GCT Weekly Newsletter

Trumpet Judgments graciously declare – REPENT!

Hello Church Family: Regret is easy and comes at us pretty fast. Shame will jump on us in a flash. We will carry remorse around for days, weeks, moths and even years. But, repentance is rare and difficult.
 
Repentance tends to be a fleeting thought that we can reason away into a forgotten fog of justification. And yet, our Holy God requires repentance for our entrance into His heavenly Kingdom. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin and God calls us to both. Simply stated, no repentance means no admittance into God’s heavenly kingdom. And that is the reason for the continued partial judgments in Revelation. The partial judgments of the Seal Judgments and now the Trumpet Judgments are God’s way of saying, REPENT, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!

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What will you do in a spiritual awakening during a pandemic?

Church Family: If you are like myself, we generally like things that bring pleasure, health and safety. This is our natural human bent and we tend to make decisions based upon pleasure, health and safety. However, as believers we are called to make decisions differently. On this earth we are to make decisions first and foremost that show our love for the Lord our God and then our love for our neighbor (Mathew 22:37-40).

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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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