GCT Weekly Newsletter

God chooses to complete His final judgment as a result of our prayers

Church Family: God hears our prayers. He hears every one of our prayers. He keeps all of our prayers and the prayers of every one of His followers that has ever been prayed from the beginning. In fact, we see that when the seventh seal is opened in Revelation 8:1-5, the final seal that brings about the end of history, the prayers of all the saints are exactly what ushers in the end of the world with the final great judgment.

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Being heavenly minded is being great earthly good.

You may be asking, what daily good comes out of contemplating our eternal, heavenly home with our Lord (Rev. 7:14-17)? Well, here are seven reasons (Yes, of course seven) why Jesus wants us to contemplate the promises that we have in our eternal heavenly dwelling.

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What is Tribulation for?

Good Morning Church: Well, personally, this marks my 10th day with Covid and the last time I counted our church was up to 28 people sick with or without Covid. Many have been tested and are positive some have not been tested but still have the same symptoms of those that tested positive. And yet, some have hardly any symptoms and are positive.
 
So, as I have been in quarantine, alone for the past 10 days, I have thought once more about how our present state of fast-moving sickness in our world is another example of the fourth horsemen of the fourth seal judgment of Revelation 6. Do you remember? Jesus opened the fourth seal and the rider came forth on a pale horse. One of the things that the pale horse rider brings forth upon this earth is pestilence (sickness, disease). Pestilence has been a reality in history since Genesis 3. However, our country has been somewhat free from pandemic for a time. We have enjoyed our freedom from rampant sickness and disease. And then Covid comes to our neighborhood and we get sick and realize how fast health can go away.

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What is your soul magnifying this Christmas?

Church Family: In the Christmas story we are continuously reminded that God has sent us a Savior. This is the celebration of every Christmas and every day. A Savior has come to save us and redeem us! What a great and glorious gift. The gift that keeps on giving for eternity. Listen to those in the Christmas story praising God for a Savior who brings salvation:
 
Mary’s song of praise sings, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
 
Zechariah’s song as He was filled with the Spirit says, “God has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.”
 
An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and tells them that, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
 
When Jesus was presented in the Temple, the righteous and devout man, Simeon, blesses God and says, “for my eyes have seen Your salvation.”
 
But what has the Son of God saved us from? Tribulation? No. Hardships? No. Persecution? No. Famine? No. Sword? No. Job loss? No. Financial hardships? No. COVID? No. Government mandates? No. The list of earthly tribulations go on and on. The great news is that we are saved from something much worse than anything we experience on earth. The incarnation of the Son of God, our Savior, His life, His suffering and His death saves us from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9) that is upon us because of our sin. He is Salvation from our punishment of sin, which is death and the wrath of God! This means that, as believers, we are promised that whatever suffering we endure on this earth it is never God’s judgment or wrath. All earthly suffering is only to make us more like Him, to let go of sin, to cling to Him, to run to Him, to trust Him more fully. This promise is for believers only. If you are not a believer, run to Christ!

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God’s Barn of Sovereignty has Released Four Horsemen of Judgment

Church Family: People conquering people, war, famine, and death. Do these four veins of tribulation create with your heart a festive merry Christmas? These four veins of tribulation have been present in every generation and at every Christmas. These four common ways of tribulation have been ravaging the earth since Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. But, in Revelation 6, at the other end of the Bible, we are shown that these tribulations are called the Four Horsemen of the first four seal judgments. These four horses released by Jesus in judgment represent conquest (white horse), war (bright red horse), famine (black horse) and sickness/death (pale horse). These judgments were released by Jesus as He opened each of the first four seals of the scroll of God’s purposes and plans. These first four seal judgments explain the purposes of all of the conquest, war, famine and sickness/death that has always existed and continues to exist. What are the purposes of the Four Horsemen?

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How not to be a lopsided, wonky Christian

Happy Thanksgiving Church Family: Do you worship Jesus as the Lion? Or do you worship Jesus as the Lamb? Or do you worship Jesus as the Lion and the Lamb? If you are worshipping Jesus as only the Lamb or only the Lion you are worshipping only half the God that Jesus is intended to be to you. Don’t miss out on Jesus’ Lion excellencies or His Lamb excellencies. If we enjoy only His Lion qualities or just His Lamb qualities we become a lopsided, wonky Christian. Jesus wants us to know Him as the Lion and the Lamb.
 
Jesus as the Lion is all-powerful, fearless, and fierce as He gives His great power to His people. He gives us the power to stand up against all sin that is in opposition to His Kingdom. We have the complete power that we need through Jesus to be victorious and more than conquerors during the things to come against us in this world. Jesus will prevail in every battle, He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He has the eternal promises of God to triumph in every eternal battle (Genesis 49:8-12). He will bring every believer victory while we follow Him in this world that has gone crazy. The Lion will devour the evil that works against you. Do not fear. He is fierce and fearless against the enemy. Trust in the Lion, Jesus.

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