October 16, 2020
Jude 17-25
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.  They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”  These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

New International Version (NIV)
                Do you believe these are the last days?  I received an email from John the Apostle this morning telling me that Jesus will return September 19, 2022 at 3:51 pm.  Right after that he writes, “The Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.”  Doesn’t that contradict the date he has predicted?  You can’t make this up!

                How will we know the last days?  This past year has seemed apocalyptic at times.  Jude tells us to look at the church.  In the last days some will be scoffers following sinful desires.  These impostors will seek to divide the church.  How shall we respond?  We exercise our faith as we pray in the Holy Spirit.  We stay in love with God as we wait for Jesus to take us to eternal life.  Our goal is not to condemn the world but to lead others to salvation. 

                Best of all God is able to keep us from stumbling.  He will forgive us and fill us with his joy.  God will keep all of his promises to us and fulfill his purpose in us.  So we glorify him through Jesus our Lord forever and ever.  As we share the gospel, we draw closer to his return.
Pray with me:         
Father, help us to live with anticipation and hope today.  Give us discernment so that we may recognize falsehood when we see it.  Thank you for keeping us from stumbling today.  Fulfill your perfect purpose in us.  Help us to make much of Jesus today and every day until he returns for us.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 7:7-8
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  

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