Women in Christ (logo) Notes from Nancy

There was another mass shooting 10/27/18, in a synagogue as people worshipped. I pray, Thy Kingdom come. Another killing happened the morning of 10/29/18, in the metropolitan area I live in. I pray, Thy Kingdom come. A friend’s young adult son suffers from an untreatable chronic depilating disease. I pray, Thy Kingdom come. Billions of people around the world suffer in extreme poverty. I pray, Thy Kingdom come.

We live in a fallen world. The reasons I pray, "Thy Kingdom Come" are endless. Despite the sorrows of this world, I have joy in my heart. In a quote from Ravi Zacharias' book, Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ, he states, "Remember the insight of G. K. Chesterton in his book Orthodoxy that, for the atheist, sorrow is central and joy peripheral, while for the follower of Jesus, joy is central and sorrow peripheral. The reason that statement is true is that for the atheist, the foundational questions remain unanswered while they have answers for the peripheral questions; hence, sorrow is central and joy peripheral. For the Christian, it is reversed: The foundational questions have been answered and only the peripheral ones remain in doubt." The joy I feel is because "The Kingdom of God is Near."

Peter reminds us "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15). So please join us as we take a look at the meanings of "Thy Kingdom Come" and "The Kingdom of God is Near".

Volume 17 Issue 09 | Notes from Nancy | Women in Christ Commentary | Bible Study Guide | Abundance of the Heart | Exhortation | Book Review

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