I'm a Seventh-day Adventist Pastor. That means I am waiting for Jesus to return, and that I truly believe he is returning literally, and soon (though "soon" has to be taken in context).
As a result, my denominational community knows the 24th Chapter of Matthew pretty well. Beware false prophets. No one knows the time Jesus is going to return except the Father. Yes, we notice all the earthquakes, and famines. And we so very much want to see Jesus coming back in the clouds to take us home.
The thing is... Scripture does not stop there. In fact, just because there is now a chapter break in this part of our Bibles does not mean that Jesus was finished talking. So for all the would be Matthew 24'ers out there, I urge you to become equally familiar with the message of Matthew 25.
Story 1. The 5 wise, and 5 foolish virgins at the wedding. We get from this that Jesus' return is going to be a lot longer in coming than we realize. But we should stay in a state of readiness anyway.
Story 2. The parable of the talents. We must not simple sit around and wait! We should make good on the talents and resources we have at our disposal. It's Gods stuff... and we simply must invest it for him.
Finally, Story 3. The Sheep and the Goats. By the time we get to the end of this discourse from Jesus, he gets very clear on what his people should be doing:
- Feed the hungry.
- Clothe the naked.
- Visit the imprisoned.
- Give the thirsty something to drink.
- give the starnger a place to stay
So this site is branching out to get involved int eh side of life we so easily hide from in the Christian world. Two sites that very much have my attention. And they are involved in the largely the same thing. One secular, and one missional. While I love to send my money and support to people spreading the gospel, I also want to support those who are doing what Christians should be doing, that are in many case s - not doing.
If you are able to, I thank you for clicking. Now to see what I can do beyond this post.