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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"The Triumph of the Lamb"

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” --Revelation 1:7

Reason for the Season

 


 

A tourist was exploring the sites of Lake Como in northern Italy and came to a beautiful castle called the Villa Asconiti.  Feeling brave, he pushed open the gate and went inside. To his delight, everything was beautiful. F lowers were blooming in a rainbow of color. The shrubbery was luxuriously green and magnificently pruned to precision.

Over to the side, the man noticed a gardener on his hands and knees clipping nearly every blade of grass.  The man asked, "May I look at the gardens?”

The gardener replied, "You're welcome to come right in.  I'm glad to have a guest.”

The man began to tour the grounds and asked the gardener, "Is the owner here today?”

The gardener replied, "Oh, no.  He's away."

“When was the last time you saw him?" he asked.

"Oh, about twelve years ago," said the gardener.

“Twelve years?  This place has been empty for twelve years?" exclaimed the tourist.

“Yes," said the gardener.

The tourist asked, “Who tells you what to do?"

The gardener explained that the owner had an agent in Milan.

"Do you ever see him?" asked the tourist.

Still clipping, pruning, and trimming, the gardener answered, "Never.  He just sends instructions."

The tourist couldn't believe his ears, "But you have everything so beautiful.  It looks as if you're expecting him tomorrow."

The gardener replied, “Today, sir.  I expect him to come at anytime–perhaps today.”

Every child of God ought to be living that way–not as if Jesus Christ’s return is far off in the future, but as if He were coming today.  Someone has said, "We are to be living as though Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon."  At any moment, Jesus Christ is coming again.  He is coming again in the flesh!  Are you living like it?  Let’s get “Back to the Basics”!

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:  and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”--II Timothy 4:8



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Previous devotions


"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013




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Words of Truth - April 23, 2014