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"God has a plan for your life." This is a phrase that is used to encourage the struggling disciple that better days are ahead. It is said to the student who is trying to figure out what career path to choose. It is said to the young man or woman who is searching for a spouse. I have no problem with the statement.

Jesus had a special connection with children. He always had time for kids. When He fed the five thousand, He found a little boy and used his lunch to feed the multitude. Jesus traveled to Jairus’ house and called his little girl back from the dead. Jesus didn’t get irritated with children. He was more irritated when people tried to keep the children away.

With all the unrest in the Middle East, particularly with the events surrounding Israel there is a lot of talk about living in the last days. It is said that wars, famines, droughts, and other natural calamities are signs that the end is near. So all of this hype begs the question, are we living in the last days? Yes! We are in fact living in the last days.

Life is full of choices. Just take a moment and think about how many different decisions you made today. What time to get up? What to wear? What to eat? Each day we are confronted with choices. Some of the choices that we make on a daily basis have very little impact on our lives, such as what and where to eat? Other choices can significantly change the course of our lives. Do we get married?

Jesus Christ offered us this invitation:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

 

The rapture theory is very popular in religious circles. There are various scenarios presented in which someone, perhaps a professor standing before his class, or a quarterback dropping back to pass, and the ball just drops to the ground and the professor’s notes float to the floor as the students and fans stand amazed that the person has disappeared.

Prayer is one of the greatest blessings that we have as a child of God. Prayer isn’t something that we should do carelessly. It is a privilege and it should also be a priority. When we pray to God we are affirming our dependence upon him. When we pray we are enlisting, invoking, and inviting the Creator of the universe to assist us. However, prayer isn’t always about us.

Acts 8 records the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch. Philip is told by an angel of the Lord to go toward the south. He obeyed the angel and his travels led him to a man of Ethiopia who was returning from worshipping in Jerusalem. When Philip approached the Ethiopian’s chariot, he heard him reading from the prophet Isaiah. This led to an opportunity for Philip to preach Jesus.

Several months ago a Syrian group hacked the Twitter account of the Associated Press and tweeted these words: “Breaking: Two explosions in White House and Barack Obama is injured.” This fake tweet caused the Dow Jones industrial to drop about 150 points and erased 136 million dollars in market value in three minutes. This story reveals the truth that words are powerful.

A famous actor was an after dinner speaker at a big fund raising function; and apparently he was well known for his voice because when he stood up to speak, he invited his audience to choose a poem for him to recite. There was a long silence until an older preacher raised his hand and asked for Psalm 23.