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For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

What encouraging words! There will be no doubt that Christ has returned! Yet we are commanded to watch. In this month's commentary, "Watch and Pray," we examine the command for watch and what it means for us today.

With today's headlines, it feels like the return of Christ must be close at hand. I often wonder if Christians thought the same thing after World War I which was quickly followed by the influenza pandemic of 1918 which killed more people than had died in the war; or when the bomb was released toward the end of World War II.

Is it our responsibility to watch the headlines so we know when to be ready? Does that mean we need to join the survivalists and stockpile physical supplies to be able to endure till the end? (I am not saying we do not need emergency supplies for natural disasters.) In "Be Ready", we examine what it means when Christ admonishes us to "be ready" in Matthew 24:44.

No matter the frightful headlines or hard personal trials within our own lives, we are told in 1 Peter 3:15 to "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have". "Rejoicing in Hope" expresses that whatever we go through in this world, we do have the gift of hope.

This month’s Bible Study is longer than our average studies, but we think you will find it worthwhile as we examine, "Are You Still Sleeping and Resting?"

Volume 14 Issue 07 | Notes from Nancy | Women in Christ Commentary | Bible Study Guide | Abundance of the Heart | Exhortation |

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