The Believer and the Coming of Christ

“That day is no horror to me, for thy death has redeemed me, thy Spirit fills me, thy love animates me, thy Word governs me. . . . Thou wilt come to raise my body from the dust, and reunite it to my soul, by a wonderful work of infinite power and love, greater than that which bounds the oceans’ waters, ebbs and flows the tides, keeps the stars in their courses, and gives life to all creatures. . . . I triumph now in thy promises as I do in their performance”–a Puritan prayer.

“Nothing seems less relevant to our secular culture than preparing for eternity. But on the day we die and go to Jesus or he comes for us, nothing will be more relevant. In the meantime, being ready for that day is the very best way to live each day”–Jim Denison.

“ ‘If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.’ – We are to set our minds on what’s to come, not on the temporality of earthly things. I am convicted and challenged to do so. Only one thing matters in all our lifetime: Did we recognize our broken position before our perfect and holy God, trust in the divine and sufficient sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, believe in His resurrection of reconciliation, and walk in the resurrected life we have in Him? When this is our mindset, it’s not sentimentality that gives meaning to the temporal things of today, but rather the hope of future glory”–Halle Allen.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. — 1 John 1:7 (NIV)