Aug 25, 2021
|From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: The more news I watch the more convinced I am that the Bible is right in predicting the conditions of the world when the end times near. Why do so many people blame God for problems the human race creates? — E.T.
A: Jesus spoke of the coming of a godless, secular society, and He spoke of the dangers of heresies of those who try to pervert the message of the truth Christ came to deliver. This is a realistic portrait of our times.
We sometimes wonder where God is during the storms of life, in all the troubles of the world. Where is God? Why doesn’t He stop the evil? The Bible assures us that God will abolish evil when Christ returns. No wonder Scripture tells us that, at that time, “every knee should bow… and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11).
Jesus did not tell us when He is coming back. He said we were not to speculate. Jesus said that there would be certain signs to watch for. These “signs of the times” are described throughout Scripture, and taken together we see a striking portrait of the end times.
But there is a wonderful assurance in the Person of Jesus Christ. Everyone is faced with the question, “Where will I be when the end of time comes?” As the wonderful song “How Great Thou Art” says, someday He will come with shouts of acclamation, and there will be a joyous reunion of all those who have trusted in Him. We must be prepared for that moment of all moments that count for eternity.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)
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From Pastor Jerry McCullah:
LORD, I thank You that You are the God of second chances, of change, of renewal. You alone, are the God of revival. You are not willing that anyone perish, but that people everywhere would repent of sin and be saved through knowledge of Your saving grace.
Please, dear Father, send revival to America. Draw all Americans to Yourself, for You alone are our only hope! Display Your Truth to all people—that they may be saved by grace, through faith, and that is not of themselves, but is Your free gift to a repenting humanity.
Help the people of our nation to see that the wages of sin is death, but Your gift to us is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our LORD.
LORD, there are people of power and persuasion in our land who are greedily, and immorally, destroying everything good people have worked and died to establish in Your name.
We have strayed so far from You, we do not even recognize anymore just how holy and just You are! Forgive us, dear LORD, and save us from ourselves before it is too late.
Intervene in the affairs and values of America; shake us, O God, so that millions, and millions, of men and women, girls and boys, will fear Your name, and behold Your glory, and call upon Your name. Glorify Your name in all the land . . . revive us again, I pray. . . For Christ’s sake, and in His name, Amen!