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A Heavenly Sound

 

A HEAVENLY SOUND

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV

The lovely trumpet is the sound Christians long to hear. With one shrill blast, we will meet Jesus Christ in the air. The church will be raptured out of this world at that precise moment (1 This. 4:17). While we wait, there is much work to be done for the kingdom of God.

First, we need to get our own lives in order. The knowledge that Jesus could come at any time – in a twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52) – should have a purifying effect on us. Being holy as He is holy is our goal. It is necessary for us to examine ourselves. Is there sin in our lives? Are our priorities in the right order? Are we putting God first or is He only thought of on Sundays? Are we doing all we can to serve Him?

The next thing God requires from us is to share the gospel with the unsaved. Now more than ever, the end of time is apparent. Multiple destructive hurricanes, frequent earthquakes, and evil running rampant are signs of the times. It is our duty to tell the unbelieving world God loves them so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die on Calvary’s cross.

Unbelievers must recognize they are sinners. Many people consider themselves to be good people.

There is none who does good, no, not one. Romans 3:12b

Have they ever lied? Have they ever Lusted? Have they ever Stolen? Just one sin will send a person to hell. That is all it takes.

However, Jesus Christ paid the sin debt for us, and when we trust Him as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved from hell. Instead of God’s wrath, we will be blessed by God’s redemption. We will spend eternity in heaven.

Have you seen a noticeable change in your life? A person who comes to a personal relationship with Christ will be forever changed. They will hate sin and love righteousness. They will want to be in church. Christians possess hope as we look forward to the trumpet sound. What a glorious day that will be!

In the meantime, stay in God’s Word. Time in the Bible is time well spent. Spend time in prayer, also. Ask God to reveal hidden sins. None of us are perfect, but praise God, we are better than we used to be.

At the sound of the trumpet, we will no longer struggle with sin. We will no longer suffer. There will be no more parting, tears or pain. May we say with the Apostle John, “Come quickly Lord Jesus”!

Dear Lord, how we anxiously await that beautiful day when You will gather us to Yourself! For now, help us live for You. Cleanse us from sin! Direct our lives and give us the courage to witness. Prepare the heart of each one who needs to hear the gospel. Save them Lord! Thank You, and we pray in Your name, sweet, Jesus. Amen!

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Who is one person you can reach this week with the gospel message? Perhaps after reading this, you doubt your own salvation. Pray, asking for forgiveness. If you truly mean this, you will be gloriously saved.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Guide Dog Tales Vol. 20

GUIDE DOG TALES VOL. 20

By Carolyn Dale Newell

“Yes!” tells Iva she did a good job and a treat is making its way to her mouth. Iva had planted us firmly on the curb. We paused for traffic. Birds sang praises to God, and the scent of freshly cut grass filled the air.

“Iva, forward.” She turned left, and I redirected her with the leash, reassuring her I was correct. I wondered if I really was right. A few steps down the sidewalk hinted that we were in new territory. Suddenly, without warning, several tree branches slapped my face, revealing it was definitely the wrong block. I wish I could read Iva’s mind as I directed her to turn around. Was she thinking, “I wish you would make up your mind, Mom.”

Or was an “I told you so.” In her thoughts?

Undoubtedly, I had lost track of the streets as I counted, and we turned one block early.

I am always amazed by Iva’s intelligence. I was surprised to find Labrador Retrievers at number seven on a list of the ten most intelligent breeds of dogs according to an article on pets.webmd.com. Border Collies took first place.

Are some animals smarter than humans? Could we be reaping the results of a dummy-down society?

I have commanded Iva to go to the bench at the front of Walmart when we are in the back of the store. With no more commands, Iva takes me to that bench. In our driveway, I can suggest we need to check the mail, and right to the mailbox Iva goes. Our mailbox is located in an odd place, not near our driveway.

Four days ago, I taught Iva to stop at a pothole, so we can avoid it. Today was the first time we walked that route since then, and she handled it perfectly.

When Iva guides me, she rarely misses a step or curb. People forget. I have had plenty of stumbles depending on humans.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6 NKJV)

Do we not ask God for wisdom, or do we doubt the understanding He gives us? Have we cluttered our minds with too many priorities, allowing things to slip past us? Yes, yes, and yes.

Blind people must remember an incredible amount of information. Here is a small list of things I need to keep in mind that sighted people don’t need:

  • Clothes in my closet are organized from right to left in this order: black, white, yellow, red… freezer, pork on top, hamburger second, chicken third …
  • Again freezer, lima beans on the left, fourth bin down.
  • Computer – “Alt” plus” S” sends an email.
  • A million more computer keyboard commands.
  • A mental map of everywhere I walk.

Do you remember the commercial with a frying pan and eggs? It demonstrated that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Cluttered thoughts, unnecessary trivia, and busyness has taken up precious space. Christians can improve memory and keep our minds sharp with Bible verse memorization. Why not start today?