Summary: The world seems to be in a terrible mess. The cry screams for peace and safety... but Jesus extends an INVITATION to know his heart. The good news is the bad news is not the truth.
HEAR THE CRY FOR PEACE AND SAFETY? INVITATIONS?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com This is more than one part lesson.
The Bible is a BOOK OF INVITATIONS from man to man and from God to man. May we make it an invitation of man to God. Jesus desires to WELCOME all people to KNOW HIM and to COME INTO A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP.
CAN WE HEAR THE CRY?
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 (NLT) When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 (MSG) About the time everybody's walking around complacently, congratulating each other—"We've sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!"—suddenly everything will fall apart. It's going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman.
SEEMS THE PRESSURES WE FACE ON EVERY SIDE ARE VOID OF COPING SKILLS… OR CREATIVE USE OF CONFLICT.
SEEMS WE ARE IN A TERRIBLE BATTLE WITH MENTAL AND NERVOUS CONDITIONS… FUTURE SHOCK IS A HEAVY SOCIETY THAT CAN NOT SEE SPIRITUAL ISSUES CAN BE BEHIND THE PHYSICAL PROBLEMS WE ARE FACING….
LIFE AT BEST IS A SERIES OF DRAINING FAILURES. I WANT TO DO THIS? I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS AND IT SEEMS I DO WHAT I DON’T WANT TO DO… THE VERY BATTLE OF LIFE IS EXHAUSTING….(ROMANS)
WANT TO DISCUSS A CONTAGIOUS DISEASE… We walk in a day of RESTLESSNESS.
* Opioid, alcohol and drug abuse… not just street drugs but prescription drug abuse. Drug abuse has become a public enemy?
* How about D-I-V-O-R-C-E breaking our families? Very honestly, Divorce can come because of poor DATING and SEXUAL SIN?
* Talk about TIRED AND DRAINED? Look to WASHINGTON, D.C. Our political leaders cannot agree on anything. Division is destroying our democracy.
* We have a BROKEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I recently heard an insurance deny medicine to a person that was 62, the company said we only pay for that if you are under 55. Pestilence, a disease that causes death, epidemics, destructive… Cancer is our enemy? Diabetes does terrible damage? New diseases and new infections resistant to antibiotics.
* Want to discuss a broken system: LOOK AT OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS from the ground up. Bullying, children that cannot read, leaving cursive writing, broken math procedures… INSTEAD OF FIXING THE EDUCATION PROCESS we think we NEED TO DUMP MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY.
* How about our WELFARE SYSTEM… we have more people drawing checks than we have working. The government’s answer to print more money, borrow… debt, rent a centers, make no payments for 6 months.
* Think about what is going on in EUROPE… terrorism is dominating many areas. Islam, Moslems, Sunnis, Shiites, and radical groups scream DEAD TO AMERICA. Their cry is ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU IS THE GREATEST.
* Between 1970 and 2014 44.5 million legal abortions. There are no records of the illegal abortions. Society accepts abortion as birth control. A woman’s rights? How abortion the baby’s right.
* In the USA we are accepting many ALTERNATIVE LIFE STYLES AS ACCEPTABLE. Homosexuality, Transvestites, bi-sexual, multiple partners.
* The system is broken when it comes to SEXUAL PERVERSION, things that are not natural. PORNOGRAPHY… the average age of introduction of porno is 12 years old. The average introductory place is in the home. TEEN PREGNANCY is a special problem in our school systems. I read the average teen pregnancy occurs between the time the child gets home from school until the parents get home. Many schools dispense birth control without parental permission. Some states the social worker can get an abortion performed without parental permission.
* Every major store is in a losing battle with SHOP LIFTING. Most Walmarts face a million dollar lose in 6 months. Who pays for this.
* I heard on the radio yesterday that ATHEISM, PAGANISM, HEATHERNISM, CULTS AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICES THAT BYPASS THE BIBLE ARE GROWING AT RECORD PACES. THE CHURCH IN THE USA IS IN A DECLINE. Many churches are closing and selling their properties. THERE IS A CRY FOR PEACE AND SAFETY. 65% of people that claim to be Christian will not be in church on Sunday morning. 85% of people claiming to be Christians will not be in church on Sunday night. If Christian refuse to go to church where are the sinners? Bars and Liquor stores are on every corner. Look at the church, sexual law suits, minister resigning at the rate of 500 a week.
* Pestilence, a disease that causes death, epidemics, destructive. Cancer is our enemy? Diabetes does terrible damage? New diseases and new infections resistant to antibiotics. There is a health problem that preachers are afraid to address, OBESITY … morbid obesity. STD’s (sexually transmitted --- where did aids go to? Panic?)