in great fear and awe, are too late...The watchful, true believer has already gone from the earth, and even as those left behind plea their case, they hear the dreaded words, "Depart from me. I never knew you". And then begins the weeping,wailing and gnashing of teeth, the running for the caves and caverns, to hide themselves from the" face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb"... their hearts failing for fear of the things coming on the earth. No catastrophe that has ever happened can come close to this event...yet mankind remains in a stupor, sampling occasional conviction, yet returning time and again to its love of the world, gambling they will somehow escape what is to come.

When one reads the New Testament, there is a thread throughout which addresses the urgency of the hour. "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:16. And in Colossians 4:5: "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time". Peter added: "..the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer" (1Peter 4:7) Admonishments for God's people to never slack up, to never become complacent or assuming that there would be plenty of time. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless". (2 Peter 3:9-14)Why the anguish when He returns? I think the greatest pain will be from knowing we have only ourselves to blame. We do not like to accept a God of wrath, yet the Apostle John describes them as hiding from that very thing. Jesus, the kind and loving Savior. also picked up a whip and drove out the moneychangers from the temple. There was no question He was angry...he overturned their tables of money and shouted, "you have turned the house of prayer into a den of thieves!"
Consider some of what Jesus spoke to the seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation:
"Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them (those teaching the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes) with the sword of my mouth". "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wast cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot; I will spew thee out of my mouth". "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent".

The church has become zealous to provide the best entertainment, the best facilities, the best programs, the best singers and musicians, the best motivational speakers, the best experts on human behavior, yet it has been neglectful to teach the fear of the Lord and the consequences of sin. It is not a popular subject nor what we like to hear. But it was to the church at Philadelphia that Jesus spoke a word which should make us run to the altars:
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trial, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth".

Folks, we are in the beginnings of that great hour of trial and testing at this very moment. There is a sifting, a chastening going on in the churches. Was it not prophesied that judgment would first begin at the house of God? It comes in many forms. Churches that have spent money on frivolous worldly pursuits instead of the propagation of the Gospel will soon feel their moneychanging tables being overturned...their financial backbone being herniated. We look with silent gasps at what happened to Annanias and his wife Saphirah when they lied to the Holy Ghost, with little notice they had no time to repent. The lies, the deceit that is in the hearts of God's people is about to be discovered and tried, and the verdict and sentence could be instantaneous....no appeals allowed. What is happening at this very moment...the thing that is consuming the hearts and lives of every living human upon this planet is not just a problem of terrorism, but a religious upheaval...a stirring of the batter that is about to be put into the fire.

The church of Philadelphia was a type and shadow of those who today have their lamps trimmed and burning, who have been faithful and kept true...they will escape this "hour of trial". They will not be around to be tried...they have already passed the test. Personally, I believe this speaks of the "catching away" of the church that Paul wrote about in Thessalonians:
"For this we say unto you, by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not
prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with
these words. But of the times and the seasons brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the
day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety: then sudden destruction cometh upon
them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake
you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us
not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that be drunken are drunken in
the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith, and love: and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. who died for us that, whether we
wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do".
(1 Thess.4:15-18; 5:1-11)

There will be no "silence of the lambs" when Jesus returns. I have seen lambs so exuberant they jumped and leaped for sheer joy. And those who love his appearing will no doubt be doing the same. When Jesus arrives, his lambs will be shouting thunderous hallelujahs all theway to the sheepfold!

(If you don't happen to agree with all of this...that's all right. Jesus will soon sort it all out, and then we'll all know for sure). Maranatha!

Distress of Nations
Bob Cheak
Oct 18, 2002

Greetings in the name above all names, the precious name of Jesus. In the gospel of Luke chapter 21 and verse #25 Jesus, when giving characteristics of the end of the age and the approaching time of His return, said there would be great signs in the heavens that signal and give validation that the time is near, and on the earth He said the fig tree would near blooming and there would be distress of nations.

I don't have time to go into detail, but many believe that the budding tree is Israel and its new modern emerging as a nation after almost 2,000 years. Now this statement, distress of nations, is what I want us to think about. It means anguish, or as I read many years ago in a book of sermons on the signs of the times, no way out. My life is extremely involved with the boys working to get our work done before winter and my craving to keep abreast with everything going on in the world.

We sort through some 500 or so e-mails a week plus I keep up with MSNBC and various intelligence info sources from around the world. I make no apology that my main source of info is the Bible. When I was just a boy, my Granddad and Grandmother would read devotions each night from the blessed old family Bible and use the eye glass enlargers to see. That precious old book is still true and is more up to date than tomorrow's newspaper.

For instance this week after the killer had shot a lady at the Home Depot, another man sent the entire police force plus federal officials on a wild goose chase with a lie about the description of the van and the man who he said he saw but did not. Even the entire nation that longs for this horrible creep to be caught and justly dwelt with was deceived as well. Point is we must be careful that our info is not misinformation from someone who pretends to have witnessed truth and facts that later may be proven to be false.

Take this matter of our Lord's return. It is more important that you know Him than you know facts about Him! I remember the first time Dad took us to the county fair. At the time it seemed to be more people than I had ever seen and in the crowd Dad said, "hold my hand," and as the jostle and push and shove of people would separate my hand from his for a second, my consternation would be relived by his grip on my little hand. Oh friend we do not know all the details of the confusion but the message is clear, we must hold to His unseen hand. No matter what we may face, whether the distress be our country,our personal lives, or some heart breaking sickness, we must keep on keeping on for Jesus' sake and make sure our hand is extended to the warmth of His reassuring grip.

This week it was revealed that N.Korea told the US envoy 12 days ago that the agreement signed in 1994 with the US concerning nuclear arms development was void and reports have surfaced that N.Korea may have at least some nuclear bombs completed. NO WAY OUT! With the greatest armies in the world involving Britain and the US preparing to run over Iraq, the news of N.Korea is very troubling to Washington. Actually why did 12 days pass before the knowledge admitted is unveiled? Perhaps to not fog up the minds of the Congress as it debated and voted on America's war resolution and then perhaps it is revealed to influence the so-called United Nations into some sort of stark reality of the threat of terror. I am told George Bush begins his day with Bible study and prayer and that his entire staff is invited but that only a precious few ever come.

I am reminded of the blind boy whose parents were being blamed for his interaction with this Jesus. (John 9) One of my favorite testimonies in scripture is when the young man replied I don't know his name or whereof you make charges against Him I just know that once I was blind but now I can see. The reason the nations are blind is because they dwell in darkness and have rejected the Light of the world. (Luke 2:32)

The reason the nations are in distress is because their deeds are evil and they leave the light in order to continue their evil ways! (John 3:19) The Pharisees read and ascertain the writings of God, but you must not only hear and perceive with the natural ears but you must obey from the heart.

Last night I listened to Colin Powell as he spoke at the Waldorf in New York as he continues the sell-out of his convictions to the war hawks. Standing beside him dressed in a santa claus outfit of the so-called church was a cardinal or blackbird or something. The vatican has issued the statement of a nondescript creature called international church law whereby child molesters given church titles without meaning might be protected from justice. It appears to me as if the woman of Rev 17, which is not just the so-called church of Rome but her bad daughters who came our of her by an illicit union with satan, is getting ready for a ride across earth's landscape. With the influence of the religious right in partnership with Washington's thirst for war in the name of peace and to make the world safe, we may be getting ready for an unholy sea of blood. I fully intend to write about N.Korea and the evil influence of China and Russia upon her, but I didn't get there today. I leave you will this thought from our Lord. (John 14:27) Let not your heart be troubled!

We love you, Bob&Annette

-Trapped in a Fire!

Dr. Bill Bright
Founder and Chairman
Campus Crusade for Christ International

Dear friends:

Their home on fire, a young boy was trapped upstairs. The grandmother attempted to rescue him, but she died in the horrible flames.

A man who saw the fire climbed up an iron drainpipe to the lad's window.
With the boy clinging to his neck and with a firm grip on the drainpipe, he lowered himself and the boy to safety.

Weeks later, a public hearing was held to determine who should be given custody of the boy. A teacher, a farmer, and the town's wealthiest citizen all gave reasons why they should be chosen to give the boy a home. But the sad boy only stared at the floor.

Then a man walked to the front of the room and announced his desire to adopt the boy. He slipped his hands out of his pockets and held them up for the crowd to see. His palms bore hideous scars.

The boy cried out in recognition and leapt into the man's arms. This was the man who had saved the child's life. His hands had been scorched when he climbed up the hot iron pipe. As the boy nestled in the arms of the man who saved his life, the other men walked away. Those scarred hands settled the issue.

In the same way, our Savior's nail-scarred hands have settled the issue for us. Our Lord's sacrifice saved us and made us children of God. Like the young boy, we have been "adopted" as God's sons (Ephesians 1:5,

As believers, we are not orphans who are homeless without parents or family. We have an incredible parent, our loving Heavenly Father, who cares for us deeply and cares for us each moment of the day. We also have a wonderful family, consisting of brothers and sisters all over the world. And we have a marvelous home waiting for us in eternity.

Even now, we experience comfort, peace, and a sense of belonging through our Father's Spirit -- the Holy Spirit -- who has made our heart His home. We are very important to God because we are His dearly beloved children.

For all these wonderful blessings, let us thank God for our Savior's precious, nail-scarred hands.

Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,

Bill Bright
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