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‘WHAT ABOUT THE 144,000?’

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(June 4, 2021) Brian Bell recalls an incident from long ago that led (and still leads) to a reminder that we must continue to serve Christ in whatever we’re called to…

When I was in my late teen years, I spent some weeks in the UK summer months serving with a beach mission team. I remember one year on the Isle of Wight. The outreach program for each day concluded with an evening event, very often an open-air witness on the promenade. Some team members would sing, some testify, and the team leader would usually bring a gospel message.

As the event was taking place, team members would form a rough semi-circle around the platform, not obstructing the passage of passers-by and we would look for folk who may stop and seem interested in the message so that we may approach them on conclusion.

On a particular evening I saw a couple stop to listen and at the conclusion of the message which had included a reference to heaven, I approached them to ask what they thought about what they’d heard… but I was not prepared for the gentleman’s response when he said to me, ‘What about the 144,000?’

Young and inexperienced as I was, I knew this was a reference to the book of Revelation and surmised these folks were Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Reflection leads to Revelation
I use that memory to take you to the apostle John’s book of Revelation.

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LET’S CHANGE THE FACE OF CHRISTMAS COMMERCIALISM

Carol Round 2016(December 12, 2016) Carol Round shares meaningfully re Christmas joy…

Paul declared, You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11).

Am I the only one who’s tired of seeing Christmas promotions highlight the commercialisation of Christmas! Walk down the aisles at a local store and you’ll be hard pressed to find many reminders that celebrate thankfulness. Rather it’s…

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How can we, as parents and grandparents, counter the commercialisation of Christmas in an age of spend, spend, spend? (more…)