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Looking Forward…

11.11.18 | by Ray Jones

    Looking Forward…

    David Peterson, former pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Spokane, Washington, told about a time when he was preparing his sermon. His little daughter came in and said, "Daddy, can we play?" He answered, "I’m awfully sorry, Sweetheart, but I’m right in the middle of preparing this sermon. In about an hour I can play." She said, "Okay, when you’re finished, Daddy, I am going to give you a great big hug." He said, "Thank you very much." She went to the door and (these are his words) "Then she did a U-turn and came back and gave me a chiropractic, bone-breaking hug." David said to her, "Darling, you said you were going to give me a hug after I finished." She answered, "Daddy, I just wanted you to know what you have to look forward to!" The First Coming of Jesus is a reminder of how much we have to look forward to at his Second Coming.

    One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ's second coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books give it prominence. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to the second advent of Christ, that’s an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ's first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second! That is why looking forward to Christ’s return is so important to our faith. Are you ready for it? Today I will continue my series, The Stories of Jesus, with a parable about the second coming of Christ.

    Mission Possible… our annual mission offering for our 5 Mission partners; Medical Missions, Lottie Moon Foreign Missions (IMB), Monday Night Ministries, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and Northeastern Baptist College, is off to a great start. Our goal is at least $100,000. We haven’t reached our goal just yet, but after the first week, we had a very strong offering and with your help and generosity through the rest of the month should reach and I believe exceed our goal. If you have not made your gift, above your regular tithes, please join by giving and helping us move the gospel to our community, state, nation and world just like the scripture commands us. All of our Mission Possible offering will go 100% to our partners.

    Speaking of looking forward, I am looking forward to Bodie Rylan Salyers… our grandson, being with us today, it’s his first trip to Dothan and his first trip to RBC!... Oh yeah, his mom and dad are here as well. Alison and I are so proud of them all, as you know, and it will be my great privilege to dedicate this little guy to the Lord this morning… Alison and I have been praying for over 9 months that at the right time he would understand who Christ is and follow Him as Savior. We’ve also been praying that God would cause him to grow into a godly man and make a difference in the world. But that is a prayer worthy of all our lives.

    So, today, why not rededicate your life to God and ask Him to make it count from now until the day that the “Bridegroom” returns or calls us home. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

    God First,

    Bro. Ray