North Baptist Church - Ottawa, KS   

"Where Everyone Is Treated Like Family"

From the Pastor’s Desk – September/October 2018 

          I don’t know about you, but if you’re anything like me, I’m ready for the Dog Days of Summer to be over. It has been exceptionally hot and dry this summer, with only recently receiving some rain that has greened things back up. I mowed my yard twice in June, once in July and so far once in August. The only reason I mowed in August is because I had a few spots that had grown up and looked tall and shaggy. So when I mowed it was like I created a dust bowl, when I was done I looked like Pig-Pen from the Charlie Brown series.

          I try to be careful not to complain about how hot it is, because I know how fast time flies by and before I know it, we’ll have cold temperatures and snow flying (well, maybe not the snow, but we’ll have the cold). Then I will be complaining, I can take the heat a lot better than I can take the cold. Seasons come and season go, and boy do they seem to go fast. 

          The one thing we know for certain is that Jesus is coming again. It’s probably a lot sooner than we think. Most people don’t like to think about it, that way they can go on living the way that they want too. Unfortunately that’s probably not the way Jesus would have them to live. He tells, teaches and warns us throughout scripture how to live so that we can be prepared when He comes. The only problem is that, most people don’t heed the warning signs. Scripture tells us, the times point to it and creation shouts it out. Jesus is coming again!

          After Jesus’ resurrection, when it was time for Him to go be with the Father. Jesus ascended into heaven before their very eyes. Acts 1:9-11 (NIV) “After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

          Jesus was caught up in a cloud and taken to heaven. I believe scripture eludes to the fact that the cloud that carried Jesus into heaven was no ordinary cloud but was the same cloud that led Israel in the wilderness. That cloud represents the glory of God. Luke 21:27 (NIV) tells us that Jesus will return “in a cloud with power and great glory.” 

          Acts 1:11 makes it clear that Jesus Himself will one day return to the earth. It will be “this same Jesus” who is coming again. That’s right the same Jesus who left will one day return. And He’ll return the same way that he left. – In plain English, Jesus is coming back again!

          Scripture also tells us that Jesus’ coming is imminent, which means that it could happen at any moment. Throughout the New Testament it tells us to “watch” and be ready for His return. Matthew 24:42 (NIV) “keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” The word imminent does not mean immediate, it means it certainly will happen. We don’t know when, but we know for certain from scripture that Jesus is coming again.

          So, if we know that for certain, the question to you would be, “If Jesus came for you today, would you ready?” We can say a lot of things, we can act a lot of ways, but what it boils down to is, if Jesus came for you today, would you be ready. Or, would He say to you, as He said in Matthew 7:23 (NIV) “ I never knew you. Away from Me…”

          Only you and Jesus can truthfully answer that question. If you have any doubt in your mind, I urge you to make sure that you have that question answered and decision finalized. You can only make that decision for Jesus while you are living upon this earth and are in your right mind to make that decision.

          If you are unsure in any way about your decision, contact me, phone, email, text, instant message, something, whatever it takes to get ahold of me, so that we can talk and make sure that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that when Jesus comes for you, you’re ready. 

          Seasons fly by, but don’t let this season pass you by.

          See ya Sunday – if not before!

It’s because of Him that we Serve,

Pastor Kim