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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

April 23, 2014

REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH

How do you look at current events? Do you just blow off the news as news, same as usual ,or do you see prophecy being fulfilled at every turn? It’s easy to fall into a malaise of sorts, just living life and ignoring the news because, ‘well, it’s always bad anyway, isn’t it’? But it’s just as easy to become, what I call a bean-counter, someone who is constantly trying to match up events with Biblical prophecy! Neither action is profitable in the long run.

We could be so consumed with trying to discern when Jesus is coming back, that we neglect our relationship with Him. Are we building a relationship with someone we love, if we constantly look at things going on around us and not what is happening between ourselves and the one we say we love? How would that work in a marriage? Not very well! Building our relationship with the Lord is paramount to who we are as a Christian! Only when we have that bond with Him does it even matter whether or not He returns to the earth!

We can be assured of is that Jesus will return, someday! He said this to His disciples: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (John 14:1-4 KJV). But what we cannot know is whether we will be alive to see the second coming of our Lord and Savior!

We could cross the street in front of our home and be hit by a truck, killed instantly, and all the bean-counting in the world would have been for no good reason! Time wouldn’t matter because the next face you see, when resurrected, will be that of Jesus. Does this mean we shouldn’t be aware of the second coming, or spread that news to others? Absolutely not! It means that we don’t need to worry about WHEN He is returning, just that He will! “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12. KJV).

If we are fortunate enough to be alive when He comes, it will be a magnificent sight to see: “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.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 KJV).

My <3 song this morning has been a favorite of mine for years. When we lived in England this song was one I often chose during our praise and worship times:

“Years of time have come and gone
Since I first heard it told
How Jesus would come again some day
If back then it seemed so real
Then I just can’t help but feel
How much closer His coming is today

Signs of the times are everywhere
There’s a brand new feeling in the air
Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky
Lift up your head redemption draweth nigh

Wars and strife on every hand
And violence fills the land
Still some people doubt He’ll ever come again
But the Word of God is true
He’ll redeem His chosen few
Don’t lose hope soon Christ Jesus will descend

Signs of the times are everywhere
There’s a brand new feeling in the air
Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky
Lift up your head redemption draweth nigh
Lift up your head redemption draweth nigh”

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6 KHV). Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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