Anxious for Armageddon: a call to partnership for Middle by Donald E. Wagner

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Then the evangelist turned to 1 Thessalonians 4:1617. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. " he cried out. "But are you ready tonight to meet Jesus if he returns? " By now I was literally shaking in my shoes. At that moment the evangelist asked everyone to stand and bow their heads in prayer.

He had said he would be there. I knew one other telephone number in all of Beirut: Gabi's office. I hoped he was working late. My mind turned toward a backup strategy, such as finding a cheap hotel and simply getting some rest. The phone was ringing at the new MECC office ... ten, twelve, fifteen times. I was so desperate for an answer that I simply held my tired head in my hands with the phone still ringing and wondered what to do next. " I identified myself and asked for Mr. Habib. "Oh, yes," she said.

Don't we need to set God free from certain theologies, certain civilizations, certain obsessing historical events? To set God free means to go back to the centrality of Jesus Christ and his message. Jesus was and is the good Samaritan. Jesus did not waste his time on earth speculating about the future. Instead he was the suffering servant of his heavenly Father. He spent time with the renowned Samaritan woman, with Nicodemus, with Lazarus, with Peter, with so many more. He now calls Christians to be his servants by healing, consoling, teaching, forgiving, reconcilingand thus witnessing for his Father.

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