Fire and smoke represented the presence of the Lord as the Israelites travel through the dessert, worshiped in the Temple, and recognized the Messiah.
Dealing with the enduring legacy of historical sin, such as our treatment of marginalized peoples, can be an overwhelming. But we are not alone, and we are not expected to go it alone. God in Christ has made us new, entrusted us and empowered us.
This is an example of when God unexpectantly meets our smallest needs. They are not a coincidence, but a God-incidence.
We can see that all is not okay in the world. Loving those in need has a way of creating within us a righteous discontent, causing us to seek causes and explanation; prompting us to see patterns and connections.
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We must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side on any issue. Yet, we must be motivated by faith to take the difficult stance even when the church’s moral witness is in process, unfinished, incomplete, and uncertain.
Paul declared, “if one member suffers, all suffer together with it” This is true both within and outside of the church. We live in an interconnected world. The struggles of our neighbors affect us.
This points to the conclusion that Near Death Experiences are real with profound significance and meaning, and also provides evidence of life after death.
We don’t have to wait for ‘final checkout’ to redeem our faith coupon; we can experience the Kingdom of Heaven on earth today.
God spoke to me and said, “Rick, stop reading these names and go over to the World Trade Center North Tower”.