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The Promised Coming

 “Knowing this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, saying. ‘Where is the promise of His coming. . . (2 Pet. 3:3). 

Through the study of God’s word, and in our knowledge of the Lord’s promises, we know the physical Jesus is not walking the earth today and will not do so again as He did in giving His life for us. Over the past 2,000 years, there have been so-called sightings and visions, but none proven, yet stories of His return pop up more in the desire to profit or acclaim than in truthful reporting.


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Christian Soldiers

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (II Timothy 4:7). 

I recently read Never Surrender by LTG (Ret.) William G. Boykin. He was reared a Christian, and the book deals with his life-long walk with God. He served in the Army Special Forces, and its creed inspired my devotional. We need to understand what being a soldier of Christ means.


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An Unknown God

“For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you” (Acts 17:23). 

On what is commonly called Mars Hill, properly known as the Areopagus, Paul spoke to the philosophers of Athens to convince them that the unknown God worshiped by Athenians was actually the true God. This unknown God is only known by few in the world. This is not because God has hidden himself from them, but because people have sought God in the wrong places, and in the wrong ways. Paul said that people worship in ignorance while thinking they know the true God. Today, people have distorted ideas of God, and are ignorant of His will and His ways. 

Even the Samaritans, who were part Jewish, worshiped God in ignorance says Jesus (Jn. 4:22). Although they believed the first five books of the Old Testament, they rejected the rest of the Old Testament. Similarly, I have known some who believed in following only the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament.  I enjoy going to places like Home Town Buffet. I get to choose whatever I want to eat, and even how much I want. And I also get to choose what I don’t want to eat! Some people’s Christianity is like eating at a buffet. They pick and choose what they want to follow, and feel good about their choices. They don’t worry about the things they leave out. 

The parable of the blind men and the elephant teaches a similar lesson. If six blind men were allowed to touch a different part of the elephant, their description of the elephant would be partly right but still mistaken.  They may even fight because of their ignorance, and false assumptions. Many people’s understanding of God is much like these men in this parable. Just as the Samaritans got an inadequate view of God’s will from looking only at a portion of Scripture, we must look at all the verses where a subject is discussed. 

God will not accept us because we are following what we want, and it is self-deceptive if we believe God will tolerant such arrogance, and self interest. We must believe it all. We must not worship God in ignorance. 

Hymn: “Holy Bible, Book Divine” 

Holy Father, give us a hunger to know Your will and the strength to follow it. May we seek to please You rather than to please ourselves. 

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA (rredden604@aol.com)